2010 is gone, kaput, vamoose. When things end, does something new always begin? Should we take a lesson from the calendar and anticipate the fragile new life after waving good-bye to what is gone?
I decided to wave to the remarkable people I have conversed with in 2010. There have been too many for me to list (or even remember--when a brain cell dies, a new one does not begin--this seems a shame). But here are a few I'd like to mention.
Ann Littlewood's book, Did Not Survive, came out in 2010. This is the second book in her Zoo Mysteries series. She has spoken at the Vancouver Writers Mixer and is always informative and amusing.
Lilith Saintcrow, a New York Times Best-Selling author, has also spoken at the Vancouver Writers Mixer. I was lucky to have taken a class from her just before her first book, Working for the Devil came out. Now she has more than one series published in several genres. Her two books published this year were:
and the third in her young adult series:
Carolyn J. Rose's book Hemlock Lake came out this year. Carolyn is the one who started the Vancouver Writers Mixer, originally as a one-time event.
In addition, Carolyn J. Rose and her husband, Mike Nettleton's next book in the Devil's Harbor series came out this year.
Bill Cameron's Day One came out in 2010. I met Bill on twitter and he has been gracious enough to give a talk at the Vancouver Writers Mixer, in which he said he was too nice to his protagonist in his first book, Lost Dog. His poor protagonists now have much more to contend with as they struggle through their books. I like that in a protagonist. :)
Speaking of twitter, I've had the good fortune to converse with many amazing writers. One book I enjoyed reading was John Locke's Saving Rachel. This book is part of the Donovan Creed series.
Another twitter friend is Jens Kuhn, who is a nautical fiction author, whose second nautical fiction book published this year.
But then new beginnings for 2011 will bring us many new books:
Tawna Fenske's first book of a three book deal, Making Waves
Bill Cameron's fourth book, County Line
Lilith Saintcrow's next book, Angel Town
Lilith Saintcrow's other new book, Defiance
Karen Azinger's first book of a five book deal, The Steel Queen
Heather Snow's first book, Sweet Enemy, will be published, but technically not until 2012. I'm hoping to pre-order in 2011, however.