A breath between conventions…

I’ve been a guest of three weekend conventions in the last four weeks, and I’m exhausted.

No doubt, the veteran road warriors of the convention circuit scoff at me for that opening declaration. But you need to understand, this isn’t my usual gig.

I haven’t attended many conventions per year during my two decades as a professional writer, but this year and next year are seeing an uptick in my planned appearances. In the last month, I’ve been a guest at Shore Leave in Baltimore, Md.; LI-Con 2 in Ronkonkoma, NY; and, this past weekend, Dragon Con in Atlanta.

And fool that I am, I traveled to all three by car.

That was no great hardship for the first two shows. Shore Leave is about four or five hours’ drive from home for me. LI-Con is even closer, just over an hour’s drive outside New York City.

But the road trip that Glenn Hauman and I just made to Atlanta (for which he did nearly all the driving, because the man is a demigod) … that was an adventure.

We had to haul nearly sixteen hours each way, starting each day at oh-dark-hundred, then driving through the daylight hours and back into the night.

Fortunately, we had glorious hospitality awaiting us in Georgia, at the home of my dear friends Jon and Jen. They generously hosted Glenn and me in their guest room, treated us to a steady flow of Old Fashioned cocktails and good wine, and made the Labor Day long weekend a joy.

This was my first trip to Dragon Con, and I had a fantastic time. All of my panels were quite well attended, and though I feared no one would come to my Sunday morning signing or even notice me at the show, I was kept busy during my signing, and I sold more books on one Sunday at Dragon Con than I have ever sold at any other show. Don’t tell me there are no readers at Dragon Con — if I can move books at this con, anyone can.

varsity_wreckageI also got to spend some time in lovely Decatur, Ga., and I had the joy of dining at such venerable Atlanta institutions as The Varsity — a retro-style drive-in near the Georgia Tech campus — and Fat Matt’s, home of the finest barbecue ribs I’ve ever eaten. And, as one might imagine, the road trips down and back were punctuated by visits to Waffle House.

The atmosphere of Dragon Con is intoxicating; Glenn described it as “the Mardi Gras of genre events,” and I think that’s an apt description. The cosplayers were impressive, and the sheer scope of the con was daunting, but also exciting. I hope I am able to return as a literary guest next year, and for years to come after that.

But next time, I’ll be traveling to Atlanta by plane.

Next on my convention schedule: New York Comic Con (no panels for me there, but I’m hoping to do some signings for Star Trek: Seekers #3 – Long Shot and 24: Rogue), October 8–11, 2015, in New York’s Javits Center; and then World Fantasy Convention, November 5–8, 2015, in Saratoga Springs, NY. Watch my website’s Events page for more details!


24: ROGUE – Now on Sale!

After what has felt to me like an interminable wait, the publication day for my Jack Bauer adventure 24: ROGUE has arrived at last!



This is an all-new, original adventure for Jack. It takes place roughly two years after 24: Season 8 (New York), which ended with Jack going on the run, a fugitive from the United States and its allies, after he went rogue to take down the members of a conspiracy that killed his beloved Renée Walker.

It’s also set nearly two years before the events of 24: Live Another Day (London), which occurred after Jack emerged from his four-year-long, self-imposed exile.

This is my first novel for Tor/Forge Books, so get your copy today!


Say “hi” to my new Website!

Happy Tuesday and a pleasant September to one and all! Right on schedule, and just in time for my trip to Dragon Con, my freshly redesigned and recoded official website is now live!

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The custom header art was created by illustrator Jordan Grimmer, based on some requests from yours truly. The site itself was designed and built as a custom WordPress theme by Jeremiah Tolbert of Clockpunk Studios. Content transfer and input from my old site was ably assisted by Molly Tanzer.

I am quite pleased with the new site’s aesthetics and functionality, and I think you’ll all dig it, too. Come on in and have a look around. It’s pretty sweet.

Yak Alert! Seekers on Literary Treks

Never one to refuse an invitation to flap my trap, I’m back on a yak attack talking Star Trek: Seekers and more with Matt and Dan from Literary Treks on Trek.fm!

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We cover a lot of details about the series’ third book, Long Shot, and we even dig into some more personal aspects of the creative process, and talk about how much of myself I invest into my characters, and how I do so. As is our wont, we also had a few good laughs in the process.

I also teased a few details about my upcoming original series of novels for Tor Books,  click through and give it a listen.

Shore Leave 37 Wrap-up

As always, Kara and I had a wonderful time at the Shore Leave convention this past weekend. The best part of the weekend was time spent with good friends who (regrettably) live too far away to see on a regular basis.

We drove down to Baltimore from New York City on Friday with our friend (and my editor at Tor Books) Marco Palmieri. We had good luck avoiding major traffic snarls and our journey was swift and pleasant (not least because Marco is such excellent company on road trips).

Once at the recently remodeled (and now quite lovely) Hunt Valley Inn, we settled in, picked up our credentials, and wandered about. We checked out the dealer’s room, where Kara found Harry the Hare, a delightful new friend for my pal Mister Bunny:


After my very well-attended first panel on Friday — alongside Christopher L. Bennett, Amy Griswold, Mary Louise Davie, and Chuck Gannon — Kara, Christopher, and I escaped the hotel for dinner at The Greene Turtle with Dayton Ward, Kirsten Beyer, Kevin Dilmore, Bill Leisner, Scott Pearson, Marco Palmieri, and Dave Galanter and his wife Simantha.

After helping Marco promote my upcoming novel 24: Rogue at the “Coming from Tor Books” panel, I raffled off three ARCs (advance reader copies) of the book at the end of Meet the Pros, as well as a couple of the book’s gorgeous cover flats.

On Saturday I made it to my 10am panel (a cruel joke of scheduling the con foists upon me every year), and even stayed awake through my 11am panel. I got to pontificate and bloviate alongside fellow pros Martin Berman-Gorvine, Melissa Scott, Amy Griswold, Richard White, David Harten Watson, Russ Colchamiro, Joshua Palmatier, Jim Johnson, John Jackson Miller, Susanna Reilly, and Mary Fan.

After a much-needed afternoon nap, I took part in the “What’s Coming from Star Trek Books” panel, along with fellow Trek scribes Christopher L. Bennett, John Jackson Miller, Peter David, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and the amazing Kirsten Beyer.

The Saturday night tradition of authors descending en masse upon a great local barbecue joint continued, and this time we were honored to be accompanied by John Jackson Miller and his wonderful family. After dinner, Kara and I retired for a while to our room, where we opened a few bottles of wines we had made with friends over the past few years. We shared them with Simantha Galanter, Jenifer Rosenberg, Scott Pearson (who had been away from Shore Leave for far too long), Marco Palmieri, and Marco’s guest (and now our delightful new acquaintance) Sunny Moraine.

Sunday was a whirlwind of packing the car, attending my last panel (a discussion of etiquette and netiquette in publishing, with Marco Palmieri, Mary Fan, and effervescent YA mystery author T. J. Perkins), and saying rushed farewells.

As is ever the case, it seemed there was never enough time to hang out with everyone we’d hoped to see. We had only brief moments with many good friends, including Robert Greenberger and his lovely wife Deborah, and their daughter Kate Pakaski and her husband, Michael; Michael Jan Friedman and Howie Weinstein; the always erudite Allyn Gibson; fellow bunny-phile Phil Giunta; and last (but definitely not least) my best buddy Glenn Hauman (despite his being literally in the room next to ours).

The drive home was long because of the usual summer-weekend traffic in New Jersey, but the time passed quickly thanks to Marco’s fine company and some hijinks that might soon be revealed (pending some post-production to clean up the audio).

All in all, a fine weekend of good friends and interesting discussions. I’m already counting the day’s until Shore Leave 38.




Find me at LI-Con 2 this weekend

My next convention appearance will be this weekend, August 14–16, at LI-Con 2 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in lovely Ronkonkoma, NY. Here is my tentative schedule for the weekend, in case you’re planning on coming out to join in the fun:


Star Trek Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Join me and fellow guest Mackenzie Reide and someone from fan group USS Brittanic as we talk about the history, present state, and future possibilities of the beloved SF franchise.
6PM–7PM,  Sayville Room


Adaptations vs. Remakes
What’s the difference between a remake, a reboot, and an adaptation? Why does it matter? I will discuss these and other related questions with fellow guests Mackenzie Reide and Russ Colchamiro.
10AM–11AM, Sayville Room

What NOT to Do When Writing
I think the name of this panel says it all. A spirited discussion will ensue between myself, Peter David, Richard Herr, Mackenzie Reide, and Aaron Rosenberg.
11AM–Noon, Holbrook Room


Star Trek Fan Panel
Are you a fan of Star Trek? Do you want to come and pose pesky questions to people who write Star Trek for a living? Then join panel host club USS Brittanic for a Spanish Inquisition of me, Peter David, and Aaron Rosenberg.
11AM–Noon, Bay Room

The Villain’s Journey: Seeing All Sides of the Story
Another panel in which the title tells you all you need to know about the topic, which I will explore at length with the assistance of fellow guest Aaron Rosenberg.
Noon–1PM, Bay Room

I am not sure if I will have specified times for book signings or readings. When I know more about those aspects of my visit to LI-Con 2, I will update this page.