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2002





Q: When is your new book on the Halfblood Chronicles Elven Bred coming out? How soon till it will be out? Can you tell me what will be in the forth Chonicle? Love the series!!! A: Arg. I have a backlog of five more to deal with before I get to it.

JOUST
STONED SOULS
MAD MAUDLIN
THIS SCEPTER'D ISLE
THIS ROUGH MAGIC'



Q: I noticed on the News page it mentioned that you are doing a sequel toJames Schmitz's Witches of Karres with Eric Flint and David Greer. I have regretted the fact that there was no sequel since the first time I read Witches of Karres and wondered how the sequel came about. Also,previously you had mentioned that you are writing a full length novel about Grey(Shades of Grey, I believe) and I wondered if it was still in the works, as ithas not been listed on the Mercedes Lackey News page. I have been looking forward to reading more about Grey since I read the short stories.
Thankyou for taking the time to answer fans' questions.
A: The Witches sequel came about because Eric is the editor in charge ofreissuing all of the Schmitz estate; I wrote the introduction to the reissueof Agent of Vega because it was literally the first SF book I ever read,and mentioned to Eric how much I adore Witches as well. The Schmitx estategave Eric permission to write sequels to whatever works he chose, andWitches seemed obvious because everyone who has ever read it, adored it.Schmitz did intend a sequel, but there isn't much to tell us what heintended, so we're pretty much winging it---but it's very much in the spiritof the original.
Eventually I believe there will be a Grey book, but at the moment, I've gota pile of other things to keep me busy!



Q: Hello there. I know I'm no different from all the others at being a big fan of yours and trying to desperately read every last book created by your skillful hand and creative mind, but I did have to make one comment when I found this site.

In your Werehunter book, the very last Story "Grey's Ghost," You made a comment before the story asking if any of us out there wanted to read more of their adventures. My answer is yes. After those two short stories I became enraptured with their complex situations. I would be delighted to read more of them. Thank you for your time reading this. A: I think I'll have to pursue this...meanwhile, it looks like more stories are a viable option!



Q: Rosemary and I will be working on MAD MAUDLIN very shortly and we're projecting a February release. A: Rosemary and I will be working on MAD MAUDLIN very shortly and we're projecting a February release.


Q: Has DAW started doing e-books?
Thanks.
A: DAW has been doing e-books through Peanut Press. I know they did the firsttrilogy, and I think that they are negotiating for the rest with Russ.


Q: Two questions please. Will Mercedes Lackey write another book with her characters from Sacred Ground? Also, do you know anything about a Mercedes Lackey book named "Joust", it was listed in a Penguin newsletter I get. A: I don't have any plans for a sequel to Sacred Ground.

JOUST, on the other hand, is a brand new project in a brand new fantasy setting, in which two kingdoms, the desert kingdom of Tia and the marsh-land/island kingdom of Alta are at war, and the 'superweapon' of both sides is---the dragon! Vetch, a young Altan serf bound into a state worse than slavery to one Khefti-the-fat, is plucked from his miserable existance by the Jouster Ari, and taken into his service as dragon-boy to his great---and very unusual---dragon Kashet.



Q: I noticed on the News page it mentioned that you are doing a sequel to James Schmitz's Witches of Karres with Eric Flint and David Greer. I have regretted the fact that there was no sequel since the first time I read Witches of Karres and wondered how the sequel came about.
Also,previously you had mentioned that you are writing a full length novel about Grey(Shades of Grey, I believe) and I wondered if it was still in the works, as ithas not been listed on the Mercedes Lackey News page. I have been looking forward to reading more about Grey since I read the short stories.

Thankyou for taking the time to answer fans' questions. A: To take the last question first, yes, I am slowly working out a plotline for a Grey novel, and there will be more Grey stories, including a novella inMURDER MOST MAGICAL edited by Rosemary Edgehill.The way that the WoK sequel came about was because, as editor and re-issuerof the entire James Schmitz oevre, Eric Flint was given permission by theestate to write a sequel. Since he knows how much I adore WoK, since DaveFreer does a good Schmitz imitation, and since we all play so nicelytogether, it seemed natural for all three of us to do one. It's going toinvolve our heros hiding from the intergallactic bad guys on a giant circusship that visits backwater ag worlds. It's actually a bit more than acircus, it also has a complete midway, a carnival full of sideshows, adown-at-the-heels Shakespearian troupe....if you combine the 1800s-styleBarnum with vaudeville, touring 'artistic' companies and the Circus of Dr.Lao, you would have something like it.



Q: Greetings Your books have been real companions for me. I have just finished The Gates of Sleep and was wondering if (your heavy schedule permitting) there would be anymore like that or the Serpents Shadow.

I half expected Maya to make a cameo in The Gates of Sleep. Your writing is so vivid, that I find myself laughing during the jokes(Burning Water) and feeling deep compassion (Last Herald's Mage).

Many blessings to you and your husband

MM A: Thank you very much! Yes, there is at least one more book planned in theseries, but for the moment, we've delayed it in order to pursue the JOUSTbooks, at the request of the publisher.



Q: I've been a fan of Mercedes for quite a while, specifically the Serrated Edge books and the Diana Tregarde series. I was disappointed to see on the web page that the Tregarde series didn't sell well enough to justify additional books. In my opinion they are far superior to the Hamilton Anita Blake series, which appears to have degenerated into soft core porn instead of relying on the plot to sell copies.

My main question is whether or not additional Serrated Edge books are planned. Chrome Circle wrapped up some loose ends but it also created some and seemed to end with a sequel planned. Based on the publishing of the consolidated book, Chrome Borne, it would seem that they are at least selling well enough to justify additional sequels.

I'm sorry to hear about the death threats and the problems with irrational people. In my line of work I deal with white supremacists and various other anti-government fringe folk and it can indeed be disquieting to realize what motivates them and the depth of some of delusions held by people A: Larry, Josepha Sherman and I are working on another SERRA book, calledSTONED SOULS which should be finished in the next couple of months.



Q: When I attended Dragoncon, at one of Misty's midnight readings, she read parts of a sequel to Xhrome Circle. What is the status of that story? A: Well, it kind of got put on the back burner for a long while; we want to getback to it, and since Larry is pitching in on STONED SOULS after all, thereis going to be a nice couple of places where the Old Crew, including Tannim.turns up!


Q: Dear Ms. Lackey,
While browsing through your lovely website, I noticed your book projects. One of those projects is your second Valdemar short story collection. It said it was to be released Summer/Fall 02 but I have checked my bookstores, Amazon.com and the Daw books website for the book. Has the book been moved back? And if so, when is the new release date?
And second of all, what happen to Larry's wonderful drawings? I have not seen any in the last book. I always love them because I know thatis how you picture so-and-so because Larry and you work together on getting the drawings just right.
Thank you for your time and for your wonderful books. I love themall and couldn't pick a favorite if my life depended upon it.
A: The book has been moved several times, and I honestly don't know when it isdue out. I'm always the last to know, anyway! (g). Larry has been workingon a lot of projects independent of me at my urging; several covers forsmall magazines, some work for Wizards of the Coast and currently a hugegaming project. for Steve Jackson.


Q: The thing that caught my attention was about the latest invitation to submit a story to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress anthology is that Misty wasn't on the list. So, curiousity - did she receive aprivate invitation or has she withdrawn from that market (due to being too busy, perhaps) and so wasn't included? A: Private invitation and too damn busy! >


Q: Hi there Misty!
Firstly I'd like to give the traditional fan gush about how fantastic your books are. The only one of your books that I've read and haven't liked is 'Shadow Of The Lion', and considering how many books you've written, that's a wonderful achievement. Anyway, on to my question. I think it's wonderful that you now have your own website up, especially the previews of your new books - and I was wondering, did you design and create the website yourself?
A: As a matter of fact, no---it is the work of the same hands (unpaid, may I add, and done as a great personal favor to me) that created the Firebird website.


Q: I have been a huge fan of yours for years - you rock and the best thingis that you are a prolific writer - kudos to you :) I was just browsing on your web page and came accross the first chapter for Joust. I read through your other FAQ's and found a blurb to what it is about but there has been nothing about a release date sooo is there one yet and will you be puting anymore chapters on the web as I, the impatient soul I am, am eager to read more. A: Last I heard, it will be March of 2003 and is a DAW book.


Q: Are you going to write any more Vampire books? I also read somewhereabout a story you were working on ( called "Blood and Soil"), what is it about and are you still working on it? I'll understand if your not, and I certain you're probably busy with other book ,and your life. Also what type of cats do you have? A: I no longer have any cats (cats and birds don't mix). I am going to do twovampire books, one in Nazi Germany and one in 1950s Georgia.


Q: I was reading your FAQ section hoping to find out about the Diane Tregarde series and I read that there would not be any more due to nutcases. Is it possible to tell me what happened? I really enjoyed those books and thought you handled the subject very responsibly-as well as entertainly. Anyway, since I first read By The Sword, I have been a big fan and I hope that when you wrote you're old that you were kidding-or exageratting-I have another 30 (at least) years of reading left and I hope that you'll be around for all of them. (PS-I agree with the other writer to this column-I also buy your books in hardcover because I can't wait for the book to come out in paperback.) Thank you, Tracy A: I am not only old, I am a Curmudgeon, thank you! And proud of it! As for DT, she will be making an cameo appearance also in the next Bedlam Bards book Spirits White As Lightning along with Chinthliss and Tannim. It's gonna take someone who is really and truly out there to believe in Guardians by the time that book is over with. To do so, they'll also have to believe that Elves have set up a casino in Las Vegas where people who need money badly always win, because that's in there too.


Q: And now for something totally unrelated to Valdemar, since you do a lot of writing in trilogies, is there a third book that I don't know about or in the works following Elvensbane and Elvenblood? A: I'm working on it right now (Elvenborn), and expect to have it finished soon. There will also be a fourth book, Elvenbred.

We've also considered the tale of an impoverished Elvenlord who has to set himself up in a deli (Elvenbagel), the story of an Elven supermodel with the brains of a block of linoleum (Elvenbimbo), the saga of the first Elven lighter-than-air ship (Elvenblimp), a science fiction/horror piece concerning a mad Elven scientist (Elvenbrain), a Star Trek crossover (Elvenborg).....

Just kidding.




Q: Heyla Misty and Larry!
I LOVE your writing! Any new Velgarth book is an automatic buy for mein HC! Other stuff isn't automatic HC buy... Black Swan I waited tillpb, and of course I loved it as much as your other stuff. Do you knowif the new SERRA book is going to be in HC or PB?

I think my favorite series is Magic's ***. I wish it had been aroundwhen I was in high school! I've bought copies and donated to severallibraries over the years...
They are among the few books that have had me actually crying outloud. 'Lendel's death had me actually _bawling_ the first time I readit... And the only books that I will still cry on rereadings!

I wish there were going to be more Diana Tregarde books, but if theydon't sell well enough...I'm currently rereading Sacred Ground...Is it going to be anothersinglet, like Fire Rose and Black Swan?

A:
There are three elf/BAEN books coming out eventually; the first will be in December, BEYOND WORLD'S END with EricandKoryandBeth. Well, mostly Eric. That was cowritten with Rosemary Edgehill aka Eluki bed Shahar. That'll be a HC; the cover is by Larry Elmore and it kicks butt! The second of that pair, SPIRITS WHITE AS LIGHTNING we are currently working on. The other one, which is a SERRA, will be cowritten with Esther Friesner, and she hasn't gotten it started yet as far as I know. But Eluki and I are now interweaving Eric and SERRA.

SACRED GROUND is a singleton; instead of Diana Tregarde, I am going to do psychic/occult Victorian/Edwardian books, which are (I hope) less likelyt to set off nutcases. The first will be SHADES OF GREY, and will be about the parrot, Grey, and his girl Sara and her friend Nan in the boarding school run by Mem'sab from the 'Grey' short stories. I was gonna do vampires, but I'm saving those for later. Tho, of course, a vampire may show up in the Victorian books. You never know. Might even be Andre.




Q:Heyla Misty and Larry! I LOVE your writing! Any new Velgarth book is an automatic buy for mein HC! Other stuff isn't automatic HC buy... Black Swan I waited tillpb, and of course I loved it as much as your other stuff. Do you knowif the new SERRA book is going to be in HC or PB? I think my favorite series is Magic's ***. I wish it had been aroundwhen I was in high school! I've bought copies and donated to severallibraries over the years...They are among the few books that have had me actually crying outloud. 'Lendel's death had me actually _bawling_ the first time I readit... And the only books that I will still cry on rereadings! I wish there were going to be more Diana Tregarde books, but if theydon't sell well enough...I'm currently rereading Sacred Ground...Is it going to be anothersinglet, like Fire Rose and Black Swan? A: There are three elf/BAEN books coming out eventually; the first will be in December, BEYOND WORLD'S END with EricandKoryandBeth. Well, mostly Eric. That was cowritten with Rosemary Edgehill aka Eluki bed Shahar. That'll be a HC; the cover is by Larry Elmore and it kicks butt! The second of that pair, SPIRITS WHITE AS LIGHTNING we are currently working on. The other one, which is a SERRA, will be cowritten with Esther Friesner, and she hasn't gotten it started yet as far as I know. But Eluki and I are now interweaving Eric and SERRA. SACRED GROUND is a singleton; instead of Diana Tregarde, I am going to do psychic/occult Victorian/Edwardian books, which are (I hope) less likelyt to set off nutcases. The first will be SHADES OF GREY, and will be about the parrot, Grey, and his girl Sara and her friend Nan in the boarding school run by Mem'sab from the 'Grey' short stories. I was gonna do vampires, but I'm saving those for later. Tho, of course, a vampire may show up in the Victorian books. You never know. Might even be Andre.


Q: Misty, Are you going to do a book about the Gryphons that had been seen aroundLake Evendim.

Jonathon works for Hewlett Packard A: Hey Jonathon, can you have the HP truck come by our place and just drop afew things off?
Yes, as a matter of fact, we're tossing several gryphonic ideas around andthat's one of them. At the moment, my plate's a bit full, as here's what Ihave under contract:
For DAW:
The Skif book (writing it now)
The Alberich book
An Arthurian book
"Sleeping Beauty" in 1914
"Cinderella" in 1920

For Baen:
The next Eric Banyon book with Rosemary Edgehill (writing it now)
The first book of the "Heirs of Alexandria" series with Eric Flint and DaveFree (writing it now, and for information, check the Baen website, I thinkEric might have posted some of it there)
The second, third, and fourth books of that same series.

For Tor:
The third book of the "Elvenbane" series (writing it now)
The fourth book of the same
A new vanpire novel
A book about Queen Elizabeth I
A new Big Fat Fantasy epic with Rosemary Edgehill (trilogy, of course)
So it'll be a while before I get to new projects.



Q:Dear Misty, Just a couple of questions. 1. How large is Valdemar? (in area, not population) 2. Will you be taking up Selenay's twins story when they are older? 3. Will the Victorian lady and the parrot ever be the subject of a full length novel? 4. Finally, I understand that you and Larry went to New Zealand recently, I am from there originally, although I am now an Australian, how did you enjoy it? A: 1. I'm figuring that Valdemar is about the size of Illinios and Indiana combined.2. I definitely have plans for that.3. I believe that I will do Grey and her human friends in place of the Diana Tregarde books I still owe Tor. I was going to do vampires, but this is more fun.4. We haven't been yet; we'll be going next Easter for a convention. I'm very much looking forward to it, and hoping for a chance to see keas and kakapos. We'd also adore to see Australia, but alas, that is not in the budget. We wouldn't be going to New Zealand if they weren't being so gracious as to pay our way.


Q: Heyla, I was just sent a post from a friend who's on a Misty list and someone -with the email of mistysdesk@hotmail.com is selling beadwork throughamazon.com for Misty.

I was confused cause I would have thought she would sell this throughyourselves.

Maybe I'm paranoid.

Cheers,

A: No, this is legit; I'm helping raise some money for another cause. It'sonly going to be beadwork though, and NONE of it will be Valdemarrelated. This is my "art beadwork"---the kind of thing that gets intoBEAD AND BUTTON or BEADWORK magazine.

From: "Misty's Secretary"

Misty has asked me to sell some of her beadwork, and after some thought I decided to put it on an amazon.com auction.
http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/exchange-glance/Y03X4924434X2045746

or http://firebirdarts.com/1burn.shtml

Is the place to look!

Some of you were inquiring about "Brightly Burning" - the forthcoming valdemar novel. This is the story of Lavan Chitward, known as Lavan Firestarter after his heraldic gift become apparent. This is a longer book than usual at 24 chapters, but this is not part of a trilogy - it is a stand alone novel. And, it's an excellent read, I promise you. (Though I'm biased

Your friendly neighbourhood info-person.



Q: Dear Misty, I was just wondering if you sould be willing to tell a little bit about the storyline of the new Halfblood Chronicles book?
A: A young Elvenlord with a talent for war strategy and a treacherouscousin who wants to take over his property is recruited by the Old Lordsto run their war against their own rebellious offspring, with an eye tosetting him against the humans and halfbloods if he is successful. Nowthe halfbloods have to find a way to win him over!



Q:Spring is Sprung and the Saps are Running A: We've all survived the Y2K hype, so here are the plans for future books.
Right now, I am working on the first of three "retellings" of fairytales. This will be called THE SERPENT'S SHADOW; it is a retelling ofSnow White. Maya Witherspoon is a half hindu, half English doctor inLondon in the early 1900's; she fled India after the death of herfather, who was also a doctor. Her father died of snakebite; Mayasuspects magic was involved, but doesn't know enough about her own magicabilities to be sure. The "seven dwarves" are seven pets she broughwith her from Indi
A: two mongooses, a peacock, a parrot, an owl, a sakerfalcon, and a monkey.
The next Valdemar book will be HONOR AMONG THIEVES, about Skif, and willend when he meets Talia. After that will be KNIGHT'S GAMBIT, aboutAlberich, and will include the time of the Tedrel Wars.
Also in the (relatively near) future, will be my attempt at an Arthurianbook, THE WHITE APPARITION, from Guinevere's point of view.
Eluki bes Shahar is collaborating with me on the next Bedlam Bardsbook, BEYOND WORLD'S END in which Eric Banyon moves to New York City tofinish his education and the city has other ideas about what he shoulddo; it should be done around the end of May so check with Baen Booksabout then to find out when it will be published. Following that willbe a sequel to that, SPIRITS WHITE AS LIGHTNING.
There's another collaboration coming up from Baen, DARK WATERS, with afellow named Flint; it is set in an alternate Venice, full ofInquisitors, a College of Magic, swamp-dwelling lunatics, intrigue andassassination, and oh yes, riots. And that's on the quiet days.
When I'm not writing, I'm having a grand time doing art-beadwork,various forms of needlework (mostly counted cross-stitch), and somesewing. I HIGHLY recommend the new medieval costume patterns from themajor pattern companies for anyone looking to make Herald costumes. Who'd have thought we'd ever have good costume patterns in WallMart??? There's also some fantastic turn-of-the-century stuff there too,including "Titanic" dresses. And while I'm recommending things, checkout a place called Phoenix Fabrics for great fabric deals! The URL is:
http://www.phoenixtextiles.com
It just so happens they have some terrific deals on....white.
On the rehab front, we are playing host to four right now: A Barred Owl(Hedwig) with a broken wing, a Great Horned Owl (Attidude) with wingdamage from a shotgun blast, a second GHO (Sparky) who had a collisionwith a power-line and is probably the luckiest bird alive, and a maleRedtail Hawk (Sojourner) with a broken leg. Sparky amazingly enoughonly had minor burns to one talon and her eyelid; half of her featherswere fried away, leaving only the shafts (she looks rather porcupine-yon one side). Evidently the charge ran along her feathers and thesurface of her skin; usually these accidents completely fry theunfortunate bird. And yes, Hedwig is named for Harry Potter's owl---weLOVE the Harry Potter books, and I'm as impatient as any of you for thenext one!
We now have a snake as well as all the parrots, a Ball Python named Xena(well, she's black and gold, okay? And you don't want to put your handtoo close to her when she's hungry, so it seemed appropriate.)
If you see anything from a user called "mistydesk", that's myreplacement for Mark Shepherd, a lovely English fellow named PaulFisher, who's taken over the fanmail and fanposts for me.
The "HighFlight" site has been shut down, and we are building a brandnew (hopefully very, very spiffy) one, under mercedeslackey.com. Sodon't panic when you get the old 404 message at HighFlight. The peoplewho are doing this new site have all kinds of nifty ideas, and it willbe a good thing to have this professionally taken care of.
Other than that...well, our good friend Dr. Irene Pepperberg could usesome help, so hey, check out the auction or see if you can spare acouple of dollars for a direct contribution, okay?
Thanks, all!
Misty
PS The title of this piece comes from a very stupid summer-camp gag. If there's a talent show, you get up on stage and announce that you aregoing to stage an improv play. You get your friends to "set the stage"as trees and bushes in the springtime, then you get the camp counselorsto come up and chase each other around the trees, and announce that hereis your play, titled "Spring is Sprung and the Saps are Running." Hey,I didn't say it was a GOOD joke!



Q: Misty, I don't know whether you and Larry have done this yet, but are there any plans for you to co-publish a wildlife text for the lay-person?
I paraphrase your stories for my kids understanding (5 & 7)and they are fasinated by Larry's drawings and your avian descriptions.
A: There are so many good wildlife books for laypeople that there doesn'tseem any need for us to put our two cents in. I strongly suggest "TheReally Useful Owl Book" by Jemima Parry-Jones for small kids.


Q: Good day -
Can you tell me when Tempest Fugit will be out? I am yearning for another SERRAted Edge book, especially since there will be no more Diana Tregarde stories (although I certainly understand why!) Thank you
A: Okay, Tempest Fugit is on indefinite hold. Instead, there will be aSERRAted Edge collab with Esther Friesner. STONED SOULS.
You might checkeither Esther's site or the Baen site to see how that's coming!



Q: I loved your "Sacred Ground" book, and was wondering if the book has gone the same route as Diana Tregarde, or will you be writing more? Another question is: your "Grey" and "Grey's Ghost" short stories are absolutely adorable, have you decided to go ahead and write the book? thank you for your time. A: The answer to both questions is that I have so many contracts to fulfillthat I need to get them out of the way before I consider any otherprojects!


Q: Hi Misty,
My friends and I very much enjoy all your books. Thanks very much!!! We were wondering if there are any plans to write more stories about Sarah, Grey, and Nan? Either short stories or full length book...?
Thanks,
A: I will definitely be doing short stories at the least. I need to get afew more things off my schedule before I get a book signed up, but therehas been more than enough interest to justify one!


Q: I read in Baen's Bar that you are doing a collaboration with Fleer and Flintcalled Dark Water is this in one of your worlds or in a new world? Any hintsas to what it is about would be nice. A: Wow, Jim Baen was fast on the draw with that one! We only justfinalized it!DARK WATERS is set in an alternative Venice (Venizia) full of infightingand intrigue. There are enemies on every hand, double andtriple-crosses, and yes, magic. The main contenders are theInquisition, the agents of other city-states, the non-Christian Strega,the magicians of the University, and any number of contenders for theoffice of the Doge.


Q: Tentatively speaking....when would "The World's End" be coming out as well as the third "Tannim" novel? Also just how many of the "elf" novels have cd music to them? A: The third Tannim novel is on hold for now; replacing it will be STONEDSOULS with Esther Friesner, and should be out some time next year. WORLD'S END tentatively will also be next year.
Serrated Edge for the SERRAted Edge novels and Across the Borders for the Bedlam Bards novels.



Q: I'm glad to see you enjoying success in writing. I enjoy the "Bedlam's Bard" stories (and your others as well) and got to wondering where else in North America you envision elven enclaves. Texas? the Great Lakes? A: Right now we have enclaves in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and SavannahGeorgia. We've hinted at one in North Carolina. We don't actually planthese things, they just sort of emerge spontaneously.


Q: I noticed in a Firebird catalog that you were working on a Serrated Edge book called Tempest Fugit any news on that?
A: That's the third Tannim book with Larry---we've got it on theback-burner until we finish OWLKNIGHT.



Q: Will the 3rd book in the elvenbaneseries be out this year?? *grin*

A: There will be a third and a fourth book in the "Halfblood Chronicles";Andre (Norton) and I are working on number three right now.



Q: When will Brightly Burning, the Lavan Firestormbook, be written?

A: I'm not sure when we'll get to Lavan Firestorm, but it will be fairlyshortly. After that, there will be more Valdemar, but we're not surewhat yet.



Q: What books are you working on now?

A: After we finish "Owlknight" we will be working on another Tannim bookfor Baen and a "fairy tale" book for DAW---Sleeping Beauty set in NewYork around 1915. I'll be doing a vampire book for TOR also.



Q: I enjoyed very much your novel "The Fire Rose," and I was wondering whether any sequel is planned. 5/13/99
A: I am doing three more similar books for DAW---THE GATES OF SLEEP, THESERPENT'S SHADOW, and PHOENYX AND ASHES.Firebird: Retellings of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Firerose was a re-casting of Beauty and the Beast.


Q: Will there be anymore Jennifer Talldeer stories?
A: At this point there are no plans for any more Jennifer Talldeer stories.



Q: Do you have any idea when the 3rd Elven---- Book will be out??? 5/21/99
A: A year after I turn it in; so maybe the second half of 2000.



Q: I noticed in a Firebird catalog that you were working on a Serrated Edge book called Tempest Fugit ; any news on that?
A: This will be the third Tannim book; Larry and I are still working on itslowly.


Q: I read on the FAQ that Blood and Soil would not have Diana Tregarde onlyAndre during WWII fighting Nazi's is this because of the problems you had? 6/11/99

A: In part; Blood and Soil is also on the backburner for now; I am going todo an entirely different vampire novel set in the 50s in Georgia.




Q: Jinx High ended with Fay walking away was there ever a plan for Diana Tregarde to go up against her in the 4th novel? 6/11/99

A: That was originally the plan, yes, but at this point I'd say it isn'tlikely to happen.




Q: I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed Diana Tregarde series. Ithought she was a wonderful character she is and I am sad that she is notgoing to be in any more stories. She is a very positive role model and I can't understand how anyone could see her as anything else.



Q: Do you think that with the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed that there will be a call for Diana Tregarde and Jennifer Talldeer books? 6/11/99 A: You never know; stranger things have happened.


Q: I picked up Bedlam's Bard a while ago and I loved the characters of Eric, Beth, and Kory. Is there any chance you'll be writing another bookfeaturing them?

A: There will be one more book, BEYOND WORLD'S END.




Q: And any plans for more Jennifer Talldeer? 6/11/99

A: Not at the moment.




Q: I'm writing to FAQ if she has any plans on doing any of the Arabian Nights stories into a novel. I've read all of her Valdemar Novels as well as various others. I love the way she captures the spirit of a story and adds a captivating twist to it.

A: Esther Friesner does that sort of thing much better than I do, so Ihaven't got any plans for it.



Q: Are you going to write anymore books in the Bardic Voices series? A: There will be more Bardic Voices books---collaborations. I'm working onthe first of them, THE HAWK AND THE HOUND, right now.


Q: Will there be any more of the "Bedlam Bards" series coming out in the near or far future?

A: We have one more book to do yet, Beyond World's End.



Q: Will you be writing anymore stories about skitty? Can't help it I'm a cat fan.

A: Oh yes; SKitty and her brood are very popular characters with me andeveryone else.




Q: Do you have an approximate date for the release of the Andre novel?

A: No.




Q: Is there any chance of publication of the third "Knight of Ghosts andShadows" novel, originally announced as BEYOND THE WORLD'S END? If so, when?

A: Yes, but we have a few other things we'll be working on at the sametime, so I can't tell you when it will be out. When I turn it in, Iwill let everyone know.




Q: I understand and accept that there will never be another Diana novel(sigh). However, I've seen a list of previously published Diana Tregardeshort stories, mostly from obscure zines, mostly never reprinted. Is thereany chance that a Diana story collection will ever be published, to reprintall the stories in one accessible volume? (Surely there's a small press ortwo that would be thrilled to publish this, even if mass market publishersare uninterested.)

A: All the PROFESSIONAL Diana Tregarde short stories have beenreprinted in two collections from Baen FIDDLER FAIR and WEREHUNTER. Thenon-professional fanfiction stories are not fit to be reprinted.




Q: I was going through Amazon.com this evening. They've listed one of yourforthcoming books called "The River's Gift," and say it will be out inOctober of '99. I don't see anything about it here, and can't find any more info online.

A: The River's Gift (which I preferred to call The Wild Swan) is one ofthose fancy "gift" books they've been doing laterly---it's a novella insmall hardback form, made for gift-giving. Anne McCaffrey has done acouple of them and they asked me to do one as well.




Q: Werehunter introduced me to S'Kitty (and S'cat). What plans, if any, are there for a full length novel on these engaging felines?

A: None at the moment, but you never know.




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