Janni Lee Simner
News Archive


Just in case anyone actually wants to know what I was doing back in 1998. :-)

October 25, 2010

I'm tremendously honored to be receiving the Judy Goddard/Libraries, Ltd. Arizona Young Adult Author Award November 16 at this year's AzLA conference.

I'll be at TusCon November 12-14.

August 12, 2010

Thief Eyes is a July ALAN pick.

August 3, 2010

The sequel to Bones of Faerie, Faerie Winter, will published April 5, 2011.

July 19, 2010

"Crossings" will be published in the anthology Welcome to Bordertown in Summer 2011.

June 15, 2010

I'll be reading from and signing Thief Eyes at the Tucson Eastside Barnes and Noble: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Join me!

April 27, 2010

Thief Eyes is now available! Here's where I'll be signing it!

A Bones of Faerie sequel, Faerie Winter, will be out in 2011.

April 14, 2010

Thief Eyes will be available April 27, 2010. Here's where I'll be signing it!

March 26, 2010

The web site for my next YA, Thief Eyes is now live. Thief Eyes will be released April 27, 2010.

March 4, 2010

I'll be at the Tucson Book Festival March 13-14 (schedule here). Stop by and say hi!

January 29, 1010

Bones of Faerie is now available in paperback!

February's story (with apologies for the hiatus) is "What Fire Is."

September 20, 2009

My short story "Lost or Forgotten" is now online in the September issue of Semaphore Magazine.

September 9, 2009

I've updated my appearances page for fall.

August 1, 2009

August's story is "Dragon Offerings ."

Thief Eyes will be published by Random House in Summer 2010!

There will also be a Bones of Faerie sequel, very tentatively scheduled for 2011.

June 8, 2009

June's story is "Water's Edge."

May 21, 2009

"Dragon Offerings" is now out in Tales of the Talisman.

April 1, 2009

April's story is "Why Is This Night Different?"

February 13, 2009

Bones of Faerie is on the Spring 2009 Indie Next List.

In place of a February story, a list of other places to find my fiction online.

Bones of Faerie is now available! (Official release date: January 27, 2009.)

January 22, 2009

A recording of "Sarah's Window" is now online at Drabblecast.

Visit the Bones of Faerie web site. Bones of Faerie will be released January 27!

January 5, 2009

I'll be on a BlogTalk Radio panel discussing YA and Urban Fantasy--Crossing Generations and Genres on Thursday, January 8, at 6 p.m. EST. (Details here.)

January 1, 2009

Happy new year! January's story is "Winter Stories."

December 23, 2008

Bones of Faerie has a new web site. Come visit!

December 2, 2008

December's story is "A Child's Adventures."

Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar (with my story "What Fire Is" within) is now available.

December 12, 2009

AZLA attendees: links to copies of my handouts are here. (Sorry for not bringing enough of them!)

November 2, 2oo8

November's story is "Sarah's Window."

I'll be at TusCon November 7-9.

October 1, 2008

October's story is "Stone Tower ." (Story is rated PG-13.)

September 17, 2008

"Invasive Species," is now online in Coyote Wild's young adult issue. The story is set in the same universe as Bones of Faerie, only in Arizona instead of in the Midwest.

September 3, 2008

September's story is "Three Wish Habit." (Story is rated PG-13.)

August 20, 2008

Into the Fog: Iceland's Land and Lore is now online in the Journal of the Mythic Arts.

August 3 , 2008

July's story is "Exchange Student "

July 1, 2008

July's story is "Alien Promises."

June 6, 2008

An audio version of "Alien Promises" is online at Escape Pod.

June 2, 2008

June's story is "Raising Jenny."

May 21, 2008

Bones of Faerie is now available for available for pre-order from Booksense and Amazon.

May 1, 2008

May's story is "Frog Princes ."

I've sold several short stories the past few weeks: "Dragon Offerings" to the March 2009 Tales from the Talisman; "Alien Promises" to a future Escape Pod; and "What Fire Is" to a forthcoming Valdemar anthology.

April 1, 2008

April's story is "Heart's Desire."

I'll be speaking Saturday, April 24 at Pima Community College's East Campus.

March 3 , 2008

March's story is "By the Oaks ."

January 31, 2008

February's story is "Lost or Forgotten ."

January 2, 2008

Happy new year, all!

January's story is "Windwood Rose ."

December 18, 2007

Secret of the Three Treasures is on New Mexico's 2008-2009 Land of Enchantment Children's List.

December 1, 2007

December's story is "Tzipi's People."

Look for my article on "Iceland's Land and Lore" in the February 2008 issue of Realms of Fantasy magazine (which should be on newstands in December).

November 8, 2007

My short story "Lost or Forgotten" is now out in the faerie-tale anthology Cabinet des Fées 2.

I'll be reading from "Invasive Species," a story set in the world of Bones of Faerie, at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 10, as part of TusCon.

October 31, 2007

November's story (up a day early for Halloween) is "Drawing the Moon ."

I'll be reading a short excerpt from Bones of Faerie at World Fantasy Convention's BU Rapid Fire Reading: Friday, November 2, 4:00 p.m.

October 3 , 2007

October's story is "Practical Villainy." (Story is rated PG.)

August 31, 2007

September's story is "Song for Two Voices ." (Story is rated PG.)

I'll be speaking at the Society of Southwest Authors Wrangling With Writing Conference on "Writing Fantasy for Children and Young Adults" Sunday, September 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

August 1, 2007

August's story is "Bra Melting ." (Story is rated PG.)

July 19, 2007

I'll be reading from Bones of Faerie at NASFic in St. Louis this August: Saturday, August 3, 3:00 p.m. (My complete NASFic schedule is here. )(But note that I won't be reading from Bones at 2 p.m. Thursday, as indicated there.)

July 1, 2007

July's story is "Beyond the Flames ." (Story is rated PG-13.)

I've updated the site's appearances page.

May 31, 2007

June's story--well, poem in this case--is "Advice."

April 23, 2007

May's story, up just a little early, is "Dragon Offerings."

April 6, 2007

I'll be at the Arizona Book Festival on Saturday, April 14. Check out my schedule here.

March 31, 2007

April's story is "Why Is This Night Different?

March 1, 2007

March's story is "Virginia Woods." (Story is rated PG.) You can also listen to an audio version "Virginia Woods" from the horror podcast Pseudopod.

February 16, 2007

I have an author profile in today's Arizona Daily Star.

February 13, 2007

The Arizona Daily Star has a link to me reading chapter one of Secret of the Three Treasures as part of Love of Reading Week. (Quicktime is required to play it.)

February 11, 2007

On Friday, February 16, I'll be reading from Gothic! at the Tucson Main Library at 10 a.m.

My YA fantasy, Bones of Faerie (working title) will be published by Random House in Spring 2009.

January 24, 2007

February's story (up just a few days early) is "Sarah's Window."

If you're in the Burlington area, I'll be signing Thursday, January 25, 3:30 p.m. at The Book Rack & Children's Pages Thursday as part of the Kindling Words Caravan .

December 31, 2006

Happy new year! January's story is "Winter Stories ."

December 1, 2006

December's story is "Hanukkah Light." (All ages.)

"Virginia Woods" is online at Pseudopod. (Teen/adult.)

November 28, 2006

"Sarah's Window," has been reprinted in the December Tales of the Talisman.

November 26, 2006

I've updated my (nonfiction) science and health writing credits.

November 24, 2006

Horn Book Guide on Secret of the Three Treasures: "Tiernay's voice is fresh and funny." (More reviews)

Secret of the Three Treasures was also recommended in the Tucson Citizen's gift giving guide.

November 1, 2006

November's story is "Heart's Desire ."

October 26, 2006

I signed the contracts this week for Bones of Faerie (working title), a dark YA fantasy to be published by Random House.

October 13, 2006

An audio version of "Drawing the Moon" is now online at Pseudopod. Happy Friday the 13th! (While this scary story is appropriate for younger readers, note that other stories on the Pseudopod site might not be.)

October 7, 2006

"Heart's Desire" is now out in the October issue of Cricket magazine.

October 1, 2006

October's story is "Stone Tower." (This one's rated PG-13; it's aimed at older readers than most of the stories I've been posting here.)

September 22, 2006

Children's Literature on Secret of the Three Treasures: "This book is a fun read for late elementary aged children who, like Tiernay, like to solve a good mystery and are a bit fun loving and curious themselves. Thoroughly entertaining." (More reviews.)

September 2 , 2006

September's story is "Steel Penny."

August 11, 2006

School Library Journal on Secret of the Three Treasures: "Tiernay is an irrepressible role model in her unwavering self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, and sense of humor. Like the waiter who remembers she likes her soda with lime, cherries, and lemon wedges, readers will not forget Tiernay West anytime soon." (More reviews here.)

July 31, 2006

August's story is "Whispers."

July 21, 2006

There's a nice review of Secret of the Three Treasures on SFSite. An excerpt: "This middle-grade tale should appeal to the smart seven-year-old right on up to adulthood. What makes Secret of the Three Treasures work at a broad reader spectrum is the superb voice ... Her [Tiernay's] trenchant observations had me snarfing my tea ..." (Read the full review.)

July 18, 2006

I'm signing Secret of the Three Treasures at Borders in Tucson and Phoenix this August; details on the new appearances page.

June 30, 2006

July's story is "Tearing Down the Unicorns."

June 2, 2006

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales is now available in paperback.

"Heart's Desire" has been scheduled for the October 2006 issue of Cricket.

Kirkus Reviews had nice things to say about Secret of the Three Treasures: "Simner deftly tucks in clues, subplots and enough tongue-in-cheek humor to keep the suspense from turning scary. Her focused determination overriding all obstacles and mishaps, Tiernay makes an appealing protagonist... Fine fare for recent Cam Jansen and Encyclopedia Brown graduates." (The full review is available on the book's B&N page.)

June 1, 2006

June's short story is "A Child's Adventures ."

May 2, 2006

- I'll be signing Secret of the Three Treasures at Tucson's FitCenter Wednesday, May 3, from 9-11 a.m.

- I'll be reading from Secret of the Three Treasures at SFWA's Nebula Awards weekend Friday, May 5, at 11 a.m.

April 29, 2006

May's story is "Amanda's Room."

April 21, 2006

Want a signed bookplate for Secret of the Three Treasures? Email me.

"Lost or Forgotten" will appear in a future issue of Cabinet des Fées, a journal which publishes original fairy tales, as well as academic articles on fairy tales.

April 15, 2006

Secret of the Three Treasures is now available. To read an excerpt, visit the new Secret of the Three Treasures web site.

April 4, 2006

April's story is "Exchange Student."

Look for Secret of the Three Treasures in just a couple of weeks!

February 28, 2006

March's story is "Water's Edge."

February 26, 2006

A recording of "Practical Villainy" is now online through Escape Pod. (Teen/adult short story.)

February 23, 2006

Cover art for Secret of the Three Treasures is now online .

February 3, 2006

February's story is "Frog Princes ."

December 31. 2005

A good new year to all! January's story is "Raising Jenny."

December 29, 2005

"Free Will Baby" (teen/adult short story) is online at Escape Pod.

"Sarah's Window," which appeared in Realms of Fantasy a few years ago, will be reprinted in Tales of the Talisman next spring.

December 7, 2005

"Song for Two Voices" (teen/adult short story) is now out in Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar. I talk a little here about the process of writing and rewriting this story.

December 1, 2005

A winter story for December: "Windwood Rose."

November 1, 2005

For the month of November, my short story "Alien Promises" is online. Enjoy!

October 21, 2005

Secret of the Three Treasures is now available for pre-order from Amazon.

October 1, 2005

Happy October! To celebrate Halloween, I've put a story on the web site this month. Enjoy!

September 20, 2005

Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer is now titled Secret of the Three Treasures. Look for it in Spring 2006!

"Song for Two Voices" will appear in Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar this December.

"Stone Tower" has received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

June 1 , 2005

"Five Reasons Not to Self-Publish" is now online at Reflection's Edge.

This Tangent Online review of Say ... Have You Heard This One? says nice things about "Practical Villainy."

May 26, 2005

The podcast of "Three Wish Habit" (teen/adult short story) is now available for download. (Yes, that was fast. :-)

May 22, 2005

Learned today that "Three Wish Habit" will be recorded for Escape Pod's science fiction podcast magazine.

May 7, 2005

Say ... Have You Heard This One?--containing my short story, "Practical Villainy"--is now available for ordering online .

April 25, 2005

"Song for Two Voices" will be published in a yet-to-be-titled Valdemar anthology (edited by Mercedes Lackey, to be published by DAW Books in 2006).

April 12, 2005

Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer (working title) will be published in Spring 2006.

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales is on VOYA's Best Science Fiction, and Horror list for 2004.

February 9, 2005

Visit Tiernay West's Adventurer Journal! A place for news about Tiernay West Professional Adventurer (working title), and also for more general adventurer links and stories.

January 21, 2005

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales is on this year's YALSA list of Best Books for Young Adults. The anthology (which includes my story, "Stone Tower") has also received starred reviews from Kirkus, Horn Book, and Booklist.

November 30, 2004

"Practical Villainy," will appear in the magazine Say ... Have You Heard This One? in late May.

November 29, 2004

Some of my nonfiction articles written for Washington University Magazine are now online:

November 16, 2004

Part 1 of "Tearing Down the Unicorns" is now in the November issue of Cricket. (And Kelly Murphy's illustrations are just lovely!)

September 7, 2004

Half Human (containing my short story, "Water's Edge"), is now available in paperback.

July 30, 2004

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales is now available.

December 27, 2003

"Winter Stories" will appear on Story House's December 31 labels. (For information on how to order a copy, see my weblog.)

November 3, 2003

Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer (working title) will be published by Holiday House.

The short version is that this is a middle grade novel about a kid who wants to live a life of high adventure, isn't willing to wait until she grows up to do so, and isn't about to let the fact that she's stuck with an otherwise ordinary suburban life get in her way.

July 21, 2003

Short story news:

"Stone Tower" will be published in Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales (Candlewick, Fall 2004).

"Heart's Desire" will be published in Cricket.

June 3, 2003

My poem, "Advice," is now out in Mythic Delirium Eight.

November 19, 2002

"Tearing Down the Unicorns" is going to be reprinted in Cricket magazine as a two-part serial!

"Whispers," has sold to Story House Coffees.

"Winter Stories" will appear on Story House's labels December 11.

September 17, 2002

Fall appearances:

  • October 11-13 I'll be at Arizona SCBWI's Working Retreat in Prescott, where I'll critique works-in-progress and lead an icebreaker session.
  • October 31-November 2 I'm attending World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis.
  • November 15-17 I'll be at TusCon.

If you're at any of these events, say hello.

I recently designed a website for writer and storyteller Wendie Old.

September 1, 2002

I've sold my first poem. "Advice" will appear in Mythic Delirium.

August 27, 2002

"Water's Edge" received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

July 17, 2002

I've sold "Winter Stories" to Story House Coffee.

July 10, 2002

I'll be joining other Tucson authors for a Women in Science Fiction/Fantasy book signing and panel discussion this weekend.

Where: Reader's Oasis, 3400 E. Speedway Blvd., #114
When: Saturday, July 13, 4-6 p.m.

December 14, 2001

"One Wish" will appear on Story House's coffee labels December 26.

Half Human has gotten good reviews from Kirkus, VOYA, and School Library Journal.

November 9, 2001

Half Human, an anthology containing my story "Water's Edge," is now available.

I'll be at reading at TusCon, Tucson's science fiction convention, this weekend.

October 4, 2001

I've sold "One Wish" to Story House Coffees, a company that publishes short shorts--on coffee labels!

July 22, 2001

Ghosts and Golems, an anthology containing one of my short stories, is now available from either Amazon.com or the Jewish Publication Society.

May 14, 2001

I'll be signing books Sunday, May 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Tucson's Reader's Oasis bookstore, along with YA SF author Pete Hauptman.

April 11, 2001

I've been reviewing galleys for the two new short stories due out this fall. I also now have publication dates: "Hanukkah Light" will appear in Ghosts and Golems this July; "Water's Edge" will appear in Half Human in November.

January 5, 2001

Happy new year! I'll be signing books on Saturday, January 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Reader's Oasis bookstore, along with other local science fiction and fantasy writers.

I'm currently writing a young adult fantasy novel while shopping around a middle grade adventure novel.

September 21, 2000

I sold "Hanukah Light" to an anthology of ghost stories to be published by the Jewish Publication Society.

July 30, 2000

I recently sold a short story, "Water's Edge," to Bruce Coville's Half Human.

"Raising Jenny," received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction.

June 19, 2000

And as you can see, since my last update I've moved these pages to their own domain, www.simner.com. This also means I have a new, easy-to-remember email address, janni@simner.com.

In May, I read and signed stories at the local Barnes & Noble, along with fellow Tucson writers Catherine Wells, Judith Tarr, Kate Daniel, and Dennis McKiernan.

I've also started leading a Girl Scout troop, which has been both challenging and a lot of fun.

July 28, 1999

I'm joining Thomas Harlan and Dennis McKiernan for a booksigning at the Tucson Mall Waldenbooks this weekend: Saturday, July 31, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Stop in and say hello.

July 11, 1999

It's now monsoon season here, and we've had some spectacular gully-washing thunderstorms.

"Steel Penny" received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction.

"Raising Jenny" continues to get good reviews. Here's a review in Tangent Online.

I spent a lovely long weekend with a couple of other writers at the Tucson Bed and Breakfast The Congenial Quail, where we wrote and held an informal retreat. I thoroughly recommend this sort of in-town getaway to anyone who needs to reenergize their writing!

March 22, 1999

It's spring in the desert! We haven't had much rain, so the wildflowers aren't as spectacular as last year, but I can smell blooming plants everywhere, and the chatter of bird song has grown noticeably louder.

My newest short story, "Raising Jenny," is now out in Constance Ash's Not of Woman Born, an adult science fiction anthology. The SFSite had some nice things to say about the story.

I also discovered that "Steel Penny" was reviewed in Tangent Online.

I recently signed books at Harelson and Copper Creek Elementary Schools.

I've added a bunch of new sites to my links page.

February 12, 1999

Not much to report here. I'm working on a couple of fiction projects and continuing to take on web design and business writing clients, too.

Last night I was a guest at Roadrunner Elementary School's Author Night.

It's winter here in the Sonoran Desert, and while the weather's been properly chilly, we haven't had enough rain yet. Hopefully we'll get a few more inches before spring!

November 1, 1998

I'll be reading this weekend at TusCon (Tucson's science fiction convention).

November 3 is my birthday, but more importantly, it's election day. If you're over 18, don't forget to vote. If you're under 18, remind those around you.

September 24, 1998

I'm reading some scary stories at the Tucson Borders (4235 N. Oracle Rd.) this Halloween: October 31, 5:00 p.m. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello!

September 15, 1998

More writing (I'm working on a couple of young adult novels right now), more web work (visit the new Photographic Journeys web page), and more new links.

August 25, 1998

About a week ago I expanded the biography on my Home Page; this week I've added a few more sites to my Links Page.

August 15, 1998

As you can see, I've finally redesigned my web pages. Let me know what you think!

August 1, 1998

As of today, I'm officially a full-time freelancer. :-)

Look for new stories this summer in Realms of Fantasy magazine (June issue) and A Glory of Unicorns.