The Authors

Bridget McKenna “A King in Exile”

Bridget McKenna, author photoBridget McKenna was born a hellish long time ago in Las Vegas, Nevada. She wrote her first – alas, unpublished – novel at the age of nine. In pencil. After taking a few years off to pursue other career options, she returned to the fiction writing racket with the publication of her first short story in 1972.

Since then she has written and edited fiction, nonfiction, computer games, websites, and to-do lists. She has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, and Shamus awards, and has never taken one home. She lives in Seattle, where she reads, writes, games, watches more than her share of British TV shows, and continues her search for the ultimate butter masala. Bridget McKenna’s website

D.J. Gelner, author photoD.J. Gelner “Echoes of Earth”

D.J. Gelner enjoys trying to surprise himself – and his readers – around every corner. Maybe that’s why he has tried a number of professions on for size so far: attorney, radio personality, sports writer, entrepreneur, and now fiction writer. He also is a world traveler and wine enthusiast. In early 2014, he became a Certified Specialist of Wine. When he’s not mentally exploring other worlds, D.J. lives in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri with his trusty dog, Sully. D.J. Gelner’s website

Sarah Stegall “Bestiarum”

Sarah Stegall has been writing science fiction and fantasy since the last millennium, from the Clarion Science Fiction Writing Workshop to Turkey City to the present. Her first online presence was a television review in 1994, which launched a long career as a critic and reviewer for SF Scope, TV Guide Online, and other sites. Her work has been quoted in academic television and cultural studies such as Cult Television, Escape Into the Future, Aliens In America, The Philosophy of The X-Files, Convergence, and Reality Squared.

In this century, she has published several novels in the science fiction, historical romance, and horror genres. She lives in Northern California, where by day she is an editor for a major network manufacturer. At night, the struggle is between writing, and reading her favorite authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, Samuel R. Delaney, Robert Heinlein, Rex Stout, and Raymond Chandler. Sarah Stegall’s website

A.C. Smyth “Ignoble Deeds”

A.C. Smyth, author photoA.C. Smyth has been a traveller to imaginary lands since discovering Narnia aged 6. Her journeys then led her through Middle-earth, to Pern, Gwynedd, Darkover, the Final Empire and Terre d’Ange, to mention but a few places. Most recently she has been spotted in Camorr and Roshar. Between times she returns to Cambridgeshire, UK, to spend time with her family and her obligatory cats. While at home, she will mostly be found creating her own land of Chandris. This has spawned the inevitable fantasy trilogy, the final novel of which will be published October 2014, to be followed by two supporting novellas. Her ramblings about Chandris, the writing life, and anything else that crosses her mind can be found at her website. A.C. Smyth’s website

S.E. Batt “At Home in the Stars”

S.E. Batt is a young British author who loves all things humour. While the worlds he builds can change from science fiction to fantasy at the drop of a hat, his humorous style always comes along with him, no matter what the locale. He is currently building his platform as an indie publisher, while working on some freelance writing along the way. He publishes a free piece of flash fiction on his website every Friday, and encourages all that enjoy his work to come along for the ride. His current hobbies include playing and running tabletop games, reading, drawing, and being a pest in the Forward Motion Writers chatroom, to whom he sends a digital thumbs-up. S.E. Batt’s website

Ken Furie “The Most Dangerous Lies”

Ken Furie, author photoKen Furie grew up in Los Angeles, went to college in San Diego, and settled in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. He enjoys his career in the software industry, and he equally enjoys the art of making things up and writing them down. He has two amazing kids and a lovely wife. If he had only one wish, and he couldn’t wish for more wishes, he would choose several more hours in the day to fit in all the things he loves doing. Ken Furie’s website

Scott Dyson “Playing Man”

Scott Dyson, author photoBy day, Scott Dyson lives and works as a healthcare professional in a Chicago suburb. By night, he writes tales of horror, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. He’s been telling stories since grade school, but it wasn’t until the mid 1990’s — when helping to host a book and writing forum called “The Book and Candle Pub” — that he got serious about creating works of fiction.

Besides writing, his passions in life include his family, making music, reading, and following Chicago sports. He has self-published several short stories, including the collection 14 Dark Windows and a Disney guidebook (under the name “Scott Beallis”). He is putting the finishing touches on his first novel, which is a mystery featuring a dentist as the main character. Scott Dyson’s website

John Hindmarsh “You’ll Be So Happy, My Dear”

John Hindmarsh, author photoJohn Hindmarsh writes science fiction and fantasy, and thrillers, sometimes with crossover. Until recently John lived in Bangkok, Thailand, where he worked as a software architect in banking. Over the last twenty years or so John worked as an independent software consultant in a number of countries – the list is long – and gained experiences which influence his stories. He has sailed and sea kayaked in a variety of seas and lakes and those activities also have an influence on his writing.

John now lives in the High Sierra region in California with his wife Cathy, where he writes full time. When not writing [or reading] John enjoys hiking and skiing, depending on the season and snow level. When he has an opportunity, he also enjoys the challenge of landscape photography. John Hindmarsh’s website

Morgan JohnsonMorgan Johnson “Skipdrive”

Morgan Johnson is a founding editor of Poor Mojo’s Almanack, an early internet literary magazine. He spent ten years writing a weekly adventure serial about a land-locked giant squid and his ragtag bunch of co-workers operating an advice column. Since then he’s been published here and there, most notably in Ann VanDermeer’s Steampunk III anthology. Morgan lives with his family in Oakland, California where he is currently writing a YA novel about a teenage werewolf and her war with an army of ravens. Morgan Johnson’s website

R.S. McCoy, author photoR.S. McCoy “Demon Rising”

R.S. McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, she self-published her first novel, Sparks, on Amazon and her second novel, Spirits, is in the works. She is a wife, mother of two, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict. R.S. McCoy’s website

Frances Stewart “Your Day at the Zoo”

Frances StewartFrances Stewart has told stories in one form or another for as long as she could speak, according to her parents. The advent of word processors has allowed her to write them down in a legible form. She writes SF, fantasy, and autobiography that reads like SF and fantasy. She loves her wife, and her friends, and would probably like you, too.

J.M. Ney-Grimm “Serpent’s Foe”

J.M. Ney-Grimm, author photoJ.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She’s learning about permaculture gardening and debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands. Look for her novels and novellas at your favorite bookstore – online or on Main Street. J.M. Ney-Grimm’s website

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