Where I have been...visiting Mark Lawrence & SFSignal (#SFWApro)

Well, I didn't really go to the UK. It was more of a virtual thing.

I've been using my Tumblr to get word out lately, because my host provider suffered DDoS attacks over the last few weeks. Things seemed to have settled down now, so we'll see how it goes.

In case you missed the Tumblr links, here are a few things that went on in December:

Pat Rothfuss is hosting his annual fund drive for Worldbuilders, and I have donated a signed copy of Miserere and a signed copy of Manifesto: UF, which contains my short story, "Naked the Night Sings." Both of these items are in the Lottery Library. Pat talks about Worldbuilders and how you can donate at his blog.

I visited Mark Lawrence at his blog and talked about how women are marketed differently than men in addition to a lot of other things.

As an addendum to that interview: Someone compared the use of religious iconology in Miserere to Christopher Buehlman's Between Two Fires. Out of curiosity, I got my hands on a copy of Between Two Fires and I am currently reading it (for the record, I am enjoying it immensely). Oddly enough, Buehlman has a child character in his novel and I don't see any YA comparisons being made.

Personally, I think that Buehlman's work is more comparable to my Garden in Umber in respect to the time period, knights, and the use of angelology as a backdrop for the story. Now I'm more convinced than ever that women are expected to write within certain themes and not move outside the YA/PNR spectrum without forfeiting their "marketability."

Speaking of marketability ... my short story "La Santisima" is still free and is now on Goodreads if you want to read it, comment, or rate it. I warn you, though, "La Santisima" is very different than some of my other short stories, so your mileage might vary significantly as to whether or not you like it. It was an interesting exercise for me and I learned a lot by working on it.

The most amazing Sarah Chorn, who hosts the blog Bookworm Blues, also writes a series of posts for SF Signal. Sarah and I traded emails for several weeks and you can see the results of our discussion at her on-going series, Special Needs in Strange Worlds.

I talk about why Glokta is one of my favorite characters and the importance of portraying disabilities realistically in my own stories. It was a fun interview and Sarah is a skilled interviewer.

I'm spending my "vacation" fine-tuning the first part of Cygnet Moon and outlining the last half of the story. The novel is coming along very nicely, and I'm pleased with the tone.

That is all that I have for you now. There will be more fun and games in the New Year, so stay tuned.

Worldwide giveaway of Miserere at Iris Rushdan's blog!

Along with an interview with me. Iris had some really cool questions for me, and I had a blast answering them. I'm not going to give anything away here, but if you want a chance to win an autographed copy of Miserere: An Autumn Tale, go to Iris' blog and comment on Debut Author: Teresa Frohock to win. The contest begins today and ends on Friday!

Family Matters and Updates

For those of you who are waiting to hear back from me, I haven't dropped off the edge of the world. I have several commitments that I'm trying to get caught up on in addition to working on my edits with The Garden. I also have an aunt who suffered a massive stroke last week, so if I'm slow to respond to emails, please be patient with me. I'll get to you just as soon as I can.

Online this week:

I will be visiting the blog of Isis Rushdan later this week. Isis is a Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy writer, and she is repped by Helen Breitwieser of the Cornerstone Literary Agency. I'm really excited to be on her blog, so join me there on November 9.

Giveaway:

While I'm hanging out with Isis, we're giving away an autographed copy of Miserere, and we will run this contest WORLDWIDE. Don't know if you want a copy of Miserere? Check out the latest reviews at Staffer's Musings and Reader Unboxed. You want it. You know you do ...

Keep up with us on Twitter for your chance to win: @TeresaFrohock or @IsisRushdan.

That's it for now. I'll be back later this week with more.

At the Qwillery talking about writing, evil women, and the Katharoi

Today, I have the pleasure of visiting Sally over at her blog, The Qwillery with a host of interview questions that were fun to answer. We talked about everything from my writing process to Miserere, and Sally is hosting a contest to give away a copy of Miserere to some lucky commentor. Hurry! The comments are filling up fast!

TQ: Describe Miserere in 140 characters or less.

Teresa: A really good book that you will enjoy. ;-)

Kidding! Ahem. Here we go: ... [READ MORE]

the best of times with my friend Kelly

I'm hanging out with my dear friend Kelly Kennedy Bryson over at her blog today! Kelly talks about how we met and her overuse of the word "gel" in her critiques (as in: "that scene where the horse lives doesn't gel for me" [so I killed the horse] or "Wow, when the cross flips upside down in that exorcism scene, it really gels" [evil laughter]).

Kelly had a lot of super questions for me and we talk about Miserere, writing, and books that really blew me away during my research.

The one book that absolutely blew me away was Armando Maggi's Satan's Rhetoric: A Study of Renaissance Demonology. Maggi's analyses of Renaissance treatises on demonology and his correlation between language and possession astounded me. He writes that in a possession, the "'virus' assaulting the mind is the mind itself. In a demonic possession, the mind listens to its own annihilation" ... [READ MORE]

 

an interview is up at My Bookish Ways

I've got an interview up today with Kristin at My Bookish Ways where I'm talking about Miserere, libraries, and early writing influences among other things ... Cool questions and ANOTHER chance to win a copy of Miserere at Kristin's blog:

I grew up in a rural area where we were within walking distance of nothing. So every Saturday morning, my dad would round all three of us up and drive us into town to the Reidsville Public Library. We’d get there around nine in the morning and stay until the library closed at noon. We were allowed to check out as many books as we liked, and I spent the whole summer reading. I think it was that early exposure to the library that really defined my love of literature. It’s one of the reasons I love libraries so much and see their value to our communities ... [READ MORE]

demons and angels and Christians...down at Lucky Town

I really had a lot of fun with an interview I did with Alex Bledsoe today. We talked about how to use real religions in your story without becoming sanctimonious, the Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypa, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Wayne Barlowe, and how all these things came together to make Miserere what it is.

The version of Christianity that I present on Woerld is gleaned not just from Biblical sources, but also from the Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypa. I wanted to see what Christianity might have been like before the Schism of 1054 when Rome split from the Byzantine Church. I approached all the religions on Woerld strictly from a scholarly angle at first, then I eased the spiritual elements inherent to the practices of the religion into the story.

Head down to Lucky Town at Alex's blog to read the rest ...

 

Blog Tour Day 4--Michele Corriel

Over with Michele Corriel, I'm talking about the relevance of MISERERE's magical world to our current society:

"... very much like our current society, power through money, property, prestige, or even magic doesn’t exactly guarantee an individual a perfect life in Woerld. It’s all about choices, those decisions which are made from the core of an individual’s principles, whether they be good or evil, and where those choices lead a person."

Don't forget to submit your flash fiction for our big giveaway! Go here for the rules.

Blog Tour Day 2--Sarah's Random Musings

Still roaming the Interwebz and today I am at Sarah's Random Musings where I talk about the novels that inspired me to write fantasy:

This is going to be utter blasphemy, but it wasn’t The Lord of the Rings. Frankly, I have YET to get through all three novels. I enjoyed The Hobbit, and I love Viggo Morg--, er, the Lord of the Rings movies, but The Lord of the Rings wasn’t the fantasy that opened my soul ...

Only on the Internet can you clone yourself and be in two places at once, so once you've finished your visit with Sarah, you can hop over to Musetracks for their Agent Shop PITCH Day! I'm in the Agent Shop's author spotlight today. I'm talking about Miserere, finding an agent, and dispensing a little writing advice on the side. Tomorrow, my agent Weronika Janczuk will be there to look at thirty lucky pitches.

AND DON'T FORGET you have a chance to win an autographed copy of Miserere, critiques, and cool stuff. Polish your flash fiction for our big giveaway! Go here for the rules.