Guests of OpusFest 2009
Literary Guest of Honor - Ilona and Gordon Andrews"Ilona Andrews" is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)
Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Georgia with their two children and two dogs, one of whom is clearly neurotic and the other who believes herself to be a thirty pound wolf. They are working on Kate Daniels's next adventure.
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Artist Guest of Honor - Gil BruvelBorn in Sydney, Australia, in 1959, Gil Bruvel's French-born parents moved the family back to the south of France when he was 4 years old. While taking drawing lessons at age 9 and learning sculpture basics, Gil made the decision to spend his life creating art. There he found himself inspired by the light and landscapes in this region. He began working with oil paint at the age of 12 and the local environment had an enormous and lasting influence on his palette –giving him luminous colors he continues to use today.
Gil's father, being a cabinetmaker, introduced the budding artist to the inner workings of a wood workshop including furniture design, its practical function, and every aspect of hand crafting each piece. Taking this knowledge and experience with him, Gil began studies at an art restoration workshop 1974, spending the next three years learning the techniques of the Old Masters and modern Masters of fine art. Thereafter he set up his studio in St. Remy de Provence until 1986 when he first made his way to the United States, making it his permanent residence in 1990.
At that time he started to experiment more with sculptures in bronze, stainless steel, mixed media and digital modeling as well as continuing to learn about creative processes in artistic expression.
He is currently creating functional art, sculptures, and paintings.
Gil Bruvel has been exhibiting his work since 1974 in various places around the world and including: Denmark, Dubai, England, France, Hungary, Japan, Monaco, The Netherlands, Singapore, and the United States. He has received numerous awards including those from museums exhibitions as well as nationally and inter-nationally juried competitions. His collectors span the globe.
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Musical Guest of Honor - VoltaireVoltaire is a singer/songwriter whose music has its roots deeply imbedded in european folk music. His songs speak of love and, most often, the loss thereof with the added twist of how best to seek revenge on the ones who have hurt you. Lyrically, he explores and reveals those moments of vulnerability most would rather not discuss and exploits with childish abandon those fleeting streaks of cruelty we all feel but choose not to act upon or even mention.
Voltaire has written music for the Cartoon Network, and is an accomplished stop-motion animator where he has been featured on MTV, USA Networks and the Sci-Fi Channel.
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Sarah Hoyt - Author and ToastmasterBorn in Portugal far more years ago than she likes to admit, Sarah A. Hoyt likes to tell people she grew up somewhere between Elizabethan England and Victorian England with just a little of the twentieth century thrown in.
That might be an exaggeration, but not much. She learned to write with a quill pen. She penned her first “novel” with a ballpoint pen at the age of six and, since she’d abandoned the idea of becoming an angel when she grew up, she decided to be a novelist instead.
Since then, she attained a degree from the University of Porto, found that employment for English majors was at best scant and moved to the US. She now I lives in Colorado with her husband, two teen sons and five indoor cats, plus a variety of Not-Our-Cats™ who beg food at the kitchen door.
You may have heard of Sarah’s Shifter Series (Draw One in the Dark and Gentleman Takes a Chance), or her Magical British Empire series (Heart of Light, Soul of Fire and Heart and Soul). Maybe you've read her acclaimed Shakespearean Fantasy series (Ill Met by Moonlight, All Night Awake and Any Man So Daring) or her collections, Crawling Between Heaven and Earth and Wings. Or perhaps you’ve heard of her Musketeers Mystery series, written as Sarah D’Almeida (Death of a Musketeer, The Musketeer's Seamstress, The Musketeer's Apprentice, A Death in Gascony and Dying by the Sword).
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Michael Stackpole - Special "Virtual" Guest- More info about this "Virtual" appearance coming soon!
Stephen H. Segal - Editor of Weird Tales MagazineStephen H. Segal is the editorial & creative director of Weird Tales, the world's oldest magazine of fantastic literature. He also designs book covers for several publishers including Juno Books, Tor Books, and Prime Books; in his copious free time, he serves on the executive board of the Interstitial Arts Foundation.
He has previously been an editor at InPittsburgh Weekly and WQED's Pittsburgh Magazine, a publication designer for Carnegie Mellon University, and a writer for the Philadelphia Weekly. A native of Atlantic City, Stephen now lives outside Washington, D.C.
David Boop - AuthorDenver-based author David Boop is a single dad and returning college student. Dave was a journalist before turning to fiction. In fact, he’s done jobs as diverse as DJ, magician and teacher. He’s published a dozen short stories and made two short films. A fixture on the convention circuit, he’s spoken at literary gatherings in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Washington State. He’s part of a cavalcade of authors on Second Life, as well. His novel, She Murdered Me with Science, debuted in August, along with his first anthology, Space Pirates. General interests include noir, Mayan history, and The Blues.