Anne's F.A.Q.



when will your next book be out? ~ have any of your books been made into audio books? ~ what about ebooks? ~ could you list the titles in reading order? ~ what about fan fiction? ~ have you throught about making a movie of the trilogy? ~ do you have any other stories coming out? ~ where do you get your ideas? ~ can you recommend any writing books? ~ do you outline? ~ what is your writing schedule? ~ how much unseen background material exists? ~ how much is autobiographical? ~ do you have any unpublished books? ~ what is your next project? ~ what are your hobbies? ~ how old are you?

Q. When will your next book be coming out?

A. Murder of Crows, the second book in my urban fantasy series about the Others, was released in March 2014 in the US and Australia. The paperback edition of Written in Red, was also released in the US in March.

Q. Will you be writing more books about the Others?

A. Yes. I’m currently working on Vision in Silver, the third book in the series.


Q. Are you on Facebook?

A. DarkRealms is the official Anne Bishop fan page where you'll find news about all of my books. Anne Bishop's Courtyard is the official fan page for my new series about the Others.


Q. Have any of your books been made into audio books?

A. Yes. All of my books are available as downloadable audio books. Most of the books are also available on CD and/or cassette as library editions from Recorded Books, and some of the Black Jewels books are also available in German from Audible.de.



Q. What about ebooks?

A. All of my books are available in electronic format.



Q. Could you list the titles of your books in best reading order?

A. Taking each series separately, in order of original publication, the books are:
 
Black Jewels series:
Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 1)
Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 2)
Queen of the Darkness (Black Jewels Trilogy: Book 3)
The Invisible Ring*
Dreams Made Flesh
Tangled Webs
The Shadow Queen**
Shalador's Lady** (sequel to The Shadow Queen)
Twilight’s Dawn
 
*The Invisible Ring is a standalone novel which could be read before or after the Black Jewels Trilogy.

**The characters in The Shadow Queen and Shalador's Lady are connected to the main characters in The Invisible Ring.
 
Tir Alainn trilogy:
The Pillars of the World
Shadows and Light
The House of Gaian
 
Ephemera series:
Sebastian
Belladonna
The Voice (a novella)*
Bridge of Dreams

*This is an introduction to the city of Vision and Shaman Danyal, but you don't need to read the story to understand Bridge of Dreams.

The Others series:
Written In Red
Murder of Crows


Q. Is it all right to create role-playing games or MUSHES/MUDS or LARPS based on your work?

A. No. For legal and copyright reasons, I do not grant permission for the worlds and/or characters that I created to be used in role-playing games, MUSHES/MUDS, or LARPS.

Q. What about writing fan fiction?

A. I do not give permission for fan fiction that uses the worlds and/or characters that I created because of the legal and copyright issues involved.


Q. Have you thought of making a movie of the Black Jewels Trilogy?

A. At this time, there are no plans to make a movie based on the Black Jewels Trilogy or any of my other books. (Actually, I wouldn't be the one making the movie. Movie producers and movie studios are the ones who buy the film rights needed to make a book into a movie.)

Q. Will there be more Black Jewels stories?

A. Not for a while. I'm currently working on a new series and need to stay focused on that world and those stories. However, I've noticed that the Black Jewels characters tend to come back when there is another story to tell, so I expect to see them again someday.


Q. Do you have any other stories coming out soon?

A. "The Voice: An Ephemera Novella" (February/March 2012) and "A Strand In The Web" (August 2012) are my most recent short pieces of fiction.



Q. Where do you get your ideas?

A. From everywhere. Visual images, music, mythology, folklore, history and psychology are just a few of the places from which inspiration springs. For example, the Tir Alainn world, and the initial ideas for the story, came from a cloud formation I saw several years ago on the way home from a trip. And Ephemera began with a psychological idea that one's outer world is a reflection of one's inner world. I took it another step and asked what happens in a world where that is literally the case and people have to live in a place made from the light and dark in their own hearts.


Q. Can you recommend any books for aspiring writers?

A. Several. :) See the Resources page for a list of books I or other writers have found helpful.


Q. When you start a new book, do you outline, just start writing and see what happens, write the end first, etc.?

A. First comes the thinking time, the dreaming time, the listening time. Sometimes a place emerges first and characters come in to populate it. Sometimes a character emerges first and I have to find out who he or she is. As I find out about the character, I also find out about where he or she lives. During this stage, I usually make rough notes about characters, places, and scenes. So I don't exactly outline, but by the time I start drafting, I know who the main characters are, some scenes which act as guideposts for the journey, and I know the story arc -- which means I know the story's destination, where it ends. When I start drafting, I start at the beginning and go to the end. As I write, the threads of the story weave themselves together into a coherent piece, and the scenes I'm not aware of when I start fill in as I go along.



Q. What is your writing schedule? How do you structure your workday?

A. Since I know when the book is due, I have a word quota that I have to meet each week. To do that, I write 5-7 hours a day, 5 days a week. The other days I put in hours for the business side of writing .



Q. What special techniques have you discovered to help stimulate the creative process?

A. Timed writings (also called automatic writing or free writing) are an excellent way to prime the creative pump. Beyond that, anything can stimulate the creative process: reading, music, gardening, taking a walk, seeing an image that resonates in some way.



Q. What got you started writing and writing fantasy in particular?

A. I've always loved stories and wanted to tell stories of my own. I write fantasy because the worlds of fantasy are the settings I most enjoy, and those worlds seem to give me the scope for the stories that come to me.



Q. How much background material exists in notebooks, maps, sketches, etc. that fleshes out and brings depth to your invented world that the readers will never see?

A. Almost all that material shows up in the stories in one way or another - if not in the immediate story, then in the stories to come.



Q. How much autobiographical material gets transformed into characters and situations in the books?

A. None. Sometimes a character has an interest or skill that I have (like music or storytelling), but that's the extent of it.



Q. Do you have any unpublished books that you wrote before Daughter?

A. No, Daughter of the Blood was the first.



Q. What is your next project?

A. I'm currently working on Vision in Silver, the third book in the urban fantasy series about the Others.


Q. What hobbies or special interests do you enjoy outside of writing that may or may not contribute to your work?

A. I enjoy gardening, reading, playing around with arts and crafts, and music. Only the Muse knows how much those things contribute to my work.


Q. How old are you?

A. Old enough to have earned the silver in my hair. <g>

 

Written in Red Written in Red, in paperback March 2014