Author Interview: Jill Zeller

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.

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Author Interview: Marion Zimmer Bradley Trust

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.

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Author Interview: Patricia Burroughs

Patricia Burroughs—Pooks—began her writing career in romance with five published novels. including Scandalous and La Desperada. She received nominations and recognition from RT Reviews and was a Finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Rita Award.

Then she got lured over to the dark side…screenwriting.

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Author Interview: Laura Anne Gilman

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).

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Author Interview Leah Cutter

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.

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Author Interview: Shannon Page

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?”

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Editor Interview: Deborah J. Ross

“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.”

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Author Interview: Doranna Durgin

In childhood Doranna Durgin was a writerly sort of tomboy. When people suggested she put down her book or notebook and go outside and play, she did indeed go outside—and climbed a tree to quietly continue her reading or writing. Her odyssey into professional writing has produced over 40 novels, in genres such as mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, and franchise worlds such as Star Trek and Angel. Durgin has also written more than a few essays and short stories.

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Author Interview: Amy Sterling Casil

Writer Amy Sterling Casil is simultaneously the most forthright and most deceptive person you may ever read. Casil is someone who can make exquisite art and teach a room full of people to start thinking. Casil is also a former child who “dug the wires out of Barbie’s legs and popped off her head, much to my dismay when I realized that head was never going to be quite right ever again even with ample glue and child-like blow-torching.”

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