As you all know, we loved the anthology SHADOWED SOULS. Today we are thrilled to chat with Kerrie L. Hughes, who edited and packaged this collection of stories.
Welcome, Kerrie! Since this is your first time visiting the blog, let’s get to know you a little bit better. How did you get into editing?
I started back in 2001 by assisting my writer/editor husband, John Helfers, with a compendium he was doing on Mercedes Lackey’s work called The Chronicles of Valdemar. He was working for Martin H. Greenberg at the time. We then did one for Lois McMaster Bujold. I enjoyed the process and convinced John and Marty to let me pitch an anthology to DAW called Maiden Matron Crone. Long story short they bought it and over the years I produced seven more for them. Then I put together a really big project called Chicks Kick Butt for TOR and four more I did for a small press called Fiction River. Shadowed Souls had been my biggest project so far. The funny thing is that I have an art degree and had every intention of becoming an art professor but fell in love with writing.
What is your single most favorite thing about the Urban Fantasy genre?
Getting to be the first person to read Cold Case by Jim Butcher! I’m such a fan girl for Jim Butcher.
But let’s set that aside for a moment. I love Urban Fantasy because it has a deep sense of personal empowerment in the face of adversity. There’s nothing quite like a hero who doesn’t need a gun because they have a wand and an attitude.
We loved SHADOWED SOULS! How would you describe this collection of stories?
It’s an exploration of powerful magickal beings that do the right thing, even if it looks wrong to others, while battling their inner demons.
What is the best thing about working with all these amazing authors?
That I get to know these amazing writers! I love these people and I enjoy meeting writers and connecting with the ones whose work I’ve read and collected. I’m not sure why but they seem to trust me, probably because I understand the creative process and a lifetime of traveling has made it easy for me to meet new people and put them at ease.
Can you tell us about the editing process for putting together an anthology like this one?
For many of my projects I start with lists of people who I know will write for me, and ones I want to convince to write for me. I invent titles and themes and then get anywhere from ten to twelve people on board then take the project out to sell. People like me are often referred to as editor/packagers. We create a project and then see it through the entire process of invitations, edits, arrangement, and all the details in between. When it’s done I hand the book in to the agent and/or publisher.
What are you currently reading and loving?
My book list is threatening to topple over and destroy me. Seriously, I have a hundreds of books sitting within reach of me and a short stack of twenty I want to get to next. I always love Jim’s stuff and I’m looking forward to reading his Cinder Spires series.
On my Kindle I’ve started Daniel Jose Older’s, Half Resurrection Blues and I’m pretty excited about it. I also need to catch up on a few books from authors I’ve been following for decades, people like Anton Strout, Annie Bellet, Seanan McGuire, Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Kim Harrison, Kevin Hearne, and Rachel Vincent.
I have to admit though that my current reading is mostly non-fiction about North American, Celtic, and Norse history that I’m using as I write my own novels.
What are you working on next?
I’m writing a series of novels in my own paranormal/urban fantasy world. It’s something I’ve been working on for a while and it should see light in the next few months.
As for anthologies, I’m hoping for a Shadowed Souls part two.
by Kerrie L. Hughes, Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, Rob Thurman, Tanya Huff, Kat Richardson, Anton Strout, Lucy A. Snyder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Erik Scott de Bie
Released: November 1st 2016
Series: Dresden Files #14.5
Published by Roc
In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad...
New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.
In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner...
And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters .
ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY
Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *
From the Trade Paperback edition.