News, Notes & Info

Recent Personal Appearances

It’s been busy on the public speaking front lately: I’ve had three appearances in the past few weeks, in very different venues.

On Saturday evening, September 15th, I was honored to be the guest speaker at Conner & Smith, part of an intimate evening that included samplings of several different wines, live music and conversations about the arts. I was interviewed by host Matt Conner, discussed my Gemeta Stone series and fielded questions about the writing process.

Matt's Wine Tasting Kara 1

Discussing Kinglet with Matt Conner.

On Tuesday, September 18th, I traveled to Front Royal, Virginia for a visit to Skyline High School, where I was the guest speaker for two Creative Writing classes (taught by Rich Follett) and one AP Literature class (taught by Matt Kull) – approximately 60 students altogether. I had a lively discussion with all three classes about the craft of writing, touching on topics as wide-ranging as development of characters, the dreaded waking-up opener, and writer’s block. Here are some scenes from that day:

SkylineHSTalk1

Speaking to a combined class of creative writing and literature students at Skyline High School.

SkylineHSTalk3

The students read the opening of KINGLET as a class assignment; for contrast I read them the opening of STONEKING, which takes place years later in the same setting, with much the same group of characters, but with a very different mood.

SkylineHSTalk2

Signing a copy of RAGIS for my good friend Rich Follett.

When 2:30 rolled around the students were dismissed for the day, but I stayed for a quick interview with Mike McCool of the Royal Examiner. You can see the two videos here and here (warning: they’re long).

On October 13th I participated in Indie Author Day at Patrick Henry Library in my own little town of Vienna, Virginia. While there wasn’t as much foot traffic to our room as I would have liked (signage from the library would have helped), I did have some interesting chats with the library’s rep and my fellow authors (in the photo below, I’m talking to Russell Ginns, author of Samantha Spinner and The Super-Secret Plans). Overall I was pleased with the way my table looked, and got a few more ideas from looking at the other authors’ displays.

IndieAuthorDay

My table (right by the kitchen sink!) at Patrick Henry Library’s Indie Author Day event.

Subscribe!

Want to get my latest updates delivered straight to your inbox? Look for the red, white and black logo for “Tiny Letter” on any page of this site, click on the link, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can sign up for my newsletter, “Fantasy, Fancies, and the Occasional Fox.” You’ll get the latest news about my writing and acting work (plus my backyard foxes, birding, gardening, cooking, reading and whatever else strikes my fancy).

There’s no obligation, no strings attached, you can unsubscribe at any time and I pinky-swear that I’ll never, ever spam you nor share your email with anyone else. And I promise not to write about politics – a topic that makes my skin crawl.

I haven’t set a firm schedule yet, but I’m looking at a monthly publication, or maybe even every other month. It all depends on how lively things get. So why not join the fun and subscribe today?

Newsletter Masthead