Jaimie Engle is the author of fantasy thrillers for teens and tweens, where magic turns ordinary into extraordinary. She weaves history, magic, and lore into her books, which take readers on wondrous adventures, like the pages of the books she read as a child. She loves coffee, cosplay, and making Wick Books Candles inspired by scents from her novels so readers can Experience the Story! She lives in Florida with her awesome husband, hilarious children, and the world’s best dog. Learn more at thewriteengle.com, where Jaimie is always working on her next book. Follow on social @thewriteengle.
T. Eric Bakutis is a professional videogame designer and author based in Maryland. His first book, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his short story “Splitting Arrows” recently won 1st place in the 2018 Farpoint Convention Writing Contest. His latest “grimsnark” sci-fi thriller, Supremacy’s Shadow, is now available. You can find links to sample chapters from his books and also read his cyberpunk police procedural, Loose Circuit, for free at tebakutis.com. He has played over 200 hours of Skyrim VR.
An award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist, Chris Semtner has had his works acquired by numerous public and private collections including the Virginia Historical Society, the City of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland. He also curates exhibits for museums, libraries, and art centers across the country with one of his most recent exhibits dealing with the scientific analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s hair. The New York Times called the exhibit he curated for the Library of Virginia, Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster, “provocative” and “a playful, robust exhibit.”
Semtner has worked with the Latin Ballet of Virginia to develop the dance performances POEMAS and La Passion de Poe. He also co-created the innovative tour/performance Poe’s Haunted Homecoming, which sold out every show for three years. Semtner has presented solo dramatic performances in a variety of spaces around the country and will be appearing this fall at the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County, VA.
As the curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Semtner has written, co-written, or edited several books about literature, visual art, popular culture, and cryptography. He has provided articles for Biography.com, Crime Writers’ Chronicles, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, and Resources for American Literary Studies. His most recent book, The Poe Shrine: Building the World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection, is now available at Amazon.com. Semtner regularly speaks to groups around the world about Poe, visual art, horror, and dark history and has been interviewed for documentaries airing on PBS, C-Span, BBC4, Military History Channel, and other networks.
Bishop O’Connell is the author of the American Faerie Tale series, a consultant, writer, blogger, and lover of kilts and beer, as well as a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Born in Naples, Italy while his father was stationed in Sardinia, Bishop grew up in San Diego, CA where he fell in love with the ocean and fish tacos. After wandering the country for work and school (absolutely not because he was in hiding from mind controlling bunnies), he settled in Richmond, VA, where he writes, collects swords, revels in his immortality as a critically acclaimed “visionary” of the urban fantasy genre, and is regularly chastised for making up things for his bio. He can also be found online at A Quiet Pint (aquietpint.com), where he muses philosophical on life, the universe, and everything, as well as various aspects of writing and the road to getting published.
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has since written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy, science fiction, and poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia nominations. Her horror short story, “Bottled Spirits,” was runner-up for the 2013 WSFA Small Press Award and is considered one of the seven best genre short fiction pieces for that year. Her latest novel is her first self-published venture, an urban fantasy, How the Vortex Changed My Life, released in September 2017. Her latest dark fantasy short story, “Last Chance,” is in the anthology, Fae Thee Well.
Under the pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan, she writes erotic and regular paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction romance. Her erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar with a Witch was awarded the 2013 Prism award by the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter of Romance Writers of America and was runner-up for the EPIC Awards in 2010.
Pamela and her husband live with one crazy black cat (who thinks she should take precedence over her mistress’s writing most days). Along with writing, Pamela has acted on stage and film and investigates the paranormal for episodes of Paranormal World Seekers for AVA Productions. She is a member of both Horror Writers Association and Virginia Writers Club. You can learn more about Pamela K. Kinney and her pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan at PamelaKKinney.com and SapphirePhelan.com.
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, 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.