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


Kim Iverson Headlee

Kim Iverson HeadleeKim Iverson Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, someone else’s cattle, half a million honey bees, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim has been an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist since 1999 with the first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century. Her most recent full-length fiction release, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee, won the 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction and Fantasy and was hailed as “solidly entertaining” by Publishers Weekly.


Crymsyn Hart

Crymsyn HartCrymsyn Hart is a the author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her two dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.


H.J. Harding

H.J. HardingH.J. Harding is the author of the Moonlit Memories series and the Hyde Chronicles. She lives between the states of Chaos and Confusion with occasional stopovers in Virginia. Sometimes she even updates her website at


Richard Groller

Richard GrollerRichard Groller is an author of fiction and non-fiction. His non-fiction book credits include co-author of The Warrior’s Edge (with Janet Morris and COL John Alexander) and chief researcher and contributing author to The American Warrior (Janet and Chris Morris, Eds.). Nominated for Military Intelligence Professional Writer of the Year in 1986, he has published numerous historical and technical articles in such venues as Military Intelligence, The Field Artillery Journal, Guns and Ammo, and the Journal of Electronic Defense, and has been cited as the primary source for sections of several textbooks on electronic warfare. A member of both SFWA and HWA, Rich is a contributor to the Heroes in Hell series, and has to-date been published in six volumes of the shared universe anthology (Prophets in Hell, Lawyers in Hell, Rogues in Hell, Dreamers in Hell, Poets in Hell, and Doctors in Hell) by Baen Books and Perseid Press. He is published in three volumes of the Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse series – Sha’Daa: Pawns, Sha’Daa: Facets and Sha’Daa: Inked (created by Michael H. Hanson and published by Moondream Press). He has been published by Iron Clad Press in two volumes of John Manning’s Night Chills horror anthologies: Terror by Gaslight and Dark Corners and by Perseid Press in John Manning’s horror anthology What Scares the Boogeyman? He has been published in the Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase, Volumes III and IV. He is editor of The Book of Night, an illustrated book of macabre poetry, also published by Moondream Press. You can find his books at


Val Griswold-Ford

Val Griswold-FordVal Griswold-Ford is the author of the Carter’s Cove novel Winter’s Secrets. She is also the author of the Dark Horseman novels Not Your Father’s Horseman, Dark Moon Seasons and Last Rites, all from Dragon Moon Press. She is the co-editor (with Tee Morris) of the memorial anthology Tales of the Tesla Ranger. She is also the co-editor of The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: the Opus Magnus (with Tee Morris) and The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire (with Lai Zhao), also from Dragon Moon Press, and has self-published the short e-novella “Snow” and, most recently, the short story “Convoy”. She has published several short stories in various anthologies online and in print, and is owned by two cats. She lives in New Hampshire with said cats. You can find her at


Tina Glasneck

Tina GlasneckTina Glasneck is a USA Today bestselling author and enjoys creating stories that combine history, fantasy, and Norse gods. Someday she might just fancy a trip to Asgard too, and find out what all the fuss is about! Learn more about Tina at her website:


J.M.R. Gaines

J.M.R. GainesJames F. Gaines and John M. Gaines have been writing science fiction together for several years as a father-son team under the collective name J.M.R. Gaines, besides publishing individually. Living in Fredericksburg, VA—close to the nation’s capital—makes them yearn for other worlds. The Forlani Saga consists of Life Sentence, Spy Station, Earth Regained, and two future sequels. In this universe, alien life forms are a central concern, not just for their physical appearance, but because of an interest in how separate evolutions in vastly different environments could cause widely varying psychologies, social forms, languages, and mental outlooks. In inter-species contact situations, these differences offer unending possibilities as sources of either cooperation or conflict.