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[GUEST ROUNDTABLE] Deborah J. Ross on Marion Zimmer Bradley and Darkover: Inspiring a Generation of Writers


Deborah J. Ross writes and edits fantasy and science fiction. She’s a former SFWA Secretary and member of Book View Café. Her short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba’s Palace, Realms of Fantasy, Sword & Sorceress, and various other anthologies and magazines. Her most recent books include the Darkover novel, The Children of Kings (with Marion Zimmer Bradley); Lambda Literary Award Finalist Collaborators, an occupation-and-resistance story with a gender-fluid alien race (as Deborah Wheeler); and The Seven-Petaled Shield, an epic fantasy trilogy. She has just signed contracts for three more Darkover novels and another Darkover anthology.

Marion Zimmer Bradley was legendary not only for her own literary creations, including the Darkover series and The Mists of Avalon, but for inspiring and nurturing new writers. One of the joys of editing Stars of Darkover was discovering authors who sold their first stories to Marion’s anthologies and went on to notable careers. Even when Marion didn’t buy a story, she would often send a letter explaining why, suggest resources for the young writer, and offer encouragement. Here’s what some of the authors in this stellar new Darkover anthology have to say about how Marion influenced their careers…

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Table of Contents: STARS OF DARKOVER Edited by Deborah J. Ross and Elisabeth Waters

Have you seen the table of contents for the upcoming Marion Zimmer Bradley tribute anthology Stars of Darkover edited by Deborah J. Ross and Elisabeth Waters?

The anthology is being published by MZB Literary Works Trust on June 3, 2014…the 84th anniversary of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s birth.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Cover & Synopsis: “Shannivar” by Deborah J. Ross

Check out the cool cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Shannivar by Deborah J. Ross, Volume Two of The Seven-Petaled Shield trilogy.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Cover & Synopsis: “Children of Kings: A Darkover Novel” by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross

Here is the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Children of Kings by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross.
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MIND MELD: Reading, Writing and Revisions

[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]

This week we asked about Revisions. I’ve come across a couple of examples lately of authors reissuing books with significant changes from the initial publication, or changing it relatively late in the initial publication process. With the rise of ebooks, the potential for rolling revisions to books is a very real possibility.

We asked this week’s panelists the following:

Q: As a reader and as a writer, how do you feel about the practice of revising books after they have been published (or at least have reached the ARC stage)? How much revision goes into your writing process? (How clean are your drafts)?

This is what they had to say…

Lucy Snyder
Lucy Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Dark Faith, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com.

I’m a measure-twice, cut-once kind of writer; I do a lot of note-taking and thinking before I start a project. I try to have a plot destination in mind, although sometimes that will change — if the story wants to go someplace other than what I planned I’m happy to take that detour. But the upshot is I seldom start a story with no clue where I’m going, and consequently I only rarely have to make major changes to a story or novel. I do my very best to turn in clean, ready-to-publish drafts to my editors. But typos and continuity errors happen, so fixing them is part of the editorial process.
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TOC: ‘Beyond Grimm’ Edited by Phyllis Irene Radford & Deborah J. Ross

Book View Cafe has posted the table of contents for the new anthology Beyond Grimm edited by Phyllis Irene Radford & Deborah J. Ross:

Not your grandmother’s fairy tales! From the far-ranging imaginations of Book View Cafe authors comes this delirious collection of classic tales newly twisted into dark, dangerous, and occasionally hilarious re-tellings. From the golden isles of Greece to the frozen north, from fairytale castles to urban slums, join us on an unforgettable journey!

Here’s the table of contents…
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[GUEST POST] Deborah J. Ross on Her Apprenticeship With Marion Zimmer Bradley

Deborah J. Ross, as Deborah Wheeler, published two science fiction novels, Jaydium and Northlight, as well as short stories in Asimov’s, F&SF, Sisters of the Night, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba’s Palace, Realms of Fantasy, and almost all of the Sword & Sorceress and Darkover anthologies. Using her birth name, Ross, she has worked on a series of Darkover, under dual byline with the late Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Fall of Neskaya (2001), Zandru’s Forge (2003), A Flame in Hali (2004), The Alton Gift (2007), and Hastur Lord (2010, from a partial manuscript Marion produced during the last year of her life). Forthcoming from DAW are the Darkover novel, The Children of Kings, and an original fantasy series, The Seven-Petaled Shield, based on her “Azkhantian tales” from Sword & Sorceress. She’s a member of SWFA and Book View Café.

An Apprenticeship With Marion

by Deborah J. Ross

I am frequently asked how I came to work with Marion Zimmer Bradley and to continue the Darkover series after her death. Senior author-junior author dual-bylines are not unusual these days, but each partnership has its own story. In this case, the answer lies in our long-established professional relationship. That in itself would be insufficient to produce a smooth collaboration, but through working together, she knew that my natural literary voice would match hers, and she trusted my understanding and love for her special world.
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