Writing Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 29

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

Carol Berg
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.

About Carol Berg

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

Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks is an American fantasy writer widely known for his Shannara, Landover, and Word and the Void series. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written movie novelizations for Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace and the film Hook).

He has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers.

About Terry Brooks

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

John Dalmas
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....

About John Dalmas

Steve Diamond

Steve Diamond is a Hugo Nominated YA/Adult Horror author from Utah. He is published by Baen, Raganarok, Privateer Press, and by several other small publishers. He is a freelance editor, writes for RPG companies, and founded the Hugo Nominated book review site Elitist Book Reviews. He is also the co-owner of the specialty publisher Vault Books

About Steve Diamond

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

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

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

Anne Groell
Anne Groell

A native New Yorker and former biologist, Anne Lesley Groell has been working in science fiction and fantasy publishing for close to twenty-two years, although she has been a devotee of the genre far longer. She worked for two and a half years at Avon Books, then moved on to Bantam Spectra. In the past twenty years, though she has never changed jobs again, she has worked for three different companies under two different imprints. She is currently an Executive Editor for Penguin Random House, and a member of Team Del Rey, where she works with such authors as George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Naomi Novik, Connie Willis, Peter Hamilton, and Harry Turtledove.

About Anne Groell

Rhiannon Held
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.

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

David Keck

About David Keck

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

Peter Orullian
Peter Orullian

Peter Orullian has worked at Xbox for over a decade, which is good, because he’s a gamer. He’s toured internationally with various bands and been a featured vocalist at major rock and metal festivals, which is good, because he’s a musician. He’s also learned when to hold his tongue, which is good, because he’s a contrarian. Peter has published several short stories, which he thinks are good. The Unremembered and Trial of Intentions are his first novels, which he hopes you will think are good. He lives in Seattle, where it rains all the damn time. He has nothing to say about that. Visit Peter at: www.orullian.com

About Peter Orullian

L.F. Patten
L.F. Patten

L.F. Patten characterizes her varied interests as “A.D.D of the right brain.” Degreed in history and anthropology, she has been an archaeologist, a Smithsonian tour guide, history teacher, herbalist, writer, editor, and jewelry/pottery instructor. Her heroic fantasy novel, The Talent Sinistral, was written in loving tribute to fellow right-brainers everywhere.

About L.F. Patten

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 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.

About Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Shawn Speakman

About Shawn Speakman

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

Eldon Thompson
Eldon Thompson

Eldon Thompson is the author of The Crimson Sword (2005), The Obsidian Key (2006), and The Divine Talisman (2008), all published by HarperCollins. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting, and a member of the WGA. His feature adaptation of Terry Brooks’s The Elfstones Of Shannara helped spearhead the option of that series to Warner Bros in 2007.

About Eldon Thompson

Krista Wallace

About Krista Wallace


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