April 26-28, 2024 – Richmond, VA

Category: Author Guest (Page 1 of 8)

Ursula Vernon, aka T. Kingfisher

Ursula Vernon, aka T. Kingfisher, is the author and illustrator of far more projects than is probably healthy. She has written over fifteen books for children, at least a dozen novels for adults, an epic webcomic called Digger, and various short stories and other odds and ends.

Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams is an award-winning author of more than 20 thrilling suspense, wicked urban fantasy, paranormal romantic suspense, and dramatic space adventures which have been compared to the works of Robert Heinlein and Jack McDevitt. Both traditionally and independently published, Jeanne is a sought-after speaker for her workshops Body Disposal for Writers Worldbuilding for Writers, Plotting for Pantzers, and Fight Scenes in Fiction.

Jeanne helped create the Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College; served on the Board of Directors for Romance Writers of America; was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine; and is a showrunner on ConTinual, the online Con that Never Ends. She’s currently completing her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and has won numerous awards for both her fiction and non-fiction work. Jeanne lives in DC with her sports-mad husband and sons, as well as three large, boisterous dogs. Find links to her latest work on her website or through most online purchasing platforms.

Find her at:

  • JeanneAdams.com
  • Twitter: @JeanneAdams
  • Facebook: JeanneAdamsAuthor
  • Instagram: @JPAGryphon
  • Pinterest: JeanneAdams (Especially her Writerly Things board!)

Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed is an author, filmmaker, and disability policy advisor. Day has written two novels, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn and more recently, The Labyrinth’s Archivist as well as multiple short stories and articles. She is a regular host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot with a weekly audience of 100k+ listeners and a Founding Member of FWD-Doc (Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities).

Her documentary, The Invalid Corps, about disabled Civil War soldiers, was licensed to Alaska Airlines and had its broadcast premiere on public television in 2020. She is currently working on a docu-series, Renegades, about role-breaking disabled leaders in history for American Masters/PBS digital, and is a proud producer of the feature documentary Unseen (POV, 2024). Day was named a DOC NYC 2021 Documentary New Leader and was part of the NBC 2022 Original Voices Fellowship class.

Outside of her creative work, Day is a policy expert with over 15 years of experience. The former White House Director of Disability Policy, she is a proven leader in inclusion and accessibility, policy development, organizational transformation, and innovative program design.

Day lives in Washington, DC with her wife, N.R. Brown, and her guide dog, Gamma.

Paul Barrett

Paul Barrett has had multiple careers, including rock and roll roadie, theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.

This eclectic mix allowed him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two feature films (Night Feeders, Cold Storage) and two documentaries. When not producing films, he works on them in various capacities, including script supervisor, prop master, or art department. His credits include The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Uncle Frank, Outcast, and Banshee, among many others.

Amidst all this, Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his former creative agency, Indievision. He has six novels in print, with more on the way. Four of his novels have been made into audiobooks.

Paul is an avid board gamer, miniatures painter, movie enthusiast, and all-around nerd. He lives in North Carolina with his film director/graphic designer husband, where they work as servants to four cats: Trixie, Buster, Yin, and Patches.

R.S. Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is a newspaper and magazine editor and journalist. He is the 2022 Webster Award Winner and was the Grand Prize winner of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Anthology contest.

Rod has been a private investigator, DJ, a comic book store owner, and worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly.

His novels include the Golgotha series (The Six-Gun Tarot, The Shotgun Arcana, The Queen of Swords, and The Ghost Dance Judgement), The Nightwise series (Nightwise, The Night Dahlia) The Brotherhood of the Wheel series (The Brotherhood of the Wheel, King of the Road). His novel adaptation of the film, MiB International was published by Titan Books in 2019. The first book in his Audible Originals space opera series, The Queen’s Road, released in December of 2019, and as a book in 2020.

He is currently at work on a stand-alone novel, Ink and Ash, and the fifth Golgotha novel, The Hanged Man.

Rod has spoken and taught at numerous conferences and universities. He hosts programs monthly on his Patreon Discord channel, as well as on a YouTube channel called The Knave of Pens with R.S. Belcher.

He lives in Virginia with his children, Jon, Emily and Stephanie, and his grandchildren, Torri, Sofiyah, Julian, and Jaxson.

Bill Blume

Bill Blume’s love for the written word started back in high school with an addiction to comic books that was later hijacked by novels such as Frankenstein and Dragonflight. The first book in his young adult vampire hunter series, Gidion’s Hunt, was published back in 2013. Just like the father figure in his Gidion Keep novels, Bill has worked as a 911 dispatcher for more than two decades. He also spent ten years working as a board member for James River Writers. His latest book West of Apocalypse was released this past August.

Sara T. Bond

An unapologetic extrovert, science fiction and fantasy author Sara T. Bond is the author of the space opera Gravity’s Heir and Summer’s Blood, the first book in the Iron and Earth urban fantasy series from Falstaff Books. She has lived many lives, dabbling in political research, campaign management, and even a short, lucrative career in high-end fashion retail. Writing about the fantastic and improbable allows Sara to cut through the lies we tell ourselves to better uncover the deeply personal and political stories about how we reconcile our inner truths with our communities, our pasts, and our deepest selves.

(That’s just fancy talk to say she uses fiction to uncover truth.)

Born and raised in Atlanta, Sara now lives in Seattle with her husband and two children who moonlight as advanced agents of chaos. Catch her on TikTok or visit her website at saratbond.com for her latest projects, essays, and even a book review and cocktail pairings blog series.

Bill Bridges

Bill Bridges is a writer and game designer, most known for developing White Wolf’s World of Darkness and the Fading Suns science-fiction universe. He currently serves as the project manager for Ullisses’ line of Fading Suns roleplaying-game books. Bill lives near Atlanta, GA, where he is the President of the C.G. Jung Society of Atlanta and a Fellow at the Mythic Imagination Institute.

As one of the original crew behind the landmark World of Darkness property, Bill helmed the Werewolf: the Apocalypse line of books and games. He was Senior Content Designer on CCP Games’ World of Darkness MMO and was the lead designer of the award-winning Storytelling system rules for White Wolf’s Chronicles of Darkness. He created the Mage: the Awakening and Promethean: the Created settings, and developed numerous books in the Mage: the Ascension game series.

His fiction works include My Time Among the Stars for Fading Suns, and The Silver Crown, The Last Battle, and The Song of Unmaking novels for Werewolf: the Apocalypse. Bill contributed to world design for Segasoft’s Emperor of the Fading Suns computer game and co-wrote the scripts for Viacom’s interactive horror movie Dracula Unleashed and Interplay’s Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.

Visit Bill at bill-bridges.com.

Jennifer Brinn

Jennifer Brinn proudly writes in cursive with fountain pens, knows many useless facts, and loves putting stickers on things. Her greyhound and corgi let her pretend to be leader of the pack as long as she provides snacks.

Her writing has appeared in the Misfits of Magic anthology, New Myths Magazine, and the Cosmic Muse anthology. You can find out about upcoming releases and more information at her website jennifer-brinn.com.

Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant writes superhero and horror stories, which one depends on whether she wants to save the world today, or burn it down. She is best known for her Menopausal Superhero series of novels through Falstaff Books, winner of a Jacquis Award for feminist writing. Well, that and her banana bread (the secret is sour cream). If you like speculative fiction featuring complicated women defying expectations, you’ll enjoy her work. Check out her full catalog at bit.ly/SamanthaBryant or find her wasting time on Twitter and Instagram @samanthabwriter. If all else fails, check the woods. She likes to get lost there.

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