Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 1/21/15 With Catherine Asaro

Transcripts-flatsffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer’s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 01:58:45 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 01:59:02 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 01:59:13 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Jan 22 01:59:28 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 01:59:51 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Tonight’s guest @Catherine_Asaro is a Physicist and author originally from Berkley, CA with degrees from Harvard and UCLA #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:00:02 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: A former ballet and jazz dancer, she is also founder of the Mainly Jazz Dance program at Harvard and is known as a singer #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:00:13 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Her husband is a rocket scientist for NASA, and their daughter is a mathematician and balley dancer #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:00:23 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Her debut novel for @torbooks, PRIMARY INVERSION, won critical acclaim and launched her long time Skolian Saga #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:00:38 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: which combines hard science fiction and space opera and is going on 13 books now from both @Torbooks and @BaenBooks #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:00:49 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: A Nebula winner for her 6th Skolian novel, THE QUANTUM ROSE, she can be found at Facebook and http://t.co/fUkltZx6xB #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:00:59 +0000 2015)
ejweidig: RT @sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fict… (Thu Jan 22 02:01:06 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @Catherine_Asaro. Where’d your interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:01:11 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Ballet. Not belly. :-) (Thu Jan 22 02:01:16 +0000 2015)
ejweidig: RT @BryanThomasS: Tonight at 9 pm ET @Catherine_Asaro joins us to talk UNDERCITY and Skolian Empire #sffwrtcht @BaenBooks @Torbooks author … (Thu Jan 22 02:01:26 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro #sffwrtcht Oops. Sorry. Typo. (Thu Jan 22 02:01:46 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I’ve loved it all my life, since I first began to read. It was always my choice of reading material. (Thu Jan 22 02:02:11 +0000 2015)

Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht ‘ve loved it all my life, since I first began to read. It was always my choice of reading material. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:02:33 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Please use #sffwrtcht instead of @sffwrtcht Thanks.(Thu Jan 22 02:02:34 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Who were/are some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:02:45 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS @sffwrtcht Will do #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:03:15 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Thanks! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:03:27 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS I started out reading golden Age authors, Asimov, RRH, Clark, Clement. That’s cuz my father & brother read them. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:04:47 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @catherine_asaro Ah, so you were raised on it in a sense #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:05:17 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:05:29 +0000 2015)
LelaEBuis: RT @sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht @Catherine_Asaro. Where’d your interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:06:32 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: RT @Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Then I found writers like LeGuin, MZB, McCaffrey.#sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:06:37 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Absolutely #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:06:39 +0000 2015)
LelaEBuis: RT @sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer’s Chat. #sffwrtcht(Thu Jan 22 02:06:40 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Then I found writers like LeGuin. MZB, Ann McCaffrey #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:07:15 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I never studied writing. My degrees are in science. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:07:47 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I started writing in college. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:07:57 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Wow. Interesting. So you learned on the fly then? #sffwrtcht You learned well… (Thu Jan 22 02:08:07 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro How long did you write before making your first sale? Did you start with shorts or novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:08:20 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I read a lot. And write a lot. That’s how I learned. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:08:34 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Thanks! #sffwrtcht Once I started, I couldn’t stop. (Thu Jan 22 02:08:54 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro It’s a great way to learn for sure #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:08:59 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I started with novels & a few short stories. I almost immediately got positive feedback from editors, but … #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:09:55 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht It was a few years before any of them bought one of my stories. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:10:11 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: .@Catherine_Asaro PRIMARY INVERSION was both an epic space opera and a tale of starcrossed lovers. Where’d the idea come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:10:32 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro What was your first sale and to whom? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:10:48 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: RT @rboatright: @BryanThomasS scientists have to write well and a lot. That had to help. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:11:03 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS I’m not sure. It just formed in my mind. All my life, I made up stories to relax. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:11:30 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht @rboatright @BryanThomasS True. But scientific writing is too dry for fiction. The style is very different. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:12:00 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro So how long did that novel take to write and sell? #sffwrtcht(Thu Jan 22 02:12:21 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht @rboatright @BryanThomasS My first sales were to Stan Schmidt at Analog and David Hartwell at Tor. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:12:38 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The actual writing of PI took a few months. But it was a novella first. Then I rewrite it as a novel. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:13:32 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Just curious. Is there ever any negative pushback from fellow scientists for writing science fiction? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:13:38 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Interesting that UNDERCITY started the same. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:13:52 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht rewrite, I mean. :-) (Thu Jan 22 02:13:55 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro Where’d the idea for the Skolians, Aristos, and Ruby Dynasty come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:14:11 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS I never experienced any. But I try not to mix my life as a writer & my work math/science educator and consultant. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:15:05 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Well, that’s good. I sure know a lot of scientists who write sff #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:15:38 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The Skolians & Ruby Dynasty I started imagining when I was small. I just liked to imagine the stories. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:16:00 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The Aristos came later, when I matured and realized I wanted to create antagonists. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:16:24 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Tell us a little about them please. For those unfamiliar with the Skolian Empire world #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:16:41 +0000 2015)
ejweidig: @sffwrtcht @Catherine_Asaro did you plan the settings, storylines, and characters all out first, or did it build gradually? (Thu Jan 22 02:16:53 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Me, too. I really enjoy science-based sf. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:16:56 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: RT @ejweidig: #sffwrtcht @Catherine_Asaro did you plan the settings, storylines, and characters all out first, or did it build gradually? (Thu Jan 22 02:17:22 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht It’s hard for me to say where they came from because I was so young (3-4) when I first started creating stories. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:17:31 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Fair enough. I can understand that. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:18:04 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Aristos are convinced they are gods, a great gift to the universe. But they have no capacity for compassion. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:18:13 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro And the Skolians and Ruby Dynasty by contrast? #sffwrtcht(Thu Jan 22 02:18:38 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro And the Skolians and Ruby Dynasty by contrast? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:18:38 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS They feed off the pain of empaths and telepaths, and call it transcendent. Very evil! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:18:43 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht @ejweidig E, hello! Characters came 1st, then settings, then story. Actually, the stories evolve with the characters. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:19:52 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Skolians base their empire on human freedom. Aristos base theirs on slavery. So Skolians are at war with the Aristos. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:20:51 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro And then there’s the Qox Dynasty as well? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:20:58 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The Qox Dynasty is the ruling family of the Aristos. The ultimate Aristos. Except for one “little” thing … (Thu Jan 22 02:22:12 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: RT @Catherine_Asaro: #sffwrtcht The Qox Dynasty is the ruling family of the Aristos. The ultimate Aristos. Except for one “little” thing … (Thu Jan 22 02:22:42 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro Tell us about the role of psions? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:23:05 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The heir to the Carnelian throne (that is the Qox heir) fell in love with the heir to the Ruby (Skolian) Throne. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:23:10 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Romeo and Juliet… #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:23:30 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht She was the heir to the military of the Skolians and he was the heir to the Aristo empire. Quite a mess! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:23:53 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Yes, R&J, with a lot of military SF thrown in! :-D And they don’t die in the end. I always hated the ending of R&J. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:24:46 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Heh Revisionist. Good for you. I like happier endings too! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:25:10 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Psions control and build the Kyle net, which solves the communication problems associated with relativistic physics. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:25:49 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro Did you ever imagine when you wrote PRIME INVERSION that you’d write over a dozen novels in that universe? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:25:55 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro And psions are telepaths, essentially. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:26:11 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The speed of light limits how fast we can communicate across interstellar distances. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:26:47 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I knew I had the books in me. Didn’t know if they would sell. I’ve been fortunate to have such a strong following. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:27:49 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro One nice thing about your Skolian books, natural given your profession, is that space opera and hard #scifi mix #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:27:54 +0000 2015)
KateCorcino: RT @sffwrtcht: Tonight at 9 pm ET @Catherine_Asaro joins us to talk UNDERCITY and Skolian Empire #sffwrtcht @BaenBooks @Torbooks author #sc… (Thu Jan 22 02:27:57 +0000 2015)
KateCorcino: RT @sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fict… (Thu Jan 22 02:28:08 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro Your latest, UNDERCITY, is 1st in a new detective-style series set in the Skolian Universe. Tell us about Bhaaj #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:28:27 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro And work with two great publishers in @torbooks and @BaenBooks #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:29:04 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS It’s what I always liked to read. I put science in the stories even before I knew a genre called “hard sf” existed. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:29:22 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Bhaaj is a former military officer turned PI after she retired as a major from the Skolian army. (Thu Jan 22 02:29:53 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Wish I could do it better. I am such a nonscientist… #sffwrtcht Not lack of faith but lack of knowledge & skill (Thu Jan 22 02:30:11 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS @torbooks @BaenBooks Yes, i’ve been fortunate to work with both Baen and Tor. They are excellent publishers. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:30:16 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: RT @Catherine_Asaro: #sffwrtcht Bhaaj is a former military officer turned PI after she retired as a major from the Skolian army. (Thu Jan 22 02:30:30 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro Tell us about the city of Cries and the Undercity. #sffwrtcht(Thu Jan 22 02:30:52 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS I’ve always enjoyed talking science and SF with you! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:31:14 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The City of Cries is a detective novella about a case Bhaaj took in the slums under the glitzy City of Cries … #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:32:24 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Because it was a commissioned novella, I had to stop after I only told part of the story of The City of Cries … #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:32:56 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro That was in Mike Resnick’s DARK SPACEWAYS anthology for SF Book Club as I recall #sffwrtcht #staringatmycopy (Thu Jan 22 02:33:33 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Undercity is the full story. The first 25% (roughly) is based on The City of Cries. It’s not identical, bout similar. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:33:54 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro I actually meant the setting City of Cries and the setting Undercity. Could you tell us a little about them? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:34:03 +0000 2015)
KateCorcino: @sffwrtcht @Catherine_Asaro Hi! You mentioned story evolving with characters. Do you do a lot of outlining/prep or do you see it as you go? (Thu Jan 22 02:34:32 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro We’ve had some great conversations. Look forward to more. Like this one. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:34:35 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Yep, that’s right, it was 4 Resnick’s Down These Dark Spaceways. Mike got me to write one of my best novellas ever. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:35:21 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro He is a talented editor and great supporter of fellow writers. We are prepping to coedit an antho now #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:36:05 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Time is flying. Let me skip ahead @Catherine_Asaro Bhaaj has some old friends who live in the Undercity. Tell us abt them please #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:37:12 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Bhaaj grew up in the Undercity, the eerie slum world under the City of Cries. She was one of the few who made it out. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:39:04 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro So the novel sends her back there to interact with some old friends, right? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:39:37 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The modern City of Cries is built over the ruins of an ancient, mysterious city that is over five thousand years old. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:40:05 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Let me gush a bit. I LOVED this book. 5 stars, which I am stingy abt. But it hits all the right notes, is fun and fast & engaging #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:40:26 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: Let me gush a bit. I LOVED this book. 5 stars, which I am stingy abt. But it hits all the right notes, is fun and fast & engaging #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:40:26 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: I am gushing about @Catherine_Asaro’s UNDERCITY from @BaenBooks btw #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:41:05 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: I am gushing about @Catherine_Asaro’s UNDERCITY from @BaenBooks btw #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:41:05 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht BHaaj is hired by the Matriarch of the royal Majdas to find one of their cloistered princes who has disappeared … #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:41:19 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Well, gosh. Thank you! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:41:41 +0000 2015)
PrinceJvstin: RT @BryanThomasS: I am gushing about @Catherine_Asaro’s UNDERCITY from @BaenBooks btw #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:42:01 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro You’re welcome. I’d only had time to read your short fiction before. I’m hooked now. 2 novels in, more on order #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:42:20 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Their own police force can’t find him (or his body; no one knows if he is still alive). But none of them … #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:42:32 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht None of them know the Undercity the way Bhaaj knows it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:42:50 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht She is one of the few people who can walk the aqueducts under the ruins without being mugged or killed. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:43:29 +0000 2015)
rboatright: @Catherine_Asaro I’m wondering how long ago the Mayan connection to the Skolians came to you? Does that date back to childhood? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:44:00 +0000 2015)
KateCorcino: RT @sffwrtcht: I am gushing about @Catherine_Asaro’s UNDERCITY from @BaenBooks btw #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:44:06 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Like that the story winds up being not just a mystery but abt bringing together two cultures to value each other #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:44:06 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: RT @sffwrtcht: Time is flying. Let me skip ahead @Catherine_Asaro Bhaaj has some old friends who live in the Undercity. Tell us abt them pl… (Thu Jan 22 02:44:10 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro So it’s about social justice in a way as well as the bigger picture #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:44:45 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS It’s also about the birth of the Dust Knights. They will be developed more in future books. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:45:02 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: RT @BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Like that the story winds up being not just a mystery but abt bringing together two cultures to value ea… (Thu Jan 22 02:45:14 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro How do the Majdas fit in with Qox, Ruby, Skolian, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:45:53 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro And who are the Dust Knights? #sffwrtcht So people know. (Thu Jan 22 02:46:10 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Cries is a strange but immensely welathy city in the middle of the desert on a dying planet. They have no idea … #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:46:18 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS They have no true idea what goes on in the Undercity beneath their streets. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:46:40 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: RT @KateCorcino: #sffwrtcht @Catherine_Asaro You mentioned story evolving w/ charactrs. Do you do a lot of outlnng/prep or see it as you go? (Thu Jan 22 02:47:06 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht The Majdas are the second most powerful family of the Skolian Imperialate after the Ruby Dynasty. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:47:37 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro Tell us about the other books in the series. #sffwrtcht How many do you plan in this Bhaaj series? (Thu Jan 22 02:48:19 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Many Majdas go into military. The General of the Army is the Majda Matriarch. Beyond badass. No one messes with her #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:48:37 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht @KateCorcino I do both. I had an idea how I wanted to do Undercity when I started, but only the bare bones. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:49:32 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I hope to do more Major Bhaajan mysteries. And also more stories in the main Skolian Saga. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:50:23 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Let’s talk process. @Catherine_Asaro Do you use Scrivener or other “writing software tools”? Write to music? Any rituals? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:50:38 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht No Scrivener or other software tools. I do listen to music, though. Sometimes I choreograph scenes to music. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:51:35 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht @KateCorcino I used to listen to music and imagine the stories. Now I tend to imagine them more as I go. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:52:06 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro What’s your writing time look like–specific block? Write til you reach word count? Grab it when you can? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:52:07 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht @KateCorcino I really don’t like to outline, though. I’d rather just write. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:52:35 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht My writing time is pretty much grab it when I can these days. My teaching load is unusually heavy this year. (Thu Jan 22 02:53:12 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever gotten? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:53:19 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I also tend to write from first to last page, then go back and revise, revise, revise. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:53:55 +0000 2015)
LoganBruin: #sffwrtcht I love your processions most of all, Undercity and Ruby Dice too. “Skolia!” ;o) (Thu Jan 22 02:54:24 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Me too. I think revision is where the magic happens #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:54:28 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Best writing advice: WRITE! Worst advice: Change your name to a male name if you’re going to write hard sf. No way! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:54:36 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro So we’ll never see books by Bruce Asaro then? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:55:22 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro What future projects are you working on that we can look forward to? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:55:35 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @LoganBruin Those processions were some of my favorite parts, too. They were parts I choreographed to music. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:55:37 +0000 2015)
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KateCorcino: RT @BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Like that the story winds up being not just a mystery but abt bringing together two cultures to value ea… (Thu Jan 22 02:56:01 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: In 2 weeks on 2/4, join us as Irene Radford discusses her writing and her dragon novel series from @DawBooks. 9 pm ET live. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:56:07 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: In 2 weeks on 2/4, join us as Irene Radford discusses her writing and her dragon novel series from @DawBooks. 9 pm ET live. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:56:07 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS Not if I’m the author! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:56:24 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro LOL Good for you. heh #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:57:08 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS I just realized I’m missing some questions. If I don’t answer a question from someone, my apology. Please use #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:57:24 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Find @Catherine_Asaro online on Twitter, Facebook andhttp://t.co/fUkltZx6xB #sffwrtcht The book is UNDERCITY @BaenBooks (Thu Jan 22 02:57:30 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: Find @Catherine_Asaro online on Twitter, Facebook andhttp://t.co/cuNtNIyTAD #sffwrtcht The book is UNDERCITY @BaenBooks (Thu Jan 22 02:57:30 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht @dawbooks Irene is a wonderful writer. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:57:41 +0000 2015)
LindaNagata: RT @Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Best writing advice: WRITE! Worst advice: Change your name to a male name if you’re going to write hard sf…. (Thu Jan 22 02:58:01 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro @sffwrtcht @dawbooks Yes she is and a wonderful editor too! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:58:15 +0000 2015)
KateCorcino: RT @Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Best writing advice: WRITE! Worst advice: Change your name to a male name if you’re going to write hard sf…. (Thu Jan 22 02:58:19 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS @BaenBooks My facebook page ishttps://t.co/OwT1vlPUb0 #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:58:35 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro I think I retweeted most of them for you. I think we got them. #sffwrtcht Apologies if I didn’t (Thu Jan 22 02:58:41 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: RT @BryanThomasS: Find @Catherine_Asaro online on Twitter, Facebook and http://t.co/cuNtNIyTAD #sffwrtcht The book is UNDERCITY @BaenBooks (Thu Jan 22 02:58:47 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro Any future projects you want to mention before we go? #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:59:06 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @BryanThomasS @BaenBooks My web site has changed. It’shttp://t.co/ansrpGcNGR #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 02:59:28 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Ah ok. My bad. Thanks for correcting #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:00:09 +0000 2015)
rboatright: @Catherine_Asaro #sffwrtcht Re-ask – how long ago did you realize the Mayan connection? (Thu Jan 22 03:00:21 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht I hope to have the sequel to Lightning Strike Book I up within the next few months. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:00:23 +0000 2015)
KateCorcino: RT @sffwrtcht: Find @Catherine_Asaro online on Twitter, Facebook andhttp://t.co/fUkltZx6xB #sffwrtcht The book is UNDERCITY @BaenBooks (Thu Jan 22 03:00:45 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @catherine_asaro Thanks so much for taking an hour to chat. Congrats on the continued success and keep writing awesome books! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:00:51 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @rboatright It was when I wrote the first draft of Catch the Lightning. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:01:28 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @sffwrtcht Thank you for having me! I really enjoyed the chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:01:43 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Catherine_Asaro Ah yes, sorry, Rick’s Mayan Connection thing. So Catch the Lightning. Cool #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:01:56 +0000 2015)
Catherine_Asaro: @rboatright I found a lot of work on Chiapas, even dictionaries for a form of Mayan spoken there. #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:02:21 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @Catherine_Asaro We did too. We’ll talk with you soon. Thanks everyone for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:02:24 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website by Friday.http://t.co/sNNDnyojMp Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:02:34 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website by Friday.http://t.co/gCn8CV8yKk Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Jan 22 03:02:34 +0000 2015)

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