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New England Science Fiction Association
January 15, 2021

B58 Mini Interviews with David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, Darlene Marshall, and Sara Megibow

Welcome to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of  top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

We are continuing our first week of Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series with David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, Darlene Marshall, and Sara Megibow!

David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson

David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than two dozen novels and as many short stories. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series. The first two books, TIME’S CHILDREN and TIME’S DEMON, are both out and available. A third book, TIME’S ASSASSIN, is in production. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines elements of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he has written epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and media tie-ins, and is best known for the Crawford Award-winning LonTobyn Chronicle. He is the co-author of HOW TO WRITE MAGICAL WORDS: A WRITER’S COMPANION, and co-editor of the TEMPORALLY DEACTIVATED (2019) and GALACTIC STEW (2020) anthologies. David has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford University. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Visit David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Connecting with friends and fans. Writers are, for the most part, used to a certain level of isolation. We spend a good deal of time in our own heads, alone (except for our characters!), hard at work on the next story or novel. And honestly, many of us like it that way. But even the most dedicated creative hermit would be starved for company and conversation after the year we’ve been through. And, as it happens, I’m a fairly gregarious hermit. So, I am excited to reconnect with fellow writers, to interact with con attendees, to feel again that I’m part of a community.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

I would love to answer with some cool fantasy world that I’ve read or created — and there are so many that intrigue me. But the truth is, most of us populate our worlds with some nasty types that make me hesitant to visit. Demons, giants, evil mages, and power-hungry royals. Not that those last are absent from our own world, but there is something to be said for limiting ones interactions to the devils we know… So I would choose to visit the American Southwest. I’ve been there many times before, and I never tire of it. I’m a dedicated amateur photographer, and I am drawn to the vast, ever-changing skies, the deep reds of sandstone, the startling shapes and contrasts of cliffs and canyons, stark stone and delicate flora. Whenever I go there, I am inspired and renewed.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

“Skip, Hop, and Wobble,” by Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, and Russ Barenberg

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I have a number of projects in the works, actually. I have been working on a trilogy of novellas set in my Thieftaker universe (written as D.B. Jackson). The novellas are interrelated and together form a novel-length story called “The Loyalist Witch. They should be out early in 2021. I am also working on a supernatural thriller, and have recently sold it to a publisher. It’s not clear yet whether I’ll be publishing that one as David B. Coe or D.B. Jackson. And I am editing a themed anthology with Joshua Palmatier for his Zombies Need Brains imprint. The anthology is called Derelict, and its stories are all focused on some sort of wrecked ship. For that one, I am co-editing as David B. Coe, and submitting a Thieftaker story as D.B. Jackson. So, 2021 is already shaping up to be a busy year!

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Darlene Marshall

Darlene Marshall is the award-winning author of historical romance featuring pirates, privateers, smugglers, and the occasional possum. She loves working at a job where business attire is shorts and a shirt festooned with pink flamingos and palm trees. Marshall lives in North Central Florida, a convenient location for putting the convertible top down and researching sites of great historical significance, which also happen to be at the beach and serve mojitos. A lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan, Marshall has worked as a broadcast and print journalist, news anchor, radio station owner, obituary writer, and a few other odd jobs. She became a novelist because there were fake people in her head having adventures, so it was either write it down or check into therapy. She’s never been a pirate, but the day is not yet over. Her books have been published in English, German, French, and Estonian, and she’s also Section Leader of Erotic Lit at The Litforum.com (https://thelitforum.com). You can contact Darlene Marshall at www.darlenemarshall.com, @DarleneMarshall on Twitter, DMarshallAuthor on Facebook, and DarleneMarshallAuthor on Instagram.com Email her at darlenemarshall@darlenemarshall.com. Bibliography: What the Parrot Saw (High Seas #4); The Pirate’s Secret Baby (High Seas #3); Castaway Dreams (High Seas #2); Sea Change (High Seas #1); The Bride and the Buccaneer; Captain Sinister’s Lady; Smuggler’s Bride Represented by Barbara Collins Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Group.

Visit Darlene Marshall on their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, InstagramWebsite, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

The possibility of seeing my friends who I’d normally see in person, but the added attraction of meeting new people who might not have been inclined to travel to Boston in February in the past.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

This is a tough one. My visceral response is to say, “I want to see my children”. One’s in NYC, one’s on the west coast, and the last time I saw them face-to-face was after Boskone57. It seems like a lifetime ago, and in some ways, it was.

My second choice is Paris because I was supposed to attend a romance writers and readers conference which got cancelled due to COVID in April, and I still hope that I’ll be able to visit in the next few years.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

My writing music is epic soundtracks: James Horner, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, etc.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

My brain was like tapioca through most of the spring and summer, but I’m finally back in gear. I’m working on a historical romance about smuggling in early 19th C. Florida, but my stories often veer far away from where I see them going initially. That’s half the fun of actually writing–letting the characters and the story surprise me.

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Sara Megibow

Sara Megibow (she/her) is a literary agent with KT Literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestsellers authors including Rebecca Roanhorse, Jason M. Hough, Margaret Rogerson, Jaleigh Johnson and Casey McQuiston. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQ+ Friendly!

Visit Sarah Megibow on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Cons inspire me. For Boskone 58, I’m looking forward to that feeling of excitement and connection I get from being around artists and gamers and geeks. I know the panels are virtual-only but I’m so excited to *see* people and revel in good discussions!

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

In the real world? I’m tempted to say a beach or Napa Valley or something. But in reality, what I really really want to do is just go to a friend’s house for an epic night of table top gaming, eating good food and drinking good wine. It’s the little things, right?

In a fictional world? I read two amazing books this year set in/around sea-faring worlds. I’m obsessed with both of them so I think I’d either visit the Meridian from Rebecca Roanhorse’s BLACK SUN or the world of Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s THE MERMAID, THE WITCH AND THE SEA. Incidentally, both have mermaids. Love it!

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I’m a literary agent so I’m constantly working with authors on their upcoming books and 2021 is going to be epic!!

A few examples:

THREADER ORIGINS – the first in a new series by international bestselling author Gerald Brandt. String theory science fantasy – so exciting! (January 2021 from DAW Books)

TWENTY-FIVE TO LIFE by R.W.W. Greene – a road trip tale set in the near future starring those left behind when a generation ship leaves Earth (August 2021 from Angry Robot)

FORGING A NIGHTMARE by debut author Patricia A. Jackson – an urban fantasy Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse adventure. Swords, battles and magical horses – Huzzah! (November 2021 from Angry Robot)

And in series, I’m very much looking forward to SPECTRUM by Julie E. Czerneda (Book #3 of the Webshifter’s Library series) and REQUIEM OF SILENCE by L. Penelope (Book #4 of the Earthsinger Chronicles series).

 

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