My 2012 Philcon Schedule

Resources for New Writers
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza III
What books, websites and other research materials are essential for the new and prospective writer?
Victoria Janssen (mod), Keith R.A. DeCandido, Sally-Rouge Pax, Tim W. Burke, Meg Howard, Bill Oliver

Old Friends We Keep Coming Back To
Sat 6:00 PM in Plaza II
Some books we return to reading again and again. What are the qualities of those books we return to as old friends? Does the experience change each time we read them?
Victoria Janssen (mod), Mary Spila, Richard Stout, Peter Prellwitz

Still a Better Love Story than…: The Use (and Abuse) of Romance in Literature
Sat 7:00 PM in Plaza III
This panel will discuss romance in fantastic literature: Is romance a cop-out? Is it boring? Should stories’ relationships be role models? And what if a story depicts or even celebrates a problematic or abusive relationship? Romance is sometimes considered fluffy, but this panel will ask the hard questions.
Victoria Janssen (mod), Anna Kashina, D.L. Carter, Rebecca Robare

Liminality and the Discourse of the Numinous and What Does That Even Mean?
Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two
What is the effect of academia on genre science fiction? How can ideas from the Ivory Towers make SF better… or worse?
Judith Moffett (mod), Catherynne M. Valente, Lisa Padol, Victoria Janssen

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.