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Wendy, Darling Bookplate It’s hard to believe it, but Wendy, Darling has been out for almost two months now, and The Ghost Sequences comes out exactly three months from today. The world is slowly beginning to open up again, and people are doing things in person, but I haven’t had the opportunity to do many in-person book-related events this year. I’m hoping the second half of the year will change that, but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to offer up signed bookplates for folks to stick into their copies of Wendy, Darling and The Ghost Sequences.

The artwork for The Ghost Sequences bookplate is a piece I commissioned from Lex Hunter (Huntress Studios), and I love it so much! They are open to commissions, so if you’re in need of some custom artwork for any occasion, I highly recommend checking them out! They were wonderful to work with, and the bookplates turned out even better than I could have imagined!

Ghost Sequences BookplateIf you have, or are planning to get, a physical copy of Wendy, Darling and/or The Ghost Sequences, and you want a signed bookplate to stick inside, I will happily send you one! I’m happy to personalize them too! As you can see from the images, the Wendy, Darling bookplates feature the silhouettes from the book’s cover. And as mentioned above, The Ghost Sequences bookplates (at the bottom left of the image) feature incredible custom artwork from Lex Hunter. (As a side note, the deck of playing cards in the background is the Cabintarirum set from Art of Play, and they are absolutely gorgeous. If you’re looking for a unique deck of playing cards, I would highly recommend them!)

Anyway, if you’re interested in either bookplate, or both of them, drop me an email at a.c.wise [at] hotmail.com or ping me on Twitter (@ac_wise) and I will be happy to get one or both in the mail to you!

The Ghost Sequences officially comes out from Undertow Publications on October 19,  2021 – just in time for Halloween! It’s available for pre-order now, and some wonderful people like Sam J. Miller, E. Catherine Tobler, and Stephen Graham Jones have been kind enough to blurb the collection and say nice things about it. On top of that, the collection just picked up a starred review from Publishers Weekly! If you pre-order directly from Undertow, you can even get a special discounted price. I am so looking forward to this collection coming out and joining Wendy, Darling as a real, physical book that exists in the world!

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May & June Events: Panels and Podcasts and Readings (Oh My!)

I can scarcely believe that May is already well underway, which means Wendy, Darling officially comes out in less than a month! I cannot wait to share my dark, feminist take on what happened to Wendy Darling after her time in Neverland with all of you! The official release date is June 1, 2021, and May and June are going to be busy months with various readings and panels related to the book’s release. If you’d like to hear me read, or listen to me chat with other authors, here are some of the places you can find me over the next little while. I’ll continue to update this space with links and other info as it becomes available!


Peter Panel FlyerThe Peter Panel – May 22, 2021 from 7:-8:30p.m. EST

It seems that 2021 is the year of the boy who never grew up! Aiden Thomas, Kayla Ancrum, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and I all have books inspired by Peter Pan out this year, so of course we had to put together a Peter Panel! Join us as we discuss our novels, with four different takes on Neverland and the works of J.M. Barrie who inspired us all. Martha Brockenbrough will moderate the chat, which promises to be far-ranging and a lot of fun. The event is free and you can register here.

Sturgis Library Panel PosterSturgis Library LGTBQIA+ Pride Month Fiction Talk Celebration – June 8, 2021 from 6:30-8p.m. EST

In celebration of Pride Month, Richard Kadrey, Sam J. Miller, Cassandra Khaw, and I will be talking about writing, offering up plenty of queer reading recommendations, and doing a Q&A session. The event is free, but registration is required. More info and details on how to sign up are available here. ETA: It was a fantastic chat with wonderful queer reading recommendations and great craft tips for writing multiple POV characters among many other things. In case you missed it, the archived recording of the panel is available here.


Celebrate Horror 2021 – May 28, 2021

Sadie Hartmann (aka Mother Horror) is once again organizing a horror reading extravaganza. Dozens upon dozens of horror writers contributed videos of themselves reading excerpts of their work and the whole thing will go live on May 28 on the Nightworms YouTube channel. You can hear me read an excerpt from “The Nag Bride” an original novelette appearing in my upcoming collection, The Ghost Sequences (out in October from Undertow Books). Other authors reading include Tim Waggoner, Rio Youers, Linda Addison, Paul Tremblay, Wendy Wagner, and many, many more!

NYRSF Reading – June 9, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST

Rescheduled! Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the NYRSF event is moving to Wednesday, June 9, 2021. On that new date and time, I’ll be reading an excerpt from Wendy, Darling and chatting with the wonderful Barbara Krasnoff about the book. You can visit the NYRSF facebook page to learn more about the series. ETA: The archived recording of the reading and my chat with Barbara is available here.

Ephemera Reading Series – June 16, 2021 at 7p.m

Found family and chosen family are themes woven throughout Wendy, Darling, and so I’m absolutely thrilled that the theme for this installment of the Ephemera Reading Series is Family! I’ll be reading along with Arkady Martine and Brent C. Lambert, and there will be a musical performance by Irene Zhong. I cannot wait for this event. It’s going to be so much fun! More info here. ETA: If you missed the event, the video is available here. Brent and Arkady both read amazing excerpts from upcoming works and I can’t wait to read them rest of them, and Irene performed two beautiful songs. I highly recommend checking it out!

Space Cowboy Books Reading – June 17, 2021 at 9p.m. EST

I’ll be reading in conjunction with the wonderful Space Cowboy Books, discussing Wendy, Darling, and just chatting about books and reading in general. The event is free. For more information and how to register, visit this link. ETA: If you missed the event, the video is posted here. Jean-Paul at Space Cowboy Books asked from truly fantastic questions!


Tiny Bookcase – May 17, 2021

Not only did I have a wonderful chat with Ben and Nico, but we all wrote flash fiction stories to the same prompt and swapped them “on air” as it were. It was a lot of fun, and it was great to see how we all managed to take the same prompt of “fortified” and run with it in completely different directions for our tales. You can listen to our chat here, and hear three original flash fiction stories, including my own fairy tale about a princess who dreams of being of a castle.

CBC Montreal – All in a Weekend – June 13, 2021 – 8:30-9:00am

Not a podcast, but an actual real, live radio show! Back in the day, before these new-fangled podcasts and streaming on demand, people consumed their media at specific times of the day. Ask your parents, kids! Anyway, I will be chatting with host Ainslie MacLellan about Wendy, Darling live (eep!) on Sunday morning. Since I can’t go home to visit Montreal just yet, this feels like the next best thing! More info on the series here.

Breaking the Glass Slipper Instagram Live – June 18, 2021 – 1pm

Okay, I completely failed to post about this one in advance, but luckily the interview was recorded and is available here. I had a blast talking to Megan about writing Wendy, Darling, reimagining classic tales with a dark and feminist bent, the writing process in general, and of course, our fictional crushes!

Genre Talk Podcast – June 21, 2021

I recently had a lovely chat with the Genre Talk folks about reading, writing, Wendy, Darling, and SFFH in general. The episode should be available June 21, but in the meantime, here’s a link to the podcast in general so you can check out some of the other episodes and conversations with other wonderful guests. ETA: Here is a link to my specific episode.

Liar’s Club Oddcast – June 24, 2021

What happens when you get a bunch of Philly area writers together to talk books and writing? A whole lot of laughter and general silliness, it turns out. Gregory Frost, Keith Strunk, Merry Jones, Fran Wilde, and myself got to chat about reading, writing, critique groups, and of course play everyone’s favorite game – two lies and a truth. Turns out the Liar’s Club is awfully good at telling fact from fiction, or maybe I’m just a terrible liar. I’ll share the link to my specific episode when it’s available, but in the meantime, you can browse their other interviews here, including a recent chat with the wonderful Sam J. Miller! ETA: Here is a link to my specific episode.

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Covers Revealed

Over the last few weeks, the cover for my upcoming novel, and the cover for my upcoming short story collection were both unveiled. Let me tell you, I feel like the luckiest author out there, because they are both utterly gorgeous! I could not have asked for better, and I 100% endorse everyone judging these books by their covers. They are stunning! Are you ready for this? Really ready? Make sure you are, because here comes a double dose of wow!

Wendy, Darling Cover

This gorgeous cover is by Julia Lloyd, and you can see more of her incredible work gracing other covers from Titan Books. Wendy, Darling officially comes out on June 15, 2021. I cannot wait to share my feminist take on what happened to Wendy after Neverland. In the meantime, you can read a preview of the first chapter over at Tor.com. The book is also available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, and through your favorite local bookshops.

Now, are you ready for the next hit of pure awesomeness? Here we go!

The Ghost Sequences Cover

This gorgeous cover is by Olga Beliaeva (based on the photography of Serge N. Kozintsev), and I highly recommending checking out their watercolors and photography respectively. The Ghost Sequences will be out from Undertow Books in August 2021, and while pre-orders aren’t available yet, they will be soon. The collection brings together many of my stories about ghosts and hauntings, which as it turns out, I write about quite frequently.

I am so excited to share both of these books with you! Hopefully by the time they come out, it may even be possible to start gathering in person again. Fingers crossed!


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