Eating Authors: Kevin MacLeod

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Kevin McLeod

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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Jacqueline Carey

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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Brett Savory

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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My Tentative VancouFur 2017 Schedule

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In early March, I’ll be traveling to Canada. Specifically to Vacouver, British Columbia, where I have the privilege of being the Author GoH at VancouFur.

I’m especially excited to be going as this will be my first Furry convention!

Earlier today they sent me the details of my schedule. Some of this will change and I’ll post an update when it does. In particular, I’m eager to learn who I’ll be doing panels with. You’ll know when I do. 🙂

Thursday, March 9th
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Opening Ceremonies

Friday, March 10th
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Author Meet & Greet
I’ll probably only be at this for the first half hour, because at 1:30 I have to go to…

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Ice Cream Social
And I’ll probably only be at this for the first half hour as well, because at 2:00 I have to go to…

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | State of Anthropomorphic Writing
with Tony Greyfox and Ocean Tigrox

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Klingon Language!
Come by and ask questions or just listen to me tell stories from more than two decades of spreading Klingon around the world.

Saturday, March 11th
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Language and SF
I talk about language and linguistics at almost every convention I attend, and it’s never the same thing twice because language is so awesome!

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Q&A Reading w/ Lawrence M. Schoen
I’ll read a bit from the sequel to Barsk, and then answer your questions about that book, other stories, novellas, and novels I’ve written, about writing in general, or most anything you want to ask me.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Advantages of Small Press Publishing
I’ve sold short stories to a couple dozen small press anthologies. My first two novels came out from a small press. I run a small press of my own. And I’m on the Board of Directors for SFWA where we talk about small press contracts and such. So, come by and let’s kick around some of the pros and cons of small press publishing.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | GOH Dinner
This seems like a good thing for me to attend. I’m a big fan of dinner. What’s portion size like in Canada? If you sit next to me, can I eat off your plate too?

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Variety Show
I expect to be in attendance, likely because I ate too much at the dinner to be able to move yet. (It’s your fault. I can’t believe you let me eat off your plate like that).

Sunday, March 12th
Time to be Determined | SFWA Q&A
I’ve asked the convention if they could perhaps find some space for me to hang out and answer questions about the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for anyone who might be interested in what they do, what resources they make available, what the perks of membership include, and what you can avail yourself of without even joining! So come on by.

When I’m not doing programming, I’ll likely be drinking a Diet Coke, wandering around in the public spaces, chilling at the bar, or possibly typing away frantically on a tablet (in either a public space, or the bar). Feel free to come over and say “hi” if you like.

Eating Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly

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Lara Elena Donnelly

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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Eating Authors: Watts Martin

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Watts Martin

There’s a “circle of life” sense to this week’s EATING AUTHORS because my guest is Watts Martin. As I’ve recounted elsewhere, in a very real way Watts is responsible for my writing Barsk. Back in the late 80’s, I was the boy professor at New College in Sarasota, Florida, the ink still wet on my doctorate, living with my dog in the dorms right alongside the students. Watts never took any of my classes, but his roommate did, and one thing led to another and one afternoon Watts invited me to participate in a RPG game based on an anthropomorphic comicbook of the day. The spontaneous generation of some of the core ideas of the Fant and their rainy planet (including the name of it) happened in that instant. So, thanks.

Watts, as you should gather from the preceding remarks, has been writing and editing anthropomorphic fiction for decades. So it shouldn’t surprise you to learn he’s been nominated multiple times for both the Ursa Major and Cóyotl awards, winning the latter for Best Novella with Indigo Rain. He is currently president of the Furry Writers’ Guild, and his first novel, Kismet, comes out tomorrow from Argyll Productions.

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Eating Authors: Jody Lynn Nye

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Jody Lynn Nye

Well it’s another glorious Monday. In part because over the weekend I finished a draft of the BARSquel, and this week in addition to assorted polishing and trimming of the MS, I’ll also be going back to work on a completely different book. And in part because (at least here in Pennsylvania) it is Martin Luther King Day, which many will use as a day of service, a day of giving back, and I think we can all benefit from that attitude. And finally, in part because by the time you read this I’ll have come and gone for a quarterly blood draw, and it makes me feel good to be staying on top of health issues.

In a perfect world, some portion of that last paragraph would provide a brilliant segue for this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest. Alas, Jody Lynn Nye did not help me write my novel. Nor do I know how she’s spending the holiday. And I’m pretty sure she hasn’t any influence on the results of my bloodwork. So the segue is a non-segue, but what I can tell you about her is that I’ve been reading her work for years and even got to publish her one of her stories in the Paper Golem anthology Cats in Space.

Like me, Jody was born in Chicago. Unlike me, she’s authored or co-authored more than forty novels, and more than one hundred short stories. She’s played in some pretty impressive universes like Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, Robert Asprin’s Myth series, and Piers Anthony’s Xanth series. She writes both science fiction and fantasy, and does so with both action and humor. If you need a good story and a smile, I can’t think of anyone better to read.

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Eating Authors: Becky Chambers

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Becky Chambers

This past Friday I was down in DC doing two final appearances to mark the official end of a year of traveling around and promoting Barsk, one at the Library of Congress, and the other at a meeting of the Washington Science Fiction Association. All in all, I spent 114 days of 2016 traveling to conventions and signings and readings. That’s almost a third of the year on the road. What was I thinking? Just typing about it makes me tired.

And it’s as close as I’m going to get to a decent segue to this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Becky Chambers, whose first novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, may well be the most delightful space adventure I’ve ever read. Which is why you shouldn’t be surprised to learn it was nominated for both the Arthur C. Clarke and British Fantasy awards. Better still, it’s only the first book in her Wayfarer series. But wait, best of all, according to her Twitter page (which contradicts the presumably older website), she’s working on the third book even as we speak.

Doubtless, many of you are waiting to read that third book right now. And I confess, I feel a little guilty distracting Becky with emails asking her come and talk about food. Alas, not guilty enough to stop myself though.

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