Monday, May 25, 2009

Evil Overlords of CONduit

Evil Overlord #1: Paul Genesse (seen here with me at our book signing)

Paul had his book release party for The Dragon Hunters on Friday night at the convention. In true Paul style he held it up on the 15th floor where he could look down through the clouds into the Void and ponder what winged monsters might come up to attack him. I feasted on Pizza, chocolate, and cookies while I waited in the eternally long line of his rabid fans waiting for a moment to bask in his evil overlordly presence (and get a signed copy of his book).

More Evil Overlords: Paul Genesse (again. He truly is evil), Howard Taylor, Dan Willis, L.E. Modesitt, Dave Wolverton.

Howard Taylor had his book launch party at CONduit as well. More pizza. More cookies. More chocolate. He even had this fluffy little eclairs that tasted like heaven. Two thumbs up from me. And his newest book. Scholck Mercenary: The Scrapyard of Insufferable Arrogance is terrific. I loved every page of it.
I really enjoyed Dan Willis's panel, On Writing. He had a lot of great material to share, and I can't wait to implement it in my own writing.
Dave Wolverton did the Main Address on Saturday where he talked about stories that appeal to the collective consciousness because of genetic memory. Way good stuff.

Late Saturday night a bunch of us got together, and I got to hang out and listen for scraps of wisdom from L.E. Modesitt. Truly an icon in the field.

On Saturday, I got to be on a fun panel about marketing YA/MG fiction with my editor Stacy Whitman and a bunch of my favorite YA/MG authors: James Dashner, Mette Ivie Harrison, Julie Wright, Dan Willis, and Sandra Tayler. We had a great time.

Sandra has a terrific new picture book out called Hold Onto Your Horses. The best picture book I've read in a while. Check out the website.

I also got to do a reading along with Aleta Clegg whose new book will be coming out soon. And then I got to do a book signing with Paul. A lot of fun there. Of course you never know what's going to happen when Paul is around.

Quite a memorable weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I'm Doing a Reading

Great news. I'm going to be attending ConDuit this year Saturday May 23 at the Radisson Hotel, Downtown Salt Lake City, 215 West South Temple. Here's my schedule.

1:00 pm--Reading (From Red Dragon Codex and Brass Dragon Codex)
2:00 pm--Panel: How to publish and market your YA/MG book.
4:00 pm--signing

I'm pretty excited for this. Lots of my writer friends will be there. I look forward to a great convention.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Utah YA/MG Writers

I've been promising to put this list up for a while. Here it is finally. An incomplete list of Utah YA/MG writers in no particular order. Anyone that I've missed, feel free to speak up.

David Farland-Of Mice and Magic
Jessica Day George-Dragon Slippers
Brandon Mull-Fablehaven
Paul West-coming soon
Sydney Salter-My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters
Kristen Landon-Life in the Pit
Shannon Hale-Goose Girl
James Dashner-The 13th Reality
Tamra Norton-Comfortable in My Own Genes
Kristen Chandler-Wolves Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me
Katie Parker-Just the Way You Are
Jannette Rallison-It's a Mall World After All
Randall Right-coming soon
BJ Rowley-Light Traveler Adventure Series
J. Scott Savage-Far World
Rebecca Talley-Heaven Scent
Julie Wright-My-Not-So-Fairy-Tale-Life
Elise Rasband-coming soon
Anna del C. Dye-Trouble in the Elf City
Wendy Tolliver-Secret Life of a Teenage Siren
Bree Despain-The Dark Divine
Rebecca Shelley-Brass Dragon Codex
Clint Johnson-Green Dragon Codex
Paul Genesse-The Dragon Hunters

I feel very lucky to live in a state with such a great writing community. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dragons Coming Soon!

The Dragon Hunters, Book Two of the Iron Dragon Series by Paul Genesse is set to release this May 15th. Two days and counting. I'm so excited.

In the first book, The Golden Cord, The Drake Bloodstone had to choose between protecting his own people and leaving them to pursue a perilous quest against the dragons. Both ways his life and very soul faced destruction as he tried to fight off the forces of evil.

In the second book Drake and an elite bank of dragon hunters take up the hunt for the evil dragon, Draglune. But danger and betrayal await at every turn. Friends could be enemies, and enemies might be friends.

I got to read a review copy of Dragon Hunters. It is even better than the first book. Paul has done a wonderful job of creating a complex and terrifying world.

For anyone living near Salt Lake, Paul's book release party will be Friday May 22 from 3:00-6:00 Pm at the Radisson Hotel Downtown in Salt Lake City, 215 West South Temple at the "Con Suite" located in the back of the lobby. The ConDuit Science Fiction & Fantasy convention will be going on in the hotel, but anyone can attend this release party as well as go into the art show or dealers room for free.

Hope to see a bunch of you there.