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When are you no longer an amateur? | Peter J Foote

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.

Peter J. Foote

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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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: 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?
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Peter J Foote Returns! | Fantasy from the Rock

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!

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).”

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Author Peter J Foote to appear at East Coast Comic Expo May 20-21

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Peter J Foote, author of the short story The Silence Between Moons from the 2016 Sci-Fi From The Rock anthology will be appearing with and signing copies of the collection at the East Coast Comic Expo in Moncton May 20-21st 2016.

Other guest include Canadian comics legend Sandy Carruthers, whose greatest success was illustrating The Men in Black, the comic which later became, Men in Black. Carruthers also worked on Captain Canuck,  was the Editorial Cartoonist for the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper, and published a book of editorial cartoons entitled Sh-It Happened.

Foote will be appearing not only to promote his work on “The Silence Between Moons” but also to promote his bookstore, FictionFirst.

Fictionfirst Used Books specializes is previously enjoyed Sci-fi & Fantasy Novels, Roleplaying Manuals and Graphic Novels. The store is run out of Foote’s home in the Annapolis Valley and open by appointment only, though they ship Canada wide. At over 5000 titles strong, interested parties are encouraged to request a copy of their inventory via his Facebook page.


Cover Revealed: Sci-Fi from the Rock

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016
Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

After keeping it under wraps for far, far too long, Engen Books is proud to reveal the cover to Sci-Fi from the Rock, the anthology collection we’ve been working on for well over a year with the helps of editors, generous contributions from other authors in the field, and artists.

This beautiful piece combining multiple mediums was crafted by Kyle Callahan of Kyle Callahan Photography. It incorporates stunning photography with stylized computer-generated art to bring the themes of classic sci-fi into the iconic landscape of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“Kyle came to me with this amazing concept of one of the classic, long-limbed robots from 60s science-fiction coming down into the Narrows, and I know he understood instantly what we were going for,” said Matthew LeDrew, founder of Engen Books. “We’re exceptionally please with this.”

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