Posts Tagged ‘The Midnight Front’

More Interview Goodness on Generations Geek

Late last year, I sat for a lengthy interview by my pal Scott Pearson for his podcast Generations Geek. We had such a great and rambling chat that he ended up having to cut the interview into two parts.

Part Two

The new installment, Episode 41: “Midnight Mack,” is now live on The Chronic Rift Network. In this hour-long interview we discuss my non-Star Trek tie-in work, including my award-winning 24 novel, Rogue, and my contribution to the short-story anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush.

We also dig into my original works, starting with my 2009 urban fantasy novel The Calling, and then we segué into my upcoming Dark Arts series for Tor Books, which will kick off in February 2018 with The Midnight Front.

Part One

If you’d like to listen to the first half of our conversation, in Episode #40: “Mack Trek we talked mostly about my work for Star Trek through the years and across many media, including television, comic books, video games, and novels.

My 2016 World Fantasy Con Schedule – #SFWApro

If you’ll be attending World Fantasy Convention 2016 this coming week in Columbus, OH, and are interested in catching up with me, here are my two scheduled turns on programming:


Thursday, 27 October

“When to Stop”
5pm – Union AB
Some series seem to go on forever. At what point must there really be an ending? Trilogies seem to be a default, but urban fantasy series (e.g., Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake novels) seem to just go on and on. Is the long series simply a factor of market forces or is there a storytelling imperative behind it? With declining shelf space and ever more demands for the attention of readers, are the long-form series becoming less desirable?
— Sarah Avery, J.L. Doty, Summer Hanford, Mark Van Name (m), David Mack


Saturday, 29 October

Author Reading: David Mack
4pm – Union C
My current plan is to read a brief excerpt from The Midnight Front, my upcoming original contemporary fantasy/secret history novel being published by Tor Books in early 2018.


Beyond these two bits of business, I can be counted on toe haunt the hotel bar, and I suspect I’ll make the rounds of the industry parties on Friday and Saturday nights.

If you’re at the con and I’m in a public space (and not using my earbuds), feel free to come say “hello”!

#SFWApro

The Midnight Front: first draft done!

As of 2AM EDT on August 1, 2015, I’ve finished my first-draft manuscript of The Midnight Front, the start of my new original literary series for Tor Books. It comprises roughly 200,000 words, making it the longest single work of my career to date.

I still have much to do — a polishing draft before it goes to my editor, agent, and beta readers; line edits, revisions, and rewrites; and many more stages of production before it can get a publication date — but the first step is, after years of planning and many grueling months of writing, over.

Now … whiskey. And maybe some spontaneous hysteria. We’ll see what the rest of the night brings.

More Podcasty Goodness!

ST.Section.31.Disavowed.CvrAs promised, here is the second half of my recent interview with Michael and Ros, hosts of The Captain’s Table on VisionaryTrek.com.

In Part Two of their new interview with me (recorded on January 30, 2015), we cover a number of subjects, including my recent and upcoming book projects. (Listen to Part One here.)

Topics included my recent Star Trek: Section 31 novel Disavowed, my upcoming Jack Bauer novel 24: Rogue, and The Midnight Front, my upcoming original trilogy for Tor Books.

It was a fun and informative conversation, so if you have an hour to spare, give it a listen!

#SFWApro

 

APOLLO’S DAUGHTERS now on Kindle

Around this time last year, I started posting about a Kickstarter-funded anthology of short fiction called Apollo’s Daughters. Like its companion volume, Athena’s Daughters, it is a collection of tales ranging from science fiction to fantasy, all featuring female main characters.

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The difference between the two anthologies is that the stories in Athena’s Daughters all were written by women, and those in Apollo’s Daughters all were penned by men.

I’m pleased to report that the Kindle version of Apollo’s Daughters is now available on Amazon, and that the paperback version is at the printers and coming this spring.

The new anthology contains my original novelette Hell Rode With Her,” which tells a story that for space reasons I needed to cut from the manuscript of The Midnight Front, my current novel-in-progress and the first volume of my new original trilogy for Tor Books. So if you’d like to get a sneak peek at what I’m cooking up, you’ll want to snag a copy of Apollo’s Daughters on the double.

As if that weren’t enticement enough, Apollo’s Daughters also features stories by such bestselling, award-winning, and acclaimed authors as John Jackson Miller, Aaron Rosenberg, Donald J. Bingle, Joshua B. Palmatier, David R. George III, and Michael Stackpole. It also features the last original work by the late New York Times bestselling author Aaron Allston.

Athena’s Daughters was published last year in both eBook and paperback formats. Apollo’s Daughters was released in December 2014 in generic eBook formats on the website of its publisher, Silence in the Library. Get your eBook copy now, and remember to pick up the print edition this spring!

Announcing THE MIDNIGHT FRONT

Now that the contracts are signed, I can finally share this amazing news: I’ve just inked a deal with Tor Books for a trilogy of original novels.

The first of these will be The Midnight Front, a World War II-era fantasy adventure featuring “commando wizards” battling to control the shape of humanity’s future. The current plan is for the sequels to be set in different eras of modern history, each telling its own tale while sharing a core cast of dramatis personae and expanding upon a continuing narrative arc.

Here’s a photo of me signing the contracts in the Tor offices on Wednesday, January 28, 2015:

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The acquisition was made for Tor Books by Senior Editor Marco Palmieri, via my longtime literary agent, Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

Those of you familiar with my bibliography know that I’ve worked with Marco before, on several of my best-received works of tie-in fiction, as well as on my critically acclaimed first original novel, The Calling. Ever since his departure from Pocket Books in 2008, I have hoped that Marco and I would have the opportunity to work together again, and I couldn’t be happier to once more be one of his authors — especially at such an esteemed publisher as Tor.

To borrow a phrase from Marco, we’re “together again for the first time!”

I’ll be busy working on this trilogy for most of this year and next year; it likely won’t be published until some time in 2017. As you can see, I have a long road ahead on this project — but it’s a journey on which I’ve long been eager to embark. Wish me godspeed, friends.