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.
Soldier, scholar, writer and freelancer, Sean CW Korsgaard is a US Army veteran, award-winning journalist, and freelance writer.
As a reporter, Sean has had articles published in more than a dozen newspapers across Virginia, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Progress-Index, The Free Lance-Star, and the Daily Press, and online has been featured on websites including Screen Rant, Collider, Boing Boing, and the Alternate History Weekly Update. He won the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for his coverage of the trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, has covered events ranging from military deployments to comic book conventions, and has interviewed people ranging from movie stars to U.S. Senators. Work has taken Sean everywhere from traveling to Poland with a Holocaust survivor to being attacked by a shark in downtown Atlanta, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Like many others here at RavenCon, Sean is a hopeful speculative fiction author, and has a handful of short stories he’s hoping to have published by the end of the year. In the meantime though, if you see him taking photos or video around the convention, be sure to say hello and to pose for the camera!
Sean lives in Richmond, VA, and is always on the hunt for another byline and his next grand adventure.
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.
In addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and artificial intelligence.
He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.
His newest project is The Writer’s Mind (thewritermind.com), a book, podcast, and video series on business practices for individual creators, such as authors, artists, and musicians.
Joshua LeHuray is the author of Virginians Will Dance or Die! The Importance of Music in Pre-Revolutionary Williamsburg, as well as an adjunct history instructor at Rappahannock Community College and an educator at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond. In addition to having presented numerous history lectures in Virginia, he will also be appearing this spring in the documentary The Story of Two Tredegars about the Tredegar Ironworks of Richmond and its sister site in Wales. Josh is also the co-director of the Janesville Fife and Drum Corps from Janesville, WI and spends many of his weekends wearing Revolutionary War uniforms and playing colonial drums.
A self-proclaimed techie and foodie, Toi Thomas was born in Texas, but considers Virginia to be home. She enjoys reading, cooking, painting, geek culture, collecting vinyl records, and spending time with her family. Currently working as a special education teacher’s assistant while blogging and writing full-time, Toi finds comfort and peace of mind in chocolate, green tea, and naps. Toi and her best friend have been married for eleven years and share their home with a tortoise named Betty and a Redbone Coonhound named Margie, who’s sure to inspire future publications.
Thomas has entertained paranormal fans with her Eternal Curse series, an angels, demons, and others tale with a Christian world view. She stretches minds and imaginations with her short story collection, Legend of the Boy…, featuring works of science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, romance, and suspense. Glorie Townson, Thomas’s pen name, brings along a bit of romance and comedy in the first book of her Sayings series, It’s Like the Full Moon. Thomas has even delved into the world of educational children’s books to enlighten and entertain little minds. She has something for the whole family.
Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to write. After penning countless short stories, he realized novels were his real calling and hasn’t looked back since. A lifetime of diverse jobs, extensive travels, and living in most areas of the country have uniquely equipped him with experiences to color his stories in ways many find engaging and thought provoking. His current works include the Earth Song series (space opera), Turning Point (zombie apocalypse), and the Four Horsemen series (mil-SF).
A bestselling science fiction/fantasy author, speaker, and publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris’ stories include the Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies and stories in the Four Horsemen military sci-fi series. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website, chriskennedypublishing.com.
Chris is the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, Self-Publishing for Profit: How to Get Your Book Out of Your Head and Into the Stores. Called “fantastic” and “a great speaker,” he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions, and writing guild presentations, and he has published six authors under various imprints of his Chris Kennedy Publishing small press. Find out more about having him talk to your group at chriskennedyspeaking.com.
Chris lives in Virginia Beach, VA, where he manages the curriculum for sailors learning to maintain the Navy’s F-18 Hornet. He is the holder of a doctorate in educational leadership and master’s degrees in both business and public administration.
Follow Chris on Facebook at facebook.com/chriskennedypublishing.biz and on Twitter at @ChrisKennedy110.
Denise Clemons is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, The Rehoboth Writers Guild, and serves on the Board of the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Denise has published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies. Her panels and workshops at science fiction conventions focus on how to use food in character design and world building.
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, NC. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live-event promotion company.
A man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film The Devil’s Lettuce, and the award-winning Doctor Who fan film: Doctor Who: Lucky 13, and has written over a dozen published short stories and novellas, many of which have been included in various anthology collections, with his latest writing effort being the Malkavian chapter of the new Vampire: The Masquerade: Endless Ages.
Additionally, Harlequin serves on the awards committee for the annual Fright Meter Film Awards, hosts various film festivals, and serves as the host for both the popular iTV series Booze of the Week, and author of the highly popular column “The Gonzo Report” on Cinema Slasher. In his free time (what little he gets) he enjoys cooking, gaming, comic book collecting, and craft beer brewing.
R.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, is scheduled for publication in June of 2017. His novel, Nightwise, was released in August, 2015, and his latest book, The Brotherhood of the Wheel was published by Tor in March of 2016. Sequels to both books are forthcoming.
He lives in Roanoke, VA with his children, Jonathan and Emily.