Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Next stop Cherry Hill, NJ! If you're going to PhilCon on Nov. 20-22, you'll probably run into me at some point. Please do say hello. Here's my schedule of appearances:
Friday, Nov. 20
Plaza III (1 hour)
THAT'S NOT A STORY; WHAT IS IT? (2125)
[Panelists: Diane Weinstein (mod), Darrell Schweitzer, Anne E.
Johnson, Bernie Mojzes]
Rachel Swirsky's Nebula-winning and Hugo-nominated “If You Were a
Dinosaur, My Love” caused considerable controversy because some
people thought it wasn't a story. What do we mean by a “story”
Plaza V (1 hour)
EXPLORING THE YA LANDSCAPE (2159)
[Panelists: Christine Norris (mod), Anne E. Johnson, Aaron
Rosenberg, Jack Hillman, Ty Drago]
Far more than just dystopian dictatorships and magical boarding
schools, young adult literature has a lot to offer. Let's take a
look at some of the less-visible categories in the field
Saturday, Nov. 21
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
YA READINGS WITH ANNE E. JOHNSON AND ROBERT C. ROMAN [FAMILY FRIENDLY]
[Panelists: Anne E. Johnson (mod), Robert C Roman]
Join author Anne E. Johnson as she reads from her new collection of
short stories, "Things From Other Worlds," and Robert C. Roman with
a reading from his novel, the space opera "Blank."
Plaza IV (1 hour)
GETTING THEM WHILE THEY ARE YOUNG (2135)
[Panelists: Jim Stratton (mod), D.H. Aire, Christine Norris, Anne E.
Johnson, Dina Leacock, Gary Feldbaum]
Creating SF&F aimed at kids and teens presents a different set of
problems from writing for adults. The majority of science fiction is
serious and brainy, and much of it is quite complex. Children
respond better to simpler ideas presented with a sense of fun, while
teens are easily bored, overcome by hormones, and desperate to fit
in with their peers. This panel explores tricks to writing SF&F that
appeals to kids and teens, as well as analyzing outstanding examples
of books, films, and TV shows that draw in younger generations
Sunday, Nov. 22
Plaza V (1 hour)
WHY WRITE HORROR FOR CHILDREN? [FAMILY FRIENDLY] (2225)
[Panelists: Diane Weinstein (mod), Anne E. Johnson, Barbara A.
A panel discussing the value of scary stories and how reading about
fighting monsters can prepare young minds for facing conflicts in
the real world
Thursday, November 12, 2015
I've been working on this fun middle-grade fairy story, and I decided to release it on its own, just to
see what happens.
THE CLAY WAR is sort of a twist on the concept of urban fantasy. One minute, a girl named Shelly is replanting her father's flowers on her fire escape at home in Detroit. The next minute, she's in a strange land, with two rival fairy battalions charging toward her, wings buzzing and weapons raised.
You can buy THE CLAY WAR at all the major ebook vendors, including
Barnes & Noble
I hope you enjoy it.
And don't forget: the ebook version of my collection of 15 kids' stories, THINGS FROM OTHER WORLDS, is on sale for 99 cents for all of November. Now that's an otherworldy deal!
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Happy Fall! You know what's falling besides leaves? The price of some great speculative fiction during a special promotion called #99centNovember.
It's Cyber Monday all month long!
Such an honor that all the e-book formats of Things From Other Worlds are part of this celebration. I'm in very distinguished company, including Milo James Fowler, Daniel Ausema, James Garcia Jr., Simon Kewin, Michelle Ann King, TB Markinson, Tyrean Martinson, Rhonda Parrish, and Loni Townsend.
Get all the juicy details here.