More exciting Salt Lake Comic Con news! I’ve been invited to join two panels! The schedule may still change so check the programming guide when you get there, but as far as I know here are my panels:
Join us for an in depth discussion about the heroes, villains, plot lines, and world building that make both versions of Avatar fan favorites TV shows that can be enjoyed by any age group.
Renee Collins / Bree Despain / J.R. Johansson / David Powers King /
Valynne E. Maetani / Lauren Skidmore / Natalie Whipple
The origin of fairytales is often contested or completely disregarded in favor of more consumable and pleasant versions that have evolved over the ages. Many fairy tales are rooted in gruesome or disturbing origins that beg to be analyzed and prodded – something that our panelists are delighted to do.
Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller / Katie Burton / M. Todd Gallowglas /
Lauren Skidmore / Benjamin Tilton / Michelle Witte
So be sure to come check either or both of those out if you’re going to be there Thursday. I hope to see you there! If you can’t come, check my twitter and instagram to follow along with me all three days.
Where did this summer go? I can’t believe it’s already September 1st (who’s on the train to Hogwarts today?).
I did a casual Rose Quartz (Steven Universe) cosplay one day and managed to snag this beautiful ARC (which I’ve been too busy to even read yet T_T)
I had some major events these past few months – a brother got married, I moved to a new house (twice so far with a third pending), and I went to San Diego Comic-Con. I love going to SDCC, this was my second year and it was a little less intense than last year (when I camped out over night to get into Ballroom 20 for the Korra panel), but it still left me completely exhausted by the end. Met some great authors and saw some cool panels and had a fun time overall.
Speaking of Comic Con, I’ll be at Salt Lake with a booth and everything! I’ve teamed up with some other authors from Cedar Fort, and will be signing and selling books Friday and Saturday. The booth will be open all three days, but here’s my schedule:
Friday 9/25 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday 9/26 9am – 2pm
The booth is in the bottom corner of the L, right in front of Hall A (sorry so tiny):
Definitely come by and say hi! We’ll have candy and swag and I’ll have my special stamps for any books I sign in person. Here are the other authors that will be there at various times of the day:
So check them out and I hope to see you there!
This past week I had my first group singing at Barnes & Noble. I was at the Orem store on Thursday with three other authors and it was great.
Look, a poster with my face on it.
Here’s the tables all nice and pretty before the event. I had my own mini-table. I got too distracted to take any pictures when people were there. Oops.
A lot of people from Cedar Fort came out to support us, so I got to meet a bunch of people in person for the first time. All my work and communication with them is done over emails, so it was nice to put the names to faces. I also got lots of behind-the-scenes stories, which was super fun.
All the authors had giveaways with items related to their books, so I gave away a cool mask. These are the things to look forward to when you come to events. The people at B&N were great, and I left several signed copies behind, so be sure to grab one if you can.
I also got to tell people the released date for the next book. It doesn’t have a final title yet (hopefully soon) but I can now say that book number three will be released:
May 10, 2016!
I love May releases because my birthday is in May and it’s nice to share book birthdays with my own. I’ll be slowly releasing more information as the date gets closer.
If you missed this event and still want to meet me, check out the Events tab at the top of the page. My next event is at Salt Lake Comic Con, so I hope to see some of you there!
This time last week, I was at the LDStorymakers conference, an annual writing conference in Utah with classes, panels, agents, editing, speakers, and so many writers. The classes were all fantastic – I took the intensive with Martine Leavitt, the award-winning author of Keturah and Lord Death (which I did a good chunk of my student teaching work on), which gave me so much to work with as I write my next book. She also gave a lovely keynote, which including the quotes below that I just love (graphics made by Kimberly Miller VanderHorst):
The most surreal moment, though, wasn’t in any of the classes. This was the second year I attended the conference in Utah, and since last year it was in April, What Is Hidden hadn’t been released yet. This year, I had two books out. There was a moment when I was talking with two other authors from my publishing house that was just like…wow. A lot has happened in the past year. I released two books. I taught at the Midwest conference. I have accomplished what so many people around me are working on.
It was a bit of a moment.
(Of course, there was also the weirdly surreal moment of James Dashner re-tweeting me, which had my phone blowing up all day, but that’s because I was constantly using the #Storymakers15 hashtag.)
If you missed this year, definitely check out the Facebook page to get a glimpse of all the exciting stuff that happened, and consider coming next year. You should also check out this hilarious youtube series (don’t worry, it’s only 5 short clips) about “real writers”. I’m definitely attending next year, and hopefully I’ll remember to take more pictures next time.
So many things to catch up on!
First, you should now be able to find What is Hidden at Deseret Book! I’ll be making the rounds soon to sneak sign, so you may also be able to find signed copies around Provo and SLC as well. I’ll announce on my Twitter (link in the sidebar) whenever I find some, and then it’s first come, first serve.
Second, I have events coming up! I have a signing this weekend and will be teaching classes at Steamfest in Salt Lake, and at LDStorymakers Midwest in Kansas.
- Costco Signing is Saturday, July 12 from 12pm-3pm in Sandy, UT at 11100 S Auto Mall Dr. Please come say hi!
- Salt City Steamfest is Aug. 1-2. My class is Friday, Aug. 1 at 3pm: Steampunk World-Building
- LDStorymakers Midwest is Sept. 20 in Overland Park, KS. I will be teaching two classes: Keeping Fairy Tales Fresh and Vivid Descriptions and Pertinent Details
Storymakers just launched the Show Your Love contest, where you can enter to win all sorts of fun stuff for registering and spreading the word so be sure to check that out. They’ve got some great presenters lined up, and I had a wonderful time attending last year.
Steamfest may seem a bit strange for me since What is Hidden is not steampunk, but I love the aesthetic and have a lot of fun dressing up. Plus I do plan on writing a steampunk novel eventually. I just have a few other things to finish first.
Which brings me to the third thing: I’m hard at work on the sequel to What is Hidden! I know lots of people have been asking about it, and yes it exists and will be out next year. I’ll come back with more details once I have them.
And lastly, I’ve been busy attending all sorts of amazing events. I volunteered at FantasyCon this past weekend in Salt Lake City (if you entered the main ballroom on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, you probably saw me). I saw Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers (and some other great sets) Monday night. I leave for San Diego Comic-Con in two weeks and am super excited to attend the Legend of Korra panel. And I’ll be volunteering at the Salt Lake Comic-Con in September as well. Busy, busy, busy!
I survived my first signing! Granted, I did almost take out my driver’s side mirror in the process and I needed a four-nap today to recover, but I did it!
Outside The King’s English
The people at The King’s English were great. They do a lot of author events and I’ve been going there for years, so it was incredible to be the author this time!
I started out signing pre-orders while waiting for people to arrive, and also worked on my multi-tasking skills answering questions. I talked about my writing process, what inspired What is Hidden, and future plans.
I also read from the first chapter, including a bit of a glimpse at what changed from the advanced reader copy I still had on my kindle.
After that, I answered a few more questions, then signed and stamped everyone’s books. Also gave out a lot of candy, so if you weren’t there, you missed out. 😉
All in all, a very successful event. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came and made my first event so memorable! I appreciated every single one of you!
One of my best friends from high school came by.
A look at the signing line. I had everyone sign a picture frame for me while they waited.
Look at that stack of pre-orders! That wasn’t even all of them.
My mom and one of my brothers even came out from Kansas for the event.
Exciting news! I’ll be having a release party at my local independent bookstore, The King’s English.
Also, if you don’t live in the area but order a copy from them by May 13th, I will be able to sign it before they ship it!
So if you’re in the Salt Lake City area, please come to the party May 13 at 7pm. Click here for details on the event or to order!
I’ve been going to events at this bookstore for years and I’m so excited to be holding my own there. It’s going to be great. If you think you’ll be able to come, please let me know!
Earlier this month, I went to the Life, the Universe, and Everything Symposium here in Provo. As the site says, LTUE is comprised of panels, workshops, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, media, science and other aspects of speculative fiction.
Here are some of the highlights:
-Meeting my editor in person for the first time. It wasn’t planned, she just found me in the hallway somehow and introduced herself. She also had an ARC of What is Hidden on hand and I got to hold it for the first time.
-Meeting and chatting with many authors, including Heather Ostler, Jennifer Wardell, and lots of aspiring authors.
-Hearing Jessica Day George call Iko from Cinder a cross between the Nurse from Romeo and Juliet and R2-D2.
-Basically every panel with Brandon Sanderson. The Rules of Writing Magic was particularly good.
-A great panel on writing marital arts and fight scenes
-Lots of great advice on different aspects of writing including humor, romance, naming, and wrapping things up.
It was my first year going, and I’m excited to go again next year. I was exhausted by the end, which is the sign of a conference well spent.