For our last post for the Lissa Price Featured Author Week Lissa talks about what it’s like to go from con fangirl to published author sitting on a panel with some of her favorite writers, and about an awesome anthology she’s a part of with the possibility of winning an award. Take it away Lissa!
Going From Fan to Author at WorldCon
Before I was a published author, I went to several of the legendary WorldCons, the major convention where the Hugo Awards are presented. I loved listening to authors like George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman read. I met Cory Doctorow in a kaffeeklatsch and even got to have tea with Neil and a few other fortunate members.
That was fantastic and inspiring. Then, once I became a published author, I got to participate on panels side-by-side with such established, award-winning authors as Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Charlie Stross, Harry Turtledove and more.
So I’m excited about the possibility of attending LonCon3, the next WorldCon set in London. As a bonus, I am in the Campbellian Anthology, an online collection of samples by the writers eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The first part of Starters is there, as well as “Portrait of a Spore,” a short story that is otherwise exclusive to the Starters paperback. This book, edited by M. David Blake, is available for a free download for a limited time – it may end after March 31st, the deadline for nominations. Even if you are not a member eligible to nominate, you can enjoy the anthology which has over a hundred new writers.
The Campbell Award is given to the best new writer whose first professional work of science fiction or fantasy was published within the two previous calendar years. I’m in my second and last year of eligibility to be nominated for this award, with endorsements by Grandmaster Harlan Ellison, Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures and Unbreakable) and David Gerrold, Hugo and Nebula winner for The Martian Child and screenwriter for Star Trek (The Trouble with Tribbles).
The prize is named in honor of science fiction editor and writer John W. Campbell, whose science fiction writing and role as editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact made him one of the most influential editors in the early history of science fiction.
Thanks Lissa! Be sure to check out the links, and don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lissa’s books!