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.
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Alex Gideon writes dark fantasy and generally horrific science fiction. His writing style can best be summed up by the phrase “and many people died.” He enjoys exorcising, taking long walks on extraterrestrial beaches, relaxing demon-hunting trips, and fishing for Old Ones. Read his questionably helpful posts on TheMillionWords.net, and follow him on Twitter @AlexanderGideon.
Val Griswold-Ford is the author of the Carter’s Cove Advent series that starts with Winter’s Secrets, and the Dark Horseman novels Not Your Father’s Horseman, Dark Moon Seasons and Last Rites, all from Dragon Moon Press. She is the co-editor (with Tee Morris) of the memorial anthology Tales of the Tesla Ranger. She is also the co-editor of The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: the Opus Magnus (with Tee Morris) and The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire (with Lai Zhao), also from Dragon Moon Press, and has self-published the short e-novella Snow and, most recently, the short story “Convoy.” She has published several short stories in various anthologies online and in print, and is owned by three cats. She and her husband live in New Hampshire with said cats. You can find her at vg-ford.com or on Facebook as Valerie Griswold-Ford.
Jenna Hamrick combines a deep love of nerdity with a background in mental health. She has hosted panels on fandom and conventions as therapy. An avid (and overly ambitious) cosplayer, you can find her at many cons, usually as a Deadpool. Her first foray into fandom started with Buffy, and now includes pretty much everything.
Described by both press and colleagues as an “independent renaissance man” and “voice of the underground,” Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, NC. He first broke into the world of filmmaking in 2013, and has since worked on over a dozen films, many of which have won various awards throughout the film festival and convention circuit. In addition to his film work, Harlequin is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, has over a dozen published short stories, dozens more non-fiction published credits, and has been nominated for two Rondo Hatton Awards for his journalistic contributions. Outside of his career in entertainment, Harlequin is an avid foodie and beer aficionado, and enjoys cooking, coffee, gaming, and hanging out with his dog.
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, the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. He is also a cast member of the role-playing podcast Authors & Dragons, where a group of comedy, fantasy, and horror writers play Dungeons & Dragons. Very poorly.
In 2016, John teamed up with several other publishing industry professionals to create Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fiction’s “misfit toys.” Falstaff Books has since published over 150 titles with authors ranging from first-timers to NY Times bestsellers, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. In February 2019, Falstaff Books launched Con-Tagion, which has very quickly morphed into SAGA – THE Professional Development Conference for Genre Fiction Writers, held in Charlotte, NC every year.
In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and playing Magic: the Gathering. John’s pronouns are he/him.
Morgan Hazelwood is a fantasy writer, as well as a blogger and vlogger of writing tips and writerly musings.
She enjoys taking pictures of the sky, reading a good book, and ambiverting from her living room. She’s also a voice for the fairy-tale audio drama Anansi Storytime and its sister podcast Legendsmith.
She’s been known to procrasti-clean her whole house and alphabetize other people’s bookshelves.
Harry “Jack” Heckel has written role-playing games about vampires, werewolves, and mages, along with Star Wars and Star Trek. In the past decade, he’s focused more on fractured fairy tale novels and comedic fantasy. Despite being distracted by large collections of miniatures and comic books, he religiously participates in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). He lives in Mechanicsville, VA with his wife, daughter, and two cats.
Samantha Heuwagen is a bilingual marriage and family therapist and a best-selling author from the Metro Atlanta area. When not working with clients, she sparks discussion about mental health with the goal to spread awareness across the United States and beyond by challenging the popular discourse surrounding mental illness and making it more inclusive.
Her books, Dawn Among the Stars and Fading Starlight, are available now wherever books are sold. Discover what it means to be human in this feminist science fiction series, where her debut novel was nominated for a 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the First Novel category.