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T. Eric Bakutis

T. Eric Bakutis is an award-winning author and game designer. His first fantasy trilogy, Tales of the Five Provinces, is complete, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact actually liked his grimsnark scifi thriller, Supremacy’s Shadow, which he happily admits is filled with violently explosive nonsense. His second thriller, Supremacy’s Bounty, is now available, and is basically The Mandalorian meets Xena: Warrior Princess. When not writing, he is probably in Skyrim VR.

Dr. J. “Cal” Baldari

Dr. Cal Baldari is a retired U.S. Army Sapper and military instructor turned professor of ethics. His research credits include alternative military ethics, Aristotelian excellence, moral conflict in literature, implicit bias mitigation, modern heroics, RPG morality, and many others. He has published both academically and creatively, with author credits in short military science fiction and fantasy, as well as philosophy. As an avid table-top role-player, Cal has run games for over a dozen systems professionally, and many more for fun. His side business, BEC Ltd., also provides expert services for authors, game designers, and comics writers; advising on ethics and consequences both within the stories they write and the effect it has on the reader. Finally, Cal is firmly entrenched in the battle to bring diversity and inclusivity in fandom. His work on implicit bias often references the broadening of “geek culture” and the awesome efforts many geeks have put forth to make this hobby one in which everyone, absolutely everyone, can enjoy it with impunity.

Sandra Baldari

Sandra Baldari grew up watching sci-fi and fantasy shows and movies, she found comic books in high school, and worked at a comic book store as she made her way through university. She attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, and received her B.S. in Journalism. After the daily grind of working at newspapers she now works as a substitute teacher. In her spare time she reads several genres; including steampunk, cozy mysteries, and sci-fi/fantasy; writes book reviews; and enjoys crafting things.

Philippa Ballantine

New Zealand-born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order, The Chronicles of Art, and The Shifted World series.

She is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with her husband, Tee Morris.

In non-fiction, Pip has co-written with Tee Social Media for Writers from Writer’s Digest.

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.

Hannah Bauman

Hannah Bauman is an editor, author, and writing coach based in Raleigh, NC. After completing her graduate studies in editing and publishing at Florida State University and working as a corporate editor, she founded her editorial company, Between the Lines Editorial, in 2016. Since then, she has worked with hundreds of authors from around the world. When she’s not editing fantasy and sci-fi novels, you can find Hannah writing new stories, playing video games, and drinking lots of coffee.

J M Beal

J M Beal began writing seriously in 2001, behind the retail check-out counter on purloined bits of receipt paper or whatever she could get her hands on; the result, a novel full of drama and romance and epic sword battles. To date she’s written four full-length novels for adults (one stand-alone space western and a paranormal series of mid-western monster hunters) and three books of the Watch-Cat series, Edgar Allan Poe stories set with animals and retold for grade-school-aged children. She is also co-owner and Jane-of-all-trades for Golden Fleece Press.

Jim Bernheimer

Jim lives in Chesapeake, VA with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as an Information Assurance Specialist for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at ejbnetworking.com.

Blessed (or cursed, depending on your point of view) with an overactive imagination, Jim has long been a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Seeking to put that imagination to use, he has started to write his own original works in hopes of making his mark on the literary world.

Now a publisher, Jim has started Amber Cove Publishing to help make other authors’ dreams come true.

Les Carter

Born into a Navy family in Washington, D.C., Leslie Roy Carter lived all over the United States, as well as in Argentia, Newfoundland, while growing up. After receiving a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While serving as a naval officer, he earned an M.S.E.E. from the Naval Postgraduate School majoring in Electronic and Radar Systems. His career as a surface line officer took him to many ports such as Pearl Harbor, Long Beach, San Diego, and Charleston, culminating in command of the U.S.S. Reid (FFG-31). He then switched to the acquisition specialty, eventually becoming a major program manager for a naval weapon system. He retired in 2002 with the rank of Captain. In retirement, he turned his attention to writing as well as his volunteer service in the Civil Air Patrol, flying and managing Air Search and Rescue missions.

Fantasy novels co-authored with Margaret L. Carter: Wild Sorceress, Besieged Adept, Rogue Magess, Legacy of Magic. He has several short stories appearing in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover anthologies.

Margaret L. Carter

Reading Dracula at the age of twelve ignited Margaret L. Carter’s interest in a wide range of speculative fiction and inspired her to become a writer. Vampires, however, have always remained close to her heart. Her first published book was an anthology of vampire stories she edited, Curse of the Undead. Her work on vampirism in literature includes Dracula: The Vampire and the Critics, The Vampire in Literature: A Critical Bibliography, and Different Blood: The Vampire as Alien. She holds a PhD in English, and her dissertation contained a chapter on Dracula. In fiction, she has written horror, fantasy, and paranormal romance on vampires, werewolves, Lovecraftian entities, and other “monsters.” Her stories have appeared in various webzines and anthologies, including several of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover and Sword and Sorceress volumes. Her vampire novels include Dark Changeling and its sequel, Child of Twilight, now available in an omnibus edition, Twilight’s Changelings, as well as several vampire romances. With her husband, Leslie Roy Carter, she co-authored a fantasy series beginning with Wild Sorceress. Her most recent publication, Yokai Magic, is a light paranormal romance novella inspired by Japanese folklore.

Sarah Cass

Sarah Cass and Mary Terrani have been writing together for over ten years. One of them residing in Virginia and the other in Florida hasn’t stopped them or their passion to blow up the world to apocalyptic proportions. Together they have written Escaping Humanity and Chaos Theory, the first two books in The Exceptionals Series. When they aren’t fiddling with DNA or trying to figure out how to put back together a broken world, they both have other worlds they like to play in. Shifters, witches, demons or even a trip back to the 1800s, with a little romance on the side draws them down a myriad of rabbit holes.

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