Last month I submitted the manuscript for the Dreamwielder
sequel to my publisher, Diversion Books
, and after a bit of discussion we decided to change the title from The Faceless Enemy
to something more in line with the title of the first book. The title we came up with is... wait for it... Souldrifter
. It's got a nice ring to it, and hopefully it'll be something that captures readers' imaginations.
The tentative release date for Souldrifter
is late summer 2015, and the Diversion team, my agent, and I are busily at work on all the little production and promotional aspects that happen before the release of a book. One of those aspects is wrangling up book jacket blurbs, and I'm happy to announce that the first of them is in, from none other than Wendy Wagner
. Wendy is author of the Pathfinder Tales
, and also an editor extraordinaire with Lightspeed
magazine who played a huge role in putting together Women Destroy Fantasy
last year. Needless to say, I'm honored and proud Wendy agreed to say something nice about the book. Here's what she had to say:
"Packed with sorcerers, spies, and high-stakes intrigue, Souldrifter
is a real page-turner, and Makarria is a teenage heroine who does more than just kick butt: she's smart, powerful, and surprisingly believable for a fourteen-year-old queen. A good read!"
The next bit of news for the book will likely be the cover art. As soon as I get it, I'll be sure to share it.
In other news, I've been doing a good bit of research for other writing projects and the classes I'm teaching, which more often than not tend to overlap. A case in point is the new short story I'm working on, partly inspired by a class I'm teaching—Innovation Inspiration in Speculative Fiction—and partly inspired by