Archive for May, 2008


When 150 people came to my book release party, I knew the book tour was going to be amazing. Thank you all so much for your support. I have the best friends and family. Getting to see you all made everything worth it.


Okay, the official Western leg of the tour started the day after the book release party. I went to four states (Nevada, California, Arizona, and Nevada), visited 14 cities, about 14 schools, one library, did a bunch of book signings, (around 8 signings, not including the schools) and logged over 3,500 miles in my car.


I spoke to around 2,500 people, making approximately 30 speeches/presentations. It all went well, and overall, the audiences were great. The best thing was seeing my friends and family. I met young cousins I hadn’t ever seen before, saw cousins, aunts and uncles that I hadn’t seen in 14-22 years. I also hung out with great friends. They are people I consider my second families. Seeing all of them was the highlight of the tour. Getting to hang out with the kids and be part of their lives was priceless. Meeting Anna, Bradley, Mya, Lacey Rose, Chara, and Ariel was the best.


Not many things went wrong. One of the glitches was that I ran out of posters and bookmarks in Sacramento, but I just sent out 11 boxes of promo material to all the places I promised material to. I think all the promo stuff has helped and will continue to help the sales. The art sells the book.


The report from the publisher is this: the entire first printing is sold out. More orders have gone in and they’re printing more books. Life is good. Sales have been fabulous. I wish I had more books with me personally, and I’ve had to turn people away and direct them online or to my book signing on June 6 at the Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble from 7-9 PM.


I had such a great time on the tour. I have faith in the youth of America. They are so bright and fun to talk with.


I want to thank everyone who supported me during the tour. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible.


And for those of you who have already read The Golden Cord, thank you very much. I really appreciate your encouragement and I’ll get book two out there as soon as I can. It’s written, I just have to rewrite it a little.

If you’ve read the book and liked it, please post a review on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. Reviews help a lot.

But the most important thing to do is: tell your friends about the novel. Word of mouth is the best promotion that can be done. Call your library and ask them to order some copies as well.


People keep asking: when will they make it into a movie? If you want it to be made into a movie, tell your friends to buy a book! I’m at the back of the line now, but with a lot of sales you never know what might happen . . .


Amazon.com has a few copies if you’d like to read the reviews or order a book.


Thank you again and please stay in touch.


Best wishes,


Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord



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I went to Clayton Middle School today and spoke to a couple of 7th grade classes. My friend Stephenie’s daughter, Valerie, goes to school there and I wanted to see her. I spoke in Mr. Lambson’s class to a total of around 60 kids in two separate sessions. They were a good group and I had fun chatting with them, especially Valerie’s group. Mr. Lambson is a really good guy.

Val’s class was basically the last group of kids that I was going to talk with on this phase of the tour. It felt good to be there and see them. I heard afterward that the kids were surprised at how funny (and smart) that I was. I definitely do a little stand-up comedy routine when I speak to the kids. Today was the cap to the tour and I feel a lot more comfortable now, then I did when I started.

I loved seeing Valerie. She’s a great girl with so much potential. When she was little, I really loved her. During the last few years I haven’t spent much time with her, but back then I wished I had a daughter just like her.

All in all, Clayton Middle School was a great way to end this phase of the tour.

Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord


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Book Tour 2008 139


Author, Michael Stackpole at the ConDuit convention in Salt Lake City



I drove back to Salt Lake to attend the ConDuit sci-fi and fantasy convention. Above is a picture of Mike Stackpole, one of my writing teachers and the author guest of honor at the convention. This pic is during his main address on May 24. He is so smart and I love his energy. I write using the Stackpole method and he is one of the most important writing teachers in my own development. His Secrets writing CD’s are invaluable. Check out his web site at www.stormwolf.com. Mike is the reason I went drove back to Salt Lake. I was not disappointed. Mike is the man. My hero and my friend. I’ve been fortunate to hang out with him several times over the past six years.


So, I was on a panel with Mike on Sunday and that went very well. Also on the panel was Robert “Bob” Defendi, a cool guy and a great game writer. Saturday, I was on a panel with Brandon Sanderson, Brook and Julia West, and Nathan Shumante. I was only on two panels this year and at first I was dubious, but it worked out perfect.


Sunday, I went to lunch with Mike Stackpole and got to hear his advice about my novel series. Having him one on one and giving me advice for an hour was awesome. I respect him so much and his Dragon Crown War Cycle is one of my favorite series ever. Please read Dark Glory War and then continue with the rest, you’ll love them.


ConDuit was great and it was good to see my friends. I could have stayed on the road longer, but coming home, seeing my wife, seeing Mike, and all my local friends, especially Patrick Tracy, was wonderful.


I met a great artist as well, Jessica Douglas, www.mistressofspam.deviantart.com. Check out her stuff. Wow.

Another writer to watch is Aleta Clegg. She’s written an entire 11 book space opera series. She’s close to getting published and I’ll be there to see it happen.


Best wishes,


Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord



ConDuit was fun.

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There is something magical that happens when you go back to your old elementary school. You remember what it was like to be a little kid again . . .


I went to George E. Harris from first to fourth grade back in the early 1980’s. I loved that school and once a Tiger, always a Tiger! My teachers were amazing and taught me so much. Then I moved away in fourth grade. I still remember my favorite teachers, Mrs. Holman, Mrs. Gonatovich, and Mrs. Brabham. They were the best.


Leaving George E. Harris was a sad time in my life and going back for the first time since 1983 was very special. I was welcomed by the great staff. Jill Moe, the Literacy Specialist is an exceptional person and she had been my main contact there as I set up the visit. It was great to finally meet her. Also, Henry Rodda, the principal, made me feel right at home. Jill and Henry, plus the vice principal, Heather Lenz, and the office staff, Ms. Pina and Mrs. Gutierrez were all great. I met others, but I can’t remember their names. The teachers at the school were also very welcoming and I felt so comfortable.

When I arrived in the school office I shared that the school song had been running through my head all day and for weeks before I arrived at the school. Of course, I had to sing the words that I remembered and we had a great laugh. Principal Henry Rodda and Jill Moe were lots of fun.


Jill had already read, The Golden Cord and really liked it. She said some very nice things about the book when she introduced me to the kids. Also, Ms. Pina, who works in the office, read the book and really liked it as well. I was very humbled by their praise and I wish I could have spoken with them longer.


Then it was on to the main event. I spoke to two groups in the same auditorium where I had performed in plays, and listened to countless assemblies. George E. Harris was so great, partially because they gave out lots of awards. I clearly remember getting Good Citizen Awards and correcting the old principals pronunciation of my name.


So, the first assembly was a bunch of younger kids, second and third graders. They were great and I shared my story with them about growing up in Vegas and going to the school where they went now. It was awesome and I got choked up during my speech, barely keeping it together a couple of times. The first speech went so well and I absolutely loved meeting the kids and the staff. It was a very magical moment and those kids got to hear things that no one else on the tour got to hear. The speech was from the heart and I hope I had a lot of impact on the kids. I encouraged them to do the right thing and hopefully they will. I hope they will learn from my experiences and I think going back was a way for me to heal the wounds of my childhood. But I think that being the short kid and getting picked on made me stronger. If all of that hadn’t happened, I would not be the person I am today.

The second assembly was fourth and some fifth graders. They were a tougher bunch, but it went pretty well. I was surprised at how many of them didn’t seem interested in reading books. In the end, it worked out great though. I connected with the kids and really liked most of them. There’s always a few kids that act up, but I made peace with one kid who had been rude during the speech. I felt bad about reacting to his comments, and embarrassing him. In the end, we made up and it was fine. I think we both learned a lesson there. Hopefully, he will learn respect and I learned how to better handle a smart-ass in the crowd.

I also had one surprise, as I ran into the little sister of one of my high school classmates. I met Lorrie Isom, little sister of my high school mates, Robert and Richard Isom. It was so funny to see her at my old school. She was a cute little kid back then, but I still remembered her and she remembered me. Her dad was my teacher at Beatty High School. I guess it really is a small world.

After the assemblies, school got out and I met lots of kids and teachers. It was a lot of fun and I wish I could have stayed longer and hung out. I signed autographs and spoke with the kids and staff. Finally, the principal (Henry), vice principal (Heather), and Jill Moe had to get me going. I had a book signing to attend at 4:00 at the Barnes and Noble across town and it was already 3:30.


They put me in my car and basically said: “Go down that road, very fast!” I wished I could have stayed longer, but I headed for my signing and made it at 4:05. I really loved meeting the staff and the kids. I think the current students of George E. Harris are in such good hands. When I went there years ago, the school was the best in Vegas, and it still is the best public school. They get really high scores in reading, the highest in Vegas, and I’m so proud of all they’ve accomplished and all they’ve achieved.


I hope I helped them. I wanted to give back to the school that gave so much to me.


Best wishes and Go Tigers!


Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord


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Vegas was awesome. I was on the channel 5 TV news. The Fox news channel that I grew up watching had me on their morning show and interviewed me for 3 minutes. It was great and went so well. As soon as I have the clip, I’ll post it here. I was interviewed by Dave Hall, who went to my high school, Beatty High and graduated two years ahead of me. He was and is a cool guy. They were teasing him about his hair cut in high school. Yep, he had a mullet. I admit, I had one too in 9th grade, but I had no idea it was a mullet. It was just the style of the day.

Anyway, the interview went well and then I was off to Bob Miller Middle School. I spoke to a couple of classes and we had a great time. The librarian there, Scott Hensley, is the coolest. He’s the techno librarian and his library is so wired. Scott actually gave the kids four copies of my book to keep. I got to meet the kids and sign their books. That was fun. The students once again showed me how intelligent they were and I enjoyed their questions very much.

Then I went to lunch with a very good guy and his wife. John and Linda Hanks. Linda , a librarian, brought me out to Bob Miller Middle School and John wanted to meet me. He’s done a lot in his life and now he’s interested in writing. He’s got a great story to tell and plan on watching his career unfold.

Then I was off to my old elementary school, George E. Harris Elementary on Sandhill Road. I went there from first to fourth grade. See my next post for all the details . . .


Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord


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I visited a great school in North Salt Lake today, Legacy Prep. The son of my friend, Jennifer Jensen, and her niece go to school there. I loved meeting Hunter and Shania. They are great kids and I’ve heard such good things about them from Jennifer. I work with Jennifer at the hospital. Jen is a great nurse and an even better friend. Both of the kids have a very good energy about them, and I can see why Jen loves them both so much.

I also enjoyed meeting Mrs. Dawn Christensen, Hunter and Shania’s teacher. Mrs. Christensen was very nice and all of the students were very friendly. I had a fabulous time speaking to them. I first spoke to a large group of students, three classes, and we had a fun time. They had great questions and I really enjoyed interacting with them. Also, Jennifer was able to attend the speech, and I loved seeing her there.

The other teachers were also very friendly and fun to chat with. After the large assembly, the kids and I took a break, then two classes came back together and we did a mini writing workshop. It was so much fun to teach the students about writing fiction. The teachers got into it as well, and we had so much fun. We made up a funny story as a group project. The tale came out really well and the kids were so smart. They had such good ideas and when we were done, the story was awesome.

I was able to chat with a few of the students after the workshop and hope to see them again, perhaps at my book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Sugarhouse on June 6, from 7-9 PM. I love speaking with smart kids and the kids at Legacy Prep are amazing.


Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord


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My TV Interview


Here’s the link to my TV interview on Fox News, channel five in Las Vegas.  It’s been posted on YouTube and is about 4:30 minutes.



Link to the TV Interview


or find it below


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