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Friday Links!

It is time for one of those posts that are full of links, to show what I have been doing in my dangerous forays around the internet!

As part of the Smart Chicks tour, we're doing a blog, and here is my first post there: How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love the Undead.

I have also been kindly hosted for a guest post on the Goblin Market.

I have a story in a new anthology, Kiss Me Deadly, coming out in late July/early August, and we just saw our first blog review for it.

We also have a Kiss Me Deadly blog and upcoming chat on July 26th. It's all very fancy.

I am nervous about this one, as it is a very weird story in a super-romantic anthology, but hey, so far so good, and I was thrilled to be mentioned in the Kirkus review.

Can true love die if you’re already dead? This tantalizing collection of 13 short stories by some of the best writers of paranormal fiction in the United States and Great Britain explores “the other side of love.” Whether it’s an old-fashioned ghost story, as in Caitlin Kittredge’s “Behind the Red Door,” in which Jo wonders about the dashing resident of an abandoned house and a string of mysterious murders; a story with a twist, as in Michelle Rowen’s “Familiar,” in which a reluctant witch discovers that her chosen pet is a shapeshifter in disguise; or a story with dark humor, as in Sarah Rees Brennan’s “The Spy Who Never Grew Up,” in which a slightly older Peter Pan connects with Wendy’s granddaughter to fight evil in Her Majesty’s Secret Service, each story features a paranormal kiss. Fans who can’t get enough of their favorite authors will also be thrilled to find a back story to Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a Generation Dead companion by Daniel Waters and more killer unicorns from Diana Peterfreund.

I have read Carrie's and Diana's stories, and they are awesome. *mumble* Stupid awesome author friends showin' me up *mumble*

I also have other links to share, which I did not write but am filled with admiration for.

Everyone loves a book club, and I was asked to link to this online book club: bookdeyada - and now, I have! Online book club with like-minded folks, looks like fun!

The lovely and wise Saundra Mitchell has two posts here about author self-marketing.

Author self-marketing is a terrifying part of the whole business, and one I am scared stiff by and not great at. I wanted to write a post about it for my 'stumbling through publication' posts, but Saundra's advice is so much better than mine, and gives you an idea of how much work marketing yourself as an author is, but also how to do it without accidentally setting yourself on fire. I cannot guarantee any post of mine would do the same...

The likewise lovely and wise Malinda Lo also gave a five-part blog talk on how to NOT write LGBTQ stereotypes in YA fiction.

I was very complimented to be name-checked by Malinda as a writer who was doing it right! And though Malinda Lo, like Saundra with marketing, knows better than me and is saying it better, I do have plans for a blog post about people not noticing that Jamie of the Demon's Lexicon series is gay, and what it means that we always assume people are white/straight/the Stereotyped 'Average Person' we see in too much fiction. (Plus I figure I owe Jamie a post, since I have done three 'what it means that people think Mae is a ho' posts!)

But it'd also be a post of celebration, because I think that slowly but surely we are getting places. With Malinda Lo's Ash. With fans going crazy for Alec and Magnus's relationship in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. And also with Jamie: Jamie is pretty clearly the most popular character in my series. People like Jamie a lot! Whenever I see hate for the other characters, I go into tiny fits of 'They don't understaaaaand!' before I snap out of it: at this point the couple of times I've seen Jamie hate, I don't have fits, I'm just so surprised. 'Huh. Okay! That never happens!'

Being a writer whose characters are not the Proscribed 'Average Person' is risky, as everyone knows, in terms of whether publishers will take you on/whether you'll sell/the stuff you'll get challenged on - trying and failing is a lot more noticeable than not trying at all. But you know, worth it, to have fiction where every person is a person, and has a story. It should be that simple.

As for instance, my sister Genevieve, who is in no way prejudiced, but who just wouldn't be exposed to many narratives outside the mainstream narrative. She has read my books though - unlike my ingrate brothers, brothers, nothing but trouble! And she was very disappointed that book three was not going to be told from Jamie's point of view. She just likes him.

Of course, she has many demands, one of which was that I write a book about Alan and Nick's childhood for her delectation, because she liked the letters in Covenant...

So there you have it. Two blog posts by me, anthology and chat stuff, and Saundra Mitchell and Malinda Lo Saying It Better Than I Can. Hope they entertained/made you think this Friday!


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Jul. 9th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
OOOh I loved Saundras posts as well. Im not really interested in becoming a writer my self (or at least getting myself published) but I thought her post was fascinating and enlightening.
I shall have to read Malinda's post now. I just finished reading Ash, three days ago and I am in love with certain fairy plot line which should not be spoiled.
Jul. 9th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yay! I do think it's interesting to see the inner workings of a job not your own - my housemate's job in a museum is a source of endless interest and inspiration to me!
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Your Peter Pan story sounds amazingly awesome. I cannot wait to read it! :D
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
*beams* I hope you will like it!
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Jul. 9th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
The only hate mail I've received has been for the Inda books, and my temerity not only in having teens who engage in sex without guilt or censure, but having gay characters generally accepted in society without a shrug. But a very small number . . . I couldn't have even published these books when I was young (which is one reason why they sat in handwritten form on my desk for decades)
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know why I'm surprised, but I am! Any hatemail for 'amazing gay king, not a bother on anyone' makes me sad, but yes, I do think we go slowly but surely towards better.

I've had hiccups in the pre-publication process on the subject, but actually no hate mail about Jamie being gay. (I've had hate mail that called me homophobic, but I've had hate mail about a lot of stuff!) My working theory is that those who might be bothered by such things already saw 'Demon' in the title and were just like 'Girl's a heathen!' and passed me by.
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Jul. 9th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Wait, some people didn't pick up that Jamie was gay in TDL? Whhaaaatttt, it was completely obvious to me from the first time he showed up and several of the characters make roundabout comments that Jamie is gay so I'm rather confused (by your readers, makes me wonder if they were trying to ignore all the hints).
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone was trying to ignore anything: I just think that there are strong default assumptions in place, because of the kind of stories we've all been fed: that ladies must be low-voiced, chaste and wait to be chased, that gay people are immediately obvious and all a certain way, that stories belong to a certain kind of person. And we're all unconsciously influenced by that, in one way and another. Which is why stories are so important!
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Jul. 9th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Please tell your sister to start an online campaign about her demand for you to write a book about Alan and Nick's childhood.I will be the first person to sign it! ( I am sure more people will do)
The letters in Covenant are probably the part of the book that I loved to pieces. Those letters were sweet and touched my heart.

I so love your sister! (well...you'll always be first)
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 9th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Hee! I need a Team Supernatural Buffet icon really, really badly...
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Please make a post about Jamie! I love Jamie sooo much! (Although I was surprised to realise that Nick, of all characters, was my favourite. IT WAS MEANT TO BE MAE OR SIN OR JAMIE [all of whom are INCREDIBLY AWESOME and very nearly my favourites too]).

I love the way you handled Jamie's sexuality in the series, especially the way you contrasted it with his magic - so many stories use magic or mutant super powers or whatever as a metaphor for queerness (not always intentionally, but the subtext is very obvious even when its not) and often it ends up with problematic implications. And often this is because the comparison, while apt, is pretty imperfect. I'd never yet seen the comparison actually examined in the way you did, though, by having a character who was magic also be queer, and showing exactly where the differences lay. I thought this was really fantastic and clever and it was one of the things I loved about Covenant so much.

Also Jamie is amazing, and I want to cuddle him FOREVER (but you are probably nearly sick of hearing this about him XD)
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
This. I loved Jamie stating outright that any danger in him was from his magic and not from his sexuality -- it's a very different message to the one we often see when comparisons are drawn between queerness and supernatural abilities.
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
I'm very surprised that people didn't realize that Jamie was gay. I thought you did an excellent job in conveying his struggles with his classmates. He's a wonderful character. But I have to come clean - I love Nick.
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Peter Pan meets Alex Rider. That will be quite interesting.

*avidly supports Alec/Magnus and the two girls in Ash* (I don't actually remember their names. Uh. Yeah, I don't.)

And Alex Sanchez and David Levithan both have awesome books about gay people and bi people and straight people, together and interacting. *pimps, pimps*
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Ash and Kaisa. ;)

Peter Pan meets Alex Rider.

I never thought of it that way, but I like it!
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Jul. 9th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I want to read the Alan and Nick as children book! The fact that Nick cooked for Mae and Jamie and Annabel amazed me. It's such a nurturing thing to do - I wanted his motivation.

I can't wait for the next book. And I loved the Demon's Covenant with an unholy passion.
Jul. 9th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
you wanted his motivation? He was hungry. There was food in the house. People were behaving in ways that didn't make sense to Nick and he had to stop them. He does that.

I had not thought of Nick cooking for Mae and Jamie and Annabel as nurturing. Thank you for that thought.

I do think Nick is a caring person, but he's often not aware of it in himself, let alone displaying it to others.
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Sisters' requests are sacred, do you not know this? Sacred and binding. Especially sisters who are nice enough to read and "get" and love their sisters' books. BINDING.

Under pain of death, or possibly me showing up at your doorstep shedding tears and drool while begging you to please please give us more Alan and Nick's childhood and most importantly a book from Jamie's perspective. Also Alan's, bless is golden-with-a-dollop-of-pure-evil heart.
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
HIS. I meant 'his', not 'is'.
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Huh, I totally thought book 3 was going to be told from Jamie's pov. I guess I misunderstood somewhere. :(
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
I guess so? It's always been from Sin's pov!
Jul. 9th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, a really nice list of links! I like that the LGBTQ in YA article isn't out to say "don't have gay male characters portrayed as effeminate!" or "don't have lesbian characters portrayed as butch!" but moreso "if you do decide to portray your character that way, think about why you are doing it and what that means for your character" which is really the way to go. Because, like anything, the spectrum is so wide and varied that it's good to have all types of people!

Also I look forward to reading your short story! Also about the greatness that is monster-fiction. I appreciated the honesty about judging things at various times (god knows we all do!) and I think you put it best by saying "all these people liked this! surely I will not!" which is kinda funny to think.
Jul. 9th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Also I agree, I would like an additional text about the childhood antics of Nick and Alan.

Now that I think about it, I'd like a FAMILY TIMES book where we see cute adorable moments of all the different families in the books (Nick & Alan, Mae & Jamie, Sin & Her Gaggle Of Family, etc)
Jul. 9th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I was actually not planning on buying that anthology because I was getting a little bored of romantic short-stories lately.

But. Uh. That sentence about your story has guaranteed buy-age. So weird is not bad!
Jul. 9th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
I was very complimented to be name-checked by Malinda as a writer who was doing it right! And though Malinda Lo, like Saundra with marketing, knows better than me and is saying it better, I do have plans for a blog post about people not noticing that Jamie of the Demon's Lexicon series is gay, and what it means that we always assume people are white/straight/the Stereotyped 'Average Person' we see in too much fiction.

I tripped up on this, but not because I assume all characters default to straight.

Jamie was so obviously coded as gay, and I was/am so confident that you would never write a stereotypical gay character, that I assumed Jamie *couldn't* actually be gay. (I also missed the incubus line, which was just bad reading on my part.)

It took me a while to realise that Jamie does that kind of earring-wearing self-stereotyping deliberately - so that absolutely everyone is absolutely clear that he's confidently and openly gay. It's not a shameful secret, because it's not secret and he's not ashamed.

(I had this epiphany while I was pinning my rainbow LGBT badge on my jacket. Thunk! went the anvil dropping.)
Jul. 9th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
I got the feeling that Jamie was gay while reading Lexicon, but assumed it was just my wishful thinking, haha. But yay that I'm right! He's my favorite character. I just went back to my review of Lexicon and I mentioned it there too. I'm sure when I review Covenant, I'll show Jamie-love there as well. I also feel like you probably confirmed it to me way back when in an old LJ post from last year, but I could be wrong.

Anyway, yay gay characters! :D
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
OMG, all I want in the WORLD is a book about Alan and Nick's childhood. I LOVE the glimpses we get of them as kids, in the letters and in Nick's memories and in the story you wrote for Christmas. They are the most adorable children EVER TO EXIST.
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Oh, the first time you told us about that Peter Pan story, I thought, "Oh AWESOME!" and now you've gone and told us about it again, and I had no intention of picking up that book, but for that story I believe I might change my mind (at the library. I won't BUY it just for the story. But I don't buy books unless I know I'm going to read them over and over anyway, so that's not a slight, really!)

And also, I second everyone in the world that Jamie is awesome. He's just incredibly likeable. I can see how people with homophobic tendencies might choose not to see that aspect of him, because they just can't NOT LIKE Jamie! Darn that does make trying to open people's minds complicated, doesn't it. People just see what they want to see.
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I actually just read Demon's Lexicon (twice! in quick succession! because I loved it!), and then lent it to a friend. After she'd read it, I remarked, "I really loved how Jamie was gay, but it wasn't a big deal." To which she responded, "Jamie was gay?" I was amazed that she could have missed all the (to me) very obvious signs, but there you are. Perhaps it has to do with what you said above, about people's expectations and default assumptions?

(For the record, I loved Jamie, but Nick was my favorite. I really hope I can pick up a copy of Demon's Covenant soon!)
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Could the title of your Smart Chicks post really be a reference to Dr. Strangelove or is it a crazy coincidence? Because if so I would just like to squee in excitement...
Jul. 10th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Will there be a collection of your short stories coming out some time in the future? I really like your writing and would like to read them all but can't afford to buy each anthology you happen to have a story in *sad face* In the interest of economics a Sarah Rees Brennnan antho would be awesome!
Jul. 10th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
No plans for one as yet: you have to be pretty famous and successful to have an anthology that is all your work, as short stories are less popular and anthologies usually make money by selling to the fans of all the different authors. ;)
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Authors Character Goals
I'm just curious, given your comments here, and others you've made previously, would you consider Jamie to be your break-out character? Perhaps I'm crazy, but various posts you've made have given me the impression that you were somewhat surprised by the amount of love sent his way (and to a certain degree Alan as well) which has made me wonder who you thought was going to be THE character. (I know authors don't have "favourites", but I figure, like parents, they really do. There's got to be someone that, at least as a reader, you would have thought you'd identify/love a little more.)

I'll admit that I fall into the Jamie-love category myself, but a tiny tiny part has something to do with him making me realise something about the white/straight/"average" person thing. Oddly enough, it wasn't really about him so much as the way archetypes are currently being created and I love him for finally showing me how to explain why I dislike modern heroines to my other book-nerd friends. Until now, all of my girlfriends have brushed it off as a "eh, you've always hung out with guys because there were just no girls around, it's what you're used to", but it's not. For some reason, reading Jamie and the way that his sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with his character clued me into the fact that I dislike modern heroines are because they're written as Women. Or to make that sentence make coherent sense, they're "I am WOMAN hear me roar" rather than just "hear me roar".

I would think that the same thing would be easy to fall into when writing someone like Jamie who’s technically off the beaten path from what traditionally shows up in YA fiction. I would think a lot of people would have fallen into making his sexuality more of a point as part of an attempt to empower him as a non-traditional but still key character. Congrats on making him a “hear me roar” character that the majority of your readers love.
Jul. 11th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Authors Character Goals
Uh, I don't think I have a break-out character - I think I'd consider a 'break-out character' someone who people love enough to read the books out of love for them. I am somewhat surprised that there's significantly less dislike for Jamie than the other three, as Jamie has plenty of faults and I would've thought all of them would have their detractors, but I'm just as happy without people disliking him, I have no complaints on the subject.

I really don't have a favourite. Unless one counts all the main characters as my favourites, since they're the ones I choose to write about the most. You have to love people to invest that kind of time in them! (Being contrary, I do tend to spend time passionately loving the one I see as unjustly maligned, so Nick gets to be my favourite when someone says 'Nick is too mean!' but only until someone else says 'Mae's a ho' when Mae becomes my favourite, and round and round it goes.)

I'm not sure what you mean by written as Women: I like a lot of modern heroines myself, and I think that there's a huge variety in the way they're written. I would urge you not to dismiss them all!
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Jul. 11th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Just finished your "How to Stop Worrying..." article. Maybe you should check out Near Dark. It has vampires and the South, and was one of Kathryn Bigelow's early movies. :D
Jul. 11th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
LOVE the book!
I've already read the first few chapters of 'The Demon's Lexicon'. I absolutely adore your work! I had bought it earlier this year (me thinks) and with Uni and everything I'm just getting round to it (sorry), anyhow it's rare to be able to talk freely/comment with a published author, so I was going to take a chance and say thank you, SO much for creating this world and publishing it for us to read!

(By the way, this is going to sound REALLY very strange and slightly weird, but someone's reccommended a fiction piece you've written based on the HP books? Would it be possible to read it, by any chance?)
Jul. 11th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: LOVE the book!
Heyla. ;) Very pleased you're liking the first bits of the book, and I shall have my fingers crossed the rest of it doesn't let you down! I am always here to be talked to, especially when people say such nice things!

(No, they are gone forever - deleted from my hard drive. Bad memories involved! Sorry to disappoint.)
Jul. 12th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
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I thought you'd like to know I reviewed Lexicon for Giantkiller, the fanzine associated with Fief Goldenlake, a Tamora Pierce fansite. (Uh, I hope that's okay. >.> I'd have done Covenant, but it wasn't out by the time my article was due in. I have read it now, though! And I loved it even more! And I will be reviewing Covenant as well if Giantkiller will have me back.)

Jul. 13th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
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I love Tamora Pierce, so what an excellent place for a review to be, and what a great review it was! Thank you for showing me, and for writing it. (And I am pleased you liked Covenant even more!)
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