Event Video: Spellbound by Blake Charlton


charlton-spellboundBlake Charlton, medical school student and writer, visited the University Bookstore in Seattle, WA on September 21, 2011.

Before the event, I took Blake and his cover artist, Todd Lockwood, out to lunch. It was great fun. The two had never met before and it was interesting listening to them talk about artwork, how important it is to a new author, the book industry, and a number of other book topics.

At the event, Todd and Blake signed all books from fans and the bookstore, and Todd even remarqued quite a few of them.

The coolest item signed at the event came courtesy of Aidan Moher, owner of the fantasy blog A Dribble of Ink. Aidan brought an Advanced Reader Copy of Spellbound and, sheepishly holding it out to the artist, asked Todd to draw a kickass dragon head on it. It turned out gorgeous and it will be a prize that Aidan keeps for a long time.

Don’t know about Spellbound? Here is a bit more about it:

In a world where one’s magical prowess is determined by one’s skill with words and ability to spell, Nicodemus is a wizardly apprentice afflicted by a curse that causes him to misspell magical texts. Now, the demon who cursed him has hatched a conspiracy to force Nicodemus to change language and ultimately use it to destroy all human life. As Nico tries to thwart the demon’s plan, he faces challenges from all sides. But his biggest challenge is his own disability, which causes him to create chaos wherever he goes. And the chaos surrounding Nico is affecting the world so profoundly that the kingdom to which he has fled to gather strength is on the brink of civil war, and he suspects that his closest allies—even Francesca, whom he loves more than life itself—may be subject to the demon’s vast powers. As Nico tries to forestall the apocalypse, he realizes that he doesn’t know if he can fully trust anyone, not even the woman he loves. And if he makes one wrong move, not only will his life be forfeit, he may end up destroying all mortal life as well.

Introducing new twists to the unique magical system of Spellwright, and exploring issues that will bring readers a deeper appreciation of a fascinating world, Spellbound is sure to please Blake Charlton’s fans and increase their number.

I taped Blake as he read and answered questions from the audience. During the hour, he talks about his writing, where his ideas come from, how medical school has informed his writing, and a number of other interesting topics. Here is that video:


Spellbound by Blake Charlton is in fine bookstores now!