Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Danica Winters

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild�s Paranormal Romantic Suspense Book of the Year Award and Chanticleer Media�s Paranormal Book of the Year for her novel Montana Mustangs.

When she�s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

Danica Winters is represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, What's in a Name?, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Brenda Carre; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Katie Cross, Meradeth Houston, Frog Jones, Danica Winters

    What's in a name? Mustafar. K'n-yan. Galadriel. Harry. Drek. Aziraphale. Boba (like the tea or the Fett?). Ghoblin. What about Renesmee Cullen? Is that even a name? Let's discuss names and how they affect our worldbuilding, cultures, and the stories themselves.

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Informal Author Meet & Greet, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, LJ Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Stan! Brown, Brenda Carre, C E Chester, Katie Cross, Jayel Draco, Eva Elasigue, Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Julie Frost, David Gerrold, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Thomas Gondolfi, Lynsey Griswold, Jeff Grubb, Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Paul Jenkins, GS Jennsen, Esther Jones, Frog Jones, Kevin Kauffmann, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sanan Kolva, JM Landels (Jen), Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Joseph Malik, Tod McCoy, Danith McPherson, Theresa Miller, Gwendolyn Nix, Dakota Nyght, Candi Lyn Siemens, Dave Smeds, D.L. Solum, Patrick Swenson, G.R. Theron, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Hunter Wallace, Krista Wallace, Dean Wells, Walter Wiese, Danica Winters

    Join us for an informal meet & greet/hangout with a bunch of MisCon's writers and editors. This isn't a formal panel with panelists up on the stage discussing a topic. Instead, everyone will grab chairs in the pavilion, and the moderator will get things going. Then we'll open things up so small group hangouts can happen until the end of the hour. This is your chance to informally meet a bunch of the people you'll see on panels all weekend.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 5:00
  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Character Chemistry, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Rhiannon Held, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Danica Winters

    Chemistry, that indefinable quality in relationships between actors and also between characters--how do you create it in your own writing? What are some good examples of it? Can stories succeed without it?

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Spotlight: Winters, Wells, Seattle WorldCon, Spotlight
    Panelists: Kathy Bond (Seattle WorldCon), Dean Wells, Danica Winters

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

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Don’t Kill The Dog!, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: JM Landels (Jen); Panelists: Deby Fredericks, Esther Jones, JM Landels (Jen), Danica Winters

    Animals have been used and misused by writers for centuries: as ways to progress the plot, induce pathos, get a character from point A to point B, and as characters in their own right. Panelists will give examples of stories in which the use of animals either works or doesn't work, and will discuss how to avoid making your readers throw a book across the room in fury.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Crafting Memorable Ends (Writing 203), Fairy Tent (4)
    Moderator: G.R. Theron; Panelists: Brenda Carre, G.R. Theron, Dean Wells, Danica Winters

    The finale is in sight, and it's time to stick the landing. Discover the art of concluding tales as our authors share their thoughts on impactful endings, the qualities that tie up story and theme threads, and practical ideas to enhance the conclusion of your own work.