NewFoundSpecFic received its official launch last Saturday at the University Center of Memorial University to raves from the student body and beyond.
Authors Jennifer Graham, Ryan Marsh, Ellen Curtis, Breanne Milley, Joshua Quinlan and Devin Drover were all in attendance to meet fans, sign autographs and generally immerse themselves in the experience of the launch.
NewFoundSpecFic has already garnered much media attention and anticipation of its release has been high for weeks. When asked to remark if the successful launch meant a NewFoundSpecFicvol. II, co-author Jennifer Graham remarked that there would.
“We’ve been planning a second one before the first came back from the printers,” said Graham.”This project was a lot of fun, and there’s a lot of untapped talent out there.”
“There aren’t a lot of details we can share yet, but one big thing is that we will be opening up submissions to all of Canada!”
On the launch, Engen founder and author Matthew LeDrew commented that the continued success of the title will further guarantee the success of the franchise. “The scope of NewFoundSpecFic is enormous and yet open enough that even a casual reader can enjoy it. That appeals to us on many levels. The next stop for NFSF is the third annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention at the Holiday Inn, where the entire Engen crew will be present as well as many more authors and actors. I look forward to seeing how NFSF does on a larger scale, and suspect it will do well.”
Over the past few weeks we’ve gotten a number of letters with regard to the highly anticipated third book in the Black Womb series, Smoke and Mirrors . Rumor has circulated ranging in topic from the books premise and plot (and of course, who will survive); to more technical questions such as what this title means for the series as a whole and perceived delays in publication.
“This book is very much a ‘third act’ of sorts,” commented Matthew LeDrew, author of the series. “There are plots that have been running through both Black Womb and Transformations in Pain, some of which people are aware of and some of which they aren’t. This book brings many of those plots to a close.”
Online speculation has lead many fans to wonder the fate of the series and its characters after this novel… with more than one post questioning the fate of Black Womb itself.
“The series itself is going strong. We’re nowhere near ready to call it a day yet. As to the fate of the characters, well, you’ll really have to read it to find out. I can tell you that anything can still happen, and that I really don’t think anyone has seen this particular ending coming yet.
“As for the delays with the production of the novel itself, that’s partly to due with me and partly to do with market fluctuation. It’s no secret that the economy in general and the publication economy in specific has been going through a rough patch at the moment, so the novel was delayed slightly to try and ride out that wave as much as possible. The delays that are my fault rest in the editing process. I failed to alert the editors to the fact that this novel was over double the size of the previous two, rendering their estimates for when edits would have been complete inaccurate. The good news is: Smoke and Mirrors is coming soon, and it will be worth the wait.”
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.”