Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New and exciting

This week, I’ve begun working on a brand new project, an urban fantasy. The idea for it came to me while I was writing the first draft of the fourth book in the Prince Amir series. The storyline hasn’t ceased growing in my mind ever since. I became so enthralled by it that I decided to just go ahead and write it. That was the right decision. I started outlining the plot Monday, and, by the way it’s going, it should be completed by the end of the week. My outlines are always brief, a page or two per chapter, sketching the action, setting the order and feel of each section of the story. I also keep a notepad at hand to jot down all the extra details and bits of dialogue that come to my mind throughout the outlining process. Then it’s on to the first draft.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Prince of Persia

It is no secret that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the movie, has been in the works for a while. A Disney/Bruckheimer production, due out next June, Prince of Persia is set to start filming in Morocco this June. Needless to say, I am very excited about this movie. Now, let’s hope nothing will derail this project. For more juicy details, click here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

What the heck happened to Carrot Top?

Carrot Top then...

Carrot Top now?
I blame gamma rays.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Strange Horizons

Strange Horizons has a review of The Princes of the Golden Cage. Here’s a snippet: "Mallet has picked a fascinating setting and shows a knack for inserting cultural details without overbalancing the action. Having recently read Alev Lytle Croutier’s Harem: The World Behind the Veil, I recognized much of the information—the royal obsession with tulips, the penchant for assassination via interesting poisons, and the accurate descriptions of harem life, for starters—but Mallet is also true to the literary traditions of the ancient East. Readers of the Arabian Nights will smile at the way she incorporates the old tales into Amir’s investigative research. … Mallet is refreshingly candid about the racier aspects of the culture, as enthusiastically citing the sexual practices and bloodier rites of passage as describing the velvet divans and silver belts."