January 29th, 2016
Spoilers in the title, guys! I’m just back from an afternoon signing at the OLA Super Conference and, since it’s official:
An Inheritance of Ashes has been named one of the Ontario Library Association’s 2015 Best Bets selections.
Here is a picture with its nice new sticker and everything.
I am very pleased and flattered and going to celebrate with a nice if extremely late lunch.
January 13th, 2016
It’s finally snowing, and I’ve spent my 2016 so far bunkered down and happily drafting new work, but I’ll be showing my face in a few places this January (and early February!):
I’ll be at this year’s OLA Super Conference, signing copies of An Inheritance of Ashes at the Scholastic Canada booth (#211!) at 2pm on Friday, January 29th, 2016. Looking forward to seeing both familiar and new faces there!
The Monday after, on February 1st, I’ll be reading with series founder and short story author Andrew J. Simpson and McIllquham Foundation Prize winner Nicole Chin at Words at the Wise, Wisebar’s monthly reading series. This one’s obviously 19+.
Hope to see you all there!
January 2nd, 2016
Quite to my surprise, I got home this afternoon to find out that An Inheritance of Ashes has been shortlisted for the 2015 Cybils Awards, in the Speculative Fiction category — alongside some seriously great books (my to-read list just grew).
The jury will read through the finalists and announce a winner mid-February. Congrats to all the finalists, and best of luck!
November 18th, 2015
I’m back from tour, appropriately exhausted, and getting back into the daily routine — but one of the more fun things I did on the road is ready to go!
At CanCon, I sat down for an interview with Kevin T. Johns of Write Along Radio, a podcast about reading, writing, and publishing. We spent almost half an hour talking about An Inheritance of Ashes, writing for young adults, craft in the SFF community, diverse fiction, and more. It was a great conversation, and it’s live this week.
Otherwise, there are a few more appearance announcements on the horizon, once details are absolutely finalized. I’ll be posting about those December events this week or next, as well as a few things crystallizing for the new year!
October 23rd, 2015
Now that the Canadian launch party for Ashes is in the can (ha ha, I punned) and we’ve all had a little time to rest up, I’m really excited to announce something that’s been a few months in the making:
An Inheritance of Ashes and I are going on tour.
Just a little one.
I’m heading out next Thursday, on October 29th, and here’s where I’m going to be!
- Ottawa Public Library Teen Author Fest, Woodroffe High School, Ottawa, Ontario, October 30, 2015, 10:30 am.
- CanCon 2015, Ottawa, Ontario, October 30-November 1, 2015.
- Launch for An Inheritance of Ashes at Black Squirrel Books and Tea, Ottawa, Ontario, November 1, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
I’ll be participating in panels and offering one-on-one feedback at the con’s Blue Pencil Cafe, as well as hosting a mini-launch on Saturday for the convention attendees!
This event’s open to the public, so come down to get books signed, hear a short reading and Q&A, and support one of Ottawa’s indie bookstores!
I’ll be in and out on the way to Saratoga Springs, but I’ll also be at the Juliette et Chocolat on Saint-Catherine from about 8:00pm on November 2nd for serious personal chocolate reasons. If you’d like to say hi, hang out, talk books, and eat a balsamic brownie, please come on by!
Saratoga Springs, NY
- Northshire Bookstore World Fantasy Convention Reception, Saratoga Springs, NY, November 4, 2015.
- World Fantasy Convention, Saratoga Springs, NY, November 5-8, 2015.
The schedule for the convention is already up, and this is where I’ll be through the weekend!
- Flights of Fantasy Group Signing (with Julie Czerneda, Anne Bishop, Alex Gordon/Kristine Smith, Garth Nix, Amalia Dillin, and more), Albany, NY, November 8, 2015.
New York City, NY
- Books of Wonder, New York, NY, November 10, 2015.
I’m just going to sign stock here — no big event! — but if you’d like a signed copy and are in NYC, feel free to come by!
So that’s it! Two weeks, in and out, with some possible additional stock signings and meetups along the way. I really hope to see you there, and look out for updates from the road!
October 17th, 2015
Ottawa’s CanCon has rolled out its final schedule, and I’ll be participating! The event runs October 30 – November 1st, and here’s where I’ll be at the con:
Saturday, October 31
2:00 pm Weird Fiction and Lovecraftian Themes — Salon D
Sean Moreland, Sandra Kasturi (m), Geoff Gander, Leah Bobet
From Chthulhu to the Necronomicon, to that strange sense of impending universal doom, Lovecraftian themes and Weird Fiction have been inspiring us to look out at the oddity of the universe and recoil in horror as it looks back at us. This panel gathers academics and writers of The Weird to explore those elements of Lovecraftian ideas in our fiction.
3:00 pm The Frontiers of Young Adult Fiction — Salon D
Leah Bobet (m), Max Turner, Fanny Darling, Leah Petersen, SM McEachern
While being defined by its young point of view, YA fiction has grown to know very few other limitations in scope, theme or subject matter. What areas in YA fiction are left for writers and readers to mine for originality?
4:00 pm Magic and Magical Systems — Salon C
Leah Bobet, Leah Petersen, Jim Davies, Gabrielle Harbowy, Kate Heartfield (m)
Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Weird Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, a lot of our speculative genres can incorporate magic and play with ideas of paranormal powers. This panel gives us a chance to talk about the ways that we weave magic through our fiction and the ideas that inspire the magical systems we create to work in our paranormal worlds.
5:00 pm Men In The Post-Patriarchy: Inter- and Intra-gender Friendships, Collaborations, and Rivalries in Societies that Don’t Dehumanize The Feminine — Salon C
Alison Sinclair, Leah Bobet, Kris Ramsey, Su Sokol, Derek Newman-Stille (m)
Science fiction does a fine job of extrapolating physics and chemistry, and fantasy describes worlds with magical modifications, but both do a poor job of imagining truly different ways for humanity to function as a society. Our panelists discuss ways society could be structured differently and how we might get there.
7:00 pm Book Launch: An Inheritance of Ashes — Con Suite
Come on by for readings, Q&A, and chat about the brand-new An Inheritance of Ashes!
Sunday, November 1
11:00 am Writer-editor-publisher etiquette — Salon E
Gabrielle Harbowy, Hayden Trenholm (m), Edward Willett, Leah Bobet
After the acceptance has gone to the writer, there’s still a lot more to do, some of it confusing but ok, sometimes signs of a ball being dropped. What’s the etiquette through this process?
Hope to see you there!
October 14th, 2015
I’m sure there’s something you’ve been burning to know. Y’know, scone recipes. Dog opinions. Writing process. What working in an indie genre bookstore is really like.
You are in luck, my friends. As part of the release of An Inheritance of Ashes, the very kind folks at Reddit Fantasy will be hosting me for an all-day AMA on October 22, 2015!
Please don’t hesitate to head on over: I’ll be answering questions, chatting, and hanging out throughout the day, and would love to see you there!
October 13th, 2015
The preliminary schedule is up for the 2015 World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY, and while this is still preliminary — there might be some changes — here’s where it looks like I’ll be.
Thursday, November 5
5:00 pm Reading — Leah Bobet — Broadway 2
I’ll be reading from An Inheritance of Ashes and talking briefly about the book!
Friday, November 6
8:00 pm Autographing — CC2A and CC2B
Saturday, November 7
11:00 am The Quest is Dead, Long Live the Quest? — CC2A
Leah Bobet, Sarah Beth Durst, Janeen Webb, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (mod.)
Sometimes there are narrative arcs and techniques that just fall out of favour, but is the quest one of them? The panel will discuss the great quest narrative and how new stories are finding ways to make quests interesting again.
Hope to see you there!
October 7th, 2015
Now that An Inheritance of Ashes is hitting shelves, it’s the return of the Signed Books Post!
While I’ve been tweeting where to find signed copies of Above and An Inheritance of Ashes as I nose in and out of bookstores, it’s occurred to me that having a consistent list might be helpful to people who like their books signed by the author! So in that spirit, the signed books post. This list will grow the more I travel about, and should generally be current!
If you’ve been to a location below and found they’re out of signed copies, please let me know — I’ll take it off the list!
The Avid Reader Magazines and Books, 513 Division St.
Manticore Books, 103 Mississaga Street E.
Black Squirrel Books and Tea, 1073 Bank St.
Bakka-Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord St.
Indigo Bay and Bloor, 55 Bloor St. West.
Indigo Yonge and Eglinton, 2300 Yonge St.
Mabel’s Fables, 662 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Indigo Place Montréal Trust, 1500 avenue McGill College.
New York State
Flights of Fantasy Books and Games, 381 Sand Creek Rd.
New York City
Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street
The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway.
October 6th, 2015
It’s October 6th, which means An Inheritance of Ashes officially hits shelves today.
This has been a pretty long road between the first drops of an idea and the book loosing into the world, and one that a lot of people carried and/or dragged me along when my proverbial legs got wobbly. So while I know most people preview a book with the first chapter? I’d like to show you my acknowledgments.
Here are the people I owe Ashes to.
An Inheritance of Ashes was a book that asked a lot of me. I wrote my first book as a writer, but I wrote this one as a person, and bringing your whole self to a book when you are a person, with so much more than books to love, is a harder set of compromises. A lot of people supported and carried me during writing Above; for An Inheritance of Ashes, a great many people offered, in the face of those more complicated things, so much that made such a difference: kindness, experience, and patience.
For all the work, thought, and encouragement that went into fostering this idea, even though the external things didn’t work out: Cheryl Klein.
For their patience with a very drafty first draft, and their comments on it: Michael Matheson and Ian Keeling.
Lindsey Shorser and Jeff Yagar, who put up with my occasionally collaring them to go: “Is this cool or stupid?” and reciting random plot points at high speed.
Kelly Jones, Pam McNew, and Jennifer Adam, for taking the time to not only talk about the writing, but to point out some of the things this particular city girl assumed or misunderstood about running a small farm.
Emma Bull, whose wisdom on other projects came forward to vastly improve this one; Merrie Haskell, who generously shared both her insights and experience, and made the way there much, much clearer; and Michelle Sagara West, for her invaluable knowledge and invaluable practicality, and willingness to share both.
Chandra Rooney, for probably a million hours’ worth of work dates all over the west end, talking out plot points, talking about positioning, beta-reading chapters that just changed completely anyway, double-checking my instincts on cover copy when it was midnight and my brain stopped working, making me write words instead of bailing to see Batman even though I really wanted to bail and see Batman, and finally, telling me it was going to be okay in a way she knew I’d believe. Which is what the best writing partners do, and the best friends.
The Ontario Arts Council, whose Writers’ Works in Progress grant program let me jump face-first into the scary, wonderful life of a full-time writer. Thanks for believing in this book at its very beginnings, and for the chance to, well, take a chance.
My literary agent, Caitlin Blasdell, for knowing exactly where to take a weird little book; Diane Kerner at Scholastic Canada for the immediate and ongoing faith throughout the life of this project; and Anne Hoppe at Clarion, whose patience and enthusiasm were the bedrock that made this manuscript happen—a bedrock that not excessively dented by teaching one anxious and occasionally very opinionated author the ins and outs of writing on proposal (and a few things about prose clarity and structural tics, besides). Thank you for the immense effort and care put into this book. It has meant everything.
And finally, Philippe McNally, who understands. In the acknowledgments for Above I said that now I understood all those acknowledgment-page stereotypes; what Ashes taught me is how a partner who wants you to make good art makes everything suddenly possible.
Thank you, love, for doing more than your equal share of a lot of things while I rewrote whole chapters; for the infinite supply of gross deadline snacks; for drawing both the Nopetopus and the capybaras with machine guns, which clearly contributed to my process; for making it clear that time I take away from Us Things for Book Things is not, in your eyes, a favour you do me or a debt to collect; and for, knowing full well that this is going to happen every book, marrying me anyway. I love you like a whole forest of adorable kittens where there is also an astronaut convention taking place. I love you like the sky. Thank you.
I sincerely hope you all enjoy it.