Fonda Lee is the science fiction and fantasy author of Zeroboxer and the Exo series, both Junior Library Guild Selections. Zeroboxer was named an Andre Norton Award finalist, Oregon Book Award finalist, Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Fonda’s books have been praised for their intense action, moral complexity, immersive worldbuilding, and appeal to reluctant readers, particularly teen boys.

Fonda is a black belt martial artist and former corporate strategist who lives in Portland, Oregon. An experienced and dynamic public speaker, she has made appearances at conferences and conventions around the country. For more information, visit

Fonda is happy to work with educators to adapt presentations for their needs. She speaks to students in grades 8-12 about the writing and publishing process, the role of research, and the science and scientific issues in her novels. She also conducts writing workshops on idea generation, story planning, and writing action scenes.

Grades 8-12
50-60 minutes (up to four presentations per day)

From Spark to Shelf

A behind-the-scenes look at the writing and publishing process, from an idea in the author’s head to a book on the shelf. Fonda will take the audience through her own experience and those of other authors, examining how books are inspired, written, sold, and published, with an emphasis on research, revision, and perseverance. She’ll talk about why she writes science fiction and fantasy, how she made a dramatic career change in becoming an author, and answer student questions.

Science and Science Fiction

An author talk that can easily fit into the science curriculum as well. Fonda discusses the scientific issues, ideas, and ethics she explores in her fiction, including space travel and planetary colonization, genetic engineering, and other future technologies. Fonda will talk about the role of science fiction and why she writes it, the importance of doing research and getting the science right, and interesting new advancements science fiction writers are tackling today.

The Story Only You Can Write

A creative writing focused lecture and workshop on how to generate ideas and turn those ideas into unique and personal stories, how to plan a piece of irresistible writing, and the good habits writers need to have. Includes short writing exercises and student participation in sharing their creative ideas.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Fonda frequently attends and speaks at conferences, conventions, and festivals. She has done solo presentations, readings, Q&A sessions, and author panels (which she also has experience moderating).

Virtual Visits

Fonda is happy to drop by for a 30-minute virtual visit and Q&A via Skype with classes, book clubs, and library groups who have read at least one of her books.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Fonda will bring her own computer and adapter. Please provide a projector and screen, audio system, a bottle of water, and a microphone for large rooms or audiences.


$1,400 per day plus travel expenses.
Discounts for in-state visits.
$150 for a 30-minute Skype session.
Conference fees negotiable.

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