Samantha Bryant

Samantha BryantSamantha Bryant believes in love, magic, and unexplainable connections between people. Her favorite things are lonely beaches, untamed cliff tops, sunlight through the leaves of trees, summer rains, and children’s laughter. She has lived in many places, including rural Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Vermont, England, and Spain. She is fierce at heart, though she doesn’t look it.

She’s a fan of Charlotte Brontë, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, and Joss Whedon, among many others. She would like to be Margaret Atwood when she grows up, but so far it doesn’t look like she’ll be growing up any time soon.

Samantha writes blogs, poems, essays, and novels. Mostly she writes about things that scare or worry her. It’s cheaper than therapy. Someday, she hopes to make her living solely as a writer. In the meantime, she also teaches middle school Spanish, which, admittedly, is an odd choice for money-earning, especially in North Carolina.

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).

Her Menopausal Superhero series is available by on Amazon or by request at your favorite bookstore. It now includes three novels and a set of short stories. You can find her online on at SamanthaBryant.com , on Twitter @mirymom1, or on lots of other procrastination toys, um, social media.

 

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, and Pirate’s Prophecy from Paizo Publishing have received high praise. Aside from his pirate stories, Chris’ magical assassin, Weapon of Flesh series has become a Kindle bestseller, culminating last year with the sixth novel, Weapon of Mercy. He’s also branched into the horror genre with his novella “The Deep Gate,” an Arkham Horror tie-in story from Fantasy Flight Games. “The Deep Gate” represents two firsts in Chris A. Jackson’s writing career: it is his first contemporary sea story, and his first work of horror.

His most recent release, The Pirate’s Scourge, is the first in a new series, The Blood Sea Tales, set in his own fantasy world.

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, for Pathfinder, Starfinder, and D&D5e play.

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

Drop by jaxbooks.com and sign up for his mailing list.

 

Leslie E. Heath

Leslie E. HeathLeslie E. Heath is a wife, mother, runner, animal lover, nurse, and writer. She resides with her family and a number of rescued pets in a quaint North Carolina town, near the Outer Banks. When Leslie isn’t cozied up at home writing, she finds inspiration for her work by spending time basking or running at the nearby beach or trails. Her love of writing began when she was ten years old, fueled by her love of reading. Her affinity with fantasy allows creativity when it comes to character development, settings, and a little magic.

 

Meryl Yourish

Meryl YourishMeryl Yourish is the author of The Catmage Chronicles, a YA fantasy series about cats with human intelligence and magical powers. She attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at Michigan State University, which led to her first fiction sale.

She spent most of her life in northeastern New Jersey. Meryl moved to Richmond, VA in 2002, where she writes novels and lives with two cats, one of whom looks suspiciously like the orange Maine Coon in The Catmage Chronicles.

Meryl is currently working on a YA dystopian SF series, because the world simply doesn’t have enough of those yet.

 

Dennis Danvers

Dennis DanversDennis Danvers has published eight novels, including NYT Notables Circuit of Heaven and The Watch, and Locus and Bram Stoker nominee Wilderness. His eighth novel, Bad Angels, was published in 2015. Short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Space and Time, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, F & SF, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, Lightspeed, Apex Magazine, Tor.com; and in the anthologies Tails of Wonder, Richmond Noir, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Remapping Richmond’s Hallowed Ground, and Nightmare Carnival. He teaches fiction writing and science fiction and fantasy literature at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

 

Meriah L. Crawford

Meriah Lysistrata Crawford is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a private investigator, writer, and editor. She has published short stories in several genres, a novella, essays, poems, a variety of scholarly work, and poems, and co-edited the anthology Trust and Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue. Her novel The Persistence of Dreams, co-written with Robert Waters, was released in May 2018.

Meriah has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, and a PhD in literature and criticism from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Her work as a PI, spanning over fifteen years, has included investigations of shootings, murders, burglaries, insurance fraud, auto accidents, backgrounds, counterfeit merchandise, patent infringement, and missing persons. For more information about her work, including articles about writing, visit her website at MeriahCrawford.com, or connect on Twitter: @MeriahCrawford or Facebook: facebook.com/meriah.crawford.

 

Alec Frazier

Alec FrazierAlec Frazier is an autistic 32-year-old resident of Takoma Park, MD. A disability rights advocate since he was eight years old, Alec is the Director of his own firm, Autistic Reality, and is the copyrighted author of two books, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero and Veni! Vidi! Autism!. For his work at Autistic Reality, Alec does public speaking, lobbying, peer advocacy, and publicity, as well as many other forms of advocacy. Alec has a bachelor’s in political science, and a master’s in disability studies, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Alec’s Twitter handle is @autisticreality. You can find his work on Facebook at facebook.com/autisticreality and facebook.com/venividiautism. He is on Blogger as Ithacan, and his blog is called Always Intrepid. His website is nothingaboutuswithoutus.net. He is on Flickr as Autistic Reality.

 

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart JaffeStuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings out the best in a variety of SF/F sub-genres. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, two cats, three aquatic turtles, nine chickens, and a horse. As best as he’s been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the house.

 

Bud Sparhawk

Bud SparhawkBud Sparhawk has been a three-time novella finalist for SFWA’s Nebula award. His short stories have appeared in several Year’s Best anthologies. He regularly appears in Analog Science Fiction/Fact, Asimov’s, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and other popular magazines and anthologies. He recently published Non-Parallel Universes, a collection of twenty of his “best” short stories published in the last decade. Three of his new novels will be released in 2018.

A complete bibliography can be found in WIKI and at: BudSparhawk.com. Bud also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at BudSparhawk.blogspot.com.

 

Melinda Snodgrass

Melinda SnodgrassMelinda Snodgrass was born in Los Angeles, CA, but the family moved to New Mexico when she was five months old. Under her father’s tutelage she was given every possible opportunity—she learned to ride, shoot, swim and fly fish, she sat in on his business meetings and traveled with him from a young age.

She inherited her father’s musical ability and studied ballet, voice, and piano. She starred with the Civic Light Opera, and also performed the role of Gretel with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Hansel and Gretel. Her love of music took her to Vienna Austria where she studied voice at the Conservatorium der Stadt Wien.

She soon realized that while she had a good voice she didn’t have an extraordinary voice, and she returned to America to finish her college degrees, majoring in History (Magna Cum Laude) and minoring in music. Since you could spit on the street and hit an out of work history major when she graduated from the university, she entered the New Mexico School of Law. Her focus in school was Constitutional law, jurisprudence, and legal history.

After graduation she practiced law for three years working first for Sandia National Laboratories, and then with a corporate law firm, but discovered that while she loved the law she wasn’t terribly fond of lawyers. At the urging of Victor Milan, she tried writing and never looked back.

She published a number of books—the Circuit Trilogy about a Federal Court judge riding circuit in the solar system, two fantasies from Avon, one co-written with Victor Milan, and then in 1984 she and George R.R. Martin cooked up the Wild Card Series, a shared world anthology with a focus on the real impact of super heroes in our world. The series is 22 books strong and was nominated for a Hugo award.

At the urging of George R.R. Martin, she entered the world of Hollywood, writing a spec script for Star Trek: The Next Generation. The script, “The Measure of a Man,” was nominated for the Writer’s Guild Award for outstanding writing in a drama series, and has been shown in the museum of computer science and artificial intelligence in Paris, France. It has also been voted as one of the ten best Star Trek episodes from all series.

While in Hollywood she worked on Reasonable Doubts and Profiler, wrote episodes for The Antagonists, Sliders, Strange Luck, and Odyssey 5, to name only a few. She also scripted an adaptation of Star Blazers for Disney. She has written six pilots—one of which, Star Command, aired on the UPN network.

In 2002, she took over the management of a small natural gas company in northern New Mexico. Her father had been one of the founding members and managed the company until his death in 1977. There was a satisfying sense of closure to take the reins of this company and begin to expand and grow the business. She has also found the oil and gas industry fascinating. (Get her to tell you the story about the two test wells that were fracked with nuclear devices back in the early 1960s.)

Her current projects include a story for the newly revived Wild Card series published by Tor books. She has delivered the third book in the Edge series, a contemporary fantasy that explores the tensions between science and rationality and religion and superstition also due out from Tor. Book one, Edge of Reason and the second book, The Edge of Ruin are currently on the shelves. Her latest novel This Case Is Gonna Kill Me, written under the pen name Phillipa Bornikova has just come out.

Melinda is currently working on the Wild Card movie script for Universal Pictures.

In her spare time she owns a beautiful Lusitano stallion. She is an accomplished horse woman, riding and showing at the Grand Prix level in dressage.

But above all else she writes. Because that’s just what you have to do.