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An Interview with Author and Editor, Danielle Ackley-McPhail / Part 6 of 6

The final part of my conversation with Danielle Ackley-McPhail, casting an eye on the nuts and bolts of creating anthologies, finding an audience, making the most of the convention circuit, and Dani’s most recent projects and ventures. Thanks all for reading! (Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, or Part 5.) You’re known as one […]

An Interview with Author and Editor, Danielle Ackley-McPhail / Part 5 of 6

Talking this week about Danielle’s science fiction stories, her oceanic fantasy tales, and her most recent novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, co-authored with Day Al Mohamed, and the fine art of authorial collaboration. (Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4.) You also write science fiction, collected in A Legacy of Stars. How […]

An Interview with Author and Editor, Danielle Ackley-McPhail / Part 4 of 6

This week, Dani and I conclude discussing her Eternal Cycle novels and turn to her other faerie series, the Wild Hunt MC. (Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.) Considering that some readers look to fantasy fiction for escape, do you struggle with balancing the realistic elements of your story—death and other losses, damaged […]

An Interview with Author and Editor, Danielle Ackley-McPhail / Part 3 of 6

Presenting part three of my interview with Danielle Ackley-McPhail, digging deeper into the elements of the Eternal Cycle characters and the series themes of growth and sacrifice. (Read Part 1 and Part 2.) All of the characters in the Eternal Cycle series are changed by the events of the story, but Kara undergoes the most dramatic […]

An Interview with Author and Editor, Danielle Ackley-McPhail / Part 2 of 6

Continuing my in-depth interview with author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail, this week we dig into some of my favorite writing topics–the alchemy of breathing life into fictional characters and how much of the real world underlies our fantasy tales. (Read the first part of this interview.) Carman and her three sons, Calma, Dubh, and Oclas, […]

An Interview with Author and Editor, Danielle Ackley-McPhail / Part 1 of 6

I’ve known Danielle Ackley-McPhail since around her second anthology, No Longer Dreams, something more than a decade now. We first met at World Horror Con in New York City, introduced by a mutual friend, the late CJ Henderson. Over the years, we’ve become good friends and colleagues and have weathered many a convention and writing […]

Qualia Nous Garners a Benjamin Franklin Award

Congratulations to editor Michael Bailey and Written Backwards Books! Qualia Nous, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award(R) for Superior Achievement in Anthology as well as for Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year, has taken the Gold Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy at the Benjamin Franklin Awards. My story, “The Price of Faces,” is in the […]

New Release: The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson

Last year, when my good friend CJ Henderson was diagnosed with lymphoma, many of his friends, fans, and colleagues rallied to help him and his family through a difficult, horrible time. Several fund-raising efforts were launched, including one spearheaded by Danielle Ackley McPhail, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson. Over the course of […]

New Release: Shadows Over Main Street

My story, “Odd Quahogs” was recently published in Shadows Over Main Street, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward. It fits into my cycle of Knicksport tales, a series of Lovecraftian stories and novellas interconnected by small town on Long Island with a horrific history, most richly explored in my novella collection, The Engines […]

Qualia Nous / An Anthology of Psy-PhyH0rr0r

To be published by Written Backwards later this year, Qualia Nous will include my story, “The Price of Faces,” part of an incredible line-up of fiction from some of today’s best horror and sci-fi writers. This one will also feature “The Jaunt” by Stephen King, marking the first time I’ve shared a table of contents […]