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.
- Paizo Publishing
Paizo is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo's Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game, the result of the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming, is currently the best-selling tabletop roleplaying game in hobby stores. Pathfinder Adventure Path is the most popular and best-selling monthly product in the tabletop RPG industry. In the ten years since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than 50 major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry.
- Carol Berg
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.
- S. A. Bolich
S. A. Bolich's books often open quietly—but don’t be fooled. By page 10 you may be hooked so thoroughly you’ll forget to get off at your bus stop. She writes everything from “straight” and alternate history to steampunk, epic fantasy and science fiction, filled with characters who remain in your heart long after the book is closed. She is also an accomplished rider who helps aspiring writers get their fictional equines right through her “Horses in Fiction” series on her blog. Learn more and find the complete list of her works at www.sabolichbooks.com.
- Larry Bonham
L.J. Bonham is an author, historian, and former commercial pilot whose novels include "Shield of Honor," "The Debt," and "Wolves of Valhalla" (Sky Warrior Books), and the non-fiction book, "Prepper Blades" (Garnet Mountain Press), and the upcoming novel "Sector 21." Short fiction credits include "Sancho", which appears in "Tales from the Front Lines," "Blood Allies" in "No Horns on These Helmets," "A Horse Fit for a King" in "Hoof Beats—Flying With Magical Horses," and "A Very Public Hanging: in "Kepler's Cowboys." Current projects are the Shields of Honor and Sector 21 series. L.J. writes numerous freelance, non-fiction articles and web content.
- 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.
- David Boop
David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. Before turning to fiction, David worked as a DJ, film critic, journalist, and actor. As Editor-in-Chief at IntraDenver.net, David’s team was on the ground at Columbine making them the first internet only newspaper to cover such an event. That year, they won an award for excellence from the Colorado Press Association for their design and coverage.
His debut novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, is back in print from WordFire Press after a six-year hiatus. Additionally, Dave is prolific in short fiction with over fifty short stories and two short films
- 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.
- Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series. He is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.
Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, son, and a vicious guard dog.
- Brenda Carre
Brenda's short fiction has appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, Sky Warrior Books, Ragnarok's Blackguards/Blacklist Anthology. For more information and a free story visit brendacarre.com
- 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....
- 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/
- Deby Fredericks
Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but considered it just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. Her first sale, a children's poem, was in 2000. Fredericks has six fantasy novels in print through two small presses. The latest is the Grimhold Wolf, from Sky Warrior Books. Her web site is www.debyfredericks.com, and her blog is wyrmflight.wordpress.com.
- Manny Frishberg
Manny Frishberg has been making his way with words for over 40 years as a writer and editor. He has sold 19 stories and one poem (but who’s counting). When he’s not doing that, he is working these days on a series of 20th century fantasy novels. His anthology, "Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Magic: stories where ‘almost’ counts," was published in 2016 by Knotted Road Press. An independent editor, he does developmental and line editing for Wordfire Press and Montana’s own Sky Warrior Books.
Originally from the New York area, he lives just south of Seattle, WA.
- 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
- Dave Gross
- Rhiannon Held
Rhiannon Held is the author of the urban fantasy Silver series from Tor. She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. Working in both archaeology and writing, she’s “lucky” enough to have two sexy careers that don’t make her much money.
- 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.
- Kendra Lisum
- Christie Meierz
Author of the Amazon bestsellers in space opera, The Marann, Daughters of Suralia, and Into Tolari Space, she lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, a software engineer and mathematician, and her youngest son, who is studying engineering.
- J.A. Pitts
John (JA) Pitts is an award winning author of both novels and short fiction. Selected as one of the nicest people in the business at two different conventions. Dreams of being a full time writer if for no other reason than chucking his alarm clock into the bin.
- Timothy Quill
Timothy Quill has appeared in many films and tv shows including Army of darkness, the Sam Raimi Spiderman movies, Oz the Great and Powerful, Paranormal, Miami Vice and many others.
- 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.
- Patrick Swenson
Patrick Swenson edited Talebones magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, appeared this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. He is a high school teacher and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his fourteen-year-old son Orion.
- Peter Wacks
Peter J Wacks has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.
- 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.