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Val Griswold-Ford

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 or on Facebook as Valerie Griswold-Ford.

Jenna Hamrick

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.

Dave Harlequin

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

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

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

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

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.

Laurel Anne Hill

Laurel Anne Hill—author and former underground storage tank operator—grew up in San Francisco with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor, and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and her life. Laurel classifies her recently published third novel, Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846, as historical fantasy/magical realism. This book relates the gripping tale of a young Latina in Mexican Alta California during the early days of the Bear Flag Rebellion. Her second novel, The Engine Woman’s Light (a spirits-meet-steampunk adventure set in an alternate 19th Century California) has won a total of thirteen honors and awards, including a Kirkus Star. So far, Plague of Flies has received the Distinguished Favorite award from IPA, four honorable mentions, and some terrific reviews. Laurel is the author of over thirty published short stories and many short nonfiction pieces, including one scientific paper. She swears that the spirits of her beloved husband and her Mexican ancestors continue to inspire her writing. More information at

Chris A. Jackson

As a sailor, reader of SFF, and gamer, writing nautical and game tie-in stories came naturally for Chris. He has written for Paizo Publishing (Pathfinder Tales), Privateer Press (Iron Kingdoms), Catalyst Game Labs (Shadowrun), Fantasy Flight Games (Arkham Horror), Legendary Games (Legendary Planets), Mongoose Publishing (Traveller).

He has, to date, written over thirty novels, and won numerous awards, including the Scribe Award for Best Short Story in 2020. New releases for 2021 include book three of the Dragons of Boston urban fantasy trilogy with Falstaff Books; Dragon Legacy; his newest nautical fantasy series, the Blood Sea Tales, book four, Ashwalker; and his first novel in the new Five-Fold Universe, Pacifica, from Shadow Alley Press.

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Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings out the best in a variety of SF/F sub-genres. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, two cats, two aquatic turtles, and seven chickens. The horse is now at a new pasture. She’s having a wonderful time hanging with a herd of thirty other horses. Much better for her. As best as he’s been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens do not live in the house.

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