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The Dragonkin Trilogy: One

by Michael Meyerhofer

In a land haunted by the legacy of dead dragons, Rowen Locke has been many things: orphan, gravedigger, mercenary. All he ever wanted was to become a Knight of Crane and wield a kingsteel sword against the kind of grown horrors his childhood knows all too well.

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Meet Mary Fan,
Author of the
Jane Colt Novels

 
1. Mary, as someone who writes about the future, but lives in the present, are you optimistic about where humans are headed?  What belief about today can we take away from your stories?

I think that whether we wire ourselves into the Internet or forsake technology and return to simpler times, people will always be people.
 Ideas evolve and styles change, but there are certain aspects to being human that are fundamental to our core – the need to believe in something, the fear of the different. Such elements lie beneath every culture and society across time, and the world we see around us is simply the current manifestation.

Technology will advance and attitudes will change, but people will always be people – flawed beings fumbling and striving to fulfill themselves, crawling over one another to get there, reaching out for proof that they're not alone.
But I guess I'm optimistic about where humans are headed, because ultimately the world is improving, slowly but surely.

2. What does being a young woman writing sci-fi bring to your chosen genre? Was this on your mind when creating Jane Colt?

When I set out to write the Jane Colt series, my goal was to humanize a genre I've always loved and enjoyed. Because as much as I love watching Chosen Ones and battle-
hardened military experts determine the fate of the universe, I always wondered about the little people living on those planets they fight over. Which is why Jane starts the series as just another young woman going through a quarter life crisis.

I find that sci-fi often zeroes in on the plot and treats its characters as players in a bigger game, but neglects the ins and outs of being human. And so with the Jane Colt series, my aim was to really get inside this character's head and see what would happen if I took a less-than-extraordinary young woman and threw her into the kind of sci-fi action/adventure story usually reserved for well-trained combatants. In that sense, the series reads a bit more like contemporary fiction than a lot of sci-fi. But I still get to play with starships and virtual reality.

It never occurred to me when I started the series that I, as both a female sci-fi writer and a racial minority in the U.S., was raising my little soprano voice to a chorus of burly baritones. Because seriously, it's 2014, and such things really shouldn't be an issue any more.  But it doesn't take much looking to see that it still is, so I hope that in time, more and more will join me so we'll have a full choir rather than one section taking up the whole stage.
 
3. Who are the authors who’ve influenced you? Are there any recently discovered writers? 

I've read a hodgepodge of books across the years, and so my influences are a mishmash of disparate writers. Jane's character was partly inspired by Scarlet O'Hara, so there's Margaret Mitchell to thank for that. Reading Steig Larsson showed me how a plot-driven book can carry more impact by pausing to breathe and develop the characters, to delve into their backgrounds and dig into their ways of thinking, even if they're only a bit player in the grand scheme of things. Victor Hugo's way of weaving philosophy into his stories inspired me to try my hand at the same. Then, of course, there are the sci-fi Grand Masters, such as Jack Williamson, Fredrick Pohl, H.G. Wells, Ben Bova, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Philip K. Dick… The weavers of grand ideas and great concepts.

As for recently discovered writers, I'll confess that I read a disproportionate amount of kid lit and teen books for someone who is supposedly an adult. Rick Riordan and Marissa Meyer both come to mind as expert plotters whose pacing is to be envied. And of course, Joss Whedon, who is a total troll but nevertheless awesome.
 
4. Would you rather have a small group of faithful readers who love your work, and automatically buy each new title, or a much larger group of readers less enamored with you, and who will only buy your work if they like the premise?

Yes.

Of course, like every author, I want the whole world to cling to my every book and love and praise it as being perfect, perfect, perfect and the best thing ever! Realistically, though, I know my style will draw the former group more than the latter. I will readily confess that my premise alone isn't as attention-grabbing as some of the other stuff out there, which is why I'm much better at pitching in person than from behind a computer screen. But I've found that once people take the leap and crack the spine, most like what they see and look for more.
 
5. I know you attend various cons/conventions and book signings. What have you learned from interacting with the people there?

I've learned that it's fun but exhausting! I do much better at sci-fi/fantasy cons than at bookstores because not only is there more traffic, but the audience is right, which is very important for an author writing in a relatively niche genre (compared to the behemoths of mystery and women's fiction). Cons are great because it's where people feel free to relax and let all the weird out – myself included. And so I've met a lot of interesting folks, both con attendees and fellow authors, at these events. I find they're unbounded by the ordinary and eager for the new, which is great.
 
6. Have you ever dressed up at a con? Details, please!

I have! I don't own a full-on costume or dress up as a particular character, but I mix and match pieces to create some kind of out-of-this-world look at each con. For the first convention I went to, Philcon, I wore a leather trench coat and a Venetian mask and carried double swords around. Then I picked up a medieval-looking circlet with dragons on it at Darkovercon, where I was dressed in a floaty pink fairy dress and flower headpiece. That circlet, along with a silver armband, are now among my con outfit staples. I've sported a pair of red-and-black angel wings (which I borrowed from fellow RA author Elizabeth Corrigan) at the last two conventions, usually with a black dress and major heels. And at Central PA Comic Con, where I was pushing Team Sci-Fi for our Battle of the Genres panel, I donned a futuristic-looking gray leather jacket.

One of these days, I'm going to splurge on head-to-toe regalia, although the challenge is that what I really want is a full-on steampunk outfit with a corset and hat, but the brand marketer in me tells me that I should get a sci-fi jumpsuit and laser gun or something. But half the fun of going to cons is getting to wear things that raise eyebrows, so you'll never find me in anything boring while I'm at one!

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Grunge Gods and Graveyards
by Kimberly Giarratano
Available June 2014

Parted by death. Tethered by love.

Lainey Bloom’s high school senior year is a complete disaster. The popular clique, led by mean girl Wynter Woods, bullies her constantly. The principal threatens not to let her graduate unless she completes a major research project. And everyone blames her for the death of Wynter’s boyfriend, Danny Obregon.

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Painting the Moon
by Traci Borum
Available June 2014

 

When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint cottage and an art gallery from her famous British aunt, she’s happy to leave her boring life in San Diego and take a trip to England. A locked room, a detailed diary, and a rich history of eccentricity make her visit even more interesting. Added to that, the art gallery is on the verge of financial ruin.
 

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Secret Affinity: Book Two

by Melissa MacVicar


Available July 2014

New town, new school, new ghost.

Jade has a dedicated boyfriend, an overprotective mom, and a full scholarship. Uprooted from Nantucket, Jade is installed off-island at her dad’s new house so she can attend snobby Layton Academy. Leaving Charlie behind is sheer torment, but living with her father has plenty of dangerous distraction—in the form of a terrifying spirit haunting her new school.


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When You Make It Home

by Claire Ashby

Available Summer 2014

Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her lesson and has her mind set on success—until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.

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