Where does the time go, eh? Just a few weeks ago I was celebrating the launch of The Lazarus Gate and frantically writing posts for my promotional blog tour, and now suddenly we're in con season and Fantasy Con 2015 is upon us!
This will be the first time I've ever attended a literary convention as a guest, and it's fair to say I have no idea what to expect (I have, however, received several offers of drunken tomfoolery from editors, publicists, my agent and fellow writers, so I can guess what I'll be doing 5:30-midnight each day...)
For the more serious business, however, I'll be part of a panel on Friday 23rd, at 5:00pm in the conference theatre, moderated by David Thomas Moore, and featuring Paul Kane, Rebecca Levene, Mark Morris, and Brandon Sanderson. Called ‘Someone Else’s World: Writing in a Franchise’, this is essentially about earning a living working inside already established parameters. I'll be sharing a bit about my experience working on Sherlock Holmes fiction, and writing within the gaming industry for properties as varied as Batman, The Lord of the Rings, Warhammer 40,000, and Android: Netrunner.
On the Saturday, there are two helpings of yours truly – first, I’ll be officially launching The Lazarus Gate at 2:00pm with the Titan Books crew, alongside Mark Morris, who’ll be launching The Society of Blood. And if that’s not enough, I’m doing a reading (in genuine Stoke accent) from the book at 3:20 in the Reading Room, straight after Jo Fletcher’s Kaffeeklatsch! (Nope, not nervous about that at all. Not me. No sir).
The rest of the time I’ll be wandering around either hung over, getting excited about books in the Dealers room, or kicking back in panels (excited to see Adam Neville, Joe Hill, and Ramsey Campbell are all there launching new books)! So, if you see me around, or make the effort to come to one of my little gigs, please do say hi. But be gentle, it’s my first time!
Full events list here.