FAQ on Serpent in the Heather and the series

For a little background on how I came to write my latest novel, here are some frequently asked questions.

Why did you chose to set this historical fantasy series in the 1930s?

The 1930s – and particularly in England – was a period overshadowed by the catastrophic losses of World War I. Every family had its losses, and the public attitude was to willfully turn a blind eye to Hitler’s arms build up. So instead of a war with steal, it became a shadow war of spies, secrets, and deception. It is such a fertile ground for fiction! The roster of characters and motivation is vast: British aristocracy fearing the loss of class privilege, fascists, pacifists, spies and those who chose to do nothing. This historical context raises an interesting question: What would you have done? How much would you have sacrificed to stop the coming war?

Is this a series?

Yes,  the Dark Talents novels began with At the Table of Wolves and continues with Serpent in the Heather. Nest of the Monarch will come out in 2019. All of them feature the espionage missions of Kim Tavistock, a flawed but extraordinary spy. Read More…

Goodreads Giveaway of Serpent

If you read At the Table of Wolves and liked it, here’s a chance to win a print copy of Book 2 in the series: Serpent in the Heather.

The Goodreads Giveaway.

Ends March 27

A teaser on Book 2:

Summer of 1936. Assassinations are underway in Europe, targeting people with meta-abilities. It is an undercover German operation to deprive future targets like Poland and France of important Talents.

Now the killings have begun in England and they are young people, their bodies left in public places, ritually murdered. But how can the killer know which youngsters have Talents? Read More…

See you at RadCon

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I’m excited for RadCon to be underway! I haven’t been to a con since World Fantasy last November, so I’m ready to see old friends, meet new ones, and see what people are up to. I have a big schedule on Saturday, but some free time on Sunday. Hope to see some of you in Pasco, WA Februay 17 and 18!

My schedule:

Saturday

10:15 AM – Rm 2211 – Reading from At the Table of Wolves

12:45 PM – Rm 2207 – Alternate History & Social Justice/Injustice

3:15 PM – Rm 2207 – Keeping it Interesting

7:00 PM – Rm 2207 – Writing Compelling Villains

Sunday

9:00 AM – Rm 2207 – How to Write a Series

11:00 AM – Merchandise boothSelling, signing my books Read More…

A Galactic Time Was Had

A fun evening at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego Friday night. I talked about the forgotten women who played heroic roles undercover in WWII. Inspiring stories, surprising and at times devastating. Thanks to all who turned out! If you’re interested in this topic, see the category “Women Spies of the World Wars” in these posts.

Kay at bookstore

Newsletter drawing winners

Thank you to everyone who filled out my “Making my newsletter awesome” survey! I got such a great response, and much to think about. The feedback was so valuable. Changes are coming!

(If you aren’t signed up for my newsletter–4-5 times a year with news, industry and writing tips, extras, and giveaways, please consider doing so: here.)

And, drum role . . . the winners of the January newsletter free books are:

K. Parkinson, W. Duncan, D. Watson, G. Stewart, J. Mellinger, P. Schreiner, A. Baronfsky and blaiddins.

Congratulations to all!