R.S. Belcher

R.S. BelcherR.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.

Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, and a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He’s done Masters work in Forensic Science at the George Washington University, and worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly.

The Grand Prize winner of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Anthology contest, Rod’s short story “Orphans” was published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 published by Simon and Schuster in 2006. It was his first professional fiction sale.

Rod’s first novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was published by Tor Books in 2013. The sequel, The Shotgun Arcana, was published in 2014 and the third book in the Golgotha series, The Queen of Swords was published in 2017. He is currently at work on the fourth book in the series.

His novel, Nightwise, was released in August, 2015, and was reissued with additional material in January of 2018. The sequel to Nightwise, The Night Dahlia, was released in April of 2018.

Rod’s novel, The Brotherhood of the Wheel was published by Tor in March of 2016. It was a Locus Awards finalist for Horror in 2017, and is currently in development as a television series. The sequel to Brotherhood, The King of the Road, is scheduled for publication by Tor in December 2018.

He lives in Roanoke, Virginia with his children, Jonathan and Emily.

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Allen Wold

Allen WoldAllen Wold was born in south-western Michigan. He began writing on an old portable typewriter when he was about eight. He finished high school in Tucson, AZ, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, CA, where he met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he became a full-time writer. In 1986, he became a full-time father, which occupied him completely for about three years. He and his family lived in England from 1995 to 1998.

He has published nine novels (six of which have been re-issued by ReAnimus Press), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he’s completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).

Under his own imprint, Ogden House, he has published Stroad’s Cross; Sturgis; Dead Hand; his collected stories for Blood of Ten Chiefs, Freefoot; A Closet for a Dragon and Other Early Tales; Cat Tales — Reminiscences; and Slaves of War, a Space Opera in Six Parts. He is still working on a pseudo-Lovecraftian novel; and a pseudo-Victorian faerie story. His six-volume The Black Ring will be out from Double Dragon spring and summer 2018.

Allen has been running his Writers’ Workshop at sf conventions for more than thirty years. Several who have taken it have sold stories they started in the workshop, and a couple have even won awards. He also runs a Plotting Workshop, an interactive lecture, which is a lot of fun, and which people have found helpful.

Allen is a member of SFWA.

 

Tee Morris

Tee MorrisTee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors—podcasting. He went on with Evo Terra to write Podcasting for Dummies (as well as the 2nd Edition alongside Chuck Tomasi). His expertise reached deeper into social media when he penned on his own All a Twitter and Sams Teach Yourself Twitter in 10 Minutes.

In 2011, Tee returned to fiction with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, penned with his wife, Pip Ballantine. The series and its short fiction podcast, Tales from the Archives, has won several awards including the 2014 Parsec Award for Best Science Fiction Anthology Podcast, the 2011 Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature, and RT Reviews’ Choice Awards for Best Steampunk of 2014. In 2016, Tee and Pip released the fifth book in the series, The Ghost Rebellion; the first book in a new spin-off series, The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh; and the unexpected novella of erotic ridiculousness and hidden messages from Ministry Command, Countless Hues of Crimson. And somewhere in the middle of all that, Tee and Pip released with Writer’s Digest the go-to, how-to book, Social Media for Writers. In 2017, he reunites with Chuck Tomasi for the third edition of Podcasting for Dummies and brings his steampunk adventures to a close with Operation: Endgame.

Tee and Pip also host The Shared Desk, a podcast covering collaboration and other aspects of a writer’s lifestyle. He enjoys a writer’s life in Virginia alongside Pip, his daughter, and three cats. Explore the works of Tee Morris, and his occasional geek rants, at TeeMorris.com.
 

Pip Ballantine

Pip BallantineNew Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels as well as Social Media for Writers. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for steampunk, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, VA with her husband, daughter, and a furry clowder of cats.

 

Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. VentrellaAlthough Michael A. Ventrella tends to be best known for being “that guy who predicted the Hodor plot” he’d rather be known for his witty novels, including Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs For President and Arch Enemies. He’s the editor of the Baker Street Irregulars anthologies with NY Times Bestseller Jonathan Maberry as well as the Tales of Fortannis fantasy anthologies. His short stories have appeared in other anthologies, including The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Archives, Rum & Runestones, and Heroes in Hell. On his web page (MichaelAVentrella.com), he interviews other authors, editors and agents. He also owns and runs one of the largest fantasy LARPs in North America, AllianceLARP.com. In his spare time, he is a lawyer.

 

E.L. Fortner

E.L. Fortner is a voice over artist, actor, author, scriptwriter, producer, director, lyricist, composer, and photographer with years of experience. He has also recently produced several songs and is currently working on an EP release.

He began what is now over 25 years of experience by programming video games in the early to mid-eighties, while he was in high school, and developing and distributing titles for Apple Computers. He developed one of the first gaming BBSs in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region from the knowledge he gained while working in this industry. He also set out to refine his photography skills with classes in high school and then later in college.

During the ’80s and early ’90s, he honed his skills as a semi-professional gamer on a number of titles, managing to set a variety of records. On Saturday, August 10th, 2013, he received an award for his work in the video gaming industry and his visage was adorned on one of Twin Galaxies’ familiar video game trading cards. A card you can all now happily collect from the Twin Galaxies website.

Fortner has worked on a number of projects across multiple industries, ranging from indie games and voice overs to music to independent productions of film and television. His projects have even allowed him to work for industry giants like Blizzard Entertainment and Disney among many others. Edward’s favorite and most memorable project to date has been voicing characters on the amazingly popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. He has also voiced several characters in the audio horror series Tales from Beyond, Volume 2, coming soon to iTunes and Amazon.

He has also worked in theater and on both film and television projects in a number of different genres. He recently appeared on AMC’s American Revolution period drama, Turn, and wrote for a TV pilot in Miami titled Experiment Kelly. He also directed a Christmas-related project, called Wishes, for television and is working on a number of different projects. He has also competed in two different 48-hour film festivals, with one of the films he worked on advancing to the finals.

He is currently releasing his second book, titled Dreams of Reality, through Caffeine & Ink Publishing this year.