Upcoming Events

Launch Party for Omega City: Infinity Base

Sunday, February 25, 2018. 3 PM
One More Page Books & More
2200 N Westmoreland St, Arlington, Virginia 22213

For Booksellers and Librarians

If you would like Diana to attend a signing or other public appearance, please contact her directly.

There are a small quantity of bookmarks available. They are high-quality, glossy, full-color cardstock. If you would like some, please contact Diana with the quantity required. Available while supplies last.

In addition, she has an even smaller quantity of signed bookplates (and “autographed copy” stickers). If you are interested in turning your stock into autographed copies, please contact Diana.

Thank you for your support!

Writing Workshops

Diana Peterfreund often visits schools, libraries, writing groups and conferences to give craft and industry workshops. Below is a list of some of her more popular topics:

POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION THROUGH THE AGES (originally given at the Library of Congress)

Post-apocalyptic fiction is currently a hot trend, but it’s nothing new. In fact, stories about the end of the world are one of the oldest kind — from Biblical revelation to Cold War fright fests, find out why this topic endures, which famous authors you’d never guess wrote post apocalyptic fiction too, and what the genre says about humanity, our deepest beliefs, and our most powerful fears.


Fairy tales and legends speak to something deep within the human spirit. The stories have existed for centuries and millennia for good reason: they work the audience. Now, make them work for you. Is your book “a Cinderella story?” Are you working on a “fractured” fairy tale or a “retelling?” Are the characters in your stories folklore creatures like vampires, werewolves or fairies, and you want to know how to make them “fresh” and different? Or maybe your books aren’t paranormal at all, but you’re you using folklore conventions like clever youngest sons or wise old women without realizing it? Learn how many of the most successful stories out there are creating connections with their readers by borrowing from myths, legends, and folklore, and how you can do the same.

In many ways, it’s beyond your control, and yet career planning should be an essential part of your strategy every time you make a sale. It is possible to chase specific goals while keeping a fluid and flexible career plan. This workshop, suitable for both the soon-to-be-published as well as the multi-published author at a crossroads, talks about concerns and philosophies to keep in mind while evaluating your options, and different strategies for dealing with setbacks, wrong turns, surprises, and—yay!—windfalls. In this workshop, Diana analyzes real examples of career planning strategies and discuses what worked, and what didn’t. (Worksheets.)


Imagine this: you’re sitting in a conference room across the table from the editor or agent of your dreams. You’ve spent a long time preparing for this moment – you practiced your pitch with your critique partner, picked out a few choice phrases to describe your hero and heroine, winnowed down your complex and original plot to a two-sentence high concept overview, and written the whole thing down on a handful of index cards in case you freak out and forget what it is that your book about. You’re all ready… aren’t you? Sure, as long as the industry pro 1) still acquires what you write (job descriptions and line needs change at the speed of light in this biz), and doesn’t blindside you with a pet peeve that bears an uncanny resemblance ot your latest project. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned, but if you keep your head and your sense of humor, you can survive and even benefit from pitch scenarios gone wild. Let Diana show you how. (Interactive.)

It’s the phrase du jour in the industry. High concept stories are in demand in today’s market. You can definitely sell books without it, but it might be that extra little something that defines the “breakout book.” But very few people understand what it means, including a few of the industry pros requesting it! Discover the origins and development of “high concept” and its current definition. Figure out if your story is high concept and how to craft your story pitch to bring out the most high concept elements. Learn how to avoid false “high concept” pitfalls and explode misconceptions about the term. Come away from the workshop with your own high concept pitch sure to pique industry interest. (Interactive.)

Interested in having Diana do a workshop for your writer’s group on these or any other topics? Contact her.

Past Events

DRAGONCON 2017: Atlanta, Georgia, August 31-September 4, 2017

Diana will be returning to DragonCon for the first time since 2014. Come find her at the following panels, or cosplaying throughout the con with her partner in crime, Mari Mancusi. (Special shoutout to Alethea Kontis’s Traveling Sideshow, where Diana and Mari will perform a special skit!)

Title: Magic in the Middle
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: M106-M107 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Middle-grade books are the hidden genre that explores the realms of fantasy & adventure. Discover the magic in the middle with our panel of amazing authors.

Title: Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Alethea Kontis & her misfit band of bestselling authors perform their hilarious annual variety show! Collectible gift bags for the first 40 attendees (sponsored by Sherrilyn Kenyon).

Title: Y/A and Away!
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: The Y/A market is soaring. Young readers have discovered fiction and clamor for it. Be on the cutting edge of some great fiction.

Title: YA That’s Out of This World!
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: The next (and best) frontier in YA is space (and cool new planets)! We’ll discuss YA space & other galaxy-set sci-fi that we love from the past, present, & future.

Title: Parenting in Fandom
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: M106-M107 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Geek parents come together to talk about raising the next generation of geeks, nerds, & super-fans. Honest & sensitive conversations about parenting have become a hallmark of this annual Kaleidoscope panel.

Title: A Ladies’ Guide to the Apocalypse
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Chastain F-H – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: From Katniss to Furiosa & beyond, now more than ever female characters are taking the end of days head on. Discuss the increasing presence of heroines in apocalyptic media, as well as paying tribute to those characters who helped pave the way.

Title: Autograph Session
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: International Hall South 4-5 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Putting the Science in YA Sci Fi
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: From flying cars to aliens, YA science fiction can span it all. Join our panelists to talk all about sci-fi, both hard & soft.


New York November

Booksigning, Reading

Monday, November 4, 2013 
7 PM – 9 PM
Madame X
94 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10012
Click to view a Google Map

Hope Tarr takes off her Lady Jane’s Salon® co-founder hat–tiara–to read a sneak peak of HONEY (Fate Series Book #2) and sign copies of SUGAR. Also guesting: Mari Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund, Hanna Martine and Lise Horton.


Teen Author Reading Night

November 6, 2013
6-7:30 PM
Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL, corner of 6th Ave and 10th St

Sean Beaudoin, Wise Young Fool>Matt de la Pena, The Living
Carol Goodman, Blythewood
Adele Griffin, Loud Awake and Lost
Ellen Hopkins, Smoke
Alethea Kontis, Hero
Mari Mancusi, Scorched
Jacqueline Mitchard, What We Lost in the Dark
Diana Peterfreund, Across a Star-Swept Sea
Jordan Sonnenblick, Are You Experienced?
Sean Williams, Twinmaker


main_logoBaltimore Book Festival

When: Friday, September 27, 2013. 
Where: Maryland Romance Writers Stage

Noon: Jane Austen Panelwith Janet Mullany, Leslie Carroll, and Diana Peterfreund. This panel will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice with a discussion and readings of Jane Austen-inspired fiction.

3 PM: YA Paranormal Panelwith Brigid Kemmerer, Dawn Miller, Lea Nolan, Diana Peterfreund, and Jennifer Armentrout. Authors will talk about paranormal trends in teen fiction, why YA paranormal is so hot, and how they build paranormal worlds readers love.

I will have lots of books, and even sneak previews of Star-Swept! Come and get ’em!

Arlington Public Library: Lit Up

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When: Thursday, October 3, 2013; 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St., Arlington VA  (map)

Lit Up Presents: Shut Up and Write!
October’s Topic: The First Draft & NANOWRIMO
With Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, and Jessica Spotswood

Come find out the tips and tricks for getting your story down on paper, with help from three multi=published YA writers.



When: October 11-13, 2013
Where: Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg,
620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

Sponsored by the Washington Science Fiction Association

Friday 5:00 pm: Sequels and Prequels (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Rockville/Potomac
Panelists: Tom Doyle (M), John G. HemryMarianne MancusiDiana Peterfreund
How hard can it be? So you want to do Part 2…or 3…or 4…and with the first book done, it’s just a matter of moving forward. Right? You have the universe built, your characters developed, and your cultures cultured. So, what’s holding you up? As we have seen in both sequels and prequels, sometimes the formula you have worked so hard to succeed the first go-round can miss a step on the second. What are the challenges in a series? Are prequels really needed? And when do you decide to “shake things up” and set your sequel with a new set of characters? Listen to the pros on how they work through the challenges in the universes they create.
Friday 6:00 pm: Buffy and Ripley and Honor Harrington – Women of SF/Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Salons CDE
Panelists: Annette KlauseSherin NicoleDiana PeterfreundJon SkovronJanine Spendlove (M)
She’s got a big sword and knows how to use it. That’s good enough, isn’t it? A discussion of truly well written female leads and why they have become so popular recently.
Friday 8:00 pm: Meet the YA Authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Seneca
Panelists: Alethea KontisMarianne MancusiDiana Peterfreund
Come and meet Capclave’s YA authors in a casual setting.
Saturday 10:00 am: I’ve Got a Secret (Ends at: 10:55 am) Salon B
Panelists: John G. HemryDiana PeterfreundPatrick ScaffidoBrian Shaw (M)
How do authors write spies, liars, unreliable narrators, and secret-keepers? How do they keep characters honest with what they know and share? What are the tricks to avoid telegraphing the truth? Also what are some of the common codes and ciphers used.
Saturday 11:00 am: Best YA Besides Me (Ends at: 11:55 am) Salon B
Panelists: Annette Klause (M), Marianne MancusiDiana PeterfreundJon Skovron
Who’s hot in YA besides me. There are a huge number of YA titles being released, who are some new go to authors? What types of YA books are hot.
Saturday 3:00 pm: A Survey of Kickass Animals that Probably Don’t Exist (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Salon B
Panelists: Thomas Holtz (M), Diana PeterfreundNorm ShermanHoward WaldropJean Marie Ward
From the Goatman to the Mothman, Yeti to Yowie, and Dodo to Ogopogo. From Bloops to Blobs, Giant Owls to Lizard men, Chupacabres to Mongolian Deathworms. From the foul smelling Skunk Ape of the Florida Everglades, to the brain eating Nandi Bears of Kenya, this course is a basic introduction into the study of absurd animals which purportedly exist based on the sightings and information gathered by stammering lunatics, drunken peasants and other researchers in the field.
Saturday 5:00 pm: White Out (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Day Al-MohamedPhilippa BallantineSherin Nicole (M), Diana PeterfreundJon Skovron
LeGuin complained that many Earthsea covers whitewashed the characters (as did the SciFi movie). The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. Why do writers (and cover artists) do this? How can we bring diversity into our genres? Is it getting better? Are non-white authors and hero(ines) still rarities?
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhailCatherine AsaroEric BakutisPhilippa BallantineMatt Betts,Matt BishopNeil ClarkeTom DoyleAndrew FoxCharles E. GannonCarolyn Ives GilmanLaura Anne GilmanBob GreenbergerJohn G. HemryAlma KatsuAnnette KlauseJohn Edward Lawson,Dina LeacockEdward M. LernerMarianne MancusiGeorge R.R. MartinJames MaxeyHeidi Ruby MillerJason Jack MillerJames MorrowDiana PeterfreundPatrick ScaffidoLawrence M. Schoen,Jon SkovronAlan SmaleMichelle D. SonnierBud SparhawkJanine SpendloveMichael Swanwick,Michael A. VentrellaJean Marie WardLawrence Watt-EvansSteven H. WilsonLeona WisokerK. Ceres Wright
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.

DragonCon 2013


Diana will be attending DragonCon 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia this Labor Day Weekend. When she’s not at her panels, signings, and other events, she will be found with a bunch of fellow authors at the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Booth: 2205, 2304 – Floor 2 – America’s Mart (Peachtree Street across from Hyatt Regency & the Peachtree Street Mall). She will also be wandering the floor in her rocking outfits. If you stop by and say hi, she will give you specialty ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA items exclusive to DragonCon buddies.

She will also be speaking (and sometimes signing) at the following panels throughout the weekend:

Title: Shadowhunters and Downworlders: City of Bones
Description: A discussion of the first of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series, City of Bones. SPOILER ALERT- Only the first book will be discussed.
Time: Fri 01:00 pm
Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, Leah Wilson, Tracy A. Akers, Michelle Hodkin, Elizabeth Norris

Title: Reading -Alethea Kontis and Friends
Description: From Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Autograph Sessions
Time: Sat 11:30 am
Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Leanna Renee Hieber, Lev Grossman, Mari Mancusi, Sonia Gensler, Diana Peterfreund

Title: Social Media–Make it Work for You
Time: Sat 02:30 pm
Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Diana Peterfreund

Title: From Page to Screen
Description: How did our favorite YA books translate to the screen? Discuss recent & upcoming YA film adaptations.
Time: Sun 01:00 pm
Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Bryan Young, Diana Peterfreund, Beth Revis, Tracy A. Akers, Jessica Khoury

Title: So the Future Happens…and it Sucks
Description: Dystopian sci-fi. There’s a lot out there. We talk about the best, worst and why is there so much of it?
Time: Sun 07:00 pm
Location: Embassy A-B – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, David Macinnis Gill

Title: Sidekicks in YA
Description: All of our heroes have someone by their side. Harry has Ron and Hermione. Katniss, Peta and Gale. How do these characters help shape the story?Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: D. A. Adams, Sarah J. Maas, Diana Peterfreund, Laurie S. Sutton, Victoria Schwab, Rachel Hartman

Come say hi! (Especially if you know the current location of John deLancie and feel like sharing.)

“Love and Legend” YA Panel and Signing

When: July 13, 2013, 3:30-5:00 pm
Diana Peterfreund, April Lindner (JANE), P.J. Hoover (SOLSTICE) and Bennett Madison (SEPTEMBER GIRLS)
Where: Hooray for Books, 1555 King St.  Alexandria, Virginia 22314


Saturday, May 18, 2013
E-ventplex the Home of the Great Frederick Fair, 797 East Patrick Street

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tent C: Emerging Trends in Young Adult Fiction

Join four amazing young adult authors as they discussion the emerging trends in young adult fiction: Amanda Brice, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Miranda Kenneally, Jodi Meadows, Diana Peterfreund
Moderator: Pintip Dunn

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Tent C: The YA Dating Game
Come out and join our wonderful YA authors to play the dating game with some of the couple in our favorite YA books. A fun and interactive event for everyone.
Amanda Brice, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Miranda Kenneally, Jodi Meadows, Diana Peterfreund

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Tent B: Meet the Washington Romance Writers
Meet the Washington Romance Writers! From debut writers to multi-published bestsellers, these authors span the spectrum of publishing in nearly every category of America’s top-selling fiction genre. Our panel will give an in-depth look at the wide range of publishing options available in today’s changing marketplace, from traditional to digital publishing and self-publishing, as well as answer questions about their career paths and offering short readings from many different romance subgenres. Perfect for anyone who is a fan of romance, wants to learn more about what makes this successful genre tick, or who wants to get their feet wet as a writer. Come hear about our author’s journeys and the success they’ve achieved!


Thursday, May 30, 2013, 10 AM: Diana will be signing galleys of Across a Star-Swept Sea. Location TK.


AwesomeCon D.C.

Sunday, April 21, 2013, Room 102A – Writing Fantasy: Novels and Comics
In publishing today, fantasy is a crowded field that encompasses the supernatural and paranormal, high fantasy and more science fiction-ish elements such as time travel and alternate realities. Join novelists and comics writers to learn what both publishers and fans expect from writer today. Justic Jordan, Allison Pang, Diana Peterfreund, Meagan Spooner, Tim King, and Alma Katsu.



Here’s the festival’s FB page, which has the full schedule. Only Diana’s events listed below.

Friday March 22, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Berger Forum, 2nd floor, 2-6)

4:40-5:30:  Alternate World vs. Imaginary World


Description:  Of these authors, some have written stories involving alternate or parallel versions of our world, some have made up imaginary worlds for their characters, and still others have written books that do each.  We’ll discuss the decision to either connect the world of a book to our world, or to take it out of the historical context of our world.  How do each strategies help in telling story and developing character?  Is one easier than the other? Is the stepping off point always reality, or can it sometimes be another fictional world?


Sarah Beth Durst
Jeff Hirsch
Emmy Laybourne
Lauren Miller
E. C. Myers
Diana Peterfreund
Mary Thompson

Moderator:  Chris Shoemaker


Saturday March 23:  Mutual Admiration Society reading at McNally Jackson (McNally Jackson, Prince Street, 7-8:30):

Sharon Cameron
A.S. King
Michael Northrop
Diana Peterfreund
Victoria Schwab
Nova Ren Suma

hosted by David Levithan


Sunday March 24:  Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 1-4):



A.S. King  (Ask the Passengers, LB)
Emmy Laybourne  (Monument 14, Macmillan)
David Levithan  (Every Day, RH)
Barry Lyga  (Yesterday Again, Scholastic)
Brian Meehl  (Suck it Up and Die, RH)
Alexandra Monir (Timekeeper, RH)
Michael Northrop  (Rotten, Scholastic)
Diana Peterfreund  (For Darkness Shows the Stars, HC)
Lindsay Ribar      (The Art of Wishing, Penguin)
Rainbow Rowell  (Eleanor & Park, St. Martin’s)
Kimberly Sabatini  (Touching the Surface, S&S)
Tiffany Schmidt  (Send Me a Sign, Bloomsbury)


YA’LL Fest

Charleston Young Adult Book Festival: Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Deb Harkness (A Discovery of Witches), Robin Wasserman (Seven Deadly Sins), Sarah Rees Brennan (Demon’s Lexicon), Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), John Corey Whaley (When Things Come Back), Diana Peterfreund (Rampant). Moderator: Andrea Cremer (Nightshade)

Beth Revis (Across the Universe), Kathy Reichs (Virals), Dave Macinnis Gill (Soul Enchilada), Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Raised by Wolves), Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder), Diana Peterfreund (Rampant). Moderator: Rose Brock

Presented by Charleston County Public Library YA Services

Judge: Sarah Rees Brennan  MC: Rose Brock
Smackdown tickets are $6 and are available online until Friday, Nov. 9, at Blue Bicycle Books, and at the door.

Baltimore Book Festival

When: Friday, September 28, 2012 (the festival itself is Friday-Sunday, but Diana will only be in attendance on Fri.)
Where: Mount Vernon Place, 600 block of North Charles Street; East Park, Baltimore Maryland, SFWA Booth
What: Panels with her fellow Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) Members including:

12pm              Flavors of Fantasy
Join our panelists to explore the roots of fantasy from ancient myths into the new millennium. It isn’t only Tolkien and Harry Potter; enough flavors of fantasy exist to tempt any reader.
Panelists include: Carmen Ferreiro-Esteba, J. R. Wagner, Aly Parsons, and Diana Peterfreund

2pm            World Building Workshop
Talk with our experts about how to create a fictional world for science fiction or fantasy stories. You can either bring a specific story you’re working on or come more generally for the tips and discussion.
Panelists include: Richard White (workshop moderator), Walter Greatshell, Diana Peterfreund, Tiffany Trent, and Brandi Tarvin

6pm How I Got Published
Writers talk about how they broke into the field and give tips to aspiring  authors on getting published.
Panelists include: Rahul Kanakia, Diana Peterfreund, and Catherine Asaro


Fall For the Book Festival

When: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 4 p.m.
Young Adult Authors Panel
Where: One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland Street, #101, Arlington, VA

Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You, Diana Peterfreund, author of For Darkness Shows the Stars, Carmen Rodrigues, author of 34 Pieces of You, and Timothy Travaglini, Director of Children’s Acquisitions at Open Road Integrated Media, discuss the widening demands for Young Adult fiction — with a focus on fiction that might be considered “too dark” for young adult readers.



October 12-14, 2012; Gaithersburg, Maryland
Information Here


Friday 5:00 pm: Popular Dystopias (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Tom DoyleDiana Peterfreund
Why are so many dystopias being written, especially for YA? Is this a reaction to the current political economic situation? Why do people want to read about depressing circumstances? And what will be its effect on readers, especially younger readers? Should there be a counter-utopian trend?
Saturday 12:00 pm: The Future of YA (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Warren BuffVictoria JanssenSherin NicoleDiana Peterfreund
What is the next big trend in YA now that Vampires and Dystopian have had their big hits? Will the audience for YAs continue to build or has it overexpanded? As YA books get longer and more sophisticated, is there really a need for a separate YA label?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Young, Adult, or Both? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Andrew FoxRon GarnerVictoria Janssen (M), Morgan KeyesDiana Peterfreund
How does a YA differ from a children’s book or an adult book? How is the pacing, characterization, and language different or the same? Are there things you can do in one and not the other? Are these distinctions needed? And what about series like Harry Potter in which the children grow up?
Saturday 6:00 pm: Dressed for Success (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron GarnerLaura Anne Gilman (M), Victoria JanssenDiana Peterfreund
How detailed should your clothing descriptions be in your story. Does the clothing have anything to do with the character. Does it describe them or allow them to certain things. Do the readers care?
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhailEric ChoiBrenda CloughDavid Louis EdelmanAndrew Fox,Ron GarnerMorgan KeyesDave KlechaJonah KnightYoji Kondo (Eric Kotani)Dina Leacock,Edward M. LernerCraig Alan LoewenJames MaxeyMike McPhailJames MorrowDiana PeterfreundLawrence M. SchoenDarrell SchweitzerAlan SmaleBud SparhawkJean Marie Ward,Lawrence Watt-Evans
This is the mass signing held before the presentation of the WSFA Small Press Award.
Sunday 12:00 pm: My First Time (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Larry HodgesDiana Peterfreund (M), Alan Smale
Authors discuss their first science fiction and fantasy novels. Have those novels stood the test of time. Did they spur you to become a writer.
Sunday 1:00 pm: How Many Years in the Business Before They Stop Calling Me a New Writer?(Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Diana PeterfreundJamie Todd RubinAlan Smale
Authors that have only been at it a couple years share their experiences and offer advice. How did they break into writing? How have they learned how to improve their craft? What would they have done differently if they had only known…



When: Friday, August 31, 2012-Monday, September 3, 2012
Where: Downtown Atlanta, Georgia (see specific location info, below)
What: See complete schedule, below!
For More Information on Attending Dragon*Con, please visit the official website. For more information on the YA Lit Track, please visit YA Lit @ Dragon*Con.

PLEASE NOTE: SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Check back for final schedule switcheroos on the day the Con begins!



Tuff Chicks
Let’s talk about Katniss and other strong female protagonists in today’s YA.
Time: Fri 11:30 am
Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, Laurie Sutton, Cinda Chima, Kady Cross,  Bonnie Kunzel, Robin Hobb

It’s the End of the World
Post-apocalypse reading and zombies for the teen crowd.
Time: Fri 04:00 pm
Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Mercedes Lackey, Diana Peterfreund, Jonathan Maberry, Mari Mancusi, C. J. Redwine, David Macinnis Gill

The Hunger Games- From Page to Screen

So you’ve read the Hunger Games books, and you’ve seen the first movie. How did it fare in the transition from book to movie?
Time: Fri 05:30 pm
Location: Hanover C – E – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Mel Pichetto, Leah Wilson, Diana Peterfreund, M.B. Weston, C.J. Redwine, Kathleen David

My Monster Boyfriend
What is the special appeal of the supernatural love interest, be it demons, angels, vampires, ghosts, or aliens?
Time: Sat 02:30 pm
Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund, Debbie Viguie, Caroline Hooton, Robin Bridges

My Hero
Writing protagonists that people love.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm
Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: TBA

Reading: Diana Peterfreund (Plus Q&A)
Time: Sun 02:30 pm
Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Tairen’s Lair and Author’s Lair (100 & 102 Marriott Marquis Ballroom)

Diana (and a bunch of other authors!) will be selling and signing copies of all her books, including her brand new anthology releases. Plus swag and giveaways!

Booth Hours

Friday: 1-3 PM
10 AM-1 PM; 4-5 PM
Noon-1:30 PM; 4:30-7:30 PM
12:30-3:30 PM; 5:30-close

Note, if you can’t reach Diana at these hours, you may purchase the books and Diana will sign them and we’ll text you to come pick them up when they are ready!


Launch Party and Signing at Hooray 4 Books

When: Saturday, June 30th, 2012, 3:30-5 pm
Where: Hooray 4 Books, 1555 King St.  Alexandria, Virginia 22314
What it is: Panel and signing with Elizabeth Scott, Alethea Kontis, Brigid Kemmerer, and Diana Peterfreund. Celebrate the launch of For Darkness Shows the Stars and partake of the sweets she’s bringing.


Turn the Page Books 17th Anniversary Signing

When: Saturday, July 7th, 2012, Noon-2 p.m.
Where: Turn the Page Books, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, Maryland
What it is: Celebrate the 17th Anniversary of Turn the Page Bookstore with a group signing. Diana will be signing with the legendary Nora Roberts, as well as:Mariah Stewart, Caridad Pineiro, Virginia Kantra, Karen White, Jennifer L. ArmentroutDavid B. Stinson


Library of Congress “What If?” Science Fiction & Fantasy Series

When: July 18, Noon
Where: Library of Congress, Madison Building, Room LM-139, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, 20559
What it is: As Part of the “What If?” Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum, Diana will be speaking on the topic of “Apocalyptic Fiction and Why We Love It”. Will also sign books, natch.

JASNA-Washington DC’s Jane Austen Book Fair

When: Saturday, June 9, 2012; 1-4 p.m.
Where: Walt Whitman High School Cafeteria, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, Maryland 20817
What it is: Reading and Author Panel with Sandy Lerner, Margaret Sullivan, Catherine Reef, Janet Mullany, Lori Smith, Amy Corwin, and Diana Peterfreund. Also featuring a used book sale to benefit the Jane Austen Society of North America’s DC Chapter, with a variety of Austen and Austen-related fiction and non fiction. Diana will be reading from, discussing, and signing For Darkness Shows the Stars (and any other book you might bring).

Reading at Lady Jane’s Salon

When: Monday, June 4, 2012, 7 p.m.
Where: Madame X, 94 Houston Street, New York, NY 10012, 212.539.0808,


What it is: New York City’s romance reading series. Diana will be joining Cara Elliot, Taryn Rose, Mari Mancusi, and Beatriz Williams, and reading from For Darkness Shows the Stars. Admission is $5 or one gently used romance novel. Cash bar (with $5 drinks). Proceeds to benefit women in crisis / transition and books to HousingWorks charity bookstore.


Book Expo America

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2012; 1-1:30 p.m.
Where: Signing area, Javits Center, NYC
What it is: Diana will be signing copies of For Darkness Shows the Stars

SFWA Nebula Awards Weekend Mass Signing

When: Friday, May 18, 2012; 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1), Arlington, Virginia 22202
What it is: A huge signing with many of the authors attending the Nebula Awards weekend. Incomplete list and other info here. Admission is  free, and you can buy books on site or bring already purchased books to sign.

(Bad news: There will be no For Darkness Shows the Stars available at this signing. Sorry. Good news: all my other books will be there.)

WSFA First Friday Reading

When: April 6, 2012; 9 p.m.
Where: Greenbelt Maryland (directions here)
What it is: Diana will be reading selections from her upcoming novel, For Darkness Shows the Stars. (Diana is super nervous about it, for the record.)



What it is: an EPIC meeting of YA literature’s finest down in Charleston, South Carolina:

Who will be there: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, David Levithan, Melissa de la Cruz, Heather Brewer, Gayle Forman, Kaleb Nation, Ellen Hopkins, Andrea Cremer, Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, Isaac Marion, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kimberly Derting, Adele Griffin, Lisa Brown, Victoria Schwab, Michelle Hodkin, Kwame Alexander, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Saundra Mitchell, Diana Peterfreund, Caitlin Kittredge, Pseudonymous Bosch, and more!

When: November 11 & 12, 2011, in Charleston South Carolina

The details: Here’s the current (not detailed — I’ll come back as soon as the final is posted) schedule.


Annapolis Book Festival at the Key School.

What: Mutants, Zombies, and Unicorns
: Larry Doyle (Go Mutants!), Maccabee Montandon (The Proper Care and Feeding of Zombies: A Completely Scientific Guide to the Lives of the Undead), and Diana Peterfreund (Rampant and Ascendant)
When: 2:30 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2011
Where: Science and Library Center, Key School, 534 Hillsmere Dr. Annapolis, MD 21403

Baltimore Book Festival: Zombies vs. Unicorns

When: Friday, September 24, 2010, 5:30-700 6:30-8:00 PM  <– Please note time change!!!
Children’s Bookstore Stage

Zombies versus Unicorns Debate with Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld, Carrie Ryan, Holly Black, Diana Peterfreund & Kathleen Duey. Team Zombie takes on Team Unicorn to prove which fantastic creature is superior.  Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier lead their authors in a debate inspired by their new short story collection Zombies versus Unicorns.


RWA Annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Signing

When: July 28, 2010, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Walt Disney World® Dolphin Resort, Pacific Exhibit Hall, in Orlando, Florida.

This event is open to the public; there is no admittance charge. The list of authors who will be there is here.

ALA Annual Conference

When: June 25-29, 2010
Where: Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
Events: Harper Colins Fiction Breakfast, Saturday, June 26 (7:15-9:00 AM, W Hotel, Altitude Room, 515 15th Street NW); signing in Harper booth, Saturday, June 26 (3:00-3:30 PM)

Yay, librarians! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways, Dewey-decimal style…

Annapolis Book Festival

When: April 17, 2010
Where: The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, Maryland
Event: Topics in Young Adult Fiction
Time and Place: 11 AM, Room 3, Barn Learning Center

Come watch Diana (and a bunch of other awesome YA authors) talk about controversial subjects in YA literature. Take bets on how long it takes for Diana’s head to explode.

Book Expo America

When: May 25-27, 2010
Where: Javits Center, New York City

Event 1: Speed Dating With Children’s Authors; Wednesday, May 26, 11am-12:30pm (location TBA)
Event 2: Ascendant ARC signing and Giveaway; Wednesday, May 26, 3:30-4pm (Autographing Area, Table 18)

I think the Speed Dating thing is something booksellers are invited to, but the ARC giveaway will no doubt be a violent free-for-all. ;-)


NYC Teen Author Festival Symposium

DATE: Friday, 3/19 (2-5, 7:30-9)
LOCATION: New York Public Library, South Court, 42nd Street
TIME:  2:10-3:00 P.M.

Using Genre to Tell the True Story of Adolescence

featuring: Judy Blundell, Sarah Beth Durst, Lauren McLaughlin, Diana Peterfreund, Sara Shepard, Maggie Stiefvater, and Robin Wasserman

See the entire schedule here.

Rampant Jacket


Teen Author Reading Night in NYC

When: 6-7:30 PM, January 6, 2010
Where: Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL, 425 6th Ave, at 10th St., New York City
Alexandra Bullen, Wish
Gitty Daneshvari, School of Fear
Dream Jordan, Hot Girl
Robin Palmer, Little Miss Red
Diana Peterfreund, Rampant

And if y’all are very good, Diana might read a bit from Ascendant.

Books of Wonder

1:00 – 3:00PM

18 West 18th St.
New York, NY 10011


John Hulme
Michael Wexler
Daniel Kirk
Troy Cle
Dan Poblocki
Sarah Beth Durst
Marissa Doyle
Diana Peterfreund

>> Maryland/DC Launch Party:

Saturday, August 29, 2009, 2 P.M.
Borders Books (White Flint Mall)

11301 Rockville Pike 11301 Rockville Pike
Kensington, MD 20895

Diana will be reading from Rampant, answering questions, and signing books. There will be snacks and killer unicorn giveaways!

>> Virginia/DC Launch Party

Saturday, September 12, 2009, 1 P.M.
Barnes & Noble (Tysons Corner Center)

7851 L. Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102

Diana will be reading from Rampant, answering questions, and signing books. There will be snacks and killer unicorn giveaways!

More tour dates to come!


September 4-7, 2009
Atlanta, Georgia
More info at the DragonCon website

Diana will be appearing at DragonCon! Find her in the Exhibit Hall to get a signed copy of her newest book, RAMPANT, or check out her panel:

Title: Writing for the YA and Children’s Market
Description: How to write for an audience that’s half your age–or less. Tapping into the minds of today’s young people–what DO they want to read?
Time: Sun 11:30 am
Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Borders Signing
Tampa Area Romance Authors
Saturday, June 13, 2-4 PM
Location: 909 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL 33609 (Near 1-275)

NYC Teen Author Festival
Juvenalia Smackdown Panel
Monday, March 16, 2009, 4-6pm
Location: Tompkins Square Park branch of the NYPL, 331 E. 10th Street

Join Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Alaya Johnson, Justine Larbalestier, David Levithan, Diana Peterfreund, and Scott Westerfeld as they read some of their (ahem) less accomplished work from their middle school and high school years.  Hosted by Libba Bray.

See the whole festival schedule here.

Washington Romance Writers
Date: October 11, 2008, 11:30 a.m.
Location: Centreville Library in Centreville, Virginia

Rites of Spring (Break) on Tour!
Rites of Spring by Diana Peterfreund

*Launch Party*
MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008 7 PM
Borders Books
11301 Rockville Pike 11301 Rockville Pike
Kensington, MD 20895

*Bookstore Anniversary with Nora Roberts*
SATURDAY, JULY 12 2008, 1-3 PM
With Nora Roberts (and other authors)
Turn the Page Bookstore (13th Anniversary Celebration)
18 N. Main St.
Boonsboro MD 21713

*Virginia Signing*
Barnes & Noble
1851 Fountain Drive 1851 Fountain Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Book Signing & Reading
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2007, 7 PM
Borders Books & Music
White Flint Mall
11301 Rockville Pike
Kensington, MD 20895

New York City Launch Party
AUGUST 3, 2007, 9 PM
532 West 27th Street
New York City

Reading, Discussion & Signing
TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2007, 7 PM
Borders Books & Music
White Flint Mall
11301 Rockville Pike
Kensington, MD 20895

Book Signing
JULY 26, 2006
RWA Literacy Book Signing
Atlanta, GA
(Romance Writers of America Conference)

Book Signing
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2006, NOON-1 PM
The Bantam Dell Booth
Book Expo America

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