In June 2011 I went to Salt Lake City and Yellowstone to research novels. I also soared in the Tetons, thanks to Teton Aviation in Driggs, Idaho. It was a fabulous trip.
In early April 2010 I researched locations for a new novel by going to Salt Lake City Utah, with side trips to Promontory Summit and Red Rock Pass in Idaho.
March 26-28 2010 I was a guest at Comicpalooza in Houston, a multi-format convention celebrating not just comics, but also sci-fi and fantasy, horror, steam punk, New Media, movies, film, and gaming of all types, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
In 2009 I researched an upcoming novel with a trip to Seattle, Tacoma and Steilacoom, Washington State, and Portland Oregon. Mary Rosenblum showed me her wondrous part of the country, including the Columbia River Gorge, where she set her SF novel Drylands.
My novelette "Quickfeathers" appeared in the May 2009 issue of Analog Science Fiction & Fact. This story is a sequel to my novel Hurricane Moon: set in the same world a few years later in the young colony's history.
My story "The Listening-Glass" appeared in Diamonds in the Sky, an anthology of astronomy-based science fiction funded by the National Science Foundation and edited by astronomer and science fiction writer Mike Brotherton.
My fantasy story "Grass Lion "appeared in the February-April 2008 issue of Sorcerous Signals.
In 2008 I was the Vice President of a Houston-area blended-genre writers' group, The Final Twist.
My story "The Mortification of the Flesh" appeared in the anthology Horrors Beyond 2 - Stories of Strange Creations from Elder Signs Press in October 2007.
Hurricane Moon news
Hurricane Moon gets good reviews on the websites of The National Space Society and The Washington Post. I like the Post calling my book overall "a resonant achievement." In the January/February 2008 issue of Analog, Tom Easton writes a favorable review with the comment, "... an unusually character and relationship-focused novel for SF."
To my great delight, I'm hearing from readers who like Hurricane Moon. They include science fiction readers and others who usually read mainstream, fantasy, romance, or mystery. So on October 19 I appeared at Houston's mystery bookstore Murder by the Book, along with other writers in The Final Twist. That's the local chapter of Sisters in Crime - and a wonderful writers' group.
Copies of Hurricane Moon have been shipped to bookstores. And to me. And it's wonderful to hold a copy of my novel in the form it was always meant to have. After years of being notes, sketches, Word documents, printouts with comments scribbled in all colors of ink; notebooks and binders with the MSS formatted and printed out for friends to read; the final draft boxed up to go to my agent in the mail; a digital MSS e-mailed to the editor and then sent to the publisher on CD's; the copy edited manuscript, electronic galleys in PDF, and Xeroxed galleys, now finally, simply, it's a book.
Don D'Ammassa reviews Hurricane Moon on his Critical Mass website, and has nice things to say. Including this: "Extremely well written, tightly plotted, full of that old fashioned sense of wonder about the universe." It's a very good feeling when a reviewer seems to have read the same book that the writer intended to write. There are a lot of reasons why it doesn't always pan out that way - but how wonderful when it does. (You can do a search for "Latner" or "Hurricane Moon" on the page, or just read the many other interesting reviews too.)
Hurricane Moon got an excellent review in Publisher's Weekly (scroll to the SF/Fantasy/Horror section).
Take a look at Hurricane Moon's wonderful, complete cover painting by Brian W. Dow. Go to http://pyrsf.blogspot.com/2006/10/for-your-viewing-pleasure-hurricane.html.