I know it’s long overdue but I’m finally posting another blog. I haven’t done this in so long, but I remember the last blog was written in my son’s room long before it was ever going to be his room. So last week I attended Fan Expo in Toronto. I was completely blown away by the entire experience. I’ve never seen so many people in one place before, let alone so many fans of all things geeky. They had everything from Star Wars to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Micheal Myers and everything in between. Paul Gossler, i.e. Zach Morris, John Travolta, Johnathan Frakes, Jeff Goldblum, Brendan Frazier and many more were guests. There were artists and cosplayers for as far as the eye could see. If you are ever in Toronto I’d reccomend attending, there’s something there for everyone. However, since this is the good, the bad and the zombie, this leads me into the bad.
At fan expo, where there were hundreds of vendors and artists, many who were local, I was very disappointed to find there were only two tables selling books. Two lonely tables, tucked away in the quietest section. I went over to have a chat with them, discussed about how hard it is to attend any convention. Its always difficult to attract people over to your tables because of all the vendors who sell liscence merchandise. We also talked about each others success stories and how much fun it is discovering other authors at these conventions. While Fan Expo was an amazing experience, it was a little disappointing to see such a small portion of it dedicated to authors.
This week my latest novel, Zombies on the Rock The Republic of Newfoundland was available for pre-order. In a very stiff market, my book managed to top two very important categories, over two very established authors. In the hot new releases zombie horror, I managed to best Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead issue 32. A major accomplishment for me and the second time one of my novels has managed to do so. In the Hot New Releases for Fiction Horror I bested Stephen Kings latest novel. Seeing my novel above his was the biggest accomplishment as a writer and I couldn’t have done it without help from a lot of people. The entire Engen team was amazing, as they always are, every step of the way. My family is always extremely supportive and understanding, especially my wife who deserves more thanks than I can ever give. Of course I didn’t forget about you, my growing number of fans. You made this possible because of your support. Without you there would be no reason for me to keep writing. So I owe you all my honest, heart felt thanks. I’d love to hear what you think about my newest novel, so please let me know by leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts and until next time, keep a few steps ahead of the shuffling board of zombies.