Writing Guests, Pros, and Panelists
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.
- Kevin J Anderson
Kevin has published 140 books, 54 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written many novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited many anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- David Boop
David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. Before turning to fiction, David worked as a DJ, film critic, journalist, and actor. As Editor-in-Chief at IntraDenver.net, David’s team was on the ground at Columbine making them the first internet only newspaper to cover such an event. That year, they won an award for excellence from the Colorado Press Association for their design and coverage.
His debut novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, is back in print from WordFire Press after a six-year hiatus. Additionally, Dave is prolific in short fiction with over fifty short stories and two short films
- Matt Buscemi
Matthew Buscemi is a speculative fiction author and founder of Fuzzy Hedgehog Press. He grew up in Illinois, but left to explore the world. He has taught English in Japan and Thailand, and has studied linguistics in Hawaii.
Nowadays he lives with his partner in Seattle, Washington, where he types code by day and prose by night. He dreams of exploring the multiverse himself, but until humanity gets around to inventing inter-dimensional travel, his imagination will suffice.
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- Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series. He is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.
Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, son, and a vicious guard dog.
- 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
- Kent Davis
- 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
- Diana Pharaoh Francis
DIANA PHARAOH FRANCIS writes books of a fantastical, adventurous, and often romantic nature. Her award-nominated books include The Path series, the Horngate Witches series, the Crosspointe Chronicles, and Diamond City Magic books, and the Mission: Magic series. She’s owned by two corgis, spends much of her time herding children, and likes rocks, geocaching, knotting up yarn, and has a thing for 1800s England, especially the Victorians. For more about her writing, visit www.dianapfrancis.com. She can also be found on twitter as @dianapfrancis, and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Diana.Pharaoh.Francis/
- Deby Fredericks
Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but considered it just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. Her first sale, a children's poem, was in 2000. Fredericks has six fantasy novels in print through two small presses. The latest is the Grimhold Wolf, from Sky Warrior Books. Her web site is www.debyfredericks.com, and her blog is wyrmflight.wordpress.com.
- 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.
- Julie Frost
Julie Frost writes every shade of speculative fiction and lives in Utah with her family--which consists of five guinea pigs, three humans, a tripod calico cat, and a kitten who thinks she's a warrior princess--and a collection of anteaters and Oaxacan carvings, some of which intersect. Her short fiction has appeared in Writers of the Future, StarShipSofa, Cosmos, Unlikely Story, Plasma Frequency, Stupefying Stories, and many other venues. Her first novel, "Pack Dynamics," was released in 2015 by WordFire Press. She whines about writing, a lot, at http://agilebrit.livejournal.com/
- 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
- 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.
- Wayne Heinz
A Historical European Martial Arts instructor from Spokane, WA, Wayne has been teaching various weapons from the Lichtenauer Tradition since 2010. He has taught and competed at events ranging from the southwest to the northwest. Wayne founded along with Shaunn Wenig, Steve McDougall, and Amanda Trail, Iron Crown Kunst des Fechtens, and is the current vice president.
- 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.
- Randy Henderson
Randy Henderson is an author, milkshake connoisseur, Writers of the Future grand prize winner, relapsed sarcasm addict, and Clarion West graduate.
His "dark and quirky" contemporary fantasy series from TOR (US) and Titan (UK) includes Finn Fancy Necromancy, Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, and Smells Like Finn Spirit. http://www.randy-henderson.com
- Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska where she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of five critically acclaimed fantasy series: The Rain Wilds Chronicles, the Soldier Son Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, and the Farseer Trilogy. Under the name Megan Lindholm she is the author of The Wizard of the Pigeons, Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves.
- Michael Hodges
Michael Hodges is an American speculative fiction writer. His debut novel, The Puller, was optioned by Hollywood. Foreign publishing rights were purchased by Luzifer Verlag, and The Puller was translated and released in Germany. In addition, over twenty of his short stories have been published in various magazines.
Michael is represented by Lane Heymont of Tobias Literary, NYC.
He also taught a writing panel with Game of Thrones editor Anne Groell.
Michael is also a verified public figure on Facebook and nature photographer, with work appearing in places like Outside Magazine.
- Meradeth Houston
Meradeth's never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
She's a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.
When she's not writing, she's sequencing dead people's DNA.
She's also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.
If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she's terrified of heights.
- 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.
- Esther Jones
Esther Jones writes the Gift of Grace series with her husband, Frog Jones, in the mists of the Olympic Peninsula, where it's possible to hike through the rain forest only to emerge on a beach strewn with mussels and oysters.
- Frog Jones
After losing his one-on-one dance-off to a stegosaurus, Frog Jones retreated into the Himalayas for training and contemplation. He has now returned with ancient knowledge of recipes for smoothies and a not-quite-under-control addiction to feather dusters. In the interstices of this life, he has found the time (along with his lovely bionic bodyguard/wife Esther) to write the Gift of Grace series, as well as appear in a number of anthologies.
- Tod McCoy
Tod McCoy is a Seattle writer whose work has appeared in the anthologies; The People’s Apocalypse, Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and in The Gloaming. He has work forthcoming in Starward Tales II and Asimov’s. A Clarion West graduate, he’s the publisher behind Hydra House, whose catalog includes Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, and two collections by Cat Rambo: Near+Far, which generated a Nebula nomination, and Neither Here Nor There.
- Theresa Miller
- Vicki Mitchell
V.E. (Vicki) Mitchell has been writing for as long as she can remember—mostly, but not entirely, in the field of science fiction. In 1986, she won the national Amazing Stories Calendar Story Contest and sold a short story to a mainstream anthology. (This story was later cut when the book ran too long.) In 1987 one of her stories appeared in the legendary The Moscow Moffia Presents Rat Tales anthology. She sold a different "Rats" story to Pulphouse Publishing for their own Rat Tales anthology (1994).
- 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.
- Chris Organ
Game designer, game master, artists, scientist, martial arts instructor
- 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
- Guy Pace
Guy L. Pace, born in Montana, grew up throughout the Pacific Northwest.
He was a Navy and community journalist. He changed careers, getting into computer support, training, networking and systems, and information security. He retired in 2011 after more than 20 years working in higher education.
He lives with his wife, Connie, in Spokane, where he gets to spend time with children and grandchildren, and ride his Harley-Davidson.
- Christopher Paolini
Christopher Paolini was born in Southern California and lived most of his life in Paradise Valley, Montana with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Mountains that rise on one side of Paradise Valley inspired the fantastic scenery in Eragon, the first novel in his Inheritance cycle, written when he was fifteen. The bestselling series (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance) has been licensed in 49 languages and is available in more than 125 countries. Together the four books in the series have sold 35 million copies worldwide.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brian Rathbone
Brian Rathbone is a bit odd. Best known for his World of Godsland fantasy series, Brian also tells a few too many bad dragon jokes on Twitter.
- 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.
- Patrick Rothfuss
Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, THE NAME OF THE WIND, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, THE WISE MAN'S FEAR, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have also appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list.
- Ken Scholes
- D.L Solum
D.L. Solum is an author currently living in Seattle, but will always be from Butte, Montana. A collector of odd friends and odder hobbies, including - medieval combat, fishing, hunting and computer games. Current leader of the South Seattle Fiction Writers. His latest obsession of writing Urban Fantasy is only made possible via the tough encouragement and impatient tolerance of Kate.
- 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.
- Peter Wacks
Peter J Wacks has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.
- Krista Wallace
- Dean Wells
Dean Wells is author of the ongoing Clockwork Millennials story cycle published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Other works have appeared in Ideomancers, 10Flash Quarterly, and the anthologies Ceaseless Steam and The Best of BCS Year 4. He has also written for the performing arts in various capacities. Dean is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
- April White
APRIL WHITE has been a film producer, private investigator, bouncer, teacher and screenwriter. She has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a shipwreck, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. She and her husband share their home in Southern California with two extraordinary boys and a lifetime collection of books.
All four books in the Immortal Descendants series are on the Amazon Top 100 lists in Time Travel Romance and Historical Fantasy. More information and her blog can be found at aprilwhitebooks.com.