Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 33: Level Up!, May 24 - 27, 2019 Missoula, Montana

Ann Gimpel

MisCon 33 Attending Professional

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent and a vagabond at heart. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. 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. She’s published over 25 books to date, with several more contracted for 2015 and beyond.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Early Bird Book Signing, Ballroom C
    Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Bob Brown, H Martin Cox (Dameon), Klarissa Davis, Julie Frost, Ann Gimpel

    Some of our authors will sign books.

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Queries & Synopses, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Carol Berg; Panelists: Carol Berg, Ann Gimpel, Corry L. Lee, Joseph Malik

    We're writers - writing synopses & queries should be easy, right? Ha. If only. We've done this panel in the past, but it's important for traditionally & non-traditionally published authors to know how to write synopses & query letters. Join us as we discuss tips to hone this important skill.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Author Readings, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Ann Gimpel

    Join our authors as they read from their latest works! (25 minutes a piece)

  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Spotlight: Swenson, Gimpel, Reynolds-Ward, Spotlight
    Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson

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

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Pop Culture Perversion: Magic, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Ann Gimpel

    A discussion about how magic has been portrayed in pop culture over the last century, from Houdini's feats, to Tolkien-esque subtlety, to the modern wizard's fireballs, portals, & other flashy magic.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Psychology of Speculative Fiction, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), David Gerrold, Ann Gimpel, Rhiannon Held

    Why do people write science fiction? Join our professionals as they help explain the effects of being creative in this field.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, World Building 101, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Jeff Fennel, Ann Gimpel, Jeff Grubb, Esther Jones

    Let's discuss world building in fiction and gaming. Where do you start? How do you bring the landscape to life? Are there differences in worldbuilding across media?

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Physics of Sex: Overcoming the Awkward, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Julie Frost, Ann Gimpel, Alisha Knaff

    *Parental Advisory*
    In this panel we're going to talk about writing sex scenes that don't get awkward or silly or stupid. We'll also talk about how you can avoid cliches.