Keynote Speakers

Thomas Locke | C.J. Redwine | N.D. Wilson


Realm Makers is excited to welcome back Thomas Locke in the role of keynote speaker.

Thomas Locke is the pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with total world-wide sales of eight million copies.

His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford. He holds a lifelong passion for epic fantasy, science fiction and techno-thriller stories.

Six years ago, Thomas decided to begin seriously working on the lifelong dream of becoming involved in writing for film/television/streaming.  He completed work on screenwriting at the British Film Industry, and started writing a minimum of one new spec script each year – in addition to his book projects. Last year he signed with a film agent and he has many irons int he fire in Hollywood. Most notably, David Lipman, producer of the Shrek film series and co-producer of the Ironman films, has optioned one of Davis’s feature spec scripts entitled Island of Time.

This recent experience will allow Thomas to bring invaluable perspective to attendees hoping to learn about both the novel and screenwriting worlds.


C.J. Redwine is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels, including the Ravenspire series of fairytale retellings and the Defiance trilogy. She’s still waiting for her letter from Hogwarts. Currently, she lives in Nashville with her husband, five children, three pets, and a wardrobe that stubbornly refuses to lead to Narnia, no matter how many times she tries.


N. D. Wilson is the best-selling author of the “100 Cupboards” trilogy (now in more than twenty languages) and the acclaimed “Ashtown Burials” series (both from Random House). His first work of nonfiction was the ground-breaking Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl (Thomas Nelson), which was adapted into the widely distributed “bookumentary” film of the same name.

He was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, where he currently lives in a tall skinny house with the blue-eyed girl he stole from the ocean (along with their five young explorers, two tortoises, and one snake).