Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Welcomes New York Times Best Selling Thriller/Mystery Author John Gilstrap as Guest of Honor!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce New York Times Best Selling Thriller/Mystery Author John Gilstrap as our Guest of Honor! With numerous best selling novels and several Hollywood screenplay adaptations to his credit, John will be a tremendous addition to the Imaginarium Convention family October 6-8, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Louisville Kentucky! We are very honored and excited to have John as our Guest of Honor!

Bio: John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Final Target, Friendly Fire, Nick of Time, Against All Enemies, End Game, Soft Targets, High Treason, Damage Control, Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan’s Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. Four of his books have been purchased or optioned for the Big Screen. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He will co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom, which should begin filming in 2017.

A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, weapons systems, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. John lives in Fairfax, VA.

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

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 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 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Teresa Reasor as Guest!

Imaginarium 2016 is very proud to welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Teresa Reasor as a guest to  the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. With an extensive body of writing work that spans Military Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Historical Romance and Children’s Books, Teresa exemplifies the spirit of Imaginarium in its embrace of all genres of writing. We are very excited to have Teresa with us and she will make a fantastic addition to our extensive programming offered in Imaginarium 2016!

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About Teresa: 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 reader to writer came easily and she was a closet novelist for many years until 2007 when her first book was published.

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.

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Bestselling and Award-winning Author Abigail Keam as Author Guest

Imaginarium 2016 is very proud to welcome bestselling and award-winning author Abigail Keam as a guest to  the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  With her highly-successful Josiah Reynolds Mystery series, Abigail is a wonderful example of an indie author who has achieved success in the difficult world of book publishing.  A gifted writer in mystery, romance, and fantasy with a keen understanding of today’s indie climate, Abigail is a great addition to Imaginarium Convention’s programming and we are very excited to have her with us!

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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 Epic Fantasy series, the Princess Maura Saga, and the Last Chance For Love Romance series.

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 List of 2011.

DEATH BY DROWNING won the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth from Reader’s Favorite and also was placed on the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List 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.

Visit Abigail online at: www.abigailkeam.com

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes USA Today Bestselling Author Dan Jolley as Author Guest

Imaginarium 2016 is very proud to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author Dan Jolley as a guest to  the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  Writer of the world-wide bestselling game Dying Light and with credits that include writing comics, novels, and children’s books, Dan exemplifies the embrace of creative writing in all of its forms that Imaginarium is all about.  We are very excited to have Dan joining us for what will be an amazing Imaginarum Convention!

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About Dan:  Dan Jolley started writing professionally at age nineteen. Beginning in comic books, he has since branched out into original novels, licensed-property novels, children’s books, and video games. His twenty-five-year career includes the YA sci-fi/espionage trilogy Alex Unlimited; the award-winning comic book mini-series Obergeist; the Eisner Award-nominated comic book mini-series JSA: The Liberty Files; and the Transformers video games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron. Dan was co-writer of the world-wide-bestselling zombie/parkour game Dying Light, and lead writer of the Oculus Rift game Chronos. Dan lives somewhere in the northwest Georgia foothills with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert cats. Gray Widow’s Walk is his first adult novel.

Learn more about Dan by visiting his website, www.danjolley.com, and follow him on Twitter @_DanJolley

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Michael Knost as Author & Editor Guest

Imaginarium 2016 is very proud to welcome award-winning editor and author Michael Knost as a guest to  the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Michael is well-known for his mentorship and guidance of writers and his workshops are always a highlight in the extensive programming at Imaginarium.  We are thrilled to have him back, as he truly represents what Imaginarium is all about.

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About Michael:

Michael Knost is an author, editor, and columnist of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and supernatural thrillers. He has written in various genres and helmed several anthologies. His Writers Workshop of Horror (Woodland Press) won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in nonfiction. His critically acclaimed Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy (Seventh Star Press) is an Amazon #1 bestseller. His recent novel, Return of the Mothman (Woodland Press) was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in first novel.

Michael is currently the Mentorship Program chair for the Horror Writers Association and has taught writing classes and workshops at several colleges, conventions, and online. He resides in Chapmanville, West Virginia with his wife, daughter, and a zombie goldfish. To find out more, visit www.MichaelKnost.com.

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Tim Waggoner as Author Guest

Imaginarium 2016 proudly welcomes Tim Waggoner as an author guest for the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. An author of over thirty novels and three short story collections, Tim’s work also includes media-tie ins for popular franchises such as Supernatural, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Transformers, and others. A full-time professor in creative writing, Tim is exceptional with workshops and panels, and attendees of Imaginarium will have a tremendous opportunity to meet and learn from one of the best in the writing business this coming October! We are thrilled to have Tim back with us as he most certainly reflects the spirit of Imaginarium, a convention entirely focused on creative writing in all forms and genres.

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About Tim Waggoner: Tim Waggoner’s first novel came out in 2001, and he’s published over thirty novels and three collections of short stories since. He writes original fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. His novels include Like Death, considered a modern classic in the genre, and the popular Nekropolis series of urban fantasy novels. He’s written tie-in fiction for Supernatural, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Transformers, among others. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, and Writer’s Workshop of Horror. He’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program, he’s a full-time tenured professor teaching creative writing and composition at Sinclair College

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Michael Williams as Author Guest

Imaginarium 2016 proudly welcomes Michael Williams as an author guest for the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  A phenomenal writer with a career spanning four decades that began with being one of the first authors in the renowned DRAGONLANCE series, Michael has been published in several genres, with current projects underway in both fiction and non-fiction.  A gifted educator, Michael is a wonderful panelist and writing workshop presenter that we are thrilled to have with us at Imaginarium 2016!

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About Michael Williams:  Michael Williams began publishing novels in the DRAGONLANCE series back in the 1980s. In a career that spans, to his surprise, four decades, he has published thirteen novels, the most recent of which are Trajan’s Arch (2010) and Vine: An Urban Legend (2012). A new manuscript, Dominic’s Ghosts is currently under publisher’s review. In addition to his fiction, Williams is working on a book of travel writings (some of which are excerpted in his blog Mythical Realism, which you can find at http://michaellwilliams.blogspot.com/ ) and is beginning a book on Buddhism, mindfulness, and the creative process in conjunction with the Rev. Thich Hang Dat.

He lives in Corydon with his wife, Rhonda, and one too many cats.