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Eating Authors: Harry Turtledove

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A few months ago, I was at a convention and had the pleasure of being on a panel with Harry Turtledove. We also ended up sitting next to one another during our signing period and in between Harry autographing many copies of his latest book (Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart, the third in his Supervolcano series), I was treated to his wry wit and thoroughly enjoyable conversational style. Naturally, the first thing I did when I returned home from the convention was to send him a note and invite him here to regale you with his most memorable meal.

I’m actually surprised our paths haven’t crossed more, as we both grew up in the greater Los Angeles area (albeit ten years apart). As a teen, my friends and I were regularly riding our bikes out to Westwood and UCLA while elsewhere on campus Harry was working toward his PhD in Byzantine history. Perhaps he hadn’t been lured into the social circles of our genre yet, as I don’t remember seeing him at meetings of the LASFS or the local Mythopoeic chapter. Then again, as I recall my own doctoral years, I didn’t have free time for that sort of thing either.

Like a number of the authors who have been here, Harry has written under multiple names. His first works were published as Eric G. Iverson, but he’s also been Mark Gordian, Dan Chernenko, and H.N. Turteltaub. But it’s for books released under his give name that he was dubbed “Master of Alternate History” as demonstrated by his Southern Victory series in which the South wins the American Civil War (eleven volumes so far, beginning with How Few Remain, which won him his first Sidewise Award), his The War That Came Early series that tells of an alternate version of World War II, and numerous stand alone novels and novellae like Ruled Britannia, The Two Georges (co-authored with Richard Dreyfus), and In the Presence of Mine Enemies.

And that’s not even touching on his works that blend history with SF and Fantasy such as his his YA time travel series Crosstime Traffic, his Civil War with magic War Between the Provinces series, or his Worldwar / Colonization series in which aliens invade during WWII. I could go on and on, but you’ve long since tired of my yammering, so let’s just cut right to Harry’s meal now.

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Eating Authors: James L. Cambias

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Last week, James L. Cambias saw the release of his first novel, A Darkling Sea, beginning what I can only hope will be a long and productive new chapter in his career. Which is not to say that James is a newcomer, not by any stretch of the imagination. He’s been writing short fiction for over a decade (full disclosure: we shared a ToC back in 2004 in the All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories anthology from Wheatland Press), and has been designing games for even longer.

Perhaps most importantly, for my purposes, he hails from New Orleans, which given his obvious creativity and talent means he’s been exposed to and appreciates a wide range of culinary delights from his earliest days. I’ll be honest, I’ve been chomping at the bit for his book to come out so I could invite him here. And, as you’re about to read, it’s been well worth the wait.

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Eating Authors: Yasmine Galenorn

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This week’s guest here at EATING AUTHORS is Yasmine Galenorn, a self-described shamanic witch, as well as a best-selling author. You probably know her for either of her two urban fantasy series, Otherworld (currently at fifteen books, with at least three more scheduled, and the latest volume, Crimson Veil comes out tomorrow) and Indigo Court (currently at four volumes, with the fifth book scheduled for later this year). According to her bio on Amazon, Otherworld is soon to generate a spinoff, a new urban fantasy series called Fly By Night.

Yasmine has also authored two mystery series, Chintz ’n China and Bath & Body, the latter under the pen name of India Ink. But let’s end this introduction where we began, and point out that she’s also written nonfiction—eight titles in the realm of metaphysics.

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Eating Authors: Beth Bernobich

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Beth Bernobich

I don’t know about you, but the past week was pretty crazy for me. It will get topped off a bit later this Monday morning when I drop by the post office and mail the manuscript of my new novel to Tor Books. Yay, me. But because I’m a wee bit anxious, I thought maybe I could invoke some good karma and bring in Beth Bernobich, another Tor author, as this week’s guest. It probably doesn’t that she was born in nearby Landsdowne, PA.

Beth’s latest book, Allegiance, is the third volume in her River of Souls series (which also includes a couple shorter pieces published on the Tor.com website), a fantasy that tells the story of the teenaged daughter of a cruel and wealthy merchant who arranges her to be married to off to an even crueler and wealthier man, resulting in her running away, and her adventures really take off from there.

Her other works include her series Éireann and Lóng City (the latter series begins with a short story in the Magic in the Mirrorstone anthology, which is where I first started reading her). In addition, she has a marvelous short story collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories, from Lethe Press.

And finally, no introduction of Beth could be complete, without mentioning that she won the Romantic Times 2010 Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Epic Fantasy with her first novel, Passion Play.

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Eating Authors: Barbara Ashford

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If you’ve been reading EATING AUTHORS for a while, you’ve probably noticed several themes. Many writers’ most memorable meals involve excursions to remarkable restaurants in the company of fellow authors, particularly while attending conventions. Others describe incidents of serendipity, some literally stumbling upon an unsought, hole-in-the-wall kind of place and being transported by the miraculous food within. And there there are the folks who eat snails for the first time, and find it memorable either because of trauma or transcendence. Our guest this week is Barbara Ashford, and as you’ll learn she falls into this last group. But before she tells you about her meal, let me tell you a bit more about her.

For one things, she’s two people. In addition to her current Maggie Graham series of books (Spellcast and Spellcrossed, so far), she also wrote the Trickster’s Game trilogy under the name Barbara Campbell, and was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Her short fiction can also be found in various anthologies, including After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar and The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, both edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray.

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Eating Authors: Jaine Fenn

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Welcome to the first Monday of 2014. As EATING AUTHORS moves into the new year, Jaine Fenn has joined us, bringing with her as harrowing a tale of memorable meals as has ever graced this blog.

I’ll admit that part of my delight in having Jaine here is that she studied linguistics during her university days (also astronomy, but don’t distract me). She’s a British author who began writing as a child — age seven as she tells it — and never looked back. She graduated into fandom before becoming a professional writer, publishing her first novel, Principles of Angels, in 2008. That marks the debut of her Hidden Empire series, which saw its sixth book, Queen of Nowhere, appear in January of last year. She’s also quite adept at shorter fiction, and you’ll find her collection, Downside Girls, well worth your time as well.

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Eating Authors: Christina Henry

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Christina Henry

Welcome to the last installment of Eating Authors in 2013. I’ve had a wild ride this year, which on the author side of things has included a Nebula nomination and selling a book to Tor. I mention these things because I think they raised my personal profile a bit and that helped lure more than a couple authors to accepting my invitation to drop by and share their most memorable meals.

Our final guest of the year is an author of Urban Fantasy. Christina Henry writes about Madeline Black, an Agent of Death, and her popcorn-loving gargoyle sidekick Beezle. If that doesn’t hook you, then I don’t know what will. The next book in the series, Black Spring, will be coming soon from Ace Books, but for fans who can’t wait, a new Maddy and Beezle story, “Red Isn’t Really My Color,” appeared in the anthology Kicking It earlier this month.

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Eating Authors: Anne Bishop

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Anne Bishop

Welcome to the penultimate Monday of 2013. Here in the northern hemisphere the days have finally begun to grow a bit longer again and much of the world is gearing up to celebrate the winter holidays. Some will do so with religious observation, others with olympic feats of shopping and gift-giving, and still others with visits to Chinese restaurants. Personally, I’ve spent much of the past week battling the flu (and mostly losing the battle). All of that aside, I think it’s quite fair to say that this week’s guest to the Eating Author series is indeed a treat and a lovely gift.

Anne Bishop is easily one of the most well known fantasy authors around. In 2000 she received the Crawford Award for The Black Jewels Trilogy (Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness). That trilogy spawned other stories and books, and in addition Anne has written other series including the Tir Alainn Trilogy (The Pillars of the World, Shadows and Light, and The House of Gaian), and the Ephemera series (Sebastian, Belladonna, The Voice, and Bridge of Dreams).

Anne’s newest series is The Others, which opened with Written in Red last March and has a second volume, Murder of Crows coming out in March of 2014.

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