Panel: Writing Great Genre Fiction

The 2020 Ohioana Book Festival is being held online this weekend, and I’m excited to be part of the Ohioana panel on Writing Great Genre Fiction!

The other authors participating are Sheldon Gleisser, Richard J. Norgard, TG Wolff, and John Vanek. The moderator will be Moriel Rothman-Zecher. Here’s a link to the Facebook page where you can see details about the panel, which will be held live online at 1 pm EDT on Sunday.

The book festival takes place throughout the weekend with various online panels. Here’s a link to the Ohioana Library Association’s preview of the weekend’s events:


Virtual Ohioana Book Festival

Hello, all! I’ve included a link below to the Ohioana Library’s post about this year’s book festival. The original festival was postponed to August due to concerns about Covid-19. Of course, now we know that unfortunately this virus isn’t going away by August. So the festival has now been changed to a virtual event that will take place over three days, from Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30.

Ohioana is planning a variety of panels and events that will be held over Zoom and social media platforms. I’m hoping to participate!

Further details will be upcoming. Stay tuned! 🙂

Ohioana Library’s post is here.



Ohioana Recap

The Ohioana Book Festival was a wonderful experience. It rained like crazy but we were all warm and dry inside, in a big room filled with Ohio writers and readers. The occasional roll of thunder just added atmosphere.

I participated in a panel: From Another Realm: Paranormal, Science Fiction and Fantasy. On the panel with me were three other writers of speculative fiction: Terry Ervin II, Terri-Lynne Smiles, and Tara Tyler. Each one of us had different thoughts about the craft of writing. Some of the panel attendees were working on their own stories, and had questions. So it was a good conversation about writing genre fiction, and could have continued much longer than our hour or so.

It felt strange to miss Marcon for the first time in several years, but I’ll be looking forward to attending there next year.

Below is a photo taken by a friendly photographer (my daughter) of me at my table, with my books.

More info about the Ohioana Book festival is here.

At the Ohioana Book Festival 2014
At the Ohioana Book Festival 2014 (photo: Libby Lutz)

Ohioana Book Festival

I’ll be a participating author at the Ohioana Book Festival, held in Columbus on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

If you’re in the area, please stop by! There will be a lot of authors there, all with an Ohio connection — writers of nonfiction and fiction in a variety of genres. Panels are scheduled throughout the day.

Here’s a link to the Ohioana website with a list of authors and the day’s schedule: