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.
- Dave Bara
Dave Bara is the author of The Lightship Chronicles series (IMPULSE, STARBOUND, and DEFIANT) published by DAW Books in the US and Del Rey in the UK and Europe. He was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction on TV, in film, and in books. Dave's writing is influenced by the many classic SF novels he has read over the years from authors like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Joe Haldeman, and Frank Herbert, among many others. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
- Carol Berg
Former software engineer Carol Berg is venturing into unknown territory. After fifteen epic fantasy novels that have won national and international awards, including three Colorado Book Awards, she’s attempting to write short. So far so good, with stories appearing in the "Blackguards" and "Hath No Fury" anthologies from Ragnarok, a novelette in the "Lace and Blade" anthology from the Marion Zimmer Bradley Trust, and a fantasy/detective story in Pulp Literature Magazine. A novella and a novelette are out on submission, and she even has a series of short fantasy spy/caper novels in the works – really!
- 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
M. H. (Maggie) Bonham is an award-winning author and editor of more than 35 books and thousands of short pieces. She is the publisher of Sky Warrior Book Publishing LLC. She is also the author of the bestselling novels Prophecy of Swords, Lachlei, and Howling Dead.
- David Boop
David is a Denver-based single dad, returning college study, temp worker and author. He has one novel (the sci-fi/noir "She Murdered Me with Science" release in '08) and over thirty short stories, novellas and flash fictions across several genres including weird western, zombie horror, urban sci-fi and pulp hero. His most recent is the Steampunk Western, "Kit Carson versus the Toad Men of the Rio Gila" in Gears and Levers 3 and "Most Dangerous Honeys" for Moonstone Books' Honey West anthology (his second media tie-in. He's also worked as an MC and Toastmaster, interviewing such names as Kevin J. Anderson, James Marsters and the Tron 30th reunion.
- Brenda Carre
Brenda Carre writes long and short fiction in a variety of genres many of which have a dark mythic twist. She is also a visual artist and does workshops in map making. Her stories have appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and SF, Fiction River Anthologies, Ragnarok's Blackguards Blacklist, A number of independent Story Bundles through Bundle Rabbit and in Pulp Literature's excellent bi-monthly magazine.
- H Martin Cox
Author of four fantasy novels. Knowledgeable with time management for authors, traditional and self publishing methods.
- 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.
- Marty Essen
Marty Essen began writing professionally in the 1990s, as a features writer for Gig Magazine. His first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, won six national awards, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named it a Top Ten Green Book. His second book, Endangered Edens, won four national awards. Marty is also a popular college speaker. He has performed the stage-show version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet on hundreds of campuses, in forty-five states.
- 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.
- Diana Pharaoh Francis
Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of over a dozen novels of fantasy and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT Magazine’s Best Urban Fantasy. Find out more about her at www.dianapfrancis.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 USA Today 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 several 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 fifty books to date, with several more planned for 2018 and beyond.
- 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.
- Rhiannon Held
Rhiannon Held is the author of the Silver series of urban fantasy novels. 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. In her proverbial copious free time, she sings in a community choir, games online, and occasionally enjoys betting on the ponies.
- Michael Hodges
Michael Hodges is an American speculative fiction writer. His debut novel, The Puller, was released in 2015. Film rights for The Puller were purchased by Hollywood shortly after publication. The Puller was also translated and released in Germany.
In addition to being a member of SFWA and HWA, Hodges' is represented by Lane Heymont of Tobias Literary Agency. He's also taught a writing panel with Game of Thrones editor Anne Groell.
Along with writing fiction, Hodges is a professional nature photographer, with work appearing in Outside Magazine (Adventure Photography of the Year) and newspapers, amongst other places.
His latest novel is Black Friday, a sci-fi thriller based on the
- Meradeth Houston
I’ve never been a big fan of talking about myself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about me:
I’m a California girl now braving the cold winters in Montana.
I am a molecular anthropologist. Translation: I sequence dead people’s DNA.
I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old. It’s my hobby, my passion, and I’m so happy to get to share my work!
My other passion is teaching. There’s nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology! This is probably a good thing, since my day job requires me to teach at the local university.
- 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 writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories with her husband, Frog Jones, from the mists of the rainy Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.
- 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.
- Elliott Kay
Elliott Kay is the author of the military sci-fi series Poor Man's Fight and the fun, steamy urban fantasy series Good Intentions. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and is a former member of the US Coast Guard. Kay has survived a motorcycle crash, severe seasickness, high school in Los Angeles, summers in Phoenix, and winters in Seattle.
- Alisha Knaff
Alisha A. Knaff lives in Seattle with her two cats, Hal and Odin, who consistently assure her that she is in no danger of becoming a crazy cat lady. By day, she works to promote other people's products, and by night she weaves bizarre imaginations into hopefully coherent tales. Her urban fantasy novel, School of Sight is available through Razorgirl Press.
- 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.
- Joseph Malik
Joseph Malik is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Dragon's Trail, which is being hailed as the first fantasy technothriller. He writes and lectures on advanced intelligence theory and asymmetric warfare for the U.S. military, and has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he lives in the Pacific Northwest along with his wife and their two dogs. Member, SFWA.
- 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.
- Kamila Miller
EM Prazeman is the author of twin trilogies The Lord Jester’s Legacy and The Poisoned Past, as well as various short stories published in the nooks and crannies of the kind of anthologies that often aren’t very well-behaved. This follows, as her garden, goats, chickens, dogs, and cats are also not very well-behaved, but she prefers the world to be creative and disorderly, so it's all good. Her husband Rory Miller is also an author, and they have two remarkable adult children. For more information visit emprazeman.com or emprazeman.tumblr.com.
- Rory Miller
Rory Miller is an award-winning author ("Meditations on Violence" "Facing Violence" "Conflict Communication" and a dozen more); a veteran corrections officer, sergeant and tactical team leader and; has served as a contractor in Iraq. He currently teaches self-defense and violence dynamics internationally.
- John Olsen
John M. Olsen reads and writes fantasy, science-fiction, steampunk, and horror as the mood strikes, and his short fiction is part of several anthologies. His first fantasy novel is out with more on the way.
He loves to create things, whether writing novels or short stories or working in his secret lair equipped with dangerous power tools. In all cases, he applies engineering principles and processes to the task at hand, often in unpredictable ways.
He lives in Utah with his lovely wife and a variable number of mostly grown children and a constantly changing subset of extended family.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brian Rathbone
Brian Rathbone writes fantasy fiction, software for writers and publishers, and he tells a few too many bad dragon jokes on Twitter.
- Julie Reeser
Julie has been published in Black Denim Lit, Zoetic Press and their imprint NonBinary Review, Grendel-Song, Whirlwind Magazine, One Sentence Poems, & Timeless Tales Magazine. Her poetry chapbook is Terracotta Pomegranate.
- 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.
- Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.
Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s
- 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.
- Eldon Thompson
Eldon Thompson is the author of the epic fantasy trilogy The Legend of Asahiel, which launched with The Crimson Sword in 2005. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. In 2007, he sold a screenplay adaptation of Terry Brooks’s The Elfstones of Shannara to Warner Bros—his favorite book since the age of nine. Since then, he has primarily written for Hollywood, with numerous assignments both original and adapted. His next set of novels will feature fan-favorite character Kylac Kronus, whose origins can be glimpsed in in a short story appearing exclusively in the popular Unfettered anthology from Grim Oak Press.
- 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
- Clare Wood