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April 2013 News

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April, 2013:

New website launches – you are here!

I’m slowly copying blog posts from loisgresh.blogspot.com. Moving forward, I’ll post news in both locations throughout 2013.

I’m pleased to report that I’ve sold another book to St. Martin’s Press. My deadline is November 15, 2013, so it’s going to be another busy year.

French rights to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS COMPANION sold this month – always nice news.

I just joined the 2013 HWA Novel Jury.

I’m also on BookViewCafe’s social media team.

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From Lois’ Trivia Box

0422a_MythosHPLEvery now and then, I dig through my Trivia Box (yes, I actually have one) and post photos of some of the writing-related items I’ve accumulated over the years.

I have a bunch of SFWA membership cards ranging back to 1993, when I first qualified as a supposed professional.

My father would have been thrilled. A science fiction addict, he went to the library every week and stocked the house with science fiction and current affairs books. Growing up, I had little interest in current affairs aka politics, but oh, did I love those SF novels!

Also in the photo is an H.P. Lovecraft card from the Mythos game. My son and I enjoyed countless hours playing Mythos, and along with the “Insane Mother” card, which my son particularly enjoyed — gee, I wonder why? — this card was a favorite.

I have to note here that we got almost all of our cards from Bob Weinberg. Apparently, Bob had many cartons of Mythos cards in his “book business warehouse.” He told me that the game wasn’t particularly popular, so he was stuck with a lot of cards and I was welcome to them.

In the 90s, writers were into buttons and often passed them out at conventions. Most of these buttons were along the lines of “I’m an Author, please feed my creditors” and “Writers deserve royalties.” I collected quite a few and tossed them all into the Trivia Box back home.

0422b_buttons96Other than “starving author” buttons, I also ended up with more interesting momentoes, such as “Cthulhu in ’96” and “House of Blues – French Quarter” from the World Fantasy Convention in New Orleans.

Oh yes, and the rubber finger in the photo: Adam-Troy Castro gave this to me at a convention in the 90s.

Which brings me to the rubber teeth, shown below, that Leslie What sent to me as a gift. These are refrigerator magnets. I’ve had them since the mid-90s. I’m not sure why this photo includes an old penny. Perhaps I found it as a convention – ? Yeah, probably.

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Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

I’m slowly getting around to posting news about various books. Sometime in 2013, grab a copy of

Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 

from the folks who bring you the fantastic Now Write! series.

I contributed a chapter for the book some time ago.  I was thrilled when Laurie Lamson asked me to be part of this amazing series. Why? Because her other contributors include major talents such as Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Ursula K. LeGuin, Steven Barnes, Kealan Patrick Burke, John Skipp, and Lisa Morton.

Wow, what a line up!  For anyone who wants to learn how to write fantasy, horror, and/or science fiction, this is the book to get. Tarcher/Penguin is the publisher.

I’ll keep you posted as I hear more about the book’s release.