Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)
MisCon 30 Attending Professional
Diana Pharaoh Francis has written several fantasy series, including The Horngate Witches series, The Crosspointe Chronicles, and The Path trilogy. Bitter Night was nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice for Best Urban Fantasy of 2009, and Crimson Wind was a Romantic Times Top Pick for 2011 and Max was nominated for the bast urban fantasy heroine for 2011. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is a lover of chocolate, Victoriana and sparkley things. Plus she recently developed a deep and unholy love for yarn and crocheting. For a lot more information about her, visit www.dianapfrancis.com. She can also be found on twitter as @dianapfrancis.
Web site: http://www.dianapfrancis.com/
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
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Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Book Signing: General Session, Pavilion (1)
Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood
This signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the lines moving, Robin and Jim can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.
- Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 5:00
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Beyond The Fangs, Ballroom B
Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Julie Frost, Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson
Urban Fantasy encompasses more than just vampires and werewolves, yet it seems that the fanged creatures of the night have captured the limelight. What other creatures, dangerous and ghastly, lurk around dark city corners?
- Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 10:00
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Desire in Fiction, Ballroom B
Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), L.F. Patten (Laurey), Brian Rathbone, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Noir is, in part, about what people want, how badly they want it, and how far they'll go to get it. In this panel we'll talk about all your characters' desires, their darkest needs, and how to translate that to the page, regardless of genre.
- Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
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.
- Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 4:00
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?
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Keeping the Momentum, Glacier
Moderator: Randy Henderson; Panelists: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Julie Frost, Ann Gimpel, Randy Henderson
Maybe you�re receiving some really great rejections, or perhaps you�ve got a couple short stories published--now what? How do you maintain that momentum? What�s the next step? This is for those writers who are on the cusp of professionalism and those who want to learn what it�s like.
- Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 1:00
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.
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
- Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 4:00
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 - Mon 11:00
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Write a Story on the Fly, Pavilion (1)
Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Krista Wallace
In this panel, the panelists will improv a story on the fly, one sentence at a time. It will be written down as they go, and will be read aloud at the end. Promises to be a rolickin’ good time!