Speakers & Trainers

Authors Combat Academy 2016 is going to rock your world! We've got even more training and big name presenters lined up to share their experience and insights with you, than ever before. At ACA our presenters are personal and open, sharing in small group and 1-on-1 settings you won't find anywhere else. Our presenters stay the entire conference, attend sessions right alongside you, hanging out with attendees throughout the three days, building friendships and connections.

Christina Tengelin

Death Investigator

Previously an assistant to the Medical Examiner on scene, Christina now works as a death investigator in Knox County. One of her primary duties is to arrive on scene and determine if a death was natural or suspicious. She’s operated cadaver transport, studied mortuary practices on site, and completed an internship at the British Museum.

Death Investigator
Death Investigator

CJ Lyons

Thriller Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-nine novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. CJ has been called a “master within the genre” and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions”.

CJ Lyons speaks at Authors Combat Academy

Sgt. Derek Pacifico

Ret. Police Sergent & Writer Consultant

Sgt. Derek Pacifico is a 22-year retired veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California. With over six years in homicide and around 200 murder investigations, his vast experience as well as his public lecturing style has made him a sought after commodity in the writing community. Come learn from his experience.

Sgt. Derek Pacifico, retired Police Sergent and Writer Consultant will present to writers at Authors Combat Academy in Nashville in 2016.

Liliana Hart

Romantic Suspense Author

Since self-publishing in June of 2011, she’s sold more than 4 million ebooks all over the world, hit both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, and been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. All of her books involve some kind of suspense, laughter, and a lot of steamy sex. She’s not only a passionate writer, but an experienced teacher.

Liliana Hart speaks at Authors Combat Academy 2016

John Farthing

Medieval & Reniassance Martial Artist

John Farthing is a lifelong student and enthusiast of Medieval and Renaissance European History. John is the Deputy Director of The Association of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA). He specializes in the 15th and 16th century, relevant to modern and fantasy worlds. John will be presenting on the short sword and he’s bringing toys for you to play with!

John Farthing -- ARMA Deptuty Director

Fiona Quinn

Romantic Suspense Author

Author of the Amazon bestseller Mine, and Chaos Is Come Again, Fiona Quinn is the creative force behind the popular blog ThrillWriting and the new Lynx Thriller Series. She’s also has a BA in psychology and a masters in counseling, is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Second Dan Tae Kwon Do Black Belt qualified, a certified archery instructor and knows her way around a Springfield 9mm.

Fiona Quinn

Maxwell Alexander Drake

Fantasy Author & Writing Instructor

Award Winning Fantasy author and the lead fiction writer for Daybreak Games, Drake is a dynamic and entertaining speaker and his open forum sessions are a pleasure for anyone interested in learning what goes on “behind the scenes” in the publishing industry. Learn from this experienced writer about the real numbers of self-publishing and how to write the heroes journey.

Maxwell Alexander Drake -- Fantasy Author

Christine Haggerty

Shotokan Karate Black Belt & Author

Martial Arts expert, Christine Haggerty holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate from two different organizations. She’s also the author of the Plague Legacy Young Adult Trilogy and the Grimm Chronicles Novella Series. Christine will be available as a resource for all types fighting and writing questions.

Black Belt Martial Arts Expert Christine Haggerty

Jack Dagger

World Renowed Knife Thrower

Jack Dagger is a world renowned knife throwing comedian. He has been inducted into the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame, won several World Championships, and has invented the first new knife throwing stunt in almost a hundred years. His expert presentation at ACA will be something you won’t want to miss with his teachable and amusing personality.

Jack Dagger - professional knife thrower

Scott Silverii

Active Chief of Police & Author

With over 23 years in law enforcement, Thibodaux, Louisiana Chief of Police, Scott Silverii serves as an expert in data-driven approaches to crime and traffic safety. He was has been awarded the NHTSA, the highest honor for public service. When not serving, he keeps his publics entertained with his Cajun Murder Mystery Series.


Master Doyle Seiber​

Isshinryu Karate Master

An Isshinryu Karate Master with years of experience teaching real world self defense. This is your opportunity to visually see the moves played out right in front of you, to capture the movements in your writing. Learn to write your action and fight scenes with real accuracy with expert training from Master Doyle Seiber during ACA 2016.

Doyle Seiber

Coming Soon: 2016 Conference Schedule

We're still crafting the best schedule for the 2016 Authors Combat Academy conference to make sure you get the most out of your experience. As we finish our speaker bookings, we'll be sure to offer multiple opportunities to hear from your favorite presenters. Check back soon or follow us on Facebook for an update on when we launch the schedule.

Expand your knowledge base and deepen your story with what you learn at Authors Combat Academy.

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