Welcome to Tremontaine, the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside series that began with Swordspoint! A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; her husband’s affair with a handsome scholar; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius on the brink of revolution—when long-buried lies threaten to come to light, betrayal and treachery know no bounds with stakes this high. Mind your manners and enjoy the chocolate in a dance of sparkling wit and political intrigue.

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A Chat Over Chocolate

While our heroes and heroines enjoy their mid-season hiatus, some of the writing team behind Tremontaine got together to discuss the season, the characters, and of course, the chocolate.

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How We Wrote It

One of the questions I keep hearing about Tremontaine is “but how does the writing process work?” to which the short answer is “Well, first we were all locked in a room together for three days.”

A Bowl of Questions

The one and only Ellen Kushner

Sometimes I am a sharp-nosed red fox peeking up over a log, daring you to do something you didn’t know you wanted to do, but I’m going anyway, so you may as well come with me.

From The Writers' Room

Joel Derfner on writing Tremontaine Ep 7: “The Swan Ball”

I suppose the lesson here is that, the next time the words “Well, it would be a good idea for me to . . .” come out of my mouth, it would be better for me to get on stage and smear my naked body in Peach Melba mousse than to finish the sentence.

The One With

Racheline Maltese and The Random Shoes

The Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood was mostly about the interpersonal drama of a team of dysfunctional investigators dealing with Cardiff’s ongoing intergalactic role as a dumping ground for space alien detritus. But the ninth episode of the first season, “Random Shoes,” is barely about the Torchwood team at all.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 7: “The Swan Ball”

Violent passions erupt at the Tremontaine Ball!

The One With

Joel Derfner and The Storyteller

“What is your favorite episode?” No question whatsoever. It’s “Storyteller,” episode 16 of season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 6: “A Fair Hand”

The annual Tremontaine Ball is always the event of the season. But now, with the family fortune at stake, Diane assembles her guest list with all the cunning of a general preparing a battle plan.

From The Writers' Room

Alaya Dawn Johnson on writing Tremontaine Ep 5: “The Dagger and the Sword”

I wrote this episode on a ten hour long train trip through the Pennsylvania countryside, which probably sounds more romantic than it was. Amtrak trips are awesome and fun for exactly as long as it takes you to go through the food you brought with you. I think I ran out around hour two.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 5: “The Dagger and the Sword”

With Ben murdered, Tess needs a new protector . . . and Kaab, deeply infatuated, is determined to screen all applicants at swordpoint.

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Malinda Lo on writing Tremontaine Ep 4: “A Wake in Riverside”

The title for episode 4, "A Wake in Riverside," came directly out of our initial writers' retreat when we plotted out the entire season of Tremontaine. I remember someone scrawling that title on the white board propped up in Ellen Kushner's living room, and it has been the title ever since.

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Patty Bryant and The Gift

I was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer all through my teenage years. From age twelve to my freshman year of college, I spent every Tuesday night in front of the TV, basking in leather-clad bad guys, quippy good guys, and the romantic drama between the two. I never missed an episode, and taped most of them so I could watch them again whenever I wanted.

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