SO many long-gestating writing projects have become reality in the last few days. Updating on the various things, which I know, make me look like I had a perhaps very-crazy writing frenzy, but really are because a couple of years of writing all happen to be getting published at once. Which is not a bummer!
This is what I look like lately. Um, a little bit happy?
That’s me the other night looking rumpled and grinny in my Brooklyn kitchen, photo by my friend, the musician king Sxip Shirey. I’m wearing an apron that says We Ship, Midnight Galley, which I made a couple years ago. Life is sweet.
THE END OF THE SENTENCE:
Last year, I wrote a little ghost/monster/blacksmithery horror novella with Kat Howard, for Subterranean Press. THE END OF THE SENTENCE is 187 pages, which we passed back and forth for the month we were writing them. It’s semi-epistolary, sad, creepy, romantic, full of myth and folklore from all over the place, as well as fairy-tale elements, and in short, we are SO DAMN PROUD OF IT. It couldn’t have been a smoother or more fruitful collaboration. I’ve never written a book so quickly!! You can read it in an evening, and I suggest you do it right now, because it’s actually set during the month of October, and the first letter in it is dated today.
It’s shipping now in both limited glam and signed editions, and trade editions from Subterranean Press, and you can also get it in ebook, though the hardcopy is wildly gorgeous.
These are some of my author copies, which I got yesterday and whooped over. Plus flowers, knife, and cocktail, because obviously.
Here’s a page at the Subterranean site, with bits of reviews, and a short interview with us done by the magnificent Gwenda Bond.
Here’s a wonderful little bit of review from Fantasy Literature:
Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have taken the darker aspects of fairy tales and come up with a new tale set in contemporary America, complete with contemporary American problems of automobiles and broken marriages. These horrors that happen every day are combined with the horrors of a supernatural creature that seems to soothe in order to terrify, to provide for all his victim’s needs so long as that victim might be useful… This is a beautiful novella, a modern fairy tale that any reader of the French tale ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will recognize, but so different from that story that it is something entirely new.
And one from Tor.com
The End of the Sentence only really represents an evening’s reading, but be prepared to feel the fallout of this fairytale—perfectly formed from a hodgepodge of half-forgotten mythologies—for far longer than the few hours it takes to unfold.
Here, if you’re interested in process, at Kat’s site, is the longer version of that interview, which contains some sweary, brainstormy, giddy backstage emails we sent during the writing process.
And here’s another interview we did, this time with the divine writer Sarah McCarry, for Tor.com.
(You might want to read the novella before you read those interviews – there’s a lot in them, and some of it might want to have context.)
If you read THE END OF THE SENTENCE, hit us up and tell us what you thought, or put a review up in any of the usual places. We’d love to hear from you. It was a huge pleasure to be invited to write this book together.
AND NOW FOR THE NEXT HUGE ITEM!
TWO BOOKS IN TWO DAYS!
MAGONIA, my young adult debut, is in Advance Reader Copy Form, and I got the first copies a couple of days ago, as a surprise! It’s not out til May 2015, (which is sooner than you think) but the cover will be revealed on Epic Reads on October 13.
The cover, by the way, is totally amazing. This is the spine. I can’t show you the cover yet! I am dying to. But trust me.
Skyships, squallwhales, female pirate captains, and a teenage girl at the center of it all who finds herself immersed in a world she’d never imagined – but belongs in.
Magonia is a sky kingdom story, and at its center is Aza Ray Boyle, a teenage girl who has never been able to breathe properly. She has a rare disease – so rare it’s named after her. Sicker and sicker, and finally, one day something goes horribly wrong. Aza dies.
And wakes up far from home. Maybe things aren’t as they seem.
Maybe Aza Ray doesn’t belong on earth at all? But if she doesn’t, if in fact she belongs on a ship in the sky, singing a song that can shift the weather, surrounded by bird people and ferocious warriors, what about her best friend Jason? If the sky is warring with earth, where do Aza and her song fit in? How can she choose?
This is for 13 and up, and frankly, given the people who’ve read it thus far, the up is as far up as you want to take it. I think adults will like this book as much as teenagers will. It’s dark, and sad, and strange, and very full of magic and chaos. This has been a while in the works, and I cried when I saw the ARCS, because man, it’s been a rough and complicated couple of years, and you never know if you’ll get lucky enough to publish a book again, let alone to publish a book you’re this excited about. Magonia is a really personal project for me, and it was scary to write it, but I feel so lucky to be publishing this book with Harper, and my editor there, Kristen Pettit. They are doing amazing things.
I know that I’ll be at ABA Winter Institute in North Carolina in February to talk about Magonia to all, so if you’re a bookseller, put it on your calendar. I’d love to meet you.