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.
- Daniel Bensen
Dan writes stories across the spectrum of fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history, but all deal with the theme of clashing cultures, usually with romance and humor. He is represented by Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary Agency. Dan’s novella PETROLEA is available from Alban Lake Publishing. Other works of his have been published in the Tales from the Universe, Tales from Alternate Earths, and Domesticated Velociraptor anthologies, Alternate History Fiction
- 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.
- Larry Bonham
LJ Bonham is an author, historian, and former commercial pilot whose novels include Shield of Honor, The Debt, Wolves of Valhalla, and the exciting new thriller, Sector 21, also the non-fiction book, Prepper Blades. Short fiction: Sancho 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, Retread in Disharmony of the Spheres, and A Very Public Hanging in Kepler's Cowboys. Current projects: follow up books in the Shields of Honor and Sector 21 series, plus three other novels. Numerous non-fiction articles and web content.
An avid mountaineer with a congenital weakness for fast cars and airplanes, LJ
- 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
- C.J. Cherryh
Jane Fancher and I are more than sharing ideas on upcoming novel Alliance Rising, an Alliance-Union novel---we are sharing writing: we pass it back and forth and have arrived at a modus operandi that lets each of us work at our best.
We hope this will be an ongoing set of stories in a universe many of you have asked for---not that we're stopping Foreigner; but with two of us going at it, there's time.
- Claire Eddy
Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor Books and has edited such authors as Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier (among many others).
- Spencer G. Ellsworth
Spencer Ellsworth has been writing since he learned how. His short fiction has been published at Lightspeed Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com and many other places. He is the author of the Starfire Trilogy, a series of short space opera novels from Tor.com. He lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife and three children.
- Jane Fancher
CJ Cherryh and I are more than sharing ideas on upcoming novel Alliance Rising, an Alliance-Union novel---we are sharing writing: we pass it back and forth and have arrived at a modus operandi that lets each of us work at our best.
We hope this will be an ongoing set of stories in a universe many of you have asked for---not that we're stopping Foreigner; but with two of us going at it, there's time.
- David Farland
David Farland is an award-winning, international bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. He won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for “Best Novel in the English Language” for his SF novel On My Way to Paradise, the Whitney Award for “Best Novel of the Year” for his novel In the Company of Angels, and he has won over seven awards—including the International Book Award and the Hollywood Book Festival, Grand Prize—for his fantasy thriller Nightingale. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords.
He has written for major franchises like Star Wars and The Mummy and worked in Hollywood greenlighting movies and doctoring scripts.
- Eric Scott Fischl
Eric Scott Fischl writes novels of speculative historical fiction and the supernatural, including DR. POTTER'S MEDICINE SHOW and THE TRIALS OF SOLOMON PARKER. He lives in the Bitterroot mountains.
- 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 was born in the shadow of New York City and has lived up and down the West Coast for more than 40 years. He spent the first half of his life learning to write stories and the second half learning what to write. He is spending the third half of his life getting it done.
His stories have been appearing in anthologies and magazines since 2010. Before that he held jobs shaping wood, sheet metal and words (not all at once).
He is a contract editor, for two small presses and independent authors. His first anthology, “Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Magic” was published by Knotted Road Press in 2016. He and his partner have make their home near Seattle.
- 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 golden pen award of writers of the future in 1991, has published nine novels and over sixty stories in magazines such as Analog. A new novel is now circulating. He is also an artist, painting desert and mountain scenes in oils, pastels and watercolors. He divides his time with wife Gail in Spokane and Desert Hot Springs.
- 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
- Lane Heymont
As Literary Assistant at the Seymour Agency, Lane led the marketing efforts for their authors and enjoyed connecting clients with readers. As a lover of literature since childhood, and at the prodding of his mentor Nicole Resciniti, he decided to pursue his passion as a literary agent. He went on to help found The Tobias Literary Agency. He strives to bring incredible and thought-provoking books to the masses, culminating in reaching the Top Ten on Publishers Marketplace for agents in the romance genre. With a bachelor's degree in Psychology, business and literature, Lane continued his education in Creative Writing and English at Harvard. Lane represents a broad range of commercial fiction
- 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 two decades. 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.
- Jeff Howe
Jeff spent most of his writing career as a newspaper and magazine journalist, focusing on diverse topics as aviation, aerospace, sports, automotive, and outdoor activities. After leaving daily journalism writing, he moved into his other passion, that of travel, and continues to this day. Not one to leave writing behind, though, he is now working on short and long fantasy, realizing that this writing stuff is hard!
- Esther Jones
Esther Jones began life as a strange, fey child who always made up her own bedtime stories– and sometimes– even managed to scare her parents with them. At some point during her childhood, she decided she would grow up to be a world-famous illustrator of fairies or a poet. She became an author instead. She writes with her husband and co-author Frog Jones. Together they have published three novels in the Gift of Grace series, many short stories, and are currently working on "super secret stuff" that she looks forward to sharing in the future.
- Frog Jones
Raised by jackalopes in the hills of the Palouse, Frog Jones managed to obtain a law degree through combination of trickery and the use of 500 cocktail umbrellas. He now runs the legendary Office of Public Defense in Mason County, Washington. On the side, he has conspired with his wife to write many books, including the Gift of Grace urban-fantasy series, in which he has planted subliminal messages that his alien masters can more readily control the minds of humanity.
- Sanan Kolva
Sanan Kolva is a native of eastern Washington. A technical editor by day, and writer of epic fantasy by night, break, and whenever else she makes free time, she has short stories in several anthologies. Her epic fantasy novel Shrouded Sky is the first book in the Chosen of the Spears series. She can be found at http://sanankolva.com.
- Tod McCoy
Tod McCoy is a Seattle writer whose work has appeared in Starward Tales II, Asimov’s, The People’s Apocalypse, Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. A Clarion West graduate and current board member, he’s the publisher of 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.
- Guy Pace
Guy L. Pace, born in Great Falls, MT, grew up throughout the Northwest. He served in the US Navy, and on the USS Newport News (CA-148), including combat operations in Vietnam in 1972.
A Navy journalist, as a civilian he worked primarily in community newspapers as a reporter, photographer, editor, and managing editor. 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.
- L.F. Patten
L.F. Patten has often characterized her multitude of interests as “A.D.D of the right brain.” Degreed in history and anthropology, her checkered career has included work as an archaeologist on medieval/castle sites in England, a tour guide at the Smithsonian, a history teacher, herbalist, book editor, actress, jewelry designer, and pottery/jewelry instructor. She has also been a writer
for more than 30 years, publishing both articles and short stories. Her debut novel, the heroic fantasy The Talent Sinistral, launched at World Fantasy Con in 2014, was written in loving tribute to fellow right-brainers everywhere. .
- Alyson Peterson
Alyson Peterson lives in a mountainside gully—of all places—in northern Utah with her neurotic, shed-tastic dog, two ninja kids, and superhero husband. She spends her time studying martial arts, weapons and reads...a LOT. She teaches Story Structure and Character Development to teens across the country and was an adjunct professor at BYU. She has three traditionally published books and feels she's just begun her writing journey!
- 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.
- 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 Children of a Different Sky, Steam. And Dragons, 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, Netwalking Space, and Challenges of Honor. Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, quilting, horses, skiing, and other outdoor activities.
- 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. This 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 last 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 sixteen-year-old son Orion.
- Tex Thompson
Arianne "Tex" Thompson is the author of the Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris. Now a professional speaker and writing instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex is blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country. Find her online at www.TheTexFiles.com!
- 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
Krista writes mostly Fantasy, in novel-length and short fiction. She has been a finalist in several contests (SiWC, PNWA, Colorado Gold), and won a couple of them (Pulp Literature, Fraser Valley Writers). Her work is published in Pulp Literature magazine and Electric Spec, with another one coming out in the 49th Parallels anthology later this year. Her passion for reading aloud has recently taken her into the realm of audiobook narration. She is an actor, and sings jazz in both a big band and a duo. Besides writing, a favourite pastime is working as Musical Director for high school shows (In the Heights, Les Mis, Anything Goes, etc). She writes in a closet in Port Coquitlam, BC.
- 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.
- Danica Winters