You were also VP of SFWA for a while. How was the experience?
It was very rewarding. It's nice to be in a position where you can not only see the things that need to be improved, but actually be in a position to help make the industry a better place for writers. At the same time, it takes energy and, though everyone recognizes that career comes first, it was a little bit of a relief to get out of office and realize that things were no longer my problem. I had so much free time that it was a little confusing.
That’s one of the things I emphasize in my Building An Online Presence for Writers class – how to do things efficiently and get the most use out of the time one spends poking around on the web getting distracted by cat pictures.
What books or authors have you read recently that have got you really excited, whether genre or not?
I just read Marie Brennan's A Natural History of Dragons and really loved the book. It feels like an adventure memoir from the middle of the 1800s, but it's a secondary world fantasy. She nails the historical tone beautifully, while delivering a rollicking adventure. I loved it and fully expect to see it on awards ballots next year.