March 23, 2009: Corambis will be out April 7. I've done podcasts of the first two chapters: Chapter One (1 hr., 14 min.) and Chapter Two (1 hr., 15 min.). Right-click to download.


November 20, 2008: Overhaul of site organization and information because it's getting too unwieldy.


June 11, 2008: Okay, yes, embarrassingly long time since last update. But I return with a special offer: if you're interested in my interview in the April 2008 Locus, the good people at Locus would like to offer it to you postage free (a $3 savings), or free with a subscription. To take advantage, go here.

The fourth book in the Doctrine of Labyrinths, officially titled Corambis, will be out in the spring of 2009. My deadline for finishing revisions is July 31. Which would be why this update isn't any more thorough than it is.


October 25, 2007: The Mirador, The Bone Key, and A Companion to Wolves are all out. Three cheers!

On the other hand, Summerdown has been retitled Corambis, and will be out in 2009. I had to have another six months to make the dratted thing work. It is the fourth book of The Doctrine of Labyrinths, the series started with Mélusine.

Also, and just like last year, belatedly, congratulations to Naomi Novik, winner of the 2007 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer!


July 7, 2007: The Mirador Chapter Four | plain-text


June 7, 2007: The Mirador Chapter Three | plain-text


May 7, 2007: The Mirador Chapter Two | plain-text


April 7, 2007: I return bearing gifts!

The Mirador Chapter One | plain-text

Also an updated bibliography


October 21, 2006: At long last, an update. (I'm avoiding working on The Mirador. Shhhh. Don't tell my editor.)

Most of the updating is to my bibliography. So head over there if you're interested.

Also, tho' belatedly, CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, John Scalzi.


June 3, 2006: Chapter 4 of The Virtu is up. The official release date for the book is June 27. Enjoy!


May 3, 2006: Chapter 3 of The Virtu is live. I've also put up an explanation of Mélusine's calendrical systems, for those who are interested.

Prime Books will be publishing a collection of Kyle Murchison Booth stories, The Bone Key, in 2007.


April 3, 2006: Chapter 2 of The Virtu is up.

I've sold several stories in the last month: "Draco campestris" to Strange Horizons, "The Bone Key" to Say ..., and with my lovely and talented co-author, Elizabeth Bear, "The Ile of Dogges" to Æon. I've also been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.


March 3, 2006: My poem, "Night Train: Heading West," originally published in The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, has been selected for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror XIX.

Also, I'm going to be putting up the first four chapters of The Virtu between now and our launch date, one a month. Chapter One is here


January 20, 2006: First things first. Ace has bought the third and fourth books (of four) in the series started with Mélusine. The Mirador is tentatively scheduled for summer 2007 and Summerdown for 2008.

Cover art for The Virtu, again by the fabulous Judy York, can be seen here.

I have also sold (it's been a busy couple of months) a short novella, "Katabasis: Seraphic Trains," to Tales of the Unanticipated, and two novellas of mine, one long, one short, will be seeing print in February: "A Gift of Wings" in the romantic fantasy anthology The Queen in Winter, and "Drowning Palmer" in the new issue of All Hallows.

There is an interview with me up at SciFi Wire.


November 28, 2005: Tales of the Unanticipated 26 is out, with my Kyle Murchison Booth story "Elegy for a Demon Lover." And I have sold a flash piece, "National Geographic On Assignment: Mermaids of the Old West," to Fictitious Force.

The Sci Fi Channel is closing down Scifiction. The ED SF Project is putting together appreciations of all the stories, both classics and brand-new, that Ellen Datlow published in her five-and-a-half year reign. My contribution is an appreciation of Gerald Kersh's "Men without Bones".


October 5, 2005: Some reorganization of the Writing page and its sub-pages, hopefully making it easier to navigate. Also, NEW CONTENT: a drabble, "Meta."


September 5, 2005: NEW WEBSITE CONTENT! A map of Mélusine is now online. This is, in fact, my map of Mélusine (folio page), scanned in quadrants and reassembled in the PhotoShop-esque program that came with the scanner. Hence the evidence of kludging at the joins. Large file, so click with caution.


August 5, 2005: Mélusine is out, and Publishers Weekly has given it a starred review:

Set in the wondrous city of Melusine, Monette's extraordinary first fantasy novel focuses on two captivating characters from two very different worlds: Felix Harrowgate, a powerful magician at the court of Lord Steven Teverius, and Mildmay the Fox, a cat burglar who has been trained as an assassin. When Felix falls prey to the unscrupulous machinations of a man who's plotting to destroy Melusine, he's left nearly mad, unable to clear his name or explain his actions. Mildmay, on the other hand, undertakes a simple burglary, thinking it will lead to a bit of extra flash that will keep him going for more than a few days. Instead, the burglary opens the way to a series of unfortunate events that force Felix and Mildmay into a partnership neither of them could have anticipated or desired. Jacqueline Carey provides a blurb, but those readers expecting a knock-off of that author's Kushiel series will be happily surprised. Monette resembles Carey only insofar as she, too, is a highly original writer with her own unique voice. Agent, Jack Byrne at the Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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The sequel to Mélusine is now titled The Virtu. Publication date is July 2006.

In February 2006, The Queen in Winter will be published, an anthology of four romance/fantasy cross-genre novellas by Lynn Kurland, Sharon Shinn, Claire Delacroix, and me. My story, "A Gift of Wings," takes place in the same world as Mélusine and The Virtu, though it is a standalone story--no overlap with the novels.


May 3, 2005: Two sales to report: a poem, "Night Train: Heading West," sold to The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, and a short story, "Elegy for a Demon Lover," to Tales of the Unanticipated for their twenty-sixth issue.

Kekropia has been delivered to my editor. Word is it will hit the streets in July 2006, along with the mass-market of Mélusine.

Also, I would like to introduce you all to the new love of my life, a 1911 Blüthner grand piano. It will be coming home in August.


April 1, 2005: Another article, "Still Seeking Chloe and Olivia: How to Write Strong Female Characters," at Reflection's Edge.

March 1, 2005: I have an article, "Doing Tolkien Wrong: Why Fantasy Shouldn't Follow in Tolkien's Footsteps," up at Reflection's Edge.


January 13, 2005: Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 15 is out, including my story, "The Half Sister."


January 6, 2005: I now have the cover art for Mélusine, by the fabulously talented Judy York. Also, its tenure at Naked Snake Online over, "Wait for Me" is now up on this site.


November 1, 2004: A little late for Halloween, but some exclusive content for the website: "The Vampire Smokes a Reflective Cigarette." I've also updated the Appearances page with what I know about my schedule for 2005.


September 13, 2004: Alchemy 2 showed up in my mailbox today. It's very pretty. My story is "The Venebretti Necklace." Also, "Wait for Me" is live at Naked Snake Online. Two more snapshots from the strange life of Kyle Murchison Booth.


August 27, 2004: Tales from the Unanticipated 25 is out, featuring "The Green Glass Paperweight," another story about Kyle Murchison Booth. (Also, of course, many other wonderful and beautiful stories, but it's my website, dammit.)

I've also sold a story, "The Half-Sister," to Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. It'll appear probably in either the November 2004 or June 2005 issue.


June 28, 2004: "Straw" is up at Strange Horizons.


June 1, 2004: Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries 7 is out, with "The Inheritance of Barnabas Wilcox" in it. For those who have read and enjoyed either "Bringing Helena Back" or "The Wall of Clouds," this is another story featuring that narrator/protagonist, Kyle Murchison Booth.

Attended Wiscon 28.

Deposited my Ph.D. dissertation May 27, 2004. The degree won't officially be awarded until August, but aside from that crowning formality, I am done--and eager to get to work on the fiction I've been neglecting for the past half-year.

And the publication date for Mélusine is set for August 2005.


April 25, 2004: In March, I sold "Straw" to Strange Horizons and "Drowning Palmer" to All Hallows. My contributor's copies of All Hallows 35 arrived. Since "Bringing Helena Back" was my first-ever sale, I'm especially pleased to see it in print. And the illustration, by Allen Koszowski, is top-notch. V. creepy.

Attended both Odyssey Con 4 and Minicon 39 in April, and had a most excellent time at each. I'll be at Wiscon 28, and then I think it'll be time to crawl back under my rock and get some work done.


February 8, 2004: "Wait for Me" has been sold to Naked Snake Online (for November 2004).

Also got my contributor's copies of Alchemy 1 (ooh, pretty!), featuring my novella "The Wall of Clouds." (The mere act of typing that sentence makes me feel like Parolles from All's Well That Ends Well, but, hey, if I want people to read my stories, I have to let y'all know they're out there.) Alchemy has no online presence as of yet, but copies can be ordered from Steve Pasechnick of Edgewood Press (P. O. Box 380264, Cambridge, MA 02238).


January 14, 2004: I have a book deal (!) with Ace Books. My first book, Mélusine, will be out sometime in 2005.

Also, Notes from the Labyrinth is finally a going concern. Expect a lot of shuffling in the site architecture as I figure out how I want things to work.

"Queen of Swords" is now up on this website, here.


November 5, 2003: "Queen of Swords" is up at AlienSkin.


October 25, 2003: "Queen of Swords" will appear in the November AlienSkin. Also in November, "Sidhe Tigers" joins the cast of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 13.


August 29, 2003: "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" won the 2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Short Fiction. It also received an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror XVI


July 15, 2003: Sold "Sidhe Tigers" to Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet


July 2003: Review of "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" in Asimov's.


July 2003: Review of "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" in Tangent Online.


February 2003: "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" reviewed in Locus (review not online).