David J. Pedersen

David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his home town Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and IT. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000 foot mountains and marched in The University of Wisconsin Marching Band. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and kids, and playing video games. He has published eight novels including the Angst fantasy series, Clod Makes a Friend, and Entriss Online - a LitRPG/GameLit VR fantasy.

02:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

A Fantastic Time: Time and Storytelling

How does time as a thematic element play into fantasy and adventure stories? Quests are races against time, time has magical properties, the Nothing is nothing ... Debate mythical or religious beliefs regarding time and its influence on characters and plots. Is it cyclical or linear, or altogether something else?

Moderator: Stephen Patrick

Panelists: Stephen Patrick, Lisa Smedman, David J. Pedersen, vickey malone kennedy, Ted Pennella

Tracks: Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment

04:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table


One-hour signings.

Profile: David J. Pedersen

Tracks: Autographs

05:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Incorporating Your Hobbies into Your Writing

Sometimes the best way is to write what you know. How can you bring your passions, life experiences, and skills into your storytelling? We will discuss how to tap into your own personal well of knowledge to bring your story to life on the page and perhaps pique readers' newest interest(s)!

Moderator: Phillip Drayer Duncan

Panelists: Tommy B. Smith, Tracy S. Morris, Phillip Drayer Duncan, David J. Pedersen, Julie Barrett

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

07:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: -

Panelists: Daniel Erickson, Melinda LaFevers, Craig Wolf, Tim Frayser, La Blanke, Liz Campbell, Trina Jacobs, J.H. Fleming, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Mel White, David J. Pedersen, Aaron Bossig, Selina Rosen, Kathleen M. O'Brien, Kent Cordray, Demi Gray

Tracks: Meetup, General Interest, Writing & Publishing, Art

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

Fandom – The Next Generation

Parents try to teach their child the important things: the odd-numbered Star Trek movie rule, the answer to the ultimate question, the ways of the Force and the Dark Side, and generally how not to roll a one at doing life. Our parent panelists share stories and trade tips on raising younglings with fandom interests, and the lessons being a nerd teaches us.

Moderator: Kimber E Chessmore

Panelists: John Eads/Jim Shorts, Kimber E Chessmore, David J. Pedersen, Julie Barrett

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, General Interest