Leslie E. Heath

Leslie E. HeathLeslie E. Heath is a wife, mother, runner, animal lover, nurse, and writer. She resides with her family and a number of rescued pets in a quaint North Carolina town, near the Outer Banks. When Leslie isn’t cozied up at home writing, she finds inspiration for her work by spending time basking or running at the nearby beach or trails. Her love of writing began when she was ten years old, fueled by her love of reading. Her affinity with fantasy allows creativity when it comes to character development, settings, and a little magic.

 

Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. KinneyAuthor 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.

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.

 

Meryl Yourish

Meryl YourishMeryl Yourish is the author of The Catmage Chronicles, a YA fantasy series about cats with human intelligence and magical powers. She attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at Michigan State University, which led to her first fiction sale.

She spent most of her life in northeastern New Jersey. Meryl moved to Richmond, VA in 2002, where she writes novels and lives with two cats, one of whom looks suspiciously like the orange Maine Coon in The Catmage Chronicles.

Meryl is currently working on a YA dystopian SF series, because the world simply doesn’t have enough of those yet.

 

Dennis Danvers

Dennis DanversDennis Danvers has published eight novels, including NYT Notables Circuit of Heaven and The Watch, and Locus and Bram Stoker nominee Wilderness. His eighth novel, Bad Angels, was published in 2015. Short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Space and Time, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, F & SF, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, Lightspeed, Apex Magazine, Tor.com; and in the anthologies Tails of Wonder, Richmond Noir, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Remapping Richmond’s Hallowed Ground, and Nightmare Carnival. He teaches fiction writing and science fiction and fantasy literature at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

 

Meriah L. Crawford

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, poems, 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.

 

Alec Frazier

Alec FrazierAlec Frazier is an autistic 32-year-old resident of Takoma Park, MD. A disability rights advocate since he was eight years old, Alec is the Director of his own firm, Autistic Reality, and is the copyrighted author of two books, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero and Veni! Vidi! Autism!. For his work at Autistic Reality, Alec does public speaking, lobbying, peer advocacy, and publicity, as well as many other forms of advocacy. Alec has a bachelor’s in political science, and a master’s in disability studies, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Alec’s Twitter handle is @autisticreality. You can find his work on Facebook at facebook.com/autisticreality and facebook.com/venividiautism. He is on Blogger as Ithacan, and his blog is called Always Intrepid. His website is nothingaboutuswithoutus.net. He is on Flickr as Autistic Reality.

 

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart JaffeStuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings out the best in a variety of SF/F sub-genres. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, two cats, three aquatic turtles, nine chickens, and a horse. As best as he’s been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the house.

 

Bud Sparhawk

Bud SparhawkBud Sparhawk has been a three-time novella finalist for SFWA’s Nebula award. His short stories have appeared in several Year’s Best anthologies. He regularly appears in Analog Science Fiction/Fact, Asimov’s, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and other popular magazines and anthologies. He recently published Non-Parallel Universes, a collection of twenty of his “best” short stories published in the last decade. Three of his new novels will be released in 2018.

A complete bibliography can be found in WIKI and at: BudSparhawk.com. Bud also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at BudSparhawk.blogspot.com.

 

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.