Guest blogs

I’m honored to be in the very last Mind Meld on SF Signal (*weeps*) before the site closed. In this one, we talk fantasy weapons and I take on Stormbringer. (May 4, 2016)

Chuck Wendig is awesome, and he let me take over his blog to talk about the writing process. I may or may not owe him several liters of Scotch now. (May 14, 2015)

The amazing Mary Robinette Kowal had me on her blog to discuss My Favorite Bit about The Venusian Gambit — and it didn’t even involve a space battle! (May 5, 2015)

Over at, I wrote up a post on Five Books About Fictional History, though really it’s more like ten. There’s just a lot of good stuff out there! (May 4, 2015)

As a member of International Thriller Writers, I got to contribute this piece about thrilling SF/F to the May edition of The Big Thrill. (April 30, 2015)

I indulged in a bit of April Foolishness over at Skiffy & Fanty with this parody “exclusive” about turning The Silmarillion into a 14-movie epic. The scary thing is, it could happen some day! (April 1, 2015)

Mind meld time again on SF Signal! This time, I lament the lack of sequel to Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. (March 4, 2015)

The good people at SF Signal agreed to host the exclusive cover reveal of The Venusian Gambit, and furthermore gave me some space to talk about how the amazing art came to be. (Jan. 8, 2015)

Chuck Wendig. Enough said, right? I visited his fantastic again to talk about Five Things I Learned Writing The Enceladus Crisis. And I may have channeled a bit of Chuck in my replies. I’ll bill him for the therapy. (May 14, 2014)

On SF Signal, I talked about what it’s like to write a sequel, and how The Empire Strikes Back became an inspiration for how to do it right. (May 14, 2014)

I returned to Mary Robinette Kowal’s site to talk about My Favorite Bit from The Enceladus Crisis and ended up riffing on the joys of writing historical fantasy. (May 8, 2014)

What books do you re-read? I and a number of other authors answered that question on SF Signal‘s latest Mind Meld. Turns out, mine were old Star WarsStar Trek and Tom Clancy novels, along with old role-playing-game books. (May 7, 2013)

To celebrate the release of The Gravity of the Affair, I did a guest post over at SF Signal on world-building across multiple works. I talk about how the depth of the Daedalusverse setting (with thanks to Paul “PrinceJvstin” Weimer for coining the term) helps spark more stories. (Dec. 6, 2013)

What happens when a book spans many subgenres, or slips between them entirely? That’s the topic of this guest post over at The Qwillery. I talk about how categories can sometimes be inadequate, but that such genre-bending books can provide entry into all different kinds of stories. (Dec. 2, 2013)

For many authors, marketing and promoting their work is a chore. The way I see it, it’s simply part and parcel of being a storyteller — you’re just telling the story of you and your book. In this guest blog over on Word Cafe, I talk about some of the marketing efforts that have worked for me. (Oct. 9, 2013)

It’s been interesting going from writing a novel that I wasn’t sure would ever get published to writing a sequel that folks are actually expecting and, at least in some cases, looking forward to. Bastard Books invited me aboard to talk about going from debut to series, with all the fun and strangeness that entails. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Super-talented historical fantasy writer Anne Lyle was kind enough to host me on her blog, where I talked about playing with, and occasionally breaking, history. (Aug. 20, 2013)

The Irish writing resource had me on again to talk about characters in speculative fiction, and basically how they’re not all that different from great characters in any other kind of fiction. (Aug. 15, 2013)

Very happy to be back at The Qwillery, this time with a guest blog discussing both character and narrative voice in historical fantasy and alternative history. (Aug. 15, 2013)

Writers like to read about other writers and how they go about…writing. And I’m happy to oblige. I did a guest post on Janice Hardy’s excellent writers’ blog on how I use Excel when outlining my work. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Can’t think of a better way to celebrate the final release of The Daedalus Incident than to write a Big Idea guest blog on Whatever, the site of award-winning, bestselling author John Scalzi. (Aug. 13, 2013)

Writing female characters as a male author is tough, but I think it boils down to good writing, frankly. I said as much over at Girls in Capes, a fantastic blog that was kind enough to offer me a guest spot. Check out the post here. (Aug. 9, 2013)

Hugo-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal graciously offered me a guest spot in her “My Favorite Bit” series on her blog. So what’s my favorite bit in The Daedalus Incident? Click here and find out! (Aug. 8, 2013)

The Irish writing site,, had me on as a special guest to discuss world-building in historical fiction. I talk about how my background in journalism helped me ask the right questions when building my settings for The Daedalus Incident. (July 4, 2013)

What makes a good genre mashup? Sure, putting sailing ships in space is cool, but there’s got to be a really great story behind it. I talk about my experience in shuffling the genre deck over on Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s blog. (July 1, 2013)

I’m proud of the depictions of female characters in The Daedalus Incident. I tried to take care in portraying them in a very forward-looking way, and I’d like to think I succeeded. Justin Landon of Staffer’s Book Review invited me over for a guest post on the topic. (June 26, 2013)

Hugo-award winning fan site SFSignal had me on to talk about the joys and perils of writing historical fantasy, and how to use historical figures…sparingly. (June 19, 2013)

Fellow Night Shade author J.M. McDermott and I swapped guest blogs. I used his virtual space to talk about good genre-bending fiction, while he used mine to talk about running against the herd…or finding a herd of his own. (June 12, 2013)

Myths, gods, legends…what is it about them that keeps us genre writers coming back? This latest SFSignal mind meld attempts to answer that question. I’m in seriously excellent company here, with a lot of fantastic authors. (May 22, 2013)

There’s lots of great SF/F movies out this summer, and I weighed-in on my favorites — and my boycott of dystopias and apocalypses — in this Mind Meld over on SFSignal. (April 24, 2013)

What’s in a name? In historical fiction, names carry the weight of centuries. I wrote about names in historical fantasy as part of Angels of Retribution‘s “Names: A New Perspective” series. (April 22, 2013)

Is there anything tasty about food as portrayed fantasy and science-fiction? That was the topic of this Mind Meld on SFSignal. I totally wanted barbecue after writing it. But then, that’s kind of the norm. (February 27, 2013)

I’ve started participating in Night Shade Books’ writer’s blog, The Night Bazaar. I’m there every Wednesday talking about everything from book reviewers to sex to religion. (February 2013 and beyond)

I’m back on SFSignal, in a Mind Meld with a number of fantastic writers, talking about re-reading one’s favorite books, and whether that means reading less new work. (January 9, 2013)

I talked about science fiction on television in this Mind Meld over on SFSignal. (October 17, 2012)

Writer Feliza Casano of the University of Toledo Writer’s Guild invited me over to talk about NaNoWriMo and writing with immediacy. The guest post was far better than my own NaNoWriMo efforts. (November 7, 2o11)