Starla Huchton On Her New Novel Entitled Maven

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MAVEN_450x600I’m so hap­py to have Star­la Huch­ton back that if I was a gig­gler I would, uhm, gig­gle. Need­less to say, I’m excit­ed to bring her back to talk about her new book Maven which is set to be released on June 3, 2013. That’s just over a week away! She’s such a busy woman, which I can total­ly under­stand and appre­ci­ate, so the fact that she spared the time to do this inter­view makes her pres­ence here that much more sweet.

So Star­la, talk to me…

1. For the sake of those who don’t know you yet, give us a lit­tle bit of infor­ma­tion about your­self. You write, yes, but what else are you up to?

Most of what I do these days (out­side of chas­ing my kids while my hus­band is deployed) is design book cov­ers. I work with both inde­pen­dent authors and pub­lish­ers alike. I believe my job as a design­er is to get to the heart of a sto­ry and try to con­vey that into the visu­al. It’s not the eas­i­est of tasks some­times, but I love what I do and I’m thank­ful that oth­ers like my work enough that I can con­tin­ue doing it.

Some might know me as an audio­book nar­ra­tor. I’m cur­rent­ly work­ing on the fourth book in Lind­say Buroker’s The Emperor’s Edge series, though I am woe­ful­ly behind in this. It’s been a rough few months with mov­ing and hav­ing the hus­band deploy amongst oth­er things, but it’s com­ing.

2. Tell us about Maven. What was the inspi­ra­tion? How long did it take to write it from inspi­ra­tion to com­ple­tion? Where do you hope to take the series and how long do you plan it to be?

Maven is the first book in my new Sci­ence Fic­tion Romance Endure series. There will be four total when the sto­ry arc com­pletes, and I plan to have all of them out in the world before my birth­day in March 2014. It’s an ambi­tious sched­ule, but I’m more than on-track to meet it. The major­i­ty of the sto­ry takes place in an under­wa­ter lab in the year 2050 (at the begin­ning of book 1), but by book 3 you get to see some of the out­side world. It’s not a huge stretch from mod­ern day, real­ly, but enough so that it’s firm­ly plant­ed in Sci­ence Fic­tion. Even with these futur­is­tic lean­ings, it’s still a very acces­si­ble sto­ry, even for read­ers that are not typ­i­cal­ly fans of Sci­ence Fic­tion. I don’t gen­er­al­ly like hard Sci-Fi, but I do like some of the ele­ments, so I want­ed to cre­ate some­thing that oth­ers like me could real­ly enjoy. As I’ve man­aged to sway at least two Para­nor­mal or Urban Fan­ta­sy-only read­ers over to the dark side of SF, I’m count­ing this book as a suc­cess.

As for the inspi­ra­tion, well… that’s a long sto­ry. Basi­cal­ly, as a teenag­er in the 90s I was a huge Jonathan Bran­dis fan­girl. How­ev­er, I didn’t dis­cov­er him until one sum­mer I hap­pened to catch a rerun of the first sea­son of a show called SeaQue­st DSV, of which he was a cast mem­ber. In re-watch­ing the show now, I inevitably wind up in fits of gig­gles over the “future tech” and some­what cheesy scripts, but for a geek like me, espe­cial­ly back then, it filled a huge enter­tain­ment void in my world. I took my love of that show so far that 16-year-old me even tried my hand at writ­ing my own scripts for it, nei­ther of which I fin­ished and nei­ther of which will ever see the light of day because they are absolute­ly awful. But, there was some take­away from it. The hero­ine of the Endure series, Dr. Lydia Ash­ley, was born from those pre­co­cious, imma­ture scrib­blings, and she has stayed with me all these years.

So, that leads into anoth­er part of your ques­tion. If we’re talk­ing how long it took from it to go from orig­i­nal inspi­ra­tion to com­plet­ed nov­el, the answer is sev­en­teen years. How­ev­er, I didn’t real­ly pur­sue the sto­ry until Jan­u­ary 2012. In six weeks I knocked out 68,000 words of Maven, but then I hit pause. The rea­son for this is prob­a­bly because my Steam­punk nov­el became a final­ist in a con­test, which it then won. My focus shift­ed to that book and its sequel and Lydia and Daniel got put on the shelf. Fast for­ward to Jan­u­ary of this year, at which point I had 3 or 4 unfin­ished first drafts of things in var­i­ous states. I decid­ed it would be my goal to fin­ish sev­er­al of these up over the next year and went look­ing at each one to see which spoke to me the most. Hon­est­ly, I didn’t think Maven was the one that would make the cut, but the moment I opened the file I was imme­di­ate­ly drawn back into that world. A week or so lat­er, the book was com­plete, but I real­ized their sto­ry was not. I jumped right in to the sec­ond one, and then imme­di­ate­ly the third right after that. At some point in book two, I fig­ured out this was not going to be a tril­o­gy. Four full nov­els would be required. It didn’t feel like a heavy weight to bear, how­ev­er. This sto­ry is easy for me to bring to the page now. I would think so, after think­ing about it for 17 years!

3. Maven isn’t your first nov­el length work. Tell us about your oth­er writ­ing endeav­ors.

My first fin­ished nov­el was The Dreamer’s Thread. It’s a mod­ern fan­ta­sy sto­ry and very much a first book. My writ­ing style has changed and grown so much since I put it out as a pod­cast. Peo­ple still enjoy it, how­ev­er, so I leave it float­ing around the inter­webs, wait­ing for unsus­pect­ing folks to stum­ble across it.

My sec­ond book, which isn’t out any­where yet, is the first of my Antigone’s Wrath series, a Steam­punk adven­ture called Mas­ter of Myth. It’s the one that won first place in the Crest­ed Butte Writ­ers Con­fer­ence annu­al con­test, The Sandy, and, as a result, was request­ed in full by a senior edi­tor at TOR/Forge (nev­er did get an answer either way on it, but that’s nei­ther here nor there). I’m a lit­tle over halfway done with the sec­ond in this series, Mas­ter of Machines. I was actu­al­ly hop­ing to put the first one out this sum­mer, but with all I’m doing with the Endure series, I’m no longer sure if I’ll have the time to devote to it that I think that sto­ry deserves. I know there are a lot of folks wait­ing to get their hands on it, so I hope they know I’m going to do my best here. I am only one per­son though. 🙂

4. Will you be podi­o­cast­ing your book? If so will you read it, or will you have some­one else do it?

At this time, I have no plans to pod­cast or audio­book the Endure series. Lydia and Daniel have unique voic­es to me, and I just don’t feel like I could do them jus­tice if I were to nar­rate it myself. First and fore­most, I’m con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting the writ­ten con­tent out, so peo­ple can enjoy the entire sto­ry arc as fast as I can toss it out there. I know how hard it is to wait between books in a series, so this is an exper­i­ment in rapid-fire con­tent for me. I’m curi­ous to see how it plays out.

5. Where do you see your­self and your writ­ing in ten years or so?

In ten years? Good­ness. Right now I’m just try­ing to get through the week!

I don’t real­ly know how to answer this. In an ide­al world I’d say “on top of the NYT Bestseller’s List”, but, real­ly, who wouldn’t want that? I sup­pose what I hon­est­ly want is for my writ­ing to be enjoyed by as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, and hope­ful­ly make a lit­tle mon­ey for me. I like to keep my goals real­is­tic and achiev­able. That way, I don’t get too bogged down in how I’m not mak­ing any progress towards suc­cess. There will always be anoth­er mile­stone ahead, and anoth­er brass ring to grab. Def­i­n­i­tions of suc­cess change all the time and vary great­ly from one per­son to the next. Today I might tell you I’d be hap­py to sell even 100 copies of Maven. Tomor­row, it might be land­ing a great review on a book blog I admire with a lot of fol­low­ers. A year from now I could be com­plete­ly burnt out on this whole thing and just want six hours of unin­ter­rupt­ed sleep. I have no idea. That’s prob­a­bly a ter­ri­ble answer. Feel free to chuck­le.

I can total­ly relate Star­la. I wish you lots of luck get­ting those six hours of sleep, catch­ing up to the kid­dos, pub­lish­ing and find­ing a gid­dy appre­cia­tive audi­ence to read all of your work.

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starlaStar­la Huch­ton released her first nov­el, The Dreamer’s Thread, as a full cast pod­cast pro­duc­tion begin­ning in August 2009. Her first for­ay went on to become a dou­ble-nom­i­nee and final­ist for the 2010 Par­sec Awards. Since her debut, Starla’s voice has appeared in oth­er pod­casts includ­ing The Dunes­teef Audio Fic­tion Mag­a­zine, The Drab­ble­cast, and Erot­i­ca a la Carte. She is also a voice tal­ent for Dark­fire Pro­duc­tions, and nar­rates sev­er­al of their projects, includ­ing The Emperor’s Edge series, This Path We Share, and oth­ers. Her writ­ing has appeared in the Erot­i­ca a la Carte pod­cast, a short sto­ry for The Gear­heart, and an episode of the Tales from the Archives pod­cast (the com­pan­ion to Tee Mor­ris and Philip­pa Balantine’s Min­istry of Pecu­liar Occur­rences series), which gar­nered her a sec­ond final­ist badge from the 2012 Par­sec Awards. Her sec­ond nov­el, a Steam­punk adven­ture enti­tled Mas­ter of Myth, was the first place win­ner in the Fantasy/Science Fic­tion cat­e­go­ry of The Sandy Writ­ing Con­test held annu­al­ly by the Crest­ed Butte Writ­ers Con­fer­ence. Maven is her third com­plet­ed nov­el and the first in a planned series of four.

After com­plet­ing her degree in Graph­ic Arts at Mon­terey Penin­su­la Col­lege, Star­la opened up shop as a free­lance graph­ic design­er focus­ing on cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful book cov­ers for inde­pen­dent authors pub­lish­ers. She cur­rent­ly lives in Vir­ginia where she trains her three Min­ions and mil­i­tary hus­band.

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Upon the Wings of Greater Things

Review: Primary Inversion

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Primary Inversion (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #1)Pri­ma­ry Inver­sion by Cather­ine Asaro

My rat­ing:

At the begin­ning of the year I decid­ed to active­ly seek out and read SF&F writ­ten by women or with women occu­py­ing the tit­u­lar roles. As you may imag­ine, when I first learned about Cather­ine Asaro , a female author who writes hard SF while read­ing the Com­plete Guide to Writ­ing Sci­ence Fic­tion, I was excit­ed and impressed and went in imme­di­ate search of books writ­ten by her. Aside from being an author and dancer, Asaro has degrees in chem­istry and physics from Har­vard. I felt imme­di­ate­ly assured that her books would give me that blend of believ­able SF and intrigu­ing nar­ra­tive I love. How­ev­er, not until I start­ed to read Pri­ma­ry Inver­sion did I real­ize that she can also be billed as a romance author.

This is where things sort of went bad for me.

I’m not sure if this is the point at which I am sup­posed to hand over my hon­orary girl’s club mem­ber­ship card, but I have a dif­fi­cult time with strong ele­ments of romance in my books. This is a per­son­al pref­er­ence. More accu­rate­ly, I can tol­er­ate romance if it is taste­ful, sub­tle, and does not make up the bulk of the sto­ry. Not quite so with PI, but this is not my only issue with this book.

It’s not that I hate romance… it’s just that I do. Ha. Specif­i­cal­ly, I don’t appre­ci­ate the over sen­ti­men­tal­ized, sap­py, UNREALISTIC, heart-rung qual­i­ty romance nov­els fre­quent­ly present us with. Even more specif­i­cal­ly, I pre­fer sto­ries where­in the romance is a hap­pen­stance occur­rence and not the crux of the tale.

Pri­ma­ry Inver­sion (PI) is the first nov­el in the Saga of the Sko­lian Empire series. PI is a hard SF, space opera, polit­i­cal intrigue and, yes, romance nov­el. As I typ­i­cal­ly do with my reviews, I will try to dis­cuss the mer­its of the book as I see and under­stand them with­out spoil­ing it for those who even­tu­al­ly chose to go on and read it.

PI is writ­ten in first per­son POV in the voice of the main char­ac­ter, Saus­cony Val­do­ria (Soz). Soz is an intel­li­gent, pow­er­ful super sol­dier-type who leads her own fight­er squadron. She is attrac­tive and at forty-eight years old looks about half that. Part of her super sol­dier prowess is due to her many cyber­net­ic implants, but also in part to her genet­ic make-up. She is Rhon (I still hon­est­ly don’t get it) and this makes her, in addi­tion to every­thing else, a pow­er­ful empath. She is fun­ny and spunky, bright and quick wit­ted. Soz is also the sis­ter of Kurj, Imper­a­tor of the Sko­lian Impe­ri­alate, and she is next in line to take his place. What this means is that she is old mon­ey wealthy and prac­ti­cal­ly roy­al­ty.

Her biggest inter­nal con­flict is a ten year old psy­cho­log­i­cal wound she car­ries after hav­ing been once kid­napped and raped by an Aris­to, a race that derives plea­sure from the pain of empaths.

At first I thought it was the first per­son POV that I didn’t like, but then I real­ized that in this case, first per­son wasn’t the issue so much as the char­ac­ter of Soz her­self. She is quite the Mary Sue:

  • Very Beau­ti­ful
  • Strange­ly col­ored hair
  • All men want her
  • Even men who don’t like her want her
  • An espe­cial­ly skilled pilot/leader/soldier
  • Heiress appar­ent to the Sko­lian Impe­ri­alate
  • Prac­ti­cal­ly roy­al­ty
  • Wealthy
  • Trag­ic past (rape) she is still trau­ma­tized by mak­ing her vul­ner­a­ble at just the right sit­u­a­tions
  • High­ly potent empath (Empa­thy is her super­nat­ur­al pow­er fur­ther strength­en by cyber­net­ic implants? Although there are oth­ers with this pow­er, hers is par­tic­u­lar­ly strong and well-honed.)
  • Pre­ten­tious name — Saus­cony Val­do­ria? Real­ly?
  • Incor­rupt­ible
  • Near­ly fifty but looks twen­ty-some­thing
  • Rec­og­nized her true love via ecsta­sy induc­ing mind meld

Dur­ing the course of this book, which spans over a few months, Soz enters into three rela­tion­ships. The first and most appro­pri­ate is with a man who even­tu­al­ly becomes a para­plegic. He breaks up with her so as not to destroy her life and prospects. Of course she was pre­pared to forego her com­fort and her posi­tion for him, but… Her sec­ond rela­tion­ship is with a twen­ty some­thing year old who seems ter­ri­bly naïve. Their rela­tion­ship was hard­ly explored out­side of their cud­dling and romps. He was her gold­en haired boy­toy. The last rela­tion­ship was with a twen­ty year old named Jaib­ri­ol Qox, who she met in the begin­ning of the book. JQ wasn’t just naïve but he was whol­ly inex­pe­ri­enced and also, being Rhon, had this imme­di­ate men­tal con­nec­tion with her that meant that they were soul mates. The prob­lem with this was that JQ is the heir appar­ent of the oppos­ing side a galac­tic war.

Yes, what we have here is a Romeo and Juli­et-ish tale.

I don’t like Romeo and Juli­et.

I don’t like my char­ac­ters per­fect and awe­some and unflawed.

I don’t like spend­ing an entire book stuck in the head of a char­ac­ter whose stuck on them­selves. She spends a lot of time stuck in Woe-is-me-land and I can’t stand that place. Not only that, rape or not, I have a dif­fi­cult time feel­ing as sor­ry for her as she does for her­self. As a mat­ter of fact, there was a scene in which, while drunk, she “mis­tak­en­ly” held a loaded weapon to her head. I kin­da wished she would have pulled the trig­ger. Oh, the mis­ery.

I’d also like to note here that JQ is the much younger male mir­ror image of Soz. In oth­er words, Gary Stu. See all those Mary Sue traits list­ed above? Yep. That’s him with the odd adjust­ment here and there.

So, you’re like­ly won­der­ing why I fin­ished this book. Well, in Asaro’s defense, and mine, PI presents so many inter­est­ing and fresh con­cepts and ideas that I can’t declare it a com­plete loss. The prob­lem is that the ideas that I per­son­al­ly found inter­est­ing, were either not well devel­oped of weight­ed in sim­ple yet exces­sive nar­ra­tive.

Again, first per­son brought me too close to this char­ac­ter who I did not care for. I believe that had this been writ­ten in third per­son, despite my dis­like for Soz, I could have stom­ached her.

As far as the SF ele­ments go, there are a ton of detailed tech­ni­cal descrip­tions that instead of adding to the over­all depth of the sto­ry actu­al­ly slowed the pac­ing. I skipped huge chunks to get back into the fray because at some point I’d just glaze over. Part of the issue, I believe, is the fact that PI has too many things going on. You know, less is more, and all that jazz. We have empath­ic beings, racial issues (although every­one in this book seemed human and white… don’t even get me start­ed on that), cul­tur­al issues, strong mil­i­tary ele­ments, space trav­el, polit­i­cal intrigue, cyber­net­ic implan­ta­tion, AI

About halfway in, I start­ed think­ing about McMas­ters-Bujold with her sub­tle use of tech­ni­cal ver­biage and easy believ­able roman­tic ele­ments. I missed that while read­ing PI. I know it isn’t entire­ly fair to com­pare the two authors, but the sim­i­lar­i­ties and the dif­fer­ences are strik­ing, I think, and Asaro could learn some­thing from McMas­ters-Bujold about sub­tle­ty and believ­able rela­tion­ship pro­gres­sion.

For me, the crux of the issue is that this sto­ry with all of its polit­i­cal intrigue and SF ele­ments, which I’d nor­mal­ly enjoy, appears to have been woven to sup­port these unlike­ly romances as opposed to the romances occur­ring as the nat­ur­al result of what hap­pens when two attrac­tive unat­tached and com­pat­i­ble peo­ple are thrown togeth­er. Deus Ex Machi­na is shame­less­ly and ruth­less­ly employed here and in the course of one tale is so over used as to become absolute­ly unac­cept­able.

The unfor­tu­nate past rape of Soz is a loom­ing ele­ment in this tale, as it col­ors Soz’s future expe­ri­ences. I know that rape hap­pens in real life, that it can alter how a woman sees her­self, how she feels about the world around her and that it col­ors future rela­tion­ships. Rape is trag­ic and hor­rif­ic and unac­cept­able no mat­ter what. That said, I don’t object to the inclu­sion of such a trag­ic ele­ment in a sto­ry if employed with the sen­si­tiv­i­ty it deserves. How­ev­er, in this case I do resent its use as it feels like a pil­lar upon which to prop the pro­tag­o­nist whose char­ac­ter is annoy­ing, weak­ly con­struct­ed, and paper thin.
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NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop

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What is a blog hop? Basi­cal­ly, it’s a way for read­ers to dis­cov­er authors new to them.  I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy.  On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of infor­ma­tion on me and one of my books and links to three oth­er authors you can explore!

Epcot - 30th Celebration FinaleI send my thanks, admi­ra­tion and grat­i­tude to fel­low indie authors Melanie Edmonds and Matthew Williams for invit­ing me to par­tic­i­pate in this event.  I found Melanie online a few years ago when I stum­bled upon her ser­i­al called Star­walk­er.  I was imme­di­ate­ly impressed by the qual­i­ty of her writ­ing and her very pres­ence.  I’m still impressed.  Since then she and I have become great col­leagues and co-con­trib­u­tors of Yuva, an anthol­o­gy about space trav­el and col­o­niza­tion that Matthew Williams and I con­ceived of sev­er­al months ago.

Matthew “Awe­some Sauce” Williams is the most wicked­ly pro­lif­ic author/bloggers I’ve ever known.  I envy his verve and tal­ent.  He is an absolute inspi­ra­tion and the the per­son I look to when I need a lit­tle push to keep writ­ing.  We are cur­rent­ly co-edi­tors and co-con­trib­u­tors of the Yuva Anthol­o­gy.  More to come on that lat­er.

In this blog hop, I and my fel­low authors, in their respec­tive blogs, have answered ten ques­tions about our book or work-in-progress (giv­ing you a sneak peek).  We’ve also includ­ed some behind-the-scenes infor­ma­tion about how and why we write what we write: the char­ac­ters, inspi­ra­tions, plot­ting and oth­er choic­es we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to com­ment and share your thoughts and ques­tions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the work­ing title of your book? 

My nov­el is enti­tled An Unpro­duc­tive Woman.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

You know what?  I don’t know the answer to that.  At the time that I wrote An Unpro­duc­tive Woman I’d been watch­ing a lot of Niger­ian dra­mas most of which (at the time) typ­i­cal­ly cen­tered very dra­mat­i­cal­ly around fam­i­ly and mar­riage mat­ters.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Hmm.  I can think of three that fit An Unpro­duc­tive Woman per­fect­ly: Women’s Fic­tion, Mul­ti­cul­tur­al Fic­tion, and Con­tem­po­rary Fic­tion.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your char­ac­ters in a movie ren­di­tion?

I love that ques­tion and it is very dif­fi­cult to answer.  Let’s see… hmm… well…

I see Adam, the man most peo­ple hate but end up root­ing for by the end, played by maybe Kei­th David or Del­roy Lin­do.

Asabe, is a bit more dif­fi­cult.  Per­haps There­sa Ran­dall (15 years younger) or Sharon Leal.

5: What is the one-sen­tence syn­op­sis of your book?

One man’s failed faith and secret quest to right old wrongs threat­ens to destroy his life but instead brings him full cir­cle.

Sheesh, I’m out of breath say­ing that.  How about you?

6: Is your book self-pub­lished, pub­lished by an inde­pen­dent pub­lish­er, or rep­re­sent­ed by an agency?

An Unpro­duc­tive Woman is self pub­lished and is cur­rent­ly avail­able through Ama­zon or Cre­ate­Space.  For the record, start­ing today and for the next two weeks you can sign up to win a signed copy of An Unpro­duc­tive Woman over at Good reads.

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7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your man­u­script?

I’m not cer­tain how long it took me to write the first draft, it being so long ago, but from start to fin­ish includ­ing edit­ing it took me about two years.  Then after about a year of try­ing to get a pub­lish­er, An Unpro­duc­tive Woman sat in a box for about ten years before I final­ly decid­ed to do some­thing with it.

Am I aging myself?

8: What oth­er books would you com­pare this sto­ry to with­in your genre?

Hon­est­ly I can’t make any good com­par­isons, but I have found my book on this list on Goodreads.  I am in the com­pa­ny of some great cul­tur­al reads such as Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Khaled Housseni’s The Kite Run­ner and anoth­er of his books, A Thou­sand Splen­did Suns.  I’ve read Hous­sei­ni and I think he is a genius.  I’d nev­er com­pare myself to him, but I am def­i­nite­ly hon­ored to be on that list among some lit­er­ary heavy hit­ters.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

What I can say for cer­tain is that at the time when I wrote An Unpro­duc­tive Woman I was work­ing out a lot of inter­nal demons in terms of my fam­i­ly and also spir­i­tu­al­ly.  Writ­ing An Unpro­duc­tive Woman was cathar­tic and odd as it may sound, I gleaned a lot of strength from the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter Asabe, and I learned loads about for­give­ness by tak­ing Adam through the paces.  I was emo­tion­al­ly invest­ed in each of the char­ac­ters even when they were behav­ing bad­ly.

10: Are you writ­ing any­thing else that peo­ple might be inter­est­ed in?

I’ve hint­ed that I wrote An Unpro­duc­tive Woman sev­er­al years ago, at least fif­teen.  While I feel that the sto­ry is time­less, I’m not.  Ha!  Today I am work­ing on a project called The Hin­ter­land Chron­i­cles.  I am  unsure how many install­ments there will be, but I am plan­ning on at least three short nov­els (about 75,000 words each) all tak­ing place in the same “world”.  The Hin­ter­land Chron­i­cles, or some ver­sion of it has been with me for at least five years and has come to me in dis­con­nect­ed bits and pieces here and there.  Only recent­ly did any of it make sense to me and I recent­ly stat­ed com­mit­ting words to paper.  Drop back by here some­time to check out the progress meter over in the right hand mar­gin.  I also plan to post shorts from this WIP on occa­sion to keep appetites whet.  The Hin­ter­land Chron­i­cles will be an entire­ly dif­fer­ent genre than An Unpro­duc­tive Woman and is best char­ac­ter­ized at this time as dystopi­an SF.

Who’s next on the NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP?

So glad you asked! Below you will find authors who will be join­ing me by blog, next Wednes­day. Do be sure to book­mark and add them to your cal­en­dars for updates on Works in Progress and New Releas­es! Hap­py writ­ing and read­ing!

Ale­sha Esco­bar — She is the tal­ent­ed author of the Gray Tow­er Tril­o­gy.  The Tower’s Alchemist, which is the first book in the tril­o­gy is cur­rent­ly avail­able for free on Ama­zon.  Check it out if you like fun, adven­ture and his­tor­i­cal fan­ta­sy.

Court­ney Worth Young — She writes YA para­nor­mal fan­ta­sy, is a cof­fee afi­ciona­do, geek, and voice actress.  Hmm.  Voice actress.  Her nov­el After the Woods will debut in May 2013, so keep your eyes wide open and mark your cal­en­dars.

Nadine Duc­ca — She went from med­ical trans­la­tion to writ­ing.  That makes sense to me.  And it’s a good thing.  Nadine is the author of Serv­ing Time which will soon be avail­able.  The cov­er reveal was just a few days ago so hop on over to her site to see what it looks like.  Should be excit­ing, yeah?

Sal­lie Lundy-From­mer — Sal­lie is a co-poet­ess and author of the para­nor­mal romance Yesterday’s Daugh­ter.  Check her out if you dare.