Brenda Carre

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Brenda Carre writes long and short fiction in a variety of genres many of which have a dark mythic twist. She is also a visual artist and does workshops in map making. Her stories have appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and SF, Fiction River Anthologies, Ragnarok's Blackguards Blacklist, A number of independent Story Bundles through Bundle Rabbit and in Pulp Literature's excellent bi-monthly magazine.

After retiring from her day job as an art educator in 2006 Brenda took advantage of a life long yearning to write full time. She now writes long and short fiction in a variety of genres, with a focus on Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and YA. 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. She has also collaborated on book bundles and shared worlds. Brenda writes novels, poetry and novellas. When she is not tapping the keys, she is dreaming of doing so. She is currently completing revisions on a mythic epic fantasy with more than a demon’s kiss of Grimdark. It is set in a world that parallels the Pacific Northwest during the age of sail. Brenda lives on Vancouver Island. She has her Masters’ Degree in Art Education, a second degree in English Lit and was a co-founder of the Lord Byng Mini-School of the Arts in Vancouver.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Build an Empire on the Fly, Tent By the Trees (1)
    Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Carol Berg, Rob Carlos, Brenda Carre, Robin Hobb, Brian Rathbone

    We're once again building an empire! Our panelists will create an empire from the ground up and see how far they get in 50 minutes. They’ll design everything they can think of: geography, races, culture, laws, history, etc, while our moderator will toss problems (like insurgent dissidents and earthquakes) their way. Artist Rob Carlos will sketch out things on the whiteboard as they go.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, The Worlds We Invent, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Steve Diamond; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Steve Diamond, Esther Jones, Christopher Paolini

    What do the worlds we invent tell us about our own world? We all understand escapism in fantasy or utopian stories, but is it as simple as that? Is Lord of the Rings escapist? What about dystopian or horror or Game of Thrones? Why are we attracted to this stuff and what does it say about us?

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Crafting Unique Titles, Gallatin
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Rhiannon Held, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    How much work do I put into a title for my book or short story? How do I chose one? What titles worked for you? Are the titles themselves becoming tropes?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 2:00
  • moderator Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Fiction Slam Readings, Tent By the Trees (1)
    Moderator: Brenda Carre; Panelists: Matt Buscemi, Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)

    Come hear your favorite pro read a selection of their work.
    1400: Diana Pharaoh Francis
    1420: Matt Buscemi
    1440: Brenda Carre

  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Meet & Greet/Signing: Brenda Carre/Michael Hodges, Hotel Lobby of Doom
    Panelists: Brenda Carre, Michael Hodges

    Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 6:00
  • panel 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 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Maps and Stories, Ballroom C
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Brenda Carre, Vandy Hall, Todd Lockwood, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    How can storytelling and cartography influence each other?

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