Interview with me at Kobo Writing Life

Mark Lefebvre, Kobo Writing Life Director, interviewed me back in September prior to the release of my novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, for a Kobo Writing Life podcast. Outside of his day job, Mark is a talented writer himself, writing horror and other speculative fiction under the pen name of Mark Leslie. And as if all of that wasn't enough to keep Mark busy, he's also edited several anthologies, some of which I've been lucky enough to be in (Campus Chills, North of Infinity II) as well as writing a couple of non-fiction titles, Haunted Hamilton and the recent co-authored Haunted Sudbury.

Mark and I talked about a lot of things in a wide-ranging interview that you can check out here. Topics included:

  • How I started writing
  • My new novel The Wolf at the End of the World and how it grew out of my very first short story "Spirit Dance"
  • My career as a short-fiction writer and the importance of taking advantage of reprint rights
  • My foreign language sales in 25 languages in 30 countries
  • Ebook publishing my backlist
  • The adaptation of “By Her Hand She Draws You Down” into a short film
  • My penchant for writing fiction that references Bruce Springsteen’s music

Here's the link to the interview. Enjoy!

Full buying links for THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD

The Wolf at the End of the World coverI recently announced the release of my first novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, but at the time of that post, I couldn't point you to anywhere beyond my website store where you could buy it. 

I'm very happy to tell you that the book is now available, in both ebook and trade paperback editions, at all of the retail outlets shown below, with more to come.  Also, see further down for some special discounts for my website visitors.


Ebook Edition:
Print Edition (Trade Paperback):

Print Edition (Autographed and Personalized):
 

Special Discounts

As a special thank you for being a visitor to my website, if you order from my website store, you can use the following promotion codes at checkout to receive a special discount:

  • Use "WOLF-15P" to receive 15% off your order of the autographed print edition.
  • Use "WOLF-25E" to receive 25% off your order of the ebook (all formats).
  • Use "WOLF-PE" to receive the ebook edition (all formats) for free when you buy the autographed print edition

Get these special discounts when you order The Wolf at the End of the World at the following links:

Print edition | Ebook edition

If you'd like to get even better discounts at my store, you can sign up for my mailing list.

 

The Wolf is loose! My debut novel is now available!

The Wolf at the End of the World coverMy debut novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, is now officially released and available in trade paperback and ebook editions!

In it, a shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world.

From the back cover:

The Heroka walk among us. Unseen, unknown. Shapeshifters. Human in appearance but with power over their animal totems.

 

Gwyn Blaidd is a Heroka of the wolf totem. Once he led his people in a deadly war against the Tainchel, the shadowy agency that hunts his kind. Now he lives alone in his wilderness home, wolves his only companions.

 

But when an Ojibwe girl is brutally killed in Gwyn's old hometown, suspicion falls on his former lover. To save her, Gwyn must return, to battle not only the Tainchel, but even darker forces: ancient spirits fighting to return to our world…

 

And rule it.

Cree and Ojibwe legends mix with current day environmental conflict in this fast-paced urban fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to its explosive conclusion.


With a Special Introduction by…

One of the best parts of this experience for me was having one of my writing heroes, the award-winning Charles de Lint, the father of urban fantasy, write the introduction for the book.

Here’s an excerpt from that intro:

"What makes THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD such an engrossing read are the characters and Doug’s wonderful prose, a perfect blend between matter-of-fact and lyricism.  I can’t remember the last time I read a book that spoke to me, so eloquently, and so deeply, on so many levels. ... I’ll be rereading it in the future because it’s that sort of book.  Richly layered and deeply resonant. An old friend, from the first time you read it."

—Charles de Lint, World Fantasy Award winner

An excerpt of the first four chapters of the novel is available on my website on this page.  But there’s more!
 

Discounts Just For You

As a special offer to my regular blog readers, you can use the following discount coupons to pick up your copy of the print or ebook editions.
 

WOLF-15P to receive a 15% discount on the autographed print edition from my bookstore

WOLF-25E to receive a 25% discount on the ebook edition from my bookstore (epub and Kindle formats)

DJ87Y to receive a 25% discount on the ebook edition from Smashwords (epub format only)

And if you'd like an even better discount, subscribe to my mailing list and take advantage of a special offer to my subscribers.
 

Spirit Dance

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD is based on my award-winning story, "Spirit Dance," picking up events five years later. You do NOT need to have read "Spirit Dance" to fully enjoy THE WOLF, but if you're interested, you can pick up "Spirit Dance” from my website store or all the major ebook retailers either as an individual ebook or as part of my collection, IMPOSSIBILIA
 
Thanks for listening!

Kobo sale: 30% off on Chimerascope

Starting today, Chimerascope coverKobo is running a special sale for all of this long weekend (for you non-Canucks, this is our Thanksgiving weekend) where you can get 30% off of a variety of titles, including my collection, Chimerascope, which was a finalist for the Sunburst Award, the Aurora Award, and the CBC's Bookies Award. It's regularly $6.99, so you'll be able to pick it up for just $4.89. Chimerascope includes an Aurora winner, a Best New Horror selection, and eight other award finalists.

Here's the link to Chimerascope in the Kobo store. Just use the coupon code: OCTOFFER30. The sale ends October 14th, 11:59pm.

Is my Van Gogh story coming true? Is the Doctor real?

Newly discovered van Gogh paintingAs I explain in my afterword to my story "A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh," I am a huge fan of the works of the Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh. In that particular story, I tell the tale of an ex-CIA agent and a talented young remote viewer who use remote viewing to time travel and "locate" an undiscovered van Gogh. You'll have to read the story to understand the quotes around "locate."

Is my story coming true? Well, probably not. But a few weeks ago, experts at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam (which I visited, by the way, in May this year – absolutely wonderful) verfied Sunset at Montmajour  as an authentic van Gogh. The painting had actually been discovered in the 1990's, moldering in an attic in Norway. At that time, the museum had rejected the work, but more modern testing over the last two years resulted in its recent authentication. Very cool. Click the article above to read more about the discovery and to see the painting. There's a neat little magnification viewer in the article so you can really examine the painting (okay, technically, so you can examine the image of the painting).

And if the correlation to "Bouquet of Flowers..." and time travel isn't science fiction-y enough for you, then while you're checking out the painting, focus on the top left area. See that little blue building in the distance? Look familiar? Some people noticed its strange resemblance to another blue structure, as explained in this article. Personally, I think if Vincent was going to paint the TARDIS, he'd put it in the foreground. But it kind of cries out for a story called "Vincent and the Doctor," doesn't it? Oh, wait. They already did that episode.

In honour of all this great Vincent news, I'm giving away a free ebook copy of my story "A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Van Gogh" in my bookstore to the first twenty people who use the following coupon code: VINCENT2013. Enjoy!

Ontario SF&F writers: Yours to Discover

End-cap display in World's Biggest BookstoreJust came across this blog post about an end-cap display in The World's Biggest Bookstore in Toronto, showcasing books by Ontario-based science fiction and fantasy writers. Nice to see Chimersacope included in this impressive group of works (bottom left).

I'm an Aurora Award winner!

The winners of the 2013 Aurora Awards have just been announced at CanCon in Ottawa, and I am thrilled that my story "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland" won for Best Short Fiction! "The Walker..." first appeared in the wonderful Canadian speculative fiction magazine, On Spec, in their "Apocalypse" issue (cover at the right).

It's great to see so many of my friends on the winners list, too.The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Novel: The Silvered – Tanya Huff
  • YA Fiction: Under my Skin, The Wildlimgs – Charles de Lint
  • Short Fiction: The Walker of the Shifting Borderland – Douglas Smith
  • Poem / Song: A Sea Monster Tells His Story – David Clink
  • Graphic Novel: Weregeek – Alina Pete
  • Related Work: Hayden Trenholm – Blood and Water
  • Artist: Erik Mohr – Cover Art for ChiZine Publications
  • Fan Publication: Speculating Canada Blog – Derek Newman-Stille
  • Fan Filk: Kari Maaren – Body of Work
  • Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles – When Worlds Collide
  • Fan Related Work: Ron Friedman – Aurora Awards Voter Package

Unfortunately, I missed this convention for family reasons. Derek Newman-Stille kindly accepted on my behalf. My acceptance speech that I'd sent Derek went as follows:

Thank you for this unexpected honour! My apologies for not being here in person, but my youngest son's birthday falls on this weekend and it's one of those ending in a zero, so I didn't want to miss that. First, thanks to Cliff Samuels and everyone involved with the Auroras this year for all of their dedication and hard work in making these awards happen. A nod to my fellow nominees--it was an honour just being on the ballot with each of you (but I'm glad I won). Thanks to everyone who voted for the story, and special thanks to Diane Walton and the editorial board at On Spec for publishing "The Walker...,"and to Susan MacGregor for her great editing job. And finally, thanks to Derek for accepting on my behalf.

In honour of this win, I've made "The Walker..." available as an ebook in my online bookstore if anyone is interested in reading it. Unlike my other ebooks, this one does not have a great cover by an award winning artist like Erik Mohr, Jean-Pierre Normand, and Daniel Sera. This cover is just something (astoundingly inadequate) that I put together so that people can read the story. You can get the story for free by using the discount coupon "FREE-STORY" (good for one copy of any of my ebook short stories) or "FREE-WALKER" (good for one copy of "The Walker..." ebook but supplies of that coupon are limited).

Thanks to all of you who voted for the story! This is my third Aurora win, and I couldn't have won any of those without your interest in my writing and your support.

Announcing my first novel

The Wolf at the End of the World coverI am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my first novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

In it, a shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world.

From the back cover:

The Heroka walk among us. Unseen, unknown. Shapeshifters. Human in appearance but with power over their animal totems.

 

Gwyn Blaidd is a Heroka of the wolf totem. Once he led his people in a deadly war against the Tainchel, the shadowy agency that hunts his kind. Now he lives alone in his wilderness home, wolves his only companions.

 

But when an Ojibwe girl is brutally killed in Gwyn's old hometown, suspicion falls on his former lover. To save her, Gwyn must return, to battle not only the Tainchel, but even darker forces: ancient spirits fighting to return to our world…

 

And rule it.

Cree and Ojibwe legends mix with current day environmental conflict in this fast-paced urban fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to its explosive conclusion.


With a Special Introduction by…

One of the best parts of this experience for me was having one of my writing heroes, the award-winning Charles de Lint, the father of urban fantasy, write the introduction for the book.

Here’s an excerpt from that intro:

"What makes THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD such an engrossing read are the characters and Doug’s wonderful prose, a perfect blend between matter-of-fact and lyricism.  I can’t remember the last time I read a book that spoke to me, so eloquently, and so deeply, on so many levels. ... I’ll be rereading it in the future because it’s that sort of book.  Richly layered and deeply resonant. An old friend, from the first time you read it."

—Charles de Lint, World Fantasy Award winner

An excerpt of the first four chapters of the novel is available on my website on this page.  But there’s more!
 

Discounts Just For You

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD will be released October 15, 2013. As an exclusive offer available only to my regular blog readers, you can pre-order your copy of the ebook or print edition at the following special discount.

15% off: Use the promotion code “BLOG-WOLF-15" at checkout to receive a 15% discount on the ebook or print edition. 

Your ebook edition will be emailed or your print edition mailed to you come October 15.
 

Pre-order The Wolf at the End of the World now at the following links in my bookstore:

Print edition | Ebook edition

 
If you'd like an even better discount, subscribe to my mailing list and take advantage of a special offer to my subscribers.
 

Kobo Pre-Ordering

If you prefer, you can also pre-order the ebook edition at Kobo right now prior to its release. After October 15, the book will be available in all major retailers.
 

Spirit Dance

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD is based on my award-winning story, "Spirit Dance," picking up events five years later. You do NOT need to have read "Spirit Dance" to fully enjoy THE WOLF, but if you're interested, you can pick up "Spirit Dance” from my website store or all the major ebook retailers either as an individual ebook or as part of my collection, IMPOSSIBILIA
 
Thanks for listening!

The Indie Option for Short Fiction (conclusion)

Amazing Stories logoThe final post (Part 32) in my now-completed "Playing the Short Game" series on marketing and selling short fiction at the Amazing Stories site is up. In this post, I finish off the series by completing last week's discussion on how the expanding options for indie publishing can be leveraged by the short fiction writer--and whether they should be.

That's it for the series. If you're a writer, I hope that you've been following along each week. If not, you can still check out all the posts in the series at this link on the Amazing Stories site.

I'll be taking a break for a bit to focus on my writing, but plan to be back at Amazing Stories with another series.

Playing the Short Game #31: The Indie Option for Short Fiction

Amazing Stories logoPart 31 in my continuing "Playing the Short Game" series on marketing and selling short fiction at the Amazing Stories site is now up. In this post, I discuss how the expanding options for indie publishing can be leveraged by the short fiction writer--and whether they should be.

I only have one more post in this series, which goes up next Saturday, before I wrap it up. You can check out all the posts in the series at this link on the Amazing Stories site.

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