Title Change

Titles are tricky. This is something I soon discovered when I realized I’d need to somehow sum up my 500+ page manuscript in a single phrase. I imagined that over time, the perfect title would just come to me. Now I wonder how often the author feels, with real conviction, that they’ve arrived at the perfect title.

I initially named my book Tower of the Winds after an important location in the book, because I thought it sounded cool. But my editor felt the title needed work.

So I wracked my brain. The new title ended up coming to me as I was waking up one morning–maybe from a helpful dream? I’m not sure. Last Song Before Night does capture a good bit of the mood and tone of this book, and I like that it doesn’t remind me of any other epic fantasy title that I can recall. I received word that my editor and the rest of the good folks at Tor approve. So there we are.

We are also starting to talk about cover art, which is very exciting in itself…

Review of “Fool’s Assassin” by Robin Hobb

I wrote a review at the Los Angeles Review of Books of Robin Hobb’s latest, Fool’s Assassin. As a cousin of mine observed–one who has watched me grow up and heard me talk for years about books, and especially fantasy–this feels very much like coming full circle. Assassin’s Apprentice came out when I was a teenager, and I preached its greatness to anyone who would listen (including my cousin). To be reviewing the newest in the series decades later for a great publication is…quite unexpected. It is something that would have astounded my teenage self.

Welcome

Welcome to my site! This is the place where I will be posting news and updates leading up to the publication of my first novel, Tower of the Winds, an epic fantasy coming from Tor in 2015. (You can read more about it on the dedicated page, here.) Though it works as a standalone novel, Tower of the Winds is the first of a trilogy that I will be calling The Harp and Ring Sequence until my publisher suggests otherwise.

This book has been many years in the making and will be seeing publication through the dedicated efforts of my wonderful agent John Silbersack and my equally wonderful editor at Tor, Marco Palmieri. I couldn’t be more excited and look forward to sharing updates with you in the coming months as the book takes shape. Watch this space for what I expect will be a good deal of handwringing, dancing, and chocolate binge-eating. And of course, talk of books and writing, which I do in professional publications and also because I am, passionately, first and foremost a reader.

Here we go.