I am so happy and excited to announce the debut of my latest novel, The Sisters Mederos, coming out from Angry Robot Books in April of 2018. Regular readers of my blog will recognize the name if not the title. I’ve been writing about the Mederos Sisters for a long time, as Bandit Girls and then Reversal of Fortune.

But really the very first introduction of Tesara Mederos was in a short story I wrote back in the early 1990s, when I was still getting the hang of this writing thing. The story was then called A Heart for Magic. The editors at Weird Tales turned it down with the wise comment that the story started on page 24 (ie, the last page). I had written a long introduction, but it wasn’t a story. Marion Zimmer Bradley Magazine turned it down with, “You write well, but this is paced rather poorly.” (Seriously, these rejections go back 20 years. I still remember them.)

I later sold a version of that story, and it was so long ago I can’t even remember the market or the new title, and it’s probably best that it’s lost in the mists of time.

The reason I kept working at this was because I always knew there was something there. This story was the first story in which I felt I got it. I got how to put together dialog, plot, character, and bring it all together. And I loved these characters, even the version of the story which I wrote as a screenplay, and in which there was some very un-Bechdel test writing going on.

And now, Angry Robot is bringing the Mederos sisters to the page (and e-reader). I am very happy to present The Sisters Mederos to the world.

 

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