Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Transcript for Marjorie M Liu Event

Here is the edited transcript from the event on August 4 in Second Life with New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M Liu. Her new book is The Fire King.

[11:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Marjorie - how are those thunder storms?
[11:01] MarjorieMLiu India: Those thunder storms are raging! I hope we don't have flooding in town.
[11:01] Cybergrrl Oh: Everyone - coffee is fresh on the table over there
[11:02] Cybergrrl Oh: First of all, thank you to Marjorie for being here - we're thrilled to have you!
[11:02] Terry Lightfoot applauds
[11:02] MarjorieMLiu India: I'm thrilled to be here. Thank you!
[11:03] Cybergrrl Oh: The format today is roundtable
[11:03] Cybergrrl Oh: We do have some questions prepared...
[11:03] Cybergrrl Oh: that were submitted by fans of Marjorie's and we want to start with those, however...
[11:03] Cybergrrl Oh: We also want you to have the chance to speak directly with Marjorie but Alas and I will moderate.
[11:04] Cybergrrl Oh: Please put Q in front of your questions. Feel free to comment at will. If it becomes too confusing, then we'll resort to private IM questions to me.

[11:04] Cybergrrl Oh: Now without any further ado...
[11:05] Cybergrrl Oh: Let me intro myself first.
[11:05] Cybergrrl Oh: I'm Cybergrrl Oh, co-owner of Athena Isle and co-owner of Conversify social media marketing group.
[11:05] Cybergrrl Oh: Alas, please introduce yourself and then our wonderful guest!
[11:06] Alas Zerbino: I'm Alas Zerbino, co-owner of the Story Mountain Center for Writers here on Athena Isle.
[11:06] Alas Zerbino: I also write the blog WRITERS IN THE (virtual) SKY about writing resources in Second Life.
[11:06] Alas Zerbino: Welcome, Marjorie!
[11:06] MarjorieMLiu India: Hello!
[11:07] Cybergrrl Oh: You have the questions from the fans, Alas?
[11:07] Jenny Bolero applauds :-)
[11:07] Cybergrrl Oh applauds
[11:07] Alas Zerbino: Marjorie is one of those amazing people I envy -- a fantastic, prolific author!
[11:07] Amy305 Guardian: applauding marjorie!
[11:07] Alas Zerbino: and from my part of the world, even (I live in WI in RL)
[11:07] MarjorieMLiu India: lol Thank you for having me here!
[11:07] Alas Zerbino: So, let's begin with the questions from the fans.
[11:07] MarjorieMLiu India: WI? I love WI.
[11:08] Terry Lightfoot: (Wisconsin, no?)
[11:08] Alas Zerbino: Yes, Wisconsin.
[11:08] Cybergrrl Oh: (yes, Wisconsin. Cheeseheads?)
[11:08] Alas Zerbino: Question from Holly: Why did you choose to write Soria with one arm?
[11:08] Terry Lightfoot: lol
[11:08] Alas Zerbino: LOL -- cheeseheads indeed
[11:08] Cybergrrl Oh: One moment...did we intro our guest? Bio?
[11:09] Cybergrrl Oh: Also, we need to set the stage for all of us who haven't yet read Marjorie's books (shame on me!)
[11:09] Alas Zerbino: Marjorie M Liu is a NY Times best-selling author
[11:09] Alas Zerbino: she writes in various genres, including sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal romance
[11:09] Alas Zerbino: often all in the same book.
[11:09] MarjorieMLiu India: :-)
[11:09] Alas Zerbino: She has written many novels, and in several series.
[11:10] Alas Zerbino: Her latest novel, The Fire King, has just been released.
[11:10] Alas Zerbino: It's the latest in the Dirk & Steele paranormal romance series
[11:10] Amy305 Guardian: loved it!!!!
[11:10] Cybergrrl Oh: Marjorie - why not tell us first about your Dirk & Steele series and bring us up to speed to The Fire King - then we can launch into the fan questions and then branch out to the group!
[11:12] MarjorieMLiu India: Sure! The Dirk & Steele series is about what a group of individuals - psychics, gargoyles, mermen, shape-shifters -- creatures out of legend who work together to...well, make the world a better place.
[11:12] Cybergrrl Oh: oooh mermen!
[11:12] Alas Zerbino: I love it!
[11:12] Amy305 Guardian: loved soul song too!
[11:12] MarjorieMLiu India: They hide in plain sight in this modern world, sometimes using magic, and get into all kinds of crazy trouble.
[11:12] Alas Zerbino: Is The fire King the 8th or 9th in the series?
[11:12] Cybergrrl Oh: (Amy is a tried & true fan! The rest of us are going to get sucked in...willingly)
[11:12] MarjorieMLiu India: The Fire King is the 9th.

[11:12] MarjorieMLiu India: Yay, Amy!
[11:12] Amy305 Guardian: thanks!
[11:13] Alas Zerbino: (I've been sucked in already)
[11:13] Jenny Bolero: Totally sucked in :-)
[11:13] Cybergrrl Oh: Now when we give you fan questions, Marjorie, you will have to explain a bit more to us newbies!
[11:13] MarjorieMLiu India: They're thrillers, romances, adventures, etc.
[11:13] Sufia Shepherd is getting interested if not sucked :))
[11:13] Alas Zerbino: Great characters, amazing plots
[11:13] Amy305 Guardian: :D
[11:13] Cybergrrl Oh: So we can move to the fan q's first
[11:14] Cybergrrl Oh: And of course they all know what is going on!
[11:14] Alas Zerbino: So let's begin with the fan questions submitted to Marjorie
[11:14] Alas Zerbino: Question from Holly: Why did you choose to write Soria with one arm?
[11:14] MarjorieMLiu India: I had been hearing about a lot of soldiers coming home from war missing limbs, and it really...got me.
[11:14] Alas Zerbino: (Soria is the main female character in Fire King)
[11:14] Darkling Elytis murmurs softly, nodding
[11:14] Alas Zerbino: wow -- awesome -- wouldn't have thought of that
[11:14] Amy305 Guardian: such an amazing woman btw!
[11:14] MarjorieMLiu India: So when I started writing The Fire King, it seemed natural, part of her character, that she have this terrible injury that she had been living with.
[11:14] MarjorieMLiu India: I wasn't trying to make a statement...it just fit the character, and what I was feeling at the time.
[11:15] Alas Zerbino: It really adds to the novel, too.
[11:15] MarjorieMLiu India: Thank you, I appreciate that.
[11:15] Cybergrrl Oh: ok, I'm breaking my rule and asking a Q now so everyone please do pipe in. I'll track.
[11:15] Amy305 Guardian: i wanted to cry for her when she wouldn't
[11:15] Alas Zerbino: Next question:
[11:15] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Does one-armedness play a key part in the action or just in her character development?
[11:15] Alas Zerbino: Question from Lori: Do you have any idea of what your next Dirk and Steele book/ story will be about and when it will be out?
[11:15] MarjorieMLiu India: It's just part of her character development, Cybergrrl.
[11:16] Cybergrrl Oh: Got it, thanks! very interesting!
[11:16] MarjorieMLiu India: The next one will be out in June 2010, and will be a pirate/merman/cryptozoologist/mass worldwide conspiracy story.
[11:16] MarjorieMLiu India: Taking place in the South China Seas.
[11:16] Darkling Elytis: oh, fun!
[11:16] Amy305 Guardian: soria was just so strong!
[11:16] Cybergrrl Oh: oooh, cryptozoologist! ;-)
[11:16] MarjorieMLiu India: :-)
[11:16] Sufia Shepherd: lol
[11:16] Alas Zerbino: Ooh! Sounds incredible!
[11:16] Amy305 Guardian: ooohhhh i likey that!
[11:16] MarjorieMLiu India: I'm having a really good time writing it.
[11:16] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Are there audiobooks available? Kindle versions?
[11:17] Jenny Bolero: I was wondering that.
[11:17] MarjorieMLiu India: I don't think there are audiobooks available for Dirk & Steele (yes, for Hunter Kiss, though), but they are on Kindle...except for the latest.
[11:17] Cybergrrl Oh: just like us geeky folks to want the digital formats!
[11:17] MarjorieMLiu India: I love my Kindle. :-)
[11:17] Amy305 Guardian: lol
[11:17] Cybergrrl Oh is thinking of buying a Kindle.
[11:17] Alas Zerbino: I know -- Fire King is NOT on Kindle yet :(
[11:17] Alas Zerbino: I LOVE my Kindle!
[11:18] Alas Zerbino: The description of your next book feeds into the next fan question....
[11:18] MarjorieMLiu India: I'm really shocked it's not on Kindle yet.
[11:18] Alas Zerbino: me too
[11:18] Alas Zerbino: Question from Samantha: I love the detail you go into when describing different countries. You manage to make it fit without sounding like a tourism advert. Do you pick the characters first, then the location or do you visit a location and then envision the characters there?
[11:18] Cybergrrl Oh: Q from Moonshadow: Q, You are on the best sellers list, can her books be aquired from any book store?
[11:18] MarjorieMLiu India: I pick the characters first, and then think about location.
[11:18] Jenny Bolero: Give us your publishers email, we'll spam them ;-)
[11:18] Terry Lightfoot: lol
[11:18] MarjorieMLiu India: Moonshadow: Yes, I hope so!
[11:19] Terry Lightfoot: (BRB)
[11:19] Cybergrrl Oh: What is the location of The Fire King?
[11:19] Moonshadow9 Blanco: great i will be looking for you books at my local bookstore then ;)
[11:19] MarjorieMLiu India: As for placing my books in different places around the world, I love to travel, and it gives me an excuse to do research -- even if it's just by reading about a place.
[11:19] MarjorieMLiu India: The Fire King is set in Central Asia.
[11:20] Sufia Shepherd: UK?
[11:20] Sufia Shepherd: welcome to pop in...
[11:20] Sufia Shepherd: Asia more exotic
[11:20] Amy305 Guardian: Q: ever think of visiting Canada? HEHE!
[11:20] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: So where did you travel that inspired the locale for The Fire King?
[11:21] MarjorieMLiu India: I've been up around Mongolia, and the history of the region, including the Silk Road, has fascinated me for years.
[11:21] Amy305 Guardian: sounds amazing
[11:21] MarjorieMLiu India: Thank you, Amy.
[11:21] Lula Luminos: thankyou - hello :)
[11:21] Amy305 Guardian: ;)on
[11:21] MarjorieMLiu India: Hi Lula!
[11:21] Alas Zerbino: Another question from a fan...
[11:21] Alas Zerbino: Question from Gail: Are you writing the series as an open-ended until the ideas run out thing or do you have an overall storyline that will end in a grand finale? If the answer is B, how many more books do we have to look forward to?
[11:22] Bart Kling: Q: Shame on me I did not read the book...but I would like to ask you how social media has changed the relation with your readers?
[11:22] MarjorieMLiu India: The series is open-ended, though I will be dealing with tying up some loose ends, or at least, explaining some of the conspiracies, over the course of the next two books.
[11:22] Cybergrrl Oh: Great question about series or open-ended. I always wonder about that with authors.
[11:23] Amy305 Guardian: yay!
[11:23] Alas Zerbino: Bart, good question about social media.
[11:23] MarjorieMLiu India: I wish I was a better planner when it comes to my series, but I play things by ear!
[11:23] Amy305 Guardian: sometimes that makes for the best stories
[11:24] Alas Zerbino: Q: How do you see the world of books changing (if at all) due to e-books, the ubiquity of the Internet, social media, etc.?
[11:24] MarjorieMLiu India: Amy - I do like to write by the seat of my pants, that's for sure.
[11:24] Amy305 Guardian: give me real books any day over any digital version!
[11:24] MarjorieMLiu India: Alas, good question - it's hard to say, really. I think there is room for both, and what I've found is that some NY Times Bestselling authors were discovered/first published by e-publishers.
[11:24] Amy305 Guardian: i like to have my hands on a good juicy novel!
[11:25] Jenny Bolero: Oh I don't know, 50 books in my pocket can be handy, but sure, print is king ;-)
[11:25] MarjorieMLiu India: Personally, I love both e-versions and the physical books. When I travel, the Kindle can't be beat.
[11:25] Amy305 Guardian: ;)
[11:25] Alas Zerbino: Q: Why do you write series? And why more than one series at a time?
[11:25] Sufia Shepherd: hey SBC
[11:25] MarjorieMLiu India: But when I'm at home on a rainy day? Holding that book in my hand is wonderful.
[11:26] Cybergrrl Oh: Did we answer Bart Kling's Q: Shame on me I did not read the book...but I would like to ask you how social media has changed the relation with your readers?
[11:26] Amy305 Guardian: ya i got ya there Marjorie
[11:26] MarjorieMLiu India: Alas - I love to tell different kinds of stories, which is why I write two series.
[11:26] MarjorieMLiu India: And it's fun to play in various universes!
[11:26] Alas Zerbino: Makes sense!
[11:26] Amy305 Guardian: definitely
[11:26] MarjorieMLiu India: Did Bart just ask a question that I missed?
[11:26] Jenny Bolero: That it is :-)
[11:27] Alas Zerbino: Bart Kling's Q: Shame on me I did not read the book...but I would like to ask you how social media has changed the relation with your readers?
[11:28] MarjorieMLiu India: Sorry I didn't catch that earlier, Bart. As for Social Media...I think it brings the author closer to the reader, certainly. And I love that, to be honest. I have the best readers, and my blog/twitter is a good way of keeping in touch with everyone.
[11:28] MarjorieMLiu India: Not just advertising for the books, but talking about writing, life, etc.
[11:28] Amy305 Guardian: yes, some of the blogs have been amazing
[11:28] Cybergrrl Oh: Chepooka can you paste in her Twitter URL and blog URL?
[11:29] MarjorieMLiu India: Writing is an isolating business, to some degree, and it's nice to have 'contact' with the outside world!
[11:29] Alas Zerbino: Yes! I totally agree, which is one of the great things about SL, too
[11:29] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Speaking of writing as isolating, not to get too personal, but how does your writing affect your personal relationships?
[11:29] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie on Twitter: http://twitter.com/marjoriemliu
[11:29] Moonshadow9 Blanco: so true Majorie
[11:29] Cybergrrl Oh: As I writer, I find it difficult to leave husband & 3yr old daughter just to WRITE.
[11:30] Alas Zerbino: Here's another question submitted by one of your fans:
[11:30] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie's Blog http://marjoriemliu.com/index.php?/blog/
[11:30] Alas Zerbino: Question from Cindy: All of your characters have such interesting names, how do you come up with them? Do you use a name book?
[11:30] MarjorieMLiu India: I have made wonderful friends that I wouldn't have, had I been doing something else with my life -- like practicing law. So in that sense, writing has been GREAT for my personal relationships!
[11:30] Chepooka Laval: Dirk & Steele blog http://dirkandsteele.posterous.com/
[11:30] MarjorieMLiu India: Cindy - I don't use a name book, unless I'm really stuck. Usually the names just come to me as I think about the character.
[11:30] Chepooka Laval: The Dirk & Steele Detective Agency on Facebook :) http://bit.ly/85kc9
[11:30] Amy305 Guardian: amazing!
[11:31] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: How about a character bible? I've not tried my hand at a fiction novel but seems to me it might e an interesting challenge to keep all the characters straight w/all their backstories.
[11:31] MarjorieMLiu India: I tried to write a character bible, and a series bible, but lost them on my other computer. HA!
[11:32] Amy305 Guardian: uh-oh!
[11:32] Cybergrrl Oh: LOL. Perils of electronic book writing!
[11:32] MarjorieMLiu India: It's easier just to rely on what's in my head.
[11:32] Chepooka Laval: haha whoopsies
[11:32] Darkling Elytis: technology can set us free... or delete our work in the wink of an eye ;)
[11:32] Cybergrrl Oh: Darkling, so true so true
[11:32] Amy305 Guardian: heh heh heh
[11:32] MarjorieMLiu India: Not always that accurate, though -- so sometimes I have to re-read a previous book to remind myself of what's going on.
[11:32] Chepooka Laval: :))
[11:33] Amy305 Guardian: and gee like that is a hardship eh? LOL
[11:33] Terry Lightfoot knocks on...plastic? at Darklings deletion comment
[11:33] Alas Zerbino: Q: You keep talking about the ideas, characters, etc., just come to you. Do you write from an outline ever?
[11:33] Cybergrrl Oh: Ah, the old fashioned "archive" method - reading past books of your own
[11:33] Alas Zerbino: LOL, Cybergrrl!!
[11:33] Cybergrrl Oh: great question Alas
[11:33] MarjorieMLiu India: I try to write from an outline -- or rather, I have tried -- and usually I deviate completely within the first couple pages.
[11:34] Amy305 Guardian: lol
[11:34] MarjorieMLiu India: Outlines are extremely useful. I'm just REALLY bad at writing them.
[11:34] Chepooka Laval: If you visit Marjorie's blog, she has some amazing articles on her writing process in recent archives
[11:34] Sufia Shepherd: :))
[11:34] Alas Zerbino: lol!
[11:34] Cybergrrl Oh is going to Amazon to buy herself a Kindle and the early Dirk & Steele books to catch up.
[11:34] MarjorieMLiu India: lol!
[11:34] Alas Zerbino: haha -- good!
[11:34] Sufia Shepherd: bulk buy?
[11:34] Moonshadow9 Blanco: hehe im right behind you cybergirl
[11:34] Cybergrrl Oh: Chepooka, that is awesome. For all of us aspiring novelists, hearing about process is a revelation.
[11:35] Alas Zerbino: Q: Do you ever think about *where* the ideas, names, etc., come from?
[11:35] MarjorieMLiu India: Everyone has a different way of going about writing a book. It's so personal. :-)
[11:35] Alas Zerbino: Yes, it is personal.
[11:35] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Marjorie - do you know how beneficial it is to the author - financially - for us to buy Kindle versions vs. paper books? Should we buy both to support your work?
[11:35] Cybergrrl Oh: Alas - maybe she is channeling something/someone? ;-)
[11:35] Alas Zerbino: And it's so valuable for a novice writer to realize that each writer's process is unique to them.
[11:36] Alas Zerbino: LOL, Cybergrrl!!
[11:36] MarjorieMLiu India: Alas - just depends....I get ideas from the news, myths, non-fiction, poetry, etc.
[11:36] MarjorieMLiu India: Yes, I'm channeling!!! :-)
[11:36] Alas Zerbino: I was actually thinking of her background....
[11:36] Alas Zerbino: In a sense, all writing is channeling!
[11:36] Alas Zerbino: :D
[11:36] MarjorieMLiu India: Kindle vs. hardcopies...hard to say. E-books have a different royalty structure, usually, but that depends on your contract.
[11:36] Terry Lightfoot: perhaps existence is channeling...
[11:37] Bart Kling: Q: if one day you should decide to change complete the genre of novels you write, which one would you choose and why?
[11:37] Alas Zerbino: good point, Terry!
[11:37] Terry Lightfoot: constant rp...
[11:37] Terry Lightfoot: ;-)
[11:37] Cybergrrl Oh: yes terry, we are all channel something at one time or another!
[11:37] MarjorieMLiu India: I will be writing a mystery, and have plans for a YA. I love writing all kinds of stories.
[11:37] Alas Zerbino: Oh wow, you are really versatile!
[11:38] Cybergrrl Oh: YA = Young Adult?
[11:38] MarjorieMLiu India: I get bored easily. :-)
[11:38] MarjorieMLiu India: Yes, that's Young Adult.
[11:38] Amy305 Guardian: well she is amazing alas!
[11:38] Alas Zerbino: Thank goodness for us readers you get bored!
[11:38] Amy305 Guardian: lol
[11:38] Alas Zerbino: lol, Amy
[11:38] MarjorieMLiu India: ha!
[11:38] Amy305 Guardian: ;)
[11:38] Alas Zerbino: Which relates to another question . . .
[11:38] Alas Zerbino: Q: Your books, as well as others, are "genre-blending": scifi, romance, fantasy, action thriller, urban fantasy, shapeshifter romance, etc. Is this changing publishing & reading habits?
[11:39] MarjorieMLiu India: I think so. Publishers have always been open to good stories, but now writing something that crosses genres is an asset, rather than a marketing nightmare. :-)
[11:39] Alas Zerbino: So it seems.
[11:39] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: How so? Because they can market to various channels? Or?
[11:39] Terry Lightfoot: :-)
[11:40] MarjorieMLiu India: I think, perhaps, because it makes books stand out from the crowd.
[11:40] Bart Kling: Q: How do you choose the covers of your books?
[11:40] MarjorieMLiu India: The hardest thing, though, is still trying to decide where a book should be shelved in a store -- romance vs. fantasty, for example.
[11:40] MarjorieMLiu India: Nope, no choice over my covers. I've been lucky, though!
[11:41] Terry Lightfoot: ahh..hmm...that would be a challenge. restricting them to one category seems a shame...
[11:41] Cybergrrl Oh: Even NYT bestsellers don't get to choose covers?
[11:41] Amy305 Guardian: love the tiger eye cover!
[11:41] MarjorieMLiu India: No!
[11:41] Alas Zerbino: yes, and there are new subgenres being added -- paranormal romance, urban fantasy, etc.
[11:41] MarjorieMLiu India: Thank you! That was my first book, and when I saw that cover, I almost cried (because I liked it so much)!
[11:41] Amy305 Guardian: :D
[11:42] Chepooka Laval: :)
[11:42] Cybergrrl Oh: Thank goodness!
[11:42] MarjorieMLiu India: I recently found out that the cover model to Tiger Eye is a friend of a friend.
[11:42] Alas Zerbino: Oh wow! Small world!
[11:42] Bart Kling: Q: your answer leads to another question......do you always like the cover of your books?
[11:42] MarjorieMLiu India: Tell me about it!
[11:42] Amy305 Guardian: she looks exactly how i would have pictured dela
[11:42] Alas Zerbino: amazing
[11:42] MarjorieMLiu India: I don't always like the covers of my books, but for the most part, I've been extremely pleased.
[11:43] Alas Zerbino: Q: Do you think you'll ever write a "mainstream" novel that isn't a specific genre?
[11:43] Amy305 Guardian: Q: what ones are on the bottom of the list for you?
[11:43] MarjorieMLiu India: Alas - I suspect I will. In fact, I'm pretty certain of it. :-)
[11:43] Alas Zerbino: Cool!
[11:43] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: You seem very active online interacting with fans and also running great book promotions. How much time is that taking you and how do you balance promoting and writing books?
[11:43] MarjorieMLiu India: Amy - as for covers...I had long discussions about the cover for The Last Twilight. It wasn't right in the beginning.
[11:44] MarjorieMLiu India: Luckily I have some wonderful help in the online promo department. Ahem ' Chepooka' ahem.
[11:44] Chepooka Laval: Aww *blushes*
[11:44] Alas Zerbino: Yes, I love your website design that Chepooka did.
[11:44] Amy305 Guardian: i like how it turned out though!
[11:44] Jenny Bolero: :-)
[11:44] MarjorieMLiu India: Oh, man - I love that website!
[11:44] Chepooka Laval: *bow* ty
[11:45] MarjorieMLiu India: She's totally genius!
[11:45] Cybergrrl Oh: Chepooka is a Goddess of design.
[11:45] Alas Zerbino: that's for sure!
[11:45] Chepooka Laval: stop lol okay next Q ;)
[11:45] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: You seem very active online interacting with fans and also running great book promotions. How much time is that taking you and how do you balance promoting and writing books?
[11:45] Amy305 Guardian: yay chepooka!
[11:45] Chepooka Laval: :))
[11:45] Alas Zerbino: Great question, Cybergrrl
[11:45] MarjorieMLiu India: You know, writing my blog and writing books still = writing. I love words. It's no burden.
[11:45] Amy305 Guardian: lol
[11:46] MarjorieMLiu India: Some days my blog is more thoughtful than others, though!
[11:46] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Some authors feel blogging is "giving away their writing for free" - how do you feel it helps/hurts what you do?
[11:46] MarjorieMLiu India: And if I've got a deadline, I just don't post.
[11:46] MarjorieMLiu India: I think it definitely helps! As for giving away writing for free...honestly, I think that's silly.
[11:47] Chepooka Laval: :) lol
[11:47] Alas Zerbino: Like someone would want to pay for my opinion!!
[11:47] Winston Dufaux: any writer should be grateful for exposure
[11:47] Alas Zerbino: lol
[11:47] MarjorieMLiu India: Exactly!
[11:47] Alas Zerbino: Q: What value, besides entertainment, do you think novels provide for readers?
[11:48] Cybergrrl Oh: Hey, I'm the gal with 12 blogs. LOL.
[11:48] Chepooka Laval: whoa, heavy question alas!
[11:48] Chepooka Laval: :)
[11:48] MarjorieMLiu India: I can only speak for myself, but novels are an escape for me, a chance to experience and live another life -- say, in Victorian England, or the Old West, or Outer Space!
[11:48] Alas Zerbino: lol (sorry - heehee)
[11:48] Chepooka Laval: cybergrrl down to just 12? ;)
[11:48] MarjorieMLiu India: 12 blogs? Dude.
[11:48] Chepooka Laval: sounds like SL! lol
[11:48] Cybergrrl Oh: Novels are escape for reader - never thought they'd be escape for writer, too...!
[11:48] Cybergrrl Oh: LOL. OK, I only tend to 6 regularly (semi).
[11:49] MarjorieMLiu India: Writing books can be an escape, too. :-)
[11:49] Winston Dufaux: some can even provide healing, personal growth
[11:49] MarjorieMLiu India: An escape into INSANITY! Ha!
[11:49] Cybergrrl Oh: good point Winston
[11:49] Jenny Bolero: lol
[11:49] Chepooka Laval: haha
[11:49] Amy305 Guardian: i love "escaping" from my kids!
[11:49] Winston Dufaux: seeing the world in new ways is always beneficial
[11:49] Cybergrrl Oh: A reason to delve into insanity!
[11:49] Alas Zerbino: A long time ago, in a universe far away (i.e., my college days), my lit profs used to say that reading novels is the best way to learn about people. Q: Do you think that's true?
[11:49] Terry Lightfoot: that sounds more like sanity to me....
[11:49] Terry Lightfoot: ;-)
[11:50] MarjorieMLiu India: I do think that true -- when a book is done right, you can get peeks into the human condition that you might not normally experience.
[11:50] Cybergrrl Oh: If you want to learn about mermen, gargoyles, etc... then it must be true!
[11:50] MarjorieMLiu India: lol!
[11:50] Alas Zerbino: lol
[11:50] MarjorieMLiu India: Yes, I love those mermen.
[11:50] Cybergrrl Oh: Hey, I'm all about the mermen. Can't wait to see how they compare to human men.
[11:50] MarjorieMLiu India: Ironically, I hate swimming.
[11:51] Alas Zerbino: I wonder if sometimes those "fantasy" characters don't shed more light on people's foibles than "human" characters.
[11:51] Amy305 Guardian: ok
[11:51] Amy305 Guardian: yay
[11:51] Amy305 Guardian: YAY YAY
[11:52] Amy305 Guardian: woot woot!
[11:52] Alas Zerbino: Super!
[11:52] Chepooka Laval: It will be posted to the Dirk & Steele blog at http://dirkandsteele.posterous.com and of course http://athenaislewomen.blogspot.com/
[11:52] Jenny Bolero: Q: I once worked with a friend wh's a writer, using role-paly to develop characters adn situations for her work. Have you ever trird this kinda method or anything like it. If so, who do you trust to share your characters?
[11:52] Winston Dufaux: the fantasy characters are still created by a person's mind, so naturally they would reveal aspects of life
[11:52] Alas Zerbino: Good question, Jenny!!
[11:53] MarjorieMLiu India: You know, I don't role-play as a means of developing characters, but I do stare in space a lot and listen to loud music.
[11:53] Darkling Elytis chuckles throatily.
[11:53] Jenny Bolero: lol
[11:53] Alas Zerbino: LOL!!
[11:53] MarjorieMLiu India: I can see that being a lot of fun, though! I start fires with my mind!
[11:53] Terry Lightfoot: he he
[11:53] Chepooka Laval: LOL
[11:53] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: Who are your trusted readers? And what music do you like?
[11:53] Cybergrrl Oh: By READERS I mean the ones who read BEFORE you submit.
[11:53] MarjorieMLiu India: My mom is my first reader. :-)
[11:53] Amy305 Guardian: sweet!
[11:53] Alas Zerbino: ("beta" readers is the latest term for those)
[11:53] Jenny Bolero: That's cool :-)
[11:53] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie and I created a blip.fm channel for one of her characters - that was fun :)
[11:54] Cybergrrl Oh: Beta Readers! LOL
[11:54] MarjorieMLiu India: I know if she's bored, there's a problem.
[11:54] Alas Zerbino: :D
[11:54] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: What music really inspires you? That you play really loud?
[11:55] MarjorieMLiu India: I have a thing for 80's Power Ballads. And really moody alternative/electronica/vocals...like Darling Daughter or Imogen Heap, or Bjork.
[11:55] Cybergrrl Oh: 80s Power Ballads like...?
[11:55] MarjorieMLiu India: Steve Perry!
[11:55] Cybergrrl Oh: Sister Christian was the first one that popped in my head.
[11:55] MarjorieMLiu India: That, too!
[11:55] Cybergrrl Oh: Ah, yes, 80's Journey!
[11:55] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: For Chepooka, can you give us some more URLs & highlights of Marjorie's social media stuff since you're the Goddess of creating those things?
[11:55] Amy305 Guardian: woot woot!
[11:55] Winston Dufaux: don't stop believin
[11:56] MarjorieMLiu India: Tina Turner.
[11:56] Alas Zerbino: Q: What's the best thing about writing full-time? Worst thing?
[11:56] Amy305 Guardian: great vocalist there
[11:56] Jenny Bolero: Q: Yeah, what's the Blip channel? :-)
[11:56] Chepooka Laval: one sec :)
[11:56] MarjorieMLiu India: The best thing is that I'm always writing. The worst thing is that, well, I'm always writing.
[11:56] Bart Kling: Q: What about some '70 progressive rock as source of inspiration?
[11:56] MarjorieMLiu India: I'm at home, so I don't leave the job at the office. But that's pretty trivial, given that I love what I do.
[11:57] Cybergrrl Oh: Q: What is the best TIME for you to write? Worst time of day?
[11:57] Amy305 Guardian: :)
[11:57] MarjorieMLiu India: Oh, the 70's....let's see...
[11:57] Alas Zerbino: LOL!! I understand ... best & worst are the same.
[11:57] MarjorieMLiu India: Best time? Morning, I'd say. And late evening.
[11:57] Chepooka Laval: This is a character from Marjorie's Hunter Kiss series, Grant Cooperon (*swoon*), the playlist is embedded near the bottom http://marjoriemliu.com/index.php?/GrantCooperon/index/
[11:58] Jenny Bolero: Thanks :-)
[11:58] Chepooka Laval: for those of you still using MySpace http://www.myspace.com/marjorieliu
[11:58] Bart Kling: Q: I mean stuff like Gong, Faust or the first albums of Genesis...concept albums with an incredible story line....
[11:58] Alas Zerbino: Another submitted fan question: Will we be any of the old characters such as Dela, Hari, Elena, Artur, Dean and Blue?
[11:59] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie is also on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/32686909@N07/3168575463/
[11:59] Cybergrrl Oh: Oooh, first Genesis album!
[11:59] Chepooka Laval: Marjorie just got disconnected
[11:59] Cybergrrl Oh: Well, there you go!
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Thunderstorms finally got to her.
[12:00] Amy305 Guardian: Q: Marjorie any plans to visit Canada?
[12:00] Chepooka Laval: the storms are pretty bad
[12:00] Alas Zerbino: Well, shoot, the hour's up already! This has been fabulously interesting.
[12:00] Alas Zerbino: thank goodness she was able to hang in for the whole hour.
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Thanks for being here everyone! And thanks to Marjorie for her time and candor.
[12:00] Alas Zerbino: So, thanks everyone for coming.
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Chepooka - tell her we loved having her!
[12:00] Kghia Gherardi applauds
[12:00] Hedda Hazelnut: Great presentation!! I am going to look for the books now.
[12:00] Chepooka Laval: sorry guys, she wants to say thank you to everyone!!
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: And I really did put the Kindle in my Amazon cart along with some of Marjorie's books BTW. Hitting Purchase in a moment.
[12:00] Jenny Bolero: Yup, and you've got at least 2 new readers here. Thanks :-)
[12:00] Kghia Gherardi: excellent event
[12:00] Cybergrrl Oh: Please tune into the Athena Isle blogs for the transcript:
[12:00] Chepooka Laval: and she is really sorry that she can't get back on
[12:00] Darkling Elytis applauds :)
[12:01] Cybergrrl Oh: http://athenaisle.blogspot.com and
[12:01] Alas Zerbino: And if you haven't read any of her books --you're really missing out.
[12:01] Terry Lightfoot applauds
[12:01] Chepooka Laval: she had a great time!! :)
[12:01] Cybergrrl Oh: And Join Athena Isle Events to find out about more author roundtables coming up soon!
[12:01] Liadona Rau: Thank her for us
[12:01] Darkling Elytis: thank you so much for speaking with us, Marjorie
[12:01] Hedda Hazelnut: Thanks very much to Marjorie!!!!!
[12:01] Amy305 Guardian: Thank you!
[12:01] Jenny Bolero: Ask her when she's going to open her own themed sim here ;-) That's be awesome.
[12:01] Alas Zerbino: Yes, thank you Marjorie, from wherever you've teleported to right now!! :)
[12:02] Alas Zerbino: That would be awesome, Jenny.
[12:02] Cybergrrl Oh: Her own themed sim - right on! - FINAL
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ask the Author: Marjorie M Liu

On Tuesday August 4th, 2009 at 11am SLT (PST), Marjorie M Liu will be making a very unique appearance on Athena Isle in Second Life to discuss her latest Dirk & Steele book, The Fire King.

(Stay tuned to http://athenaisle.blogspot.com/ or email marjorieweb@gmail.com for details.)

But we need your help! Now is your chance to have your burning questions about the Dirk & Steele series answered. Send your questions to marjorieweb@gmail.com and Marjorie will select 5 lucky winners to receive an autographed copy of The Fire King!

Your questions can be about character, plot, or even Marjorie’s writing process, but it must be Dirk & Steele related in some way to qualify. We will be accepting questions until midnight PST on Sunday, August 2nd so don't delay!

If you are unable to attend the Second Life event, a transcript of the interview will be made available on the Athena Isle blog http://athenaisle.blogspot.com/ and the Dirk & Steele blog http://dirkandsteele.posterous.com.

If your question is not selected for the interview, we will also be posting a select number of additional Q&A to the Dirk & Steele blog (http://dirkandsteele.posterous.com ) throughout the month of August so stay tuned.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Marjorie M Liu on Athena Isle, Second Life

We are pleased to announced that New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M Liu will be our guest on Athena Isle, speaking about her new book The Fire King, the latest from the paranormal romance Dirk & Steele series.

When: Tuesday August 4
11:00am PST / SLT
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Athena Isle Women seeking Female Authors for Appearances

Cover of "Tripping the Prom Queen: The Tr...Cover via Amazon

We are looking to feature female authors on Athena Isle, our virtual space on Second Life devoted to women's art and creativity. In the past, we've featured Sarah Susanka (The Not So Big Life), Janice Taylor (Our Lady of Weight Loss), Pat Davis (Great Sex), Susan Shapiro Barash (Tripping the Prom Queen), and Roberta Isleib (president of Sisters in Crime).

The author events will take place on Tuesdays at 11am SLT (PST).

This live appearance requires broadband connectivity and technical savvy, however, we can provide some tech support to make this happen and will create a custom avatar for the author. Events are promoted using both Second Life and social media and can augment book promotions in unexpected ways.

We are looking to feature female authors on Athena Isle, our virtual space on Second Life devoted to women's art and creativity. In the past, we've featured Sarah Susanka (The Not So Big Life), Janice Taylor (Our Lady of Weight Loss), Pat Davis (Great Sex), Susan Shapiro Barash (Tripping the Prom Queen), and Roberta Isleib (president of Sisters in Crime).

Please send a brief synopsis and author bio if interested to cybergrrloh AT GMAIL dot com, and we'll send the technical specs before confirming an appearance date.
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Cover of "Tripping the Prom Queen: The Tr...Cover via Amazon

We are looking to feature female authors on Athena Isle, our virtual space on Second Life devoted to women's art and creativity. In the past, we've featured Sarah Susanka (The Not So Big Life), Janice Taylor (Our Lady of Weight Loss), Pat Davis (Great Sex), Susan Shapiro Barash (Tripping the Prom Queen), and Roberta Isleib (president of Sisters in Crime).

The author events will take place on Tuesdays at 11am SLT (PST).

This live appearance requires broadband connectivity and technical savvy, however, we can provide some tech support to make this happen and will create a custom avatar for the author. Events are promoted using both Second Life and social media and can augment book promotions in unexpected ways. There is no cost for this appearance.

Please send a brief synopsis and author bio if interested to cybergrrloh AT GMAIL dot com, and we'll send the technical specs before confirming an appearance date.
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