First Wave of 2017 Panelist Guests Posted!

The first wave of Imaginarium 2017 guests and panelists is posted, with many, many more to come in the weeks and months ahead, so check back regularly!  Many favorites are returning along with many panelists making their first Imaginarium appearance!  All will be a part of the most extensive programming we’ve had yet, as the nation’s premier creative writing convention takes another great step forward in its 4th year.

From networking, to learning, to having fun among creative individuals, Imaginarium will have more than ever to offer authors, editors, publishers, screenwriters, game designers, comic creators, filmmakers, musicians and other creative professionals!  Coming October 6-8 in Louisville, Kentucky! http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/guests-for-2017/

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces New York Times/USA Today Bestselling Author Teresa Reasor as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Teresa Reasor as an Imaginator Guest!  Her Military Romance series, the Seal Team Heartbreakers, has spread her name wide among romance readers, and she also has written in the genres of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and historical romance.  With short stories and even children’s literature to her credit, Teresa is a writer with the kind of range that Imaginarium Convention reflects in its extensive programming.  We are very honored and excited to have Teresa with us this year as an Imaginator Guest!

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About Teresa Reasor:  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Teresa Reasor was born in Southeastern Kentucky, but grew up a Marine Corps brat. The love of reading instilled in her in Kindergarten at Parris Island, South Carolina made books her friends during the many transfers her father’s military career entailed. The transition from reading to writing came easily to her and she penned her first book in second grade. But it wasn’t until 2007 that her first published work was released.

After twenty-one years as an Art Teacher and ten years as a part time College Instructor, she’s now retired and living her dream as a full time Writer.

Her body of work includes both full-length novels and shorter pieces in many different genres, Military Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Children’s Books.

 

About Imaginator Guests: Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops. For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces Award-winning author Gary A. Braunbeck as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce award-winning, multi-genre author Gary A. Braunbeck as an Imaginator guest! With 19 books, over 200 short stories, and genres spanning from mysteries, to thrillers, to science fiction, fantasy, horror and mainstream literature, Gary’s work exemplifies award-winning achievement and dedication to the craft of writing. An adjunct professor at Seton Hill University and frequent host of workshops and seminars, Gary is also an outstanding writing instructor who has always been willing to help other writers on their path. Imaginarum Convention is elated to have Gary joining us for our 4th year and our attendees will see why he is a perfect fit for a convention all about creative writing!

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About Gary A. Braunbeck: Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications. Some of his most popular stories are mysteries that have appeared in the Cat Crimes anthology series.

He was born in Newark, Ohio; this city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in many of his stories. The Cedar Hill stories are collected in Graveyard People and Home Before Dark.

His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction in 2003 for “Duty” and in 2005 for “We Now Pause for Station Identification”; his collection Destinations Unknown won a Stoker in 2006. His novella “Kiss of the Mudman” received the International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction in 2005.

As an editor, Gary completed the latest installment of the Masques anthology series created by Jerry Williamson, Masques V, after Jerry became too ill to continue.

He also served a term as president of the Horror Writers Association. He is married to Lucy Snyder, a science fiction/fantasy writer, and they reside together in Columbus, Ohio.

Gary is an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, where he teaches in an innovative Master’s degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.

His nonfiction writing book Fear In A Handful Of Dust: Horror As A Way Of Life has been used as a text by several college writing classes. Gary has taught writing seminars and workshops around the country on topics such as short story writing, characterization, and dialogue.

 

 

About Imaginator Guests: Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops. For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Welcomes Bestselling Fantasy Author C.S. Marks as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to welcome bestselling fantasy author C.S. Marks as an Imaginator Guest.  With an extensive academic background and a celebrated fantasy series that established C.S. as one of the most successful independent authors in speculative fiction, she is a fantastic guest who embodies the spirit of what Imaginarium Convention is all about.  From publishing to writing, to her extensive equestrian background, C.S. will bring great insights to our celebrated programming in the nation’s premier convention about creative writing.

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About C.S. Marks: 

C.S. Marks has often been described as a Renaissance woman. Artist, songwriter, author, illustrator, educator, field biologist, and avid horsewoman, Chris holds a BS in Zoology from Butler, a MA in Zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a PhD in Life Sciences from Indiana State University.

Dr. Marks recently retired from SMWC, where she served as chair of Equine Studies for over twenty years, attaining the rank of Full Professor and earning the Pomeroy award for excellence in teaching. She is now in demand as a lecturer and presenter at conventions, academic fairs, equestrian events, and publishing workshops.

She has competed both nationally and internationally in the sport of endurance riding. One of only a handful of Americans to have completed the grueling “Tom Quilty” Australian National Championship hundred-mile ride, she has described that moment as her “finest hour.”

The child of an English professor, she has always loved classic literature as well as epic fantasy, and decided to try her hand at writing and illustrating an epic series. The result: The very successful Elfhunter trilogy (Parthian Press), which has sold over 50,000 copies both in print and e-book form. This epic trilogy has garnered awards (Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy, Best Series) and over 200 reviews. She is now hard at work on an exciting new Alterran series, the Undiscovered Realms.

 

Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops.  For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces Award-winning Mystery Author Abigail Keam as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce award-winning mystery author Abigail Keam as one of our Imaginator Guests!  With the bestselling Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series, Abigail has become a great indie author success story and we are thrilled to have her joining us for the 4th year of the nation’s premier creative writing convention.  From the craft of writing to her insights on the business aspects of a writer’s life, Abigail will have a lot to share with our attendees this year!

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About Abigail:  Abigail Keam is an award-winning author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery series about a beekeeper turned sleuth. She also writes an ebook epic fantasy series – The de Magela Saga.

DEATH BY A HONEYBEE won the 2010 Gold Medal Award for Women’s Lit from Reader’s Favorite and was a Finalist of the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books of 2011.

DEATH BY DROWNING won the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth and also was placed on the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books of 2011 as a Finalist.

Ms. Keam is also an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.

She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.

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For further information on Imaginarium Convention, to register, or to reserve expo space, please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com

 

 

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces 5 Time Bram Stoker Award-winning Author Lucy A. Snyder as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce 5 time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lucy A. Snyder as an Imaginator Guest! From her novels, to her works in short fiction and non-fiction, and being a faculty member of Seton Hall University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction, Lucy is one of the nation’s top talents in the world of creative writing. Imaginarium is thrilled to have her as an Imaginator Guest this coming year!

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About Lucy A. Snyder: Lucy A. Snyder is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author. She wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, the non-fiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger.

Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Steampunk World, Shadowed Souls, and Best Horror of the Year. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is faculty in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.

 

Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops.  For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Hugo Award-winning Author Jim C. Hines as an Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2016 is very proud to welcome Hugo Award-winning author Jim C. Hines to the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. From his popular Magic Ex Libris novels, to his short fiction that has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies, to his blogging, Jim is a fantastic writer whose expertise in many areas reflects the kind of well-rounded writing event that Imaginarium is! We are thrilled to have him with us as one of our Imaginator Guests!

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About Jim C. Hines:
Jim C. Hines’ first novel was Goblin Quest, the humorous tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After finishing the goblin trilogy, he went on to write the Princess series of fairy tale retellings and the Magic ex Libris books, a modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He’s also the author of the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies.

Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English, and lives with his wife and two children in mid-Michigan. You can find him online at www.jimchines.com.

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Award-Winning Publisher, Editor and Writer Jason Sizemore as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2016 is proud to welcome award-winning publisher, editor and writer Jason Sizemore as an Imaginator Guest this October 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The founder of Apex Book Company, Jason is one of the best in the business when it comes to the book publishing world and his participation in Imaginarium will be a fantastic opportunity for attendees to meet and learn from a true maverick and visionary in the industry. An exceptional writer and three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, Jason’s range of talent and experience will be a wonderful addition to the 2016 event!

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About Jason Sizemore: 

Raised in the Appalachian hills of southeastern Kentucky, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, a writer, and operates the science fiction, fantasy, and horror press Apex Publications. He is the author of the collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts Irredeemable and the tell-all creative fiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher. Jason currently works as the editor-in-chief of the award-winning genre zine Apex Magazine.

Miscellaneous Sizemore facts: Left-handed, blue eyes, super nerd, proud hillbilly with accompanying accent, partially colorblind, near-sighted, and an unrepentant fan of pumpkin spice.

 

Visit Jason’s official site at: http://www.jason-sizemore.com

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes NYT Bestselling Author Elizabeth Bevarly as Imaginator Guest

Imaginarium 2016 is proud to welcome NYT bestselling author Elizabeth Bevarly as one of our Imaginator guests! An author of romance and women’s fiction with over seventy books to her credit, Elizabeth is also a screenwriter and will be a wonderful guest to have with us this coming October 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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About Elizabeth: Elizabeth Bevarly is the New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy books whose novels have been translated into two dozen languages and published in three dozen countries. Currently, she writes romance for Harlequin and women’s fiction for Berkley Trade. More recently, she’s turned her efforts to screenwriting and, with her writing partner Lorena Peter, has completed four scripts—the latest of which is in the process of being shopped around. She has called home places as exotic as San Juan, Puerto Rico and Haddonfield, New Jersey, but currently lives and works back in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. When she’s not writing, she’s making soup or scones from whatever she digs out of the freezer or binge-watching British and Canadian TV shows on Netflix. She is thrilled to be returning to Imaginarium for another visit.

For further information on Imaginarium, please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com

Bram Stoker Award-winner and 2015 Imaginator Michael Knost to Launch New Marketing Book at Imaginarium 2015!

Imaginarium 2015 will feature the launching of the latest book from Bram Stoker Award-winner and spotlighted 2015 Imaginator Michael Knost… Author’s Guide to Marketing With Teeth addresses the realms of marketing for today’s author and features input from superstars like Charlaine Harris, Diana Gabaldon, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy A. Snyder, Kevin J. Anderson and Dan Poynter.

We are very proud to be the site for the launch of this very beneficial new book for writers.

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