Dame for a Day: Lucy A. Snyder

Dame Kaz

I am happy to introduce our very first ‘Dame for a Day’ of the new year. Oh, and Happy New Year to our readers! :) I truly hope you have a wonderful 2010 and that you all take steps to make your dreams come true… The Dames have lots of fun things to bring you in the next 12 months, and that starts with today’s very special guest.


Lucy A. Snyder‘s debut novel, Spellbent, is a rip-roaring adventure with a fabulous protagonist. Jessie Shimmer is a great character with so much to offer the reader; if you like your urban fantasy with a kick-ass female lead who is totally believable, then this is the book for you. The world-building is so much fun and you won’t be able to stop turning the pages (I couldn’t!). You can even try the first 42 pages for free!

Let me hand you over to Lucy – she has clearly put a lot of time and effort into her post; I hope you’ll read it and then stick around for a giveaway at the end.

Lucy A. Snyder

I’d like to thank Dame Kaz for inviting me to be the first Dame For A Day of 2010! It’s an honor, and I’m happy to be joining you all this Saturday.

I still can’t write 2010 without thinking of The Future (*cue dramatic music*) a la Arthur C. Clarke and a hundred other science fiction writers who were on my town library’s shelves when I was a kid. I cut my teeth on SF and fantasy as a young reader, and I quickly came to dream that someday, in The Future, I’d have a shiny novel of my own out there in the world.

And so here’s 2010, sans manned voyages to Jupiter and artificial intelligence … but we haven’t suffered a nuclear holocaust, either! Go us! And iPhones and World of Warcraft and 32GB flash drives are spaceship-cool in their own ways. Not a lot of futurists saw those coming when I was learning to read (and on the flip side, I’m rather glad they haven’t managed to fit whole meals into little pills, because that would take all the fun out of dinnertime). The future, despite everyone’s careful planning and theorizing, still managed to defy prognostication.

So, I don’t have my hovercar, but I do have my novel. And my path to becoming a published author surely would have surprised 10-year-old me. She wouldn’t have guessed that I’d set aside my beloved goal of writing novels to focus on short fiction for the better part of a decade … and she probably wouldn’t have guessed that a shelved short story assignment would lead to my first novel.

Flash back to 1995. I was finishing college at Indiana University and trying to break into publishing, either as a writer or as an editor or a layout designer – I wasn’t picky! I just wanted to work with books. I was full of enthusiasm but almost entirely lacking in clue. A woman who hosted a small campus writing group – she assured me that my writing was “totally publishable” (ha! no.) – told me about the Clarion Workshop and suggested that I should apply.

The Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop was founded in 1968, and when I attended, it was hosted by Michigan State University in East Lansing (the organizers decided to trade mosquitoes for beaches and moved to UC San Diego in 2007). It’s a six-week-long workshop where all you do is write speculative fiction (likely something close to 5,000 words a week), read (probably 90,000 words a week), and critique your classmates’ work. Some have called it “boot camp for SF writers” and that’s fairly accurate – it’s an intense experience that galvanizes some writers and traumatizes others.

I’ll admit to something shameful: I was a little cocky going in. Academia trains you to be competitive, and I’d unfortunately taken to heart our writing group leader’s assurance that I only needed Clarion for the networking opportunities it provided. I was used to being a straight-A student, used to being the smartest kid in the class. I figured I’d get in there, wow the instructors, write a few stories to make everybody happy, leave with my address book filled with new publishing contacts and get back to working on my first novel.

I had my illusions about my own workshop prospects blasted into itty-bitty bits the first night I was there. We’d met for our introductory session, and at the end we received photocopies of a few stories that students had already handed in for critique. Kelly Link was one of the students, and her story ended up at the top of my pile. You may have heard of her; she’s won a Hugo award, three Nebula awards, and a World Fantasy Award for her fiction.

The story I held in my hands that night? It would win a World Fantasy Award just a few years later. Yeah. It was that good, and a few paragraphs in, I realized that not only was I definitely not the smartest kid in this class, I wasn’t even close. I needed to shelve all my dumb-ass academic notions that the workshop was some kind of bell-curved competition. I needed to keep my mouth shut and my eyes and ears open and learn how to write.

After Clarion, I ditched the novel I’d started (Lame! Cliché!) and focused on trying to get short fiction published. I wanted to learn my craft, and my new personal goal of selling 50 short stories became my post-workshop apprenticeship.

Some people talk about the process of writing novels and stories as if there’s this huge chasm between them, as if the two forms have nothing in common and you can’t possibly learn how to write a novel by writing stories first … and frankly, that’s bullshit. Good fiction is good fiction: you need solid characterization, dialog, conflict, description, all that nifty stuff. The big difference is that novels can be a bit flabby around the middle, and most readers don’t mind a few authorial love handles; short stories (if you expect an editor to fish yours out of the slush pile, anyway) have to be lean, keen narrative machines.

So I cranked on short stories, and the first five sales took a loooong time. So very, very long. But after I made those first five sales, the next five came more quickly. Even better, I got invited to submit to a couple of Tekno Books anthologies. Tekno puts together anthologies for publishers like Ace; if you’ve read an anthology edited by Martin Greenberg or John Helfers, you’ve read a Tekno Books production regardless of the logo on the spine. These anthologies are invitation-only, and you will not be invited unless you’re a pro writer known to the editors, or recommended to them by one of their existing writers. At any rate, I wrote stories for the Tekno folks that appeared in books such as Civil War Fantastic, Guardian Angels, and The Further Adventures of Xena: Warrior Princess.

One day, my then-coauthor (now husband) Gary Braunbeck told me he’d heard that there were some slots open in a new anthology that would be released as Apprentice Fantastic, and he told me I should start working on a story pitch for co-editor Russell Davis. So I started thinking about a tale that would focus on a young apprentice whose master was dragged away to hell during a storm-calling gone wrong, leaving her in a trial-by-fire battle against demonic forces to save her city.

As it turned out, the anthology filled up before I had a chance to pitch my story to the editor. Normally, I’d have shelved the pitch and gone on to a new story, but something about this one kept sparking my imagination. I realized that there could be more to the story than what I’d plotted, a lot more.

In 2005, when I was getting close to my story sales goal and starting to put together the content for my collections Sparks and Shadows and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger, I realized it was time to get back to novel-writing. And so I pulled out the pitch that had kept popping up in my thoughts, and started writing. In late 2007 the novel was finished, and soon afterward I signed an agreement with my agent, Robert L. Fleck. And about six months later he had landed me a deal with Del Rey.

And now, after 15 months of editorial processing and waiting for my turn in the publishing schedule, Spellbent is on the bookstore shelves.

I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks so much, Lucy. :)

Now for the giveaway: Lucy has been kind enough to offer a signed copy of Spellbent to one lucky reader. This contest is open to all and will remain open until the end of the day (anywhere) on Friday 8th January, 2010. The winner will be announced soon after. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered into the draw – if you have any questions for Lucy, she will be popping in to answer them at some stage throughout the rest of this weekend.

Get commenting!

About Karen

Karen Mahoney has been a professional Tarot reader, a college counsellor, bookseller and dating agency consultant. Ever since she was six years old what she really wanted to be was Wonder Woman, but has instead settled for being a writer. Karen writes urban fantasy for young adults, and does nothing to hide the fact that she is a total geek.

She is British, but hopes that you do not hold this against her.

You can visit her at: www.kazmahoney.com.

Comments

  1. Hi, Lucy! Congrats on your release, I can’t wait to read Spellbent! Honestly, after reading the blurb, I think the ferret sounds pretty awesome. :D

  2. Lucy you make me glad that I am a reader and not an aspiring writer, that said thank goodness people like yourself do not get discouraged and keep writing so those of us who love books have more of them to read..
    I welcome a new author in UF, they are so entertaining for me to read because love the interwoven everyday into the fantastical….
    Read the excerpt you left us at top of the post and am so glad you kept your “pitch idea” it really came across as an adventure I would like to share in and read….

    Jackie B Central Texas

  3. Your view on how stories and novels are similar in many ways made concrete how I already felt about it. I’ve had too many people say the same thing: that they’re too dissimilar, so thanks. :) Btw – Love your synopsis!

  4. Hi Mrs. Snyder,

    Spellbent sounds awesome, and i will definitely be adding this to my ‘to buy’ list :)! How many books are you planning for this series?

  5. Hi Van P.!

    I contracted for a trilogy with Del Rey, so there will be two more books coming in 2010 and 2011 in which I’ll be completing an overall story arc … however, I’ve got more of Jessie’s adventures loosely plotted and if readers want more, I’ll have more novels to give them :)

    I’m also going to have a collection of erotica short stories coming out from CGP (the publisher who produced my collections Chimeric Machines and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger) in the next year or so, and several of the stories will feature characters from Spellbent. The title will probably be Orchid Carousals. I’m going to use the stories as an opportunity to sort of fill in the gaps on some of the characters’ backstories.

    -Lucy S.

  6. Jackie – thanks! Yes, one of the big factors in getting published is a refusal to quit. You can’t be so stubborn that you’re unable to listen to criticism, but you can’t be so thin-skinned that it sends you fleeing. There’s a fine line you have to walk sometimes.

  7. Wiredwizard says:

    The book sounds great & I look forward to reading it!

  8. Hi Lucy,

    As I’ve said before congratulations. I would also, in time, would like to be published with Del Rey. I’m working on my first book right now and wanted to ask you if you outline or not. I’m thinking I need to start over and possible outline my book before rewriting. I hope this sells well for you. There’s nothing more exciting than a first novel. Maybe there will be a copy on Suvudu’s free library too.

  9. Great interview! Spellbent sounds really interesting, and I love that it came from an idea that get published the way you initially planned. Congrats on the debut :)

  10. Hi Francine,

    What I do is think about the tale I’m planning to tell, think about the changes the characters will likely be experiencing, and take a whole lot of notes that I refer to when I start writing. I’ll often think of scenes while I’m taking a shower etc. and not have time to actually sit down and write before I go off to my Day Job, so I’ll write myself a quick synopsis in my notes with enough details that I won’t forget what I planned to do later.

    Having said that, prospective agents and publishers both want to see outlines when you start shopping a book around, and it’s a lot less painful to start out with an outline that you write the novel from rather than the reverse, which is to figure out how to cram 400 pages of plot and characters down into a couple of paragraphs. The downside of working from an outline is that it stifles creativity for some people b/c they think must not deviate from what they’ve planned … I change things all the time if I think of something that seems better :)

    re: Suvudu: I don’t know if there’s a plan for them to include it in the free library or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do.

    -Lucy S.

  11. Congratulations on the publication of your first novel! The story sounds great and I am looking forward to reading it. Besides Kelly Link, has anyone else at Clarion with you published a novel?

  12. Hi Kathy,

    Kelly has published a lot of short stories and has edited several books (she and her husband co-edited the fantasy selections for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for several years) but she has not written a novel.

    One of my other Clarion classmates, Nalo Hopkinson, has published several novels such as Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, and The New Moon’s Arms … her work is mostly fantasy set in the Caribbean.

    You can learn more about her at http://www.nalohopkinson.com/

    -Lucy

  13. Hi Lucy, congrats on your new release. That cover is awesome. I love it! And thanks for sharing the first 42 pages, btw. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one. :)

  14. Congrats on the novel! Do you think you’ll stick with novels? Or do you have more short stories in you?

  15. Congratulations on Spellbent’s book release. It sounds great, and I look forward to reading it!

  16. this one sounds great and I love the cover. lol. Like the ferrot. We have an almost pure white one.

  17. Hi Lucy!
    You make a fine Dame for the Day with your thoughful responses.

    How long did it take you to meet your goal of selling 50 short stories after attending Clarion?

    Thanks,
    Amber

  18. Old Man B,.\ aka Downright says:

    We go way back. You were just a tadpole, and I was already a bullfrog. Damn you turned out good! Jumpin’est little female froggy I ever did see. I see west Texas all over you, but you transformed yourself out into a mighty fertile pond, and I predict you’re going to own the place soon. I love Spellbent. Couldn’t put it down. It put a spell on me. Took me back to things that happened in the original pond that I didn’t understand at the time. Better yet, it ain’t exactly fiction, not to me. It has that edge of possibility, of malleable reality, of heroic struggle and character(s)! Oh what characters. Well done, amiga. Damned well done. It makes me want to tell you a strange story and ask you a few questions.

  19. Old Man B, aka Downright says:

    We go way back. You were just a tadpole, and I was already a bullfrog. Damn you turned out good! Jumpin’est little froggy I ever did see. I see west Texas all over you, but you made your way into a mighty fertile pond, one hop at a time, and I predict you’re going to own the place soon. I love Spellbent. Couldn’t put it down. It put a spell on me. Took me back to things that happened in the original pond that I didn’t understand at the time. Better yet, it ain’t exactly fiction, not to me. It has that edge of possibility, of malleable reality, of heroic struggle and character(s)! Oh what characters. Well done, amiga. Damned well done. It makes me want to tell you a strange story, then then have you explain it to me.

  20. I have to say the cover art is awesome! Makes me think of Brigg’s Mercy series. =)

  21. I bought this yesterday!!! It was part of my post-Christmas book buying extravaganza.

  22. Wow, I go have dinner and come back to a bunch of new responses! Thanks, everybody!

    Michele: I’m mostly focusing on novels, but I’m by no means abandoning short fiction. I recently wrote a story for the Dark Faith anthology, which will be out in May, and after I turn in the mss. for the second Jessie Shimmer book I’ll be working on stories for another collection.

    Amber: it took me pretty close to ten years. A couple of years before Clarion, in a sterling case of beginner’s luck, I sold the first story I ever submitted anywhere to the first magazine I submitted it to. After Clarion, it took me four years to make another sale (I did give away a couple of things to very tiny magazines that didn’t pay, but I don’t really count those). So that was six years between my first and second real fiction sales! Fortunately I was selling nonfiction during that time, getting my Master’s degree, publishing the Dark Planet webzine, and otherwise keeping busy ;-)

    Christine M.: The same artist who did the covers for Brigg’s Mercy series also did the cover to Spellbent :)

  23. Jackie: Thanks for getting the book! I hope you enjoy it!

  24. I looked for it at my B&N, but couldn’t find it! I’ll be picking it up as soon as it comes in!

  25. Oh, come on, Lucy, you weren’t that outclassed. Not by far… At least you stuck with fiction instead of succumbing to the call of the nonfiction dark side, like some of us did.

    In preparing to move, I found my box of Clarion 1995 manuscripts. Amidst innumerable copies of other people’s crits of my own literary sewage, I found a three-page selection of quotes from the crit sessions. For reasonable (albeit immodest) compensation I’ll be happy to not post your peers’ crits of your early work… ;-)

    ==ml

  26. Sherry: Hmm, I know the Books-A-Million chain’s had it on shelves since before Christmas even, and Borders has it … but I haven’t checked the nearby B&N to see if they’ve got it out yet. Must do that soon.

  27. Michael: Um. Do you take PayPal, or do you prefer virgins’ blood? ;-)

  28. Michael: seriously, though, as long as you don’t have secret video of me being sick with nerves in the ladies’ room right before Tim & Karen had a go at a light fantasy story I’d turned in, I think I can bear up ;-)

    As I recall I really liked your workshop stories, and you introduced me to some cool industrial bands.

  29. Lucy,

    Congrats on the novel. It sounds like it’s been a long journey. I can’t imagine to know how you feel, but I have published one short story with a novella to come, and I get the long and short of shorts. Having gone through the process, even if only once so far, I feel it has definitely made me a better writer. I can’t wait to see my first novel published…one day.

  30. Monika H. says:

    Congrats! Love the ferret and the pokemon.
    I’ve already ordered Spellbent, but amazon has pushed back my delivery date, so I wouldn’t mind winning it ;-)

    Do you think you could have written and sold a novel, if you hadn’t waited to reach your selfimposed goal? Would you have done it differently the second time around?

  31. Wow, you’re strong. I’m ashamed to say I would’ve given up on my dream. :S

  32. Spellbent sounds intriguing. It’s definitely going on my wish list. And your story is inspiring. One more deep breath and a reminder that yes, books by debut novelists really *are* still getting bought by publishers!

    I envy your trip to Clarion. My situation would never allow for a 6 week anything.

  33. Carol Thompson says:

    I have read so many post about how authors have battled to get their first book published.

    Makes you wonder if any author ever has it easy !

    Carol

  34. Monika:

    I actually had a deal to write a novel (brokered by the Tekno Books people, this time for an erotica publisher) back in late 2000. The publishing company working with Tekno was new, but seemed very well-funded. I sold the novel to them on the basis of a synopsis and a first chapter (actually a standalone short story I sold to one of their anthologies). We signed the contracts in early 2001, they wrote me a check, I started working … and *boom*, their parent tech company, financially damaged in the dotcom bust, pulled the plug overnight. The anthologies I’d sold them stories to — stories I’d sweated to finish on deadline — never came out.

    The novel I’d barely started didn’t have a home, didn’t have any real prospects in a suddenly-changed market, and I felt so demoralized by the whole thing — I wailed to Gary “But there’s a CONTRACT!” and he sort of shrugged and said “These things happen. Have some ice cream” — I had no motivation to work on it.

    Ever since I decided I wanted to be a writer, I wanted to be an all-around writer. I wanted to be able to write *anything*: novels, short stories, poetry, humor, nonfiction.

    After my novel miscarriage, I mostly ignored the markets for a couple of years and threw myself into writing for fun at a website called Everything2 — I probably produced two novels worth of writing while I was there, not all of it pro quality of course, but it gave me the opportunity to experiment with new types of writing. People (Gary, for instance) fussed at me for not writing anything “real”, but one piece I began there — “Installing Linux on a Dead Badger” — I revised and sold to a magazine called Strange Horizons. Subsequently it got Slashdotted and became an internet meme for a while. I ended up writing more humor stories in that world I’d created, and a couple of years later I sold my book by the same name.

    So, Monika, to answer your question, yes, in a more perfect world I would have had a short science fictional erotica novel out in 2002, and probably more of the same after that.

    But if I’d abandoned my short story goal, if I’d put myself in harness and focused on writing only what I thought I could sell and not try new things, I wouldn’t be the writer I am today. I wouldn’t have my two short story collections, and probably wouldn’t have my poetry collection.

    More to the point, I might not have discovered that I seem to have a bit of a knack for humor — the one down side to Clarion is that we were discouraged from writing “light” stories and the one humor piece I turned in got savaged. And a lot of early readers have said that they really enjoyed the humor I wove into Spellbent.

  35. Wow, this is the second debut (?) novel that I’ve found out about for 2010 that I really want.

    It seems that when someone writes a lot of short stories, then when they finally get their chance at a full length novel, the novel comes out as a great piece of work. It’s great that you were writing short stories, putting aside the novel for experience. And that you recognized that you needed to work, keep your ears open, mouth close, etc, during your writing class. I’ll bet there’s some people who couldn’t manage this.

    I read the excerpt that you had up for Spellbent – and loved it. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    I don’t really have a great wonderful original question for you- I’m horrible at that type of thing. I do wish you success with your novels release and I’m feeling very excited about this year’s coming books releases. I don’t remember feeling like this about books before. I’ve always looked forward to upcoming books, but this feels different this year. More enthusiastic and Happy. { Maybe it’s the pain meds? :) }

  36. Carol – my selling Spellbent was actually a comparatively smooth process. My agent, Robert L. Fleck, was the second agent I queried, and he took me on as a client very quickly. He had a contract with Del Rey in six months. That’s blazing-fast in the publishing world for an unsolicited first novel from a writer who isn’t also a celebrity or the son or daughter of a famous author.

    It was everything else leading up to it that was like climbing Mt. Everest ;-)

  37. Mardel – I do hope you enjoy the book when you get it.

  38. Melissa T – there are other good workshops that don’t take as much time. For instance, there’s the Borderlands Press Boot Camp:

    http://www.borderlandspress.com/workshops_2010.html

    And there are the workshops at the annual Context convention, which I coordinate:

    http://www.contextsf.org/workshop.htm

  39. Melissa P says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I’m looking forward to reading Spellbent!

  40. I love reading success stories! And Spellbent sounds great! Can’t wait to read it!

  41. Congratulations on your release. I’ll check it out next time I’m shopping.

  42. Teresa W. says:

    I’m always looking for new authors to read, congrats on the release!

  43. Congrats on the publication of your novel. I bet excited does not match how you’re feeling right now.

  44. Tom Gallier says:

    Wow, what an awesome story to publication you have. Good luck and much success.

  45. I just finished the excerpt, and I L O V E D I T!.

    =)

    Congratulations,
    Nicole B

  46. this sounds amazing, I’d love to see where the plot goes! congrats on getting this book published!

  47. Spellbent sounds great! I can’t wait to read it

  48. Cynthia Carter says:

    Sounds like a great book.
    I would love to win it.
    Please enter me.
    Thanks

  49. Congratulations and it’s always so inspiring to hear about debut novelists who finally achieve their dream! Your book sounds great and I’d love to check it out. :D

  50. Haha, you wrote (published) Xena fic? I had no idea. This makes me wonder if you’ve thought seriously about doing any writing for the screen? I’ve often thought that your shorts could make great TV.

    So looking forward to Spellbent – my plan is to order it in at a local book shop once they open again for the new year…

  51. Hi Lucy :)
    Congratulations again on your debut novel release. That must have been some workshop! Kelly Link’s story in your hands… (envious sigh)
    :)
    I’m glad you focused on writing. Short stories and experimenting with different types of stories. I love humor incorporated into writing. It is so very hard to do. Thank you for answering the comments here too!
    Here’s to a fabulous 2010!
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo

  52. Fergus –

    Yes, I have written stories for Xena and Doctor Who anthologies. I also pitched story ideas to Paramount for Star Trek Voyager/DS9 back when they were still taking unagented pitches … but screen/television writing is a whole different world. I’m happy doing what I’m doing right now :)

  53. Virgin’s blood will be fine.

    Unfortunately, this was before cellphone cameras and YouTube, so I don’t have video of you worshipping at the porcelain altar. On the other hand, nobody has video of me forcefully assaulting my own crotch with a tightly-rolled photocopies in the opening session, so I suppose I should be grateful.

    Seriously, good luck, and I’m writhing with envy.

  54. Nancy Frank says:

    Love the post and love your short fiction.
    We are earger to read the new novel!
    Congrats!!! and hugs from NJ.
    Nancy F

  55. Congratulations on your debut novel Lucy, I’ve just read the blurb on amazon & Spellbound sounds great! I’ve already added it to my wishlist & am looking forward to reading it!

  56. Congrats on the release.
    It looks really interesting.

  57. Congrats on the novel. Beautiful cover.

    Just wondering, what is the hardest part of writing for you?

  58. Roxy –

    The hardest part isn’t writing so much as arranging to have myself in fit mental condition to write. I have a full-time job that can leave me feeling pretty drained at the end of the day, so I’ll get up early to get some writing done before work, but if that results in me shorting myself on sleep I can only do it for a couple of days in a row, etc.

  59. Deirdre T says:

    sounds like a very interesting read!

  60. That’s such a beautiful cover! I can’t wait to read this one :)

  61. CONGRATULATIONS, LUCY! You did it! [AND lived to write about it!] I could not be happier for you! As for myself, I really, really hope I can win the book bc I’d love to read about your kick-ass heroine from an autographed copy! Holly (Stocking)

  62. Congrats on the new release :)

  63. Congrats on the new Release ! love to read something from a new author for me :)

    – describe your writing in 2 words ?
    – what’s your favorite scene on this book ?

  64. Your book sounds amazing and I love hearing your quest to novel and publication. Its inspiring!

    I’m really eager to try your novel on for size…. just need my To-be-read to get down to size too.

  65. Spellbent sounds absolutely awesome and I love the cover for it. I heard about this book a while ago and have been dying to read it for quite some time. So happy to see you here today Lucy! Good luck with all you do. :)

  66. Spellbent sounds great! and I really like the cover, did you choose it? something to say about the making off ;)?

  67. Hi Sheere –

    I’ve had total control over the covers of my small-press books (Sparks and Shadows, Installing Linux on a Dead Badger, and Chimeric Machines) and have worked closely with the artists, but things work a bit differently at a major publisher like Del Rey :)

    For Spellbent, my editor asked me if I had any ideas for the cover, so I wrote some up, gave her reference descriptions of the characters and major scenes, and she passed everything along to the marketing people who passed the info to the artist … who had his own, completely different vision for the book’s cover ;-)

    They did run the cover for Spellbent (and its sequel, Shotgun Sorceress) past me after the artist turned in his first versions, and I’ve been able to request small changes. But ultimately the covers have been all Dan Dos Santos’ interpretation of the books. I haven’t ever communicated with him directly about the artwork.

    I really like the the art he came up with for Spellbent – the colors pop and it’s a good metaphor for the plot.

  68. Heather C says:

    Hi Lucy!!! Congrats on the release!!! I think I read one of your stories from the Xena anthology. I’m going to need to check when I get home.

  69. Wow, that was an intriguing post. Congratulations on the publication of Spellbent, Lucy – it’s definitely going on my “to be read” list!

  70. I saw this book online a while back and have been eagerly anticipating it’s arrival ever since.

    Congratulations Lucy. Wishing you continued success.

    Please count me in.

  71. Congrats on your release, Lucy. I look forward in reading your works.

  72. Your book sounds really good, Lucy. Congrats on your release. How old were you when you realised you wanted to try and become a writer?

  73. Hi Sam! I realized I wanted to become a writer when I read Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time … the book hooked me as a lifelong science fiction/fantasy reader and also fixed me on the idea of writing fantasy and SF instead of mainstream work. I remember that the book spoke to me in a way that nothing I’d read until then really had, and I had that shivery sense of wonder you get with really good speculative fiction. And I thought to myself that if I could write something that made another person feel the way I was feeling, then that would have to be the best job in the world. I think I was probably 8 or so.

  74. A. Yackell says:

    Lucy,

    A Wrinkle in Time was the book that hooked me too. Although I’d like to jump up and down and say, “Pick me! Pick me!” I’ll be checking my local library for your work. Congratulations & please keep writing!

  75. Coming in late it seems, well the books looks and sounds cool so I am in :D
    Congrats on the release!

  76. Lucy, I can’t wait to read this novel. I have an early short story from you, published by Cemetery Dance. Keep swirlin’ that pen, mamma.

  77. It’s so nice to see such hard work being rewarded. Kudos! :D

  78. Josh Peterson says:

    Hi Lucy:

    Looking back at Clarion, it’s hard to compare it to boot camp. Boot camp doesn’t have nearly as much bubble blowing. It was an intense experience, though, and I’m glad for the growth you’ve shown in your writing since then.

    Whatever the future holds, orbital hotels and space elevators may be far away, but at least we have your novel, and we can hope for more. Keep up the good work.

    Josh

  79. Congratulations on the book release! I can’t wait to read it and then to snatch up Shotgun Sorceress when it’s released!

  80. This is a great piece for aspiring writers to read. You are so candid and reveal the long hard road as it truly is. Great job! This will hopefully serve to bolster those starting to flag or doubt. Never give up. But above all, keep writing. One word in front of the other.

    Wishing you much future success!

  81. Barbara Elness says:

    Loved your post, it was interesting to learn about your path to publication. Just want to say that the more I hear about Spellbent, the more I want to read it.

  82. Thanks for participating, everyone!

  83. Thanks for sharing your story with us, and for the chance to win. :)

  84. Robert B. says:

    Awesome! By the way, it is still January 8th 10:25 PM where I am.

  85. Thanks also to Julie and Robert B.! Dame Kaz and I are still conferring on the winner. :)

  86. Hi everybody, Kaz randomly picked the winner over here: http://www.deadlinedames.com/?p=2426

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