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Get your ALPHA Southwestern style

Just a reminder that Greg will be starting the Southwestern leg of his ALPHA tour tomorrow, in Arizona, then traveling across the state of Texas. Here are the relevant dates, times and details!:

May 30, 7:00 PM: The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale AZ
May 31, 7:30 PM: BookPeople, Austin, TX
June 1, 6:30 PM: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX
June 2, 4-6:00 PM: Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, Dallas, TX (ALPHA, as well as some of Greg’s comics, available for purchase at the event thanks to Zeus Comics)

Greg talks ALPHA, writing process

Greg’s essay “Why I Write ‘Strong Female Characters’” was posted to io9 yesterday. Here’s a taste:

So, to the question.

I have two answers I tend to give, the Quick Answer and the Long Answer. Both are entirely true, for the record.

The Quick Answer goes like this:

Q: How do you write such strong/well-realized/positively portrayed women?

A: I don’t. I write characters. Some of those characters are women.

To mark the release of ALPHA in the UK tomorrow, Mulholland Books UK did a Q&A with Greg:

Who would your fantasy dinner guests be?

I’ll twist that a bit, and say that the opportunity to dine at Nero Wolfe’s table would be a dream come true.

Greg also talked about ALPHA with

What are the big differences between writing these ongoing stories for these characters in your novels as opposed to comics?

I think honestly it comes from a gaming background—I write campaigns, for lack of a better way to put it. I don’t know, I tend to create characters that I want to spend time with. I think you can hear it when I talk about Jad. I want to spend time with Jad—I want to spend time with Chaindragger and Bonebreaker and Cardboard and the whole crew there and explore them. You see it a lot in Gabriel, too. And that’s—more than anything else, I think—the thing that drives the serial work, be it in comics or in novels. With novels you want the story to be enclosed, you want it ot reach an end and a clear end but at the same time I find it dissatisfying to reach the end of the story and presume that’s everything you needed to know. It’s a great way to tell a story, I’m not knocking it, but I want to do more. I think that tends to be the thing that pushes it—I’m looking for where do they go next. Invariably I’ll be halfway through a novel and I’ll go “Ooh! This has to be the thing that happens next!”

Greg and Brian Michael Bendis wrapped up their two-part conversation for the Mulholland Books website:

BRB: It’s more of my smiling and waving that’s not showing what’s going on behind the curtain. In fact, I keep putting myself in situations that are new situations that I can explore something about, my writing, whether who it’s with or how I’m working with them.

GR: That’s great for me to hear, because that’s a conclusion I came to a while back. One of the things I’m looking to do is scare myself. After a while, I think complacency is very dangerous for a writer.

And finally, Sterling Hershey discusses the creation of the cartography of Wilsonville:

Greg gave me some background material and history for the fictional park, including major features he wanted and the actual theme. We discussed different park types and a few details from an operational standpoint. Then I sat down and created the layout. I added more rides, shows, and major features as needed, naming them within the established theme. We went through a couple revisions, but the process went smoothly and was a lot of fun. We thought a bit about the history of the park, designing the early sections to have a formal layout, and letting the expanded areas become more free form. I included some dimensions at Greg’s request, so he could estimate travel times and other story details.

ALPHA is currently out in multiple formats, physical and digital.

ALPHA drops tomorrow

Greg’s latest novel, his first with Mulholland Books, ALPHA, will hit shelves tomorrow.

ALPHA is the story of Jad Bell, an ex-Delta Force Marine Sergeant who finds himself embroiled in a terrorist attack on Wilsonville, the world’s largest theme park. The prologue of the novel is available for preview on Facebook, and gets right to the heart of the action.

Also, see this just-published interview of Greg by writer Brian Michael Bendis for a little about the creation of ALPHA (and a good bit about politics, parenting, and starting bands).

Greg will be doing a tour to support ALPHA, and will be signing at the following stores:

May 22: Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing, Portland, OR
May 24: The Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Seattle, WA
May 30: The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale AZ
May 31: BookPeople, Austin, TX
June 1: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX
June 2: Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, Dallas, TX (special event — details coming soon)

If you’d like a signed copy of ALPHA, and aren’t in one of the cities Greg will be visiting, please contact one of those stores, and Greg will be happy to have a book inscribed to you.

ALPHA tour!

(Cross posted from Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether)

It’s called ALPHA, and you can read a preview here, over at Facebook, if you’re so inclined. The book releases (official-like) on May 22nd!

This is, in no small part, responsible for the delays in getting the rest of “Merrimount Orde” finished and up. You are all very patient, and for that, I am grateful. It should be ready by a week from this Friday (there are three scripts and another short story to write between now and then, just so you know what it is you’re being so darn patient about!).

For those of you interested, there will be an abbreviated ALPHA tour:

I’m signing in Portland on May 22nd, the day of release, at Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing.

On the 24th, I’ll be up in Seattle, signing at The Seattle Mystery Bookshop.

The 30th sees me in Scottsdale, Arizona, signing at The Poisoned Pen.

The 31st sees me at BookPeople in Austin, Texas.

If it’s June 1st, it must be Houston and Murder by the Book, and the 2nd sees a special event in Dallas, at Rathburn’s Blue Plate Kitchen (more details to follow).

If you’re interested in getting a signed (and/or personalized) copy of ALPHA, I would urge you to contact any of the above booksellers. They would be – sincerely – delighted to take your order and record your specifics for how you’d like the book inscribed, and they would be just as happy to make certain said inscribed book reaches you in a manner that would surely be called “mint” or, at the worst, “near mint.”

Hope to see/meet/chat with some of you, at least, in the coming weeks!

Hold fast!



Greg reads at Writers With Drinks in San Francisco this weekend

Greg will be one of three featured guests this weekend at Writers With Drinks, described by host Charlie Jane Anders as a “spoken word variety show.”

Along with novelist Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula) and poet Liz Henry (Unruly Islands, Mother Frankenstein), Greg will be taking part in the spontaneous show that mixes literary figures and the hard stuff.

There’s a $5 to $10 sliding scale cover. All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.

The show will take place Saturday, May 12, at The Make-Out Room 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.

Greg is Barcelona bound!

A reminder that Greg is in Spain this weekend for the Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona!

He’ll be signing at booth 101 on Friday, May 4, from 6:00 to 7:00PM, Saturday from 12:30 to 2:00PM, and again from 6:30 to 8:00PM, and on Sunday from 10:30AM until noon.

You can also catch Greg, Jen Van Meter and Craig Thompson on the “My Way” panel on Thursday, May 3, from 4:30 to 5:45PM.