Steve Diamond

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Steve Diamond founded and runs the review site, Elitist Book Reviews (, which was nominated for the Hugo Award in 2013, 2014 & 2015. He writes for Baen, Privateer Press, Ragnarok Publications, and numerous other small publications. RESIDUE is his first full-length, published work. His is also the editor of the Horror anthology, SHARED NIGHTMARES.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Meet & Greet/Signing: DianaP Francis/Steve Diamond, Hotel Lobby of Doom
    Panelists: Steve Diamond, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)

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

  • 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.

  • moderator 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 6:00
  • moderator 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 4:00
  • panel 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?

  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Writing YA Fiction, Glacier
    Moderator: Meradeth Houston; Panelists: Kent Davis, Steve Diamond, Meradeth Houston, Brian Rathbone, April White

    Let's talk about young adult fiction. How does it differ from adult fiction? What are the major emotional expectations inherent in YA fiction? What are the responsibilities YA authors face that adult authors do not?

  • moderator Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Fair Coin, Gallatin
    Moderator: Steve Diamond; Panelists: Steve Diamond, Jason A. Holt, Dean Wells

    What's the currency in your favorite fantasy world? How does it work? Is it gold or silver? Technology or magic power? Or perhaps just good old Rishathra? And how do you create an economy for your own books and stories?

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon 1:00
  • 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

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