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Tee Morris

Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His debut novel, Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors—podcasting. He went on with Evo Terra to write Podcasting for Dummies (as well as the 2nd Edition alongside Chuck Tomasi). In 2011, Tee returned to fiction with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, penned with his wife, Pip Ballantine. The series and its short fiction podcast, Tales from the Archives, has won several awards including the RT Reviews’ Choice Awards for Best Steampunk of 2014; and inspired the Y.A. spin-off series, Verity Fitzroy and the Ministry Seven. And somewhere in the middle of all that, Tee reunited with Chuck Tomasi for the third edition of Podcasting for Dummies in 2017 and wrote Twitch for Dummies on his own in 2019.

Tee and Pip also host The Shared Desk, a podcast covering collaboration and other aspects of a writer’s lifestyle. He enjoys a writer’s life in Virginia alongside Pip, his daughter, and three cats. Explore the works of Tee Morris, and his occasional geek rants, at TeeMorris.com.

James P. Nettles

James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for clients from startups to Fortune 100s; he is a media contributor and a speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author. He is also a founding partner for Author Essentials.

Having started writing in media and journalism, he has contributed to and written hundreds of articles and now develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence. He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. He has multiple books and series as James P. McDonald, and his latest release is Business Essentials for Writers: How to Make Money in an Ever Changing Industry.

Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, mysteries, fantasy, and romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the action and high stakes she loves in the books she writes.

She is the author of the Boar King’s Honor historical fantasy trilogy and is the co-creator, with Jeanne Adams, of the Outcast Station science fiction mystery series. She also writes the Lethal Webs and Arachnid Files romantic suspense series and the Light Mage Wars paranormal romances.

In her free time, she hangs out far too much on Twitter, where she’s @NancyNorthcott.

Bryan Nowak

Bryan the Writer is thrilled to return as a guest at RavenCon 2020. He continues to delight his fans with stories of monsters, ghosts, and mysteries guaranteed to send people scurrying for a flashlight. His books The Reverent Dead, The Dramatic Dead, Riapoke, Crimson Tassels, The Bagorian Chronicles, and Dean Cordain, P.I. are available in paperback or on your favorite e-reader.

His personal writing philosophy is to entertain his audience with a mix of suspense, horror, and witty humor to balance it all out. His inspirations as a child were masters such as Terry Brooks, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Edgar Allen Poe. Today he finds inspiration in any number of amazing authors.

In addition to writing, he speaks to new authors and encourages them to chart their own course in the writing world.

Jennifer R. Povey

Born in Nottingham, England, Jennifer R. Povey now lives in Northern Virginia, where she writes everything from heroic fantasy to stories for Analog. She has written a number of novels across multiple sub-genres. Additionally, she is a writer, editor, and designer of tabletop RPG supplements for a number of companies. Her interests include horseback riding, Doctor Who, and attempting to out-weird her various friends and professional colleagues.

Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler has been creating art and telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen, writing and illustrating her first science fiction novel at age eight. Her art has been featured on book covers, convention badges, and in numerous art shows. She recently published her first novel: The Laws of Entanglement. She currently works as the social media and marketing person for Mocha Memoirs Press. Learn more at mayarenee.com and mayapreisler.com.

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz was bitten by the writing bug at an early age and has never been cured. Starting with an awful (but produced!) Thanksgiving play in 4th grade, Pete’s writing skills fortunately have improved over time. Presently, Pete has a total of ten novels published by Double Dragon Publishing in trade paperback and ebook. with more than a half-dozen anthologies published/distributed by eSpec Publishing. His novel Horizons was selected by Mike Resnick as Best Science Fiction and awarded the 2003 Draco Award. Four of his short stories appear in the anthology Twisted Tails, which won the 2007 Dream Realms. Five of his novels have been finalists in the Epic Awards.

Seven more short stories have appeared in eSpec’s award-winning Defending the Future, the Bad-Ass Faeries, and the Beyond the Cradle anthologies.

Through Earth’s Falstaff Books and Mars’ Enla Publishing, Pete and popular Martian author H.K. Devonshire have introduced the first two Terran editions of Company A (2019) and The Bombala Mines Fast Draw (2019). Two more Martian westerns will follow in 2020.

A native Arizonan, Pete and his wife Bethlynne live in Jeffersonville, PA with one-and-a-half of their five sons and two dachshunds.

Visit Pete online at ShardsUniverse.net.

N.A. Ratnayake

Nalin Ratnayake is an engineer, educator, and writer presently living in Hampton Roads, VA. He has worked as a computational aerodynamicist on various advance air and space vehicles. He also completed an M.Ed. focused on the intersection of scientific literacy and social justice, and spent five years teaching physics and building STEM programs in urban public schools. He currently works for the Science Flight Project Office on a NASA climate science mission intended to launch in 2023.

Nalin writes fiction under the name N.A. Ratnayake. His speculative fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres Magazine as well as the post-colonial SF anthology We See A Different Frontier. His short story “Remembering Turinam” received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirty-First Edition. Nalin’s Mars novel, Red Soil Through Our Fingers, explores a future of corporate-controlled space settlement.

You can find Nalin online at naratnayake.com.

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart writes stories, songs, and other things. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the “Slushmaster General”) for Baen Books.

Gray is the author of the lunar colonization novel Walking on the Sea of Clouds, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and multiple anthologies. As a singer/songwriter, he has two albums of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired music.

During his rather odd USAF career, Gray fought rocket propellant fires, refurbished space launch facilities, “flew” Milstar satellites, drove trucks, encrypted nuclear command and control orders, commanded the largest remote tracking station in the Air Force Satellite Control Network, and did other interesting things. His alter ego is the Gray Man, one of several famed ghosts of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, and his web site is graymanwrites.com.

Katika Schneider

Katika discovered her love of writing in fourth-grade writing workshop, and embraced this art from that point forward. Developing her style and voice via DragonLance fanfiction, she began crafting her own stories in high school, winning local writing competitions. Happiest when wordsmithing, she enrolled in creative writing courses while pursuing her degree in animal science, and ultimately ended up as an indie author.

Her world of Abaeloth was accidentally discovered in 2003 when creating an RPG character who shared her life story from birth to death and everything in between. With nothing left to game with, Kat set to work on writing her series, Tale of the Fallen. Three more series within the encompassing Afflicted Saga are currently drafted.

Katika lives on a farm with her husband and their assortment of special needs animals, and she spends her non-writing time playing with her dog, riding her horses, and drowning in garden gnomes. She strives to draw on the brilliance of the fantasy classics to craft and deliver epic tales reminiscent of those from the genre’s golden age. It is among her most sincere hopes that you fall in love with Abaeloth and its inhabitants as deeply as she has.

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