Bring Anthony to You

Meet Anthony and get your books signed at upcoming readings, signings, and events! See below for Anthony’s current schedule of events.

Book Anthony for Your Event

Anthony is available for virtual and real-world events including book fairs, workshops, conventions, panel discussions, video chats, and more. Please contact me: with your specific requirements, as I would love to help with your next event.

Bring Anthony’s “Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong” to You

No, you don’t have to dress like this.

Can’t make it to an event? Bring Anthony to you!

Email Anthony and ask about his Living Room Tour Performance, “Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong”


Windfall Reading Series: National Poetry Month, Apr. 19, 2016, Eugene

Windfall Reading Series

As a member of the Lane Literary Guild, I love that Eugene has so much happening in its poetry and literary scene. Each month at the Eugene Public Library, featured poets and authors share their works with the public as part of the FREE Windfall Reading Series.

Lane Literary Guild2015-2016 Windfall Readings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, 5:30–7 p.m. The Eugene Public Library is at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene.

Windfall Readers: Apr. 19, 2016, National Poetry Month

  • Tim Shaner
  • Other Lane County poets

The Windfall project is made possible with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. Other Windfall sponsors are the Lane Literary Guild, Eugene Public Library, Friends of the Eugene Public Library, and the Eugene Public Library Foundation.


Release Date for New Rucksack Universe Travel Fantasy Novel

Available June 16, 2016: THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY

Pre-order THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY, available June 16

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This is a special day at St. Clair World HQ. It’s my wife’s birthday (happy birthday, my love!). And, it’s also 10 years ago to the day that we found our house. In 2006, when we first saw the room that is now my office, it was covered in horrid wallpaper and 70s shag carpet that was, I swear, the same color red as Elmo from Sesame Street.

Today is special for another reason: I’m announcing when my fourth book, THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY, will be available!

Before we get to that, some of you may be coming to the Rucksack Universe for the first time. Just to set the stage, the Rucksack Universe is an ongoing fantasy series of globetrotting intrigue, myth, and adventure, set in an alternate version of our world. It has a diverse cast with stories set all over the globe, with action that ranges from global peril to the deeply personal. There are travelers, lots of beer, an evil company, bartenders who influence the course of all existence, and, above all, Faddah Rucksack, the world’s only Himalayan-Irish sage, the wanderer of wanderers, the hero of old, the hero who fell, and the hero of now. You will get all this and more in THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY.

In a nutshell, here’s what the book is about:

In a rebuilt London, trouble is brewing.

In a world where a bottle of stout can change destinies, all Branwen Porter and her sister Zara want is to become brewers of the world’s oldest and most popular beer, Galway Pradesh Stout. But the brewmaster won’t give them a second glance, much less try their homebrew. A chance encounter with a man in black and a stolen briefcase changes everything. Zara and Branwen find themselves on a collision course with the most dangerous man in the world and his terrible plans for the beer. Two ancient enemies will renew a bitter vendetta, and the sisters will discover their new destiny—but only if they can choose between their dreams and each other.

THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY will be available worldwide in e-book and trade paperback on June 16, 2016.

Starting today, you can pre-order the e-book and it will be auto-magically sent to you the day the book comes out.

Pre-order today

The regular e-book price is US$4.99, but prior to release you can get it for the special pre-order price of $2.99. THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY is available at these major online retailers:

Buy now from Amazon.com
Get it on iBooks
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If you need to catch up on the series, you can also get the other 3 books: The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and Forever the Road, all available in e-book and trade paperback.

You can also get these 3 books direct from me at my author store. When ordering direct you also get exclusive box set savings and autographed paperbacks:

Buy now from Selz

So that’s the news! THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY will be available June 16 and you can pre-order it beginning today.

Please check it out, pre-order the e-book, and tell your friends. Thank you for being part of this journey!


Book Release Special Announcement Apr. 8, 2016

Going ‪#‎live‬! Join me tomorrow, Apr. 8, at 10 a.m. PT, at my Facebook author page for a special video announcement about my upcoming fourth book, THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY! (And please share)

Source: Anthony St. Clair on Facebook


What I’m doing now, April 2016

Yesterday’s office tidying now has my currently-reading stack much more available. #authorlife #reading #research

A photo posted by Anthony St. Clair (@rucksackpress) on

Me in a nutshell

I live in Eugene, Oregon, and have been a self-employed professional writer since 2011—nearly 5 years. I’m the author of 3 (going on 4) travel fantasy books in my Rucksack Universe series. I write about craft beer. I help other people with their online content and marketing. Outside of my home office, I spend lots of time with my wife, son, and daughter. And I love to cook.

This month I’m…

Proofreading the manuscript for THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY… ha ha, nope! The manuscript is DONE! I’ve set the release date… which I’ll be announcing shortly. In the meantime I’m working on the behind-the-scenes stuff around the release of THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY, the fourth book in my Rucksack Universe series. Once I have a few particulars in place I’ll announce the release date and open up the e-book for pre-orders.

Getting ready to write a lot about craft beer. May is one of my favorite assignments for the Oregon Beer Growler: their Women in Brewing special issue. I’m going to be talking to an Oregon brewery owner who does a lot and is just amazing. I can’t wait to share more of her story.

Chuckling at the universe. I grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, and have lived in Eugene since 2000. One of my favorite breweries, Deschutes Brewing, grew up in Bend, Oregon, back before craft beer was cool. They recently announced that within the next few years, they are opening an East Coast facility… in Roanoke, Virginia. I’m talking with folks all about this development—after all, as Oregon beer writers go, I’m rather uniquely qualified to work on this story.

Pondering a summer book tour to various spots in the Northwest, along with some virtual tour events through Facebook, live video, and such. If you’d like me to come to your town, let me know.

Listening to about 40 episodes of The Introvert Entrepreneur Podcast. I recently heard Beth Buelow speak with Joanna Penn on a Creative Penn podcast interview. What Beth discussed in terms of introverts, how we work, and how we better move through professional life really spoke to me. I’m finding lots of ideas and insights in Beth’s podcast that I can put to work in my writing business. I’d recommend Beth’s podcast for any introvert, actually, not just entrepreneurs, but also introverts who work for others, run their households, whatever. It’s a really useful show.

Preparing more things to support support the release of THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY: collaborating with my cover designer, preparing Facebook ads, writing the book description, and setting up things like ISBNs, which some author-publishers cringe at but which I really enjoy. Then again, I also thought it was fun to fill out the forms for my kids’ birth certificates.

Walking over 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) each day, aiming for 13,000-15,000 steps (up to about 7 miles) at least a couple of days each week.

Trying to do 10 minutes of yoga a couple of times a week, though that’s been challenging of late. At least I’m doing more work in the garden and more walks with my kids to help compensate and be more active.

Drooling at Edinburgh, Scotland. I subscribe to the Travel with Rick Steves Podcast, and episode 439‘s discussion and listener Q&A about Edinburgh has me aching to make a return trip to one of my honorary homes. 2000 was the last time I was in Edinburgh, and I have a goal to make a return trip there with my wife and kids.

Reading lots of books, most notably:

Questioning my word, CONNECT, as Ali Edwards says of her annual One Little Word class. Last month’s visionboard was a lot more fun that I was expecting, and I got a lot out of visualizing things that connect me to my word (no pun intended). This month I’m writing some questions around my word, and My wife and I are taking the class together. This month Ali’s prompt is to build a visionboard for my word and how I want to interact with it. I’m using this challenge to help me improve on how I share and connect with others.

Here’s a recent article I’ve published:

Backside’s Got Roseburg’s Back – Oregon Beer Growler

More Oregon craft beer goodness is in the April 2016 edition of the Oregon Beer Growler.

I have a fair few other things in the works too, but as of when I’m updating my /now page, they aren’t up yet.

Always intrigued by other people’s stories, so feel free to email me: writer@anthonystclair.com


What I’m doing now, March 2016

Anthony St. Clair at the summit of Skinner's Butte in Eugene, Oregon

Anthony St. Clair at the summit of Skinner’s Butte in Eugene, Oregon

Me in a nutshell

I live in Eugene, Oregon, and have been a self-employed professional writer since 2011—nearly 5 years. I’m the author of 3 (going on 4) travel fantasy books in my Rucksack Universe series. I write about craft beer. I help other people with their online content and marketing. Outside of my home office, I spend lots of time with my wife, son, and daughter. And I love to cook.

This month I’m…

Leaked memo from the world's most dangerous company

Releasing special exclusive freebies for folks who join my mailing list. There’s a leaked memo about Faddah Rucksack from the company that wants to bring him down—and there’s also an exclusive sneak peek of my next book, THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY. If you’re interested in the Rucksack Universe, now’s a great time to check out my wee world of globetrotting myth, adventure, and intrigue.

Planning a non-fiction book about the business of being an author. I recently gave a talk about this topic, and it was really well-received, so I’m looking at how I can expand the talk into a book that helps authors manage the business side of things.

Proofreading the manscript for THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY, the fourth book in my ongoing Rucksack Universe series. Proofing will be completed in March, and then I’ll be setting the release date. My cover designer is also underway on design concepts for the cover, and I’ll soon be in touch with advance readers who’ll get to read the book ahead of the release date.

Making a big task list of post-con followup stuff to do. My recent trip to the MystiCon science fiction and fantasy convention in Roanoke, VA, was a wonderful weekend. I learned about armor hickeys and how to better describe my characters so people can cosplay them. I met lots of new fans and became an expat member of the Roanoke Valley Whovians (and had a fascinating discussion about the future of the Doctor and the show Doctor Who). I also got to be on fascinating discussion panels about world mythologies (which I moderated), setting fantasy in the everyday world, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, and worldbuilding. I’m also looking in to West Coast cons for me and my family to attend, and I’m…

Pondering how I would look in a Captain Mal costume (that’s Nathan Fillion’s Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly).

Evaluating next steps for Facebook Ads for my books. A recent ad didn’t perform the way I’d hoped, so I’m seeing what I can learn to do a better job on the next go-round.

Conducting research, interviews, and drafting for various articles about how breweries support their community, the ins and outs of charcuterie, and more.

Walking over 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) each day

Doing 10 minutes of yoga

Hiking up a nearby Skinner Butte with my kids. It’s a small hill, but it was still challenging to go up it with a 22-lb. child on my back. Well worth it though, especially for how much my 4-year-old son loved romping around the trail and summit.

Cooking the incredible meals that my wife plans (she doesn’t like the cooking, I don’t like the planning)

Looking longingly at maps.

Reading lots of books, most notably THE ALCHEMIST by Paolo Coehlo, Celtic Art: Symbols & Imagery Paperback by Miranda Green, and Celtic Britain and Ireland: Art and Society by Prof. Lloyd Laing and Jennifer Laing.

Walking with my word, CONNECT, as Ali Edwards says of her annual One Little Word class. My wife and I are taking the class together. This month Ali’s prompt is to build a visionboard for my word and how I want to interact with it. I’m using this challenge to help me improve on how I share and connect with others.

Here are some recent articles I’ve published:

Always intrigued by other people’s stories, so feel free to email me: writer@anthonystclair.com


Windfall Reading Series: Frank Rossini & Rosalind Trotter, Mar. 15, 2016, Eugene

Windfall Reading Series

As a member of the Lane Literary Guild, I love that Eugene has so much happening in its poetry and literary scene. Each month at the Eugene Public Library, featured poets and authors share their works with the public as part of the FREE Windfall Reading Series.

Lane Literary Guild2015-2016 Windfall Readings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, 5:30–7 p.m. The Eugene Public Library is at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene.

Windfall Readers: Mar. 15, 2016

  • Frank Rossini
  • Rosalind Trotter

The Windfall project is made possible with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. Other Windfall sponsors are the Lane Literary Guild, Eugene Public Library, Friends of the Eugene Public Library, and the Eugene Public Library Foundation.


How to Start a Brewery: Bplans.com

How to Start a Brewery

Image: Bplans.com/Palo Alto Software

Think you want to start a brewery? There’s so much more to it than just brewing beer. In fact, that’s the most elementary part of what promises to be a wild ride. In this Bplans.com 2-part guide to starting a brewery, I talk with brewers and industry experts on all the other things you have to take care of to start and grow your brewery:

“As of November 2015, there were 4,144 breweries in the U.S.—more than the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873, according to the Brewers Association. In such a crowded market, making good beer and opening the doors isn’t enough anymore. But, the good news is, if all these people could start a brewery, then you can too—as long as you know what you’re getting into and have a solid business plan for your brewery.”

Full story: How to Start a Brewery (Parts 1 & 2), Bplans.com


Brewing on the wild side

Brewing on the wild side - a craft beer article by Anthony St. Clair

Image: Kelly Lyon/The Register-Guard

Wild beers are such a, well, wild ride. Here’s a new piece about wild beers in Oregon, in The Register-Guard.

“Think of everything you know about beer: the bitter punch of a Northwest IPA, the light flavor of an American lager, the richness of a dry Irish-style stout.

Now pour it down the drain.”

Full story: Brewing on the wild side – Tastings – The Register-Guard


Craft Beer Article: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple

 COLLABORATION IS KEY FOR HOMEBREWING COUPLE

Image: AJ McGarry

New in the February 2016 edition of the Oregon Beer Growler:

“Sometimes newlyweds return from their honeymoon and immediately prepare a room for a baby. But for Kiley and Michael Gwynn of Eugene, they returned from their 2008 honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Hawaii with a passion for a new hobby: homebrewing.”

Full story: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple


My Writing Routine – Anthony St. Clair

Interview about author Anthony St. Clair's writing routines

New interview about how I work—my writing routine, what I work on, how I get things done—etc. is now online.

Source: My Writing Routine – Anthony St. Clair |


Hi.

Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter
Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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