Regardless of my newbieness, it turns out there's one thing I do know about the publishing business, and it's this: sometimes conventional wisdom is bullshit. I hear assertions from people that are downright startling, mostly because I'm a living counterexample. I'd hate to have people reluctant to push their baby novels out of the nest … Continue reading Dispelling a Couple of Myths
When I was pregnant, I had a picture in my head of what my daughter would be like. She would be a reader, of course. (Not right away. Everyone thinks their child will be a genius, sure; but even I knew womb-to-library was probably a bit too much to expect.) She would be quiet and … Continue reading Who Are These People?
Earlier this week, someone asked me this question. This is not the first time I've been asked, but in this situation I was nervous. It was an interview, of sorts, and this question was part of the "Tell me about yourself" section. So I talked about my grandfather, who worked with the space program, and … Continue reading Why Do I Write Science Fiction?
When it comes right down to it, this is all my mother’s fault. My mother has always loved dolls. When I was a little girl, she gave me some of the dolls she’d had as a child: gorgeous, eighteen-inch beauties with real human hair and eyes that closed. Each came with an extravagant wardrobe hand-made … Continue reading Revisions with Celia, Part 1