I’m finally back home after a whirlwind, two-week trip. First, I went to Greensburg, PA to do my final MFA residency at Seton Hill. That week culminated with my thesis defense and graduation. My husband came up for the festivities and surprised me by showing up with my mom and step-father. I am notoriously hard to surprise, but they managed it somehow. It was great to have my own little cheering section at the ceremony. I even made it through without too many tears, although I’d be lying if I said there were none.
The day after graduation, the four of us headed to Fallingwater for the day. In college, I studied art history with a concentration on American art and architecture so this was a major deal. It’s about as close to a religious experience as I get (outside of libraries and bookstores), and I might have cried there, too. Let’s just say it was an emotional week in a great way all around.
After having the esteemed Dr. Nicole Peeler play party host and tour guide in Pittsburgh, we said goodbye to my parents and headed down to Virginia for a few days. Near Charlottesville, there is a great area with lots of wineries and great restaurants and some of the nicest folks you’ll ever meet. We got to attend a talk and interview with Butch Taylor and Stuart Gunter, both wonderful musicians and very friendly people. We also bought some gorgeous photographs by Steve Edgar, who is both a talented photographer and a musician. And, of course, there was lots of wine “tasting” and delicious food eating. It was a pretty perfect trip all around.
Now I’m back home and settling in for my post-MFA life. I’m already working on a couple of new projects because working keeps me out of trouble. I’m also looking forward to more time to read for pleasure, a luxury I wasn’t afforded for the last two-and-a-half years of graduate school. Of course, I’m always reading about five books at a time and some of those are research for a secret project.
Coming up this month, the URBAN ALLIES anthology is coming out. I’m super excited about this one. They took several bestselling urban fantasy authors, paired us up, and had us write cross-over stories that combined our worlds. I co-wrote a story called Ladies’ Fight with Caitlin Kittredge that combines Ava from her Hellhound Chronicles and my own Sabina Kane. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to write Sabina, Adam and Mr. Giggles again. I think you’ll love that story and all of the amazing offerings from Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden, Jonathan Mayberry, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and so many other talented UF authors.
Preorder Urban Allies now!
But that’s not all!
I’m also working on a print version of my second Meridian Six story, Children of Ash. The ebook has been out for a while, but I’ve been getting loads of emails asking for print, too. Hopefully that will be ready to buy in the next couple of weeks. If you’re curious about that series, click here for a blurb and free preview of both books.
I hope summer is treating you all well. Happy reading!