Party Talk – Cons, Part 2

Continuing the con chat we started a couple of weeks ago, our guests are back to answer some more questions about cons. Remember, if you want to throw in your two cents about cons, how they run, what you’d like to see or whatever, don’t be afraid to chime in on the comments!

A) What is one thing you wish you’d known before you attended your first con?B) This one time at con… (tell us something funny or weird or bizarre that happened at con.)

Chloe Neill

A) Pack some essentials in a tote for an all-day con experience: water, snacks, hand lotion, and hand sanitizer. B) I went a little fangirl on some of the authors with whom I appeared at a panel. And then I was in the green room at C2E2 on year pre-panel, and Sean Astin happened in. I was torn between yelling out “Samwise!” and […]

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Magical Words Party Talk – Cons!

Hey y’all, it’s time for another Magical Words Party Talk! Spring is coming, and that means it’s almost time for con season. We writers love cons as much as fans do – a con is often the only time we get a chance to get together and gab with each other about upcoming projects and ideas in person. Today we’ve asked our most recent guests for their opinions on a few questions about cons. Feel free to chime in (via the comments) to tell us what kinds of panel topics you’d love to see!

When you’re asked for panel suggestions by con program directors, how do you come up with panel topics to submit?

Alethea Kontis: I like to suggest topics that make me angry…things I would love to vent about for an hour in person, but don’t feel like starting a never-ending flame war over online.



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Chris Marie Green with a Little PR — Only the Good Die Young

I have a confession to make.

I am a huge 80s-era slasher movie fan. Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Happy Birthday to Me, Terror Train, Prom Night… I’ve watched all of them and more. And no matter how many times I’ve seen these flicks, it’s always as if I have no idea who the slasher is; I still get just as scared, just as adrenalized during the heart-pounding reveal scenes. I’m still a total, fixated wuss.

So I suppose it’s no surprise that I wrote a new series about a ghost from the 1980s who died as if she was in one of these movies. A dark forest, a party with raucous young’uns, a killer wearing a grotesque mask to hide his or her identity…all of these are elements of Only the Good Die Young, the first book in my Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series.


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Chris Marie Green — Life in a Cave

Hello! Thanks for stopping by again. 🙂 This is my third post for the month and, so far, I’ve chatted about aspects of building a character and building a world. But this week, how about swerving away from a craft post and going into the nitty-gritty about the writer’s life?

The funniest thing about being a writer is that there’s this idea that it’s a glamorous career. Not so much. <G> I’m sure a lot of you are like me, writing in your pajamas and sitting in your bed with a laptop. You get to make your own hours but, man, my boss is a total hardcase! She’s really strict about deadlines and is constantly on my tail about getting back to work.

Of course, my boss is me. And if I don’t exercise some willpower and stay away from the TV during work hours, I […]

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Chris Marie Green –on worlds

Worlds Can Be So Mean

Hi again! I’m glad to be back with another guest post for this month, and I’d love to talk about one of my favorite elements of writing. World Building.

In general, I’m sure you all have read a lot of posts about this topic already, but how about looking at a different aspect of world building? How can you flip a world that’s already familiar—or one that you’ve already started to build—to make it something totally different from anything a reader has ever experienced?

Before I really get started here, I’d like to mention that, oftentimes, world building is perceived as something exclusive to paranormal authors. I, myself, have built worlds for my Vampire Babylon series, my Bloodlands series, and my upcoming Ghost for Hire series. But writers of historical fiction or, yes, even contemporary fiction need to build strong worlds […]

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Chris Marie Green — on character

The Character with No Name

A huge thanks to Faith Hunter for inviting me to be here during January. 🙂 I’m excited to hang out with you all, discussing writerly things with writerly people. Since I’m back “in the writing cave” after the holidays, I need the social contact!

Today I get to talk about craft—creating a character, to be precise. And I’d like to focus on one of my characters in particular. As luck would have it, Faith, who is making a wonderful habit of issuing fantastic invitations to me, asked me to write a novelette for an anthology she was editing called Kicking It, and after I jumped at the opportunity, I settled down and wondered what (and who) I was going to write about. An established character from a series I’d already published? A new character altogether? Or a spin-off character who previously played a supporting […]

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