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:


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.


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.