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Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Con

The next Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con is being held on September 8-10, 2017 at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center in Columbia, MD. Look for more information coming soon!

Our purpose is to gather readers and writers of all genre fiction; including mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal etc.

There will be panels to interest both writers and fans. All meals will be included and everyone will eat all of their meals together. There will be keynote speeches, guest interviews and so much more!


Jonathan Maberry will give a class on THE ART OF THE PITCH –If you have a book you are ready to market (or have been marketing and haven’t had any luck selling), then come join us for a special workshop on selling your writing. There have been a lot of changes in the publishing industry and more than ever the Pitch has become a vital selling tool. We’ll discuss: How to Prepare for the Pitch; Picking the Right Agent for Your Book; Picking the Right Publisher for Your Book; Materials You Need for a Killer Pitch; Author Platform; Query Letters; The In-Person Pitch; What to Include (and What to Leave Out!); Resources to Make your Pitch Super-Powered

Peter Blauner will present on the difference between writing for the screen and writing for the page.

Jeffery Deaver will give a session called: Bringing It All Together: An Example of Writing a Thriller. The international best seller and current president of the Mystery Writers of America will walk us through his process for planning and outlining, actually writing a book, editing and polishing, and getting feedback. Get the how-to from a master of the craft.

Michaela Hamilton, Executive Editor at Kensington, will also give a one-person presentation. She’ll offer the insider’s view of the submission and acquisition process at her press. Ms Hamilton is currently John Gilstrap’s editor, has worked with Jeffery Deaver, and was the first to publish Jonathan Maberry (his Pine Deep trilogy.) This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how the publishing industry REALLY works. 


NY Times Bestseller and 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry!

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.
Maberry writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes Rot & Ruin (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); Dust & Decay (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; Flesh & Bone (winner of the Bram Stoker Award; 2012); Fire & Ash (2013); and Bits And Pieces (2015), a collection of stories set in the world of Rot & Ruin. His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin: Patient Zero, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; The Dragon Factory, 2010; The King Of Plagues, 2011; Assassin’s Code, 2011; Extinction Machine, 2013; Code Zer0, 2014; Predator One, 2015; Joe Ledger: Special Ops (2015), a collection of Joe Ledger short stories; and the soon-to-be-released Kill Switch (April 2016).

We are thrilled to have New York Times Bestselling thriller author Peter Blauner as one of our two keynote speakers!

Peter Blauner started in journalism. He was a reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger and the Norwich Bulletin in Connecticut, and wrote for the New York magazine. In 1988 Blauner took a leave of absence from journalism and spent six months as a volunteer probation officer as research for his first novel Slow Motion Riot. It won the Edgar award, and was named an “International Book of the Year” in the Times Literary Supplement. For The Intruder, Blauner spent a year as a volunteer at a homeless shelter and visited the underground dwellings of “mole people” living beneath Manhattan’s Riverside Park. That novel was a New York Times bestseller. Blauner has been on the writing staff of three shows in the Law & Order franchise and was a co-executive producer of Law & Order: SVU. More recently, he has been writing as a co-executive producer for “Blue Bloods.” His next novel, Proving Ground, is scheduled for release in 2017.


David Swinson

David Swinson’s first novel, A Detailed Man, has been called “A relentless tour of DC’s most crime-ridden streets, with many beautifully written surprises, and darker than the deepest noir.” The follow-up, The Second Girl, was named “One of the best crime novels of 2016!” in The New York Times Book Review. Swinson currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, bull mastiff, and bearded dragon. His next book, Crime Song is due for release in the summer 2017 by Mulholland Books.
Swinson is a highly decorated member of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department. After time as a uniformed officer in the Gun Recovery Unit he went undercover targeting narcotics and crimes in progress. As an investigator he covered burglary, armed robbery and homicides. Promoted to detective he ultimately became DC’s lead investigator for serial burglaries, high profile cases and organized criminal operations.
Debbi Mack

Debbi Mack’s first novel, Identity Crisis, hit the New York Times ebook bestseller list in 2011 and is the first in the Sam McRae Mystery series. Her second novel, Least Wanted, became a Kindle bestseller during the summer of 2011 in the U.S. and the U.K. The third and fourth novels in the series are Riptide and Deep Six. The main character is a Maryland lawyer-sleuth named Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae. Debbi has also written a young adult novel called Invisible Me and published several short stories, including one nominated for a Derringer Award. Debbi has previously reviewed books for Mystery Scene Magazine, and this website has links to those reviews. Debbi has also adapted her first novel into a screenplay, at the request of Maryland film producer, Lisa Tuvalo, who’s optioned the book. She’s also written a feature film screenplay called The Enemy Within, which made the finals in the Creative World Awards and New York Screenplay Contests in 2015, as well as the Second Round in the 2014 Austin Film Festival screenplay contest.

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