Island Life: Sometimes It’s Just About Writing

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As I searched my mind (and my phone’s camera roll) for an interesting story to tell you about “island life” from these past few weeks…I came up kind of empty.

And that is because these last few weeks have been almost entirely about staying in.

I had not one but two book deadlines, and four article prompts for a contest I’d decided to enter, not to mention the usual amount (at least) of freelance work, and, well, I basically hardly went outside.

I am delighted to report to you, though, that I handed off one of the books to its editor last week (although even now I can hear him in the next room, type-type-typing changes and corrections that will have to be made), and that I have just this afternoon sent off the second book to its editor. Whew!

(Why yes, yes I am sipping a little single-malt scotch in celebration of these astonishing achievements.)

More words and even some photos on my website!



About Shannon Page

Shannon Page is a Pacific Northwest author and editor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static,, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication. She practices yoga, gardens, and has no tattoos.

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