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.
So, I have not been writing much poetry at all for a very long time (life, work, focusing on novels, what have you), but a month or so ago, as Jeff and I were making the long drive down to the Flying M (which finally sold, hallelujah!), I mentioned a story idea that I'd had for years that always came back to me on long drives and that I'd never been able to actually write because it always seemed to be missing something. As I thought more about it, I realized that maybe the problem was that it wanted to be a poem and not a short story. Once I had that epiphany, I was able to start it on the road and finish it over the course of the next few days.
Well, "Mile Marker 237" sold to the first market I sent it to and is now available in this month's issue of Devolution Z: The Horror Magazine. Check it out!
Also, outstanding hubby/writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be giving a talk to the Tucson chapter of the Arizona Mystery Writers group next Saturday (the 10th), so if you're in the area, you should stop by. We'll be talking about - what else? - serial killers. Fun stuff!
Just had my second epidural injection for my back (this year), which continues to pain me. Hopefully this and a switch to a new medicine for nerve pain will help keep me out from under the surgeon's knife (seeing how successful that was the first time around *rolleyes*). FX!
"The Real HousewiVes of Scottsdale," a vampire story by me and writing partner/hubby Jeffrey J. Mariotte is out tomorrow in V-Wars: Shockwaves! Don't miss out - bloodsuckers are scary again! And, as it turns out, fatsuckers are, too!
Meanwhile, work on Book 2 of our Xena: Warrior Princess trilogy continues apace. Can't wait til we can tell you more about those!
The day job keeps me pretty busy and the Mom job keeps me even busier, hence the appalling lack of updates. Facebook remains the best place to keep up with me on a more-than-monthly basis, so hop on over and give my author page a "Like," hmm?
More soonish. Promise!
Just a few things to report. First, the outline for the second Xena novel has been approved and we've been given a deadline, so it's full steam ahead on that one for Jeffrey J. Mariotte and me. Second, I just turned in the manuscript for my Shaala fix-up novel to my agent today, so hopefully that will lead to some good news somewhere down the line. Third, I'm starting to put together a chapbook of my horror/dark fantasy poetry, both published and unpublished work, so small press peeps who do that sort of thing and might be interested, hit me up!
Insanely busy with the day job, where I was just named "Employee of the Quarter." So I guess I must be doing something right, heh. And school starts tomorrow for both my 2nd and 7th grader - yikes! Where does the time go? Right out the window...
Been a crazy few months here in Marcyville; hence the lack of updates. Some major life events -- first, my mom died (on my youngest son's 7th birthday, go figure). Exactly a month later, I got married (to my amazing writing partner, Jeffrey J. Mariotte). And then almost a month after that, we had to make an emergency cross-country trip to say goodbye to my brother-in-law (we didn't make it, but he was an amazing man whom you can read about here). So, yeah. Crazy.
But there is news on the writing front. Jeff and I turned in edits on our V-Wars: Shockwaves story, "The Real HousewiVes of Scottsdale," due out this month, if Amazon is to be believed. We also turned in edits on our X-files: Secret Agendas story, "Transmissions," due out in August/September. We are also currently waiting for approval of our outline for the second Xena book.
In terms of appearances, we'll be doing Megamania!! again this year in July, and TusCon 43 in November. We're also planning on doing Tucson Comic-Con, but are still working out the details for that one.
So we're around, settling in to our newlywed life, still writing around our day jobs, still doing cons when we can get away from those same day jobs. As always, check here or on FB for the latest updates -- which hopefully will be a little more timely from here on out!
I'll leave you with a wedding photo:
Just a quick post to put up my Tucson Festival of Books schedule:
Sat & Sun - Booth #108 (w/partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and a ton of other awesome writers)
Sat 12:15-2:15 - Author Pavilion West
Sat 3:45-3:55 - Author Pavilion Tent Talk
Jeff and I will also be signing at Bisbee Books & Music on April 2, from 1-3. So if you're in the neighborhood of either event, come see us!
Oh, and I think I can finally announce that Jeff and I will have a story in Jonathan Maberry's third X-Files anthology, Secret Agendas. Very excited about that!
It's Spring Break for the boys. Need I say more?
Amazing Arizona Comic Conwas a blast - looking forward to doing the Vegas show in June!
And it's finally (almost) here - the paperback version of 7 SYKOS will be available on Tuesday, March 1! Hopefully you've all pre-ordered (if not, it's not too late to do so), but if you prefer to buy in a bookstore, it should be available at places like B&N. If not, ASK FOR IT! They'll be happy to oblige and maybe they'll order a few extra copies while they're at it.
Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I have a few things coming up. First is Tucson Festival of Books, March 12-13. We'll be at the Dreams Convention booth (#108) most of the time, with an appearance at the Author Pavilion, where I was selected to do a Tent Talk. Jeff has a few panels, which I'm sure he'll post on his website shortly.
We'll also have a book signing down in Bisbee on April 2, and some other things coming up in May and June, which I'll post more about as they get closer. We just turned in the revision of our first Xena: Warrior Princess novel, so we'll be working on the second book of the trilogy in there some time, too. Busy writers are busy! The way it should be, heh.
Valentine's Day was pretty special this year. This happened:
Jeff and I are officially engaged, and I couldn't be happier. The big day is April 23rd; we'll be having a small, intimate ceremony down in Tucson. I can't wait! But I promise not to fill the blog with wedding stuff, heh.
That's it for today. Happy Polar Bear Day!
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!