Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 32: May 25 - 28, 2018 Missoula, Montana

Eldon Thompson

MisCon 32 Attending Professional

Weaned on the likes of The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, Eldon took to writing fantasy adventure almost as soon as he learned to read. When at age nine he read Terry Brooks's The Elfstones of Shannara, his goal of becoming a fantasy novelist went from child's ambition to hopeless obsession.

Yet writing was to be a hobby. Even his parents stressed the importance of a "safe" career path. So when the time came, Eldon accepted a scholarship and went off to college, where among his English, writing, and mythology courses, he played quarterback and defensive back in football. The NFL offseason, he thought, was long enough in which to write books.

Hampered by injuries and a general lack of talent, he hung up his cleats upon graduation and rededicated himself to his writing pursuits, earning a degree in English before moving to Los Angeles to study postgraduate screenwriting at UCLA. That same year, he began attending the Maui Writers Conference, where he had a chance to study with bestselling novelists such as John Saul, Elizabeth George--and his lifelong idol, Terry Brooks. By his third year, he went home with a nomination for the Rupert Hughes Writing Award.

In 2003, his efforts resulted in a three-book deal with HarperCollins for The Legend of Asahiel trilogy. The Crimson Sword received a hardcover launch in 2005, followed by The Obsidian Key in 2006 and The Divine Talisman in 2008.

Since publication, Eldon has been a popular speaker at writing conferences and pop culture conventions worldwide, from the islands of Hawaii to the isles of Scotland. In the course of his travels, he has been befriended by such acclaimed fantasy authors as Robert Jordan, Tad Williams, R.A. Salvatore, Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, and many others.

He has also made strides in the screenwriting arena, inking an option agreement with Warner Bros in 2007 for his adaptation of Terry Brooks's The Elfstones of Shannara--a major step toward fulfilling his lifelong dream of seeing his favorite childhood novel on the silver screen.

If found away from his keyboard, he is most likely lifting weights, or fantasizing about becoming an NFL quarterback.

Web site: http://www.eldonthompson.com

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Before I Kill You, Mr. Bond ..., Ballroom C
    Moderator: Jason A. Holt; Panelists: Jason A. Holt, Kamila Miller (EM Prazeman), Eldon Thompson

    Why do evil villains always make one fatal mistake that allows the hero to save the day? If this is a stupid cliche, why do we love it so much? And while we’re at it, let’s touch upon the villain monologue. Is there a way to avoid it while still explaining the whys of your villain’s actions?

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Spotlight: Thompson, Miller, Hodges, Spotlight
    Panelists: Michael Hodges, Kamila Miller (EM Prazeman), Eldon Thompson

    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, Wookies, Droids, and Mentors Oh My!, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: Alyson Peterson; Panelists: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), James Glass, Alyson Peterson, Eldon Thompson

    As the title of this panel illustrates, the role of a side character can take many forms. How do flesh out side characters? How much do you need to know about them in order to write strong side characters?