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As Fierce as Steel by Christopher Walsh | Other Indie

An imaginative and eclectic mix of , JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin and… Baz Luhrmann???

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up my digital copy of As Fierce as Steel by first-time author Christopher P. Walsh. I knew it was a fantasy genre from Walsh’s stellar campaigning over the last year, and I saw with a quick flip through the pages that the chapter breaks were similar in style to RR Martin (in that, each chapter switches the point-of-view and the character-in-questions name is the default ‘chapter title’). I read all five of the A Song of Ice and Fire books this past year so that slight visual cue alone gave me what I thought was a reasonable expectation of what lay within. Continue reading As Fierce as Steel by Christopher Walsh | Other Indie

Fantasy from the Rock launch party next week!

promo_cover7_webSo apparently Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 and the Fantasy from the Rock launch party at A.C. Hunter Library (Arts and Culture Building) is only a week away? Time flies! Plans have been in place for months but a year’s worth of planning is really starting to take shape now.  It’s going to be a great night on its own, and a great way to kick-off a great weekend celebrating the fantasy genre and writing in Newfoundland. 🙂

Join us in the Community Room at the A.C. Hunter Library to help celebrate the launch of Engen Book’s latest anthology. Fantasy from the Rock features 21 magical stories written by 18 spellbinding authors.

The event will feature selected readings from the collection and presentations by contributors, followed by a book signing, meet and greet, photo opportunities (with Blueberry, the fairy!).

Entrance to the book launch is free, and copies of Fantasy from the Rock will be on hand for $20.Join the event on Facebook here for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/595011487364644/?active_tab=about

Cupcakes and Weaponry

A couple of days ago was my “Meet Your Fantasy From the Rock” entry.  It included some answers that I didn’t bother to elaborate on – although do you really need me to tell you why ‘defenestrate’ is such an awesome word?  (Matthew Daniels knows what I’m talking about.)

There are another couple other things about me that I’ll share today: I like weapons and I like baking.

Swords are my favourite, and I actually have a few of my own.  Vaughn uses a sword in The Six Elemental, and there’s a sword-wielding character in Honour (found in Fantasy From the Rock).  I like swords so much that while writing a story about modern-day assassins I decided to have a character who uses a sword (even though it’s not practical at all).  Honestly, I’d find a way to put swords into a romance novel if I could. Continue reading Cupcakes and Weaponry

Writing Rituals, or the lack thereof…

Here’s a great article from The Silence Between Moons and A Troll By Any Other Name… author Peter J. Foote about writing and writing rituals. 🙂 Check out his new blog for more! 🙂

Peter J. Foote

I just read a very interesting article (many thanks sherrydramsey.com) about writing rituals and how they can affect writers both amateur and professional, and that got me to thinking: “Do I have any?”

The article pointed out three main points: environment, time, and behavior. I think I see my problem…

Environment: I “try” to write at two different locations, home and work. At home, I set up my laptop at the kitchen table, and after I make a nest for my cat on the chair beside me, I can usually get a bit of writing done. But I can’t leave my laptop there, and the act of moving it really disrupts my mental processes. My RL job is shift work, so on nights I can usually type away, though my brain isn’t always at its best. I have gotten a lot of story ideas while on sleep deprived night…

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Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Ali House

promo_cover7_webWe spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s a little bit about Ali House, who first penned for Sci-Fi from the Rock and has proven herself a formidable force in the indie short fiction scene.  She returns this year with her short story: Honour and The Invisible Boy.

A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN). She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and spends more time than a person should in and around theaters. Continue reading Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Ali House

Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Peter J. Foote

promo_cover7_webWe spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s our interview with Peter J Foote, owner of FictionFirst Bookstore and the author of The Silence Between Moons and A Troll By Any Other Name!

1. What is your favorite word?
Peter: Tremendous. Store clerks never know if you’re sincere or sarcastic when they ask you “How are you doing today?”

2. What is your least favorite word?
Peter: Very. It’s a lazy word. Continue reading Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Peter J. Foote

Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Christopher Walsh

promo_cover7_webWe spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s our interview with Christopher Walsh, author of the Gold and Steel Saga and one of the all-star fantasy authors of this collection!

1. What is your favorite word?
Chris: Palindrome. That was a bit of a thinker. I’ve never thought about what might be my favourite word before. I think ‘palindrome’ is a fun word, though. Say it over a few times in your head. Plus, once you start using the word often, you’ll start looking for palindromes in word and number sequences you see. Continue reading Meet your Fantasy from the Rock team: Christopher Walsh