Tag Archives: Curtis Blog

Tomorrow: Ellen Curtis at the #LOLANL Writer’s Circle!

Tomorrow at the Arts and Culture Center, local St. John’s author Ellen Curtis will be co-hosting the first Engen Writer’s Circle of 2017!

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 is 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 of course 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 #LOLAnl event has already featuring amazing local Newfoundland talent, such as Glenn Deir, Victoria Barbour, Heather Reilly, and Kevin Major! The Writer’s Circle aims to answer any question you might have about the writing and publishing process, not matter what stage of the process you’re at, from professionals with a combined 25 years experience in the competitive small-press market. Continue reading Tomorrow: Ellen Curtis at the #LOLANL Writer’s Circle!

Ellen Curtis writes for Fantasy from the Rock!

Ellen CurtisAfter co-helming two of Engen’s most successful endeavors in 2016, Sci-Fi from the Rock and Exodus of Angels, Ellen Curtis returns to her short-fiction writing roots with her new story, ‘Winter’s Loch.’

Ellen Curtis is a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas.

She was ‘discovered’ at a Sci-Fi on the Rock II writing panel in 2008, and her first collection of stories, Compendium, was published just over a year later in October 2009. Continue reading Ellen Curtis writes for Fantasy from the Rock!

Why We March | Ellen’s Rant

Ellen CurtisOver the past few years, I’ve tried to favour listening to firing back in disgust. I’ve tried to educate myself on the nuances of controversial issues, and I’ve tried to strike a balance between blocking negativity from my life and remaining open for respectful dialogue. In many ways, I’ve become quieter on social media as a result, but there are simply some things I will not remain quiet about.

Yesterday, millions of people across the world marched for women’s rights. Comfortingly, it seems the majority of my friends and family see the value and purpose behind this march. In an age where reproductive rights are being threatened, where sexual assault is normalized as “locker room talk”, where there are countries around the world moving to decriminalize domestic violence, countries that do not allow their young women an education or a choice in their future, the vast majority of people have lent their voice to the cause.

Continue reading Why We March | Ellen’s Rant

Engen Asks: What 2016 releases did you mean to read but not yet get to? | Top Ten Tuesday


Ali House The Six Elemental authorAli House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016.

Zombies on the Rock by Paul Carberry and Call of the Sea by Amanda Labonté.”

 


Amanda LabonteAmanda Labonté: As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations. Her first novel, Call of the Sea, was published in 2015 with sequels scheduled for 2018 and 2019 through Engen Books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling. There are no excuses.”


Ellen CurtisEllen Curtis: a writer and web TV personality born and raised in St. Johns, Newfoundland; whose aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began writing short stories, poetry, lyrics and novellas. She writes the Infinity series and edits the From the Rock series for Engen Books.

As Fierce as Steel by Christopher Walsh; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; The Devourers by Indra Das; Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle; and Three More Words by Ashley Rhodes Courter”


Matthew LeDrewMatthew LeDrew: Matthew holds an Honours Degree in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a minor in Anthropology and studied Journalism at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He has written sixteen novels for Engen Books.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley, and The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel.”


 

Engen Asks: What 2017 Debuts are you looking forward to? | Top Ten Tuesday

It’s a new year and it’s time to look forward to what’s coming up on the horizon!


 

Amanda Labonté: As the co-owner of an educational business and mother of two she spends much of her day with kids of all ages. They give her some of the best reading recommendations. Her first novel, Call of the Sea, was published in 2015 with sequels scheduled for 2018 and 2019 through Engen Books.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. The next book in the Dark Artifices series. What can I say? It’s addictive.”


  Continue reading Engen Asks: What 2017 Debuts are you looking forward to? | Top Ten Tuesday

Engen Asks: What were your favorite books of 2016? | Top Ten Tuesday

It’s that time of your for reflection and looking back! We left this up to our authors: best books overall of what they read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases… their choice!


Ali House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016. She has also written for the anthology collections Bluenose Paradox and Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  “Because survival is insufficient.” An entrancing book about theater, comics, humanity, and a deadly pandemic. Plus, she’s Canadian. Also, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.  A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best (from the description).”


Continue reading Engen Asks: What were your favorite books of 2016? | Top Ten Tuesday

Engen asks: What bookish things would you like left under the tree this year? | Top Ten Tuesday


Ali House: A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, The Six Elemental, was released in October 2016. She has also written for the anthology collections Bluenose Paradox and Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Whitecoat: The Champions of 1940 by Kenneth Tam. I read the Prologue in Sci-Fi from the Rock in 2016 & have wanted to read this book since then.”

Continue reading Engen asks: What bookish things would you like left under the tree this year? | Top Ten Tuesday