Friday, March 29, 2013

An Interview with the Delightful Delilah S.Dawson


Today I am SO EXCITED to bring you an interview with the lovely and talented Delilah S. Dawson!!!





I know *I* can't wait to get my hands on the next adventure in Sang!  So I guess I should stop fangirling and get on with the interview.

1. How many books and novellas do you plan to write in the world of Sang? 
So far, the world of Sang includes three books, three e-novellas, and one short story in the CARNIEPUNK anthology out this July with Gallery books. I'm always open to more, though, and especially hope I'll get a chance to finish Criminy and Tish's story from WICKED AS THEY COME, which was left just the tiniest bit open.

Books: WICKED AS THEY COME, WICKED AS SHE WANTS (April 30, 2013), WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT (2014)
E-novellas: THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO, THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE, THE DAMSEL AND THE DAGGERMAN (2014)
Short story: THE THREE LIVES OF LYDIA





2. Do you have any actors or models that inspired you for this book?

Ooh, yes! THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE was entirely based on the idea of Thor in a kilt. With a Scottish accent. The rest of the story grew to accommodate that concept. Frannie is based on Jewel Staite of Firefly, and Casper is a mash-up of Brad Pitt as Louis in Interview with the Vampire and Matthew McConnaughey. There's a Pinterest board with pics here: http://pinterest.com/delilahsdawson/the-peculiar-pets-of-miss-pleasance/ 





3. What was the last book you read and loved?
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare completely ripped me apart-- like, I ugly-cried all day. I adore her world and writing, and it was truly the perfect ending to the Infernal Devices series. Now I'm working on Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore, which couldn't be more different but has totally grabbed me by the throat. 




4. You're about the coolest person I've met on the interwebz. You climb trees in heels, constantly match wits with Chuck Wendig, and I'm fairly certain you're really a long-lost Russian Czaress. No question I just wanted to put that out in the world.
Nicest. Compliment. Ever! Thank you! One day, I'll have a lightsaber fight in heels with Cherk, and then the internetz will implode. 




5. Have you ever fangirled over anyone? If so, who was it?
Uh, I fangirl over people and things all the time. I had to be physically restrained from climbing the barrier at the NYC Harry Potter exhibit because I wanted to ride Buckbeak. I am so full of enthusiasm it's kind of embarrassing. Oh, and my pal James Tuck had to drag me by the arm to meet Norman Reedus at a con bar once. It was awesome. Ooh, and once Andre Benjamin was in the booth behind me while I ate an omelet! 




6. What is the next project you're working on?
I just wrapped up a huge edit on my first YA, a creepy paranormal called SERVANTS OF THE STORM that will be out next year with Simon Pulse. Next up is finishing the third Blud book, WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT, which is a Sangish trip to the Moulin Rouge.



Thanks so much for having me, darling! 


Thanks! I can't wait to read the next installment of awesomeness!!!

And to you my readers, yes all 14 of you. I urge you all to snap up WICKED AS THEY COME, THE MYSTERIOUS MADAME MORPHO and THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE. Now. Enjoy your reading, and try to behave yourselves until next time!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

**WHAT MY HAPPY DANCE LOOKS LIKE**

I have been stressing out about my mid-term exam for my Craft of Poetry class for the past two weeks. I just received an email from my professor stating there was an error in the schedule for the computer lab so she's letting us A.) Take the exam at home and B.) IT'S OPEN BOOK!!!

This is what I've looked like for the last 10 minutes:



Then I did this:





And my big finish:



So, yeah. I haz a happy.

I hope your day is going just as well!!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

**WARNING RANTY RAMBLING AHEAD**
Dealing with Reality

Hey, guys! It’s been a while since I last posted on here and unfortunately this time isn’t for sunshine and rainbows. Someone I regard very highly was trolled/verbally accosted on a blog post she made FOR US. I’m saddened and confused by this. You see, the VAST majority of the writing community is AMAZEBALLS. Seriously. You guys are incredibly supportive and I probably would have thrown myself off an anthill and twisted an ankle if I hadn’t been talked off the ledge by you guys. I’m sorry, there is a point to all this babbling.

 

The blog post was about contests and the fact that maybe you should rethink participating in them, at least rethink using the SAME work you’ve entered in 50 contests. And the truth of the matter is sometimes your work just isn’t what the agents or editors might have specified to the people running the contests. Plus this business is SO subjective. The people running these contests are reading over hundreds or even thousands of entries and if you don’t catch their eye then it’s nothing against you personally it just wasn’t right for that contest, okay?

 

Now the accusation that you have to be in-with-the-in-crowd to get in is freaking ASSINIGN. The truth of the matter is that if that were true I would have made it in to a shit-ton of these contest because I’m friends with a lot of the people that run them. However, I haven’t made it in to a damn one of them. This hurts. I totally understand having hurt-butt-syndrome from not making it in, but that doesn’t mean you can spout hateful vitriol all over someone because you didn’t make it in.

 

As I stated before, the writing community is made up of incredibly supportive people that want to see YOU succeed just as much as they want success for themselves. It’s such a rare thing to find and you need to take advantage of that camaraderie and get yourself a likeminded group of people that can support you in whatever ways you need. So dust off the ugly, write something new, and get it out there in any way you can! Someone’s going to love it if you put the effort in to it and STAY POSITIVE!

 

Peace, love, and hippie shit! Wheee!!! GO FORTH AND WRITE, MINIONS!!