Chuck Wendig – Author Guest of Honor

Chuck WendigChuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com, and his books about writing. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

 

Lou Antonelli

Lou AntonelliLou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 105 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India, and Portugal in venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, Tales of the Talisman, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and Omni Reboot, among many others.

His collections include Fantastic Texas published in 2009; Texas & Other Planets published in 2010; and The Clock Struck None and Letters from Gardner, both published in 2014. His debut novel, the retro-futurist alternate history Another Girl, Another Planet, was released in 2016 by WordFire Press.

His story “Great White Ship,” originally published in Daily Science Fiction, was a 2013 finalist for the Sidewise Award for alternate history. His short story “On a Spiritual Plain,” originally published in Sci Phi Journal, was a finalist for the Hugo award in 2015.

His first professional science fiction short story, “A Rocket for the Republic” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sept. 2005) was the last story accepted by Editor Gardner Dozois before he retired after 19 years.

“The Yellow Flag”—his 100th published short story (Sci Phi Journal, Aug. 2016)—set the record for all-time fastest turnaround in genre fiction. It was written, submitted, and accepted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on May 6, 2015.

A Massachusetts native, Antonelli moved to Texas in 1985 and is married to Dallas native Patricia (Randolph) Antonelli. They have three adopted furbaby children, Millie, Sugar, and Peltro Antonelli.

 

Thomas A. Mays

Thomas A. MaysThomas A. Mays is a US Naval officer of 22 years and the author of the bestselling A Sword Into Darkness. Specializing mostly in military sci-fi and space opera, Tom has also sold and published short stories of social science fiction, AI, sci-fi comedy, and military fantasy (including the Hugo-nominated (and declined) short story “The Commuter”). His works have been featured in Daily Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, The Grantville Gazette Universe Annex, Aphelion, The Writer’s Arena, Riding the Red Horse, and his own collection R.E.M.O. He was a top ten finalist for last year’s Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction contest.

He is currently working on a sequel to A Sword Into Darkness and on a new stand-alone series with Chris Kennedy.

 

Mike Massa

Mike MassaMike Massa has lived an adventurous life, including stints as Navy SEAL officer, an investment banker, and a technologist. He lived outside the US for several years, plus the usual deployments. Newly published in two Baen S/F anthologies, Mike is cowriting his first novel in John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising universe. Mike is married with three sons, who check daily to see if today is the day they can pull down the old lion. Not yet…

 

Liz Long

Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job as Associate Editor includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

Comic book readers and fans of the CW Network smash hits Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Netflix’s Daredevil will root for Liz Long’s bestselling YA summer series as the HoA’s gifted teen superheroes attempt to save their city from its impending demise. The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story, Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New adult paranormal romance, A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: lizclong.com.

 

Thomas B. de Mayo

Thomas B. de MayoThomas B. de Mayo is the author of the fantasy novel The Devourer of Gods and has also written or contributed to numerous role playing game supplements. He is Associate Professor of History at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, where he teaches and studies medieval religion.

 

James R. Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. He began writing his tales 20+ years ago, and has been forging his dark alter ego of genre fiction author through publication of his tales and poetry in roughly fifty venues over the years, including nine appearances in the various incarnations of Nth Degree Magazine. Most recently, he has appeared in the anthologies Dead Souls (2009), Rum & Runestones (2010), Fantastic Futures 13 (2013) and Bad Ass Fairies IV: It’s Elemental (2014), and will be appearing in the next issues of Nth Degree Magazine (#27) and the Best of Nth Degree Anthology due later this year. His final reveal will come with publication of his novel, The Dokkalfar’s Ploy, when he will emerge into the light, triumphant.

 

Greg Smith

Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of utilizing a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. 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 hundreds of writers, scholars, and university students. Since 2011, Agile Writer authors have completed dozens of first draft novels, eight published books, and two members have been nominated for the coveted James River Writer Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

 

Samantha Bryant

Samantha BryantSamantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she’s not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything).

She’s the author of Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, the sequel Change of Life, and the three-quel Face the Change (due out July 11, 2017), all available through Curiosity Quills Press on Amazon or by request at your favorite bookseller. You can find her on Twitter @mirymom1 or at her blog/website: samanthabryant.com

 

Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan has turned his lifelong love of horror and science fiction films into a life which, when not spent teaching science to high school students, revolves around indie films and the celebration of genre cinema. He has worked as a screenwriter, actor, makeup and special effects artist and director on four feature films and nearly two dozen shorts. He can also be found writing at Gruesomemagazine.com and as part of the Decades of Horror podcast, waxing poetic over the charms of A*P*E, The Giant Spider Invasion and Dracula vs Frankenstein, often with a straight face. He has spent much of the last year trying to expand his award-winning short film 400 Ways to Kill a Vampire into a novel and is determined to finish it in 2017 or die trying, either result is as good as the other. This is his first RavenCon and he is eager to see old friends and make new ones.