The big release Plague Master: Sanctuary Dome is quickly approaching. Within days I’ll do a cover reveal and open the book up for pre-sales!
Here’s a sneak peek at the back cover blurb:
When Samantha’s brother goes missing, the trail leads to Julius Cerberon, the rich philanthropist who built a dome for the sufferers of mankind’s newest disease.
Can she really accuse the universe’s greatest humanitarian of murder?
Meanwhile, on a downtrodden planet, Trevor has the unenviable job of zombie bait. He saves his dream girl, but she is infected. He escapes to the domed utopia where the infected are quarantined until they change. Then the dome breaks and a planet’s worth of zombies invade.
And his girl could change any minute now.
H.E. Roulo’s science-fiction novel Fractured Horizon was a Parsec Award Finalist. She’s had dozens of short stories published in anthologies and magazines and was the winner of the 2009 Wicked Women Writers contest.
“A perfect mix of classic sci-fi and zombie horror. Once you start, you are hooked!” -Jake Bible, author of Little Dead Man and Intentional Haunting
If you want to see me in person, I have another reading scheduled.
I’m busier than ever, editing the second book in the Plague Masters Series, but I have a couple quick and timely announcements.
Cascade Writers is sponsoring a discussion on writing and publishing with H.E. Roulo, Ken Scholes, and Laura Anne Gilman followed by a live reading on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Fairwood Library in Renton, WA from 1 PM to 4 PM.
The event is advertised as a casual question and answer about the writers’ careers, and what it takes to succeed as a writer.
I visited the library last weekend, and saw the great promotion the library had done, including a large display of the author’s books. Unfortunately, although I’ve been in many anthologies and ebooks, my first print novel isn’t expected to come out in print until April 2015. That makes me the empty, transparent holder on the end. However, the idea is that you’ll get to hear from authors at a variety of levels, and I’m certainly the more junior of the three of us. If you haven’t, you should check out Ken Scholes and Laura Anne Gilman.
Hope to see you there!
UPCOMING SHORT STORIES
In other news, Diabolical Plots announced their lineup for the year, and I’m lucky July (well, my story is):
Although I’m a Joss Whedon fan, I found “In Your Eyes” wasn’t as enjoyable as his usual writing. For one thing, the woman is very weak. Was this a writing exercise where he challenged himself to make two people who were very bad at surviving in the world fall in love? However, I enjoyed seeing how the director handled having two people on different sides of the US talking to each other–until I realized that it’s precisely the same as shooting actors on a telephone call. Seriously, these people just needed Skype or a nice Bluetooth headset.
Instead, I recommend the strange indie sci-fi feel of “Frequencies” (2013) and “The One I Love” (2014) on Netflix streaming. Both start a little slow, but they’re fun what-if stories with relationships at their core and I enjoyed not knowing where they were headed. “Frequencies” takes the idea of two people with opposite extremes of frequencies, which determine success and luck, and explores predestination. “The One I Love” asks what would happen if a struggling married couple really could start over by having the couple vacation to a cottage that holds an idealized version of their mate.
I particularly enjoyed “Coherence”, but that’s no longer available on Netflix. If you have Amazon Prime it streams for free. That’s a fun mind-bender like the movie “Primer,” which came out in 2004. In “Coherence”, a neighborhood falls into a twilight-zone-esque alternate place where other instances of themselves exist and unknowingly interact. It’s really fun to realize how early this shift has taken place, and I thought it held together well.
The first episode of “Black Mirror” was off-putting, but my brother assures me the other episodes are better. I’ll try a few more.
Have any recommendations for me?
Worldcon is conveniently located in Spokane this year, which is just a hop over the Cascade Mountains from Seattle. It will be my first Worldcon.
I am in the second year of eligibility for the Campbell Award. My name is listed in great company. I recognize name of friends in my current critique group including Luna Lindsey and Shannon Peavey, as well as familiar authors such as Gary B. Phillips, Dan Rabarts, Django Wexler, and Cliff Winnig.
For a full list of eligible authors, check out http://www.writertopia.com/awards/campbell and if you’re a Worlcon member, consider nominating.
Here’s my bibliography, including links to the stories available online for free so you may become familiar with my writing:
- Zombie Dome, book 1 of the Plague Masters, series expected 2015
- “Roadkill” Honorable Mention in Writers of the Future contest for Q4 of 2014.
- “Making the Cut” Fantasy (Women Destroy Fantasy! special issue) October 2014.
- “Immeasurable” Nature Futures 2: Science Fiction from the leading science journal anthology, from Tor 2014.
- “Death Incarnate” Siren’s Call issue #14 May 2014 (free to read online)
- “Better for Burning” Blood Type print book 2014.
- “Besieged” InfectiveINk.com. January 2014 (free to read online)
- “Immeasurable” Nature November 2013 (free to read online)
- Two volumes of Rich & Roulo 2013-2014
- “Better for Burning” Blood Type eBook 2013.
- “Winter of Terror” Horrible Disasters 2013.
- “Shadow Plagued” Honorable Mention Writers of the Future contest for Q3 of 2012.
- “The Golden Rule” Spiders 2012
- “Graveyard Shift” The Wickeds May 2012.
- “Future in Hand” Podioracket Presents-Glimpses ebook 2012
- Podioracket Presents-Visionaries podcast 2011
- “Eyes like Ice” Live and Let Undead 2011
- “Pirate” Flagship magazine 2010
- “Undergrowth” Horror Addicts 2010
- Fractured Horizon - Parsec Award Finalist 2009
- “Graveyard Shift” podcast short story (Wicked Women Writer winner 2009)
- Fractured Horizon podcast novel 2008-2009 (free podcast at Podiobooks.com)
I’ve received an early schedule of the panels I’ll be on for Rustycon 2015, which is a science-fiction convention located near Seattle on January 16-18. The guest of honor is Timothy Zahn. I’m posting my schedule so that you can make sure to say hello.
A few quick news items first:
I wrote a fun blog post for HorrorAddicts.net, and it’s now on their website. If you have a second, check out New Year’s Resolutions are for Everyone, Even the Undead.
I have some upcoming live reading events. I’ll make a bigger post, but wanted to give blog subscribers early word. On February 22, from 1-4 PM, Cascade Writers and King County Library Systems are sponsoring an event at the Fairwood Library! Ken Scholes, Laura Anne Gilman, and I will read and take Q & A. If you’re in the Renton, WA area, I hope you’ll drop by.
The Rustycon Schedule January 16-18 (tentative and still subject to change)
|Fri Jan 16 6:00:pm||Fri Jan 16 7:00:pm||Plotting and Planning|
|Orcas B||Outlining, snowflakes, the Hero’s Journey and the three-act structure offer a framework for laying out the story to come. If you understand where the story is going, and when events have to happen, you can focus your energy on improving events and characters. So what’s the best way to plan? And what about when all that planning goes awry?|
|H.E. Roulo Janine A. Southard Timothy Zahn Will McDermott|
|Fri Jan 16 7:30:pm||Fri Jan 16 8:00:pm||Heather Roulo Reading & Discussion|
|Sat Jan 17 11:00:am||Sat Jan 17 12:00:pm||Zombies- They Ain’t Dead Yet|
|Emerald D||Some say that Zombies are past their prime. However, since 1932, with the release of “White Zombie”, the mindless undead have been a thing of nightmares. They have become so popular even the CDC has a section entitled “How to survive a Zombie attack”… What is the secret? What makes zombies so frightning? Why are they not going anywhere (slowly, shufflingly)?|
|H.E. Roulo John Lovett Julie Hoverson Shoshana Glick|
|Sat Jan 17 12:00:pm||Sat Jan 17 1:00:pm||Make your own Podcast|
|Emerald F||It’s really not that hard. All you need are some simple tools and a relatively clear speaking voice.|
|H.E. Roulo John Lovett Julie Hoverson|
|Sat Jan 17 5:00:pm||Sat Jan 17 6:00:pm||YA and New Adult|
|Orcas B||YA continues to gain in popularity as adults and teens are impressed by the quality fiction in this genre. We’ll discuss what makes a story YA, tips for what to include and avoid. Is this market worth pursuing even if you don’t consider yourself a YA author? Has Hollywood gotten ridiculous in its search for the next YA series?|
|“Gibbitt” Rhys-Jones A. Maire Dinsmore H.E. Roulo Janine A. Southard|
|Sat Jan 17 6:00:pm||Sat Jan 17 7:00:pm||Joss Whedon and His Universes|
|Orcas B||Buffy, Angel, Alien, Firefly, Marvel: These things have one man in common… Joss Whedon. Love him or hate him… Come talk about how he has shaped modern tv and movies.|
|Chris Nilsson H.E. Roulo Kalyn Nilsson Shoshana Glick|
|Sun Jan 18 3:00:pm||Sun Jan 18 4:00:pm||Story submission: how to format your story.|
|Orcas B||How DO you format your submissions ? What is manuscript format and why is it so important. Where do you find submissions guidelines? From formatting to managing simultaneous and multiple subs, this panel will review submission definitions, tips, tricks, and reasons why proper formatting can get you noticed in the slush pile.|
|H.E. Roulo Jeremy Zimmerman John Lovett|
I’ll also be a pro writer for a critique session.
Say hello to me if you attend the convention!
When I was a consultant, metrics and tracking as went along with every project. Work must progress toward clearly set goals.
This is an appropriate time to look back on my last year and see the progress I’ve made.
Short Story Publications
I submitted 29 short stories, and was rejected 19 times. Some stories are still pending responses.
Sold four stories:
- Besieged in InfectiveInk (free online, though format is a little difficult to read)
- Making the Cut in Fantasy: Women Destroy Fantasy (available from Fantasy in issue #58)
- Death Incarnate in Siren’s Call (free online issue #14 May 2014)
- Dead Pets will appear in The Horror Addicts Guide to Life in 2015.
Two more came out in anthologies:
- “Immeasurable” was selected for the Nature Futures 2: Science Fiction from the leading science journal anthology from Tor 2014.
- “Better for Burning” appeared in the Blood Type:An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge print book 2014 (formerly only available as an ebook).
And Emerian Rich and I released Rich & Roulo: Ruins, volume two of the experimental Rich & Roulo companion stories.
I sold the three-book Plague Masters series to Permuted Press. The first book, Zombie Dome, will be available around April 2015.
Completed edits on Zombie Dome, and wrote the first draft of the sequel Apocalypse Plague.
Awards and Appearances
Appeared as a panelist at Rustycon, enjoyed the Rainforest Writers Retreat, joined SFWA, and received Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future for “Roadkill.”
What’s coming in 2015?
I will make appearances at Rustycon, Norwescon, Baycon, and Worldcon. My first book, Zombie Dome, will be available for purchase midyear. There may be an audio drama produced by Necropolis Studio Productions, and Emerian Rich and I have plans for the next volume of Rich & Roulo. I am also hoping to have time to finish two urban fantasy novels. I’ll complete edits on Apocalypse Plague, and write the third installment of the Plague Masters series.
This year has been tremendous for me, and I’m planning on more of the same. Thank you to everyone who has supported my progress!
How was your year? What are your goals?
And on a less serious note, a blog post I wrote will be appearing on the horroraddicts.net blog with the “7 New Year’s Resolutions of a Zombie”. I’ll let you know when it’s out!
Lightspeed Magazine’s amazing Women Destroy Science Fiction and Women Destroy Horror series continues with the release of Women Destroy Fantasy. This anthology includes my short story “Making the Cut” and an interview. I’m justifiably proud to be included in such an amazing collection, and can’t wait for you to read my short story about a superhero seeking help.
You can find the ebook edition in their ebookstore. Other purchasing options include the trade paperback edition, and all of the Women Destroy anthologies can be found on Lightspeed’s new DestroySF website. The issue is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Weightless Books, all of whose links can be found by going to the issue page and selecting the Purchase button.
Blurb: LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. Funded as a stretch goal of LIGHTSPEED’s Women Destroy Science Fiction! Kickstarter campaign, this month we’re presenting a special one-off issue of our otherwise discontinued sister-magazine, FANTASY, called Women Destroy Fantasy!: an all-fantasy extravaganza entirely written—and edited!—by women. Here’s what we’ve got lined up for you in this special issue: Original fantasy—edited by long-time FANTASY editor Cat Rambo—by Kate Hall, H.E. Roulo, T. Kingfisher, and Julia August. Reprints—selected by legendary editor Terri Windling—by Delia Sherman, Emma Bull, Carol Emshwiller, and Nalo Hopkinson. Nonfiction articles—edited by LIGHTSPEED managing editor Wendy N. Wagner—by Kameron Hurley, Galen Dara, Sandra Wickham, Shanna Germain, Sofia Samatar, Kat Howard, and Wendy N. Wagner. Plus an original cover illustration by Elizabeth Leggett.
The Futures 2 anthology from Tor books is now available to pre-order as an ebook.
100 writers – including Neal Asher, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Cooper, Kathryn Cramer, David Langford, Tanith Lee, Ken Liu, Nick Mamatas, H.E. Roulo, Norman Spinrad, Ian Stewart, Rachel Swirsky, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Ian Watson – offer their take on what the future will look like in this anthology of sci-fi short stories from the award-winning Futures column in the science journal Nature.