Conference Spotlight ~ Not Your Normal Paranormal panel

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.

At Diamonds Are Forever,  Eleni Konstantine (moi) is moderating a panel aimed at ALL writers (especially those targetting the paranormal market) called



When you hear ‘paranormal fiction’, do you only think of vampires? Or werewolves? Do you think only books about them sell? Thank goodness, that isn’t the case! Other creatures also go bumpity bump in the night – zombies, fae, goblins, djinn, and even angels. This panel will discuss the paranormal genre as a whole and list examples of authors and their less common beasties.

Not Your Normal Paranormal  panelists

Alexandra Sokoloff is the author of the supernatural thrillers THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, and BOOK OF SHADOWS, the paranormal romance, THE SHIFTERS, the upcoming paranormal trilogy TWIST OF FATE, and the new original e book THE SPACE BETWEEN, a young adult supernatural thriller. She is a Thriller Award winner and a Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominee. The New York Times Book Review called her novels “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

As a screenwriter, Alex has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios, for producers such as Michael Bay, Laura Ziskin, David Heyman, and Neal Moritz. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west, and the board of the Mystery Writers of America.

In non-fiction, Alex is the author of SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS (AND SCREENWRITERS!), and WRITING LOVE, workbooks based on her internationally acclaimed blog and workshops.

Monique Patterson

Monique Patterson began her publishing career at Avon Books in 1998, which then became a part of HarperCollins.  She is currently Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press where she acquires women’s fiction, which includes contemporary, historical, paranormal and erotic romance, paranormal fiction, African American fiction and a selective amount of commercial non-fiction, which includes pop culture and celebrity bios for all parts of the list and for all formats.  Some of her current authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lora Leigh, MaryJanice Davidson, Suzanne Enoch, Christina Brooke, Julianne Maclean, Celeste Bradley, Susan Donovan, Alexandra Hawkins, Christine Warren, MaryJanice Davidson, Francis Ray and others.  One of her favorite pastimes. . . is reading.  What a surprise.

Keri ArthurKeri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for Urban Fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

Cathleen Ross

Cathleen Ross’ first novel, Man Hunt sold to Black Lace/Random House. Man Hunt became the number one, best-selling erotic novel on the Publisher’s website in 2006 and has been translated into German. She has also sold to Harlequin, Lyrical Press and Passion in Print.  She is currently self publishing her Forbidden Fantasies series while her agent is shopping her latest work, a paranormal romance, The Demon Prince around NY. When she is not writing, she runs her editing and critiquing service.

Nicola E. Sheridan is a West Australian author who specialises in the use of magic and mythology in modern romance. Published with Eternal Press, Nicola’s books are a different take on a popular genre. Filled with Genies, Manticores, Harpies and many more, she brings forth creatures previously lost in the mists of time, and weaves them, with startling clarity, back into our modern world.

When not writing Nicola is busy studying, and enjoys painting, four-wheel driving and music.  She lives in Western Australia with her husband, two children, two cats and her very, very, geriatric old dog.

Anna Hackett  is the author of several paranormal short stories from Harlequin Nocturne Bites.  She loves action, adventure, romance and is passionate about ancient history.  In addition to vampires and werewolves, her stories star many other paranormal beasties and beings.

When not writing, Anna is a mining engineer who drinks too much Diet Coke.  For more info on her upcoming releases, check out her website:

Eleni Konstantine Eleni Konstantine is Fantasy and Paranormal fiction writer, with a number of shorts published. Her stories range from flash fiction to novels. She blames her mother for her writing bug because as a child she was given many books,including illustrated fairytales. That and a love of Greek mythology, and Eleni was destined to become a writer.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Interested in creatures that go bumpity bump in the night.

Questions answered by Eleni Konstantine

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Diamonds are Forever”?

To be honest, Denise Rossetti prompted me to undertake this workshop. In fact, the wonderful title is Denise’s brain child. I thought it was fabulous, and ran with it.

What can participants expect from this session?

A wonderful discussion on the paranormal genre, and the less known creatures that filter throughout it. With such a diverse group on the panel, it’s going to be a great session with lots of information and advice. There will be lists of examples provided.


Which members will benefit most from this session?

Those targetting the paranormal genre. 

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 21st RWA conference?

Why this panel, of course! Seriously, being a member of the conference team, I’m looking forward to everything going smoothly, and to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

Any advice for conference first-timers?

Get ready for information overload – but in a good way! You will meet like minded people who understand that characters live in your head – and that who don’t think you’re crazy. I think the most important bit of advice is to enjoy – don’t worry about not catching every little bit of the conference. It’s not a race of trying to cram in everything into the few days of the conference – though it can feel that way. If you need five minutes to yourself, take them.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

Alexandra – The very dark YA thriller The Space Between and Book of Shadows is available on Kindle – and

KeriDarkness Devours is due for release in July –

Cathleen – The latest in the Forbidden Fantasy stories, Her Prisoner, is now available from Smashwords and Amazon. To learn more, please visit

NicolaMimosa Black is available from Eternal Press, as well as the first two books in the Magic Series, Magical Gains and Magical Creations. Visit Nicola at: and

Anna – One Night with the Wolf is available from Harlequin Nocturne Bites. You can visit Anna at:

Eleni – The short stories ‘Stormy Divide’ and ‘Angel Eyes’ will be released in the duo, Enchanted Realms, from Musa Publishing in June 2012. You can find Eleni at her website –

Thank you, ladies.


Our next Conference Spotlight is with Anne Gracie on 3rd April.

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  1. Hi Eleni —
    I am so looking forward to the conference and the paranormal panel!

  2. This panel almost makes me wish I wrote paranormal! It’s a great lineup of panellists. congrats to the organisers.

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