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Eating Authors: Beth Cato

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Our guest this week is Beth Cato, and you’ve probably been reading her work for years without knowing it. She’s written inspirational essays for nearly a dozen of the Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers: 101 Motivational Stories for Writers – Budding or Bestselling – from Books to Blogs, which really brings things full circle in a way.

Beth has also written short stories for a long list of anthologies (such as a wonderful piece that I bought and published in the pages of Cucurbital 3). She has a great voice, and I encourage you to go out and read her work.

But neither soup nor short fiction is why she’s here gracing this blog today. We’re all about novels here, and tomorrow marks her formal transformation as a shiny new novelist with the launch of her first book, The Clockwork Dagger, from Harper Voyager. It’s action and adventure with assassins and airships, spies and steampunk, and much more. Buy a copy now and boost her release day sales; we’re going to want to ensure that her publisher demands more books from her.

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Eating Authors: R. S. A. Garcia

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I have a really blessed life. I don’t acknowledge that often enough, either to myself, my loved ones, or the wider world. And I should, because one of the things remembering how good I’ve got things does, is it reminds me to share that good fortune, spread it around both deliberately and unconsciously. Or in terms probably more familiar to the readers of this blog, to pay it forward. I’ll definitely be setting aside some time today to do more of that.

In the meantime, let me tell you about this week’s guest. R. S. A. Garcia published her first novel, Lex Talionis, back in February of this year to a starred review in Publishers Weekly and some inspiring praise from other authors. Beyond that though, I don’t have much to tell you about her other than she lives in Trinidad and likes dogs (and really, that last bit is all that I need to know). I’m happy to have her here, and looking forward to what she’s going to write next.

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Eating Authors: Danielle Ackley-McPhail

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Welcome to September (and if you’re in the US, Happy Labor Day). I finished my novel revisions yesterday so I’ll be spending the day doing absolutely nothing! Well, okay, that’s not true, I’ll do my morning workout and maybe go to the local zoo to have a chat with some otters but really, that’s it. For those of you without access to otters, I present the latest installment of EATING AUTHORS instead.

Our guest this week is Danielle Ackley-McPhail. She’s probably best known for her work editing the Bad-Ass Faeries series, and she’s something of a legend at conventions up and down the northeast for organizing the most impressive book launches any small press has ever seen.

In addition to editing and being a short story writer, Danielle is also a novelist, and it’s here that she shows off one of the most impressive talents any author can possess: tenacity. Danielle doesn’t know how to quit. As an example of this, I offer up her Eternal Wanderings trilogy, each book of which was originally released by a different small press. Not only have her fans followed her from publisher to publisher, in under a week they’ve already funded a Kickstarter project to pay for a new novella in the series. I encourage you to check it out because if she’s applying the same enthusiasm to her stretch goals as she does to her book launches you won’t want to miss it.

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Eating Authors – The Master List

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The first EATING AUTHORS post appeared on June 6, 2011. Since then, every Monday at 7:30 a.m., a different author has generously shared a memorable meal here.

Below you’ll find an alphabetized list of participants. Over time, the names will be turned into active links. For now though, if a name you want to follow isn’t yet coded, you can type it in the search box on the lower end of the column on the left side of this page.

Thanks for reading (and eating).

A:
Daniel Abraham
Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Forrest Aguirre
Saladin Ahmed
Cassie Alexander
Alma Alexander
Jon Armstrong
Catherine Asaro
Barbara Ashford

B:
Amelia Beamer
Elizabeth Bear
Bradley P. Beaulieu
Steve Bein
Gregory Benford
Carol Berg
Beth Bernobich
Lauren Beukes
Anne Bishop
Jenna Black
Leah Bobet
Marie Brennan
David Brin
Mike Brotherton
John Brown
Tobias Buckell
Mark Budz
Lois McMaster Bujold

C:
James Cambias
Gail Carriger
C. J. Cherryh
J. Kathleen Cheney
Zen Cho
Adam Christopher
Wesley Chu
Richard Chwedyk
Cassandra Rose Clarke
Brenda Clough
Myke Cole
Michelle Lowery Combs
Harry Connolly
Tina Connolly
Paul Cornell
Larry Correia
Julie Czerneda

D:
Aliette de Bodard
Terri-Lynne DeFino
David Anthony Durham
Sarah Beth Durst
Julia Dvorin

E:
Jennifer Estep
Lawrence Watt-Evans

F:
Jane Fenn
Sheila Finch
Karen Joy Fowler
Ty Franck
Michael Jan Friedman
Gregory Frost

G:
Yasmine Galenorn
Charles E. Gannon
Cate Gardner
R. S. A. Garcia
Chris Gerrib
Laura Anne Gilman
Max Gladstone
Steven Gould
Robert Greenberger
Daryl Gregory
Lev Grossman
Peadar Ó. Guilín
James Gunn

H:
Joe Haldeman
Merrie Haskell
John Hemry
Howard V. Hendrix
Christina Henry
Jim C. Hines
M. K. Hobson
Sarah Hoyt
Matthew Hughes
Walter H. Hunt
Faith Hunter
Kameron Hurley

I:
Elaine Isaak
Victoria Janssen

J:
N. K. Jemisin
Kij Johnson
Howard Andrew Jones

K:
Alethea Kontis
Ted Kosmatka
Nancy Kress

L:
Mur Lafferty
Jay Lake
Stina Leicht
Karen Lord
James Lovegrove

M:
Jonathan Maberry
David Mack
Nick Mamatas
Lisa Mantchev
Gail Z. Martin
Lee Martindale
James Maxey
Jack McDevitt
Heather McDougal
Seanan McGuire
Will McIntosh
Juliet E. McKenna
Emmie Mears
Christie Meierz
Melissa Mickelsen
Steve Miller
Judith Moffet
TL Morganfield
Eugene Myers

N:
Linda Nagata
Mark Nelson
Larry Niven

O:
Peter V. Orullian

P:
Joshua Palmatier
John A. Pitts
Gareth L. Powell
Tim Pratt

R:
Mike Resnick
Alastair Reynolds
Jason Ridler
Shauna S. Roberts
Judson Roberts
Rebecca Roland
Aaron Rosenberg
Diana Rowland
Jamie Rubin

S:
Sofia Samatar
Karl Schroeder
Mike Shevdon
Bud Sparhawk
Allen Steele
Jennifer Stevenson
S. M. Stirling
Michael Swanwick

T:
Howard Tayler
Bruce Taylor
Lavie Tidhar
Mark Tiedemann
Patrick S. Tomlinson
Brad Torgersen
Ian Tregillis
Harry Turtledove

U:
Michael Underwood

V:
Genevieve Valentine
Jim Van Pelt
Kim Vandervort
Carrie Vaugn
Michael Ventrella

W:
David Walton
Dan Wells
Jaye Wells
Martha Wells
Chuck Wendig
Ysabeau S. Wilce
Walter Jon Williams
Liz Williams
Gregory A. Wilson
Leona Wisoker

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Eating Authors: Michael A. Ventrella

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Welcome to the last Monday in August, which this year also happens to be the first Monday after LonCon3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention. If you were among the record numbers who attended this year’s Worldcon, then dropping in here at EATING AUTHORS will allow you to catch your breath. As for the rest of you, please breathe normally.

Our guest this week is Michael A. Ventrella, a member of that highly specialized fraternity, F/SF authors who are also lawyers. And given the behavior of most authors I’ve met, having Michael’s number in your contacts list is probably a good idea as it’s only a matter of time before we’re all going to need an attorney. Until then, let’s focus on Michael’s work in the genre. His most recent book, Bloodsuckers, blends classic vampiric tropes with something truly horrific: politics. Vampire fiction has been overmined in recent years, so it’s particularly gratifying to have a refreshing take, regardless of your political affiliations.

In addition to writing both short stories and novels, Michael’s also built a treasure trove of interviews with other authors, putting them on the spot with seemingly innocent questions — hmmm, maybe it’s not so easy to separate out the lawyer from the author. You’ll find them on his website, alongside an impressive collection of writing resources. Just another example of a writer paying it forward.

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Eating Authors: Emmie Mears

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Not only is it yet another Monday, but it’s the Monday marking the final day of the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (aka, LonCon3), which means it’s also the day after the Hugos. Congratulations to Ann Leckie, Charlie Stross, Mary Robinette Kowal, and John Chu for their respective fiction wins, and to Sofia Samatar, for being the latest recipient of the Campbell Award (may you wear your tiara with pride). And of course, kudos to the finalists as well. Speaking as a past Hugo-Loser, this is one of those times when that stuff about “it’s an honor just being nominated” actually rings true.

Also, a hearty congratulations to Kansas City, Missouri,which has won the privilege and pain of running the 74th Worldcon (to be known as MidAmeriCon II). Save the dates: August 17 – 21, 2016.

Phew! Okay, let’s get to today’s EATING AUTHORS guest. Appropriately enough, I first met Emmie Mears at a dinner party, at a convention no less. She self-identifies as an Urban Fantasy Author, a Geek, a Gamer, and an Explorer. Her debut novel, The Masked Songbird, comes out on September 1st from Harlequin.

Emmie is also one of the forces behind the Searching for Superwomen hub, an ever-evolving conversation on women and their many roles in Geek culture. But don’t take my word for it, click the link and check it out yourself.
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Eating Authors: Leona Wisoker

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What is it with Mondays? They keep happening. I feel like the guy who in a moment of weak judgment puts a saucer of milk out on the porch and now finds that damn cat showing up like clockwork. Trust me when I tell you that I’d be quite content to skip a few Mondays here and there. But no, the calendar lobbyists are too powerful. Or something like that.

Since it is another Monday, let’s make the best of it. Here to help with that is Leona Wisoker, an author who knows the value of a strong cup of coffee — note to self: do not leave a cup of coffee out on the porch, it will only attract writers . Her (four books and counting) science fantasy series Children of the Desert has been published by Mercury Retrograde Press. Leona is also the force behind The Scribbling Lion, a consortium of sorts that promotes the music and fiction of Danny Birt, Tom Doyle, Jonah Knight, Gail Z. Martin, Devo Spice, and of course her own work as well.

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Eating Authors: Judith Moffett

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Welcome to the first Monday of August, or as I suspect I’ll be thinking of it, Revision Month. That’s right, the editorial letter for my forthcoming novel arrived recently. I’ve gone through the notes, produced notes of my own, and just two days ago sat down with my editor for a two hour meeting to make sure we were both on the same page (so to speak). My main writing goal for the next few weeks is to implement the changes, additions, deletions, and assorted line edits in the manuscript. Sounds like great fun, right?

Meanwhile though, it’s Monday, and this week that means we are graced with the presence of Judith Moffett, author, poet, academician, and translator, and she’s won awards, prizes, and grants scattered across all four areas of expertise. Limiting our focus to her prose fiction works, I can tell you that she won the first ever Theodore Sturgeon Award for her short story “Surviving,” and dis so in the same year that her first novel, Pennterra, came out. The following year, Judith took home the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She’s since followed these with other short stories, novellae, and novels, including her Holy Ground trilogy (The Ragged World, published in 1991, followed by Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream in 1992, and concluding with The Bird Shaman, published in 2008).

Utterly unbeknownst to me, she’d been living in the greater Philadelphia area for decades. Alas, she recently moved out of state, making it considerably harder to camp out on her doorstep in the hope that some of her talent will rub off on me. Instead, I’ll have to settle for her musings on her most memorable meal.

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