Sometimes, typing in a title is a little more fun than others.
Wonderful news this morning as Meg Miller, my publicist at Simon451, sent me an e-mail confirming a panel I’ll be on with other authors at the NY Comic Con at the Javits Center on October 9th in NYC. The title?
Panel Name: Coffee Talk with Monsters
Date: Thursday, 10/9/2014
Time: 3:00PM – 3:45PM
Autographing: 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Speakers: R.L Stine, Caitlin Kittredge, Lou Anders, Barry Lyga, Paul Pope, Ethan Reid, Ransom Riggs, Ali T. Kokmen
Description: What makes a monster something to be feared? A force to be reckoned with? Or just misunderstood? Join R.L Stine (Party Games), Caitlin Kittredge ( Black Dog), Lou Anders (Frostborn), Barry Lyga (Blood of My Blood), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Ethan Reid (The Undying), Ransom Riggs (Hollow City; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and moderator Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble / Nook) as they discuss the “monsters” in their books and what makes them truly something monstrous…
If you’re planning on attending and want to talk monsters, please stop on in. I’ll also try and hang out at the Simon451 booth. See if I can get some selfies with the best cosplayers out there.
Again, big thanks to Yasmine Galenorn and Brian Mercer for appearing together on a successful World Building workshop during the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s summer conference in Seattle. If you don’t know about New York Times bestselling author Yasmine, she’s quite the prolific writer and a shamanic witch. You can learn more about her books at her website. I’d recommended following on her twitter, too.
Before I unplug for a sunny Friday in Seattle, I wanted to pass along that my imprint Simon451 is starting to roll out more information on The Undying prior to the novel’s October release, including a conversation with my editor at Simon & Schuster, the superbly talented Sarah Knight. Here’s an excerpt:
The Undying has what we in publishing call “crossover appeal.” Tell us how you decided to take your obvious literary chops and apply them to an apocalyptic thriller.
Reid:The Undying first came to me as I sat in hotel room in France watching the beginning of the Iraq War on CNN. It was surreal, the feeling of being in a foreign land as my country invaded another. The concept further took root after two women in my family endured some very difficult years—which gave birth to Jeanie, my main protagonist. I guess I wanted them all to have a voice. I’ve always leaned toward writing psychological thrillers. And I dig pop culture as much as a good rush of adrenaline. That all meshed together in The Undying, in its way.
There’s more on the Simon451 website, a newsletter to subscribe to and even a way for writers to submit their work. If you’d like to read more, you can find the entire interview with Sarah here.
I wanted to give everyone a little preview of our Sci-Fi/Fantasy World Building workshop at the PNWA summer conference in case you wanted more information before attending. It’ll be held on Friday, July 18th at 4 p.m. I’ll be on the panel with PNWA Board Member Brian Mercer and best-selling author Yasmine Galenorn.
From the conference program:
World or story, which comes first? Discover how to craft a realistic background for your manuscript: from vampires to space exploration, to new lands, peoples, economies, and beyond. How suspension of disbelief is key to keeping your reader, agent, or editor onthe page. In this workshop, you will learn how to develop and strengthen sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and all fiction genres to forge an immersing novel; the ins and outs of researching world building; and how to use language, politics, and friendships as tools to create an unforgettable landscape.
Hope that gives you some insight. We’ll be covering storytelling tools, structure, methods, and how to use world building effectively to press your manuscript forward. Hope to see you there. If you’re at the conference, make sure to look me up.
Well I finished the second book in The Undying series at the beginning of June and sent the MS off to my agent. Wrapped up the copyedit for The Undying around that same time. Felt great to get both shipped off. For about two seconds. Then the brain gets churning again, even as I gear up for a road-trip to the rugged Northern Idaho Panhandle.
While I’m thinking over the panels I’ll be on at PNWA summer conference in Seattle in July, I’m devoting a good amount of time to researching. It’s one of my favorite times in the process. Reminds me of my researching geophysics and astrophysics before setting pen to paper for The Undying.
I also just completed a question and answer session with my editor at Simon & Schuster, to be posted on Simon451’s website in the months before publication in October. I don’t want to give anything away, but you can follow and updates as they roll out here. I’ll be sure to tweet when they’re posted.
One of the questions from my editor concerned my current reading list. At the end of the list I wanted to name a few of my old favorites. I had to edit the list down, as it quickly grew unwieldy. So here are a few books — old and newer — that didn’t make the list, but are very much worth a read:
David Morrell’s thriller, Creepers. Clive Barker’s magical Weaveworld. William Gibson’s Burning Chrome. John Connolly’s Every Dead Thing. And the vampire tale Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite. I could go on and on, but I enjoyed each of these and wanted to share. If I don’t post again this June, happy summer to all.
Been crazy busy lately, so I apologize for not blogging more. But I’m super close to finishing the next book in The Undying storyline, which I’m sure will make my agent happy (Sorry Barbara, I’ll be real done soon. I promise.).
Some cool stuff is happening as we ramp up to The Undying‘s release in October. Simon and Schuster is putting the final touches on a free Fall Preview Sampler, where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek at the story. They’ve also launched my author page on the S&S website.
Meanwhile, I’m building a workshop for a panel I’ll be on at the PNWA’s summer conference in July, on Sci-Fi Fantasy World Building. For those interested, a blurb:
World or story, which comes first? Discover how to craft a realistic background for your manuscript — from vampires to space exploration, to new lands, peoples, economies and beyond. How suspension of disbelief is key to keeping your reader, agent, or editor on the page. In the workshop, learn how to develop and strengthen sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and all fiction genres to forge an immersing novel. The ins and outs of researching world building. How to use language, politics and friendships as tools to create an unforgettable landscape.
I’ve also been working as a chair for the Middle Grade category of the PNWA’s annual Literary Contest. I’ve had great feedback from the judges this year. When it’s hard to pick a winner, you know we’re seeing some great manuscripts.
All that, and writing too. Which I need to get back to, so thanks for checking in.