Infinity authors revealed!

Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis

The author of the upcoming Engen novel Infinity was released today on the internet-broadcast television show Sci-Fi on the Rock TV.

Matthew LeDrew was interviewed as a part of their episode dedicated to the guests and staff of Newfoundland’s West Coast Con.

Host Steve Lake was commenting on having enjoyed the latest Engen release, Compendium by Ellen Curtis; to which LeDrew responded:

“We’re definitely going to see more from Ellen. Because, well… uh… well, now’s as good a time as any. We were so impressed with how well Compendium did that we’ve decided to launch the first book in the Infinity series which will be co-author by both myself and Ellen Curtis.”

When asked for further details about the project, LeDrew mentioned that it’s being looked at as the flagship series for Engen, containing work by both its main authors; as well that it would “remain in the same ‘universe’ as Black Womb, while not being tied to it.”

When asked for comment, Ellen Curtis herself said that: “Infinity is shaping up to be Engen’s most epic story yet. Working with Matt has been an amazing experience so far, and one I look forward to continuing”

Special Report : Newfoundland West Coast Con

Even the Empire likes Compendium
Even the Empire likes Compendium

Engen Books was present for a historical event that took place on October 24th and 25th in Corner Brook: the very first Newfoundland West Coast Con.

Engen was out in full force the entire weekend, signing books and leading seminars along with actor Paul Weston (Return of the Jedi, Space 1999) and film producer Darren Hann (Star Wars: Inner Demons, Stargate: Replication).

“It was an amazing weekend,” said LeDrew. “Every time we do a convention it’s a lot of fun, but I find when you do a inaugural one there’s a lot of energy and a lot of comradery. It really was a great weekend.”

Book Launch: Compendium

Engen pulled out all the stops and did a double book launch on Saturday, October 24th. Emcee’d by Sci-Fi on the Rock founder and all-around science fiction guru Darren Hann; the event was the perfect place to launch Ellen Curtis’ debut novel, Compendium.

Engen fans old and new arrived to purchase the new title, excited about the new author. Curtis read from her short story The Tourniquet Revival to enthralled listeners and stayed afterward to sign copies.

Compendium resulted in almost half our sales for the entire weekend,” gushed Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “We’re really excited about what this means for Compendium and for Ellen’s future with Engen Books.”

“I had a lot of fun,” said Curtis. “Darren was a great host and people seemed to like my work. It was my first convention, and I had a blast.”

Book Launch: Roulette

matt readsThe second half of Saturday’s book launch consisted of the fourth book in the Black Womb series, Roulette.

The novel features the continuing adventures of Xander Drew, Mike Harris and Cathy Kennessy as they meet new horrors both at home and abroad, taking their show on the road to L.A.

“This book is a big stepping stone in Black Womb history,” says LeDrew. “I think people will respond well to it. People have been responding well to it, so far.”

Writing Seminars

As with every convention, there are loads of writing seminars designed to help potential authors that Engen loves to participate in. NWCC was no different, holding versions of the popular Writer’s Toolkit, Get Published! and Writer’s Circle workshops that have made previous conventions so successful in locating fresh talent.

Ellen Curtis led a new addition to our seminar lineup, entitled The Art of the Short Story; chronicling how she puts so much story into a smaller page count in the breakthrough novel, Compendium.

New Engen Vendor

Also at the con, BuddyToad comics, one of the provinces leaders in the comic shop / science fiction market, became an official vendor of Engen Books.

BuddyToad’s main office is located in Gander, but they are at the Avalon Mall in St. John’s every Sunday and are available there to purchase copies of all five Engen titles! More on this in the weeks to come!

Ellen Curtis and Paul Weston
Ellen Curtis and Paul Weston

All said, NWCC was one of our most successful conventions yet, with an average of 1 in 5 attendees purchasing an Engen Book! We hope to be back next year with more titles, more authors and more action!

Never Look Back!

Newfoundland West-Coast Con is almost here!

Ellen Curtis
Ellen Curtis

This weekend at the Greenwood Inn in Corner Brook, Engen Books will be launching its latest novel: Compendium!

Penned by local up-and-coming author Ellen Curtis, Compendium will feature three short stories by Curtis that further explore the Engen Universe; and shed new light on the mysteries surrounding the events of all the Engen novels.

The title will be launching at 2pm on Saturday, October 24th as part of the Newfoundland West Coast Con; along with the newest title in the Black Womb series, Roulette.

Anyone not in the Corner Brook area can come to the Kenmount Road Chapters on November 14th from 1-3pm, where Curtis will be signing books and meeting with fans.

Sci-Fi on the Rock TV interviews Ellen Curtis

Steve Lake and Ellen Curtis
Steve Lake and Ellen Curtis

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 author leaks on Infinity

 

Steve Lake, Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew
Steve Lake, Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew

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.

Secrets Revealed: Compendium

Ellen Curtis
Ellen Curtis

Engen’s Matthew LeDrew opened up today about the company’s secretive new project, the name of which has finally been revealed: Compendium.

“It’s a new book of stories by none other than our own Ellen Curtis,” explained LeDrew. “They are truly remarkable forms of short prose, some of which were available previously in other volumes to the high praise of fans and reviewers.”

Compendium will be launched this October 26th at Newfoundland’s West Coast Con in Corner Brook, where Curtis will be appearing to sign copies.

“We really believe Ellen Curtis is one of the most unique and talented young authors in this country,” said LeDrew. “We’re really thankful to NWCC for giving us the opportunity to show people that. To try and push it as much as possible, we’re going to be releasing Compendium at $5.99. That should make it accessible to anyone who wants to try it, and will hopefully make it clear what a great author she is.”

More details on Compendium and other Engen projects to come.

The Times they are A’Changin’

Engen fans all over the country were intrigued and confused this week by several key changes to the engenbooks.com website, and not just in its new look.

In the late night of August 22nd, 2009; two mysterious links appeared in the top menu bar of the site that raised instant speculation amongst fans: one labeled “Infinity” and one labeled “Curtis?”.

We caught up with Engen founder Matthew LeDrew in an attempt to learn more about the subject.

Engen Books: So, what is “Curtis?”, and why does it have a question mark at the end of it?
Matthew LeDrew: That’s the tentative name on a project that we’re going to be announcing more on very, very soon and will be launching (along with Roulette) at Newfoundland’s West Coast Con this October.
EB: My, that’s fast.
ML: A little, but no more so than the first Womb book. Just because publishing announcements sometimes happen quickly, does not mean it hasn’t been in planning stages for some time. The person involved in this project is one of the most prolific writers I know, and the fact that they don’t have a work of their own out yet is actually staggering. Some might think this is fast, but to us its been a long time coming.
EB: So, “Curtis?” is not the name of the book.
ML: Lord no. What? What kind of a question is that? (laughs). That doesn’t even make sense.
EB: Is it safe to assume then, that this will involve Engen author Ellen Curtis?
ML: Nothing can be said so far. It’s all up in the air.
EB: But why else would you name the project “Curtis?”
ML: But… there’s a question mark.
EB: And a name.
ML: …
EB: …
ML: Next question, please.
EB: Okay, what can you tell us about “Infinity”?
ML: Next to nothing, at the moment. It’s always assumed that I know all the little knooks and crannies of this company… some things escape my notice. Even if I did know something about it, I wouldn’t really be able to comment on it yet. I can tell you that “Infinity” has been in the plans almost as long as Black Womb has, and we’re very excited to have it finally becoming a reality.
EB: When can we expect to know a little more?
ML: Soon. Formal announcements will wait until the end of year, I think, but trickles should be happening soon. It should have it’s own sub-site soon enough.
EB: I see… I can’t help but notice that NewFoundSpecFic is missing from the lineup. Any comment on that?
ML: The NewFoundSpecFic team are a group of amazing authors that honestly outgrew Engen. Devin Drover and Jennifer Graham are both richly talented, wonderfully entrepreneurial people and it was a waste of their considerable talents to have them toiling away as mere authors under Engen. They deserve better, and now they’re going to be getting it. Expect big things from these two very soon.
EB: Any regrets on that?
ML: Millions. But, as the old saying goes… if you love something, let it go. I love NewFoundSpecFic and it’s authors… but its just time to let go.
EB: Anything else you want to add to that?
ML: Not really. I’m going to miss them. I’d really prefer not to speak on it right now.
EB: …
ML: …
EB: So, will Ellen Curtis be staying at Engen?
ML: Ellen is a uniquely talented young lady and I would not give her up for all the tea in China. Yes, Ellen remains an Engen author. Though she is not exclusive to us. I do not hold the monopoly on Ellen Curtis… although some days I wish I did. That monopoly will be worth millions one day.
EB: Anything else happening?
ML: Roulette and Ghosts of the Past are both on schedule. Trains keeps moving, as they say. Engen remains strong and will remain strong.
EB: So my job is safe?
ML: Your job is safe.
EB: -whew-

Engen Books News would like to thank Matthew LeDrew for sitting down with us today.