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Triple Treat GIVEAWAY! + Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Housel of the Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture Series

This Saturday

– January 22nd, 2011 –

you could WIN THREE different

– and incredibly awesome –

books!

Just join us at 3pm PST/6pmEST as usual for #UFchat and bring questions for Dr. Housel.

There will be three chances to win, happening at random points DURING the Q&A!

3 chances for 3 minutes each for 3 different books!

(Winners announced within half an hour of the chat-end.)

And that doesn’t even hint at the subversive (and extremely fun!) discussion we’ll be having!

To quote @DocHousel, our guest returning for the 2nd time:

“Vampy Twihard/Fangbanger #UFchat (on) 1/22 with wicked hot #Giveaway….”

Bring your bad thoughts – we want to think bad things with you!

๐Ÿ˜‰

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Transcript for December 11, 2010: Life, Death & AFTERLIFE – Q&A with Merrie Destefano

This weekโ€™s TOPIC: Life, Death & Afterlife in UF plus a Q&A with guest author Merrie Destefano discussing her UF debut, AFTERLIFE!

Merrie is the author of the futuristic UF novel โ€œAfterlife: The Resurrection Chroniclesโ€ and has co-authored the Walter Foster book โ€œHow to Draw Zombiesโ€ โ€“ obviously sheโ€™s no stranger to the undead..! ;)

Official UFchat questions in YELLOW, other questions to guest author are in ORANGE and guest author replies to both participants & moderator are in RED for easier reading.

Resources/ topic-related links are in BLUE.

We also had a giveaway – a signed copy of AFTERLIFE to one lucky participant who asked Merrie a question, given a number and was chosen by random.org. The winner was: @J_GriffinB!

12:12 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Going to be great #UFchat with @MerrieDestefano Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! Tell people to ask questions if want to enter!
12:15 am shadowflame1974: Going to be great #UFchat with @MerrieDestefano Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! Tell people to ask questions if want to enter!
12:21 am MerrieDestefano: Thanks! Looking forward to it! << RT @inkgypsy @shadowflame1974: Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! << #UFchat Sat., 3 p.m. PST
12:51 am inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
12:56 am Laura_Bickle: RT @inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
1:33 am LunaLindsey: RT @inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
5:25 am UF_Chat: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:25 am inkgypsy: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:39 am Daylilie222: RT @inkgypsy: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:50 am J_GriffinB: @gina_penn @saramcclung @cvaldezmiller @Karen_Hooper Don’t forget #UFchat this Saturday, 6PM EST. @inkgypsy is the hostess with the mostest
5:51 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Thanks! You rock. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s going to be a fun #UFchat – plus whomever asks @MerrieDestefano a question gets entered to win!
5:55 am MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Thanks for all the #UFchat promos! *hugs*
6:11 am inkgypsy: @MerrieDestefano Just sent you Sats #UFchat schedule for you to look over. ๐Ÿ™‚ Notes welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚
8:39 am UF_Chat: Transcript for Dec 4 #UFchat is up! http://bit.ly/hWBNjq Human Factor in UF Mcs ? from mundane to magical hybrid: how human are they really?
8:39 am inkgypsy: Transcript for Dec 4 #UFchat is up! http://bit.ly/hWBNjq Human Factor in UF Mcs ? from mundane to magical hybrid: how human are they really?
9:11 am UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
9:11 am inkgypsy: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
6:08 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat tomorrow with special guest @MerrieDestefano! Stop by, ask a question and win a book! 5 p.m. CST.
6:15 pm MerrieDestefano: RT @shadowflame1974: #UFchat tomorrow with special guest @MerrieDestefano! Stop by, ask a question and win a book! 5 p.m. CST.
7:01 pm MerrieDestefano: Questions about AFTERLIFE? Join me and @InkGyspy on #UFchat on Saturday, 3 p.m. EST.
8:17 pm Book_Faery: RT @MerrieDestefano: Questions about AFTERLIFE? Join me and @InkGyspy on #UFchat on Saturday, 3 p.m. EST.
8:20 pm inkgypsy: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:20 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:28 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:53 pm AnassaRh: #FF @inkgypsy because she’s supportive, insightful, and has a dog in surgery today. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Also she founded #ufchat (3 pm PST, 6 pm EST on Sat.)
8:53 pm tadbo: RT @AnassaRh: #FF @inkgypsy because she’s supportive, insightful, and has a dog in surgery today. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Also she founded #ufchat (3 pm PST, 6 pm EST on Sat.)
10:06 pm Preternatural__: I don’t generally, but she wrote a kick ass book, AFTERLIFE, & she’s cool to boot. Check her out on #UFChat this Sat. #FF @MerrieDestefano
11:44 pm JLCoburn: @inkgypsy No #UFChat for me this week. Going to be out of town.
December 11, 2010
1:10 am shadowflame1974: our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #UFchat Tomorrow at 5 pm CST
5:00 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:00 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:00 pm Daylilie222: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:18 pm tadbo: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
6:01 pm MerrieDestefano: Death, life, the quest for immortality. Join me on #UFchat today at 3 p.m. @InkGypsy and I will discuss the themes of AFTERLIFE and more!
6:02 pm specficdb: RT @MerrieDestefano: Death, life, the quest for immortality. Join me on #UFchat today at 3 p.m. @InkGypsy and I will discuss the themes of AFTERLIFE and more!
6:30 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
6:30 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
6:30 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
7:06 pm MerrieDestefano: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
8:00 pm UF_Chat: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
8:00 pm inkgypsy: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
8:00 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
9:00 pm inkgypsy: 2 hrs to #UFchat!What if we didn’t have to die but had 2nd chance? Chat life&death in UF + Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re AFTERLIFE & WIN! 3pmPST
9:00 pm UF_Chat: 2 hrs to #UFchat!What if we didn’t have to die but had 2nd chance? Chat life&death in UF + Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re AFTERLIFE & WIN! 3pmPST
10:00 pm inkgypsy: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:00 pm UF_Chat: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:03 pm QQwill: RT @inkgypsy: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:24 pm J_GriffinB: Going to tickle my girl till she gives up, hopefully before the start of #UFchat . #ufchat
10:25 pm inkgypsy: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:25 pm UF_Chat: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:25 pm Book_Faery: RT @inkgypsy: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:28 pm shadowflame1974: Count down to #UFchat 30 minutes. How death affects an MC. with special guest, @MerrieDestefano
10:30 pm UF_Chat: 30 mins to #UFchat! TODAY ask special guest author @Merriedestefano a question & you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of AFTERLIFE! 3pmPST
10:30 pm inkgypsy: 30 mins to #UFchat! TODAY ask special guest author @Merriedestefano a question & you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of AFTERLIFE! 3pmPST
10:44 pm shadowflame1974: 15 minutes to #UFchat. What happens after death? with guest @MerrieDestefano! Ask a question and be entered to win a book.
10:45 pm UF_Chat: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:45 pm inkgypsy: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:46 pm SpiceBites: RT @inkgypsy: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:46 pm SpiceBites: @inkgypsy Lookinf forward to #UFchat!
10:50 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #UFchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #UFchat
10:51 pm inkgypsy: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #UFchat
10:51 pm UF_Chat: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #UFchat
10:55 pm inkgypsy: Pulling on my #UFchat stomping boots, changing to mod hat & handing pair to kickass author @MerrieDestefano for our special Q&A w her today!
10:55 pm inkgypsy: @SpiceBites Yay! And today you might win something too.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ woo hoo! #UFchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: Urban fantasy people! We have a guest author’s brain to nibble on today! Plus you can win signed copy of AFTERLIFE #UFchat in 4 minutes!
10:57 pm inkgypsy: Urban fantasy people! We have a guest author’s brain to nibble on today! Plus you can win signed copy of AFTERLIFE #UFchat in 4 minutes!
10:59 pm J_GriffinB: Slides in… #ufchat
10:59 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Hello! Got questions I hope. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2… & now live with #UFchat! Life, death, resurrection, do-overs ? death is key force in UF but how is it really handled? #ufchat
11:00 pm soniawrite: hi ufchat #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: Life goes on in UF ? usually well after death. What does it do to life and death values if you get 2nd (& more) chances? #ufchat
11:00 pm Preternatural__: Cheers all! #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement, which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion). #ufchat
11:00 pm saramcclung: hi ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:00 pm MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Can I use #UFchat for a hashtag?
11:00 pm UF_Chat: @soniawrite Hi! Good to see you! ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Q1: People die and return to life all the time in UF ? what are the various ways people can ?come back?? #ufchat
11:01 pm J_GriffinB: @saramcclung Hey! #ufchat
11:01 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Please do ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano That’s excactly the right one. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:01 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano sure can hon! welcome everyone #ufchat
11:01 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Easier to go to: http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat #ufchat
11:01 pm inkgypsy: @MerrieDestefano I replied as mod – yes – perfect! #UFchat
11:02 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat ghosts, vampires, zombies are all ways to die and come back #UFchat
11:02 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat stinking dead, sparkly dead, mostly dead, misty dead… I’m sure I’m missing some deads here. #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Hello all! Guest author today – let’s warm up the topic a bit first to get us settled in – life & death. 1st question is up! #ufchat
11:02 pm soniawrite: @J_GriffinB sparkly dead? twilight vamps? #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Q1a: How much of themselves/their humanness do they retain? #ufchat
11:02 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB lol in other words zombies, vampires, did you mention ghosts? #ufchat
11:03 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano hello! your book is on my tbr. haven’t gotten to it yet though #UFchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: @soniawrite Couldn’t resist the jab. Oh. Horny dead. And the re-possessed. #ufchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 Misty, darling. Misty. #ufchat
11:03 pm ladytechie: Hmm, shade? #ufchat
11:03 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB aaahhhh I see #ufchat
11:03 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat q1a. sometimes a lot, sometimes none. but the change somehow, usually become harder #UFchat
11:03 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Hey! Guest author today – you want to pick her brain too? It’s tasty.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Q2: Death is usually violent and painful in UF ? can you think of any UF in which natural death occurs? #ufchat
11:04 pm ladytechie: Yes until they start chomping on people. Then not so much. #ufchat
11:05 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat accidental death? death by old age? um . . .no. #UFchat
11:05 pm shadowflame1974: Q1a sometimes not much at all. depends on what they come back as… #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: S: Joss Whedon got many kudos for his Buffy episode The Body in which Buffy?s mother dies a natural death she can?t fight. #ufchat
11:05 pm Preternatural__: S2 Ummm…honestly, no. #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Q2a: Why was The Body episode on Buffy series so powerful? #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A2: Not that takes place in the present narrative. Usually it’s the parental unit that died, leaving some trace… #ufchat
11:05 pm soniawrite: is suicide natural? #UFchat
11:06 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat I don’t think I saw that episode. #UFchat
11:06 pm ladytechie: A2: Because Buffy can fight anything but that. #ufchat
11:06 pm Preternatural__: @soniawrite Really? When Buffy’s mom dies? #UFchat
11:06 pm J_GriffinB: @soniawrite Not according to insurance and legal definitions, no. #ufchat
11:06 pm UF_Chat: Q3: Why is there such (unconscious) resistance to portraying natural death in UF? Especially when it?s such a prevalent device? #ufchat
11:07 pm soniawrite: anita blake’s mother died in an accident, didn’t she? that was accidental and it had a pretty strong impact on her. #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @soniawrite It’s considered his best ever by many – some controversy over why wasn’t put up for Emmy. #ufchat
11:07 pm soniawrite: @J_GriffinB just checking. thanks #UFchat
11:07 pm ladytechie: @soniawrite It was extremely moving and sad. #ufchat
11:08 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A3: Too prosaic, I should think. Readers and writers want to get the hell away from the halitosis & pimples of daily life #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: Q4: Other than as a vampire what other instances of resurrection (or similar – ie. actually dying & coming back) are in UF? #ufchat
11:08 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano No, worries. Just use your hashtag, yeah? #UFchat
11:08 pm soniawrite: @Preternatural__ yeah, really. i really don’t remember that. been watching it on netflix but I am only up season 2 #UFchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A4: Ghost springs to mind. #ufchat
11:09 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I was watching for it! lol I think you’re 6 for 6 since you started now – or more! #UFchat
11:09 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat I don’t remember this controversy. oh well #UFchat
11:09 pm Preternatural__: @soniawrite Ummm..Season 6? I wanna say…the one with Glory. #UFchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I still want to throw a pot with Demi. #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: Q4a: What were consequences, if any, of these characters coming back from the dead (eg special powers)? #ufchat
11:10 pm thedragongem: Q4: Ghosts. In the Women of the Otherworld series #UFchat
11:10 pm J_GriffinB: @inkgypsy It is a maxim I want writers to accept, therefore I preach the word! #ufchat
11:10 pm soniawrite: @Preternatural__ ohh. i don’t think i was watching buffy than #UFchat
11:10 pm shadowflame1974: Q2 Two come to mind CEMurphy’s Urban Shaman. Mother dies Lackey’s Dianne’s best friend Lennie dies of AIDS #ufchat
11:10 pm Preternatural__: @thedragongem Good point. or in the case of Eve, something else #UFchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: S: Our special guest today @MerrieDestefano has recently debuted with her novel AFTERLIFE ? set in alt-semi-future-world? #ufchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: S cont: … in which now possible to ?download? to new body when die so are essentially resurrected & get a 2nd life (up to 9 times) #ufchat
11:12 pm soniawrite: a4 ghosts are all i can think of #UFchat
11:12 pm UF_Chat: Q5: What might the repercussions be on the psyche of a character of coming back from natural death as opposed to a violent one? #ufchat
11:12 pm ladytechie: 4a: Families are affected. Some accepting, some not so much. #UFChat
11:12 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat depends on what they came back as. as vamps, well, blood and all that. ghosts – it depends on the writer does ghosts #UFchat
11:13 pm UF_Chat: Q6: Natural death (& coming back from it) has possibility of making character feel more helpless than ?surviving? violent one. Why? #ufchat
11:13 pm thedragongem: The Crow was a Revenant #UFchat
11:13 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I think it’s am excellent cause. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:14 pm shadowflame1974: Violent death would have PTSD attached Natural: having unfinished business left to attend to. Maybe overly enthusiastic over things #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: S: Interesting 2 note many legendary monsters that traditionally threatened life are transformed in UF to become ?alt-life? options! #ufchat
11:14 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Does nine play out further into the series as the ‘special number?’ #UFchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: S cont: Eg vampire ? life after death, zombies ? life tho traditionally ?dead? etc #ufchat
11:14 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I think that might depend on the nature of the natural death, & whether the ‘copies’ have the same flaw that led to demise. #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: Q7: Why do you think this is especially prevalent in the UF genre? #ufchat
11:14 pm soniawrite: q6: a violent is more likely to affect the psyche too I think #UFchat
11:15 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane No other number seemed to work for me, plus I wanted at least 500 years of life. #ufchat
11:15 pm soniawrite: the dead people who come back to life in the highlander? #UFchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Preternatural__ Not sure if she’s grabbing last minute coffee – ask again if she doesn’t reply. Good question. #ufchat
11:15 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ Oh, hello! No special significance in number other than it gave me the lifespan (500 years) that I wanted. #ufchat
11:15 pm SpiceBites: Q7: Would Zombies count? #UFChat
11:16 pm MerrieDestefano: Sorry, have I missed some questions? =( #ufchat #amslowtypist
11:16 pm CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano It does seem natural. If you didn’t do 9, ppl would prolly be like, why not 9? #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Reminder to #UFchat watchers – please use hashtag so we & Merrie can see your comment/question (& you can be entered to win too.) ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Q8: What UF characters not already turned or ?returned? might consider a resurrection? Why? #ufchat
11:16 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Did the blend on SF/UF come from what you read or you just dig both genres? #UFchat
11:17 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Just tuning in..and reading through the thread to try and catch up-hi everyone!! #UFchat
11:17 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane yeah, I didn’t want double digits. Didn’t want 3 or 7, 9 just worked for me. #ufchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Nope – no misses as Mr. P is asking again. We’re almost up to intro-ing you. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: S: In AFTERLIFE people who download selves to new body & life get a ?babysitter? for the 1st week to help them adjust. #ufchat
11:17 pm ladytechie: Afterlife was amazingly original, well-written and thought-provoking. I loved it! #UFChat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Q9: How would you imagine your first week would be in a new body after dying & leaving old life behind? Perks? Cons? #ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Did we skip Q7b? #ufchat #lost
11:18 pm SpiceBites: Q8: Mummies might want to resurrection for revenge #UFChat
11:18 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat mostly cons, I should think #UFchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @ladytechie I thought it was a wonderful addition to genre too – diff approach but still strong UF feel! Loved it. #ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: Very few perks except extended life. First week is disorienting & you struggle with all your memories coming back at once. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: At the same time, you can?t remember important things, like looking both ways before crossing a street. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: On the other hand, you are stunningly beautiful in first week. Again, not necessarily good, because of kidnappings. [3/3] #UFchat
11:19 pm CarolynCrane: @SpiceBites LOL Has anybody done a mummy UF? #UFChat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Heh heh – not yet. Still in 1st 10 questions. Not in the Merrie questions yet – almost – 1 to go. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:19 pm shadowflame1974: Q9 distorted. getting used to new body how it moves compared to the old one. #ufchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: Q10: Life goes on in UF ? usually well after death. What does it do to life and death values if you get 2nd (& more) chances? #ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: Almost anyone might decide to resurrect, although you can?t if you?ve committed a capital crime or any sort of terrorism. [1/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: The twist is that not everyone wants to resurrect. Groups of people, called One-Timers choose death over life; [2/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: They hold pro-death ralleys and fight for the right to choose death. Nine-Timers, on the other hand, fight for more life. [3/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: There are even suicide cults, people who have become addicted to the resurrection process. [4/4] #UFchat
11:19 pm Jinxie_G: Ah crap. See? Now I really do have another book to add to my TBR pile! Told you @MerrieDestefano. *runs away from #UFchat*
11:20 pm SpiceBites: @CarolynCrane There so should be one –mummy UF that is ;P #UFChat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: It?s now time to introduce our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #ufchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: AFTERLIFE= Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher. Thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt New Orleans where life after death is big business. #ufchat
11:20 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: It?s now time to introduce our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #ufchat
11:20 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ I don’t read much UF, more SF and other genres. #ufchat
11:20 pm Book_Faery: Ahh it’s so fun hearing @MerrieDestefano discuss AFTERLIFE. Loved reading that book! #UFchat
11:20 pm J_GriffinB: RT @MerrieDesteffano Anyone might decide to resurrect, although you can?t if you?ve committed a capital crime or terrorism. #ufchat
11:20 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano suicide cults? really? wow sounds they glamorize death #UFchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: Welcome @MerrieDestefano! Thank you for joining us today & for enabling the giveaway too (signed copy of her book!). #ufchat
11:21 pm CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat @MerrieDestefano Wow, that sounds really interesting an cool. And, they don’t look like themselves? #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: I?ll ask Q’s until 3:45-ish & then will open floor for all other Q’s. If have on-topic Q during Q&A pls address Merrie & use hashtag #ufchat
11:21 pm MerrieDestefano: Hi, everyone! #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: ? otherwise please hold Q?s till floor is opened. Remember ALL questions to Merrie will be entered into signed book giveaway today! #ufchat
11:21 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Nice. I’ll bring up SF influences when not here *grin* #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Congratulations on your debut novel and the positive response! #ufchat
11:21 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Thanks for inviting me! Sorry for answering all the wrong questions. DUh. #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q1: When did you first have the idea for AFTERLIFE? #ufchat
11:21 pm ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano this sounds awesome. They come back as adults? #ufchat
11:22 pm CarolynCrane: @SpiceBites *thinking about mummies now* #UFChat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @Preternatural__ No – no – ask here too! Curious. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:22 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano hi! #UFchat
11:22 pm MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Yes, always adults. =) #ufchat
11:22 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: About 2-3 years ago. Grew from a science article I read about how lengthening telomeres in DNA could give us immortality. #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Actually they worked well. ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q1a: Per the description ? how would you say AFTERLIFE like Jim Butcher? How about Bladerunner? #ufchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1a: Unfortunately, haven?t read Jim Butcher?s books, so can?t comment. However, I love Philip K. Dick and social sci fi… [1/3] #Ufchat
11:23 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano OK, since I read a lot of SF as well, what do you like/who influenced you? #UFchat
11:23 pm CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat OMG! I’m sorry. I just blunder in with questions! #ufchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: writers influence other writers. Bladerunner is a dark world where clones struggle for their right 2 live (in the movie) [3/3] #Ufchat
11:23 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano So glad u r here, I checked out Afterlife on Amazon & love the way the first bit reads @UF_Chat #UFChat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: In AFTERLIFE, people struggle for the right to die or the right to live forever. [3/3] #UFchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Thanks! =) #ufchat
11:24 pm MerrieDestefano: Still hoping I am doing this right. #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: @CarolynCrane S’ok – hard to tame the rabble. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Each chat is a little diff so we all try ways to help author Q&As keep track. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: S: AFTERLIFE is not your usual UF ? eg. futuristic/UF mix, strong tech presence, w multi 1st person POVs. #ufchat
11:24 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane LOL. And I blundered in answering the wrong questions! #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q2: While definitely works, why decide to focus on UF market instead of eg sci-fi? What is appeal to UF readers? #ufchat
11:24 pm sandrawickham: Right now @MerrieDestefano is the guest over at #UFchat if you want to join in. Her book AFTERLIFE sounds excellent!
11:24 pm ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Afterlife was totally amazing and actually was what drove me to write one of my first reviews on Goodreads. #UFChat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Somebody poke me with a long stick when it’s time for me to answer another question. #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: My editor saw a lot of UF elements in AFTERLIFE, & we worked 2 make those stronger: dark, noir world, strong female… [1/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham It really is. Gorgeous writing on top of great story! #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: character, first person POV, end of world scenario, life-after-death themes. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: Sometimes thinking outside of the box can make a book stronger. So far, have had great response from UF readers. [3/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: S: Merrie also co-wrote the text for the Walter Foster book How to Draw Zombies ? clearly she?s no stranger to the undead! #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q3: In what way are the new bodies of people resurrected in AFTERLIFE similar to other undead – if at all? #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: My editor is made out of pure gold, BTW. #ufchat
11:26 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie Awww! So sweet. Thank you! #ufchat
11:26 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Since Afterlife sounds quite different than most, was it harder to sell? #UFChat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Nice! (editor kudos – always great to hear. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:26 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3: Not similar to zombies at all; maybe slightly similar to vampires in that insatiable quest for life. #UFchat
11:26 pm CarolynCrane: It is interesting topic, death, and how the post-dead of all kinds have both advantages and liabilities #ufchat
11:27 pm MerrieDestefano: Must pay attention. Almost missed my question. #imanerd #ufchat
11:27 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Do you mean to a publisher or a reader? #ufchat
11:27 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Did you have D Gill edit AFTERLIFE? #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q3a: Did working on How to Draw Zombies & Afterlife ever overlap ? did one ever affect the other? #ufchat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a: AFTERLIFE was finished when I did the How to Draw Zombies book, so zombies did not affect the novel. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q4: What sort of research did you do for AFTERLIFE? #ufchat
11:28 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano To a publisher…. #UFChat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a: However, working on the zombie book got me over my creep factor. I really didn?t like zombies co-wrote the zombie book. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:28 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano She is all sorts of awesome when you look at the titles she edits =) #UFchat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a. Now I think I would like add a zombie or two to some future novel. Not AFTERLIFE, though. [3/3] #Ufchat
11:29 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites I think the important thing is to find agent/editor/publisher who share your vision. #ufchat
11:30 pm CarolynCrane: aQ7 In a way, UF tames monsters for people in a “scary” era, but it also apparently tames death, too. In so many books. #ufchat
11:30 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano And what publisher are you with? #ufchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano I’ll try to wait for your multi answers (thanks for putting the 3/3 indicators!) #UFchat
11:30 pm MerrieDestefano: Q4: Researched New Orleans, the history, the culture, the food, the music, the French Quarter, the bayou, the plants.#UFchat
11:30 pm MerrieDestefano: Q4: Also, researched French terms. #ufchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q5: What was it that got you interested in the concept of resurrection technology, if anything? #ufchat
11:31 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano LOL! Those must have been some fun research trips, esp. the food & music one ;P #UFChat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano: Seems lots room to explore stories of ?second chances? in world of AFTERLIFE ? what they would do & why. (cont) #ufchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q6: Any chance we?ll see some of those ?second chance? stories? #ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: By second chance stories, do you mean sequels? If so, yes. There?s lots of room for sequel stories in this world. [1/3]#Ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: I?m finishing a project right now. As soon as it?s done (mid-January), I plan to start an AFTERLIFE sequel. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: So many people who have read AFTERLIFE have already asked me for a sequel, which is really cool! [2/3] #Ufchat
11:33 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano RT @J_GriffinB Publisher is Eos/HarperCollins. Will change names soon to Voyager/HarperCollins. #ufchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Amazing detail w/out actually being there! Kudos! #UFchat RT @MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites I wish I could have taken a trip to NOLA. =(
11:33 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7: New Orleans is wonderfully fleshed out – like character in book. What made you choose the city to set story in? #ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: Oh, so many reasons! Loved the City of the Dead cemeteries, loved the culture, loved that it is the birthplace of jazz. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: Plus I have a great respect for the people of the city [NOLA] and what they have gone through with Katrina. I wanted to.. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: increase public awareness of the city and the people. [3/3] #UFchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7a: You live in Southern CA. How did you go about researching New Orleans in such vivid detail? #ufchat
11:35 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: I read everything I could find, from blog posts to books to magazines. Anything that would tell me about the city. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:35 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: Plus a year earlier, I ran a special issue of Victorian Homes mag that featured NOLA. [I was the editor then] [2/3] #Ufchat
11:36 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: So I already had a LOT of facts in my head by the time I wrote the book. [3/3]#Ufchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Ooh nice insider look! (Magazine article editor) #ufchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7b: Can you pls describe the New Orleans of AFTERLIFE? The social structure/layers/levels? #ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: AFTERLIFE is set in near future New Orleans, in a time when people can resurrect instead of die, through a [1/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: company called Fresh Start. It’s a dark world and society has basically been turned inside out. Very few children born [2/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: families almost non-existent. People now “invent” their own families by meeting people in virtual reality chat bars. [3/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: Virtual reality can take you anywhere in the world; But even with 9 potential lives, people still crave immortality. [4/4] #Ufchat
11:38 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Thanks! =) #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: @MerriDestefano Q8: With resurrection tech avail. there is group of people: “One Timers”. Can you explain their POV of life/death? #ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: One-Timers are a group of people who choose not to resurrect, either for religious or moral or personal reasons. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: The family that owns the resurrection technology happened to be One-Timers, so they were conflicted. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: I really enjoy working with characters that are conflicted. =) [3/3] #UFchat
11:39 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q9: Is a pro-death priest in AFTERLIFE – sounds contrary to our understanding of priests. Can you explain his POV? #ufchat
11:40 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: Yes, a lot of religious people in AFTERLIFE are pro-death. It?s similar to how people now are pro-life. [1/2] #Ufchat
11:40 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: I don?t think that character had a POV. But he believed in giving people the right to choose death over resurrection. [2/2] #UFchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Priest had Chapter opening quote if memory serves. #UFchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: S: Some UF has long-lived vamps changing name, starting new life in new place after while to stay hidden, like resurrected in bk. #ufchat
11:41 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Yeah, that’s the priest. =) #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q10: Did you have vampires in mind at all when writing the ?life jumps?? #ufchat
11:42 pm MerrieDestefano: Q10: No, not vampires. I think our quest for immortality goes beyond vampires. In other words, [1/2] #Ufchat
11:42 pm MerrieDestefano: Q10: I believe mankind has craved immortality long before vampires came into the picture. [2/2] #UFchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: S: One of MCs in AFTERLIFE is Chaz Dominguez who is a ?Babysitter? ? a feared/respected job/position. #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q11: What is a ?babysitter? and how did you come up with the concept? #ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: Babysitters watch over you when you resurrect. They have more power than the local or international police #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: As I worked on the story, in my mind, I realized that Newbies would be too vulnerable on their own. #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: So I created Babysitters and made the main character one. #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: So the book has one POV of a Newbie and one of a Babysitter. #UFchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q11a: I imagine training for a Babysitter would be tough! Are there other babysitters in world? How do they train? #ufchat
11:44 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11a: Absolutely! Lots of Babysitters. Training would be like training for a Navy SEAL. #UFchat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q12: How is death treated differently by world of AFTERLIFE compared to a) us b) other UF series/characters? #ufchat
11:44 pm MerrieDestefano: I feel like I’m “over-talking” everyone. Pure silence. #ufchat
11:45 pm MerrieDestefano: Q12: Not sure about other UF series. But in AFTERLIFE, death is like the unspoken fear. Everyone tries to forget it exists. #UFchat
11:45 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Mummification processes of the Egyptians comes to mind; including servants, pets, food in afterlife a good example. #ufchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano I think they’re watching, fascinated & waiting for open question time. ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:45 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano *listening/reading chat* I’ll ask at the general *L* #UFchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q13: Why did you decide 9 times would be the maximum times resurrection technology would work? (eg Symbolic etc) #ufchat
11:45 pm soniawrite: no, i am just listioning. reading, that is #UFchat
11:45 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano reading in rapt attention ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFChat
11:45 pm Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano I’ll be over soon, just wrapping Xmas shopping and stuff. ARGH. Want. To. CHAT. #ufchat
11:46 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano and moderator asked us to shut it till 1/4 till. #ufchat
11:46 pm MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines Want you to chat! #ufchat
11:46 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB Oh, yeah. =) #ufchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano OK, let me jump in the shower and get dressed, will be over to chat in like 15-20 mins #ufchat
11:46 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines We’re here – open questions soon -thought you might like to see an author Q&A. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Plus topic & Merrie are awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ ) #UFchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13: No other number seemed right to me. Didn?t like Three-Timers or Six-Timers. Plus I really wanted to create a world where [1/2] #UFchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13: people could live to be 500 years old. I felt like that was long enough to create an entirely different world. [2/2] #UFchat
11:47 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Nice. ๐Ÿ˜› #UFchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q13a: What are restrictions of resurrection in AFTERLIFE? Can you ‘upgrade’ to better looks, better athlete etc? #ufchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Almost missed my question! Argh. #ufchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13a: you can upgrade to almost anything. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q14: The dog Omega is very important character. Considering 9 lives etc why write a dog & not a cat? #ufchat
11:48 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q13a: but you can only keep 50 % of your memories. #ufchat
11:48 pm MerrieDestefano: Q14: I wanted the dog to be able to interact more with people, to save lives if necessary. A cat wouldn?t have been able to do that. #Ufchat
11:48 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I want upgrades: No dyslexia, better joints, thank you. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q15: What do you think is handled well regarding life vs death in UF genre? What aspects are unexplored/avoided? #ufchat
11:49 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Tough question. I think UF handles the supernatural elements very well. #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano LAST Q b4 floor open: If you ?yourself, in this reality- had the option to be resurrected, would you? Why/why not? #ufchat
11:50 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q15: But rarely ever deal with the science. #ufchat
11:50 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q15: I also think theology not covered that much. But maybe I haven’t read enough UF. #ufchat
11:51 pm MerrieDestefano: Q16: No, I?m a One-Timer. Like my main character, Chaz. One life and then I?m done. I believe in heaven and want to go there. =) #UFchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: NOW OPENING FLOOR FOR Q?s. Remember each person asking gets entered into giveaway today! Pls @MerrieDestefano & add #UFchat hashtag. #ufchat
11:51 pm MerrieDestefano: I think I survived. #ufchat
11:51 pm ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Relationships are key in this book. What drove your depiction of the relationship between the brothers/father? #UFChat
11:52 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Sounds like the usual suspect, but who influenced you in SF? #UFchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Now you get lots of questions from all over… ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:52 pm MerrieDestefano: Whoa, I feel like I was juggling eels there. #ufchat
11:52 pm ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano i’m so intrigued. What sorts of new religions has this science created? #ufchat
11:53 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie I love relationships. To me, Chaz and Russ approached their struggles so differently. Both loved their father. #ufchat
11:53 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano lol no now comes the eel juggling ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:53 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie but one fell apart (Russ) when difficulties came along, one grew stronger (Chaz) #ufchat
11:53 pm soniawrite: okay this may seem like a silly question, but who are your fav authors? also, did you read any books on writing? #UFchat
11:54 pm MerrieDestefano: Strong, 3-dimensional characters are crucial for a good plot, to me. #ufchat
11:54 pm J_GriffinB: @marieDestefano: Why only 50% of memories? #ufchat
11:54 pm inkgypsy: @soniawrite You might need to address Merrie directly for her to see your question. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:54 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ Loved Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Michael Crichton. #ufchat
11:55 pm MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 EEEEEEELLLSSS! #ufchat
11:55 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano okay this may seem like a silly question, but who are your fav authors? also, did you read any books on writing? #UFchat
11:55 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Damn straight! #ufchat
11:56 pm soniawrite: @inkgypsy thanks! #UFchat
11:56 pm MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Loved James Scott Bell’s writing books, BIRD BY BIRD, WRITING DOWN THE BONES. #ufchat
11:56 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Can a resurrected return to a love from a former life/reincarnation? #UFChat
11:56 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I just saw your pot comment.. ROFL! #UFchat
11:57 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Do you intend to attend any writing cons in the next year? World Fantasy, World Science Fiction Convention #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB To be mean. =) Seriously, life needs challenge. And when you break the rules, you must pay a price. #ufchat
11:57 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano When and why did you begin to write fiction after being involved with several magazines? #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: BTW, I will answer all questions, even if it takes me awhile. =) #ufchat
11:57 pm magelly: @MerrieDestefano Twitter chat can be very frantic. Keeping up with all that stuff. #ufchat
11:58 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Yeah, if you’re in SoCal, you could do ComicCon =) #UFchat
11:58 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano thabnks! spicebites is a good queston – how does family come into all this? #UFchat
11:58 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Do you mean could you return to live with your old boyfriend? Sure, if he wants you. Some thorns in this rose. #ufchat
11:58 pm MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Think I missed the pot comment. Must find! #ufchat
11:59 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano So it’s purely a Mcguffin, placed there to challenge the characters? #ufchat
11:59 pm MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 I always wanted to write fiction and have done so for a long time. The mag editor position was to pay the bills. #ufchat
11:59 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano I can see complications for a future book, unrequited love, the ex who refuses to die…. #UFChat
11:59 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB Yes! I’m going to World Fantasy Con in SD, Comic Con in SD, ConDor in SD, maybe RT in LA. #ufchat
December 12, 2010
MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ totally. I went last year. it was SO much fun. #ufchat
J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano See you at WFC, then. Renovation? #ufchat
12:01 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB A McGuffin? I don’t understand. I’m very dense. #ufchat
12:01 am Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano SDCC is Always a blast! Lemme know what booth you’re at pls. #UFchat
12:01 am MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Yes, plus your time lines might not match up unless you died at same time. #ufchat
12:02 am UF_Chat: Last call for questions for @MerrieDestefano today (& entry into our signed book giveaway) – Ask Merrie now! #ufchat
12:02 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano A plot mechanism to challenge the characters/aid the writer in storytelling. #ufchat
12:02 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe I don’t think science created any religion. But religions changed. #ufchat
12:02 am Preternatural__: @J_GriffinB Yeah, you explain McGuffin in 140 characters or less *L* #UFchat
12:02 am SpiceBites: Dagnabbit, I’ve to go for a limo ride in 13 mins…but this was fun & v. interesting! #UFChat
12:02 am shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano when the person comes back does he get to chose what memories to keep or is it luck as to what processes? #ufchat
12:03 am J_GriffinB: @Preternatural__ Think I just did! #ufchat
12:03 am ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano what does this new science do to religion? R there new sects? #ufchat
12:03 am soniawrite: @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano i can see whole family soap opera! tragedies! especially with the 50 % memory thing #UFchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: @SpiceBites We’ll announce winner in about 1/2 hr. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:03 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Families often break up, lose contact with one another. People build fake families through Virtual Reality chat rooms. #ufchat
12:03 am J_GriffinB: @SpiceBites Careful. Those that ride in limos in my tales end up getting shot at a lot. #ufchat
12:04 am SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Nice to meet you & good luck! I’m looking forward to reading Afterlife. #UFChat
12:04 am J_GriffinB: @soniawrite @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano Might be a blessing for some families. #ufchat
12:04 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB I think I need to learn more about McGuffins or whatever they are! I need to use them more often! #ufchat
12:04 am Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for stopping by =) #UFchat
12:04 am CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano What’s the most important issue/question for you, in the book. #ufchat
12:04 am MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 Yes, you get to choose what memories to keep. But still, someone you know may have erased you from their memory. #ufchat
12:04 am SpiceBites: @J_GriffinB I think I’m more in danger of getting trampled by overexcited kids trying to see xmas lights. LOL! #UFChat
12:05 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Yes, new religions or more like cults. I didn’t go in to that too much. Just implied. Suicide cults. #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Changes in major religions. The lack of death changed so much in the world of AFTERLIFE. #ufchat
12:06 am shadowflame1974: @SpiceBites lol ouch watch the toes! #ufchat
12:06 am VampBookClub: RT @UF_Chat: Last call for questions for @MerrieDestefano today (& entry into our signed book giveaway) – Ask Merrie now! #ufchat
12:06 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Perhaps your next one in the series? #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe It was like a long dark shadow fell over the world when they took away death. #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Exactly! Me too! #ufchat
12:06 am SpiceBites: @UF_Chat I’ll check the transcripts l8r for the winner. Deepest apologies for blundering w/ques. earlier. & Thanx for moderating! #UFChat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Thanks so much and thanks for dropping by! #ufchat
12:06 am soniawrite: @J_GriffinB @soniawrite @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano can only imagine the serial killers. & stalkers – being stalked through 9 lives #UFchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: RT @CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano What’s the most important issue/question for you, in the book. #ufchat
12:07 am SpiceBites: Toodles all! Have fun! #UFChat
12:07 am ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano What was the one part of the story to which you later realized you wished you gave more depth? #UFChat
12:07 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB @soniawrite @SpiceBites To not stay together? I think a lot of people would rather have diff. parents/sister/brothers. #ufchat
12:08 am inkgypsy: @soniawrite What a creepy 9and yet cool) idea! Multi-life stalker etc #UFchat
12:08 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat @CarolynCrane @MerrieDestefano And how is the technology policed? #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for coming & answering our questions today & for the giveaway bonus! Any closing comments you?d like to add? #ufchat
12:08 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano My thoughts too. Forget all the shit pulled on you by siblings, the disappointments, etc. especially abusive house #ufchat
12:08 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite OOOOH, what a great idea! #ufchat
12:09 am J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for coming & answering our questions today & for the giveaway bonus! #ufchat
12:09 am soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano oh, why, thank you lol #UFchat
12:09 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Interesting charac study there-patterns evident even in kids who don’t remember etc -seeing that after erased memories & #UFchat
12:10 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB and trying to figure out the mystery of past would be twisted fun to write! #UFchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: FINAL BIG Q @MerrieDestefano Where can people find you online/contact you to ask questions about your book or other writing? #ufchat
12:11 am J_GriffinB: @inkgypsy Nine Princes in Amber comes to mind. He knows he can’t trust Random, but still likes him. Can’t explain it. #ufchat
12:11 am soniawrite: @inkgypsy yeah so very creepy. but interesting to read about #UFchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: I wonder if our guest got booted off for all the awesome comments? #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: I will post Merrie’s website and you know where to find her on Twitter! Think we may have lost her to API limits… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks again for being our special guest today! We wish you every success with AFTERLIFE & hope to read more soon! #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat today! Next week is a Winter Solstice/Christmas/holiday themed #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Having a special holiday?themed #UFchat next week, then break due to public holidays and return in 2011 w many UF authors booked to Q&A!
12:13 am ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Yes, thank you! #UFChat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Got a topic you want to chat about? Let me know! (@inkgypsy) I?ll add it to the list & maybe even bump up the chat-date for it. ? #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Some additional resources on AFTERLIFE, and life and death in urban fantasy and speculative fiction: #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #ufchat
12:14 am J_GriffinB: And yes, thanks again @marriedestefano and thanks for hosting, @inkgypsy ! #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano?s website with info & reviews on AFTERLIFE: http://bit.ly/ijHhEW #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Speculative faith: urban fantasy – Afterlife:The Resurrection Chronicles http://bit.ly/fjbYzh #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Bringing Back the Dead ? Lame or Awesome? http://bit.ly/i0U8Gt (Thanks to @AnassaRh for this link!) #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Killing Off Characters by Nikki Mantyla http://bit.ly/faVaVI #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Gothic, Paranormal & UF for Tweens & Teens ? many recommended have ?how to cope with death? central to themes: http://bit.ly/e6Ykjn #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Buffy ?The Body? episode is a good example of how to write crying scenes (article) http://bit.ly/ia8AIZ #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Vampirology from Creation to Death & Dusting (much from Buffy but a lot in common with much UF) http://bit.ly/dHQrUh #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: DVD Commentary text on Buffy series episode The Body by Joss Whedon, when her mom dies natural death http://bit.ly/gG19NL #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Humungous thnx to @Shadowflame1974, @AnassaRh & @Daylilie222 – all helped in diff ways during my fur-baby emergency this week. xx #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: #UFchat transcript available on the #UFchat blog in 48hrs-ish, allowing for late comments. Just use the hashtag. ? #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Now to tally up entries & choose winner for signed copy of AFTERLIFE via random.org!! ? stick around if you want to see who won! #ufchat
12:17 am J_GriffinB: Sticking. #ufchat
12:17 am soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano – thanks for answering all the questions #UFchat
12:18 am shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestafano Thanks for the eel juggling. It was very entertaining ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
12:18 am shadowflame1974: @InkGypsy no worries on the help hon #ufchat
12:18 am CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat This has been so interesting. Your book sounds awesome. #UFchat @MerrieDestefano
12:21 am inkgypsy: @CarolynCrane Thanks! Merrie is awesome & her writing is just lovely-beautiful words on top of gritty, xlnt story. Thx for coming! #UFchat
12:25 am Jess_Haines: Yaaay, I’m finally here! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope I didn’t miss much. o.o #ufchat
12:27 am shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines lol Just in time for the drawing ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
12:27 am Jess_Haines: @shadowflame1974 Woot! ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
12:35 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I forgot the hashtag – oops – pls add #UFchat to your question!
12:37 am Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano So I didn’t get to toss a question in there–what do you consider your go-to resource RE: resurrection? Books, web? #ufchat
12:40 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I have sent her a mail.. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:41 am Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Awesome, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Very interested in hearing what she used for research! #ufchat
12:47 am J_GriffinB: Unt ze vinner ist? #ufchat
12:50 am UF_Chat: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:50 am inkgypsy: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:51 am Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Congrats ! =) #ufchat
12:51 am shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: And the winner is(drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #ufchat
12:51 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Congratulations! Woot! #UFchat
12:51 am J_GriffinB: Thanks! Wow. #ufchat
12:52 am shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB ROFL YOU! #ufchat
12:52 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Your number was 2 by the way – guess it’s lucky for you! #UFchat ๐Ÿ™‚
12:52 am J_GriffinB: I’m about to #2 from excitement. #ufchat
12:53 am J_GriffinB: Schweet, though, really! #ufchat
12:53 am shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB snicker…. #ufchat
12:54 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB *eyeroll then throws confetti – times 2* #UFchat
12:55 am J_GriffinB: unable to find email addy for her, and she’s not following. Shall I send my physical addy to you for forwarding? #ufchat
12:56 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB BTW if you can’t DM Merrie let me know and I can email her your address. Alternately you can contact her on Facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:56 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 That’s not to say I HAVE your address.. not yet anyway.. lol #UFchat
12:56 am Wulfie_: RT @UF_Chat: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:57 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB That’s not to say I HAVE your address.. not yet anyway.. lol #UFchat
12:57 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB LOL Yes please – I’ll get it to her straight away. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:59 am J_GriffinB: Done. #ufchat
1:10 am soniawrite: @J_GriffinB congrats on winning the book! #UFchat
6:31 am MerrieDestefano: Thanks again to everyone who hung out at #ufchat today. ๐Ÿ™‚
6:42 am MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines Hi! Re your question…do U mean research for the book or the resurrection process? I use the Web a lot in my research. #ufchat
6:43 am MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines As far as the resurrection process, I made it up. Some nuggets of science here & there, like telomeres. #ufchat
8:59 am AnassaRh: All right. Settling down for #UFChat. Suggest: Death, dying, etc. Should be interesting?
9:01 am AnassaRh: A1: Vampires, weres, zombies, ghosts. Less obviously, fake/temporary death, magical reinsertion of soul, magical loopholes. #ufchat
9:02 am AnassaRh: A1a: Depends on book. Sometimes most of it. Sometimes all of it. Usually in between somewhere. #ufchat
9:08 am AnassaRh: A2: Not offhand, no. I spy a gap in need of filling? #ufchat
9:10 am AnassaRh: A3: Violent death is more exciting? It can spur the plot, give added drive to the MC? #ufchat
9:11 am AnassaRh: Revenge, dying wishes, etc. are more powerful devices when violence factors in. Also adds grit/noir to story. #ufchat
9:13 am AnassaRh: Although “Child, I always regretted not tracking down that witch.” is equally powerful to “Child, find the werewolf that killed me.” #ufchat
9:14 am AnassaRh: Hmm. Going back to the slaying family idea from a couple weeks ago? Warriors dislike bed deaths. No honor. Same with slayers? #ufchat
9:15 am AnassaRh: Would an anti-slaying child take up arms on their parents’ dying wish? Would a slayer do everything possible to die in battle? #ufchat
9:19 am AnassaRh: Okay, now that tangent’s over? A4a: Powers are pretty much a given. Also temp disorientation, trauma, confusion, denial. #ufchat
9:20 am AnassaRh: Hey! Do resurrected monsters ever get PTSD? Esp. if a were’s conscious for the initial change? #ufchat
9:25 am AnassaRh: A6: They couldn’t stop it. It will happen again, same result. Also, if it’s death by age, there’s gradual weakening of the body. #ufchat
9:42 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh So glad you’re chiming in tonight! #UFchat Another of those topics I expected to find lots of posts on and barely found anything!
9:42 am AnassaRh: A7: Desire to humanize the monsters. Because we want to be immortal. Because UF is the anti-horror? #ufchat
9:43 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Because UF bumps back those things in the night..? ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
9:45 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Perhaps #ufchat will spark a rash of posts, then? I was surprised as well. I’d think a geeky lit major?
9:45 am AnassaRh: Ha, yes! RT @inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Because UF bumps back those things in the night..? ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
9:48 am AnassaRh: A9: Cons: You wouldn’t have the same (or any) sense memory. Might not recognize your body. Might not be recognized. Bigots. #ufchat
9:48 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh I think some aspiring UF author (who doesn’t have a billion deadlines) could easily blog daily on ideas from a weekly #UFchat!
9:49 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Ooh – totally forgot to bring up the sense memory of heart transplant patients & hand transplants too…#UFchat
9:49 am AnassaRh: A9: Perks: Young and healthy body (we hope). Fresh slate, possible new identity. #ufchat
9:50 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh .. there’s scientific evidence of ‘previous owner’s personality embedded in them – particularly heart! (Frankenstein OMG!) #UFchat
9:50 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Even in the heart? Do you have a link? That sounds cool! (Didn’t Koontz already write a book off that idea?) #ufchat
9:51 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Must ask if clones are adult, what about sense memory of ’empty’ bodies – what would be lacking from grown from kid human? #UFchat
9:52 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Depends on type of cloning. Clone in vat from infancy? Everything. Clone in nursery? Very little, but not YOURS. #ufchat
9:53 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh ESPECIALLY the heart – artistic talent transfer, partner preference & more Medical article read. Can’t remember where… #UFchat
9:53 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy I’m assuming clone had to start as kid. Know of no scientific way to do otherwise. #ufchat
9:53 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh In AFTERLIFE the clone/download bodies are all full grown as children can’t ‘download’/be downloaded to. #UFchat
9:54 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Another question, maybe better: What would the clone have sense memory for, that the original wouldn’t? #ufchat
9:54 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Little vague on the cloning process myself – imagine tanks & vats – like the movies & X-Files. #UFchat
9:55 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Yes that too! (clone’s sense memory ADDITION to normal humans) #UFchat
9:55 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Ooh. Must look that up! Think we’ll ever do heart transplants just to get better art skills? #ufchat
9:55 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh That gets very black market super quick… *shudder* #UFchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy And if the clones incur some kind of trauma? An abusive nurse, maybe? #ufchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Makes for a great story, though, doesn’t it? #ufchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Fair enough. #ufchat
9:57 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Yes – would be interesting if figured out how to track sense memory!! (eek – supernatural ability alert!) #UFchat
9:57 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy As far as I understand it, human clones would be like sheep clones. Cell culture ?> test tube baby ?> child? #ufchat
9:58 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Or… now that they can just grow various body parts you could put them together… *shudders again* #UFchat
9:58 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy I think vat-clone thing can be seen as womb metaphor. Maybe even intended as such: pump nutrients in, grow clone faster. #ufchat
9:59 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Sorry for horrifying you so late at night. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #ufchat
9:59 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh You kidding? I live in this universe! LOL #UFchat What do you think I think about all day/night? LOL
10:00 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Besides it’s early yet – sun-up a long way away… ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
10:07 am AnassaRh: A10: Can see life-after-death heightening life (death sux) or lowering (life not the end). #ufchat
10:08 am AnassaRh: A10: Real question is, if you become a vampire, /can/ you take it all with you? What are the legalities behind resurrection? #ufchat
6:03 pm hannahnpbowman: @inkgypsy @AnassaRh Jumping in late, but in Vorkosigan saga, clones are raised as children, then have brain transplants. #ufchat
6:04 pm hannahnpbowman: @inkgypsy @AnassaRh Old personality is destroyed, replaced by new one (of brain). Basically murder. #ufchat
6:24 pm AnassaRh: @hannahnpbowman @inkgypsy Almost forgot about the Vorkosigan saga because we were talking UF! #ufchat
6:24 pm AnassaRh: @hannahnpbowman @inkgypsy But those clones were the inspiration for my “raised as kids” comment. Feel terrible for them. Ugh. #ufchat
7:10 pm hannahnpbowman: @AnassaRh @inkgypsy I’ve still got Vorkosigans on the brain… (pun unintentional) #ufchat
8:21 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy I’ve thought of using #UFchat as a resource for writing at Indie Urban Fantasy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
8:24 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy Real cloning isn’t too mysterious: An egg/ovum is implanted w cloned DNA, allowed to grow. No vats, just a normal baby. #UFchat
9:24 pm AnassaRh: On my blog: Trying Something New – #UFChat Recap http://bit.ly/fPaFVv
11:23 am inkgypsy: @lunalindsey Please DO use #UFchat as a resource! one of the reasons I created it is so writers could use it. ๐Ÿ™‚ We all want more good UF.
6:34 pm AnassaRh: RT from yesterday: Trying Something New – #UFChat Recap http://bit.ly/fPaFVv (on death in urban fantasy)
8:14 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy I would participate more in #ufchat if you used something like IRC or a web-based IRC. Twitter chat is too hard to follow.
8:15 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy As for skimming transcripts for blog ideas, ok! Will do. Will also try to credit and link when appropriate. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
8:35 pm LunaLindsey: #UFChat recap and musings on death in Urban Fantasy at Specnology blog: http://bit.ly/hTlUSx
December 15, 2010
12:09 am jimnduncan: #ufchat death in uf to me is more interesting looking at the other side, ie what possibilities lie beyond the living world.
December 16, 2010
8:14 am AnassaRh: Excellent post by @nkjemisin on breaking female stereotypes, women warriors, and gender policing. A must read. http://bit.ly/f2eOr9 #ufchat
8:22 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: Excellent post by @nkjemisin on breaking female stereotypes, women warriors, and gender policing. A must read. http://bit.ly/f2eOr9 #ufchat
December 17, 2010
2:10 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Oh, was that from the #UFchat? I think I forgot to use the hashtag.
1:46 pm shevdon: Writing three-dimensional characters for UF and other genres – How? New article at http://shevdon.com/ #ufchat #writing #writechat
2:06 pm sfbook: RT @shevdon: Writing three-dimensional characters for UF and other genres – How? New article at http://shevdon.com/ #ufchat #writing #writechat

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END OF TRANSCRIPT FOR DECEMBER 11th, 2010

Next week (December 18th) is a Winter Solstice/Christmas/holiday themed #ufchat along with LOTS OF GIFTS FOR YOU! (It’s also our last chat for the year before we take a break during the public holidays.)

See you next week and bring your google-fu – gifts will be found via ‘google scavenger hunts’ – so bring boots, googles and any other kickin’ equipment to give you the edge you need… books up for grabs – all UF! (& most with a little seasonal ‘kick’ to boot ๐Ÿ˜‰ – will be tweeted before the event!

Stay tuned to @UF_Chat on Twitter for countdowns, updates, pre-chat primers (especially important for your google-fu-ing by the way) and a glimpse at the prize bag before you go hunting.

Gypsy (@inkgypsy)

Please note: I plan to pull out these questions & answers for a separate post but (as you might have deduced from this late posting of the transcript) life has gotten crazy-busy beyond the normal Christmas-season stuff so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it… In the meantime, hopefully the color coding will make for easier reading/tracking of the Q&A. ๐Ÿ™‚


Recommended Read: “Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles” by Merrie Destefano

Title: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles
Author: Merrie Destefano (@MerrieDestefano on Twitter)
Type of UF: Futuristic/UF, noir, mystery, thrilling, adventure
Paranormal Element/ Creatures: Resurrection, Heaven/Hell
Publisher: US โ€“ Eos (Harper Collins imprint)
Release Date/s: September 28, 2010
Back Cover Copy:

WELCOME TO YOUR NEXT CHANCE.

Chaz Domingue works as a professional Babysitter in New Orleans. His job is to integrate and protect the recently deceased into their new and improved livesโ€”a position he reluctantly accepted after his father was murdered. Though Fresh Start has always been the only game in town, resurrection isnโ€™t what itโ€™s cracked up to be. Nine lives are all a person can getโ€”and a powerful group of desperate, high-level Nine-Timers will stop at nothing to possess the keys to true immortality. Unfortunately, this places Chaz at the lethal center of a maelstrom.

Now the only hope for Chaz and his familyโ€”and the ultimate fate of the human raceโ€”is secretly locked away in the mind of Angelique, the beautiful, mysterious Newbie whoโ€™s been entrusted to Chazโ€™s careโ€ฆ

From Harper Collins:

โ€œA haunting story that seamlessly blends the hard-boiled twists of cyberpunk with the noir flavor of a Southern Gothic thriller. Gritty and compellingโ€ฆ.Truly high octane stuff.โ€
โ€”Marc Giller, author of Hammerjack
Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in Afterlife, a thrilling urban fantasy noir adventure set in an alternate world where everyone gets nine lives. In the vein of J. D. Robbโ€™s bestselling โ€˜In Deathโ€™ series, author Merrie Destefano blends a futuristic concept with gritty noir mystery for a riveting story of murder, conspiracy, and multiple-resurrections that will appeal equally to fantasy, science fiction, and mystery fans. Even paranormal romance lovers will find something to love in Destefanoโ€™s extraordinary Afterlife.

InkGypsy’s Amazon review:

I agree with Book Faery & SciFiChick – dark, mysterious, complex, riveting and steeped in the aura of New Orleans… and I too was happily speechless on finishing.

You have to read Ms. Destefano’s New Orleans based, futuristic urban fantasy “Afterlife” – beautiful, lush writing with that wonderful sense of immediacy and wit we love in UF! It’s an ode to the city and to hope and you won’t be able to put it down till you’re done – a stunning debut!

It’s #UFchat’s* recommended read for the end of 2010 and we can’t wait to speak to Ms. Destefano about how she built and crafted this wonderful novel, with its very real and complex characters, twisted mysteries, wonder-full urban darkness and the cities of the dead.

I only have one question: can we have more please?!

Interested? Want a taste of what we’re all raving about? Here’s the trailer:

You can read CHAPTER ONE HERE.

Join us for a special Q&A with author Merrie Destefano on December 11th, 2010.

We’ll be giving away a special signed copy of her book to chat participants! For automatic entry, just ask Merrie a question during the chat. See you on Saturday!

Gypsy (@InkGypsy)


Transcript for Aug 21, 2010: The UF & PNR Overlap with Special Guest Q&A with Patti O’Shea

What a fabulous discussion today! It was very busy but our multi-award winning and bestselling special guest author, Patti O’Shea, did an amazing job of keeping all the questions and answers straight.

Patti Oโ€™Shea is the author of the Light Warriors series, the Crimson City series, the Jarved Nine series and many other action paranormal romance/urban fantasy & futuristic books. Her books have won multiple awards including a Beacon Award on August 1st for โ€œEdge of Dawnโ€ winning Best Paranormal of 2010! Congratulations Patti! Her books have a wonderful mix of hard action, paranormal and passion.

Again, Iโ€™ve added a color coding to aid in reading the topic/question and answer flow and to point out announcements and resources:

YELLOW = official #UFchat statement and questions to be discussed (I left the discussion additions the same as everyone elseโ€™s) – this week I’ve also made participant questions Patti replies to YELLOW too. ๐Ÿ™‚

PINK = Patti’s responses.

GREEN = #UFchat announcements

BLUE = resources (links, posts and essays relating to todayโ€™s topic)

Without further ado, here is the transcript from our chat on Saturday.

TOPIC: The UF/PNR overlap โ€“ whatโ€™s hot, whatโ€™s not, whatโ€™s the attraction for readers, for writers, what UF owes romance and more!

AND
a special Q&A with Patti too!
9:48 pm snowppl: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat Boot time! Going to need gloves today too. 15 mins till the UF vs PNR Q&A smackdown – w bestseller @Patti_OShea! Bring questions!
9:51 pm UF_Chat: Please don’t let Twitter be broken! We’ve got a smackdown happening in 10 minutes! & front row seats too.. #UFchat
9:52 pm Patti_OShea: #UFchat starts in 8 minutes. Brace yourselves!
9:54 pm MetaPhoenix: @Patti_OShea I love when followers need to be warned. So epic! #UFchat
9:55 pm kaitnolan: 545. It’s not great, but it’s words and it meets my minimum just in time for #UFchat Gonna feed the dogs and settle in for FUN!
9:55 pm Queryaddict: RT @UF_Chat: #UFchat Boot time! Going to need gloves today too. 15 mins till the UF vs PNR Q&A smackdown – w bestseller @Patti_OShea! Bring questions!
9:57 pm snowppl: I’m ready for #ufchat. If you’re not participating, you should. @rcmurphy needs to join us.
9:57 pm UF_Chat: Bother – my Tweetdeck backup isn’t cooperating. If there are delays – my apologies – it’s not me. It’s gremlins – seriously. #UFchat
9:57 pm Queryaddict: First time on #ufchat! Excited to see how things work around here ๐Ÿ™‚
9:57 pm Patti_OShea: @MetaPhoenix heh. I’m good at epic tweets. I figure I’ll end up in Twitter jail before chat is over. #ufchat
9:57 pm Diane_Amy: I’m new to this chat. All settled in and ready to go! #UFchat
9:58 pm Cameron_Haley: #UFchat in 2.
9:58 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: I’m ready for my UF boys! #UFchat
9:58 pm UF_Chat: You heard the lady! (And her boots are serious pro editions!) RT @Patti_OShea: #UFchat starts in 8 minutes. Brace yourselves!
9:58 pm inkgypsy: You heard the lady! (And her boots are serious pro editions!) RT @Patti_OShea: #UFchat starts in 8 minutes. Brace yourselves!
9:58 pm 1hope1dream: *sneaks in and waves* I should be working on one of my WIPs. Instead I’ll come chat for a while. ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
9:58 pm snowppl: @RCMurphy haha pssst *I’m a moderator* #justsayin #UFchat
9:59 pm marirandomities: RT @UF_Chat: You heard the lady! (And her boots are serious pro editions!) RT @Patti_OShea: #UFchat starts in 8 minutes. Brace yourselves!
9:59 pm Cameron_Haley: Hi, all! Nice to see all of you again. #UFchat
10:01 pm snowppl: @Cameron_Haley hi! ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
10:01 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2.. and we are LIVE for the #UFchat smackdown today! UF vs PNR (& where they overlap) Welcome! #UFchat
10:01 pm J_GriffinB: hopes no one can see him. Not looking his best. #ufchat
10:01 pm 1hope1dream: RT @inkgypsy: You heard the lady! (And her boots are serious pro editions!) RT @Patti_OShea: #UFchat starts in 8 minutes. Brace yourselves!
10:01 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: The Urban Fantasy (UF) & Paranormal Romance (PNR) overlap. What?s hot, what?s not, what they share, what they don?t. #UFchat
10:01 pm snowppl: @UF_Chat thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
10:02 pm 1hope1dream: Wow…Alice finished right in time. #UFchat
10:02 pm jeremymcnabb: @J_GriffinB – Don’t worry. It’s #ufchat, not #ufvideochat
10:03 pm UF_Chat: Often meet writers who find selves writing PNR & then start reading. What?s the attraction for writers of PNR as opposed to readers? #UFchat
10:03 pm J_GriffinB: is no longer concerned, thanks to @jeremymcnabb #ufchat
10:04 pm snowppl: @jeremymcnabb thank goodness LOL i’m a mess too #ufchat #ufvideochat
10:04 pm UF_Chat: What writing conventions does urban fantasy owe to the romance influence? Or does it at all? – you tell me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
10:04 pm kaitnolan: @UF_Chat It’s the best of both worlds–the otherworldly we love about UF but also the romance. #UFchat
10:05 pm Queryaddict: my understanding is any romance must have a happy ending, not so much with UF #ufchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @Queryaddict Not all romance has a happy ending. Para-romance simply follows the relationship #UFchat

10:05 pm editorialdept: I think a lot of people like to read a bit of romance – so much the merrier if it’s got paranormal characters. #ufchat
10:06 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Seems to me it’s all about the relationship and the travails of its maintenance or development. #ufchat
10:06 pm 1hope1dream: @UF_Chat Romance – or at least the pursuit of what they think of as romance – drives people, whether it leads to a happy end or not. #UFchat
10:06 pm elizabethkarr: @snowppl Can you plz send link to get in the room for #UFchat
10:06 pm UF_Chat: So what do you see as difference between UF & PNR? Are they close relatives or actually different beasts sharing paranormal space? #UFchat
10:06 pm tasmin21: I don’t think UF & Romance conventions are alike. Romance would be romance, be it w/ humans or creatures. UF…not so much. #ufchat
10:06 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: From a booksellers’ perspective it’s a bugger. #UFChat
10:06 pm The_Sims_3: RT @Ben_Aaronovitch @1hope1dream Play Sims3 while taking part and watching Alice. #UFchat
10:07 pm J_GriffinB: And uf/para have boundless entities to bounce the romance between #ufchat
10:07 pm UF_Chat: @elizabethkarr http://tweetchat.com/room/UFchat ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
10:07 pm snowppl: @elizabethkarr you are in #UFchat just search the hashtag and you’re there!
10:07 pm kaitnolan: PNR has more rigid and specific conventions to follow. Readers expect HEA or HFN and certain behavior of hero/heroine #UFchat
10:07 pm UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch The ‘where do you shelve it’ question? #UFchat
10:07 pm jeremymcnabb: #UFchat and also, UF might focus more on unique pairings as opposed to workable romances in PNR
10:08 pm J_GriffinB: @elizabethkarr http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat #ufchat
10:08 pm editorialdept: major diff is UF doesn’t NEED a romantic element. It’s not integral to the genre. Likewise, romantic elements doesn’t = pure romance #ufchat
10:08 pm elizabethkarr: @UF_Chat Thanx 4 link. First time here. Will mostly listen. #UFchat
10:08 pm UF_Chat: @kaitnolan What certain behavior as opposed to a UF relationship? (helping to define the differences here) #UFchat
10:08 pm kaitnolan: @jeremymcnabb Disagree. We LOVE our impossible relationships in PNR. #UFchat
10:08 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @kaitnolan HEA? HFN? #UFchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @Ben_Aaronovitch Happily ever after… #UFchat

10:09 pm snowppl: @UF_Chat how do I not know these link things. I suppose @nambu spoils me #UFchat
10:09 pm UF_Chat: @elizabethkarr Glad to see you! It’ll be a fun one – Patti’s here in just 5 mins to drill, er, Q&A with ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
10:09 pm pauljessup: @UF_Chat Diff. beasts. Most def. Urban Fantasy come from noir and horror. PR is more Rom centric #UFchat
10:09 pm kaitnolan: @UF_Chat As in with PNR hero and heroine CAN’T hook up w/ someone else. No cheating. Relationship type rules. #UFchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @kaitnolan Whereas UF is more overcoming outside influences…. Man I am blurring lines right & left in my work. lol #UFchat

10:09 pm editorialdept: It’s possible to have a romantic subplot w/out being bound by convention of happily ever after in UF (and PNR, too?) #ufchat
10:09 pm kaitnolan: @Ben_Aaronovitch Happily ever after or Happily for now. #UFchat
10:09 pm jeremymcnabb: @kaitnolan Haha, but do you love them for the pairing, or for the complicated romance itself? #UFchat
10:09 pm UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch Happily Ever After. Happily For Now. #UFchat
10:09 pm ellestonewrites: Happily Ever After/ Happy For now #ufchat
10:10 pm jimnduncan: Is there any significant differences beyond the HEA? Certainly a fair amount of romance in UF. #ufchat
10:10 pm UF_Chat: @kaitnolan So are there more ‘true’ love triangles in UF than PNR then do you think? #UFchat
10:10 pm kaitnolan: @jeremymcnabb Both. Romance is all about overcoming hardships in the name of love. #UFchat
10:10 pm kaitnolan: @jimnduncan I think the lines are blurred a lot more now than they used to be. #UFchat
10:10 pm UF_Chat: @jimnduncan UF doesn’t require any romance – it has more now than ever due to romance readers influence – they’re the big buyers. #UFchat
10:11 pm MetaPhoenix: Does anyone consider urban science fiction or SF romance to be under the same umbrella as UF and PNR? #UFchat
10:11 pm Cameron_Haley: In romance, is the protagonist’s story goal always a relationship with the love interest? I don’t actually know. #UFchat
10:11 pm jeremymcnabb: @kaitnolan Like it. Thanks! #UFchat
10:11 pm J_GriffinB: Some of the tropes are overdone, or at least over-exposed. #ufchat
10:11 pm UF_Chat: Q: What are some books that you think blur the line between Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance? #UFchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @UF_Chat The Anita Blake series started out UF and became PNR. #UFchat

10:11 pm kaitnolan: @UF_Chat I think UF tends to have more series where it’s not settled in 1 book. PNR tends to have a resolution of some kind #UFchat
10:11 pm 1hope1dream: @pauljessup I sort of agree with you here. Noir/horror – yes. Also darker, grittier life w/o the touch of classic (gothic) horror. #UFchat
10:11 pm elizabethkarr: Does the HFN imply a sequel in the offing? #UFchat
10:11 pm Cameron_Haley: Is the love triangle a romance convention? #UFchat
10:12 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @kaitnolan #UFchat The motive for the struggle is what makes the difference.
10:12 pm jimnduncan: Well, PNR has or should have more focus on the romantic relationship. UF I think focuses more on the paranormal world they’re in #ufchat
10:12 pm J_GriffinB: @Cameron_Haley I would say it is a literary convention. #ufchat
10:12 pm kaitnolan: @elizabethkarr Well not every book can properly end with wedding bells implied (traditional HEA), hence the HFN #UFchat
10:12 pm UF_Chat: @elizabethkarr Not necessarily though it’s an oft used way of getting to the next one. bittersweet endings are common in UF. #UFchat
10:12 pm kaitnolan: @jimnduncan I think both had best pay attention to the world, otherwise the setting suffers. #UFchat
10:12 pm jeremymcnabb: @jimnduncan #UFchat world-building VS relationship-building
10:13 pm elizabethkarr: As reader, it’s real pleasure 2 follow characters on diff journeys in subsequent books. 1 of the allures of Grafton and Cornwell #UFchat
10:13 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: Buy my book PNR people it’s got some…romance-ish in it. #UFchat
10:13 pm UF_Chat: @jimnduncan UF does tend to be more plot based – mystery, crime, ticking clock etc – the story is done that that’s solved. #UFchat
10:13 pm UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch Give us your twitter pitch. #UFchat
10:14 pm J_GriffinB: @kaitnolan Excellent point. #ufchat
10:14 pm kaitnolan: @UF_Chat Lines are seriously blurring w/ that though. More and more the thing that drives the relationship is circumstance in PNR #UFchat
10:14 pm elizabethkarr: @UF_Chat @kaitnolan Of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ First time I’m hearing the term HFN and I like it. Life imitating art. That whole thing. #UFchat
10:14 pm UF_Chat: Do we have @Patti_OShea in the house? #UFchat
10:14 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Harry Potter joins the sweeney. #UFChat
10:15 pm Cameron_Haley: Is it a problem that the lines between PNR and UF are becoming blurred? Or is it a good thing? #UFchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @Cameron_Haley I see it as a good thing. Romance is a very large market. #UFchat

10:15 pm inkgypsy: RT @tasmin21: @Cameron_Haley It’s a very fine line, in a lot of cases./#UFchat
10:15 pm J_GriffinB: @jeremymcnabb heh. #ufchat
10:15 pm Patti_OShea: @UF_Chat I’m here. #ufchat
10:15 pm kaitnolan: @Cameron_Haley That seems to depend on the reader. I love both. Some prefer very specific conventions #UFchat
10:16 pm J_GriffinB: @Patti_OShea Hail! #ufchat
10:16 pm snowppl: @Patti_OShea welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
10:16 pm UF_Chat: Time to welcome special guest @Patti_OShea! Pls hold Q’s for her till near end when have open Q’s. Discussion during welcome. #UFchat
10:16 pm UF_Chat: Delighted to welcome @Patti_OShea, bestselling author of action/adv/PNR as special guest for Q&A! Thx for taking Q’s today Patti! #UFchat
10:16 pm thedaisyharris: Hi. #UFchat
10:16 pm UF_Chat: Patti?s latest ?paranormal action romance? is ?In the Darkest Night? & features ?equal parts passion & horror blend?! (review quote) #UFchat
10:17 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @Cameron_Haley I think you can become fixated on genre distinctions, best to write first label second. #UFchat
10:17 pm UF_Chat: Her ?Edge of Dawn? also just won the 2010 Beacon Award for BEST PARANORMAL! Congrats @Patti_OShea! #UFchat
10:17 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Lot of questions! Let?s see how many we get through. ? (Note S = statement followed by related Q & Q= question) #UFchat
10:17 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: Hello Patti. #UFchat
10:17 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q1: What came first for you? Were you drawn primarily to romance or the paranormal? #UFchat
10:18 pm thedragongem: I prefer UF. I tend to skip over the romance scenes in most books. #UFchat
10:18 pm UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch Agree – write first – market 2nd – adjust then IF necessary. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
10:18 pm 1hope1dream: @Ben_Aaronovitch I agree with you on this one, Ben. Write what you want. Figure out the genre later. #UFchat
10:18 pm Patti_OShea: That’s a chicken/egg question. ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember reading books on astrology and other stuff like this in grade school, but I also #ufchat
10:18 pm MetaPhoenix: What adjustments should be made to attract more male readers to PNR? #UFchat
10:18 pm Patti_OShea: remember when I played dolls, Barbie and Ken had a hot romance going on. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to plead having an interest #ufchat
10:18 pm Saffy: Surely UF is a setting/back drop where as PNR is plot? It’s the whole thorny issue of what is Genre again :/ Oh and hello! #UFchat
10:18 pm rixshep: @inkgypsy @tasmin21 @Cameron_Haley IMO, lines getting more blurred between uf, cf, pnr, etc. Only a problem IF confuses readers. #UFchat
10:18 pm Patti_OShea: in both from a young age. #ufchat
10:19 pm UF_Chat: We are just welcoming @Patti_OShea to the ring, er, floor. Please welcome her!#UFchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @UF_Chat You were right with ring. It’s a circus today! #UFchat

10:19 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q2: What were some early influences on a) your overall writing and b) your specific blend of action/adv PNR? #UFchat
10:19 pm kaitnolan: @Patti_OShea Welcome! And congrats on the Beacon! #UFchat
10:19 pm rixshep: #UFchat Other than confusion to potential new readers, it is ALL fantasy, so is, again imo, a good thing! 8-D
10:19 pm mark_henry: #UFchat Hey y’all!
10:20 pm Cameron_Haley: @Ben_Aaronovitch I agree, but I also don’t want folks like Kari’s hubby to pass by my book cause he thinks it’s too romance centric. #UFchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @Cameron_Haley Guns. That’s the secret. If there is enough action in the romance men won’t notice the romance. #UFchat

10:20 pm jimnduncan: Hey Mark! #ufchat
10:20 pm Patti_OShea: @kaitnolan thank you! #ufchat
10:20 pm Patti_OShea: It’s hard to cite specific influences on my writing because I’ve read voraciously my entire life. Some of my favorite authors #ufchat
10:20 pm UF_Chat: @mark_henry *waves* Patti just stepped into the ring… #UFchat
10:20 pm thedragongem: RT @Saffy: Surely UF is a setting/back drop where as PNR is plot? Its the whole thorny issue of what is Genre again :/ Oh and hello! #UFchat
10:20 pm kaitnolan: @Cameron_Haley Ultimately LIFE is about relationships, so I don’t know why they get all kerfluffled about it. #UFchat
10:20 pm Patti_OShea: It’s hard to cite specific influences on my writing because I’ve read voraciously my entire life. Some of my favorite authors are Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts among many, many others. #ufchat
10:20 pm elizabethkarr: Welcome~v interested peer behind the curtain of your book and writing process. #UFchat
10:20 pm tasmin21: Hi, Mark! #ufchat
10:20 pm Patti_OShea: I think movies are behind my love of action/adv rom because until this decade, most books didn’t have a whole lot of action. #ufchat
10:20 pm rixshep: rt @UF_Chat We r just welcoming @Patti_OShea to the ring, er, floor. Please welcome her! #UFchat / Howdy ma’am! #ufchat
10:21 pm Patti_OShea: At least not what I was finding to read. Hollywood, tho, is filled with movies brimming with action and enough romance to #ufchat
10:21 pm Cameron_Haley: Point being, genres and categories *do* have a role to play. We want our readers to know what to expect. #UFchat
10:21 pm Patti_OShea: keep me watching. #ufchat
10:22 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Can you give us some (Hollywood) examples? (I know the Execs LOVE a romance B plot at the least!) #UFchat
10:22 pm mark_henry: @UF_Chat Awesome. Just hangin’ out. Don’t mind me. #UFchat
10:22 pm elizabethkarr: Often find that great writers are also big readers. Makes sense. #UFchat
10:22 pm MetaPhoenix: Auel’s novel The Valley of Horses is a good example of a romance book that male readers enjoy, though it’s more historical than PN. #UFchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @MetaPhoenix Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books are very action based yet are based entirely around the romance. She has tons of male readers #UFchat

10:23 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea Interesting so the screenply format influenced your writing style. If I understand you correctly. #UFchat
10:23 pm Patti_OShea: I love “Speed” and consider it my favorite romance movie. Also, if Terminator hadn’t had Kyle die, I’d call that a romance, too. #ufchat

FROM @RCMurphy: @Patti_OShea I think I like you so much more now. Action in a romance makes it easier for me to read. #UFchat

10:23 pm rixshep: rt @editorialdept @Ben_Aaronovitch @Cameron_Haley Can get fixated on genre distinctions, write 1st label 2nd #ufchat / Yes plz! More! ๐Ÿ˜‰

FROM @RCMurphy: @rixshep Happily ever after/happy for now #UFchat

10:23 pm kaitnolan: @MetaPhoenix I would not at ALL class that as a romance. #UFchat
10:23 pm UF_Chat: @MetaPhoenix Do you think that’s because it’s both explicit & fact heavy or something else? #UFchat
10:23 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q3: Could you please define the difference for us between Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy? #UFchat
10:23 pm kaitnolan: @Patti_OShea You totally need to meet my CP. She had me watch Terminator for the romance plot. #UFchat
10:23 pm Patti_OShea: To me, the difference is focus. In PNR, the focus is on the couple and their developing relationship. There’s one hero, one heroine. #ufchat
10:24 pm Patti_OShea: In UF, the focus is on one character, often the heroine, and the world she inhabits. If there’s a romance, it’s usually secondary. #ufchat
10:24 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat both #ufchat
10:24 pm Saffy: @MetaPhoenix *cough* sex scenes! Graphic at least for teenagers #UFchat
10:24 pm mark_henry: What do you think about the “new” sub genre of UF Romance? Does it just cloud the issue further? #UFchat
10:24 pm UF_Chat: @kaitnolan Interesting – maybe guy’s idea of a romance? Jondalar (sp?) is a romantic charac but agree – not Ro by my definition. #UFchat
10:24 pm MetaPhoenix: @Patti_OShea Those films do mix adrenaline and romance almost perfectly. #UFchat
10:25 pm AGypsyLove: @MetaPhoenix I think I’d consider Auel’s books romance on a level. It’s hard to narrow them down bc so much going on. #UFchat
10:25 pm kaitnolan: @Saffy Yeah my 9th grade english teacher considered it p0rn #UFchat
10:25 pm MetaPhoenix: I GTG. Been fun. #Ufchat
10:25 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea So UF is more based in reality. That’s how I see it, too. Less escapism fantasy (which is a good thing 2) #UFchat
10:25 pm UF_Chat: @mark_henry Good glory – there’s a ‘new’ sub-genre of UF Romance? Can you comment on that @Patti_OShea? #UFchat
10:26 pm 1hope1dream: @kaitnolan My mother did too and she about had a heart attack when she caught me reading Auel’s books. #UFchat
10:26 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: Avoid Bridge to terebithia film trailer effect – OK that came out weird. #UFchat
10:26 pm rixshep: rt @UF_Chat @Ben_Aaronovitch Agree – write first – market 2nd – adjust then IF necessary. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
10:26 pm ladytechie: @Patti_OShea #UFChat Do you think that the PNR handles sex differently than UF, i.e., explicitness?
10:26 pm J_GriffinB: Pillars of the Earth appears, when a woman tells you about it, to be an historical romance. #ufchat
10:26 pm kaitnolan: @1hope1dream I picked it up thinking it was a horse story. Loved Walter Farley and Margurite Henry. #libraryfail #UFchat
10:27 pm Saffy: @kaitnolan Me and hubby turned out to have both read them whilst really being a bit young :/ #UFchat
10:27 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q3a: So PNR & UF actually have completely different roots & overlap in the addition of paranormal. Is that right? #UFchat
10:27 pm Patti_OShea: @elizabethkarr TBH, I don’t see much difference in “reality” between UF and PNR. Both tell fantastical stories. #ufchat
10:27 pm LaylaMessner: @mark_henry Is there a new subgenre of UF romance?? (Just got here. Hi everyone.) #UFChat
10:27 pm mark_henry: Some authors have definitely tried to push for that monicker. #ufromance #UFchat
10:27 pm 1hope1dream: @elizabethkarr PNR and UF follow the same ‘reality’, as far as I can tell. They just tend to follow different paths. #UFchat
10:27 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea – see you just got a bunch of questions. I’ll wait a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
10:27 pm Carolyn_Haven: RT @Patti_OShea: In UF, the focus is on one character, often the heroine, and the world she inhabits. If there’s a romance, it’s usually secondary. #ufchat
10:28 pm Patti_OShea: Tweet chat is moving fast and I’m missing questions. If I don’t answer, please repeat. #ufchat
10:28 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: Make sure your work isn’t marketed under the wrong lable – is what I meant. #UFchat
10:28 pm 1hope1dream: @kaitnolan I saw the movie “Clan of the Cave Bear” at a friend’s house and got dragged into reading the books. #UFchat
10:28 pm jimnduncan: So what do you call a paranormal series with a multi-book romance arc? Is that UF or PNR? #ufchat

FROM PATTI: @jimnduncan If the focus is on the couple, then I’d call it PNR. If the romance is secondary, I’d label it UF.

10:28 pm Cameron_Haley: Yeah, I think the distinction is in what the stories are *about* rather than quantity of reality! ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
10:28 pm KevinHearne: Jumping in and it’s all @mark_henry‘s fault. I’ve heard of paranormal romance, but not UF romance. Why are authors pushing for it? #UFChat
10:28 pm UF_Chat: @mark_henry Interesting – wondering what they thought wasn’t being met by the PNR label. #UFchat
10:28 pm Patti_OShea: I think UF and PNR are 2 pts on the same line. It’s just a matter of where btwn those pts a book falls. #ufchat
10:29 pm kaitnolan: @Saffy Ooops ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
10:29 pm LaylaMessner: @mark_henry Just wondering, cause that’s what I’m writing, but I didn’t know it was considered a subgenre. #UFromance #UFChat
10:29 pm Queryaddict: @KevinHearne I’d bet so they can do a cross genre marketing, more readers to interest your book if it covers more ground #ufchat
10:29 pm UF_Chat: @jimnduncan That question is coming but let’s see if @Patti_OShea caught yours. #UFchat
10:29 pm rixshep: rt @Cameron_Haley Point being, genres & categories *do* have role to play. We want readers to know what to expect. #UFchat / Indeed!
10:29 pm Cameron_Haley: @UF_Chat Presumably, a UF can focus strongly on romantic relationship while still not following romance conventions e.g. HEA/HFN. #UFchat
10:29 pm Patti_OShea: With more UF writers moving toward PNR and more PNR writers moving toward UF, the blurring is substantial. #ufchat
10:29 pm jadettepaige: You sound like me @Patti_OShea remember when I played dolls, Barbie and Ken had a hot romance going on #ufchat
10:29 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea @1hope1dreamWhat I meant is that UF has a wider lens on the character than a narrower focus on romance.Hence more’real’ #UFchat
10:29 pm byharryconnolly: I suspect the diff between PNR and UFRomance is the comfort level of the author. #UFchat Hi, folks!
10:30 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q4: Is that why so many people lump them together? Are there really books that ?blend? the two sub-genres? #UFchat
10:30 pm ladytechie: Do you think that shelving a book in Romance affects its sales in either direction? #UFChat
10:30 pm J_GriffinB: @elizabethkarr hear! hear! #ufchat
10:30 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q4a: Could you give a examples of a successful plot blend? #UFchat
10:30 pm 1hope1dream: @elizabethkarr *nods* That makes sense. #UFchat
10:31 pm kaitnolan: @ladytechie I would think it would turn off men. They’re weird about that. #UFchat
10:31 pm Saffy: @Cameron_Haley What do those acronyms stand for? #UFchat
10:31 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @ladytechie Did in my branch. #UFChat
10:31 pm UF_Chat: @ladytechie Yes – hard to lose on sales if you get shelved in romance – they’re xlnt buyers BUT does mislead other readers. #UFchat
10:31 pm J_GriffinB: RT @Patti_OShea If the focus is on the couple, then Id call it PNR. If the romance is secondary, Id label it UF.<– That’s accurate #ufchat
10:32 pm Patti_OShea: @UF_Chat Yikes! I think the Crimson City series did a pretty good blend (I wrote book 3) of UF and PNR. They came out in 2005 #ufchat
10:32 pm 1hope1dream: @ladytechie More of my HC romance friends have branched into general fantasy and sci fi now that there are more genre based romances #UFchat
10:32 pm rixshep: rt @Patti_OShea With more UF writers moving toward PNR and more PNR writers moving toward UF, the blurring is substantial. #ufchat / Heh!
10:32 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q5: Your books are high on action, not just straight PNR. Do you find that blurs the lines for readers even more? #UFchat
10:32 pm jadettepaige: Yes. That was a big disappointment. @Patti_OShea Also, if Terminator hadn’t had Kyle die, I’d call that a romance, too. #ufchat
10:32 pm Saffy: @kaitnolan @ladytechie Not just men – I don’t go to romance sections – only started reading it as accidently wrote chicklit :/ #UFchat
10:33 pm jimnduncan: I’d expect there are UF readers who never leave the fantasy shelves and never see the romance shelves and vice verse. #ufchat
10:33 pm KevinHearne: What @kaitnolan said?I’m not picking up a book called UF Romance or PNR. (Not writing them either.) ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFChat
10:33 pm rixshep: @Cameron_Haley Scuse my ignorance of all the terms: hea/hfn? #ufchat
10:33 pm 1hope1dream: RT @Patti_OShea With more UF writers moving toward PNR and more PNR writers moving toward UF, the blurring is substantial. Agreed. #UFchat
10:33 pm Patti_OShea: Yes, I believe it does. I’ve had some romance readers say I don’t write romance, that I write action/adventure fiction. #ufchat
10:33 pm Patti_OShea: To me, my books *are* without question romances. The hero and heroine usually work together and everything that happens #ufchat is about them changing and growing enough to open up to a lifelong relationship. So what if they’re standing back to back and #ufchat
10:33 pm Cameron_Haley: @rixshep hey, I just learned them here! Happily Ever After/Happy for Now #UFchat
10:34 pm kaitnolan: @Saffy Romance is unfairly stigmatized. It’s not as formulaic as it was in the 80s #UFchat
10:34 pm annettepedersen: RT @kaitnolan: I enjoy a story more if it focuses on relationships–not necessarily romantic ones. Action doesn’t happen in an emotional vacuum. #UFchat
10:34 pm Patti_OShea: fighting evil while they’re falling in love? ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
10:34 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea re Kyle (& maybe Crouching Tiger) – is there such a thing as tragic romance? Love declared/returned but death steps in? #UFchat
10:35 pm kaitnolan: @Patti_OShea Which is exactly why I love the blur!!! It kicks ass! #UFchat
10:35 pm 1hope1dream: @Patti_OShea It’s that kind of ‘romance’ I like. The classic formulaic version irritates me for some reason. #UFchat
10:35 pm tasmin21: @UF_Chat Hell, I think the entire Highlander franchise was based around tragic love. #ufchat
10:35 pm Saffy: @kaitnolan Unfortunatly the ones I’ve managed to pick up so far have been exactly what I feared :/ I’m still trying though #UFchat
10:35 pm kaitnolan: @1hope1dream Because a lot of old romance has weak heroines. Modern heroines kick butt. #UFchat
10:36 pm Patti_OShea: @UF_Chat No, to be Romance as in the genre, it must have some kind of happy ending. A main character dying would make it a romantic #ufchat story, but not a Romance #ufchat
10:36 pm elizabethkarr: Online burst of reviewing books helped blur genre lines. Crosstalk exposes peeps to books from sections in bookstore prev ignored. #UFchat
10:36 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Seems a lot of Asian cultures corner the market on that – & Shakespeare of course (Romeo/Juliet). #UFchat
10:36 pm rixshep: @Cameron_Haley Ah, cool! Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
10:36 pm Cameron_Haley: And Dracula! RT @tasmin21: @UF_Chat Hell, I think the entire Highlander franchise was based around tragic love. #UFchat
10:36 pm kaitnolan: @elizabethkarr I love that about the internet. #UFchat
10:36 pm J_GriffinB: RT @Patti_OShea: story, but not a Romance<— I have a lot to learn on the genre front. #ufchat
10:36 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Ah – guessing marketing detail important because romance readers NEED the happy resolution? #UFchat
10:37 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q6: What is it about the paranormal that you love? What are ur favorite ways to add a paranormal element to your books? #UFchat
10:37 pm kaitnolan: @UF_Chat We get kinda crabby if we pick it up expecting a happy resolution and don’t get it w/ no indication of sequel #UFchat
10:37 pm Patti_OShea: @UF_Chat Romance readers will be majorly pissed off if they buy something labeled Romance and the hero or heroine dies. #ufchat
10:37 pm elizabethkarr: @kaitnolan I love that about the internet. < Me, too. Opens lots of new doors & windows. #UFchat
10:37 pm 1hope1dream: @kaitnolan That’s the truth. I’ve read a few modern romances where I liked the heroines. #UFchat
10:38 pm editorialdept: I see a lot of readers being open to crossing genre lines. They appreciate a good story even if it’s outside usual comfort zone. #ufchat
10:38 pm Patti_OShea: @UF_Chat If I pick up fantasy or mystery or SF, I don’t expect there to have to be a happy ending, but Romance. Yes. #ufchat
10:38 pm UF_Chat: Note to #UFchat people: romantic stories and the Romance genre are NOT the same thing. (could be why we get confused) #UFchat
10:38 pm Saffy: @ladytechie The library where I grew up didn’t even have seperate sections for Scifi, horror and fantasy so everything was together #UFchat
10:39 pm Patti_OShea: I love the possibilities of the paranormal. Anything can happen. I also like the fact that the society can be set up in a way that #ufchat
really leaves the hero and/or heroine in a torturous situation. I love to torture my characters. An example would be in my #ufchat
10:39 pm kaitnolan: RT @Patti_OShea: @UF_Chat Rom readers will be pissed off if they buy something labeled Rom & the hero or heroine dies. #wallthumper #UFchat
10:39 pm Patti_OShea: book, EDGE OF DAWN where I have the hero torn between his people and the heroine. He’s in a position where he has to betray #ufchat
10:39 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q7: How do you feel having a paranormal element affects a relationship or romance? #UFchat
10:39 pm Patti_OShea: one or the other, and I don’t think I could get that level of intensity for him and his decision in a regular contemporary world. #ufchat
10:39 pm elizabethkarr: @editorialdept Agree readers open 2 crossing genre lines. Publishers and Studio execs less so. ๐Ÿ™‚ We need2 educate them hybrids good #UFchat
10:39 pm Patti_OShea: For me, the paranormal element needs to be organic to the story. If I have to work out how to put it in, then maybe the idea isn’t #ufchat
supposed to be paranormal. And in the PNR I’ve written, the characters have all been something. Half demon, demon, magic users, #ufchat
10:39 pm Saffy: @UF_Chat Ok explain – I can see romatic stories can be within larger story arcs #UFchat
10:39 pm 1hope1dream: @Saffy Same with my libraries. I’ve read from every genre out there, and many of the mixed genre books too. #UFchat
10:39 pm Patti_OShea: vampires. When something is part of the DNA, I don’t have to worry about bringing it in, it’s already there. #ufchat
10:40 pm J_GriffinB: @Patti_OShea I get that, but I hadn’t ben aware of the cold distinction between romance and genres that have an element of romance. #ufchat
10:40 pm Patti_OShea: An author can really go any direction with the paranormal and the romance. It can bring the h/h closer, drive them apart, #ufchat
10:40 pm editorialdept: @elizabethkarr hopefully consumer demand will start to change marketer’s minds re: hybrids #ufchat
10:40 pm Patti_OShea: or not have any impact on them. #ufchat
10:40 pm Patti_OShea: In Crimson Veil, I played it two ways–drawing the h/h together and keeping them apart. The h/h are both half demon and half human, #ufchat
10:40 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q8: Why do you think combining the paranormal & a relationship (or 2) in stories is so popular? What?s the attraction? #UFchat
10:40 pm rixshep: I prefer sf & pure or contemporary fantasy. But can enjoy well written romance in ’em too. ALL (+ uf/pnr) reflects power of myth! #ufchat
10:40 pm Patti_OShea: but while the heroine has embraced her demon half, the hero abhors all demons–even the part of him that is demon. #ufchat
10:41 pm Patti_OShea: So of course they have a bond between them that goes beyond being soul mates. He’s drawn to her wants her more than #ufchat
10:41 pm Patti_OShea: he’s ever wanted any female, but he fights it. Because she’s half demon. And because when he’s with her, the demon part of him #ufchat
10:41 pm Patti_OShea: comes out more strongly. But with IN THE DARKEST NIGHT, the paranormal elements (the hero being a magic-wielding troubleshooter) #ufchat
10:41 pm Patti_OShea: really didn’t play much of a role in the romance. It was why the h/h are together and it played a role in individual growth for both #ufchat
10:41 pm Patti_OShea: characters, but I didn’t see it as affecting their romance very much. #ufchat
10:41 pm LaylaMessner: RT @Patti_OShea: but while the heroine has embraced her demon half, the hero abhors all demons–even the part of him that is demon. #UFChat
10:42 pm Patti_OShea: I’m not sure. Maybe as the real world becomes more and more stressful, people want their fiction to take them farther away #ufchat
10:42 pm J_GriffinB: @Patti_OShea internal conflicts with external effects #ufchat
10:42 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea H/H always need strong obstacle to overcome and paranormal can be that new challenge, maybe 1 not seen before. #UFchat
10:42 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q9: PNR & UF have remained ?hot? long past many predictions. Why do you think that is? Why in this age? #UFchat
10:42 pm Patti_OShea: from reality and paranormal does this. And in a romance, you know that the hero and heroine aren’t going to die during the #ufchat
10:42 pm Patti_OShea: course of the story, that at the end you as a reader are going to feel good. #ufchat
10:42 pm kaitnolan: RT @Patti_OShea: but while the heroine has embraced her demon half, the hero abhors all demons–We love our impossible relationships #UFchat
10:42 pm Patti_OShea: Again, I really think it has to do with the world we live in right now. It can be a scary place. In UF and PNR, the monsters are #ufchat
10:42 pm jadettepaige: @Patti_OShea do you think Laura Croft movies helped move UF higher in awareness with the public? #UFchat
10:42 pm Patti_OShea: generally easy to find because they actually might be monsters. ๐Ÿ™‚ The real world is filled with shades of gray and PNR/UF #ufchat tend to be more defined–good versus evil. #ufchat
10:43 pm elizabethkarr: @editorialdept @elizabethkarr hopefully consumer demand will start to change marketer’s minds re: hybrids< See it happening already #UFchat
10:43 pm Saffy: @1hope1dream I actually prefer cross genre :/ #UFchat
10:43 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea S: Romance is one of most ?put down? genres yet also has most prolific, adventurous (outside of genre) & loyal readers. #UFchat
10:43 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea S: Romance readers discovering PNR cross-over is big reason UF took off so no wonder UF covers lean twd romance. #UFchat
10:43 pm Patti_OShea: @jadettepaige I think so. Same with the Buffy TV show. #ufchat
10:44 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q10: People break covers down PNR= woman facing away UF= woman looking at reader. Is generalization accurate? Thoughts? #UFchat
10:44 pm 1hope1dream: @Patti_OShea Impossible relationships are fun to write about. #UFchat
10:44 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q10a: Speculation is typical covers are more a ‘code’ for loyal readers than marketing to potential ones. Thoughts? #UFchat
10:44 pm 1hope1dream: @Saffy Let’s put it this way…if it’s got fantasy or sci fi elements (no matter what else it has) I’ll at least give it a shot. #UFchat
10:44 pm editorialdept: RT @UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea S: Romance is one of most ?put down? genres yet also has most prolific, outside of genre & loyal readers. #ufchat
10:44 pm Patti_OShea: My PNR covers have always had both the h/h on the front. I’ve also seen a lot–really, really a lot–of PNR covers with just #ufchat
10:44 pm rixshep: rt @Patti_OShea Maybe as real world becomes more stressful, ppl want fiction to take them farther away #ufchat / Escapism IS NOT bad thing!
10:44 pm kaitnolan: @UF_Chat That’s certainly not the case with my covers. I write PNR and my heroines look @ reader. Heroes look away. #UFchat
10:44 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea “The real world is filled with shades of gray ” < love this. And ironically that what makes it more colorful. #UFchat
10:45 pm Saffy: OK probably really dim question here but what is the difference between UF and Magic Realism? #UFchat
10:45 pm Patti_OShea: facing away. If I had to generalize, I would have said PNR has the hero on the cover (Half dressed) and UF has the heroine. #ufchat
10:45 pm ladytechie: @UF_Chat Indie manager told me 3 weeks ago that men’s backs are the new thing in PNR covers. I did not realize there was a trend #UFChat.

FROM @RCMurphy:

@ladytechie J.R. Ward uses a lot of male backs for her Black Dagger Brotherhood covers. #UFchat

10:46 pm elizabethkarr: @rixshep Maybe as real world becomes more stressful, ppl want fiction to take them farther away< You’re onto something there. #UFchat
10:46 pm LaylaMessner: RT @Patti_OShea: If I had to generalize, I would have said PNR has the hero on the cover (Half dressed) and UF has the heroine. #UFChat
10:46 pm jeremymcnabb: @UF_Chat Briggs’ Mercedes Thompson series alternates between “toward” and “away” #UFchat
10:46 pm UF_Chat: @Saffy That’s another thin line – more to do with marketing – plus many types of UF. literary UF has lots in common with MagicRealsm #UFchat
10:46 pm editorialdept: @Saffy Magical realism tends to be much more “reality” w/ magic sprinkled on top. UF is bold in focus on fantasy elements #ufchat
10:46 pm jadettepaige: Which is why I love Romance. @Patti_OShea And in a romance, you know that the hero and heroine aren’t going to die during the #ufchat
10:46 pm Patti_OShea: If I missed any questions, please re-ask it. #ufchat
10:46 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea S: PNR is also often credited w bridging gap for guys to read romance. #UFchat
10:47 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q11: Why do you think that is? #UFchat
10:47 pm LaylaMessner: RT @jadettepaige: in a romance, you know that the hero and heroine arent going to die during the #UFChat
10:47 pm Patti_OShea: My theory is that a lot of guys wouldn’t be caught dead in the romance section, ๐Ÿ™‚ but the fantasy section is A-OK. So they picked #ufchat
10:47 pm Patti_OShea: up UF, discovered women writers are good, went looking for more books like UF and ended up with some PNR. I’ve had some #ufchat
10:48 pm rixshep: RT @editorialdept: @elizabethkarr hopefully consumer demand will start to change marketer’s minds re: hybrids #ufchat
10:48 pm Patti_OShea: bookstores put my books in the fantasy section and I’ve heard from male readers who found my books there and liked them. #ufchat
10:48 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea S: Also clear Romance readers have influenced writing relationships in UF, especially with regard to sex. #UFchat
10:48 pm Saffy: @editorialdept @UF_Chat Hmmmm this is why I made phase diagrams to cope with genres they are end points not catagories :/ #UFchat thanks
10:48 pm Patti_OShea: Also, at Amazon and other online bookstores, there aren’t sections and books can get tagged with more than one category. #ufchat
10:48 pm Patti_OShea: There’s also readers who bought this also bought… Some of those UF titles have PNR recs on the page. #ufchat
10:48 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q12: Newbie writers to UF & PNR gravitate to writing either a ?Madonna? or a ?Whore?. Thoughts on why? #UFchat
10:48 pm elizabethkarr: Adding paranormal obstacle ups the ante. eg Twilight-Consummation=Death of being human.Hard 2 top that as something to keepH/H apart #UFchat
10:48 pm kaitnolan: @Patti_OShea Do you think the advent of ebooks will see more folks reading PNR b/c nobody can see the covers and judge? #UFchat
10:49 pm Patti_OShea: I’m not sure why that is unless it’s related to stereotypes in some way. It’s easier to write a type than to really dig in and #ufchat
10:49 pm J_GriffinB: RT @Patti_OShea: bookstores put my books in fantasy section and Ive heard from male readers who found my books there & liked. true #ufchat
10:49 pm Patti_OShea: get to know your characters well enough to get past labels. #ufchat
10:49 pm ladytechie: @Patti_OShea Do you think the guys would have not read them if someone had sent them to romance to pick them up? #UFChat
10:50 pm Patti_OShea: @kaitnolan I think it’s going to help a lot. Some of my own covers have embarrassed me. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
10:50 pm LaylaMessner: This is a literalization of the sex/love as death metaphor, I think. RT @elizabethkarr: Twilight-Consummation=Death of being human. #UFChat
10:50 pm rixshep: rt @elizabethkarr @editorialdept Agree readers open 2 crossing genres. Publishers/Studios less so. Educate ’em: hybrids good! #UFchat /Yes!
10:50 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q14: Do you have tips on how to NOT fall into the clichรฉ trap when writing relationships? #UFchat
10:50 pm LaylaMessner: RT @Patti_OShea: get to know your characters well enough to get past labels. #UFChat
10:50 pm Cameron_Haley: Can we get some examples of the “Madonna” and “Whore” generalization. I guess I haven’t noticed that… #UFchat
10:50 pm snowppl: @RCMurphy Tell me about it! #UFchat
10:50 pm Patti_OShea: @ladytechie I think men automatically think sappy when they see romance. There are a lot of us who don’t write sappy. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
10:51 pm Patti_OShea: I’m not sure that holds true anymore. The Hamilton books have a lot more sex in them than a lot of PNR, but her books are still UF. #ufchat
10:51 pm Patti_OShea: I have a lot of fight scenes and action scenes in my books, but I’d still say they’re PNR. I think writers just need to write their #ufchat
10:51 pm Patti_OShea: story and worry about categorizing it after they’re finished. #ufchat
10:51 pm MartinsSecrets: RT @elizabethkarr: Adding paranormal obstacle ups the ante. eg Twilight-Consummation=Death of being human.Hard 2 top that as something to keepH/H apart #UFchat
10:51 pm snowppl: @RCMurphy I haven’t seen you. I have no idea why! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #UFchat
10:52 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Going to skip ahead om the questions as we’re running out of time & want to get to some in particular. #UFchat
10:52 pm Patti_OShea: @J_GriffinB I hear my characters so distinctly in my head, that I haven’t worried about holding voice. They’re tyrants. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
10:52 pm Jinxie_G: @Patti_OShea I totally agree with that! It’s how I write. #UFChat
10:52 pm LaylaMessner: RT @Patti_OShea: I hear my characters so distinctly in my head, that I havent worried about holding voice. Theyre tyrants. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFChat
10:52 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q15: Appear UF has ?supernaturals? 4 MCs & love interests. PNR tends to male supes only. Why not many PNR supe females? #UFchat
10:53 pm Saffy: Tis way past my bedtime – glad I could catch part of this chat – thanks #UFchat @Patti_OShea
10:53 pm Patti_OShea: Wow, really? Guess I’ve been doing it wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
10:53 pm ladytechie: I just want what I expect to be in there. I always said why mess up a good murder with a bunch of love junk. LOL #UFChat
10:53 pm Patti_OShea: I’m immediately thinking through the books I’ve read and I’m coming up with stories in PNR with the heroine a vampire, werewolf, #ufchat angel or whatever. I remember stories better than titles, but Maggie Shayne wrote female vampires back in the Silhouette Shadows #ufchat
10:53 pm rixshep: rt @kaitnolan @Patti_OShea Do u think books will see more folks reading PNR b/c nobody can see covers & judge? #UFchat / Heh! Probably!
10:53 pm 1hope1dream: RT @Patti_OShea: I hear my characters so distinctly in my head, that I havent worried about holding voice. Theyre tyrants. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
10:54 pm Patti_OShea: days and Rebecca Flanders in that same line. Mid 90s maybe? If this really is the trend, I can guess it has to do with making the #ufchat hero alpha. It’s much easier to have an alpha vampire hero and a human heroine who needs his protection than it is to have a #ufchat
10:54 pm snowppl: @RCMurphy yes! you should! @twitter should listen #UFchat
10:54 pm kaitnolan: @UF_Chat Maybe it’s a desire in romance for a larger than life/reality lover? I seem to be missin those books. #UFchat
10:54 pm Patti_OShea: vampire heroine and an alpha human hero. ๐Ÿ™‚ Like I said, it was an interesting experience when I wrote IN THE #ufchat
10:54 pm Patti_OShea: MIDNIGHT HOUR. I think I pulled it off, but it definitely wasn’t the easiest writing I’ve ever done. #ufchat
10:54 pm Patti_OShea: In UF where the heroines are expected to kick butt, it’s easier to have her be supernatural. I’m just guessing here on the whys. #ufchat
10:55 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q16: UF r/ships often happen over series. Does PNR require relationship resolution 4 each book or is multi-book arc OK? #UFchat
10:55 pm Patti_OShea: I don’t see why there couldn’t be a PNR with a romance arc that encompasses three books. Personally, as a reader, I prefer #ufchat
10:55 pm Patti_OShea: to have at least some kind of resolution at the end of each book, but Jayne Ann Krentz did this beautifully in a four book #ufchat
10:55 pm Patti_OShea: series of romances. They’re out of print and really hard to find. I spent years tracking them down before I found all of them, #ufchat
10:56 pm Patti_OShea: but the HEA (Happily Ever After) doesn’t happen until the end of the 4th book, but IIRC there were small resolutions between the h/h #ufchat
10:56 pm Patti_OShea: at the end of each book. Like they decide they have something special at the end of book 1 and are going to date exclusively. #ufchat
10:56 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q17: B/c U blend hard action w romance what must U take into account writing fights/action 2 keep relationship central? #UFchat
10:56 pm Patti_OShea: I can’t remember all the smaller resolutions, but they were enough that left the romance open with more to go, but enough #ufchat that I, as a reader, felt satisfied. The series name, BTW, is Guinevere Jones and she wrote them under the name #ufchat
10:56 pm elizabethkarr: i think y paranormal genre growing is it taps into a morphic resonance of unease & uncertainty felt by much of us humans. #UFchat
10:56 pm Patti_OShea: ayne Castle. The first in the series is “Desperate Game.” #ufchat
10:57 pm mark_henry: @UF_Chat That’s where “urban fantasy romance” proponents stand. Romance is over arc, no HEA. But needs a better name. #UFchat
10:57 pm kaitnolan: @elizabethkarr I figure it is as simple as the fact that in tough economic times, real life sucks and paranormal is total escape #UFchat
10:57 pm Patti_OShea: I rarely have my h/h apart, so they’re usually fighting together or fighting to defend the other. Having them worried about #ufchat
each other is how I keep the relationship a priority while all the other stuff is happening. #ufchat
10:57 pm Patti_OShea: When I do have them apart, they’re thinking of each other. Like in MIDNIGHT HOUR, Deke thinks he hears Ryne calling for help, #ufchat
10:57 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea You have totally whetted my appetite to read Jayne Ann Kretz. #UFchat
10:57 pm snowppl: @RCMurphy i’m sorry! #UFchat
10:58 pm Patti_OShea: so he goes outside to rescue her, only to find he was lured from safety by a creature who mimicked her voice. The fight goes on #ufchat for a few pages and then Ryne’s there and they’re both worrying about each other. #ufchat
10:58 pm snowppl: RT @RCMurphy Ugh. I should have checked before the chat. I had some good things to say since PNR & UF mixed are my “thing”. #UFchat
10:58 pm UF_Chat: @mark_henry Ah – but they still require the HEA then? Bittersweet doesn’t qualify? #UFchat
10:58 pm Patti_OShea: It really can be a balancing act if the scenes happen while they’re apart. Yes, they can think about their heroine (or hero), #ufchat
10:58 pm Patti_OShea: but when the fight is getting nitty gritty, they’d be an idiot to lose focus without a good reason. #ufchat
10:58 pm rixshep: @Saffy @editorialdept @UF_Chat => “made phase diagrams to cope with genres” <= Got any examples? Sounds neat! #UFchat
10:58 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q18: What other unusually labeled subgenres would we find your bks in? (ie where else should we be looking?) #UFchat
10:59 pm elizabethkarr: @kaitnolan You got that right! Tough times, we want escape. And best ways are books, movies (and sex). #UFchat
10:59 pm KevinHearne: @mark_henry I second that. UF suggests action, not romance, and that’s what readers expect. #UFChat
10:59 pm Patti_OShea: If you’re asking where I’m shelved in the bookstore, mostly in romance with a few also sticking me in Fantasy/SF. If you’re #ufchat
10:59 pm Patti_OShea: talking about what other genres I wander into either intentionally or unintentionally, I guess horror. Although I never think of #ufchat
10:59 pm mark_henry: @UF_Chat That seems to be their point. Still confuses. #UFchat
10:59 pm Patti_OShea: my books like this, I have had reviewers frequently use the label horror. I also guess I regularly have romantic suspense #ufchat
10:59 pm Patti_OShea: elements in my books as well. #ufchat
11:00 pm jimnduncan: guess my series might qualify as uf romance then, with a multi-book relationship arc, but focus is still on paranormal goings on. #ufchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q19: What series/books are you working on right now? When can we expect your next book? #UFchat
11:00 pm snowppl: @RCMurphy well you could use the twitter site. #UFchat
11:01 pm J_GriffinB: Q: Do you consider yourself a Fantasy writer, then or UF/PNR? #ufchat
11:01 pm Patti_OShea: I have two series proposals being shopped around right now and two or three more I’d like to work on, but right now I’m #ufchat
11:01 pm Patti_OShea: writing a Nocturne Bites. This is Harlequin’s line for PNR short stories. The working title is SHADOW’S CARESS and I don’t #ufchat
11:01 pm Patti_OShea: have a release date yet. The hero is a shade because the heroine who was a vampire hunter didn’t follow all the steps it #ufchat
11:01 pm Patti_OShea: would take to kill him. He needs her to pull the stake so he can return to his life as the undead. So far she’s been shot at #ufchat
11:01 pm Patti_OShea: and driven her car through a railway crossing with the train bearing down on her. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:02 pm elizabethkarr: This has been eyeopening. In my mind Syfy & Romance were 2 distinct genres. Subplots yes, but mostly 1 or other. V enlightening. #UFchat
11:02 pm Patti_OShea: @J_GriffinB I call myself a PNR author because my focus is on the romance even though I have a lot of other stuff going on, too. #ufchat
11:02 pm rixshep: rt @elizabethkarr i think y paranormal genre growing is taps into morphic resonance of unease/uncertainty felt by much of us. #UFchat
11:02 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea Now that’s a premise! Run pitch that to a movie studio! ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Q20: While we’re waiting for your next book, what other UF &/or PNR books do you recommend we read? #UFchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: @Patti_OShea so we won’t see you at World Fantasy? #ufchat
11:03 pm Patti_OShea: I’ve mostly been reading nonfiction lately, but I have read the first 3 books in Laura Anne Gilman’s Retriever’s series and #ufchat
11:03 pm Patti_OShea: really liked them. They’re third person (which I prefer to read over first person) and UF titles. The heroine is a magic #ufchat user who’s also a Retriever (thief). #ufchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: @elizabethkarr I thin@Patti_OShea‘s books would work brilliantly as movies – if they kept her edge! #UFchat
11:03 pm ladytechie: @Patti_OShea Is it fair to try and have it all in there or is one type of fan bound to be disappointed when an author attempts that? #UFChat
11:04 pm Patti_OShea: @J_GriffinB ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t gone to any conferences/conventions for the last few years, so no, I’m afraid not. #ufchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: @elizabethkarry (Take II) I think @Patti_OShea‘s books would work brilliantly as movies – if they kept her edge! #UFchat
11:04 pm LaylaMessner: Gotta run. Thanks @Patti_OShea and everyone :). #UFChat
11:04 pm snowppl: Okay, have to leave for #free dinner. Can’t pass that up! See you all later! #ufchat
11:04 pm J_GriffinB: @Patti_OShea shucks. #ufchat
11:05 pm elizabethkarr: @UF_Chat I thin@Patti_OShea‘s books would work brilliantly as movies – if they kept her edge!<W/ right producer they will. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:05 pm Patti_OShea: @ladytechie Sometimes I think I make no one happy. Some complain there isn’t enough romance, others complain there’s too much Rom. #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Over to you guys! Did I miss a question you wanted to ask? @Patti_OShea now. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:05 pm kaitnolan: @Pattie_OShea Which is your favorite of your books? #UFchat
11:06 pm 1hope1dream: I’ve got an odd question. What makes UF/PNR different from horror? Or are they similar genres? #UFchat
11:06 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea Remember Lincoln. U can plz some folks all the time, all folks some of time, but u cant plz all folks all the time. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:06 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea By your awards & best sellers (& how library always has your books on waiting lists) I think people are very happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:07 pm Patti_OShea: @kaitnolan My favorite book is always the last one that’s completely finished. ๐Ÿ™‚ In this case, IN THE DARKEST NIGHT. #ufchat
11:07 pm tasmin21: @1hope1dream My theory: In UF, the supernatural is the world. In Horror, the supernatural is the plot. #ufchat
11:07 pm ellestonewrites: Thanks @Patti_OShea Great chat! #ufchat
11:07 pm inkgypsy: @Patti_OShea RT @1hope1dream: I’ve got an odd question. What makes UF/PNR different from horror? Or are they similar genres? #UFchat
11:07 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea Have u considered adapting books into film? Is that a goal? #UFchat
11:07 pm Patti_OShea: @ellestonewrites thank you! #ufchat
11:08 pm ladytechie: @tasmin21 Good one! #UFChat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: That’s all have time for today! Thx for joining & thank you @Patti_OShea for being so generous with your time & answering questions. #UFchat
11:08 pm Patti_OShea: I’m happy to stick around and answer any questions y’all still have. And if I missed an earlier question, please repost. #ufchat
11:08 pm Patti_OShea: @elizabethkarr I’d like to see my books made into movies, but I’ve no plans to write my own adaptations. #ufchat
11:09 pm Patti_OShea: @1hope1dream I haven’t read enough horror to know the answer to this question #ufchat
11:09 pm inkgypsy: RT @tasmin21: @1hope1dream My theory: In UF, the supernatural is the world. In Horror, the supernatural is the plot. #ufchat
11:09 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea @UF_Chat Thank you. Great to be in the room. Excellent conversation. #UFchat
11:10 pm Patti_OShea: @elizabethkarr thank you! #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: Patti is generously offering to hang out for a bit and answer some more questions. Throw them in! #UFchat
11:10 pm kaitnolan: @Patti_OShea Great chat! Thanks for coming! #UFchat
11:10 pm 1hope1dream: @tasmin21 That’s an interesting point. #UFchat
11:10 pm rixshep: @Patti_OShea Btw, I found your answers (and resulting convos) to be excellent, even if I couldn’t keep up w/all of them! Thanks! #ufchat
11:10 pm 1hope1dream: @Patti_OShea Thanks for answering our questions! #UFchat
11:10 pm Patti_OShea: @tasmin21 thank you! #ufchat
11:11 pm Patti_OShea: @rixshep Thank you! It is hard to keep up, isn’t it? I’m worried I missed questions. #ufchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea (2 more?) Q: Why do you think ?alpha males? are popular and are they really as popular as some make them out to be? #UFchat
11:11 pm Patti_OShea: @1hope1dream you’re welcome! Thanks for coming to the chat! #ufchat
11:12 pm Patti_OShea: Alpha heroes are hugely popular from what I see. My whole theory is that the stronger the heroine is, the stronger the hero needs #ufchat
11:12 pm Patti_OShea: to be and vice versa. When I read, I want to see the hero out kicking butt with the heroine, not home watching the stock #ufchat
11:12 pm kaitnolan: @UF_Chat I think it’s because in fiction you can have an alpha and get the fantasy but IRL an alpha would be hard to live with. #UFchat
11:12 pm elizabethkarr: @Patti_OShea That’s smart to focus on novels whch you excel at. Adapting novels into screenplays is whole other skill set. #UFchat
11:12 pm Patti_OShea: reports while his heroine is risking her life. Also, when you see one character (whether is the hero or the heroine) who’s really #ufchat
11:12 pm Patti_OShea: alpha and you see them with some beta character, don’t you think, “what do you see in her/him?” I know I do. #ufchat
11:13 pm Patti_OShea: I like a partnership of equals. When I wrote IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, my hero was human and my heroine was a #ufchat
11:13 pm rixshep: Well, time to head out (dinner is ready!), but I’ll check later to see the late comments. Still hoping to see some phase diagrams! #ufchat
11:13 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea I’m tweeting your website & more but if people have questions, feedback etc how can they contact you? #UFchat
11:13 pm pattioshea: I just got put in Twitter Jail. Using a second account to answer #ufchat
11:14 pm pattioshea: magic-wielding, butt-kicking troubleshooter. But he’s still alpha. He’s an ex-LAPD officer and a PI. He doesn’t take well to sitting #ufchat
11:14 pm pattioshea: on the sidelines and I made sure to show his frustration with having to stand back and let the heroine fight the battles. I alsomade #ufchat
11:14 pm pattioshea: sure he had a couple of opportunities to fight on his own to show he is alpha. They balanced each other in an interesting #ufchat
11:14 pm pattioshea: way with Deke being the more emotionally grounded. #ufchat
11:15 pm pattioshea: They can @reply me @Patti_OShea or email me patti@pattioshea.com #ufchat
11:15 pm 1hope1dream: Time for me to escape from the chats and get back to the WIP. Later all! #UFchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Patti_OShea Seriously awesome answers & food for thought! Thank you SO much for your time today. We wish you only best sellers! #UFchat
11:15 pm Jamgrrl: Interesting. RT @tasmin21: @1hope1dream My theory: In UF, the supernatural is the world. In Horror, the supernatural is the plot. #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for our special Q&A on PNR & UF today! #UFchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Transcript 4 today?s chat on UF/PNR overlap will be on #UFchat blog within 36hrs (apocalypses excepted). Follow @UF_Chat 4 updates! #UFchat
11:16 pm tasmin21: Great chat, folks! I’m off to do domestic stuffs. #ufchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Next will be tweeting LINKS on/about @Patti_OShea?s books: #UFchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Patti?s website (actionrom.com) w xlnt blog on writing characters & relationships & much more http://bit.ly/9gWXHO #UFchat
11:17 pm 1hope1dream: Before I run, one more comment here…I don’t care what the subgenre is. It’s ALL speculative fiction and it’s all good. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: A guest post by @Patti_OShea on the importance of relationships in her books & deleting scenes http://bit.ly/13rJK4 #UFchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Patti O?Shea?s Oooh Moment at the Paranormal Romance Blog http://bit.ly/cBEDWH #UFchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @1hope1dream Agreed! #UFchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: Awesome interview with Patti O?Shea at Bitten By Paranormal Romance http://bit.ly/cTZjd2 #UFchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: Patti’s website also has a bunch of excerpts you can read -get a preview piece of the action (& the love) http://www.pattioshea.com/ #UFchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: To be tweeted next: some resources discussing Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy together: #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: Because It?s Shiny by @ShilohWalker http://bit.ly/bfbptg (Why she writes PNR) #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: Editorial Roundtable: The Roots of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy (for Tor.com blog) http://bit.ly/caJoFu #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: What Is Paranormal Romance? By Paul Guran (for Juno books) http://bit.ly/coiSIZ #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: Books That Blur the Line: Pt 1 by Rebecca @ Dirty Sexy Books http://bit.ly/aHzz3V #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: Books That Blur the Line: Pt 2 by Abigail @ All Thing Urban Fantasy http://bit.ly/aLJrzd #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: Upcoming TOPIC: UF – The Good, the Bad & the Untapped: Urban Fantasy Pet Peeves & Wish Lists #UFchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: We are slowly making a list of UF authors on Twitter on #UFchat blog site. Please suggest more @inkgypsy or @snowppl #UFchat
11:23 pm elizabethkarr: Enjoyed meeting u all. I’m film producer of @rfamovie. Adaptation of Philip K Dick novel, http://www.radiofreealbemuth.com #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Aug 21 #UFchat session going dark. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Transcript available on #UFchat‘s blog in 36hrs-ish, allowing for late comments to be added. #UFchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @elizabethkarr Nice to see you today! Thank you for joining us (& please consider @Patti_OShea‘s bks for a film! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:25 pm MartinsSecrets: RT @elizabethkarr: Enjoyed meeting u all. I’m film producer of @rfamovie. Adaptation of Philip K Dick novel, http://www.radiofreealbemuth.com #UFchat
11:27 pm elizabethkarr: @UF_Chat am excited to read @patti_oshea books. New 2 twitter, I’m amazed at all the wonders out there, including #UFchat
11:31 pm inkgypsy: @MRDunn12 Plenty OK to lurk! There’s so much to read & keep up with! Just say hi so we know you’re there. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks tons for coming. #UFchat
11:34 pm UF_Chat: Tons info in today’s #UFchat! (check hashtag) Like mini-conference! Thx to @Patti_OShea for the awesome. Late comments welcome(use hashtag).
11:34 pm inkgypsy: Tons info in today’s #UFchat! (check hashtag) Like mini-conference! Thx to @Patti_OShea for the awesome. Late comments welcome(use hashtag).
11:40 pm Tartipants: RT @kaitnolan @Patti_OShea Great chat! Thanks for coming! #UFchat http://foook.com
11:42 pm jensenmary30: my books like this, I have had reviewers frequently use the label horror. I also guess I regularly have romantic suspense #ufchat
August 22, 2010
12:23 am rixshep: RT @1hope1dream: Before I run, one more comment here…I don’t care what the subgenre is. It’s ALL speculative fiction and it’s all good. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
1:53 am inkgypsy: 101 weapons for women (from 1991!) Actually, this is good story stuff… http://bit.ly/aVS3DE #UFchat #fightscenes
7:53 am AnassaRh: Suspect I’ll be pretty quiet on the #ufchat comments tonight. Not familliar with romance, paranormal or otherwise.
8:49 am AnassaRh: @Saffy A friend reads lots of magic realism, describes it as “reality made magical”. Dreams, altered states, coincidences, etc. #ufchat
11:27 am kltworld: I wasn’t able to participate, but I read through many of the comments for last night’s #UFchat. Great information! Thanks!
5:45 pm tadbo: RT @UF_Chat: Editorial Roundtable: The Roots of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy (for Tor.com blog) http://bit.ly/caJoFu #UFchat
8:45 pm sarahmakela: RT @tasmin21: I dont think UF & Romance conventions R alike. Romance wld be romance, be it w/ humans or creatures. UF…not so much. #ufchat

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END OF TRANSCRIPT FOR AUGUST 21st, 2010

Thanks for a great chat everyone! Hopefully we cleared up some questions, opened some doors and sparked some ideas. (Why do I have the feeling a lot of people will be re-watching Terminator this week? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Be sure to check out Patti’s links, the resource posts/essays and more tweeted at the end of the chat time.

The โ€œPublished UF authors on Twitterโ€ page for the blog (check the link at the very top of the page) is slowly growing (there are a LOT of UF authors on Twitter!) and it’s and linked it to a list on Twitter for easy following.

If you see someone you think should be on there, thereโ€™s a good chance we just havenโ€™t gotten to adding them yet BUT please always feel free to add suggestions by @-ing @inkgypsy or @snowppl and weโ€™ll add them to the list ASAP.

Stay tuned to @UF_Chat on Twitter for details on next weekโ€™s topic.

See you next week!

Gypsy (@inkgypsy)


Chat Topic & Special Guest Author Q&A: August 21st, 2010

Hereโ€™s the big topic weโ€™ll be discussing with our special guest multi-award winning and bestselling paranormal action romance & futuristic urban fantasy author Patti O’Shea (Saturday August 21):

TOPIC: The UF/PNR overlap โ€“ whatโ€™s hot, whatโ€™s not, whatโ€™s the attraction for readers, for writers, what UF owes romance and more!

AND
a special Q&A with Patti too!
See what people are saying about her latest book “In the Darkest Night”.

O’Shea’s fourth Light Warriors romance is a riveting thrill ride that will keep her readers enthralled.

~Publishers Weekly (Starred review!)

O’Shea has another winner. Equal parts passion and horror blend to create one great read.

~RT Book Reviews

I loved everything about this book. The action was fast-paced, the plotting intricate and well-written, and the characterization and dialogue spot-on.

~Riley’s Reviews

The latest Light Warrior romantic urban fantasy is a terrific action-packed thriller.

~Alternative Worlds

In the Darkest Night by Patti Oโ€™Shea is a wonderful action packed urban fantasy novel. Oโ€™Shea is a magical story teller who can make you believe you are living the story with the characters.

~Literary Escapism

Patti O’Shea delivers an intriguing paranormal romance ripe with complex characters and danger with IN THE DARKEST NIGHT. Don’t miss it!

~Romance Reviews Today

IN THE DARKEST NIGHT is a well-written and fast paced book. It continues the great series of the Light warriors. Patti O’shea is a great author no matter what she is writing her characters are well rounded and always full of emotion making the reader love each and every one of them.

~Fresh Fiction

We have a TON of questions and I’m sure you do too (bring them all!) – this Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy cross-over issue can get very confusing…. come discuss & pick Patti’s brain.
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Patti’s books have won multiple awards including a Beacon Award on August 1st for “Edge of Dawn” winning Best Paranormal of 2010! Congratulations Patti! Her books have a wonderful mix of hard action, paranormal and passion.

Patti O’Shea is the author of the Light Warriors series, the Crimson City series, the Jarved Nine series and many other action paranormal romance/urban fantasy & futuristic books!

Throw in your thoughts and questions on how Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy overlap – what the commonalities are, what the differences are and why even ‘dark UF’ people should be aware of Paranormal Romance – it’s not as cut and dried as it first appears.

TODAY @ 3pm PST/ 6pm EST!

Follow @UF_Chat for updates and reminders.

See you in a few hours!


Recommended Reads: The Downside Series by Stacia Kane

Title/s: Unholy Ghosts, Unholy Magic, City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts/Chess Putnam series, books 1-3)
Author: Stacia Kane (@StaciaKane on Twitter)
Type of UF: Dark, edgy, gritty, fast-paced, mystery
Paranormal Element/ Creatures: Ghosts, Magic
Publisher: US – Del Rey/ UK – Harper Voyager (see Stacia’s website for the UK covers)
Release Date/s: June, July & August of 2010
Back Cover Copy:

THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased.

Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch, freewheeling Debunker, and ghost hunter. Sheโ€™s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead. But sheโ€™s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem thatโ€™s landed her in hot and dangerous water.

Chess owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump. And Bump wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bumpโ€™s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

If you haven’t heard of Stacia Kane’s Downside books yet, you’re missing some really big news – both in urban fantasy and for genre books in general.

Let me give you a taste:

That’s right. Stacia’s first three books in the series are being released back-to-back-to-back right now (that’s how much the publisher believes in the series) and they’re causing quite a stir. Thanks to the unusual premise, the very-flawed-yet-‘relate-able’ MC (particularly regarding her drug habit), the fresh and thorough world-building and the unique-yet-accessible vernacular, people everywhere are talking about these addictive books.

There are many reviews available online for the first two books (Stacia’s website HERE links to many) but I’ll include excerpts from just one thorough review to give you an idea:

(From “Raising Kane: Why the Summer of 2010 Will Be the Summer of Stacia for Paranormal Fantasy Fans” by Paul Goat Allen)

This is an ambitious novel, a novel that shuns the formulaic pitfalls and conventionality of other bestselling paranormal fantasy sagas. This is Stacia Kane at the top of her gameโ€”it is a writer evolved, a storyteller matured, an imagination fully unleashed upon the world…

… if youโ€™re looking for something deeper and darker, I would highly recommend this novel. I loved the (what some would consider) audacious premise; the downright tantalizing glimpses into the otherworldly City of Eternity; the cool, punk rock undertones (at one point Chess is wearing a Dead Kennedys t-shirt); and the wonderfully intricate mystery that intertwines it all together.

Read the whole review HERE.

Dubious about an addicted MC? See what this reviewer (Fiction Vixen) had to say about her concerns HERE.

Stacia Kane

Join us for our very first #UFchat on Saturday July 24th at 3pm PST/6pm EST for a special Q&A with Stacia Kane on her Downside series! Bring your questions or tweet me ahead of time so I can add them. See you there!

Psst! Need to catch up? Read Chapter 1 of Unholy Ghosts FREE online HERE orย  download the FIRST FIVE CHAPTERS FREE as a PDF!

Gypsy (@inkgypsy)