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The Wheel of Time Community Show is our YouTube program featuring hosts Kitty Rallo, Ebony Admoanis, and Thom DeSimone discussing the latest WoT news and information related to the Books, Amazon Prime TV Show, and Community.
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(Media) Wheel of Time Spoilers Podcast
Seth and Aradia into the hidden meanings, foreshadowings, and character motivations in the The Wheel of Time. A podcast designed for readers who have finished the series and are looking for a deeper understanding; the discussions this brilliant series deserves. Currently on Crown of Swords as we work our way through The Wheel of Time one chapter at a time.
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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
Brandon Sanderson was born in December 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested for him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This all changed in eighth grade when an astute teacher, Mrs. Reader, gave Brandon Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. Brandon thoroughly enjoyed this book, and went in search of anything similar. He discovered such authors as Robert Jordan, Melanie Rawn, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and Orson Scott Card. Brandon continued to be an avid reader through junior high and high school. He liked epic fantasy so much that he even tried his hand at writing some. His first attempts, he says, were dreadful.
In 1994 Brandon enrolled at Brigham Young University as a biochemistry major. From 1995 to 1997 he took time away from his studies to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brandon often says that it was during this time in Seoul, Korea that he realized that he didn’t miss chemistry one bit, but he did miss writing. Upon his return to BYU, Brandon became an English major, much to the dismay of his mother, who had always hoped he would become a doctor.
Brandon began writing in earnest, taking a job as the night desk clerk at a hotel because they allowed him to write while at work. During this era he went to school full time during the day, worked nights to pay for his schooling, and wrote as much as he could. He says it made for a rather dismal social life, but he finished seven novels during his undergraduate years. Brandon submitted many manuscripts for publication . . . and accumulated quite a pile of rejection letters. In spite of this he continued to be a dedicated writer.
Volunteering for The Leading Edge, BYU’s science fiction/fantasy magazine, was a wonderful experience for Brandon. He read many submissions, formed some lifelong friendships, and served as Editor in Chief during his senior year.
Brandon learned much about the business side of being a writer by taking a class from David Farland, author of the popular Runelords series. One piece of advice Dave gave Brandon was to attend conventions, such as WorldCon and World Fantasy, in order to connect with industry professionals. Brandon and a small group of friends who were also aspiring writers began to do so. He eventually met both his current agent and one of his editors at conventions.
It was in 2003, while Brandon was in the middle of a graduate program at BYU, that he got a call from editor Moshe Feder at Tor, who wanted to buy one of Brandon’s books. Brandon had submitted the manuscript a year and a half earlier, and had almost given up on hearing anything, so he was surprised and delighted to receive the offer. In May 2005 Brandon held his first published novel,Elantris, in his hands. Over the next few years, Tor also published Brandon’s Mistborn trilogy, its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings, the first in a projected ten-volume series called The Stormlight Archive. The second book in the series, Words of Radiance, was released on March 4th, 2014. Other projects continue to be in the works.
In 2004 after graduating with his Master’s degree in creative writing from Brigham Young University, Brandon was asked to teach the class he had taken as an undergraduate student from Dave Farland. In spite of his busy schedule, Brandon continues to teach this one section of creative writing focused on science fiction and fantasy because he enjoys helping aspiring writers. It also gets him out of the house, he says. Additionally, along with Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Dan Wells, he hosts the doubly Hugo-nominated writing advice podcast Writing Excuses, which has twice won a Parsec Award.
In July 2006 Brandon married Emily Bushman. Emily and Brandon ran in many of the same circles at BYU during their student days, since Emily majored in English as well. They never met, however, until a mutual friend set them up on a date in 2005. Emily had spent seven years as a teacher, but chose to quit with the birth of their first child in October 2007. Emily now works from home part time as Brandon’s business manager.
Brandon’s repertoire expanded into the children’s market when Scholastic published Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a middle-grade novel, in October 2007. Nancy Pearl gave this book a very favorable review on National Public Radio, which pleased Sanderson fans. Three more volumes of the series have been released so far. Additionally, Brandon’s novella Infinity Blade: Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series.
In December 2007 Brandon was chosen by Harriet McDougal Rigney to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series after his untimely passing. 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight was followed by the final volume in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013.
The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award eight times in seven years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. He has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Epic Fantasy twice and has been nominated three other years. His novella The Emperor’s Soul won the Hugo Award in 2013. Brandon has been serving as a judge for Writers of the Future since 2016. He has hit the New York Times Best-Seller List fifteen times, most recently at #1 with Oathbringer, book three of The Stormlight Archive, which is also Audible’s most pre-ordered book of all time. DMG Entertainment optioned the rights to the Cosmere universe shared by his fantasy novels, and Fox acquired the Reckoners trilogy for Shawn Levy’s production company 21 Laps. Brandon’s books have been published in thirty-five languages.
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.
Darin M. Bush
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: www.davidalanjones.net.
David B. Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than two dozen novels and as many short stories.
As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines elements of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. He also writes the Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series (Time’s Children, Time’s Demon, and Time’s Assassin).
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 of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and a tie-in novel with the History Channel’s Knightfall series, and a contemporary urban fantasy trilogy, the Case Files of Justis Fearsson. He is the co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. His newest project is Radiants, a supernatural thriller.
David has co-edited several short fiction anthologies with Zombies Need Brains, and has recently launched a freelance editing business. He has a Ph.D. 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. “
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.
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.
Emily Lavin Leverett
Harriet Stoney Popham McDougal was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Charleston from the age
of three. After schooling at Charleston Day School, Ashley Hall, and Radcliffe College of Harvard
University (B.A. cum laude) she spent seventeen years in New York City, where she worked for John
Wiley and Sons, World Publishing, Grosset and Dunlap, and Ace Books, where she was Editorial Director
and Vice President. She was married to E. D. McDougal for 6 of those years, and had a wonderful son,
William P. McDougal.
Returning to Charleston in 1977, she founded her own publishing imprint, Popham Press, and later
became the original Editorial Director of Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates. In the course
of her work she met James Rigney, a Charleston-born writer, and married him in 1981. Under the pen
name Robert Jordan, he wrote the bulk of his fantasy series The Wheel of Time, the best known of his
many works. (Harriet was editor of all but one of his books.) He died before the series was completed.
Harriet engaged Brandon Sanderson to finish the series , which he did under her editing.
She is one of the authors of The Wheel of Time Companion, and has also published her poetry in several
Ellis Bray is a writer of science fiction and poetry, as well as a traditional artist, working in acrylics and pencils. He is a graduate of the Taos Toolbox Masterclass, and his writing can be found in Narratively, NewMyths, and the SciPhi Journal. He holds a Master’s degree in Medieval Scandinavian Studies, where he wrote his thesis on the possible influence of 12th century Icelandic volcanism on the retelling and transcription of the Ragnarök myth. His novels are represented by the JABberwocky Agency in NYC. When he’s not teaching his children the art of the N64, you can find him on Twitter (@flytingnwriting) or Instagram (@artnvikings)
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.
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
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.
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.
Maria Simons was born in a library, 1 to which she attributes her love of reading. She graduated
from Erskine College with a degree in English. At Erskine she met her future husband Bobby;
after a whirlwind courtship of seven years, they married and moved to San Diego. While there,
Maria began her editorial career with a small press that quickly became defunct.
After returning to Charleston, SC, in 1996, she won her dream job: working for Robert Jordan,
the author of The Wheel of Time, her favorite series of books. She started out working twelve
hours a week, answering fan mail and filing, but the job quickly evolved, and she added other
tasks such as cataloging RJ’s extensive library and researching topics such as sheep-shearing.
Eventually, she convinced RJ that she didn’t mind being spoiled for WoT, and beginning with
volume eight, The Path of Daggers, she became continuity editor for the series.
After Robert Jordan’s untimely death in 2007, Maria continued working for his editor and
widow, Harriet McDougal. Along with Harriet and Alan Romanczuk, she worked with Brandon
Sanderson to complete the final three books of the series. Harriet, Alan and Maria (aka Team
Jordan) then wrote The Wheel of Time Companion. Maria continues to work for Harriet, and
intends to continue for as long as she’s wanted.
When not working at the best job in the universe, Maria enjoys reading, knitting, driving in
Matrim (her 1977 MGB), and attending JordanCon. 2 She and Bobby have two wonderful grown
sons, Bobby and Andy; Ginger, a lovely yellow lab; and Squeeky and Oliver Hamilton, two crazy
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 https://www.venessagiunta.com, where you can find lots of good info for writers, especially.
April Davis blends a love of jewelry making, sewing and cosplay into a passion for designing pieces that bring a bit of the extraordinary into everyday life. Her distinct style combines classical Victorian influences with modern Steampunk and Fantasy elements to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are as unique as you are. Anachronistic Alchemy utilizes non-traditional upcycled materials, feathers, and gemstones in a wide variety of designs to fit every budget.
Ariel, a D.C. area native and dyslexic, was an Official Wheel of Time artist for eight years and has been published internationally. Her first publication was in “Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics”. Ariel has won a Geeky award for “best licensed Toy/product for the Wheel of Time playing cards”, published in “The Wheel of Time Companion” which was nominated for a World Fantasy award, and Won a Gold Award for Digital Expression in 2019 from International Film Festival DC Web Fest. Ariel uses a hyper-realistic digital painting style, often including easter eggs for her fans.
Bryan A Jones
Bryan A Jones is a chainmail smith and digital artist who proudly hails from Huntsville, Alabama, the “Rocket City.” He grew up in a computer-literate home long before computers were cool and enjoys transferring his imagination into digital space vistas. On the other end of the space-time continuum, Bryan is a fan of Renaissance Faires and medieval combat, translating that interest into chainmail creations that will delight any fair lady and her knight in shining armor. Always ready to explore new artistic endeavors, Bryan combined a pre-cosplay family legacy of costuming and a love of Jim Henson’s stunning work into his latest endeavor, creating puppets and mastering puppetry, inviting fans to join him on this journey.
Christi is a woman of many talents at Dragonsteel Books. She is our official product photographer, order printing master, and packaging specialist. She loves to reach for the stars, whether it be following advancements in space exploration, gazing through her telescope, or climbing mountains on her bike. When she is not spending time with her family, she is connecting other families together through her work as a genetic investigator. She is excited to attend her first JordanCon!
Forged Foam has been building combat weapons for over twenty years. Born out of a love of the sport and a desire to ensure that safe, reliable weapons could be acquired by everyone. Since then, they have expanded to provide weapons for all classes of games, LARPs, and cosplay needs. Forged Foam fabricates multiple lines of swords and gear, special one of a kind pieces, custom pieces, and a new line of Shardblades licensed by Brandon Sanderson/Steelheart Entertainment. It is exciting to be selling this new line, in person, for the first time at JordanCon. They will also have many Robert Jordan inspired pieces for purchase as well.
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Galadriel is a fantasy artist who loves painting digital and acrylic character illustrations. She’s particularly fond of creating realistic digital portraits with minimal backgrounds and a strong contrast between light and shadow. She also designs book covers and paints murals. When she’s not painting, she writes fantasy novels, cosplays her favorite characters, and teaches high school literature. She lives in Huntsville, AL with a tiny dog named Squid.
Howard was born in Mesa, Arizona and has always had a love for beauty. Beauty in landscapes, animals, the arts, but especially in people. Most of his career has been centered around painting people in stories and portraits. Howard studied illustration at Brigham Young University and has worked as a professional artist in the video game industry, as a freelance artist, a teacher and also as a fine artist for galleries and private commissions. Howard has won various awards and nominations for distinction from organizations such as Spectrum Fantastic Art, the Art Renewal Center, the Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America. He has been a prominent artist for Magic: the Gathering for the last 15 years and has done work for clients such as Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Lucas Arts, Bioware, and for the wonderful Brandon Sanderson.
Isaac Stewart is the artist responsible for many of the maps and symbols in Brandon Sanderson’s novels. His first children’s picture book, Monsters Don’t Wear Underpants, was published this year with the help of Kickstarter. Isaac is the Art Director at Dragonsteel Entertainment.
www.isaacstewart.com | www.monsterunderpants.com
Jane Sanderson Horne
Kalyani Poluri is an East Indian. She loves the fusion of different techniques to make unique and brightly colored art on canvas, mugs and jewelry that has origins from Hindu mythology. She calls her art business Art InFusions. You can see and purchase her latest art and prints at her Facebook page.
Kellyn loves being a beta reader for Brandon Sanderson and a warehouse coordinator for Dragonsteel Books. She enjoys solving puzzles, whether it be shipping items to customers, editing manuscripts, or working on her 40,320 piece Disney puzzle. When she isn’t at her dream job she can be found playing board games with her family, reading, or practicing one of her many hobbies. She is so excited to branch out of her usual board game conventions to attend JordanCon!
Karen Ahlstrom is Brandon Sanderson’s continuity editor. She is keeper of the sacred Wiki nd the Master Cosmere Timeline. She *might* answer a question if you ask politely and it isn’t too spoilery. She is married to Peter Ahlstrom and has three girls and a kitten.
Starting in 2002, Paul Bielaczyc joined with his brother Michael and sister Sara to form Aradani Studios. What started as just fun experiment at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival has grown significantly over the past 20 years. Aradani is known for 2 rather unique aspects, elven ear prosthetics and fantastical artwork. Michael and Paul both have won numerous awards over the years for their costumes, and Aradani’s ever-growing line of elf ear prosthetics and masks has helped other cosplayers win countless awards worldwide.
But it is his artwork that truly provides a glimpse into what defines Paul and where his passion lies. Paul uses charcoal, chalk, pastels, and more recently watercolor to create traditional artwork. He strives to achieve a level of detail in his works, pushing the boundaries of what is typically seen with charcoal and pastel.
Over the past 2 decades, Paul has worked for Wheel of Time, White Wolf, Dragon Lance, Sagaborn, and many other independent publishers. His art has won many awards at various conventions, including GenCon and Dragon*Con, and his work Nightmare, one of his earliest professional pieces, won the prestigious Chesley Award in 2005 for Best Monochrome Unpublished. Starting in 2012, Paul became a licensed artist for The Wheel of Time, joining a select few artists who had the blessing of Robert Jordan’s wife to illustrate scenes from his epic work.
Sarah is best known for her award winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have been the most fun to paint of all her fantastic creations. She also paints fantastic creatures on stone slabs. Sarah works in a photo-real style, in oils and acrylics. Sarah and her husband and cats and terrariums and carnivorous plants live in Mesa, Arizona.
Dr. Shannon O’Day has over 30 years of experience in K-12 education and has taught at the university level since 2003. Her work has been presented at the International Reading Association National Conference, America’s Choice National Conference, American Educational Research Association, and several National Reading Conferences. Dr. O’Day’s first book, Setting the Stage for Creative Writing, Plot Scaffolds for Beginning and Intermediate Writers is a combination of her love of myth, plays, and writing. This book won the International Association Book Club Award for August, 2006. Dr.O’Day received her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a specialization in medieval literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Masters in Reading Education from California State Fullerton where she was awarded outstanding graduate student. Her doctorate in Language and Literacy is from Georgia State University, and was given a Doctoral Award for excellence in scholarship, outstanding service to the department and the educational community, and demonstrated professional excellence. She is currently the creator and owner of WhmZcoat which is a combination of her love of costume (having worked as a professional belly dancer and in theatre), fantasy (Dragoncon is a holiday), and unique, whimsical clothing (The world needs more whimsy, less bullets).