My Philcon 2017 Schedule

This weekend, I’ll be at Philcon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. My schedule is below.

Saturday, November 11, 5:00 PM, Plaza Two
“Things You Should Read”
Scheherazade Jackson [moderator], Janny Wurts, James L. Cambias, Russ Colchamiro, Victoria Janssen, Michael J. Walsh

Not every worthy novel or short story is noticed in time to be nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, or World Fantasy Award. Come discuss recent works which are definitely worth a read even though you haven’t heard people talking about them…yet.

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 PM, Plaza Three
“Writing Non-Standard Romance Arcs”
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Stephanie Burke, Robert C Roman, Joan Wendland

The “traditional” pattern of characters getting together romantically tends to go from discovering mutual interest to holding hands to kissing to some form of sex. But what if you have a character who is averse to any or all of these things? Or is physically incapable of them? How do you show your readers that a relationship has reached its climax when there isn’t a literal one involved?

Sun 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
“Foundations of Worldbuilding: Travel and Transportation”
Vikki Ciaffone [moderator], James L. Cambias, Chris Kreuter, Janny Wurts, Victoria Janssen, John Ashmead

Whether you’re writing Space Opera or High Fantasy, how your characters get from place to place can bring a lot of distinction to your world, and help bring your readers deeper into its thrall. Conversely, inconsistent or unrealistic travel times can throw your readers out of the story. Let’s talk about how to keep your narrative’s pace and your character’s pace moving in sync no matter the mode.

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.