Just a short and sweet post about my latest appearance at the New England Authors Expo. The Expo happens annually at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA. I attended last year and had a very fun time meeting other writers in my genre (as well as others) and exploring the town (and sometimes confusing roads) of Danvers. This year, the venue was a little different. There was a separate room set up as a sort of mini Comic-Con for horror, fantasy, and sci-fi authors to set up while the Ballroom upstairs was reserved for all other genres. While I managed to have a good afternoon and sold double of what I sold last year, the change in the venue and a little confusion about where the Garden Terrace was made it a little harder for patrons to find us. Be that as it may, the people I talked to were lots of fun and once again, I managed to meet several new faces and hopefully new friends in the New England writing world.
(Pictured from left to right: Top; Scott Goudsward, Peter Dudar, Josiah Pitchforth, and Duane E. Coffill. Bottom: Dale Phillips, Katherine Silva)
This past weekend, I battled hordes of cosplaying people and visited Port-Con, an annual convention celebrating geek culture in South Portland. This was my second time doing an event like this and so naturally, I was a little nervous about some things going in. For one, I was pretty sure that some of the costumes I saw, I wouldn’t be able to unsee (I’m referring to you, man in the pink spandex suit). Some were outrageous, some were super cool, and some were unidentifiable for me. There were lots of anime characters at this con, which is one of the areas I’m not too versed on. I was able to recognize some video game characters here and there and some obvious Doctor Who impersonators (of which there were many). Didn’t see any Harry Potter which struck me as odd, though.
Guess where I am today?
That’s right! For all of you living, visiting, or passing through the Portland, Maine area, be sure to swing in to the Double Tree Hotel across from the Maine Mall and check out this celebration of Maine’s geek culture. Basically…anyone who loves anime, comic books, superheroes, horror, Doctor Who, video games and various other things will be THRILLED.
I was lucky enough to join some of my fantastic New England Horror Writers colleagues this weekend as we present at a few panels and have our books for sale at the show. I’m joined by Scott Goudsward, Peter Dudar, Dale Philips, Josiah Pitchforth, and Duane E. Coffil. I’m looking forward to checking out some of the other panels being offered (one of which is about world building) and also looking forward to spending some much needed time promoting my latest release, “Memento Mori: Book 3 of the Monstrum Chronicles”.
We’ll be doing 3 panels over the weekend, one each day.
Friday 2 pm: The Basics of Getting Published
Saturday 2 pm: The Pros and Cons of Writer’s Groups (I’m in this one!)
Sunday 3 pm: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing (I’m also in this one!)
Check out the Port-Con website for more information about the event, when to catch our panels, and where you can find our table in the Artist Alley!
Hope to see you here this weekend!
So…if you hadn’t already guessed, the lack of posts has been because I’ve been battling a pretty major headache the last few days. I thought the photo above was fitting because the new Avengers movie comes out at the end of the week! AHH! So exciting!
I should have a new Inspiration Through Music up for you next Monday, a new Horror-FAIL Friday up on Friday, and a surprise Cooking Adventure up for you all on Thursday to make up for this. Since this is practically the first time today that I haven’t been asleep or away from the computer, I thought I’d take a moment to update you on some new things happening around here.
My current WIP has been a dark quasi-apocalyptic literary fantasy thing for the last several months. I’ve actually been working on it for almost two years, taking significant breaks here and there to pursue other projects. After doing a recent poll on my facebook page, I decided to give it a new title, as it had been untitled for some time. It is now called “The Wild Dark” and I’ll be continuing work on it over the next several months.
The paperback version of “Memento Mori” has been delayed yet another month. My apologies to those who have been patiently waiting. It’s been a very busy last few months and I have been chipping away at getting it done. I’m looking at a late May release for that at the moment. What you might find exciting is that I will be having a book release/reading/signing for it at the Vose Library in Union on June 18th. More details will follow about this and I’ll be updating the website soon.
What else? I’m afraid that’s actually all for now. I’m sure I’ll remember something important after I’ve posted this. The pounding in my head is making it difficult for me to concentrate though. Rest assured if I have forgotten anything, I’ll update the post and put it in the spot hereafter.
During the lovely month of April, there is a giveaway happening over at Goodreads for “Aequitas: Book 2 of the Monstrum Chronicles”! Not sure what happens in the book? Here’s a brief synopsis from my website:
Reid Ainsley is demoted from the Council of Thema following his actions taken during the Vox case. On his latest mission, he discovers a plot so heinous, its consequences could destroy mankind and lilitu alike. In order to unravel the subterfuge within his own Council, he must dive into his past to find the answers he seeks as he sinks deeper into the Monstrum he’s become…
Meanwhile, Torrent finds himself in Austria investigating a series of gruesome murders. Blamed for murdering his sire in cold blood, he’s pursued by a renowned tracker with whom he has a history. Together with a hesitant sidekick, Vinh, they hunt an elusive lilitu, Leach, a creature whose thirst for the macabre is never satisfied.
As they hurtle through snow-capped Montreal, seductive Paris, Istanbul’s dark cisterns, and the twisted bowels of the Council’s Bion Fortress, Reid and Torrent will have to come to terms with their pasts in order to confront the most dangerous monstrum either has ever encountered…
Want to enter the giveaway? Of course you do! Click on “Giveaway” below and sign up by hitting the “Enter to Win” button on the Goodreads page! Good luck!
Haven’t read “Vox” Book 1 yet? No worries. As of tomorrow, it’ll be available on Amazon Kindle for only 99 cents…for the whole month. You’re welcome!
Want to hear the book’s unofficial soundtrack? You can find it here on the website. (You’ll need Spotify to be able to listen to it.)
Anything else you want to know about the book? Send me an email! I’d love to hear from you!
MEMENTO MORI: Inspiration Through Music
The Monstrum Chronicles has always been inspired by a variety of music. Whether it is rock, instrumental, or opera, I’ve listened to just about everything while working on these books. Today, I’m particularly happy to introduce to you a list of music that I found most inspirational while working on my latest novel, MEMENTO MORI. Today I’ll be sharing 13 songs from the unofficial playlist with you and one sentence about how the song correlates to the story. Enjoy!
VIDEO COOKING ADVENTURE
CHOCOLATE BLACKBERRY CREAM ROULADE CAKE
*Disclaimer* My camera’s audio isn’t that great, so you may need to turn up your volume for this video. Enjoy!
MEMENTO MORI: Character Creation
The most fun I had while writing “Memento Mori” was in creating the various characters that inhabited the world. Several of them are characters that we’ve seen in other Monstrum Chronicles books, but the majority of our protagonists are new. I had so much fun breathing life into them. And of course, I had my favorites. Below I’ve detailed five characters to take interest in in “Memento Mori” (and who I would love to play them should there ever be a movie version, haha).