As the cold settles in around my ankles, it’s nice to have an armchair and a computer to transport me far away. One of the deepest pleasures of writing is the escapism it provides, especially when a story takes me somewhere nice. When I wrote The Vault of Dreamers, I purposely gave the story many sunny days to counterbalance the nights of tension, and I enjoyed the view of the prairie in the fall, with the wind rippling the grasses and the towers of the Forge School standing… Continue reading
A man sits in a vast room, working a sewing machine, creating a piece of a sculpture that defies sense and gravity. Time doesn’t matter in this place, if it matters anywhere. He merely works, guiding the fabric through the needle’s bite, while the light falls in around him, and the noise of his machine makes perfect silence.
My brilliant, patient editor has given me an extension on The Rule of Mirrors. It’s a gift that can’t be measured. I’m happy to report that we have no firm release date.… Continue reading
As my husband and I were throwing the football up into the tree yesterday, casting up the fishing line that would pull up the rope that would pull up the string of lights, it hit me that Christmas isn’t just for the kids anymore. It’s for me, and for my husband and me as a team. These signs of the holiday—the decorated tree, the wreath, the outside lights—they make it feel “right,” like we’ve pulled off a magic trick, and I’m half surprised that it works on me. I see… Continue reading
When in doubt, neglect something. That’s my go-to strategy for dealing with holiday prep. Not “start early” or “simplify.” Those boats have sailed, my friend. I say, embrace the chaos. Accept that if you go upstairs to change over the laundry, on the way you’ll see the ornament boxes that need to go to the attic, and once you’re in the attic, you’ll find the pile of old games you intended to donate away, so they’ll come back down with you to land by the kitchen door, beside the bin… Continue reading
The Vault of Dreamers comes out in audiobook format today with an engaging, nuanced performance by narrator Emily Woo Zeller. Tantor Media produced the audiobook, and the sample of the recording reveals how Emily brings Rosie’s character and her world alive in a rich, new way. So, so cool! The audiobook is available through Tantor, Amazon, and Audible.com, too, in case you’re interested.
I had the chance to ask Emily a bit about narrating, and her answers intrigued me.… Continue reading
This is one of my favorite days of the year, not for the shopping but for the low-key lull and all those leftovers in the fridge. Num! We have a layer of snow, just enough to be pretty and make me happy to stay inside, and the house is alive with company, the sort that likes to visit for a while and then snuggle up with a good book.
The Vault of Dreamers Blog Tour, Jean Book Nerd Version, continues right along, with stops at Book Lover’s Life for… Continue reading