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Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Con

The next Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con is being held on October 5-7, 2018 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, romance, 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!

We now welcome to our amazing 2018 line up Jamie Freveletti!

Jamie FrevelettiJamie Freveletti is a trial attorney, martial artist, and runner. She’s an avid runner and holds a black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. After law school she lived in Geneva, Switzerland while obtaining a diploma in International Studies. Back in Chicago, she represented clients in areas ranging from class actions for mass salmonella poisoning to securities fraud. Her debut thriller Running from the Devil was chosen as a “Notable Book” by the Independent Booksellers of America, awarded “Best First Novel” by the International Thriller Writers, awarded a Barry Award for “Best First Novel” by Deadly Pleasures Magazine, and nominated for a Macavity Award for” Best First Mystery” by the Mystery Readers International and “Favorite First Novel of 2009” by Crimespree Magazine. It has been translated into three languages and was an international bestseller.

Her second novel Running Dark released in June, 2010, hit both the Chicagoland and South Florida bestseller lists and the third novel in her series, The Ninth Day released in September, 2011 and was chosen as one of the “Best Thrillers of 2011” by Suspense Magazine. The fourth in her series, Dead Asleep released on October 30, 2012. In January, 2011, she was tapped by the Estate of Robert Ludlum to write the next in the Covert One series. She wrote Robert Ludlum’s The Janus Reprisal and her latest in that series The Geneva Strategy followed.

She is a contributor for the upcoming non-fiction anthology, Anatomy of Innocence, Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted edited by Laura Caldwell, of the Life After Innocence project, and Leslie Klinger author. The anthology will be released in March, 2017. She’s currently hard at work on another in her own Emma Caldridge series as well as a novel for a new series. She lives in Chicago with her family.

We are delighted to announce our first Keynote for the 2018 conference will be Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians, which pretty much explains everything. He has written around 50 novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, comic books, and blog entries, many of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Leverage, Marvel Comics, Cars, Farscape, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, Serenity, Resident Evil, Kung Fu Panda, Doctor Who, and more. Among his many works of original fiction are the fantasy police procedural series of novels and short stories that started with Dragon Precinct, as well as a series of urban fantasy short stories set in Key West, Florida, many of which are in Ragnarok & Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, fiction about cops in a city filled with super heroes, and an urban fantasy series about a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters. Keith is also an editor (having supervised several book lines and put together dozens of anthologies), musician (percussionist for the Don’t Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and others), and a second-degree black belt in Kenshikai karate (he both trains and teaches). He still lives in New York City with various humans and animals.


LOCAL GUESTS

E.A. Aymar 

E.A. Aymar is the author of I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2013) and You’re As Good As Dead (2015), both from Black Opal Books. His column, Decisions and Revisions, appears monthly in the Washington Independent Review of Books, and he is also the Managing Editor of The Thrill Begins, ITW’s online resource for aspiring and debut thriller writers.In addition to ITW, he is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and SinC. He also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C. He holds a Masters in Literature and lives with his wife and son, and a small animal menagerie, just outside of D.C.

He is also involved in a collaboration with DJ Alkimist, a NY and DC-based DJ, where his stories are set to her music. For more information about that project, visit www.eaalkimist.com.


John Dedakis

Award-winning Author and Writing Coach John DeDakis is a former CNN Senior Copy Editor for the Emmy and Peabody-Award winning news program “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis is the author of four mystery/suspense novels — Fast Track, BluffTroubled Water, and Bullet in the Chamber. From 2013 to 2015, DeDakis was an adjunct journalism faculty member at the University of Maryland-College Park. In the fall of 2014, he began leading the “From Novice to Novelist” writing workshop at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He’s been leading writing workshops at Washington’s popular independent bookstore Politics and Prose since the fall of 2015. John DeDakis, a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, began his journalism career in 1969 at a campus radio station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was tear gassed while covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from that university in 1977 following a stint in the U.S. Army where he worked from 1972-74 as a Special Events Reporter at The American Forces Network – Europe (AFN-E) based in Frankfurt, Germany. During that time he interviewed legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock. In 1970, DeDakis was the first news director of WLSU-FM (88.9 NPR) located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  From 1976 to 1983, DeDakis was a reporter at WMTV (NBC-15) in Madison, Wisconsin where he covered energy and transportation issues.  From 1983 to 1988, he was a General Assignment Correspondent with CBN News in Virginia Beach, Virginia. DeDakis was CBN’s White House Correspondent during the last three years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency.  In addition to interviewing Reagan, John also interviewed former president Jimmy Carter. In March 2013, DeDakis retired from CNN after a 25-year career there that began in 1988 when he joined the network as a writer. From 2001 to 2005, he supervised the writing on CNN’s “Daybreak,” anchored by Carol Costello. He also copy edited newscasts anchored by Donna Kelley, Leon Harris, Bill Hemmer, Daryn Kagan, Kitty Pilgrim, and Martin Savidge.
From 2006 to 2013, DeDakis led workshops in broadcast newswriting in CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau.

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