Fran Wilde in conversation with Chuck Wendig


The Doylestown Bookshop is excited to be hosting debut novelist Fran Wilde on Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30pm in conversation with Chuck Wendig! Fran's first book, Updraft, is a fantasy novel already highly praised for its worldbuilding and excitement. Come meet the author, learn about the journey to her first novel after years of articles and poetry, and get your copy of extraordinary debut signed!


About Updraft

Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.

Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.

As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever-if it isn't destroyed outright.

Advanced Praise:

  • A Publishers’ Weekly Fall 2015 SF Fantasy & Horror Top 10 Book

  • “… The world itself is as much a character as any of the individuals within its pages, and in the grand tradition of science fiction and fantasy, the main character’s growth and struggles are bound up with learning more about the world. … I galloped through it to find out what came next…. With Updraft, Fran Wilde has written a compelling debut, and I for one look forward to seeing what she does next.”  ~ Locus, May 2015
  • STARRED REVIEW, Publisher’s Weekly: “Extraordinary worldbuilding and cascading levels of intrigue make Wilde’s debut fantasy novel soar.” ~ June 2015


Fran Wilde is an author and technology consultant. Her first novel, Updraft, is forthcoming from Tor/Macmillan in September 2015. Her short stories have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature, and (Bibliography.). Her interview series Cooking the Books–about the intersection between food and fiction–has appeared at Strange Horizons,, and on her blog. She’s taught writing and digital media at two colleges, a high school for the creative arts, and a long-distance program for young writers. She holds an MFA in poetry and an MA in information architecture and interaction design.  She is a 2011 graduate of Viable Paradise and attended Taos Toolbox 2012.

Fran's website, Facebook, Twitter, and Wordpress.

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He's the author of many published novels, including but not limited to: Blackbirds, Blue Blazes, and the YA Heartland series. He is co-writer of the short film Pandemic, the feature film Vessel, and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. Wendig has contributed over two million words to the game industry. He is also well known for his profane-yet-practical advice to writers, which he dispenses at his blog,, and through several popular e-books, including The Kick-Ass Writer, published by Writers Digest. He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with his wife, tiny human, and two dogs. 

Chuck's Twitter and Tumblr.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Doylestown Bookshop
Updraft: A Novel (Bone Universe #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765377838
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - September 1st, 2015