Wednesday, May 13, 2015

See You at ROCTBF Saturday May 16 in Rochester NY

Imagine a FREE bookfest showcasing books for teens! How cool would that be? Pretty darn cool! Nazareth College will be hosting thirty-plus authors of teen books this Saturday. Feast your eyes on the lineup and make your plans.

Monday, March 30, 2015


The Powers That Be have pronounced Realistic YA (a la John Green or Rainbow Rowell) to be the Next Big Thing in teen lit. This past weekend, @aboredauthor started a hashtag topic on Twitter, which turned into a sensation. 
What if we all wrote Very Realistic YA? 

The rest is history. I was totally smitten (spent precious copy-editing minutes snickering at the computer.) If you’re on Twitter, check out #VeryRealisticYA . Here are my attempts:

·      Orphan farm boy hatches dragon's egg; dragon eats farm boy and sets fire to farm. #VeryRealisticYA
·      Girl discovers parents have hidden their past lives in a secretive organization. Turns out they were scientologists. #VeryRealisticYA
·      Small town boy stays in small town, marries small town girl. Gets job at the plant. #VeryRealisticYA
·      High school boy stops heart medication, becomes incredibly strong and muscular. Med was interfering with his steroids. #VeryRealisticYA
·      Girl tries to hide strange markings on her skin. Mother spots them and grounds her for getting tattoos. #VeryRealisticYA
·      Two teens with cancer meet, and decide they spend MORE than enough time thinking about cancer. They avoid each other. #VeryRealisticYA
·      Two misfits meet and find out that they have absolutely nothing in common. They never speak again. #VeryRealisticYA
·      Teens are trapped in giant maze and cannot find their way out. They give up and play video games. #VeryRealisticYA
·      Girl finds mysterious jeweled dagger in a lockbox under the bed. Sells it on eBay and takes friends to Belize. #VeryRealisticYA

Thursday, March 12, 2015

News and Upcoming Events!

Some Upcoming Appearances in 2015
Although I won't be on tour during 2015, since Flamecaster isn't scheduled for release until spring, 2016, I do have lots of events coming up and opportunities to meet all of you! Below is a list of events having before the end of the year. I expect I'll be adding more as time goes on, so either keep an eye on my website or sign up for my occasional newsletter in order to stay informed.

In the meantime, I hope to see you at one of these!

Ft Myers, Florida

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Saturday, March 21
Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park,
Fort Myers River District

Austin, TX
Texas Library Association Annual Meeting
Signing Wednesday, April 15, 11:30-12:30
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX

Chicago Area
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9 to 4 pm
Norridge and Harwood Heights, IL
Litworks: A Teen Bookfest
Join Six authors of teen lit including Chris Crutcher, Paul Griffin, Susane Colasanti, Jessica Brody, Gene Ha and ME!

Columbus, OH
Ohioana Book Festival
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Sheraton Columbus Hotel
at Capitol Square
75 E State Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Hudson, NY
Hudson Children's Book Festival
Saturday, May 2, 2015
215 Harry Howard Avenue at the Junior and Senior High School

Atlanta, GA
Savannah School of Art and Design
Monday, May 4, 2015
Writing Workshop and Lecture
Details to follow

Boardman, OH
Teen and Middle Grade
Author Appearance and Signing
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 3-5 pm
with Megan Whalen Turner, Tricia Springstubb, Shelley Pearsall, and Rebecca Barnhill
Barnes & Noble, Boardman
381 Boardman Poland Rd,
Youngstown, OH 44512
(330) 629-9436

Rochester, NY
TBF Live! Rochester Teen Bookfest
May 16, 2015 9 am – 5 pm
Nazareth College, Main entrance at Shults Center
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Note: This is the best book party evah!

Barberton, OH
Barberton Public Library
Writing workshop: Worldbuilding: Writing Your Own Fantasy Fiction
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6 pm
602 W Park Av
Barberton, OH 44203

East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
Young Authors Conference
Workshop: Dialogue: The Engine of Fiction
Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, 2015

Pickerington, OH
Pickerington Public Library YA Authorfest
Pickerington North High School
Saturday, July 25, 2015 10 AM-5 PM

Alliance, OH
Author Appearance and Signing
Saturday, November 21, 2 PM
Rodman Public Library
215 E Broadway St
Alliance, OH

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ever Feel Like You're the Last to Know? Sign Up For My Author Newsletter!

Several times a week I receive emails from readers wanting to know if I'm ever going to write another book -- even though I try to keep them up to date with posts in this space, on Facebook, and Twitter.  I often run into readers by chance who are surprised to find out that there are two more Heir books out, or that I'm writing a new series set in the Seven Realms.

Now I'll bring the news to you, in addition to previews, special content, contests and more! Sign up for my author newsletter and never miss a thing! I promise I won't invade your inbox all that often. I guess I would describe the schedule as "erratic."

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News from Author Cinda Williams Chima

Friday, January 30, 2015

Announcing a New Series Set in the Seven Realms

Yes! I am under contract with HarperCollins for four new novels, set in the world of the Seven Realms. Though it was announced in Publisher's Weekly back in September, and I announced it on Facebook and Twitter as well as my website, I'm still getting these emails saying, Slacker! Don't you know we're waiting for more books?!

More?! You want more?! I'm so glad.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Shattered Realms

Q: What's the publication schedule for The Shattered Realms?

A: The first book in the series, Flamecaster, is scheduled for spring, 2016.  The plan is to release a  book a year.
Q: Do I need to read the Seven Realms in order to dig into The Shattered Realms?

A: No, The Shattered Realms stand alone, so they are totally accessible if you've not read the first series. Of course, I'd love it if you read SR1 while waiting for the arrival of SR2. You could even read the Heir Chronicles, which have nothing to do with these stories except that they all involve wizards behaving badly.

Q: Will these books feature all of the characters I know and love?

A: These books are set twenty-five years after the action in the Seven Realms. So some of the characters you know and love will appear in these stories, but they'll be, um, well you do the math. The focus will be on the teenage children of some of the Seven Realms characters. I know that you will welcome these tormented young people into your hearts.

Q: Are you ever going to publish The Star Marked Warder ?

A: Some sharp-eyed readers know that I wrote my first stories set in the Seven Realms in a fantasy series for adults called The Star-Marked Warder . That series was never published. Some of the ideas, characters, and story lines in the Shattered Realms come from the Star-Marked Warder. Rules for Writers--never throw anything away.

Q: How can I keep up with what's going on with the series, e.g. covers, release dates, and the like?

A: I'll be posting updates regularly on my author Facebook page on Twitter @cindachima, and Instagram. You'll find the covers, history, background, and other series info on my website at

I'm looking forward to returning to the Seven Realms! I hope you'll come with me and share the ride.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Who Has Signed Chima Books for Holiday Giving?

Malaprops, Asheville, NC
Barnes&Noble Winston-Salem, NC
The Learned Owl, Hudson, OH
Loganberry Books, Cleveland, OH
Barnes&Noble Easton, Columbus OH
Wooster Book Co, Wooster, OH
Anderson's, Naperville, IL
Be sure to call ahead to see if the book you want is in stock!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Sorcerer Heir Tour Events!!

The Sorcerer Heir Tour
The Sorcerer Heir goes on sale October 21, 2014.
I will be touring in October and November
for the launch.

Watch this site or follow me on
Facebook or @cindachima on Twitter for updates.

New York Comic Con
Javits Center, NYC
October 9 – 12, 2014
Friday, October 10, 10 a.m.
Signing at the Disney booth #2128

Sunday, October 12 1:15 – 2:00 pm
PANEL: How A Game Of Thrones Changed Fantasy... Or Did It?
Sunday October 12 at 2 p.m.
Signing The Sorcerer Heir afterwards at Table 19!

Dayton, OH
Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Books and Company
Sorcerer Heir Launch Party
The Greene Shopping Center
4453 Walnut Street
Dayton, OH 45440
Phone: 937-429-2169
Chicago, IL Area
Wednesday, October 22, 7 pm
Anderson's Bookshop Naperville
Two Doors East
111 W Jefferson Ave.,
Naperville, IL 60540
PH: (630) 355-2665 (630) 355-2665

Hudson, OH
Sorcerer Heir Local Launch
Friday, October 24, 2014, 5:00 pm
The Learned Owl bookstore
204 N. Main St.
Hudson, OH 44236
330-653-2252 / 800-968-2685
You can order autographed copies
of The Sorcerer Heir or any of my
other books from The Learned Owl.
Wooster, OH
Buckeye Bookfair
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:30 – 4:00
Fisher Auditorium OARDC
Lakeside, OH
Idlewylde Bed and Breakfast Word-Lover's Weekend
November 7-9, 2014
I'll be teaching a two-hour workshop called
"Lights, Camera, Action:
Why Writers Should Spend More Time at the Movies."
Miami, FL
Miami Bookfair
November 21-23, 2014
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
Details to follow
National Harbor, MD
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2014
Saturday, November 22, 9:30 – 10:45 am
Panel: The Storyteller’s Story:
Three Celebrated Young Adult Authors Dive Deeply
Into the Craft, Power, and Magic of YA Fiction
(Cinda Williams Chima, Neal Shusterman, and Alan Sitomer)
Location: Gaylord National Resort,
201 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD