Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Well, my tour for #Flamecaster is winding down, but I wanted to make sure you knew about some upcoming events.  Then I'll be staying home writing STORMCASTER for a while...

Chicago Area
Thurs, April 28, 2016, 7:00 PM
Anderson's Bookshop Naperville
123 W Jefferson Ave,
Naperville, IL 60540
Join me at this event!

Chicago Area
Apr. 29-May 1, 2016
Wild, Wild Midwest Conference
Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N Naper Blvd
Naperville IL 60561
I’ll be teaching intensives and breakouts at this regional SCBWI conference.

Monday, May 9, 2016 7-8:30 PM
Author Appearance and Signing
Barnes & Noble, Cary Commons

760 SE Maynard Cary, NC 27511

Perry, OH
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:30 am - 3 pm
YA Litcon 2016
Author panels, breakouts, autographing.
Perry High School
1 Success Blvd
Perry, OH 44081

Jackson, OH
Friday, Jun 10, 6-8 pm
Author Appearance and Signing 
Jackson City Library
21 Broadway St.
Jackson, OH 45640

Pickerington, OH
Sat. Jun. 11, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm
Pickerington Teen Book Fest 
Pickerington North High School
7800 Refugee Rd,
Pickerington, OH 43147

Thursday, April 14, 2016



My Author Appearance and Signing scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016 7-8:30 PM has been cancelled due to hail damage to the Barnes&Noble store in Cary. 

Barnes&Noble, Cary Commons
760 SE Maynard Cary, NC 27511
I'll be in North Carolina for a family event, and I thought, why not hang out with readers? I'll be signing Flamecaster and all my other novels. Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Flamecaster UK Debut is 5 May 2016! Enter the UK-ONLY Preorder Giveaway!

 UK, have I ever told you what an Anglophile/Caledoniphile/Cambrophile/Hibernophile I am? I am English, I am a Scot, I am Irish, I am Welsh--the majority of my ancestors came from those places in the scepter'd isles very early on -- most likely in chains. My ancestors were the kind of people that realms wanted to get rid of, apparently.
Yet I can't help but feel that my roots, and my history, is there. I took an English literature through England when I was in college, and it absolutely changed my life. I am still mining those experiences today.
So, in honor of that connection, and in collaboration with Harper360, publisher of the international edition of Flamecaster, I am announcing a UK-ONLY PREORDER GIVEAWAY!

Anyone who preorders #Flamecaster from a UK bookseller (brick and mortar, on line, wherever  books are sold in the UK) is eligible to enter to win a signed PAPERBACK set of the UK edition of the Seven Realms series, plus a limited edition pen, temporary tattoo, Epic Reads bookmark and Epic Reads poster. Since the Shattered Realms series is a stand-alone spinoff of the Seven Realms series, it will give you the chance to build a complete collection.

Giveaway open to residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Must be ordered from a UK retailer.
Entries must be received by 4 May 2016
Books will be signed using bookplates
Need a link to a UK retailer? Here's Amazon UK to start with amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/1WhoRgq

Here's how to enter:

1. PLEASE follow these directions. I'm not very good at following directions, either, but I need your help in order to get you properly entered because I don't have minions. 
2. Send an email to cwchimapromo at gmail dot com. In the subject line, put UK PREORDER GIVEAWAY ENTRY
3. In the body of your email, include your name and snail mail address and how/if you would like your books to be personalized.
4. If you would like to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, etc include your snail mail address. 
5. Make sure I have the best email to contact you
6. THIS IS IMPORTANT: Attach an image of proof of purchase for your preordered book, whether it's an online receipt, a receipt from a store, an email confirmation of an order, a notarized statement from your local bookseller--whatever way you can show me you've placed a preorder
7. Questions? Email me at that same address with the header PREORDER GIVEAWAY QUESTION

Thursday, April 7, 2016


The incorrect address was listed for the Mysterious Galaxy event this Saturday in San Diego. Here is the correct information:

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016


    I've had a super response to this giveaway -- thank you so much for joining in! We have randomly selected two winners!

    The winner of the Seven Realms Hardback (US edition) signed set is BRENDA GRAY of FT WORTH, TX!

    The winner of the Seven Realms UK edition signed set is KAELA ESHENBRENNER of Henderson, NV!

    Congratulations, Brenda and Kaela. If you didn't win, don't despair. Every single one of you will receive a swag pack including a signed bookplate, bookmarks, and temporary tattoos. All of these prizes are winging their way to you as I write this.

    I hope you will ALL enjoy Flamecaster. And, whatever you do, keep reading!

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    Coal Miner's Grand-Daughter

    P.D. James once said that "All fiction is autobiographical"  ("and much autobiography is, of course, fiction.”

    I think that's true. Where else do we get unique material but from our own lives--the people we meet, the experiences we have, the places we've been--and the stories handed down through family.

    Many people believe that fantasy writers draw on some (drug or psychosis-fueled?) inner well of make believe in order to create fantastical stories. I've had more than one talented writer tell me, "I could never write fantasy." Sometimes this is accompanied by a kind of shudder that tells me that the tagline is, "and I would never want to."

    I find that certain elements of my own story worm their way into my fiction again and again. It's not an intentional thing. Stories suffer when writers set out to teach a lesson or prove a point or make readers feel this way or that way. I never set out with an agenda. But when I'm staring at a blank screen with a deadline in front of me, I tend to gravitate toward certain kinds of characters and certain themes.

    My grandfather is third from left
    For instance, transformation stories have always given me hope. I'm the daughter of a truck driver, the granddaughter of a coal miner turned factory worker, and the great-great granddaughter of a man who worked in the iron furnaces of Appalachian Ohio. My ancestors were scrappy people who worked hard, lived hard, and died young. They also told stories.

    Like how my grandmother's sisters owned a honky-tonk bar by the roadside and played banjo and fiddle in a hillbilly band. Or Uncle Vinnie Nash who used to steal his wife's shoes so he could go out and dance with other women. Like how my great-grandfather got drunk and went to the barn and was kicked by a horse, and he died. Or my great uncle who got drunk and set fire to himself and he died. Or my great-uncle Claude who was killed in a slate fall when he was forty-one years old.

    The women were strong -- they had to be! Like my several times removed cousin who filed a paternity suit in 1871 against her employer's brother. Despite being called into court, where she was quizzed about relations with other men and forced to describe every time they "did" it, she won her suit. Strong women populate my stories--women of whom little is expected, who accomplish much.

    Some people are born to privilege, and squander that opportunity. Others are born to fail, and find a way to succeed. I'm intrigued by how some people change and survive, while others don't. In my Seven Realms series, the streetlord Han Alister finds ways to repurpose the skills he learned on the mean streets of the Fellsmarch slums to survive among enemies in a ruthless court.

    Readers of my fantasy stories might notice that coal mines and miners show up repeatedly. In the Heir Chronicles, set in contemporary Ohio, one of the characters is trying to protect her Appalachian mountain home from a mining company that wants to "mountain-top" it in order to access the veins of coal underneath. In Flamecaster, the first novel in my Shattered Realms series, one of the characters is a blaster in a coal mine who uses those skills as a saboteur fighting against the oppressive Ardenine empire.

     I'm a first generation college graduate. I've never stopped transforming myself. I've worked hard, I've been lucky, and I've done better than I ever could have imagined. And yet I've never lost my inbred mistrust of "the man" and the feeling that I'm just a slate-fall away from disaster. Those are the kind of characters I write about. Those are the kinds of stories I tell.  Welcome to a world where survival and transformation stories have   an overlay of magic.

    Welcome to the Shattered Realms.

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    Meet Adrian sul'Han, Healer and Assassin

    Wanna meet Adrian sul'Han, a main character in ‪#‎Flamecaster‬ ? Head on over to Dark Faerie Tales for an excerpt from the book and an "interview" with Adrian.