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Writing science fiction and fantasy for Willamette

07/01/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Authors Mike Moscoe-Shepherd, Irene Radford, and Mary Rosenblum speak about writing Fantasy and Science Fiction for the February 2005 meeting of Willamette Writers in Portland, Oregon.

Willamette Writers February 1st meeting features science fiction and fantasy authors Mike Moscoe-Shepherd, Irene Radford, and Mary Rosenblum. They'll speak about how to break in to these genres and many other aspects of the craft of writing novels. The meeting is held at The Old Church, SW 11th and Clay, Portland, Oregon, starting at 7 pm.

Irene Radford, author of The Dragon Nimbus, Merlin Descendents and The Stargods series, has been writing stories since she figured out what a pencil was for. Radford considers creating a patch for a dragon wing out of lace in The Loneliest Magician the best part of the book. She has 13 books in print with Guardian of the Freedom, Merlin's Descendents series due out in April of this year.

Mike Shepherd-Moscoe began his novel career with a three book contract from Ace, right out of the slush pile! Before that, he'd published short stories in several of the Science Fiction magazines. He now has nine novels out, including last year's Kris Longknife-Mutineer and Kris Longknife-Deserter under Mike Shepherd. Moscoe writes action, adventure and romance in the Space Opera or Military Science Fiction sub-genres. His sci-fi short stories also appear in Rivets. In 2000, Moscoe' A Day's Work on the Moon made the final Nebula Ballot, and, as this goes to press, it looks like his The Strange Redemption of Sister Mary Ann may be on the 2004 ballot.

Moscoe's love for Science Fiction started when he picked up "Rocket Ship Galileo" in the fifth grade, and then proceeded to read every book in the library with a rocket sticker on its spine. Now that he's retired, Moscoe is concentrating on writing. He lives in Vancouver, WA, with his wife, Ellen, his mother-in-law and any visiting grandkids. He enjoys reading, writing, watching grandchildren for story ideas and the never-ending upgrading of his computer.

Completing the panel is Mary Rosenblum. She describes herself as fiction writer, nonfiction writer, mother, dog trainer, dog owner, gardener, cheesemaker, writing teacher and web editor.

At thirteen, while spending a summer on Nags Head, North Carolina, Rosenblum discovered a box of Astounding and Galaxy magazines under her bed. Scents were added to her memory: sea air, musty paper and the cotton blanket she pulled over her head as she read by flashlight. She discovered a lack of female protagonists so she simply started retelling the stories to herself with women in them.

In 1988, Rosenblum, coaxing a friend to tend to her then six and nine year old sons, attended the Clarion West writers' workshop. She declares that after six weeks of living and breathing speculative fiction, for her, there was no turning back.

Since then, her short fiction-more than sixty works-has appeared in Asimov's and Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as a host of anthologies. She has also published mainstream and magic realism short stories. To date, Rosenblum has published four Science Fiction novels, the first of which won the Compton Cook Award. She has also been a Hugo Award nominee. In her alternate persona as Mary Freeman, she has published four mystery novels as we a numerous short mystery stories in Ellery Queen magazine. She has stories forthcoming in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Analog, and Azimov's magazines. Her newest Science Fiction novel is Eternity Shift.

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