Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart writes stories and songs, and his first novel is forthcoming from WordFire Press. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show.

During his rather odd USAF career, Gray fought rocket propellant fires, refurbished space launch facilities, “flew” Milstar satellites, drove trucks, processed nuclear command and control orders, commanded the largest remote tracking station in the Air Force Satellite Control Network, and did other interesting things. His fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He is a contributing editor (the “Slushmaster General”) for Baen Books, and a singer/songwriter with two albums of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired music. His alter ego is the Gray Man, one of several famed ghosts of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, and his web site is graymanwrites.com.

 

Charity Ayres

Navy veteran married to an active Navy sailor living in Hampton Roads, VA. Charity has written articles and short stories for Yahoo! Voices, Wilde Times website and other publications. Loki Bound is her first published novel with her second book in the series released September 4th, titled Loki: Hell Bound. She has also written the first in a series of Young Adult novels, Secret in the Wings and her first Epic Dark Fantasy, Ice Burns, was released in August. Charity was featured in the 83rd Writer’s Digest publication for her inspirational story What’s Left Behind: Daddy’s Girl which is a tribute to her father who passed away in October 2014 from a blood cancer known as MDS with 5q deletion. Loki: Hell Bound is dedicated to him.

Charity has a Bachelor’s of English Education and Master’s of Creative Writing. She is currently working as a high school English teacher where she teaches that villains in stories are often more interesting than heroes and terrifies her students with massive amounts of reading and writing.

Charity can be reached via her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page and loves to hear from readers. For other events that Charity is participating in or workshops she’s teaching, please sign up for her email newsletter through her website.

 

Bishop O’Connell

Bishop O'ConnellBishop 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. 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.

 

Bud Sparhawk

Bud Sparhawk’s novel Shattered Dreams will be released next May at Balticon. His latest novel, Distant Seas is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook. A collection of his short stories, Nonparallel Universes, was recently released. He has a mass-market paperback novel: Vixen and two print collections: Sam Boone: Front to Back and Dancing With Dragons. He has three e-novels available through Amazon and other channels. His stories have or soon will appear in Analog, Asimov’s, and two anthologies.

Bud has been a three-time novella finalist for the Nebula award and has appeared in two Year’s Best anthologies: Year’s Best SF #11 (EOS, David Hartwell, Editor) and The Years Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection, (St. Martins Press, Garner Dozois, Editor). His work was recently published in the Best of Defending the Future and Man And Machine anthologies.

Bud’s short stories have appeared frequently in Analog, Fact & Fiction, less so in Asimov’s, as well as in six Defending the Future and other anthologies, publications, and audio books. A complete complete bibliography can be found at: budsparhawk.com. Bud also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at budsparhawk.blogspot.com.

 

John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects.

In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fictions “misfit toys.”

In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and playing Magic: the Gathering.

 

Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt has been described by Stephen King as “the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.” He is the author of twenty-two novels, eleven of which have been Nebula finalists, and more than eighty short stories. Seeker won the Nebula for best novel in 2007. In 2003, Omega received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel. He won the Georgia Writers’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. His first novel, The Hercules Text, won a special Philip K. Dick Award in 1986. He has received various other honors. Most recently, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid for him.

A best-of collection of his stories is available in Cryptic, published by Subterranean Press.

McDevitt’s most recent books are Coming Home, an Alex Benedict novel, and Thunderbird, both from Ace. Alex and his partner Chase Kolpath are antiquity dealers living in the far future. They specialize in solving historical mysteries. Another popular character has been Priscilla Hutchins, a starship captain during the tempestuous early years of interstellar flight. She is usually caught up with unexpected discoveries.

A Philadelphia native, McDevitt had a varied career before becoming a writer. He’s been a naval officer, an English teacher, a customs officer, and a taxi driver. He has also conducted leadership and management seminars for the U.S. Customs Service. He is married to the former Maureen McAdams, and resides in Brunswick, GA, where he keeps a weather eye on hurricanes.

 

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 2013 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 release Book Five in the Ministry series, The Ghost Rebellion, and the Young Adult spinoff, The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh.

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

 

Philippa Ballantine

New 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.

 

Chris Semtner

The curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Chris Semtner has written several books on Edgar Allan Poe and appeared on BBC 4’s Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death, and Women and the Military Channel’s History: Facts vs. Fiction. The New York Times called his Library of Virginia exhibit, Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster, “provocative” and “a playful, robust exhibit.” Semtner’s paintings have entered numerous public collections including the Virginia Historical Society and the University of Maryland. He has exhibited paintings at Viktor Wynd Fine Art, London; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.

 

Christopher L. Smith

A native Texan by birth (if not geography), Chris moved “home” as soon as he could.

Attending Texas A+M​, he learned quickly that there was more to college than drinking beer and going to football games. He relocated to San Antonio, attending SAC and UTSA, graduating in late 2000 with a BA in Literature.

While there, he also met a wonderful lady who somehow found him to be funny, charming, and worth marrying. (She has since changed her mind on the funny and charming.)

Chris began writing in 2012​. His​​​ short stories​ have appeared in several anthologies​​: ​ “Bad Blood and Old Silver'”​(Luna’s Children: Stranger Worlds Anthology, Dark Oak Press​); “Isaac Crane and the Ancient Hunger” (Dark Corners Anthology, Fantom Enterprises); “200 Miles to Huntsville” (Black Tide Rising, Baen Books); and “What Manner of Fool” (Sha’Daa: Inked, Copper Dog Publishing).

His two cats allow him, his wife, their three kids, and two dogs to reside outside of San Antonio.