Friday, April 21, 2017

Pictures from the "Into the North" Launch Party

This way to the party!

Our "Welcome" sign was drawn by Maura Moffat, cover artist for "Into the North"


The real reason everyone came...

Big thanks to Brenda and the rest of the Tumwater Timberland Library!

"Thank you everyone!"

Story time.

Look at that crowd!

Trying to remember how to spell my name.

Connecting with an adorable fan.

Friday, April 14, 2017

My Interview with Connie J. Jasperson

Earlier this week I was invited to do an interview with fellow fantasy author and good friend Connie J. Jasperson about my latest book. Click the link below to check out the full interview: 

You can also meet Connie and hear more about her stories at tomorrow's online launch party, along with four other great guest authors that will be attending. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

My Fake Interview with Myself

ME: Today, I’m interviewing fantasy author Lindsay Schopfer about his latest book, Into the North. Lindsay, thanks for joining me today.

LINDSAY: Thanks for having me.

ME: Let’s get started. So, your book is called Into the North. Can we assume that it’s an account of Scott’s Discovery Expedition to the North Pole?

LINDSAY: Actually, it’s a steampunk fantasy novel about a professional monster hunter.

ME: But there aren’t any monsters at the north pole, unless you count polar bears.

LINDSAY: It doesn’t take place on Earth.

ME: You don’t have people hunting polar bears in your book, do you?

LINDSAY: It doesn’t take place on Earth.

ME: It seems to me that you could alienate a lot of readers if you were killing polar bears all the time in your book.

LINDSAY: It doesn’t take place on Earth.

ME: Let’s move on. So, is this book a sequel?

LINDSAY: Yes. It’s the second book in the Keltin Moore series of adventure novels.

ME: And what was the first book?

LINDSAY: The Beast Hunter.

ME: Right. That’s the one with the guy who can talk with animals, right?

LINDSAY: No, that’s The Beastmaster.

ME: I honestly don’t remember anything about that show, except that he always seemed to have a ferret in his pocket.

LINDSAY: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

ME: Let’s move on. So how does your book end?

LINDSAY: Excuse me?

ME: I want to know how your book ends, in case I want to borrow it from someone.

LINDSAY: I don’t really want to give away the ending.

ME: That’s up to you, but I think you’re losing a lot of potential readers that way. Anyway, let’s wrap this up. Is there anything more you’d like to say about your new book?

LINDSAY: Well, I’ve got a book launch party this coming-

ME: Sorry, that’s all we have time for.

LINDSAY: But it’s a written interview.

ME: Thanks for joining me, Lindsay. I’m sure that all of your fans are looking forward to another book from you sometime next month.

Friday, March 31, 2017

List of Stops for my April Book Tour

Here is a complete list of all the stops I'll be making to celebrate the release of "Into the North".

Location: Tumwater, Washington
Venue: Tumwater Timberland Library
Date: April 11
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm PDT
Details: This is the novel's official launch party. There will be a reading, prize drawings, book signings, and yummy goodies.
Click here for the event page

Location: Online, Facebook
Venue: Facebook event page
Date: April 15
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm PDT
Details: This is the online launch party and will feature five guest authors of fantasy and science fiction. Each author will have half an hour for giveaways, games, and a chance to talk about their stories.
Click here for the event page

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Venue: Weller Book Works
Date: April 24
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm MDT
Details: Reading and book signing.
Click here for the event page

Location: Rawlins, Wyoming 
Venue: Carbon County Library System
Date: April 27
Time: 4:00-7:30 pm MDT
Details: I'll be teaching two workshops at the library as well as signing copies of my books. From 4-5 I'll be giving my "Making the Most of Your Writing Time" presentation, and then from 5:30-7 I'll teach a workshop on "Creating Original Worlds".
Click here for the event page

Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
Venue: Book Barn
Date: April 28
Time: TBA
Details: Book signing event.
No event page

Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
Venue: WyoCon at the White Mountain Library
Date: April 29
Time: 12:00-5:00 pm MDT
Details: In addition to selling books and socializing, I'll be giving a brand new presentation called "Hunting Monsters with Steampunk Tech". It'll be a fun combination of real hunting techniques combined with fanciful creatures and is designed purely for entertainment purposes. :)
Click here for the event page

I want to thank Aaron Volner for putting this tour together for me. To learn more about him and his own upcoming fantasy titles, you can check out his blog at the link below:

Aaron's Author Blog

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Official "Into the North" Blurb

Here's the summary for my latest book as it will appear on the back cover:

Professional beast hunter Keltin Moore is returning home a changed man. With a new apprentice and a lifetime of experience gained in faraway Krendaria, he prepares to settle into his old life of being a small town hero. But when gold is discovered in the far north, Keltin must again leave his home in order to protect the prospectors from the beasts ravaging the gold fields. Arriving in the boom town of Lost Trap, Keltin soon discovers that there are dangers beyond beasts in the frozen north.  A local gang has established themselves as the resident Hunters Guild and will not tolerate any competition. Meanwhile, a specter haunts the gold fields. A legendary creature known as the Ghost of Lost Trap stalks the snowy countryside, testing Keltin and his friends to their very limits as they try to hunt their most dangerous beast yet.

If you'd like to help celebrate the launch of this book with me, check out the two event pages below. 

For those who are in the South Puget Sound area:
Launch Party at the Tumwater Timberland Library

For everyone else:
Online Facebook Launch Party

Friday, March 17, 2017

Updates on “Into the North” for March 16

The Beta Read is Over

This was by far my most exciting beta read yet. With a record-number of readers and the most feedback I’ve ever received on a novel, I feel more confident than ever that fans of Keltin Moore will be happy with this new installment in the series.

New Cover

Cover artist Maura Moffat has returned to do the cover for my latest novel and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Just this last week, her new artwork went live for both the print and e-book version of “The Beast Hunter” so be sure to check that out as well.

Two Launch Parties

There are two options for fans who want to help celebrate the launch of “Into the North”. First, for those who live in the South Puget Sound region, the Tumwater Timberland Library has agreed to host a special book signing and reading event on April 11. For those who are not local, there will be an online Facebook party on April 15. I’m very excited to announce that we’ll have some terrific sci-fi and fantasy guest authors at this event, so be sure to check back often to see who will be making an appearance. Click the links below to check out the event pages for each party.

Launch Party at the Tumwater Timberland Library

Online Facebook Launch Party

The Book Tour

We have a confirmed stop in Salt Lake City several more in Wyoming. While we had hoped for more stops, at this point, we’re not giving up hope, with several more potential venues along the way. Fingers crossed!

Friday, March 10, 2017

My Life is Going to Change

I don't usually divulge personal information in my blog, as I prefer to keep my life outside of writing private. But in the last few weeks, there have been developments that will affect all aspects of my life, including my writing, so I thought I'd talk a little about them here.

My wife and I have been trying to have children for years now, and were recently blessed with the news that not only is she pregnant, but we're having twins. It's hard to describe all of my feelings right now. Excited. Humbled. Terrified. I'm still struggling to process the emotions fighting for dominance within me as I consider what the future will be.

One thing is clear. I will need to increase my efforts to provide for my growing family. At this point, I'm still not sure what that change will specifically look like. Most likely, I'll have to get an additional job that may or may not be related to the world of writing.

Regardless, my wife and I have agreed that I will continue to write, though the time dedicated to my craft may be limited. My hope is that book sales, speaker fees, and my online courses will one day allow me to focus exclusively on my passions while working, but I accept that -in the short-term at least- I will need to act responsibly for the welfare of those that I care about the most.

As a final note, I want to assure my fans that the book tour will still happen, and the release of Into the North will continue as planned.

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