Masters of Urban Fantasy: Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Dana Cameron, and Toni L.P. Kelner

Art by Julie Dillon.

Dana Cameron, Toni L.P. Kelner (a.k.a. Leigh Perry), Patricia Briggs, and Charlaine Harris will join us on Essence of Wonder with Gadi Evron for geeky shenanigans in a panel discussion about Worldbuilding (and maybe pets). Before the panel, Charlaine will interview Patricia on her new Mercy Thompson book, “Smoke Bitten. Join us for this special show with The Leading Ladies of Urban Fantasy on Saturday (23 May).

With special thanks to Toni L.P. Kelner for helping with the production of this show.

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On our guests

Charlaine Harris
  • Charlaine Harris is a best selling mystery author, whose work is often marinated in fantasy and horror. Her best-beloved series, The Southern Vampire Mysteries, has been adapted as the TV show True Blood in 2008, as well as another TV series (Midnight Texas) and a long-running series of TV movies based on her Aurora Teagarden novels. In her free time, she adopts rescue dogs. You can find her books here [Amazon], and her website, here.

Patricia Briggs
  • Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series. Her impressive novel count is twenty-eight and growing. While not writing or reading, she enjoys spending time in her horse pastures. You can find her books here [Amazon], and her website, here.
Dana Cameron
  • Dana Cameron is an author of many genres, but especially crime and speculative fiction. Her Emma Fielding mysteries and Fangborn novels were inspired by her career in archaeology – how cool is that? She’s won multiple awards and several of her works have been developed for television; including Emma Fielding mysteries optioned by Muse Entertainment and three TV movies starring Courtney Thorne-Smith. You can find her books here [Amazon], and her website, here.
Toni L.P. Kelner
(a.k.a. Leigh Perry)
  • Toni L.P. Kelner (a.k.a. Leigh Perry) is a mystery author, who has published seventeen novels and numerous short stories. She is also co-editor of bestselling urban fantasy anthologies together with Charlaine Harris. Toni has a guinea pig named Clara. You can find her books here and here (for Leigh Perry) [Amazon], and her website, here.

Subject to change (US Eastern Time)

3:00 PM – Charlaine Harris interviews Patricia Briggs about her new Mercy Thompson book, “Smoke Bitten” [Amazon].
4:00 PM – Pets, readings, and other shenanigans.
4:30 PM – Panel discussion on Worldbuilding.


  • Karen Castelletti – A serial entrepreneur and experiential artist. She is Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder at Ever/Body. Formerly of Google by way of MIT, she leads large technology teams in innovative environments, most recently with CapitalOne.
  • Gadi Evron – Former CEO of Cymmetria [aqcuired], coordinates global response to cyber threats, chair of the World Economic Forum’s Cyber Risk Insight Council, and led the post-mortem for The First Internet War. In fandom, he headed the virtual transformation team for Worldcon 2020 (CoNZealand), and is Division Head for Events at Worldcon 2021 (Discon 3).

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