It's Local Author Night at The Book Cellar! This month we are joined by Michael Moreci (The Throwaway), Greg Hickey (The Friar's Lantern), Paula Carter (No Relation), and Kirk Landers (Alone on the Shield).
About Michael Moreci:
Michael Moreci is the creator of numerous original comics series and has written and collaborated on multiple established properties. His most recent original works, Roche Limit (Image Comics) and Burning Fields (BOOM! Studios), were both recognized by many publications as being among the best comics of 2015. Roche Limit was called the “sci-fi comic you need to read” by Nerdist and io9, and Paste Magazine named it one of the “50 best sci-fi comics” of all time.
In 2018, Moreci's debut novel, Black Star Renegades, will be released with St. Martin's Press. Drawing inspiration from the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by strange creatures--all with a cast of misfit characters charged with saving the world. A follow up is slated to be released in 2019.
Moreci is also the author of Curse (BOOM! Studios), a modern-day werewolf story, which is in film development with Blumhouse Productions. His crime-noir series, ReincarNATE, has been optioned for television by Patrice Théroux and Buck Productions with David Hayter (writer of the first two X-Men films, as well as the Watchmen adaptation) attached as showrunner. His Image Comics series Hoax Hunters is currently in development for television with Craig Tittley (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) attached as the showrunner.
A graduate of the DC Comics Writer's Program, Moreci has published the Suicide Squad, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Superman stories. He also wrote the in-canon comic series that bridges the gap between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. His other licensed property credits include Conan the Barbarian, Dishonored, The Shadow, Army of Darkness, and Robocop.
Moreci's second novel, an espionage thriller titled The Throwaway, will be released in June of 2018 from Forge Books.
Additionally, Moreci also writes for LucasFilm, contributing to StarWars.com, and he is a regular contributor to Tor.com. A Star Wars obsessive, Moreci has released a Star Wars comics anthology the past two years; in total, they've been downloaded over 60,000 times.
Moreci has been profiled by USA Today, Nerdist, Comics Alliance/AOL, Comic Book Resources, and the Hollywood Reporter.
He lives in Chicago with his wife, two children, and his dog (who looks like Chewbacca on four legs).
About The Throwaway:
THROWAWAY [throh-uh-wey] – Noun - An agent who isconsidered expendable.
Mark Strain had it all--beautiful wife, a baby on the way, and askyrocketing career as a D.C. lobbyist. But when Mark is violently abductedfrom his home by masked men, everything he knows is turned upside down.
They say Mark committed treason. They say he's a traitor to theUnited States.
They say he's a spy.
About Greg Hickey:
Greg Hickey is a former international professional baseball player and current forensic scientist, endurance athlete, author and screenwriter. His debut novel, Our Dried Voices, was a finalist for Foreword Reviews' INDIES Science Fiction Book of the Year. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay.
About The Friar's Lantern:
You may win $1,000,000. You will judge a man of murder.
An eccentric scientist tells you he can read your mind and offers to prove it in a high-stakes wager. A respected college professor exacts impassioned, heat-of-the-moment revenge on his wife’s killer—a week after her death—and you’re on the jury. Take a Turing test with a twist, discover how your future choices might influence the past, and try your luck at Three Card Monte. And while you weigh chance, superstition, destiny, intuition and logic in making your decisions, ask yourself: are you responsible for your actions at all? Choose wisely—if you can.
About Paula Carter:
Paula Carter’s essays have appeared in Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Salon, and Prairie Schooner. As a freelance writer she has contributed to publications such as Writer’s Digest, Creative Nonfiction, and Harvard Gazette. Based in Chicago, she is a company member with the storytelling series 2nd Story. She is the editorial manager of the digital magazine INTER and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington.
About No Relation:
When Paula first met James, she was 26, in graduate school, and not ready to be any kind of mother to his two young sons. But, years later, after caring for them and watching them grow, she finds herself unsure of what to do when her relationship with their father ends. In a collection of striking flash essays, Paula reveals the complexity of loving children who are not her own and attempts to put language to something we have no language to describe. No Relation is a deeply personal, beautifully rendered account of a seldom-remarked on kind of love and loss.
About Kirk Landers:
Kirk's professional writing career was launched in the US Army, later entering the special-interest and trade magazine worlds. The magazines won more than a hundred awards for journalistic excellence. Kirk is a member of the Construction Writers Hall of Fame, and lives in the suburbs of Chicago.
About Alone on the Shield:
I hope you get drafted, I hope you go to Vietnam, I hope you get shot, and I hope you die there. Those words, spoken in the anger of youth, marked the end of the torrid 1960s college romance of Annette DuBose and Gabe Pender. She would marry a fellow antiwar activist and end up immigrating to Canada. He would fight in Vietnam and come home to build an American dream kind of life--a great career, a trophy wife, and a life of wealth and privilege. Forty years later, they have reconnected and discovered a shared passion: solo canoeing in Ontario's raw Quetico wilderness. They decide to meet again to get caught up on old times, but not in a restaurant or coffee shop--they agree to meet on an island deep in the Quetico wilds. Though they try to control their expectations for the rendezvous, they both approach the island with a growing realization of the emotional void in their lives and wonder how different everything might have been if they had spent their lives together. They must overcome challenges just to reach the island, then encounter the greatest challenges of all--each other, and a weather event for the ages. Alone on the Shield is a story about the Vietnam War and the things that connect us. It is the story of aging Baby Boomers, of the rare kinds of people who paddle alone into the wilderness, and of the kind of adventure that comes only to the bold and the brave.