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Eating Authors: Yoon Ha Lee

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As I write this, it’s been more than two weeks since I’ve had either diet cola or fried chicken. This may not seem especially noteworthy to you, but as I typically consumed about a gallon of soda a day, and ate fried chicken at least five days out of every week, it’s pretty huge. I miss both a bit, but I don’t crave them. Go figure. Instead I’ve been eating more vegetables, fish, and shellfish. All of these changes have been making me look more closely at upcoming EATING AUTHORS installments, including this week’s guest, Yoon Ha Lee‘s meal, and asking myself “hey, can I even eat that now?”

Speaking of Yoon, you should recall his name from his many incredible short stories, which have garnered him multiple nominations for the Sturgeon award, the Locus award, and the WSFA Small Press award. More recently, his first novel Ninefox Gambit — the first volume of his Machineries of Empire series — has been nominated for the Nebula.

There’s an intelligence to his writing, a sense of order that likely either reflects his background in mathematics — he has a Masters in secondary mathematics education from Stanford — or goes back even further and stems from the same source that led him to pursue a mathematics degree at Cornell.

Yoon Ha Lee and I have never met, but I’m hoping to correct that in May during the Nebula Conference, preferably over a fine meal. I hope he likes seafood.

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Eating Authors: Kevin Wohler

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If you’re reading this Monday morning, please know that I am in a state of quantum indeterminacy, which is to say I should be flying home from Vancouver, Canada on a red eye flight that left the west coast on Sunday just before midnight and doesn’t deliver me to Philadelphia until nearly noon today. Of course if you’re reading this after twelve o’clock then someone has already opened the door and knows the health of the cat.

Regular readers of my blog will know that at the beginning of the month I embarked on a dietary journey into the unknown, declaring my new allegiance as a pescetarian. It’s going okay so far, but I mention it now because this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Kevin Wohler, is here to tell you about a revelatory experience involving seafood, and I can relate.

Kevin is the author of The Alchemist’s Notebook, the first book in The Village Alchemist series. The sequel, The Alchemist’s Stone, should be coming your way this spring.

There’s not much else I know to tell you about Kevin. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, but I don’t hold that against him as I don’t know whether or not he attended KU (I did my grad work at rival school KSU in Manhattan, Kansas) so I’ll just pretend he lives in a city that bears my name. But I’m warning you, Kevin, if I find out you’re secretly a Jayhawk, it’s on!

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Eating Authors: Camilla Ochlan

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In just a couple days I’m flying out to the west coast, of Canada, to be the author GoH at VancouFur. It’s my first time at a Furry convention, and that, along with crossing the country, struck me as about as good a setup for this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest as I’m likely to get. Camilla Ochlan lives in the greater L.A. area of southern California, which is about as west coast as you can get. And that’s a good thing because along with co-author Bonita Gutierrez, Camilla is responsible for The Werewolf Whisperer series, which contrary to the late, great Warren Zevon, sets the Werewolf Apocalypse in Los Angeles.

Having established her supernatural cred with werewolves, Camilla is moving on to her next project. She’ll be tapping into her passion for Dungeons and Dragons and drawing on her decades of play to co-author a new YA High Fantasy series.

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Eating Authors: Darin Kennedy

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One of the best things about all of last year’s traveling in promotion for Barsk was getting to meet other authors. Lots of local writers came out to my readings and afterwards shared a nosh and sip and the camaraderie that defines being a member of this community. Which, as it happens, is how I met this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Darin Kennedy.

A lot of authors live double lives, and it’s commonplace for a writer to have a day job in academia. We’ve got a lot of professors in our ranks. Less common, but far from unheard of, are physicians. Darin is one of these. Specifically, family medicine. Which begs the question (which, sadly, will not be answered here): do his patients know about his fiction?

Darin’s latest novel, The Stravinksy Intrigue, is due out any day now and is the second volume in his Fugue and Fable series.

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Eating Authors: Kevin MacLeod

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When I appear on programming at conventions, I go to great lengths to make sure they include my middle initial anywhere they use my name. I’m successful about 80% of the time now. It’s not that I’m a diva, it’s that there’s another Lawrence Schoen out there who also has a doctorate in psychology, and he got there first. So, I make a point to always use that M (it’s for Michael, in case you’re curious). Meanwhile, that other Lawrence Schoen, the poor bastard, has had more than two decades of people badgering him about Klingon.

But that’s nothing compared to what this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest must put up with. Kevin MacLeod is the internationally best selling author of the Viking Apprentice series (the first book of which was credited on March 23rd, 2015 as the most downloaded children’s ebook in the world, with over 23000 downloads that day alone!). Kevin — born and bred in Hamilton, a town in the central lowlands of Scotland — shares his name with two footballers (one English, one Australian), a Canadian ice hockey defenceman, the former Canadian Secretary to the Queen of Canada, and several musicians. And that’s not counting the variations of Kevins who spell the surname McLeod or even McCloud and also suck up bandwidth on internet searches.

Despite such complications, his readers find him just fine.

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Eating Authors: Jacqueline Carey

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Sometimes I don’t actually know the people who visit here on EATING AUTHORS. Maybe I’ve read their books, or a mutual friend or colleague recommends them. Maybe I’ve met them briefly at a party or shared a panel at a convention. But then I’ll reach out, send an invitation, and receive back the memory of a meal. At which point I’ll dig into their bio so I have something for this opening section. And sometimes that last bit reveals just how small the world is.

Take this week’s guest, Jacqueline Carey. You likely know her as the award-winning author of the Kushiel Universe (consisting of three trilogies), but did you know she studied psychology at Lake Forest College? That may not seem particularly remarkable to you, but I taught psychology at Lake Forest College. Alas, our paths did not overlap. She graduated in 1986 and I didn’t arrive until 1989. But you have to know, for just a moment, I found myself stuck in that little boat at Disneyland as shrill, demonic voices sang “It’s a small world” over and over.

But enough about that, let’s get back to Jacqueline. Her latest novel, Miranda and Caliban, is a look at two characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest (his last and shortest play, and one of my favorites). The play takes place all in one day. Jacqueline’s novel explores the twelve years leading up to. It comes out tomorrow from Tor Books and would make a lovely Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life.

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Eating Authors: Brett Savory

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As befits the first EATING AUTHORS post in this shortest month, this week’s guest Brett Savory‘s recollection of his most memorable meal is terse and to the point. Which also makes sense when you consider that he’s best known as a short story writer and for his editorial work at ChiZine Publications. He’s won the British Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. Like so many of Canada’s best authors, he lives in Toronto. Seriously, I think there’s something in the water there.

Brett’s next book, A Perfect Machine, comes out from Angry Robot tomorrow.

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Eating Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly

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January is closing down. Despite popular opinion, the world hasn’t come to an end (yet) though people are still taking bets. Social media is at turns depressing and stirring, and one can taste the lightning that lingers on the edge. In the midst of all this tension, we rise in the morning (or evening, for those of you on the graveyard shift and/or prone to insomnia), do all the daily things of work and life, find time to share a meal with a loved one, connect up with an old friend, read a book, and even check out the occasional blog. Thanks especially for that last bit.

I honestly can’t tell you much about this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, but I can tell you this: There are times when I have met a new artist or author — at a convention or a party — and had a premonition that this is a person to watch, someone who is going to dazzle. Lara Elena Donnelly struck me that way. She’s a graduate of Alpha and of Clarion, and her first novel, Amberlough, comes out next week from Tor Books. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy (with its incredible cover by the incomparable Victo Ngai). When you do, remember what I said about dazzle.

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