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Itís been an incredibly busy spring/early summer, with travel, the release of two new books, Season of the Wolf and Star Trek: The Folded World, and some short story work. The next big thing happening is Comic-Con International: San Diego, or the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) if youíre an old-timer like me.
Iím such an old-timer, in fact, that this year marks 30 years since my first SDCC. In that time, I only missed once, for unavoidable personal reasons. And this year also marks the first time Iíve been invited to the con as a Special Guest, which means all kinds of extra perks, including a spotlight panel on yours truly.
That panel is scheduled for Friday, July 19, from 10-11 AM. Itíll be an interview with me about my 30 years of the con, and how it has wrapped around my various careers in writing, publishing, and bookselling. Best of all, the interview will be conducted by my pal, author/actress Amber Benson (the Calliope Reaper-Jones series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.)! There could be some surprise guests showing up, and other treats.
One of those other treats also involves one of the aforementioned short story projects. Amber and I wrote a really dark and twisted story called ďAmuse-Bouche,Ē for Dark Duets, an anthology edited by Christopher Golden thatíll be released in January 2014. The books is a collection of collaborative stories, all written by authors who have never worked together before. The full table of contents is here.
Another short storyóa long one, really a novellaóis ďA Soul in the Hand,Ē which is also a first-time collaboration with another really talented writer, Marsheila Rockwell (you can call her Marcyóall her friends do). We wrote it for a charity anthology called Neverlandís Library, edited by Rebecca Lovatt and Roger Bellini.
I had a great time writing with both of these brilliant women, and look forward to more.
Iíve also just turned in another Star Trek book for next year. And Iím about to dig into a very cool new licensed propertyóone thatís never been the basis of a novel, despite being around for years. Folks who know me know itís right in my wheelhouse, and I canít wait to get started.
Thanks for reading!
Jeffrey J. Mariotte
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