Baine Kelly

Baine KellyAward-winning author Baine Kelly brings the paranormal world to readers of all ages starting with her children’s series Zombie Zoe. A series about a little girl named Zoe, who happens to be a zombie. The first book, Zombie Zoe Moving in with Grandma, explores the challenges of fitting in. For the adults, Baine’s Sable World series starts off with Splash. It displays her unique style; packed with humor, action and romance that will leave you craving more of her exciting new twist on the vampire world.

Learn more about Baine’s Zombie Zoe and Sable World series at Check out her blog or join her on Facebook and Twitter.


A.L. Kaplan

A.L. KaplanA.L. Kaplan’s love of books started as a child and sparked a creative imagination. Born on a cold winter morning in scenic northern New Jersey, her stories and poems have been included in several anthologies and magazines. Her novel, Star-touched was released in October, 2017. She is the Maryland Writers’ Association’s Chapter/Board liaison and served on the Howard County Chapter board for several years. A.L. holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. When not writing or indulging in her fascination with wolves, A.L. is the props manager for a local theatre. This proud mother of two lives in Maryland with her husband and dog.


JC Kang

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 doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.


Andrea Judy

Andrea JudyAndrea Judy is a writer who makes her home in Atlanta, GA. Passionate about language, she writes in multiple genres, and has had poems and short stories appear in various literary magazines as well as in several anthologies. She also studies and writes about fandom and video games. Her newest novella series will be out in 2018.


JD Jordan

JD JordanJD Jordan is the author of the acclaimed scifi-western novel, Calamity: Being an Account of Calamity Jane and Her Gunslinging Green Man—a Philip K. Dick Award submission, Georgia Author of the Year nominee, and Nook selection. His writing has been featured in Creative Loafing, The International Journal of the Book, Newsweek, and Paste Magazine. He is represented by the Zack Company.

Since the publication of Calamity, JD has become a frequent figure on the literary and writers’ convention circuit, appearing at the AJC Decatur Literary Festival, the Broadleaf Writers Conference, Dahlonega Literary Festival, JordanCon, MarsCon and the Milton Literary Festival as well as a variety of public readings, author events and NaNoWriMo events. He has appeared as a guest on the Swiping Write podcast, is an active member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club and the founder of The ATL Screenwriter’s Cabal.

After attending the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and graduating from both Hampden-Sydney College, VA, and the University of Georgia with a bachelors in medieval history and a masters in US-Middle Eastern foreign policy history, respectively, JD resettled in Atlanta. He taught design and history at the Atlanta College of Art, the University of Georgia, Creative Circus, and General Assembly while continuing to work as an award-winning design director and a creative consultant with some of the biggest agencies and brands in the Southeast. He is currently the design director and co-founder of the design and media agency, J+E Creative.

A proud Atlantan, JD lives in the city with his wife, the actress Ellie Decker, and five awesome kids. He is currently working on a follow-up novel to Calamity.

Please visit for more information about the author as well as sample chapters, reviews, book club resources, a companion story, a guide to Calamity Jane’s notorious saddle slang, and more. And connect with JD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. JacksonAs a professional sailor, writer, scientist and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate’s Honor, Pirate’s Promise, Pirate’s Prophecy, and Pirate’s Curse have received high praise. He has also joined Ed Greenwood’s Onder Librum publishing effort in the fantasy world of Stormtalons, with his nautical novel, The Queen’s Scourge. Though he’s built a reputation writing pirate stories, his non-nautical magical assassin Weapon of Flesh series has also become a Kindle bestseller, culminating this year with the sixth novel, Weapon of Mercy. He’s also branched into contemporary fantasy with Dragon Dreams, set in the Onder Librum world of Hellmaw.

His recent short works include “Dia de Los Muertos”, in the Drawing Destiny Shadowrun anthology; “First Command”, in the Women in Practical Armor anthology from Evil Girlfriend Media; and a series of short stories for the Legendary Planets Adventure Path by Legendary Games.

Continuing to branch out, Chris has written a horror novella, “The Deep Gate”, for Fantasy Flight Games in their Arkham Horror Lovecraftian world.

Lastly, he has published the Cheese Runners Trilogy of satirical science fiction novellas available in digital, paper, and Audible versions.

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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, to learn more and get a freebie or two!


S.A. Hunter

S.A. HunterS.A. Hunter has self-published eleven novels. She’s best known for her Scary Mary series, a young adult series about a high school girl who hears ghosts. She has also written two fantasy novels, Unicorn Bait and Dragon’s Prey, and the young adult serial My Demon. She is a member of SFWA and is involved with the local non-profit WriterHouse. She lives in Virginia and works for a university library.

She enjoys the usual author delights: reading, writing, and talking about those things. She’s an animal lover and has studied art. She drinks too much coffee and doesn’t get enough sleep. You can find out more about her books at


Stacey Helton

Originally from San Diego, where she worked on several cons in Southern California, she moved to Pennsylvania after marrying an East Coast fan and is now working on various cons on the East Coast. She has done Publications for numerous conventions on both coasts, chaired Conjecture 2008 and Lunacon 2010 and 2012, Hotel Liaison for Lunacon 2009-2014, Deputy Department Head for the Con Suite at Renovation, Deputy Department Head for the Staff Den at Denvention 3, and ran the Hugo Losers’ Party at Chicon 7 on behalf of LoneStarCon 3.