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How (NOT) To Write A Blog Post

Step 1)  Think of a topic and start writing.

Step 2)  Realize half-way through that you don’t like this topic as much as you thought you did.

Step 3)  Think of new topic and start writing.

Step 4)  Wonder if maybe the first topic was better and consider returning to it.

Step 5)  Wonder if maybe there’s a third topic out there that’s even better than the previous two*. Continue reading How (NOT) To Write A Blog Post

Engen 10th Anniversary Announcements | Late 2017 Releases!

Supernatural Causes 01: Critical Condition

As we’re about to head into June, we feel it’s time we announced the second half of our amazing 10th anniversary plans! We have some more incredible title to announce, as well as appearances at some of our country’s greatest conventions and some special events of our own as well!

New Titles
Supernatural Causes: Critical Condition by Amanda Labonté. The second novella in the ongoing adventures of College freshmen Liesel Andrews as she interns at St. Benedict’s Hospital for the Underworld. Releasing June 15!

Jacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew. LeDrew returns to his horror roots with this supernatural thriller stand-alone novel that sheds light on the most dangerous and disturbing corners of the Engen Universe, and is the last novel to take place during ‘Black September,’ the loose collection of events that span Black Womb, Infinity, and Transformations in Pain. See LeDrew’s twisted take on some of horror’s most sacred icons. Releasing August 25, 2017 as a part of Avalon Expo!

Supernatural Causes Episode 3 releasing August 2017!

Zombies on the Rock: The Viking Trail by Paul Carberry. Carberry returns to his violent and gore-filled world where the evil Pharmakon corporation have let a plague of zombies loose upon the world, and we see this through the eyes of normal rural Newfoundlanders just trying to survive. The ultimate clash of culture and pop-culture! Releasing December 2017!

Faith by Matthew LeDrew. We couldn’t round out our tenth year without returning to the character that started it all. In the third book in the Xander Drew series, Xander sees the return of some of his oldest and most feared enemies and the demons of his past come back to haunt him in Los Angeles… and for those waiting for all-out Womb action over the last two books, you’ll get it! Releasing December 2017!

Events

Central Pop Con: June 11-12 2017. Includes appearances by Ellen Curtis (Infinity, From the Rock), Amanda Labonté (Call of the Sea, Supernatural Causes), & Heather Reilly (Fantasy from the Rock)! In the area? Join the facebook group for a special panel!

International Small Island Culture Conference: June 15-19, 2017! Nearly 60 presenters will be attending from Newfoundland and Labrador, elsewhere in Canada, Australia, Cayman Islands, France, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics are just as varied, and will include presentations on island identity, narratives, music, legends, mythology, literature, migration, gender, fisheries, tourism, creative industries, geography, health and wellness! Engen Books has been invited to take part in this event to celebrate the changing landscape of Newfoundland Culture!

NGX: July 21-23 2017. Includes appearances by Matthew LeDrew, Ellen Curtis, Amanda Labonté, Matthew Daniels, Melanie Collins, Scott Bartlett, Christopher Walsh & Heather Reilly!

Atlanticon: September 15-17 2017: Includes appearances by Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock), Matthew LeDrew, Nicholas Morine (Fantasy from the Rock, Kowloon Walled City), Sarah Thompson (light|dark), Heather Reilly, and Scott Bartlett! One day only appearance by Amanda Labonté!

September 20, 2017: Novel Writing Foundations: Starting Right to Make sure you Cross the Finish Line, presented by T.H.E., a 6-week adult learning course aimed at making sure authors writing for both pleasure or publication start off with the right tools to ensure their work reaches fruition. This course will feature a mix of short instruction and group feedback on your work led by Matthew LeDrew, the author of 17 novels and partner at prominent local fiction publisher Engen Books.

 

Blog interview on The Kronicles of Korthlundia | Amanda Labonté

I was lucky enough to be featured on writer Jamie Marchant’s blog, The Kronicles of Korthlundia. I got to talk about my inspiration for Call of the Sea and answered some interesting questions about speculative fiction.

Check out the interview at http://jamie-marchant.blogspot.ca/2017/03/guest-author-amanda-labonte.html

Make Time to Read | My Writing Process | Distractions

goodreads1One of the oldest clichés when it comes to writing advice is that if you want to write, you need to make time to read and you need to read a lot. I will confirm: yes, yes that’s absolutely true.

It’s entirely subjective evidence, but I find in my own life that when I do hit the rare dry spell writing, I’ve also hit a similar dry-spell reading. Perhaps life is just getting in the way too much. Perhaps I’m reading a particularly lengthy book that I’m not enjoying as much as I’d like and is “bottlenecking” my desire to get back to things. Or perhaps I just find myself seeking other, less engaging forms of media that week. (I enjoy games, the Lego games especially).

All that is fine as a temporary issue, but if you don’t have the discipline to finish a book, how do you expect to have the discipline to… well… finish a book? But it’s more than that. It’s a creative muscle that you’re flexing when you read, and it’s informing how and how well you write. I’ll attempt to break down my experience and the pseudo-science behind it. Continue reading Make Time to Read | My Writing Process | Distractions

#LOLAnl Writer’s Circle a Success!

img_0649The Writer’s Circle event hosted by the AC Hunter Public Library tonight was a great success!

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 was a round table discussion with four of the indie writing community’s top talents: the person 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  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 Writer’s Circle aimed to answer any questions about the writing and publishing process, from professionals with a combined 25 years experience in the competitive small-press market.

Engen Books would like to that the AC Hunter Public Library for hosting the event, as well as Amanda Labonté, Erin Vance, and Ellen Curtis for taking part!

Gettin’ in the Mood (for Writing)

I find it easiest to write when I’m inspired or when I’m bored. If I’ve thought of a really cool/interesting scene, then I have to write it as soon as possible or I risk forgetting about it. If I’m bored, then my brain goes into thought-overdrive and comes up with a bunch of scenes and ideas, and since I have nothing better to do, I might as well write them down.

But what about when I’m not inspired or bored? What about when I need to write something, but the words just aren’t coming? How do I make myself write? What’s my secret?

Most of the time: music. Continue reading Gettin’ in the Mood (for Writing)