Monday, August 31, 2015



Atlanta, GA Labor Day Weekend

Convention Dates are Fri(9/4/15), Sat(9/5/15), Sun(9/6/15), and Mon(9/7/15)
Cinda Williams Chima

FRIDAY Sept 4, 2015
Title: Autograph Session
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: International Hall South - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Cinda Williams Chima)
The Missing Volume Books will have my books for sale during the con. Visit them at Americasmart Building 2
Booth 1301-1303 1400-1402
Bring your own books or you can buy from them!

Title: YA Urban and Contemporary Fantasy
Description: Fantasy isn't just dragons and knights - come see how contemporary characters and places feature in young adult fantasy!
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Gwenda M Bond, Zac Brewer, Christi J. Whitney, Cinda Williams Chima, A. J. Hartley)

SATURDAY Sept 5, 2015
Title: LGBTQA in YA
Description: Our popular annual panel about LGBTQA characters and themes in YA, including loads of book recommendations!
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Zac Brewer, Shaun David Hutchinson, Alexandra Duncan, Cinda Williams Chima)

Title: Finding the Teen/Middle Grade Reader Within
Description: How does an adult develop strategies and write novels that kids will relate to? Is the YA market feasible for you?
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Stephen L. Antczak, Cinda Williams Chima, Mari Mancusi, Lisa Mantchev, E. C. Myers, Sara Raasch, James Hugh Reeves)

Title: Autographing (TIME CHANGE)
The Missing Volume
Time: Sunday  3:00 PM
Location: Americasmart Building 2
Booth 1301-1303 1400-1402
They will have books for sale!

SUNDAY Sept 6, 2015
Title: Reading: Cinda Williams Chima
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Marietta - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Cinda Williams Chima)
Will be reading from FLAMECASTER (coming 5 April 2016)

I will be giving away a limited number of FLAMECASTER ARCs during the con as well as a few other goodies. .

Monday, August 24, 2015

FLAMECASTER--A New Generation of Magic

Coming 5 April 2015: 


Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

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.