The core participants of Novelocity are new novelists contracted with major publishers. We had several authors debut in 2014, and 2015 brings even more excitement, anxiety, and deadline stress. Thanks for being along for the ride!
That said, here are the specifics on what awaits in 2015:
I’m excited to see several different projects come out early next year. Many of them have been in process for a long time, but all the work is coming to a head over the next several months.
In January is the premiere of my first full-length play, a dystopian thriller I’ve been co-writing with Matt Haynes of the Pulp Stage. It’s called
Box, and it’s actually even more than a full-length play – it’s in three parts! Episode 1 will be performed Jan 26 here in Portland as part of our fringe festival Fertile Ground, with episodes 2 and 3 on Feb 2 and Feb 9. The Pulp Stage is running an Indiegogo campaign through January 2nd, and has a great video on the indiegogo site.
In February Alex Shvartsman is releasing his first collection, Explaining Chthulu to Grandma, and I’m doing the recording for the audiobook. I’ve read a number of Alex’s stories on my Toasted Cake flash fiction podcast (and I’ve been narrating stories in general for awhile now), but this is my first full-length audiobook, and I’m excited to see that go live.
I’m currently involved in another Kickstarter too, a new kind of anthology called Six by Six, which will be a compilation of six stories each from six different spec-fic authors. The other authors are Brad Beaulieu, Brenda Cooper, Stephen Gaskell, Will McIntosh, and Martha Wells. So if that funds, the collection will be released around April, so I’ll be busy putting together my mini-collection of six stories (and polishing up my new story that goes in it!).
And then in May, my first YA novel, Seriously Wicked, comes out from Tor Teen. It’s about a girl who lives with
a *seriously wicked* witch, and I am SO excited to see this one finally getting out into the world. It’s a fun, funny story, and I can’t wait to share it.
After that…I think I may try to take a break. (I know, I know, I say that so often…) Maybe take the summer off? Wish me luck!
I’m looking forward to the release of my debut novel, The Grace of Kings, on April 7, 2015 by Saga Press. It’s a silkpunk epic fantasy that offers a loose reimagining of some Chinese historical legends in a fresh fantasy setting.
Later in 2015, Saga Press is also releasing my first short story collection, which will include some of my best stories as well as a new story.
There are a few other short-fiction projects I’m also excited about, as well as translations.
Hopefully by then I’ll have turned in book 4, and have a solid draft on book 5, the final volume–the black death, Petrarch and a pillar of fire–what’s not to love?
Then return to polishing my new work, which I have been referring to as waterpunk,but (thanks to Ken Liu) I now know is actually silkpunk. I am also exploring the idea of entering a whole new genre. . .
I’m looking forward to the release of UPDRAFT, my first Bone City novel with Tor, in September 2015.
Also can’t wait for my author’s copy of XIII, from Resurrection Press – which is sure to be gorgeous; the April/May issue of Asimov’s, which will have my story “How to Walk through Historic Graveyards in the Post-Digital Age,” in it, and “The Ghost Tide Chanty,” coming out at Tor.com.
I’ll be turning in CLOUDBOUND the second Bone City novel, in mid-January and beginning the third book. Also, if the winds are right, another large project I’ve been working on.
Plus, I can’t wait to read the 2015 fabulousness that is coming from my fellow Novelocity folks – it’s an amazing list!