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Night Attack and Scott Sigler praise the Rucksack Universe

One of my readers, known as Bishma in most spots online, got me and the Rucksack Universe a mention on Night Attack… while they were chatting with bestselling author Scott Sigler.

I gotta admit, I was terrified when I first pulled up this video… but here’s what they had to say:

“This is my sweet spot. If this gentleman can write multiple books in a series and you can jump into any book at any point in the series and not be confused or have to go back and re-read, that’s a pretty stellar accomplishment right there. That’s a ballsy choice. That’s impressive…. And an indie author with GOOD cover art? You ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie there.”

Wow. Thanks guys!

You can find Scott Sigler and his books here.

Want to check out Night Attack? Here’s their website and YouTube channel.

By the way

If you’re curious about my Rucksack Universe series, right now I’m celebrating 5 years of being a full-time author and professional writer. I just kicked off a Goodreads Giveaway of 5 copies of Forever the Road:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair

Forever the Road

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends August 06, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

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 |

My hometown WDBJ7 TV news station interviewed me

Every author needs cheerleaders. One of my greatest cheerleaders is my mom, who lives in my native Roanoke, VA. She now and again contacts local media to tell them why they need to cover her author son.

Her perseverance just paid off. Thank you, Mom.

Jean Jadhon from WDBJ7 interviewed me while I was visiting Roanoke earlier this month. It was fun to chat with her, and lots of people have said nice things about the interview. I assume they are talking primarily about Jean.

Here’s the video and text of the interview:

Roanoke County native is author of urban fantasy travel series

PS: As I write this I am listening to an NPR story about the shooting deaths of 2 WDBJ employees by a former employee. My thoughts go out to everyone affected. This story sounds like it is getting more complex at every update, but no less sad.

Love Your Library

Our family adores our Eugene Public Library. Ever since our 3-year-old was a baby, we have taken him and now his baby sister to library events such as their weekly Library Storytimes. (My wife, Jodie St. Clair of the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy, even guest hosts.)

Recently our librarians asked if we would help them with a video that encourages more families to come to the library, especially when they have babies and young children. We jumped at the chance—our library is part of why our son loves books and is well on the way to learning to read.

Wherever you are, I hope you have a wonderful library and, above all, that you take advantage of the programs and services they offer. And if you haven't yet? Well, there's no time like the present. See you at the library!

Former Tomjon Talks Discworld with Sword & Laser Apr. 29 + May Events

The next few weeks are going to be so much fun. In addition to some live May events (more on that below), I’m really excited about this Wednesday…

Live Google Hangout: Discworld Discussion with Sword & Laser on Apr. 29, 4 p.m. PT

Luigi Novi [CC BY 3.0 ( or CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sir Terry Pratchett, Discworld author, 1948–2015. © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons. Luigi Novi [CC BY 3.0 ( or CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s hard to believe that it was only a year ago that I was on the Sword & Laser podcast to talk about the Rucksack Universe. Now, on Wednesday, Apr. 29 at 4 p.m. PT, hosts Tom and Veronica are having me back on to talk about something near and dear to my geeky wee soul: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Sword and Laser

What’s the Sword & Laser? Sword & Laser is a wonderful online book club and regular podcast for science fiction and fantasy fans. Every month they work with their 21,277-member Goodreads group to select a new book to read and discuss. This is one of the few podcasts I always listen to. Right now they’re in the thick of one of Terry Pratchett’s early books, the first Lancre witches novel Wyrd Sisters.

Why I stopped what I was doing to email them. During a recent podcast they mentioned wanting to have on someone who knows and loves Discworld. My heart immediately began to pitter-patter like the pounding of hundreds of little feet of sapient pearwood Luggage. I stopped what I was doing to email them:

Discworld found me while I was living in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1998–1999. During that time I was a member of the Napier Drama Society at Napier University, and I was cast as Tomjon in a production of Wyrd Sisters. Along with Mort, these were my introduction to the series, and I since have become a voracious Discworld reader. (My wife always knows when I’m reading Discworld because I laugh myself hoarse and have a hard time doing anything else but devouring the book as quickly as possible.) From Granny Weatherwax to Sam Vimes, The Luggage to Moist von Lipwig, I love visiting Discworld and always look forward to going back.

Remembering Sir Terry. As you may know, Terry Pratchett passed away on Mar. 12, 2015. He was the author of more than 70 books, with over 40 in his Discworld series alone. I had always hoped to meet the author of many of my favorite books, and whose work and themes have been a huge influence on my own. I won’t get to meet Sir Terry in this life. But I sure as hell look forward to talking about an author and a body of work that is far, far more than funny fantasy stories.

Catch our Sword & Laser Discworld discussion. I re-read Wyrd Sisters on Sunday—I believe it was my fourth time reading this book. Will post links and such for the podcast and Google Hangout when they come available. If you can’t make it to the live video Google Hangout on Wed. Apr. 29, at 4 p.m. PT, our Discworld discussion will be online at YouTube and will also be available in the Sword & Laser’s podcast in due course.

May Events

There’s a lot more going on too. Here are live events and readings I’ll be doing in May:

Opal Center Literary Salon: Conversations with Local Authors, May 2, 2015

Author Panel: Writing and Business: Getting it done despite our lives, May 7, 2015

Lunch with an Author, May 21, 2015

It’s going to be a fun few weeks, and I hope we get to say hello.

P.S. If you want to see my 2014 hangout with the Sword & Laser, here you go:

An Evening of Science Fiction & Fantasy: Otters, Beer & Guinevere, Apr. 23, 2015

Tsunami Books, local Eugene indie bookstoreJoin 3 Eugene/Springfield authors for an evening of science fiction and fantasy! From otters in space and myth in India, to a new twist on Arthurian legend, join Mary E. Lowd, Anthony St. Clair, and Rachael Pruitt at Tsunami Books on Thurs., Apr. 23, 7 p.m. Each author will perform a reading, answer your questions, and then convene for a panel discussion with the audience on science fiction and fantasy.

This event is free and open to the public. Tsunami Books is located at 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, or call (541) 345-8986. Learn more at Tsunami’s Facebook Page.

Mary E. Lowd

Mary E. Lowd

Mary E. Lowd is the author of Otters In Space. Her fiction ranges from serious science fiction that explores the intersection of technology, memory, identity, and reality, to fun stories about cats.

She’s had more than 50 short stories published and has been nominated 13 times for the Ursa Major Awards. She’s twice received the Cóyotl Award for Best Short Story.

Learn more at

Anthony St. Clair

Anthony St. Clair

Beer writer, globetrotter, and Rucksack Universe fantasy author Anthony St. Clair has walked with hairy coos in the Scottish Highlands, choked on seafood in Australia, and watched the full moon rise over Mt. Everest in Tibet. Anthony’s travels have also taken him around the sights and beers of Thailand, Japan, India, Canada, Ireland, the USA, Cambodia, China and Nepal. He and his wife live in Oregon and gave their son a passport for his first birthday.

Connect with Anthony at

Anthony’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @anthonystclair

Rachael Pruitt

Rachael Pruitt

Rachael Pruitt is a writer, storyteller, and teacher with a lifelong fascination for Celtic mythology and the Arthurian legend. Her first novel, The Dragon’s Harp, is the winner of the 2013 Visionary Fiction Award from COVR (Coalition of Visionary resources) and the 2012 Winner of Global Ebook Awards for Ancient Historical Literature.

Her poetry has appeared in Paradox magazine and her article, “To Dream a Dragon”, is published in the award-winning 2011 writing anthology, Many Genres, One Craft. Rachael has also published nonfiction articles detailing “Myths for Our Time,” a personal mythology process she developed while an Artist in Residence in Oregon. Her second Arthurian novel, The Dragon’s Breath, will be making its appearance in winter of 2015-2016.

She can be reached at

Rachael’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @EraOfDragons

XinXii Author of the Month, 2015

Xinxii Author of the Month, Anthony St. Clair

The European-centric e-book distributor XinXii is one of the many places that carries my e-books. They also have an author of the month feature—and for April 2015 they are featuring wee me.

Xinxii Author of the Month, Anthony St. Clair

“Anthony St. Clair is the passionate indie author of the Rucksack Universe series. He shared with XinXii his marketing strategy for book series, the pros and cons of self-publishing, and why a milk crate has to stand on his working place.”

Full Interview: XinXii Author of the Month: 10 Questions to Anthony St. Clair, April 2015

November News: Baby Marvelous, Lotus, Quality, Ethics & New Author Interview

November! Autumnal temperatures. Dark beer. And lots and lots of writing. It is chilly in Eugene today, but thanks to my wife’s incredible knitting skills, I am cozy warm in one of my hand-knit man sweaters. Here’s a man sweater selfie, plus news of the latest in my wee world:




Drafting continues on the fourth Rucksack Universe travel fantasy book, codenamed Lotus. I only have a few scenes left to draft in Act 1. Everything I’ve drafted so far is with my Chief Reader. As of this post, I’ve written about 60 pages, not bad for a book I only started writing at the end of October.

Baby Marvelous St. Clair


Our due date for Baby Marvelous St. Clair was Nov. 13. No baby yet, but all is well. Jodie and I are enjoying some one-on-one time with our son, and are just overall keeping things moving toward meeting our new child. Once baby arrives, there will be posts. Oh my will there. Thank you for all your good thoughts and support.

Book Quality & Author Ethics

I Adhere to ALLi’s New Code of Author Ethics

I'm an Ethical Author

Pro authors care about quality & ethics. Here are my commitments to both: &

Given all the paid-review, plagiarism, and various other writer scandals out there, sometimes it’s easy to believe that authors are a bunch of scoundrels. Personally and professionally, I try not to be lying jackass. Quality and truth mean a lot to me; they’re part of why I love running my own business as an author, copywriter, and publisher.

As you may know, I’m obsessive about the process I bring to writing and producing my books. (If you don’t know that, here’s my 15-step process for story & publishing quality: To that end, I’m elated that the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), of which I’m a proud member, has released its Ethical Author guidelines.

As a quality-minded, professional, ethical indie author-publisher, I am committed to upholding these standards in everything I do. That’s not just because it matters to me, but because ultimately, it means better books for you.

You can see my own Author Ethics page here:

New Author Interview at Highlighted Author

Highlighted Author features Anthony St. Clair

Over at Highlighted Author, the wonderful Jo and Charlene were kind enough to feature me and Forever the Road in a new book excerpt and author interview.

We are excited to welcome Anthony St. Clair to the Highlighted Author. From business writer to fiction writer, Anthony shares his rich experiences as a world traveler in each of his books. Hope you enjoy this feature on his newest release, FOREVER THE ROAD, A Rucksack Universe novel! –Jo Grafford, Highlighted Author Co-Hostess

Check out the full interview here: Highlighted Author » Welcome, Anthony St. Clair!

That’s the news from the Rucksack Universe, where the beer is always fresh, all the locals are friendly, and the food never makes you sick.

“Working on these stories is like one lifelong trip” – New Author Interview

Morgen Bailey Author Interview with Anthony St. Clair

Writer Morgen Bailey has posted her author interview with me:

“When he landed in Edinburgh, Scotland, Anthony St. Clair thought his first international trip was merely a semester abroad during his senior year of college. But in the midst of learning what a hostel is, drinking good beer for the first time in his life, and immersing himself in new people and culture, Anthony was, in fact, changing the very direction of his life.”

Check out the full interview »

New Interview! Two Ends of the Pen

Two Ends of the Pen interview with author Anthony St. Clair

The wonderful folks at Two Ends of the Pen just posted their interview with me. We talk about Forever the Road, my writing and editing process, Home Sweet Road, why I’m an indie author, life, hobbies, and a lot more:

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Egads, yes. I’m just as avid a reader as an author, so I know how important it is for a book to be high-quality, error-free, and more polished than the finest diamond.

After intense planning and writing, I have a chief reader and a team of beta readers who read the manuscript first, then I go through multiple revisions until I’ve fixed everything I can possibly fix. From there the manuscript goes to my copy editor, who won my business over half a dozen others. (I will work with him as long as he’ll have me.) Once he’s done, I do a read-out-loud-with-red-pen-and-paper edit, then a final read-through on my Kindle.

On the copyright page of my books I’ve also started including an email address where readers can send corrections. Quality is everything to me.

Check out the interview »


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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Check out this free sample of FOREVER THE ROAD

Anthony's third book, FOREVER THE ROAD, is a Best Books 2015 Fantasy pick from Library Journal's SELF-e, and a 2015 Oregon Book Award nominee.

Download your free sample to find out why Nth Degree's reviewer said this "high-stakes story, told with wit and compassion," left him "completely gobsmacked."

Rucksack Universe

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