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Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

     Author

LibertyCon 30 Literary Guest of Honor (2017)

Born and raised in Arizona, Kevin Hearne attended college at Northern Arizona University, earning a degree in English Education. It was during this time that he first got the writing bug, thanks to Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He worked for the college newspaper both as an editorial cartoonist and as a feature columnist, and started a novel that he never finished. He taught high school English for three years in California before returning to teach in Arizona.

Hearne decided to try an epic fantasy. He wrote for three years and came up with 200,000 words or so, which turned out to be a bit long for an unknown author's debut. He chopped it down and sent off a 114,000-word version to some agents, who all rejected it, but he also sent it to one publisher, who replied after only two weeks that it had passed the "first round" and would get passed on to other editors soon. No other word came for many moons and he began to work on something else while he waited. Kevin had an idea for a web comic featuring a Druid who could communicate mentally with animals, especially his own hound. Zuda.com was running a contest, and he scripted out eight pages and completed six of them before realizing that if he submitted his work, DC would own a piece of the characters, or maybe own them outright. He didn't want that, because he liked these characters too much to share with anyone else. So he wrote a novel about Atticus and Oberon instead, and it turned out to be great fun and easier to write than anything else he'd tried before. He finished writing Hounded in eleven months, and still hadn't heard back from the publisher about his epic fantasy.

He sent out a round of twelve queries and got some nibbles, but all ultimately rejected him. He tweaked his first chapter for the twentieth time, revised his query letter, and sent out another round of twelve queries. He got some more nibbles, more rejections, but also an offer of representation from Evan Goldfried at Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

Evan sent Hounded to nine publishers on September 9, 2009, along with teasers for the next two books in the series. Inside of two weeks, four of those publishers bid on the book at auction, and one of them, ironically, was the same publisher who had been sitting on his epic for a year.

Hearne wrote Hexed in five months and Hammered in six to accommodate the back-to-back release schedule.



(From Mr. Hearne's page on Fantasy Book Review)

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Kevin Hearne

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 03:00PM Autograph Session (Belcher, Hartness, Hearne, D. Kennedy, G. Martin)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Event
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM The Real-Life Inspirations for Fantasy and Horror
Literary GOH Kevin Hearne and author Cherie Priest talk about the settings for their work and how they inspire their stories--the lesson for aspiring writers being that ideas for stories and novels are everywhere you look, and anchoring your fantasy or horror in modern reality help sell the fantastic and horrific as believable.
Panel
Centennial Foyer
(60 min)
Sat 10:00AM Practical Linguistics in Crafting Voice
Literary GOH Kevin Hearne presents a workshop defying the old saw that "you can't teach voice." Maybe it can't be taught in its totality, but this workshop will cover practical techniques to make your characters pop and sound distinct from one another in both third person and first person POVs. Plenty of examples from lit and a firm belief from the instructor that you can master this.
Workshop
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Urban Fantasy: Druids in the 'Hood Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches
Urban Fantasy themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!
Sat 05:00PM Autograph Session (Hearne, Maggert, Monroe, S. Osborn)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Autograph
Dealer's Room
(60 min)
Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch
Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros
Sun 01:00PM Celebrity Jeopardy
Watch as Kevin Hearne, Dan dos Santos, and Elisa Quintana battle it out with fast answers on Art, Science, Literature and other fun topics.