International and NYT best-selling author, Anita Grace Howard, lives in the Texas panhandle. She is most at home weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She’s inspired by all things flawed, utilizing the complex loveliness of human conditions and raw emotions to give her characters life, then turning their world upside down so the reader’s blood will race.
Married and mother of two teens (as well as surrogate mom to two Guinea pigs and one Labrador retriever), Anita divides her days between spending time with her family and plodding along or plotting on her next book.
When she’s not writing, Anita enjoys rollerblading, biking, snow skiing, gardening, and family vacations that at any given time might include an impromptu side trip to an 18th century graveyard or a condemned schoolhouse for photo ops.
At this year’s AMA-CON, she’ll be participating in the panel, “Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men: Moral Choices and Character Development” with Patrick Rothfuss and Rachel Caine–moderated by WTAMU Literature professor, Dr. Monica Smith Hart–and signing copies of her latest books!
We are delighted to announce that internationally bestselling fantasy author, satirist, activist, and teacher, Patrick Rothfuss will be taking part in AMA-CON 2017!
Mr. Rothfuss’ first novel, “The Name of the Wind” (published in 2007) won both the Quill Award and the Alex Award, and has been translated into 27 languages.
The sequel, “The Wise Man’s Fear,” debuted at the top of the New York Times Fantasy Bestselling list and reached the #1 slot on the overall list within 3 weeks of publication.
Mr. Rothfuss’ novella set in the same world, “The Slow Regard of Silent Things,” debuted at #2 on the Bestseller List in 2014.
Last fall it was announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” will serve as creative producer and musical composer of the feature film and TV series adaptations of these books, which are collectively known as “The Kingkiller Chronicle.”
Mr. Rothfuss’ participation in AMA-CON 2017 will include a keynote address, participation in a panel, and two book signings.
Joe Shine grew up in Austin, TX (the greatest city ever), and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He has an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, and after brief stints in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Joe returned home to Austin (repeat: the greatest city ever). I Become Shadow, a 2016 Lone Star List selection, is his first novel.
At #AMACON16, Joe will take part in a panel on Heroes and Villains in Young Adult Literature!
Kristi Harms is creator and author of Modus Operandi #1, her children’s book Lola and Bernice #1 and is currently working on issue #2 of Lola and Bernice. Modus Operandi and Lola and Bernice are published by Third Empire Studio, drawn by Roman Morales III, and inked and colored by husband Greg Harms, with letters by Keith Braun. Kristi also does Steampunk jewelry and craftwork. She will have Lola and Bernice #1 and her jewelry at the show!