Friday, February 26, 2016

Women Warriors!

Hey, everyone. I'm hanging out over at the English Historical Fiction Author's blog today, where I've posted my latest article as part of their awesome group! It's my second post with the EHFA, and it deals with the history of women warriors. Rah!

Hope you enjoy it! Go check it out:)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

San Francisco Writer's Conference 2016!

Whew! I had a great time speaking for the second year in a row at the annual San Francisco Writer's Conference at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. It was especially fun for me because so many people remembered me from last year, and I got to chat with speakers that I used to listen to when I first visited the conference as an attendee years ago.

One of the highlights was when I got to talk about my upcoming book, and how Between Two Fires comes out with St. Martin's Press this August. I got an ovation from my audience of a few hundred, which doesn't happen every day, so that was pretty cool to say the least. It was fun not only to see the interest in my novel, but to see how it inspired other authors to keep pursuing their own writing dreams.

In the pics seen here, I'm the dude two people to the left of the podium. We got to kick off the conference with opening remarks to all attendees, which was pretty fun. I look forward to and hope to speak next year, when I can actually hold up my book in my hands.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Speaking at SFWC Next Week!

Next Friday, I'll be speaking at the San Francisco Writer's Conference for the second year in a row! I'm pretty stoked to get to speak at the very same conference I first attended as a slightly wet-behind-the-ears writer several years ago.

The event will be held at the Mark Hopkin's hotel, and I'll get to address a few hundred budding authors all spending the weekend in San Francisco in order to learn more about their craft. It's also a fun place to connect with fellow book-lovers. Last year I remember telling them about the new book deal I had just signed and this year I get to tell them about my new novel coming out in August! How cool is that?

After speaking at my high school last month and prepping for my speech this month at the SFWC, I'm starting to get more and more comfortable talking to large groups about my work.

What are some great author talks you've attended in the past? What words of wisdom have other authors said that really stuck with you?   

Thursday, February 4, 2016

At Misha's Blog Today

Hi, everyone!

I'm over at Misha Gericke's blog today where she's chatting about my book, Between Two Fires, which comes out August 23!

Check it out and let me know what you think, thanks!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Spoke at My Old High School

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at my old high school again, this year telling students all about my new upcoming book! I was genuinely surprised by how interested my audience was in writing and they wanted not only to learn all about my novel, but also how they could make careers in writing themselves. Man, was high school always this cool?

I may not be exactly be longing for my teen years again, but I've got to admit that it was pretty fun to interact with students and share our thoughts on writing and art in general. I've also gotten pretty comfortable talking about my book in front of groups, which helps since I'll be speaking to an audience of several hundred people in a couple weeks at the upcoming San Francisco Writer's Conference.

So how's your February going? Any fond writing or reading-related memories from your school days come to mind?