Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a Worldcon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and moderator on countless panels.

Professionally, he is the managing editor for an alternative weekly newspaper back home in Chattanooga as well as a consulting editor for Baen Books. Additionally, he is the founder of both the very popular Robot Battles competitions and the Southern Fandom Resource Guide online convention calendar.

In 2008, he was presented with the Rebel Award at the DeepSouthCon for lifetime service to Southern Fandom. He has also been awarded with a Murrow Award (named after legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow) for excellence in broadcast journalism, several Associated Press journalism awards, and a display case full of Addy awards for both radio and print advertising design.

While he now works almost exclusively in print, he has spent the better part of the last thirty years working in radio and television, as well as dabbling now and then in theater and film as an actor, director, composer and screenwriter, though thankfully not all at the same time.

An active presence on social media, he spends his limited amount of free time writing and performing original music around his hometown, trying to herd his five cats, playing an occasional round of golf (badly), and continuing his lifelong quest to find the perfect brand of whiskey.

He also is rumored to own more tropical shirts than Weird Al Yankovic, as he is almost never seen not wearing one.

 

Chris Kennedy

Chris KennedyA bestselling science fiction/fantasy author, speaker, and publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris’ stories include the Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies and stories in the Four Horsemen military sci-fi series. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website, chriskennedypublishing.com.

Chris is the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, Self-Publishing for Profit: How to Get Your Book Out of Your Head and Into the Stores. Called “fantastic” and “a great speaker,” he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions, and writing guild presentations, and he has published six authors under various imprints of his Chris Kennedy Publishing small press. Find out more about having him talk to your group at chriskennedyspeaking.com.

Chris lives in Virginia Beach, VA, where he manages the curriculum for sailors learning to maintain the Navy’s F-18 Hornet. He is the holder of a doctorate in educational leadership and master’s degrees in both business and public administration.

Follow Chris on Facebook at facebook.com/chriskennedypublishing.biz and on Twitter at @ChrisKennedy110.

 

Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, NC. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live-event promotion company.

A man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film The Devil’s Lettuce, and the award-winning Doctor Who fan film: Doctor Who: Lucky 13, and has written over a dozen published short stories and novellas, many of which have been included in various anthology collections, with his latest writing effort being the Malkavian chapter of the new Vampire: The Masquerade: Endless Ages.

Additionally, Harlequin serves on the awards committee for the annual Fright Meter Film Awards, hosts various film festivals, and serves as the host for both the popular iTV series Booze of the Week, and author of the highly popular column “The Gonzo Report” on Cinema Slasher. In his free time (what little he gets) he enjoys cooking, gaming, comic book collecting, and craft beer brewing.

 

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects.

In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fictions “misfit toys.”

In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and playing Magic: the Gathering.

 

Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and started his first novel in the sands of northern Iraq.

His first published novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. The sequel, The Stravinsky Intrigue, continues those same themes. This story will culminate in The Tchaikovsky Finale, due out Novemebr 2017.

His contemporary fantasy novel, Pawn’s Gambit, meets at the intersection of superheroes, magic, and chess.

His short stories can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines, and the best, particularly those about a certain necromancer for hire, are collected for your reading pleasure under Darin’s own imprint, 64Square Publishing.

Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, NC. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion.

Find him online at darinkennedy.com.

 

Jim Bernheimer

Jim lives in Chesapeake, VA with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at www.ejbnetworking.com.

Blessed (or cursed depending on your point of view) with an overactive imagination, Jim has long been a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Seeking to put that imagination to use, he has started to write his own original works in hopes of making his mark on the literary world.

Now a publisher, Jim has started Amber Cove Publishing to help make other authors’ dreams come true.

 

Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthurMelissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the capacity—editor, author, teacher—Melissa is utterly fascinated by books and words. She believes that there’s something magical about holding a book in your hand and watching as the words disappear and the story unfolds before your eyes. She hopes that she can do that for readers both as an editor and a writer—create stories that engulf you, change you, scare you, bewilder you, make you laugh, make you cry, and through stories, reveal deeper truths about life.

Melissa can be found hiding in the deep corners of the library or at home with her laptop and cat. For those of you out in cyberspace, she can also be found at any of the following cyber places:
Web: melissamcarthur.net
Facebook: facebook.com/melissamcarthurwrites
Twitter: twitter.com/mcarthur_me
Goodreads: goodreads.com/melissamcarthurwrites

 

James Minz

Jim Minz

Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has been employed in genre publishing for more than two decades, having first worked for Tor for more than a decade, then briefly for Del Rey, until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein’s birth, landing at Baen.

Over the years, Minz has worked with Catherine Asaro, David B. Coe, Larry Correia, Hal Duncan, Eric Flint, Charles E. Gannon, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Nancy Kress, Mercedes Lackey, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Elizabeth Moon, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Travis S. Taylor, Harry Turtledove, Vernor Vinge, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many, many, many others. His vices remain SF/F, animation, Wisconsin sports teams, role-playing games, quality beer and booze, and sweets (especially chocolate).