by Lillian Csernica on March 21, 2019
Hi there. Yes, I’m a trifle behind schedule on this. Tomorrow I run off to Clockwork Alchemy for the weekend. Con prep is such an adventure!
How I Learned To Be A Writer
This year I’m going to share with you 26 separate moments from my writing life, moments that taught me something worth remembering. Moments that helped shape my writing style. Moments that taught me how to endure the bad days and celebrate the triumphs.
Being a writer is not just about mastering the techniques of fiction. Nobody understands writers the way other writers do. That’s because you have to live inside a creative mind that constantly notices odd details and can’t stop thinking about certain exciting problems. Writers are not like everybody else.
Join me and take a look at a level of living that goes so much farther than just “behind the scenes.” You’ll get a glimpse into my creative process. More than that, you might help me figure out some of the mysteries about how my mind works!
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by Lillian Csernica on March 17, 2019
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I wish you the luck of the Irish on the Historytellers Scavenger Hunt!
You are now looking at Post #9.
Here’s how to join the hunt.
Visit Storytellergirl, the next blog on the Scavenger Hunt!
by Lillian Csernica on March 15, 2019
Hi there! Thanks to the wonderful Sarah Zama, known to many of us as @JazzFeathers, I get to be part of the HISTORYTELLERS Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, March 17. You’re all invited!
12 authors of historical fiction set in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s are joining together to offer a bundle of their books to a lucky reader, and that reader might well be you, don’t you think? St. Patrick’s Day is a fine day for good luck!
Head over HERE to see how you can play the hunt.
This is the link to Storytellergirl, the next blog on the Scavenger Hunt!
You can also help us spread the word. The more we are, the more fun we’ll have.
TWEET THIS: Are you a reader of #historicalfiction set in the first decades of the 1900s? Then we are on the same page! Join the #Historytellers scavenger hunt for a chance to win 12 novels set in your favourite period! http://sumo.ly/12u1T #historicalfiction #amreading #freeebooks
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by Lillian Csernica on March 13, 2019
Yes, it’s time once again for top hats and goggles, airships and submarines, international intrigue and more! Join me and the rest of my multi-talented colleagues as we celebrate all things steampunk!
Here’s where you can find me on each day of the con. I do hope you will stop by and say hello. It’s always a pleasure to hear what people think of Dr. Harrington’s adventures in Kyoto.
Friday, March 22
1 p.m. in the Harbour Room
DIALOGUE IN HISTORICAL FICTION: Nuts and bolts technique for layering characterization into dialogue.
Saturday, March 23
11 a.m. in the Sandpebble Room
MAGIC IN STEAMPUNK: Practical tips for working magic into a storyline where period technology is the hallmark of the genre.
Sunday, March 24
1 p.m. in Authors’ Alley
Stop by my table and pick up your copy of Next Stop On The #13, which includes The Badger Epidemic. Dr. Harrington is forced to take a train to Osaka, where a cholera epidemic is killing the railway workers. Something is waiting for him en route that could prove even more dangerous than cholera itself!
See you there!
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by Lillian Csernica on March 9, 2019
France, 1300s. A chateau in the Alps. A Russian noblewoman sheltering there and earning her keep as governess to the daughter of the family. Katarina is the keeper of a terrible secret, one she must keep at all costs or face the loss of Yvette, the daughter Katarina herself will never have. Living under the watchful eye of Yvette’s father Sieur Etienne is difficult enough. Then a German scholar arrives, asking too many questions about matters that should be none of his concern.
Who is the real monster in this story? Who is most deserving of the ultimate punishment? Read it and make up your own mind!
I am overjoyed to see my story Saving Grace appear alongside some of the greatest masters of horror and dark fantasy:
Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg
F. Marion Crawford
Mary E. Braddon
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem
If you enjoy weird fiction, fantasy with an edge to it, and stories that will keep you up at night, you will love all the treasures brought together in this collection.