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2019 speakers

2019 conference keynote and featured speakers

Featured Keynote:
Greg Bear is the author of KILLING TITAN (Orbit 2015 - sequel to WAR DOGS), HULL ZERO THREE (Orbit 2010), CITY AT THE END OF TIME (Del Rey 2009), MARIPOSA (Perseus paperback November 2010), HALO: CRYPTUM, HALO: PRIMORDIUM, and HALO: SILENTIUM (Tor, 2011, 2012, and 2013). He's the father of two young writers, Erik and Alexandra, and is married to Astrid Anderson Bear, who has written for SAN DIEGO NOIR.

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Jessica Brody is the author of more than 17 novels for teens, tweens, and adults including The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Better You Than Me, the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy, and the forthcoming Sky Without Stars (a sci-fi reimagining of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, co-written with Joanne Rendell), coming March 26, 2019. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants and the LEGO Disney Princess chapter books. Jessica’s first non-fiction book, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel (a plotting guide for novelists) released in October 2018. Jessica’s books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and two are currently in development as major motion pictures.  She lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, OR

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.


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Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over: Houston, New York, London, Prague. Along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kim Hornsby is an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, having shared space on the top five bestseller list with J.D. Robb and Nicolas Sparks. Kim's Dream Jumper Series is optioned for film with the first movie to be THE DREAM JUMPER' PROMISE which won the Chanticleer Paranormal Mystery Thriller Award, was nominated as Best Indie First Book and was a finalist in the Rone Awards. Her screenplay for that book is a multi-award winner. Her Romantic Suspense, Necessary Detour, has reached top 5 in all Kindle Store.
In her former life, Kim taught scuba in Fiji and Hawaii, as a singer opened shows for Jay Leno and Maya Angelou, once found a boa constrictor under her bed, has taken supplies to remote Nicaraguan villages, sang on 60 Minutes, scuba dived with dolphins, whales and sharks and was the host of an international infommercial. These days she writes books outside Seattle, overlooking a tree-lined lake.

Featured Speaker:
Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of The Tracy Crosswhite series, My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing, and The Trapped Girl. The Crosswhite Series has sold more than 2,000,000 books and My Sister’s Grave has been option for television series development. He is also the author of the best-selling David Sloane series, The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm Murder One and The Conviction, and the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon, a 2017 finalist for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for best novel, The Cyanide Canary, A Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and several short stories. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction, and the Friends of Mystery, Spotted Owl Award for the best novel in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two time finalist for the International Thriller Writers award and the Mystery Writers of America Award for best novel. His David Sloane novels have twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for legal fiction. His books are sold world-wide in more than 25 countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Featured Speaker:
Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. His agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996),Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009) , The Breakout Novelist (2011) and Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012). He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Doug Walsh is the bestselling author of The Walkthrough: Insider Tales From a Life in Strategy Guides, a memoir about his eighteen years in the video game industry. He's also written the award-winning novel, Tailwinds Past Florence, a road-tripping love story with a magical twist, inspired by the two years he spent cycling the world. Additional credits include over one hundred official guidebooks for Penguin imprint, BradyGames, and the travel memoir One Lousy Pirate. His work has also appeared in Adventure Cyclist.

Originally from New Jersey, he now resides in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state where, when not working on his next book, he can be found biking and hiking the many trails surrounding his home.

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Donna Cameron’s latest book, A YEAR OF LIVING KINDLY, was named by Kirkus Reviews a Best Book of 2018. It also won a Gold “IPPY,” placed first in the Eric Hoffer Awards, and was shortlisted for the Montaigne Medal, recognizing the most thought-provoking books of the year. She has been writing since a pencil was first placed in her (left) hand. Throughout her career working with nonprofit organizations and causes, Donna honed her craft through storytelling for clients and for herself. Her articles and essays have been published widely and she is the recipient of multiple writing awards. Donna takes no credit for the actual cover design of her book, but she allows that her clear vision for it and her dogged persistence helped lead to its being named the Best Nonfiction Book Cover of 2018 by American Bookfest. She lives with her husband in a suburb of Seattle.

Featured Speaker:

Avis M. Adams, a Pacific Northwest native, writes YA, middle grade, picture books, and poetry. She has been a finalist in the PNWA Literary Contest twice, in the picture book and YA categories. She had published many poems, has won several poetry awards. Her chapbook, Quilcene, was released from Finishing Line Press in June 2019. She is an English Instructor at Green River College in Washington State, where she teaches writing, creative or otherwise.




 

 

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