NYT Bestseller Tosca Lee is my guest on ASJ

NYT Bestseller and multiple award-winning author Tosca Lee is this week’s guest. She and host Richard Paolinelli, a fellow Nebraska transplant, discuss her latest release, The 51KL6A8se3L._SY346_Line Between, and the upcoming sequel.

She also talks about the five years of research for her novel, Iscariot, as well as her particular journey to becoming an author.

The show will go live Wednesday, April 3rd at Noon (EDT) right here: ASJ: Tosca Lee.

As always, an MP3 download will become available later Wednesday afternoon for those wishing to listen to the audio-only version of the show of their favorite MP3 device. Check the page linked at the top of the home page for the download link.

Stick around after the show ends for a special showing of Superversive Press’ book trailer for its upcoming release of: Planetary Series: Jupiter.

Dragon Awards 2019

It’s that time of the year again. Nominations for the 2019 DragonCon’s Dragon Awards are open and will remain so until July. I’ve dropped my nominations off and am awaiting the e-mail with this year’s finalists so I can vote for them. Just like I’ve done the previous three years of the award’s existence.

As you regulars here know, I consider the Dragon’s to be the premier award in sci-fi/fantasy. They are open to everyone to cast a vote in. They do not have a pre-programmed bias against *wrongthink* creators (cough, Hugos, cough, Nebulas, cough) and I feel they accurately reflect the true feelings of sf/f fans everywhere.

1551240225.pngI was fortunate enough to have been a finalist in 2017 for Best Sci-Fi Novel with Escaping Infinity and I hope to be one again in 2019 with my two eligible works: When The Gods Fell (Best Fantasy Novel) and The Timeless (Best YA/Middle Grade).

In the past I’ve waited until the finalists were announced to reveal who I nominated, and then waited until after the awards were handed out to reveal who I voted for among the finalists. This year, we’re going to shake things up a bit.

I am going to reveal my nominees here today. I hope you will look them over and give each of them a read between now and July and see if you agree they are worthy. If you do, or if you think another work deserves recognition, please follow this link to the Dragon Awards Nomination page and fill out your own form and submit it.

Here are my nominees for 2019:

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL:  OCTAVIA GONE by Jack McDevitt

1548177498BEST FANTASY NOVEL: WHEN THE GODS FELL by Richard Paolinelli

BEST YOUNG ADULT/MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL: THE TIMELESS by Richard Paolinelli

BEST MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY NOVEL: A Place For War by Daniel Humphreys

BEST ALTERNATE HISTORY NOVEL: Brave And The Bold by Hans Schantz

BEST MEDIA TIE-IN NOVEL: Thrawn Alliance by Timothy Zahn

BEST HORROR NOVEL: Hell Spawn by Declan Finn

BEST COMIC BOOK: Flying Sparks by Jon Del Arroz

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL: PD Wodehouse by Chuck Dixon

BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY TV SERIES: The Orville (Fox)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY MOVIE: Aquaman (James Wan)

NO NOMINATIONS SUBMITTED:

BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY PC/CONSOLE GAME; MOBILE GAME; BOARD GAME; or MINIATURES/COLLECTABLE GAME

So there you go. That’s who I’ve nominated. Who do you think should take home one of these in September?

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Silence One Author, Silence Us All

I ran afoul of an author(?) tonight on Twitter who is part of a minor clique of shrieking harpies who seem dead set on making authors miserable. In nearly every instance, they haven’t done well with their writing. Instead of working on improving their craft, they seek excuses to blame others for their shortcomings.

Part of their schtick is to bully authors into pulling their stories or massively changing them on the grounds of “diversity/sensistivity” or some other nonsense. The one that really boils my writer’s blood is the claim that unless you are the same race/gender/sexual orientation/whatever as your main characters then you have no right to write a story with them in it.

If you will pardon my French: What a load of horseshit!!!!

What amazing classics we would have been denied if this wrong way of thinking had been the norm throughout literary history. Was Shelly a mad scientist or a creature constructed from body parts of the dead? No, she was not. Does this disqualify Frankenstein as a classic that should be pulled from the shelves? Of course not.

Hemmingway was not a Cuban fisherman. Should we remove The Old Man and the Sea from the lists of great works? Of course not.

It has always been my position that all authors should be allowed to tell their story, their way. If they have done their job researching their story, it will show and the story will be well accepted by readers.

Every author should be free of the bullying from these small-minded troglodytes that cannot accept that you don’t have to be a person of color, the same gender or sexual orientation as your MCs. Nor are you required to have lived every minute of the life your MCs live in order to write well about them. Good writers can write excellent stories about incredible characters of any kind. Bad writers can only whine about those that can do what they themselves cannot accomplish.

Do NOT let these negative people shame you, nor demand that you filter your story through “sensitivity readers” or even demand that you pull your book from publication. They have NO right to silence you. They do NOT represent the majority of readers that are seeking the kind of story you’ve written.

The greatest crime is when even a single author’s voice has been shamed into silence. Write your story. Share it with the world. Do NOT give a second thought to these shrieking harpies who only want you to be as miserable as they are so they can feel better about themselves.

 

A Scribe’s Journey Episode 2 And Future Guests

Couple of items to share from my weekly video podcast, A Scribe’s Journey.

First, Episode 2 is live right here: A Scribe’s Journey: Episode 2: Gibson Michaels

Second, the show is currently booked with guest authors through the end of March. Not bad for a show that just launched two weeks ago, eh? Check out the list of upcoming guests here . And if you are an author and want to be on the show to talk about your book(s) and your journey to becoming a writer, just drop a line to this e-mail address: ascribesjourney@gmail.com