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Author Interview: Seth Skorkowsky

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Seth Skorkowsky’s debut novel, Dämoren, an urban fantasy featuring nasty monsters, modern-day knights, and a sentient pistol, was released in 2014 by Ragnarok Publications. Since then he has proven to be an incredibly prolific writer. Not only did he publish Hounacier, the second in his critically-acclaimed Valducan series, but he’s also released two hefty collections of stories featuring his hero, the Black Raven.

He graciously agreed to an interview with galleywampus, to celebrate the publication of The Sea of Quills.

J Wilbanks: Hi, Seth! Thanks for joining us.

Seth Skorkowsky: Thank you very much for having me.

JW: First things first – you have a new book out this week! You must be pretty excited. What can you tell us about it?

SS: I’m very excited. Sea of Quills is my second collection of stories following a thief called the Black Raven. They’re a pulpy throwback to the old fantasy tales where each story is a self-contained adventure. I regularly refer to it as a mixture of James Bond and the Gray Mouser.

JW: I read that you first envisioned this character back in 2008. What gave you the impetus to drag him out of your mind and expose him on the page after all that time?

SS: In 2008 I published my first Black Raven story, The Porvov Switch, in Flashing Swords Magazine. They picked up a total of six Black Raven stories, but went under after printing three of them. At the time we’d discussed makingthe first collection, Mountain of Daggers, and they advised me to get the total count up to 90,000 words. After Flashing Swords folded, I started work with Rogue Blades for it. Then a very large publishing house expressed interest, and it spent two years waiting on a decision before I retracted my submission to look elsewhere. All in all, the process was over five years of frustration before Ragnarok picked it up. By that time, I had twenty stories and had split the collection into two volumes.

JW: You’ve written The Sea of Quills (and its predecessor) to be a series of interrelated short stories. I love that format, and it reminds me of the shared-worlds of the 80s and 90s, like Liavek. But it’s not a commonly seen format. What led to you creating it this way?

SS: I love short fiction. So my original plan was to publish them like the old Conan or Fafhrd & Gray Mouser tales where they appear in different magazines and anthologies and eventually being brought together into the collection. It didn’t quite work out that way.

JW: Which of the stories are you most proud of in Sea of Quills? Which was the hardest to write? Which one is your wife’s favorite?

SS: I’m the most proud of The Noble Hunter. Some of the scenes in that one were floating around in my head for years before I found a good place to use them. It was also the hardest to write because I had to balance everything with its companion story, City Beneath the Kaisers, which I wrote at the same time. My wife’s favorite is Temptation’s Proposal. We both love masquerade balls (even our wedding was one) so she likes the setting and the villain in it is her favorite.

JW: The world you’ve built in Mountain of Daggers and Sea of Quills is rich with untold stories. Can we expect more?

SS: Definitely. I have plans for several specific adventures and hope to keep Black Raven stories as something I continue to write for years to come.

JW: You have another series, also published by Ragnarok. The first two in the series are already out. When can we expect the third book?

SS: The third novel is Ibenus. Currently I’m 75% through the first draft. The plan is to finish it up and have it ready for Ragnarok by the end of the year. Publication should hopefully be mid-2016, but that’s really an educated guess until I have it turned in. In the meantime, I have a pair of Valducan short stories coming out with Emby Press and Bloodshot Books that will take place before Dämoren and expand some on the world and the weapons.

JW: I love that you’re writing a female lead character! Is the process of building her character different from how you created your male characters?

SS: Yes and no. The biggest difference between Victoria and the heroes in the previous books is that we get to experience her growth with her. Dämoren and Hounacier both begin years in the past and then fast-forward to the present, bypassing the transition from everyday person to demon-slaying knight. Victoria’s journey begins after the events in Hounacier and we get to ride along with it.

JW: Thanks for being so forth-coming about your yet-to-be-written Ibenus! We’re very excited to read it. We love the Valducan series – it is a series, right? You plan to write more Valducan after Ibenus, yes? We have to have more, Seth!

SS: It is a series. I have some ideas for the fourth book, and began sprinkling seeds for it in Hounacier. Once I’m finished with Ibenus, I’ll have to see if I have enough to go ahead and start it, or possibly continue work on a different project that’s been mulling around.

JW: Okay, now for a fun question, just because I’m nosy. List three things you would NOT do for 10 billion dollars.

SS: 1: I would not leave my wife. Whatever escapades I can do with $10 billion would be no fun without her.
2: I would not give up gaming. It’s too much of my life to live without it.
3: I would never cut off my own legs and serve them at a formal dinner no matter who might attend it.

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Sea of Quills is available to read today!

Jim Butcher AMA September 2015

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I’ve never had him wiggling on literal hooks. Have I?
I’m pretty sure I haven’t.

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Yesterday, Jim Butcher participated in one of the infamous Reddit AMAs. This is always an exciting event. Who better to do an interview than fans? We know the material backward and forward, inside and out, and we’re not there to ask stupid questions. A lot of great material came out of the AMA, but if there is one thing I’ve found about Reddit AMAs it’s that not everyone is willing or able to read the Reddit interface. This is why I decided to write up everything Dresden-related that we found out, organized by category.

I’m not obsessive.

Without further ado:

PEACE TALKS

Seidmadr: What’s the progress on Peace Talks? I’m not trying to rush you here, but it’s fun to know how things are going along.

Jim Butcher: Should have it ready by the end of the year. This one has been a real roller coaster in my personal life.

onetwo_three: Will you make the Peace Talks dead line you mentioned of October first?

Jim Butcher: Nah, it’s been bumped to January 1. It’s been a hell of a year.

MIRROR MIRROR

Nicolasmilioni: AlternaHarry from Mirror Mirror, is his magic different from the harry we already know?

Jim Butcher: Mirror universe Harry is different by one choice. One. And everything else just follows after that.

Plastgeek: In the past, you’ve said that the events that happened in Changes were supposed to happen in book 10 of the series. You have also indicated that the Denarians show up in books numbered in multiples of five. So if Changes had ocurred as planned, how would the Nickelheads have factored into what went down?

Jim Butcher: I said that? Are you sure? I couldn’t have. Well maybe I did.
Scanning back on it, if the Denarians had been involved, Harry would probably have had to lean more toward Lasciel as his get-out-of-paralysis-free card, and Nicodemus as his new best frenemy rather than Mab, in order to make the whole thing work out. He would have instantly come into conflict with Sanya, as well, over the possession of the Swords, and maybe with Murphy as well. Molly would have had to make a really horrible choice at that point, and probably would have walked out of it even more guilty and more ready to destroy herself after Harry’s shooting. She probably would have wound up a Denarian herself.
Wow, that’s a dark story. Who would come up with something like that? What’s wrong with you?

WHITE COUNCIL

Ilwrath: Just how hard is it to make those Warden swords that have fallen out of use since Lucio was reembodied?

Jim Butcher: Super hard to make a Warden sword. You need a person who is capable of both highly powerful and extremely complex and subtle magic who is /also/ a swordsmith, able to take the weapon from ore to finished product with his or her own hands. That is a rare confluence of talent, especially since most of the people who have the first two don’t really have the time to come up with the third, or to spend their time in the forge making such swords happen.

OUTSIDERS

Seidmadr: Your ghouls seem to be quite heavily inspired by Lovecraft, same with the Fomor and the Outsiders… Are there any other major Lovecraftian inspirations? Do you consider yourself a Lovecraftian writer?

Jim Butcher: No, I consider myself a writer who played way too much Call of Cthulhu. :) I actually just finished a short story where Molly, in her first mission for the Court as the Winter Lady, pits herself (and Warden Ramirez) against a Cult of the Sleeper. :)

THE FAIRIES

Santa Claus:

HalcyonKnight: Vadderung is Santa Claus, is he also St Nicholas?

Jim Butcher: And Father Christmas and Sinterklaas and a variety of others. But in our modern era, a lot of people wear multiple hats on the job.

Mab and Titania

onetwo_three: Is Nic older than Mab?

Jim Butcher: He is.

Ostergard: I was talking with a friend about the faerie courts, and since we live in Australia, we were both wondering what the explanation is for the seasons being reversed in the southern hemisphere. Does Titania take a vacation down south for Christmas? Or is there a seperate pair of courts for the south?

Jim Butcher: Oh, no, they’ll just rotate interests. Mab has more power in the southern winter, Titania in the southern summer. Though, as fundamentally northern-hemisphere, basically Western European beings, they don’t have the kind of absolute reign there that they enjoy in other parts of the world, and their relationships there consist more of strong alliances and consensus influence among a much larger population of Wyld fae.

The Ladies:

onetwo_three: Aurora, Maeves and Sarissas father was an austrian composer. Even though austria is very old, is it reasonable to assume that they were conceived between 1500 and 1900.

Jim Butcher: It is.

THE VAMPIRES

Louisthe: Are all Red Court and Black Court vampires evil? I ask that because I want to play the Dresden Files RPG with my friends and I wanted to create a character that was a RC Vampire, that still has a sense of honor and goodness, like Angel and Spike. The Red Court are my favorites! Is such a character possible in the Dresdenverse?

Jim Butcher: This is a pretty huge question and depends a lot on how you view the world.
Red Court vampires, by definition, to become a vampire, have to murder someone else to become what they are. They have to end another person’s life to satisfy a desire that does not /need/ to be satisfied in order for them to continue living. Every single one of them makes a choice to sate that desire rather than allow another human being to live–the Fellowship of St. Giles proves that.
(Of course, there are shades of grey involved–a half-vampire who was kept starving and without water in a basement for three days before they were thrown a mortal has a much more difficult time making a clear-headed choice than a half-vampire who was restrained yet cared for by a group of religiously fanatic monks at a Fellowship stronghold, but there’s still a choice being made.)
That could, by some people, be considered a working definition of evil. Sometimes unfortunate, sometimes understandable as to how someone could make that choice, but evil nonetheless.
Black Court Vamps are a different story. They’re actually tainted by something hideous and unworldly. They are driven to kill to survive. They don’t really have a lot of choice about it. They enjoy being what they are, and doing what they do. They can be sad that they don’t have someone who loves them, or upset that the world has passed them by and has changed on them, but at the end of the day, they’re basically black-hearts who occasionally pull out a few of the tattered remains of their humanity, fail to fit back into them like they used to, and get maudlin about their glory days when they could watch the sun rise.

Black Court
HalcyonKnight: How are Black Court Master Vampires made/elevated? Elders?

Jim Butcher: Mainly by growing more powerful by feeding on more lives. The more you kill, the stronger you are, as a Black Court vamp. Also by demonstrating that you can beat the stuffing out of your rivals. They’re very much a Darwinian society of might-makes-right.
But most of the old ones worked out that you can’t just go on killing sprees to farm XP. You’re helpless a large portion of every day, and the food will come find you and end you. So they wait for good opportunities for that kind of thing. Wars, famines, and plagues are awesome for leveling up.

Ilwrath: Would Butters be able to repel a black Court vampire with Polka music?

Jim Butcher: Butters could not repel a Black Court Vampire with polka music, though he could potentially scorch the crap out of one with a Kosher hot dog on the right day.

HELL

Halaku Armor: Question if you don’t mind, sir. While we know (or think we know) the current status of Lasciel, is Lash’s story over?

Jim Butcher: Bonea is Lash’s little girl. Lasciel wasn’t Lash, specifically, but you don’t get to be a fallen angel without having a certain amount of irrational egotism and pride. And we’ve well established that Dresden committed the worst sin possible in Lasciel’s eyes–he wounded her pride. >:)
You really think a being like that is going to let it end there?

HARRY DRESDEN

DaedelusMinion: So Dresden has been going from regular Wizard to semi-immortal over the course of the last few books- when you first started writing Dresden, did you ever imagine him to be this strong later on or was it just something that happened as you wrote the books?

Jim Butcher: Oh, he’s been leveling up since the very first short story I wrote him in, “Restoration of Faith.”
And yeah, he’s doing what I meant him to do from the get-go. :) We’ve got a ways to go yet, even now.
Though technically, he’s nowhere close to immortal. He’s a lot more formidable than he was when he got started, but honestly, most of the older wizards have got their own crazy background of powerups which they do not advertise. Listens-To-Wind’s shapeshifting isn’t purely a matter of wizardly skill (though his healing abilities are), for example.
But here’s the key thing about people of power in the Dresden universe (and in the real world): the truly dangerous folks do not advertise. Not ever. They have no need to show off, and constantly displaying how scary they are would be counter to their own interests. You generally only find out that that little old lady is a spooky-bizarro master of wing-chun when you actually break into her house and try to hurt her granddaughter. Or that the quiet little guy with the receding hairline and glasses is a former Navy Seal when you grab his wife and try to drag her into an alley.
All the senior wizards have got something up their sleeve, and every single one of them is hiding it from all the others. If they don’t know about it, they can’t plan for it, and the “knowledge is power” wizard crowd is all about planning for things.
But we are coming up on the time when people are going to have their backs to the wall and we’re going to start seeing what they’ve got. And I’ve been looking forward to writing it for nearly twenty years. >:)

Devils_advocate36: Love the Dresden series and have to ask how you as an author deal with the inevitable power creep as the stories go? When your hero/villain is at the point where they are so powerful that it’s hard to right a situation where they can’t just overpower every normal mundane challenge how do you make the story relate able to your audience?

Jim Butcher: You deal with power creep by having the story have an end.
I’m one of those people who thinks that stories aren’t stories unless they end, and that a “neverending story” is kind of an oxymoron. Harry has what he needs to thrash and scream and wriggle on the hook against whatever foe he has facing him, and he’ll continue to have just enough power to get himself well and truly into deep trouble, all the way through.
But, I know what the end game is, where he’s going to wind up, and what he’s going to wind up doing. So it’s not hard to make sure that he grows at more or less the right pace.

BONNIE

Ilwrath: Did he officially name the spirit Bonnie?

Jim Butcher: He named her Bonea, an old Scot name meaning “beautiful.” Plus it has the word “bone” in it and she lives in a skull, and his sense of humor has never been exactly subtle.
Bonnie is her everyday nickname. :)

onetwo_three: Is it important, that Bonnie does not look like Molly?

Jim Butcher: Bonnie’s a spirit. If she wants to look like something, she could probably practice and look like basically whatever she wanted. Right now she looks like a cute little ball of light. But I suspect that she’d instinctively be more likely to make herself look like Maggie than Molly, if only because the two of them are in something vaguely like the same relation to Harry.

onetwo_three: Is Bonnie going to have free will like a human, or does she need to obey her sister every time Maggie picks her up? Is the answer somewhere in the middle?

Jim Butcher: She’s a spirit of intellect, just like Bob. Same rules. :)

Nicolasmilioni: Could a spirit of knowledge like Bob [or Bonnie] possess a powerful wizard, being able to use the vast knowledge of a spirit together with the magic of a mortal wizard?

Jim Butcher: Potentially–though wizards are notoriously difficult to possess, especially for any length of time. Evil Bob tried it on Dresden and couldn’t hold him even long enough to really get inside.

Seidmadr: Why does Bob [and Bonnie] have to obey whoever owns his skull? Is it because of the enchantments on the skull, or is it just that all spiritual entities must obey whoever controls their sanctum?

Jim Butcher: It’s the bargain Bob made to be who he is, basically. The skull is essentially his contract–shelter in exchange for service.

GOODMAN GREY

Nicolasmilioni: Is goodman grey able to steal magic from wizards like the first naagloshi we ever saw could?

Jim Butcher: He /can/, but it’s ruinously costly for him. The more you become something other than you are, the less of you is left over. He could, theoretically, get a gulp of Dresden’s blood and become Dresden, power and all–but, especially with such a powerful will in question, he would /be/ Dresden at that point. There wouldn’t be anything of /Grey/ left over to make decisions. It would basically be a form of suicide, only with a really hard-on-buildings corpse left over.
The Naagloshii themselves, as immortals, are immutable. Grey has free will.

EBENEZAR

-EG-: A) Was the New Madrid earthquake event Eb’s first act or job as Blackstaff?
B) Did Eb accidentally kill his wife during said event?
C) What was the reason for the event? What beings or circumstances were present/occurring in Eb’s backyard that required him to act?

Jim Butcher: Hmmm, let me think what I can share out.
Eb’s enemies got to his wife. That is, ultimately, why he hid his daughter and had little to do with her until she was grown and had shown that she had power. And, ultimately, why she wound up being a wild child and rebel and getting into a world of trouble that ultimately resulted in her death (but also Harry Dresden).
Drakul wasn’t a scion of anything! He was something entirely unhuman that got trapped in human form. Dracula was his half-human child, who naturally had enormous paternal issues, and wound up creating himself as the first Black Court Vampire in an effort to win his father’s approval.
It didn’t work out so well.

onetwo_three: You said before that Eb’s wife was mortal, but is Eb’s wife Harry’s grandmother?

Jim Butcher: She is.

Book Blitz, Interview, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Falling in Deep Collection

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Falling in Deep Collection

by Various Authors
Release Date: September 21st 2015

Summary

A huge collection of fourteen unique mermaid tales with over 900 pages of enchanting stories from award-winning and best-selling authors.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fourteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the FALLING IN DEEP COLLECTION are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before. A note to the reader: these are some steamy tales, and there are some steamy encounters in the excerpt below.

Table of Contents

“Scales” by Pauline Creeden
“Ink: A Mermaid Romance” by Melanie Karsak
“Of Ocean and Ash” by A. R. Draeger
“Deep Breath” by J. M. Miller
“At the Heart of the Deep” by Carrie Wells
“The Mermaid’s Den” by Ella Malone
“The Water is Sweeter” by Eli Constant
“The Glass Mermaid” by Poppy Lawless
“An Officer & a Mermaid” by Blaire Edens
“How to be a Mermaid” by Erin Hayes
“Cold Water Bridegroom” by B. Brumley
“Immersed” by Katie Hayoz
“Siren’s Kiss” by Margo Bond Collins
“To Each His Own” by Anna Albergucci

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Interview

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Author of “Ink: A Mermaid Romance” – Melanie Karsak

1. What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

When I was a teen, I fell in love with the Slavic/Russian novels written by C. J. Cherryh, including her work Rusulka. Rusulka is the story about a drowned girl who becomes a haunted spirit. Rusulka are prevelant in Slavic myth. They are often depicted as spirits, but sometimes they appear as nymphs or water sprites. I was really inspired by Cherryh’s Rusulka character.

2. What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?

I moved to Florida about five years ago, and I was really inspired by all the sights on the coast. We’ve taken trips to Miami on a few occasions. I enjoy the architecture, but dislike the vibe of the city. It’s the same vibe Ink feels when she is there (sorry, Miami). I live on the Space Coast, not far from NASA, and I love this area. We are close to Cocoa Beach which has the feel of a “once-happening” place. There is a quaint charm to its faded, sea-side glory. I adore Cocoa Village, a quaint downtown area. There are lovely little shops and old oak trees with Spanish moss. It was the perfect setting for Ink’s eventual rendezvous with a good friend.

3. Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

Ink is hard to cast, but I would probably choose someone like Megan Fox.

For Hal, I would definitely cast Jason Momoa. Because, well, Jason Momoa.

4. What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

The world building! Oh my gosh, it took me forever to figure out just how “under the sea” functioned in terms of a society. There was nothing to go from so I just made it all up! It took a lot more time and brain-power than I expected.

5. Ursula or Ariel?

Ursula’s attitude with Ariel’s looks. Ariel is too “I need a man” for me. Ursula is too “I need power” for Ink. But they both have good qualities.

I actually really love cecaelia, mer-octopus like Ursula. They play an important role in Ink.

6. What else should we know about your novella?

There are alligator shifters and nyotaimori (Google it). I now know way more about alligator mating calls than a normal person would find useful. Don’t judge me by my Google searches.

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Excerpt

from “The Mermaid’s Den” by Ella Malone

I made my choice quickly and left in the middle of the night. I swam south, feeling the water warm slightly as I approached the Massachusetts coast. Familiar with the area from years of fishing there, I knew Southern Point and slid myself onto the rocks. I sat there in the cool, late-summer air, feeling the briskness of the sea breeze and a slight sting of the spray against my newly formed legs.

Developing legs was always a sensuous experience to me. I watched my scales turn from their bright, inky blue to a honey color as they bleached before my eyes. Then they slowly turned smooth moments before my ankles separated and my toes lost their webbing. I felt supple and exotic as a human. I held a mystery that no one else knew or shared.

Legs also reminded me of Diana. We would find a beach free of humans and lie together, kissing and touching in the sand as our bodies transitioned from mer to human. Our tails would slowly change from beautiful fins to strong, elegant legs.

Diana moved slowly with me. None of her rapid, curt movements existed in our meetings. Those motions belonged to her royal self, not the one we shared. With me she lingered in her own skin, her hands in mine, our lips caressing necks, shoulders, and breasts.

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Interview: David Steffen (The Long List Anthology)

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Galen Dara's "A City on Its Tentacles"
Artwork: “A City on Its Tentacles” by Galen Dara. Licensed by David Steffen to be used for the Long List Anthology as a cover and for promotion of The Long List Anthology.

David Steffen, the owner of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy zine Diabolical Plots, and the creator of The Grinder, (a submission tracker for works of fiction), is Kickstarting an amazing anthology.

The Long List Anthology was designed to make available and recognize the short works that were nominated for the 2015 Hugo Awards, but did not make it to the top five for the final ballot. The Hugos “long list” of works, which notes the top fifteen works nominated for each category, provided the template for this anthology.

All of the short stories, including works by Annie Bellet, Max Gladstone, Elizabeth Bear, and Usman T. Malik, will be included in the project. Also included are the Novellas by Ken Liu and Rachel Swirsky, as well as most of the novelettes, including works by Yoon Ha Lee, Carmen Maria Machado, Scott Lynch, and Xia Jia (translated by Ken Liu). The lineup of talented storytellers is impressive.

At the time of this publication, David has obtained a couple of stretch goals, but you still have the opportunity to obtain a copy of the book, get access to several tiered reward services, help obtain those final goals, and to help show support for a project created to recognize greatness in the science fiction and fantasy community. I’m just sad that there was only one crocheted Cthulhu available.

In the interview below, I have more information about the process behind David’s project.

 

C Lee Brant (CB): How did you go about collecting the works for The Long List Anthology?

David Steffen (DS): It wasn’t a particularly glamorous process, just a lot of legwork The legwork started immediately when the Hugo administrators published the longer list of works nominated by Hugo voters after the Hugo ceremony. The process after that was pretty much what you’d expect–a lot of correspondence, and a spreadsheet to keep track of the results of that correspondence. I checked that the stories were all published in 2014 as best I could tell from searching. Then to find author contact information for as many of the authors on the list as possible. I wrote up a pitch describing what I wanted to do with the project and emailed it or sent it through website contact forms to reach as many authors as I could find.

CB: What has been the biggest barrier so far in the process?

DS: Authors who have no clear way to contact them posted. For a project like this it is immensely helpful if authors have a website that can be found with a quick Google search and either have an email address there that they check regularly, or a contact form that routes messages to their inbox. Many of the authors I had gotten a response from the same day I started querying, but a few authors I’m still trying to reach.

CB: Which story did you pick up first to get the ball rolling?

DS: Rachael K. Jones’s “Makeisha in Time”. The reason for that is that Rachael is a friend, so I felt more comfortable just typing an extremely informal query along the lines of “Hi Rachael, so are you in for that anthology idea?”

CB: Tell me about the artwork. How did you pick the cover?

DS: In April, while I was starting up the first Kickstarter, I spent a couple weeks trolling around art sites like DeviantArt and a few others with similar mission statements. I saw a lot of great art there, but in the end I got a recommendation on Twitter to look at Galen Dara’s portfolio. I was familiar with her art from her other excellent work like the cover art for the Glitter & Mayhem anthology. I love her dreamlike style and her ability to make an illustration that suggests a story. I liked this particular one for several reasons: because there was some good space at the top for a title, because I particularly loved the color scheme, and because I felt like the content of the image would work well with horror, science fiction, or fantasy stories in equal measure. It also helped that Galen was easy to reach and she was willing to license it for what I felt was a reasonable price. I will definitely keep Galen foremost in mind for future projects–she has been so excellent to work with.

CB: Will this Anthology be available after the Kickstarter ends by any other means of distribution? If so, how so?

DS: Yes, I’ll make it available via selfpublish venues like Amazon, Smashwords, etc. I’m still working out the details about that end at this point, so I don’t know exactly what the details will be.

CB: After the initial success of this year’s Long List Anthology, do you have plans to create similar works in the future–with future Hugo Awards or other awards like the Nebula?

DS: I’d certainly consider it. The Nebulas might not lend themselves so well to a project like this because I don’t think they publish a longer list of nominated works, unless I’ve missed it. I don’t know if this project would be as popular in other years as it has proved so far–to gauge interest I’d probably run another Kickstarter. And if that Kickstarter wasn’t successful in the way this one was, then that would be my answer.

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