Denver Comic Con

Meet the creators at Denver Comic Con

Local authors share stories, meet fans

Posted 6/20/17

When visiting Denver Comic Con, it’s easy to get caught up in the extraordinarily detailed and arresting cosplay costumes, celebrities and vast array of memorabilia.

But what makes the Con so special is the opportunity to meet the makers of the …

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Denver Comic Con

Meet the creators at Denver Comic Con

Local authors share stories, meet fans

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When visiting Denver Comic Con, it’s easy to get caught up in the extraordinarily detailed and arresting cosplay costumes, celebrities and vast array of memorabilia.

But what makes the Con so special is the opportunity to meet the makers of the worlds so many people get lost in — writers like Highland Ranch’s Wendy Terrien and C.R. Richards and Parker’s Corinne O’Flynn.

“For me, the thing I love about the con is the atmosphere,” O’Flynn wrote in an email interview. “In many ways, it’s like looking behind the curtain into another world. It’s the world of the artists who draw the things that stir our emotions, the actors who play those iconic roles, and the creators who compel fandoms.”

All three authors tackle fantasy or science fiction in uniquely personal ways, so learn a little about each and don’t miss the opportunity to meet them at the Denver Comic Con June 30 through July 2.

Wendy Terrien

Book:

“The Rampart Guard”
Where to see me:
I will be doing signings in Author Alley during the Con.
I will also be speaking on a five different panels and participating in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ event.
About my writing:
I took some creative writing when I was in college, but it wasn’t until 2010 when I was laid off from a job that I had a career counselor ask what I wanted to. I said I wanted to write, but couldn’t do that, and at that moment I realized how much I wanted to write. So I started doing research, going to classes and critique conferences because I believe you should continue learning.
My first book took five years to write, but I kept at it, working on story structure and character development. And it paid off, because it received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
I also had to learn as much as I could about the publishing world, which is a hugely complicated process. So eventually I decided to publish independently, and started my own publishing company.
Comic Con culture:
I love talking to people and getting their perspectives on the worlds they love. It’s great learning about how they picked their costumes and what went into them.
There’s a whole other level of creativity you find at Comic Con, and this is a place where people can really shine.
Really, it’s all research and inspiration for my writing.
C.R. Richards
Books:
“Heart of the Warrior”
Book One — “The Lords of Valdeon”
“The Mutant Casebook”
Book One — “Phantom Harvest”
“Pariah”
“Lost Man’s Parish”
Where to see me:
I will be doing signings in Author Alley all three days of the Con.
I will also be speaking on four panels. One is about finishing your novel, and another is about writing complex plots in Fantasy, Mystery and Thrillers. I’ll also be participating in one on Writing Strong Women in science fiction and fantasy and urban science fiction.
About my writing:
I’ve always loved fantasy novels, as well as paranormal and the dark fantasy genre. I grew up with Terry Brooks, and Stephen King’s “The Stand,” as well as the Sherlock Holmes books. All made a big impact on me.
I’ve been writing for years and years, but I didn’t start my first book until 2004, and it took until 2010 to get it published. Going back and editing your book is much harder than starting from scratch, but it’s important to me to be true to the story.
Comic Con culture:
Going to Comic Con is a great experience because I love addressing questions and talking with people. I can’t wait to see some of the artists and see what they’ve done. There is so much creative energy out there, and you get to see so much of it at cons. I love walking through the aisles and seeing all the artists and people dressed up.
Carolynn O’Flynn

Books:
“The Expatriates”
Book One — “Song of the Sending”
Book Two — “Promise of the Scholar”
“Witches of Tower Hill”
Book One — “Ghosts of Witches Past”
“The Aumahnee Prophecy”
Book One — “Watchers of the Veil”
Where to see me:
This year I will have an exhibitor booth in Author Alley where I will be signing books all weekend.
I will also be speaking on a handful of panels. One is about starting your novel and another panel is on finishing it, another is about writing complex plots in Fantasy, Mystery and Thrillers. I’ll also be participating in one on Writing Strong Women in science fiction and fantasy and Religion in science fiction and fantasy.
About my writing:
I have been enthusiastic about writing as far back as I can remember, but I wouldn’t consider myself a lifelong writer. I was definitely raised to love reading, so the interest was always there, but not as a creator. Now that I am an author, I write what I love to read. I write fantasy, paranormal and mystery.
Comic Con culture:
I’ve been to Comic Con a few times since it’s been in Denver, but always as an attendee. Last year was my first time attending as an author, and what a different experience that was.
The cosplayers are, by far, the most incredible thing about Comic Con, but I love wandering around and seeing all the artists and makers. I am blown away that I get to be part of all of it. I love meeting readers and fellow fandom-dwellers at Comic Con.
It’s especially fun to meet a new reader who is interested in reading my book. I am still in touch with many people who I met last year at DCC. Cons offer a unique opportunity connect with readers and genre enthusiasts...there’s nothing like it.

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