My first panel recorded from World Science Fiction Convention #70, Chicon 7, is, “Write What You Don’t Know.” Stay connected for future podcasts on the AudioTim page, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher Radio. In two weeks, Tom King, author of A ONCE CROWDED SKY, will be my guest, and in four weeks, I’ll post another panel from Chicon 7.
We remember English teachers lecturing: “Write what you know.” Well, we think you ought to write what you don’t know. How else can you write about space travel and alternate history and fire-breathing dragons and vampire detectives? We’ll discuss how a little research and common sense can give you just enough background to really write what you don’t know.
Howard Andrew Jones, Louise Marley, Rachel Neumeier, Jack Skillingstead, Lynda Williams ORU
Howard Andrew Jones: ‘Howard is the author The Desert of Souls, The Waters of Eternity, and The Bones of the Old Ones from St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books and Plague of Shadows from Paizo Publishing. He edited eight collections of historical writer Harold Lamb’s fiction for the University of Nebraska Press, and served as Managing Editor of Black Gate magazine. When not spending time with his wife and children he can be found hunched over his laptop mumbling of mist-shrouded towers, flashing swords, and ancient Baghdad.’
Louise Marley, a former concert and opera singer, writes stories of the fantastic. Sometimes set in the past, sometimes in the future, often in a curious present, her novels tend to be feminist, often musical, occasionally dark, but always with compelling, colorful, and complex characters. Louise is in demand as a teacher of writing workshops for adults and young adults.
‘Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and let her hobbies take over her life. She now raises and shows Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, gardens, cooks, writes, and occasionally finds time to read.’
Jack Skillingstead: Since 2003 I’ve sold thirty short stories to markets including Asimov’s Science Fiction, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Fast Forward 2, The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Solaris Rising, and assorted Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy anthologies. In September 2009 my novel Harbinger was published by Fairwood Press, and in October my short story collection, Are You There and Other Stories came out from Golden Gryphon Press. Both were well reviewed and made Locus Magazine’s recommended reading list. I live in Seattle, Washington, with my wife, writer Nancy Kress. Preorder his upcoming release, LIFE ON THE PRESERVATION.
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Part 7: Healer’s Sword arrives in 2012. Lynda’s work features moral dilemmas in a character-driven, multi-cultural setting with radically different attitudes to sex and social control surrounding space warfare and bio-science. Lynda is also integrity editor of works by herself and others in the Okal Rel Legacies series from Absolute XPress.