Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Introducing DREAMRUSH

I'm very excited to announce the release of DREAMRUSH, my first collection of short fiction. The collection includes several stories that were previous only available in ebook format, including the Dreamwielder prequel "Wulfram," as well the never-before-published story "Deus ex Aurum," which is set during an alternate California gold rush.

The book is available in trade paperback and ebook formats at Amazon and all major online book retailers.

Here's the full book jacket blurb:

"Calcaterra's stories, long and short, are well-crafted, innately readable, and thoroughly kick-ass." –Ahimsa Kerp, author of Cthulhu Kaiju

From the author of The Dreamwielder Chronicles comes 5 tales of fantasy, future past, and gaslamp frontierism, including...

"The Knight's Dog" – The gritty fantasy that's been read over 80k times and is oft compared to The Game of Thrones.

"Page Fault" – A thrilling mashup of cyberpunk, fantasy, noir, and post-apocalyptic fiction.

"Deus ex Aurum" and "Gold Comes Out" – Groundbreaking tales of gaslamp frontierism, set during the California gold rush.

"Wulfram" – The prequel to Dreamwielder, chronicling the story of the mysterious sorcerer Wulfram.

-Garrett Calcaterra

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Spring Recap and Summer Events

It's been an eventful spring and early summer of 2016. I kicked things off with a book signing at the Book Carnival in Orange back in April, along with steampunk legend James P. Blaylock. The event was well attended and my trip back down to southern California afforded me the opportunity to meet up with family and the crew from my writing group, The Biscuits.

Next, I conducted a sci-fi and fantasy writing workshop for kids here in my new hometown of San Leandro, at the Manor Library. The young attendees were super-attentive and excited to write their own stories. Their enthusiasm reminded me why I enjoyed teaching in the classroom for so long.

Most recently, I returned to the county where I attended high school and did a book signing at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills. I had a lot of family and friends attend, and met some new fans, which was great. Authors James L'Etoile and M. Todd Gallowglas also stopped by, and it was wonderful getting to catch up with the both of them. A big thanks to Jim also for sharing some photos, two of which I've shared here.

Next up for me is a trip to Portland, Oregon for Westercon. I won't be participating in any panels or readings at this convention, so it'll be nice to just relax and watch other writers talk this time around.

In other news, my collection of short work, Dreamrush, officially releases next week (July 5, 2016). I'll be sure to do a new post on launch day. In the interim of all this, I've slowly continued on with the prep work for my new fantasy novel involving prehistoric creatures, and I'm also tinkering with a rough outline for the third (and final) Dreamwielder book. Once I get back from Westercon, it'll be full-on writing time.

-Garrett Calcaterra

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dreamwielder ebook: 99 cents all week!

In honor of the Nebula Awards, which happen this week, my publisher, Diversion Books, is running a promotional deal on the ebook edition of Dreamwielder. All week (May 10–17, 2016), you can download the book for 99 cents.

Download a copy if you haven't already, and if you have, well heck, please help spread the word.

I'm also getting in on the Nebula action. No, not by getting nominated for an award (I wish!), but with my article on the Nebulas at The Book Stops Here, "7 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors You Won’t Believe Have Never Won a Nebula Award for Best Novel."

To download a copy of Dreamwielder, cheap, click here.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Doings

Dreary, rainy weather inspires me to read and write, but I somehow always manage to be more productive in the Spring than in the winter. Seems a little cliche, what with all the spring "rebirth" symbolism and what have you, but there you have it. I'm a busy bee when it comes to writing in the spring.

Here's a quick recap of what's going on.

  • FOGcon was great. I read from Souldrifter, participated on two panels, and got to meet all sort of wonderful people. FantasyLiterature.com wrote up a nice recap, if you're interested, and it even includes a picture of me. 
  • I wrote a guest post over at The Book Stops Here called "The Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels that Inspired The Dreamwielder Chronicles."
  • I have a new novella that will be coming out soon in an anthology from Cold Fusion Media called Redneck Eldritch. My story is called "Lake Town" and is loosely based on the region where I grew up, with a good bit of Lovecraftion horror added to it, of course. You can catch updates on the anthology and sneak peeks from some of the stories in the anthology at the Cold Fusion blog.
  • I'll be participating in a panel discussion on Dashiell Hammett and The Maltese Falcon at the San Leandro Library this coming Friday evening. If you're in the area, stop by to check it out and say hi. Should be a lively discussion. More details here.
  • I've decided to shelve my novel-in-progress, Remember the Future. It's simply not speaking to me like it was a couple of years ago, and I have new project in the early stages of planning that I'm much more excited about...
  • No details yet on the new novel-in-progress, but I can promise it's a high-concept spec-fiction novel that will improve upon the best parts of all my writing thus far. If you have a burning curiosity and just have to know what the book (might) be about, keep an eye on my profile over at Goodreads. My updates and "Currently Reading" list should lend some insights into what I'm researching in this early planning stage. 
That's all for now. I have a full-plate of writing and research to do, and the birds and squirrels making shenanigans out back have me inspired.

-Garrett Calcaterra

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Garrett Calcaterra at FOGcon 6

I'm very excited to be participating in this year's FOGcon, FOGcon 6 to be precise. The guests of honor are Jo Walton, Ted Chiang, and Donna Haraway. The posthumous "ghost of honor" is Octavia Butler. Butler is a big influence of mine, and incidentally enough, I just discussed her novel Wild Seed in a guest blog post I wrote called "The Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels that Inspired The Dreamwielder Chronicles." I'm pretty excited to catch some panels on her work. I'm also excited to hopefully meet Katherine Kerr, who will be appearing on several panels. I remember enjoying her Deverry series when I was in my early teens.

I personally will be doing a reading and then appearing on two panels. This is my second time appearing at FOGcon. The first time was two years ago, and it was my first time appearing on a panel ever. I was little jittery and uncertain of myself that first time (you can read about it here), so I'm glad to be going back with a little more experience and insight this time around. I learned a lot from the the other authors and panelists two years ago, and I have incorporated what I learned there both into my writing and my teaching, so yeah, it's great to be going back.

My appearance schedule is below, and you can find the full FOGcon schedule here. If you're attending the conference, please do introduce yourself. The convention is located in Walnut Creek, California and both day passes and full weekend passes are still available.

  • Friday, 4:30 - 5:45 PM, Santa Rosa Room: I'll be reading an excerpt from Souldrifter, but don't worry, not for the entire hour-plus segment. I'll be joined by two other authors who will be doing readings of their own work: Sunil Patel and Daniel Marcus
  • Saturday, 10:30 - 11:45 AM, Salon C: The Ethics of Magic: I'm really excited to sit on this panel with moderator metaphortunate and co-panelists Marie Brennan, Madeleine E. Robins, and Steven Schwartz. We'll be talking about the casual abuse of magical power by good characters and the underpinnings of magical systems themselves.
  • Saturday, 9:30 - 10:45 PM, Sacramento Room: More than Meets the Eye. This should be another great panel, this time on the topic of characters who defy our expectations of them. The panel will be moderated by Michele Cox, and will include Megan E. O'Keefe, Madeleine E. Robins, Terry Weyna, and myself as panelists.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Upcoming Appearances

It's mid-February, and I'm finally settling in to the new home, new freelance work, and my new writing schedule. I'm excited to announce several appearances at conventions and signings in the coming months. If one of them happens to be in your home town, I hope you'll stop by.

FOGCon: Fri, Mar 11 — Sun, Mar 13, Walnut Creek, California
I'll be giving a reading on Friday, and then appearing on two panels on Saturday. It'll be my second time at FOGcon and I'm really looking forward to it. Weekend and day passes are still available for purchase on the FOGcon website if you wanna go.

Book Carnival Signing: Sun, Apr 24 @ 3:00 PM, Orange, California
I'll be revisiting Orange County in April to do a signing along with one of my mentors and good friends, steampunk progenitor Jim Blaylock. Anne at the Book Carnival will have the newest releases from both of us available for purchase.

OCSA CW Guest Speaker: Mon, Apr 25, Santa Ana, California
The day after the the Book Carnival signing, I'll be visiting the art school I taught at for over a dozen years. This one is private, for OCSA students only.

SF/F Writing Workshop: Sat, Jun 11 @ 2:00 PM, Manor Library, San Leandro, California
To kickoff summer vacation for the local student authors, I'll be doing a sci-fi and fantasy writing workshop for children and young adults, ages 8 and up.

Face in a Book Signing: Sat, Jun 25 @ 1:00 PM, El Dorado Hills, California
Also in June, I'll be doing my first ever signing in the county I grew up in. Books will be available for purchase, and I'm hoping to catch up with friends I haven't seen in a long while. If nothing else, at least I know my mom will show up, so that's something.

Hopefully, I'll have more appearances to announce in the coming weeks and months. It'll be good to get out from behind the computer and see the light of day.

-Garrett Calcaterra

Monday, January 11, 2016

An Interview with Thriller Author Mia Thompson

One of the coolest things about being an author is having the opportunity to meet other authors. Mia Thompson is one of the authors I've been fortunate enough to get to know. She's author of the internationally bestselling Sapphire Dubois series, which includes the novels Stalking Sapphire, Silencing Sapphire, and Sentencing Sapphire. She also happens to have the same agent and publisher that I do.

I'm continually blown away by Mia, not only because she's a great writer, but because she was born in Sweden and English wasn't even her first language. The fact that she writes about serial killers is pretty cool, too.

Garrett: We’ll get right to the good stuff. Where did your fascination with serial killers come from?

Mia: I write about things that perplex me, and evil does. I have a hard time comprehending where it comes from, and why it evolves in some while not in others, so I write about it to try and understand it.

Garrett: Any chance that you’ll delve into supernatural horror in future books?

Mia: Supernatural, yes! I have a book plotted and planned in that very genre. Horror, no. Years ago, I tried to write a horror story about a haunted kindergarten. It creeped me out so badly I couldn’t sleep, so I swore to myself I would never attempt it again.