New Fiction – Ghost Ride in On Spec’s Winter 2012-13 Issue

Excellent news! My story Ghost Ride appears in the wonderful On Spec Magazine‘s Winter 2012-2013 issue.

Head over to On Spec to pick up a copy of the magazine. Enjoy!

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The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing? What’s that, you ask?

It could be a million things, but in this case it’s a whole bunch of writers inviting each other to talk about our own Next Big Projects. My friend Melissa Yuan-Innes, who I’ve know since we bonded at Writers of the Future a while back, tagged me as part of this week’s installments. Thanks, Melissa!

Here’s my offering – work in progress Demon City.


1) What is the working title of your next book?

Demon City, which is a sequel to my young adult fantasy novel Hunt. It’s written under my pen name for young adult fiction, Claire Crow.

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

From a writing assignment at a workshop on the Oregon Coast. During a week-long mystery writing intensive, we wrote short fiction and proposals (the first three chapters and a synopsis of a novel). Now, Demon City isn’t a mystery per se. But it’s got mystery elements. To be specific, it’s a young adult fantasy noir.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Oops. Already answered that. See #2.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I haven’t thought about this sort of thing at all. I mean at. all. But now that I’m asked to … Nicholas Hoult, who rocked in X-Men: First Class, would be fabulous as Rudolph “Rude” Diamond Davies III, way too cool for school class clown and apprentice Faery Seer. Josh Hutcherson for Kevin. I loved him in The Hunger Games and The Kids are All Right, and he would be perfect for Kevin’s every-guy-with-Faery-connections thing. Kristin Stewart for Simone. I’m betting she could do a great human-turning-Faery-fiery magical songstress.

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

When a spell-gone-wrong turns Rude Davies’ city into a creature feature Gotham, he must find a way to reverse the magic before he loses everyone he cares about—and his own humanity.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Indie, baby.

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

The first draft is still in progress. I anticipate it will be completed in the early spring, with a release date for the final book in summer 2013.

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

I have no idea. My fabulous copyeditor who worked on the first installment in the series, Hunt, compared it with the super talented Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely books. Who on earth wouldn’t want to hear something that wonderful about one of her books?

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

I adore the universe I created in Hunt. I adore the characters. Folks have told me that they loved Kevin’s story in Hunt, and asked me when I would be writing Rude’s tale. So a story for Rude has been bubbling in the back of my mind for a bit. And during the aforementioned mystery writing intensive, one of the short stories I wrote hinted at a perfect plot to put Rude in the middle of. (That short story is called Snakebite, and was originally published in Chiaroscuro as By Appointment.)

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

A darker shade of Faery. Demons. Angels. High stakes. Action. Romance. And badass tattoos.


Other writers to read—and who were also tagged in this week’s The Next Big Thing:

Robert Jeschonek

One of the most original writers I’ve ever read. Simply brilliant. I’ve never read a Robert Jeschonek story I haven’t loved, and I’ve never read one of his stories that didn’t surprise me.

Steve Mohan, Jr. (also writes as Henry Martin)
Super smart, action-packed stories with characters who are never just characters on a page, but real people faced with tough choices. Steve’s stories always keep me on the edge of my seat.

Melissa Yuan-Innes

Writes fabulous short fiction and novels about magic and medicine, among them great medical thrillers. Melissa’s stories are fresh and smart, and never fail to entertain.

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“The Vault” at Daily Science Fiction

My story “The Vault” is up at the fantastic magazine Daily Science Fiction. Hooray!

I wrote “The Vault” a couple of years ago as part of an Oregon Writers Network workshop challenge that had me outside my comfort zone immediately. And as we all know, outside the comfort zone is where the magic happens.

The story is free to read. If you do so, I hope you enjoy it!

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New story at The Chiaroscuro this week

My story By Appointment is up at The Chiaroscuro this week as part of the amazingly amazing mega issue number 47. While you’re there, please check out the wealth of incredible fiction offered not only this week but in the previous weeks this issue has been live. Luscious reading, people!

A quick note on By Appointment: I wrote this story during the mystery workshop on the Oregon coast last May at the end of a very intense week of writing and trial by fire camaraderie. It was all made of love (the writing, that is — the story itself is made of creepiness) because we were all there that week passionately learning and doing what we love.

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Newest fiction available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords

Fan should’ve known better, but desire overrode common sense and she ended up pregnant. Breeding. The worst word in the world, because of what it means. Forcible capture. Registration. Planting. Harvesting. Death. She prays that her beloved Denny will rescue her. When he does, she finally understands the meaning of another word. Helpless. Originally published in GUD Magazine.

A nation engulfed in endless war. Troops die faster than they can be replaced. The military raises its veterans from the dead, including Evie’s grandfather. She copes with his sudden appearance and departure, but her grandfather’s return to the battlefield pushes Evie’s mother to the crushing grief she felt when he died the first time. Evie will find a way to help and die—or kill—trying. Originally published in Fantasy Magazine.

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Fast-Changing Publishing Industry

The publishing industry is changing on a daily basis. If there’s one thing anyone could predict about the future of publishing, it’s that there’s no way to predict the future of publishing. That said, there are interesting trends revealing themselves in the rise e-book sales as a percentage of overall book sales, the take-off of indie publishing, the indie writers who are taking traditional publishing book deals, and the writers who’ve always traditionally published but are jumping ship into indie publishing. Keeping up with all the news is time-consuming, necessary, and absolutely worth every minute of reading and studying.

If you’re not reading Dean Wesley Smith’s and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blogs and you’re interested in everything that’s going down these days, click the links post-haste and read.

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New fiction available!

Addie pays quick cash for cursed objects. That’s how she makes the innocent safe–and how she atones every single day for the terrible bargain she made as a young, abused girl on the street. She never speaks of the vile price she paid for freedom or the crime she committed–until the victim strolls through the door of her shop carrying the worst curse of all. Originally published in the DAW Books anthology Crime Spells.


Griff broke the law and missed his own wedding on account of getting caught. To add insult to injury, his bride-to-be married a better prospect and hopped the final transport off-planet, leaving Griff to his immediate punishment and worse—a lifetime trapped on a used-up world. What kind of future could a would-be adventurer like himself conjure from dust, dreams, and beer? Originally published in the DAW Books anthology Cosmic Cocktails.

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Welcome to my new website (the old one was lost to a Misguided Hacker). We’re under construction here. Stay tuned for info on the latest offerings in short fiction, novels, and other adventures.

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