Kristine Kathryn Rusch spends a great deal of time exploring “what if.” She writes science fiction, fantasy, romance and mystery. A Hugo Award winning editor and a co-publisher of Pulphouse, not to mention an avid reader, Kristine has a broad view of the publishing industry, which she shares regularly on her website.
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The interview begins by discussing Kristine’s writing…and reading…routine. Then we discussed some of her writing including The Retrieval Artist, which was based on a Hugo-nominated short story, and the space-opera series Into the Wreck. We also discuss how she transitions a short story into larger works.
We moved on to discuss writing two types of mystery novels futuristic and the 1960s-based Smokey Dalton series, which she publishes as Kris Nelscott.
Kristine publishes romance novels under the name Kristine Grayson. She began her writing career with a desire to write historical romances, but she decide to write something that required less research. She met Kevin J Anderson who pointed her to the fantasy markets that would be interested in her work. Her current romances often involve updating classic myths and fairy tales, which has its origins in a Daw Books anthology she contributed to.
The publishing industry information Kristine shares on her website evolved from the workshops she and her husband offered. The first incarnation with the Freelancer’s Survival Guide. She got advice about setting up the website from Michael J Totten and Scott William Carter. After the guide, she started writing more about the publishing industry, and because of her experience owning a publishing company, as an editor and as a writer, she felt she had a lot she could share.
The last portion of the interview focuses on the state of publishing today. Kristine has great insights to independent and e-publishing, the control writers have over then own career, and the resurgence of magazines and the short story.