Thursday, March 2, 2017

Zombies and Werewolves to Hit the East Coast of Florida


Award-Winning authors Jaimie Engle and Kate Wars to share on writing and sign books at the Authors for Authors Writing Conference
Melbourne, Florida March 26th, 2017: Two of the three classic monsters will be represented at the upcoming Authors for Authors fair via novels penned by writing partners, Jaimie Engle and Kate Wars. Over the last five years, the two authors have published a collection of horror stories that culminates with a chilling Nordic tale about werewolves, entitled “Dreadlands: Wolf Moon” and a heart-pounding post-apocalyptic story fraught with zombies entitled “Catalyst: Decay Chains.” Both novels are the first in their respective series.

Authors for Authors is hosting a Write, Publish, Sell Writer’s Conference on March 26th, 2017, from 9am-5pm at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Hotel at 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL 32901. Attendees will learn how to perfect their books through 24+ workshops and 16+ discussion groups, as well as meet and network with more than 20 vendors, successfully published authors, editors and publishers. Jaimie Engle and Kate Wars will join fellow Brevard County authors at this event and devote time to meeting fans and autographing their latest works. Engle will also present at this event in hopes of imparting critical writing and marketing information to inspired writers.

Among the presenters, will be critically acclaimed author Jaimie Engle who will present two programs: Marketing 101: An Intro to Marketing & Social Media and Revise & Edit: Getting You Manuscript into Shape. Her latest release weaves shifting werewolves, Viking culture, and Norse mythology into an epic fantasy for young adults titled Dreadlands: Wolf Moon.
“I love giving my time to educate authors, especially local authors who are part of my network,” shares Engle. “We have so much talent in so many stages of the publication process in Brevard County, and I’m so excited to be part of a conference that bring us all together.”

Engle also teaches monthly at Eastern Florida State College’s Melbourne Campus Writing Center and speaks to children in Brevard, Lake, and Orange County about writing and social issues.

“Dreadlands: Wolf Moon” released on April 22nd, 2016. All formats of the YA fantasy novel are available for purchase on Amazon and the publisher’s website. Fan the author via social media @theWRITEengle and at Engle’s Website.

Although Wars has spoken about her journalistic writing in the months since “Catalyst: Decay Chains” was released, this will be her first public appearance devoted to her debut novel.

Last Halloween,Catalyst: Decay Chains” was named a semi-finalist in the Publisher’s Weekly Booklife Prize in Fiction contest. Although War’s debut novel didn’t make the final cut, it still broke a barrier by being the only horror novel out of hundreds of contestants that was named a semifinalist. Moreover, “Catalyst: Decay Chains” was the only novel in its category featuring zombies. Although zombies are popular with audiences, the publishing world shies away from such novels and rarely bestows literary honors upon their creators. War’s book had two strikes against it as a debut novel from a genre that is rarely recognized going up against mainstream titles penned by seasoned writers. The fact that the novel was named a semifinalist in the Booklife Prize in Fiction contest serves as a signal to writers at all stages of their careers that a great story will set itself apart and make the industry take notice. The honor also proves that trends may come and go, but good writing never falls out of favor.

Prior to penning “Catalyst: Decay Chains,” Wars published a number of short horror stories, including a zombie origin myth entitled “Mera’s Prince,” which fills a literary void.

“I noticed that all the other classic monsters had origin myths, but zombies were coming up a bit short on that front,” Wars said. “It was a shame really, because there is so much lore about them that would make for such a rich tale. It absolutely had to be written.”

“Catalyst: Decay Chains” released on May 5, 2016. All formats of the dystopian novel are available for purchase on Amazon and Wars’ website. Readers can also check out the novel for free by using Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Lending Library.

For more information and to pre-register, visit authorsforauthors.com or email Valerie Allen at vallenwriter@gmail.com.
About Kate Wars

Kate Wars’ popular stories have been published by Haunted Waters Press, Spark: A Creative Anthology, The First Line and a number of other publications. Her background as a reporter adds a rich layer to her fictional works and aids her in conducting thorough research for the military and police sequences that play out in her stories. Wars is currently working on a sequel to “Catalyst: Decay Chains” and a horror novel based off of one of her most popular short stories, “Free Bodies.” The latter centers on a man with a rather unusual job that forces him to walk a tightrope between the living and the dead. 

For more information about Kate Wars’ novel “Catalyst: Decay Chains” or to invite her to share her list of “13 Signs That You Have Been Watching Too Much of ‘The Walking Dead’” with your audience, please contact her at: katewars@katewars.com or 321-961-7887.

About Jaimie Engle

JAIMIE ENGLE is the author of several YA fantasy and science fiction adventures. CLIFTON CHASE AND THE ARROW OF LIGHT was awarded a BRAG Medallion in 2016 and listed as a 2015 Top Ten Pick by Kid Lit Reviews. Her sci-fi novella, THE DREDGE, won the Writer’s of the Future Award in 2014. As a child, she was sucked into Alice in Wonderland, which later inspired her to become an author. Jaimie’s imagination and love of learning sparked her to write stories, infusing real world history with fantasy. Her passion is talking to kids about writing and social issues because words have power. She loves coffee, trivia, cosplay, and podcasting on The Write Engle. Basically, if it's slanted toward the supernatural or nerdy, she's into it! She lives in Florida with her awesome husband, hilarious children, and the world's best dog. She also happens to have the world’s best literary agent, Saritza Hernandez. Jaimie is always working on her next BEST book!

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