Dreams and Fulfillment with Nicole Murphy

The Secret Ones by Nicole Murphy

I totally forgot to even mention this!

The wonderful Nicole Murphy, author of the Dream of Asarlai urban fantasy trilogy, has been hosting series of posts from guest authors on the theme of “Dreams and Fulfillment” over at her blog. My post lives here but it’s definitely worth your time to read through what everyone else has written on the subject. Personally, I loved what Tansy Rayner Roberts has to say about the Dream of Getting Published (and what comes next), as well as Justina Robson’s thoughts on the importance of dreams for ensuring a fulfilled life in general.  Many thanks to Nicole for having us all over to her place. Hope we didn’t leave too many crumbs on the carpet or wine stains on the tablecloth.

Meantime, Rabbit Hole both worked and didn’t work. I didn’t reach my hoped-for word count, but I did force myself to sit and think through problems until I fixed them instead of wandering off to do something else. The novel is progressing well again and I’m actually feeling excited about where it’s heading. 🙂


Literary Clutter (and more reviews)

I have a guest post up over at George Ivanoff’s Literary Clutter blog on Boomerang Books, talking about the writing and publishing of Madigan Mine:

Some time ago, when I was still in primary school, I decided that I was going to be a writer. Of course, being very young and largely uneducated, I had no idea what this career path entailed other than the notion that I would need to Write Books – very much like the many books which crammed the shelves of my mother’s bookcases, only with more ponies in them. Or monsters. Or possibly both. Certainly, I had no idea that the road leading to the publication of my first novel would prove to be such a long and winding and ultimately unexpected one . . . [read more]

Also, another couple of lovely reviews have been brought to my attention:

Scott Wilson, writing for Midnight EchoYou’ll be taken along for a roller coaster of a ride with the reckless and unstable main character that is complex and downright scary.

Stephanie Gunn, writing for HorrorScope: McDermott is also particularly skilled at characterization – every character, even the minor ones, seem to live and breathe on the page.

I’m particularly pleased that people are loving the characters so much. My writing is very, very much character-driven. They live inside my head for ages — years, if we’re talking novels — and it’s always hard to see them go off into the real world on their own. Nice to see they’re making some friends!