Misty Massey

Misty MasseyMisty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor); Kestrel’s Voyages, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon); and the upcoming Kestrel’s Dance (Lore Seekers Press). She is co-editor of The Weird Wild West (Espec) and Lawless Lands (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words. When she’s not writing, Misty studies and performs Middle Eastern dance. She’s a sucker for good sushi, African coffee, and the darkest rum she can find. You can keep up with what Misty’s doing at mistymassey.com, Facebook, and Twitter.


Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin LeverettEmily Lavin Leverett is an author, editor, medievalist, and English professor from North Carolina. Her first novel, Changeling’s Fall coauthored with Sarah Adams, came out in 2016 from Falstaff books and tells the story of Deor, a human changeling forced to find her roots in the fae Winter Court before magic gets her killed. The sequel, Winter’s Heir will be out in Summer 2018. Recent edited collections include Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books) and Tales from the Weird Wild West (Espec Books) with co-editors Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her current academic scholarship focuses on medieval English literature as used by Terry Pratchett in his Discworld books. Finally, she is an avid Carolina Hurricanes hockey fan, and an owner of cats. Find out more about her at emilylavinleverett.com.


Janeen Ippolito

Janeen IppolitoJaneen Ippolito is an author of creative breakthroughs in speculative fiction and everyday life. She writes urban fantasy and steampunk fantasy (with dragons) all featuring misfit characters facing impossible odds and with a side of snarky romance. She’s also a publishing industry professional in science fiction and fantasy with expertise as an author (self- and traditionally published), an editor, a marketer, and an entrepreneur. She’s the president/editor in chief of Uncommon Universes Press and co-hosts Indie Book Magic, an indie and small press podcast that offers practical advice, booksplosions, author interviews, and Q&A, all designed to add magic, joy, and dragons to your geek life.

Whether brainstorming a new plot twist or analyzing new marketing angles, Janeen is happiest when creating breakthroughs for her hapless characters and for the amazing authors and businesspeople she works with in the ever-changing publishing industry. Using her knowledge and degree in cross-cultural communication, Janeen created World-Building From the Inside Out, a highly-rated world-building textbook and workbook that offers a culturally conscious perspective on creating science fiction and fantasy worlds. In her spare time, Janeen can be found reading, cooking, watching geeky TV shows, or sword-fighting with her husband. Get in touch with Janeen at her website, janeenippolito.com to learn more and get a freebie or two!


Val Griswold-Ford

Val Griswold-FordVal Griswold-Ford is the author of the Carter’s Cove novel Winter’s Secrets. She is also the author of the Dark Horseman novels Not Your Father’s Horseman, Dark Moon Seasons and Last Rites, all from Dragon Moon Press. She is the co-editor (with Tee Morris) of the memorial anthology Tales of the Tesla Ranger. She is also the co-editor of The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: the Opus Magnus (with Tee Morris) and The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire (with Lai Zhao), also from Dragon Moon Press, and has self-published the short e-novella “Snow” and, most recently, the short story “Convoy”. She has published several short stories in various anthologies online and in print, and is owned by two cats. She lives in New Hampshire with said cats. You can find her at www.vg-ford.com.


Golden Fleece Press

Golden Fleece PressGolden Fleece Press is a publisher of exemplary, amazing stories across all genres and subjects, about all kinds of people. We love stories. We love the quirky, and the fantastic, and the weird. We love subtle stories, and stories about every-day people who do extraordinary things on some Tuesday in March. We love stories that show us the wonder of the human condition, and how to find the best in ourselves. That transport us to far-away worlds and ancient times.


Wendy S. Delmater

Wendy S. DelmaterWendy S. Delmater is the author of Confessions of a Female Safety Engineer, and the Better Dating Through Engineering series. She has been editor of the Hugo-nominated magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is also the editor of The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volumes 1 and 2. Wendy’s recent publication credits include short stories and poetry in The Singularity magazine, Little Blue Marble, Gathering Storm, Star*Line, Illumen, and The Silver Blade. You can visit her Amazon author page, or follow her on Facebook—or on Twitter where she’s known as @safewrite.

Wendy was born in farm country in Western PA, spent much of her life on Long Island in NY, and now lives in Lexington, SC. Her husband and she spend inordinate amounts of time trying to out-geek each other.

Wendy’s always believed that non-fiction is just “stories about real life,” and she believes her work in science fiction and fantasy makes her non-fiction enjoyable.

She has a BS in safety management from Mercy College and she’s a Professional Member (Emeritus) of the American Society of Safety Engineers. She’s also an affiliate member of SFWA—the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. You can learn more at www.wendysdelmater.net.


Roger & Janet Carden

Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast-paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard-boiled detectives and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing “let’s pretend” with their friends via tabletop role-playing games. Janet is a fan of mystery and crime novels, whereas Roger is a fan of classic science fiction and fantasy. They both really enjoy genre movies; the good ones… and the really, really bad ones.

Roger & Janet Carden (Crimson Streets)


Greg Smith

Greg Smith founded the Agile Writer Workshop in 2011 with the mission of finding a method to help beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, psychology, and a little project management. He also co-authored the Reel Heroes series; books on heroes in the movies.

His seminars on the Agile Writer Method have informed and delighted thousands of writers, scholars, and university students. Since 2011, Agile Writer authors have completed dozens of first draft novels, and ten published novels. Greg is a developmental editor for novelists and memoirists. He also coaches self-published authors through the self-publishing maze. Greg runs the popular Agile Readers Book Club where new writers can get a “beta” read from a dozen or more readers. Greg can be reached at greg@agilewriters.com and AgileWriters.com.


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.