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Carol Berg

MisCon 25 Guest of Honor

Carol Berg’s fifteen epic fantasy novels have won the Prism Award, the Geffen Award, and multiple Colorado Book Awards. Her duology, Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Carol is a regular panelist/presenter at writers conferences and science fiction conventions and is a two-time Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year. All amazing to one who majored in math at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado to avoid writing papers. Her latest novel is Ash and Silver from Penguin Random House. A former software engineer, she calls writing “the hobby that ate my life.” She lives in Colorado. logo

I am a writer of epic fantasy novels: twelve published, one in progress, and several more in the process of bubbling up from wherever the ideas come from. So, where did I come from? Though my home is at the foot of the Colorado Rockies, my roots are in Texas in a family of teachers, musicians, and railroad men. What can I say - I loved school. A real grade grubber. But mostly I loved reading. Hot Texas summers were perfect for reading science fiction authors Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury, as well as classics, mysteries, spy thrillers, and historicals by the likes of Jane Austen, Len Deighton, Charles Dickens, Dorothy Sayers, Mary Renault, and Mary Stewart. I always had a soft spot for mythology and "otherworld" stories like Alice in Wonderland and adventure stories. I even read westerns when I didn't have anything else. Mysteries and historicals remain among my favorite reading. (See my favorites for some books that I can't stop reading no matter how many times I turn the pages.)

Inspired by the US space program, I charged off to Rice University, determined to have a career in science and engineering. But I also chose to take every English course offered that listed novels on the syllabus - just so I would have time to keep reading. I graduated with a degree in Mathematics and a pot full of hours in English and History of Art. And it was my college roommate that loaned me the copy of Lord of the Rings that changed my life...eventually. (It is so cool that she reads my books now!)

After teaching high school math for several years, I stayed home to raise three sons, finding time to teach childbirth classes, camp, hike, bike, read a lot of books - including a lot of fantasy - and get another degree, this time in computer science from the University of Colorado. For seventeen years I worked as a software engineer for Hewlett-Packard Company - a great company that gave me the elbow room to pursue this writing thing as it began to take more and more of my time. A few years into the engineering career, a good friend of mine teased me into writing fiction. The hobby got out of control and in 1999, I sold three novels to New American Library/Roc

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:


  • Fri 4:00 - 5:00 PM, Meet Carol Berg, Great Hall (Upstairs Programming)
  • Fri 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Writer's Workshop Meet and Greet, The Dungeon (Downstairs Programming)
  • Break Fri 6:00 - Fri 7:00
  • Fri 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Great Hall (Upstairs Programming)
  • Break Fri 8:00 - Sat 11:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 2:00 PM, Writer's Workshop Great Hall, Great Hall (Upstairs Programming)
  • Sat 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Creating Religions for Your World, Great Hall (Upstairs Programming)
  • Sat 3:00 - 4:00 PM, From Manuscript to Published Novel--the Process, Small Programming (259)
  • Break Sat 4:00 - Sun 10:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 11:00 AM, Writing Contests, Conferences, and Other Ways to Break Into Publishing, Small Programming (259)
  • Sun 11:00 - Noon, Paragraphing, The Dungeon (Downstairs Programming)
  • Break Sun Noon - Sun 2:00
  • Sun 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Importance of Secondary Characters, Great Hall (Upstairs Programming)
  • Sun 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Torturing Your Characters: Creating Effective Obstacles For Your Protagonist, Small Programming (259)
  • Break Sun 4:00 - Sun 5:00
  • Sun 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Mastering the Revision Process, Small Programming (259)
  • Break Sun 6:00 - Mon 11:00
  • Mon 11:00 - Noon, What Are You Afraid Of?, Great Hall (Upstairs Programming)
  • Mon Noon - 1:00 PM, Reading: Carol Berg, Boardroom
  • Mon 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Creating Standout Characters, The Dungeon (Downstairs Programming)

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 25.

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