Monday, August 31, 2015

My Schedule for DragonCon and the Decatur Book Festival

This coming Labor Day Weekend, I'll be appearing in Atlanta, Georgia at both DragonCon and the Decatur Book Festival in support of my latest book in the Thrones & Bones series, Nightborn. I've got a heavy panel schedule at DragonCon but only one appearance at DBF. However, I'll also be doing signings at both locations.  Here is my DragonCon schedule first with my Decatur Book Festival below:

DRAGONCON

Title: Everything I Need to Know About Writing
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Roundtable discussion of writing techniques that render the best fantastic fiction.

Title: Middle-grade Readers
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: A708 - Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: A look at books for middle-grade readers. Find a host of titles to add to your bookshelf.

Title: Systems of Magic in YA Worlds
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: There's more to magic than just Harry Potter spells. Many YA novels have intricate systems of magic.

Title: Potter Movies, Past & Present
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Crystal Ballroom - Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: Potter fans, let's reminisce about the 8 movies we cherish & speculate about the 3 we have in our future!

Title: Developing Characters Who Come Alive
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Readers want compelling characters they can either love or hate. Find how to make readers care.

Title: Cover Flipped
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: We take "girly" book covers & make them neutral. Why do publishers use gender covers in the first place?

SIGNING: The Missing Volume
Time: Su 06:00 pm Location: Exhibition Hall
Description: I'll be signing copies of both Frostborn and Nightborn - and stamping them with Norse runes!

Title: Just Kill Me Now: Self-editing
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: The painful task of self-editing & how it makes for better writers & sales.

DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL

Date: Saturday, 9/ 05  /15
Time: 5:30-6:00
Location: Children's Stage
Presentation Duration: 30 minutes long 

Description: Step into the magical worlds of Lou Anders (Nighborn), Carrie Beasley (Circus Mirandus), S.E. Grove (The Golden Specific), and Tui Sutherland (Wings of Fire series).

Signing after the panel courtesy of Little Shop of Stories

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Nightborn on Tour: Books of Wonder and Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fest

This past week plus has been a busy one. Sunday, July 26th, I participated in a middle grade author event at Books of Wonder in New York City, where I got to talk up Nightborn on a panel alongside Newbery Honor Award Winning Author, Gail Carson Levine, celebrating her recently released Stolen Magic, and Sarah Mlynowksi (of the Whatever After series). Then I spent a week in New York City with the family, seeing the sights, eating the food, taking in a Broadway play, and introducing them to the good people I work with at Penguin Random House.

Home on the following Friday, I took off work to spend the day playing a Fate Core RPG game with my son and nephew that we set in the world of Thrones & Bones. Which, by the way, is amazing fun!

Then Saturday, August 1, the Hoover Public Library hosted their first Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fest, a celebration of books, games, films, and television, headlined by Katherine Harbour, Bobby Nash, and Van Allen Plexico. I participated in a wonderful RPG panel, alongside veteran gamer Mark Owens and Excelsior game store owner Ken Oswald. Then in the afternoon I was on a second panel with authors Stephen Duncan, J.F. Lewis, and Ingrid Seymour (and moderated by Jared Millet). Thanks to the organizers and to Barnes & Noble for handling book sales. The event seemed well attended and I hope the Hoover Library will host it again next year.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Nightborn: Staff Pick at Nicola's Books

Nightborn has been named a Staff Pick by Nicola's Books of Ann Arbor, Michigan. And their Staff Reviews, Nathan, who is entering the fifth grade, gives it a wonderful review.
"I think the amount of fighting and the love for games in the book is amazing! It even comes with instructions on how to play the game they play throughout the book. The game is called charioteers, and they play it to win information from people. But Karn likes games, so he plays charioteers for fun also. It is based on racing in a hippodrome, which is a racing track for chariots. 
It is a good book, a little bit like The Percy Jackson series. It is definitely like the book 'Thrones and Bones: Frostborn.'
I would recommend it if you like strategy and action."

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nightborn on Tour: The Nightborn Launch Event

Last Saturday, July 18th, was the launch part for Nightborn. We held it in the afternoon at the Barnes & Noble at the Summit Shopping Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite the best efforts of the weather--there were reports of hail!-- we had a great turn out. Thanks to all the booksellers who worked to make this happen and to everyone who came. Here are some of the pictures from this wonderful event.







Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Books of Wonder Event This Sunday

In New York City?
Then come see me, and two other wonderful authors, this Sunday at Books of Wonder!

FANTASTIC MIDDLE GRADE READS
Sunday, July 26th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Books of Wonder is thrilled to invite your middle grade readers to meet and
hear from Newbery Honor Author, GAIL CARSON LEVINE, LOU ANDERS,
and SARAH MLYNOWSKI! Your young readers won't want to miss out on an
afternoon of filled with magic and adventure as these talented authors talk
about their latest books.

GAIL CARSON LEVINE for Stolen Magic
LOU ANDERS for Nightborn
SARAH MLYNOWSKI for Whatever After #7: Beauty Queen


Monday, July 20, 2015

Adventues in SciFi Publishing: Nightborn

Today, I am a guest on the Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcast episode 307, talking about Nightborn, world building, writing for middle readers, transitioning from one side of the desk to another, and role playing games, among other things. Shout outs to Rpg G Amer-Dad and a big discussion of Evil Hat ProductionsFate (role-playing game system). Check it out here!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Three-Part Nightborn Interview Conducted by Phoebe Yeh

My editor at Random House Children's Books, the wonderful Phoebe Yeh, conducted a three-part interview with Yours Truly to celebrate the release of Nightborn. Part one, "On Norse Mythology, Strong Female Heroines, and Gaming," debuted on the website Brightly. Part Two, "On World Building," appeared on Suvudu. Part Three covers my research trip to Norway, and what being an editor taught me about being a writer. You can read it on SF Signal.