Now Write! Panel: Capturing Your Dreams – How to Craft a Bestselling Fantasy Novel

GLAWS Special Speaker panel Sat. Sept 17, 2016

stackcroppedContributors to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror will discuss craft in a way that goes beyond the usual writers’ panel.  Our panelists will speak candidly about their own writing and share their favorite tools.  Be inspired by Kim Dower’s encouragement to capture material from you dreams, learn Michelle Newman’s secrets on how to effectively ground fantasy in reality and have fun with Derek Taylor Kent’s approach to character development.  We will do one of our guests’ exercises during the event, so bring a notebook, pens will be provided.  Moderated by Now Write! editor, Laurie Lamson.

Kim-DowerKim Dower

(“Steal From Your Dreams With a Twist of Fevered Writing” in Ideas and Inspiration chapter.)

Kim Dower is a poet with three collections: Air Kissing on Mars (2010), Slice of Moon (2014) and Last Train to the Missing Planet came out earlier this year (all published by Red Hen Press.) Her poems have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Eclipse, Rattle, and Barrow Street. She has taught creative writing at Emerson College and teaches Come Dressed as Your Favorite Poem, at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Derek Taylor KentDerek Taylor Kent

(“FUNdamentals of Writing” in Memorable Heroes, Villains and Monsters chapter.)

Derek Taylor Kent is an author, screenwriter, performer and director based in Los Angeles. His award-winning book series Scary School (written under pen-name Derek the Ghost) has become one of the most popular new series for middle-readers ages 7 to 12. His bi-lingual picture book El Perro Con Sombrero came out August 18, 2015 through Holt/Macmillan and was a #1 best-selling new release. His first novel for an adult audience, Kubrick’s Game, is set for release September 26, 2016 through Evolved Publishing.

Other books include the award-winning educational picture book Simon and the Solar System and the magical adventure Rudy and the Beast, both available now. Derek also specializes in writing narrative scripts for Virtual Reality content.

Michele N. 241Michelle Newman

(“Make It Real” in Scene Construction and Style chapter.)

Michelle Newman is completing her first historical fantasy novel, “Mistaken Knights,” while trying to save the world one kilowatt hour at a time: She moonlights for a company that creates green energy solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.

Schedule

2:00 – Doors open to the public – Register & Network with other writers
2:30 – Announcements
3:00 – Now Write! Panel
4:15 – Q&A
4:45 – Meet the Speaker(s)
5:30 – Library must close
6:00 – Guest of Honor Dinner – Members-only by RSVP.

Location

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Hot Off The Presses: Contributors’ Newest Work

Here is a round-up of some Now Write! contributors brand new books this year – some not even out till a little later this month.  The first two authors listed below, Kim Dower and Derek Taylor Kent, are guest speakers on a free Now Write! panel this Saturday, Sept. 17 in West Los Angeles: “Capturing Your Dreams: How To Craft A Bestselling Fantasy Novel.”

Last Train To The Missing Planetlast-train-cover by Kim Dower (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
Red Hen Press (March 29, 2016)

Kim Dower is known for combining the accessible and profound in her poetry. This third collection is about love, longing, and passion tipped sideway. Sounds pretty sexy and intriguing!

Kubrick’s Gamekubricks-game-cover by Derek Taylor Kent Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
Evolved Publishing (August 7, 2016)

What if Stanley Kubrick left behind more than just his classic films? What if he also left behind an elaborate puzzle cleverly buried within his films, which would lead the player toward a treasure that could change the course of human history.

A puzzle/action/adventure theme adds to the suspense as each clue is discovered.  Shawn Hagan, a college film student obsessed with legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, discovers hidden clues in his movies, which lead him on a harrowing quest toward a mysterious treasure. Endangered by sinister groups on the same quest.

Revolution’s Endrevolutions-end-cover by Brad Schreiber (Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
Skyhorse Publishing (August 2, 2016)

The most famous kidnapping in U.S. history is fully explained, detailing Patty Hearst’s relationship with Donald DeFreeze (known as Cinque) head of the Symbionese Liberation Army.  Not only did the heiress have a sexual relationship with DeFreeze while he was imprisoned, she didn’t know he was an informant and a victim of prison behavior modification. Neither she nor the white radicals who followed DeFreeze realized that he was molded by a CIA officer and allowed to escape, thanks to collusion with the California Department of Corrections. DeFreeze’s secret mission: infiltrate and discredit Bay Area anti-war radicals and the Black Panther Party, the nexus of 70s activism.

The Listenerthe-listener-cover by Rachel Basch (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Pegasus Books (May 3, 2016)

The challenges to identity that arise in both adolescence and middle age―and the student and therapist who just may have the power to save each other.

Told from two points of view, The Listener explores the ways in which we conceal and reveal our identities. As truth after truth is exposed, characters are forced to reconsider themselves and reorder their lives, with few easy answers to be found for anyone.

Mercurymercury-cover by Margot Livesey (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Harper (September 27, 2016)

A psychological drama and emotional thriller exploring love, obsession, and the deceits that pull a family apart.

As an optometrist Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing and is sure he and his wife, Viv are both devoted to their two children and to each other. But when she begins to dream of competing again, embracing the ambitions she had relinquished, as a young woman. Her daydreams soon morph into consuming desire, and her infatuation with the thoroughbred escalates to obsession.

Dating Your Character: A Sexy Guide to TV and Screenwriting dating-your-char-coverby Marilyn R. Atlas (Now Write! Screenwriting contributor)
Deborah Cutler-Rubenstein (Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor), and Elizabeth Lopez
Stairway Press (August 30, 2016)

Based on the principle that interesting characters actually are co-creators in the writing process, this book is organized into some of the standard stages in an evolving romantic relationship.

Unlike writing books that approach character development using a winnowing process involving general categorization and list-making, without an in-depth synthesis of the collage of facts in the character’s biography, this approach focuses on the importance of characters’ individuality: their eccentricity, drive, and relative “basis in fact” inspired in part by people you know or you yourself.

The Quest For Peace quest-for-peace-cov-copyby Laurie Lamson (Now Write! Screenwriting co-editor, Now Write! Mysteries co-editor, Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror editor)
JaZzyMaE Media (August 6, 2016)

A thought-provoking short story Kindle book about a young man’s quest for peace in the Middle East.

Happy International Peace Day!

Now Write! Contributors’ New Work – In Time For Holiday Shopping!

Now Write! contributors are prolific working writers.  Just in time for holiday shopping, here are some of their newest works – all published this year, or even this month.  There’s something for everyone, so check out this wonderful array of new books.  

And if you’re looking for a gift for an aspiring or professional writer,  of course a Now Write! anthology is perfect.  You might also want to explore Writing Books by Now Write! Contributors.

Happiness as a Second Language: A Guidebook to Achieving Lasting, Permanent Happiness
by Valerie Alexander (Now Write! Screenwriting contributor)
Goalkeeper Media, Inc.  (April, 2013 – Kindle Edition]

Happiness-AlexanderHappiness as a Second Language teaches happiness the same way you would learn any language that wasn’t spoken in your home. Being happy is completely within your reach, but you have to do the work to get there.

Simple and straightforward with easy-to-follow instructions  and familiar sample situations, this “ultimate textbook” is touching, often heartbreaking and sometimes hysterical.  Start now, and you will be fluent in Happiness before you know it.

*** Read Valerie’s guest post: Writer Happiness. ***

Limited Sight Distance: Essays for Airwaves
by  Robert Root (Now Write! Nonfiction contributor)

Amazon (February, 2013)

limitedsightdistanceCollects the best of the “Thinking Out Loud” series of essays Robert Root recorded for Michigan Public Radio in the 1980s. In them he muses on the old house in which he lives, the neighborhood around it, memories of growing up in Western New York, the seasons he observes, the sensations of traveling, encounters with the cosmos, and interludes in the natural world—the things that make him want to think out loud.

The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic
by  Bruce McAllister (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror contributor)
Aeon Press (February, 2013)

VillageSangDuring the Cold War a 14-year-old American boy, Brad Lattimer, moves with his family to a fishing village in Northern Italy.  It’s no ordinary village, but Brad is welcomed like a long-lost cousin.  This is the village where Mary Shelley may have dreamed her dream that became Frankenstein. It is certainly the village where Brad, too, will start to dream strange dreams and write his own first stories; where he will fall sick because the village’s magic has its hold on him, wanting him to become something other than a boy–something that can never leave it–something it can have as its own for eternity.

Nursing a Grudge 
by Diana Orgain (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Amazon (November, 2013 – Kindle Edition)

nursingagrudgeBook Four in the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series 
: Bringing up baby—bringing down a killer.

Kate Connolly would like nothing more than to cuddle with her new baby, except to solve her next case and become a bonafide P.I. She gets her chance when San Francisco’s hottest critic writes a particularly scathing review about the trendy new restaurant, Philosophie. The critic’s boyfriend falls to his death under mysterious circumstances from Painted Rock Cliff, and Kate fears that the restaurant critic may be targeted next. Battling sleep deprivation, diaper blowouts and breastfeeding mishaps, Kate muddles through her own investigation, Mommy style.

Downtrodden Abbey: The Interminable Saga of an Insufferable Family
by Gillian Fetlocks (aka Billy Frolick,  Now Write! Screenwriting contributor)
Thomas Dunne Books, (December, 2013 – Hardcover)

downtroddenabbeyWelcome to Downtrodden Abbey, where a battle for the deed to the property is waged between legitimate aristocrats and pretenders to the throne.  The overwrought melodrama takes the reader upstairs and downstairs, into parlors and drawing rooms, boudoirs and bathrooms, and across every class—from the classiest to the classless—in the social pecking order of Edwardian England. A wicked sense of humor skewers your favorite Downton Abbey characters in this winning parody.

The Incredible Sestina Anthology
by Daniel Nestor (Editor) (Now Write! Nonfiction contributor)
Write Bloody Publishing (October, 2013)

The-Incredible-SestinaThe book collects more than 100 examples of this poetic form, from Sherman Alexis to Louis Zukofsky and everywhere in between: sestina classics; modern masterpieces; double sestinas, comic sestinas,  minimalist takes; Jonah Winter’s world-famous “Bob” sestina; selections from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and much much more.

Slice of Moon
by Kim Dower  (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror contributor
Red Hen Press (October, 2013)

sliceofmoonIn her second poetry collection, Kim Dower retains her whimsical style while reaching deeper inside what it means to be human — writing of love, longing, motherhood, vulnerability, death — with the same humor and accessibility of her earlier work, but with greater lyrical intensity, irony, poignancy. The collection is a rainbow rope of entwined emotional fibers, each one a different expression: funny, sad, angry, loving, strong, fearful, sexy. She  weaves these colors beautifully to create a book that resonates with honesty and the complexities of life.

If you would like to recommend your own or someone else’s book as a great holiday gift – please give the details in a comment below.  Thank you!