I had hoarded my copy of Virginia Bergin’s H20 on my bookcase for sometime and finally read it when I noticed the sequel, The Storm, had just come out and I hadn’t read the first one yet. This is another fast-paced YA thrill-ride reminiscent of a zombie story, but the virus here is caused by alien …

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The holidays are upon us, and whether we’re traveling to see family or enjoying some nice time at home, the upcoming weeks are an excellent time to write. For many of us, we have off from our day jobs during part of this time and that means more time for writing, and more time for …

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Getting Real

I used to write a lot of crime and horror fiction and the horror, especially, was pretty dark. While there were often supernatural elements involved, much of the horror was derived from human behavior. These were not cheery little stories. I placed a lot of these stories in anthologies—almost none of them offering pay—and then …

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Happy birthday this week to Tamora Pierce! Happy birthday to the woman who helped pioneer YA fantasy and pushed female heroes to the forefront of her work. Truly, she is a champion of speculative fiction. For her, speculative fiction should be (and can be!) for everyone. The thing that surprises me is that more people …

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Happy Birthday to Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)! Today we honor and remember the woman who gave us “The Lottery” (1949) as well as The Haunting of Hill House (1959), her most famous novel. Jackson’s brilliance is in the way horror is in the everyday, and more importantly, in each of us. But what I find most …

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Winifred Holtby (1898-1935), a British author and ardent feminist during her short life, reminds us why we are feminists and writers: I am a feminist because I dislike everything that feminism implies. I desire an end to the whole business, the demands for equality, the suggestion of sex warfare, the very name feminist. I want …

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Son Goku. Batman. Slade Wilson. Aragorn. Nightcrawler. Felix Harrowgate. If I were to assemble a team of my favorite fictional characters, I would have an army of men before me. Aliens, mutants, wizards, royalty, they are all male. As a feminist, I am ashamed that the characters who I identify with, across film, television, graphic …

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Spoilers! If you haven’t read and/or seen the Hunger Games trilogy you shouldn’t read this blog post – however if you are the sort of person who doesn’t mind some pretty major plot points being given away, then go ahead and read!   I saw the final Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2, a couple …

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I have been lucky, frankly, to be a member of a special sort of book club. It’s small. It’s like-minded. It’s opinionated. And it’s fiercely intelligent. Its members care deeply and strongly about literature. Normally, the book clubs in which I engage often operate on the following schedule: 20 minutes of book talk (normally of a …

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When we celebrate women in genre fiction, we cannot leave out the incredible women who create, invent and experiment with the science and technology many of us write about and build upon. Meet Grace Hopper (Dec. 1906-Jan. 1992). A US Navy Admiral and one of the first computer programmers, we owe Grace Hopper a debt …

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