Eating Authors: Emmie Mears

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Emmie Mears

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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Leona Wisoker

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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Judith Moffett

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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Assorted social media updates – August 1, 2014

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Sleep. It’s an elusive thing. Which is why I’ve been awake since 4am. It’s also why, for lack of a better thing to do, you’re getting this update of my social media. Seriously? Yeah.

Even more disturbing, I’m going to give you the changescores from three months back (you’ll see them in parentheses after the current numbers):

Followers – 102 (100)
Friends – 2112 (2083)

Fans – 64 (63)
Friends – 1562 (1558)
2014 Reading Challenge 36 (18) out of 50

Tweets 3563 (3367)
Follow – 80 (76)
Followers – 547 (522)

Streak – none (60)
Italian – Level 13 (10)

Okay, that might just be boring enough that I can try to go back to sleep now. Thanks.

Eating Authors: Harry Connolly

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Harry Connolly

Hiya. I’m typing up these words on Sunday afternoon. Since Wednesday night I’ve been hanging with some two dozen speakers of the Klingon language in a hotel just south of the Philadelphia Airport. There has been little sleep but a great deal of linguistic silliness. It is fair to say I am exhausted. It’s also my birthday. By all rights, I should be taking a nap or eating cake (though probably not both at the same time). Instead, I’m here, typing this up, because you need to know about Harry Connolly, who will be the EATING AUTHOR guest when you read this on Monday. So, let’s get to it.

Harry’s the author of the Twenty Palaces series of first-person mystery/fantasy novels. I have to say, I haven’t been able to find out all that much more about him. He’s a mystery, or maybe a fantasy, or both which would be just a bit too perfect given his books. I’m pretty sure he lives in Seattle, that he once lived in Philadelphia, and that he has a son. But that’s it. Heck, I couldn’t even get a full color photo out of the man!

His latest book is Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths: And Other Tales Of Dark Fantasy, but it won’t hold that special place for long because he’s currently working on a new series, The Great Way, which will debut with book one, The Way Into Chaos, in early September.

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Eating Authors: Mike Resnick

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Mike Resnick

I’ve more or less been on vacation for the past week, and what better way to come back than with a bang and a guest at EATING AUTHORS who is a legend in the field. I first came across Mike Resnick in his column, “Ask Bwana,” back in the pages of Speculations when I was a struggling neo-pro, which is to say my earliest experience of the man was reading his advice as he paid it forward.

Mike’s been described as the field’s leading award winner for short fiction. He’s won the Hugo award five times (out of an insane thirty-six nominations), taken home a Nebula award (after a mere eleven nominations), received far too many international awards and prizes to list here, and been honored with a Skylark for Lifetime Achievement in the field. And he’s a long way from being done. Want proof? His latest sale is entitled Mike Resnick’s Worldcons, and will be out in time for next month’s Worldcon in London.

In addition to being famous for his short fiction, Mike has also written novels, fanzines, film scripts (two with his wife, Carol), nonfiction, and that isn’t even beginning to talk about the many many anthologies he’s edited. He’s also collaborated with plenty of authors, and again in the tradition of “paying it forward” has mentored new writers as well. I could go on and on, because his career and his life’s adventures lend themselves to endless stories, but this isn’t the place or time. Instead, before handing the mic to Mike, I’ll tell you one thing. Go read “Kirinyaga.”

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Eating Authors: Mark Budz

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Mark Budz

If you’re reading this on the Monday that it posts, please know that I am far far away from home, grabbing some much needed down time. While most of the east coast’s pod of authors are recovering from Readercon, I snuck off to a mountain lake resort in the Poconos, where there’s nary a rocketship or flaming sword to be seen. Before I set off on my brief getaway, I made sure you’d have this week’s EATING AUTHOR guest, Mark Budz, here to entertain you.

Mark took second place in the 1992 Writers of the Future contest. He’s been nominated for the Philip K. Dick award and won the Emperor Norton award (not to be confused with the Andre Norton award, as falsely reported on Wikipedia — someone go and fix that, okay?), in both cases for his novel, Clade.

He was born just over the river in Cherry Hill, NJ, but bounced around the country quite a bit, a side effect of having a father employed by the National Park Service, but has long since settled in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains on the west coast.

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Eating Authors: Ann Leckie

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Ann Leckie

I first encountered this week’s guest, Ann Leckie, back in February of 2012 when she contacted me in my position as SFWA’s Election officer to express her desire to run for Secretary. She won that contest, and served for a year on SFWA’s board at a time when our community reeled with what should have been obvious issues of harassment. Ann’s comments at the time were direct, cogent, and well worth including a link to here because, absurd as it may seem, the problem has not gone away.

But that was two years ago, and you might well ask what has she been up to since? Seriously, unless you’ve been living under that proverbial rock, the answer should be clear. Her debut novel, Ancillary Justice came out last fall to critical acclaim and in the months since has tied for the BSFA award, won the Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards, and less than two weeks ago she came away with the Locus Award. The book is also up for the Hugo, and that decision will come down next month in London.

Her first novel is the first book of a trilogy. The second volume, Ancillary Sword, comes out next October. Go ahead and pre-order it today.

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