Soon Come (what I'm working on at the moment)

Yes, that picture is me, in my undergrad days. I was probably somewhere between 20 and 21 years old when it was taken. And that ancient device in front of me? An electric typewriter.


In 2010 and 2011 I published short stories Blushing, Emily Breakfast, and Old Habits, and my first novellette, Ours is the Prettiest. I also published a revised version of the text of the speech/performance Reluctant Ambassador From the Planet of Midnight, which I gave when I was an author guest of the 2010 International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts. Here's a link to a video of the piece. My next forthcoming short story is The Easthound, in the forthcoming Windling/Datlow young adult dystopian anthology After.

The Chaos, my first young adult novel, is coming out on April 17, 2012 from the Margaret K. McElderry imprint of Simon & Schuster. It's about a 16 year-old trying to find her brother in a Toronto -- well, the whole world, really -- that has overnight become detached from reality.

Grand Central Books, my adult publisher, has renamed the novel I've been calling "Donkey". It's now called Sister Mine, and has a tentative publication date of spring 2013. Estranged half-human twin sisters try to find out what happened to their mad god of a father. Now, that was a fun dysfunctional family to write!

Novel Blackheart Man is still in limbo. Through the four years of being too anaemic to write much I couldn't quite finish it, and eventually my publisher simply couldn't wait any longer. But now that my brain is getting oxygen again, I'm going to tackle it soon and then ask my agent to look for a publisher for it. I estimate that it's about 80% complete. It's a fantastical alternate history set in someplace similar to the Caribbean in the 18th century or so.

I'm also working on a chapbook for Terry Bisson's Outspoken Authors series. Looks like it'll contain two short stories, an interview, and an essay.

The next project in the hopper is an adult novel. Its working title is Once. It's an historical fantasy set in 19th century Toronto, Niagara Falls, and possibly South Africa. It's got a circus, it's got cross-dressing, it's got daredevil stunts, Zulu warriors, princes, kings, and monsters. Much more than that, I do not know.