Friday Features

Happy Friday! Here at SiWC Central, a glorious, sunny morning has emerged from a night more suited to November than April, so we can't help but be cheerful this morning. So we figured we'd pass on the joy and give you not one, not two, but THREE of this year's presenters.  Let's see what the hat has in store for you today...

First up, brand new to SiWC this year, please welcome the amazing Jane Espenson:


Jane Espenson has written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Game of Thrones, and Torchwood: Miracle Day among other series. She is currently a consulting producer on ABC's hit Once Upon A Time, and is co-creator of Husbands, a web series viewable at You can follow Jane on Twitter @JaneEspenson.

Welcome, Jane!


Once upon a time, our next presenter was one of the attendees who travelled the farthest to be at SiWC, all the way from Japan. Now, she's a multi-published author and a most excellent teacher. Say hello to Linda Gerber:

Linda Gerber writes killer fiction for teens and tweens, including the best-selling DEATH BY BIKINI MYSTERIES series and the new MG series, LIGHTS, CAMERA, CASSIDY. Her books have been honored as ALA Popular Paperback, Junior Library Guild, Women’s Sports Foundation recommended read and Literacy Lab recommended read selections.

While living in Japan, Linda served as the Regional Advisor for the Tokyo chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Currently, she lives and writes in Dublin, OH, blissfully ignoring her husband, four kids, and one very naughty puppy.

Welcome, Linda!


Third up today is the only editor we're aware of who's ever had to edit her own name tag at SiWC, Tor's Claire Eddy:

Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for close to 30 years. She began editing science fiction and fantasy early in her career and has worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier, as well as newcomers Beth Bernobich and Ian Tregillis. While she still edits these genres, she has broadened her projects to include historicals, thrillers and mysteries. On the mystery side, she has worked with Stuart Kaminksy, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Sharan Newman. She's spent the better part of her adult life working with authors to make their stories and dreams be the best they can be, becoming that "third eye" and nudge to accomplish this feat.

Welcome, Claire!

Stay tuned. More soon!