Way back in 2004, Mike (along with Tee Morris and Tony Ruggiero) came up with the crazy idea of hosting a convention in Richmond, VA. He’s been chairing RavenCon ever since.
In addition to running RavenCon, Mike Pederson is also the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for the fanzine Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist Robert Quill) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine.
In 2001, Mike was part of the “Best in Class – Master Division” winning presentation (Pre-Emptive Strike) at the Millennium Philcon Masquerade. Two months later he started Nth Degree. In 2007, he wrote a chapter on “Writing for Magazines” for Dragon Moon Press’Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire.
Between Nth Degree and his many convention appearances, Mike has become the East Coast’s go-to guy for interviews. He’s interviewed guests for MarsCon, Mysticon, RavenCon, and StellarCon. In the last few years Mike has interviewed a wide range of writers, gamers, artists, and actors. Those interviews have included Aaron Alston, Kevin J. Anderson, Jennie Breeden, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher, Orson Scott Card, Nicki Clyne, David B. Coe, Glen Cook, Peter Davison, Richard Hatch, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rebecca Moesta, Tamora Pierce, John Ringo, Michael Stackpole, Bruce Sterling, S.M. Stirling, Lani Tupu, Janny Wurts, and Timothy Zahn.
Yes, Mike is an insanely busy person; if you see him around the con please feed him lots of caffeine and/or beer.
When not engaged in geekish pursuits, Mike is an under-employed graphic designer and lives in Richmond, VA.