Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is an author, engineer, and mother of three wonderful sons. She has been nominated for the Scribe, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards and is a member of the SFWA, IAMTW, SinC, and SFPA. She also served for several years as an editor for Mindflights. Her latest published novel is SKEIN OF SHADOWS (2012), a sequel to 2011's THE SHARD AXE, published by Wizards of the Coast. Wizards also published her first novel, LEGACY OF WOLVES, in 2007.
Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be at Amazing Arizona Comic Con this year. It's being held Feb 12-14 at the Phoenix Convention Center, and we'll be in Booth 816 with lots of goodies. Come stop by and say hi!
Speaking of February - Happy Early Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog's Day to my friends who celebrate!
It's release day for 7 SYKOS! If you didn't pre-order, go grab your digital copy today! If you're a physical copy kind of person, the paperback edition goes on sale March 1st. Hope you enjoy reading the book as much as Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I enjoyed writing it! Let us know how you liked it!
Just popping in to announce that partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I turned in the first of our three Xena: Warrior Princess novels to our editor today. That much closer to you all getting to read it!
Speaking of reading, 7 SYKOS releases in a little over a week (January 26th, to be exact). It will be a digital release, with the paperback following a month later. Have I shown you the cover yet? No? Well, let's rectify that posthaste!
Awesome, huh? The Walking Dead meets The Andromeda Strain. You're gonna love it!
A move, a day job, and some other life changes have left precious little time for blogging, but Jeff and I will be doing a few guest posts to help promote the book in the next few weeks, as well as some local(ish) book signings. More info as I have specifics.
That's all I have time or energy for tonight, faithful readers. But check back in a few days - there's a lot of stuff happening in Marcyville, most of which I can't wait to share with you all! More soon - promise!
One of the first stories Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I ever wrote together is finally going to see the light of day this January as part of the Single Slices line from Cutting Block Books. Called "The Lottons Show," it's as creepy as they come. Don't believe me? Check out this awesome cover:
That'll keep you up at night!
Also in January, 7 SYKOS will be hitting the streets. We've seen some cover concepts for that one, but nothing we can share yet. Soon, though, I promise!
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving, that the holidays are treating you well, and that you always remember how much you're appreciated. I'm grateful for every one of you who buys, reads, reviews, recommends, or otherwise enjoys my work. I'd still write, even without readers, but you guys sure make it a lot more worthwhile. Thank you all!
So Tucson Comic-Con was AWESOME - a really great show put on by some of the nicest folks in the business. Definitely one to put on the yearly schedule! Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I made a couple of big announcements there, too, which I'm going to share here (if you follow either of us on FB or Twitter, you already know).
First, Jeff has been named partner in and EIC for Visionary Comics! It's a well-deserved honor for someone who has taken more than one comic publisher from start-up to powerhouse, and I'm super proud of him!
Second, Jeff and I announced that we have been contracted to write a trilogy of Xena: Warrior Princess novels!
We're very excited about the project, and who wouldn't be? Xena kicks ass, and she's going to be a blast to write! And news of a reboot can only help build interest, right? Stay tuned for more news about release dates, etc.
Tucson Comic-Con weekend coincides with the annual All Souls Procession, which was just an amazing and moving spectacle. Equal parts mourning and celebrating, it is the largest such remembrance in the country. If you're in Tucson next November, definitely put it on your calendar. You won't want to miss it!
Tucson Comic-Con is this weekend, Nov. 6-8, and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be at Booth B4 when we're not at panels or trying to scare up food. Speaking of panels, our schedule looks like this:
Saturday, Nov. 7th
12-1 PM, Gila Room
Creative Survivor! (Jeff)
Saturday, Nov. 7th
1-2 PM, Gila Room
Collaborating in Comics (Jeff and me)
Sunday, Nov. 8th
12-1 PM, Cochise Room
Visionary 2.0 (Jeff)
We'll have a TON of stuff for sale, some cool announcements, and even a possible guest signing, so swing by and say hi! We'd love to see you there!
Also, some of you may have noticed that my website has been revamped a little. That's out of necessity, not desire - I somehow managed to break the old site beyond fixing, so had to migrate to a new web host and rebuild from scratch. Let me know if you notice anything missing!
There is only Con.
Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I are part of a new Zombies Need Brains Kickstarter for an anthology of bedtime stories for children, called, appropriately enough, Funtastical Bedtime Stories. We're offering up a tuckerization as one of the many backer rewards, so check it out and chip in a few bucks if you're so inclined. It'll be a great book for geek/nerd parents everywhere!
And a quick shout out to Patience from Bonny Books for a job well-done taking care of the authors at CMX. And of course it was lovely to see and panel with Gini Koch and Sharon Skinner, two smart and talented ladies whose books you should go buy right now.
(Sharon, Gini, and me. Photo courtesy of Joseph Gaxiola.)
I think I'll have more news in a few days, but that'll do for now.
I gave at the office.
Busy, busy, busy!
First off, "Scream Queen" is now available, in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2! Buy it at your LCS, or here.
Next, I'll be participating in this awesome FB event over Columbus Day weekend, so stop by and say hi, maybe win some prizes, and find some new authors to love!
Then the Occupied Earth anthology comes out on 10/13, featuring a collaborative story by me and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte entitled "Letting Go the Ghosts."
THEN I'll be at Comic & Media Expo in Mesa (10/16 - 10/18). Come see my and fellow Wyked Writers Sharon Skinner and Gini Koch's panel Saturday at 1 PM.
After that, Jeff and I will be at Tucson Comic Con from 11/6-11/8. More information on that appearance as I have it.
Finally, Jeff and I will be speaking at the Arizona Library Association's 2015 conference up in Flagstaff (11/18 - 11/20).
So, yeah, like I said - busy, busy, busy!
Part of my busy-ness is also attributable to some PT/contract jobs I'm also juggling, so I apologize for the lack of timely updates, here and elsewhere in Social Media Land. I'll try to be better at it going forward, promise!
So it's been almost a month since I posted here - but that's because I was saving everything for one big post, not because nothing has been happening! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it, heh.)
First off, partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I made Ellen Datlow's prestigious BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR Vol 7 recommended reading list for "John Barleycorn Must Die," to which I can only say: SQUEEEEEE!!!! Seriously, it's a tremendous honor and has been a goal of mine for a long time. So thanks to Jeff (and Jonathan Maberry, editor extraordinaire) for helping to finally make it happen!
Second and third are two more collaborations Jeff and I have coming out in October. Our story (and my first comic book credit) "Scream Queen" is due out in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2 on October 7. Then our story "Letting Go the Ghosts" comes out in the Occupied Earth anthology on October 13. We also have novel edits on 7 SYKOS and a couple of pitches due in October (and another collaboration due in November), so it's going to be a busy month! (Jeff has a few more things going on this month than I do, so be sure and check those out, too.)
Fourth is...well, something about a Kickstarter that I can't share yet, but check back soon for some more very cool writing news!
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You all know how dear this cause is to my heart, and if you don't, let me introduce you to the reason:
(Me and my son Max on the day he was diagnosed with Stage III neuroblastoma)
From the ALSF website:
"One in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn 20. Despite this, less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year."
Funding is vital to research if we're ever going to beat this monster, and the way to raise funding is to raise awareness.
AWARENESS ---> FUNDING ---> RESEARCH ---> CURE
Please consider a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation or some other pediatric cancer charity in these last few days of September. It really does make a difference. Max is living proof.
Back from the fun, exhausting, informative 2015 Writers' Police Academy, held at the Fox Valley Technical College Public Safety Training Center, where I and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte got to take the following classes:
- Crime Lab (Fingerprinting 101)
- From Crime Scene to Autopsy
- An Insider's View to the World of Women in Law Enforcement
- Interview and Interrogation
- The Mindset of Cops
- Forensic Art and Witness Recall
- Overview of Forensic Psychology
- Crime Scene Photography
- Milo (Military integrated laser operations) Simulator
I also got to meet author and 27-year police veteran Robin Burcell and Dr. Katherine Ramsland (pictured below):
And I learned SO MUCH. It was like being back in college again - pages and pages of notes, hundreds of pictures, so many great details that you can bet will be showing up in my work. It was, as noted, exhausting, but so worth it. And it wasn't all work:
(me with the DB in the Crime Scene Photography session)
(me in "The Chair" during the jail tour part of the Booking/Processing section)
Even 4 days isn't enough to do everything at WPA, so you can bet we'll be back!
Also, right before I left, I sold my poem, "Dutiful Daughter" to Devolution Z Magazine, so you should probably go check that out.
We got to take in a Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Trout Museum of Art while in Appleton, so I'll leave you with this image - A Rockwell in front of a Rockwell: