Look out Virginia! Here I Come! RavenCon 2016

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If you are in the Williamsburg, VA area this weekend, come find me at RavenCon!

It’s their first year in Williamsburg, and I’m looking forward to checking out the new venue, doing some panels, hanging with readers/writers, and sending home some fine people with shiny new books.

Here is my schedule for the event:

Friday:

7 pm (Opening Ceremonies) Large Auditorium

11 pm (Panel) Too Many Retcons? / Room G / Moderator

Saturday:

3 pm (Panel) Writing a Strong Teen Protagonist / Room F

6 pm (Panel) Why Comics Matter / Room F / Moderator

8 pm (Panel) Flash, Green Arrow, and Supergirl: DC Conquers TV / Room G

10 pm (Panel) Dream Re-casting / Room G / Moderator

11 pm (Presentation/Workshop) Ask a (Mad) Scientist / Room E

Sunday:

11 am (Panel) Disabled Characters / Room E / Moderator

 

Hope to see you there!

Darin

Addendum 1 – Photo Op!

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Addendum 2 – A couple articles on this years Ravencon 11. Check them out! – Link and Link.


An EPIC Achievement

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On April 15th, 2016, The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition – EPIC – announced the Winner of the 2016 eBook Awards and I was excited to find out The Mussorgsky Riddle won the award for Best Fantasy / Paranormal Fiction. A link to their page and the list of winners in their various categories can be found here.

To be honest, I entered the contest just to see how the whole thing worked and was pleasantly surprised when I was named one of the five finalists and even more when my little tale of murder, mystery, and classical music came out on top. Hats off to all the other finalists and thanks to the fine people at EPIC!


Loch Norman Highland Games

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Loch Norman Highland Games – 16 Apr 2106

Top of the morning to ya!

Just letting everyone know I will be out at the Loch Norman Highland Games on Saturday only. I will be spending most of the day with the prettiest wee lass at the fair, but for the first few hours I will likely be selling books near the gate. Feel free to drop by and say hi!

Thanks to Jim Nettles for the invitation. Clan Erskennedy is looking forward to getting our bagpipes on. (Is that a thing?)

Of note, Jim may be selling a few books of his own and you should check out his stuff. Anyone who writes about gnomes who are being murdered and turned into garden statuary deserves a read!

Hope to see you all out at the Games!

Darin

P.S. For all you Caber tossers out there, my website is Doctor by Day, Novelist by Night. In case of emergency, I can check for hernias…

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Words Awake!

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Words Awake! – 8-9 Apr 2016 at

Wake Forest University – Winston-Salem, NC

This event is more than a bit of a homecoming for me.

I was pleasantly surprised a few months back to be invited by Thomas O. Phillips to return to my alma mater at Wake Forest University, which also happens to be located in my hometown of Winston-Salem, NC, to participate in the second iteration of Words Awake! – a celebration of Wake Forest writers and writing in general. This two-day event brings together writers and readers and students and teachers and all lovers of the written word and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it!

On Friday, I and three of the other authors will spend most of the day at Parkland High School talking to the students there on various aspects of writing from both the artistic and business side of the house, and then the rest of Friday and all day Saturday will be spent on the Wake Forest University campus in the main celebration, the full schedule of which can be found here.

To any of you Wake alumni who happen to still be in the area, hope to see you out at this event or at another event in the future.

Who knows? If this goes well, perhaps I’ll be invited back someday for Words Awake 3!

Best,

Darin


SC Comicon

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SC Comicon – 2-3 Apr 2016

Come find me and John G. Hartness on Artists Alley at SC Comicon this weekend!

10-6 on Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday!


Piedmont Wind Symphony – Pictures at an Exhibition

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Piedmont Wind Symphony – Winston-Salem, NC

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7:30 Tonight!

Come find me at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art for the Piedmont Wind Symphony’s performance of Pictures at an Exhibition, composed by Modest Mussorgsky.

 

Awesome music, an art auction, and I will be selling copies of The Mussorgsky Riddle in the lobby before the show and at intermission.

Come out for an awesome evening! Tickets available at link above, unless the show is already sold out!


Guest Blog – Interview with Sean Taylor

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At ConNooga this year, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Sean Taylor. Lots of laughs sharing an intersection in the Dealer’s Room. A fellow writer and lover of all things genre. I look forward to the next con where we cross paths!

Today, he featured an interview with me on his blog, “Bad Girls, Good Guys, and Two-Fisted Action” – if you’d like to read the interview, click here, and make sure to check out Sean’s blog in the future. Great stuff!

Till next time,

Darin

 


2016 Atlanta Sci Fi & Fantasy Expo

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2016 Atlanta Science Fiction & Fantasy Expo

Come find me in the Dealer’s Room!

5 Mar 2016 10-9 and 6 Mar 2016 12-6

North Dekalb Mall

2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, GA 30033

See you there!


Putting the “In Progress” in my WIP!

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Took a few months off from blogging. Finished the Mussorgsky sequel, got it edited and pretty, and sent it off to my agent. Went from coast to coast selling books and spending QT with the prettiest girl in Charlotte. Holidays. Family and friends.

But I’m back…

Now, a little over a month into working on the third book and I just hit 15K. My stuff aims for the 100K mark, so I may hit the 1/5 point by next week. This new project is proving challenging and fun, two adjectives that always seem to go hand-in-hand when I sit down at the keyboard. Strange connections are magically forming as they have with the previous two books, characters are coming to life, and this trilogy is really coalescing well as the writing on this “finale” begins in earnest.

As for Book 2 and other projects, lots of stuff is going on behind the scenes, lots of new words are being created, and (hopefully) there’s going to be a lot of news coming up in the not too distant future. Stay tuned.

Happy 2016 to everyone. Two months in and it’s proving to be a pretty great year. Life is good.

And now, to quote Joey Tribbiani, “How you doin’?”

Darin


Charlotte Writers

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I have been a proud member of Charlotte Writers Group for pretty much my entire time in Charlotte (starting Year 8… wow…) and am honored to be their first Interview with a Writer guest. This group, as much as anything, has helped me become the writer I am today and I owe a lot to the people I met there and friendships that have blossomed from our share passion for writing.

Special thanks to Brendan McKennedy who started the group back in 2008 and to Jay Requard who ran the group for the last three years after my stint as the head organizer from 2011-2012. The current leadership is an awesome collection of individuals and all good friends of mine. To Nicole, Melisa, Karen, and Eric – keep up the good work!

Here is a link to my interview on the Charlotte Writers Group website. Feel free to check it out as well as the rest of the website and if you are in the Charlotte, NC area and are a writer and are looking for a home, look no further!

All best,

Darin