Oct 15

The long awaited arrival of The Queen of Pain is nearly upon us. My publisher has nearly completed the cover and we’re near a release date. For those of you not familiar with the Queen, this is the sequel to Princess Pain. Lead character Marina continues to wreak havoc on her enemies as her fate does not appear to be a peaceful one. Filled with futuristic action, the Queen of Pain will not disappoint.
My speaking at the event was a very pleasurable experience. We had a really good crowd and I had the opportunity to speak on a number of things. I’d like to offer a special thanks to Rosemary Labarge for having me at the Collier Library Headquarters and for a great job promoting the event. The Collier Library will have my books on file very shortly, making them available to all Collier County residents and visitors.
Unfortunately, I had to cancel my appearance at Wellsboro Book Festival, but I have added the Mesa Book Festival on December 9th to my list of stops. The festival runs from 2-8 and I should be there by 5:30 until closing. I will be attending PhilCon in November at the Cherry Hill Crowne Plaza as well for my local fans and friends. There is still nothing new to report on the screenplays, other than the interest continues to grow. The script adaptation of To Fly Again is on hold for contract issues with my other publisher and the writer. Details are very important when adapting someone else’s work. Coming up in February, I will be attending Farpoint and Connooga. On February 26th, the day after Connooga, I will be appearing at McKay’s Books, just off I-75 north of Chattanooga. I am working on details for X-Con in Myrtle Beach and hope to be there in May.
Of my latest projects, I have had my hands full with Space Truckers. The movie script is completed. The novel is about half-finished but the new wrinkle is that I am also working on a pilot and series bible for Space Truckers. I have had several inquiries as to the availability of a pilot versus a feature script. At first, I wasn’t sure it would work, but once I started into the novel, I realized there was so much more I could show. Let’s hope that some creative producer can see it too. Thank you again for joining me and come back soon for more information on my literary and film worlds.

Jul 08

Welcome back, everyone. I’ve just returned from WesterCon in Phoenix and getting down to business once more. I have a nice lull until September when things pick up again on the road. Thanks to everyone at WesterCon for a great time. The staff put a lot of hard work into the convention and the staff at Tempe Mission Palms were more than supportive of the convention. I’m hoping to join them again in either Denver next year or Utah in 2019.

I’d also like to send a special thanks to Kim Richardson, a very lovely lady from Memphis, who recently reviewed Night Creeps. For those of you who know Kim, she’s a tough reviewer who isn’t bashful about expressing her thoughts on a story. A while back, she wrote a nice review on Princess Pain as well. I love the way she presents her thoughts on a story. You can see it under Reviews in this site.

I now have copies of TV Gods- Summer Programming, the sequel to TV Gods. Queen of Pain is coming soon as well. I don’t have a date yet but it will be before summer’s end. This is one wild sequel to Princess Pain. So much happens that changes characters, both good and bad. The big question: Does Marina go back to her old ways? Hmm. You’ll have to wait and see.

I’ve been occupied with an adaptation I was hired to do. It’s a non-fiction story which is quite different than fiction and takes significantly longer than I expected; however, it is coming along. Unfortunately, the Space Truckers novel is on hold until I finish. The script for Space Truckers has gotten a lot of interest from movie industry professionals but, unfortunately, that doesn’t guarantee a deal. I recently had increased interest in the Space Frontiers: Eye of Icarus as well. I hope that, with the renewed interest in space, producer interest in my sci-fi scripts will lead to a movie or TV series. I have the space probes and their pictures as well as Space X and Orbital Sciences and their progress toward space travel to thank for the resurgence in space interest. I recently saw episodes of The Expanse and was impressed with the detail and creativity they applied for a space-based series. Very well done.

In February, I will join Connooga in Chattanooga on February 23rd to the 25th, doing both panels and selling in the dealers area. This is an exciting convention that has grown from a small venue and 500 people at the Choo-Choo Hotel to a Comicon atmosphere at the Chattanooga Convention Center and thousands of attendees. The programming has grown considerably as well to include Cosplay, Gaming, Anime, and many other genres in addition to programming and art. Chattanooga is a beautiful city with much to offer as well. If you are attending from out of town, spend some extra days and see the area.

I’m also working on details with McKay books in Chattanooga at 7734 Lee Highway for a store event during Christmas week. We’re working on something really special. More to come as the information becomes available. Well, time to get back to work. Join me again soon to see what’s new in my world.

Jun 15

Hello, everyone. Welcome back for another Author’s Corner with me, Michael D’Ambrosio. There are a lot of things happening right now for me so I’ll tell you what I can. First of all, Queen of Pain is coming. I just don’t have a date yet. My publisher at AZ Publishing has been busy this convention season promoting her authors all across the southwest and has been squeezed for time. We haven’t had a chance to get together on the cover and jacket story yet which has been a big obstacle. My work has really tied me up as well so we’re both a bit behind. I’ll keep you posted on a new release date as soon as we nail one down.
I’ve taken on a writing project for one of my publishers, Dianne Helm, adapting a heart-breaking story to script. I can’t say much about it yet but will let you know when the time comes. TV Gods 2 – Summer Programming was just released by Fortress Publishing. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the TV Gods series, they are anthologies where mythological deities are placed in mock episodes of today’s TV series. In the first TV Gods, my story Greek on the Beach was published as one of their stories. Imagine Perseus and Charlie Harper of Two and a Half Men. In TV Gods 2, my story Out for Justice was also published as one of their stories. In this short story, the goddess Nemesis comes to New York in a mock episode of Suits where she encounters a famous lawyer on the show. These are fun books with lots of short stories from talented authors.
At the end of the month (June 30), I’ll be joining talented writers and artists from across the southwest at WesterCon in Tempe, Arizona. I was invited to participate on several panels including “Military Sci-Fi: Getting the Details Right”, “Workshop: Writing for Different Media: From novels to screenplays to comics and beyond”, “Beyond Gold and Silver: The Dawn of a New Age in Sci-Fi”, “Putting the “Sci” in Sci-Fi”, “Doorways and Devices: Accessing Magical/Alternative Realms”, and “The Return of the Space Opera”. WesterCon runs from July 1st to the fourth at the Tempe Mission Palms. For those not familiar with WesterCon, this convention rotates to different cities on the west coast, going north and south every year. This will be my third guest appearance at WesterCon. The people who attend WesterCon are awesome and are like a second family to me. They always treat e great there. Visit their website at http://westercon70.org/. Join me again soon for more information on upcoming appearances and my projects.

Apr 30

Welcome back, everyone. Just finished a fun filled Saturday at Carlisle High School. Kudos to Kathy Schock and her staff for a great show. I”ve had several people from high schools in other locations ask about her event. Fortress Church is in the last stages of preparation for TV Gods – Summer Programming. I have a short story titled Out for Justice featuring the goddess Nemesis in a mock episode of Suits. This, the second anthology, is due for release this month.
Now, it’s time to get back to work. The Queen of Pain, the exciting sequel to Princess Pain, is due for release shortly. More to come as I learn the details. I have several other projects developing as we speak. While the Space Truckers novel is in progress, I have lots going on in the world of screenwriting. Lots of work to do but not enough time. More to come on those as they unfold.
Next stop for me is Phoenix, Arizona for WesterCon 70.I’ll be joining a lot of my cross-country friends at the Tempe Mission Palms over the 4th of July week to put on a great show for all the sci-fi fans from the southwestern part of the United States (and those from further away as well). I may be adding a few other events over the summer as well. I love getting away but I do have to work sometime. Join me again soon for more information on my appearances, projects and accomplishments.

Mar 21

Welcome back, everyone. Spring is in the air and things are shaping up. I usually don’t do contests for my screenplays but I felt lucky and entered Wildsound Film Festival’s 1st Scene contest. I submitted the first scene from The Courier which is adapted from my Princess Pain novel. I was surprised to hear that I won and they recommended I enter the complete script into their screenplay contest coming up. Winning this contest isn’t about money or giveaways but more about the recognition the script will get now. The question that always comes up when I pitch to a producer is ‘Has it won any awards or contests?’. Not that it’s a disqualifier but it does certainly help get additional recognition and consideration.

In the meantime, my publisher is still working diligently on The Queen of Pain. Queen of Pain is the sequel to Princess Pain if you aren’t familiar with the title. I’m hoping we’ll be ready by May. I thought it would be available for Amazicon in April but it’s not looking like we’ll make it. A lot goes into the book preparation and my publisher at AZ Publishing is not one to shortcut to speed up a release. In the meantime, I’m marketing my scripts and working on Space Truckers, which we expect to be available sometime in early 2018. Space Truckers is the latest script I completed last year and I’m writing the novel to it now. The story will actually have a part two to it that I can write as a sequel script if I need to.

Speaking of Amazicon, for my friends who will be in the Wilmington, Delaware area during the weekend of April 7-9th, I will be at Amazicon at the Doubletree Hotel next to the Concord Mall on Rt,. 202. This is just across the border from Pa. and down the road a few miles from Targetmaster for you shooters. Amazicon has some really cool things as it is primarily a Comicon. I recommend checking out their website at www.Amazicon.net for some of the events. I will be doing some panels as well for those who want to hear or talk about books and movies and how they work together. On April 29th, I will be at Carlisle High School near Harrisburg for Sci-fi Saturday. They’ve asked me to do a panel or two as well. July fourth week, I’ll be in Phoenix for WesterCon, my second home of sorts. WesterCon is a very good convention that rotates cities on the west coast, usually alternating between north and south on the west coast. Join me again for more news on my projects and appearances.