Holy bonjoes! Next Tuesday is Starspawn‘s release day! To say I’m excited is an understatement.
If you want to learn a little more about the book, I’ll be at Reddit Fantasy on Tuesday (8/9) for an AMA. Stop by and fire away! That’s also a good time to learn how to make my world* famous cucumber lemonade, should you be interested.
If you’re in the Portland area, I’ll be doing a reading at the Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills on Tuesday, August 16th, at 7 pm. For more details about the event, check out the Facebook event page.
* And by “world,” I mean “famous to me and a handful of friends, but dang this stuff is really tasty.”
If you’ve read Skinwalkers, you’ll know Jendara and Vorrin spend a lot of time traveling on board Vorrin’s ship, the Milady. Here’s a photo of the real-life tall ship I modeled her after:
The Lady Washington sails out of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. This photo was captured at the Port of Coos Bay—the closest “big town” to where I grew up.
Milady is about 80% the size of the ship in the photo: just right for a small family business. The real ship is a replica of the Lady Washington built in 1787. She was the first tall ship to make landfall on the west coast of North America.
And never fear: the beautiful Milady will be appearing in Starspawn as well!
Once a notorious pirate, Jendara has at last returned to the cold northern isles of her birth, ready to settle down and raise her young son. Yet when a mysterious tsunami wracks her island’s shore, she and her fearless crew must sail out to explore the strange island that’s risen from the sea floor. No sooner have they delved into the lost island’s alien structures than they find themselves competing with a monstrous cult eager to complete a dark ritual in those dripping halls. For something beyond all mortal comprehension has been dreaming on the sea floor. And it’s begun to wake up…
The book is due out in August.
The wonderful cover painting (which wraps around the cover—it’s really terrific!) is by Jesper Ejsing.
A lot of writers don’t read reviews of their work, but I enjoy reading them. I feel like I learn a lot about how to do my job better when I read what people think of my work (although there have definitely been a few reviews that hurt!). So the other day, I was excited to see a new review for Skinwalkers up on the Paizo forums. User chrisb71 said:
“Moreover all the main characters are female, which is nice to see women being portrayed as normal, 3 dimensional people rather than afterthoughts. If you want fiction for a daughter that is not typical romance or girl waiting for the boy to rescue her, then look into this.”
My three-part serial, “Winter’s Wolves,” is going up on the Paizo site! The first chapter has already posted, and the next two will be available on 3/12 and 3/19. I really enjoyed creating the characters of Lugh, Irlu, and Grotnir, so I’m very excited to share it.
“Winter’s Wolves” is set about a month before the beginning of Skinwalkers, so it’s a great way to prepare for what you’ll see in the novel!
One of the most exciting things about having a book is getting to see the cover. Well, here’s the cover of Skinwalkers!
This painting is by Michal Ivan, who has done some other amazing piece for Pathfinder. I can’t wait to see more of his work. And I’m pretty damn excited for the first week of March, when this book should arrive in bookstores!