Finishing Off September

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog, clockwork dagger, public speaking | 0 comments

Over at, I answer The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe.

Looking a few months ahead, I am happy to announce that I’ll have a booksigning on December 6th from 1-3pm at the Metro Center Barnes & Noble in Phoenix. This is a more casual thing–no reading–but I’ll sit at a table and lure in people with cookies. If you’re in the area, please pencil in the date and drop by to say hi!

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Meet My Character Blog Tour

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, clockwork dagger | 0 comments

I was tagged by my agent-sister Alyssa Goodnight to take part in the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Since I still have The Clockwork Dagger on my brain (gee, I wonder why?), I thought I’d talk about my heroine.

Octavia in medician attire: artwork by Darryl Knickrehm1.) What is the name of your character?
Octavia Leander.

2.) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
She’s completely fictional, though inspired by medics, nurses, and corpsmen who have served in recent wars.

3.) When and where is the story set?
It’s set on a secondary world (based on Earth, but not Earth). The geography is based on the area around Seattle, Washington, and the time period is inspired by post-World War I Europe. The primary action is in a kingdom named Caskentia.

4.) What should we know about him/her?
Octavia was orphaned at age 12 when an enemy airship crashed atop her village. For the past ten years, she’s been mentored by Miss Percival at an academy for medicians in training. Much of that time has been spent in field hospitals at the front line of an endless war between Caskentia and the Waste. She has unusually powerful healing skills drawn from a world tree called the Lady.

5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Armistice has been declared–yet again–and Octavia is setting out to establish her own medical practice in a village. When her airship journey is plagued by murder and poison, it becomes clear that Octavia is the intended target.

6.) What is the personal goal of the character?
She wants a true home, a place to belong. Instead, her trip becomes a scramble to stay alive at all.

7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The book is out as of the 16th! The Clockwork Dagger was published by Harper Voyager and it’s available everywhere. Here you can read the back cover copy and find links to many booksellers.

8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
It’s out! It’s real! Wheeeee!

PosterWriters, feel free to copy/paste the meme and continue it!

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Sunday Quote is ready for autumn

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“Anybody who writes a book is an optimist. First of all, they think they’re going to finish it. Second, they think somebody’s going to publish it. Third, they think somebody’s going to read it. Fourth, they think somebody’s going to like it. How optimistic is that?” ~Margaret Atwood

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Links of the Week

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in anthology:story, Blog, clockwork dagger, online publication, public speaking, publication process | 0 comments

First of all, the ZOMG link of the week: an amazing review of The Clockwork Dagger over on Yes, THE NPR.

This means I’ve now had features in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today,, and the Arizona Republic in the past week and a half, and I wasn’t even arrested!

I am still blog touring and popping up here and there and everywhere.

- My story “Post-Apocalyptic Conversations with a Sidewalk” was just published in Nature! This is one of my favorite works for the whole year.

- I’m interviewed at The Nameless Zine.

- At Write 1 Sub 1 I tell all about “The Horror of Revision Letters.”

- Rhonda Parrish interviewed me at her blog.

- The second half of my podcast is up at Kingdoms of Evil!


The blog tour for the book and parasol ENDS TODAY. Check it out and spread the word, please!

[9/16: Me signing my first books in public at the Goodyear, Arizona, Barnes & Noble]

[9/16: Me signing my first books in public at the Goodyear, Arizona, Barnes & Noble]

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