New York Times bestselling author Elaine Cunningham lives in a fantasy world. Several of them, in fact: In addition to her extensive travels through the Forgotten Realms, she has written in the Star Wars extended universe, Pathfinder Tales, EverQuest, Ravenloft, Spelljammer, and made minor incursions into a few others. Her Tales of Sevrin novellas are set in a world of her own creation, as are the stories in her short fiction collection Just Keep Weaving. Elaine has also written urban fantasy; Shadows in the Starlight, the second book in her Changeling Detective series, was included on the 2008 Kirkus list of 10 Best Sci-Fi Books. Her publications include over 20 novels, about three dozen short stories, and a graphic novel. For more information about her books, please visit her author website, www.elainecunningham.com.
Michael J Sullivan
After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night and a shot rang out. He was just eight years old at the time. But the desire to fill the blank page and see what doors the typewriter keys would unlock wouldn't let him go. For ten years Michael developed his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck...just to name a few. During that time he wrote twelve novels, and after finding no traction in publishing, he quit and vowed never to write creatively again.
Michael discovered that never is a very long time, and he ended his hiatus from writing after a decade. The itch returned when he decided to create a series of books for his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who was struggling in school due to dyslexia.
Michael is one of the few authors who have successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big six. He has been named to io9's Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors list as well as making #6 on EMG's 25 Self Published Authors to Watch. As of January 2013, he has sold more than 250,000 books, been translated to 14 languages, and has had books appear on more than 65 "best of" or "most anticipated" lists including:
* 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Theft of Swords
Today, Michael continues to fill blank pages and has several projects under development: Antithesis (modern fantasy), and The First Empire(traditional fantasy). He also has three releases scheduled including: The Crown Tower (Orbit, Aug 2013), The Rose and Thorn (Orbit, Sep 2013), and Hollow World (Self-published, Jan 2014)
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Renee Witterstaetter is the author of "Excess: The Art of Michael Golden," "Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira," "Nick Cardy: The Artist at War," "Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan," "Kerry and the Scary Things," "Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash," and much more.
Renee began the comic phase of her career working on such titles as Superman at DC Comics and Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian and Conan Saga at Marvel, then going on to spearhead the reintroduction of She-Hulk at Marvel to boot. She then moved over to Topps Comics where she was the editor on X-Files, Jurassic Park, Xena and Hercules and the co-creator—with artist Michael Golden-- of the successful series, Spartan X.
Her newest books include "Santa Confidential," by Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Brown.
In addition, Renee has also been the colorist on hundreds of comics from the Avengers to Spider-man to Captain America among many, many more. Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies Crime Story, Rush Hour Two, Red Dragon , and To ease the lose, among others.
A member of the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan, in addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Little Eva Ink Toys. Renee is also currently working in artist management via Eva Ink Artist Group, and is the co-producer of the a DVD series highlighting creatives in many fields.
In her not so abundant free time, she fishes, dances and is also curating several major art exhibits in the United States and in Europe.
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Brandon Sanderson was born in December 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested for him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This all changed in eighth grade when an astute teacher, Mrs. Reader, gave Brandon Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. Brandon thoroughly enjoyed this book, and went in search of anything similar. He discovered such authors as Robert Jordan, Melanie Rawn, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and Orson Scott Card. Brandon continued to be an avid reader through junior high and high school. He liked epic fantasy so much that he even tried his hand at writing some. His first attempts, he says, were dreadful.
In 1994 Brandon enrolled at Brigham Young University as a biochemistry major. From 1995 to 1997 he took time away from his studies to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brandon often says that it was during this time in Seoul, Korea that he realized that he didn’t miss chemistry one bit, but he did miss writing. Upon his return to BYU, Brandon became an English major, much to the dismay of his mother, who had always hoped he would become a doctor.
Brandon began writing in earnest, taking a job as the night desk clerk at a hotel because they allowed him to write while at work. During this era he went to school full time during the day, worked nights to pay for his schooling, and wrote as much as he could. He says it made for a rather dismal social life, but he finished seven novels during his undergraduate years. Brandon submitted many manuscripts for publication . . . and accumulated quite a pile of rejection letters. In spite of this he continued to be a dedicated writer.
Volunteering for The Leading Edge, BYU’s science fiction/fantasy magazine, was a wonderful experience for Brandon. He read many submissions, formed some lifelong friendships, and served as Editor in Chief during his senior year.
Brandon learned much about the business side of being a writer by taking a class from David Farland, author of the popular Runelords series. One piece of advice Dave gave Brandon was to attend conventions, such as Worldcon and World Fantasy, in order to connect with industry professionals. Brandon and a small group of friends who were also aspiring writers began to do so. He eventually met both his current agent and one of his editors at conventions.
It was in 2003, while Brandon was in the middle of a graduate program at BYU, that he got a call from editor Moshe Feder at Tor, who wanted to buy one of Brandon’s books. Brandon had submitted the manuscript a year and a half earlier, and had almost given up on hearing anything, so he was surprised and delighted to receive the offer. In May 2005 Brandon held his first published novel, Elantris, in his hands. Over the next few years, Tor also published Brandon’s Mistborn trilogy, its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings, the first in a projected ten-volume series called The Stormlight Archive. Other projects continue to be in the works.
In 2004 after graduating with his Master’s degree in creative writing from Brigham Young University, Brandon was asked to teach the class he had taken as an undergraduate student from Dave Farland. In spite of his busy schedule, Brandon continues to teach this one section of creative writing focused on science fiction and fantasy because he enjoys helping aspiring writers. It also gets him out of the house, he says. Additionally, along with Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Dan Wells, he hosts the doubly Hugo-nominated writing advice podcast Writing Excuses, which has twice won a Parsec Award.
In July 2006 Brandon married Emily Bushman. Emily and Brandon ran in many of the same circles at BYU during their student days, since Emily majored in English as well. They never met, however, until a mutual friend set them up on a date in 2005. Emily had spent seven years as a teacher, but chose to quit with the birth of their first child in October 2007. Emily now works from home part time as Brandon’s business manager.
Brandon’s repertoire expanded into the children’s market when Scholastic published Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a middle-grade novel, in October 2007. Nancy Pearl gave this book a very favorable review on National Public Radio, which pleased Sanderson fans. Three more volumes of the series have been released so far. Brandon also moved into the young adult market in 2013, when The Rithmatist was released by Tor and Steelheart will come out from Delacorte.
Brandon’s focus has always been novels, but he has published some short fiction as well. Novelettes “Defending Elysium” and “Firstborn” were released in 2008, and in 2011 Brandon’s novella Infinity Blade: Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Subterranean Press released the novella Legion in 2012, and Tachyon Press released The Emperor’s Soul that year as well.
In December 2007 Brandon was chosen by Harriet McDougal Rigney to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series after his untimely passing. 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final volume in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013.
The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings and was on the short list again in 2012 for The Alloy of Law. He has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Epic Fantasy twice and has been nominated three other years. He was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has hit the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best-Seller List six times, with both Wheel of Time books hitting the #1 spot. Towers of Midnight was on the list for a Wheel of Time record eighteen straight weeks. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians was optioned for film by DreamWorks Animation, Mistborn was optioned by Paloppa Pictures, Legion was optioned by Lionsgate, and Steelheart was optioned by FilmEngine. A Mistborn video game, Mistborn: Birthright, will be released by Little Orbit in 2014 for multiple platforms, and the tabletop RPG Mistborn Adventure Game was released by Crafty Games in 2012. Brandon’s books have been published in over 20 languages, and he has won Spain’s UPC Science Fiction Award.
Margaret Killjoy is a nomadic author, editor, anarchist, and activist. He is the founder and current editor of SteamPunk Magazine as well as the author of A Steampunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse, the choose-your-own-adventure book What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower, and Mythmakers & Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction. He publishes with the zine-publishing group Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness as well as the collectively-run genre fiction publisher Combustion Books. He speaks and writes about the social significance of fiction and the rich political history of steampunk as both a genre and an emerging culture.
CJ Henderson is the creator of both the Piers Knight supernatural investigator series and the Teddy London occult detective series, as well as many more. He has written hundreds and hundreds of short stories and comics, as well as thousand of non-fiction pieces over his 35 years as a published author.
He will be premiering several new books at ConnectiCon this year, including the long awaited Radio City Knight, the third book in the Piers Knight series.
For the gamers in attendance, he will also be GMing his latest tabletop Cthulhu game. Since he's the HP Lovecraft estate's choice to continue the master's work, he just might know what he's doing.
So, come to his panel Abuse the Author (it should be on the schedule) and learn all you can about writing, listen to him read stories, meet him at his table in Artist's Alley, or if you want to be prepared, go to his website www.cjhenderson.com and read the free short stories, browse the FAQ or the news, or whatever. Then, be prepared to meet one of the finest writers of our time, a prince among men, a shining symbol of all that is right and good, the man about whom Time Magazine said "Huh, who?"
Bringing a good cigar to him at his table, or anything with bacon, could possibly make you a friend for life.