Realm Makers 2016

Instead of going to the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference like I had for the last three years, I went to Realm Makers, which is geared to Christian writers of speculative fiction, so these are my people.

It took quite a bit of courage to go since I’m a country girl who is/was afraid of flying alone, as well as scary cities. I thank Donny for encouraging me to go.

The conference felt much more laid back than the FCWC, which was interesting considering a much larger percentage of the authors at RM are published. There was fun every night, including an epic nerf war that started Saturday night and ended Sunday morning. The classes were good, and I especially enjoyed the fight workshop Saturday night.


A small sampling of the books at the store. There were a bunch more. I only picked out two, but I hope to get the ebook versions of others.

They also had a costume party on Friday, which was really cool. I just wore black clothes and a silver cape. After I’d bought the cape, I realized I may have been accidentally cosplaying the supervillain Steelheart from Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners trilogy.


Sarah, Bethany, and Julia, co-author of Thicker Than Water with Janeen who is also the author of World-Building from the Inside Out. Photo credit to Tricia Mingerink, author of The Blades of Acktar series.


Aaron, author of A New Threat, his family, plus Ahsoka. (Sorry, Ahsoka, I don’t know your real name.)


Kerry Nietz, author of Amish Vampires in Space and the Dark Trench Saga with Sarah Grimm, author of Scarlet Moon. Photo credit goes to Stuart Stockman.


Me with Leila Rose Foreman, author of the Shatterworld trilogy


Look at those feet.


The costume finalists. Photo credit to Ralene Burke, author of Belanok.


Overall, the conference was a ton of fun. I talked to a few people who might be interested in my books, and if not, I also have contacts with editors and cover designers. The best part is meeting other people who write my genre. I’ve met so many great people I’m not even going to try to mention them all.

After the conference, I met some friends from the now closed Dragons in Our Midst forum, which was a lot of fun since I’ve known a few of them for about eight years, but I’d never had a chance to meet them in person. For those out there who do have online friends, don’t feel like you’re never going to see these people. I’ve probably met a dozen or more people who I first knew online.

Overall, it was a great trip. Next year, it’s going to be held in Reno, Nevada. I hope more of my friends will attend.


If you want more blog posts about Realm Makers, check out this link.


About Jessi L. Roberts

I live and work on my family’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana. I have a flock of chickens, a hyper golden retriever, some cows, and a few horses. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction and my head is full of wild sci-fi story ideas, some involving apocalypses and others involving aliens. I have been published twice in Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickity.
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11 Responses to Realm Makers 2016

  1. I’m glad you had lots of fun!

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  3. Hann Remraf says:

    Oh, cool. Looks like lots of fun!

    So you’re going next year? I really want to, and the chances are above 50% I think 🙂


  4. Alea Harper says:

    It was awesome to get to meet you, Jesse!

    Ahh yes, the fight workshop. I would have been perfectly fine with it going on all night long. 🙂

    I’m so glad Donny encouraged you to come! Hope to see you next year!


  5. Kerry Nietz says:

    Glad you were able to join us, Jessi! (Hey! I’m in two of your pictures! So much for my cloak of invisibility.)


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