Denise is a speculative poet and science fiction writer with a special interest in how food informs character, creates conflict, and propels plot. She conducts interactive writing workshops on several topics, including world-building through the process of feeding inhabitants of speculative worlds. She is a regular guest at SF conventions because she is always willing to moderate panels. Denise is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and has published poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies.
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Jack Clemons is both SF writer and “rocket scientist.” He’s published nonfiction and science fiction and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was engineer and team leader on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs. Jack gives talks across the Mid-Atlantic region, including RavenCon, the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, and at the Baltimore Book Festival, on the Apollo Moon Program, on the design and first flights of the NASA Space Shuttle, and of the untold stories of the men and women behind the scenes who made those programs a success. He appeared in the “Command Module” segment of Moon Machines, the Discovery Science Channel’s award-winning six-part documentary about the Apollo Program, and in the Nat Geo documentary Apollo: Back To The Moon. He also writes a space and science column for Amazing Stories Magazine. His award-winning book, Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home, a memoir of his time on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, was published by University Press of Florida in 2018 and is available from the publisher and from Amazon.com.
Michael, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, has been writing novels and screenplays for twenty years now. He is celebrating the release of Space Truckers — Adventures of the Blue Eagle, the first book in his new Space Truckers series. Much of Michael’s recent time has been dedicated to the screenplays where Space Truckers, Night Creeps and Princess Pain won or placed in contests while currently under consideration of several production companies. Michael has participated in over a hundred sci-fi/fantasy/horror and multi-genre conventions across the country. Visit his website at fracturedtime.com for more on his projects and appearances.
By day, Kara Dennison is a writer and journalist in the anime industry, with regular features at Crunchyroll, Otaku USA Magazine, and Fanbyte. She has also worked as an editor for US releases of anime and games, including Mazinger Z, Devilman, and CLANNAD.
When she’s not covering the latest anime, Kara writes in the expanded universe of Doctor Who and beyond. In addition to contributing a book-length study of “Heaven Sent” to Obverse Books’ Black Archive series, she has written for their Iris Wildthyme and City of the Saved ranges. In October 2019, she was part of the publisher’s 10th anniversary line with her anthology Vanishing Tales of the City, bringing together Iris, Faction Paradox, and many more spinoff properties.
Kara is also the co-creator of the light novel series Owl’s Flower (with illustrator Ginger Hoesly), and co-founder of Altrix Books with Paul Driscoll. Her work can be found in Associates of Sherlock Holmes (Titan Books), Sockhops & Seances (18th Wall), Ride the Star Wind (Broken Eye Books), and a variety of charity anthologies and zines. Regular updates are available at karadennison.com, and on Kara’s twitter @RubyCosmos.
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.
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 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.
E.L. Fortner is a voice-over artist, actor, author, scriptwriter, producer, director, lyricist/music composer, and photographer. He has over twenty-five years of experience programming video games—starting in the 1980s, working for Apple while still in high school. He also developed one of the first gaming BBSs in the mid-Atlantic region.
In the 80s and early 90s, he played as a semi-professional gamer. On Saturday August 10th, 2013, he received an award for his work in the video gaming industry and was pictured on one of Twin Galaxies’ video game trading cards.
His work has ranged from indie games and voice overs to music to independent productions of film and television. He has worked for industry giants like Blizzard Entertainment and Disney. Edward’s favorite project to date has been voicing characters on the popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. He also voiced several characters in the audio horror series Tales from Beyond, Volume 2.
He has worked on theater, film, and television projects and appeared in the American Revolution drama, TURN, on AMC and wrote for a television pilot titled Experiment Kelly. He also directed the television show Wishes. He is currently completing his second book—Dreams of Reality—with Caffeine & Ink Publishing.
Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She has been involved both behind and in front of the camera for Sick Chick Flicks. She likes creating stories that live in the murky borderlands between fantasy and horror. When she is not working on film projects, she is busy writing a series of novels set in a post-apocalyptic alien world or playing with proteins.