Welcome to Biting-Edge, a blog shared by authors and vampire experts, Mario Acevedo and Jeanne Stein. We’ll cover urban fantasy, vampires, pop culture, and all things Joss Whedon. Unlike other fantasy blogs, we don’t insist on body cavity searches (unless you ask politely). Snarkiness is most welcome...though we won't promise not to bite back!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
 



Don’t know how many of you remember, but next Tues, Aug 26, Legacy hits the shelves. For the last three weeks or so, in between conferences, I’ve been answering interview questions for various blog spots and trying to come up with different ideas for columns for others. It isn’t easy to be clever on demand. It isn’t for me to be clever, period. So I’m throwing it out there—what subjects interest you? What do you want to know about an author? What should I write about? Help me. Please. I’ll even offer a bribe—a signed ARC of Legacy to the best idea.

Here's the line-up so far:

Patricia Altner interviews me on Aug 26 on her vamp blog spot.

Pop Syndicate- featured the first week of September. This is Angela Wison's gig.

Sept. 8 I guest blog on ParanormalityUniverse-- Lynda Hilburn's blog.

I’ll post the dates of the rest of the interviews and blogs as they come up.




Here’s the cover for an anthology I’m in: At the Scene of the Crime. Pub date is November 3—Here’s how editor Dana Stabenow describes the contents:

The scenes of crime are all over the American map, from Brendan Dubois’ story set in a coastal fishing village in New Hampshire, to Julie Hyzy’s in a retirement home in Florida, to Kristin Katherine Rusch’s in a suburb in Oregon, to mine in a wilderness in Alaska. Anything is grist for the investigator’s mill, from forensic dentistry to the rate of nuclear decay. John Lutz uses satellite imagery as part of his crime scene equipment to solve the murder of a retired major league baseball player.

Loren Estelman writes about twins separated at birth reunited by murder, Jeremiah Healy sets his story in a McMansion in an Everygatedcommunity, and Edward Hoch writes about an arsonist who may or may not be retired. Maynard F. Thompson tells of a retired medical examiner’s memories of his first murder. Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens write about high life in the heartland, and Michael Black’s hero takes a bite out of crime in the Arizona desert. N.J. Ayres writes a haunted memoir set in rural Pennsylvania, and Jeanne C. Stein sets a tough urban narrative in the rare book room of a Denver university.

And then I, just to be contrary, wrote a Liam and Wy story that proves that sometimes it isn’t all about the evidence. Sometimes it isn’t, sometimes it’s all about the hunch, whatever that is, wherever it comes from, and whatever you call it, at the scene of the crime.

Pull on your rubber gloves and your paper booties and come on in.





Spent last weekend at a writers’ retreat in Fairplay, CO. The weather was perfect—cold and rainy—so none of us were tempted to venture outside much except in search of food. Here are a couple of pictures. There were eleven of us, ten women and one man who hid out most of the time. Most were members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. The location was the Hand Hotel—no telephones or TV’s in the room. It was serene and beautiful and except for the times when we burst into spontaneous conversation, quiet. Got a lot of work done.





My room and the sunroom where we hung out most of the time.








Vicki Law--one of the organizers of the weekend--Thanks, Vicki-- Susan Smith (on chair) and Carol Berg discussing something important...probably where we would go for lunch.

Susan showing off her "typing" gloves.










Michael, who with his staff, fed us wonderful breakfasts and dinners. And Carol, Susan
and Robin Owens in line for some of the same.


Okay, this friend of mine sent me a bunch of newspaper "headlines." I decided to do a dumb headline of the week with each blog. Here's #1:




Okay...


Oh. That reminds me. I may not have mentioned it yet—I accepted an offer for two more Anna books—six and seven. I’m glad. Anna and I have a few more stories to tell and evidently Ace is willing to let us...
 
Comments:
accepted an offer for two more Anna books—six and seven

w00t!!!! ::does the happy dance::
 
Wow I'm glad there are going to be more Anna books. :o)

Michelle
 
yay on two more books! Congrats. I can't wait to pick up Legacy.
 
Thank you so much-- You know, in this business you never can be sure of anything. I'm extremely happy to get to keep writing!!

XO J.
 
Super Congrats on two more books! Can't wait to sink my fangs into Legacy! :) Vv-vV
 
Hope you like it! I expect you to let me know--

Jeanne
 
Joins Maria et al in the happy dance!
 
thanks, M'e-- I'm pretty stoked about it, too!!!

J.
 
Jeanne,
I have been wracking my tired brain to come up with something. All I can think of for your blog posts is to eaither run a silly contest (maybe Mario will give you a devil duck to give away) or to do an "interview" with Anna herself...

I did pick up Legacy. When the tot goes to bed I hope to start it.

Also, I wanted to thank you for posting about the Colorado Gold Writing Contest. I read about in your your blong the night before it was due, said "what the hey" and entered. I didn't final, but I got my scoresheets back and got some great feedback. One just knocked my socks of with the encouragement and smilies. Anyway, I never would have heard about it if I didn't stalk your blog. Thank you.
 
Suzanne-- I am so glad you entered the contest. And you are so right, the feedback you can get from what I consider one of the best contest judging panels around is priceless.

Now go rewrite and finish the book!!

I will pass your comment on to the contest chairperson, too. Terry Wright did a great job!

Jeanne
 
yep yep. I am re-writing away. I actually scraped the first twenty pages last week when I got a re-write request from an agent and as I'm crafting and refining the new stuff I'm re-reading the comments to make sure I don't make the same mistakes. One day I too hope to be the book of the month over on the B&N paranormal book club, lol.

Please tell Terry she did a fab job with the conest. I'm not really a contest person but it waswell worth it.
 
Glad to hear you're writing! And I did pass your comments on to Terry. He did a fabulous job!

Keep at it and you just may make it to B&N-- if I did (if MARIO did), you've got a shot for sure!!!

:-)

J.
 
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