Catherine Cooke Montrose

Catherine Cooke Montrose

Panelist Guest / Writer

Catherine Cooke, author of the Mask of the Wizard and The Winged Assassin fantasy trilogies, is also Catherine Montrose, the author of dark fantasy The Wendigo Border. She lives in Washington State with two grown sons, an engineer husband, and two standard poodles. She is currently working on an epic medieval fantasy, The Gentlefolk War, and a young adult series, The Wayfinders.


Friday, June 7, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G

Character Building Exercises

Some characters spring forth, fully realized as Athena. Others might be throwaways, or that guy who annoyed you in high school. Panelists share tips and techniques for keeping characters real and memorable.

Panelists: Catherine Cooke Montrose, Carolyn Kay, vickey malone kennedy, Shayla Raquel, Christina Stiles, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G

Boo, Hiss! Beloved Villains

Voldemort; Saruman; Lex Luthor -- explain the charm of bad guys who absolutely revel in their villainy.

Panelists: David "Oak" Rice, J.H. Fleming, James Hollaman, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Peter Pixie

Tracks: Fandoms

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Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma E - Autograph Tables


Panelists: Catherine Cooke Montrose, Marguerite Reed, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Autographs

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Sooner A

Words Are Hard: Writing Believable Dialogue

We all have trouble elucidating our thoughts at times. So how can writers do it for two or three (or more!) main characters and dozens of supporting characters? How can you encourage the reader to hear the voices in your head the same way you do? How do you write for a political view with which you may disagree, or a gender with which you don’t identify?

Panelists: Catherine Cooke Montrose, David Carrico, Deborah Chester, Lee Killough, Laura J. Underwood, Adam J. Whitlatch

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Noble

Readings: Fantasy

Panelists: Catherine Cooke Montrose, Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

Three Types of Magic in Fantasy

There are charms (magic anyone can use with the right chant); invocations (getting a demon or the like to do it for you); and innate magic (it’s part of the magician). Does all magic have the same limits or are the limits flexible? Which is the easiest to use in your story?

Panelists: Linda L. Donahue, A. Lee Martinez, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Adrian Simmons, Christina Stiles, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Fantasy

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