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Feature Hour with Guests of Honor Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine
April 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join Literary Track director Leanna Renee Hieber as she interviews our Steampunk superstar guests about their history, the trajectory and legacy of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, their process across many fields and mediums, latest work and what’s next in their exciting worlds. A guided audience Q and A and signing opportunity included.
Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is a New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster. She is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels as well as Social Media for Writers. Her books have won an Airship Award, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, and the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for steampunk. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and her podcasts have won both a Parsec Award and a Sir Julius Vogel award. (click to learn more)
Thomas Earl “Tee” Morris first appeared on bookshelves with MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana in 2002 and has been writing ever since. His success with the MOREVI podcast, the first novel to be podcast from cover-to-cover, led to his co-authoring of Podcasting for Dummies. This byline was beginning of several social media titles including All a Twitter, Teach Yourself Twitter in 10 Minutes, and Social Media for Writers, the latter title co-authored with his wife, Pip Ballantine. Tee has also contributed articles and stories for numerous anthologies including Tales of a Tesla Ranger Farscape Forever!, The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy (Volume 1-3), and A Cosmic Christmas 2 You. (click to learn more)
Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright and award-winning bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards and new revised editions are now available from Tor Books.Darker Still hit the American Bookseller’s Association “Indie Next List” and was a Scholastic Book Club “Highly Recommended” title. The Eterna Files, her latest Gaslamp Fantasy saga, is now complete from Tor Books. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous notable anthologies and her books have been translated into many languages. A proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, she lives in New York City where she is a licensed ghost tour guide and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum, with a one-woman show about designer Clara Driscoll forthcoming. She is represented by Paul Stevens of the Donald Maass agency. http://leannareneehieber.comhttp://twitter.com/leannarenee http://facebook.com/lrhieber