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Jim Deeley

Jim Deeley is a freelance writer, aspiring game designer, veteran game master, and the founder and lead writer at Apotheosis Games & Publishing. A passionate fan of fantasy, science fiction, and history since his early boyhood days of playing in castle ruins all across England, Jim’s world was forever changed when in late 2000, he sat down to his first ever tabletop role-playing game: a session of Vampire: The Masquerade. Since then, Jim has dedicated far too many waking hours to getting better at running role-playing games, and to that end has developed a series of panels called the Apotheosis Series on the logistics of writing and running tabletop RPGs. The Apotheosis Series was originally intended for Game Masters, but these panels proved useful for all manner of creative types. Jim is taking the ideas behind these panels and working on making them into a series of books on the subject. Jim lives in Newport News with his multi-talented artist wife Kristi and their five cats. He is currently working on Against the Elements a book for High Level Games’ Snowhaven setting, collaborating on several projects for White Wolf’s Storyteller’s Vault, and writing Apotheosis: The Ultimate Guide to Game Mastery. 

Kristi Deeley

Kristi Deeley is an artist, photographer, crafter, avid DIYer, and unabashed second-generation nerd. She can often be found curled up with a book or comic book, binging her favorite shows with a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, building or breaking something in the back yard, rolling fat fistfuls of dice, hunting shinies, or streaming her latest project on Twitch at ungodly hours of the night. Kristi lives in Newport News with her brilliant writer husband Jim, their five kitties, and, like, a bunch of hermit crabs.

Donttouchmymilk Cosplay & FX

Allie of Donttouchmymilk Cosplay & FX has been cosplaying for twelve years. Although she dabbles in everything, her forte and passions are SFX makeup and horror. Allie is probably best known for her cosplay of the Sugarplum Fairy from The Cabin in the Woods. She has received over a dozen accolades for her costumes and makeup work, and placed third in the 2018 Arda Wigs Best Face Forward International makeup competition. Mostly self taught, she loves to teach what she’s learned at conventions and schools, and is always striving to learn new techniques. Allie is thrilled to be a part of her first RavenCon.

DJ Drae

DJ Drae has been spinning since 2005. He has entertained at club nights at The Dawning, Umlaut, and Goth Night in Charlottesville, as well as Beyond the Crypt in Roanoke, Noodleheads in Culpeper, and Fallout in Richmond. He has been the host of Les Temps Per Due on WNRN since 2005. He has also entertained at multiple sci-fi conventions in Virginia including RavenCon.

Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan was born in the far north of New York, where the cold winds blow. This meant lots of time for reading over the long winters. His parents didn’t care what he read as long as he did and thus Patrick started with a steady diet of comics and science fiction novels.

His debut novel, Storm Forged, the first book of the Darkest Storm series, was published by Falstaff Books in May of 2018. The follow up novel, Unbreakable Storm was released May 2019. Book three is scheduled for May 2020. Fate & Flux, a steampunk adventure, was released by Distracted Dragon Press in August 2019.

When you start out as an author, nobody tells you about all of the other “jobs” that you take on. Being a full-time technologist has led Patrick to start a blog on the uses of writing technologies and how to apply them to the writing process. He delves into software, hardware, social media, and all things web related.

Patrick resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he’s a gamer, homebrewer, and DIYer.

You can find out more at patrickdugan.net, facebook.com/patrick.dugan.3781, instagram.com/patrickduganauthor, and twitter.com/P_Dugan.

Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (GIE) writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance—where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.

She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she’s clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.

She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.

GIE is multi-published and her teen lesbian YA series, The Circuit Fae, is taking readers by storm.

See why GIE’s fans say she does “a fabulous job bringing the story to life” as a “master of world building,” who is “well-versed in the craft of writing,” and “stellar” at “writing for the broader community.”

Follow GIE online at girlyengine.com, on Facebook (Genevieve Iseult Eldredge – Author) on Twitter @girlyengine and on Pinterest at pinterest.com/girlyengine. And join GIE’s newsletter to never miss a release: girlyengine.com/contact.

Meri Elena

Meri Elena is a speculative fiction writer living in Raleigh, NC. She studied botany and genetics, but her greatest passion is storytelling. Meri has published several works of short fiction, and the first two novels in her YA urban fantasy series, Nightfall and Blood Magic, have been published through Prospective Press.

Barb Fischer

Space nerdling, wordsmith, cinephile, rogue librarian, mom, bad but enthusiastic dancer, #toastietwitter, 0.01625% as popular as @NASA… she also likes feeding people.

Billy Flynn

The Wonderful Billy Flynn brings the funny every day on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) radio station personality at Rejoice! Richmond in Virginia. He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington, the Columbia School of Broadcasting, and University of Phoenix. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Nintendo Switch (Friend Code: 4621 8841 4224), hosting Trivia Nights around the Richmond area, watching movies, reading comics, or just relaxing.

Flynnstress

The Flynnstress brings a sultry, feminine voice to Mondays on the Geek Radio Daily show. Flynnstress is originally from Maryland, and went to school at George Mason University and University of Phoenix. The Richmond, VA area is now her home. She helps teachers integrate #LifeReady skills in the classroom with inspiring ed tech. Flynnstress was not always a geek; husband, Billy Flynn, got her hooked on favorites like Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, and Firefly. Former Derby Girl, Thistle Hurt, now spends most of her time geeking out the next generation, her daughter MJ, or snuggled up with a book. Flynnstress also loves to travel, watches too much TV, admits to being addicted to Facebook, and is trying to save the earth, one recycled bottle of Coke at a time.

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