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About the Hugo Awards in Interview Form

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

Q: Now that the Hugos are over, how do you feel?
A: I feel fine.

Q: Really?
A: Yes, really. Yes, of course I’m sad I didn’t win—it was a beautiful award and I worked really hard. I wanted to win, but as I said on twitter, I’m happy people voted the way they felt they needed to. There are other nominations and other Hugos. All voices need to be heard. I don’t want to dwell on anything else. It’s done for me.

Q: What about the numbers?
A: The numbers came out exactly as I thought they would. Without “No Award,” Mike Resnick would’ve won.

Q: What about the nomination numbers, discounting the slates?
A: I saw that I probably would’ve been 6th or 7th nomination place in Best Editor, Short Form. Respectable. More importantly, I saw that CHICKS DIG GAMING got 92 nomination votes in the Best Related Work category—second only to Jo Walton’s WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SO GREAT. Which meant, incidentally, I lost a second time on Hugo night. I lost an Alfie to Jo. Still, that means I probably would’ve been nominated for a Hugo whether there was a slate or not. So, I’m feeling pretty good about things.

Q: Alfie?
A: Go ask GRRM. It was a kind gesture.

Q: Hey, in and around the Hugo stuff, I saw that you’ve become the Managing Editor of Evil Girlfriend Media. What happened to Apocalypse Ink Productions?
A: It’s still there. I’m still the Creative Director of AIP. I’ve just added the job of Managing Editor of EGM to my roster.

Q: Can you do both?
A: Yes. I'm talented that way.

Q: So, what are you going to do now that the Hugo stuff is over?
A: Keep on keeping on. I’ve got my YA SF-Thriller series coming out in October, starting with NEVER LET ME SLEEP. I’m editing NAUGHTY OR NICE: A HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY for EGM. I’ve signed a contract for something very, very cool that will be announced soon. I’m working on the outline of my next tie-in novel. I’m a busy-busy freelancer. There are some great things to come.

Q: Did you bring home anything cool from the con?
A: I did! Cat Rambo gave me a SFWA 50th anniversary coin. Howard Taylor gave me a couple of “Not my circus. Not my monkeys.” coins. I bought a print by Rob Carlos, the newest Ken Scholes fiction collection, and Apparitions, a book of translated Japanese ghost stories. Also, of course, my little Hugo rocket pin
—I earned that sucker.

Q: Are you sure you’re okay?
A: Yes. I promise. I'm okay. I appreciate everyone’s care and concern. I get the warm fuzzies when people tell me how much me and my work meets to them. Yes, I lost three awards this year but I won one and that’s awesome.

Q: Anything else you want to say?
A: Yes. Thank you to everyone for your support. I want to give a special shout out to Howard and Sandra Taylor, Kelly Swails, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat, Minerva Zimmerman, Sarah Hendrix, and Seanan McGuire who were heroes behind the scenes, super kind, and helped keep me relatively sane.

Comments

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joycemocha
Aug. 25th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
Wish we could have talked more than in passing, but...hey, that's the life of a Hugo Finalist (hey, the term passed the Business Meeting, I was there). Congrats on making it, and all and I'm glad you had a good con. This was the busiest Worldcon I've been at.
jennifer_brozek
Aug. 25th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
I know. Most of the time I didn't know if I was coming or going.
talvinm
Aug. 25th, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
When so many others on all the different "teams" were flinging poo at one another, you kept your dignity about you, were pleasant to everyone, and acted in a most professional manner. This has not gone unnoticed, and it may be the silver lining in the cloud for you eventually: sooner or later, somebody "higher up" in the business is going to need a professional who can take the worst this fandom can dish out without losing her cool. You have shown that you have what it takes for that.

You did not "lose". You gained. And that's a win.
jennifer_brozek
Aug. 25th, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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jennifer_brozek
Aug. 25th, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
If I can get a good picture of them, I will.
musingaloud
Aug. 26th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
Pure Class! Thank you for rising above the mess!
jennifer_brozek
Aug. 26th, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
You are welcome.
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