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I moved house rather abruptly the week before last, which resulted in several things, including a much nicer house. But two of those things in particular are what I want to talk about here: 1) I had to set aside the things I was writing for several days; 2) I watched a lot of Forensic Files

When you're rapidly packing an entire apartment and tiredly unpacking it a few days later, you need television distractions that don't require much attention or thought, with enough episodes that it never runs out. Forensic Files is perfect. If it weren't for the Netflix pulse-check asking very few episodes if we're still watching, Forensic Files would play until the heat death of the universe. 

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Let's talk about writers and their safety nets. 

So there was this dude over on Twitter who told a woman who was struggling with writing and life that she would be even less of a writer if she had more of a safety net. It was a fucking stupid statement, made even stupider when he expanded on it with the some bullshit about suffering and desperation leading to great art and how things like medication and food are, you know, crutches for the weak that you can choose to forgo or something blah blah blah.…

He's since deleted it in a huff, leaving in its place only an epic thread of self-pity about the meanies in outrage culture, but that doesn't really matter, because he wasn't saying anything people haven't said before. There is a lot of romanticizing of struggle, pain, poverty, and depression when people talk about writers and artists. You have to suffer to create! they say, without ever stopping to think about why they are so eager to prescribe suffering to others.

My San Diego Comic-Con Schedule

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Stories That Put Your Heart in Your Throat

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Experience the chills and thrills of these authors' works as they craft breathless prose that will have readers turning the pages at lightning speed. Get chilly with Katrina Leno (You Must Not Miss), James Murray (The Brink), Brendan Reichs (The Darkdeep), Ally Condie (The Darkdeep), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking) in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Followed by a signing: 1:30-2:30pm, San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion, Table 9.

How Our Present Impacts Today's Speculative Fiction

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Looking back at speculative fiction over the years, we can see history's impact on our most influential authors, from Asimov to Tolkien. Some of speculative fiction's current influential authors, including Blake Crouch (Recursion, Dark Matter), Rob Hart (The Warehouse), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Chuck Wendig (Wanderers, Miriam Black series), discuss how our present affects their own writing and speculations on what the future will bring, with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director).

It's time for Salvation Day

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It’s here! This is the day Salvation Day is released into the world!

I am so excited to finally be able to share this book with everyone. It has thrills, chills, action, conspiracies, cults, and so many frozen corpses—a perfect beach read with something for everyone! I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it.

Please check out my Events page for some places I’ll be appearing this summer, for signings, readings, or panels. And take a look at my Articles & Interviews page to keep up with interviews and posts about Salvation Day on other sites around the internet.

Salvation Day is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats, anywhere books are sold or via the links below.

 

Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet

Sunday June 2 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Amplified Ale Works (East Village), 1429 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Buy tickets on Eventbrite

This Sunday, June 2, I’ll be participating in a panel event organized by San Diego’s Fleet Science Center. Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet will bring comic writers, sci fi writers, and local scientists together to discuss the creative and scientific sides of comics and science fiction.

Featuring: Tom Waltz, Writer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and more); John Barber, Writer, Transformers (and more) and Editor in Chief at IDW Publising; J. Dianne Dotson, Author, The Questrison Saga; Kali Wallace, Author, Salvation Day; Dr. Frances Barron, Scientist; Dr. Troy Sandberg, Scientist; Dr. Lisa Will, Scientist and the Fleet Science Center's Resident Astronomer

WonderCon 2019 in Anaheim

If you are going to be at WonderCon in Anaheim next week, stop on by to say hi! I’ll be participating in a panel about fantasy world-building and a book signing on Friday afternoon. For more information on upcoming events I have planned, sign up for my newsletter or keep an eye on my events page.

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FANTASTIC SET DECORATION

WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center

Friday, March 29, 2019

3:00 PM in Room 300B

There's much more to building a fantasy world for readers than just removing or replacing technology and adding mythical creatures. Authors Sam Sykes (Seven Blades in Black), Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves), Tricia Levenseller (Warrior of the Wild), Kali Wallace (City of Islands), and Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked) discuss the joys and challenges of bringing new worlds into creation with Nadine Armstrong (occasional bookseller, always reader).

Author signing to follow at 4:15 PM in the Author Signing Area.

Salvation Day cover and excerpt reveal

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I am excited to report that the cover for my upcoming novel Salvation Day has been revealed at Hypable.com, along with an except from the beginning of the book: ‘Salvation Day’ cover reveal, excerpt offers the choice between life and death.

I love this cover so much. It’s striking and fiery and so very red. I can’t wait to see it on the final hardcover. And you can’t see it here or in the posted excerpt, but the design of the inside pages is just as amazing.

Salvation Day will be published by Berkley on July 9, 2019. You can find information and preorder links here.

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A recent study of the New York Times's "By the Book" feature revealed that male authors mention other men and their works four times more often than they mention women and their works, whereas women tend to mention authors and works of both genders about equally. (See: the data and an article.) These numbers made me curious about the gender distribution of recommendations in the science fiction and fantasy corner of the literary world, so I decided to take a look at the recommendations made in the Tor.com "Five Books" feature, in which contributors recommend books centered around a particular theme.

San Diego Festival of Books

I will be making an appearance at the San Diego Festival of Books on Saturday, August 25. Come out and see a bunch of great local authors and writers! Check out the links below for tickets and schedules.

San Diego Festival of Books

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Venues Liberty Station, 2620 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106

The Many Worlds of Middle Grade

11:25 AM  in Meeting Room 2

A discussion about magic and wonder in middle grade books with John August, Margaret Dilloway, and Kali Wallace, moderated by Sally Pla. The discussion will last 45 minutes, and the authors will be going directly to the signing area for book sales and signatures afterward.

The San Diego Festival of Book is open to everyone. Tickets are $3 for each panel and can be purchased online.

City of Islands blog & interview roundup

Here's a round-up of the blog posts and interviews I've written and given for the release of City of Islands! In them, I talk about writing for children in these dark times, the lessons I learned as a bookworm child, and the importance of fun adventures for young readers.

All of my blog posts and interviews, present and past, can be found on the Other page.