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Look Who’s Going to BEA: Anton Strout

May 23rd, 2011 Angela Posted in Conventions Comments Off

Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

I sure can.  I’m Anton Strout, and I write the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series for Ace Books, who also publish the Anita Blake, Harry Dresden and Sookie Stackhouse series.

Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?

Sure.  Welcome to the Department of Extraordinary Affairs Other  Division- New York’s answer to the underfunded world of paranormal investigation.  It’s a job caught up in red tape, memos, and office politics, but its becoming par for the course for recent recruit Simon Canderous.  After a life of petty crime and twenty four years of watching his power of psychometry—the ability to divine information solely by touching an object—destroy any chance of a real relationship, he’s joined the forces of Good hoping to gain some control.  The series follows his adventures, which include such things as: magic, technomancy, ghosts, vampires, zombies, and raging, homicidal bookcases that crave the taste of human flesh.

What should readers know before stepping into your world?

That I write because I miss Buffy and Ghostbusters, paranormal with a bit of humor to it.  It’s what made me want to tell the stories I want to tell.

Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?

There’s a lot going on that I’d love to get to, but it seems the bulk of it all happens to be on Tuesday for me.  In interested in a lot of the social media ones or the one on what drives online book conversations.  Publicizing yourself in the digital age is the area I have the most suck in.  There’s some author friends and editors I’d like to say hi to.  I’d also like to check out my dear friend Charlaine Harris at the Wednesday Breakfast panel, but honestly, I’m not sure I can wake up early enough for that. :P

Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran?  Any advice for those who are going for the first time?

My day job happens to be in publishing for Penguin, so I’ve been to BEA many times in many capacities.  My tips are comfy shoes… you will be walking A LOT and the rare booth has a padded floor they paid extra floor, but the main aisle carpet is thing and a pain on your tootsies.  Also, bring water as the convention hall prices are a bit outrageous.  I also suggest grabbing the BEA Mobile app, as it’s a phenomenal way to keep track of things and build your schedule.  Signals not too bad in the convention center, so you should all be good.

Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?

I’m in the dead zone between when my books come out right now, so I’m merely there as a spectator, although I always jump at the chance to interview/podcast/talk to bloggers and what I’ve done and what I have coming up.

What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?

Right now I’m working on the first book of a new series for Ace.  It’s called Alchemystic and it is book one of my Spellmason Chronicles, which is the tale of a young New York woman, a gargoyle, and the family secret that binds them.  That will be out sometime in 2012.  I’m also working on something I call my young adult Dickensian Iron Man Voltrony book, but I have yet to shop that one around.  People can keep track of my progress and appearances here.


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Look Who’s Going to BEA: Alma Katsu

May 22nd, 2011 Angela Posted in Conventions Comments Off

Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

I’m Alma Katsu, author of The TAKER. My novel has been compared to “Interview With the Vampire” and “The Historian” although there are no vampires in it. I think these comparisons are made because The TAKER has similar qualities to those books: it’s big and sweeping, goes back in time and has dark, magnetic characters caught up in tragic circumstances. The publisher, Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, has made The TAKER a “Big Book” for BEA and a lead fiction title for the fall – I’m very lucky that my publisher has so much confidence in this book.

Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?

The TAKER is the story of a young woman, Lanny, going up in an isolated pocket of the Maine territory in the early 1800s who falls in love with her childhood friend, Jonathan, the eldest son of the richest family in town. Jonathan doesn’t love her in the same way. When Lanny is exiled to Boston, she falls in with Adair, a mysterious man with otherworldly powers. He offers Lanny the ability to bind Jonathan to her forever – but it comes at a price. Once the deal is made, Lanny finds out what a terrible price it is, and she must figure out how to save her beloved, and herself, from an eternity of suffering.

While most of the book is set in the early 1800s, it opens with Lanny in the same town she grew up in, but in the present day, and she’s just been taken into custody for killing Jonathan. So right away, you see that this woman has been alive for over two hundred years and she’s just taken the life of the man she loves more than anything, the man she sacrificed everything to possess. Why?

What should readers know before stepping into your world?

If you’re looking for a rich story that will captivate you from the first pages, I think you won’t be disappointed. It is adult fiction, however, and can be very dark. It looks at some difficult aspects of love, longing and human need. While there are aspects of the story that will appeal to YAs, The TAKER is intended for adult readers.

Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?

I intend to be all over the place at BEA! I’m hoping to squeeze in to listen to the editors’ buzz panel but I haven’t had time to thoroughly study the schedule yet. I’m also dropping in on the Backspace Writers conference, which is going on at the end of the week, and then to Balticon, the sci-fi/fantasy convention in Baltimore right after BEA, so it’s been a busy time for me.

Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran?  Any advice for those who are going for the first time?

I’ve been to two BEAs, once helping to man a booth for a friend with an indie press here in DC, and last year through Book Blogger Con, but snooping around as a newly-signed author. So I have no real expertise to offer, except to wear comfortable shoes and pay to ship those ARCs home.

Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?

I’m signing on 24 May at 11:00 in the autographing area (table lucky number 13!) and I hope everyone comes to get a copy of the ARC. I have some lovely swag to give away, too. My publisher is lining up a few other things like meetings with the press but I haven’t seen my schedule yet. I am really, really looking forward to Book Blogger Con on Friday!! I went last year to the first event and was completely blown away. A room full of people who just want to talk books and are so passion and down to earth – my idea of heaven. Through BBC last year I made some great friends and book blogs I read religiously, and I look forward to meeting more new friends this year.

What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?

The second book in the trilogy, The RECKONING, is about to go through revisions. I don’t think we have a US release date yet but it comes out in the UK in January 2012. I’ve started on the third book, The DESCENT. There are some short stories in the works, too. Aside from writing, I’m excited about receiving some custom jewelry I commissioned from Janet Cadsawan, the woman who has made jewelry for the Vampire Diaries, the Morganville Vampires and True Blood. There’s a piece of jewelry that plays an important part in The TAKER and Janet has recreated it for me to give as a special gift to my editors. I pick it up at BEA – can’t wait to see it!!


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Look Who’s Going to BEA: Cindy Pon

May 22nd, 2011 Angela Posted in Conventions Comments Off

Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

Hi! *waves* I’m the author of Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix, which just released.  They are both young adult fantasies inspired by ancient China with monsters, magic, gods, great food and cute boys.

Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?

As I said, it’s Chinese inspired, although not an actual historical. I do use some myth and folklore from the Chinese culture, but I also make up a lot of stuff, which is the best part of being an author!

What should readers know before stepping into your world?

I’d love if they read with an open mind. If they enjoy fantasy and heroic journeys and adventure, then I hope they enjoy my novels!

Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran?

It is my first time! I’ll be signing Fury of the Phoenix at Harperchildren’s booth on Tuesday at 10.30am!

Are you speaking on any panels during BEA?

Unfortunately, no. I’ll be speaking on Monday for the School Library Journal pre-BEA day of Dialog on Monday at 9.15am for a panel on diversity.

If someone wanted to meet up with you at BEA, who should they look for?

I’m the loud, tallish Chinese girl with curly hair. =) I’ll also be tweeting from @cindypon!


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Look Who’s Going to BEA: Lev AC Rosen

May 21st, 2011 Angela Posted in Conventions 1 Comment »

Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

My name is Lev AC Rosen and my first book, All Men of Genius, is coming out on Sept 27th, and being published by Tor.  More details about me can be found here.

Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?

All Men of Genius is a steampunk novel inspired by Shakespeare’s 12th Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.  In it, Violet Adams, determined to go to the best scientific university in Victorian London (which, alas, is men-only), disguises herself as a man and uses her twin brother’s name to gain entry.  Inside she finds mystery, killer automata, blackmail, romance and a really foul-mouthed bunny.  The world has a lot of history in it, and many send-ups to classic mad scientists.  It’s also very funny, or so they tell me.  Obviously, there’s a romantic plotline, which is pretty sexy, and a lot of comedy, but I was also thinking a lot about one of my favorite Victorian authors, Wilkie Collins, when I wrote it, so it has some real moodiness and mystery, too.  A more detailed description can be found at my website.

What should readers know before stepping into your world?

Well, there’s going to be a lot of swearing.  Mostly from the bunny.

Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?

This is my first time at BEA, and honestly, I’m a little scared.  I want to take it all in, but I don’t want to commit to anything in case something else catches my eye.  That said, I totally want to get as many ARCs as possible.  I hope they have Dan Chaon’s short story collection.

Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran?  Any advice for those who are going for the first time?

First time.  I’ve been told I should bring a large bottle of water.

Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?

Yes!  I’ll be signing at the Tor booth on May 24th (Tuesday) from 10:30 til 11.  I’ve been practicing my signature and everything.

What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?

I have a finished draft of a sequel to All Men of Genius, and I’m nearly through a first draft for the book after that.  I also have a much darker, literary sort of magical realism type novel finished and I’m working on a futuristic mystery.


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Look Who’s Going to BEA: Lisa McMann

May 21st, 2011 Angela Posted in Conventions Comments Off

Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

I’m a bestselling author of teen books, including the WAKE trilogy (WAKE, FADE, GONE) and CRYER’S CROSS, which just came out in February. I’m visiting BEA for my very first middle grade book, THE UNWANTEDS, which is the first book in a dystopian fantasy series.

Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?

THE UNWANTEDS is about a closed-off society called Quill. At the age of 13, kids are sorted into categories. The strong and intellegent kids are Wanteds, and they go to university and on to the Quillitary. The creative, artistic kids are Unwanted. They get sent to their deaths.

What should readers know before stepping into your world?

That the series was inspired by an event that happened a few years ago. Some of the arts programs were being cut from my kids’ public school due to budget reasons. My kids are both creative. I said to my son, who was about 13 at the time, “It kind of feels like you’re being punished for being creative.” And then a lightbulb went off. What if there were a society where creative kids were unwanted and punished? I mentioned the idea to my son and he said, “Not just punished. Sent to their deaths!” Thus, The Unwanteds was born.

Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?

This is totally my first time attending BEA, and I’m so excited! My teen books always come out in spring, and BEA is primarily for the fall books, so I’m a total newbie here. Advice? Sure! Don’t follow me — I have no idea where I’m going! :)

Are you speaking on any panels during BEA? Are there any you are looking forward to? What panels are you planning on attending?

Autographing Session: The Unwanteds
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:00AM – 11:30AM
Table: 10

Insight Stages: Middle-Grade Buzz Fantasy Authors
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 12:00PM – 12:30PM
Midtown Stage

Also, I’ll for sure be at the Editor Buzz panel for middle grade on Wed. afternoon, cheering on my awesome editor, Liesa Abrams, who will be talking about The Unwanteds. And I’ll be signing and giving away arcs of The Unwanteds sometime in there!

If someone wanted to meet up with you at BEA, who should they look for?

Me! :) Check the Simon & Schuster booth for signing info for me and all the other great authors attending. I’ll be the one wearing the Lisa McMann name tag!  I’ll also be at the Blogger convention on Friday of BEA week!


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