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, janeenippolito.com to learn more and get a freebie or two!


Hampton Roads Splendid Teapot Racing

Hampton Roads Splendid Teapot RacingSplendid Teapot Racing is a steampunk sport that began in New Zealand, but is quickly becoming a pleasurable pastime around the world. Designed for the average person to participate in, it is an obstacle course of jumps, ramps, and several delicately balanced breakable china teacups and saucers, that must be negotiated using a remote controlled teapot. Check out our Facebook page, “Splendid Teapot Racing Hampton Roads, Virginia” to see pictures and videos.

Anyone can participate in Teapot Racing; you just need a remote control vehicle, remove the top and add a teapot or tea kettle. The vehicle can include most anything, but it must include a teapot. The most fun part of the race is that points are awarded for costume, attitude, entertainment, and bribes for the judges are not only encouraged, but expected.


Dave Lee

David Lee is the principal artist at Hatton Cross Steampunk, located in Gloucester, VA. David’s steampunk art has been featured in numerous art exhibits such as “Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit” with Dr. Grymm and has had exhibits in steampunk conventions, festivals, and art galleries throughout the US, Europe, and New Zealand. He has received numerous nominations and awards for his costuming and props. David played Steampunk Darth Vader in Trial of the Mask and Mask of Vengeance, two steampunk Star Wars fan films from Unruly Mile Films. In July of 2013 he teamed up with other authors, artists, and professional editors to establish HCS Publishing, a non-profit publishing house dedicated to publishing high-quality, great stories. In 2013, his steampunk western novel, entitled Country in Ruin: 1865, was published and its sequel World in Ruin: 1870 is due out in 2017. David is also a contributing “DIY” author for the Steampunk Chronicle and has been featured in three published books about steampunk fashion and costuming as well as the 2014 summer edition of Victorian Homes.

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.

Wicked Hips

Wicked Hips is an award-winning belly dance troupe from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The troupe was founded by Aela Badiana and has performed at numerous shows and conventions in the US and Europe. They bring a fun, fresh, and exciting spin on the ancient art of belly dance that includes fusing steampunk themes into their art.