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Best little writing conference around

You gotta love it. Write on the River in Wenatchee. Join us in wine country May 16-18 for sunshine, workshops, exciting teachers, and the great Jess Walter.

Featuring:

Jess WalterJess Walter, Keynoter. Friday evening, May 16. Author of Beautiful Ruins. Walter is brilliant and funny, humble and inspiring. Meet Jess and enjoy an evening of words and wine. Separate tickets to this event only $15.

 

 

HurstGuest agent, Andrea Hurst who will hear pitches and talk about Crafting Fiction and Memoir that sells.

 

Sunday Master class and Saturday story engineering class with Larry Brooks, author of Story Oct 13 HeadshotPhysics and the Wolf Schmidt thriller Deadly Faux.

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Guest Editor Beth Bacon from Booktrope, a hybrid publisher that has the chops to produce a quality book, put together a marketing team, and share the revenues with the author.

 

Plus: Nonfiction with Wendy Call and Peter Stark, science fiction and fantasy with Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead, fiction with Craig English, social media with Jason Brick, YA writing with Suzanne Selfors and much more!

Registration now open!

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On the road

I’ll be getting around a bit in the next several weeks. Love to see some of you at these events: (I realize I live in the upper left hand corner of the country . . . but hey, how about San Diego?)

PybusPybus Market Author Signing. Wenatchee, WA. Saturday, Feb 8, 11:00- 2:00 p.m.

Think Locals First! I’ll be at Pybus farmers market to sign with fifteen other local writers. Authors include Derek Sheffield, Bill Layman, Robert Wells, Patricia Clark, Theresa Monsey. Door prizes and a book buzz!

 

journalism deptWenatchee High School Journalism Class Fundraiser.  Pybus Market, Wenatchee, WA. Thursday, Feb 13, 6:30.

All proceeds to WHS nationally acclaimed publication, Apple Leaf, and year book. Dave Herald from Sunny FM will MC, and I’ll be giving a nice little talk on what to believe and not believe about being a novelist.

RadconRadcon SciFi/Fantasy Convention. Pasco, WA. Feb 14-16.

Guest of Honor Mike Resnick! Yes, the great man is coming to Eastern Washington, and we are ready! Here’s my schedule.

Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at: http://www.kaykenyon.com/about-kay-kenyon/#sthash.6HZhCdGM.dpuf
Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at: http://www.kaykenyon.com/about-kay-kenyon/#sthash.6HZhCdGM.dpuf

Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visit

Fri Feb 14. Plots Within Plots

Sat Feb 15. Autographing

Sat Feb 15. Alternate History

Sat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)

Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things

Condor Condor. San Diego. Mar 21-24.

Another great SFF con. Sunny San Diego this time. I’ll be there. Hope to see some of you!

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Fri Feb 14 – 12:30 – 2:30. Kennewick High School visitFri Feb 14. Plots Within PlotsSat Feb 15. AutographingSat Feb 15. Alternate HistorySat Feb 15. Dropping the World (avoiding info-dumps)Sat Feb 15. Kay reads from A Thousand Perfect Things
Feb 14, 2014 12:00pm – Feb 16, 2014 5:00pm – See more at: http://www.kaykenyon.com/about-kay-kenyon/#sthash.6HZhCdGM.dpuf

Tori Harding: A Victorian Heroine

While writers strive for a dramatic plot, stories are always about people and their relationships to each other. Here’s a character sketch from my notebook on the protagonist of A Thousand Perfect Things. Available in paper and the eBook at $5.99.

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In 1857 Tori Harding is eighteen years old. She lives in world where magic has lately invaded her country, escaping from a mystical continent called Bharata.

shadowsTori is a devoted student of her grandfather, Sir Charles Littlewood/ She has a passionate love of science and especially botany, a discipline learned from Sir Charles. She suffers from a club foot, and this infirmity has oddly made it acceptable for her to train in science, since she has little hope of marriage.

Far too used to expressing her opinions, Tori can be brash in social settings, something she tries (a little) to control for the sake of her sister (Jessa’s) need for a suitable match and in light of her mother’s relentless social agenda to brighten Jessa’s hopes. Read More…

Good books lately

I’ve curled up with some lovely reads lately. Here’s a list of my recommended reads, ranging from fantasy to mystery, thriller and suspense.

Deadly Faux – Larry Brooks

Deadly fauxThis ingenious thriller features one of the genre’s best characters, Wolf Schmidt. He’s cynical, out for himself, and has a mouth that will kill him someday – but he’s also sweet, scary smart and sexy. Brooks keeps him believably on the edge of truly appalling danger, while getting laughs in all the right places. For a double treat, pick up the first Schmidt book, Bait and Switch. (Thriller)

 

 

 

Hull Zero Three – Greg Bear

Hull zero 3A wildly inventive story of a generation ship run amok. I loved how the main character grew, coming into his memories and his humanity. This was accomplished with a deft touch, humor and mystery. The generation ship is a sheer marvel, technically wondrous and fittingly strange. Stunning work. One of Greg Bear’s best. (Science Fiction)

 

 

 

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What are you talking about?

Theme is a loaded word. In fiction, it aroused the suspicion that we’re preaching about something. Can’t we just give the story a compelling plot and great characters? Why should there be a theme?

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The Golden Theme: How to Make Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

The answer, I’ve been learning, is that theme is to help clarify for the writer, why she or he is writing the book. And what the book will be about, boiled down to its essence.

I usually come into a novel’s theme after working on concept and characters for a couple weeks at the outset of my planning process, I develop/recognize the book’s theme about then, and it guides the major decisions of the plot and much of the execution.

In fact, theme has guided every book I’ve written since 2008. Because of Brian McDonald. Read More…