Stina Leicht is a sf/fantasy writer living in central Texas. She is currently working on a new secondary world flintlock fantasy series for Simon and Schuster's Saga imprint due for release in 2015. Her second novel And Blue Skies from Pain was on the Locus Recommended Reading list for 2012. She was a Campbell Award Nominee in 2013 and in 2012. In 2012 she was also short-listed for the Crawford Award. When she was small she wanted to grow up to be like Vincent Price. Unfortunately, there are no basements in Texas -- thus, making it difficult to wall up anyone alive under the house. Alas, she'll have to resign herself to going quietly mad while wearing a smoking jacket. Too bad Texas is hot, she doesn't smoke and therefore, doesn't own a smoking jacket.
How to correctly pronounce my name It has come to my attention that I that folks are a bit confused when it comes to my name. It's German. People always mispronounce it. I'm used to that, but now it's come to a point where people are placing bets on who is right. So, I'll let you all in on the secret. (That way, anyone who actually reads this will have an edge. I love cheating this way. ;-)) My first name is pronounced "Steena." Think of it as Tina with an extra-added S. My last name is pronounced "Lite" like the beer. (In fact, my brother's nick name is Bud.) And there you are. Go forth and win that bet!
Cold Iron a flintlock fantasy is scheduled for release in 2015 and will be published by Saga (an imprint of Simon and Schuster.) The sequel Blackthorne will follow sometime in 2016.
Ranting Dragon review:"The pacing and atmosphere of Of Blood and Honey are truly phenomenal, making it a contender for 2011’s best debut."
Examiner.com gave it 5/5 stars: – "One of the more striking and appropriate titles I've come across in recent reads. … Brutal in spots. Surprisingly tender in others. As a debut goes for Stina Leicht, it's a marvelous one."
4/5 stars at SFReviews. net Her portrayal of the people, the culture, and the cities feels indisputably authentic and absorbs you fully into the story. "Gritty" has become a lame cliché in the urban fantasy field, but this book sells it. It's all vividly realized, down to every grimy rain-slicked street and dingy flat. Likewise, Leicht's prose has a rough-hewn, textured quality that's hard to define, except to say that without any obvious attempt at creating a "style," her storyteller's voice has a raw immediacy. Many genres have given themselves a self-flattering "whatever-punk" label, but Leicht's writing actually feels like rock and roll.
Blend of Celtic Myth and Irish History Makes Stina Leicht’s Dark Fantasy Debut Simply Extraordinary I love picking up a debut novel and just being blown away by the narrative within. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen all that frequently – more often than not, I experience an entertaining but not all that memorable read. But I’m happy to report that Stina Leicht’s debut novel Of Blood and Honey – a dark fantasy that brilliantly and violently blends Celtic mythology with the entho-political turmoil of 1970s Northern Ireland – is simply extraordinary reading fare. It’s like a literary kick to the groin, with Leicht’s unapologetic writing style the steel-toed boot.
"Stina Leicht’s Of Blood and Honey is different,” I respond. It’s alive. It has a message. It’s violent because life is violent. There’s sex because the politics of it help define us as humans. More guns are loaded with rubber bullets than silver. No vampires are in sight, and the only werewolf is the shadow of the protagonist’s inner-demons. Throw your misconceptions aside, forget about Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake, and explore a whole other facet of the sub-genre."
I've a short story in Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's anthology titled "Last Drink Bird Head." It can be ordered at Wyrm Publishing's website. ------ I post on Thursdays at the Skiffy and Fanty Show website SkiffyandFanty.com. And I'm a regular on there podcasts too.
I'm represented by Barry Goldblatt at BGLiterary.
I can be found on Twitter as well as Facebook under StinaLeicht.