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Kicking the news off with interviews, author Martha Wells did an interview with Evan Ramspott covering her new book, Emilie & the Hollow World. They also discuss cover art, plotting and theme songs. You can check it out here.

Comic Book Resources has an entertaining interview between comic writers Brian Wood and Steve Horton. The writers engage in a dual interview that covers their comic work and then some.

Author Michael A. Stackpole did an interview with Rick Novy that covers the usual territory but does include a nice update on what’s coming soon from Mike.

I have a World of Warcraft novel coming out in July. It was a blast to write and I really hope they come back to me for more stories. I’ve just signed a contract to write a Pathfinder novel. I’m also writing a lot of shorter fiction which has been offered as stretch goals in a number of Kickstarter projects. Lastly, I’ve got several other novels under contract, so I’m waiting to see how my schedule sorts out so I can slot them in with deadlines.

You can read the full interview here.

Star Wars author Jason Fry has announced he’ll be at Star Wars Weekends next month with some early copies of his upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode Guide. He has the exact dates listed on his site. Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch and The Clone Wars voice actor Dee Bradley Baker will be heading to Star Wars Weekends as well.

In other Star Wars book news, J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi has been moved up to an October 1st release.

In movie news, there could be trouble for Disney with the release of Iron Man 3 as Regal and AMC theaters might not show the film. You can find more details on as they go over the dispute over ticket sale revenue.

C2E2 kicks off today and Star Wars artist Dave Dorman will be there. Dave has posted his schedule on his blog along with where he’ll be located and what he’ll have for sale. Dave also revealed that he’s going to be co-producing a documentary on the classic animated film Heavy Metal. The documentary will be called Heavy Metal Revisited. You can find all those details and more on Dave’s blog.

In other news, comic writer Tom Taylor got vadered. It seems vadering is catching on even down under.

A new chapter of Overdraft: The Orion Offensive will be out next week, and so far the sci-fi serial has been pretty entertaining. As can be expected with John Jackson Miller, he’s gone out of his way to fully document his project and he now has a timeline for his new universe.

Author Kevin Hearne has some updates for upcoming cons, eBook deals and other Iron Druid Chronicles promotions you might want to check out.

Wrapping things up, David Farland aka Dave Wolverton is holding a silent auction to help raise money for his son Ben who suffered a severe accident recently. Here is the full details of the auction plus a Twitter event they have scheduled for May 4th (May the Force Be With You).

To help raise money to cover Ben Wolverton’s medical expenses, we are having a silent auction for the last five spaces of David Farland’s writing workshop Writing for Young Adults, which will take place June 24th-28th in St. George, Utah.

At this workshop you will learn the ins-and-outs of writing and selling fiction for young adults, critique others’ manuscripts and have yours critiqued, and have the opportunity to meet and work with aspiring and published authors.

The auction is open now. The bidding will start at $700 per space—the usual price to attend this workshop. To bid, send an email to with your offer. You will be notified if you are outbid.

We will update the bidding amount here so that people can see how high they will need to bid for a ticket.

The auction will close on Friday, April 26th, at 7:00 p.m. MST. All proceeds will go to Ben’s medical expenses, which are expected to reach over $1,000,000.

The following is a description of the workshop:

Writing for Young Adults

Do you want to write middle-grade or young adult novels? Then we have a workshop that might interest you.

David Farland is a New York Times bestselling author with dozens of books to his credit. His latest novel, a young adult fantasy thriller titled Nightingale, has won seven awards—including the International Book Award for “Best Young Adult Novel of the Year,” the London Book Festival for “Best Young Adult Novel of the Year,” and the Hollywood Book Festival award for “Best Book of the Year.”

Dave has taught dozens of bestselling writers, including such #1 bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).

In this workshop you will learn the secrets of how to write fiction that will earn the admiration of the gatekeepers in YA fiction—the librarians, teachers, critics and parents. Dave will show you how to develop your world, characters, conflicts, themes, and treatment, so that you can maximize the audience appeal of your novel across all ages—if you like—or to narrow your focus for a particular young audience. You will learn how to take a story from its basic premise and enhance it.

To attend you will need to be willing to do the following:

1) Read course materials before coming to the workshop.

2) Brainstorm with others and critique others’ work during the course of the workshop.

3) Be prepared to work on your own outline and first chapter before and during the course of the workshop (which means that you will need a computer or typewriter and access to a printer).

The class size is limited to 10 students to insure each participant and manuscript gets adequate attention.

When and Where Are the Workshops Held?


June 24th-28th 2013

St. George Ramada Inn

1440 East Saint George Boulevard,

Saint George, UT

(800) 713-9435, (435) 628-2828

Bid for a spot by emailing

Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic long-boarding accident on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.

Ben is the son of author David Farland (also known at Dave Wolverton), whose books have won multiple awards, and who is widely known as a mentor to many prominent authors, such as Brandon Sanderson (MistbornWheel of Time), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), and Brandon Mull (Fablehaven.

Because of pre-existing illnesses, David Farland does not qualify for insurance. Ben’s medical expenses are expected to be over $1,000,000.

Learn more about Ben’s condition and how you can help at

A Free Way to Help Ben

A Star Wars Twitter Bomb has been set up for May 4th (Star Wars Day). All you have to do is tweet this on May 4th: Help Star Wars Author’s Son on Star Wars Day! #davidfarland #starwars #author #accident #fundraiser If we get our tweets trending, we will reach out to more people who may want to help Ben.

You can RSVP on the facebook event Feel free to invite your friends!

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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