Panelist at Conjuration Con

I’m excited to once again be a panelist at Conjuration Con this weekend! I haven’t had the ability to be part of it since 2019, and I’m so happy to be back in the magical world again.

Conjuration Con is requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test before attending. Check out their website for more details.

Here is my full panel schedule:

Mental Health in Fantasy Fiction
Friday at 6PM
The Sorcerer’s Study – Harding

Join us as we explore the boundaries and pitfalls of including mental health problems in fantasy fiction. Some interesting questions to explore include, do they always need to have a trauma to give them an interesting flaw? What are the differences between how hearoes and villains handle their psychological weaknesses? How much knowledge and/or experience does an author need in order to be able to write and accurately represent psychological problems in their work?

Learning to Love Our Villains
Saturday at 1PM
The Sorcerer’s Study – Harding

As the saying goes, a story is only as good as its villain. The villain who wants world domination for the sake of world domination is unrelatable and can take a reader out of the story. When we understand why the villain does what he/she does, we are more immersed in the story, making for a more enjoyable read. There are many ways to handle this, and this panel will be discussing some of our favorite villains from pop culture.

Static vs. Dynamic Characters
Saturday at 4PM
The Sorcerer’s Study – Harding

In fiction, a static character is one who doesn’t change, but forces the world around him/her to change in accordance with their beliefs and ideals. A dynamic character is one that grows and changes through the trials and tribulations of the story. This panel will be to discuss the different static and dynamic characters in pop culture, and knowing when to use one in your own writing. Is one superior to another? Let’s discuss.

Cosplay and Social Media
Saturday at 5PM
The Sorcerer’s Study – Harding

Though cosplaying at conventions and events has always been popular, large numbers of cosplayers have taken to social media over the last few years to connect with people and express themselves in this creative medium. If you use social media to express your cosplay, come join us. We’d love to hear your stories and experiences.

Feature in De Mode of Literature Magazine

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been featured in De Mode Magazine of Literature’s “11 books to add to your reading list this winter” feature in their Oct/Nov/Dec issue!

I was so honored to have them reach out to me a while back and they’ve been wonderful to work with. I’m so glad that The Impostor collection caught their eye and made them want to include it. They gave me a very in-depth interview and it was definitely a awesome, new experience working with a magazine.

You can download a copy for free at the following site, and print copies can be picked up for $50/each.

https://www.demodemagazine.com/magazine

Come See Me at Multiverse Con

Ready for a weekend filled with scifi, fantasy, and horror? I sure am!

This weekend I’ll be at Multiverse Con as both a vendor and a panelist. Although this is only the third year for this con, the authors who are going to be present are amazing! I got to attend last year as a virtual guest and had such a great time on the Discord server that I jumped at the chance to be a part of it again this year.

I’ll have my author booth setup beside my sister, Kelley with Morbid Smile Art. She’s got a really cool booth upgrade this time so I’m looking forward to seeing it out on the vendor hall! I’ll be sharing a booth with my friend Aryn with GaeFaeFashion on Etsy. They are going to be helping me manage the booth while I’m away on panels. Needless to say, it’s going to be a fun but busy convention!

In addition to panels, I’ll have a one-hour mentoring block set aside on Sunday at 1PM. I’ll have four 12-minute time slots available for folks to sign up. Book a slot if you want to get some advice on your story direction, your writing path, or even if you just want to chat about small press & indie publishing. I’ve had experience in both! Thursday is the LAST DAY to sign up for a mentoring slot. The form closes at 9PM Eastern Time. So make sure you don’t delay!

Book a Mentoring Slot: https://vgpub.notion.site/2021-Multiverse-Mentoring-Guests-1b97ab21eab64fa99169eb7411bb2eee

Also here is the full schedule so you can check out ALL of the amazing panels they’re going to have!

Multiverse Schedule: https://register.growtix.com/schedules/frontend/Multiverse_Science_Fiction_Fantasy_Convention_2020

This con also has strict vaccination and masking requirements, so be sure to check all of the rules on their website: https://www.multiversecon.org/

Finally here are the panels I’ll be on this weekend! Panel descriptions are from the website.

  • Friday
    • Writing Believable YA Horror @ 5:30 PM
      • [Family Friendly] How do you avoid tropes in YA horror or do you lean in enthusiastically? How do you make a story resonate with a readership demographic that you may no longer be part of? These questions and more will be addressed in this timely panel discussion.
    • Xtopia: How does it shape us? @ 8:30 PM
      • Panelists will discuss the value of fictional dystopias or fictional utopias. Do they inspire or scare us? Is the likely truth somewhere in the middle? Does society and readers as a whole perceive the lessons contained in both?
  • Saturday
    • Characterization: The Oft-Neglected Support Character @ 4:00 PM
      • We spend a lot of time in the writing world talking about hero/ines and villains, but they are not the only characters who inhabit your world. Support characters are important within stories, but they inhabit a place between being overwhelming and being extraneous. In this panel, we’ll talk about how to find that space for your support characters, when you might have too many, how to handle paring down or bulking up your support character numbers, what sort of information needs to be on the page about them and what doesn’t.
  • Sunday
    • Mentoring Session at 1:00 PM

And if you can’t make it to a panel, I’ll be in the Vendor Hall all weekend. I hope to see some of you all there!

Subscribe To My Ko-Fi

Ever since I started a Ko-Fi shop back in October last year, I have been blown away by the support that I’ve received from fans. My readers are just incredible and I wanted to find a way to give back to them.

I’ve opened my Ko-Fi page to accept subscriptions. This means that I can post content there exclusively for my subscribers. For a small monthly donation, subscribers get a slew of perks:

What you get as a monthly supporter on my Ko-Fi page: ko-fi.com/marlenafrank: Thank you in my Book acknowledgements, Monthly shout out on social media, Chapter sneak peeks, Progress updates on my upcoming releases, A free signed paperback after 6th month of patronage

For all of my books going forward, my Ko-Fi subscribers will get a thank you in my book acknowledgements. This will include both my print and ebook editions. They will also get a monthly shout-out on social media as a thank you.

Chapter sneak peeks will be given out months before they are available anywhere else, including my mailing list or my Facebook group. This includes my upcoming Wolves of Kanta series and my Impostor collection.

Subscribers also get access to my work behind-the-scenes, from incomplete cover art, to formatting my books for print, to struggles I run into with being a hybrid author, to trying to wrangle edits. If you want to see what goes into my books, this is where I’ll share the process.

Also, after being a subscriber for six months, I’ll sign and ship a paperback of your choice.

The minimum cost of subscribing is only $3/month, which is about the cost of a coffee (or a tea for me).

I hope this will be a fun way to let my fans be part of my books and help motivate me in my author career. You’ll get to join me as I stumble my way through self-publishing several upcoming books and ask any questions along the way.

If you can’t subscribe, you can still follow my Ko-Fi page for any public updates I make about book releases and items that get added to the shop.

A big thank you to my readers and fans who have supported me through this crazy year we’ve had! I look forward to where we go next. 🙂

A Tentative Look Forward

If you go back and look at my Appearances page from 2020, it’s a bit of a mess. There were a ton of events that got scrapped due to the pandemic. Everything simply vanished–from a library visit I had planned to whole weekend conventions. Some events have disappeared completely and won’t be returning (RIP BookCon) but many will be back.

Slowly with the progress of vaccinations, it seems like shows are opening up again this year, and we’re able to make plans to get back out to see people again. Check out my updated schedule on the Appearances page.

Of course, I don’t expect things to go back to a complete normal for a long while. In addition to vaccines, we’ll be practicing safe distancing, masking up, and slathering on hand sanitizer the whole way. I’m just thrilled to be able to attend shows and talk to readers again!

Anyone else excited to be part of conventions again?