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A.F. Stewart

A.F. Stewart

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A. F. Stewart favours the dark and deadly when writing - her genres of choice being fantasy and horror - but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author, she’s published novellas and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry.

A.K Faulkner

A.K Faulkner

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AK Faulkner is the author of the award-winning Inheritance series, described as 'a consistently gripping and remarkable urban fantasy saga' by Kirkus Reviews. AK lives with two cats and a corgi.

A.M. Justice

A.M. Justice

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A.M. Justice is a Brooklyn-based author, lover of science and wit, sporadic scuba diver, and once and future tango dancer. Her characters live only in her head, but they're real, and she puts them through hell.

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of over 20 novels and novellas including Children of Time, Guns of the Dawn, Dogs of War and the Shadows of the Apt series, and is the winner of the Arthur C Clarke and British Fantasy Awards.

Alicia Wanstall-Burke

Alicia Wanstall-Burke

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Living in Central Queensland, Australia, surrounded by snakes, marsupials and a wide blue sky, Alicia is a writer, a mum and a cat-herder. There are rumours she may in fact be a quokka in disguise, but these are not to be believed. She is an editor and has completed a Bachelor of Education and studied a Post Graduate Certificate in Ancient History.

Anela Deen

Anela Deen

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Hapa haole Hawaiian girl living mostly in her imagination. Author of speculative fiction with a dash of romance.

Angela Boord

Angela Boord

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Angela Boord lives in northwest Mississippi with her husband and nine children, and writes most of her stories at the kitchen table surrounded by crayons and Nerf darts. Her debut novel FORTUNE'S FOOL is an SPFBO 5 Finalist.

Anna Smith Spark

Anna Smith Spark

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Anna Smith Spark is the author of the critically acclaimed, multi-award shortlisted Empires of Dust grimdark epic fantasy series The Court of Broken Knives, The Tower of Living and Dying and The House of Sacrifice (HarperVoyager UK / Orbit US) described as ‘game of literary thrones’ by the UK Sunday Times and ‘like early Moorcock and Le Guin’ by the UK Daily Mail. Her favourite authors are Mary Renault, R Scott Bakker and M. John Harrison. Previous jobs include English teacher, petty bureaucrat and fetish model. You may know her by the heels of her shoes www.courtofbrokenknives.org @queenofgrimdark

Ashley Capes

Ashley Capes

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Ashley is a poet, novelist and teacher living in Australia. He teaches English, Media and Music Production, has played in a metal band, worked in an art gallery and slaved away at music retail. Aside from reading and writing, Ashley loves volleyball and Studio Ghibli and Magnum PY, easily one the greatest television shows ever made.

Carol A Park

Carol A Park

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Carol A. Park is the author of the dark fantasy Heretic Gods series, the first book of which, Banebringer, released May 2018. The sequel, Cursebreaker, and a standalone, Sweetblade, are also available. The first book of her new epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of the Lady Sar, will release June 2020. Carol lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two active boys. When not writing or doing other author-y tasks, you can find Carol working at her day job (Support Lead at a patent law firm), chasing her children, dreaming about playing video games again, or reading.

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson

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Christopher Patterson grew up reading The Hobbit and wrote his first fantasy adventures on his grandmother's typewriter. Following a degree in creative writing, he has become an Amazon Best Seller of Fantasy, Christian, and Historical Fiction, crafting detailed worlds, characters you can believe in, and entertaining stories. He lives with his family in Arizona. You can learn more by visiting his website: https://www.christopher-patterson.com

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

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C.W. Snyder is the author of River of Thieves, currently splitting his time between work and writing. He has worked as a system admin, developer, and chainsaw operator, and authored several short stories, his most recent, “Mother Time, Father Death’, at Helios Quarterly. His literary influences include Roger Zelazny, Clive Barker, and Anna Smith Spark. Born and raised in Michigan, Clayton is a North Dakota transplant currently living in Bismarck with his wife, three dogs, and a cat. He participates in several charitable works, including the Brave the Shave event for research for childhood cancer, and the local humane society.

D.P. Woolliscroft

D.P. Woolliscroft

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Born in Derby in England, on the day before mid-summers day, David Peter Woolliscroft was very nearly magical. If only his dear old mum could have held on for another day. But magic called out to him over the years, with a many a book being devoured for its arcane properties. David studied Accounting at Cardiff University where numbers weaved their own kind of magic and he has since been a successful business leader in the intervening twenty years. Adventures have been had. More books devoured and then one day, David had read enough where the ideas he had kept bottled up needed a release valve. And thus, rising out of the self doubt like a phoenix at a clicky keyboard, a writer was born. The Wildfire Cycle is David's debut series. He is married to his wife Haneen and has a daughter Liberty, who all live with their mini golden doodle Rosie in Princeton NJ. David is one of the few crabs to escape the crab pot.

Damien Larkin

Damien Larkin

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Damien is an Irish science fiction author and co-founder of the British and Irish Writing Community. His debut SF novel Big Red was longlisted for the BSFA award for Best Novel and he is currently editing his next novel Blood Red Sand.

Darian Smith

Darian Smith

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Darian Smith writes mainly speculative fiction (fantasy) and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife (who also writes) and their black cat (who doesn’t) and by day works with people living with neuromuscular conditions. He has been lucky enough to have his writing win him two Koru Awards, the SpecFicNZ/Steam Press manuscript competition, a Sir Julius Vogel Award, and assorted short story competitions. Darian is a qualified counsellor/family therapist and has used this knowledge of psychology to create a resource for writers on developing characters and conflict in fiction. He can also be seen - by those very swift with the pause button - on television shows such as Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus where he is invariably a henchman of some kind and is most easily recognized on screen while being murdered by Spartacus.

Intisar Khanani

Intisar Khanani

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Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles and Thorn. 

J.R.H. Lawless

J.R.H. Lawless

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J.R.H. Lawless is an award-winning SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on his experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, his short fiction has been published in many professional venues, including foreign sales. He is also a craft article contributor to the SFWA blog, the SFWA Bulletin, and Tor.com. His debut novel, Always Greener, is out now from Uproar Books, and the sequel, The Rude Eye of Rebellion, comes out in Fall 2020. He is represented by Marisa Corvisiero at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, and would love to hear from you on Twitter, over at @SpaceLawyerSF!

JC Kang

JC Kang

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JC Kang's unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

Jeremy Flagg

Jeremy Flagg

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Jeremy Flagg is the creator of the dystopian superhero universe, CHILDREN OF NOSTRADAMUS. Taking his love of pop culture and comic books, he focuses on fast paced, action packed novels with complex characters and contemporary themes. He continues developing the universe with the Journal of Madison Walker, an ongoing serial set two hundred years in the future. Jeremy spends most of his time at his desk writing snarky books. When he gets a moment away from writing, he binges too much Netflix and Hulu and reads too many comic books. Jeremy, a Maine native, resides in Clinton, Massachusetts and can be found in local coffee shops pounding away at the keyboard.

Jess Lawrence

Jess Lawrence

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Jess Lawrence is a freelance fiction copy-editor working with independent authors across all genres.

Josh Foreman

Josh Foreman

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Josh Foreman has been professionally building worlds for videogames and novels for over two decades on franchises such as Guild Wars and Tales From Talifar.

Justin Lee Anderson

Justin Lee Anderson

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Justin was a professional writer and editor for 15 years before his debut novel Carpet Diem was first published in 2015. The audiobook won a 2018 Audie award. His second novel, The Lost War, was published in 2019 and shortlisted in the Booknest Fantasy awards.

Justina Robson

Justina Robson

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Justina Robson is the author of 14 novels and a Transformers book. I am currently writing a book, a novella for my Patreon, and editing for other writers (dev ed) and for Rebellion on part of the After The War series of books.

Karen Diem

Karen Diem

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Karen Diem is an independent fantasy/sci-fi author who loves books (not really a surprise), RPGs, animals (especially big dogs and fat cats), music, and superheroes. She's married and lives tucked away with a family somewhere, where they subsist on peanut butter sandwiches far more often than may be healthy. In her previous life, Karen was a nonfiction author and a number of less interesting things, though she did receive some minor awards for the nonfiction. Politically, she votes for the Oxford comma.

Lee C Conley

Lee C Conley

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A writer of dark fantasy and horror, medieval combat and swordfighting instructor, and also a professional guitarist. Lee is the author of The Dead Sagas series and other dark speculative fiction.

Levi Jacobs

Levi Jacobs

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Levi Jacobs was born in North Dakota and grew up in Japan and Uganda, so he was bound to have a speculative take on modern life. Currently marketing his award-winning novel ACHE and at work on three more, he runs a small fruit company to pay the bills. 

Lisa Cassidy

Lisa Cassidy

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Lisa is a self-published fantasy author by day and book nerd in every other spare moment she has. She’s a self-confessed coffee snob (don’t try coming near her with any of that instant coffee rubbish) but is willing to accept all other hot drink aficionados, even tea drinkers. She lives in the Australia’s capital city, Canberra, and like all Australians, is pretty much in constant danger from highly poisonous spiders, crocodiles, sharks, and drop bears, to name a few. As you can see, she is also pro-Oxford comma. A 2019 SPFBO finalist, Lisa has published the YA fantasy series The Mage Chronicles, and is currently working on her latest epic fantasy series A Tale of Stars and Shadow. She has also partnered up with One Girl, an Australian charity working to build a world where all girls have access to quality education. A world where all girls — no matter where they are born or how much money they have — enjoy the same rights and opportunities as boys. A percentage of all Lisa’s royalties go to One Girl.

M.L. Wang

M.L. Wang

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M. L. Wang was born in Wisconsin in 1992, decided she wanted to be an author at the age of nine, and never grew up. She currently splits her time between writing fantasy books and working at a martial arts school in her home city of Madison.

ML Spencer

ML Spencer

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Coming Soon!

Madeline Dyer

Madeline Dyer

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Madeline Dyer lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books--sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honours degree in English from the University of Exeter, and several presses have published her fiction. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and she can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. She is the author of the Untamed series, the Dangerous Ones series, and Captive: A Poetry Collection on OCD, Psychosis, and Brain Inflammation. 

Matt King

Matt King

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Matt King is the author of Prism, The Circle War series, and the upcoming Atalanta. He spends his days frequenting coffee shops in the Raleigh, NC area.

Megan Haskell

Megan Haskell

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Legend has it I was born with a book in my hands. Thirty-ish years later, I'm a stay-at-home-mom who prefers a good story over doing the dishes. Only now, I'm building my own fantasy worlds! I am the award-winning author of The Sanyare Chronicles, an action-packed fantasy adventure featuring a kick-ass heroine and her carnivorous pixie sidekicks, and co-founder of The Author Wheel (www.authorwheel.com), dedicated to helping writers keep their stories rolling. I live in Orange County, CA, with my phenomenally supportive husband, two whip-smart daughters, and a ridiculously energetic dog. To find out more about me and my books, visit my website at www.meganhaskell.com

Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey

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Michael is a professional writer and indie author who kind of hates writing bios. After 15 years as a reporter, editor, and blogger for the Falmouth Enterprise, Michael quit to focus on his creative writing. He is the author of the "Action Figures" YA superhero series, among others.

Michael R. Baker

Michael R. Baker

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Coming Soon!

Monique L. Desir

Monique L. Desir

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Monique L. Desir was born and raised in Florida. She's a full-time reading teacher who hasn’t quite figured out how to escape the Sunshine State and is surviving and thriving within its alligator-infested clutches with her husband and three sons. The daughter of West Indian parents (Haitian father, Jamaican mother), she loves learning about different cultures, languages and people. She binge-watches forensic television shows and Soca dances until she glows, so she can have seconds on cake. Her stories have been published in FIYAH Literary Magazine, Nightlight Podcast, Colorism Healing anthology Volume 2, and Rivière Blanche's 2019 Dimension Uchronie short story anthology. Find her on Twitter @moniquedesir.

PS Livingstone

PS Livingstone

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PS Livingstone writes epic contemporary fantasy and is the author of The Transcendent Saga series. She is one of the management team at Bard of the Isles Magazine, dabbles in short stories and is a well renowned grammar fiend. Pamela lives in Glasgow with her partner and three cats, and can often be found in her allotment, usually covered in mud. Find out more at www.pslivingstone.com.

Patrick LeClerc

Patrick LeClerc

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Patrick LeClerc makes good use of his history degree by working as a paramedic for an ever-changing parade of ambulance companies in the northern suburbs of Boston. When not writing he enjoys cooking, fencing and making witty, insightful remarks with career-limiting candor.

Phil Parker

Phil Parker

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Phil Parker is a writer, reviewer and blogger at The Speculative Faction, founding member of The British & Irish Writing Community and is obsessive where pizza and Italian wine is concerned.

Phil Williams

Phil Williams

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Phil Williams is an author of contemporary fantasy and dystopian fiction, including the Ordshaw urban fantasy thrillers and the post-apocalyptic Estalia series. He also writes reference books to help foreign learners master the nuances of English, two of which are regular best-sellers on Kindle. Phil lives with his wife by the coast in Sussex, UK, and spends a great deal of time walking his impossibly fluffy dog, Herbert.

RJ Barker

RJ Barker

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Gemmell, Kitschie and BFS award nominated author of The Bone Ships and The Wounded Kingdom novels. Professionally ill, bit of a Goth.

Raven Oak

Raven Oak

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Multi-international award-winning speculative fiction author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood (2016 Ozma Fantasy Award Winner, Epic Awards Finalist, & Reader’s Choice Award Winner), Amaskan’s War (2018 UK Wishing Award YA Finalist), and Class-M Exile. She also has many published short stories in anthologies and magazines. She’s even published on the moon! (No, really!) Raven spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she’s not writing, she’s getting her game on with tabletop games, indulging in cartography, or staring at the ocean. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach. You can find out more at www.ravenoak.net

Rob Hayes

Rob Hayes

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Writer of books, winner of SPFBOs, and human Marmite. Rob J. Hayes is the author of Never Die, Where Loyalties Lie, and a bunch of other books.

Rose Foreman

Rose Foreman

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Rose Foreman has been writing scifi and fantasy novels for 40 years, and given workshops on alien biology. 

Sarah Chorn

Sarah Chorn

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Sarah Chorn is a SFF book reviewer, editor, and author. She spends her time lost in books, gardening, and drinking too much tea.

Simon Kewin

Simon Kewin

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Fantasy and sci/fi writer, author of the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy, cyberpunk thriller The Genehunter and steampunk Gormenghast saga Engn. He's the author of several short story collections, with his shorter fiction appearing in Analog, Nature and over a hundred other magazines. He is currently writing the galaxy-spanning Triple Stars sci/fi trilogy and is signed to Elsewhen Press for his Office of the Witchfinder General books.

Sonya M. Black

Sonya M. Black

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Sonya M. Black lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, son, and mischievous kitties. Curling up with a book and a hot cup of tea on a rainy day is her idea of a perfect afternoon. She takes inspiration from fairy tales, folklore, myths, and legends to create her stories and worlds and finds exploring other cultures via their myths and legends fascinating. She loves working with children, especially of the teenage variety.  After ten years of working in a middle school, she took the plunge into writing full-time. Her first book, Happily Never After was released in July 2013 and The Snow White Files, Book 1 in The Twisted Files series was released in November 2015. The Riding Hood Files, Book 2 in The Twisted Files series was released in November 2017 and A Sea of Broken Glass was released in March 2019. Currently, she is working on the sequel to A Sea of Broken Glass as well as a Japanese-inspired flintlock fantasy titled Moonlight & Jade.

Sophie Eminson

Sophie Eminson

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I’m a marketing and publicity executive at Canelo, an independent digital first publisher. I’ve previously worked in marketing for Springer Nature. I’m a book blogger and manage communications for the SYP London branch.

Stephen Aryan

Stephen Aryan

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Stephen Aryan is the author of the Age of Darkness (Battlemage, Bloodmage, Chaosmage) and Age of Dread (Mageborn, Magefall, Magebane) trilogies from Orbit books. His first novel, Battlemage, was a finalist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy novel. Battlemage won the inaugural Hellfest Inferno Award in France. His next book, The Coward will be published by Angry Robot books in mid-2021.

Taylor Ellwood

Taylor Ellwood

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Taylor Ellwood is the author of the Learning how to be a hero trilogy and an avid fan of superhero fiction. His website is http://www.imagineyourreality.com

Tita Berredo

Tita Berredo

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Tita Berredo is a children's writer and illustrator born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a Masters degree in Children's Literature and Illustration from Goldsmiths University of London. Tita works as a lecturer and freelance illustrator in Glasgow, she is represented by Fairbank Literary Representation.

Trish Heinrich

Trish Heinrich

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Trish is one of the co-creators of the Superhero comedy web series “The Collectibles”. She is also one half of a superhero duo that runs Superhero-Fiction.com  Her fifth novel in The Vigilantes superhero universe will be published in 2020. Trish currently lives in Washington State with her writer/editor/producer husband and their two geeky children. 

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