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My first live reading of QUEEN OF HUNGER

The main event for me at BayCon over Memorial Day weekend was the Themed Reading: Urban Fantasy panel, at which I read from QUEEN OF HUNGER and got to meet and hear a great crop of other authors working in the same rough genre. They all had FAR more experience than I, which meant I got to read first then sit back and listen. My two favorite of the other authors:

I have to geek-out here for a moment about Colin Fisk. Colin is the author of several of the Cyberpunk 2020 RPG sourcebooks — most notably the 1991 Chromebook. Now I don’t know if any of you are cyberpunk fans, either of the RPG or the genre, but I’ve read my Chromebook so many times the iconic pink cover  isn’t attached any more. It was simply AWESOME for me to get to shake Colin’s hand and tell him how much he’d inspired me. He read from a new short story he’s working on, an intense piece of cyberpunk with a horror edge. I’ve added him to my Goodreads list so when the short comes out I can find it. I’d love to read more from him.

The other reading I really enjoyed was by Jay Hartlove from his novel THE CHOSEN. It is the first of an occult trilogy about Charles Redmond, a man who slowly convinces his psychologist that no, really, he’s sane…there really ARE demons chasing him and the loa of his Haitian Voodoo religion actually ARE alive and well and ready to help him in a fight for the future of the world. As you can imagine, this is right up my alley – Voodoo, horror, vengeance, redemption – all my favorite stuff.

In addition to sharing some great fiction, both men were also encouraging to me as the new author on the block. Let me tell you, when you’re reading from your heart in front of a room full of people, it is great to hear from the pros that you did well. Thanks to both of them for their cheers and support. I look forward to the next exciting pieces of fiction they both produce!

For my fellow gamer geeks — FLASHBACK!

Cover of 1991 Chromebook Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook

I think I had this book memorized at one point…

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What? A whole room full of People of Color at a Sci Fi Convention? This must be the FUTURE!

I’m just settling in after a long weekend at my local Science Fiction/Fantasy fan-run convention, BayCon. It was a great chance for me to read from QUEEN OF HUNGER to a packed room and to get together with other fans and talk about our interests. Best of all for me, I met several other authors who I’m alternately inspired and impressed by. I wanted to give a review of the event but in the interest of short attention spans (and those of us who do our blog reading on our phones on our lunch hours) I’ll cut it into two posts. First – the Fans of Color Panel.

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Women of Color in Speculative Fiction — Tumblr for the Win

If you read the last post, you know that I’ll be reading from QUEEN OF HUNGER at BayCon this Saturday, May 25th. In addition to that open reading appearance, I’ll also be on the Fans of Color in SF/F Fandom panel earlier in the day.

A friend recently linked me to my new favorite Tumblr feed, Fuck Yeah SciFi/Fantasy WOC (yes that’s President Obama throwing the Vulcan sign with Nichelle Nicols. Because I live in the best of all possible worlds). There I was pointed to this particular post about Scott Lynch and his relationship with his black female character in response to a critique about same. Some thoughts.

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QUEEN OF HUNGER at BayCon in Santa Clara

QUEEN OF HUNGER  has been out for a couple of weeks now and it is slowly building momentum on Amazon — thanks in part to all of you. Please, continue to link it to your friends and if you enjoyed the read, a good review on Amazon would be awesome. Amazon reviews are the heart of the recommendation and ranking system for Kindle eBooks, so everything thing helps. Thanks in advance for that.

BUT! That’s not what I logged in to tell you today. Today, I have another announcement.

I, your local author, will be on three panels at my local science fiction/fantasy fandom convention — BayCon — May 24-27!

This is awesome for a number of reasons.

  • My family has been attending BayCon as staffers and patrons almost every year for the last ten, so finally being on the other side of the panel table is a real thrill.
  • This will give me a chance to introduce QUEEN OF HUNGER to my ideal audience — speculative fiction fans like myself.
  • I’ll also get to chat endlessly about other topics that I care a great deal about to an interested audience.

My three panels:

  • How To Be a Better Game Master: In which I’ll discuss various table top RPGs that I’ve run and how I kept my players coming back for more.
  • Fans of Color in SF/F Fandom: In which we’ll review the current state of the art and hopefully inspire us all for what’s ahead.
  • Themed Reading: Urban Fantasy II: This is the big deal for me as it’ll be my first public reading/discussion of QUEEN OF HUNGER. eeek!

Outside of these events, we’ll just be there enjoying our friends, trying out new things, and mostly romping around being fans. I’ll have badge ribbons to give and trade (if you’re not hip to the badge ribbon game, check here for a Doctor Who convention discussion on them) and will be ready to talk your ear off about the book.

Have a question? Find me and let’s discuss.

I look forward to the convention as it marks another mile on this journey. May your life continue to be an adventure. Mine certainly is.

 

EDIT: The dates for BayCon are May 24-27, 2013. My apologies for anyone I led astray with my bad information design.

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