I had a wonderful time at the World Fantasy Convention in Calgary. I met up with Jeremy Lassen, Editor-in-chief of Night Shade Books, and got news about my book’s release date, mid-December.
I spent some time at the SF Canada table, promoting Canadian writers of speculative fiction.
I went to several readings—David Anthony Durham’s and Candas Jane Dorsey’s to name a few. And among the many interesting panels scheduled during the weekend, my favorites were: The Language of Fantasy, Killing Significant Characters and Genre Hopping.
I was ambushed by Steph Thevideoguy at the autograph reception—it was both thrilling and terrifying. (Mostly terrifying though.)
I also gave an interview to a producer of webcast documentaries, Adrienne Loska, who is putting together a piece about Night Shade Books.
Lynda and I discussed ancient weaponry with bow-and-arrow expert Tim Hills. To my surprise, when I told him that the third book in my series had a Mongolian inspired setting, he swiftly pulled out a Mongolian thumb ring from his pocket—these were used with Mongolian bows to draw the strings. Only at a fantasy convention can you meet someone carrying a Mongolian thumb ring in his back pocket.
I’m a mystery, science fiction and fantasy writer. I grew up in Shippagan, New Brunswick, but now lives in Prince George, British Columbia with my husband and two Scottish terriers. For those who are wondering how to pronounce my name, the H in Nathalie is silent, and Mallet is pronounced like ballet, the dance, but with an M.
The Princes of the Golden Cage is the first installment in the Prince Amir Mystery series. The third book in the series, Death in the Traveling City, is now available.