Learn to Cook Like Millie – Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 at 12pm

Hello, all! If you’re in the Boston area, I invite you to come cook with me at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The class is on Saturday, Oct. 28th, noon to 3pm. I’ll be helping my friend Michael McComas teach a Halloweeny cooking class, including some of the recipes featured on this blog. Here’s the description from their catalog:

Want to create an atmosphere of adventure and spooky fun for Halloween? Instructor Michael McComas and author Dianna Sanchez will make some fun dishes from Dianna’s book A Witch’s Kitchen and from the cookbook The Necronomnomnom. Lamb Stew in a Flaming Pumpkin, Tcho-Tcho Chow-Chow–a zingy cauliflower side dish, for dessert, The Ring That Should Not Be–a gelatin centerpiece that is as delicious as it is scary — and Hairy Eyeballs, a monstrously delicious treat for your Halloween sideboard. Wash it down with butterbeer or pumpkin juice. Dianna will read from her Enchanted Kitchen series throughout the night. Instructors: Michael McComas and Dianna Sanchez

Sign up for the class soon! Only a few spots left!

Readercon – July 14-16, 2023

Hello, all! It’s been a busy year and an especially busy summer for me, but next weekend turns out to be free, so I will be attending Readercon! It’s far too late for me to sign up for panels, other than the Broad Universe RFR (Friday, July 14 at 4pm), but I will be hanging out at the Broad Universe table in the Dealers’ Room with all my BU friends. If you’re also attending, please stop by!

Boskone 60 This Weekend!!!

Hello, all. Just a reminder that I will be at Boskone 60 this weekend. I’m not on any panels, but I will be reading in the Broad Universe RFR on Saturday morning at 9:30am (eep). Also, if you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of An Elf’s Equations, I am bringing the LAST of my stock, all eight copies, so swing by the Broad Universe table in the Dealer’s Room, where I am likely to be when not attending Nalo Hopkinson’s panels.

Full disclosure: you can get 2nd edition copies on Amazon, but they are more expensive.

Celebrate the New Year with Gorgeous New Second Edition Paperbacks!

Good news for the New Year! The gorgeous new second edition of my books are now available as paperbacks on Amazon.com!

Also, in an effort to reduce my stock of the first edition paperbacks, I have drastically reduced their price. They are now $8 each or $20 for the set. So if you’d prefer not to buy from Amazon or just love a good bargain, go to https://diannasanchezworlds.bigcartel.com/.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Just in Time for Christmas – New eBooks!!!

Cover images for three books: An Elf's Equations, A Pixie's Promise, and A Witch's Kitchen

At last, at long, long last, I’ve revised all three of the Enchanted Kitchen novels, and they are now available on Amazon as eBooks. So if you’ve been looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer for your favorite Kindle user, here’s your chance!

As you may know, Dreaming Robot Press ceased publishing my work in the summer of 2021, and I regained all rights to my work. I’ve been meaning to get the books cleaned up and back online ever since, but self-publishing is not for the faint of heart nor short of time. Fortunately, my friend Jay O’Connell stepped in to help. He and I were in a writing workshop together when I was still in college and for several years shortly after. In addition to writing excellent science fiction for adults, he’s also an amazingly talented artist and graphic designer. Jay created the gorgeous new covers and formatted the ebooks for me. I am utterly delighted with the results!

You have questions, I know. Here goes:

Will you be issuing print versions with the fabulous new covers?

Yes, eventually. Right now, I’m focusing on getting things to people in time for Hannukah and Christmas.

What will happen with the old versions?

I still have hundreds of print copies of the old version. I am discounting them in my online bookstore to clear out the old stock. So if you don’t mind waiting until after the holidays, you can get them for a bargain price. I am happy to sign and personalize each print book for you. Just let me know in the comments when you order!

What’s different in the new versions?

Very little. I’ve gone through and corrected numerous errors, including continuity errors between the books, mangled Swedish, and a rather embarrassing math error in An Elf’s Equations. We also removed some of the back matter in Elf just to make it a little more streamlined.

When is A Wizard’s Warning going to be published?

Honestly, I have no idea. There are numerous problems with the novel that I have to tackle. I’ve just done one — figuring out self-publishing — but a major barrier is that Puerto Rico is one of the settings, and I have never been to Puerto Rico, nor am I Puerto Rican. I’d intended to go there for research purposes, but then the Pandemic happened, and I have not been traveling much of anywhere if I can help it.

I also question whether I should be writing about a culture I have no direct experience with. I wanted Max to be Hispanic, like me, but I’m New Mexican, which is a tiny cultural niche of Hispanic. We actually speak a very old form of Spanish that hasn’t significantly changed since our ancestors came over from Spain in the 17th century. I wasn’t sure whether anyone would be able to relate to such a small community. There are a lot more Puerto Ricans out there, and I thought it would be more relatable. Also, I wanted Max to be part merman, and it’s rather difficult for merfolk to live in New Mexico. But I’ve become increasingly uncomfortable with trying to portray a rich and vibrant culture I know almost nothing about. So until I can go there, talk to the people, explore the ocean and shoreline caves, and most importantly, eat the food, I really can’t write the novel.

Will you ever write anything else in the Enchanted Kitchen series?

Probably. I am considering writing a collection of short stories. I’ve received requests for stories about Grumpkin, Quercius, and Thea, even Mr. Pricklesnout. I have ideas for stories about a young Bogdana and Millie opening a restaurant in Pixamitchie with her dad. But I’ve written exactly none of this. Right now, I’m awaiting inspiration.

Are you writing anything else?

I’ve been working on a series of short stories for adults set in a fictional town in New Mexico, Encantado. The first of these has been published in Witches of a Certain Age. I also have a YA science fiction novel in the works, plus lots of other possible projects I’ve had on the backburner for quite some time. Now that the Pandemic seems to be settling down, I’m hoping to have more time to work on all of them.

And that’s it! Happy Holidays, everyone!