They’re differently social, too. Academics usually have to teach, which means you get out of the house and deal with other human beings. Writers are generally a pretty solitary bunch, though we do have crit meetings and such—and conventions, which are roughly analogous to academic conferences. (Our cons are more fun, though.)
Are you planning on setting any future works in this world?
Apart from the rest of the series? (There will be at least two more books, and possibly more than that, depending on how things go.)
I hope to write a few short stories in this setting, if I can cudgel my brain into doing short fiction again. Some of them might be about Isabella, covering smaller events than the expeditions the books focus on; others may step back to show other parts of the world, or bits of history. I don’t think I’m likely to do a separate series of novels, though, once Isabella’s memoirs are done.
Will you be appearing in any fantasy conventions in 2013?
I haven’t yet settled my travel plans for this year, but I do know I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April and the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England at the beginning of November, and I’m likely to be at the Sirens Conference outside Portland, Oregon during the second weekend of October. I may also make it back to Fourth Street Fantasy in June.
Much shorter notice, but I will be doing a small reading/signing tour to celebrate the release of A Natural History of Dragons; that’s taking me to Seattle’s University Bookstore on February 6th, the Beaverton Powell’s in Portland on the 7th, Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on the 8th, and Borderland Books in San Francisco on the 10th. Full details can be found at: http://www.swantower.com/appearances.html