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
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
- Jill Bowers
- C.J. Cherryh
I write, first and foremost. I figure skate. I travel. I photograph. I sketch. I read. I do genealogy and history, science, and archaeology. I do some modern and two ancient languages. I was awarded SFWA Grandmaster last June. And Jane and I are writing first a History of Union and Alliance, and secondly a merchanter novel, Alliance Rising. We're enjoying this. We toss the ms back and forth whenever we've gotten stuck and the other takes it. "
- 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 debut novels, the Starfire Trilogy, are coming from Tor.com in late 2017. His short fiction has also appeared at Tor.com, Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies & the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. If he were a Transformer he would turn into either a skiboat or a mounting sense of national urgency.
- 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 lives in Montana’s Bitterroot mountains, where he writes novels of speculative historical fiction and the supernatural. His debut, DR POTTER'S MEDICINE SHOW, is available from Angry Robot books.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Jeff Howe
Jeff has worked primarily for newspapers and magazines, focusing on journalistic writing with a preference for sports and aerospace. Over more than 18 years, he has edited small and large consumer publications, websites, newsletters, and hastily-crafted Christmas cards, as well as contributing to sports news and feature sites at a national level. Nowadays, Jeff has turned his attention to short and flash fiction, with perhaps a novel somewhere up his sleeve. Most writing of late tends to be terse emails to his employees.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Kevin Nielsen
Kevin L Nielsen has owned 300 guinea pigs at once, been nationally ranked as a guinea pig breeder, played duets through his nose on recorders to the embarrassment of many, and lived without air conditioning for 2 years.
He owes his publishing debut to a kindly librarian, the LTUE Symposium, a purple shirt, and a passing editor who didn't mind some mild sarcasm. Kevin writes epic, young adult, and urban fantasy.
His writing group, Team Unleashed, keeps him grounded and away from purple prose about falcons, dragons, and worldbuilding. He is the author of the bestselling and award winning Sharani Series, and the Mythica: A Quest for Heroes (Official Movie Novelization
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 writing, breaking bones at her Martial Arts class (mostly her own) and reading as many books as she can get her hands on. Alyson is also a 2015 and 2016 Whitney Award Nominee and BYU workshops summer lecturer.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Tex Thompson
Arianne "Tex" Thompson is home-grown Texas success story. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in literature, she channeled her passion for exciting, innovative, and inclusive fiction into 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 – as an endlessly energetic, relentlessly enthusiastic one-woman stampede. 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
- 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