Fran Wilde, the author of the acclaimed novel Updraft and its upcoming sequel, Cloudbound, visited the regular “First Friday” meeting of the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) on August 5th. She came down from Philadelphia to talk to the group, of which I’m a member, and to read from her new novella, The Jewel and Her Lapidary, which was just published by Tor.
She spoke for a while about herself, her background and what it was like to be a relatively newly published author. She mentioned that some of her inspiration for “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” came from her own experiences working in a jewelry shop, although she confided that she didn’t get to work with dangerous, magical jewels like the ones in her story. She was friendly and engaging, welcomed questions from the audience and even had a few giveaways.
All in all, a fun time.
Her new novella is about two young women, one the last surviving member of the ruling family of a valley defended by magical jewels and the other magically bound to obey her. Toss in a heartless betrayal and a ruthless invasion, and you have all of the elements of an engaging story.
By the way, Fran Wilde took the following picture of the whole WSFA crew. That’s me in the front row…