A. K. DuBoff
A.K. (Amy) DuBoff has always loved science fiction in all its forms, including books, movies, shows, and games. If it involves outer space, even better! She is a Nebula Award finalist, full-time indie author specializing in space opera and science-fantasy. Dubbed by her readers a modern “Queen of Space Opera”, she is most known for her acclaimed Cadicle universe. The second book in her standalone Dark Stars Trilogy, A Light in the Dark, a 2018 Nebula finalist for the Andre Norton Award. Amy’s short fiction has been published by NewCon Press, Seventh Seal Press, and in numerous indie publications. When she’s not writing, she enjoys travel, wine tasting, binge-watching TV series, and playing epic strategy board games. Learn more at www.amyduboff.com.
Dr. Aleron Kong of Atlanta, Georgia is know for his best-selling series “The Land”
which has sold over 1,000,000 copies. He is on the Amazon top 100 Authors list, and is an active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He hopes to bring diversity to the world of SciFi writers. A doctor by night and author by day, Dr. Al has a lifetime goal of leaving the world a better place than he found it.
When he isn’t writing or saving lives, he is mentoring other authors entering the
field, working with various charities, or spending time with his siblings and six
nieces and nephews.
Aleron loves connecting with his readers, be sure to reach out to him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LitRPGbooks/!
Ashley Chappell writes satire and young adult epic fantasy featuring expansive world-building and universes filled with magic, mayhem, and monsters. She is also a writer for Season 2 of The Blood Crow Stories, a serialized horror podcast featuring one complete story each season. Upcoming releases include expansions of her YA Fantasy Dreams of Chaos series; The Rimguard, a new adult urban fantasy; and The Harrows, a gritty adventure in which Hell is a job for life. Or rather, a job for the afterlife.
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author. He writes novels, comic books, short stories, and more. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he occasionally appears in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind your favorite actor.
He was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby & Sean Taylor also snagged Best New Pulp Character of 2013. Bobby has been nominated for the 2014 New Pulp Awards and Pulp Factory Awards for his work. Bobby’s novel, Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal: The Wild Hunt won a Paranormal Literary Award in the 2015 Paranormal Awards. The Bobby Nash penned episode of Starship Farragut “”Conspiracy of Innocence”” won the Silver Award in the 2015 DC Film Festival. Bobby’s novel, Snow Drive was nominated for Best Novel in the 2018 Pulp Factory Awards. Bobby’s story in The Ruby Files Vol. 2 “”Takedown”” won the 2018 Pulp Factory Award for Best Short Story.
For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at www.bobbynash.com, www.ben-books.com, and across social media.
By day, clinical psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this USA Today bestselling author writes urban fantasy and steampunk fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime. She prefers the term “versatile” to “conflicted” and has published both short story and novel-length fiction. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and the world’s cutest cat. You can find her at www.CeciliaDominic.com
Chris A. Jackson
As a sailor, scientist, and gamer, nautical fantasy, Sci-fi, and RPG tie-in fiction came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels won three gold medals from Foreword Reviews, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate’s Honor, Pirate’s Promise, and Pirate’s Prophecy have received high praise. His magical assassin Weapon of Flesh series hit the Kindle bestseller list. He’s also published urban science-fantasy, Dragon Dreams, with Falstaff Books, and a horror novella, The Deep Gate, for Fantasy Flight Games’ Arkham Horror line. His short works include Sweating Bullets, in the Shadowrun anthology World of Shadows, and First Command, in the Women in Practical Armor anthology. His newest series, Blood Sea Tales, is underway with the first two volumes, and more forthcoming. Visit jaxbooks.com for a taste of his work.
Your YouTube Wheel of Time/Fantasy guy.
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern Iraq.
His novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. The Stravinsky Intrigue continues those same themes, and his Fugue & Fable series culminates in The Tchaikovsky Finale. His The Pawn Stratagem contemporary fantasy series, Pawn’s Gambit and Queen’s Peril, combines contemporary fantasy with the ancient game of chess. His short stories can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines.
Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, NC. Find him online at darinkennedy.com.
David Alan Jones
David Alan Jones is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as an Arabic linguist. A 2016 Writers of the Future silver honorable mention recipient, David’s writing spans the science fiction, military sci-fi, fantasy, and urban fantasy genres. He is a martial artist, a husband, and a father of three. David’s day job involves programming computers for Uncle Sam.
You can find out more about David’s writing, including his current projects, at his website: davidalanjones.net.
Dave Schroeder (SHRAY-der) is the author of the Congruent Mage fantasy series and the Xenotech Support science fiction humor series. Since he started writing in 2014, he’s sold over 30,000 books. A retired IT executive from Atlanta, Dave enjoys performing with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, where he is a writer, voice actor, board member, and foley sound effects artist. Dave also runs a small publishing house called Spiral Arm Press that primarily handles his own work, including an audiobook version of Xenotech Rising, the first book in his SF Humor series. Podium Publishing, from Toronto, Canada, produces audiobook versions of Dave’s Congruent Mage fantasy series. In 2003-2004, Dave wrote and produced an original comedic musical, Softwear.com, and put it on off-off-Broadway in New York. Look for his web site at https://daveschroeder.com.
David B. Coe/D. B. Jackson
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of twenty novels and as many short stories. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books, which consists of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018), TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), and TIME’S ASSASSIN (Pub date to be determined). He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines elements of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he has written the Crawford Award-winning LonTobyn Chronicle, the critically acclaimed Winds of the Forelands quintet and Blood of the Southlands trilogy, the novelization Ridley Scott’s, ROBIN HOOD, and a contemporary urban fantasy series, the Case Files of Justis Fearsson. He is the co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. He is currently working on several projects, including his next book for Angry Robot, his first editing endeavor, and a tie-in project with the History Channel. David has a PhD. in U.S. history from Stanford University. His books have been translated into a dozen languages.
Dr. David Ekrut
“David Ekrut wrote his first epic fantasy novel while earning a PhD in Biomedical Mathematics, raising three energetic children, and teaching elementary mathematics at Florida State University. Somehow he survived all of this self-inflicted torture without a caffeine overdose, though he did push the limits his brain could sustain by consuming copious amounts of coffee. To this day, he likes to tease his thesis advisor that while waiting on feedback on his dissertation, he wrote an entire novel.
After retiring from a career as a cancer research scientist, he now writes full time and teaches Shaolin-Do Kung Fu at a school he opened in Tallahassee, Florida. Taming the Elements, the first book in the Elwin Escari Chronicles has sold tens of thousands of copies in 8 different countries—digital, print, and audio formats are available. Two more novels exist in this series with a fourth to be released by December 2020.
He grew up reading and rereading the Wheel of Time series. Having influenced him for decades, Jordan and Sanderson are colossal figures in his writings. Whenever stuck in his own works, he studies their worlds for inspiration.
His greatest joy, besides writing about himself in the third person, is to work out believable mechanics for magic systems—a place for him to apply his understanding of physics and engineering in a creative way. Though his first novels have found a modicum of success, he is more excited about the drafts he has in the pipeline, as well as the ideas he has yet to discover. “
Debra Dixon is the SF/Fantasy Acquiring Editor for Bell Bridge Books, whose authors include Kalayna Price, John Hartness, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Jake Bible, Parker Blue, and Anthony Francis. Debra is the author of the classic, how-to bible for writers—GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.
Elisa Hansen is a SFF/Horror author and YouTube video essayist. Her The Company of Death trilogy is published through Falstaff Books. As her alter-ego, The Maven of the Eventide, she produces the humorously analytical web-series, Vampire Reviews, which examines the evolution of vampire tropes and social allegories in media and pop culture through a feminist academic lens. When she’s not YouTubing or writing books, you can find her at Charlotte-Blue Ridge Mensa events or hosting a speculative fiction book club.
Ellie Raine is a voracious BookWyrm when it comes to epic adventures, detailed world-building, and thrilling battles. Fueled by coffee-bean concoctions brewed by the finest caffeine alchemists in the land, she only emerges from the depths of these daring tales when she is summoned by her loving king and their darling daughter: the Dragon Princess Felicity.
Her Works include the Hard Fantasy book series, The NecroSeam Chronicles (Willow of Ashes (I), Orbs of Azure (II), Pearl of Emerald (III), Phoenix of Scarlet (IV), Princess of Shadow and Dream (Novella Prequel)), and a paranormal noir entitled Nightingale published with Pro Se Productions.
She writes like mad while at home with her family… when her Familiar, ShadowCat Cypher, isn’t sitting on her arms while at the keyboard. She’s a lover of ravens and a dreamer of dragons, but above all else, she is a scribe to the stories that guide her.
“Ellis is an academic who focuses on apocalypses. In 2016, she graduated with honors from the University of Aberdeen, having received her Master of Letters degree in Medieval Scandinavian and Viking History. Her dissertation focused on Icelandic volcanism and how it appears in the Old Norse myth of ragnarök. She has given talks on aspects of ragnarök at Western Michigan University (USA), University College Dublin (Ireland), and the University of Sydney (Australia).
Prior to that, she received her Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma, with a focus on how science appeared in Old English and early Renaissance texts. She was invited to speak at the Graduate Shakespeare Conference in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Milton’s use of contemporary astronomical knowledge as a rhetorical mirror in “”Paradise Lost.””
Ellis has had academic work appear in the SciPhi Journal (discussing how Philosophy of Time shows up in science fiction literature), as well as NewMyths magazine. She has had personal essays published by Narratively.
In her free time, Ellis works on improving her painting skills. She sits on the Art Show committee of New Mexico’s longest-standing science fiction convention, Bubonicon. She has two darling demon children and one exquisitely patient spouse. She is represented by Lisa Rodgers at JABberwocky Literary Agency.
Emily Lavin Leverett
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, medievalist, and English professor living in North Carolina. She is the co-author of the contemporary fantasy faerie tale series The Eisteddfod Chronicles: Changeling’s Fall, Winter’s Heir, Traitor’s Spring, and Summer’s Queen. Her new historical paranormal romance series, Marie de France and the English Werewolf debuts in 2020.
Her newest short story anthology edit with Margaret McGraw, Predators in Petticoats, arrives in October 2019. Her other co-edited anthologies include Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier and Tales from the Weird Wild West (with Margaret McGraw and Misty Massey) and The Big Bad Volumes I and II (with John G. Hartness). She has also been a contributing editor on the benefit anthologies Chasing the Light and We Are Not This.The short story “Only the Young Die Good” is a part of Prospective Press’s Tales from the Old Black Ambulance.
When not writing and editing, Emily is a professor of medieval English literature with a specialization in medieval romance. Her current scholarship discusses Terry Pratchett’s use of medieval romance tropes in his Discworld series, including an article in the forthcoming co-edited volume Faith and Ethics in the Works of Terry Pratchett, with Kristin Noone. She is also writing an article on Shakespeare in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
Once all of that is done, Emily likes to hang out with her spouse and root for the Carolina Hurricanes with their three cats, two of which are named after NHL players.
Gerald L. Coleman
Gerald L. Coleman is a Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, and Author residing in Atlanta. Born in Lexington, he did his undergraduate work in Philosophy and English at the University of Kentucky. He followed that by completing a degree in Religious Studies, concluding with a Master’s degree in Theology at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. His most recent poetry appears in, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Drawn To Marvel: Poems From The Comic Books, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Vol. 18, Black Bone Anthology, the 10th Anniversary Issue of Diode Poetry Journal, and About Place Journal. He is a speculative fiction author with short stories published in the Science Fiction, Cyberfunk Anthology: The City, the Rococoa Anthology by Roaring Lion, and the upcoming Dark Universe and Terminus Urban Fantasy Anthology. He is the author of the Epic Fantasy novel saga The Three Gifts, which currently includes When Night Falls (Book One) and A Plague of Shadows (Book Two). He has been a Guest Author and Attending Professional at DragonCon, Boskone, Blacktasticon, JordanCon, Atlanta Science Fiction & Fantasy Expo, The Outer Dark Symposium, and Imaginarium. He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and has released three collections of poetry entitled the road is long, falling to earth, and microphone check. You can find him at geraldlcoleman.com
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he didn’t stop reading comic books they’d warp his mind. She was right! Unsuited for decent work, Maxey ekes out a living writing down his demented fantasies, twenty books to date, and counting. His books include Dragon Apocalypse, Bitterwood, Nobody Gets the Girl, and There is No Wheel. In what’s certainly an omen of the end times, Maxey was named the 2015 Piedmont Laureate. Read more about him at jamesmaxey.net!
On a related note, one of my duties as Piedmont Laureate was organizing writer’s workshops, so I’d be a good fit to take part in your Friday night workshop. Also, I’m a long time con veteran of ConCarolinas, Illogicon, CapClave, and more.
James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author. He is also a founding partner for Author Essentials.
In addition, having started writing in media and journalism, he has contributed to and written hundreds of articles and now develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence. He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series, and soon to be released technothriller series under the name James P. McDonald.
Hi latest release is the first in a series of books on business for creates called “Business Essentials for Writers” from Author Essentials.
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles, the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. He is also a cast member of the role-playing podcast Authors & Dragons, where a group of comedy, fantasy, and horror writers play Dungeons & Dragons. Very poorly. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fiction’s “misfit toys.” In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and playing Magic: the Gathering.
Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, three cats and a nearly infinite number of opinions on anything from Sumerian mythology to the correct way to make a martini. She is a video game producer by day (although currently taking a break from that to concentrate on writing epic fantasy). A long-time devotee of storytelling, Lyons traces her geek roots back to playing first edition Dungeons & Dragons in grade school and reading her way from A to Z in the school’s library. The Ruin of Kings and the Name of All Things, the first two books in Lyons’s five-book debut epic fantasy series from Tor Books, A Chorus of Dragons, are available now. The third book in the series, the Memory of Souls, arrives August 2020.
Judy Black is a writer who makes her home in Atlanta, Ga. She writes the Finnegan Family Cabinet of Aberrations series ands plays Dungeons and Dragons on twitch channel, Roll for Trouble.
Kathryn has had a very productive and decorated sew life. She can be found at events up and down the east coast, competing in the animé, steampunk, fantasy, and science fiction genres as well as media and historical re-creations. Kathryn is no stranger to convention floors, geek runways and every aspect of competitive costuming, receiving awards in all but two of the craftsmanship competitions she has entered. She has been profiled in Connecticut Magazine, Cosplay Magazine, and Boston Voyager Magazine, and her work is featured in the book “Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism.” Recently Kathryn has taken the leap from teaching sewing at a magnet art high school to focusing on her brainchild, Redfield Design an alternative couture clothing business encompassing her love of sewing, design and geek culture. Her latest project under this venture is making elaborate, textured cosplays based on some of her favorite books. Though her Instagram is not in the thousands yet, she is creating waves, striving to produce works that encourage creative vision and inspire others to look at the spaces between two covers as a place for imagination to thrive. THE END is never really where the imagination stops.
Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She is the author of The Black Parade urban fantasy series and the Of Cinder and Bone science-fiction series. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology. When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm Georgia night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.
Leia Powell has been producing stained glass masterpieces for over twenty years and is the maker of the stained glass dragons and faeries flying around the convention. Licensed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., she is first stained glass artist in history to be the sole licensee to create glass art of an author’s trademarked characters. She is also a writer, with nearly a dozen books in varying genres.
Laura is the Senior Online Marketing Manager at Orbit where she has worked since 2012 and is the account moderator of @lgbtq_wot. Prior to Orbit she worked at Tor Books and fulfilled a lifelong dream of working on the Wheel of Time novels during the Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnights campaigns. Outside of work she writes fic, tries to cook, and obsesses over the New England Patriots. In the WoT fandom, you probably know her as Red.
M. M. Schill
M.M. Schill is a horror and high fantasy writer, illustrator, and editor for Pseudopod.
Mark McCray is a senior manager of programming operations for Adult Swim, a division of Turner that offers original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. In this role, McCray oversees Adult Swim’s on-air promotions and scheduling strategy. McCray is an award-winning television writer and has been in the broadcasting industry for over 18 years. He has a passion for programming strategy, animation, and comic books. Prior to his work at Adult Swim, McCray worked as a television programmer for Cartoon Network, and was a key member of the team that launched the Boomerang Network. McCray is also the author of The Best Saturdays of Our Lives, a book that chronicles the origins of competitive Saturday morning animated programming. For The Best Saturdays of Our Lives, McCray has been interviewed on “Williams Street Swap Shop,” Adult Swim’s daily streaming web series, NYIT Magazine, and the “Grumpy Old Nerds” online series. More recently, McCray participated as a guest on “Drawn: The Story of Animation” Podcast and was a featured guest speaker at The SCAD AnimationFest giving an historical view of Saturday morning programming. He resides in Powder Springs, Georgia with his family. Follow him on Twitter: @MarkmcCray54 and check out his website: www.thebestsaturdaysofourlives.com.
Martin Powell has written many of the most popular characters in the industry, including Superman, Batman, Popeye the Sailor, and Tarzan of the Apes, in comics and in prose, for Disney, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, among many others. Nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award for his work with Sherlock Holmes, he is the creator of The Halloween Legion, a nominee for the Stan Lee Excelsior Award, and his Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan won the coveted Moonbeam Golden Award for Best Children’s Graphic Novel. Martin is also the author of the critically acclaimed Jungle Tales of Tarzan graphic novel from Dark Horse. In 2017, he received the coveted Golden Lion Award for his on-going contributions to the legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs. His newest children’s books, Private Eye Princess and the Emerald Pea and Rapunzel vs. Frankenstein, twist familiar fairy tales into original adventures for 21st Century readers.
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as an Acquiring Editor for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader. A graduate of Winthrop University, Melissa has published short stories with Mocha Memoirs Press, Falstaff Books, Lore Seekers Press, and FunDead Publications. Her urban fantasy series, Guardians of Eternity, will be published by Falstaff Books beginning in 2018.
Merethe Walther has been fascinated with science fiction, fantasy, dystopian tales, and anything to do with the supernatural since she was a child growing up on the beaches of Jacksonville, FL. She was obsessed with books from a young age and began creating her own stories as soon as she was able to put pen to paper. She graduated second in her class from Full Sail University with a BFA in Creative Writing, and soon after completed her debut novel, Mercury in Retrograde. Her next book, an urban fantasy novel, is due to be published sometime in 2019. Merethe is an avid fan of video games and all things anime. She blames her weird sense of humor on spending too many hours reading books alone and has accepted that no one will ever be able to pronounce her name properly. When not writing, Merethe works as an editor from Atlanta, GA, where she lives with her husband and their rescue cat.
Michael Mammay is a science fiction writer. His debut novel, PLANETSIDE, was a library journal best books pick for 2018. The sequel, SPACESIDE, comes out from Harper Voyager in
“After working in various soul-sucking retail jobs for a few years, Mike made the transition to video game development and never looked back. Except in a ‘reminiscing about my past’ sense. Then he totally looked back.
Oh, and also when changing lanes. Always look back then.
He worked for New World Computing, NovaLogic, Electronic Arts, Pandemic Studios, and Pixel Constructor on various and sundry projects, moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles, wrote and self-published a book, had a Epiphany about his writing choices, and not pretty much just tries to help his wife with her career as much as he can.
He’s a life-long RPG nerd and world-builder as well as game designer, loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy of (almost) all shades and stripes, and has three cats, one of whom is named Ozymandius Cat of Cats aka Lord Droopy Ear. “
Milton J Davis
Milton Davis is an award winning Black Fantastic writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publishing company specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Soul. Milton is the author of twenty-three novels and editor/co-editor of seven anthologies. Milton’s work had also been featured in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology; Skelos 2: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Volume 2, Steampunk Writes Around the World published by Luna Press and Bass Reeves Frontier Marshal Volume Two. Milton’s story ‘The Swarm’ was nominated for the 2018 British Science Fiction Association Award for Short Fiction. His screenplay, Ngolo, won the 2014 Urban Action Showcase Award for Best Screenplay. Milton Davis can be reached via his website, https://www.miltonjdavis.com/
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and works as an acquisitions editor for Loreseekers Press. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and she’s working on a series of Shadow Council novellas for Falstaff Press featuring the famous gunslinger Doc Holliday. When she’s not writing, Misty studies and performs Middle Eastern dance and will, on occasion, surprise everyone with a batch of home-baked snickerdoodles. She can always be bribed with good sushi, African coffee, and the darkest rum she can find. You can keep up with what Misty’s doing at mistymassey.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Morgan Smith is a former goatherd, a textiles geek, and occasionally an archaeologist. She is also the author of several fantasy novels including “The Shades of Winter”, “Casting in Stone”, and “A Spell in the Country”, as well as a memoir about growing up hippie in the 60s. Her life is held together by caffeine, cigarettes, and cheap granola bars, and she will drop everything to go anywhere, on the flimsiest of pretexts.
Nicole Givens Kurtz
Nicole Givens Kurtz’s short stories have appeared in over 30 anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novels have been finalists for the EPPIEs, Dream Realm, and Fresh Voices in science fiction awards. Her work has appeared in Stoker Finalist, Sycorax’s Daughters, and in such professional anthologies as Baen’s Straight Outta Tombstone and Onyx Path’s The Endless Ages Anthology. Visit Nicole’s Patreon to support diverse SFF.
Paige L. Christie
Paige L. Christie is author of The Legacies of Arnan fantasy series: Draigon Weather (2017), Wing Wind (2018), Long Light (2019), Storm Forged (2020). As a believer in the power of words, Paige tells stories that are both entertaining and thoughtful. Especially of interest are tales that speak to women and open a space where adventure and fantasy are not all about happy endings. When Paige isn’t writing, she teaches belly dancing, is director of a non-profit, and runs a wine shop. She is a proud, founding member of the Blazing Lioness Writers.
Robyn Huss is a freelance editor who specializes in heavy developmental and copy editing; she is a thorough grammarian and has a good eye for inconsistencies. She is able to focus on character development, dialogue, paragraphing, sequencing of events and details, theme, and symbolism, in addition to providing a thorough review of grammar, usage, style, and word choice. Robyn has been editing professionally since 2013 and has spent a lifetime analyzing literature and teaching writing. Her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa is in English with with teaching certification; she has taught literature and writing for over 30 years to those in grades six through adult. She currently teaches at the college level and edits for several JordanCon writers, including several who are published in the JordanCon Anthology of short stories.
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun. She’s best known for her Menopausal Superhero series of novels and stories.
When she’s not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys family time, watching old movies, baking, reading, gaming, walking in the woods with her rescue dog, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). You can find her on Twitter @mirymom1 or at: http://samanthabryant.com
Sarah J. Sover
Sarah J. Sover writes fantasy crossover novels while raising two energetic little people. Sarah was first published in YOU WANT STORIES? THE JORDANCON 2019 ANTHOLOGY, and her debut novel DOUBLE-CROSSING THE BRIDGE, about a crew of trolls pulling the heist of the century, released in August 2019 from The Parliament House.
Sarah resides in John’s Creek, Ga with her brilliant husband Alex, two kids, cranky old dog, and seemingly immortal snake. In addition to writing, Sarah loves craft beer, blues dancing, binging superhero Netflix shows, hobby jumping, Disney, and groove metal.
Sarah Madsen is an Atlanta-area author and freelance writer. Her cyberpunky urban fantasy, Weaver’s Folly, was published in March 2018. She has contributed to various RPGs for publishers like Kobold Press and Zombie Sky Press. She’s a reluctant Slytherin, an avid gamer, and a consumer of gin cocktails and overpriced lattes. When she’s not at Starbucks, you can find her on Twitter (@UnfetteredMuse), Facebook (facebook.com/SarahMadsenAuthor) and WordPress (unfetteredmuse.com).
Raised in New England, a childhood running amok outdoors and reading tales of magic and dragons (or magical dragons), Sargon is an expert on myth and folklore and is especially interested in haeccity in a panentheistic context with an emphasis on simultaneous immanence and transcendence. Currently he is writing a midgrade fantasy retelling of Gilgamesh entitled Return of the Ancients and a high fantasy entitled Of Beasts and Mischief: The Unremembered Book 1. Sargon completed his undergraduate degree at Stonehill College before heading to California to enjoy the sun for a moment with friends and family. After returning to the East Coast he taught both middle school and high school (including special education) while studying ancient languages at Hellenic College in Brookline, Mass before moving to Toronto, Canada to pursue an MA and PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Donabed teaches cultural heritage and history as well as mythology, folklore, and wisdom literature of the ancient, medieval, and modern world. His contemporary focus consists of indigenous and marginalized communities and threads of continuity. He is an expert on the perennial history of Assyro-Mesopotamian culture. A glutton for academic punishment, he is completing a MS in Anthrozoology/Animal Studies at Canisius College. Sargon is an avid adventurer and enjoys yoga and martial arts as well as almost every other sport imaginable (pending definition of course). And while definitions are feeble interpretations of reality, he would prefer to identify with his love of nature and focus on animal rights as well as wildlife and environmental conservation. He hopes to one day simply walk into Mordor, learn the spell fireball, locate Elvander on a map (and later the Blessed Isles), and learn the secrets of the Azath and path to ascension. Oh, and be able to stop trophy hunting by revealing the location of the hunters’ privy to the animals. Today, he teaches at Roger Williams University and lives with his human and feline (and all manner of arachnid and a recent formicidae tribe) family in New England.
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings out the best in a variety of SF/F sub-genres. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list has finally become manageable and is as follows: one dog, two cats, three aquatic turtles, and nineteen chickens (the horse has moved to a new owner with a herd of 30). As best as he’s been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens do not live in the house.
Venessa Giunta is a writer of weird things and the author of the urban fantasy novel, Jivaja. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and has worked on the editorial side of publishing for a decade. Her non-fiction essay “Demystifying What Editors Want” can be found in the book, Many Genres, One Craft. She is active in convention life, having held a number of organizational positions over the years and is currently Second to the Director of the Writers Track at Dragon Con, a SF/F fan convention with more than 80,000 attendees. Venessa lives with her hubby in Atlanta, Georgia, and shares a home with three cats who all seem to think they rule the castle, but none of which pay the mortgage.
Follow her on Twitter @troilee or check out her website at http://www.venessagiunta.com, where you can find lots of good info for writers, especially.
Wheel of Time Spoilers Podcast
Seth and Patrick are long time friends, and co-hosts of The Wheel of Time Spoilers Podcast. Our goal is to spend more time in our favorite fantasy worlds, and be sure that we have thoroughly explored them. If you are like us, you’ve probably finished the last book of a beloved series and felt a little depressed. Sad at the prospect that you may never again be able to visit the familiar places and faces we’ve come to know and love. We understand, and know that there are many more people like us out there. So, we have resolved to create a weekly podcast, and online community that will study those books with a level of detail they deserve. WoTSpoilers is a chapter by chapter walk-through of the finest fantasy series ever written.