Hello, everyone. I just finished a whirlwind two weeks in Charleston and Rochester. You’ve already read about me thoughts on Charleston so now I have to talk about Rochester. I met a lot of really cool people here especially at the bar in the Radisson Riverside Hotel on Main Street. I’d like to give a special thanks to Dan, Jamie and Jesse at the restaurant bar. There were a host of others who treated me great including Frankie, the desk supervisor. It makes the road trip so much nicer when you make good friends at the hotels. The convention was small but average for having been last held three years ago. Nonetheless, there was great lineup of stars from Dave Gerrold and Peter David to artist Jim Clukey and many others. Regardless of the attendance, it was a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with some very talented people. Next on my agenda is Connooga in February. I met with Alicia Lurye, the creator of Roc-Con and next year they will move from the armory to the Kodak Center due to the growing attendance. This is one rocking convention if you have a chance to come to Rochester in September. Join me again soon for an update on things to come and things that were.
Just returned from a great weekend in Charleston at the new AtomaCon sci-fi/fantasy convention. My travel day was, as the Grateful Deadonce said, “What a long strange trip it’s been.” The staff at the Inn Place (hotel) were fantastic. I owe a special thanks to Carlos and Tavis for really going out of their way to make my stay there a great one. There were so many others who really made, not just myself, but the convention staff, the fans and everyone else at the hotel this weekend feel wanted.
I was really impressed with the job that Janet Iannantuono, her family, and her volunteer staff did with the convention. Everything went smoothly and will no doubt lead to bigger things next year at the convention. I had a rare chance to hang out with several very talented writer friends in the evening hours as well; namely John Hartness, Nicole Kurtz, Stuart Jaffe, AJ Hartley, Tally Johnson, Alexandra Christian, Christina Janke, and several others. The famous Jack McDevitt led the way as the Guest of Honor. Jack is one of the most talented and nicest people you’ll ever get to meet. All in all, a great weekend. Now I must get it together for Astronomicon in Rochester. Join me next week for more.
Hello, everyone, and welcome back to another Author’s Corner. AtomaCon is just around the corner and I have my schedule of panels. For those of you attending on November 8th to the 10th, I have the following: Friday at 7 pm: From Word to Film – Getting Your Novel To The Screen; Friday at 8 pm: Writing As The Other; Saturday at 4 pm: Writer Beware! What To Know About The Industry Before You Publish; Saturday at 5 pm: Promoting Your Small Press Novel. When I’m not at one of these panels, I’ll be at my table with books a plenty. This will be a quick turn as I’ll get home on Sunday night and on Thursday, I’ll drive up to Rochester for AstronomiCon. Whew! I’m looking forward to a great time with everyone at these two conventions so come ready to romp! As soon as I get my schedule of panels from Astronomicon, I’ll post them for you.
In the mean time, I’m juggling several projects. I’m working on chapter three of Night Creeps 2, the sequel. I’m also working on chapter one of Queen of Pain, the sequel to the soon to be released Princess Pain in January from Blackwyrm Publishing. And, as if that isn’t enough, I’m also working Space Frontiers into a TV series pilot. Hmm. What else can I throw in there?
For those of you who don’t know, Princess Pain, my new novel, is scheduled for a January release. More to come as I have it. I also had a short story accepted by Fortress Publishing for their TV Gods Anthology titled Perseus Meets Charlie Harper. The anthology is scheduled to be released at BaltiCon this coming Memorial Day weekend.
If you haven’t seen my schedule, I have a lot of things going on in 2014 beginning with Connooga (Chattanooga), Midsouthcon (Memphis), Central PA Comicon (Harrisburg/Carlisle), Leprecon (Phoenix) and BaltiCon (Hunt Valley/Baltimore). I hope to add Gencon (Indianopolis), HyperiCon (Nashville) and a few others soon. That’s life in the fast lane. I love writing and I love meeting fans and friends, both current and new. Join me again soon for another update in the Worlds of Michael D’Ambrosio.
My West Coast trip turned a bit sour on me as I had a mysterious knee infection from a spider bite. It took a trip to the emergency room and several antibiotics before the infection regressed. So, much to my disappointment, I had to miss the West Hollywood Book Fair. I was fortunate to still make the trip to Newport Beach at the last minute but I haven’t really been able to do a whole lot. Several of my friends suggested that this could be the start of a new series but it really is identical to Spiderman. The spider bite likely occurred at the nuclear plant I work at so nuclear spiders is out. I did feel an overwhelming urge to take over the world after seeing the fiasco with the federal government recently. After all, I couldn’t do any worse.
This week, I accepted an invitation to MidsouthCon in Memphis for the March 21st weekend. I did apply for a table but I’m waiting for a response. Tables are tough to get at this con so we’ll see. I do have two cons coming up in November, AtomaCon (Charleston, SC) and AstronomiCon (Rochester) so I hope to see a lot of my fans there. I do expect to be adding a few more conventions soon including GenCon in Indianopolis for next August.
I have been working on Night Creeps 2 and also laying the plots for Queen of Pain, both sequels to existing novels. So many ideas, so little time. Well, back to work and hopefully pain-free in another day or so. Please join me again soon for more on my literary worlds.
Welcome back, everyone. A lot of exciting things happening lately for me. On the 14th of September, I spent a beautiful day at Smithville, NJ at the Authors on the Green event. My ride down was a bit disappointing as my tire blew out on the Atlantic City Expressway. For those of you familiar with that route, it’s not a good place to get stuck. Things worked out though. The following weekend, I was the Author Guest of Honor at Roc-Con in Rochester. This was my first guest of honor appearance and hopefully the first of many more to come. I had a great time and the crowd was wonderful. It’s a predominantly Anime convention so I had quite an eyeful of costumes throughout each day. I also had the honor of meeting two very successful artists in Mark McKenna and Joe Orsak. These men are outstanding artists who really impressed me with their talent and professionalism. Next week, I’m partaking in the West Hollywood Book Festival for the first time. I’m really looking forward to this event. They’ve got quite a reputation for putting on a great show.
Recently, I signed a contract with Blackwyrm Publishing for my new novel Princess Pain with a release date of this January. Princess Pain will be the first in the Pain Series with the number of books still to be determined. I’m currently working on Queen of Pain, the second book in the series, as well as a sequel to my horror novel Night Creeps. My mind goes in many directions these days so I might as well run with it on two novels.
I’m waiting for word back on a few short story submissions for anthologies. Coming in May at BaltiCon is the release of TV Gods from Fortress Publishing. They have accepted my short story titled Perseus Meets Charlie Harper. This anthology looks like it should be a blast.
Soon I expect to be adding other conventions for next year on the website so I may be coming to your town soon. I am doing speaking events for writers groups so any of you with a request, please let me know and I’ll try to accommodate you. No movement on the screenplay front yet. Same story – lots of interest but no deals. I’ve learned to be very patient with the film industry. My fans on the other hand would really like to see a Fractured Time TV series and a Night Creeps movie. Hear that, my producer friends! Let’s cross our fingers.
Coming up in November, I’ll be attending AtomaCon on November 8th in Charleston for their inaugural convention and AtronomiCon in Rochester on November 15th. AtomaCon should be an awesome convention with a very talented group of indivuiduals at the helm. More to come as it gets closer. AstronomiCon has been around a while and is a very pleasant fan-based convention that never disappoints. This will be my second appearance at Astro after about a four year absence so I’m looking forward to my return. A number of my good friends who are very talented writers will be there as well including the very entertaining Peter Prellwitz. If you are in the Rochester area, make sure to spend at least a day with us at Astronomicon.
Join me again soon for another update and new appearances. Thanks and have a great fall season everyone.