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Trusting Your Brain | House Blog

Sometimes it seems like my brain knows more than it lets on.

Even when I don’t notice, it’s back there – constantly churning out story ideas, thinking about writing projects, and generally working in the background. Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

The thing that amazes me is that I think my brain is smarter than I am.

When I wrote The Six Elemental I was writing about Kit’s journey of coming to terms with being a living mythical being. It was only after I’d gone through my third draft that I realized there was an underlying theme of how outside influences can effect* how a person grows up. There’s a big difference between the person Kit is (growing up on Briton with a Humanist step-father) and the person Kit could have been (with a more accepting influence).

When I wrote The Fifth Queen (still in it’s editing stages), I was writing about a different character’s journey (plus a few familiar ones). After I’d written the first draft I realized that I’d done another parallel theme – this time, about accepting responsibility. One character accepts that they have a duty to uphold, while another character rejects it.

But I’d never thought about that when I was writing the story. That parallel hadn’t crossed my mind once while I was writing. Instead it was something that just happened to appear when I was going through the first draft.

My brain put it there because it’s smart, y’all. Maybe too smart…

So if you’re writing something and you’re not sure where your story’s going or what it’s all about, don’t worry about it. Just keep writing and eventually you’ll figure something out. Sometimes you won’t know until the end of your first draft (or maybe even the fifth), but as long as you’re telling a compelling story with interesting characters, eventually it’ll all become clear.

Trust your brain.

It knows – even if you don’t.

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*It’s too late** for me to care whether effect/affect is right, so this is the word I’m using. I’ll figure out if it’s wrong/right sometime maybe never.

**It’s only 11:54pm AST, so I’m not late! It’s still Sept 18th over here!

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Preorder Kit Sora: The Artobiography!

Kit Sora: The Artobiography

A stunning, hundred-plus page hardcover collection of over 80 of Kit Sora's most ambitious photographs, paired with short fiction inspired by the art by Canada's best authorial talents. Includes stories by USA Today Bestselling Author Kate Sparkes, USA Today Bestselling Author Victoria Barbour, and Bestselling Author Amanda Labonté.

C$50.00

Announcement: The wait is over! You can preorder your copy of Kit Sora: The Artobiography now from Engen Books! Copies of this lovely 8.5×11 volume will be made available at the launch date, which will be mid-to-late October.

When in October? We will be announcing that very soon. Production proofs of the books are on their way, and so long as they meet the artist’s standards we’ll be set to order copies and set the launch date.

Can the book be shipped? Yes! If you’re not in the St. John’s area or can’t make it to the launch event, Engen Books will gladly ship a copy of the book to the address of your choosing. Addresses will be collected and sent for any titles not collected during the launch event.

The book will retail for $60 CAD. Preorder customers will be given the discount price of $50 CAD per copy.

Kit Sora: The Artobiography was edited by Erin Vance, and along with Kit Sora’s tremendous artwork, the collection features accompanying short fiction from some of Canada’s bestselling, award-winning authors. Some include Kate Robbins (Bound to the Highlander), Carolyn R. Parsons (Charley Through Canada), Chelsea Bee (London Calling), Jon Dobbin (The Starving), Candace Osmond (Love & Magic), Michelle Churchill (The Last Tree), Ali House (The Six Elemental), Brad Dunne (After Dark Vapours), Ellen Curtis (Infinity), Matthew LeDrew (Jacobi Street), Kate Sparkes (At Any Cost), JJ King (My Brother’s Keeper), Amanda Labonté (Drawn to the Tides), and USA Today Bestselling author Victoria Barbour (Hard as Ice).

The collection will also feature numerous prize-winning stories, including Frigid by Catherine Rector, Starling by Cristina Ozon, Sweet Sixteen by Nicole Little, Tarnished by Jennifer Combden, Bubbly by Sara Burke, Running by Georgia Atkin, Extinguished by Jeff Slade, and Sea Monkeys by Peter Foote.

The collection will be available in both hardcover print and eBook formats.


Image copyright © 2018 Kit Sora Photography, used with permission. Logo and distinctive ‘oval spike’ design copyright © 2007 Engen Books.

Revealed: Kit Sora – The Artobiography

Kit-CoverFor months we’ve kept it a secret, slowly amassing the best short fiction from the best authors working in the field, via industry contacts and the Kit Sora Flash Fiction Contest. Now it’s all coming together in Kit Sora: The Artobiography, a 100-page hardcover anthology celebrating one of the greatest photographic artists of our time and the authors she inspired.

This stunning collection will be available from Engen Books in Fall 2018, and features over eighty high-concept images photographed and selected by Sora herself for this collection.

Along with Kit Sora’s tremendous artwork, the collection features accompanying short fiction from some of Canada’s bestselling, award-winning authors. Some include Kate Robbins (Bound to the Highlander), Carolyn R. Parsons (Charley Through Canada), Chelsea Bee (London Calling), Jon Dobbin (The Starving), Candace Osmond (Love & Magic), Michelle Churchill (The Last Tree), Ali House (The Six Elemental), Brad Dunne (After Dark Vapours), Ellen Curtis (Infinity), Matthew LeDrew (Jacobi Street), Kate Sparkes (At Any Cost), JJ King (My Brother’s Keeper), Amanda Labonté (Drawn to the Tides), and USA Today Bestselling author Victoria Barbour (Hard as Ice).

The collection will also feature numerous prize-winning stories, including Frigid by Catherine Rector, Starling by Cristina Ozon, Sweet Sixteen by Nicole Little, Tarnished by Jennifer Combden, Bubbly by Sara Burke, Running by Georgia Atkin, Extinguished by Jeff Slade, and Sea Monkeys by Peter Foote.

The collection will be available in both hardcover print and eBook formats.


Image copyright © 2018 Kit Sora Photography, used with permission. Logo and distinctive ‘oval spike’ design copyright © 2007 Engen Books.

See your favorite authors and publishers | LENL 2018

Your favorite authors and publishers will be touring the Newfoundland library circuit this fall with LENL (Literary Events Newfoundland & Labrador) 2018! See below for a list of dates / times that Engen authors will be appearing at!

 

Matthew LeDrew (Coral Beach Casefiles) and Amanda Labonté (Drawn to the Tides)

Corner Brook Public Library – Sept. 29th 2pm-4:45pm

Lewisporte Public Library – Oct. 12th 2pm-4:45pm

Gander Public Library – Oct. 27th 2pm-4:45pm

Carbonear Public Library – Nov. 10th 1pm-3:45pm

St. John’s All Day Grand Finale A.C. Hunter Public Library – Nov. 17th 10:30am – closing

Engen @ Word on the Street Halifax 2018

Engen Books is proud to have been invited to take part in the Word on the Street Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 10-3 on September 15, 2018 at the Halifax Central Library.

Engen founder Matthew LeDrew and Bestselling author Amanda Labonté will be in attendance. Labonté will take part in a ‘Writing Teen Fiction’ Creative Lab at 2pm. Our newest titles will be available.

Come buy books, get them signed, chat with authors, and pitch the publisher on stories you have that you think need to be told!

Details can be found at the Facebook event, here.

Winner: “One Up, One Down” by Sara Burke | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

matchstick3After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the August 15 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Sara Burke with her story, One Up, One Down!

Burke is a new author to the St. John’s writing scene. As of this month she is the first person to win the Kit Sora Flash Fiction contest twice.

There were two judges for this month of the contest:


Matthew LeDrew has written eighteen 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, Faith, Jacobi Street, Infinity, The Tourniquet Reprisal and Exodus of Angels. Continue reading Winner: “One Up, One Down” by Sara Burke | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak becomes #1 Bestseller on Amazon!

Zombies on the Rock, Paul Carberry

Outbreak, the inaugural novel in Paul Carberry’s post-apocalypse thriller series Zombies on the Rock, hit #1 on the Amazon.ca in the ‘Zombies’ category. The novel hit Bestseller status at 3:55PM Newfoundland Standard time on August 18, 2018, peaking at #599 on the overall Amazon.ca charts.

Carberry has enjoyed steady success with his Newfoundland-based Zombie series since bringing it to Engen Books in December of 2017, including a high volume of sales in the United States and abroad. The sequel, Viking Trail, currently sits at #16 on the Zombie Bestsellers list. Carberry is currently hard at work on a third entry in the series, which is set to be published in 2019.

When asked for comment about the accomplishment, Carberry said: “I never thought I’d be able to say I’m the most popular zombie author in all of Canada but thanks to all of my awesome fans we did it. We devoured the competition and shambled our way to the top.”

Paul Carberry works for the Canadian Armed Forces and is a proud member the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. He is a huge proponent of the horror genre and its place in literature. He has two children, daughter Dana and son Rick, with his wife Leah.

Paul has published two novels with Engen Books: Zombies on the Rock: Outbreak, and its sequel Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail. He has also had numerous short stories featured in publication, including The Light of Cabot Tower, Into the Forest, and Halloween Mummers.

He resides in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Engen Books would like to congratulate Carberry on this achievement, and thank his fans and peers who helps make this possible.