Faery DNA

A round-table discussion I’ll be leading at the Sirens women’s literary conference this October in Vail, CO:

Faery DNA by Skyler White:

After grounding the group in shared ideas and terminology using a short excerpt from Mihaly Cskiszentmihalyi’s “The Evolving Self,” we’ll explore some of the basic tropes of faeries and their stories to learn from—and possibly tamper with—our literary genetic code. Topics include the changeling and the stolen child; nature sprites; faery beauty, sexuality, and love; and parallel worlds.

And a nice new and Falling, Fly review by Minding Spot:

“Fantasy and Paranormal lovers will enjoy this, but it is not light reading or the faint of heart. The story Ms. White tells is unique in its presentation and will stay with you for days to come.”

‘and Falling, Fly’ Book Club Discussion Questions

Thank you to Mistie at Borders in Arlington, TX for contacting me for and Falling, Fly book club questions. This is something I’ve been meaning to write for a while, and Misite’s outreach gave me the kick in the pants I’ve been needing to get it done. The document is below if you’d like to use it for your own book club.

and Falling Fly by Skyler White: Book Club Discussion Questions (PDF, right-click to download)

Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions about using and Falling, Fly for a book club.

Heroes, Heroines and Villains

Bite Club is closing out their month-long profile of me with a Q&A today:

Q: What is easier to write- the hero, the heroine, or the villain?

A: They’re like people, really, each difficult and easy in their own ways. I have a lot of fun writing villains, but I have to be careful not to get carried away. It’s way too easy to fall into the hand-wringing cackle. Heroes are wonderful to write, because hey, what better way to spend an afternoon than thinking about everything yummy in men, but it can be very difficult for me to put myself into a man’s head sometimes, and I have to be disciplined about not just staying on the outside enjoying the packaging.

Opposite problem writing women. I really enjoy my noodle time. I like to ponder stuff, ask myself questions, examine things from different perspectives, and the heroine’s head is the most comfortable place for me to do that. She’s usually the easiest to write, but I have to be careful not to over-indulge because it’s easy.”

And there’s a new and Falling, Fly book review over at Swamp Dweller that made my day:

“Wow. Words elude me when I try to describe this novel. It’s quite possible the most beautifully-written, captivating, un-put-down-able novel I’ve read in years … intense and vibrant … the strong, lyrical prose transports you to the world of fallen angels and immortal souls … you just can’t have anything else going on while you’re reading it. You literally can’t put the story down.
I pimp this book to anyone I know who can handle it. This is an awesome, gripping dark fairy tale. It’s gritty and raw, with a certain vicious poetry that digs deep into the reader’s hearts and minds. This book has landed on my keeper shelf, and that’s where it will stay!”

 

“Blood, Sex and Absinthe”

I love this beautifully titled “Blood, Sex and Absinthe: Why Skyler White’s Soul-Rending Debut is Cutting Edge Paranormal Fantasy” by Barnes & Noble sci-fi/fantasy guru Paul Goat Allen at Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog:

“Intensely passionate, sublimely poetic … reads like dark ethereal poetry … I’ll remember this book for the rest of my life. I found myself immersed in the cool, hypnotic narrative and deeply affected by White’s subtle (and not-so-subtle!) symbolism and social allegory. Skyler White’s extraordinary debut is so much more than a paranormal fantasy – it’s literary fiction, it’s otherworldly poetry, it’s dark philosophy that will change the way you see the world if you let it.

“[Dominic and Olivia] are drawn to an underground asylum in Ireland – the Hotel of the Damned – where they literally enter a myth-laden underworld populated by a shocking diversity of inhabitants. But in this insane, wondrous, nightmarish place, Olivia and Dominic finally understand that which could set them free could also damn them both forever …”

There’s also an interview where I explain how writing sex scenes “feels like tipping that first brick after you’ve spent hours lining up the Dominos.”

 

Should you read this new review, or destroy your sex tape?

Pop culture blog Monsters & Critics reviews and Falling, Fly, right above a “Destroy My Sex Tape or Else!” tout!

“White’s debut features some refreshing new plotlines to keep the poetic storytelling interesting … a more challenging read then most paranormal tales but readers are sure to enjoy the passion and twisted sense of reality that prevails throughout. The search for love and redemption are a universal drive and topics White handles with deft touch.”

More reviews! A 9 out of 10 at Taliesin Meets the Vampires:

“Let me just say wow … one of the best crafted debuts that I have had the pleasure of coming across …  a gothic landscape perhaps with a tint of Tanith Lee … opens a philosophical vein with a scalpel of eroticism that was shaded with an edge of Milan Kundera … a book that should be in all vampire genre fans collections, as well as readers of damn good, thought provoking prose.”

And over at Paperback Dolls:

and Falling, Fly was not even close to what I was expecting after seeing it featured, along with it’s author, on another bloggers website. Skyler White, with her long dreads and funky wardrobe, writing about Rock Stars, vampires, angels, demons and desires, sounds suspiciously like the makings of a paranormal romance, but I was intrigued. After reading the first page, though I knew I was mistaken and this book would be so much more.”

Here’s a short outtake from my interview with video magazine Austin Artists, in which I talk about desire and the creation of Olivia:

 

Vampires in Vienna

All the way from Vienna, Austria, we have an interview from Amberkatze’s Book Blog where I talk about what sort of paranormal creature I’d like to be. There’s a contest, too, so be sure to enter; you’ll also find another contest at Tynga’s Reviews.

“They’re both so deeply messed-up!” Which and Falling, Fly characters is she talking about? Find out in the interview at mis(h)takes. Check out Book Bound for my take on what ethical consumerism means to vampires, and Suburban Vampire for more on the book’s feminist overtones.

Also, the last two posts at the blog of my publisher, Penguin, ran late last week:

“Two things can kill desire: despair and consummation. Writers write from themselves. But they also write for you. We want to share our angels.”

You can also learn about some of and Falling, Fly‘s easter eggs.

Reviews, then, is it? From VampChix (with contest!):

“Lush, decadent and dark, and Falling, Fly is a heady undertaking, and masterfully done … I highly suggest you read this book slowly to savor every delectable word.”

Authors! They walk among us! Read my two-part craft series on how to use mythological archetypes to solve writing problems at Writer Unboxed.

Finally, and Falling, Fly is keeping good company in the incredibly rich SciFiGuy.ca Urban Fantasy Weekend Report; you can also check out my interview and giveaway there, where the comments keep rolling in.