This article in Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal gives a nice glimpse into the local SFF writing community here in the Land of Enchantment. [ETA: Even though you probably can’t read it, because the link became subscription-only sometime in the past day… Crud.] There are many, many more writers here than appear in the article — Pati Nagle, Sage Walker, Vic Milan, Bob Vardeman, just to name a few — but I can’t blame the author for not reaching every single writer in the state prior to his editorial deadline.
And he made me sound much more polite than I am. I did at one point actually yell out, “You guys are wimps.”
I enjoyed hearing that this piece was in the works. To me, New Mexico’s high concentration of successful, professional SFF writers is nothing short of wonderful. I stumbled upon the NM writing community through sheer accident, at a time when I was just starting to write. I’d come here to follow a job, but it was the writing community that changed my life.
It’s something I’ve never forgotten and for which I am eternally grateful.