Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), television shows (Dinosaurs! Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Avenue Q, Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Sir Purr for the Carolina Panthers NFL team). She is also a paranormal investigator and published author, with three books currently on the market (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet, and Creating the Character Costume: Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers), and one currently in progress titled ‘Twas Halloween Evening, scheduled for publication in 2019.
Declan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to sci-fi. In 2016, his book Honor at Stake was a Dragon Award Finalist for Best Horror. In 2017, he was a finalist in both best horror (for Live and Let Bite) and apocalyptic (for Codename: UnSub).
Finn is one of a legion of writers over at The Catholic Geeks blog (a legion, for we are many). Other books he has written includes the comedy-thriller It Was Only on Stun! where he blows up a sci-fi convention (no, not this one). The sequel is Set to Kill, a novel that spun off of his parody, Sad Puppies Bite Back.
He co-authored the science fiction espionage novel Codename: Winterborn, and Codename: UnSub. However, he is most proud of his Pius trilogy and his Love at First Bite quartet—both rereleased by Silver Empire Press. His most recent releases include the Saint Tommy, NYPD series.
Finn also hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and can be found wherever someone is starting trouble.
Kari Kilgore finished her first published novel in Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, where Stephen King got the idea for The Shining. That’s just one example of how real-world inspiration drives her fiction.
Kari lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them both.
Kari writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and she’s happiest when she surprises herself. She lives at the end of a long dirt road in the middle of the woods with Jason, various house critters, and wildlife they’re better off not knowing more about.
Kari’s novels, novellas, and short stories are available at spiralpublishing.net, which also publishes books by Frank Kilgore and Jason Adams. For more information about Kari, upcoming publications, her travels and adventures, and random cool things that catch her attention, visit karikilgore.com.
Kari’s first published novel, Until Death, was on the Bram Stoker Award’s Preliminary Ballot for Superior Achievement in a First Novel in 2016, and it was a finalist for the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival’s Golden Stake Award in 2018. Her short story “In the Company of Women” was named Silver Honorable Mention in the 2018 Fourth Quarter Writers of the Future contest. Recent professional sales include two short stories to Fiction River anthology magazine.
Kari’s novella “Songs in the Mountain” was inspired by Frank Kilgore’s book Far Southwest Virginia: A Postcard and Photographic Journey, also from Spiral Publishing. Her Storms of Future Past series is also partly set in Southwest Virginia.
A Dragon Award finalist, Chris Kennedy is a science fiction/fantasy/young adult author, speaker, and small-press publisher who has written over twenty books and published more than fifty others. Chris’ stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, stories in the Four Horsemen and In Revolution Born universes and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website, chriskennedypublishing.com.
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. He 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, as well as the leadership training book, Leadership from the Darkside.
Chris lives in Virginia Beach, VA, with his wife, and 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.
Chris is one of this year’s nominees for a Webster Award for The Golden Horde.
Paula S. Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog. Her first novel, a present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars. The story connects a small-town group of friends with a centuries-old alien-watch network to defend both humans and friendly aliens against anti-human alien invaders.
After degrees in history and drama and several years as a freelance writer, Paula earned a BS degree in physics and worked at Computer Sciences Corporation supporting 30+ unmanned science and weather missions for both NASA and NOAA, including the Clementine mission that first detected water on the moon. She invites you to visit her Facebook page at Facebook.com/PaulaSJordan/, and on Twitter: @PaulaSJwriter.
J.A. Sutherland spends his time sailing the Bahamas on a 43′ 1925 John G. Alden sailboat called Little Bit… Yeah… no. In his dreams. Reality is a townhouse in Orlando with a 90-pound husky/wolf mix who won’t let him take naps.
Larry Hodges is an active member of SFWA with over 100 short story sales and four novels, including “When Parallel Lines Meet,” which he co-wrote with Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn, and “Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions,” which covers the election for President of Earth in the year 2100. He’s a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop, the 2007 Orson Scott Card Literary Boot Camp, the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop, and also has a bachelor’s in math and a master’s in journalism. In the world of non-fiction, he has 13 books and over 1800 published articles in over 160 different publications. He’s also a professional table tennis coach, and claims to be the best science fiction writer in USA Table Tennis, and the best table tennis player in Science Fiction Writers of America! Visit him at larryhodges.com.
Laurel Anne Hill—author and former underground storage tank operator—grew up in San Francisco with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and her life. She has authored two award-winning novels: The Engine Woman’s Light (Sand Hill Review Press), and Heroes Arise (Komenar Publishing). The Engine Woman’s Light, the recipient of twelve honors and awards, shows the spirits-meet-steampunk, coming-of-age heroic journey of a young Latina in an alternate 19th Century California. Laurel’s published short stories and nonfiction pieces total over forty. She has served as a program participant at many science fiction/fantasy conventions. She’s the Literary Stage Manager for the annual San Mateo County Fair in California, a speaker, writing contest judge, and anthology editor. And she’s even engineered a steam locomotive. For more about Laurel, go to laurelannehill.com.
Samantha Heuwagen is a sex therapist, author, and activist in Atlanta, GA. When she’s not doing therapy, she teaches the class “Love and Sex” at Kennesaw State University. Her debut novel, Dawn Among the Stars, is a feminist science fiction novel examining mental health and healthy relationships. She writes about faraway places and tries to change the world through fiction, bridging mental health awareness and social justice together.
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and the brain effects of a zombie virus. His recent forays into short fiction have been published in the Four Horsemen universe (Chris Kennedy Publ.), the Black Tide Rising universe (Baen), in Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), the TRADOC Mad Science Writing contest (Small Wars Journal), and is co-editor (with Les Johnson) of the mixed science and fiction anthology Homo Stellaris (Baen).
Dr. Hampson is a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology with over 35 years’ experience in animal and human neuroscience. His professional work includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles ranging from the pharmacology of memory to the effects of radiation on the brain, and is leading a multi-institutional clinical research effort to develop a “neural prosthetic” to restore human memory. With more than two million words in scientific writing alone, communicating science to professionals and lay audiences is his greatest interest. He is known to many by his former pen-name “Tedd Roberts,” having given public talks on science, science fiction, and the science in science fiction to professors, student and civic groups, and government agencies as well as at SF/F conventions.