This year marks Emma Newman‘s third appearance in a row at the science fiction and fantasy convention BristolCon but the first where she is one of three Guests of Honour. “It’s the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that I enjoy,” she says and it’s one of the reasons it is her favourite UK convention. “Also as the programming is packed into a single day it makes it less tiring than a 3-5 day long convention! The team behind BristolCon are impressively organised and devoted to making the event as enjoyable as possible. I have a great deal of respect for them and am delighted to be Guest of Honour this year.”
Newman’s first novel, 20 Years Later, was published in 2011 but she has had a flurry of activity since then with the three novels from the Split Worlds series published with only three-four months between them.
“The book I wrote towards the end of last year, a stand-alone science-fiction novel, will be published next year. I am planning a Kickstarter campaign for the fourth Split Worlds novel which will run from late September to late October, so all my promotional energy will be going into that.”
There is also a new anthology to which she is a contributor. Abaddon Books are publishing 221 Baker Streets which contains stories that put Sherlock Holmes and the other primary characters in different worlds. Newman’s story A Woman’s Place focuses on Mrs Hudson and is set in a dystopian future. The anthology comes out in October.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the podcast, Tea and Jeopardy, that Newman co-writes with her husband, was nominated for a Hugo award this year in the category Best Fancast and as she says “we have some fantastic guests lined up for the next few months”.
You can catch Newman at BristolCon during the day and in the evening she may be with the other guests and visitors at the Shakespeare Tavern. “I have a fondness for the Shakespeare Tavern in Bristol because that’s where I held my very first book launch back in 2011 and where I met several people involved in BristolCon – in fact that’s where I first heard about it! There are regular meet-ups for people who love sci-fi and fantasy at the Shakespeare Tavern every month.”
BristolCon takes place on October 25, 2014 at Doubletree Hotel