Last update: 18 November 2010.
Launch party for The Duke and the Pirate Queen! Saturday, December 11, 2010, 3 pm, Big Blue Marble Bookstore.
Upcoming Blog Appearances:
November 17, "Hints of Mystery" at K.S. Manning's Blog.
November 29, "Sexy Pirates" and giveaway at The Smutketeers.
November 30, "Writing Explicitly" at Kate Elliott's blog.
December 1, "The World Beyond the Story" at Ella Drake's blog.
December 2, "Research Mashups" at Risky Regencies.
December 6, Interview at Kate Pearce's blog.
December 8, "Why Pirates?" at Chicks N' Scratching.
December 10, "Romantic Settings" at Moonlight and Roses.
December 13, "Researching Asian Pirates" at Jeannie Lin's Blog.
December 15, "The Lotus Eaters" at Stephanie Draven's Blog.
December 17, "Satisfying Endings" at Shelley Munro's Blog.
Guest at the Novelists, Inc. Blog: 12/3.
I'm attending the following upcoming conferences and conventions:
Philcon, November 19-21, 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Arisia, January 14-17, 2011, Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts.
Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, June 25 - July 1, 2011, Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York City, New York.
RWA 30th Annual National Conference, July 28-31, 2010, Orlando, Florida.
Readercon, July 8-11, 2010, Burlington, MA.:
"Axes of Identity in Speculative Fiction"
Panelists: Andrea Hairston, Victoria Janssen, N.K. Jemisin, Vandana Singh, Kestrell Verlager
"The Career of Nalo Hopkinson"
Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Gemma Files, Andrea Hairston, Victoria Janssen, Gary K. Wolfe
"Fanfic as Criticism (Only More Fun)"
Panelists: Victoria Janssen, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Erin Kissane, Kenneth Schneyer, Cecilia Tan
"Great War Geeks Unite!"
"Theodore Sturgeon Marathon Short Story Reading"
Victoria Janssen reads "Scars" and "Blue Butter"
"Not Quite the Punctuation Panel"
Panelists: John Crowley, Samuel R. Delany, Ron Drummond, Victoria Janssen, Barry Malzberg
Guest at Monkey Bear Reviews on "My Top Five Favorite Marriage of Convenience Novels," 6/25/10.
BookExpo America, May 26-27, 2010, New York City, NY.
Guestblog with Lauren Dane for her Writerly Wednesday, March 17, 2010.
Guestblog at Midnight Moon Cafe, March 15, 2010.
Author Spotlight at Friskbiskit, March 10, 2010.
Philadelphia Fantastic Authors and Editors Reading Series: Victoria Janssen, February 26, 2010, The Moonstone Arts Center, 110 A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Arisia, January 15-18, 2010, Cambridge, MA.
Broad Universe Reading
"Jack the Ripper and the Historical Character"
Katherine Crighton (mod.), Victoria Janssen, Gardner Dozois, Susan Casper, Sarah Clemens
"The History of Fandom"
Victoria Janssen (mod.), Don Sakers, Marlin May, A. Joseph Ross, Paula Lieberman
"My Fandom's Not Dead Yet!"
Melissa Honig (mod.), Victoria Janssen, Daniel Miller, Cindy Shettle, James Zavaglia
"The Timeless Story"
Eric Van (mod.), Victoria Janssen, Peter Maranci, Karl Heinemann, Terry Franklin
Paranormal Romantics, January 11, 2010.
Leah Braemel's Blog, December 30, 2009.
Harlequin's Paranormal Romance Blog, December 14, 2009.
Lust in Time, December 8, 2009.
Release Party for The Moonlight Mistress!
Saturday, December 5, 3:00 pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Interview at The Smutketeers, December 2, 2009.
Crista McHugh's blog, November 30, 2009.
Romance Junkies Blog, November 24, 2009.
Philcon 2009, November 20-22, 2009, Cherry Hill, NJ. Here's my schedule:
Fantasy Based on Non-European Sources
Victoria Janssen (mod), Stephanie Burke, James L. Cambias, Christine Norris, Tom Doyle
You don't have to go "all medieval on me" to write fantasy. What are the best examples of fantasy not based on European backgrounds to date?
The Books We Come Back To
Victoria Janssen (mod), Michael J. Walsh, KT Pinto, Caroline Cox, Lawrence Kramer
There are some books we read over and over again. What qualities do these books have that make them worth visiting again?
Sat 12:00 PM in Executive Suite 623
VICTORIA JANSSEN READING
Making It with Vampires, Shapeshifters, and Other Creatures
Victoria Janssen (mod), Desirina Boskovich, L.A. Banks, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Nina Ely, Stephanie Burke
What is the psychological appeal?
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Victoria Janssen (mod), Michael Swanwick, Stephanie Burke, Lee Gilliland
The treatment of sex in Science Fiction.
Where Will the Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy Connection Go?
Victoria Janssen (mod), Catherine Asaro, L.A. Banks, Oz Drummond
Is the crossover between Science Fiction/Fantasy and the Romance genre cresting or still on the rise? Where is it going? Is it affecting the whole field?
Star-Crossed Romance Blog, November 9, 2009.
CapClave 2009, October 16-18, 2009, Rockville, MD.
Victoria Janssen, Jean-Marie Ward, Diane Weinstein (mod.)
From Harry Dresden to Rachel Morgan to Sookie Stackhouse to Anita Blake, a lot of popular urban fantasies/paranormal romances seem to be mysteries. Why add a third element to the mix? What works/doesn't work when you combine them?
Paranormal Romance: Just Chick Lit?
Jean-Marie Ward (mod.), Mattie Brahen, Victoria Janssen, Mindy Klasky
Why is the main character in paranormal romances usually female? Is the audience meant to be women only? What is the right balance between the paranormal and the romance?
Amanda McIntyre's House of Muse Blog for "Coffee Talk" on October 1, 2009.
The Naughty Girls Next Door blog, August 15, 2009, "Sneaking in the Historical Detail."
Anticipation, August 6-10, 2009, the 67th Worldcon in Montreal, Canada.
Vampire Rules--and How to Recognize Them Without a Mirror
Victoria Janssen (mod.), Inanna Arthen, John Joseph Adams
Are there vampire rules that writers MUST follow? Some experts and enthusiasts discuss vampires, including Asian versus European vampires.
Erotic Writing Sources and Venues
Nica Berry (mod.), Peter Cohen, Jessica Freeley, Victoria Janssen
Writers talk about what they write: erotica. Why do they write it, what's the market for it, and how they keep things "fresh."
Romance Writers of America National Conference, July 15-19, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Readercon 2009, July 9-12, 2009, Burlington, MA.
Fiction That Defies Boundaries Blog, July 10, 2009.
Romance Junkies Blog, June 18, 2009.
Interview as part of "We Heart Historicals" event, June 8, 2009.
Wiscon 2009, May 22-25, 2009, Madison, WI.
Lori Devoti's Full Moon of Werewolves, April 15, 2009.
The New York Review of Science Fiction, April 9, 2009, South Street Seaport Museum, New York City, NY.
In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series, March 19, 2009, The Happy Ending Lounge, New York City, NY.
Philadelphia Fantastic, February 27, 2009, 7:30 pm, Moonstone Art Center, 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
The Erotic Salon at L'Etage, February 17, 2009, 7:30 pm, 624 S 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA. L'Etage is above the restaurant Beau Monde.
Arisia, January 16-19, 2009, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I blogged at The Deadly Vixens on December 9, 2008 and at Lust in Time from December 8th through 12th.
Release party and reading for The Duchess, Her Maid, the Groom and Their Lover!
Sunday, December 14, 2:00 pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA
Reading at The Erotic Salon, June 17, 2008, Philadelphia, PA: "Camera."
Philcon, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, November 21-23, 2008:
Science Fiction and Romance
Panelists: Stephanie Burke (mod), Mary Robinette Kowal, Victoria Janssen, L.A. Banks, Catherine Asaro
Panelists: Stephanie Burke (mod), Victoria Janssen, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, KT Pinto
Whose Brain Do We Like to Pick?
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (mod), Andrew Breslin, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Jim Reichert, Alyce Wilson
What sources do authors mine for ideas?
CapClave, Rockville, Maryland, October 17-19, 2008:
Girl Meets Monster - Gets Boyfiend: Paranormal Romances
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Maria Snyder, Mindy Klasky, Traci Castleberry/Nica Berry
What is paranormal romance? Is it absorbing urban fantasy or is it a completely separate genre? Why is it so popular? Why now? Should they be filed under romance or fantasy?
Reading, Saturday at 9 pm, in Twinbrook.
Gaylaxicon 2008, Washington, D.C., October 10-13, 2008
How To Break In
Victoria Janssen, Joshua Bilmes, Lee Martindale, Sean Wallace
So you want to be a writer/creator? How do you break into the publishing world or the media production world? Beyond just having a great story to tell, what more do you need to do? Agents, contacts, editors, oh my!
Romance Writers of America National Conference, San Francisco, California, July 30-August 2, 2008
Readercon, Burlington, Massachusetts, July 17-20, 2008:
You Got Spec Fic in My Romance! (And Vice Versa!)
Victoria Janssen (L) with Nina Harper, Mary Kay Kare, Terry McGarry, Gayle Surrette, Nancy Werlin
"One of the hottest romance sub-genres at the moment is paranormal, which encompasses everything from vampires to valkyries, werewolves to gargoyles, men who are cursed and women who carry demons on their skin. Many of the more recent paranormals, such as those by Patricia Briggs and Eileen Wilks, arguably have more fantasy than romance. Is paranormal "true" speculative fiction? How often do readers cross genres? Are paranormal romances and speculative fiction showing cross-genre pollination in their content?"
WisCon, Madison, Wisconsin, May 23-26, 2008:
Porn Crushes the Patriarchy!
Victoria Janssen [moderator]; Mary Anne Mohanraj, Celia May Hart, Sacchi Green, Anna Black/Jenna Reynolds
"Erotica for women is coming into the mainstream--novels from the pioneering Black Lace line are now available in trade paperback editions, shelved among the romance novels, which have long been described as 'porn for women,' and several major publishers (Harlequin, Avon, Kensington, etc.) have begun lines of women's erotica in the last couple of years. Publishers go where the money is, but what made the market favorable for erotica right now? Who's buying the books? Was the renaissance encouraged by online publishers such as Ellora's Cave? And does reading (and writing) porn really crush the patriarchy?"
Being the Heroine of a Romance Novel Doesn't Make Me Weak
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Lori Devoti, Chris Merrill, Anna Black/Jenna Reynolds, Betsy Urbik
"Romance novel heroines of today match their male counterparts in careers, magical powers and even sex. These aren't your grandmother's romances! Come discuss the empowered women of the modern romance, and how their presence has or hasn't changed the romance narrative -- and why."
Please contact me if you would like further information on past panel discussions.
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