Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 36: Carnival of Wonders, May 27 - 30, 2022 Missoula, Montana

Danith McPherson

MisCon 36 Attending Professional

Danith McPherson is often distracted from her writing by snowshoeing, kayaking, and star gazing. In keeping with her Scottish heritage, she is a kilt maker, and proudly wears McPherson tartan, especially at science fiction and fantasy conventions.

Her novels include the YA fantasy Blade of Mad Vision, adult fantasy Monarch of Lightning, and mystery novel Averted Vision. Her stories have appeared in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Amazing Stories, Revolution SF, & other places. Some of them are collected in Roar at the Universe. A second book of short stories, Through the Wall, will be out soon.

She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers

Danith McPherson is often distracted from her writing by snowshoeing, kayaking, and star gazing. In keeping with her Scottish heritage, she is a kilt maker, and proudly wears McPherson tartan, especially at science fiction and fantasy conventions.

Her novels include the YA fantasy Blade of Mad Vision, adult fantasy Monarch of Lightning, and mystery novel Averted Vision. Her stories have appeared in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Amazing Stories, Revolution SF, and other places. Some of them are collected in Roar at the Universe. A second book of short stories, Through the Wall, will be out soon.

She is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Spotlight: McPherson, Elasigue, Spotlight
    Panelists: Eva Elasigue, Danith McPherson

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

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Sharp Snappy Dialogue, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Rafael Hohman (Raf), Danith McPherson

    Let's discuss dialogue. No, this is not a snappy description.

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Our Search For Meaning in Fiction, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Katie Cross, Tod McCoy, Danith McPherson, G.R. Theron

    Let’s look at how authors insert their own personal beliefs in fiction. Do authors have a duty to try to influence hearts and win over minds to their way of thinking? Or is it the opposite? Should they just try to entertain us? Let us escape into Mordor for a good time?

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, De-Mystifying Mystery, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Charlaine Harris, Rhiannon Held, Danith McPherson

    So many kinds of mystery: amateur sleuths, professional sleuths, noir, cozies, country house, police procedurals, “setting” mysteries (Wyoming, Alaska, Iceland) et al. What makes a great mystery? How do we integrate these traditional sleuthing stories into our fantasy or science fiction milieus or do we have to look for something completely different? Who has done it well? Will devout mystery readers ever be persuaded to join us in the blend?

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Structuring Your Novel, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Patricia Briggs, Danith McPherson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    There are as many ways to outline a book as there are books, but the structure of stories stays the same. In this panel we’ll cover the basic structure of stories, as well as offer resources to help you learn & perfect your own story’s structure. What are some books out there that will help you learn? What about other resources?

  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Author Readings: McPherson, Elasigue, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Eva Elasigue, Danith McPherson

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