Hometown: Los Angeles
November 14, 2011
I have several short stories in revision that are in the slipstream/mythopoetic vein. I'm revising a pulp adventure fantasy that I've been shopping around to agents, and I'm 50k words in to a pseudo Renaissance Italy city-state fantasy (currently on hold during revisions).
I brought back a *huge* stack of schwag from World Fantasy this year, so I'm working through that. Cat Valente's books are at the top.
For short fiction, Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, and Charles deLint - which isn't to say that I write like any of them. I just think short fiction is very difficult to nail, and those three manage it regularly. For epic fantasy, George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb. For high-concept stuff, China Mieville and Neal Stephenson. My childhood favorites are Katherine Kurtz and Meredith Ann Pierce. I haven't read any of her stuff yet, but I've been told that I will adore Catherynne Valente. We shall see. I'm also excited to read Malinda Lo's queer YA (_Ash_ and _Huntress_).
I am an editor for a textbook publisher and a fantasy writer. I recently had my first pro-level publication through Daily Science Fiction, and I'm revising my first novel at the request of an agent. Still a long way to go, though!