News: June-July 2015

If you've attended one of my writing workshops in the past, chances are good we've talked about worldbuilding. Creating a believable world from the ground up is essential in fantasy and sci-fi, but it's just as important in all kinds of fiction. How does setting affect your characters? Is it suffocating them? Giving them room to grow?

One of my favorite websites, io9, recently shared this great video on worldbuilding that's definitely worth taking seven minutes to watch.

In other news, my final workshop at the Wallingford Public Library will take place Monday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. If you've ever been interested in the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, then this is the one for you! Join me for a discussion of today's publish models to help you make an educated decision on which one is right for you.

Want me to speak at YOUR local library or school? Drop me a line! I offer workshops on writing and publishing for all ages.

I'll also be taking part in the local author summer program at the Avon Free Public Library. Come down to the library on July 20 between 4 and 7 p.m. for the library's farmers market. In addition to meeting some local authors, you'll also have the chance to sample and buy delicacies grown by Connecticut farmers. More information can be found HERE.

Finally, are you on Goodreads? You can follow me there as well for updates about what I'm reading and working on. Plus, you can comment on my reviews, leave your own reviews of my books, and get into all kinds of mischief. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you all soon!

Now Available!

I'm proud to announce that my debut book, The Horse Thieves and Other Tales of the New West, is now available from Amazon in KINDLE and PAPERBACK formats. Released by Hazardous Press, the book features cover art by Dwayne Vance.

In an alternate American West both eerily familiar and vastly different from our own, a man’s car is his steed. Years ago, Yoshimitsu Automobiles purchased all the struggling car companies and formed Consolidated Motor Corp or CMC. Any "horse" worth its shoes is made by the conglomerate, which owns "ranches" across the country. With a stranglehold on the market, CMC does what it wants, when it wants, how it wants — all at the direction of the company’s vainglorious president, Darwin E. Hayes 

This is the world where Crawford — a cynical gun-for-hire — lives, works and has learned to survive. It’s not an easy life in the dusty, cutthroat towns of the west, but it’s one where Crawford is fortunate enough to have a roof over his head, a beautiful and willful woman at his side, and a trusty horse on his hitching post — a CMC Colt.

And here's what readers are saying:

"Scalisi’s is a collection worth a leisurely read — unhitch it from its post, jump in the saddle, and take The Horse Thieves out for a ride."

"Americans love their cars, especially the classic muscle cars of yesteryear, and the cowboy is a uniquely American imagine of rugged individuality, so the idea of hard-eyed men riding the range with a roaring V8 instead of a horse fits pretty easily." 

"The Horse Thieves and Other Tales of the New West takes the concept of the Old West and twists it up a bit onto it's ear. The idea of adding in hot rod cars and automotive prowess to the old Western novella gave these tales a new way to go and kept the reader engaged."

About Me

Patrick Scalisi is a journalist, magazine editor and emerging author from Connecticut. He has published fiction in several magazines, including The Willows, Neo-opsis and, among others. His short stories have appeared in a number of fiction anthologies, including An Honest Lie Vol. 2, Shadowplay and Penny Dread Tales Vol. 1. Pat also had the opportunity to serve as the guest editor of The Ghost Is the Machine, a bestselling anthology of steampunk-horror stories from Post Mortem Press. When he's not writing, Pat enjoys watching way too many movies than are good for him, reading more books than he has shelves for and listening to music (his tastes range from classical to classic and modern rock).

For Pat's full bio, click the "About Me" button at the top of this page.

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