April #TorChat Lineup Revealed

This month, #TorChat is celebrating the start of warmer weather by talking about a hot genre: urban fantasy! Joining us on April 18th from 4 to 5 PM EST are Suzanne Johnson, Deborah Coates, and A. M. Dellamonica, to talk about urban fantasy, magic, and some kick-butt heroines!

Tor Books (@torbooks) is thrilled to announce the April #TorChat, part of a monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter.

Spring is well and truly here as we get into April! The days are getting warmer, and the books are getting hotter. To celebrate, we’re talking with three amazing authors about the urban fantasy genre and the amazing heroines that populate their worlds. Our special guests this month are Suzanne Johnson (@suzanne_johnson), the debut author of Royal Street, about a junior wizard sentinel in a New Orleans recently devastated by Hurricane Katrina; Deborah Coates (@debcoates), the debut author of Wide Open, about an army veteran who comes home from Afghanistan for her sister’s funeral, and is greeted at the airport by her sister’s ghost; and A. M. Dellamonica (@alyxdellamonica), the author of Blue Magic, a powerful story of private lives changed by earthshaking events and magic. These incredible rising stars of the urban fantasy world will discuss their books, magic, and the popularity of the urban fantasy genre.

The chat will be loosely moderated by Tor/Forge Digital Marketing Manager Cassandra Ammerman (@leanoir), and fans are invited to follow or join in using the Twitter hashtag #TorChat!

About the Authors

Suzanne Johnson (@suzanne_johnson) is a magazine editor and feature writer with more than fifty national writing and editing awards. A longtime New Orleans resident, she helped rebuild for two years after Hurricane Katrina. She now lives in Alabama. Royal Street, published April 10th, is her first novel.

Deborah Coates (@debcoates) lives in Iowa and works for Iowa State University. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s and Strange Horizons, as well as Year’s Best Fantasy 6, Best Paranormal Romance, and Best American Fantasy. Wide Open, which published in March, is her first novel.

A. M. Dellamonica (@alyxdellamonica) is the author of Indigo Springs, which won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Sci-Fiction and Strange Horizons, and in numerous anthologies; her 2005 alternate-history Joan of Arc story, “A Key to the Illuminated Heretic,” was short-listed for the Sideways Award and the Nebula Award. Blue Magic is her latest novel, published on April 10th. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

About #Torchat
#TorChat is a genre-themed, hour-long chat series created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. Guest authors join fans in lively, informative and entertaining discussions of all that’s hot in genre fiction, 140 characters at a time, from 4 – 5 PM EST on the third Wednesday of every month. Each #TorChat revolves around a different genre topic of interest, often of a timely nature, and strives to provide a new media opportunity for readers to connect with their favorite authors.

About Tor Books
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books. Founded in 1980, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, an imprint dedicated to publishing quality science fiction and fantasy for young readers, including books by critically acclaimed and award winning authors such as Cory Doctorow, Orson Scott Card, and David Lubar. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperbacks, books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and has been named Best Publisher 24 years in a row in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.