A. G. Marshall

A. G. Marshall

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A.G. Marshall loves fairy tales and has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She is a professional pianist and perfected her storytelling by writing college papers about music (which is more similar to magic than you might think). She fills each book she writes with magic, adventure, clean romance, humor and other random things she loves. Her stories are designed to sweep you away to magical places and make you laugh on the journey.

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.

Alex S. Bradshaw

Alex S. Bradshaw

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Alex grew up in Kent in the UK and spent much of his childhood hiding away and reading a book (seriously, he used to hide under the table and read when the other kids were playing). He’s always been a fan of myths and legends, epic stories in general, and of course… dinosaurs. It came as no surprise to anyone that he went on to study Classics and Ancient History at university. Now, Alex works in publishing and writes fantasy stories.

Alexander Darwin

Alexander Darwin

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Alexander Darwin is a fantasy / science fiction author with an unabashed reverence for combat sports. He spends his days getting humbled on the mats, staring at the unwritten pages of his next novel, and questioning the dumb luck that landed him his wonderful wife and two daughters.

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.

Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

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Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She has won three Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, a British Fantasy Award and four British Science Fiction Association Awards, and was a double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella). Her most recent book is Fireheart Tiger (Tor.com), a sapphic romantic fantasy inspired by pre colonial Vietnam, where a diplomat princess must decide the fate of her country, and her own. She also wrote Seven of Infinities (Subterranean Press), a space opera where a sentient spaceship and an upright scholar join forces to investigate a murder, and find themselves falling for each other. Other books include Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders, (JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.), a fantasy of manners and murders set in an alternate 19th Century Vietnamese court. She lives in Paris.

Allan Batchelder

Allan Batchelder

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Allan is a professional actor, educator, writer and former stand-up comedian. During his years on stage, he's gotten to participate in countless battles - some even with other people - involving longswords, rapiers, daggers, staves, pistols, bottles, loaves of French bread and, of course, his grimy little fists. Allan is a lifelong fan of epic fantasy and horror, so you can just imagine how much he loves Grimdark. After completing his epic series, Immortal Treachery, he has moved on to his next novel, which he describes as historical fantasy/horror. Allan lives in the great Pacific Northwest with his wife, two cats, and frequent visits from his son.

Amanda Cherry

Amanda Cherry

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Amanda Cherry is an author, actor, wife & mom loving life in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. She’s an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas whose biggest claim to fame is having once co-starred with a Gecko in an insurance commercial. As a queer, disabled author of urban & contemporary fantasy, space opera, and role play games, Amanda is drawn to stories that center people whose experiences and points of view are too often erased. She loves magic, mayhem, clever villains, unlikely love stories, and marginalized folx coming into their own power. Amanda’s debut novel, Rites & Desires was released in 2018 and her sophomore work The Dragon Stone Conspiracy in 2021. Her short stories have appeared in Cobalt City Christmas: Christmas Harder and several editions of Mad Scientist Journal. She was on the writing team for the tabletop role play game Acute Paranoia and was a finalist in the 2018 NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. Amanda is an award-winning screenwriter and served as a story consultant to the SyFy Network Docu-series Looking for Leia in which she was also an on-camera participant. Her nonfiction writing has appeared across the web in such sites as ToscheStation.net, ElevenThirtyEight.com, and StarTrek.com. She is a member of SFWA and Broad Universe. Amanda is represented by Claire Draper of the Bent Agency (literary) and Melissa Baldauf of Big Fish Northwest (performing). Follow Amanda’s geekery and hilarity on Twitter @MandaTheGinger and follow her literary journey at www.thegingervillain.com

Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart

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Andrea Stewart is the Chinese American daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. Her parents always emphasized science and education, so she spent her childhood immersed in Star Trek and odd-smelling library books. When her (admittedly ambitious) dreams of becoming a dragon slayer didn't pan out, she instead turned to writing books. She now lives in sunny California, and in addition to writing, can be found herding cats, looking at birds, and falling down research rabbit holes.

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.

Angeline Trevena

Angeline Trevena

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Angeline Trevena is a British science fiction, fantasy, and horror author. Creator of The Paper Duchess series, she is best known for her feminist brand of dystopia. She’s been writing stories since she was old enough to hold a pen, and after gaining a BA Hons degree in Drama and Writing, she honed her craft with horror and fantasy shorts which are published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Angeline grew up on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon, amongst its legends and ghost stories, but now lives in central England with her husband, their two young boys, and a somewhat neurotic cat.

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

Anne C. Miles

Anne C. Miles

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Anne C. Miles, an award-winning author, was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in 1971. She successfully avoided writing fiction for years by blogging and extensive journaling. However, one day, she logged into a writing site and scribbled. She kept going, and now cannot stop. Her book, Sorrowfish, was named Best Fantasy of 2019 by Indies Today. Anne was confirmed in the Anglican Church (ACNA, High Anglican) in 2016. She takes communion once a week. When Anne isn't working or writing, she plays violin badly and spoils her grandchildren. She is hard at work on the next book of her series, The Call of the Lorica.

Antoine Bandele

Antoine Bandele

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ANTOINE BANDELE IS AN AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN ACTION ADVENTURE FANTASY, DARK FANTASY, SWORD & SORCERY, AFRICAN AMERICAN FANTASY, AND AFRICAN LITERATURE. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his girlfriend, where he produces work on YouTube for his own channel and others, such as JustKiddingFilms, Fanalysis, and more. During the summer he is a camp counselor. Whenever he has the time he’s writing his debut series: Tales from Esowon.

Arina

Arina

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Arina (they/she) is a book blogger, techie, and gamer, in love with the worlds of SFF that blend "politics and mega freaking robots”. When reading, Arina seeks indie and inclusive lit, and to delve into anything with fascinating worldbuilding and a unique premise. When not, she can be found loving on her pets, deepening her love for cultural history, or raving about A.I and the future of tech. She blogs over at Bookwyrm's Guide to the Galaxy by herself, at the Queen's Asylum with two other awesome ladies, and writes on the great The Nerd Daily and The Lesbrary as a collaborator. For (in)coherent screaming and cute pet pics, follow her at @voyagerarina.

Autumn M. Birt

Autumn M. Birt

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Autumn is an award-winning and best selling author with over 20 titles to her name. In 2017, she launched Am Writing Fantasy to help other fantasy authors learn to write, publish, and market their novels. Since then Am Writing Fantasy has grown from a website to a YouTube channel, podcast, books, and courses, including the FREE Self Publishing Success Course.

Beth Tabler

Beth Tabler

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Elizabeth Tabler runs Beforewegoblog and is a contributor to Grimdark Magazine. She was at one time an architect but divides her time now between her family in Portland, Oregon, and as many book worlds as she can get her hands on. She is also a huge fan of Self Published fantasy and has been a team member on both Team Qwillery and Self Published Fantasy Month. You will find her with a coffee in one hand and her iPad in the other. 

Brenna Singman (aka BrenNailedIt)

Brenna Singman (aka BrenNailedIt)

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My name is Brenna (or Melody, or Zoozey depending on the length of your journey with me so far). I'm a fiction author published on Amazon, and I'm sharing my writing and experiences with you live. I work on personal writing projects Tuesday-Saturday mornings. Afternoon streams are for giving back to the Twitch Writers community from story gifts to apprentice nights to game playthroughs.

Brian Nishii

Brian Nishii

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Born and raised in Tokyo, Brian Nishii brings his multicultural and multilingual sensibilities to all of his theatrical endeavors. As a narrator, Brian has been involved in over a hundred twenty titles, many of which involve Japanese themes or English translations. Notable works include classics like The Tale of Genji, and Musashi, for which he earned an Audie Award nomination. 

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.

Cavan Scott

Cavan Scott

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Cavan Scott is a UK number one bestseller who has written for such popular worlds as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Assassin’s Creed, Judge Dredd, Pacific Rim, and Sherlock Holmes. He is the author of Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost, The Patchwork Devil, Shadow Service, and is one of the story architects for Lucasfilm’s epic multi-media initiative, Star Wars: The High Republic. He has written comics for Marvel, DC Comics, IDW, Dark Horse, Vertigo, 2000 AD, and The Beano. A former magazine editor, Cavan Scott lives in Bristol with his wife and daughters. His lifelong passions include scary movies, folklore, the music of David Bowie, and LEGO. He owns far too many action figures.

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.H. Dunn

D.H. Dunn

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D.H. Dunn writes fantasy and adventure fiction for readers who enjoy empathy-driven heroes, deep characters, and imaginative worlds. He is the author of nine published novels, including the FRACTURED EVEREST series. A former U.S. Navy sailor, he now wanders the coasts and forests of Maine, looking for hope and adventure wherever he can find it.

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 in 2019. His next novel Blood Red Sand is due out 6th July 2021.

Dancing Lemur Press

Dancing Lemur Press

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Our trademark is not just a logo – the Dancing Lemur represents optimism, enthusiasm, and belief. We strive to publish works that uplift and inspire, encouraging the reader to explore and discover. We publish sci-fi, fantasy, YA, NA, middle grade, mystery, paranormal, non-fiction, and Christian. Share the vision and come dance with us!  

Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly

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Irish Author. Born in Donegal on the northern edge of the wild Atlantic way. If you have never been, I highly recommend that you visit and you will see exactly why I love history. Great teachers and a love of good historical fiction authors broadened my love of ancient history to a worldwide level. I would love to have a go at writing some of our own amazing Irish legends one day.

Darran M Handshaw

Darran M Handshaw

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Darran M. Handshaw is the author of The Engineer, his debut novel. In addition to writing, Darran works as an R&D Engineer at a technology company. There he designs and invents new products; he holds more than 40 patents in data capture and emergency services. Darran also volunteers as a firefighter and EMT with his local fire department, where he currently serves as the Chief of Department. Darran hails from Long Island, NY, where he lives with his wife, Stefanie, and son, Corwin, who fill his life with love, wisdom, and endless adventure.

David Green

David Green

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David Green is a writer based in Co Galway, Ireland. Growing up between there and Manchester, UK meant David rarely saw sunlight in his childhood, which has no doubt had an effect on his dark writings. Published with Black Ink Fiction, Red Cape Publishing and Eerie River Publishing, David has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2020. His character-driven dark fantasy series Empire of Ruin launches in June 2021 with "In Solitude's Shadow," through Eerie River Publishing, and the continuation of his urban fantasy noir Nick Holleran series resumes in July 2021 with The Devil Walks In Blood.

Dianna Gunn

Dianna Gunn

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Dianna Gunn is a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. Her sword and sorcery novel, Moonshadow's Guardian, was released in November 2018. When she's not writing, Gunn can be found working to develop the indie author community. She hosts the #WeeknightWriters Twitter chat at 7PM EST and runs the Author Marketing Club.

Dixon Reuel

Dixon Reuel

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Under the penname Dixon Reuel, Eve Power is the author of Blood Brute, with Rise of One published in December 2020 and Fall of Two publishing in Summer 2021. From Dublin, Ireland, she writes about the paranormal, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and all of her publications can be found at dixonreuel.com. Eve is an award-winning author and poet, most notably being runner-up for The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award & winner of The Arts Council of Ireland’s writing residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

Dyrk Ashton

Dyrk Ashton

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Dyrk Ashton is a Midwestern boy who spent some time in Hollywood. He teaches film, geeks out on movies and books, and writes about regular folks and their troubles with gods and monsters.

E.L. Drayton

E.L. Drayton

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E.L. Drayton was born and raised in Bronx, NY. As the daughter of a former high school English teacher, she was taught how to read and write before she even started formal schooling. She picked up reading quickly and could understand books well beyond her age. Later, her passion for writing came as no surprise. Ever since she has spent countless years building a library of books from all sorts of authors. Each book improves her writing along the way. Her decision to become an independent author was her destiny. Currently, she’s working on building her community of readers through her Patreon. Offering exclusive content, YouTube Live streams and much more! She lives in Upstate New York with her wife and their two puppies.

Eli Hinze

Eli Hinze

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Eli Hinze is a writer with a particular interest in underrepresented eras, peoples, and mythologies. She has lived in China for a time, fought in tournaments, wrangled various farm animals, and worked in tech, but is happiest in her life as an author. When not writing, Eli studies everything she can get her hands on, draws, drinks a lot of caffeine, and forces cats to snuggle with her. If you'd like a free book or to stay up-to-date with her newest releases, you can connect with her on social media.

Emily Woo Zeller

Emily Woo Zeller

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Named a Golden Voice and a Best Voice of 2019, 2018, 2015, and 2013 by Audiofile Magazine, Emily Woo Zeller has garnered many awards in her voiceover career, including an Audie, Best Female Narrator from the Independent Audiobook Awards; multiple SOVAS awards, and almost two dozen Earphones Awards. Her voice has also been heard in video games, most recently as Panam in Cyberpunk 2077 and in The Last of Us Part 2, and dubbing for dozens of anime series. She most recently appeared as Doctor Aphra in the Star Wars audio drama, and as the narrator in PASSABLE IN PINK.

Evan Winter

Evan Winter

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Evan Winter, winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel, is a Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, and Locus best selling author of speculative fiction. His debut novel, THE RAGE OF DRAGONS, is the opening to an epic fantasy quartet that began life as a self-published novel before being acquired by Hachette's Orbit Books. Most recently, TIME magazine named it one THE 100 BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME, and its sequel has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist.

Feodor Chin

Feodor Chin

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Feodor Chin is an LA-based actor, writer, and comedian from San Francisco, CA. As an actor, he was classically trained at UCLA, the American Conservatory Theater, and has studied with renowned acting coach, Larry Moss. He is a performer on the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater house Maude team, Jumpman. TV credits include BIG LITTLE LIES, GOOD TROUBLE, MEDICAL POLICE, LETHAL WEAPON, WEIRD CITY, JANE THE VIRGIN, THE AFFAIR, SPEECHLESS, LOPEZ, NEW GIRL, and Cartoon Network's REGULAR SHOW. He is also the voice of Zenyatta and Lee Sin in the hit video games, Overwatch and League of Legends. He was a performer for the ABC Discovers Talent Showcase and a writer for the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase, and has never met a braised meat he didn't like. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @FeoChin.

Gabriela Houston

Gabriela Houston

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Gabriela Houston is a London-based writer. She was born in Poland and raised in a book-loving household on the nourishing diet of mythologies, classics and graphic novels. She had spent much of her early school years holed up in the library, only feeling truly herself in the company of Jack London’s trappers and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s red-headed orphan, among many others. She came to the UK at 19 to follow her passion for literature and she completed her undergraduate and Masters degrees at Royal Holloway, University of London. After her studies she worked in publishing for a few years. She now lives with her family in Harrow, where she pursues her life-long passion for making stuff up. She’s represented by John Baker from Bell Lomax Moreton Agency. Her debut Slavic Fantasy novel THE SECOND BELL is out now from Angry Robot Books. She’s the cohost of a YouTube channel, Bookish Take, which focuses on a writer’s journey from the initial idea through to the publication process and beyond!

Gareth Hanrahan

Gareth Hanrahan

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Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan is a writer and game designer. Originally qualified as a computer programmer, he took a three month break to see how “this writing thing” would go. More than fifteen years later, he’s still on that break. The writing thing seems to be going. Gareth has published more role-playing games and supplements than he can even recall, including the award-winning The Laundry RPG, Adventures in Middle Earth and The Dracula Dossier. He describes writing as “the process of transforming tea and guilt into words”. His debut novel, The Gutter Prayer was published by Orbit Books in 2019. Its sequel, The Shadow Saint came out in January 2020. The third book in the series, The Broken God, comes out in May 2021. More books are in the works. Gareth lives in Cork, Ireland with more dogs, children and fish than he ever anticipated.

Garrett Robinson (aka VlogANovel)

Garrett Robinson (aka VlogANovel)

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Garrett Robinson was born and raised in Los Angeles. The son of an author/painter father and a violinist/singer mother, no one was surprised when he grew up to be an artist. After blooding himself in the independent film industry, he self-published his first book in 2012 and swiftly followed it with a stream of others, publishing more than two million words by 2014. Within months he topped numerous bestseller lists. Now he spends his time writing books and directing films. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling fantasy series The Nightblade Epic, a heroic fantasy saga with tens of thousands of avid readers. It is set in the land of Underrealm, along with a second bestselling series, The Academy Journals. More books of Underrealm are soon to come. Garrett lives in Oregon with his wife Meghan, his children Dawn, Luke, and Desmond, and his dog Chewbacca.

Gray Williams

Gray Williams

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Gray Williams is the author of supernatural thrillers The End of the Line and Strange Ways published in ebook by Canelo and audio by Bolinda Audio. Born in Glasgow and raised in Southampton, he studied Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and has had short stories published in Abyss and Apex, Electric Spec and the Something Wicked 2013 anthology. He devours both crime thrillers and fantasy, so naturally wanted to combine the two in his writing. He now lives in East London with his wife (who fell in love with him after reading an early draft of one of his short stories), where he writes, works (very different) and paces in slipper socks when he's thinking.

Halla Williams

Halla Williams

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Halla studied Drama at Exeter University. She then toured as an actor for six years, performing in everything from Shakespeare to comedy musicals to children's theatre. Although she discovered many wonderful places, she came back to live in Bristol, near where she grew up, to work as an English teacher. After 16 years, she left teaching to become a proofreader and editor and finally finish epic fantasy Song of the Storm. She sings and writes lyrics in an acoustic duo called Telhalla. Represented by John Baker (Bell Lomax Moreton).

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 E Hannaford

J E Hannaford

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Wrestler of words, builder of worlds. J E Hannaford is powered by coffee, dragons and whisky. She teaches biology in the real world, and invents strange creatures to populate fantasy novels and weird short stories. Her short story ‘A New Hope’ can be found in the upcoming Quarancon anthology, Through Shadows. J E Hannaford is the author of twisted folklore fantasy, The Skin.

J. C. Duncan

J. C. Duncan

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James C Duncan is a debut author fascinated with history and fantasy. He writes historical fantasy/fiction based on our world, but in an alternate timeline, past, present or future, where each book or series asks and tries to answer a question of 'What if?' His first series 'The Light of the North saga', asks the question 'What if the Norse didn't convert to Christianity, and instead the Viking raids continued.' And posits the answer, which you will have to read the book to find out! James does not create new worlds, he messes with the history and future of ours, grounded in our own history and the laws of our universe, but tweaked in events and often adding a soft sprinkling of the divine or fantastical, resulting in relatable historical and future fantasy. In the spare time he doesn't spend writing, James is an amateur bladesmith and historical gamer.

J. D. Brink

J. D. Brink

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If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan’s protégé. Instead, he's become a nurse and teacher, sailor and officer, husband and father. In those few quiet moments between doing all of those things, he writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, noir, and other hallucinations. Learn more at JDBrinkBooks.com and sign up for his Conspiracy Newsletter at www.subscribepage.com/jdbrinkconspiracy

J. R. Frontera

J. R. Frontera

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Author of books with ships, swords, or sixshooters! (And sometimes all three!)

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.

Jessa Forest

Jessa Forest

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Jessa Forest writes poetry and weird fiction. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and The Slaughter Chronicles, a grimdark, Lovecraftian-esque paranormal fantasy about werewolves. Besides being a self-published author, her short fiction and poetry have been published in several print and online magazines. Her stories question the definable borders of reality and indulge in the gritty, visceral aspects of contemporary fantasy. In 2011, she was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize by the editors of The Camel Saloon. She was born in Arkansas, USA.

Jodie Crump

Jodie Crump

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Jodie Crump is the creator of the Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub blog. She either lives in Florida with her husband and sons, or in a fantasy book-she’ll never tell which. When she’s not reading, Jodie balances her time between homeschooling her hooligans, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and lamenting her inability to pronounce “lozenge”. Find her online at www.wittyandsarcasticbookclub.home.blog or https://www.twitter.com/WS_BOOKCLUB.

Jon Auerbach

Jon Auerbach

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Jon Auerbach’s love of fantasy began at the tender age of six, when his parents bought him the classic 1977 animated version of The Hobbit. He hopes to pass on his stories to the next generation, including his kids, who have their own copy of The Hobbit that they lovingly call “the Bilbo book.”

Joyce Hertzoff

Joyce Hertzoff

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Joyce Hertzoff retired in 2008 after forty-five years in the scientific literature publishing business. The Crimson Orb, the first novel in the Crystal Odyssey series, was originally published by the Phantasm Books imprint of Assent Publications in June 2014. The flash mysteries, Natural Causes and Say Cheese were published in the anthologies The Darwin Murders and Tasteful Murders. A short story, Princess Petra, appears in The Way Back anthology and another one, A Woman Hobbles into a Bar appears in the charity anthology Challenge Accepted. Her young adult fantasy novella A Bite of the Apple, published in 2016, won the New Mexico Press Women’s fiction contest prize in the YA category and second place in the National Federation of Press Women contest. In 2017, she republished The Crimson Orb and published the sequel, Under Two Moons. In March 2018, she published the third book in that series, Beyond the Sea as well as a middle grade book, So You Want to be a Dragon. Joyce often shares a booth at conventions and markets with RJ Mirabal. She also had a remembrance included in New Mexico Remembers 9/11 published in 2020. At the end of 2020/beginning of 2021, she published the fourth book in her series, Homeward Bound. She is a mentor and facilitator at Writers Village University, an online university offering MFA certificates. She is managing editor for the MFA program’s ezine The Village Square. She’s also a member of Southwest Writers.

Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce Reynolds-Ward

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Joyce Reynolds-Ward has been called "the best writer I've never heard of" by one reviewer. Her work includes themes of high-stakes family and political conflict, physical and digital sentience, personal agency and control, realistic strong women, and (whenever possible) horses. She is the author of The Netwalk Sequence series, the Goddess's Honor series, and the recently released The Martiniere Legacy series as well as standalones Klone's Stronghold and Alien Savvy. Her latest work, The Heritage of Michael Martiniere, was released in late February and Broken Angel: The Lost Years of Gabriel Martiniere, will be released in late April. Samples of her other fiction can be found at Curious Fictions, and her nonfiction on Substack at either Speculations from the Wide Open Spaces (writing) or Speculations on Politics and Political History (politics). Joyce is a Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off Semifinalist, a Writers of the Future SemiFinalist, and an Anthology Builder Finalist. She is the Secretary of the Northwest Independent Writers Association and a member of Soroptimists International.

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.

K.S. Villoso

K.S. Villoso

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Born in Daraga, Albay, K.S. Villoso writes speculative fiction with themes shaped by her childhood, with grim and grit inspired by both the streets of Manila, Philippines, and the wilds of British Columbia, Canada. She now lives in BC with a pack of dogs and humans. When she isn't writing, she spends her days counting to when she can get lost in the mountains again.

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.

Kristin Helling

Kristin Helling

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Kristin Helling enjoys stories with a journey- whether it’s a journey across the globe, a journey through space, or a journey of finding one's self. She writes adult fiction thrillers. When she's not killing people (fictionally, of course!), she also has a passion for children's stories and writes them under the pen name Kristin Alis. Kristin owns a coffeehouse, co-owns the publishing imprint Wordwraith Books LLC, is married to a Photographer, and is Mama to one little boy and his hairy sibling, a collie-shepherd mix.

Krystle Matar

Krystle Matar

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Krystle Matar has been writing for a long time, but things got serious when Tashué Blackwood walked into her life, an amber-eyed whirlwind. When she isn’t arguing with him or any of his friends, she parents and farms. She has a lot of children and even more animals and one very excellent husband. She is currently working on lots of stories set in the Dominion. She expects to exist in this universe for a while.

L.A. Young

L.A. Young

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L.A. Young has degrees in literature, education, and communications, is about to graduate with a degree in library science. She is a contributor to Fantasy-Faction, and has appeared on podcasts and livestreams participating in Author Q&As. Her essay, Storytelling in Speculative Fiction Reveals a Buried History, can be found on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America's website. When she isn't reading or writing, L.A. Young enjoys running, gaming and gardening. She hopes to have more of her work published in the near future. 

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. 

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.

MD Presley

MD Presley

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Never passing up the opportunity to speak about himself in the third person, M.D. Presley is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is. Born and raised in Texas, he spent several years on the East Coast and now waits for the West Coast to shake him loose. His background is in film, and he has worked as a screenwriter as well as manager of coverage readers before turning to fantasy novels and worldbuilding. His favorite words include defenestrate, callipygian, and Algonquin. The fact that monosyllabic is such a long word keeps him up at night.

ML Spencer

ML Spencer

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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. 

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 C. Bailey

Michael C. 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.

Michelle River

Michelle River

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Michelle River hails from Ontario, Canada where she is lives with her wonderful husband, fearless daughter and newborn son. A lover of hot black coffee and everything dark and terrifying, she spends her nights writing, publishing and dreaming about all things that go bump in the night. To her husband's dismay, she thrives on multiple projects, tight deadlines and revels in the chaos around her. She runs Eerie River Publishing, focusing on promoting indie authors and publishing high-quality dark fiction anthologies, novels and novellas.

Mihir Wanchoo

Mihir Wanchoo

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Born and raised in Mumbai, India. Mihir Wanchoo comes from a medical background. He is an avid book collector and longtime reader of fantasy, thrillers and Indian mythology with additional interests in historical fiction and urban fantasy. Favorite writers include Jeffrey Deaver, John Connolly, David Gemmell, James Clemens/Rollins, Craig Schaefer, Rachel Aaron, Rob J. Hayes, Richard Nell, Ilona Andrews and many others. Mihir has spent too much of his youth following the travails of the Indian Cricket team and Chelsea Football Club. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family, and is ever looking forward to discovering new authors and old books. Mihir is a member of the FBC team & has been blogging since 2009.

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.

Nancy Wu

Nancy Wu

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A New York theater, TV and film actor with multiple audio awards, Nancy has worked in animation and recorded in studios across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Narrating across genres, she’s well-known for bringing characters and stories vividly to life. Born and raised in West Virginia, Nancy now lives in Boulder, CO and is an avid Ashtanga yoga practitioner and rock climber.

Natalie Naudus

Natalie Naudus

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Natalie Naudus is an award winning audiobook narrator of over 250 titles. She started her career as an opera singer, and has a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas. She records on a mountaintop in Virginia, where she is building a house with her husband and two daughters.  

PS Livingstone

PS Livingstone

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PS Livingstone writes epic contemporary fantasy and is the author of The Transcendent Saga series, as well as numerous short stories. She works as a ghostwriter and editor, suiting her reputation as a 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.

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. In the lulls between runs on the ambulance --and sometimes the lulls between employment at various ambulance companies-- he writes fiction. His short fiction has appeared in Quantum Muse and Bard of the Isles e-zines.

Patrick Samphire

Patrick Samphire

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Patrick Samphire started writing when he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of getting out of English lessons. It didn’t work, but he kept on writing anyway. He has lived in Zambia, Guyana, Austria and England. He now lives with his wife and two children in Wales, U.K. He has published almost twenty short stories and novellas, two novels for children, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and THE EMPEROR OF MARS, a short story collection, AT THE GATES AND OTHER STORIES, and one adult fantasy novel, SHADOW OF A DEAD GOD. The sequel, NECTAR FOR THE GOD, is due to be published at the end of 2021.

Peter McLean

Peter McLean

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Peter McLean was born near London in 1972, the son of a bank manager and an English teacher. He went to school in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral where he spent most of his time making up stories. He has since grown up a bit, if not a lot, and spent 25 years working in corporate IT. He is married to Diane and is still making up stories. He is the author of the War for the Rose Throne series, beginning with Priest of Bones. Repped by Jennie Goloboy at DMLA.

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.

Quenby Olson

Quenby Olson

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Quenby Olson lives in Central Pennsylvania where she spends most of her time writing, glaring at baskets of unfolded laundry, and chasing the kids off the kitchen counters. She lives with her husband and numerous children, who do nothing to dampen her love of classical ballet, geeky crochet, and staying up late to watch old episodes of Doctor Who.

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.

RJ the Story Guy

RJ the Story Guy

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RJ the Story Guy (aka RJ Mirabal) lives in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Writing as RJ Mirabal, his New Mexico-based Rio Grande Parallax fantasy series for adult readers (published 2012-2016) were Finalists in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards in the Fantasy/Science Fiction category. The Rio Grande Parallax Trilogy chronicles the adventures of Don Vargas, a troubled man who escapes his deteriorating life through a portal to an alternative New Mexico, ancient and magical. RJ The Story Guy's latest book for young readers is Dragon Train, a book in the Young Adult adventure/fantasy genre featuring a fifteen-year-old boy who helps a blue dragon escape enslavement. In 2019, RJ published the award-winning Trixie Finds Her People, a mix of realistic and fantasy stories about a dog adopted by an older couple and their granddaughter.

Rachel Emma Shaw

Rachel Emma Shaw

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A neuroscientist by training, Rachel started writing to escape the rigors of reality, but increasingly struggles to remain grounded. She slips a little further each day into the worlds she makes up, fascinated by the creation of societies that hold a mirror to our own. Born in Manchester, England, she moved to London after university and spending a year living in Memphis, Tennessee. Last Memoria is her first book. Published in 2020, it became an SPFBO finalist in the same year. The sequel is Scars of Cereba, which delves further into the world of memory thieves and the consequence of abusing the power. Her third novel, Sacaran Nights, is due for release in 2021 and explores a culture of people who live to sustain the dead.

Rob J. Hayes

Rob J. 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.

Robert H. Fleming

Robert H. Fleming

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Robert is a writer of fantasy stories who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.  He grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina before attending UNC-Chapel Hill to study Economics and Creative Writing. Robert has always been drawn to certain authors and the worlds they create – from Harry Potter and Middle Earth as a child to discovering Westeros as a teenager.  He has since fallen in love with the worlds of Rothfuss, Erikson, and Sapkowski (as well as many more). Robert’s enjoyment of real-life military history has combined with his enthusiasm for creating fantasy worlds with the Falling Empires Saga. When not reading and writing fantasy, Robert enjoys cheering on UNC Basketball and the Carolina Panthers, exploring the North Carolina craft beer scene, and feasting on his wife’s fine southern cooking.

Sara Codair

Sara Codair

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Sara Codair is an author of speculative short stories and novels. They partially owe their success to their feline writing partner, Goose the Meowditor-In-Chief, who likes to “edit” their work by deleting entire pages. Their published novels are Power Surge (2018), Power Inversion (2020), Earth Reclaimed (coming July 2021).

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.

Sarina Dahlan

Sarina Dahlan

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Sarina Dahlan was born into an Indonesian family in Thailand, and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. While children in the west grew up on fairytales, she learned parables through ghost stories, mythologies, and Japanese manga. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego with degrees in Psychology and Visual Arts, she has blended both disciplines in careers as an advertising producer, a corporate marketing strategist, and a writer. She currently resides in California with her family. Her debut speculative novel, RESET, will be published in May 2021 by BlackstonePublishing.

Sasha Greene

Sasha Greene

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Sasha Greene is a computer programmer who lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She grew up on SFF classics such as Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey where girls just went out and did stuff and so she’s always applied that principle to her own life. She started out publishing contemporary romance with mental health themes but is currently working on a magical realism novel set on a fictional Scottish island.

Scott Wilson (aka ScottWritesStuff)

Scott Wilson (aka ScottWritesStuff)

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Hey there! I’m Scott Wilson. I live in Japan and work as a translator, writer, and editor for the Japanese news-entertainment website SoraNew24. I also run a creative writing live stream on Twitch. We do writing exercises, prompts, and give feedback to people on their work. It’s a lot of fun and we’d love to have you join us! My debut novel Metl: The ANGEL Weapon was published in March 2019 and its sequel Metl: The Last Wish was published in April 2020.

Shaun Paul Stevens

Shaun Paul Stevens

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Born in London in 1972, Shaun spent his formative years in the shadows of the dreaming spires of Oxford, before moving to Nottingham where he graduated university with a degree in English and Media. Navigating a path through music, art and the internet, writing came calling and he soon found himself firmly ensconced in alternate realities and gritty fantasy worlds. He has written several books to date. Shaun lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, where he splits his time between his fiction and family life.

Stephanie Espinoza Villamor

Stephanie Espinoza Villamor

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Stephanie Espinoza Villamor (she/her/her) is a librarian writer mom who lives with her husband and young son just outside Las Vegas. By day, she works with students and technology as a college eLearning Librarian. After her son goes to sleep, she writes for children and adults, inspired by her supportive family and Hispanic heritage. Stephanie's science fiction story "Artificial" was the 2020 Insecure Writer's Support Group annual anthology contest winner and will be published in Dark Matter: Artificial (coming May 2021 by Dancing Lemur Press).

Stephen Aryan

Stephen Aryan

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Stephen Aryan is the award winning fantasy author of the Age of Darkness and Age of Dread trilogies published by Orbit books.

A new duology, set in a brand new world, will be published by Angry Robot Books starting on 8th June 2021 with The Coward.

Steve McHugh

Steve McHugh

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Steve McHugh is a bestselling author of multiple Urban Fantasy series. His book, Scorched Shadows, was shortlisted for a Gemmell Award for best novel. Steve was born in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton. 

Stew Hotson

Stew Hotson

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Stewart Hotston (he/him) lives in Reading, UK. With an Celtic-Indian mother and a father of North African/Roma descent, Stewart is a second-generation immigrant living in the UK. His writing concerns those whose voices are more than capable but too frequently marginalised and how they build hope, connection and live in the worlds in which they find themselves. After completing his PhD in theoretical physics, Stewart now spends his days working in high finance. He has had numerous short stories published as well as three novels. His last novel, the political thriller Tangle's Game, was published by Rebellion. Stewart also writes reviews for Sci Fi Bulletin and more in-depth analysis for Focus and Vector magazines. When Stewart is not writing or working he's a senior instructor at The School of the Sword and Team GB member in the HEMA categories of Rapier and Rapier & Dagger. Stewart is repped by John Jarrold.

Suzannah Rowntree

Suzannah Rowntree

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Suzannah Rowntree lives in a big house in rural Australia with her awesome parents and siblings, drinking fancy tea and writing historical fantasy fiction that blends real-world history with legend, adventure, and a dash of romance.

T L Greylock

T L Greylock

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T L Greylock is the author of THE GODFORGED CHRONICLES series and THE SONG OF THE ASH TREE trilogy. She can only wink her left eye, jumped out on an airplane while strapped to a Navy SEAL, had a dog named Agamemnon and a cat named Odysseus, and has been swimming with stingrays in the Caribbean. One of the above statements is false. Can you guess which?

Tao Wong

Tao Wong

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Tao Wong is a Canadian self-published author based in the Yukon. Yes, that Yukon. As a reader, he's an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, having cut his teeth decades ago on Dragonlance, Terry Brooks and Asimov before graduating to Jordan, Gaiman, Bujold and more. When he's not writing and working, he's practicing martial arts, reading (even more!) and taking care of his family. Other hobbies include occasional RPGs and board games as well as picking up new, random skillsets. Tao became a full-time author in 2019 and is now a member of SF Canada, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and ALLI. More details about Tao's latest books can be found on his website.

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

Timandra Whitecastle

Timandra Whitecastle

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Author of The Living Blade Trilogy, Timandra Whitecastle enjoys writing dark and gritty character-driven Heroic Fantasy. Her narratives often leave her female characters having to make hard decisions, often dealing with identity and obligations. One reader commented: Whitecastle's characters punch you in the face and in the feels. Timandra's short story "This War of Ours" in the Art of War charity fantasy anthology was nominated by the BSFA for best Short Fiction 2018. Her Norse-inspired novel Queens of the Wyrd was a 2020 SPFBO semi-finalist. Originally hailing from Sherwood Forest, Timandra now lives in North Germany with her family and an exponentially growing collection of books.

Travis I. Sivart (aka TravisTavernTalks)

Travis I. Sivart (aka TravisTavernTalks)

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Travis I. Sivart is a prolific author who writes Fantasy, Science Fiction (including Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Dystopian, & Post-Apocalyptic), Speculative Fiction, Social DIY, and more. Travis's writing style has been described as true storytelling - with the feel of sitting next to a fireplace and listening to a tale - a blend of Brandon Sanderson's character development, George RR Martin's world building, and Neil Gaiman's wit. You can sometimes find him live-streaming the writing and editing of his latest project from his home in Central Virginia, surrounded by too many cats.

Travis M. Riddle

Travis M. Riddle

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Travis M. Riddle lives with his pooch in Austin, TX, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. His work has been published in award-winning literary journal the Sorin Oak Review. His novel "Spit and Song" was a semi-finalist in SPFBO 2020, and his latest novel "Flesh Eater" made the Booknest 2020 Awards shortlist for Best Self-Published Novel. 

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.

Tyrean Martinson

Tyrean Martinson

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Tyrean Martinson, lifelong SFF fan and reader, fenced foil and saber in a college club at Western Washington University where she received a BA in English Education. She currently lives near Gig Harbor, works as a tutor and homeschool English teacher, and enjoys bicycling on flat trails. She’s the mom of two college-age daughters who are both into engineering and who don’t like Star Wars, fencing, or Shakespeare, which means her brainwashing efforts failed. Tyrean is an indie author of several books, both fiction and non-fiction, and has had over 100 short works published. She’s a volunteer admin for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a member of the SCBWI, and a volunteer podcaster for One Hope Church. She’s on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and has a blog at https://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com/  Her newest novella, Liftoff, was something she wrote to entertain herself during early quarantine, a “popcorn movie” style YA novella she hopes will be fun for readers, too.

Victoria Corva

Victoria Corva

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Victoria Corva writes things and reads things and reads things out loud, and sometimes they get paid for that, which is nice because it means they can feed their cat. They live in Wiltshire with their partner and their furry familiar and as many books as they could fit in their small flat. They are anxious and autistic and doing just fine. Their recent works include Books & Bone and the upcoming Non-Player Character.

Vida Cruz

Vida Cruz

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Vida Cruz is a Filipina fantasy and science fiction writer, editor, artist, and tarot reader. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming from Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Expanded Horizons, and various anthologies. She is a 2018 Tiptree Fellow and in 2019, she published her first fantasy short story collection, Beyond the Line of Trees. Currently, she’s a freelance book editor with The Darling Axe.

Virginia McClain

Virginia McClain

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Virginia McClain is an author who masqueraded as a language teacher for a decade or so. When she's not reading or writing she can generally be found playing outside with her four legged adventure buddy and the tiny human she helped to build from scratch. She enjoys climbing to the top of tall rocks, running through deserts, mountains, and woodlands, and carrying a foldable home on her back whenever she gets a chance. She's also fond of word games, and writing descriptions of herself that are needlessly vague. 

W.R. Gingell

W.R. Gingell

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W.R. Gingell is a Tasmanian author of urban fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, and madcap science fiction who doesn’t seem to be able to write a book without a body suddenly turning up. She solemnly swears that all such bodies are strictly fictional in nature. W.R. spends her time reading, drinking a truly ridiculous amount of tea, and slouching in front of the fire to write. Like Peter Pan, she never really grew up, and is still occasionally to be found climbing trees.