Hello Engen-eers and Foote Soldiers! If you live in the Moncton New Brunswick area, you should stop by the Crossman Community Centre at 99 Wynwood Dr this weekend, May 19-21, and meet one of Engen Books’ up-and-coming authors, Peter J. Foote, who will be appearing with the FictionFirst Bookstore alongside comics legends such as Fred Van Lente (Deadpool), Cary Nord (Daredevil), Daniel Way (Ghost Rider), and our old friendly neighbor from Hal-Con Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men, Spidey). Continue reading Engen Books represented at the East Coast Comic Expo!
Fantasy from the Rock and Sci-Fi from the Rock author Peter Foote laments hardest part of being an author: selling your work.
I’m sure every author starts off thinking that writing that book, novella, or short story will be the hard part, I know I did, sadly I was wrong.
What I’ve learnt, is that everything after “The End” can be a struggle as well, and not always an enjoyable one. I write because I enjoy it, I like sharing a part of myself with the reader, conveying that hard learned life lesson. The written word is my preferred method, because verbally I come across as an idiot!
I don’t like the “selling yourself” part of the process, but that needs to change.
This weekend is the East Coast Comic Expo and my used bookstore Fictionfirst Used Books will once again be having a vendors table at the event. Selling my used books isn’t much of a chore for me, since most of the people who are looking at them are fans of the…
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An excellent moment of self-reflection from one of our short story authors, Peter J Foote, whose work has appeared in both Sci-Fi from the Rock and Fantasy from the Rock.
When I shared this little blog with my friends in an online writing group, several of them suggested that I might be denigrating myself by using the term “amateur author”.
That got me to thinking; “When are you an author?”
I’m sure this question has no limit of answers depending on who you ask, but in the end the only answer that really matters is the one that you subscribe too. While I do have a couple short stories published in print anthologies (the book launch of one of them happens to be today!), I hesitated to call myself an author because I was compensated in contributor copies rather than hard cash.
But does that make any difference?
In the end, I decided that published is published, and how I was “paid” didn’t matter. So then why did I still struggle to call myself an author?
I started thinking about the other writers I…
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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! 🙂
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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We 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
Peter J Foote returns in 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock! One of the breakout stars of last year’s collection with his short story “The Silence Between Moons,” Foote returns with an all-new tale, “A Troll by Any Other Name…”!
Born and raised in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, the son of an apple farmer, Peter studied archaeology in university, is employed as a boiler and refrigeration operator, an active Freemason, and runs a used bookstore (Fictionfirst Used Books) out of his basement in his spare time.
Believing that an author should write what he knows, many of Peter’s stories are a reflection of his personal life.
In the time since he was published in 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock, Foote has made many personal and professional accomplishments, including touring to the East Coast Comic Expo in Moncton alongside Sandy Curruthers, and becoming engaged to be married. ❤ We hope 2017 brings him the same good fortune and look forward to his fiction in the future!
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).”