Writing Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 28

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.

Dave Bara
Dave Bara

Dave Bara was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction on TV, in film, and in books. Dave's writing is influenced by the many classic SF novels he has read over the years from SF authors like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Frank Herbert, among many others.

Book I (Impulse) and Book II (Starbound) in The Lightship Chronicles series are currently available in multiple formats from DAW Books. Book III in the series, Defiant, debuts in 2017.

About Dave Bara

S. A. Bolich
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.

About S. A. Bolich

Larry Bonham
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.
An avid

About Larry Bonham

M. H. Bonham
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.

About M. H. Bonham

DAW Books
DAW Books

DAW Books is an American science fiction and fantasy publisher, founded by Donald A. Wollheim and his wife Elsie B Wollheim. The company published numerous books by many well respected authors, including Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, and many more. 40 years and well over a thousand titles later, DAW has a well-deserved reputation for discovering and publishing the hottest talents in the industry. Despite its high profile, DAW is still a small private company, owned exclusively by its publishers, Elizabeth R. Wollheim and Sheila E. Gilbert. Betsy and Sheila are strongly committed to discovering and nurturing new talent.

About DAW Books

Brenda Carre
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

About Brenda Carre

C.J. Cherryh
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. "

About C.J. Cherryh

Steven Erikson
Steven Erikson

NY Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series--Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bonehunters, Reaper's Gale, Toll the Hounds, Dust of Dreams, and the Crippled God--have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. He lives in Canada.

About Steven Erikson

Jane Fancher
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.

About Jane Fancher

Diana Pharaoh Francis
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/

About Diana Pharaoh Francis

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.

About Manny Frishberg

Sheila Gilbert

Sheila Gilbert is the co-president of DAW Books, an American science fiction and fanatasy publisher, along with Betsy Wollheim since 1985. She also co-edited with Betsy Wollheim the DAW 30th Anniversary Fantasy Anthology, and the DAW 30th Science Fiction Anthology, which collected works from Mercedes Lackey, Tad Williams, Kate Elliot, Andre Norton, Christopher Stasheff, and many others.

About Sheila Gilbert

Ann Gimpel
Ann Gimpel

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients. Now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over forty books to date, with several more planned for 2017 and beyond. Keep up with her at www.anngimpel.com or http://anngimpel.blogspot.com

About Ann Gimpel

James Glass
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.

About James Glass

John Goff
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

About John Goff

Rhiannon Held
Rhiannon Held

Rhiannon Held is the author of the Silver series of urban fantasy novels. 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. In her proverbial copious free time, she sings in a community choir, games online, and occasionally enjoys betting on the ponies.

About Rhiannon Held

Andrea Howe
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.

About Andrea Howe

Kendra Lisum

About Kendra Lisum

Christie Meierz
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.

About Christie Meierz

Vicki Mitchell
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).

About Vicki Mitchell

C.L Norman
C.L Norman

C. L. Norman can talk all day about books and stories. Her first job was in a bookstore where she's honed that talent and now she continues using it both in her day job and her writing. Look for her on Facebook or Twitter to continue the conversation. She has four children, a wonderfully geeky husband, and lives in Washington state.

About C.L Norman

Kevin Noel Olson
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.

About Kevin Noel Olson

J.A. Pitts
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.

About J.A. Pitts

Joyce Reynolds-Ward
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 Children of a Different Sky, Steam. And Dragons, 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, Netwalking Space, and Challenges of Honor. Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, quilting, horses, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

About Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Ken Scholes

About Ken Scholes

Patrick Swenson
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.

About Patrick Swenson

Mark Teppo

About Mark Teppo

Krista Wallace

About Krista Wallace

Betsy Wollheim
Betsy Wollheim

Betsy Wollheim, born in New York, is the daughter of legendary editor Donald A. Wolheim, and has been intimately involved with professional SF from an early age. In 1975 she began work as an associate editor for DAW Books, which her father founded in 1971. In 1985, she took over as president of DAW, which she still runs, with Sheila Gilbert. In 2012, she took home a Hugo Award for ‘Best Editor, Long Form' She is married to musician Peter Stampfel. They have two children, and live in New York City.

About Betsy Wollheim


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