Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Writing Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 38

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.

J.A. Andrews

JA Andrews is an indie fantasy author who lives in a constant state of surprise that her stories have found a home with so many readers. She writes to capture the wonder and magic she lost herself in back in the classic fantasy of the 80’s and 90’s, and wishes she was confident more often of what day of the week it is.

About J.A. Andrews

Lynn Bailey
Lynn Bailey

Lynn, or Lil Snik Snak graduated with a major in Costume Design and Technology. She often jokes that costuming is her only life skill but also has hobbies in poetry, history, fashion, and performing. Snak proudly invites everyone to follow and join Zootown Tea and Missoula Cosplayers to get in on the Missoula costuming scene! For more details or to ask questions about cosplay feel free to ask her in person at Miscon!

About Lynn Bailey

Carol Berg
Carol Berg

Former software engineer Carol Berg (aka Cate Glass) never expected to become an award-winning author. But her seventeen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. She’s taught writing in the US and Canada and received reader mail from the slopes of Denali and beneath the Mediterranean. All amazing for one who majored in math and computer science to avoid writing papers. Her newest novels are Cate Glass’s fantasy adventure Chimera novels from Tor Books, most recently A Conjuring of Assassins. Carol/Cate lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, and on the internet at www.carolberg.com.

About Carol Berg

LJ Bonham
LJ Bonham

LJ Bonham is a freelance author, novelist, publisher, magazine editor and publisher, and film producer who lives in the northern Rocky Mountains. Credits include: Sector 21, Shield of Honor, The Debt, Wolves of Valhalla, numerous short stories, and many non-fiction articles.

About LJ Bonham

M. H. Bonham
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.

About M. H. Bonham

David Boop
David Boop

David Boop is an author, screenwriter and award-winning essayist. Previously, David worked as a DJ, film critic, journalist, and actor. His debut novel, the sci-fi/noir "She Murdered Me with Science," is available from WordFire Press. As editor, David edited the bestselling "Straight Outta" weird western anthology series for Baen. David has published many short fictions across several genres including media tie-ins for Predator, The Green Hornet, and Veronica Mars. His hobbies include film noir, anime, the Blues and Mayan History. Find out more at Davidboop.com, Facebook.com/dboop.updates or Twitter @david_boop

About David Boop

Brenda Carre
Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre writes stories with heart that stretch the imagination into the realm of the romantic, the weird and the funny. She has over 40 published works of short fiction. Some can be found in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Pulp Literature Magazine, Fiction River Anthologies, and elsewhere. Her debut adventure fantasy Gret of Roon launches in Fall 2023. sign up for Brenda's newsletter here at www.brendacarre.com or follow her author page on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086982381547

About Brenda Carre

C E Chester

C E Chester's fourth Sci-Fi novel was just released, the 2nd book in the Meteor Shooters series. She also has a compilation of romance novellas out. She is a Coast Guard veteran, and then became a paramedic, working on ambulances for 8 years. She now lives in Missoula with her husband and writes full time.

About C E Chester

Cherylyn Chester

About Cherylyn Chester

Katie Cross
Katie Cross

Katie Cross grew up in the mountains of Idaho, where she still loves to play when she gets the chance.

Her mission is connect women with their best selves, to seek the divine in each one of us, and to prove that we can love ourselves—and accomplish all—despite opposition.

If she's not writing, you can find her traveling, adventuring with her kiddos, trail running with her husband and vizla dogs, or curled up with a good book and a cup of chai.

About Katie Cross

Jayel Draco

Jayel Draco (he/they) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and storyteller. Along with Lynsey G, he is the co-founder of Oneshi Press. As the co-creator of the epic sci-fi-fantasy series Children of Gaia (COG), he wrote and illustrated COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia and co-illustrated COG: War & Horses. He has also worked on several short COG comics, with many more COG projects lined up. He’s the co-creator and illustrator of both Tracy Queen and PACK, two comic book series written by Lynsey G. He is the writer, designer, and lead illustrator of the zom-com caper comic book Mr. Guy: Zombie Hunter.

About Jayel Draco

Eva Elasigue
Eva Elasigue

Eva L. Elasigue is an eclectic science fiction fantasy author and poet, with published works ranging through various subgenres and forms, notably the novel trilogy Bones of Starlight. She works varied modes of creative expression into her life, while dedicated to the written word.

About Eva Elasigue

Erik Evjen
Erik Evjen

Erik Evjen is a native of Great Falls, Montana, and is the owner of IGRE Publishing, an independent Tabletop Gaming and Entertainment Imprint founded in 2013. As a Game Designer he works on the Sword Land RPG and Itty Bitty Quest: Chibi Fantasy Role-Playing Action games, alongside the Iellos Campaign Setting. As an author he's the writer of Songs of Ahrea, an upcoming series of novels based on the history of the world of Iellos derived from the events of years of tabletop gaming sessions in the setting.

About Erik Evjen

Deby Fredericks
Deby Fredericks

Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but thought of it as just a hobby until the late 1990s. Her first sale, a children's poem, came in 2000. Since then she has published six fantasy novels, two YA novels, short stories and poetry in magazines and independent publishers. Her current project is a fantasy novella series, Minstrels of Skaythe.

Find out more on her blog, wyrmflight.wordpress.com or her web site, debyfredericks.com

About Deby Fredericks

Manny Frishberg
Manny Frishberg

Manny Frishberg has been making up stories since he first stared out a window. He spent the first half of his life learning how to write them and the second half learning what to write about, He is now spending the third half of his life making up stories, just like when he was eight years old.

About Manny Frishberg

Julie Frost

Julie Frost is an award-winning author of every shade of speculative fiction. She lives in Utah with her family--six 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. She enjoys birding and nature photography, which also intersect. Her short fiction has appeared in Monster Hunter Files, Writers of the Future, The District of Wonders, StoryHack, Unlikely Story, Stupefying Stories, and many other venues. Her novel series, "Pack Dynamics," is published by WordFire Press. She whines about writing, a lot, at http://agilebrit.livejournal.com/

About Julie Frost

David Gerrold
David Gerrold

David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He is a classic sci-fi writer that will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre.

TV credits include episodes from Star Trek ("The Trouble With Tribbles" and "The Cloud Minders"), Star Trek Animated ("More Tribbles, More Troubles" and "Bem"), Babylon 5, Twilight Zone, Land Of The Lost, and Logan's Run.

He has won both Hugo and Nebula awards for his fiction.

About David Gerrold

Ann Gimpel
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.

About Ann Gimpel

James Glass
James Glass

Jim won the Golden pen award of wotf in 1991, has published ten novels and over sixty stories in magazines and anthologies. He is a retired physics professor and dean. His most recent novel, SYNTHS, came out in November of 2018.

About James Glass

Lynsey Griswold

Lynsey G is an award-winning writerly type with publications ranging from mainstream journalism (Rolling Stone, Playboy, Glamour) to indie comics (Tracy Queen, PACK) to fiction (Dwayne, Monkey Maids), nonfiction (Watching Porn), and beyond. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Oneshi Press, a seasoned editor for Big 5 publishers, a double Aquarius, a druid, and a veggiesaurus.

About Lynsey Griswold

Jeff Grubb
Jeff Grubb

Jeff Grubb is an author of novels, short stories, comics, and is an RPG and video game designer. Grubb worked on the Dragonlance campaign setting under Tracy Hickman, and the Forgotten Realms setting with Ed Greenwood. His written works include The Finder's Stone Trilogy, the Spelljammer and Jakandor campaign settings and contributions to Dragonlance and the computer game Guild Wars 2. He now works at Amazon Game Studios.

About Jeff Grubb

Valerie Guyant

Valerie Guyant is an Associate Professor at Montana State University Northern where she teaches a broad range of courses ranging from World Cinema to Harry Potter to Serial killers in popular culture. Her research interests include vampires, monsters, murder, mayhem, Victorian mores, fairy tales, and numerous popular culture touchstones. Her most recent two articles are on the Twilight Zone series and Shakespeare's use of folktales in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

About Valerie Guyant

Rhiannon Held
Rhiannon Held

Rhiannon Held writes urban fantasy, along with space opera and weird western (as R. Z. Held). She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. At work, she mostly uses her degree for copy-editing technical reports; in writing, she uses it for cultural world-building; in public, she'll probably use it to check the mold seams on the wine bottle at dinner.

About Rhiannon Held

Michael Hodges
Michael Hodges

“Michael Hodges is a novelist and internet personality. He’s reached 70 million people on Meta platforms since July 2022, eclipsing most TV shows in annual viewership. His nature thriller “The Puller” was optioned for film by legendary movie producer Sonny Mallhi.”

About Michael Hodges

Sierra Dawn Holt
Sierra Dawn Holt

Sierra Stoneberg Holt has a doctorate in botany that she earned in the Czech Republic. (All her classes were in Czech, but she got to defend her dissertation in English.) She's using it on a 100-year-old family ranch where she gets to practice useful skills like hand milking cows, making cheese, monitoring ecosystem health, handling cattle on horseback, producing electricity, and teaching.

About Sierra Dawn Holt

Meradeth Houston
Meradeth Houston

Meradeth Houston has been writing since she realized the sequel to a book she loved as a kid didn’t exist…and she could tell the story herself. She’s the person who got in trouble for reading her under desk in school. She’s especially attracted to stories with tweaks to the real world—a little magic, a little extra boost to science that already exists, a little something beyond our day to day reality. Her stories integrate these themes and female heroines who know how to get the job done.

About Meradeth Houston

Andrea Howe
Andrea Howe

Andrea Howe has been a professional editor since 1997, starting on her college newspaper. Since then, she has worked on hundreds of projects including novels, newsletters, textbooks, corporate documents, and children's books. Notable texts include several Dragonlance novels and Brian Rathbone's Dawning of Power series. She's happy to be back at MisCon after a pandemic-induced absence. If you see her in the halls, feel free to say hi.

About Andrea Howe

Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins is a British born comic writer who lives in Atlanta, GA. He began his career at Mirage Studios working on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jenkins has written some of the biggest characters for Marvel and DC Comics, including Spider-Man, Batman, Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, and Hellblazer. He is best known for reviving The Inhumans as part of Marvel Knights and creating the Sentry for Marvel Comics. He also writes for video games on hits like The Darkness, Incredible Hulk, and God of War.

About Paul Jenkins

GS Jennsen
GS Jennsen

G. S. JENNSEN lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with her husband and two dogs. She has become an internationally bestselling author since her first novel, Starshine, was published in 2014. While she has been a lawyer, a software engineer and an editor, she's found the life of a full-time author preferable by several orders of magnitude. When she isn't writing, she's gaming or working out or getting lost in the mountains and lakes that loom large outside the windows in her home

About GS Jennsen

Esther Jones
Esther Jones

Esther is the owner of Impulsive Walrus Books, and the co-author of the Gift of Grace series and many other short stories with her husband, Frog. Esther has always loved creating fantastical stories, characters, and paintings. She loves cooking good food, watching k-dramas, and puttering around killing plants in her garden, if she's not already too busy killing her characters

About Esther Jones

Frog Jones
Frog Jones

Frog Jones is the acquisitions editor of Impulsive Walrus books and the co-author of the Gift of Grace series, recently a featured project on the front page of Kickstarter. He has appeared in several anthologies and edited two, both published by Impulsive Walrus Books. He and his wife have been named a "Hidden Gem" by fantasybookreview.uk, and they're looking to become a little less hidden.

About Frog Jones

Kevin Kauffmann

Kevin Kauffmann is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and he isn’t too keen on playing inside the lines. That’s exactly the attitude that earned him a spot as the Narrative Director for Exfinitum, an upcoming phygital card game from Yoton Yo Studios, and he has multiple titles that will be released in 2024 through 25&Y Publishing.

About Kevin Kauffmann

Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Over the past four decades, Nebula and Stoker Award-winning writer Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold novels, novellas, and more than 400 short stories. Her works have been finalists for the World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Endeavour awards.

Nina does production work for the The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She teaches fantasy, science fiction, and horror short story classes through Wordcrafters in Eugene and Fairfield County Writers' Studio. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with two cats and a mannequin.

For a list of Nina's publications, check out: http://ofearna.us/books/hoffman.html.

About Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Sanan Kolva
Sanan Kolva

Sanan Kolva is a technical editor by day, and writer of epic and steampunk fantasy the rest of the time. She is the author of The Chosen of the Spear series and The Silverline Chronicles, and her short fiction appears in a number of anthologies. When not writing, she enjoys baking and decorating cakes. She can be found at http://sanankolva.com.

About Sanan Kolva

JM Landels
JM Landels

n addition to her work as a writer, editor, artist, and publisher, JM Landels teaches swordplay and riding - sometimes both at the same time - in Langley, BC. She draws on this experience, as well as her time as a rock musician and childbirth educator, to inform her bestselling fantasy trilogy, Allaigna's Song. She is currently working on a new series, La Bergère, featuring a shepherdess-turned-spy in seventeenth-century France.

About JM Landels

Joseph Malik
Joseph Malik

Joseph Malik is an author, adventurer, swordsman, and retired gunslinger for the Illuminati. His debut novel, Dragon’s Trail, sold over 10,000 copies in eighteen months while receiving mainstream critical acclaim, qualifying him for the 2017 and 2018 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

He has been a longtime panelist and demonstrator at science fiction and fantasy conventions, sought-after for his expertise in swordsmanship, hand combat, and warfighting, as well as his personal history of doing all his characters’ stunts–from BASE jumping to blacksmithing.

About Joseph Malik

Tod McCoy
Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in Asimov’s, Starward Tales II, The People’s Apocalypse, and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies. A Clarion West graduate and current board member, he’s the publisher behind Hydra House Books, which publishes Pacific Northwest fantasy and science fiction.

About Tod McCoy

Danith McPherson
Danith McPherson

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

About Danith McPherson

Theresa Miller
Theresa Miller

Theresa Miller lives in a small town in Idaho with four cows, three beehives, two cats, and one husband - numbers subject to change at any time. She believes in the healing magic of food, cat purrs, and human attention. In the summer you will find her outdoors - gardening, hanging out with her bees, picking huckleberries, and writing. In the winter you will find her hiding from the cold – cooking, sewing, writing, and anything else that catches her fancy and keeps her close to the woodstove.
Her first novel, a cozy mystery with magic called Mushrooms, Magic, and Murder, came out in April 2023

About Theresa Miller

John D. Nilles
John D. Nilles

John D. Nilles is a 5th generation Montanan, filmmaker, & film educator. In his over 20 years of industry experience, John has written/directed/produced countless short films, commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, music videos, & feature films. John is particularly fond of Westerns and Science Fiction. Especially when they intersect. He currently resides in Missoula, MT where he owns Shoot Montana. His latest action-adventure film, Saving For The Day, is slated for release in 2024.

About John D. Nilles

Gwendolyn Nix
Gwendolyn Nix

Gwendolyn N. Nix is the author of the Celestial Scripts trilogy, Sharks of the Wasteland, I Have Asked To Be Where No Storms Come, and the forthcoming Bone Knuckles and the Rose Scavenger. She is an editor with Aconyte Books and lives in Montana. Find her musing at gwendolynnix.com

About Gwendolyn Nix

Dakota Nyght
Dakota Nyght

Dakota Nyght (she/her) is a Developmental and Line Editor for fiction authors and heart-led entrepreneurs. With 18+ years of writing and editing experience, she blends technical writing skills with her affinity as a fellow artist in a sensitive and insightful editing style. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Montana, a Certificate in Professional Editing from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Her website is dakotanyght.com.

About Dakota Nyght

Candi Lyn Siemens

Candi Lyn SIemens is a writer and high school English teacher. In addition to winning Honorable Mention twice in the Writers of the Future contest, she has self-published a handful of short stories. Currently, you can find her on World Anvil writing and publishing her first complete novel manuscript (if she succeeds at her resolution this year).

About Candi Lyn Siemens

Dave Smeds

A Nebula Award finalist, Dave is the author of novels, short fiction, comic book scripts, and screenplays. His writing spans several sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy including sword-and-sorcery, hard sf, contemporary fantasy, superhero, martial arts, and horror.

His books include The Sorcery Within, The Schemes of Dragons, The Wizard's Nemesis, and X-Men: Law of the Jungle. Over 100 stories have appeared in magazines such as Asimov’s SF, Realms of Fantasy, F&SF, and Pulphouse, and anthologies such as Full Spectrum 4, Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn, Return to Avalon, In the Field of Fire, and many installments of the Sword & Sorceress series.

About Dave Smeds

D.L. Solum
D.L. Solum

D.L. Solum - I'm the author of the upcoming series: Persephone - A Tale of Darker Seattle.

I currently live in Seattle but will always be from Butte, Montana. I'm a lifelong collector of odd friends and odder hobbies, including – armoured medieval combat, fishing, hunting and computer games.

I run the South Seattle Fiction Writers Online group and am intermediate-level competent with the Scrivener program.

This latest obsession with writing Epic-Urban Fantasy is made possible via the encouragement and tolerance of my life-partner, Kate.

About D.L. Solum

Patrick Swenson
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. The sequel is The Ultra Big Sleep. He has sold stories to the anthology Unfettered III, 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's been a high school teacher for 35 years. He lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his son Orion.

About Patrick Swenson

Gregory Swensrud

About Gregory Swensrud

G.R. Theron

G.R. Theron is a Pacific Northwest based author and member of the Mythopoeic Society. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Ancient History and Classical Studies. His first short story, The Murder of Derek Volynsky, found in Well It’s your Cow: An Anecdotal Anthology by Impulsive Walrus Press, 2018. His short story, Blood and Ashes, was a 2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalist. He is the co-author of the Tales from the Cockerel’s Fist, a comic coming in 2022.

He cherishes the best writing advice he ever received from his grandfather; the truth should never get in the way of a good story.

About G.R. Theron

Peter Wacks
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.

About Peter Wacks

Hunter Wallace

About Hunter Wallace

Krista Wallace
Krista Wallace

Krista is a fantasy writer, musician, audiobook narrator, actor, podcaster, mother, Gran, lover of pie, dark chocolate, and fine single malt scotch. She hails from Port Coquitlam, BC, where she writes and records in a closet, and sings with the big band FAT Jazz, or her duo, the Itty Bitty Big Band. She is the author of the Gatekeeper fantasy series, Griffin and the Spurious Correlations, and short stories in Pulp Literature, Heart's Kiss, electricspec, and 49th Parallels. She can often be heard humming a tune, or tap dancing. Learn more at kristawallace.com.

About Krista Wallace

Dean Wells
Dean Wells

Dean Wells is an author, educator, and workshop leader. His published work has appeared in Queer Sci Fi, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 10Flash Quarterly, and other fine venues of speculative fiction, including the anthologies Ink, Ceaseless Steam, and The Best of BCS. He has also written for the performing arts in various media, and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association. Dean and his wife live in the Pacific Northwest with a cat, rabbits, mountain beavers, and a socially indifferent family of raccoons.

About Dean Wells

Walter Wiese

About Walter Wiese

Danica Winters
Danica Winters

About Danica Winters

Jim Wright
Jim Wright

Jim Wright is a retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer and freelance writer. He lives in Floridaa where he watches American politics in a perpetual state of amused disgust. He's been called the Tool of Satan, but he prefers the title: Satan's Designated Driver. He is the mind behind Stonekettle Station. You can follow him on Twitter @stonekettle, or you can join the boisterous bunch he hosts on Facebook at Facebook/Stonekettle. Remember to bring brownies and mind the white cat, he bites. Hard.

About Jim Wright