On November 5, at eleven a.m., I will be speaking to a group of sixth graders as part of the KidsRead series at New York City’s famous Center for Fiction. The only nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art and craft of fiction, the Center for Fiction is home to a ton of lectures, classes, and literary events, as well as a great bookstore. It’s all housed in the Mercantile Library building—a lending library that was founded way back in 1820 before there was a public library system. I’ll be talking about both The Blood Guard and the process of writing stories—how to get started, how to find your story, and what to do with it when it’s done. Can’t wait!
As I have mentioned below, this site is undergoing a savvy top-to-bottom redesign that will make it more beautiful! easier to navigate! more appealingly intuitive! and more all-around-useful for fans of the Blood Guard series, as well as anyone interested in other books and other stories by Carter Roy.
So what will this site feature, you may wonder? I’m glad you asked. First and foremost will be this blog, in which I will post news about The Blood Guard and The Glass Gauntlet, as well as the to-be-revealed third book in the series. The blog will also feature notices about appearances, award nominations, and anything else remotely of interest. (For example, expect biweekly photographs of my book hauls.) Second, there is a new quiz in the works—”Which Blood Guard Character Are You?”—which will narrow down, via a process of elimination, where you fall on the spectrum [Read more…]
I just received notice that The Blood Guard has popped up on the South Dakota Library Association’s annual list of finalists for their Young Adult Reading Program Award. Beginning with Teen Reads week this October, students are invited to rate the nominated titles with a score of 1 to 5. Those votes help determine the winner come next spring.
It is an honor to be counted among the dozen blisteringly good nominees for this middle-grade award, and an honor to know that The Blood Guard will be read by teens in all of the great places of the state of South Dakota.
One of the developments in publishing over the past decade is the rise of blogger reviewers—passionate readers who consume novels like water, write thoughtful reviews of these books, and are followed by other similarly passionate readers. These people are true friends to books, and I look forward to their takes on my novels even when they don’t like my work.
They also conduct interviews, and the “blog tour” has become a widespread thing in publishing. Periodically, I do such interviews, so I thought it’d be a good idea to collect them here as they appear.
The packed-with-good-stuff site Fangirlish first wrote an awesome comparison of the Blood Guard series to the TV show the Librarians. I haven’t seen the show, but as a lifelong fan of libraries and librarians, I approve. And then they had me sit down for a series of silly-but-surprisingly revealing questions about Mario Bros, favorite colors, and more. Read it here.
LitPick is a wonderful site where students review middle grade and teen literature. They were kind enough to interview me about the Blood Guard series. I talk about my early life of crime, my influences, and my advice for writers-to-be.
K.E. Carson at the Underground talked to me about the many jobs I’ve held, the difference between writing for kids and writing for adults, and my favorite (?) feedback from readers. You can read it here.
Thanks to all those who took the time to interview me!
If you’ve read any interviews with me, you may know of my love for the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He was the creator not just of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, but also of John Carter of Mars; the land that time forgot called Caspak; the world within the hollow Earth called Pellucidar; as well as dozens of novels about other people and places besides. His novels were wildly popular during his lifetime, and for good reason: They are breathtaking adventure stories written with a kind of energy that few writers equaled at the time.
They are also—then and now—considered trash without literary merit. But the thing about the books you love as a reader? You don’t care whether or not they’re considered “art.” And, as Edgar Rice Burroughs writes to the young Forrest J. Ackerman, “If [a novel] forms the habit of reading, in people who might not read otherwise, it is the best literature.”
I was very fortunate this past week to be interviewed by arts stalwart Cyrus Webb on his popular radio podcast ConversationsLIVE. The interview was about the Glass Gauntlet, the newest entry in the Blood Guard series, and also about the way story can empower young readers.
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Carter Roy to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss his literary journey and book 2 in THE BLOOD GUARD series called THE GLASS GAUNTLET.