Recently, SFsignal asked a bunch of authors about how they got introduced to fantasy. (Myself included.)
It was interesting to see what the other authors listed. Some mentioned old familiars, and I picked up a few new titles for me increasingly long "To Be read" list.
It's an interesting collective interview. If you want to check it out, it's over here.
Edit: A helpful fan found a link to the read-along record I talk about in the interview. It's over here.
As for the raffle, there's good news and bad news.
The good news is that things are going really well. We've already raised over 6000 dollars. Woo!
The bad news is that paypal doesn't like me using my account for anything resembling gambling. I've sent them an e-mail to hopefully straighten things out, and make it clear that this is really just a charity fundraiser with an incentive that just *looks* like a raffle.
I'm waiting to hear back from them. But the moral of the story is that if you want to donate online with paypal, it might be better to do it sooner, rather than later. I might be forced to take the paypal link down, and if that happens, I'll have to muddle my way through figuring out google checkout or some shit like that. And if it's close to November 15th (the end of the name fundraiser) I might not bother.
Or you can take the safe and simple route and just mail your entry in. Easy peasy.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, but you're interested in maybe getting your name in The Wise Man's Fear, you can get all the details over here.
More news soon.