Here at Goldilox and the Three Weres we are celebrating our
4 YEAR BLOGOVERSARY!
In honor of the four wonderful years this blog has had, we are having authors share with you all what they were doing four years ago at this time and what they hope to be doing four years from now. Each post will include a giveaway, so be sure to check back every day until August 7!
Where was I 4 years ago?
Today's Post Comes From:Kristi Charish
Well, I couldn’t tell you exactly where I was in August 2011, but I do know I’d been writing fiction for a year and a half. One year and a half since deciding while writing up my PhD thesis that I wanted to try my hand at fiction. A year and a half of trial and error and testing my abilities. I’d managed to put a speculative fiction night class at Vancouver Community College and a workshop at the Vancouver Public Library with Spider Robinson under my belt, and had even found a local writing group to share work with on Sunday afternoons over a beer.
I had yet to sell any of my writing- short story or otherwise - but after that year and a half of writing, putting in at least an hour every night, I had a better idea where my strengths and weaknesses lay. I’d also begun to develop my own esthetic tastes. I’d discarded one sci-fi novel, begun a fantasy novel and had yet to try my hands at urban fantasy. I wouldn’t give urban fantasy a shot until the following summer of 2012 at David Farland’s writer’s workshop in Utah where I began Owl and the Japanese Circus (oddly enough I was there to work on my fantasy I’d begun the summer before… the one that got side tracked as I wrote OWL and THE VOODOO KILLINGS…the one I’m currently trying to fix up now…).
It wouldn’t be until the following summer, 2013, when I’d sign with my agent and OWL would sell, and then again the following winter, 2014, when THE VOODOO KILLINGS would sell to Random House Canada.
That’s an awful lot to cram into four years…
Where will I be four years from now? Well, first and foremost I really hope I’m not still messing around on and off with this fantasy…
Joking aside, predicting the future was never my strong suit. If someone had of told me when I started my undergraduate degree at SFU in the Anthropology and Archaeology program that three years later I’d have transferred to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and be working in a genetics lab, I’d have laughed. Likewise when I began my PhD work. If someone had of told me that almost ten years later I’d be a full time writer, I would have met it with bemused skepticism. I was a research scientist after all! I didn’t know the first thing about writing a book.
In my experience, it’s the things you don’t see that show up on your horizons.
Where would I like to be? Optimistically still writing and turning out books that entertain…at the very least I’ll hope for a few more OWL novels.
About the Author
Kristi is also a co-host for the popular Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast and also has a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.
AISFP Podcast: http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com
Kristi Charish is giving one winner a choice of a signed copy of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS or an ARC of OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS. (Winner must have a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada.)
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Click on the covers to add to Goodreads. And for more on Owl, check out our Q&A with Kristi and our review of Owl and the Japanese Circus.