Monday, July 12. 2010
One of the great things about writing for DAW is the range of authors I've met through my publisher. Last year, I wrote about Joshua Palmatier's wonderful Throne of Amenkor series, which I really like. Joshua also writes as Benjamin Tate, and here he is talking about he's latest novel, Well of Sorrows.
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Thursday, July 8. 2010
My short story, 'The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will', is to appear in the forthcoming anthology After Hours: Tales from the Ur Bar, edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier, and due from DAW books in March 2011. Here's part of the press release:
"The first bar, created
up in the intrigues and scandals of the 'Poison's Affair'. A young
woman has to choose between herself and her principles in an atmosphere
of danger and betrayal. I had a lot of fun writing it: it's a period
that fascinates me. And I gained a huge piece of inspiration from the
work of artist jeweller Elise Matheson. The title of my story comes from
a beautiful pair of named earrings that I bought from her last autumn.
Look out for me wearing them at a con sometime soon.
Friday, May 7. 2010
I'm getting ready to set out for Oxford for the Write Fantastic Fifth Anniversary Event tomorrow (May 8th) at the Jacqueline du Pre Building, St Hilda's College, Oxford. We have a great programme and line-up of guests and it's going to be a lot of fun. It's now too late to pre-book, but there will be memberships available on the door from 10.00 am and things kick off at 10.30, with an panel on debut writers with Ian Whates, Mike Shevdon, Jenni Hill and me. You can find all the details here: http://www.thewritefantastic.com/anniversary.html
And we're having a book launch for our anthology Anniversaries: stories by the Write Fantastic, published by NewCon Press, at 4 pm. There are brand new stories from all the members -- Sarah Ash, Chaz Brenchley, Juliet McKenna, Jessica Rydill, Freda Warrington, Ian Whates, Liz Williams and me, plus an introduction by Stan Nichols. It's a very limited print run -- only 70 copies -- and some are already pre-sold, so if you want one, come along tomorrow or order from the NewCon Press website here:http://www.newconpress.co.uk/BookDetail/tabid/57/ProdID/20/RtnTab/70/PageIndex/1/CatID/-1/Default.aspx
Thursday, April 15. 2010
I shall be out and about in London next week. On
Wednesday 21st April, I'm being interviewed by Chaz Brenchley for the
British SF Association at their monthly London meeting. It takes place
in the Upstairs Room in the Antelope Tavern, 22 Eaton Terrace,
Belgravia, London SW1W 8EZ. It starts at 7 pm, and the nearest
underground station is Sloane Square.
Then on Thursday 22nd
April, I'm signing at Forbidden Planet London (Shaftesbury Avenue) along
with Chaz, Ian Whates, Sarah Singleton, Ian Watson and other lovely
people, to launch the new NewCon Press anthology The Bitten Word,
which includes my vampire space beetle story 'Cold Rush.' Further
details here: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2
Saturday, April 10. 2010
I have shiny news: I've been invited to join writers' collective The
Write Fantastic . Of course, I jumped at it: the WF are a great
group of really fine writers and I'm honoured to be allowed to join.
more -- to celebrate their Fifth Anniversary, TWF are holding a one-day
event on Saturday 8th May at St Hilda's College Oxford. We have a
great line-up -- all the WF members -- (Juliet E McKenna, Chaz
Brenchley, Jessica Rydill, Sarah Ash, Deborah J Miller, Stan Nicholls,
Mark Chadbourn, Ian Whates, Freda Warrington and Liz Williams -- along
with special guests Geoff Ryman, Stephen Deas, Ben Jeapes, Mike Shevdon
and Ian Watson. There will be discussions, panels, and the launch of our new anthology, Anniversaries: stories by the Write Fantastic. All the details are here: http://www.thewritefantastic.com/annive
Continue reading "One Day Event on May 8th"
Tuesday, March 30. 2010
It's almost time for Eastercon, which this year is at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel at Heathrow. I'm giving one of my history talks -- it's been 5 years, I think, since the last one, and they asked, so... My schedule is below:
Friday 4pm Connaught "Arthur and Merlin - Where do the legends originate?"
Tuesday, March 23. 2010
This weekend, I shall be attending World Horror Convention 2010
at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton (England). I'm on the border as a horror writer, but a lot of fantasy writers and fans also attend and the guest of honour is the great Tanith Lee.Â
My science fiction short story 'Cold Rush' is coming out this weekend, too, in the anthology The Bitten Word from NewCon Press. It's being launched at the convention.
Friday, March 19. 2010
Thursday, February 18. 2010
Living with Ghosts was shortlisted for the 2009 William F Crawford first novel award. This is a huge honour: it's a juried award and the other nominees are all excellent writers. My fellow nominees were Deborah Biancotti, for A Book of Endings, Ali Shaw for The Girl With Glass Feet, and Jeddediah Berry, for The Manual of Detection,with was selected as the winner. Many congratulations to him, and to all my fellow nominees.
Monday, December 7. 2009
It's been far too long since I last posted here. November seems to have been hopelessly busy. World Fantasy Con was very pleasant: it was peculiar to be at a convention without Phil, and while there were other British writers there (notably the wonderful Chaz Brenchley, who undertook to look after me), I didn't know as many people as I usually do. I managed to meet up with a number of LiveJournal friends, which was excellent.
I've now finished the first full draft of The Grass King's Concubine and am now working on the revisions. It's reading fairly well and I'm more pleased with it than I expected. Hopefully it should go off to the editor before the end of this month.
And then... lots of rain (which I like) leading to lots of damp cats climbing on me at all hours. I have a couple of short stories in the pipeline, one science fiction piece in the NewCon Press anthology The Bitten Word, due in March 2010, and one in a collection from The Write Fantastic, which should be out in May.
You can always find me on LiveJournal http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/
And I'm now also on Facebook, under Kari Sperring, if you want to come and say hi.
Monday, October 26. 2009
Tuesday, October 20. 2009
Thursday, September 24. 2009
I have a new story coming out on Valentine's Day 2010, in the anthology Lace and Blade 3
, ed. Deborah J Ross, from the wonderful small-press publisher Norilana Books. I'm really excited about this: I love this series, which focuses on swashbuckling adventure and Romance in the Dumas style. And the line-up is great: it's a huge honour to be included alongside writers like Tanith Lee, Judith Tarr and Rosemary Hawley Jarman. No cover art as yet, but here's the full list of stories:Kari Sperring, "Featherweight"
Sean McMullen, "Culverelle"
Sheila Finch, "Fortune's Stepchild"
Judith Tarr, "The Horned King"
Jay Lake & Shannon Page, "Embers"
Tanith Lee, "Question a Stone"
Dave Smeds, "A Swain of Kneaded Moonlight"
Rosemary Hawley Jarman, "Fire and Frost and Burning Rose"
K. D. Wentworth, "The Garden of Swords"
Diana L. Paxson, "Blue Velvet"
Samantha Henderson, "Outlander"
Carol Berg, "The Heart's Coda"
Thursday, September 17. 2009
This weekend, I shall be at Fantasycon, the annual convention of the British Fantasy Society, at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham. There are some wonderful guests, notably Gail Z Martin and Jasper fforde. I'm looking forward to it.
I'm on a couple of panels, one on British Folklore ('The Green Man')_, at 3pm on Saturday, and one on New Fantasy Writers, at 10 am on Sunday.
Monday, August 3. 2009
Photo credit: Phil Nanson
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