The excellent Sample Chapter podcast recently interviewed me about OUR WAR. In this interview, I talk about my fiction, creative process, and the inspiration behind OUR WAR, before reading a sample chapter. Check it out here:
Hachette/Orbit, the publisher of OUR WAR coming out August 20, has made the first four chapters (well, most of Chapter 4) available for a free read at their website.
Click here to read this tasty preview. Hope you love it!
My talk at the When Words Collide conference this year takes a deep dive into scientific discoveries of what happens in the brain during reading and writing.
Click here to download it as a PDF.
On August 20, 2019, Orbit will publish my political thriller, OUR WAR, about a journalist and UN worker who uncover the use of child soldiers during a second American civil war. Today, I’m very excited to announce Orbit will also publish my new psychological thriller with horror elements, tentatively titled THE SACRIFICE, in 2020.
In this novel, three people who survived their childhood in an apocalyptic cult reunite to confront their past and the entity that appeared the night the cult destroyed itself. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and IT meet the Jonestown massacre in this psychological thriller about memory, trauma, belonging, and faith.
Publishing about 60 titles each year, Orbit U.S. is the sci-fi/fantasy imprint at Hachette Book Group U.S.A., with authors including M.R. Carey, Joe Abercrombie and Iain M. Banks. Plans for THE SACRIFICE are still preliminary, but the intent right now is to publish it likely in the fall of 2020.
Very exciting for me, it still feels like a dream. I’m very fortunate to be able to work with a quality company like Orbit.
Betsy Lerner’s THE FOREST FOR THE TREES is a venerable rumination on book publishing, summing up the observations of an editor during her years at Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine, Simon & Schuster, and Doubleday. Viewing writers as inherently neurotic–lone cats with a penchant for self-aggrandizing and feelings of self-worthlessness–she breaks down the six basic writer personalities she’s worked with and how editors get the best out of them (and vice versa). The second half of the book describes the publishing process from an insider’s perspective, all the things that can go right or wrong with publication, and what makes an author-editor relationship work (or not).
While I tend to look for writing books that have a strong practical as opposed to an inspirational bent, I enjoyed this book a great deal. Lerner knows writers and the publishing business inside and out, has the various writing personalities pegged, and writes with authority. From working with agents to acquisitions to marketing to editing to fighting over the book cover design, this book tells all about the process, and while it’s more rumination than how-to guide, there are practical tips to glean here. In particular, Lerner provides an inside look at not only what she perceives about what makes writers tick, but also into the editor’s mind. What editors want, how they think, what drives them, what makes them happy. All the other highly interesting stuff aside, that for me alone was worth the cover price.
The paperback edition of ONE OF US is now available in bookstores!
Check it out here.