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Author Interview: Kam Oi Lee

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Kam Oi Lee is one of my oldest writing friends. We met in a writing community on LiveJournal in 2004, and did our first Nanowrimo together in October that year. Along with several others (including Jess Faraday), we formed our own writing and critique group, which has been going since January 2005. Kammy was the first to volunteer her novel for group critique, which gives you some idea how fearless she is. We all learned a lot from that first exercise, and I’ll always be grateful to her for going first. These days when I get to read her work, either in early draft or published form, I treat it like an occasion. There’s usually a cup of tea involved.

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Kam Oi Lee at an art exhibit in NYC

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KAM OI LEE, human being from Earth, is also a musician, athlete, writer, spaceship dweller, and dystopian underdog. Born in Washington, DC, she spent her childhood in Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan. When her father retired from the U.S. Foreign Service, the family returned to his home state of Hawaii, where she completed high school. Since then, she’s lived in Massachusetts, Washington and Wisconsin. She now resides in Chicago with her spouse and two cats.

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Author Interview: Jess Faraday

Vintage microphone isolated on whiteJess Faraday and I met in a writing community on LiveJournal in 2004, and did our first Nanowrimo together in October that year. Along with several others, we formed our own writing and critique group, which has been going since January 2005. Jess was one of the first of us to get published, and she’s certainly one of our most prolific members. She has too many published books to be considered “emerging” any more, but it has been my pleasure and privilege to be part of her journey to publication — to see her emerge — and I’m thrilled that she agreed to do an author interview.

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Book cover: Fool's God by Jess FaradayBook cover: The Strange Case of the Big Sur Benefactor by Jess FaradayBook cover: Death and a Cup of Tea by Elm Books

JESS FARADAY is the author of the Ira Adler series (including the Lambda-shortlisted Affair of the Porcelain Dog), the steampunk thriller The Left Hand of Justice, the Stein & Vincent adventures, and numerous articles, short stories, and translations. She teaches a short fiction course at Pasadena City College, and moonlights as the mystery editor for Elm Books.

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Author Interview: Rachel Green

Vintage microphone isolated on whiteAs promised on July 23rd, here’s the first in what I hope will be a long-running feature on the blog: The Author Interview. First up: Rachel Green.

I met Rachel Green in an online writing community back in the mists of time (2004), when I was newly returned to writing fiction. Rachel’s characters, Harold and Jasfoup, their town, and their world, were already well established and much loved by the members of that community. Her Laverstone stories are imaginative and fun to read, and full of the sly British wit I delight in. They led me back into the world of paranormal fiction, a world I continue to really enjoy. Rachel and I are both members of another online writing community, which is putting out an anthology of short stories very soon. It was my pleasure and privilege to edit Rachel’s story for that anthology.

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RACHEL GREEN is a forty-something writer from Derbyshire. She lives with her two partners and two dogs. Although primarily a novelist, she also writes plays and poetry. When not writing, Rachel walks her dogs, potters in the garden, and trains in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and KAPAP six days a week. She twitters a haiku daily. She can also be found on Facebook (leatherdykeuk) and Twitter (@leatherdykeuk)

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An Ungodly Child (May 2012, Zumaya Publications’ Arcane imprint) is an urban fantasy/humour novel about a young man, his oddly sympathetic demon, and their quest to find a cure for an illness delivered by the Angel of Pestilence herself. I wrote a whole slew of short stories featuring Harold and Jasfoup, and then I hammered them into a novel, over the course of about three years.

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