Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dragon*Con: Part I -- Attending Authors

Hello Beardies,

Yesterday I opened my mailbox to find the Dragon*Con Program Booklet lying there in wait... and I had to share with you some of its contents.  I will be doing it in stages to keep the posts from getting lengthy, so I appreciate the patience :)

{Written Information taken directly from the program with no intention to infringe upon any copyrights; images of authors taken from various web sources, also with no intention to infringe upon copyrights.}

Attending Authors*:



Kevin J. Anderson, the number one international bestselling author of nearly a hundred novels, is best known for his Dune novels co-authored with Brian Herbert, his Star Wars and X-Files novels, and his Saga of the Seven Suns series.


Laurell K. Hamilton's writing is characterized by vivid prose, erotic sensuality, complex character and world building.  Laurell is a regular on the New York Times Bestseller List with both her series: Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Meredith Gentry: Fairy Princess/Private Eye.


Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot on The New York Times Bestseller List sixteen times in the past three years--both as an adult and YA fiction author. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 30 million copies of her books in print in over 100 countries, her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Chronicles of Nick, and Belador. Since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga. Her Lords of Avalon have been adapted to comics and graphic novels by Marvel and her Chronicles of Nick will soon be a major motion picture. Additionally, her Dark-Hunters have been optioned for an upcoming television series.


Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling novelist, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer.



Todd Johnson McCaffrey has written eight books in the Pern universe, both solo and in collaboration with his mother, Anne McCaffrey.  He is currently working on several non-Pern projects, including the long-awaited City of Angels.


Rebecca Moesta has written the Young Jedi Knights series and the Crystal Doors Trilogy with her husband, Kevin J. Anderson.  She has also written comics and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel.


Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as "spoiling cats."  When not engaged in this worthy purpose, she has published more than thirty-eight books and over a hundred short stories.  Her latest books are A Forthcoming Wizard (Tor Books) and Myth-Fortunes (Wildside Press), co-written with the late Robert Asprin.


R. A. Salvatore is this year's Literary Guest of Honor, and one of the fantasy genre's most successful authors.  He enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following.  His books regularly appear on The New York Times Bestseller lists and have sold more than fifteen-million copies.



Brandon Winn Sanderson's fantasy novels include the Mistborn books, The Way of Kings, and Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, among others.  He is completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series; the final volume, A Memory of Light, will be released in 2012.  Brandon also teaches Creative Writing at Brigham Young University.


Michael A. Stackpole is a fantasy and sci-fi novelist, game designer, and Skeptic who knows how to dance.


S. M. Stirling was born, France 1953.  Best known works are the Change/Emberverse novels: Dies the Fire, The Protector's War, A Meeting at Corvallis, The Sunrise Lands, The Scourge of God, The Sword of the Lady, The High King of Montival, The Tears of the Sun, and Lord of Mountains.

Janny Wurts is a professional author, with fifteen published novels, a short story collection, and a trilogy in collaboration with Raymond Feist.  She is also a fantasy artist and cover illustrator, with a painting on display in the collection of the Delaware Art Museum.


Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has published in many genres including science fiction, fantasy, mystery, young adult, western, and horror.  She is a Grand Master of the World Horror Convention, a Living Legend of the International Horror Guild, and has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association.





There you have it!  I am fortunate enough for Dragon*Con to be hosted in my current location of Atlanta, Georgia (August 31 - September 3).  For all of you who are planning to attend, I hope to see you there; for those of you who are not attending, you will be missed!   :)

Even though I will be posting more information in the near future, if you care for more information about Dragon*Con, visit the event website.  There you will find a complete list of special guests, full event schedule, and a list of workshops to attend.


Happy Scribing,








* A few more authors have been added to Dragon*Con's guest list since the Program was printed.  For a complete, up to date list, click here.
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