Engen fans all over the country were intrigued and confused this week by several key changes to the engenbooks.com website, and not just in its new look.
In the late night of August 22nd, 2009; two mysterious links appeared in the top menu bar of the site that raised instant speculation amongst fans: one labeled “Infinity” and one labeled “Curtis?”.
We caught up with Engen founder Matthew LeDrew in an attempt to learn more about the subject.
Engen Books: So, what is “Curtis?”, and why does it have a question mark at the end of it?
Matthew LeDrew: That’s the tentative name on a project that we’re going to be announcing more on very, very soon and will be launching (along with Roulette) at Newfoundland’s West Coast Con this October.
EB: My, that’s fast.
ML: A little, but no more so than the first Womb book. Just because publishing announcements sometimes happen quickly, does not mean it hasn’t been in planning stages for some time. The person involved in this project is one of the most prolific writers I know, and the fact that they don’t have a work of their own out yet is actually staggering. Some might think this is fast, but to us its been a long time coming.
EB: So, “Curtis?” is not the name of the book.
ML: Lord no. What? What kind of a question is that? (laughs). That doesn’t even make sense.
EB: Is it safe to assume then, that this will involve Engen author Ellen Curtis?
ML: Nothing can be said so far. It’s all up in the air.
EB: But why else would you name the project “Curtis?”
ML: But… there’s a question mark.
EB: And a name.
ML: Next question, please.
EB: Okay, what can you tell us about “Infinity”?
ML: Next to nothing, at the moment. It’s always assumed that I know all the little knooks and crannies of this company… some things escape my notice. Even if I did know something about it, I wouldn’t really be able to comment on it yet. I can tell you that “Infinity” has been in the plans almost as long as Black Womb has, and we’re very excited to have it finally becoming a reality.
EB: When can we expect to know a little more?
ML: Soon. Formal announcements will wait until the end of year, I think, but trickles should be happening soon. It should have it’s own sub-site soon enough.
EB: I see… I can’t help but notice that NewFoundSpecFic is missing from the lineup. Any comment on that?
ML: The NewFoundSpecFic team are a group of amazing authors that honestly outgrew Engen. Devin Drover and Jennifer Graham are both richly talented, wonderfully entrepreneurial people and it was a waste of their considerable talents to have them toiling away as mere authors under Engen. They deserve better, and now they’re going to be getting it. Expect big things from these two very soon.
EB: Any regrets on that?
ML: Millions. But, as the old saying goes… if you love something, let it go. I love NewFoundSpecFic and it’s authors… but its just time to let go.
EB: Anything else you want to add to that?
ML: Not really. I’m going to miss them. I’d really prefer not to speak on it right now.
EB: So, will Ellen Curtis be staying at Engen?
ML: Ellen is a uniquely talented young lady and I would not give her up for all the tea in China. Yes, Ellen remains an Engen author. Though she is not exclusive to us. I do not hold the monopoly on Ellen Curtis… although some days I wish I did. That monopoly will be worth millions one day.
EB: Anything else happening?
ML: Roulette and Ghosts of the Past are both on schedule. Trains keeps moving, as they say. Engen remains strong and will remain strong.
EB: So my job is safe?
ML: Your job is safe.
Engen Books News would like to thank Matthew LeDrew for sitting down with us today.