In just 7 days at the Arts and Culture Center, local St. John’s author Matthew LeDrew will be co-hosting the first Engen Writer’s Circle of 2017!
Hosted as a part of the ‘Love Our Local Authors’ month going on all through February at the AC Hunter Public Library, the Writer’s Circle is a round table discussion with four of the indie writing community’s top talents: the people in charge of taking your submissions (Ellen Curtis), the author of Call of the Sea (Amanda Labonté ), the author of more than 15 novels (Matthew LeDrew) and of course Erin Vance, the author of Song of the Mockingjay and the revolutionary editor behind Sci-Fi from the Rock and Fantasy from the Rock! The #LOLAnl event has already featuring amazing local Newfoundland talent, such as Glenn Deir, Victoria Barbour, Heather Reilly, and Kevin Major! The Writer’s Circle aims to answer any question you might have about the writing and publishing process, not matter what stage of the process you’re at, from professionals with a combined 25 years experience in the competitive small-press market.
Come and get answers to your questions, meet the authors of some of the province’s most thrilling genre fiction, gets books signed and learn the different avenues to success with writing! Admittance is free, although Arts & Culture encourages calling ahead to reserve seats at: 709-737-3950. The event will be 6:30pm-8pm on Feb 22 2017 at the Arts and Culture Center, 95 Allandale Rd, St. John’s, NL A1B 3A3. To join the Facebook event and get more information, click here.
Matthew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He has worked with Transcontinental Publishing as well as student-youth magazine The Troubadour.
He has written sixteen novels for Engen Books, Black Womb, Transformations in Pain, Smoke and Mirrors, Roulette, Ghosts of the Past, Ignorance is Bliss, Becoming, Inner Child, Gang War, Chains, The Long Road, Cinders, Sinister Intent, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal and Exodus of Angels.
Since 2007 he has traveled all over Canada promoting his work as well as teaching seminars on writing and publishing. He also helps young Newfoundland authors become published through Engen Books.
Matthew LeDrew is the author of 17 works published through Engen Books and its partners, including solo novels, co-operative novels, and short-form stories.
Author – Sole Contributor
The Pitch: Fifteen years ago, something happened in Coral Beach, Maine that resulted in the death of a seventeen-year-old boy today. Now four high-school students must try to solve a mystery almost two-decades old… before the killer picks them off one by one.
From the Author: “I wrote the original version of this book when I was just sixteen years old, and even ‘published’ it in a guerrilla-like fashion by printing it off and selling it as part of an entrepreneurial course. As such it has been through many iterations, both prior to and since its legitimate publication. Scenes have been added, scenes have been taken away. It remains among the most suspenseful, and influential, Engen books.”
The Pitch: When two girls are assaulted and one is hospitalized, the residents of Coral Beach must put their shared tragedies behind them and stop the man responsible, as well as unlock the secrets behind the true nature of the Black Womb…
From the Author: “The second edition of this title (pictured to the left) has the disclaimer ‘mature content’ stamped on its back, and with good reason: this is among the most viscerally upsetting of the original Black Womb books. And with good reason: we needed to state early on that even though monsters exist in the Engen Universe, man is the real monster. Despite its subject matter, it remains one of my favorites of the original ten-book Black Womb series.”
The Pitch: The approaching execution of Adam Genblade brings closure to the men and women of Coral Beach… until people start showing up dead in the same manner they did when he was at large. Now his victims are forced to keep him alive in order to get their answers… or accept that it may not have been him to begin with.
The Pitch: As the teen suicide rate in Coral Beach starts to climb astronomically fast, Xander travels to Los Angeles to fight his most terrifying adversary yet… and learns that the only thing worse than looking for release… is finding it.
The Pitch: Black Womb’s story continues as the town of Coral Beach faces its most awesome threat when one of Engen’s past mistakes is unleashed upon the unsuspecting populous. Friends and enemies unite to fight a common enemy… but will even that be enough?
The Pitch: Black Womb’s story continues in Black Womb: Ignorance is Bliss. After being set through the ringer one too many times, Xander decides that his personal life with Julie Peterson needs a little more attention… which is bad news for Coral Beach, because a new villain has come to town with his sights set on one person: Adam Genblade.
The Pitch: For months Xander Drew has been doing his level best to keep the streets of Coral Beach clean, and now it’s time for the forces of darkness to strike back… all at once.
Be there for the single worst day of Xander Drew’s life. There are some things that nothing can prepare you for..
The Pitch: In the wake of the Tee’s attack on Coral Beach, Julie Peterson is hospitalized with life-threatening wounds to both body and soul. But the real threat comes from the hospital walls themselves, as a demonic presence makes itself known to Xander and his friends.
The Pitch: The Tees, an homicidal gang evil men, has finally been taken down by Xander Drew. But his victory is short lived, as retired Tees are killed one by one. With a town full of suspects, anyone can be the culprit… including one of their own.
The Pitch: The Black Womb series comes to its shocking — and suspenseful — conclusion in “Chains.” Sociopath Derek Smith has been freed from prison and is roaming the back alleys of Coral Beach praying on the weak, and none are weaker than August Styles: a pregnant girl with Down Syndrome who has run away from home. Complicating matters further is the revelation that Xander does not have the control over his animal side he thought he did, and that perhaps the lines that divide his dueling natures are not as clear as he would have hoped.
The Pitch: While on his journey of self-discovery he meets the American people — the real American people, not the ones he grew up learning about in class, and realizes that the world doesn’t work the way it does in his small town back home. The real world is harsh and wicked, but can also be soft and gentle — even loving. Xander Drew comes of age on the road, and sets his new direction.
The Pitch: Thomas Horton is a good cop. Focused and unyielding, he has one of the highest solved-case rates in Los Angeles, a city with the highest unsolved murder rate in the whole of the United States. Despite his record, his resolve is questioned by the appearance of a young man named Xander Drew: a man equally as focused and determined, but who refuses to operate within the confines of the rigid California legal system.
When the egos and obsessions of both men collide, Horton enters a violent and dangerous world he didn’t know existed beneath the veneer of order and structure that he has based his entire deductive method around, forcing both men to question everything they knew… until they are both threatened to be dragged down to a place where everything burns, until all that are left, are Cinders.
Author – Multiple Contributors
The Pitch: Faced with a destiny he’s uncertain of, the enigmatic Victor must bring together four unique people with very special abilities… or face the tasks ahead alone. Guaranteed to excite!
The Pitch: There is a man living in Atlanta Georgia that people don’t talk about, but everyone knows he’s there. He arrived a year ago and turned a gaggle of uneducated and uninterested youth into a force to be reckoned with; something to fear more than any demon or violent act: something new.
Short Form – Fiction
The Pitch: Eight new stories from within the Engen Universe, featuring the talents of Jay Paulin, Andrea Edwards, Matthew LeDrew, Sarah Thompson & Ellen Curtis!
The Pitch: Five new stories from Newfoundland’s best in science-fiction literature. Featuring stories by Darren Hann, Mark Todd, Justin Foley and Matthew LeDrew, plus the new sequel to the 2010 hit Legacy of the Full Moon, Vengeance of the Full Moon by Steve Lake. Pick up your copy today, you won’t regret it!
The Pitch: Nine new stories from Newfoundland’s best in science-fiction literature. Featuring stories by Darren Hann, Mark Todd, Tara Murphy, Jay Paulin and Matthew LeDrew, plus the new sequel to the 2010 hit Legacy of the Full Moon, Shadow of the Full Moon by Steve Lake. Pick up your copy today, you won’t regret it!
Short Form – Non-Fiction