Coming in September…

January 31, 2008


On Monday, February 4, I’ll be finished with my revisions

for Cyndere’s Midnight.

And then, the countdown begins.

Let me again answer what is bound to be the most commonly asked question:

It’s pronounced like the word “cinder.”



Auralia’s Colors has been inspiring some interesting responses from readers. Today, I received a package today from Vicki, an Auralia’s Colors reader in Manila.

Vicki works in Manila, but she was reading Auralia’s Colors while traveling to a scientific conference in Taipei.

This is the second time she’s sent me an extravagant package. (She wrote in response to Through a Screen Darkly too.) What fun. It reminds me of receiving care packages from home after I moved from Portland to Seattle for college. Anyway, I’m bowled over by the latest, which included a book about the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, and some photos like these:

The Grand Hotel in Taipei. (Click to enlarge.)
View over Taipei. (Click to enlarge.)

Auralia’s learned a few tricks from the lawn gnome in Amelie, I see.

Thanks, Vicki!

Don’t forget: I’ll be reading from Auralia’s Colors at the SPU Library on Thursday. The “Food for Thought” program coordinator wants me to mention that space is limited, so get there early.

Want a free copy of Auralia’s Colors? Jen just might give you one.

Want to read my conversation with Graeme at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review? Here it is! Many thanks to Graeme Flory, who asked thoughtful questions. (He also wrote a detailed review.)

Kevin Lucia at TitleTrakk also asked me some questions about Auralia’s Colors. TitleTrakk’s review of Auralia’s Colors was published a while back.

Kevin Lucia at TitleTrakk asked me some questions about Auralia’s Colors. Like these:

  • I see from your bio that you wrote your first fantasy story at the age of seven. Would you say then that having your first novel published is the culmination of a life long dream?
  • Would you call yourself more of a movie fan, or movie critic?
  • How is writing nonfiction different from writing fiction?
  • How did Auralia’s Colors find its genesis? I don’t suppose that was the story you wrote at age seven?
  • Do you feel it’s important for Christians today to constantly be evaluating and judging media at large?
  • Auralia’s Colors is a work of fantasy; how does this genre, more than others, lend itself to the creative process?
  • Would you consider any authors – contemporaries or otherwise – as inspirations?
  • Christian entertainment has changed much in the last few years; especially in the areas of music, fiction, and movies. What do you see in the future for Christian entertainment?
  • How do you feel about’s new wireless reading device? How do you feel about someone potentially downloading Auralia’s Colors on Kindle?
  • Who reads your work – if anyone – before a publisher and editor does?
  • If there was any advice you’d like to give to aspiring writers, what would it be?

TitleTrakk’s review of Auralia’s Colors was published a while back.

Many thanks to John Ottinger of “Grasping for the Wind” for his thoughtful questions in this new interview about Auralia’s Colors.

Fantasy Debut’s Tia Nevitt and I had a chat about Auralia’s Colors this week, and here’s the result!

I’ve been reading so many different interpretations of Auralia’s Colors, and I’m constantly surprised by ideas I didn’t think much about while I was writing the book.

But the review at finds the reviewer thinking about the book as a story about the arts, and the role of the artist in culture. That’s something I haven’t come across yet. Many thanks to Janie Franz for her thoughtful review!

One reviewer has already pointed out that “Auralia” sounds a little like “Aurora” (the main character in Sleeping Beauty), and “Cyndere” sounds kinda like “Cinderella.”

And this surprised me more than anybody, since it never occurred to me. I came up with the name Cyndere for reasons I’ll keep to myself, but I didn’t think of Cinderella until later, after I’d written her story.

All of this to say that… yes… Cyndere is pronounced “SIN-der”, not “chin-DARE-ay”.

And speaking of Cyndere’s Midnight, I’ve been granted an extension on my deadline (Thank you, WaterBrook!). So now I’ll be finished with the book by February 4th, and it will go off to the copy editor. Hooray! 

Many, many readers received copies of Auralia’s Colors for Christmas.

How do I know? I received the orders, I signed the copies, and I mailed them off myself.

So, to all of you just beginning your first journey into the Expanse, I hope you enjoy it!

Meanwhile, my head is spinning with details for the sequel, which is, believe it or not, a bigger story.

This week, I have been writing almost 12 hours a day, revising and polishing up Cyndere’s Midnight, the Blue Strand of The Auralia Thread.

The book is truly monstrous. That is to say, it is packed with monsters. If you’ve read Auralia’s Colors, brace yourself, because the Cent Regus beastmen who lurked around the edges of that story are crawling all over this one.

But fear not. There are familiar faces aplenty. If you like the ale boy, you’ll be happy to know that he’s all over this book, climbing from dungeons to the chambers of royalty, from kitchens full of hungry soldiers to creepy old merchant shacks buried in the snow.

Yes, Cal-raven and many more characters you met in Auralia’s Colors, are back for more. Maybe even some you didn’t expect to see again.

And yet, you’ll be meeting many new characters too. In fact, the two main characters in Cyndere’s Midnight did not have any lines at all in Auralia’s Colors. But I think you’ll find them interesting. They’ve held my attention for the past several years as the story has taken shape.

There’s a beauty, and there’s a beast.

Hey, that sounds strangely familiar…

Fantasy Book Critic has just published thoughts on Auralia’s Colors, and he’s offering a free copy!

Thanks to Robert Thompson for the review!

Every year, whether you’re talking about movies, music or books, you have what are commonly known as ‘hidden treasures’. You know the album that never cracks Billboard’s Top 200 list, the film that is forever relegated to ‘indie’ status, the novel that can’t be found in your local bookstore… For whatever reason, these releases just don’t get the respect they deserve even though they’re just as good, if not better than any of the so-called bestsellers or blockbusters that all the major publications are praising. Well here’s another gem for you….