One of the featured guests at Gen Con this year was Mercedes Lackey, returning for the second Gen Con in a row after she and her husband Larry Dixon were with Zombie Orpheus Entertainment last year. Unfortunately, Larry Dixon was not able to make it this year after all, due to recovering from a shoulder injury. Mercedes Lackey attended her panels on Thursday; however, Friday morning she had to be hospitalized due to an allergic reaction to paint fumes in her recently renovated hotel room. She had to stay overnight at the hospital, but recovered enough to come back to the convention on Sunday, where I caught up with her for a very brief interview.
Me: This is Chris Meadows here with Mercedes Lackey, who I am very happy to see is all right after she gave us all a scare this weekend.
Mercedes Lackey: It’s alive!
Me: This is the second year in a row you’ve been here with Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. That’s kind of unusual.
M.L.: That’s because my husband Larry Dixon is doing screenwriting for them.
Me: So it’s is continuing for the foreseeable future?
M.L.: Oh yes, he’s definitely on The Gamers screenwriting room. Gamers has been rebooted with the old characters coming back; you can get episode zero called “The Gamers: The Shadow Menace.” You can find it on the Zombie Orpheus website and you can find it on Amazon [Prime Streaming Video].
Me: When I spoke to you last year, you said that your Hunter trilogy was not going to go anywhere because Disney wasn’t interested in continuing it further?
M.L.: This is true. Disney only wanted the trilogy. So, unfortunately, unless I can get them to agree to let me publish independently, that’s probably going be it. Unless suddenly it decides to take flight and become an enomous hit again.
Me: You never know.
M.L.: You never know.
Me: But what else do you have planned for these days.
M.L.: Well, the last book of The Secret World Chronicle is out, Avalanche, and it wraps up all of the plot loose ends and a huge number of reveals. So, that’s out in August. And then in October is The Bartered Brides, which is the next Elemental Masters book. That’s another one with Sherlock Holmes and Nan and Sarah, except Sherlock doesn’t appear in this book because it takes place shortly after the infamous at the Reichenbach Falls. And I’m currently working on another book for Disney, which is called Godmother’s Apprentice—at least it’s called that right now—which is more of a standard fantasy. It’s kind of a Disney Princess for young adults rather than little girls, and I’m outlining the next of the Mags [Valdemar] books. This one is [about] his daughter Abby, who is an artificer.
Me: You already did one thing with godmothers back in your Five Hundred Kingdoms books.
M.L.: Right, this is a little different, this is more classic fairy godmothers.
Me: So, apart from the thing with the hotel, how has the con been for you this year?
M.L.: It’s been lots of fun. I’ve had a great time.
Me: It’s kind of like saying, “Apart from that Mrs. Lincoln…”
Me: But do you think you will be back for the next year?
M.L.: I don’t know. We haven’t planned that far ahead.
Me: We’d certainly like to see you.
M.L.: I do know the next convention we’re doing is in the middle of September, it’s Salt Lake Comic Convention. We haven’t been anywhere near there, ever, so it will be a whole new group of fans.
Me: Well, that’s gonna be pretty neat. Have you any further plans for any self published items?
M.L.: No, at this point I have so many contracts to write out that I literally don’t have any time to write anything to self-publish.
Me: I guess it’s better to have too much work than not enough.
M.L.: Oh yeah, we constantly need need to do the mortgage payments still.
Me: Is there anything else you’d like to say before I close it down?
M.L.: Yes, I really really appreciate all the incredible outpouring of concern when I went down. You really know how wonderful the fan community is when there are seven hundred messages on Larry’s Twitter all asking about it.
Me: Well, I think I can speak for all of us fans when I say that I’m really glad that you’re doing well. And I hope we will see you back again here next year.
M.L.: I hope so, too
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