Here is my panel and event schedule for LTUE (Life, The Universe, And Everything) writing symposium coming up next week. To learn more about LTUE, and why it is so awesome you should come join us for panels, book signing, and networking with local authors, visit www.LTUE.net or check out the Facebook page for the latest updates.
Thursday, February 11
- 2:00-3:00 PM: The Spread of Disease (Cedar)
Johnathan Marson (Moderator), Charlie Pulsipher, Sarah E. Seeley, Holli Anderson
- 5:00-6:00 PM: Applied Biotechnology (Timpanogos)
Wayne Hanewicz (Moderator), Tyler Jolley, Sarah E. Seeley
Friday, February 12
- 8:00-10:00 PM: Evening Mass Book Signing (Zion, Bryce, Arches, all three roomes opened up in one)
Saturday, February 13
- 1:00-2:00 PM: John Williams: The Power of Film Score (Timpanogos)
Renee Collins, Joe Monson, Craig Nybo, Sarah E. Seeley
- 6:00-7:00 PM: Steampunk: Don’t Break Your World (Cedar)
J Scott Savage, Sarah E. Seeley, Dan Willis, Paul Genesse
**I will be selling books all three days! Look for me in the dealers’ room with S. A. Butler and Deren Hensen. I will also possibly be helping a little at the Utah HWA booth when things aren’t too crazy.
See you there!
(To see other events I’ll be appearing at this year, check out my Events tab.)
I’m pleased to join in promoting the release of KINGDOM CITY: REVOLT by Ben Ireland, with fabulous cover art by Luke Spooner. KINGDOM CITY: REVOLT is Book 2 of the near-future dystopian series, with strong science fiction and urban fantasy elements. Today I’ll feature a discussion with Ben about his creative process and interests. Follow our blog tour and check out the Rafflecopter giveaway for the chance to win great prizes! Visit each blog each day for more ways to enter.
About Ben Ireland
How did you come up with the title?
My little brother LOVES Dungeons & Dragons. Years before I called myself a writer, he was drawing a map for a campaign he was planning and I walked up behind him. He couldn’t think of a name for the capital city of the kingdom, so he called it Kingdom City. I thought that had an amazing ring to it so I stored it away for later use. Once you read the books, you’ll understand why they are subtitled Resurrection, and Revolt.
What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
Finding time! I love writing and I love telling stories. I haven’t experienced writer’s block, so to speak. My mind is brimming with stories and ideas and the fountain hasn’t run down, let alone run out. As a worker and a father I did the only thing I could do to find time. Sleep less. Some weeks I was going on three and a half hours a night when I had to.
What activities best give your brain a break? How do you unwind?
Anime and X-files. Though I’m all caught on X-Files.
What are some of your other published works?
Kingdom City: Resurrection (Kingdom City Book 1) http://amzn.to/202KFQE.
What is your advice to writers?
Figure out who to listen to and who to ignore. If you don’t have people in your life who challenge your creative work, then you’re handicapping yourself. Peter Jackson and George Lucas stopped listening to people that challenged them, and the result is the Hobbit movies and Star Wars episode 1-3. No matter how successful you get, listen to your trusted critics.
Blog Tour Schedule
January 30 through February 6, 2016
|Find Ben Ireland on the web:|
|Saturday, 01-30||Where the Words Take You|
|Sunday, 01-31||Perpetual Chaos of a Wandering Mind|
|Monday, 02-01||Ben Ireland Books|
|Tuesday, 02-02||JD Spero, Author|
|Wednesday, 02-03||Slithers of Thought|
|Creativity from Chaos|
|Thursday, 02-04||Welcome to Avalon|
|Semi Short Chic|
|Friday, 02-05||Songs of Mann|
|Saturday, 02-06||The Cult of Me|
|Book Reviews & Giveaways|
Don’t forget to enter our KINGDOM CITY: REVOLT blog tour Rafflecopter give-away below, on the blogs above, on our Facebook page, or on Rafflecopter, with daily chances to win!
I’ve documented all and the last three weeks of my JaNoWriMo adventures with my work friends in photos on Facebook, but wanted to check in on the blog with an overall update on my progress, as well as the projects and events I have coming up. We switched our location from Barnes and Noble to a cozier, more laid-back Sodalicious in Provo with lots of table space, an aesthetic gas fireplace display, chill music, and an overall delightful atmosphere we’ve greatly enjoyed for hours of chatting, brainstorming, and writing together. Not to mention Sodalicious (and the Hot Potato they share space with) has wickedly tasty fries, cookies, and soda flavor combos.
With one flash fiction piece down and a longer novelette to polish up and send off before the month is through, the third short story I was hoping to write this month may not happen before I get my wave of edits back for three anthologies I’m currently committed to. But I’m excited to be busy, and to be taking part in so many fun collaborative projects this year. The three anthologies where my stories will appear this year include Redneck Eldritch through Nathan Shumate’s Cold Fusion Media (coming in April!); Windows Into Hell, based on Steven L. Peck’s A Short Stay in Hell through Curiosity Quills Press; and a third as yet untitled anthology based on Jason King’s Valcoria fantasy series (this is the story I’m currently polishing up, and, assuming my story isn’t so bad it makes Jason weep with sadness and despair, this is the third anthology I’ll be in this year ;-).
I’ll also be appearing on panels at LTUE in February (just two weeks away!). Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience is my next stop in March (look for me at the Xchyler Publishing booth, sponsored by Kelly Olsen of Keller Williams South Valley Realtors). After FanX, I’ll be joining the World Horror Convention in Provo to sell my books, and hopefully talk about horror and writing and stuff there too. With any luck, Redneck Eldritch will be out and available by then as well.
For any aspiring writers, artists, pop culture fans, and writers-and-artists-and-pop-culture-fans who love horror, I highly recommend looking into these events–and bringing a notebook for taking notes in panels! These are great opportunities to network and grow, and I’ve learned a lot about craft and business over the years by attending events like these.
See you at LTUE!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Horror Comes to Utah!
The World Horror Convention, an international gathering of horror writers, artists, editors, filmmakers, and fans, will converge on the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Provo, Utah, April 28 to May 1, 2016. This premiere event has been to Salt Lake City twice. For the third, and final, appearance in Utah, it will be in Provo.
WHC, a semi-professional conference, will have panels and presentations featuring professionals in the field on subjects as diverse as current literature, true crime, horror poetry, dark fantasy, horror art, Vincent Price, the developmental stages of a serial killer, Cracking the Story Code, Police Procedurals for Writers, and the dark side of Disney. A special “killer tea” will feature a keynote speaker who will help authors find creative ways to kill people with food. The event includes an art show, vendors’ room, horror film festival, kaffeeklatsches, and book signing by 100 horror authors. Workshops and pitch sessions will be available for writers and an artist alley will showcase artists at work. Guests will also have the opportunity to go on a real ghost hunt.
The event will feature some of the top authors in horror fiction, including Darren Shan, Sarah Pinborough, Jack Ketchum, Joe McKinney, Brian Keene, Kevin J. Anderson, Michaelbrent Collings, Michael Arnzen, and Dan Wells. It will also feature poet Linda Addison, cover and concept artist Keith Thompson, graphic novel and cover artist, Carter Reid and scholar, editor and author, Michael R. Collings. In addition, Victoria Price, daughter of famed actor Vincent Price, will do a presentation on her father and have some of his work available for sale. There will also be a number of academic presentations on true crime.
The World Horror Convention, established in 1991, is the premiere event for horror fans and professionals alike. It is held in a different location every year and celebrates the horror genre. The 2016 World Horror Convention will showcase a growing community of professional authors and artists in Utah as well as a number of guests from around the world..
Help Utah welcome the world to The ZomBee State! Go to http://whc2016.org for more information on the convention and how to become a member.
**The art show and vendors’ room will also be open to the public, so anyone can stop by and look at what’s for sale.
C. H. Lindsay