Engen Books author Ellen Curtis appeared on the internet-broadcast talk-show Sci-Fi on the Rock TV on September 18th, regarding the launch of her upcoming novel Compendium.
“We’re going to be launching Compendium this October at West Coast Con,” explained Curtis. “It’s going to be three short stories with thread ties to other Engen works. Two stories have been seen before but have been changed to better fit in the Engen landscape. There’s also a new story that we’re quite proud of, as well as a new introduction.”
Compendium was first announced a month ago turning a time of turbulent changes in Engen Books, with Curtis herself rising to become the company’s most talked-about author.
The young author has been keeping busy lately, not only writing her debut novel but also working as co-host opposite Steve Lake for Sci-Fi on the Rock TV, heading writing seminars throughout the St. John’s area and acting in Engen-centric book trailers, to be released soon.
“We’re going to be giving fans a taste of old and a taste of new,” said Curtis.
Engen Books author Matthew LeDrew (Black Womb, Roulette) leaked information recently regarding the highly-secretive project, Infinity, while appearing on the first episode of Sci-Fi on the Rock TV.
“(Infinity) is actually a project that I’ve been working on with a gifted young author,” said LeDrew. “It’s being set in the same universe as Black Womb…. it’s our own kind of ‘mature readers’ approach to the team book. It’s going to be a lot of fun, actually.”
When asked to comment on leaking the information on the internet-broadcast program, LeDrew responded: “Oops.”
Sci-Fi on the Rock TV is produced by Hann Made Productions and features hosts Steve Lake and Ellen Curtis.
Newfoundland’s premier science-fiction convention celebrated its third consecutive year this past weekend, with rave successes. Nearly a thousand people from the province and beyond came out to attend writing seminars, talk with authors, and meet with the stars of the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises.
“I thought the con was wonderful,” remarked science-fiction author Devin Drover. “It’s nice to see so many science fiction and fantasy fans together in one place and see everyone interacting so well together. There were lots of laughs, and lots of fun.”
The convention was kicked-off on Friday, April 24th with the launch of Kenneth Tam’s newest alternate-history novel, The Frontier. The launch, which was attended by a packed house of fans and convention goers, was emcee’d by Engen’s own Matthew LeDrew.
“It was an honor to be asked to do the launch,” LeDrew remarked on the experience. “I think it speaks to the general atmosphere of cooperation and comradery that surrounds science-fiction in general and this convention in specific. There’s no real competition between business present, just the general attitude that if one of us wins, we all win.
“Besides that, as a genuine fan of the His Majesty’s New World series, it was a thrill to be a part of this launch.”
Beyond the launch, festivities continued throughout the weekend and including book signings, seminars on writing, publishing and screenplay writing. Other guests of the convention included Star Wars‘ Peter Mayhew and Christian J. Simpson; as well as veteran Star Trek actor Vaughn Armstrong.
“The fan turnout was great,” remarked LeDrew. “We got a lot of new Black Womb fans thanks to the amazing attendance, and a lot of people from last year dropped by to pick up Smoke and Mirrors, which is always encouraging.”
Matthew spoke at eight workshops over the two day convention, some alone and some alongside fellow author Kenneth Tam, on a variety of subjects from the tools needed to become a writer to the do’s and don’ts of screenplay writing.
“Attendance in the writing panels was up this year, and we got to meet with a great group of people,” Tam said on his website. “It’s always a pleasure to meet with storytellers, whatever stage in the process they’re at.”
The Sci-Fi on the Rock writing seminars have provided fruitful material for Engen Books the last two years, a trend that LeDrew says he hopes to continue this year.
“I met Kenneth Tam when he spoke at a writing seminar at the very first Sci-Fi on the Rock, back in 2007.” explained LeDrew. “With his help I was published myself by the next year. We teamed up for seminars at the second Sci-Fi and in one panel I met both Devin Drover and Ellen Curtis, who I signed on during the interim and who were both published under our creator-owned imprint, NewFoundSpecFic.
“That tradition has continued. There were many promising authors in attendance during the weekend, some of whom I think you’re going to be hearing big things from in the near future.”
NewFoundSpecFic was also in attendance during the convention, with its all-star authors Ellen Curtis, Devin Drover and Jennifer Graham. Fan reaction to the trio was phenomenal, with potential authors young and old wondering how they could join the NFSF team.
“There was some notable interest in NewFoundSpecFic, even from the people who didn’t buy it,” commented Ellen Curtis, author of both The Tourniquet Revival and Falling into Fire. “Apparently word is getting out to some of the high schools in town through other people who went. Hopefully that’s a sign of good things to come.”
There are only ten days left before the start of Newfoundland’s biggest science fiction convention! It’s the time of year again to get out your phasers and teleports for the third annual Sci-Fi on the Rock!
This year’s lineup includes Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars), Vaughn Armstrong (Star Trek), Christian J. Simpson (Star Wars: Episode 1) and author Kenneth Tam (Defense Command, His Majesty’s New World).
At the Engen table, Matthew LeDrew returns again this year to teach seminars on writing and publishing, as well as sign autographs and take part in the scheduled ‘author readings’ this year. He’s bringing back his two former successes Black Womb and Transformations in Pain, as well as introducing his newest novel, Smoke and Mirrors, to the general public.
Two authors that attended the writing / publishing seminars last year have already been published this year, so all young writers are encouraged to come!
NewFoundSpecFic will also be present at the con, with the various authors working in shifts to sign and greet fans. Try to collect them all!
Sci-Fi on the Rock III is being held at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information, click here.
The second annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention, the largest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror convention in Newfoundland is happened on April 19th-20th (2008) at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s. This years con was a massive success for all involved, including Engen Books’ Matthew LeDrew.
“The convention was great, we really couldn’t have asked for better.” stated LeDrew, author of both Black Womb and Transformations in Pain. “We made a lot of sales, but more importantly we got a lot of interest going in the series. A lot of people were into what we had to say and that’s always fun.”
As part of being a guest of the convention, Matthew LeDrew hosted writing and publishing seminars with fellow authors. He stated that this was especially important to him, as that was how he got started one year previous.
“It’s really important to me to keep that tradition alive, to help new writers get their start. That’s what Engen was created for and it looks like we may get to flex that muscle sooner than we think. I can’t say much right now, but there were a few very promising people in the seminars that may be published through Engen Books in the near future.”
Also in attendance were Brian Downey ( The Lexx, Millennium ), Jeremy Bulloch ( Star Wars, Octopussy ) and Kenneth Tam (Defense Command, His Majesty’s New World ).
“It was a great night, and a great convention as well,” Tam said on the Iceberg Publishing website. “And being able to launch The Grasslands at home was a real treat.”