On Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. BRIANA LAWRENCE and JESSICA WALSH read from theIr respective works. Sixteen years ago Briana and Jessica were two fanfiction-writing ladies who geeked out over Gundam Wing boys and Resident Evil. Now? Those fanfiction days have transformed into writing careers that range from published books, freelance jobs, and articles about cosplay and the issues that come up in the community. Briana writes geeky scripts for WatchMojo.com that focus on video games and anime and also has a cosplay column for “Twin Cities Geek.” She’s also had articles published by “The Curvy Fashionista” “SyFy.com” and various other websites. She has had several books published, including her latest series, “magnifiqueNOIR” that focuses on black, queer, magical girls. Meanwhile, Jessica has had her work in Apex Magazine, Simplicity’s “Cosplay Culture,” and has also started writing for WatchMojo. She’s also been noticed by Dreamspinner Press and has a novella published called “Ironbound Kisses” along with the short “Spiked and Feathered.” Her upcoming book “Little Creepers” is an anthology of short horror stories and will be released in 2018. Together, the two ladies are also working on a series of urban supernatural books in their “Hunters” series. This series, which has a creature who can change people’s lives with just the turn of a page, has two books so far and there are seven planned altogether. Whether they’re doing solo works or writing together — and somehow not killing each other along the way — they always bring their best so that they can promote their work. Always promoting positivity and always supporting one another, Briana and Jessica are smiling their way through the geek scene.
The Speculations Readings Series continues monthly, mostly on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at DREAMHAVEN BOOKS, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Each reading includes a reception with free soda pop and cookies, and a post-reception expedition to a local bistro.
Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF MINNESOTA, a multicultural speculative fiction organization that also hosts a midsummer SF convention, DIVERSICON, the 26th edition of which will be
held July 27-29, 2018, with Guests of Honor CHARLIE JANE ANDERS and BRYAN THAO WORRA .