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Rave review of What the Wind Brings

Here’s an absolutely blockbusting review of What the Wind Brings, my historical/magical realism novel about shipwrecked slaves who melded with indigenous people in mid-1500s Ecuador and beat the conquistadors of Quito to a standstill. I consider it my magnum opus.

The review, in the Ottawa Review of Books, is by the estimable Canadian specific critic, Robert Runté.

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March newsletter just out

My March newsletter has just gone out.  If you’re not on the mailing list, here’s a link:

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New Dying Earth novel

I’m starting to get responses from people to whom I sent ARCs of Barbarians of the Beyond.  Three good ones, so far.  I’ll share some in the near future.

Meanwhile, I’m working on a new Dying Earth-set novel.  This one, as yet untitled, centers on the perils and predicaments of Galabas Nachecko (that name may change), a necromancer in the city of Golathreon that I created for the final Baldemar story, “The Ghost Wrangler,” which will run in an anthology my friend Ed Willett is preparing a Kickstarter campaign to fund.

I decided he was an interesting character, so I got him in trouble with the powers that be in Golathreon, which prompts him to travel to Vanderoy in search of a maguffin (at this point a fabulous jewel) owned by a woman who once rejected the hand of the seneschal to the Duke of Golathreon.  I’m now about 20,000 words into the story, and it is developing as my stories usually do, striking off in new directions as new characters come on stage.

I used to tell my students, when I was teaching how to write genre fiction, “You think it’s your story because you’re writing it, but it’s really the characters’ story, and you’re just writing it for them.”

That’s how it works for me.

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Barbarian of the Beyond ARCs going out

I’ve sent ARCs of Barbarians of the Beyond to a dozen marquee-name authors and critics, as well as efiles to bloggers and folks who might generate some buzz.
One major mainstream literary critic has taken an interest. Fingers crossed.

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Minddog TV Interview

Yesterday, I spent a half-hour talking about What the Wind Brings and writer stuff with Matt Nappo, for his Minddog streaming show. It’s now up on YouTube:

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