The South Carolina Book Festival is this weekend in Columbia, SC. And I have already begun to enjoy the fruits of literary opportunity it has brought to our city. This morning I enjoyed a Masters Writing Workshop by James O. Born, a Florida based crime writer and author of The Human Disguise which I will be reviewing on Stiletto Storytime in the near future . The workshop was based on the “basics of writing a novel” but we covered much more including the author’s opinion of book blogging (he gave us a thumbs up!) and his love of the IRS…don’t we all (so the hidden listening devices will choose not to audit). I love being able to attend events like this and how lucky this one was practically in my back yard. Tomorrow I look forward to possible meeting more fantastic authors, great conversation and soaking in the genuine “love of books” feeling you only get at events such as these. I look forward to tomorrow and the first official day of the festival. On the agenda tomorrow Heidi Durrow ,Lucy Nolan, Mindy Friddle and Dacre Stoker (the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker and fellow South Carolinian…come on… how can you pass that up!) Will keep all informed and if you are in the area…come join the fun…admission is free!
Until then check out the summary for The Human Disguise and see if it might be a book for you, I know dystopian fans will be interested and I am excited it will count towards my Dystopian Challenge this year:
This near-future page-turner debut amalgamates apocalyptic science fiction, police procedural and thematic dashes of alien invasion and vampire mythos. Fighting wars in Syria, Iraq and the Balkans, the U.S. is on the precipice of anarchy. Manhattan is a radioactive wasteland, sprawling plague quarantine zones are commonplace and lawlessness is rampant. When Tom Wilner, a detective with Florida’s underfunded Unified Police Force, witnesses a bloody shootout at a roadhouse, he becomes entangled in a vast conspiracy involving his estranged wife and her crime lord lover, a terrorist plot to detonate a dirty bomb in Florida and speculation about a race of godlike hominids and a looming alien invasion. O’Neal provides the postapocalyptic genre with few innovations, but his self-assured, hard-edged writing style, solid characters and wildly entertaining thriller plot will keep readers enthralled.