One of my favorite books of 2013 appeared quietly on the scene, an indie publication that pretty much had to go indie, as fitting it neatly into a marketing niche would be tough. I loved Pen Pal, by Francesca Forrest, … Continue reading
Writer Nancy Jane Moore pursued both the law and martial arts with equal vigor, applying their lessons to many areas of her life. She found that questions of justice, fairness, and equality were extremely important to her. This led to her championing low income housing, food co-ops, and working as a legal editor. As she puts it, she didn’t become rich from the law. However, she is a fourth degree black belt in Aikido, both teaching the art and expanding her own knowledge of it. Here at Book View Cafe we suspect she is secretly a superhero.
Her approach to fiction is equally mind-bending.Continue reading
Writer Lois H. Gresh is one of the rare people working today who has not only been lauded by critics and peers (nominations for the Bram Stoker, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and International Horror Guild Awards) but has reached the New York Times Bestseller List multiple times. Lois is known for SF, The Weird, Horror, YA and also her Companion books for other popular worlds. Her latest hot seller is DARK FUSIONS: WHERE MONSTERS LURK!Continue reading
BVC’s Vonda N. McIntyre was recently interviewed by a student in a seminar on feminist science fiction at the University of Oregon. The interview, available here, was conducted by Quintin Kreth, who studied Vonda’s life, correspondence, and work as a … Continue reading
Jill Zeller was determined to become a writer ever since her fifth grade play was a flop (let’s just say that no one was yelling “Author, author!”) Millions of words later, she’s still writing both novels and short stories in a myriad of worlds and genres. Her first release from Book View Cafe, the zombie tale Bijou, is creepy in a way that only a woman writing medical thrillers and horror could dream up.Continue reading
Marion Zimmer Bradley was a powerhouse in the fantasy and science fiction world, where her Darkover series became a publishing phenomenon, and her novel Mists of Avalon was a New York Times Bestseller. Book View Cafe is delighted to have the Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust as a member.Continue reading
Laura Anne Gilman. Writer. Editor. Tired Person.
This has been Laura Anne Gilman’s tag line forever, and with good reason. She does enough work for three people—she’s worked for major New York publishing houses and start-ups, including running the successful ROC Line; she has a flourishing editing business, and writes under both her own name (fantasy, SF, urban fantasy, YA) and L.A. Kornesky (mysteries).Continue reading
Leah Cutter has always known that she wanted to be a writer. She just wasn’t sure how she was going to get there. So she sensibly went forth to explore the world, digging at an archaeological dig in England, teaching English in Hungary and Taiwan, and then bar tending in Thailand. Finally the kernel of a story demanded that she bring it forth—and she put a great deal of effort and several years into fine-tuning both the idea and her skills as a novelist.Continue reading
Writer Shannon Page spent her elementary school years living on a back-to-the-land commune in northern California. The commune had two board games (Monopoly and Scrabble) and a deck of cards. And books.
“So basically I read. I read everything I could get my hands on—from school, from the library, a few very precious books I was privileged to own, magazines my parents certainly didn’t know they’d left where I could find them—and I told myself stories. I played out in the meadow with tiny ceramic figurines (small enough to drive around in Matchbox cars), who all had names and stories and personalities and histories. I had a vivid imagination and a rich fantasy life. I was a weird kid at school—didn’t fit in at all with the farmer’s kids, who had electricity and telephones at home, and got to eat meat and processed foods, and spend the night at each other’s houses. I was chosen last for PE teams and first for spelling bees. What else could I become but a writer?”Continue reading
“I first started thinking about editing during the years when I’d visit Marion Zimmer Bradley on a regular basis. I helped read slush for her magazine (MZB’s Fantasy Magazine) and we’d talk. I got a “behind the scenes” look at what she looked for and why, and how she handled rejection letters. She taught me that the work of an editor isn’t mysterious, in part because her own tastes were so definite. A story could be perfectly good but not suit the anthology or magazine she was reading for, or might do both but not “catch fire” for her.”Continue reading