I’ll Be at the Necronomicon in a Few Weeks!

The Necronomicon is a sci-fi/fantasy/horror/gaming convention. I’m there every year! This year, I’ll be doing several writing panels, and you’ll find me wandering about the whole rest of the weekend. Come find me! I’ll have books for sale (although I won’t have a table because they sold out in about two minutes this year).

Here is the info and the panels I’ll be on:

Necronomicon 2014

October 3-5, 2014

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

2900 Bayport Drive

Tampa, Florida, USA, 33607

Guest of honor: Eric Flint

Check out the NEW Necronomicon site for information! 

My Panel Schedule:

Friday 3:00 PM —  Using Real History as a Basis for Your Fiction

Friday 5:00 PM —  What You Need to Know about Writing YA Fiction

Saturday 10:00 AM  — Making Words Work for You

Saturday 1:00 PM —  How to Handle Those Pesky Adjectives (Host)

Saturday 4:00 PM —  The Scoop on Small Presses: for Writers (Host)

Saturday 7:00 PM –  Getting Your Book from Print to Audio

Upcoming Appearances in April and May 2014

I’ve got two great events in the next two months:


Meet the Author on the Park

April 19, 2014 (Saturday)

Downtown Central Park, Winter Haven, Florida

10 am to 4 pm

Click HERE for more info.

Realm Makers 2014

There will be an open-to-the-public signing on Saturday night, but otherwise, this is a writers conference.

May 30-31, 2014 (Friday-Saturday)
The campus of Villanova University, in the beautiful Philadelphia suburbs.

Keynote speaker: Tosca Lee!

I’ll be teaching a class on Writing in YA Mode, co-teaching a class on Science in Fantasy writing, and participating in writing panels on various topics.

Click HERE for more info and to register.

Guest Post and Giveaway

One of my favorite quotes ever is that of Madeline L’Engle:

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

That is the beginning of my guest post on “Teens of Today and Tomorrow.” Click HERE if you’d like to read the rest, and enter to win a copy of Finding Angel! (Contest runs through March 24, 2014.)

New Review for Seeking Unseen!

I’ve said this before–I rarely link to reviews on here, but this one had me smiling so big last night when I found it!

Here’s a short excerpt:

“Join Angel and all her friends in this second installment of a very magical world where the meaning of life is a reflection of our real world and beyond. Readers will certainly be entertained. Kat Heckenbach spins a tale that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien would certainly endorse. The Toch Island Chronicles is a must read for anyone who loves fantasy. — Stefanie Longwood”

For the entire review click HERE.