<![CDATA[V. S. Holmes - Official Site of the Award-Winning Author - News]]>Sun, 23 May 2021 18:54:19 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Join Me At When Words Collide]]>Sun, 23 May 2021 17:26:24 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/join-me-at-when-words-collide
This is exciting to finally share: August 13th - 15th I'll be joining the When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers! It's both virtual and in-person, though I'll be tuning in virtually. The lineup of panels is so incredible, and I'm honored to be on four of them!  I've put times and descriptions of the panels of which I'll be a part below, but be sure to see what else this amazing group has to offer. 

Check out the Festival and you can register for FREE!

Friday 2 PM
Awakening to Social Sensitivity Panel

This panel will discuss writing about other genders, races, classes, cultures with honesty and sensitivity. How can a writer be inclusive without appropriating or creating token characters? 

Saturday 10 AM
Writing Well: Diversity and Sensitivity Panel

Proactively looking at writing diversity well in your works. Discussion on how to be mindfully inclusive while navigating the "forced diversity" narrative, how to avoid writing stereotypes offensive to minorities, and best practices on choosing sensitivity consultants/editors/readers.

Sunday 2 PM
Translating Real Science into Gripping Fiction Panel

Fiction authors discuss using hard science as a source of inspiration, and sometimes a basis, for their fiction. 

Sunday 4 PM
Science Fiction As a Critical Tool for Understanding Social and Political Issues Panel

"Art plays a key role in shaping people's view of the world, and on the
twenty-first century science-fiction is arguably the most important genre of
all, for it shapes how most people understand things such as AI,
bioengineering, and climate change. We certainly need good science, but
from political perspective, a good science-fiction movie is worth far more
than an article in Science or Nature."
- Yuval Noah Harari, "21 Lessons for the 21st Century"

<![CDATA[Nel vs Alea with Musing of an Author]]>Mon, 17 May 2021 13:00:00 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/nel-vs-alea-with-musing-of-an-author
I teamed up with Peni Jo Renner to discuss the differences between Alea and Nel, the underlying style in all my work--despite their very different voices!-- and more!

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<![CDATA[Research and Challenges]]>Sat, 15 May 2021 12:45:41 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/research-and-challenges
I jumped onto Lisa Haselton's blog to share what my biggest challenge, is when writing, what my writing space looks like, and how I research the science in my series! 

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<![CDATA[V and Liz on Behind the Book!]]>Wed, 12 May 2021 11:13:09 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/v-and-liz-on-behind-the-book
I joined the lovely Liz Butcher of Behind the Book to chat about the impact of COVID on our work, which site I'd love to work on, and how Nel started as a standalone! Thanks to Liz for having me and to Creative Edge for putting this together! 

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<![CDATA[Travelers: Internationally Bestselling LGBTQ Science Fiction]]>Mon, 10 May 2021 13:00:00 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/travelers-internationally-bestselling-lgbtq-science-fiction
It's been a whirlwind week! I was exhausted by my 2nd Covid shot, and just had another book hit international bestseller status! This time it's Travelers, which is #1 LGBTQ science fiction in the US and Canada! Not only that, but Heretics launched on the 8th and has already been bought and reviewed by so many of you. Your support means the world!

I seriously couldn't do this without the incredible author and publishing community I've found--especially big thanks to Mickey Mikkelson of Creative Edge for all he does, and the powerhouse of Rebecca Hamilton for her amazing mentorship and team.
<![CDATA[Everything Heretics on Urban Book Reviews]]>Tue, 04 May 2021 13:00:00 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/everything-heretics-on-urban-book-reviews
​I joined Urban Book Reviews to discuss what my biggest struggle was when writing HERETICS, who main character Nel Bently has become, and my favorite part of the book! 
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<![CDATA[Writing From The Void: How The Pandemic Transformed Me From Plotter To Pantser]]>Sun, 02 May 2021 12:30:00 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/writing-from-the-void-how-the-pandemic-transformed-me-from-plotter-to-pantser
Thanks to The Nerd Daily for publishing my essay "Writing From The Void!"
Many of us have changed over the protracted months of 2020. The fires of pandemic, political upheaval, and economic disaster have forged us into something we hadn’t planned on. Someone we couldn’t have ever predicted. I could write a dozen essays on the ways 2020 transformed me–empathy, career paths, gender, life goals–but perhaps the one I expected least, was how this year utterly razed my creative process.

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<![CDATA[Existentialism and Connection with Sebastien de Castell (PART 1)]]>Sat, 01 May 2021 12:43:51 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/existentialism-and-connection-with-sebastien-de-castell-part-1In this amazing two-part interview, I spoke with fantasy author Sebastien de Castell about the different ways we connect with readers, how we picture ourselves in others' shoes, and how existentialism impacts our careers and sense of self. Tune in next week for Part Two!
<![CDATA[Activism and An Excerpt with the Scribbler]]>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 09:59:59 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/activism-and-an-excerpt-with-the-scribbler
​The South Branch Scribbler was kind enough to host me this week, to discuss the upcoming book, Heretics, in my sci-fi series, my work in activism, and the incredible process of getting a book on the Moon!
Plus a never-before-seen excerpt of Heretics!

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<![CDATA[Nel on TV? Yes Please!]]>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 16:00:00 GMThttp://vsholmes.com/news/nel-on-tv-yes-please
Last weekend amidst the wild snowstorm we got hit with up here, I got to chat with the awesome Caramel Lucas of the "Keeping It Real" podcast! We touched on the type of magic I weave into my fantasy books, what gets me up in the morning (besides my awesome dog, Rory, of course!), and talked about my snarky lesbian archaeologist becoming a TV show (c'mon Netflix!)