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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

Pictures at an Exhibition

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!

2016 Atlanta Sci Fi & Fantasy Expo


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!

Con Nooga 2016


Con Nooga – 19-21 Feb – First Author Event of 2016

Come find me in Chattanooga this weekend!

I’m scheduled to take part in the following panels:

3:00 PM Plotting vs. Pantsing
5:00 PM Creating 3 Dimensional Characters
2:00 PM Medicine in Sci-Fi
8:00 PM Stephen King and Other Horror Masters
9:00 PM Building Tension in Scenes and Stories
10:00 AM Research for Writers: Getting it Right!
1:00 PM Terrible Writing Advice

Any time I’m not on a panel, I will be sharing a table with John Hartness and Jay Requard in the Dealer’s Room! Look forward to seeing you there!

A Whirlwind of Activity


Just wow.

Except to venture out to face the fine ladies at the US Post Office to mail two books this afternoon and eat a relatively late lunch, I’ve barely been off the couch today. Boy has it been a busy two weeks. Fun? You bet. But am I a bit on the beat side? Absolutely.

I got to spend May 29-31 with a few thousand of my closest friends at Con Carolinas, the largest sci-fi/fantasy convention in NC each year, then book signings at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on Jun 7 and Scuppernong books in Greensboro on Jun 11. Oh, yeah, and still working in between and trying to squeeze in some sleep in the middle of it all.

To recount a full two weeks of activities seems Herculean at the moment, but I thought I’d post some fun pictures. To those of you I got to cross paths with at these various events, great to see you and look forward to the next event!



My table!


Roy Mauritsen




I have failed this city…


Getting In The Mood…


What’s In A Name?


What Genre Is This?




The Barter System In Action…



Thanks to Jamie Fiocco for helping me line up the signing and to Jeremy Hawkins and the staff for making me feel right at home. Also thanks to Samuel Montgomery Blinn for coming out and meeting us for lunch and to all the great folks who came for the signing!






What an awesome signing! Thanks to Brian Lampkin, the owner, and the fantastic staff who took great care of me. Also, thanks to friends, family, and all the new faces who came out to hear me read my story. Hope to see you all again in the future.





And how to end such a great day / two weeks? Drinks, dessert, and a quick walking tour of downtown Greensboro on a beautiful night.


Like I said, a whirlwind of two weeks, but wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Back in Charlotte, and almost rejuvenated.

May write some tomorrow, but for tonight, I think I’ll watch a little Daredevil…

See you all on the flip side!


ConCarolinas, Here I Come!

ConCarolinas 2015 banner

For the last several years, I’ve attended ConCarolinas, the biggest science fiction / fantasy convention in the Carolinas each year, and this year I have the distinct honor of going as a guest! Looking forward to seeing everyone out in their Con finest. Look for me and a whole bunch of other great writers along Author’s Alley and come find me at the panels listed below! Special thanks to Misty Massey for organizing the Writer’s Track and to all the Con organizers for creating such a fun event year after year!

Friday, 29 May
5:00 pm Setting The Mood

Saturday, 30 May
3:00 pm What’s In A Name?
10:00 pm Mother, Matron, Crone

Sunday, 31 May
10:00 am When Plots Take Over
1:00 pm Stereotypes
2:30 pm What Genre Is This?

Mysticon or Bust! (AKA my first con appearance!)



From 27 February through 1 Mar 2015, I will be in Roanoke at Mysticon, my very first fan convention appearance. This will be an exciting time for many reasons.

First, I’ve attended many conventions over the years, but always have been one of the folks in the audience. It will be an interesting experience to suddenly be on the other side of the table doing the panels as opposed to watching and listening to them. I’ve signed up for quite a few, some in general fandom, some talking about doctoring / science in science fiction and fantasy, and one or two a bit germane to my writing.

Second, I’ll be doing some readings and at least one signing and I’m looking forward to meeting some fans and hopefully introducing some new folks to The Mussorgsky Riddle and Pictures at an Exhibition / Scheherazade by proxy. Good reads and good music – kind of like chocolate and peanut butter.

Third, Roanoke is where I completed my family medicine residency, and so this will be a homecoming of sorts. Looking forward to doing a drive by of my old house and seeing all the trees I planted back in 1997 to see how big they’ve gotten. I miss that old house sometimes…

Lastly, the road trip up with Gail Z. Martin and J. Matthew Saunders promises to be a blast. Definitely looking forward to that. I suspect we may all be hoarse before we even hit the Virginia state line… 😉

I look forward to meeting a ton of new folks and reconnecting with a few folk I’ve met from previous cons. From what I understand, Mysticon is SOLD OUT and therefore this looks to be one heck of a weekend!

My schedule is listed below. Hope some of you come and check out some of my panels, readings, and signings!

Mysticon or bust!



Friday, 27 Feb 2015

3pm: Top 10 Animated Shows of All Time

4pm: Putting the Science in Science Fiction

6pm: Is There a Doctor on the Starship?

7pm: Arts & Music in Fantasy/ Science Fiction


Saturday, 28 Feb 2015

9am: When did Sci-Fi become Mainstream?

11am: Signing Table A

5pm: Sonic Wave – Doctor Who in Modern Pop Culture


Sunday, 1 Mar 2015

10am: Author Reading – The Mussorgsky Riddle

12:30pm: Author Reading – The Mussorgsky Riddle

1pm: Bringing the Comic Book World to the TV or Big Screen

Cover Reveal for Christine Norris’ A Curse of Ash and Iron


On May 21, 2015, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON by Christine Norris will be released. Christine and I share a great publisher and I jumped at the opportunity to help with her cover reveal. Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on the cover!

Here is the book cover copy:

Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.

When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be. She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.

Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship.

But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever.

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press ( )

Release date: May 21, 2015

Author website:

Author blog:

Author Twitter: @cnorrisauthor

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Book Trailer link:

YABC blog entry

A Cover War Victory

The Mussorgksy Riddle

Found out earlier today that The Mussorgsky Riddle won the Qwillery January 2015 Debut Authors Cover War with 38% of the vote. Thanks so much to all my family, friends, and fans for showing up and supporting me.

In December, Mussorgsky will be up against the winners of the other 11 months’ cover wars, and I imagine the competition will be stiff. More on that next winter. For now, a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.


2015 01 Results


The Night Before, The Anticipation, and… a Contest


So, it’s the night before the launch party for my debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, at Park Road Books in Charlotte. All 125 books are nestled at the store, waiting to be pored over by the throngs of people that plan to attend tomorrow. (Throngs, I say! Throngs!) The poster of the cover is framed and on a tripod by the store’s main door. My swag is neatly stacked inside the top box. All three pens are tested for adequate inkage. I know what clever turn of phrase I intend to write above my scrawled signature hopefully 125 times tomorrow.

The pieces are in place. The board is set. Let the game begin.


Meanwhile, I’ve learned how exciting seeing an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper pinned to a clip board can be…




And now, for the contest. Already posted on my Facebook wall, but putting it here as well. Welcome to “Mussorgsky Selfies, The Contest!” (Trademark Pending) To any readers, take a picture of yourself reading The Mussorsky Riddle and post it to your wall, tagging me and yourself. I will put all the pictures in my “Mussorgsky Selfies” album and on Feb 1st I will pick one at random and also my favorite, and each person will get a free ebook copy of the book sent to your phone. If the winner already has an ecopy, they can donate their win to someone else, or exchange for an ebook copy of Chronology, the 2015 Curiosity Quills Anthology which has a short story by yours truly, my very first attempt at steampunk.

So, that’s all for now! The book launch is in 14 1/2 hours, and I am beat. To bed with me, but not before inserting my very own selfie…


Good night, world, see you on the flip side!