Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is an author, engineer, Navy (Seabee) wife and mother of three wonderful sons. She is a Rhysling-nominated poet and a member of the SFWA, IAMTW, and SFPA. She also serves as an editor for Mindflights. Her latest 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.
Phoenix ComiCon is in three more days! Here's where you can find me, along with my really truly final correct panel schedule and the awesome folks with whom I'll be paneling:
Table 2510 (w/Jordan Summers)
Friday, May 24
So You Want to Be a Writer?
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Rm 104A (West)
with Sharon Skinner, Tom Leveen, Gini Koch, C.J Hill, and David Lee Summers
It's a Mystery to Me
1:30pm - 2:30pm, Rm 104B (West)
with Kris Neri, Jeff Mariotte, Chantelle Osman, and Michael A. Stackpole
Saturday, May 25
Horror, Suspense, and Thrillers
10:30am - 11:30am, Rm 104B (West)
with Gini Koch, Jeff Mariotte, Jordan Summers, and Joseph Nassise
Writing Critique Session II
7:30pm - 8:30pm, Rm 104A (West)
with Gini Koch
Sunday, May 26
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry
10:30am - 11:30am, Rm 104B (West)
with Sharon Skinner, David Lee Summers, and Larry Hammer
Creating Within Someone Else's Sandbox
1:30pm - 2:30pm, Rm 104B (West)
with Peter David, Timothy Zahn, Joseph Nassise, Jeff Mariotte
It's going to be an awesome time, and I'll have Bridges of Longing and Tales of Sand & Sorcery available, as well as some other stuff (including my bookthongs), so if you're in the area, stop by and say hi. I'd love to see you!
You all may recall that my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer a couple of years ago, and he's put up a remarkable fight, but the doctors have recently told him there's nothing more to be done and he's now on hospice care. So, if you're so inclined, please remember him in your prayers/thoughts, that he'll have peace and be as pain-free as possible as he moves into this last leg of the race. And prayers for some of that peace stuff for us kids wouldn't be taken amiss, either.
Had a great time at the Mysterious Galaxy 20th Birthday Bash with my pulchritudinous friends, Jeff Mariotte and Gini Koch. (I also had fun catching up with Nancy Holder, who I hadn't seen in a couple of years.)
Here are some pictures from our Awesome AZ Authors talk, and also from the signing we did after. Thanks to all of you who came down to share in the fun, especially Mariann and Blanca! *waves*
(photo courtesy Mariann)
(photo courtesy of Mysterious Galaxy's FB page)
(photo courtesy of David from Mysterious Galaxy)
Also, I woke up to this lovely review of "Shaala and the Tiger's Daughter" over at Long and Short Reviews. Go check it out!
Had a lovely Mother's Day and received many wonderful gifts, the most appreciated of which was several hours of uninterrupted reading time, which I spent on Jeff's latest, Star Trek: The Folded World. I have not read any of the other ST:TOS novels, but am a big fan of the TV series, and I thought Jeff did a fine job capturing Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and all the rest. It was an entertaining read with plenty of action, some interesting new characters, and an intriguing mystery. If you're a fan of the original TV series, you will enjoy this one, I think. (And, also, he tuckerizes me in it, so it's pretty much worth picking up for that fact alone, heh.)
It's just a little over a week away now, so I wanted to remind you all of this super-fun event coming up in San Diego on May 11th: Mysterious Galaxy's 20th Birthday Bash. As you can see if you follow the link, I and fellow AZ authors (and two of my most favorite peeps in the whole world) Jeff Mariotte and Gini Koch will be doing our thing at 11 AM, so come down and see us and buy some books and get them signed and also have cake! We'll all be there pretty much all day, so even if you can't make it at our designated time, stop by anyway. Because us. And books. And cake!
Also, I have my panel schedule for Phoenix ComiCon. I will be there Thursday through Saturday (May 23-26), and here's where you can find me (I will post room assignments and fellow panelists when I know them all):
So You Want to Be a Writer?: Friday 12:00pm - 1:00pm
It's a Mystery to Me: Friday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Horror, Suspense, and Thrillers: Saturday 10:30am - 11:30am
Writing Critique Session I: Saturday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry: Sunday 10:30am - 11:30am
Creating Within Someone Else's Sandbox: Sunday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
And when I'm not there, I'll be at Table 2510 with Jordan Summers (or maybe out scavenging for food or gifts for the boys). So, you know - come see me!
Finally, there's a review of Cthulhu Haiku up over at Amazing Stories, wherein the lovely Diane Severson reads my Rhysling-nominated poem, "Profane Inspiration." Go check it out!
This week, Middle Boy turned 9 and my dad turned 76. I'm sure there is some profound message about the circle of life in there somewhere, but I'm too busy being grateful to figure out what it is.
So remember that anthology I told you about here? The one that will include a story by me and the multi-talented Jeff Mariotte? And also stories by such talents as A Natural History of Dragons author Marie Brennan and Prince of Thorns author Mark Lawrence? With an introduction by New York Times Bestselling Author Tad Williams? And that also raises money for the awesome charity First Book? That anthology?
Well the indiegogo campaign to fund it has been launched (sorry I didn't post about it earlier - I've had a busy few days). They've got some awesome rewards and some fun stretch goals planned, so don't miss out! And even if you can't chip in to help make the anthology a reality, you can still help by spreading the word. Because books for kids, and me and Jeff. What other reasons do you need? Heh.
Getting ready to go see a friend of mine from junior high & high school, who I have not seen for over 20 years. That should be fun (and there will be pictures on FB at some point, I'm sure, heh).
Hope your weekend's been as awesome as mine!
Woke up to this news:
Scribe Award nominees announced!
Here are the nominees for the Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in fiction for the calendar year 2012. The winners will be announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego in July.
Star Trek: Rings of Time by Greg Cox
Tannhäuser: Rising Sun, Falling Shadows by Robert T. Jeschonek
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations Book 1: The Persistence of Memory by David Mack
Darksiders: The Abomination Vault by Ari Marmell
Pathfinder: City of the Fallen Sky by Tim Pratt
Dungeons and Dragons Online: Skein of Shadows by Marsheila Rockwell
Mike Hammer: Lady, Go Die! by Mickey Spillane & Max Collins
Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises by Greg Cox
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (YA novelization) by Stacia Deutsch
Poptropica: Astroknights Island by Tracey West
Dark Shadows: The Eternal Actress by Nev Fountain
Dark Shadows: Dress Me in Dark Dreams by Marty Ross
Doctor Who: Companion Chronicles: Project Nirvana by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright
Congratulations to all the nominees!
Very excited! Congrats to all my fellow nominees!Everything Else
Demanding, aren't you? LOL. Yeah, sorry, I got nothin' else. Check back Monday and we'll see. Heh.
I've been busy with stuff and things (and still am), but I did want to let you know that I will be in San Diego on May 11th for the Mysterious Galaxy 20th Birthday Bash, with copies of both Bridges and Tales. I had a great time when I was there two years ago signing with Bob Salvatore, and this time there will be even more authors, including my two favorite writer friends in the whole world, Gini Koch and Jeff Mariotte (who also happens to be one of the owners of MG, along with his lovely wife Maryelizabeth Hart and their other business partner, Terry Gilman). It's pretty much the best genre bookstore in all of SoCal, so even if you already have all my stuff, you should come see what other little gems you can find there. Plus, there will be CAKE. Just saying.
I realize that I completely forgot to mention my and Max's birthdays (he's 4 now!), which passed pretty uneventfully. We did go to the AZ Ren Faire to celebrate. Here's a picture of the birthday kids.
(Amazing how he keeps getting older while I stay the same age, isn't it? Heh.)
So, there's this anthology, Neverland's Library, which will launch next month on Kickstarter. And part of the proceeds from it (should it be funded) will go to First Book, a cause which long-time readers will remember I've supported in the past. So, you know, I'd be all for it just for that, but...it's also going to feature my first ever fiction collaboration with none other than the uber-talented and super-sweet Jeff Mariotte Here's the announcement from their FB page:
Happy Good Friday everyone!
I say it's about time for a couple of author announcements. :)
We're pleased to announce that authors Jeffrey J. Mariotte and Marcy Rockwell will be contributing a collaborative story for Neverland's Library!
Working separately, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte have written more than 50 novels, the most recent of which are Skein of Shadows (Rockwell) and Season of the Wolf (Mariotte), dozens of short stories, some of which are collected in Nine Frights (Mariotte) and Tales of Sand & Sorcery and Bridges of Longing (Rockwell), and miscellaneous other things, including Rhysling Award-nominated poetry (Rockwell) and Bram Stoker Award-nominated comic books (Mariotte).
Working together, their output is considerably less prodigious, but that's because they've only just begun. Give them time. And keep up with them at marsheilarockwell.com and jeffmariotte.com.
Complete with picture:
(That's from last year's Phoenix ComiCon, and I have no idea what Jeff was saying to me, but it was apparently pretty funny.)
Anyway, you all know I think Jeff is an awesome writer, and I'm really excited to be working with him, so expect to hear more about this as the launch date nears.Everything Else
A blessed Good Friday to you all.
So, I've been teasing a big announcement for awhile now (ever since I signed the contract), and now I've finally gotten the go-ahead to reveal a little bit about the big project I'm working on. Really, it's just extending the tease a little longer, but I've been told I'm good at that, so, here it is:
I've been contracted to write the first three novels in a series based on a comic book property, and the first book is expected to be out sometime this fall.
And I'm SO sorry, but that's all I can tell you until TPTB (aka my publisher & editor) give the okay to tell you more. But just know I'm incredibly excited about this project and it's a pretty big deal. And now that's REALLY all I can say.
Hope it left you wanting more. ;)
Wasn't that enough? Heh.
Sorry my post-TFoB post (heh) is so late, but I was pretty wiped out. Had a great time with all the usual suspects (Gini Koch, Jeff Mariotte & Maryelizabeth Hart, David Lee Summers, Janni Lee Simner & poet-hubby Larry Hammer, and Lee & Nadine Whiteside), as well as with fellow New Englander Christopher Baldwin (that's an in-joke). And, of course, Nicole and Andrea and all the rest of the folks who came to say hi - it was great seeing you all again! Even sold a few books, so it was pretty much a win all around. I'll probably try to do it again next year, even if some of my favorite people won't be there (*sniff*).
Speaking of some of my favorite people, while I was busy not posting this report, I did read a great book I'd like to share with you all. I'm going to C&P my thoughts on it from the post I made on FB, because it's late and I'm tired (even though this will post in the morning) and I don't think I can say it any better here than I did there.
So, I don't normally review my friends' books (because that way lies potential hurt feelings and kicked shins, and possibly asses), but I just read Jeff Mariotte's latest, Season of the Wolf (in one day), and I wanted to recommend it to those of you who like horror/suspense/thrillers mixed with a little bit of romance and magic. It was a riveting read that I had a hard time putting down (even to answer pressing emails), but when I closed the book I had a big smile on my face. The ending in particular was pitch perfect. So do yourselves a favor and track down a copy. I think you'll be glad you did.Everything Else
The Catholic Church elected a new Pope today, and I'm very pleased with the choice (not that I was consulted, heh). One of the most impressive things about our new Pope is not all the firsts associated with him (first Jesuit, first from Latin America, first named Francis), but that before he blessed the people, he bowed his head and asked them to bless him, and St. Peter's Square was completely silent as the people did so. That sort of humility will serve the Church - and the world - well, I think.
HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM!
Don't forget I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend, mostly hanging out in the Mysterious Galaxy booth (#301), but also doing a couple of panels/signings:
Panel / Sat 1:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Koffler - Room 218
Fan to Professional
Workshop / Sun 2:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Integrated Learning Center - Room 119
Come find me and pick up a copy of Bridges of Longing or Tales of Sand & Sorcery (or both)! Or at least say hi. Hope to see you there!
Gotta go pack!