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Janet Scott Batchler:Janet Scott Batchler is a writing professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, a screenwriter with numerous Hollywood credits (POMPEII, SMOKE AND
MIRRORS, BATMAN FOREVER, amoung other projects), and author of What Will Harry Do?: The Unofficial Guide to Payoffs and Possibilities in Book 7.
Additionally, Janet appeared as a guest expert in The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter, a 2007 special on
the A & E network, currently offered as a DVD Extra on the DVD release of Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix.
Janet will be joining us as part of our Keynote Luncheon event.
Janet's Page on IMDB
What Will Harry Do? on Amazon.com
Zoraida Córdova: Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. Her favorite things are sparkly like merdudes, Christmas, and New York City at night.
"As I wrote about punk rock Latin girls and the love lives of college chicks, I kept going back to this fantastically sparkly corner in my brain. (Really, it shows up on CAT scans.) My fantastical creatures were suddenly more real than everything else I was writing. They had the same problems, only with life or death situations putting a greater sense of urgency on everybody’s actions. I attribute this to my love of mythology, folklore, Star Wars, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
During a recent NaNoWriMo, I gave the final push and finished it. My agent sold it. And I suddenly I find myself with so many social networking portals, I feel like Alice poking her head around in Wonderland.
The stories you will read from me are my wonderlands. Welcome. Feel free to roam around."
John Granger: Described by TIME as the “Dean of Harry Potter Scholars,” John Granger has been writing and speaking about the artistry and meaning of Joanne Rowling’s Hogwarts Adventures since 2002. In all that time, he has consistently been ahead of the pack in understanding and explaining why readers love the Potter Saga.
John’s insights about Harry Potter have been published by Tyndale, Penguin Books, and Zossima Press. In addition to How Harry Cast His Spell, Granger is the author of Unlocking Harry Potter: Seven Keys for the Serious Reader, The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains the Final Harry Potter Adventure, and Harry Potter’s Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures.
John will be joining us as part of our Keynote Luncheon event. And look for John's additional presentation later in the weekend at MISTI-Con: The Lords of the Ring: Ancient and Modern Classic Texts that Rowl in Circles like Harry Potter.
Amanda Havard: Amanda Havard thinks in stories. She writes books and songs, tells stories to people over coffee or in elaborate iPad apps. Stories are her life. She is the author of the supernatural young adult series, The Survivors, a transmedia franchise with an online following of 4 million readers. THE SURVIVORS: POINT OF ORIGIN is her second novel, and is an amalgamation of all of her storytelling love combined. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, a place where creativity drips from the sap of the trees, radiates from the attitude of the population, and seeps from the concrete. The inventor of the Immersedition, patent-pending interactive book, an app that reinvents the reading experience, Havard is always looking for the next best story and the most innovative way to tell it.
Follow The Survivors Series:
www.thesurvivorsseries.com - www.twitter.com/SurvivorsSeries - www.facebook.com/TheSurvivors
Leanna Renee Hieber: Leanna is a classically trained actress, playwright, and the award winning, nationally bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens: the Strangely Beautiful series, the Magic Most Foul series, and the forthcoming Eterna Files saga from Tor/Macmillan. She is a four-time Prism Award winner (twice for Best Fantasy, Best First Book, Best Novella), awarded by the national Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of the RWA as well as the recipient of many other genre awards and nominations. Her Gothic debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes and Noble's mass market and overall bestseller lists and is currently in development as a musical theatre production in New York. Her novel Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, is an Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association and a Scholastic Book Fairs "highly recommended" title. Her books have been translated into many languages and selected for national book club editions. She lives in New York City with her real-life hero and maintains a rigorous convention schedule where she channels Narcissa Malfoy whenever she can. A proud Slytherin and member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild, she works often in film and television and is playing the role of Deputy Kellion in the wizarding web series AUROR'S TALE.
Alethea Kontis: New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales.Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops series of picture books. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, including The Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013. Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea now lives in Northern Virginia with her Fairy Godfamily. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie. You can find Princess Alethea online at: www.aletheakontis.com.
Cecilia Tan: Cecilia Tan is the author of over a dozen novels including The Siren and the Sword, The Prince's Boy, and Slow Surrender. Her short stories have appeared everywhere from Ms. Magazine to Asimov's. She is also the founder of Circlet Press. In her 20 years publishing professionally her work has spanned many genres, including romance, fantasy, erotica, space opera, literary fiction, and baseball, proving she will write anything she is passionate about. She was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT Writers in 2010.