Writing Guests, Pros, and Panelists
These panels include everything related to writing. Most of the time famous authors are the ones talking,l giving you tips on how to get published. They discuss craft, the publishing business, etc. They include MisCon's Writers' Workshop.
- M. H. Bonham
Maggie (MH) Bonham is a multiple award-winning author and editor with more than 35 books and thousands of short pieces published. She is the author of the bestsellers Prophecy of Swords, Howling Dead, and Lachlei as well as the publisher of Sky Warrior Books. Visit her website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.
- Chuck Bordell
Writer/artist Chuck Bordell. Source of comic art, pin-ups, fantasy/sci-fi illustrations and various caustic ramblings on whatever Chuck has on his mind at the moment. If you are easily offended, you might want to back up now and save yourself from a seizure.
- Patricia Briggs
Patty writes books. You can find a complete list of titles elsewhere. You probably don't really care where she was born [Butte, MT] or what her favorite animal is [horse]. The list of jobs she's held over the years doesn't tell you as much about Patty as it does about which jobs were available at various times in our past. I could fill pages with various facts and tallies that detail the events of her life. Instead, I'd like to tell you a bit about who she is.
- John Bromley
- C.J. Cherryh
I write, first and foremost. I figure skate. I travel. I photograph. I sketch. I read. I do genealogy and history, science, and archaeology. I do some modern and two ancient languages. I was awarded SFWA Grandmaster last June. And Jane and I are writing first a History of Union and Alliance, and secondly a merchanter novel, Alliance Rising. We're enjoying this. We toss the ms back and forth whenever we've gotten stuck and the other takes it. "
- John Dalmas
My name is John Dalmas, and I'm an author with 27 published novels and 3 collections to my credit. I am not the Raymond Chandler private eye of the same name.
Even as a child I intended to write books. I simply wasn't in a hurry. There were all those other things I wanted to do first, and over the years I kept adding to the list. So I didn't sit down to write my first novel until almost my forty-second birthday.
One day in 1968, I picked up what I soon decided was a really poor novel, and told myself "I can write better than that," then began to write The Yngling. The following March, John W. Campbell bought it for Analog....
- Ben Donnelly
My name is Benjamin Donnelly, and this will be my 22nd time at Miscon. I am currently an assistant professor of history at the University of Great Falls and Great Falls College-MSU, where I teach all kinds of historical subjects, mainly military history and including a course on anime and Japan. I was born in Georgia, but I've lived in Montana most of my life, and it's home. For the past decade or so, I've hosted the AMV Party at Miscon, as well as run the famous (or infamous) Destroy UM Battletech game. I'm also a longtime member of the Sandbaggers Game Club in Great Falls, and part of the ConCom for the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, as well as an avid--though amateur--cosplayer.
- M. J. Engh
Science fiction fans know me as M.J. Engh, author of Arslan and other books. I'm also an independent scholar of Roman history, and in that field I write as Mary Jane Engh.
- Jane Fancher
I'm an author/artist in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre with nine books and a handful of short stories in my publishing resume. My interests are eclectic, from horses to computers, History to Quantum Physics, with a recently acquired passion for figure skating.
- Diana Pharaoh Francis
DIANA PHARAOH FRANCIS writes books of a fantastical, adventurous, and often romantic nature. Her award-nominated books include The Path series, the Horngate Witches series, the Crosspointe Chronicles, and Diamond City Magic books, and the Mission: Magic series. She’s owned by two corgis, spends much of her time herding children, and likes rocks, geocaching, knotting up yarn, and has a thing for 1800s England, especially the Victorians. For more about her writing, visit www.dianapfrancis.com. She can also be found on twitter as @dianapfrancis, and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Diana.Pharaoh.Francis/
- James Glass
Jim won the grand prize of Writers of the Future in 1991. Since then he has sold over 60 stories to magazines such as ANALOG and TALEBONES, has four story collections and nine novels sold, and is finishing up another one. He is a retired physics professor and dean, and also an artist, and divides his time between Spokane, Washington and Desert Hot Springs, California. Wife Gail is a drummer, costumer and healing dancer.
- John Goff
John’s served as the line developer for the Deadlands and Conspiracy X roleplaying games, and written extensively for Steve Jackson Games, White Wolf, FASA, and other game companies.
His first full-length novel, Deluge, was a finalist for the 2010 Origins Award for Best Game-Related Book. His RPG setting, Deadlands Noir, won the 2014 Silver Ennie for Best Setting. In spite of publishing dozens of products, his first project, the dime novel Night Train for Pinnacle Entertainment’s Deadlands RPGremains to this day probably his best-known work.
In addition to his work in gaming, John has been an interrogator for the US Army, a firearms instructor, a bodyguard, and a private
- Kathe Goslee
- Sierra Holt
- Andrea Howe
Andrea Howe has been adeptly wrangling the written word for more than a decade. As a freelancer, she has edited books for such notable publishers as Wizards of the Coast, McGraw-Hill, and Random House as well as for individual authors. She has been called a “natural” and truly enjoys her work. She offers tips and tools for writers on her Web site and posts fun tidbits about language and grammar on her Facebook page. More information can be found at www.bluefalconediting.com and www.facebook.com/bluefalconediting.
- CthulhuBob Lovely
I help run MisCon, which occurs each year on Memorial Day Weekend in Missoula, Montana, thanks to the wonderful people who make it happen.
I run games, primarily Call of Cthulhu, GURPS and other Steve Jackson Games products and various games from Cheapass Games.
As a semi-professional nerd, I believe geekery and gaming can have positive effects on math, reading and writing, and social interaction skills as well as family togetherness.
- Michael McClintock
Professor McClintock is a Creative Writing Professor Emeritus at the University of Montana.
- Vicki Mitchell
V.E. (Vicki) Mitchell has been writing for as long as she can remember—mostly, but not entirely, in the field of science fiction. In 1986, she won the national Amazing Stories Calendar Story Contest and sold a short story to a mainstream anthology. (This story was later cut when the book ran too long.) In 1987 one of her stories appeared in the legendary The Moscow Moffia Presents Rat Tales anthology. She sold a different "Rats" story to Pulphouse Publishing for their own Rat Tales anthology (1994).
- Kevin Noel Olson
Kevin Noel Olson began writing speculative fiction during the 1990s, beginning with the ongoing Springheeled Jack: Gunfigther stories and novellas. A list of recent work includes work in two best-selling Pulp anthologies and the third book in the Tocsin Codex series for middle grade youth.
- Alina Pete
Alina was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To survive the harsh Canadian winters, she took to doodling funny animals on any available surface in her feeble attempts to stay warm. After high school, Alina took classical animation courses and went to the University of Saskatchewan in pursuit of her BFA (which remains uncompleted).
- Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Joyce Reynolds-Ward is a speculative fiction writer who splits her time between Enterprise and Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have appeared in First Contact Café, Tales from an Alien Campfire, River, How Beer Saved the World 1, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and Trust and Treachery among others. Her books include Netwalk: Expanded Edition, Netwalker Uprising, Life in the Shadows: Diana and Will, Alien Savvy, Seeking Shelter at the End of the World, Netwalk’s Children, and Pledges of Honor. Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, horses, skiing, and other outdoor activities.
- Justin Stanchfield
I am a full time rancher, part time snow-plow driver, sometime musician, and in my spare time, I write. Kid's stories, westerns, fantasy, I'll try my hand at anything. But my favorite is science fiction.
- Brooke Stanley
Brooke H. Stanley, RN is modern day Bard. Scrapping, skulking and schmoozing are reoccurring themes in his as yet never ending story. With Bachelor’s degrees in English and Nursing as well a fist full of apparently useless graduate work he is both over educated and very friendly. Stanley has been burned, shot and driven for spymasters and U. S. Presidents. In 2016, he was named Arctic Logistics Officer for Team Monkey, an international research organization devoted to the advancement of Anthropoid/Simian commensalism (for realsies!) He has a lovely singing voice and likes both cats and dogs equally.
- Connie Thomson
Co-owner, editor, writer/designer, layout specialist, and booth babe for 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming. Also, maker of the World's Finest Dicebags.
- Robert Thomson
My professional competencies/interests include: I am president of Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, a new gaming-focused con in Great Falls, MT (going into our 4th year!) and a former president of the Sandbaggers Game Club, the oldest independent gaming club in the US. I am former owner of 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming, current freelance roleplaying game designer/editor with credits with 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming, Purple Duck Games, Fantastic Gallery, Third Eye Games, Expeditious Retreat Press, Kobold Press (blog), Paizo Fans United, and Green Ronin Publishing. Currently working on projects for Purple Duck, John Brazer Enterprises, and EN Publishing. I have also had one piece of non-fiction published in
- Harry Turtledove
Harry Norman Turtledove was born in Los Angeles, CA on 14 June 1949. After failing out of his freshman year at Caltech, he attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977. In 1979, Turtledove published his first two novels, Wereblood and Werenight, under the pseudonym "Eric G. Iverson". Turtledove later explained that his editor at Belmont Towers did not think people would believe the author's real name was "Turtledove" and suggested that he come up with something more Nordic.
- Josh Wagner
Josh's writing career began somewhere around the age of 6 when he dutifully "paraphrased" the plot from Empire Strikes Back and called it his own. His first atrocious novels, penned clandestinely during class in Middle School, still live in a box somewhere–hundreds of pages hand written in pencil.
- Parris ja Young
Actively engaged with the Missoula writer's group, the WordRats, Parris is rewriting a novel, RiverAngels: River Saints, turning the screenplay "Walkaway" into a novel, and writing a third novel titled The Planet and the Pirates.
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