Laurel Anne Hill Looks Forward to RadCon 2015

Written by Laurel on January 21st, 2015

I’m so looking forward to the RadCon Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention February 13-15 in Pasco, Washington.  Check out the video/slide show I created at RadCon 2014:

Here’s my schedule at RadCon 2015: 

Fri Feb 13 5:30:pm

Fri Feb 13 6:30:pm

Student Writers: Tips for Growing as a Writer


Our visiting writers and editors give out tips and tricks to our aspiring young writers!If you are a student writer, interested in improving your writing, this is a “must attend” panel!

Alexander, Alma Hill, Laurel Anne Pauli, Frances Slater, Rob


Fri Feb 13 8:00:pm

Fri Feb 13 9:00:pm

Cultural Appropriation


How can you write something you *don’t* know? Come talk with our panelists about writing varied cultures without insulting the members of those cultures.

Bonham, Maggie Hill, Laurel Anne Shawl, Nisi Stern, Renee


Sat Feb 14 5:30:pm

Sat Feb 14 7:30:pm

Writer Workshop and Critique


Join RadCons writers as they share the rules of writing and give constructive feedback on your current work.

Anske, Ksenia Frishberg, Manny Hill, Laurel Anne Kehrli, Keffy Stern, Renee


Sun Feb 15 11:00


Sun Feb 15 12:30:pm

Help! I need an editor!


When is the best time for a starting writer to seek an editor? Are there other acceptable substitutes? Our experts discuss this and other cost saving editing tips.

Bolich, Sue Ellis, John Hill, Laurel Anne McDermott, Will

 Hope to see some of you there.

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill (Author of “Heroes Arise”)


Rolling to Steamtown (The Zany Adventures of Author Laurel Anne Hill in Scranton, PA)

Written by Laurel on December 21st, 2014

The Hill Steampunks

The Hill Steampunks

I faced the downhill grade in front of me and tightened my grip on the back of David’s wheelchair. The clerk at the Lackawanna Station Hotel had recommended THIS STREET for pedestrians headed to Steamtown? Could I even maneuver my husband down this hill without duplicating a comedy cliché?

“Do you think we can make it?” David said. He sounded unsure we’d survive to attend his grand-nephew’s wedding in the Poconos this weekend.

“I’ll lean backwards,” I replied. “That should help.” I’d only need to hoof it one way. Once we finished touring Steamtown, we’d catch a taxi back to the hotel.

If you can get there.

If you can get there.

I played counterweight and inched down the hill, heart thumping and palms sweating. The uneven sidewalks in this part of Scranton sure left a lot to be desired. David and I had always loved to take walks together when we traveled. We couldn’t dance together anymore. Just because a poltergeist now inhabited his knee replacement was no reason to stop all our strolls, too. We reached the base of the incline without me tripping or wetting my pants. Then I steeled myself for the next exercise: crossing the railroad tracks.

Yesteryear's train station is today's hotel.

Yesteryear’s train station is today’s hotel.

 Now, I’ve crossed many a railroad track in my day. The trick is being sure there’s no train coming and, of course, not getting stuck. The “Wheelchair Management 101″ data base program in my brain performed a quick computation. I’d pull David and the chair over the tracks instead of pushing.

“Ready, set, go!” I said.

Except we didn’t go far. We stalled on the tracks. David couldn’t walk and I couldn’t push or pull him. And I heard the horn of a diesel locomotive.

New Jersey Central RR Freight Station

New Jersey Central RR Freight Station

Okay, we were close to Steamtown. They ran tourist excursion trains there. Diesel trains, usually. Not far up these tracks, a closed barrier sat across the rails. The train we heard probably wasn’t headed in our direction. However, the police car rolling by screeched to a halt.

“You can’t go this way,” the policeman shouted.

Tell me about it.

“We’re trying to visit Steamtown.” I put on my best little-old-lady-stuck-in-a-stupid-situation expression. “The hotel people told us to take this route.”

Another diesel horn sounded. The concerned policeman freed David and the wheelchair from the tracks. 

“You’ll have to go back up that hill,” he said. “Go over to the shopping mall. There’s an entrance there.”

“THAT hill?” How the heck would I manage?

“I can’t help you,” he said. “I have to get back to my car.”

I thanked him. I pushed. I pulled. I prayed. A small audience gathered, some people asking to help, others staring like they’d now seen it all. I would have handed out business cards directing them to my author’s website, but I didn’t dare relinquish my grip on David’s chair. I didn’t even dare change drivers, despite offers of assistance. By the time I reached the top of the hill, I sweated like a marathon runner in the Mojave Desert.

The next blocks were flat, if not entirely wheelchair friendly. Passers-by rendered aid at street corners, assuring us we could reach Steamtown through the mall. I checked my little map. The passage from the mall to the historic museum appeared short and straight. Why had the staff at the Lackawanna Station Hotel not directed us this way in the first place?

I found out why when we reached the door to Steamtown in the mall’s food court. The elevated pathway looked like a combination of a roller coaster track and a third-world foot bridge. Plus the Scranton Police Department had recently closed the route for safety purposes.

So much for local police intra-agency communication.

Maybe if I pushed David a few blocks past the mall, we’d find a real entrance to Steamtown. More nice people helped us to navigate more defiant street corners.

“I’m afraid there’s no safe access to Steamtown for a wheelchair,” a kind woman informed me. “Right now you have to drive there.”

Plenty of pork was spent to build the place and no ADA access? By the time we went back to the hotel it would be too late to call a taxi and return here before closing time.

“We made this side trip to Scranton for nothing.” David sighed. He sounded as disappointed as I was.

“Not for nothing,” I replied. “Scranton has a lot of great people and we got to meet some of them.”

The Chattanooga Choo-Choo  Dandy & Bandy Gandy Dancers

The Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Dandy & Bandy Gandy Dancers

I rested my hand on David’s shoulder. As one, we listened to the horn blasts of locomotives from Steamtown. We watched a train pass in the distance. We took photos of some historic buildings. A warm breeze carried the aromas of diesel and days gone by.

“How about we dance at the wedding reception this weekend?” I said. My brain already calculated a way.




May you encounter wonderful people this holiday season.

Laurel Anne Hill (Award-Winning Author of “Heroes Arise.”)


Meet Laurel Anne Hill’s Character: Juanita, a Heroine of Color. (A “Meet My Character” Blog Tour Posting)

Written by Laurel on August 25th, 2014

Hello everyone. I’m Laurel Anne Hill, award-winning author and former underground storage tank operator.

First, I want to thank Emmy Z. Madrigal  ( for inviting me to join in the fun of this MEET MY CHARACTER BLOG TOUR. Emmy has created some imaginative characters. I’m honored to accept the challenge of following her. 

Next, I’ve got a status report. My long-time work-in-progress “spirits meet steampunk” novel chugs toward the birth canal for books. One way or another, my baby’s gestation will end during the next two years. I’ve lived through major rewrites, a progression of titles, and an agent who died. And, still, my main character, Juanita, continues to demand the publication of HER story: The Engine Woman’s Light. Juanita is quite opinionated. I’ll let her speak for herself.

This is NOT the cover of Juanita's story. It's a scene from her vivid imagination.

This is NOT the cover of Juanita’s story. It’s a scene from her vivid imagination.

My name is Juanita Elise Jame-Navarro, and I’m the main character in Laurel Anne Hill’s essentially completed novel: The Engine Woman’s Light. Please note my surname does not acknowledge my father. I don’t know who my natural Papa is or was. My dead family won’t tell me, although I visit them often at the Shadow World’s Portals. My natural Mama gave me away in 1878, shortly after my birth. I bet I would have died — even been murdered — in that asylum for unwanted people, but a kind woman helped me escape the train headed there. Ever since being rescued, I have lived in Promise, a tiny village in the southern Sierra foothills in American North California. The approximate date of my sixteenth birthday approaches. With the blessings of my ancestors and God, I plan to marry Galen, the man I love, when I turn eighteen.

I am fictional yet resent the label. I live on the pages of my story. How dare people suggest I don’t exist? Just wait until I blow up one of those horrible trains used to transport lepers, unwanted babies and other cast-off people to a big workhouse and asylum in British South California. Then you’ll see how real I can be.

Oh, don’t worry, no passengers will be aboard the train I target. Only crew heading to their next pickup location. My foster Papa says killing anyone is wrong. God will stop all the trains to that wretched institution if we have faith. I do agree life is sacred. Yet saving lives requires taking action. (Ask my author how her Mexican great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother took action during the nineteenth-century French invasion of Mexico.)

Besides, I’m a mystic traveler, which is like being a shaman in some ways but not others. I must do as my dead family requests, or I’ll soon end up buried six feet under. And they’ve requested I wreck the biggest steam locomotive that California — North, South and Baja put together — has ever seen.

As you can imagine, my intended attack won’t please American or British authorities. I’m already planning my escape. I’ll need to seek refuge in Mexico after I destroy the train. Maybe I’ll have to walk there. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find an airship willing to give me a ride. I suspect members of my little community (especially Galen) will help me destroy the train and all forty-four of us will go into hiding together. IF we can stay clear of American federalmen, British constables and the nefarious Mendoza family, I think we’ll have a good chance of crossing the Mexican border to safety.

Notice my emphasis on that big fat “if.” I do fret about danger. But, wait. If insurmountable obstacles already lurk to block my path, wouldn’t my ancestors have warned me? Maybe not though. Some of them are a bit forgetful. Hmmm…

While I ponder my potential fate, please go mark your calendars. On September 1, 2014, you’ll have the opportunity of meeting characters created by the six authors listed below. Use the links my author has provided.

And don’t forget to watch for periodic announcements regarding the availability of my own personal story. I’ll make sure my author, Laurel Anne Hill, keeps you posted.

Warmest regards,

Juanita Elise Jame-Navarro
a.k.a., “The Engine Woman”



Sandra Ulbrich Almazan ( Sandra Ulbrich Almazan started reading when she was three and only stops when she must. Although she hasn’t been writing quite that long, she did compose a very simple play in German during middle school. Her works include science fiction (Lyon’s Legacy and Twinned Universes) and fantasy (several short stories and the forthcoming Seasons’ Beginnings). She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eugene, and son, Alex. In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys crocheting, listening to classic rock (particularly the Beatles), and watching improv comedy.

Judith Grout  (www.judithgrout.comDuring my formative career years, my left brain launched me into the fun and fact-filled science of healthcare. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. I wallowed in assorted body fluids using analytical methods such as chemistry, hematology, microbiology (my fav), among others in assorted locations across this great land. The paychecks were regular (although at times Spartan.) But I stuck to the professional grind for 40+ years, accumulated my nest egg, and retired.

Now I’ve started my second career using a liberated right brain, writing, running the gamut from freelancing to fiction. I published my debut novel, Chasing the Strawberry Moon, Hitchhiking (for girls) in February of 2014. Reading it will scratch that itch you’ve had yearning to know more about 1939, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and a looming World War II. Hope to see you in the pages.

F.M. Kahren (fmkahren.blogspot.comF.M. Kahren is the author of Brand Loyalty, his debut novel and Matt Rommel’s first adventure and Beyond the Law, Matt Rommel’s second adventure. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in English, Dr. Kahren also has a masters and doctorate in business administration from the University of North Dakota and Golden Gate University respectively. He has published a number of technical articles for industry journals and is the author of Strategic Planning: The Practices of PCS Companies and the Academic Literature. In addition to serving as a Minuteman missile crew commander and missile operations staff officer, Dr. Kahren has worked extensively in the telecommunications and rail transportation industries. The latter experience allowed him to perform a number of studies in Latin America regarding privatized rail concessions for prospective concessionaires. As he sums it up: “I’ve had some interesting jobs, been fortunate in my friends and family, and managed to educate myself. I’ve traveled the miles and read the books. Now, I want to bring interesting stories to people and entertain them. The Matt Rommel adventures are just such stories. On the lighter side, he was awarded a “Dishonorable Mention” for Vile Puns in the 2007 Bulwer-Lytton contest, a venue in which the purple prose is deliberate. He lives with his family in Northern California.

L. Jagi Lamplighter ( L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of the YA fantasy: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin. She is also the author of the Prospero’s Daughter series: Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained. She has published numerous articles on Japanese animation and appears in several short story anthologies, including Best Of Dreams Of Decadence, No Longer Dreams, Coliseum Morpheuon, Bad-Ass Faeries Anthologies (where she is also an assistant editor) and the Science Fiction Book Club’s Don’t Open This Book.

When not writing, she switches to her secret identity as wife and stay-home mom in Centreville, VA, where she lives with her dashing husband, author John C. Wright, and their four darling children, Orville, Ping-Ping Eve, Roland Wilbur, and Justinian Oberon.

Her website is: 
Her blog is at:
On Twitter: @lampwright4
Read the first four chapters of The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin for free: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin on Amazon:

Lauren Rhodes  (
Loren Rhoads is the co-author of the novel As Above, So Below (with Brian Thomas), solo author of the memoir Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. Two of her stories about Lorelei the succubus have been published in the anthologies Sins of the Sirens and Demon Lovers.

Denise Verrico  ( Denise Verrico is a New Jersey native, who grew up in Pennsylvania. She is the author of the Immortyl Revolution urban fantasy series soon to be reissued by Crazy Duck Press. Denise is a roller coaster fanatic and lives in Ohio with her husband, son and flock of spoiled parrots.


100 AUTHORS Event on September 20, 2014: Dr. Joy DeGruy will speak. Award-Winning authors Laurel Anne Hill and Beth Barany to give workshops

Written by Laurel on August 21st, 2014

Dr. Joy DeGruy

Dr. Joy DeGruy

Come to the “100 Authors” event on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 725 Monte Diablo Avenue in San Mateo, California.

Dr. Joy DeGruy ( will speak about post traumatic slave syndrome. Dr. DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.

Award-winning authors

Laurel Anne Hill

Laurel Anne Hill: Fantasy is about more than just Harry Potter (10-11 or 12; 12-2)

Laurel Anne Hill ( and

Beth Barany

Beth Barany: Creativity Coaching for Writers

Beth Barany ( will present workshops. Laurel will show off her steampunk outfit and cookie press. Many authors will sell their books and read. Watch this website for more information about the schedule.

Admission is free to the public. Donations will be accepted to help cover the costs of the center’s annual youth writing contests. Call (650) 344-8690 to sign up to sell and read from your books. 

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Author Day Book Signing on June 14 at the San Mateo County Fair

Written by Laurel on June 1st, 2014

At the 2014 San Mateo County Fair, thirty-one local authors will gather near the Literary Arts Stage in Expo Hall to sell and sign their books on June 14, 2-4 p.m. Here’s a great opportunity to support local authors and your own reading habit. Plus you might even find a perfect gift for a friend.

Authors present will include Beth Barany, Ezra Barany, Rita Beach, Jacqueline Berger, Karen Blake, Loretta Breuning, Michael P. Burwen, Kalamu Chaché, Robert M. Davis, Darlene Frank, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Caroline Goodwin, Rain Graves, James Hanna, Holly Harman, Laurel Anne Hill, Michele Jessen, Marjorie Bicknell Johnson, Audrey Kalman, Ellaraine Lockie, C. Sanford Lowe, F.M. Kahren, Claire Mack, Arlene Miller, Elise Frances Miller, Sue Oksanen, J.L. Powers, Emerian Rich, Sandra Saidak, Sumiko Saulson and David T. Wolf.

To learn more about these talented local authors and poets, go to


San Mateo County Fair 2014 Literary Arts Program: Literary Stage Schedule and Location

Written by Laurel on May 31st, 2014

Laurel Anne Hill and her Amazing Steampunk Cookie Press

Laurel Anne Hill and her Amazing Steampunk Cookie Press

Planning to attend the 2014 San Mateo County Fair?  Be sure to check the schedule of events going on at the Literary Arts Stage in Expo Hall (San Mateo Event Center), shown below.  For more information on individual events, go to:

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill (


Literary Arts Stage Schedule, June 7-14, 2014

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Location of the Literary Arts Stage in the Fine Arts Galleria

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Fun for Science Fiction/Fantasy Fans at the 2014 San Mateo County Fair

Written by Laurel on May 31st, 2014

Science Fiction/Fantasy Fun at the 2014 San Mateo County Fair.  Drop by and see what’s going on at the Literary Stage Area in Expo Hall.


ON MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014, 3-5 PM
Kids’ Day Craft Project Led by Laurel Anne Hill
San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo Event Center, Expo Hall, Galleria Stage


Laurel Anne Hill

Laurel Anne Hill


Award-Winning Science Fiction/Fantasy Author Laurel Anne Hill will again organize this craft activity. Want to design a creature that could live on a high-gravity planet, adapt to temperature extremes, or just look way cool?  Be sure to stop by the Literary Arts Stage area and put together your very own space alien to take home with you. Craft supplies will be provided free. For more information about Laurel, go to

Remember that Monday, June 9, is Kids’ Day at the San Mateo County Fair.  Children 12 years of age and younger will be admitted free. 



Beth Barany Ezra Barany  Robert Davis

     Beth Barany               Ezra Barany             Robert M. Davis


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     Rain Graves        Marjorie Bicknell Johnson    C. Sanford Lowe


Emerian rich headshot   Sandra Saidak headshot   Sumiko Saulson headshot

     Emerian Rich              Sandra Saidak            Sumiko Saulson

The above authors will be among the 31 authors selling and signing their books on June 14, from 2-4 p.m. by the Fair’s Literary Arts Stage. For more information on these authors, their links are on the San Mateo County Fair website:


Literary Stage Schedule for the week of June 7-14:

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FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS AND CONSULTATIONS at the San Mateo County Fair, June 7–14, 2014

Written by Laurel on May 31st, 2014

for writers attending the San Mateo County Fair, June 7–14, 2014

San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA, Expo Hall, Fine Arts Galleria


POETRY/PROSE WORKSHOP: SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 5-6 P.M. (Presented by Michele Jessen)

Michele Jessen

Michele Jessen


Mrs. Michele Jessen is a writer who loves to combine fantasy, science fiction and lyrical poetry into her fictional stories. Her first novel, Angels of the Dream Clouds, is unusual because of its use of lyrics as a language for the angelic characters. Each poem has a hidden philosophical meaning on many important life topics.



baipa logo croppedBay Area Independent Publishers Association is a not-for-profit organization open to anyone. We focus on all aspects of self- and independent publishing to help our members complete everything from writer to reader. Our members are book designers, marketers, editors, writers, printers, publishers, photographers, graphic artists and many other professions involved in bringing books to market.  During the festival BAIPA will present a series of experts giving an overview of things you need to know to publish your book and resources for more complete information.

(Presented by Scott Thomas Anderson)

Scott Thomas Anderson

Scott Thomas Anderson

Award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson discusses why writers should refuse to surrender their literary arsenal when tackling reality. He’ll talk about identifying a universal story-arc in everyday events; how to capture character dimensions of actual people; and how to transmute locations into living, breathing settings on the page. Anderson is the author of Shadow People: how meth-driven crime is eating at the heart of rural America.


ON SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 4-5 P.M.  (Presented by Laurel Anne Hill)

Laurel Anne Hill

Laurel Anne Hill

All right, you’ve done it! You’ve completed the first draft of your short story or novel. Yet what should you do next? Fill in all the blank spaces you left in your manuscript? Make sure you’ve written only realistic dialogue? Contact friends to be beta-readers? Open that bottle of champagne? Award-winning author Laurel Anne Hill will offer her advice to workshop participants, and let them compare samples of her ugly firsts drafts with the corresponding finished products.   



Beth Barany

Beth Barany

 Many authors think that book promotions are about giving away tchotchkes, like bookmarks, key rings, coffee mugs to get attention for their books. But actually, book promotions start with one of the most powerful yet overlooked methods to promote your books: by what you actually say. Word of mouth still sells more books than any other promotional tool out there. And aspiring authors: You can use this tool now. 


Bring the first 1-2 pages of your short story or novel for a critique by an expert. Sign-ups for 15-minute sessions will be on a first come, first served basis. To sign up, please come to the Fine Arts Stage in Expo Hall on June 8 or June 9. 

Beth Barany: Writer’s coach; Author; Marketing advisor for novelists; Speaker.

Darlene Frank: Writer, Editor; Creativity Coach.

Tory Hartmann: Managing Editor, Parenting on the Peninsula; Also an editor at Sand Hill Review Press; Author.

Laurel Anne Hill: Author; Writers’ Workshop Leader; Writing Contest Judge.

Audrey Kalman: Author; Consultant; Current Editor of Fault Zone Anthology.

Lisa Meltzer-Penn: Author and former editor (including Fault Zone).

Sandra Saidak: Author; English Teacher; BayCon Writers’ Workshop Leader.

Chris Wachlin: Co-founder of Stoneslide Media (Stoneside Books and The Stoneslide Corrective e-magazine). President of CWC SF/Peninsula Branch.


WRITER’S JOURNEY WORKSHOP, TUESDAY, 6/10/14, 2:00-3:30 P.M.  (Presented by Darlene Frank)

Darlene Frank

Darlene Frank


The writing journey is never dull. It calls and consumes us; it demands persistence and stamina and a high level of confidence. This workshop will introduce you to seven key elements of the writer’s journey, and we’ll do a few activities that will help you feel confident, committed and inspired as you move forward on your unique writing journey.




Mary Knippel

Mary Knippel


A great experience for the young and the young at heart. We’ll explore the secrets of keeping a journal and discover how combining bits of paper, glue, and magazine images create magic!




Frank A. Saunders

Frank A. Saunders


Frank A. Saunders writes poetry, fiction, scientific articles and music, most recently the portfolio “A Scent of Tea.” Frank will read selections from his poetry and fiction, as well as offering an interactive discussion about the process of writing, especially encouraging new writers to “tell their story”.


THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 5:30–6:00 P.M.  (Presented by Marjorie Bicknell Johnson) 

Marjorie B. Johnson

Marjorie B. Johnson


Marjorie Bicknell Johnson is a retired Santa Clara high school mathematics teacher. She has accompanied archaeologists to Maya ruins in Yucatán. Also a pilot, she has flown small airplanes throughout the American Southwest. Her novel, Jaguar Princess: the Last Maya Shaman, incorporates all of these experiences. More at



MANUSCRIPT READINESS:  SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 4-5 P.M. (Presented by Laurel Anne Hill)

Laurel Anne Hill

Laurel Anne Hill

All right, your novel or short story is ready to ship to an agent or editor. Or, is it ready? Should you have made more of those changes your writing group suggested? Or did you let your story arc sink in the sea of rewriting? Is your story even YOUR STORY anymore?  Was your story ever a story in the first place? We think our stories are ready when we send them out. Yet it’s possible to overthink or not think enough. Award-winning author Laurel Anne Hill will offer her advice on manuscript readiness.


HOW TO SELL YOUR BOOK TO READERS: SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 5-6 P.M.  (Presented by Ezra Barany)

Ezra Barany

Ezra Barany

The Million Dollar Question: Great writing and a great story will not sell your novel, but answering this question will.
A lot of authors think that as long as they write a good story and write it well, readers will want to read their book. The truth is that great writing doesn’t sell books, word-of-mouth does. While your writing does need to be good, you must answer the million-dollar question, “What must I write to get my readers eager to tell their friends about my book?” Most authors never even think about this question. Author Ezra Barany will share with you the four surprising ways to answer that question when writing your novel.

For more information about presenters go to:


Literary Arts Stage Schedule at the Fair:

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Author Laurel Anne Hill at BayCon 32: May 23-26, 2014, Santa Clara, CA

Written by Laurel on May 13th, 2014

Laurel and her amazing steampunk cookie press

Laurel and her amazing steampunk cookie press

Six Panels, two Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings and a writers workshop!  I just received my awesome schedule from the BayCon Programming Committee.  The 2014 BayCon Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA, May 23-26.   I hope to see some of you there.

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill (Award-Winning Author of “Heroes Arise)


Building Your Writing Community on Friday at 5:00 PM in Bayshore
[Adrienne Gormley, Setsu Uzume, Dario Ciriello (Moderator), Beth Barany, Dan Hope, Laurel Anne Hill]

So you’re thinking about writing but don’t know how to start. Or you have a manuscript but you’re not ready to show anyone. This panel will discuss how to identify where you are in the process of finishing your book, different types of writing groups and how to utilize them, when to recognize when your work is ready for beta readers, and how to give and receive critique with grace and encouragement.

Horror Steampunk, Clockpunk, Cyberpunk – How Do You Like Your Horror Punked? on Friday at 9:30 PM in Alameda
[Laurel Anne Hill (moderator) Kevin Andrew Murphy, Colin Fisk]

As if horror wasn’t twisted enough, we have to twist it even more. Do you like your horror with gears or wires? Panelists discuss the best punks of horror.


Birds of a Feather: Steampunk on Saturday at 10:00 AM in Other 5
(with Margaret McGaffey Fisk and Laurel Anne Hill)

How much steam is in your punk?  How much punk is in your steam?  Come join other enthusiasts of this aesthetic, musical, literary, costuming and lifestyle movement, and share experiences and ideas.

When Good Food Turns Evil on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Lawrence
[Christine Doyle, Sydney Thomson, M.D., Dario Ciriello (moderator) and Laurel Anne Hill]

At one time, margarine was touted as a healthier alternative to butter. This ended after the dangers of trans-fats was discovered. There are still differing opinions on what makes a healthy diet, even after decades of research. What highly touted food items might not be as healthy as you think? Join the panelists as they chew the fat on this topic.

Birds of a Feather: Horror on Saturday at 9:30 PM in Alameda
[Emerian Rich (moderator), Jason Malcolm Stewart, Laurel Anne Hill]


Writers Workshop:  Laurel Anne Hill will be one of the leaders of a closed writing workshop on Sunday Morning.

Five Dollars, a Dead Fish and a Time Machine: Alternate History on Sunday at 5:00 PM in Alameda

[Kathleen Barthlomew, Bob Brown (moderator), Laurel Anne Hill]

Do-it-yourself alternate history. What if you were given three items? Where would you go back to, what would you change, what trouble would you cause?


Steampunk in Literature on Monday at 10:00 AM in Stevens Creek
[Carrie Sessarego (moderator), Cliff Winnig, Steve Frankel, Laurel Anne Hill]

Discussion of Victorian technology and the proper use of steam power, gunpowder, goggles, and the pith helmet. Especially the goggles.

New Classics: Five Recent SF & F Books you Should Read on Monday at 11:30 AM in Alameda
[Laurel Anne Hill (moderator), Kyle Aisteach, Randy Smith]

What books published in the last decade shouldn’t you miss?


Is your short story worth $3,000? Enter the Stoneslide Story Contest and find out!

Written by Laurel on May 5th, 2014


Laurel and her amazing steampunk cookie press

Laurel and her amazing steampunk cookie press

Stoneslide Media publishes both  Stoneslide Books and The Stoneslide Corrective. The company was founded by Christopher Wachlin and Jonathan Weisberg, who oversee all editorial functions. Christopher is a long-time friend of mine. The Stoneslide Story Contest looks like a great one to enter, so I’m sharing the link: Have fun writing!

Laurel Anne Hill (Award-winning author of “Heroes Arise”)


The Stoneslide Story Contest

Open to any kind of story up to 10,000 words in length.

They are looking for previously unpublished stories that exemplify the power of narrative to make one think and feel. Ideal stories will use character, plot, description, humor, and concept to open new emotional and cognitive territory for readers. The contest is judged by the editors.


1st $3,000 + publication

2nd $500 + possible publication*

3rd $250 + possible publication*

Four stories will also be recognized for:
-striking use of wit: $100*
-beguiling character: $100*
-description that makes them think they were really there: $100*
-propulsive plot line and/or scene $100*

*All honorees will be considered for publication in the forthcoming Stoneslide Collection, and/or in The Stoneslide Corrective


Contest opens Thursday, March 20 (first day of spring)
Entries due by Saturday, June 21 (first day of summer)
Notification made on Tuesday, September 23 (first day of fall)


What do you have to do? Write a kick-ass story. Go to the Stoneslide website:  Submit story and pay a $10 entry fee.

Wait for an answer…
Get more and more anxious.
Yell at your kids and the dog.
Imagine how good it would feel to win.
Try using the Stoneslide Rejection Generator to calm your nerves.
Rabidly check your email on September 23.