Carol Berg

MisCon 27 Attending Professional

Former software engineer Carol Berg never expected to become an author, much less an award-winning author.  But her fifteen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Her novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, using words like compelling and superbly realized.  Her newest novel, Ash and Silver, will be released in December by NAL/Roc Books. She lives at the foot of the Rockies and on the internet at <a href="http://www.carolberg.com">www.carolberg.com</a>.

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

Web site: http://www.sff.net/people/carolberg/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

(Tentative)

  • Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Creating Fictional Societies, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
  • Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 11:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, Writers' Workshop Great Hall, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 2:00
  • Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Plot, Plot, Plot, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Private Eyes in Fiction and Real Life, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 11:00
  • Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Snarking Up Your Characters, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Writing the Opposite Gender, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Break Sun 12:50 - Mon 11:00
  • Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Containment Room (Upstairs)

Moderator Schedule

(Tentative)

Creating Fictional Societies (Fri 3:00), Plot, Plot, Plot (Sat 2:00), Writing the Opposite Gender (Sun 12:00)

Scheduled Games:

(Tentative)

  • Mon 11:00 - Noon, Author Book Signing, NO Table

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