Just wanted to let everyone know that all of my published novels are now available on audiobook from GraphicAudio! TARNISHED is available as CDs or to download here, and REFLECTED is here! Given how much I love audiobooks myself, I’m psyched to be able to offer my writing in that format to others!
Miscon in Missoula is fast approaching! If you’re going to be attending, come on by and say hello to me! I have a full schedule:
Fri 4:00 – 4:50 PM, Writers’ Workshop Meet and Greet, Great Hall (Upstairs)
Panelists: Josie Beaudoin, Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, C.L (Candi) Norman, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson
Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. They’ll also discuss workshops in general, and how to take criticism. Open to anyone interested in the Writers’ Workshop.
Fri 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Minor Characters, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, Laurey Patten
Minor characters might not be as important as your protagonists, but they’re still important in their own way. Let’s discuss some of the ways you can make your minor characters as fully dimensional and real as your main ones without over-sharing.
Sat 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Downton Abbey: a Bygone Era, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Justin Barba, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Krista Wallace
As far as we know, Downton isn’t science fiction, fantasy, or horror, but it reminds us of an era before the Wasteland. Its dialogue and characters are examples of great storytelling, and its setting is a staple among so many genre stories that we just need to discuss it. Spoiler alert! We won’t hold back, so everything in the show is on the table.
Sat 6:00 – 6:50 PM, Second Draft Blues, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, Laurey Patten, Shawn Speakman
Finish manuscript. Check. Read it through. Check. Writers’ Group critique. Check. Umm…now what? How do you begin to process all the suggestions into a coherent revision that won’t have you running for the hills? In this panel, we’ll discuss the almighty revision process and how to stay on top of it without losing faith in your abilities.
Sun 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Sun 11:00 – 11:50 AM, Reading: Rhiannon Held, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
Sun 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Family in Fiction, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
Panelists: Carol Berg, Rhiannon Held, Laurey Patten, Beth Stoops
The apocalypse is a great way to kill off everyone related to your protagonist, but is that really the best idea? When is having your character’s relations show up on the page useful, and when is it distracting? What benefits can family members of characters bring to stories?
Mon 11:00 – 11:50 AM, The Building Blocks of Backstory, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Panelists: Carol Berg, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe
How do you create sufficient character backstory? Do minor characters need backgrounds, as well? How do you keep them straight? And, perhaps most importantly, how do you give your readers this information without resorting to info dumps?
In exciting news, my first novel, SILVER, is now out in audiobook! The others in the series will be following in the next few months. This is not your garden variety audiobook, either–it features a full cast of voices, sounds effects, and original music. If audiobooks are your thing, I urge you to check it out and then come back here and comment about what you think of the characters’ voices. Which ones most match what’s in your head if you’ve read the book before? Which ones are most different? I’m very curious if there’s a lot of agreement, or a lot of variety as to which voices match up for folks.
If you’re planning to attend Norwescon, this April 2-5, c’mon by and say hello! I’ll be on panels throughout the weekend.
Fantasy vs. Reality
Fri 11:00am-12:00pm – Evergreen 1&2
Nina Post (M), Renee Stern, Esther Jones, Rhiannon Held
Revising From Feedback
Fri 4:00pm-5:00pm – Evergreen 3&4
Dean Wells (M), Susan DeFreitas, Rhiannon Held, Jack Skillingstead, Tim McDaniel, Renee Stern, Anne Groell
Writing a Series
Fri 8:00pm-9:00pm – Cascade 10
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Rhiannon Held, Esther Jones, Simon R Green
Autograph Session 2
Sat 3:00pm-4:00pm – Grand 2
Jeff Sturgeon, Django Wexler, Randy Henderson, G. Willow Wilson, Kristi Charish, Frog Jones, Richard Hescox, Darragh Metzger, David J. Peterson, Esther Jones, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Kevin Radthorne, Laura Anne Gilman, Michael G. Munz, Rhiannon Held, Leannan Sidhe, Steven Barnes, Tim McDaniel
Where’s Urban Fantasy Going?
Sun 1:00pm-2:00pm – Cascade 3&4
Rhiannon Held (M), Esther Jones, Craig English, Kristi Charish, Tori Centanni
As promised, I have a solstice gift for all my fans today! While it’s a DVD extra for Book 3, exploring events that happened around the time of that book, it’s designed to be interesting for anyone at all familiar with the Silver universe.
Today, I’m finishing up revisions for a special holiday present for all my readers. Come back here on December 21, when I’ll post a new short story in the world of the Silver novels as a solstice gift! It’s something of a DVD extra, something that happens off screen during the events of Book 3, but it’s designed to be accessible to someone who’s read any of the books in the series. I’m looking forward to getting to share it with everyone!
Greetings! I know it’s been a while, but since I last posted, I’ve been head-down on first drafting and then revising my newest novel project. I also took time off from that to travel with my parents’ touring choir through France. (I am a singer myself, but I did not sing with them on this trip, given that they are based in another state, which makes attending rehearsals difficult. Instead, I tagged along for moral support.)
I have cunningly arranged some of my vacation photos into an album for your enjoyment. I’ve captioned nearly everything, so not only can you look at old things, you can also read my semi-coherent ramblings pertaining thereto. Huzzah!
Where will I be tomorrow, April 26? In the Kennewick Barnes & Noble, doing a signing with Patricia Briggs! It’ll be a lot of fun, and I don’t get over to that side of the state as often as I’d like, so come and join us!
Being an author in the social media age is an interesting experience. Doing an interview, a reading, a convention, it’s obvious that you might well be in something of a public mode or “on.” You might craft your blog posts carefully. But are you “on” when you’re writing on Twitter? When you’re commenting on Facebook? What if you’re commenting on your mother’s picture of the bundt cake she baked, but where your fans can read it? It’s an odd gray area, simultaneously less exhausting than something like a convention because it’s just one tweet on a computer at a time; and more because relatives’ bundt cakes smash into heated discussions of genre definitions and you have to decide what degree of public mode to be for each on the fly.
Which is long way of saying, after the effort of REFLECTED’s publicity, I’m taking a break for a few weeks! Plenty of the cool kid authors take a break from the internet, so I know this isn’t going to shock anyone. I chose to separate things out a little–I will be reading and responding to my email (business, after all, goes on), I simply will be radio silent on this blog and my various social media outposts. I shall return in time for Norwescon (April 17-20), which is why I got my schedule up ahead of time for you all.
Since I’m a scientist, and I love data, once I’m back you can expect a post about what radio silence did to my Amazon author ranking. I’ve heard anecdotal data that lack of social media presence once a book is fully launched has no impact on sales (and Amazon rankings, as I’ve explored before on this blog, aren’t sales), so I’m curious to see what happens.
So if you need me, drop me an email. Otherwise, I’ll see you in April!