M Todd Gallowglas has been a professional storyteller at Renaissance Faires and Medieval Festivals for over twenty years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2009, he used his storytelling show as a platform to launch his fiction career. He is the author of theTears of Rage and Halloween Jack series, which have spent time on various bestseller lists. He was a fiction contributor for Fantasy Flight Games and developed creative content for the reboot of the children’s classic Reading Rainbow. Now he spends most of his time trying to find the perfect balance between family, writing, airsoft (because it’s not as messy as paintball), and gaming while he’s not off somewhere telling stories.
Christopher Kellen began his career as an independent author with the publication of ELEGY: Book One of the Arbiter Codex in July of 2011, which was shortly followed by the releases of the free short stories Dutiful Daughter and The Corpse King. He is the author of The Arbiter Codex, the Amazon.com Top-20 best-seller in short fiction Sorcerer’s Code and the accompanying Elements of Sorcery, and action science/fiction novel Sins of the Father. Amateur musician, gamer, friend to large canines, IT analyst, web designer, plus a chunk of professional expertise in print layout and design, specifically for books.
Mat Nastos is a TV, Film, comic book, fantasy & steampunk writer/director, known best for bad horror movies about giant scorpions, killer pigs & dinosaurs in the sewers. His work has been published by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Warp Graphics, Playboy and Highlights for Kids, and has been seen everywhere from the SyFy Channel to Cinemax to the Disney Channel. He is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling Cyberpunk novel, The Cestus Concern.
Despite a tragic predilection to paint, Frances finally discovered her calling as a writer sometime in her mid thirties. She set aside her degree in visual art, packed up the easel and opened her laptop.
As a lifetime reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the stories that clammer for her attention inevitably fall into the Speculative Fiction category. Her tales might feature aliens, fairies or an oddball assortment of humans, but usually contain at least a trace of humor and often a dash of romance.
She currently resides in Washington State with her husband, two small children, and a host of unusual and exotic pets. When not wrangling toddlers, or writing like mad, she can be heard bemoaning her lack of free time to spend: rock hounding, belly dancing, painting(yes, still) or enjoying quiet time with her family.
Frances eats far too much chocolate, drinks far too little wine and does her best to get the stories out and on paper before they drive her completely insane.
Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited ten anthologies with more on the way. Author of In a Gilded Light, The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting, Industry Talk, and the Karen Wilson Chronicles, she has more than fifty published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions.
Jennifer also is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies. Winner of both the Origins and the ENnie award, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, and White Wolf SAS.
When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is an active member of SFWA, HWA and IAMTW. Read more about her at her blog.
Science has always been a passion of Jim’s, but writing is an addiction. He’s finished five books now, with three more that are in various stages of completion. Still Not Dead Enough, book 2 in The Dead Among Us, is scheduled for a March 2013 release.
Jim has a big pet peeve regarding lasers as weapons in science fiction. He spent decades working in the laser and electro-optics industry, even did some research on laser weapons in the 80’s. And when writers use a laser as a weapon in a story, they invariably get it wrong, usually by violating some basic law of physics.
Jim intends to keep on writing and producing more stories, but no laser weapons.
Raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, Lance Erlick grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe. He took to stories as his anchor and was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future. He studied creative writing at Northwestern University and University of Iowa.
Erlick writes speculative fiction, science fiction, dystopian and young adult and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends. He is the author of The Rebel Within and Rebels Divided, two books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he explores the effects of a world that discriminates against males and the consequences of following conscience for those coming of age. Erlick lives in the Chicago area with his family.
Effie Seiberg lives in San Francisco near a sculpture of a pirate bunny with a skull in its mouth. She’s a graduate of the 2013 Taos Toolbox writing workshop and is shopping around her first fantasy novel, a snarky romp through chaos theory with an ostrich. You can find her stories in Veux Magazine and in “Fierce Family”, the upcoming anthology from Crossed Genres. In a previous life, she worked in Silicon Valley tech. In a previous previous life, she was a lab rat with machinations to take over the world. Things change.
J.D. Hallowell, author of the internationally bestselling War of the Blades fantasy series, has led an interesting and active life. His varied background includes time as a soldier, automotive mechanic, photographer, cowboy, paralegal, jewelry artist, EMT, diamond courier, psychiatric tech, massage therapist, dog trainer, and entrepreneur, among other things. He studied martial arts for over 30 years. Although he is now disabled by the cumulative result of injuries sustained both in and out of the military (he has been shot, stabbed, blown up, bludgeoned, poisoned, and has even had harsh language directed at him), he still writes, and has had two fantasy novels, Dragon Fate and Dragon Blade, published, with several other fantasy and science fiction projects underway. His interests include history, paleontology, forensics, cooking, and weaponry of all kinds. He currently lives on the Space Coast of Florida with his wife, his son, and his Great Dane service dog.
Garrett Calcaterra is author of Dreamwielder, an epic fantasy novel from Diversion Books. He is also author of Umbral Visions and co-author of the fantasy novel The Roads to Baldairn Motte, co-written with Craig Comer and Ahimsa Kerp. In addition, he has published dozens of short stories, essays, and articles. When not writing, he enjoys hiking with his two dogs and quaffing good beer.
Terry grew up on the tiny Caribbean island of Barbados where reading was one of his cravings. That eventual led to his love for writing stories. During his career as a telephone technician, Terry began to develop the world for what would be the first in his Aegis of the Gods series. Since then, he’s penned 4 books in that series, another in the Quintessence Cycle, and yet one more in the Arcanus Archives (his foray into urban fantasy).
Terry’s a retired Fiber technician, and a recovered World of Warcraft addict. When he isn’t writing, he’s trying to find the next good MMORPG, or picking things up and putting them down at the gym.
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