BookBanter Update

Just got back from a very long and exhausting weekend, but had a terrific time.  Friday was spent at the World Fantasy Convention, where I interviewed –in person — authors Ken Scholes, Jeff VanderMeer, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Garth Nix.  They all turned out to be fun and fascinating people.  My interviews with these authors will be airing on the following BookBanter episodes:

Episode 20 (November 15th): Garth Nix

Episode 21 (December 1st): Ken Scholes

Episode 22 (December 15th): Jeff VanderMeer

Episode 23 (January 1st): Guy Gavriel Kay

I also attended four panels on different aspects of writing and will be doing a post on each of those panels in the near future.

For now stay tuned, and Episode 19 will be up as soon as possible — furiously working on it right now!

Finally, I would like to extend a great thank you to Cheryl Morgan, who made my attending the World Fantasy Convention all possible.  Cheryl, thank you for giving me the opportunity and I hope to see you again soon.

Goal Achieved

Some people think that I have a problem: I’m addicted to reading.  This would be completely true and I do read, every day, all the time.  I was a c-average kid until I was about 12 when my teacher introduced me to Willard Price, and I began reading, going on to lots of different kids books — including Christopher Pike — then on to Stephen King, and then onto everything else.  I’m 30 now, and since then there hasn’t been a single day where I wasn’t reading a book.

Nowadays I tend to read about 3-4 books at the same time: there’s the audiobook I’m reading (at the moment Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer), when I’m traveling, or walking to and from work, or when I’m doing something simple where I can listen to the book at the same time (this even includes cooking!); the book I’m reading at home (at the moment Flesh by Richard Laymon), usually whenever I have a free moment, or when I’m in bed; the book I’m reading at work (at the moment Canticle by Ken Scholes), which I read on breaks and lunch breaks.  Sometimes for my “home reading,” I’ll do a fiction book and a nonfiction book; it really depends on the particular books and what I have to read.

For the last couple of years I’ve been keeping track of how many books I read and what exactly I’m reading.  Here’s the 2007 list.  And the list for 2008 can be found here and here (it’s in multiple parts as it’s pretty long).  At the end of 2008 I ended up getting 91 books read, which I had a chance to brag about in an interview.  I knew it was a pretty impressive goal, but I subconsciously planned to beat it for 2009, and now I’ve thankfully more than done this by recently finishing my 100th book for the year, with lots more time to go (and this includes the 1000+ page Under the Dome book by Stephen King).

And if you’d like to get an idea of what I’ve exactly been reading, you can check out the book reviews on BookBanter and see which reviews are up for 2009, and you can also check out my Good Reads page for 2009 to see some of the books I’ve read but didn’t end up reviewing.

BookBanter Schedule Change

Due to Seth Grahame-Smith (author of bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) being too busy over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be unable to do our interview for BookBanter.  I had planned to have my interview with Seth for Episode 19, which will be available November 1st.  But now will be rescheduling for some future date with Seth, so with regards to that interview, stay posted for more info once I have it.

In which case for Episode 19, assuming everything goes to plan, will be my interview with Alan Jacobson, author of the bestselling The 7th Victim, and the recently released Crush.

Also with the addition of Guy Gavriel Kay to the lineup of interviews, the rest of the year and going into January 2010, BookBanter’s schedule is looking something like this:

Episode 19 (11/01/09): ALAN JACOBSON, author of bestselling The 7th Victim and recent release Crush.

Episode 20 (11/15/09): GARTH NIX, author of many books including the bestselling Old Kingdom, Keys to the Kingdom series, and Seventh Tower series, at the World Fantasy Convention.

Episode 21 (12/01/09): KEN SCHOLES, author of Lamentation and Canticle.

Episode 22: (12/15/09): JEFF VANDERMEER, writer, editor, and author of new book on writing, Booklife.

Episode 23: (01/01/10): GUY GAVRIEL KAY, author of a number of books including Tigana and Lions of Al-Rassan.

Episode 24: (01/15/09): S. G. BROWNE, author of Breathers.

World Fantasy Convention Interviews

Delighted to say that I’ve got four interviews lined up at the World Fantasy Convention.  I always prefer — if I can — to do the interviews in person, since it’s not only great to meet some of my favorite authors in the flesh, but makes for a better interview when I can gauge author’s reactions to questions, and we just end up connecting more.

So here are my four interviewees for October 30th:

Ken Scholes: Author the Psalms of Isaak series, the first two books of which are currently available.  You can find my review for Lamentation here, and I’m currently working my way through Canticle.  You can check out Ken Scholes’ site here.

Jeff VanderMeer: Author and editor of numerous books including Finch and Shriek: An Afterword.  You can find my review for one the books that Jeff edited, Fast Ships, Black Sails, here.  Jeff’s new book, Booklife, is all about being a writer in the 21st Century and what one can do to make things a little easier, more organized, and hopefully more successful.  You can check out the new Booklife site here, as well as Jeff’s site here.

Garth Nix: Author of the bestselling Old Kingdom series including Sabriel, Liriel, and Abhorsen, as well as the Keys to the Kingdom series and the Seventh Tower series.  I’m hoping to talk with Garth about the new Old Kingdom book he’s working on.  You can check out Garth’s site here, and his other site here.

Guy Gavriel Kay: Author of many books including: Tigana, The Sarantine Mosaic two-book series, Last Light of the Sun, and Ysabel (reviewed here).  I hope to be talking with guy about his new book due out next spring, Under Heaven.  You can check out Guy’s site here.

I think it’s going to be a truly spectacular day!  If anyone has questions that like to ask one or more of these authors, leave a comment, and I’ll see what I can do.

10/06 On the Book Shelf . . .

Here’s what I had arrive on my doorstep or picked up by yours today:

Batman Canticle Fables 12 Flesh
Level 26 Lackadaisy

A nice variety of titles, including a number of graphic novels.  Though I’m thinking I’m going to have to read all of Fables from the beginning as it’s been so long since I picked it up.

Also looking forward to Canticle as I’ll be interviewing Ken Scholes at the World Fantasy Convention at the end of the month and his interview will be showing up in Episode 21 airing December 1st.

Also received a final copy of Alan Jacobson’s Crush:


Will be interviewing Alan at the end of the month as well, and his interview will show up in Episode 22 on December 15th.  Was also delighted to see I got mentioned in Alan’s acknowledgments at the end of the book.  Thank you very much for that Alan, and I will continue doing what I can to promote Crush ,as it ‘s an excellent book.

And yes, my name is finally in print!