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NEWS & APPEARANCES

Salt Lake City Comic Con (9/4/2014)
Guest and panelist.
More Information: http://saltlakecomiccon.com/

Fantasy Con (7/3/2014)
Guest and Panelist
More Information: http://www.fantasycon.com/

Westercon 2013 (7/3/2014)
Guest and panelist at both Westercon and Fantasy Con, which are occurring on the same weekend, right across the street from each other.
More Information: http://westercon67.org/

Snow College Guest Lecturer (4/18/2014)
Doctor Kent Bean invited me to speak to his creative writing class and also his sci-fi literature class.

Leauge of Utah Writers Author Showcase (4/11/2014)
The Oquirrh Mountain chapter of the League of Utah Writers author showcase.
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152403439379136.1073741844.583339135&type=1&l=cbefd2dcf8

LTUE 2014 (2/14/2014)
Guest and Panelist

Comic Con--Salt Lake City (9/5/2013)
Guest on several panels. Some about The Hobbit movie.

World Con 2013--San Antonio (8/30/2013)
News

Gen Con 2013 (8/23/2013)
Guest panelist in the Writers' Symposium

Salt City Steamfest 2013 (7/26/2013)
Salt City Steamfest recap: http://paulgenesse.blogspot.com/2012/07/salt-city-steamfest-2012-recap.html
More Information: http://www.saltcitysteamfest.com/

Local Guest of Honor at ConDuit (5/23/2013)
News
More Information: http://paulgenesse.blogspot.com/2013/06/conduit-2013.html

LDS Storymakers Conference (5/9/2013)
Presentation on World Building from Character
More Information: http://ldstorymakers.com/

LTUE (2/13/2013)
News
More Information: http://ltue.net/Previous

World Con 2012 (8/30/2012)
I'll be there in Chicago. Can't wait.
More Information: https://chicon.org/

Gen Con (8/16/2012)
I'll be there as a guest doing panels and signings.
More Information: http://gencon.com/2012/indy/default.aspx

Steamfest 2012 (7/27/2012)
I'll be here doing a presentation on Steampunk novels.

Here's the blurb from the Facebook page:

Coming to a Salt Lake City near you, the first ever annual Salt City Steam Fest to be held at the Red Lion Hotel July 27-28th, 2012! Now I know what you are thinking, a one day festival? How can this be! Well my dears, it's happening and we'd love for you to participate in it! Join local Steampunkians as we gather to learn the basics of Steampunk, how to create your own goggles, an afternoon tea, and even how to waltz! Top it all off by an evening of excitement at the formal where captains and pirates, dames and darlings put aside their weapons to dance the night away.

More information coming soon on how you can purchase your one day pass to the past, be involved as a panelist, or even a vendor! Heres to you Salt Lake City, and heres to the amazing world of Steampunk! Got Aether? Registration is now open! www.saltcitysteamfest.com to pre-register for the convention!

http://www.facebook.com/events/219170871513663/
More Information: http://www.saltcitysteamfest.com/

Ridolfi Family Reunion (7/21/2012)

Cottonwood Heights Writing Council Workshop (6/16/2012)
Creating Conflict: Make war, not peace! Ruffle the feathers of your characters. Stir the pot of emotions. Add a fistfight or two. Craft a clever and entertaining argument among your heroes. Not all conflict has to be bloody or increase the body count, but it does have to keep the reader turning the pages. Author and editor, Paul Genesse (juh-NESS) will discuss the art of adding conflict to your stories, and will guide you through a hands-on workshop which will include creating, revising, and crafting fiction that will make your work stand out above the rest.

ConDuit (5/25/2012)
I'll be at ConDuit again this year doing panels and signings.
More Information: http://conduit.sfcon.org/

LDS Storymakers (5/4/2012)
I'm a special guest of LDS Storymakers and will be presenting Plot Storming from Character.
More Information: http://ldstorymakers.com/

Welby Elementery School, South Jordan, UT (4/20/2012)
Writing Workshop/School Visit

Write For the Heights Kick-Off Event (4/14/2012)
Presentation and signing at the Whitmore Library in Cottonwood Heights from 10:30-1:30 PM.

OTTONWOOD HEIGHTS LAUNCHES “WRITE FOR THE HEIGHTS 2012”

The Cottonwood Heights Arts Council is sponsoring the Write for the Heights Kickoff Event on April 14 in the Whitmore Library conference room from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several local authors are scheduled to give lectures: Robison Wells (“Variant”), Owen Ashton (“Rising above the Fog”), Jesse Parent (award-winning performance poetry artist), Amy Maida Wadsworth (“Faraway Child”), Helena Duncan (award-winning poet and short story author), and Paul Genesse (author of “The Iron Dragon” series and editor of “Crimson Pact”).
Afterwards, event participants can mingle with the authors in a meet and greet, bring a scene to workshop with Amy Maida Wadsworth, or take a fifteen minute class on “Creating Realistic Dialogue” with Helena Duncan.
This event is the first of several events throughout the year geared to promote literacy and the written word. This event is sponsored by the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council in cooperation with Whitmore Library and the Salt Lake County Library System.
More Information: http://cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/get_involved.arts.html

World Horror Convention (3/29/2012)
I'll be attending the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, UT. I'll have a reading and a book signing and will be recruiting authors to write for The Crimson Pact.
More Information: http://www.whc2012.org/World_Horror_2012.html

Writing Workshop South Jordan Library (3/28/2012)
Free writing workshop, all ages presentation, from 7:00-8:45 PM at the South Jordan Library. This will benefit Dyslexia Tutoring of Utah.

Salt Lake City Nerd Show (3/24/2012)
I'll be a guest st the first SLC Nerd Show. I'll be signing books at some point, but from 2-6 I'll be playing Legend of the Five Rings in an exhibition game, GM'd by Dan Wells. The other players are from our "Writer Nerd Game Night" group, and include Larry Correia, Nick Dianatkah, Abe R., and Steven Diamond. It'll be awesome.
More Information: http://www.facebook.com/SLCNerd

Welby Elementery School, South Jordan, UT (3/23/2012)
School visit/Writing Workshop with Sharon Rinehart's class and others.

Book Signing at Eborn Books (2/18/2012)
Book Signing at Eborn Books at the South Towne Mall, Sandy Utah 11-1 PM

Book Signing at Eborn Books at the Valley Fair Mall, West Valley City, Utah 2-4 PM

Life The Universe and Everything at Utah Valley University (2/9/2012)
I'll be a guest at a writing conference, Life, The Universe and Everything, Feb 9-11, 2012

My schedule is as follows:
Thursday Feb. 9
-Making a Book Trailer
(Paul Genesse, Heather Monson (M), Dan Wells, Angela Corbett, Lani Woodland)

Feb. 10: Book Signing 8-10PM

12 Noon Feb 11:
-Religion in Science Fiction: Is It Possible?
(L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Zachary Hill, Paul Genesse, Scott Parkin, Dan Lind (M), Eric James Stone)

3:00 PM Reading for 25 minutes. Paul will be reading from The Secret Empire.

More Information: http://www.ltue.org/LTUE_2012.html

World Con 2011 (8/18/2011)
I'll be at World Con in Reno, Nevada
More Information: http://www.renovationsf.org/

Gen Con 2011 (8/4/2011)
Paul will be a guest of Gen Con again and will be on many panels at the Writers' Symposium.
More Information: http://www.gencon-writers.com/

ConDuit 21 (5/27/2011)
I'll be a guest and panelist at my local Utah convention, ConDuit.
More Information: http://conduit.sfcon.org/

Lecture on eBooks at the Utah MENSA Meeting (4/7/2011)
The Utah MENSA association asked me to speak about eBooks and writing at their meeting on Thursday April 7, 2011. It's at the Salt Lake City library downtown, the main branch in public meeting room A. (210 East 400 South, SLC, UT 84111, 801-524-8200). It starts at 7:00 PM Thursday night and will go until 7:45 with a Q&A until 8:00.
More Information: http://spot.utmensa.org/

The Crimson Pact Volume 1 Released (3/20/2011)
The new eBook I edited, The Crimson Pact has been released. Check out the website for all the details.
More Information: http://www.thecrimsonpact.com/

Life The Universe and Everything (2/17/2011)

More Information: http://ltue.org/LTUE_2011.html

World Fantasy Convention (10/28/2010)
I'll be at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio on Ocotober 28-31.
More Information: http://www.contextsf.org/WFC/

Gen Con Indy 2010 (8/5/2010)
The Writers' Symposium is going strong and has a big presence once again at Gen Con Indy. Check out Jean Rabe's Gen Con page to learn more about who will be there and to learn what's going on. Attending the Symposium several years ago got me started and helped me get published. Hope to see you at the "Get Literal" panels.

Here's my schedule if you want to come and find me:

August 4, Wednesday

Arrive in Indianapolis, Indiana at 4:00 PM
Stay at the Hyatt Hotel


August 5, Thursday

10:00 Panel: Plot-storming from Character
11:00 Panel: Time Travel, Quantum Physics panel


August 6, Friday

10:00 Panel: Crafting the Love Scene
11:00 Panel: Setting is King
12:00 Brad Beaulieu’s reading, which I’ll be helping read a scene

2:00 Book signing—get an autographed copy of Paul’s books or have a chat.
4:00 Prophecy Panel on 2012

8:00 Eye of Argon Reading—I’ll be there


August 7, Saturday

11:00 Paul’s Pick My Brain Session—come and ask anything you want, we might even play Truth or Dare.

3:00 Book signing—get an autographed copy of Paul’s books or have a chat.

6:00 My Reading of No-Tusks, my orc story set in the Abyss Walker world. I promise you will laugh your head off. Also, come and meet Shane Moore, the author of the Abyss Walker novels, and also hear Don Bingle who will also be reading.

August 8, Sunday

9:00 Panel: Dark Ladies
10:00 Panel: Rounding your World (Moderator)

Leave for the airport at 2:00 PM

More Information: http://www.jeanrabe.com/page3.html

Guest Writing Teacher at the University of Utah (7/22/2010)
A local writing teacher asked me to be a guest instructor for a couple of hours at her writing class for young adults, which is being held at the University of Utah on July 22, 2010.

Geex Show Interview with Dungeon Crawlers Radio (7/16/2010)
I was at the Geex Show 2010 in Salt Lake City. Dungeon Crawlers Radio is having me on their show on the main stage on July 17 (it'll be posted later) and I'll be helping them with a panel on table-top gaming on July 16. Check out fifteen minute interview I did with them back at the ConDuit convention in 2010. The interview should be available on July 14, 2010. Click into Subscribe to this feed to find the show.
More Information: http://dungeoncrawlersradio.mypodcast.com/2010/07/DCR_Paul_Genesse_CONDuit_Interview_2010-319867.html

Radio Interview on K-Talk Utah AM 630 (7/10/2010)
I was the guest of K-Talk Utah AM 630, on their Sector Five radio show. The host, Dickie Shannon had me on the show for two full hours. It was the best interview I've ever done. Check the link and find my show on July 10, 2010. There are two separate FREE downloads, one for the first hour and then for the second hour when science fiction author Jaleta Clegg joined us.
More Information: feed://huffduffer.com/SectorFiveRadio/rss

ConDuit XX (5/28/2010)
I'll be a guest at the ConDuit sci-fi/fantasy convention in Salt Lake City on May 28-30, 2010.

Here are the details:

Paul Genesse’s Panels and Events at ConDuit 2010

Friday May 28, 2010
12:00 PM—Time Travel
2:00 PM—Exploring the Classics: Stories You May Have Missed

Saturday May 29 (my birthday, I’ll be 37)
10:00 AM—Riding the Rocket: How to Handle the Career Blast-off
1:00 PM—The Mike Show (Mike O. will be interviewing me, Barbara Hambly who is the author guest of honor, Kevin Wasden, and James Dashner).
3:00-4:00 PM—Book Signing

Sunday May 30
11:00-11:30 AM—Reading, I’ll be reading from The Secret Empire. Tom Carr will be reading at 11:30 from his book, Talking to Myself in the Dark in the Executive Board Room.
12:00 PM—Different Dragons, Different Visions


Panel Descriptions Below:

Friday May 28

Time Travel: Playing with the concept of time seems to be a fun and mind-bending plot device. But what about those pesky logic contradictions that pop up with alarming regularity in many time travel stories? Can there be time travel that works?

Exploring the Classics: Stories You May Have Missed:
There are certain books, movies, novellas and short stories that should be required knowledge for a sci-fi or fantasy fan, stories that form a base for all other stories in the genre. We all know about The Lord of the Rings and Dune, but what other classics are there that are often missed?


Saturday May 29

Riding the Rocket: How to Handle the Career Blast-Off:
The New York Times best-seller list. Second, third and more re-printings; book tours and book signings; lighting has struck and your career went from zero to warp speed. How do you survive the pressure, expectations and distractions with your wits, not to mention future projects, intact? What should you watch out for, and what is normal (if anything) at this stage?

The Mike! Show
Do you have a question you want to ask CONduit’s guests? Come to the Mike show, a question and answer talk show hosted by Mike Oberg and featuring Barbara Hambly, Kevin Wasden, James Dashner and Paul Genesse as guests.

Book Signing, 3:00-4:00 PM

Sunday May 30

Reading: I’ll be reading from The Secret Empire. Ghost Hunter, Tom Carr will be reading at 11:30 from his book, Talking to Myself in the Dark in the Executive Board Room.

Different Dragons, Different Visions:
Dragons are a staple of fantasy, whether small or large, friend or foe. What do dragons represent to authors, and to their readers? Why are they given certain traits and characteristics in one story but not in another? A panel of authors discusses dragons, from their own stories, and others’.




More Information: http://conduit.sfcon.org/

Aspiring Young Authors Conference, Las Vegas (4/2/2010)
I was invited to be a presenter at the Aspiring Young Authors Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 2, 2010. I'll be presenting to four classes of 4th to 8th graders. It's fun to have them bring me out on their dime and I'm really looking forward to it.

Salt Lake City Library Panel (2/13/2010)
Panel on our favorite books will be at the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday Feb. 13, which is hosting a panel discussion with me, and two awesome authors, Sara Zarr (highly acclaimed author of Story of a Girl; Sweethearts; and Once Was Lost) and Bobbie Pyron (author of The Ring and A Dog’s Way Home). The event will be on Saturday, February 13 from 1:00-2:30 PM in the teen services area. We’re going to discuss the books we love and hate, answer questions, mingle, then do a signing. Sara and Bobbie are cool ladies, so drop by if you’re able and meet them, or go to their websites:

Sara Zarr’s website:
http://www.sarazarr.com/

Bobbie Pyron’s website,
http://www.bobbiepyron.com/

More Information: http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us/index.jsp

Life, The Universe, and Everything--Free Sci-fi Fantasy Writing Symposium at BYU (2/11/2010)
Paul's LTUE Schedule at BYU in Provo, Utah
Thursday, February 11
10:00 AM
- Fantasy without Magic
(Paul Genesse, Brandon Sanderson, Robert J Defendi, Lary Correia,

Noon:
- Creating a wizard that isn’t another Gandalf, Merlin, Dumbledore, etc.
(Brandon Sanderson, Paul Genesse, Dan Willis, Aleta Clegg)


3:00 PM
- Writing Strong Female Characters
(Aleta Clegg, Paul Genesse, Ami Chopine, Laura Card, Lesli Muir Lytle, Karen Hooper)

4:00 PM
No More Dead Dogs (or moms): Why do mothers and dogs always die in children's literature? How do we pull at the heartstrings and give child characters independence without killing off dogs and moms? (Paul Genesse, Stacy Whitman, Clint Johnson, Julie Wright)


Friday February 12

BOOK SIGNING at the BYU Bookstore: Steven C. Walker, James Dashner, Clint Johnson, Larry Correia, Laura Bingham, Nathan Hale, Karen Hoover Wilcox, Julie Wright, Bryan Beus, Paul Genesse.

More Information: http://ltue.org/LTUE2010.html

Authorpalooza (2/6/2010)
South Towne Barnes and Noble in Sandy, Utah. 40 local authors doing a massive book signing!

Barnes and Noble Sugarhouse Book Signing to benefit Dyslexia Tutoring of Utah (12/11/2009)
My signing on Friday December 11 from 3-6 PM at the Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble will benefit Dyslexia Tutoring of Utah. Any royalties I make will be tripled and donated to the only not for profit dyslexia tutoring group in Utah. I am now an ambassador of their group and promote dyslexia awareness at all of my school visits and appearances. The Salt Lake Tribune will be doing a large feature insert on me, tentatively scheduled for December 10. Hopefully, channel two will also interview me. We'll see what happens, but please swing by, say hello, and support this worthy group that helps people learn to read.
More Information: http://www.dyslexiatutoringofutah.com/

Feature Article About Paul Genesse in the Salt Lake City Tribune (12/10/2009)
The Salt Lake City Tribune newspaper interviewed me at my home and sent a photographer over. The article and a photo appeared on December 10, 2009 in the Close-Up section. The name of the article is Between Doctors and Dragons. Follow the link below to read it.
More Information: http://www.sltrib.com/ci_13903994

World Fantasy Convention, San Jose, CA (10/29/2009)
I'll be attending the largest gathering of authors, agents, publishers, editors, and people trying to break into the fantasy and science fiction field.
More Information: http://www.worldfantasy2009.org/

DRAGON HUNTERS BOOK TOUR (10/17/2009)
Paul will be embarking on his second major book tour in October 2009. Details to follow. If you want him to come to your area, please get in touch.

Here are the dates and places Paul will be visiting so far.

THE DRAGON HUNTERS BOOK TOUR

Thursday-Sunday August 12-16, Gen Con in Indianapolis

Friday and Saturday September 25-26--Boise, Idaho--school visits, signed books might still be available at the Boise Borders Books.

Saturday, October 10, Barnes & Noble Sugarhouse, Book Signing in Salt Lake City,
1-3, panel from 1-2, signing 2-3. Meet at Noodles and Co. next door 3:30-5:30.

Saturday October 17, drive to Beatty, Nevada.

Sunday October 18, hang in Beatty with Mom.

Monday October 19, Beatty Library writing workshop 3-5:00, drive to Vegas afterward.

Tuesday October 20, Las Vegas school visits, Bob Miller Middle School 8-9:50, Lunch, George E. Harris Elementary School 1:15-3, Drop by Paseo Verde Library (3:30), leave for Charleston Blvd. Dinner with friends: 4-6:30 at Claim Jumper, Barnes and Noble signing 7-9 PM (Charleston Blvd and Apache)

Wednesday October 21, Drive to Phoenix—Stapely Junior High in Mesa, 2-3:30
Dinner with Jordan and Karin Stephens at Rigatony’s.

Thursday October 22, Phoenix school visits
Diamond Canyon School, Jo Ellen Mercer: first group from 8:45-9:30, then Rich and Jake's classes from 9:30-10:15; Dinner from 4:30-6 at Red Robin, and book signing at the Happy Valley Barnes and Noble 6-8.

Fri Oct 23, Norterra Canyon Elementary School, 9:00 AM. Drive up to Flagstaff. Possible School Visit in Flagstaff. Leadership Council Reception at NAU 5-8 PM.

Sat October 24, book signing 11-1 Flagstaff, NAU Bookstore, Tailgate party, then the NAU Football game 3-6 PM—Homecoming! From 3-6.

Sun Oct 25, Drive to Whittier, CA, in the L.A. area.

Mon Oct 26, school visit, Leffingwell Elementary School 8:30-10:00;
Cerritos High School 12:20-1:45; Sign books at Borders books in Cerritos, Town Center.

Tues October 27, Drive to Santa Maria—to visit my friend Christy

Wed October 28, Santa Maria, visit Dunlap Elementary, and possibly Alice Shaw Elementary; sign books at B. Dalton in Santa Maria.

Thurs October 29, Drive to San Jose for the World Fantasy Convention.

Fri-Sat October 30-Nov 1, World Fantasy Convention. Go to a San Jose Sharks game with my buddy, Glenn.

Sun November 1; Pick my wife Tam in San Francisco. Spend time in Golden Gate Park, then drive to Marin County.

Mon November 2, Miller Creek Middle School (8-1:00), stay in Marin County, Sign books at Borders Books, 588 Francisco Blvd, West
San Rafael, CA

Tues November 3, Antioch, speak at the Deer Valley Library, 2-3, 3:20-4:00 hang with friends and family in library, 4-5ish speak in library, then hang until 6 PM; stay in Antioch; Family Dinner that night

Wed November 4 Drive to Sacramento, California Middle School.
Family Dinner

Thurs November 5, Sutterville Elementary School 9:15-11:00. Lunch with friends? Drive to Reno

Fri November 6, School Visits in Reno/Sparks, Marvin Moss (9:30-11:00); Swope Middle School 12-2 in the library--speak to 4 classes of 8th grade students. One set from 12-1 and the other from 1-2; Dinner with friends.

Sat November 7, Lunch at the Macaroni Grill 1-3, then Book signing at the Barnes and Noble 3-5, Reno, NV. Book raffle at 3:00
Dinner with family

Sun November 8, hang in Reno with family & friends

Mon November 9, leave for Salt Lake City.

Wed November 11, Salt Lake City (8:00 AM Coordinating Council Meeting, Intermountain Medical Center)

Thursday November 12, Sandy, UT, Edgemont Elementary School, morning visit

Friday November 13, Sandy, UT, Bella Vista Elementary School, 9:40-11:40

Saturday November 14, Possible TV interview on channel 2, then signing at the Barnes and Noble South Town Mall. Dyslexia Tutoring of Utah is having Paul Genesse as their guest of honor at their book fair from 3-6 PM. Reading and Q&A at 3:00, free book raffle at 3:30, free poster signing from 3:30-6:00.

Gen Con (8/13/2009)
My Gen Con 2009 Schedule

If you're in Indianapolis, get in touch and we'll get together for a meal. I'm going to be having breakfast with a couple of my editors, but haven't locked down the dates yet. Also, I have some lunches open. Check below for all the details. I'm really looking forward to Gen Con.

Wednesday, August 12

Frontier Airlines
Salt Lake City UT (SLC), US
08/12/2009, 07:15 AM

Denver CO (DEN), US
08/12/2009, 08:41 AM

Denver CO (DEN), US
08/12/2009, 10:50 AM

Indianapolis IN (IND), US
08/12/2009, 03:16 PM


Arrive at 3:16 in Indy. Staying at the Marriott Hotel downtown
Sign stock at Borders Books after I arrive?

5:00 Dinner with Writers Symposium Members

Game Night with the Symposium. We're playing Munchkin, the crazy card game.

Thursday August 13

Breakfast: Open

11:00 AM Great Opening Lines
Patrick Rothfuss, Paul Genesse, Brad Beaulieu, Gregory Wilson

Lunch: Open

3:00 Dry Spells and Survival Tips
Anton Strout, Patrick Rothfuss, Paul Genesse

5:00 Shameless Self Promotion
Paul Genesse, Monica Vaelentinelli, Don Bingle

6:00-7:00 Kelly Swails and John Helfers Reading in one room, with Brad Beaulieu and Greg Wilson reading in another room--I'm planning to attend these readings, though I don't know how I'm going to hear all of them read.

Dinner after 7:00 with writer buddies

Friday

Breakfast-Open

9:00 AM Big on the Small Press
Donald Bingle, Gregory Wilson, Paul Genesse, Dylan Birtolo

10:00 AM, Pick My Brain, Paul Genesse

Lunch-Open

1:00 Writing the Specialized Genre: Sir, Yes Sir!
Chris Pierson, Paul Genesse, Kelly Swails

2:00 Writing the Specialized Genre: Code Blue
Paul Genesse, Kelly Swails, Brad Beaulieu

3:00-4 Tracy and Margaret, signing--drop by and say hello

4:00-5 Paul Genesse, Signing with Greg Wilson, & Ethan Gilsdorf

5:15 Dinner: Meet Cheryl O’Malley, dinner with Cheryl & Chris, 5:30-7:45

8:00 Eye of Argon Reading

Saturday

10:00 AM Worldbuilding: Creating a Cosmology and Religion
Chris Pierson, Kerrie Hughes, Paul Genesse, Kelly Swails

11:00 AM Worldbuilding: Twisting Real World Cultures
Sabrina Klein, Daniel Myers, Paul Genesse

12:00 Lunch--Open

12-1 John Helfers and Kerrie Hughes sign books

1:00-2:00 Signing, Paul Genesse & Monica Valentinelli

3:00 Hunting Dragons
Paul Genesse, Richard Lee Byers, Daniel Myers, Gregory Wilson


6:00 PM Reading
Patrick Rothfuss, Paul Genesse

Dinner: Patrick Rothfuss and others?

See new movie District 9?

Sunday
10:00 AM Crafting Non-Human Characters
John Helfers, Paul Genesse, Anton Strout

11:00 AM Writer’s Roundtable
Donald Bingle, Paul Genesse, Anton Strout

Lunch--open

Leave for airport at 1:45

Flight out on Frontier Airlines
Indianapolis IN (IND), US
08/16/2009, 04:15 PM

Denver CO (DEN), US
08/16/2009, 04:56 PM

Denver CO (DEN), US
08/16/2009, 05:55 PM

Salt Lake City UT (SLC), US
08/16/2009, 07:20 PM


More Information: http://www.gencon.com/2009/indy/default.aspx

Graduation Speech at Beatty High School (6/5/2009)
I was asked to speak at the Beatty High School class of 2009's graduation. I am honored to have been asked and look forward to speaking to the graduates, and to going home.

Residual Hauntings Live (6/3/2009)
Paul will be the guest of the internet radio show, Residual Hauntings Live with Tom and Russ. This will be his second time on the show. Listen to the broadcast by clicking on the link below.
More Information: http://residualhauntings.podOmatic.com/entry/2009-06-03T21_41_25-07_00

DRAGON HUNTERS BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND CONTEST! (5/22/2009)
Check the blog entry for all the details on the book release party and the contest to win an advanced copy of book two.
More Information: http://paulgenesse.blogspot.com/2009/04/win-free-copy-of-dragon-hunters.html

ConDuit Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (5/22/2009)
Paul will attend the ConDuit Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Book two will be released there on Friday May 22 from 3-6 PM in the Con Suite.
More Information: http://conduit.sfcon.org/

The Dragon Hunters, Book Two of the Iron Dragon Series Released (5/15/2009)
Book two will be released May 15, 2009.

Nurse Excellence Award Brunch (5/8/2009)
I was nominated for a Nurse Excellence Award and will be attending the brunch at LDS Hospital. It really is an honor to be nominated.

Ghost Hunt at the Haunted Hospital (4/4/2009)
Paul is a guest of a paranormal research team at the old Tooele hospital. Check the link for all the creepy details.
More Information: http://paulgenesse.blogspot.com/2009/04/haunted-hospital.html

CONTEST TO WIN A FREE BOOK (4/3/2009)
Check the blog entry for the details on the contest. Just click the link. Thanks!
More Information: http://paulgenesse.blogspot.com/2009/04/win-free-copy-of-dragon-hunters.html

Springville Young Writers Conference (3/21/2009)
What's your story? The Nebo Reading Association presents the 7th annual Young Writers Conference.

I was invited to be a guest speaker and will be doing two sessions:
10:10-11:00 Plot and Character
12:50-1:40 World Building

Saturday, 21 March 2009, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Springville High School, 1205 E. 900 South, Springville
The conference costs only $10, gets you lunch, a t-shirt, a blank book, and a great experience.
More Information: http://www.nebo.edu/dfjhs/students/writers.html

Fort Herriman Library Bookclub (3/19/2009)
I'll be speaking at the Fort Herriman Library book club. Lots of students from the school are going to be there. I'll be speaking to two groups. The first one is at 11:20, the next one is at 12:00 noon.

Life, The Universe, and Everything (2/20/2009)
LTUE is the best gathering of science fiction and fantasy writers in Utah. Attendance is free and lots of great writers attend. It's held at BYU and is sponsored by the university. I went last year for the first time and loved it. I'm going to be on a few panels this year, and will be sitting at my table handing out free stuff and signing books.

Paul's Schedule

Friday February 20:
Arrive around 12:30, set up my table. I'm on only one panel on Friday.

4:00 PM Friday:
*Dialog tags and speech patterns: when how your characters speak is as important as what they have to say
(Paul Genesse, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Tracy and Laura Hickman, Roger White)

Saturday, February 21
Arrive around 9:00, set up my table

10:00 AM:
*The problem of sequels. How can you write a sequel that is as good, or better, than your first book?
(James Dashner, Paul Genesse, Mette Ivie Harrison, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Brandon Sanderson, Laura Hickman, Dave Wolverton)

3:00 PM:
*How novelists fill 100,000 words. And still keep[ the story interesting.
(Paul Genesse, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Brandon Sanderson, Dave Wolverton, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman)

5:00 PM:
*Collaborating with another writer. Sometimes it cam be as easy as “I do the background and you do the fighting.” Sometimes you need to work at collaboration.
(Paul Genesse, Dan Willis, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman)

*Reading: (1/2 hour each): Paul Genesse, Anna del C Dye (I'm thinking I'm going to read from book two, The Dragon Hunters)
I'm going to give out a free book! I hope to see you there. We'll probably go out to dinner afterward and anyone is welcome.

More Information: http://ltue.org/LTUE_home.html

Granite Elementary School (2/6/2009)
I visited my friend Holly's son at his school. It was great getting to hang out with Nate. He's a cool kid and reminds me of me at his age, except he's incredibly tall. I spoke to the kids and then gave a mini-writing workshop. They took a video of me teaching the workshop, so I'm hoping to get a copy to post online.

Boy Scout Talk (12/10/2008)
My friend Rich Dorrans and his wife had me speak to their Cub and Boy Scout troop. It was a lot of fun. We spoke about writing books, adventure and I brought in the Boy Scout Oath and principals. The main character in The Golden Cord, is very similar to a Boy Scout--except he doesn't tell silly jokes, and he does not hunt snipe.

Sprucewood Elementary School (12/4/2008)
I spoke to a big group of students and then taught a mini-writing workshop. It was awesome. Mrs. Julie Simmons was an excellent host.

Hawthorne Elementary School (11/20/2008)
I'll be visiting Hawthorne Elementary School in Salt Lake City. After a speech to an assembly, I'll be teaching a writing workshop.

Mountain Con (9/20/2008)
I'm a guest at Mountain-Con IV in September. I'll be there Friday and Saturday, September 19-20. They have a bunch of cool media guests. It was funny to see my face on their promo flyer with Kevin Sorbo--who was the star of the Hercules show. I'll be doing several writing panels and will have a table to sell books. I hope to see you there.
More Information: http://www.mountaincon.org/

Brisingr Book Release Party (9/19/2008)
The Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble in Salt Lake City asked me to exhibit some of my fantasy art collection and do a book signing at the Brisingr book release party--that's the new Eragon book. I'll be there from 9 to midnight on Friday, September 19. There will be over 20 of my best framed fantasy art prints on display in the store. It's going to be lots of fun and they're expecting 200-300 people to come to the party. I can't wait.
More Information: http://storelocator.barnesandnoble.com/storedetail.do?store=2941

Barnes and Noble Signing--Local Author Night (9/12/2008)
I've been invited to do a signing at the Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble on local author night. It's my second invite to local author night, and it'll be my third signing there. My last signing, for The Golden Cord was great and the book sold out in less than an hour.
More Information: http://storelocator.barnesandnoble.com/storedetail.do?store=2941

Gen Con Indy 2008 (8/13/2008)
Four days of panels by the Writers' Symposium and lots of gaming! I can't wait. I'll be doing several panels, two or three signings, plus I'll be meeting with some of my editors and writer friends. The Best Four Days In Gaming is becoming the Best Four Days in Writing.
More Information: http://www.gencon.com/2008/indy/

World Con (8/6/2008)
I'll be at World Con, also known as Denvention. It's the World Science Fiction Convention and this year it's in Denver. It'll be my first World Con and my editor told me I had to go. I can't wait.
More Information: http://www.denvention3.org/

Gerrity Memorial Library at Hill Air Force Base (7/10/2008)
A short reading and a speech at the Gerrity Memorial Library on Hill Air Force Base.
More Information: http://www.75thservices.com/library/index.html

Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble Signing (6/6/2008)
I'll be signing The Golden Cord at the Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble in Salt Lake City on Friday June 6 from 7-9 PM. Check out the Book Tour headlines for more info on signings and appearances.

FOX NEWS MORNING SHOW IN LAS VEGAS! (5/23/2008)
I'll be on the Fox News Morning Show in Las Vegas (Channel 5) on May 23 around 8:00 AM. I can't wait and I'm excited to be on TV.
More Information: http://www.fox5vegas.com/

The Golden Cord Book Tour (5/12/2008)
I'll be going on a book tour starting on May 12, 2008. I'll be visiting Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah. I'm going to visit about 12 major cities doing speaking engagements at schools, signings at bookstores and libraries, and a few other appearances. Below is a list of the cities. Please let me know if you're in the area and I'll be sure and get in touch before I come. I hope to see you there!

Here's the Rough Draft of the Book Tour

Book Tour Plan
Schedule of Events

I'll be going on a book tour starting on May 12, 2008. I'll be visiting Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah. I'm going to visit about 12 major cities doing speaking engagements at schools, signings at bookstores and libraries, and a few other appearances. Below is a list of the cities. Please let me know if you're in the area and I'll be sure and get in touch before I come. I hope to see you there!

Here's the Rough Draft of the Book Tour

Book Tour Plan

February 15 to 16 Life, The Universe and Everything—Provo, UT
March 6 UELMA—Ogden—Library Conference
April 4-6: I Con in New York www.iconsf.org
April 26 Fantasy Festival, Salt Lake City
May 1, Library Assoc. Conf., Salt Lake City, panel presentation
May 2 Cook Elementary School, 9:30 AM, Syracuse, UT
May 10 Book Release Party, South Jordan--at The House of Genesse, 3-9 PM (110 books sold, 150 people came!)
May 12 Marvin Moss Elementary School (Sparks, NV), signing at the Virginia Street Barnes and Noble 4-6 PM
May 13: Mendive Middle School (Sparks, NV), then drive to Antioch, CA.
May 14: San Francisco, school visit, signing at Borderlands Books 7-9 PM
May 15: Book Fair in San Rafael
May 16: Sacramento, school visits, signing at the Borders Express in Citrus Heights 4-6
May 17 Antioch—Signing and reading at the Antioch Library 3-5 PM
May 18 Drive to Riverside—436 miles, 7 hours.
May 19 Whitney High School 12:15, Signing at Barnes and Noble
May 21 Phoenix, 4 school visits and signing at Happy Valley Barnes and Noble
May 23 Bob Miller Middle School 10-11:30, then George E. Harris Elementary School, 1-3 PM. Signing at Summerlin Barnes and Noble.
May 24:ConDuit—arrive at ConDuit for panels and a signing
May 25:ConDuit
May 27:School visit, Legacy Prep School, North Salt Lake City
May 28 School visit, Clayton Middle school, Salt Lake City

June 6 Signing at Barnes and Noble, Sugarhouse branch in Salt Lake City
July 10, Library Visit/Reading/Signing, Hill Air Force Base, Clearfield, Utah
August 6-10 World Con in Denver. Signing, possibly at the Tattered Cover
August 14-17 Gen Con in Indianapolis, 4 days of panels and signings
September: School Visits in Idaho. 4-6 schools. Dates to be determined.
September/October: School Visits in Salt Lake City (to be determined)
Portland—tentative school visits and a signing
Seattle—tentative school visits and a signing

The Golden Cord Book Release Party! (5/10/2008)
May 10, 2008 will be the date for the book release party for The Golden Cord. Please save the date! The party will be at my home, email me if you need the address. The gathering will probably be in the afternoon for a few hours, but I'm sure it'll stretch into the evening as well.

The party will also correspond with the opening of the Genesse Fantasy Art Gallery in my basement. I've been collecting fantasy art for years and I'll have over 75 limited edition framed art prints on display with the new lighting system that's being installed now. I wish I had the originals, but the prints are beautiful.

I'm taking pre-orders for The Golden Cord now. It's a gorgeous hardcover and will cost only $20 bought from me, compared to $25.95 in the stores. I'll be able to ship it anywhere in the U.S. for $23, so if you'd like an autographed copy please let me know. Anyone in the area or out of the area is invited to come to the party. I'd love to see you there.

Here's the official invitation:

THERE WILL BE DRAGONS!

. . . at Paul's book release party, Saturday, May 10 from 3-9 PM, the day before I leave for my book tour.

This party is a thank you for all of the wonderful support that I have received over the years, and to celebrate the release of THE GOLDEN CORD, BOOK ONE OF THE IRON DRAGON SERIES, releasing April 16 from Five Star Books.

Please bring your friends and family, kids welcome. Check out the art gallery featuring over 70 fantasy art prints, have some food, and be one of the first people to get the book: $20 for one beautiful hardcover and only $15 for each additional. Free posters and bookmarks for everyone!

If you can't attend please send me your mailing address and I'll send you a free 11x17 inch poster and a few bookmarks.

RSVP via email: pgenesse(at)msn(dot)com by April 27 and let me know how many are coming and how many books you want.

WHERE WILL THE DRAGONS BE?

The House of Genesse (Paul and Tam's house, grin)
9543 South 4240 West
South Jordan, UT 84095 (a suburb of Salt Lake City)
801-282-5393

Visit www.paulgenesse.com to read chapter one.

The book has gotten some really good reviews and thank you all for helping me along the way. The book is available for pre-order online at all the major booksellers. Check it out on Amazon.com or get an autographed copy on my website.

Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Cord-Book-Iron-Dragon/dp/1594146594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207243229&sr=8-1

The release of my first novel is such a huge moment for me. Thank you for your support. I truly appreciate it and hope to see you all soon. If you can't make the party, please come to the signing at the Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble on June 6, or visit me during my book tour.

Please forward this to your friends, post on your blogs and call your local libraries and ask them to order a copy. If you call your library in the next week I will be forever grateful. (big smile)

I hope to see you all soon.

Paul

Where Paths Meet--The Utah and Mountain Plains Library Association Joint Conference (5/1/2008)
I'll be a guest presenting with Ruth Hanson on behalf of Reading For the Future (RFF). Ruth and I are going to give a presentation on shaping young minds through genre fiction. Now doesn't that sound snooty? It's going to be fun.
More Information: http://www.ula.org/conference/2008conf/

Fantasy Festival (4/26/2008)
I'll be a guest at the Fantasy Festival here in Salt Lake City. The festival was called the Tolkien Festival last year, but we decided to change to a title that better reflected what actually goes on there. I'm on the planning committee this year and will be giving a lecture on writing and answering beginning writers questions. It's run by non-profit organization called Into the West, and all proceeds go to charity. Gloria Jensen, a fantastic woman runs it. The Festival is going to be a lot of fun. Check out the website.
More Information: http://www.intothewest.org/schedule.html

The Golden Cord, Book One of the Iron Dragon Series will be published (4/16/2008)
My editor, John called me on December 27 and let me know that The Golden Cord is going to be published April 16 of 2008. It's so great to finally have a publication date. The cover art is amazing as well. I'm very happy.

VOYA Magazine Review (4/11/2008)
The Golden Cord: Dragons and Griffins are not the only dangers facing Clifton, a secret village in Ae’leron. The Dwarves enslave humans for their armies, forcing them into hiding. Drake Bloodstone, Clifton’s most vigilant guardian, would do anything to protect his people from Aevians and Dwarves. Ridiculed for choosing to guard instead of hunt, Drake realizes his destiny as a hunter when two Dwarves arrive in Clifton. The Dwarves seek a guide who will lead them on a quest to find their lost kin. Drake feels it is his sacred destiny to escort the Dwarves and volunteers to be their guide. After a few days, Drake discoveres the Dwarves are hiding their true purpose. They reveal that while they are in search of their lost kin, they are also Dragon Hunters and are tracking Draglune, the King of Dragons and the most Ancient Evil, who will bring a great war that will end the world. Drake knows he must do everything in his power to help stop Draglune and save his people. Book one of the Iron Dragon series is a rich and compelling fantasy full of adventure, danger, dragons, battles, revenge, magic, and more.

Readers will root for Drake, a strong character who struggles both physically and mentally with the sacred duty handed to him. Drake is becoming a man while learning to
follow his heart and trust his enemies in order to save everything he loves. The plot is well constructed, the characters are wonderful, and the middle-ages setting creates an ominous feel. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers eager for more of this great recommendation for fans of Lord of the Rings.

Sarah Cofer—VOYA Magazine

More Information: http://www.voya.com/

Library Journal Review (4/11/2008)
Here's the review from Library Journal.

Jackie Cassada - Library Journal
The plateau world of Ae'leron lives in fear of the griffins and dragons that threaten them from the air and the dwarven Drobin Empire that rules the humans with an iron fist. When Drake Bloodstone, a young guardian of the hidden human enclave of Cliffton, is forced to lead a party of Drobin to the lair of the Dragon King, he knows that the fate of his loved ones hangs in the balance. This debut novel promises to unlock a realm of magic and warfare in a unique world of cloud-bound lands and a mysterious Underworld. A good choice for larger fantasy collections.

I'll be a guest at I-Con in New York (4/4/2008)
I was invited to be a guest of the I-Con convention in New York. It's a big convention with over 6,000 attendees. They're paying for my hotel and flight. Wow. I'm very excited. I've always wanted to go to I-Con and now is my big chance. The timing is perfect, as The Golden Cord comes out April 16. I can't wait and hope to see some of you there. Best wishes.
More Information: http://www.iconsf.org/

Invitation to Book Release Party (4/3/2008)
THERE WILL BE DRAGONS!

. . . at Paul's book release party, Saturday, May 10 from 3-9 PM, the day before I leave for my book tour.

This party is a thank you for all of the wonderful support that I have received over the years, and to celebrate the release of THE GOLDEN CORD, BOOK ONE OF THE IRON DRAGON SERIES, releasing April 16 from Five Star Books.

Please bring your friends and family, kids welcome. Check out the art gallery featuring over 70 fantasy art prints, have some food, and be one of the first people to get the book: $20 for one beautiful hardcover and only $15 for each additional. Free posters and bookmarks for everyone!

If you can't attend please send me your mailing address and I'll send you a free 11x17 inch poster and a few bookmarks.

RSVP via email: pgenesse(at)msn(dot)com by April 27 and let me know how many are coming and how many books you want.

WHERE WILL THE DRAGONS BE?

The House of Genesse (Paul and Tam's house, grin)
9543 South 4240 West
South Jordan, UT 84095 (a suburb of Salt Lake City)
801-282-5393

Visit www.paulgenesse.com to read chapter one.

The book has gotten some really good reviews and thank you all for helping me along the way. The book is available for pre-order online at all the major booksellers. Check it out on Amazon.com or get an autographed copy on my website.

Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Cord-Book-Iron-Dragon/dp/1594146594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207243229&sr=8-1

The release of my first novel is such a huge moment for me. Thank you for your support. I truly appreciate it and hope to see you all soon. If you can't make the party, please come to the signing at the Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble on June 6, or visit me during my book tour.

Please forward this to your friends, post on your blogs and call your local libraries and ask them to order a copy. If you call your library in the next week I will be forever grateful. (big smile)

I hope to see you all soon.

Paul

World Horror Convention (3/27/2008)
I'll be a participating guest at the World Horror Convention, which is right here in Salt Lake City. It's a once in a lifetime thing, with the convention being here where I live. I'm not a horror writer, but my story, Almost Brothers, has some horror elements. In the end, I'm a writer of fiction who loves to add some horror to my work. I can't wait.
More Information: http://www.whc2008.org/

Utah Educational Library Media Association Conference (3/6/2008)
I'll be a guest at the UELMA Conference in Ogden, Utah this year. I'll be presenting a poster and meeting lots of librarians. It's going to be great.
More Information: http://www.uelma.org/

Reviews of The Golden Cord (2/28/2008)
Here are the first five reviews of The Golden Cord in 2008.

Reviews of
The Golden Cord
Book One of the Iron Dragon Series
by Paul Genesse

The Golden Cord: Dragons and Griffins are not the only dangers facing Clifton, a secret village in Ae’leron. The Dwarves enslave humans for their armies, forcing them into hiding. Drake Bloodstone, Clifton’s most vigilant guardian, would do anything to protect his people from Aevians and Dwarves. Ridiculed for choosing to guard instead of hunt, Drake realizes his destiny as a hunter when two Dwarves arrive in Clifton. The Dwarves seek a guide who will lead them on a quest to find their lost kin. Drake feels it is his sacred destiny to escort the Dwarves and volunteers to be their guide. After a few days, Drake discoveres the Dwarves are hiding their true purpose. They reveal that while they are in search of their lost kin, they are also Dragon Hunters and are tracking Draglune, the King of Dragons and the most Ancient Evil, who will bring a great war that will end the world. Drake knows he must do everything in his power to help stop Draglune and save his people. Book one of the Iron Dragon series is a rich and compelling fantasy full of adventure, danger, dragons, battles, revenge, magic, and more.

Readers will root for Drake, a strong character who struggles both physically and mentally with the sacred duty handed to him. Drake is becoming a man while learning to follow his heart and trust his enemies in order to save everything he loves. The plot is well constructed, the characters are wonderful, and the middle-ages setting creates an ominous feel. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers eager for more of this great recommendation for fans of Lord of the Rings.

Sarah Cofer—VOYA Magazine



From The Pedestal Magazine, February 2008

High fantasy often gets a bad reputation among critics as well as readers and writers of other—often more "literary"—sub-genres of fantasy literature. It is frequently derided for its over-reliance on mythologist Joseph Campbell for monomythic structure (think the hero’s journey) and on modern fantasy’s grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien, for plot, character and setting (think dragons, elves, plenty of swordplay and a supreme evil that must be stopped from an attempt at world domination). The reputation is only deserved when a work of high fantasy is a washed-out clone of The Lord of the Rings (or any other seminal work of fantasy)—predictable, trite and worst of all, boring. And while the influence of Tolkien, Campbell and others is difficult to escape, many high fantasy writers manage to tell their own stories nonetheless. To dismiss these writers and their work is to miss out on stories that can be complex, captivating and profound. Not to mention hellishly good reads.

Newcomer Paul Genesse is one such writer of high fantasy who acknowledges his debts to past masters without becoming a slavish imitator. And his first book, The Golden Cord (forthcoming in April 2008 and the first novel in the five book Iron Dragon series) is indeed a hellishly good read.

The book’s basic plot line seems familiar, even tired, at first glance. Drake Bloodstone is a young man from a small village whom most consider to be a little backwards. While the rest of the men go out hunting, he prefers to remain at home, guarding the village from invading dwarves and wyverns. While most men marry in their teens, he is twenty years old and reluctant to propose to his sweetheart. He’s a little shy, green, unsure of himself and his skills. And one day, through circumstances beyond his control or his ability to predict, he is called on a quest—a call which he accepts with some reluctance (as it means leaving the comforts of family and his sweetheart behind). On his quest he must face several dangers that will test his intelligence, bravery and compassion. It is the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the bildungsroman of Frodo Baggins and Luke Skywalker.

But skillful storytellers also know that this structure has captivated humans for centuries—and one where detail and variation are essential to convey meaning and entertain As a skillful storyteller, Genesse knows this, and he builds his world of dragons, dwarves and youths on the threshold of adulthood accordingly. The Golden Cord centers on a world where life and death are not as clearly defined as in this one. Drake’s world, Ae’leron, is surrounded by a sea of mist and clouds known as the Void—a sea which covers the Underworld and from which monsters such as wyverns, griffins and dragons perennially rise to menace his people physically and in dreams. The Void becomes the subject of Drake’s quest when it spawns a powerful dragon intent upon destroying civilization and subjecting humans and dwarves to his rule.

But the Void is far from a mere location or plot point. It also factors heavily into the themes of love, friendship, fidelity and loss upon which The Golden Cord centers. The Void also entices people to it, including one of Drake’s closest childhood friends who commits suicide by throwing himself into its misty depths in the book’s prologue. Drake cannot forget this loss, and his friend remains bound to him in adulthood, both literally through a black cord of energy and figuratively in Drake’s burning need to protect his fellow villagers from harm. Most touchingly, Genesse also implies that witnessing his friend’s suicide is the sole factor in Drake’s alienation from and discomfort with his culture’s behavioral expectations. Indeed, through the device of the dark cord, Genesse even suggests that a part of Drake died with his friend (a feeling to which many suicide survivors can attest). It is rare to see the subject of suicide—and particularly the suicide of a child—addressed in any novel, let alone a work of high fantasy, and Genesse’s honest, unsentimental and unflinching treatment of the subject is commendable and moving.

Genesse’s treatment of his other characters is just as skillful. Early in the book Drake joins two dwarves, the War Priest Bellor and apprentice Thor (who in his more indignantly gruff moments bears a little resemblance to John Rhys-Davies’ portrayal of Gimli in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films), on a quest to find their missing dwarven kinfolk. As student and teacher, brothers in arms and best friends Bellor and Thor’s relationship is complex, touching and frequently the source of much needed—and never forced—comic relief. In an unusual twist, most humans in Ae’leron are the slaves of the dwarven empire, a situation which creates much interesting cultural, political and personal tension between Drake (who comes from a free tribe of humans) and his traveling companions. The changing nature of Bellor and Thor’s friendship—namely, how it evolves as Thor comes into his own as a warrior and priest and how it changes to include Drake as an ally, and then a brother—is one of the book’s greatest strengths.

Genesse also extends this understanding of character to some of The Golden Cord’s villains—monsters who are typically viewed as nothing more than forces of chaos. During the course of the book, the trio meets a female dragon with a dry sense of humor and what seems to be a sense of fair play. When she offers to spare their lives, Bellor tells her that he doesn’t trust dragons. She replies, "I don’t either, dwarf. We agree on that, at least." As all of the monsters Bellor, Thor and Drake have met until now have been more interested in killing them than in negotiating, the introduction of a dragon character who does otherwise makes the reader pause. Given how carefully Genesse has structured his novel the reader may wonder if this hint of humanity in a monstrous character will have implications in the following volumes.

Overall, Genesse is a master of pacing and plotting, especially when one remembers that this is his first novel. Although he is working with a familiar story structure, Genesse knows how to keep the reader’s interest. He never gives too much of the plot away too quickly and introduces details about his world (such as the dwarven empire and the rise of the dragon king) so gradually and naturally that the reader never feels force-fed or talked down to.

The Golden Cord is a strong start to what appears to be an entertaining and thought-provoking series, and a strong debut for a talented new writer. It is recommended not only to fans of high fantasy but to young readers, who will likely find Genesse’s emphasis on the importance of friendship, loyalty and love to be particularly relevant and urgent.

Review by JoSelle Vanderhooft, view it online at:

http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/Secure/Content/cb.asp?cbid=5315




From Amazon.com’s #1 Reviewer, February 16, 2008

Five Stars for an Epic Quest Fantasy

Wyverns, griffins, and dragons are devastating the villages killing many people because they see humans as food. They also want to control Ae’leron making it free of dwarves and humans. Humans live in hidden villages as they conceal themselves from the Wyvern-kin attacks from above and the ground assaults of the Drobin Empire army that takes them as slaves. --- The hamlet of Cliffton is in the middle of Thornclaw Forest near the Void, the cloud cover that does not allow anyone to look into the Underworld. Drake Bloodstone does not do much hunting unlike the rest of the men instead he and his canine pals stay behind to guard his people and his home from outside threats. When two Drobin warriors come to the gate, Drake lets them in and learns they are seeking their kin who settled in the nearby town of Armsted in the mine of Quarzaak. They need a guide to escort them through the forest Drake agrees to take them although he believes they hide their true objectives and intentions because he wants them away from his village and because it is the right thing to do. --- THE GOLDEN CORD is epic quest fantasy in the tradition of Tolkien as the first Iron Dragon tale is an enthralling thriller filled with monsters out of the myths devouring humanity. Because of the danger from the sky and the ground, society has been forced to remain in small agricultural packets of hunters, crop growers, and gatherers. There is plenty of action, but it is the ever dangerous Genesse world that makes this a fascinating opening gamut. --- Harriet Klausner

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Golden-Cord/Paul-Genesse/e/9781594146596/?itm=1
(this review will appear on Amazon when the book comes out)


From Fantasy Book Review, February 28, 2008

The Golden Cord is book one in Paul Genesse's new The Iron Dragon Series due for release on April 16th through Five Star. The story follows Drake, a hunter and village guardian in the treacherous Thornclaw Forest. When two Drobin--dwarves known for their enslavement of humans and hated by the villagers--show up in Cliffton, dragging with them a wicked Aevian Wyvern, Drake is thrust into a journey that threatens to destroy him and his family. The Drobin are searching for their lost kin and Drake volunteers to help them against the wishes and desires of his fellow villagers. And the great dragon Draglune and his dark minions have risen up, vying to destroy everything he loves.

Genesse has a firm grasp on the high fantasy concept. The Golden Cord is like Dragonlance, only in a new world, shared only in one imagination--his. Magic, fantastic creatures, and a hero's journey are major factors in this work (adventure fantasy if you will). One of the strong points is Genesse's style. It's not too overbearing, which can be a problem in fantasy, but balances action, dialogue, and description evenly. The world, while certainly very serious, does have a fun feel to it. It's a little like Tolkien, although, at this point, not quite at that epic scale. I call it fun fantasy, though that's probably not the proper term for it.

This is quite a fun book, to put it simply. The love story was really cute, which might have been what Genesse was hoping for. It felt realistic, as if these were really two people from a small village that actually loved one another. This, of course, does create some tension among the villagers, which proves rather beneficial to push the plot forward. Tension arises elsewhere, in another village, later on in the book, giving you an idea of just how complex the social relations really are in such small communities. While Genesse doesn't spend time going into all the intricacies of these relationships, he gives you just the right amount to make you understand that these villages follow a code and have rules that must be followed.

With a quick moving plot, just the right balance of magic, weird critters, and action, The Golden Cord is a great opening for a new fantasy series. I look forward to the next book. This is definitely a series to watch.

P.S.: The cover is gorgeous!

Review by S.M.D. at: http://fantasyscifibookreview.blogspot.com/2008/02/book-review-golden-cord-by-paul-genesse.html


From a Reviewer on Barnes & Noble.com, D.M.H, Utah, February 3, 2008

A WORLD FULL OF PERIL

In most fantasy fiction, there is always a world to save from ultimate evil or doom. This holds true for the Golden Cord as well. What's different about this book is that it is filled with dread at every single step. Paul Genesse has created a world so treacherous at every turn that it makes Middle Earth look like Disneyland in comparison. Not only do dragons, griffins and wyverns 'usually grouped as aevians in the book' pose a constant threat from above for the protagonists, but there are plenty of other enemies to deal with, some of which cannot be seen or harmed with weapons. The entire quest to save the world (of which this book is only the first part) takes on a sense of utter hopelessness from the beginning, since obstacles are plentiful, and the reader cannot expect safety for the heroes at any time in the story. In this way, the book succeeds brilliantly in putting the reader on edge. The author does borrow from well known fantasy concepts, but even then, they are turned around enough to make them interesting, e.g. magical healing having to do with the manipulation of time. For my own personal tastes, the book could have benefitted from a bit more comic relief in some places, but a harsh world such as this probably has little place for it. The story works quite well as it is, considering the setting and the characters feel like realistic products of their world to make the read feel honest and thoroughly enjoyable.

Life, The Universe and Everything (2/17/2008)
I attended a great writing conference this past weekend called Life, The Universe, and Everything. Check my blog for the details and visit the website. It's the best conference I've been to in Utah. I loved it. I was on a few panels, did a signing and had a wonderful time.
More Information: www.ltue.org

Red Dragon Codex Release Party (1/12/2008)
You're invited to the launch party for Red Dragon Codex by West Valley City writer Rebecca Shelley (writing as R.D. Henham), Saturday, January 12, 4-6 p.m. at the West Valley Fitness Center, 5415 West 3100 South, West Valley City.

This delightful Young Adult fantasy in the Dragonlance world (Wizard's of the Coast) is Rebecca's first book.

Children of all ages welcome. The party plans include fun prizes, and games for kids-bring the whole family. There will be challenges for the kids: tests of courage, love, and truth--to gain the magical silver dragon pendant.


Also, try your hand at coloring or drawing your own dragon. Get your picture taken with the Red Dragon. And put your name into a drawing for free copies of the Red Dragon Codex which will be on sale at 20% off retail-only $8 for a sweet hardcover book.

Details and more information: www.rebeccashelley.com or www.reddragoncodex.com. Contact Rebecca at rebeccashelley@rebeccashelly.com.



I'll also be there with my own books. Swing by if you want to say hello or pick up a copy of Blue Kingdoms: Shades and Specters ($10), featuring the sequel to The Pirate Witch. Or get Fellowship Fantastic ($6), a new anthology from DAW Books with my short story, Almost Brothers, which was selected as the lead story.



I hope to see you there and please bring the kids as this is going to be a really fun party.


The release party for The Golden Cord is set for Saturday, May 10. Please save the date!

Best wishes,


Paul Genesse, Author

More Information: www.rebeccashelley.com

Fellowship Fantastic Released (12/29/2007)
My short story, Almost Brothers, is the lead story in the new anthology from DAW Books. The book should be available in stores on January 2, 2008. Read the beginning of Almost Brothers in the Works section of this site. If you'd like an autographed copy purchase one via PayPal in the Works section. Thank you very much!
More Information: http://www.amazon.com/Fellowship-Fantastic-Martin-H-Greenberg/dp/0756404657/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198993628&sr=8-1

Another short story request (12/13/2007)
An editor contacted me to write a short story in a themed anthology called Terribly Twisted Tales, by DAW Books. The contributors are going to take a fairy tale and twist it up. I'm going to use The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson and will call it Revenge of the Little Match Girl. It's going to be so fun to write.

Blue Kingdoms: Shades and Specters Released! (11/17/2007)
The newest Blue Kingdoms anthology featuring my short story, The Queen's Ransom has been released. Read more about it in the works section and on my blog. You can get an autographed copy from my website for a great price.

World Fantasy Convention 2007 (11/1/2007)
I'll be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York this weekend. It's the convention where all the writers, agents, editors, and publishers involved with fantasy get together each year. The con moves around, and last year it was in Austin, Texas. It's a great time and I'm going with my friend Patrick. We're going to see our friends and hang out. I can't wait.
More Information: http://www.lastsfa.org/wfc2007/

Guest at Mountain-Con III (9/21/2007)
I'll be at a local convention on September 21-23, 2007. Mountain-Con is a great fan convention and I'll be doing a bunch of panels (I think eight total) on writing and such. I can't wait. Check out the link to see all the cool guests. The really tall guy who played Darth Vader will be there. It's going to be great.
More Information: http://mountaincon.org/x/page/

Big Book Signing (9/14/2007)
On Friday night, September 14, 2007, I'll be doing my first major book signing here in Salt Lake City. I'll be at the largest Barnes and Noble in Sugarhouse, signing with a few other local authors. It's going to be great. I'll be signing copies of Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms, and Furry Fantastic and will be giving out oversized postcards featuring the cover of The Golden Cord. Please come by and see me between 6PM and 9PM.

Guest at Gen Con Indy: Writing Panels, Book Signing, Author Reading (7/21/2007)
I'll be a guest at Gen Con Indy next month. I'm on several writing panels (August 16, 17, 18, 19). I'll be doing a book signing at 3:00 PM on Saturday August 18, and will also be doing a reading at 7:00 PM on Saturday August 18. I love Gen Con and this year is going to be great. I'm really looking forward to visiting my editors, three of which will be there.
More Information: http://www.gencon.com/2007/indy/default.aspx

Lots of Upcoming Appearances--and more to come soon (6/1/2007)
Well, I've got a full convention calender for the rest of 2007 and in 2008. August is my next big convenion, Gen Con in Indianapolis, where I will be a panelist in the writing track. September will bring a Barnes & Noble Event that I can't wait for. I just met with a Barnes & Noble community relations manager and she's going to get me into a six author signing/media event (in September), which will be cool as they get news stations and other media outlets to cover it. Then I'll also be going to Mountain-Con in September, then World Fantasy in New York in October. February 2008 will be: Life, The Universe, & Everything--a writing convention in Utah, then World Horror in March--which is in Salt Lake this year--I have to go to that! April will bring the local Tolkien Festival, then ConDuit here in Salt Lake in May. My novel gets released in April, so I'll be doing all I can to promote it. There will be some more signings coming later this summer as well.

Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms Released! (5/20/2007)
The Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms anthology featuring my story, The Pirate Witch has been released! Email me if you'd like a signed copy or purchase it at Popcorn Press's website. I'm so excited about this book, which is filled with fun stories about pirates and getting booty.
More Information: www.popcornpress.com

ConDuit Convention in Salt Lake City (5/19/2007)
I'll be attending my local Sci-Fi & Fantasy convention here in Salt Lake City on May 25-27, 2007. I'll be doing a reading of The Pirate Witch and I'll be on four panels. The reading is at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 25. Then I'm on a panel called Attending Conventions Outside Utah on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Then I'm on the Furry Fandom panel on Saturday at 5:00 pm. I'm on that one because of my story, The Mob in Furry Fantastic and because of my love of animals--and my desire to be a were-meerkat . . .

On Sunday I'm on the Happy Endings panel at 1:00 pm. And finally a panel titled How to Use Research in your Writing at 3:00 pm. It's going to be lots of fun and I'm so pleased the volunteers who run ConDuit are so accomodating. My wife, Tam is also going to be volunteering this year.
More Information: http://www.conduit.sfcon.org/

A Pirate's Life For Me (3/9/2007)
I just heard today that my story, The Pirate Witch, was accepted into the Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms anthology! I'm very excited to hear the news. I just loved writing the story, though I couldn't have polished it up without the help of my friends, Brad, Kelly and Pat. Getting critiques from good critiquers is essential.
More Information: www.BlueKingdoms.com

Invitations to be in two more anthologies! (3/4/2007)
I've been invited by two different editors to be in two more anthologies! I'm very excited for the opportunity to write more short stories. In addition to the Blue Kingdoms anthology--I just finished the story last week, I was asked to write stories for The Dimension Next Door anthology, and the Catopolis anthology. Both are to be released by DAW books. The Dimension next door is going to be very cool and involves some kind of tale involving a dimension right beside our own. I don't know what I'm going to write yet. Catopolis is a cat's in the city collection. I'm thinking about a story that relates to Sex in the City--but with a cat as the main character. "It's hard to find a good Tom these days . . . " Anyway, I don't know what I'll do yet, but both deadlines are far away.

I'll be speaking at Beatty High School's Career Day (1/29/2007)
I'm returning to my home town to speak at career day at the high school. I'm going to speak about becoming a nurse and becoming a published writer. My English teacher, Richard Stephens invited me to attend and I'm really excited about it. I'm most excited to see some of my old classmates, Jordan and Natalie, who will be attending as well. I hope to see some others as well.

Blue Kingdoms! (1/22/2007)
I was just asked to write a short story for the pirate anthology Blue Kingdoms edited by Jean Rabe. I'm very excited about it and need to get busy on the story. It's due March 31, so I have a little time. The publisher is trying to take advantage of the excitement related to Pirates of the Caribbean 3, which is coming out this summer.

The Golden Cord has just been accepted for publication! (11/13/2006)
My first novel, The Golden Cord, Book One of the Iron Dragon Series has been accepted for publication! I just accepted an offer from the editor at Five Star Books to publish it. He called me on Friday, November 10, and made me the offer, then told me to think about it for the weekend. I spoke with my friends and a really great literary agent, Jenny Rappaport, and made the decision to publish with Five Star Books. They're a small press, but the editor, John Helfers, is a great guy and I am very happy to be working with him. I'm very exicted about this unexpected event, which came out of nowhere. I had shelved the project while I was working on Medusa's Daughter, then BANG! John says he want's to publish it. Life is good.

The World Fantasy Convention was amazing! (11/8/2006)
The World Fantasy Convention in Austin, Texas was the best writing convention ever! I had such a wonderful time and met some great people. I participated for the first time in the autograph session and had a blast. I also met some fabulous writers and made a bunch of new friends. Seeing old friends was great too. The highlight for me was when a really cool literary agent said that she liked my story, "The Mob." I gave her a the book and she read it at the con. She said that she liked it just as I was leaving for the airport and it made my day--no, my month! I can't wait for next year, which will be in Saratoga Springs, New York.
More Information: http://www.lastsfa.org/wfc2007/

World Fantasy 2006 (11/2/2006)
I'll be at World Fantasy in Austin, Texas this year, November 2-5. It's my fifth year in a row going. My buddy Patrick is going with me and it's going to be a great convention and will be celebrating the life and achievments of Conan author Robert E. Howard.
More Information: http://www.fact.org/wfc2006/

Back from Greece (10/10/2006)
We just came back from our two week trip to Greece. It was an amazing trip. I met some fabulous people in our tour group and will be traveling with some of them in the future. I also did some massive research for my novel Medusa's Daughter. Tammy and I also renewed our wedding vows, we've been married almost ten years. The trip was tough for Tam, with all the traveling and she's glad to be home. I did a lot of journaling and took a ton of notes. I have several new ideas for books set in ancient Greece--especially one about at the oracle of Delphi featuring one of the Pythian Priestesses as the main character. I put a couple of pictures from Greece in the Maps & Images section under photos. I took over 800 photos! Let me know if you want to see more.

Going to Greece! (9/24/2006)
Tammy and I are going to Greece for two weeks in September. I've always wanted to go and now that I'm researching everything about Greece for my novel Medusa's Daughter, I really want to go. I think that being there will really improve the novel. I'll be able to walk on the beach, listen to the ocean, and just soak it all in.

Invitation to be on writing panels at I-Con in New York (8/19/2006)
A member of the audience at the Gen Con writing panels invited me to be a guest at a convention in New York, called I-Con. She was a lovely person named Cherise Fung, who is on the organizing committe for I-Con. I was very flattered and hope to attend. We'll see what happens and I'd love to go. I guess I-Con is attended by about 6,000 people (Gen Con has 25,000), and a lot of great authors and publishing people usually go.
More Information: http://www.iconsf.org/gaming.php

Gen Con was awesome! (8/19/2006)
I had the best time ever at Gen Con. The writing panels were great and turned out really well. There were a ton of people there and I had a lot of fun. I can't wait to go next year. Oh, I officially came out as a "Geography Geek." Yep, I've read every National Geographic cover to cover since 1986--and before that I looked at the pictures and maps. Anyway, I was even invited to go be a guest at another convention in New York, called I-Con by a lovely person named Cherise Fung, who is on the organizing committe. I was very flattered and hope to attend. We'll see.
More Information: http://www.gencon.com/2006/indy/

Gen Con Indy 2006--I'm on three writing panels (8/4/2006)
Last year I was invited to be on one writing panel, and this year I'll be on three. The first one is at 10 a.m. in the Hyatt's National Parks room. It's titled: Worldbuilding˜Geography & Culture: Setting the groundwork for a fiction or gaming world requires attention to the landscape. In the first of several sessions on worldbuilding we explore crafting the world your characters will walk upon. Panelists: John Helfers, Jean Rabe, Donald Bingle, Linda Baker, Paul Genesse (There are 75 people signed up so far)

The second one is at 3 p.m. on Friday, in the Hyatt in the National Park room. It's titled: Mapping Your Fiction: So you‚re building a world for your fantasy novel. Do you need to set that world to paper? And, if so, how much detail should you provide? Can a map inspire your fiction? Learn the pros and cons of cartography tied to writing. Panelists: Steven Schend, Jean Rabe, Paul Genesse
More Information: http://www.gencon.com/

 
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