THE RIFT (Rootless #2) out April 25, 2014… ARBOR DAY!

Hey Hey! Working on getting the site updated but in the meantime… THE RIFT (Rootless Book Two) will be out on ARBOR DAY (April 25, 2014). Cover reveal coming on THURSDAY next week, at YABC (just like last time!)

Can’t wait for readers to be able to continue the journey…

May the forest be with you!
Chris

End of year update… and news on Book 2! Which is called…

As we near the end of 2013, ROOTLESS just celebrated its one year birthday, and I wanted to update you with news about Book 2! The second novel in the ROOTLESS series has been a labor of love for me for the past two years and it’s almost ready to share with readers. The novel will be available sometime in the first few months of 2014 (in English, that is; not sure when my foreign publishers will get it translated and out there!) I’ll keep you all posted on the release, though am hoping there’ll be some element of surprise to the whole thing, sort of mix things up a bit! And I can let you know right now that it’s called THE RIFT, and is, in my opinion, the best thing I have written.

So… yeah! THE RIFT. I dig the title, and hope you do too. It really fits the book, in a number of ways. And I can’t wait for you all to see the cover, and for readers to continue the adventure. Banyan’s story was always bigger than one book, ever since I first began writing the first chapter of ROOTLESS, so I’m excited for readers to see more of the world and more of the characters, in a novel where the stakes get bigger and the story grows darker, more epic, and more full of action and romance. And there’s more beauty, too. More thrills and twists and turns, more questions, and even some answers. And if you enjoyed the phantasmagoria of ROOTLESS, then you will be pleased to know THE RIFT is also a story where the wild places of my imagination come to life on the page.

With THE RIFT’s release imminent, now would be a great time to a.) read ROOTLESS, if you haven’t already, or b.) post a review or rating on Amazon, GoodReads, or anywhere else. Even just a few words can go a long way, and I could use all the help I can get to help spread the word!

This year has been full of writing for me: not just THE RIFT, but the third and final book of the ROOTLESS tree-logy, as well as some new projects. I’ve also attended various book festivals, met loads of readers at bookstores, libraries and schools, and had a blast teaching fiction-writing workshops and summer camps to teenage students… connect with me on Facebook to see some of the things I got up to. One highlight of these interactions has been seeing the ways my own novel has inspired readers-not just to write, but to plant trees, to think more about the environment, and even to build trees and other sculptures out of recycled goods, much as Banyan does in ROOTLESS. I’m excited about any ideas I’ve helped get started, and am grateful for all the support I’ve had along the way.

So, lots more to come in the New Year, but for now, I wish you all the best for this holiday season… May the forest be with you! CHEERS, Chris

“We are the roots that hold this tree, feeding the branches and all of its leaves.” - from Ghosts, by Trevor Hall

The Art of Tree Building #6

In ROOTLESS, Banyan builds trees out of scrap metal, creating beautiful forests for people who crave some semblance of nature in a future where no nature survives. But throughout human history, there have been many different types of “tree builders”. This blog series will introduce you to some of them…

… DISARM …

Instead of trees, Pedro Reyes builds musical art installations from recycled materials, and by doing so, he’s very much working to improve the world about him by both harnessing and inspiring the power of the human spirit and our ability to create. But what I find especially compelling about Reyes’ work is that he’s creating visual art and music from recycled weapons, having been inspired by a visit to recycling plants where government officials turn seized weapons into raw materials.

Reyes decided to turn these instruments of hate into literal instruments. Only these ones could help provide life and music, rather than take it away. Frequently traveling through some of the most dangerous areas in Mexico, Reyes set out to make his homeland a better place through art. In an area of the world where journalists routinely vanish and civilians are gunned down in broad daylight, Reyes hopes to reclaim the tools of violence and turn them into a force for good.

I find this incredibly inspiring. And hope you’ll enjoy watching this as much as I did…

Thanks to the Creators Project for the introduction.