It's been almost a year since my last update, so here's quick recap of news from the last year:
First, I sold a book. Here's the announcement I made at the time:
I've sold a book!!!! SALSA FOR FIDEL, a YA novel set in Cuba, will be published by Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) in 2016.
For those people in my life who don't know, this is my first US novel and something I've been hoping to achieve for many, many years.
The book is the story of two kids who go to Cuba for dance and romance but discover that reality isn't quite the Havana Nights fantasy they had in mind.
Thanks to everyone who has helped me with this one -- my agent Ammi-Joan Paquette, my new editor Ben Rosenthal, and my many test readers in Cuba, the States, Latvia and elsewhere! Extra thanks to all my friends, hosts, acquaintances and chance connections from Pinar del Rio to Havana, to Cienfuegos and Trinidad and Camagüey, and Santiago de Cuba over the past few years -- this book wouldn't exist without you. I've done my best to be true to your beautiful land and I hope you will enjoy the result.
Thanks also to the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa -- I wrote half of this book while enjoying their fine hospitality.
And finally, of course, thanks to all the dancers in my life. . . to casineros everywhere!
Second, my novelette "The Magician and Laplace's Demon" was nominated for a Nebula Award. You can go read it here. The story will also appear in a number of foreign languages, and has been selected for inclusion in Rich Horton's Year's Best and Allan Kaster's Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction.
Third, I've been busy working on a variety of new writing projects, as well as teaching business classes and speaking at various conferences as part of my day job. I save my writing energy for new fiction these days, so social media and blog updates are scarce. That said, if you'd like to keep up with me, the easiest way is to follow me on Facebook.