Welcome back, everyone. I’ve just returned from an exciting weekend at Connooga in Chattanooga, TN. I also had the pleasure of joining with my new publisher, Dave Mattingly of Blackwyrm Publishing, for the release of Princess Pain at the convention. The attendance was outstanding and the convention, I am told, will move all their events to the Convention Center next year. I met several fans who purchased books from me previously and many new fans who purchased for the first time. While it’s a compliment that previously readers return for more, I am always excited to get new fans. Things went so well that I already agreed to return next year.
So, now that Princess Pain is out, Many have asked the question, “Is this a series?” Of course it is. Now how many books will be in the series, I’m not sure yet. I can tell you that I’m laying out the plots and the sequences for book 2 and it will be titled “Queen of Pain”. Princess Pain is like having Lara Croft with anger issues in a Blade Runner environment. Just because its on another planet or space station, it doesn’t make it the nicer side of town.
I have been working on a sequel to Night Creeps called appropriately Night Creeps 2. Night Creeps had a caution on the front that it was an adult horror tale and which it was but I sensed that many of my readers hoped that adult meant a little more … Well, you get my point. In Night Creeps 2, I assure you, there will be more adult content and the caution will say A Very Adult Horror Tale on the cover. I don’t like to force things in a story but the sequel is ripe for it. While the first book had more zobie-like mutants, book two goes in a totally different direction. I’m about halfway through the sequel and hope to have it finished before the end of summer so I can begin writing Queen of Pain.
Things have been quiet on the movie front. With so many things going with my books and the weather to complicate travel, I haven’t had time to keep up with my contacts. I feel like I have three full time jobs: one that pays the bills, one as a writer of books, and the third as a screenwriter and marketer. There is a completed script for Princess Pain and I had really good feedback from a few producers who read it. In this part of the business, it’s all about timing and passion. It’s got to be there at the right time and the producer has to feel passionate about it.
I’m returning to Tennessee later in March for MidsouthCon and shortly after, a weekend visit near Harrisburg, Pa for the first ever Central Pa Comicon. May will be a busy month with several days in the Phoenix area and then BaltiCon over the holiday weekend. Soon I’ll be setting up signings in several areas. Check my appearances on the site for more details as they become available. Join me again for an update on MidsouthCon and other events I’m participating in.
Hello, everyone and welcome back. I hope all of you had a great holiday season and I’m wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year. I’m sure that by this time next year things will be very different. I hope that means many of you will be working and that the new healthcare debacle improves even slightly. There’s an old saying that goes “only fight the battles you can win”. There is much truth to that.
I haven’t done much writing over the last thirty days due to some major projects at the house. Phew, they turned out to be much bigger projects than I expected. So, with those behind me, I’m looking to get off to a good start for the new year. I’m focusing on Night Creeps II right now and hope to have it finished by May. Then I’ll resume work on Queen of Pain – the sequel to my soon to be released Princess Pain from Blackwyrm Publishing.
I also want to focus on marketing my screenplays and possibly developing something new. This is something I’m determined to succeed at this year. I know the material is good and the scripts are polished so it’s a matter of finding that passionate producer who understands the potential. With all the interest I’ve had in each of my projects, I really believe it’s just a matter of time. My biggest fear is that when the first script sells, others will follow like dominoes. Then the rewrites come and I dread getting overwhelmed with too much at one time. That, however, is a problem I’d like to have anyway.
I have a number of appearances for the first half of the year scheduled. Coming up next month is Connooga (Chattanooga, TN), then Midsouthcon (Memphis, TN), Central PA Comicon (Carlisle, PA), LepreCon (Phoenix, AZ), and BaltiCon (Hunt Valley, MD).
Fortress Publishing is celebrating the release of a new anthology titled TV Gods at BaltiCon. The book contains a number of stories of mythological gods in modern day TV series. My short story, Perseus Meets Charlie Harper (Two and-a-half Men) is one of the stories that was accepted.
As I mentioned earlier, Princess Pain is due out shortly from Blackwyrm Publishing. Lead character Marina is one bad-ass chick in this series. She’s hot, angry, and doesn’t play well with others as the opening scene clearly shows.
Well, I guess it’s time to get some work done. Join me again soon for new information and appearances. Join me at one of my upcoming appearances listed on the site. Thanks again and take care until next time.
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.