Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Delilah Dawson

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Delilah Dawson

We were able to snag a couple minutes of Delilah Dawson’s time to talk about her awesome experiences writing in the Star Wars universe, the difference between writing a novel and writing a comic, and what made her discover her calling as a writer.

1. We are very excited to have you at Phoenix Comic Fest! What is the thing you’re most excited to see or do at the event?
This will be my fourth visit to the con, and it’s always one of my favorites. I love pretty much everything—meeting readers, hanging out with other authors, being on fun panels, signing anything that will hold still, suffering on the Author Batsu panel, laughing at the Drinks with Authors event, and enjoying the amazing food around downtown Phoenix.

 

2. What made you realize that it was your calling to be an author?
I didn’t know I wanted to write a book until I was 31. My second child stopped sleeping, and so did I. My brain broke, and I started hallucinating. My husband helped me get more sleep and suggested I find a creative outlet—writing a book. With his help, I knocked out my first book in a few months. Once I knew it was possible, I decided to level up and get published. I wrote that first book in 2009, got an agent in 2010, sold my first three-book series in 2011, and saw my first book on the shelf in 2012. I actually have an art degree and worked as a muralist, but I always felt like I couldn’t quite find my body of work. It was a surprise when writing really clicked for me. I’m so glad my path brought me here!

 

3. What was it like to be able to publish a Star Wars book about Captain Phasma (who is probably one of our favorite characters in the new Star Wars movies)?
Writing for Star Wars is a dream come true! Getting to write Bazine in The Perfect Weapon was a huge honor, and that led to writing a Greer Sonnell story for the Star Wars Insider. I had my fingers crossed that I would get to write a full-length novel one day, and Phasma is the perfect choice, as I specialize in writing dangerous women. I got to visit the Lucasfilm offices in San Francisco to read the TFA script and meet the whole publishing team, and I felt like a kid at Willy Wonka’s factory the entire time. It was a joy and privilege to show the world exactly who Phasma is and why she does what she does. I’ve also gotten to write some comics for Star Wars Adventures and Star Wars Forces of Destiny, as well as the 40th anniversary anthology From a Certain Point of View. My editors know that I’ll always be hoping to write anything in the Star Wars universe. 🙂

 

3. What was the most challenging part about writing Star Wars: PHASMA?
The entire experience was wonderful, but it was definitely tricky hammering out a plot with input from so many different parties while staying within the parameters of the (currently) known Star Wars universe. The NDA prevents me from saying too much about the process, but I can tell you I felt supported and encouraged at all times and learned a lot by reading the Comments in every draft.

 

4. We see that you have a new project coming out with Kevin Hearne, called Kill the Farm Boy, scheduled to be released this July! Can you share some details about the Pell series with our attendees?
This series is SO MUCH FUN. Kevin is one of my best friends, and we were eating terrible airport barbecue on day, and he had the fabulous idea of creating a Fantasy anthology in which various writers skewered the obvious tropes and cliches of the genre. Instead, we decided to write the book together, bouncing chapters back and forth and having as much fun as possible. The Chosen One… is not the hero. The girl in the chain mail bikini is not who you think she is. The bard is a giant bunny. The dark lord is more crepuscular and mainly makes croutons. It’s full of puns, jokes, and poking fun at the genre we love, and we hope it will make everyone giggle! The Tales of Pell series is set to have three books- Kill the Farm Boy, No Country for Old Gnomes, and The Princess Beard. And there will be free galleys at the Del Rey booth, plus special giveaways for people who want to get Chosened.

 

5. Will we be able to learn more about the new project at Phoenix Comic Fest?
Definitely! We can’t stop talking about it. We’ll have galleys to sign, fun games, and hilarious buttons.

 

6. You’ve also dabbled in comics! What are some of the challenges of writing for comics vs writing a novel? Or did you find it easier to write for comics?
Once my novel career got rolling, I was invited to write a Shadowman story for Kindle Worlds, and that made me realize that I wanted to write comics one day. I got to write short comics for the BOO! anthology from Monkeybrain, and then I pitched a creator-owned series to BOOM! Studios, which became Ladycastle. The premise: What if strange women lyin’ in ponds, distributin’ swords WAS a great basis for a system of government? My editors, Chris Rosa and Sierra Hahn, were instrumental in helping me level up to writing comics scripts, and I love the book we’ve created. That lead to writing comics for Star Wars Adventures and Forces of Destiny, not to mention Adventure Time, Labyrinth, and The X-Files. I love writing my own comics work and in worlds I love and have several secret properties in the pipeline.

It’s definitely a mind switch from the weight and length of novels, and I think of comics as a sort of sorbet to cleanse the palette. It’s not easier or harder, just different. It takes practice and repetition and lots of reading to learn how to plot 6, 12, or the standard 22 pages as compared to a novel-length work, and you’ve got to think about the plot and character arcs both in terms of issues and series. Another important point: You always want your big reveals on the evenly numbered pages so you get that gasp of surprise when your reader turns the page.

 

7. Are there any other new projects that we should be keeping an eye out for from you? Where can our attendees find you online?
You can always find me online at whimsydark.com and on Twitter and Instagram @DelilahSDawson. Kill the Farm Boy is my next big release, and in October comes Treason of Hawks, the final book in my Shadow series, written as Lila Bowen. I have a few other projects in the works that I’m not allowed to talk about, but you can sign up for the newsletter on my website to get that information as it’s available. Thanks so much for reading, and hope to see you at PHXCF!

Thanks so much for your time with us Delilah! Make sure to check out her schedule and say hi to her at Phoenix Comic Fest this May 24-27, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center!

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Author Amy Lukavics

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Author Amy Lukavics

We had the pleasure of talking with Amy Lukavics about her horror novels that are sure to give you nightmares, her love for roller derby, and we found out what class she prefers when playing D&D. Check out the video and make sure to catch her at Phoenix Comic Fest 2018 this May 24-27, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Gail Carriger

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate and the urban fantasy San Andreas Shifters series, was able to chat with us briefly about the inspiration behind her popular series, gave a valuable piece of advice as a writer, and even shared a little bit about her experience with adapting a novel into a manga!

1. We’re so excited to have you at Phoenix Comic Fest! Is there anything you’re excited to see or do at PCF this year?
I’m really excited about the Friday evening Drinks with Creators. That is totally my cup of tea. Or should I say, glass of prosecco?

 

2. I saw that you are an ex-archaeologist. What made you decide to turn your attention to being an author?
I always wanted to be an archaeologist, writing was rather more like breathing, just something I did. A year after Soulless released, I realized I might actually have a career as a writer. I still haven’t recovered from the shock.

 

3. What was your inspiration for the Parasol Protectorate Series?
The simple fact is: this was what I wanted to read. I like steampunk but it tends to be a little too dark and riddled with technobabble for me. I enjoy urban fantasy but am not wild about a modern setting. So I thought I might just combine the two, and then shake it up with a jot of romance and a whole lot of comedy. Then I started thinking about what kind of world could accommodate all these different elements. I’m familiar with the Victorian era and I find it a rich source of amusement in and of itself. Those ridiculous fashions and that obsession with etiquette seem the perfect time period to drop in vampires (dictating such things) and werewolves (chaffing against them) not to mention steam technology. It seemed to me that what comedy I couldn’t supply with plot and character, an alternate Victorian London could provide simply by being itself.

 

4. Most of your works are set in the Parasolverse. For readers just discovering your work, does this mean it’s connected to your Parasol Protectorate Series? Should we read them in a certain order, if so?
Yes, the Parasol Protectorate series is the first in the Parasolverse. You can read them in any order you want. Jump in with a series. Start with YA. Or pick up one of the stand alone novellas. It’s kind of like Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar world, there are lots of jumping off points. If you want to read strictly in world chronological order, there is wikia listing for that. http://gailcarriger.wikia.com/wiki/Books_in_Chronological_Order

 

5. I see you had a manga adaptation of the Parasol Protectorate Series! Can you share how the experience was developing your manga?
It was great! I love the manga and I loved working with Yen to bring them to life. I’m so lucky I got a graphic novel adaptation, so few authors do.

 

6. Do you think you’ll do another graphic novel adaptation of any of your other stand-alone or series?
I’m absolutely open to it. Would love to.

 

7. What kind of writing advice would you give your best friend?
Go get yourself training in how to run a small business.

 

8. Do you have any new or future projects that yon share with us today?
Well my latest stand alone novellas is basically my ode to Georgette Heyer, only with werewolves. I have a new Custard Protocol book out in July, Competence. There is a special Illustrated edition of Soulless coming out in September, and the plates would be really fun to color in - just saying. Finally, the next in my sexy San Andreas Shifter series, the Omega Objection, will be out in November.

 

9. Where can readers find you online?
gailcarriger.com and most social media platforms.

 

10. Let’s end it on a fun note. If given the choice, would you be a vampire or a werewolf?
Neither. I’m one of those who wouldn’t opt for immortality, I find the idea of outliving all of my friends unbearable.

Thank you so much for taking some time to answer our questions, Gail! You can catch her at Phoenix Comic Fest, May 24-27th at the Phoenix Convention Center. Make sure to check out her books and where she will be at the event below!

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Alexandra Monir

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Alexandra Monir

Alexandra Monir, author of recently released THE FINAL SIX and the TIMELESS series, shared some great insight with us about her experiences as a songwriter and storyteller, details over her newest book, and shared her excitement about The Final Six being optioned by Sony Pictures! Catch Alexandra at Phoenix Comic Fest 2018 this May 24-27, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

1. We’re very excited to have you attending Phoenix Comic Fest this year! What are you looking forward to seeing or doing at the event?
I can’t wait!! I’m especially looking forward to the author panels I get to be a part of. To discuss books and writing with authors like Christopher Paolini, Romina Russell, and Chuck Wendig is just the coolest!

 

2. While our attendees may know you as an author, they might not know that you’re also a singer/songwriter! How long have you been singing and writing songs?
Yes! I’ve been writing and recording music since I was 14, after a high-school breakup spurred me on to write my first song. 🙂 A little over two years later, I was on the road opening for O-Town, a major boy band at the time. It was wild!

 

3. Do you have any albums and where can we find them?
I actually wrote and recorded a few songs as a tie-in with my first book series, TIMELESS, and you can find those songs on iTunes and Spotify.

 

4. What made you want to become a writer?
I’ve been a voracious reader since before I could even actually read! My favorite pastime when I was little was flipping through books and making up my own stories to accompany the pictures- so writing was the most natural fit.

 

5. What is your writing process like for books vs. your songs?
It couldn’t be more different! Songs are very quick for me to write- my best songs are written in 30 minutes or less. But with books, it’s just the opposite. I’ll spend hours upon hours brainstorming the plot and characters and writing out a synopsis, then a detailed outline, then a manuscript, then revising the book with my editor- the whole process takes at least a year. So it’s a huge difference in the time involved, but both are what make me a storyteller. 🙂

 

6. You’ve published five books so far, with your most recent just released in March called The Final Six. For our attendees, can you tell us a little about your newest book?
The Final Six takes place in the near-future, after Earth is largely destroyed and underwater from global warming. With the future of the human race at stake, the United Nations and the international space agencies band together to send a crew of six astronauts to create a new human settlement on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. It’s a mission that requires the young—so the space agencies handpick twenty-four teen finalists from around the globe, to train and compete for one of the six spots on the mission. But getting chosen will mean leaving Earth and everyone on it forever–and entering a new world with its own unique dangers.

 

7. What was the inspiration for The Final Six?
I was listening to a radio interview with an aspiring astronaut, who was applying to be a candidate for an experimental mission to colonize Mars, when suddenly an idea hit me: what if the conditions on Earth were to make this type of quest no longer voluntary—but an urgent, government-mandated mission, complete with a military-style draft? And what if those believed to have the highest odds of surviving this mission, and remaining fertile by the time the new planet is terraformed and ready for colonization, are the teenagers? Once the premise came to me, I was off and running!

 

8. I’ve also read that this book has already been optioned by Sony Pictures! What was it like for you to have a book optioned so quickly?
It’s really been the biggest thrill! I’ll never forget the moment when my manager texted me to say Sony was making an offer, and then when the announcement hit Deadline and Variety- wow! That was like literally seeing my dreams come true with my own eyes. 🙂 HarperCollins pre-empted the book rights that same week, and it was truly one of the best weeks of my life!

 

9. Are there any new or future projects you’re excited to share with us today?
I’m currently working on the sequel to The Final Six!! And I’m so excited about it!

 

10. Where can our attendees find you online?
Twitter: @TimelessAlex
Instagram: @alexandramonir
Facebook: @AlexandraMonirAuthor

A special thank you to Alexandra for taking time out of her busy schedule to chat with us. We are super excited to hear more news about the film adaptation of her book and to get our hands on the sequel to The Final Six. Make sure to pick up her books and say hello to her at Phoenix Comic Fest 2018!

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Author Sam Maggs

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Author Sam Maggs

Recently, we chatted with Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women on her writing experiences, the importance of female equality, her newest projects, and what it has been like to write for BioWare’s newest video game, Anthem! Catch her at Phoenix Comic Fest 2018 this May 24-27, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

 

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY author Sam Maggs

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Victoria/V.E. Schwab

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews Victoria/V.E. Schwab

We sat down with Victoria (V.E.) Schwab, author of the best selling Shades of Magic, Monsters of Verity, and Villains series. Together, we chat about her newest projects, world-building in the Shades of Magic series, and her amazing fanbase. Catch Victoria Schwab at Phoenix Comic Fest 2018 this May 24-27, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Phoenix Comic Fest Interviews SHADES OF MAGIC Author Victoria/V.E. Schwab

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