Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 34: Cancelled, May 22 - 25, 2020 Missoula, Montana

Writing Guests, Pros, and Panelists

MisCon 34

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.

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

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

Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs

Patty writes books. You can find a complete list of titles elsewhere. You probably don't really care where she was born [Butte, MT] or what her favorite animal is [horse]. The list of jobs she's held over the years doesn't tell you as much about Patty as it does about which jobs were available at various times in our past. I could fill pages with various facts and tallies that detail the events of her life. Instead, I'd like to tell you a bit about who she is.

About Patricia Briggs

Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series. He is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.

Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, son, and a vicious guard dog.

About Jim Butcher

Brenda Carre
Brenda Carre

Brenda’s Carre writes both long and short fiction. Her work can be found in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, Pulp Literature Magazine and in a variety of collaborative works. Brenda challenges herself to write in many genres but with a harkening to native mythologies and the ‘supernatural’ Pacific Northwest where she lives. Find her at www.brendacarre.com

About Brenda Carre

Diana Pharaoh Francis
Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis writes books of a fantastical, adventurous, and often romantic nature. Her award-nominated novels include The Path series, the Crosspointe Chronicles, the Diamond City Magic books, the Mission: Magic series, Putting the Fun in Funeral, and the Witchkin Murders. Her novels have been translated into German and French. She holds a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and literary theory, and an MA in fiction writing. She’s been teaching for more than 20 years. She’s a member of SFWA and NINC. She’s owned by two corgis and a blue healer, and likes rocks, geocaching, knotting up yarn, and has a thing for 1800s England, especially the Victorians.

About Diana Pharaoh Francis

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

Laura Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman’s work has been hailed as “a true American myth” by NPR, and praised for “deft plotting and first-class characters” by Publishers Weekly. She has won the Endeavor Award, and been shortlisted for a Nebula, (another) Endeavor, and a Washington State Book Award.

A former New Yorker, she currently lives in the PNW with two cats and many deadlines.

About Laura Gilman

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

Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris has been a published writer for over thirty-five years. She has written conventional mysteries, hard-edged mysteries, urban fantasy, and science fiction.

Her Sookie Stackhouse books were adapted to the HBO series True Blood.

Her series "Midnight, Texas" was adapted to the NBC show of the same name. It follows the lives of the strange inhabitants of a small town in the middle of nowhere, where the concept of normal is relative. A haven for vampires, witches, psychics, hit men, and others with extraordinary backgrounds, Midnight gives outsiders a place to belong.

About Charlaine Harris

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

Andrea Howe
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.

About Andrea Howe

Jeff Howe
Jeff Howe

For more than 20 years, Jeff worked in publishing, focusing on newspapers, magazines, blogs, and newsletters in such diverse subjects as aviation and aerospace, sports, automotive, and the outdoors. From staff writer to editor, Jeff has worked across all facets of publication production on a national and international scale.

About Jeff Howe

Esther Jones

Esther has always loved creating fantasies, but only began writing with Frog after winning a short story contest in 2011. She is the owner and president of Impulsive Walrus Books, and the author of many short stories and novels. By day, Esther is a legal assistant editing others' work, but by night she's an author that has also ghost-written for blogs, movie reviews, and many other sites. She loves cooking good food, Asian pop-culture, and puttering around killing plants in her garden, if she's not already too busy killing her characters.
In order to prove to herself that she could still write a short story, she set

About Esther Jones

Frog Jones
Frog Jones

Frog Jones co-writes the Gift of Grace series alongside his wife Esther. The two of them have numerous short stories published in numerous anthologies, including the recently released "Straight Outta Deadwood" from Baen Books. Frog Jones is also the acquisitions editor for Impulsive Walrus Books, and the editor of the now-infamous "Well...It's Your Cow" anthology.

About Frog Jones

CthulhuBob Lovely
CthulhuBob Lovely

I help run MisCon, which occurs each year on Memorial Day Weekend in Missoula, Montana, thanks to the wonderful people who make it happen.
I run games, primarily Call of Cthulhu, GURPS and other Steve Jackson Games products and various games from Cheapass Games.
As a semi-professional nerd, I believe geekery and gaming can have positive effects on math, reading and writing, and social interaction skills as well as family togetherness.

About CthulhuBob Lovely

Charles MaClay

Charles Maclay is a short story author with an MFA in genre fiction writing from Western Colorado University. He is also an aspiring novelist and script writer, specializing in sci-fi, urban fantasy, and high fantasy. When he isn't writing, he enjoys board games, D&D, skiing, X-wing miniatures, and shooter and strategy video games.

His short urban fantasy story “Beer with Friends” will be published in the Monsters Movies, and Mayhem anthology this July. His upcoming projects include a comedy script featuring a clone with an identity crisis, and a high fantasy series where powerful mages compete for world domination.

About Charles MaClay

Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce Reynolds-Ward is a speculative fiction writer who splits her time between Enterprise and Portland, Oregon. Her short stories include appearances in Well…It’s Your Cow, Children of a Different Sky, Allegory, River, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine, as well as on Curious Fictions. Her books include Shadow Harvest, Pledges of Honor (2018 Self Published Fantasy BlogOff Semifinalist), Challenges of Honor, Choices of Honor, and Klone’s Stronghold. Joyce has edited two anthologies, Pulling Up Stakes (2018), and Whimsical Beasts (2019).

About Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Janna Silverstein

In third grade, Janna Silverstein edited her class newspaper and has been telling writers what to do ever since. She has worked for nearly three decades as an editor and writer in book publishing and gaming, at companies including Bantam Books, Wizards of the Coast, Night Shade Books, and Kobold Press. Her own writing has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and in several anthologies. She recently edited the second edition of the award-winning Kobold Guide to Game Design. She is also a jeweler. She lives in Seattle with two cats and many, many books.

About Janna Silverstein

Brooke Stanley
Brooke Stanley

Brooke H. Stanley, RN is modern day Bard. Scrapping, skulking and schmoozing are reoccurring themes in his as yet never ending story. With Bachelors degrees in English and Nursing as well a fist full of apparently useless graduate work he is both over educated and very friendly. Stanley has been burned, shot and driven for spymasters and U. S. Presidents. In 2016, he was named Arctic Logistics Officer for Team Monkey, an international research organization devoted to the advancement of Anthropoid/Simian commensalism (for realsies!) He has a lovely singing voice and likes both cats and dogs equally.

About Brooke Stanley

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

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

Krista Wallace
Krista Wallace

Krista is a writer, musician and actor. She writes novel length and short fiction, primarily in the fantasy genre, but some of work turns out to be science fiction, romance, or even crime. She writes in a closet in Port Coquitlam, BC. She has stories published in Pulp Literature magazine, electricspec.org, Heart's Kiss magazine, and the Aurora nominated anthology 49th Parallels.

About Krista Wallace