We're all in this together, all the writers and authors and dabblers and up-and-comers. Unlike in most other industries, where it's every man or woman for him/herself, writers are a different breed with a different approach - by supporting and promoting each other, the craft itself is placed atop the priority list, exposure is increased, and everybody benefits.
I have been invited - and happily agreed - to get involved in yet another cool event. Over the course of this weekend I will be participating in the book launch of Ice Burns, the newest release by Charity Ayres, fantasy author.
Charity and I go back well over a decade together, but even if we didn't I would still freely and happily share with you what a skilled and talented author she is. During that time she's gone from book lover and fledgling writer to English teacher and honest-to-goodness novelist. She is passionate about her craft and immerses her readers in carefully crafted characters and stunning worlds. Ice Burns is her fourth novel, a fantasy epic not to be missed.
The four-day event takes place online through Facebook from Friday, August 12 through Monday, August 15 on a special page established for the release party. Along with myself guests include fellow authors Jim McDonald, Krista Walsh, Kate Sparkes, DL Wainright, Jenna Wood, Toi Thomas, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Adrian Smith and, of course, the lady of the hour herself.
For anyone interested in stopping in, here's what my participation schedule looks like:
Saturday 10:30 - 11PM: Panel discussion: "SciFi/Fantasy Novels and Short Stories"
Sunday 8:00 - 8:30PM: Q&A Session: "What it takes to be a writer"
9:00 - 9:30PM: Panel discussion: "Fiction that turns dark: Horror, Dark Fantasy, Strange Tales"
10:00 - 10:30PM: Panel discussion: "What have movies/television done for Fantasy/SciFi?"
10:30 - 11:00PM: Author Spotlight
Of course there are numerous other scheduled events and giveaways throughout the weekend. Feel free to drop by the Facebook page Release Party: Ice Burns, and visit Charity's author page as well.
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