Ann Gimpel

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent and a vagabond at heart. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. 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. She’s published over 25 books to date, with several more contracted for 2015 and beyond.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Connecting Emotionally with Characters, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Ann Gimpel, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Shawn Speakman

    Emotional connection to characters is paramount. The greatest plot in the world won't save your book if your readers care nothing for your characters. Creating that emotional connection can be difficult. In this panel we'll learn some tips and tricks for doing just that. In addition, we'll talk about your characters' emotions and how to best articulate those emotions in a way that will enhance your readers' connection.

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 4:00
  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Josie Beaudoin, Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, C.L Norman (Candi), J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson

    Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. They'll also discuss workshops in general, and how to take criticism. Open to anyone interested in the Writers' Workshop.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Kickass Women, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Ann Gimpel, J.A. Pitts

    Bryn Ohmsford, Cersei Lannister, the Ilse Witch. What constitutes a kickass female character? Not taking any crap from anyone? Being able to literally kick some ass? Speaking and acting like a man? Is femininity retained in that case? Can a woman have the ability to kick ass and still be a "lady?"

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, Writers' Workshop, Programming Tent 1 (The Tent)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, C.L Norman (Candi), J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson

    MisCon's Galaxy-Famous Writers' Workshop. Submit your writing to us a month before MisCon, show up at the hotel, and meet with our professional critiquing authors and editors. They'll help improve your writing.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Reading: Ann Gimpel, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Ann Gimpel

    Ann will read from one of her recent works.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Tales From the Ass End of the World, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Ann Gimpel

    I've wanted to go to Antarctica forever. When a trip fell into my lap, I had a whopping ten days to prepare. March is late in the year for Antarctica. Hideous weather, huge waves, hurricane force winds, but I adored it. Liked it so much, I spent the month of November there too. A very different trip, but I'm glad I went because I saw different things. Wildlife shifts with the seasons, and weather shifts when it wants to.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Plotting Backfires, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel

    What happens when your plot backfires? What can you do about it? Re-write? Start over? Brainstorm? Just go with it and hope the problems will vanish?

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