Eating Authors: Loren Rhoads

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Loren Rhoads

This past summer, as part of my experience at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, I was on a panel about food. This happens more and more frequently (as I’ve mentioned previously) and this blog series is probably a large part of why. Among the audience members that afternoon was this week’s guest, Loren Rhoads, who was so taken with the panel that she followed up weeks later with an email and introduced herself (and her books). Naturally, I sent her an invitation to EATING AUTHORS, and so here she is.

Loren spent a decade as the editor of Morbid Curiosity, described in her bio as a nonfiction cult magazine. It’s a short jump from there to her compelling Wish You Were Here, a book of essays about visits to some of the world’s most famous cemeteries. More recently though she’s the author of the In the Wake of the Templars space opera trilogy from Night Shade Books, with all three books releasing in 2015. The Dangerous Type launched in July, Kill by Numbers came out a month ago, and No More Heroes is expected in November.

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Now available for purchase: PANGAEA

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From the mind of editor Michael Jan Friedman, made possible by the generosity of more than three hundred Kickstarter backers, and featuring the talents of fourteen experienced authors, I am beyond pleased to inform you that Pangaea is now available!

From the back cover:

At least four times in Earth’s history, the continents have come sliding together to form a single mass—a super-continent. Geologists have dubbed the most recent such formation Pangaea. Of course, Pangaea broke up a long time ago, and because it did, different portions of mankind developed in drastically different climes and circumstances. But what if we were living on one of the super-continents? What if all of humanity was confined to a single landmass… and had been so confined for all of our recorded history?

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Eating Authors: Ilana C. Myer

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Ilana C. Myer

Over the weekend, while the Pope was visiting Philadelphia, I fled south to Maryland and took part in the Balitmore Book Festival. In many ways, that event marks the first point in the run-up to the release of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard in three months, not least because I signed and gave away a small stack of ARCs. Between now and then I have innumerable blog tour posts and five conventions. First among that last is a day trip up to NYC for Comic Con in about a week and a half. If things go according to plan, the Fab Four (I think I’m Ringo) of Tor’s “Class of 2015” will recreate last Spring’s BEA performance and again join our moderator John Scalzi on stage. The star of the event is likely to be this week’s EATING AUTHOR guest, Ilana C. Myer, whose debut novel, Last Song Before Night, launches tomorrow. She’ll still have that “new book smell” and the audience will doubtless latch onto that, raise her up on their collective shoulders, and parade her around the Javits Center.

Or something like that.

I’ve heard stories about Comic Con, and I don’t know how many of them are true, so I may have things slightly off in that regard. On the other hand, something I’m completely certain of is that Ilana’s debut novel is an absolute delight. And I’m not just saying that because we’re classmates. Pick up a copy, read it for yourself, and then drop me a note apologizing for ever doubting me.

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Eating Authors: Jennifer Brozek

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Jennifer Brozek

As this post hits the internet, it’s officially ninety-nine days until the release of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, and as a result, my dance card is filling up with pre-launch obligations. On Saturday I’ll be at the Baltimore Book Festival, and a couple weeks later I have appearances at New York Comic Con and Capclave, and November is even more hectic with the World Fantasy Conference, Philcon, and ChessieCon. So, yeah, busy times.

Fortunately for keeping my ego in check, I have these Monday blog posts to bring you each week, a great opportunity to focus on someone else and share yet another writer with you, the readers of EATING AUTHORS. This week’s guest is Jennifer Brozek, and while she’s probably best known for her work as an editor (for which she received a Hugo nomination) and as a freelance author working on sourcebooks for a wide range of RPGs, her fiction sales actually include more than sixty short stories, various collections, and several novels. Her newest book, Never Let Me Sleep (book one of The Melissa Allen Trilogy) comes out from Permuted Press in three weeks.

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My 2015 Chessiecon Schedule

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ChessieCon 2015

For the last few years, I’ve spent late November in Los Angeles, but I have different plans this year. Instead, hot on the heels of Thanksgiving, I’ll be traveling to Timonium, MD and making my first-ever visit to Chessiecon.

I’m looking forward to seeing plenty of familiar faces as well as many new ones. This convention weekend also represents the one month mark before the release of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, so I’m likely to be a little bit anxious.

In any case, here’s my tentative schedule of what I’ll be doing, where and when, at the convention:

Friday, November 27th
3:00 p.m. (Greenspring 2) The Klingon Guy Talks About Alien Languages
The title pretty much says it all. They’re giving me a room and an hour to answer your questions about the creation and use of alien languages in fiction and elswhere. Come on by for some linguistic fun and games.

Saturday, November 28th
10:00 a.m. (Greenspring 1) Reading
To no one’s surprise, I’ll like read from my forthcoming novel, Barsk

11:15 a.m. (Atrium) Signing
This is your chance to have me sign all the things! Seriously, all of them!

6:45 p.m. (Atrium) Mass Signing
Authors, artists, and musicians gather in one room for signing/book-selling/chatting with fans. This is your chance to have me sign all the things you didn’t have me sign earlier in the day!

Sunday, November 29th
10:00 a.m. (Chesapeake 6) KaffeeKlatch
Sign up for this intimate chat and ask me all the stuff. We’ll talk about Life and Death, Klingon, Hypnosis, Language, and anything else you want. And, if I can convince my publisher, there’ll even be prizes!

1:45 p.m. (Greenspring 1) How Much Do I Worry About My Own Canon?
Writing a series? Sure, you don’t want to get major things wrong, or contradict yourself. But are you creating a work of art for which you have to bend the rules sometimes—or even do so deliberately, for effect, as M. John Harrison does in ringing the changes in his Viriconium stories? Or is our increased awareness, through the internet, of fan readers, their concerns and reactions (and their attempts to write coherent fanfic) boxing us in? As major franchises mess with their Canon, what about us writers?

I have to say, that looks like a pretty good way for me to round out the Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you’ll come out and say “hi!”

See you at Chessiecon!

My 2015 New York Comic Con (NYCC) Schedule

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Let’s be real clear: Big conventions make me nervous. Just the thought of them.

The largest venues I’ve ever attended have been Worldcons, and those barely got above 5000 people in one place. But because the publisher of my forthcoming novel, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, has asked me to attend, on Thursday, October 8th, I’ll be at the Javitts Center in Manhattan to participate in New York Comic Con. I don’t know how many people will be there, no one does in advance, but I can tell you that last year’s attendance was estimated at 151,000 people. Right. That’s more than thirty times my Worldcon experience.


So, if you want to find me amidst such massive throngs, here’s where you need to be::

Thursday, October 8th
1:30 p.m. (Room 1A18) Tor: The Next Generation!
Tor Books celebrates 35 years of publishing quality science fiction and fantasy by some of the biggest names in genre today! But even Orson Scott Card and Brandon Sanderson were once unknowns. Meet 2015’s new authors and see what makes them tick in a game of “Would You Rather?”
with host John Scalzi (The End of All Things) and featuring Ilana C. Myer (Last Song Before Night), Seth Dickinson (The Traitor Baru Cormorant), Fran Wilde (Updraft), and me.

2:45 p.m. (Bookstore Hall 1-B) Tor: The Next Generation! panel signing
After we’ve amused and dazzled you with our responses to John Scalzi’s brutal questions, follow us on over to Bookstore Hall 1-B and we’ll sign stuff for you.
with Ilana C. Myer, Seth Dickinson, Fran Wilde, and me.

5:00 p.m. (Booth #2223) Tor Booth Signing
If you missed the earlier panel signing — or your just want more signage! — drop by the Tor Booth. I’ll be wielding my mighty Barsk stamp, showing off the Fant font I designed as part of the worldbuilding.
featuring Fran Wilde and me.

After the last book has been signed, I’ll sneak away, limping my way back to the train station to head home for a good night’s sleep. Because the following morning, I’m headed down to Capclave! That’s right, the fun just keeps on coming!

See you at NYCC!

My 2015 Capclave Schedule

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Assuming I survive my trip to Manhattan (and I don’t mean Kansas) the day before for the New York Comic Con, on Friday, October 9th, I’ll head down to the greater D.C. area (Gaithersburg, MD, to be precise) to take part once again in Capclave

Alas, my schedule will only allow me to be there on Friday and Saturday, but it should be a great trip all the same. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me and what I’ll be doing as my part of the convention:

Friday, October 9th
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Your Day Job As Your Muse
SF writers who work for NASA have it easy. What about the rest of us? How does your day job influence what you write when you are off the clock? Do you base characters on coworkers? Turn daydreams of being the corporate hero into your creative works?

Saturday, October 10th
10:00 – 10:25 a.m. Reading
To no one’s surprise, I’ll probably read from my forthcoming novel, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, and if we reach critical mass, I’ll randomly give an Advanced Reader Copy of the book to some lucky attendee.

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Discovering New Authors
How do readers find new good authors? At a time when Amazon has zillions of self-published and small press authors, how can you tell who is good? What new writers in the last five years would you recommend?

4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Linguistics In SF
What are some of the creative ways writers use language and linguistics in their fictions? How can language be used as a weapon or to unite different peoples? How can writers portray linguistic differences in a way that is not condescending?

And of course Reggie, my plush buffalito, will be with me — though you may not recognize him as I think he’ll be coming in disguise. So if you do spot Reggie, be sure to snap a selfie with him!

See you in Gaithersburg!

My 2015 Baltimore Book Festival Schedule

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Baltimore Book Festival

After the chaos and joy and travail of transportation that marked last month’s Worldcon, I’ve been resting up and recovering. But all too soon I’ll be on the road again.

The first event in what is shaping up to be a busy autumn takes place in nearby Baltimore. From September 25 through the 27th, the city will be celebrating a book festival in their inner harbor with lots of great genre authors showing up (including such fine folks as Anatoly Belilovsky, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Clough, Scott Edelman, Anna Kashina, Emmie Mears, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo, Alan Smale, Michael R. Underwood, and Fran Wilde).

There will be panels, readings, signings galore, and even a chance for you to meet and greet many of the authors.

I’ll only be in attendance on Saturday, the 26th. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me:

Saturday, September 26th
3:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Reading Group 4
Four intrepid readers will transport you to other planets and magical lands, all without you leaving the comfort of your chair.
With Cinda Chima, Kelly Harmon, and Justina Ireland.

4:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Signing
I’ll have a limited number of free Advanced Reader Copies of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard to sign and give away, so come on by!
With Kelly Harmon, and Justina Ireland.

5:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Earl Grey, Hot: Future Food, Fantastical Food
From food pills to food printers to the latest in Elven lembas bread, the panelists will whet your appetite for fictional food.
With K Ceres, Diana Peterfreund, Cat Rambo, Bud Sparhawk, and Fran Wilde.

6:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Meet the Authors!
Rub elbows with your new favorite science fiction and fantasy authors at this annual event!

And of course all weekend long under the SFWA Tent, you’ll find lots of writers, local and regional, published and self-published authors, all talking about their books.

See you in Balitmore!