The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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HelenKay Dimon

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Faculty 2020
Presented by the Romance Writers of America Phoenix

About HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon is a divorce lawyer turned full-time author of over forty romance novels and novellas. Her award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues, including The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. She is an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award winner and RITA® Award winner in romantic suspense. She has taught romance writing and fiction writing at UCSD extension and MiraCosta College.

Find Conference Sessions with HelenKay Dimon

Balancing it All: Combining Romance with Other Genres
HelenKay Dimon

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location: Heritage, University Club
Type: Craft Talk, Discussion, Presentation
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Romance

Romance is a great mix with paranormal, suspense, thrillers and mysteries. You see it in movies and on television. But making it happen on the page? Not that easy. Your job is to make the mix believable and seamless, keep the pacing tight but give room for the romance to breathe. We’ll discuss strategies on how to make that happen.


Hey, I Know You! Building Strong Characters
Michael A Stackpole, Tracey Baptiste, HelenKay Dimon, Cristina García, Jonathan Danielson

Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Type: Panel
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre

We’ve all heard the advice, Know your character better than yourself. How do we build characters who are strong or fragile, bold or shy, fully round, fully complex, and well-developed instead of flat, two-dimensional representations? How do we use our imaginations to the fullest in creating relatable, strange, interesting, and compelling characters? In this panel, writers representing a range of speculative fiction will share tips and tricks for creating and building characters we all want to know, read, and have a conversation with.