Thursday, March 26, 2009

Imagicon is Tomorrow

Bill Drinkard (author of Elom) and I were on "Talk of Alabama" on Tuesday to help get the word out about Imagicon.

Here's the video:

Friday, March 20, 2009

Headed to Midsouth Con

I'll be at Midsouth Con in roughly four hours!

Here's my panel schedule:


6 pm - Strong Women Characters
9 pm - Managing Criticism


10 am - Reading
11 am - 1990 to Today - the New Vampires
1 pm - Professionals Row (It's be my turn to sell and sign stuff at the Guest Table in the dealer's room
6 pm - Between Lovecraft and King - Horror in the 40s, 50s and 60s
8 pm - The New Dr Who panel


11 am - I Am The Audience

So... if you are in or around Memphis, swing by and say hello.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New League Post

I have a new post over at the League of Reluctant Adults about fan empowerment and how cool it is that Realms of Fantasy magazine will be coming back.

You can read it: here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Strong Enough For A Man, But...

I've mentioned how much I (and my boys) love AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis, so it was pretty darn cool to have her interview me. We chat about everything from why I tend to have a WebKinz White Mouse (his name is Stanton) with me at conventions to the whole church thing... and why I might not necessarily mind being painted metallic silver under the right conditions.

You can find the interview: here.

There's also a nice article up on Best Fantasy Stories about "Fantasy Books for Men". Two authors I really enjoy are mentioned: Jim Butcher and Simon R. Green. The article also mentions some J. F. Lewis guy and his Void City series.

You can find that article: here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Welcome Back to the Void!

It's that time again.

Release day. I can't describe how it feels to be here again on the release of a second book. Part of me feels like it isn't happening. Part of me fears it will be the last time. And a much larger section of the J-brain wonders whether people will like it or not. In a way, the shipdate for a new novel is like sending your kid off for the first day at school. As an author, I've done all that I can for little ReVamped. There are always little sections I feel like I might have gotten just right if I'd had a few more revisions, tiny tweaks which have gone unmade because if I don't stop tweaking then the book will never be done and out for people to read.

True, I can do my best to make sure people know how fun little ReVamped is and shout about it in interviews, podcasts, or blogs. I can go to conventions and show off ReVamped and its older sibling, Staked. But in many ways the magic has been worked and now ReVamped's future is in the hands of the buyers, sellers, reviewers, and fans.

The funniest thing of all, is that ReVamped has actually been on the shelves for several days at this point. Some of the people that pre-ordered copies of ReVamped got the book as early as February 27th. It began showing up on the shelves of bookstores around Birmingham last week. But the "official release day" still feels special and today is the first day the novel is available for folks who use the Kindle (Hi, Jerry) or other eBook readers.

With the book release comes the temptation to ego surf for reactions to ReVamped, but I'll try to hold off and let my Google Alerts bring those to me. After all, I'm still working on book three and I need to get it all nice and shiny if I'm to expect anyone to purchase it... so that I can start the rollercoaster all over again.

Here's hoping you enjoy your second trip to Void City and many more to come. Feel free to drop by (via comment or email) and let me know how you're enjoying the book. If you're reading Staked for the first time I'd be glad to hear from you as well.



Sunday, March 8, 2009

Forums and a ReVamped Preview

I may have mentioned it already, but with the relaunch of the new League Site, we actually have forums. :) You can check them out: here. I've even posted a preview of ReVamped over in my little corner of the Bat Pack. Here's a link.


Feel free to hang out, chat, ask questions (obnoxious or otherwise)... and generally have fun.