Janni Lee Simner
24 February 2014 @ 05:33 pm

I’m starting a new email list for book news and updates. If you’d like in, you can join here.

Basically, it’s really easy to miss things on the Internet, so this list is for anyone who wants to be sure they don’t skip the important stuff. (Or at least, the important stuff as it relates to me and my books.)

I’ll keep posting more frequent updates here (along with a whole bunch of other stuff) here, too, of course!

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Janni Lee Simner
14 October 2013 @ 12:21 pm

My short story “Drawing the Moon” is being adapted into a short film by Chelsea Garland–details on the movie’s facebook page. “Drawing the Moon” originally appeared in Bruce Coville’s Book of Nightmares.

Elizabeth DiFiore created a series of images inspired my short story “Tearing Down the Unicorns”–see her art here. “Tearing Down the Unicorns” first appeared in another Bruce Coville anthology, A Glory of Unicorns.

It’s so easy for it to feel like the things we write are “through” within a few weeks or months or maybe a year after we release them into the world. I love these reminders that everything we create echoes out far beyond that.

Takes on Faerie After from Shorewood Library, Faerie Winter from Random Amber, and Bones of Faerie from Nerdy Enough and Randomly Reading and Ranting.

I’ve been taking the past few months off from traveling/conferences/speaking (though I was very sorry to miss everyone at Sirens!) for some much needed retreat/vacation/book-finishing/well-charging time, but will be around and about again in November:

Saturday, November 2, 1-2 p.m.
Signing at Mostly Books
6208 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona
Perfect for some early holiday shopping–plus, it’s the day before my birthday, so there’ll be cookies/cake, too!

Friday-Sunday, November 8-10
TusCon Science Fiction Convention
Hotel Tucson City Center
475 N Granada Ave
Tucson, Arizona
I’ll be reading Friday night at 9 p.m.–come join me!

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In the Albuquerque area? I’ll be reading at Alamosa Books’ Summer solstice party this Friday night at 7 p.m. The party itself begins at 5:30–do come! (And if you’re not in Albuquerque, spread the word to those who are.)

Alamosa Books has some lovely things to say about Faerie After:

“Janni Lee Simner has a gift for moving a plot along at a relentless pace but making it feel whispered and ethereal. Her books are tantric, but rather than emptying you of emotion these pages fill you up … you cannot disbelieve the story—no matter how fantastic—when wrapped in its magical web.”

VOYA also reviews Faerie After this month:

“Fans of the first two novels of this series will be delighted to read the wrap-up to this trilogy … Liza continues to be a strong female protagonist, and the supporting cast of characters, both faerie and human, are well drawn and interesting. Besides the suspense of survival, this story also explores the themes of use and abuse of powers and talents. This is a satisfying finish to the Bones of Faerie trilogy that both junior and senior high students will be eager to read.”

My Shelf Confessions reviews Bones of Faerie and Faerie Winter:

“Faerie Winter exceeded my expectations for a sequel! I felt about it the same way I did Bones of Faerie. That it was a great story and by the end I would have been satisfied if I learned there wasn’t going to be another book. Lucky for me its a trilogy but even better that each book thus far in this trilogy has done such a stellar job of standing on it’s own legs.”

Marietta Zacker asked several Nancy Gallt Literary Agency clients, including me, for our thoughts on writing YA for her guest post on Pub(lishing) Crawl. You can see our thoughts, and her definition of the genre, there.

Arizona Jewish Life included me in their summer roundup of Jewish Arizona authors.

There’s still time to watch VLC Productions’ most excellent Faerie After trailer and win the entire trilogy.

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21 May 2013 @ 02:00 pm

Sarah Johnson interviews me at Through the Tollbooth today about writing a trilogy, including discussion of writing exploratory drafts, crafting a character arc over multiple books, and researching the Bones of Faerie trilogy (including some of the pictures I took of Liza’s forest, pre-faerie-apocalypse).

And speaking of trilogies, look! It’s a complete set!


Faerie After comes out just one week from today!

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07 April 2013 @ 02:02 pm

Hey, it’s less than two months until Faerie After‘s release! Here’s what Kirkus says about it:

“With the faerie and mortal lands crumbling away, a teenage girl must work with both worlds if anyone is to survive. The Bones of Faerie series concludes with this high-stakes adventure … In a satisfying trilogy conclusion, Liza confronts the conflicts between saving the world and saving her friends in an environment where nobody is willing to let go of the last generation’s hatreds.”

Faerie After releases into the wild May 28–spread the word!

And if you have any friends who’ve maybe read Bones of Faerie but didn’t realize there were sequel, I’m running a giveaway for Faerie Winter on Goodreads this month.

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Thanks to Matociquala, I’ve been obsessively listening to Antje Duvekot’s music this week.

This one in particular feels like a Bones of Faerie sort of song–I can listen to it and focus on Liza, or listen to it and focus on all the parent/daughter relationships that echo through the trilogy.

Plus, it’s just a gorgeous and haunting song.

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It’s been … well, longer than I thought … since I last did a review-and-interview roundup post. So!

An interview with the Montgomery County Book Festival, where I’ll be February 2. (Are you in the Houston area? Come join us!)

An interview with the Mesa Bookman’s, where I chatted about Bones of Faerie with their Young at Heart book club last fall. (If you’re an adult reader of YA in the Phoenix area, you should totally join them for their spring book discussions.)

SLJ’s roundup of the Fae-Tal Attraction faerie panel I moderated at NCTE this fall. Includes a link to our handout of recommended YA faerie fiction.

FromSkye’s trailer for Bones of Faerie:

Various takes on Bones of Faerie from Writings by K, Readview, For Those About to Read, Bitches with Books, and Fairy Fiction for Young Fans.

Takes on Faerie Winter from The Book Fix and Readview.

Takes on Thief Eyes from Readview and Mette Ivie Harrison. Planet YA also includes Thief Eyes on this fun map of YA books from every country in Europe. In the Iceland slot, of course. :-)

A review of The Fortune Teller, edited by Lawrence Schimel, in which I had published the short story “Beyond the Flames” a decade or so ago. Because every book is new if it’s the first time you’re reading it.

And Rhiannon says nice things about “Drawing the Moon” and some of my other stories in Bruce Coville’s Book Of series.

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Janni Lee Simner
26 November 2012 @ 03:05 pm

Every single time I hear the phrase, “the Bones of Faerie trilogy,” it makes me smile.

That is all.

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Janni Lee Simner
24 April 2012 @ 10:20 am
Congratulations to Christina B and patty1943, winners of the novel and short story prize packs, respectively!

And thank you, thank you to everyone who entered the Faerie Winter paperback contest! Reading your blog posts, tweets, fb posts, tumblr posts, google+ posts not only helped spread the word about the paperback, but also just made me smile. :-)

Happy reading, and happy spring, to you all!
Janni Lee Simner
Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to spread the word about the Faerie Winter paperback and possibly win copies of all my books (including the ones you maybe haven't heard of)!

I'm also over at Suvudu with five true things about Faerie Winter this week.


A couple weeks ago I talked about my attempts to write a Bones of Faerie sequel from Allie's point of view. It was sort of working and sort of not, but I wasn't too worried about that, since all my first drafts are incredibly rough.

When the time came to talk with my editor about a sequel, I told him how excited I was about telling Allie's story. And he said two things.

First, he pointed out that it was Liza's story readers would want and expect to return to, because they'd want to pick up where Bones of Faerie left off. From talking to readers since Bones of Faerie's release, I knew this was true, but I also knew--thought I knew--that Liza was just too powerful for another book, much as I wanted to see more of her, too.

But then my editor also asked: "Have you thought about what it would look like if Liza weren’t so powerful? What sorts of problems might she be discovering, so that things aren’t quite as easy as they appeared they would be?"

I hadn't, not really.

Even though this is, of course, is how we tell stories: however powerful a character is, we give them challenges that are equal to--or greater than--that power. I knew that, but in the way one does, I also didn't know, or had forgotten. Because I hadn't truly thought about what it would be like, if I upped the stakes, and gave Liza bigger challenges than in the last book, even though no matter who my protagonist was going to be, this new book needed new and bigger challenges.

So I thought about Liza's magic, and what forces might be stronger than that magic. I thought, too, about the challenges that living with such powerful magic might create. And I thought about something else: the fact that even if she'd made it home safely in the last book, Liza's emotional arc wasn't complete, and there were all these tensions, especially with Liza's mother, that I'd get to explore more deeply if she was the protagonist of a second book.

I realized that not only could I write a book from Liza's point of view, but also that I very much wanted to. I started writing, and through my usual series of rough drafts Liza's challenges came clearer and clearer, and they included not just the magic-hostile humans she'd dealt with in Bones of Faerie (and who she could indeed handle now), but also some extremely human-hostile faeries who'd survived the war, and who Liza was not at all prepared to deal with. (These included, by the final draft, the queen of the Faerie, who I'd been sure had died in the War--but it turns out the Lady of Air and Darkness cannot be felled by something so simple as the end of the world.) There were new challenges inherent in Liza's world itself, too, because in this new book it was winter now, a sort of winter Liza had never before seen and, well, winter isn't the sort of thing one can easily fight with magic.

Pretty soon I'd stopped wondering how any danger could pose a real challenge for Liza, and had started wondering just how Liza was going to survive to the end of the story. (It was a near thing.)

And now, of course, I can't imagine the story any other way. Because once a book is finished, it becomes in some sense true, and so I've moved from wondering how it should happen to knowing how it did happen.

And it's very much Liza's story, after all. :-)