Recently, I attended the “Ready Set Fun! Bookfest” hosted by the local PBS station. There were lots of children and adults, and many booths. I brought my own children, who loved the afternoon.
The turnout was great and I was able to meet a number of nice people. I even sold a few books!
Each booth was to have games or activities that would engage children. Since my books are fantasy novels, the task of creating activities based on my books seemed daunting. What was I going to do? How would I use it as a tie-in for my novel?
With the help of my brilliant wife (who actually took the lead in creating these activities), we were able to produce several different things.
I also developed a few questions kids should ask themselves if they wanted to write their own books and create races of their own. You can check out some of the questions below:
Fantastical Character Creation Worksheet
Every fantasy novel needs fantastical characters! To create the characters in your fantasy novel, here are a list of questions to get you started.
1. Where does your character live?
2. What does your character look like?
3. What about your character’s physical appearance helps it survive in its environment?
4. What is unique to your character’s kind or culture?
5. How did this character’s kind come into being?
6. Does your character have a special power?
7. If so, how did they acquire this special power?
8. How did the character get where he is today?
Overall, it was a fun experience and I was glad to have been invited. I also came to the realization that in this day and age, as an author I need to have a way to accept credit cards. So, that’s what I’m doing now – figuring out how to get a card reader for our cell phone. I have another book signing event (The Thousand Island Book Festival) in a week or so… I’ll let you know how it goes if I ended up using it there.
This Saturday, May 13, 2017, I will be attending the PBS Ready, Set, Fun Event! Come out. It looks like it will be a lot of fun. I will be there with activities relating to my book, where you will be able to buy one and get it signed. There will also be other activities and authors there as well.
Here is the flyer with all the information you'll need! Check it out, and maybe I'll see you there.
As I'm working on the third book of the Downer series, I thought I would post a sneak "preview" of where the book may be going and what I've been working on. This is only the first draft, so the chapter may change somewhat before I finish. But if you're interested in Chapter One of War of the Reaches (working title), then have a go!
It's been a busy couple of weeks, but that busyness has exploded recently. I've been editing another book of mine called The Cry of Kilhaven, which I wrote several years ago. I am doing one last read through and then it will be completed. Our family, with the help of some friends, has also been remodeling a room in our house. So, of course, the blog posts have been neglected somewhat.
But I've also been busy preparing for an upcoming blog tour that begins on Monday, April 10th.
It is with Xpresso Book Tours. They helped me with Scar of the Downers and did a great job, and now they're helping me with Rise of the Branded.
Each day next week, bloggers will either have an excerpt, an interview, a review, or a blog post I've written. You can go to their websites and read what they've written about the book or read what I've written about writing or myself. You can also enter a giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Rise of the Branded.
If you're interested in following the tour, here is the link for it on Xpresso's website.
Scott Keen grew up in New York, the youngest of three children. While in law school, he realized he didn't want to be a lawyer. So he did the practical thing--he became a writer.