Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

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:

By day, Peter Orullian works for Xbox, trying hard to convince people to play video games. As a writer, Peter writes across a number of genres, with a current epic fantasy series from Tor Books, entitled The Vault of Heaven. The first two volumes in that series are out�THE UNREMEMBERED, and TRIAL OF INTENTIONS�and he�s currently working on the third book. His short fiction�fantasy, science fiction, horror, and more�has appeared in anthologies, online, and collections of his own work. Peter is also an award-winning vocalist, and has toured internationally with rock and metal bands. He spent several years in classical voice training with the famed Maestro David Kyle�trainer of such talents as Geoff Tate, Layne Staley, and Ann Wilson. Peter�s fiction often blends his passion for stories and music, as his fantasy series does with a music magic system dubbed by his peers as, �Unlike anything we�ve ever seen before.� You can visit peter at: or follow him on Twitter at @peterorullian

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • moderator Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Joining Plot & Character Arc, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Carol Berg, Randy Henderson, Robin Hobb, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

    So you've outlined your plot and you know the changes your character will experience--but how do you join these into one coherent and cohesive arc? In this panel we'll hear from the experts.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Beta-Reader/Writer Relationship, Jefferson
    Panelists: Steve Diamond, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

    Join us for a carry over from last year in which Peter Orullian and Steve Diamond talk about the relationship between author and beta-reader. Come hear their unique story, and how a good beta-reader can make all the difference.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 6:00
  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Exploit Your Inner Fears, Jefferson
    Moderator: Steve Diamond; Panelists: Steve Diamond, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Dean Wells

    Everyone is afraid of something. Horror as a genre is horrific because writers draw inspiration from what they’re most afraid of. Learn how to tap into your own fears and how to apply them to your stories for the greatest effect.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Grand Scheme, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Brooke Stanley

    Every great villain needs a masterpiece scheme in order to realize their ambitions and force the hero to their knees, as well as to set themselves apart from every other nefarious criminal. Learn what elements make every grand scheme extraordinary and how to construct the plan that will give your mastermind their edge.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • moderator Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Horror Vs Urban Fantasy, Madison
    Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Steve Diamond, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. Pitts

    There’s a lot of shared blood between the two genres, especially as urban fantasy grows darker and darker. What are the major differences? Similarities? How do you know which you’re writing? What are some of the points you must hit to designate one versus the other?

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Sun 6:00
  • moderator Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Putting Down the Words, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Brenda Carre, Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Making up a statistic, your average best-selling author might write about a book a year. This accounts for edits, rewrites, and outlines of future books. Some write more, some write less. But what about those authors who put out two books a year...along with thirteen short stories, four novelettes, and four self-published compendiums to said best-selling books. How do they do it? Let's hear from the experts on what makes an author prolific.

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Making Characters Resonate, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Patrick Rothfuss

    Howe do you make characters resonate with your audience?

  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, PLOT, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Steve Diamond, Robin Hobb, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Patrick Rothfuss

    Replacing Butcher & Rothfuss Q&A
    Robin Hobb, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter Orullian, Steve Diamond

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 30.

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