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Interview with author Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch spends a great deal of time exploring what if. She writes science fiction, fantasy, romance and mystery. A Hugo Award winning editor and a co-publisher of Pulphouse, not to mention an avid reader, Kristine has a broad view of the publishing industry, which she shares regularly on her website.

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Show Notes

Author Website | Amazon Author Pages: US / UK
This show’s music: “Universe Acceptable by Ash Ganley on the album Universe Acceptable available on Magnatune.com

The interview begins by discussing Kristines writing…and reading…routine. Then we discussed some of her writing including The Retrieval Artist, which was based on a Hugo-nominated short story, and the space-opera series Into the Wreck. We also discuss how she transitions a short story into larger works.

We moved on to discuss writing two types of mystery novels futuristic and the 1960s-based Smokey Dalton series, which she publishes as Kris Nelscott.

Kristine publishes romance novels under the name Kristine Grayson. She began her writing career with a desire to write historical romances, but she decide to write something that required less research. She met Kevin J Anderson  who pointed her to the fantasy markets that would be interested in her work.  Her current romances often involve updating classic myths and fairy tales, which has its origins in a Daw Books anthology she contributed to.

Kristine, along with her husband Dean Wesley Smith, are regular writers in the Star Trek franchise and Star Wars.

The publishing industry information Kristine shares on her website evolved from the workshops she and her husband offered. The first incarnation with the Freelancers Survival Guide.  She got advice about setting up the website from  Michael J Totten  and Scott William Carter. After the guide, she started writing more about the publishing industry, and because of her experience owning a publishing company, as an editor and as a writer, she felt she had a lot she could share.

The last portion of the interview focuses on the state of publishing today. Kristine has great insights to independent and e-publishing, the control writers have over then own career, and the resurgence of magazines and the short story.

Also mentioned: Amanda Hocking, John Lock, and David Wellington.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf

 

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Fantasy and Mystery Author Barbara Hambly on Off the Shelf

We were so pleased to welcome this episodes guest, Barbara Hambly, a well-established writer who seems able to turn her hand to any genre with the same aplomb. Our only problem was how to fit in all the questions we wanted to ask. Everything she has written deserved comment, yet time constraints meant we had to  pick and choose, Our apologies if we glossed over something you think should have been covered in more depth, but I am sure you will find the things we did have time for almost as fascinating

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Show Notes

Author Website | Author Blog | Amazon Author Pages: US / UK
This show’s music: “Venom in My Denim by Ninety Pounds of Ugly on the album Richmond Motel Room 3 available on Magnatune.com

The interview begins with Barbara talking about her early days as a sword and sorcerer fantasy novelist for Del-Ray Books and about her writing process. Some of Barbaras early writings were works-for-hire for series such as Star Trek and Star Wars and mentions some of her favorites from those series such as Crossroads, Ishmael and Children of the Jedi. As someone who sometimes draws on cultural icons in her writing, she discusses the challenges of doing so.

Simeon asks Barbara about her fantasy series The Windrose Chronicles and Sun Wolf and Starhawk. In particular, they talk about Barbaras inspiration for characters and setting. We also discuss The Bride of the Rat God and how Barbaras love of language lead to her character Jonathan Ashers background as a philologist.

Many of the authors we interview choose to self-publish their backlist. Barbara chose a different direction and explains why choosing Open Road Media was a better option for her.

E-books lead into a discussion of cover art some work, some dont and some feature American beer. Visuals lead to Barbaras work on graphic novels. She mentions her first experience working on a graphic story with Neil Gaiman on House of Dreams.

Moving onto Barbaras current series, we talk about James Asher and her old school vampires. She doesnt romanticize vampires; they are very dangerous. She makes some great points about the nature of people who are willing to become vampires and their tendency to be control freaks after they have been turned.

Barbaras Benjamin January series features a free man of color as a detective in the pre-Civil War, American South. This set up provides Barbara with an opportunity to expose readers to a time and place many are not familiar with, as well as creating some unusual boundaries for a detective.

Barbara is writing a second detective series, this one featuring the historical figure Abigail Adams, under the pen name Barbara Hamilton.

Additionally, Barbara is revisiting her old Del-Ray series and writing new short stories and novellas. She is selling these pieces on here website under the section titled The Further Adventures of…

Barbaras newest releases:

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Bookstacks News

 

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Five Questions with MK Hobson

MK Hobson was a recent Off the Shelf guest whom Simeon cornered for an additional 5 Questions. Hobson is up for a Nebula Award for her novel The Native Star, and her second book in the series, The Hidden Goddess, was just released. (I must say, she and I share a similar opinion on Mr Wordsworth.)

The Questions.

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

Money by Martin Amis

What is a favorite book from childhood?

The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

As an English major in college I had to read the poetry of Wordsworth, which resulted in a loathing I retain to this day.

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

I collect reference books, especially old books on etiquette and manners. Being that I live in Portland, I am a frequent patron of Powells for both new and used books.

What book would you recommend to others?

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. Or Main Street. Or basically just anything by Sinclair Lewis.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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Off the Shelf Interview with Michael A Stackpole (show notes)

On this episode of Off the Shelf, Kghia and Simeon interview science fiction and fantasy author Michael A. Stackpole. Mike is the author of eight New York Times best selling books, including I, Jedi from the Star Wars universe. During the interview, we talk about his career, his concept of heroes, and his views on e-publishing.

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Show Notes

Author Website: MichaelAStackpole.com
Author Twitter: @MikeStackpole
Second Life Office Location: slurl
This week’s music: Shoelace by Space Agency (mevio.com)

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf

 

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Five Questions with Barbara Hambly

You may remember when Simeon Beresford answered these five question, he mentioned Barbara Hamblys Bride of the Rat God twice. It and several of the authors other works have just become available as ebooks. Her publishers sent us a video of her talking about her work, and it got us thinking. We decide we would have to ask her those five questions.

The Questions.

Last book I read?

1776 by David McCullough.

Favorite book from childhood?

Gosh, there were so many, but Id have to go with Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (#4 of the series, counting Wonderful Wizard as #1).

Book I absolutely hated and was forced to read?

(Other than the math textbooks in High School?) Old Mother West-Wind (again, a kids book. Mostly since the age of about 10 I read fast enough that I didnt really HATE books, I just got through the ones I found tedious).

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

I collect books idiosyncratically both for research and for reading pleasure. I dont have much time to read, and when Im overworked and emotionally exhausted (as I have been since about 2006) I tend to re-read favorite fiction: its like having the emotional equivalent of a fluttery stomach, which will only tolerate certain things.

What book would I recommend to others?

WHICH others? Who are we talking about? Some people I think really should read Connie Williss To Say Nothing of the Dog, or Georgette Heyers A Civil Contract, or Fred Pohls Gateway; others really need to read The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous before they go any further.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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Janny Wurts Interview

Author Janny Wurts

This week Kghia and Simeon speak with Janny Wurts, author of The War of Light and Shadow series, The Cycle of Fire Trilogy, and co-author with Raymond E. Fiest of The Empire Trilogy. Wurts has written more than twenty novels, using fantasy backdrops to explore the play of politics and prejudices, of power and responsibility from multiple angles. An accomplished artist, Wurts created many of the covers for her books.

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Janny Wurts WebsiteShow Notes

  • Cover Art
  • Culloden
  • Music: Dancing Sea by Norine Bruin on the album Modern Anguish
  • Cycle of Fire was recently recorded as an audio book series by http://www.audible.com/
  • Finding Janny elsewhere on the web
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    Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf

     

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