Frequently Asked Questions


When will the next Ælven book be available?

What?  There's more?

Yes, there's more. Expect another Immortal book in December 2013 and a Blood of the Kindred book probably in 2014.  Can't say when; big life changes have happened recently and that's kept me from writing as much as I'd like.


What are you working on?

Immortal #3, tentatively titled Forever, is scheduled for a December 2013 release.

A third Wisteria Tearoom (Patrice Greenwood) mystery will come out in June 2014.

Titles coming in print soon:  Dead Man's Hand, Pet Noir, and Galveston (Far Western Civil War book 3).

The Shadow Conspiracy III
has been postponed, but when it comes out from
Book View Café it will include another Marie LaVeau story.


Where can I find a copy of your short story "Coyote Ugly?"

Coyote Ugly and Other Tales is now an ebook!  Don't have an ereader?  You can buy the .pdf version from Book View Café and read it on your computer.  Trade paper edition also available.



Does your short story "Coyote Ugly" have anything to do with the movie?

The only thing they have in common is the source of the title, an old joke that progresses from "one bag ugly" to "two bag ugly" to "coyote ugly." The story came out in 1994, years before the movie. Alas, no movie option money for me from this one.


Can you [give me various kinds of writing help]?

Two blogs you must follow if you're serious about being a professional writer:  Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith.  Be prepared to have your favorite myths busted.

There's lots of advice out there. The first thing I will advise any new writer is to be aware of the difference between mainstream publishing, self-publishing, and vanity press.  Particularly the last two can confuse newcomers.  Here's a very clear article on that from Writer Beware.

Joe Konrath recently posted a wonderful encapsulation of the publishing industry on his blog.

Kate Elliot wrote a wonderful and detailed blog posting called Advice for first-time sff novelists. Actually it's great advice for any genre novelist, and there are gems in there for most any writer.

For those of you wanting advice on finding an agent, I highly recommend you read Dean Wesley Smith's Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing blog series, especially the posts about agents.  You will learn things about agents that you never realized. 

Laura Resnick has written lots of advice for writers. Check her website and go to her Writer's Resource Page. She's also published a book about her writing adventures, Rejection, Romance and Royalties: The Wacky World of a Working Writer.

And I've got a modest page of links to more advice from my historical fiction website.

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