2020 events cancelled due to COVID-19. I will update this as soon as anything is scheduled.


Read Local: Author Expo
November 2, 2019
10am - 2pm

New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33647

Facebook Event Page

Arts and Crafts at the Pumpkin Patch
October 26, 2019
9am - 3pm

First United Methodist Church, Wesley Center
303 N. Evers St.
Plant City, FL

Necronomicon 2019
October 18-20, 2019

Holiday Inn Tampa
Westshore - Airport Area
700 N Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609

Necronomicon Website
Necronomicon Facebook Event Page

Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival
October 5, 2019
Morning Session:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
​Mid Day Session:
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

1310 John Moore Rd
Brandon, FL 33510

Click HERE for details.

Realm Makers
Conference for Christian Speculative Fiction Writers

July 18-20, 2019
St. Louis, MO

Click HERE for info about Realm Makers.

Necronomicon 2018

LibCon 2018

May 12, 2018 (Saturday)
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573

Click HERE for more info.

"Valentween" at Books at Park Place
February 13, 2018 (Tuesday)
6:00 - 8:00 pm
10468 Roosevelt Blvd N
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33716
Click HERE for more info.

Book Swap of Carrollwood
Feb 3, 2018
1:00-4:00 pm
11738 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

Necronomicon 2017
October 20-22, 2017
Holiday Inn Westshore
700 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609
Click HERE for more info.
My panel schedule:
Friday 2:00:00 PM Awesome Anti-heroes
Friday 5:00:00 PM What to do with the Editor's Comments
Saturday 10:00 AM Time Travel Tales: How to do Them Right
(Sunday 10:00 AM Autograph Session)
Sunday 1:00 PM Writing Kids Right

READ LOCAL: Author Meet-n-Greet 
Jimmie B Keel Regional Library
2902 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, Florida 33618
June 25, 2017
2 PM - 3:30 PM
For more info, see the Event Page.

PolyCon 2017
Florida Polytechnic University
4700 Research Way, Lakeland FL, 33805
April 8, 2017
10am - 10pm
Click HERE for more info.

Tampa Pen Women Exhibit
My books and art will be displayed among those of other local women through the month of November at Center Place (adjacent to the Brandon Library).
Center Place
619 Vonderburg Dr.
Brandon, FL 33511
Nov 2 - Nov 30, 2016
Reception on November 10
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Free food! Books and artwork for sale by the authors and artists! Come see me!

Other Worlds Author Event at Books at Park Place
Multiple local authors gathered for signings!
Books at Park Place
Gateway Crossings
10468 Roosevelt Blvd N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
November 19
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Visit the Facebook event page HERE.

Necronomicon 2016
Grand Hyatt, Tampa, FL
October 28-30, 2016
Click HERE for more info and registration.
My panel schedule:
Friday 1:00:00 PM Maintaining Mystery without Losing Your Reader
Friday 4:00:00 PM Writing for the YA Market
Friday 6:00:00 PM Point of View: Head Hopping  HOST
Friday 9:00:00 PM Plotting a Mystery
Saturday 12:00:00 PM Writing Novels: Ending it Right
Saturday 3:00:00 PM Why I Write Short Fiction
Saturday 4:00:00 PM Characters That Aren't a Reflection of You
Saturday 6:00:00 PM The Fine Art of Exposition
Sunday 11:00:00 AM The Care and Feeding of Your Creative Process
Sunday 1:00:00 PM Seeing What Nobody Else Sees: Art in the Eye of the Artist

Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival, September 10, 2016
1st session: 11am-2pm
2nd session: 6pm-9pm
The Noise Box, Brandon Florida
​1310 John Moore Rd.
Brandon, FL 33511
Live music! Coffee tasting! Cool vendors (like me)!
Click HERE for more info and to follow the event on Facebook, and HERE to purchase tickets.

Tampa Bay Comic Con, August 5-7, 2016
Tampa Convention Center.
333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
Saturday, 8:30am - 9:30am | Rm. 20
Do you have a great story sitting on the porch of your brain house, but having trouble getting that plot off of it’s butt? Well, come to where no writer has gone before, where writer’s block doesn’t exist, but instead the next Star Trek.
Saturday, 10:30pm – 11:30pm | Rm. 20
Enjoy the thrilling world of action, fantasy and sci/fi fiction as it comes alive by the authors who craft them. Meet, greet and hear them read from their own works of art as you are drawn into their world of storytelling. Join them for a lecture on writing and crafting novels along with a reading from their latest books.
Sunday, 10:00am – 11:00am | Rm. 5
Every popular science fiction or fantasy writer of novels, comics, or any other medium started out as an “aspiring” author. A panel of pro SF and fantasy writers will discuss the art and science of writing and will give advice to move you from “aspiring writer” to “writer.” Q&A to follow.
Click HERE for info and tickets.

Realm Makers 2016
Villanova University, Pennsylvania
July 28-30th, 2016
Click HERE for more info and registration. And guess what--I'll be taking paid critiques!

Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival
The Noise Box, Brandon Florida
April 23, 2016
Starts at 6 pm
Live music! Coffee tasting! Cool vendors (like me)!
Pre-order Entry Package-$10 (Entry package purchase includes: entry, free mug, free event Tshirt, free Tb-CAF pen and notebook for tasting notes)
Door-$15 (Will not include Entry Package)
Click HERE for more info and to follow the event on Facebook, and HERE to purchase tickets.

Read my blog posts HERE and HERE to see why 2015 was so busy!)

Necronomicon 2014
October 3-5, 2014
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, Florida, USA, 33607
Guest of honor: Eric Flint
Check out the NEW Necronomicon site for information! 
My Panel Schedule:
Friday 3:00 PM --  Using Real History as a Basis for Your Fiction
Friday 5:00 PM --  What You Need to Know about Writing YA Fiction
Saturday 10:00 AM  -- Making Words Work for You
Saturday 1:00 PM --  How to Handle Those Pesky Adjectives (Host)
Saturday 2:00 PM -- Book Signing
Saturday 4:00 PM --  The Scoop on Small Presses: for Writers (Host)
Saturday 7:00 PM --  Getting Your Book from Print to Audio

Write to Shine Workshop (hosted by Tampa Word Weavers)
I, along with author/speaker Debora Coty, will be teaching this one-day workshop on getting your work ready for publication. My portion will focus on publishing options.
August 23, 2014 (Saturday)
9:00am - 12:30pm
Bayside Community Church
3333 Bayshore Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33629
Click HERE for theFacebook event page.

Realm Makers 2014
May 30-31, 2014 (Friday-Saturday)
The campus of Villanova University, in the beautiful Philadelphia suburbs.
Keynote speaker: Tosca Lee!
I'll be teaching a class on Writing in YA Mode, co-teaching a class on Science in Fantasy writing, and participating in writing panels on various topics.
Click HERE for more info and to register. 

Meet the Author on the Park
April 19, 2014 (Saturday)
Downtown Central Park, Winter Haven, Florida
10 am to 4 pm
Click HERE for more info.

October 18-20, 2013
Embassy Suites USF, Tampa, FL
Guest of Honor: Christopher Paolini! (geeky squee!)
Click HERE for updates and schedule.
Panels I will be on:
Friday 2 PM Writing Basics--Creating Anti-Heroes, Rogues, and Villains
Friday 5 PM Social Media and the Author
Friday 8 PM How to Keep Writing in the Face of Adversity
Saturday 4 PM Religion in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat
September 28, 2013 (Saturday)
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
I'll be leading a workshop on writing for the teen market.
Click HERE for more info and to download the registration form (pdf format).

Realm Makers Speculative Fiction Writers Conference
August 2-3, 2013
Fri: 8 am to 10 pm, Sat: 9 am to 10 pm
I'll be on an author panel about Horror in Christian Fiction, and will be signing books
Click HERE for more info and to register.


JeanneWVO.CA said...

You're novel, "Finding Angel," is great!!! Hard to put down. Great suspense and your sensory details are exquisite!

Kat Heckenbach said...

Thank you so much, Jeanne!