Back from a very busy August month, rife with family events and professional ups-and-downs, I dreaded looking at the Asimov’s September-October issue. By now, I know that you can’t put every writer’s name on an issue, because there is more than twenty contributors (and so, twenty good stories or poems) in each magazine. I did not expect that my novelette Tears Down the Wall would change it.
So I was flabbergasted to see my name featured on that cover, along with two cover neighbors whom I have read and loved : Derek Künsken and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Derek had me laughing and crying with his Quebecers floating (and swearing in French!) in the Venus acidic atmosphere of House of Styx. Wonderful world-building and characterization, so I’m in line for the second one of the duology! And thanks, Derek for not dragging me through a trilogy!
Kristine Kathryn Rusch is my model writer. Or, at least, she is my distant goal in writing and publishing, with more than 500 titles (short and long forms) to her credit. I’m working as best as I can to reach a hundred differend pubs…. oops! It seems that, with 20 trad-pub novels and 80 short-stories, I just did! Yay for me!)
This makes me very proud as a writer, almost as much as winning a Trillium award with a science-fiction novel did this year. And almost as much as my first publication in Asimov’s, which would have made my father, a life time Isaac Asimov’s fan, quite proud, too.
My future publications in the magazine might slow down in 2024. Because of my mother’s health issues and a family loss, my submitting submarine has taken a hit. But if everything goes well, it will surface soon!