Leann M. RettellLeann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia, but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, two crazy dogs, and two aloof cats.

She is the author of The Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl and has never given up.


N.A. Ratnayake

N.A. RatnayakeNalin Ratnayake is an engineer, educator, and writer presently living in Hampton Roads, VA. He has worked on advanced aeronautical flight projects as well as launch vehicles and deep-space systems, an has published eleven technical papers in the aerospace field. He also completed an M.Ed. focused on the intersection of scientific literacy and social justice, and spent five years teaching physics and building STEM programs in urban public schools.

Nalin writes fiction under the name N.A. Ratnayake. His speculative fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres Magazine as well as the post-colonial SF anthology We See A Different Frontier. His short story “Remembering Turinam” received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirty-First Edition. Nalin’s Mars novel, Red Soil Through Our Fingers, was released in January of 2016, and explores a future of corporate-controlled space settlement.

You can find Nalin online at naratnayake.com or on Twitter as @quantumcowboy.


Peter Prellwitz

Peter PrellwitzPeter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays, and skits since the fifth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of one play and two series of children’s puppet skits. Just enough to hook him for life.

Presently, Peter has a total of ten novels published in trade paperback and ebook, all by Double Dragon Publishing, with more than a half-dozen anthologies published/distributed by eSpec Publishing. His novel Horizons was selected by Mike Resnick as Best Science Fiction and awarded that publisher’s 2003 Draco Award. Four of his short stories appear in the anthology Twisted Tails, which won the 2006 Dream Realms. Five of his novels have been finalists in the Epic Awards over the past few years. He continues writing novels and short stories. Seven more short stories have appeared in the award-winning Defending the Future, the Bad-Ass Faeries, and the Twisted Tails anthologies.

In addition to his just released novel, Redeeming the Plumb, Peter has also been working with Mars’ best-selling author, H.K. Devonshire, to bring Devonshire’s first Martian Western novella, Company A: Origin of the Martian Rangers, to Earth for a first-time release.

Together with more than two dozen short stories located on his site, Peter’s novels weave a tapestry of mankind’s exploration and settling of the galaxy over the next two and half millennia in his ongoing Shards Universe.

A native Arizonan, Peter has also lived in Wisconsin, California, Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, where he now lives with his wife, Bethlynne. In addition to writing, Peter enjoys history, backpacking, and languages. You can find him online at ShardsUniverse.net.


Kate Paulk

Kate Paulk is a transplanted former Australian who tests software by day and writes in what passes for her spare time. She has written a number of short stories, novels, and other pieces that don’t quite fall into either bucket, including a scattering of articles about software testing. She blogs regularly at the Mad Genius Club and rather less regularly than she should at her own website. Kate lives in a quiet part of Pennsylvania with too much of herself, too many cats, not enough time, and the perfect amount of husband.


Bryan Nowak

My name is Bryan Nowak, the author of the books No Name, The Dramatic Dead, and Riapoke.

I grew up in south Chicago and spent summers in Indiana. Many of my relatives still live in the Midwest and it’s a frequent destination for summer vacations.

As a child, I learned the value of a good library. Exhausting the library of ghost stories, and tales of monsters, I trended toward the dark and supernatural. Reading those stories are what gave me a firm foundation of suspense and the paranormal. 

Moving to Minnesota in my teenage years, I joined the US Army Reserves and the National Guard. I am a proud veteran of seventeen years. Attending college in Minnesota, I met my wife and our first son was born there. It’s safe to say that I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the state I once called home. It was during my time in the U.S. Army that I was ordered to the state of Virginia, to fill in with an active duty unit who needed some extra help. Returning to that same unit over the next three summers, I learned to love the state of Virginia. Many years later, my wife and I moved our family here and we still reside in Northern Virginia today.

I like to say my chosen genre is paranormal thriller, with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. My goal is to entertain you with a fast read which keeps you turning those pages or flicking the screen of your e-reader. I’m a firm believer that if I can entertain you while scaring you a little, I have done my job.


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.


Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Warhammer and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, The Chronicles Of The Necromancer, The Fallen Kings Cycle, The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and Deadly Curiosities. The Spells Salt and Steel series and Iron & Blood are co-authored with Larry N. Martin.


Kettle Macaulay

Kettle Macaulay, moderator fanatic and aspiring author, writes literary speculative fiction in all colors of the rainbow—including slipstream and new weird. Fav books to discuss: Rook, Ancillary Justice, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Annihilation and Bitch Planet.

Befriend Kettle on Facebook or Twitter and read all about Kettle’s adventures at RavenCon by going to: kettlemacaulay.com.


F.T. Lukens

F.T. LukensF.T. Lukens is an author of Young Adult fiction who got her start by placing second out of ten thousand entries in a fan community writing contest. A sci-fi enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Wars and Firefly and is a long-time member of her college’s science-fiction club. She holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of campy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. F.T. lives in North Carolina with her husband, three kids, and three cats.

Her first novel in the Broken Moon series, The Star Host, was released by Duet Books in 2016 and was followed by the sequel, Ghosts & Ashes, in 2017. Also in 2017, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, a coming-of-age fantasy novel featuring cryptids, was released.


Cecilee Linke

Cecilee LinkeCecilee Linke is a writer/musician/podcaster from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She has self-published her own English translation of a French novel (Dominique), realistic young adult novels (Elodie and Heloise, the Traveling Society series) and local historical fiction novels as part of her Wash Woods Legacy series (False Cape, Back Bay, and Shifting Sands). Cecilee is the host of a podcast called Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush. For the next few years, Cecilee will be going through every song that the legendary British music artist Kate Bush has ever produced. Cecilee will be discussing Kate’s music in chronological order and each episode is focused on the history and discussion of a particular song with a fellow fan. Episodes of this show are now available to download for free on iTunes.