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Amy K. Nichols has been crafting stories for as long as she can remember. She earned a Master’s in literature and worked for years as a web designer before realizing what she really wanted to be was an author. Her first novel, young adult sci-fi thriller Now That You’re Here, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on December 9, 2014. The follow-up, While You Were Gone, will be published in 2015. She is mentored by award-winning crime novelist James Sallis, and lives on the edge of the Phoenix desert with her husband and children.

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Aprilynne Pike is an internationally best-selling American author best known for her debut novel Wings, which was released in English on May 5, 2009. Her first novel debuted as a New York Times best-seller and reached the #1 spot on the Children's Best Seller list, making Pike the best-selling non-celebrity children's author to debut in 2009. Her second novel likewise debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. When her debut series reached three books and was moved to the New York Times best-selling Children's Series list, it became a best-selling series. Illusions and Destined also debuted on the USA Today Bestseller list, which combines books across all genres.

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Austin graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a degree in Wildlife (seriously…Wildlife Biology). Later that year he successfully appealed his only parking ticket.  David Copperfield once made him dissappear in front of 2,000 people at Caesar’s Palace, but he found his way back.  He has appeared in two movies: The Getaway with Alec Baldwin and The Postman with Kevin Costner (Huzzah!).  Starting in 2001, he served a three-year stint in the Peace Corps in Honduras. While saving the world, he freaked out way too much about colorful birds and made lots of hideous tortillas. Upon returning to the States in 2004, he served as the campaign manager for a U.S. Congressional bid.

From 2004 – 2011 Austin worked as a professional community organizer in Sacramento, California. He spearheaded several comprehensive strategies to reduce youth violence in the Sacramento region.  He met with important people all the time and always got what he wanted by headbutting them. Out of many worthwhile accomplishments, he is particularly proud of a successful campaign to remove the name of a sordid Sacramento eugenicist from a county park and a middle school (the school was renamed Rosa Parks). Once his wife completed her PhD in Ecology at UC Davis, they quickly vacated to the Hawaiian Islands, where they set up shop for a year in the rainy town of Hilo on the Big Island.

In Hawaii, it was his turn to go back to school while his wife earned the paycheck. He completed his Master’s degree in Tropical Conservation Biology in the spring of 2013. In the spring of 2012, Austin won a competitive and prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship for his work on rare Hawaiian plants and their non-native bird pollinators.

Meanwhile, Austin and his wife have been successfully raising two awesome kids that seem to have been given to us as gifts for something they must have done really well in past lives.

For the past ten years Austin has been constantly writing. Novels, screenplays, picture books, short stories, essays (and a thesis, urgh!). He writes because he has to, but he has long dreamed of seeing his own published works on the shelves of bookstores and libraries.

While in Hawaii, Austin wrote a YA disaster/survival novel with sci-fi elements cover to cover in less than three months, knowing that something was very different about this particular manuscript. (He had always thought his writing was the real deal–but trust him–something really felt different this time.) He sat on the rough draft for a while and then polished the book to a nice glossy sheen over the spring and summer of 2012. Less than two months after starting the query process for “The Islands at the End of the World,” he landed a great agent at one of the best literary agencies in the world.

Then came 12.12.12. The day he got “the call.” ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, sold, to Wendy Lamb of Random House, in a two book deal.

The journey was tough. He knows how heartbreaking the quest for publication is, and in addition to promoting his works, one of his principal aims is to be a guiding light for other prospective authors out there. He made a lot of mistakes that unnecessarily lengthened his time in the wilderness, and he learned so much along the way. He hopes he can pay this knowledge forward as he enters this exciting new phase of his writing career.

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Autumn has been creating fantasy worlds since early childhood. After moving to Los Angeles with her buddy, the pink haired monster Freddy Scribbles, she launched Daydreams & Giggles in March 2012. Since then, Autumn and Freddy have hit the comic-convention circuit, traveling from coast to coast whilst peddling their wares. Crayon scribbles of unicorns gave way to stylized paintings of caped heroes and other popular characters. Her ever growing brigade of watercolor Lemonheads has become increasingly popular with children and adults alike.

In addition to commissioned art and conventions, Autumn still continues to work on a personal body of illustrations that draws from numerous mythological and fairytale sources as well as her own, personal brand of humor.

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Beth Cato's debut steampunk novel THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER will be released by HarperCollins Voyager on September 16th, 2014. Her stories can be found in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Nature, and many other magazines. She's originally from Hanford, California, but now resides in Arizona with her husband and son. Her short fiction, poetry, and tasty cookie recipes can be found at http://www.bethcato.com.

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Beth Meacham is an American writer and editor, best known as a longtime top editor with Tor Books.

Meacham has written one novel with Tappan King, Nightshade (1976, Pyramid), in addition to a number of short stories on her own. After a stint as a travel coordinator in New York after college, she worked at the Science Fiction Shop bookstore for two years in the late 1970s. In the late 1970s and early 1980s she and her husband were regular reviewers for Baird Searles' and Martin Last's SF Review Monthly. She was an editorial assistant at Ace Books from 1981 to 1983, and an editor beginning in 1978, then joined Ace in 1981 as an editorial assistant. In 1984 she became an editor for Tor Books, where she rose to the position of editor-in-chief. After her 1989 move west, Meacham continued working for Tor long distance as an executive editor. Among the major books she has edited she cites Greg Bear's Blood Music, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Pat Murphy's The Falling Woman and Tim Powers's The Anubis Gates.

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Brian McClellan is the author of The Powder Mage trilogy, an epic flintlock fantasy series from Orbit books. He studied writing under Brandon Sanderson and is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction. His hobbies include tabletop and computer gaming, making homemade jam, and keeping a hive of honeybees. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, two dogs, and cat.
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In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised  $350,000 for a low-budget film, Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out The Shining.  After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it the most ferociously original horror film of the year, New Line Cinema stepped forward to release Evil Dead in the U.S. 
 
After co-producing Crimewave, a cross-genre comedy written by Sam Raimi, Ethan and Joel Coen, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained a foothold producing or starring in genre films such as the Maniac Cop series, Lunatics: A Love Story, Moontrap and Mindwarp, a post-apocalyptic Jeremiah Johnson, during which he met his wife-to-be, filmmaker Ida Gearon. 
 
Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the Evil Dead trilogy, completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite. This rough-and-tumble background was a plus as Campbell made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted Fox series The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr., then as a recurring guest-star on the hit show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
 
With these under his belt, Campbell easily made the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as the King of Thieves in the #1 syndicated Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and its follow-up phenomenon, Xena: Warrior Princess. 
 
Bruce has since expanded his range on television, with appearances in Disney's TV movies Gold Rush, and their update of The Love Bug. He teamed up with Fox again for the hit TV film Tornado!, and starred in NBC's top-rated In The Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. Following decidedly dramatic turns on the acclaimed series Homicide: Life on the Street and The X-Files, he enjoyed a recurring role on Showtime’s edgy TV industry comedy, Beggars and Choosers. 
 
At the invitation of ABC, Campbell ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role on ABC's Emmy-nominated Ellen, participating in one of the three touted “out” episodes. 
 
But Campbell didn't abandon his film roots. During that time, he had featured roles in the blockbuster Congo, John Carpenter's Escape From LA, and the award-winning independent crime drama, Running Time. He followed these up 
with roles in Paramount's romantic comedy, Serving Sara, Jim Carrey's The Majestic, and all three of Sam Raimi's blockbuster Spider-Man movies. 
 
After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series, Jack of All Trades, Campbell took the title role in MGM's cult sleeper Bubba Ho-tep. His directorial debut, Man with the Screaming Brain premiered on the Sci Fi Channel, and Dark Horse Comics published the comic adaptation. 
 
Campbell has since made the leap into other forms of entertainment, and is enjoying his role as an author with back-to-back New York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, and his first novel, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way. 
 
In the multi-media industry, Campbell provided voices on cutting edge video games for Activision, THQ and Nova Logic - and he also enjoyed voicing characters for Disney’s animated TV series Tarzan and the Warner Brothers feature The Ant Bully. He also voiced the character of Mayor Shelbourne in the animated hit film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. In 2011, Campbell voiced the role of Rod Torque Redline in Cars 2, the sequel to the hit Disney animated feature. 
 
Most recently, Campbell directed and starred as himself in My Name is Bruce, a spoof of his B-movie career, then re-teamed with Disney for their fun-filled hit, Sky High. 
 
In 2013, Bruce Co-Produced the hit remake of Evil Dead, joined his filmmaking pal Sam Raimi on Oz, The Great and Powerful, and completed an impressive seven-year run on spy show Burn Notice, the #1 show on cable. 
 
Campbell continues to share his acting and filmmaking experiences by lecturing at universities, including Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford. 
 
He currently resides with his wife, Ida Gearon, in Oregon.
 

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CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother’s pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children’s books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft. Her first book with her pen name is called Slayers, a book all about dragons.

CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble.  She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.

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Carole was born and raised in a small town outside Glasgow, Scotland, which explains her sophisticated sarcasm gene and her inherent cheekiness. Carole has written six books, including the acclaimed “Exodus Code: A Torchwood Novel” (BBC Books), “Hollow Earth” (Aladdin Books) a middle grade fantasy series, and the Sunday Times best-seller “Anything Goes” (Buster Books) in collaboration with her brother, John Barrowman (“Dr. Who,” “Torchwood,” and currently on “Arrow”). John and Carole have also collaborated on a comic “Captain Jack and the Selkie” (Titan). When Carole is not bossing around her wee brother, she writes a monthly crime fiction column and regular reviews and features for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and WTMJ4’s The Morning Blend (NBC affiliate). She contributed a chapter to the Hugo award-winning non-fiction anthology “Chicks Dig Time Lords,” and she and John penned the introduction for “Queers Dig Time Lords.” Carole is an English professor and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A voracious reader who still finds time to watch lots of SciFi television, Carole adheres to Elmore Leonard’s philosophy of writing. Adjectives tread softly. Adverbs run!

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The phrase "Air Force Brat" sums up most of Carrie Vaughn's childhood. When she was born in January 1973, her father was co-piloting a B-52 all over southeast Asia and her mother was having her umpteenth nervous breakdown at Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, California. That explains so much, doesn't it? Both of her parents must be credited with her current career path: her mother gave her Heinlein's Red Planet when she was eight. Shortly thereafter her father sat her down to watch 2001. Carrie's brain just hasn't been the same.

She was a high school valedictorian (tied with five others--it was that kind of high school) and received a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles (She went there the same time as Ben Affleck, but never met him, much to her anguish.) Carrie lived in York, UK, for her junior year abroad (ask the Freaksoc crowd about the time she was the Goddess of the River Ouse). She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and as the ever-popular 'administrative assistant.' She went back to school. (University of Colorado at Boulder this time.) Once, she was the student. Now, she is the Master. ("Only a Master of English, Carrie.") Doh!

In 1998, Carrie attended the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, a six-week long summer workshop directed by Jeanne Cavelos.

Carrie lives in Boulder, Colorado, and still has to do her own laundry.

When Carrie was about six and her little brother Robbie was four, she threw a coffee can at him in the sandbox. Smacked him right on the head. She didn't mean to. He had to have stitches. Now that his hairline is receding, the scar is becoming visible. She knew she was never going to live that one down.

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Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times Bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry. She lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her husband, two dogs, one enormous friendly cat and one less enormous, less friendly one, six chickens, a red accordion, an uncompleted master’s degree, a roomful of yarn, a spinning wheel with ulterior motives, a cupboard of jam and pickles, a bookshelf full of folktales, an industrial torch, an Oxford English Dictionary, and a DSL connection.

She has written over a dozen volumes of fiction and poetry since her first novel, The Labyrinth, was published in 2004. Her full-length novels include (chronologically) Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, The Orphan’s Tales (a duology consisting of In the Night Garden and Cities of Coin and Spice), Palimpsest, The Habitation of the Blessed, Deathless, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

She is also the author of two novellas, Under In the Mere and The Ice Puzzle as well as several collections of poetry, including Apocrypha and Oracles (2005), The Descent of Inanna (2006) and A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects (2008). Her first collection of short stories, Ventriloquism, came out in the winter of 2010.

Her poetry and short fiction can be found online and in print in such journals as Clarkesworld Magazine, Tor.com, Fantasy Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Lightspeed Magazine, Subterranean Online, and Weird Tales, as well as in anthologies such as Interfictions, Salon Fantastique, Welcome to Bordertown, Teeth, Paper Cities, Steampunk Reloaded, Haunted Legends and featured in numerous Year’s Best collections.

She has been nominated for the Hugo (2010), Locus (2010 & 2011) and World Fantasy Awards (2007 & 2009). In the Night Garden won the James Tiptree Jr. Award for expanding gender and sexuality in SFF (2007), and the series as a whole won the Mythopoeic Award for Adults (2008). Palimpsest won the Lambda Award for LGBT fiction (2010). Her story Urchins, While Swimming, received the Million Writers Award for best online short fiction in 2006 and her poem The Seven Devils of Central California won the Rhysling Award in 2008.

In 2010, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making became the first self-published work to win a major literary award, winning the Andre Norton Award for YA literature before it saw print in 2011, going on to become a national bestseller.

In 2012 she recieved the Locus Award for Best Novella (Silently and Very Fast), Best Novelette (White Lines On A Green Field) and Best YA Novel (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making).

As part of the SF Squeecast she won the Hugo for Best Fancast in 2012. She was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for her dystopian novelette Fade to White in 2013.

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Charlaine Harris is the author of several series of mysteries, but is best known for the Sookie Stackhouse series of books that inspired the cable TV series True Blood.  A 1973 graduate of Southwestern (now Rhodes) College in Memphis, Tennessee, Harris published her first book in 1981, the mystery novel Sweet and Deadly.  She went on to crank out genre books at an impressive pace, starting with the Aurora Teagarden novels about a feisty librarian. That series began with Real Murders in 1990.

Charlaine Harris then moved on to what are known as her Shakespeare books, mysteries featuring the character Lily Bard that began with 1997's Shakespeare's Landlord.  Harris's biggest success came with the Sookie Stackhouse series, a modern-day soap opera about a telepathic Louisiana waitress who's in love with a Southern-gentleman vampire named Bill. 

2001's Dead Until Dark, the first Sookie Stackhouse novel, was a little slow to catch on but eventually hit the right chord in the book market, blurring the lines between young adult themes -- humorously macabre supernatural adventures -- and very adult violence and sex.

Over the next decade, Harris published one Sookie Sackhouse novel a year.  Her popularity skyrocketed with the success of the True Blood cable series that began in 2008 (starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin and developed by Oscar winner Alan Ball), and several of her Stackhouse novels turned into bestsellers.  In order, the novels are:  Dead Until Dark (2001);Living Dead in Dallas (2002); Club Dead (2003); Dead to the World (2004); Dead as a Doornail (2005); Definitely Dead (2006); All Together Dead (2007); From Dead to Worse (2008); Dead and Gone (2009); Dead in the Family (2010); and Dead Reckoning (2011).

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Chris Roberson’s writings include the novels Here, There & EverywhereThe Voyage of Night Shining WhiteParagaea: A Planetary RomanceX-Men: The Return, Set the Seas on FireThe Dragon’s Nine Sons, End of the CenturyIron Jaw and HummingbirdThree Unbroken, and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II, and the comic book series Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love and I, Zombie. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as Asimov’sInterzonePostscripts, and Subterranean, and in anthologies such as Live Without a NetFutureShocks, and Forbidden Planets.

Along with his business partner and spouse Allison Baker, he is the publisher of MonkeyBrain Books, an independent publishing house specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies, and he is the editor of anthology Adventure Vol. 1. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times—once each for writing and editing, and twice for publishing—twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and four times for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History (winning the Short Form in 2004 with his story “O One” and the Long Form in 2008 with his novel The Dragon’s Nine Sons). Chris and Allison live in Austin, Texas with their daughter Georgia.

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CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London.

A lifelong fan of the "team-up," Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. In addition to his recent work with Tim Lebbon, he co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of multiple novels, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent and The Sisterhood, both currently in development as feature films. With Amber Benson, Golden co-created the online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name.

As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead and British Invasion, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, the online animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson) and a network television pilot.

The author is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him atwww.christophergolden.com

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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He is the author of the novels BLACKBIRDS, MOCKINGBIRD, THE BLUE BLAZES, THE CORMORANT and UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY. He is an alumni of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and is the co­author of the Emmy­nominated digital narrative COLLAPSUS. He lives in Pennsyltucky with wife, son, and two dopey dogs. You can find him on Twitter @ChuckWendig and at his website, terribleminds.com, where he frequently dispenses dubious and very­ NSFW advice on writing, publishing, and life in general.

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Daniel James Abraham (born November 1969) is a prolific American science fiction / fantasy author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. His collaboration with Ty Franck under the name James S. A. Corey,Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.  Hisnovelette "Flat Diane" was nominated for the Nebula Award. His novelette "The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairytale of Economics" was nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award.

Daniel has contributed to George R. R. Martin's Wild Card series, as well as having written the Wild Cards: Hard Call comic for Dynamite Entertainment.  He has also adapted several George R. R. Martin works for comics including A Game of ThronesSkin Trade, and Fevre Dream.  He also writes urban fantasy under the name M. L. N. Hanover.

Abraham is a graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop 1998.

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David Wellington is an author of horror, fantasy, and thriller novels. His zombie novels “Monster Island”, “Monster Nation” and “Monster Planet”(Thunder’s Mouth Press) form a complete trilogy. He has also written a series of vampire novels including “Thirteen Bullets”, “Ninety-Nine Coffins”, “Vampire Zero”, “Twenty-Three Hours”, and “32 Fangs”. His werewolf series comprises “Frostbite” and “Overwinter”, known in the UK as “Cursed” and “Ravaged”. In 2004 he began serializing his horror fiction online, posting short chapters of a novel three times a week on a friend’s blog. Response to the project was so great that in 2004 Thunder’s Mouth Press approached Mr. Wellington about publishing “Monster Island” as a print book. His novels have been featured in Rue Morgue, Fangoria, and the New York Times.

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Emmy-Nominated screenwriter, Dean Lorey, is currently an Executive Producer (with David E. Kelley) on THE CRAZY ONES, a comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar that premieres on CBS this fall. His past TV credits include ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, MY WIFE AND KIDS and RUNNING WILDE.

His movie credits include MAJOR PAYNE, MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 9: JASON GOES TO HELL. He has also done uncredited work on many movies, including HAPPY GILMORE and GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE.

His novels include the young adult series NIGHTMARE ACADEMY (the first book, MONSTER HUNTERS, was awarded “Best Children’s Novel of the Year — 2008” by the SCIBA). The series is published in over 20 countries and is in development at Universal Studios. Currently, he is the co-author (with Vinnie Tortorich) of the recently released non-fiction bestseller FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL.

He lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, one sort-of normal looking dog and one sort-of weird looking one.

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Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the steampunk paranormal Blud series for Pocket, the upcoming paranormal YA Servants of the Storm and the Delinquent series for Simon Pulse, and a variety of short stories and comics, including a short story in the Carniepunk anthology and a novelization of Valiant's Shadowman.

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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research.  Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books.  When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.

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I was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year (I can only hope that this presages that I, too, will live to be eleventy-one) — but because my parents were hippies, I was nearly named after Peregrin Took. With the exception of seven years in Faerie, or perhaps Las Vegas (they are not so different, really) I have been a New Englander all my life — Connecticut, Vermont, and now Massachusetts. I serve as an alloparent to two amazing (very) young men, Sunil and Naveen, from whom I am constantly learning new and amazing things.

I share my living quarters in a drafty Victorian (which, as of this writing, has just celebrated its eleventy-first) with a giant, ridiculous dog (he happens to be a Briard). I am a terrible but enthusiastic guitarist, a reasonably good and even more enthusiastic cook, and a hobby outdoorswoman. My sports are hiking, running, yoga, archery, kayaking, and rock climbing (sport and top rope, though someday I hope to learn trad).

I am the author of a number of novels and short stories in the science fiction and fantasy genre, and have been fortunate to receive a good deal of recognition for that work including two Hugo Awards, the John W. Cambell Award for Best New Writer (2005), a Sturgeon Award, a Locus Award, an Asimov’s Reader’s Choice award, a Spectrum Award, and an honorable mention for the Philip K. Dick Award. I have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Lambda Award, the Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and several others.

My work has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Polish, and Portuguese, among other languages.

I enjoy teaching workshops, and have done instructor stints at Clarion, Clarion West, the WisCon Writer’s Respite, and Odyssey. I am a regular instructor at Viable Paradise.

My partner is a fantasy novelist who lives in Wisconsin. Nope, not that one.

…I spend a lot of time on planes.

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Gini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. She also writes under a variety of pen names (including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to rock music 24/7, and is a proud comics geek-girl willing to discuss at any time why Wolverine is the best superhero ever (even if Deadpool does get all the best lines). She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She can be reached through her website at www.ginikoch.com.

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Greg van Eekhout is the author of CALIFORNIA BONES (Tor Books), the first volume in a contemporary fantasy about wizards who gain their powers by eating the remains of extinct magical creatures. His other books include the urban fantasy NORSE CODE, and middle­grade novels KID VS. SQUID and THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD. His work has been nominated for the Nebula, Andre Norton, and Locus awards. He lives in San Diego. For more information, visit www.writingandsnacks.com or @gregvaneekhout on Twitter.

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Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons and devoured every book in sight.

She hasn’t changed much.

Today, Heather can be found wandering cemeteries, lounging on her coffin couch, devouring every book in sight, and attending renaissance faire in costume (and in character). 

When Heather's not writing, dressing up, or reading, she's hanging out with her Minions, whom she adores right down to their lil black hearts.

Heather is the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, The Slayer Chronicles, and The Legacy of Tril series. She's penned several short stories, consumes entirely too much caffeine, and will not stop until she has achieved world domination in the name of her Minion Horde.

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Jon Samuel Lewis is an American writer best known for the acclaimed Grey Griffins series published by Scholastic’s Orchard Books. After selling nearly a million copies in the original trilogy, Lewis and his writing partner, Derek Benz teamed with Little Brown to produce the Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles .

He is also the author of CHAOS Novels , a young adult adventure series that combines supernatural, science fiction, and urban fantasy to create an exciting hybrid of non-stop adventure.

He currently resides in Arizona with his wife and children.

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Owen self-published the black-and-white fantasy series Starchild under his Taliesin Press imprint in the 1990s. He then changed his self publishing to Coppervale Press for Starchild: Crossroads, then went to Image Comics for the start of Starchild: Mythopolis, before returning to self-publishing. After the turn of the century Owen reinvented himself as a novelist — creating a fantasy series titled Mythworld that met with much success in Germany — and magazine editor. In 2003 Coppervale Press relaunched two classic newsstand magazines, the fine arts-oriented International Studio and the fiction periodical Argosy.
 
In 2006 Owen published Here, There Be Dragons, the first book in The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. Filming rights were immediately bought by Warner Brothers, which contributed to the book's success. The second book, The Search for the Red Dragon, was released in early 2008, closely followed by the third novel, The Indigo King in Fall of 2008. The fourth novel in this series, entitled The Shadow Dragons, was released on October 27, 2009. The fifth novel, The Dragon's Apprentice, was released on October 19, 2010.
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James O’Barr, is the award-winning creator of "The Crow," and writer of two hit series currently  from IDW Publishing, entitled "Curare" and "Skinning the Wolves." 

He likes to lament that he was born in a trailer in Detroit just in time to see Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy die, but claims no responsibility for either. He spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing.

When he was adopted he brought along his crayons and has been using them ever since. 

While stationed in Berlin, in the late 70's he created The Crow as an attempt to deal with the death of his fiancé at the hands of a drunk driver. It took nearly ten years to finish and no publisher was interested in it ("too gloomy, too confusing...”) until, on a whim, Caliber published the first issue in 1989.

It is currently the best-selling independent graphic novel of all time at over 1 million copies sold.

In 1993 his book was adapted into the cult film of the same name starring Brandon Lee. He would like you to know that nearly all of the money made from the film was donated to children's charities and he had nothing to do with the subsequent 3 sequels or TV show, but he will be a consultant on the new Crow movie that goes into production in 2014.

He has worked for every major publisher. In Italy, 1995, he won the Academy Award of comics, the Yellow Kid award for best storyteller.

Recently returned from a record breaking signing tour for the Italian Edition of "The Crow,"  his most recent book is a the new sketchbook from Eva Ink Publishing "James O'Barr: Unconfined." 

For information on bookings and commissions, contact Eva Ink Artist Group at: evaink@aol.com

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After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, Jamie Wyman fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. (However, she can eat/spin fire, tell you a lot about auditioning to be a Blue Man, and read/write in Circular Gallifreyan.) As an author, Jamie’s favorite playgrounds are urban fantasy, horror and creepy carnival settings. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. She is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog.  

Jamie’s debut novel Wild Card (Entangled Edge, 2013) is available wherever ebooks are sold. You can also find her short story “The Clever One” in the anthology When The Hero Comes Home 2 (Dragon Moon Press, August ’13). Jamie has contributed to the SF Signal’s “Mind Meld” feature as well as the flash fiction contests on Chuck Wendig’s blog.

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Janni Lee Simner's post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy is set after the war between the human and faerie realms has destroyed the world, leaving behind a land filled with deadly magic: trees that seek human blood, glowing stones that burn with cold fire, and forests whose shadows can swallow a person whole. The first book, Bones of Faerie, was dubbed, "Pure, stunning, impossible to put down or forget," by World Fantasy Award winner Jane Yolen, School Library Journal describes the second book, Faerie Winter, as “A hauntingly exquisite portrait of a postapocalyptic world."

Janni is also the author of Thief Eyes, a contemporary young adult fantasy based on the Icelandic sagas and called "a captivating modern odyssey" by Publishers Weekly, as well as of four books for younger readers and more than 30 short stories.

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Jason M. Hough (pronounced 'Huff') is a former 3D Artist and Game Designer (Metal Fatigue, Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction, and many others).  Writing fiction became a hobby for him in 2007 and quickly turned into an obsession.  He started writing THE DARWIN ELEVATOR in 2008 as a Nanowrimo project, and kept refining the manuscript until 2011 when it sold to Del Rey along with a contract for two sequels.  The book released on July 30th in the US and reached the New York Times Bestseller list the following week.

The trilogy, collectively called THE DIRE EARTH CYCLE, was released in the summer of 2013. Jason's next book, currently untitled, is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2015.

He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two young sons.

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Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.

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Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s fifty-plus books include supernatural thrillers Season of the Wolf, River Runs Red, Missing White Girl, and Cold Black Hearts, horror epic The Slab, thriller The Devil’s Bait, and many more. His most recent novel is Star Trek: The Folded World. He also writes comic books and graphic novels, including the long-running horror/western series Desperadoes, Fade to Black, Zombie Cop, and others. He worked in comic book publishing for years, as VP of marketing for WildStorm Productions, senior editor for  WildStorm Productions/DC Comics, and editor-in-chief for IDW Publishing. He’s a co-owner of specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, with locations in San Diego and Redondo Beach, CA. With his wife Maryelizabeth Hart, he lives on the Flying M Ranch in rural Southeastern Arizona, far away from almost everything. Find him online at http://jeffmariotte.com.
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.

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John Scalzi is a writer. He's best known for writing science fiction, for which he won the John W. Campbell Award (2006) and has been nominated for the Hugo Award for best novel (2006, 2008, 2009) and best novella (2010) and been awarded Hugos for best fan writer (2008), best related book (2009), and Best Novel for Redshirts in 2013.. His novels include Old Man's War, Agent to the Stars, Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts, The Human Division and the forthcoming Lock In.  He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series, is a former President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and is working on the video game Midnight Star and related graphic novel for Industrial Toys.

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Jordan Summers finished her first book in 2002. It was a finalist in the 'Daphne Du Maurier' contest the same year. She went on to sell eight fantasy books to Ellora's Cave Publishing and has enjoyed success with her Atlantean's Quest series. In 2003, she entered the Lori Foster/ Kensington Brava contest and won the Reader's Choice. The win led to a multi-book contract from Kensington Publishing. Jordan also won the Harlequin Blaze published author contest in 2005 and garnered another book deal. During the same year, she submitted a dark paranormal romance to Tor and landed a three-book deal. RED is the first book in her Dead World trilogy. It was followed by SCARLET and CRIMSON. She has gone on to sell stories to various anthologies, including the Horror Writer's Association anthology, Blood Lite 2.  Jordan has eighteen published books to her credit. She is a member of Novelist Inc., International Thriller Writers, Horror Writer's Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America.  
 
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Joseph Nassise is an American urban fantasy writer and the author of more than twenty novels. His debut novel, Riverwatch, was nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series (Heretic, A Scream of Angels, A Tear in the Sky and Infernal Games), the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle (Eyes To See, King of the Dead, and Watcher of the Dark), the Great Undead War series (By the Blood of Heroes and On Her Majesty's Behalf), as well as several books for Gold Eagle's Rogue Angel line. His work has been translated into German, Russian, Polish and Italian. Nassise served as the president of the Horror Writers Association from 2002 to 2005 and a Trustee of the same from 2008–2010.

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Kevin Hearne is a native of Arizona and really appreciates whoever invented air-conditioning. The author of The Iron Druid Chronicles from Del Rey Books, he graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He has been known to obsess over fonts, frolic unreservedly with dogs, and stop whatever he’s doing in the rare event of rain to commune with the precipitation. He enjoys hiking, the guilty pleasure of comic books, and living with his wife and daughter in a wee, snug cottage.

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Kiersten White is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of numerous novels for young adults including the Paranormalcy trilogy and the Mind Games series, as well as several standalone novels. In The Shadows, her collaboration with artist Jim DiBartolo, is being released in May. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego. While she spends most of her time in the sun, she still courts the occasional shadow. Visit her online at www.kierstenwhite.com.

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L.E. MODESITT, JR. is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and four fantasy series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre.

Mr. Modesitt has been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; a director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; and a college lecturer and writer in residence. In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first story was published in 1973. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Laini Taylor, a writer-artist-daydreamer-nerd-person, is joining Phoenix Comicon this year! Laini has written the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy for young adults as well as collaborated with her illustrator husband on a richly illustrated graphic novel, Lips Touch: Tree Times. The final book in Laini's Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy will be out April 8, 2014. Just in time for Phoenix Comicon!

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He's worked 20+ years in "Trekland," so that's the name of his brand—and now, native Okie Larry Nemecek's latest credits include the new Amazon maps/book hit "Star Trek: Stellar Cartography" and appearing as Dr. McCoy in the first two episodes of indie online hit Star Trek Continues, remaining a creative consultant. Best known as author of the classic "Star Trek: Next Generation Companion" and longtime editor of official ST Communicator magazine and Fact Files UK and Japan, Larry still writes his "Fistful of Data" column for Trek Magazine, guest-blogs at startrek.com, shares often on podcasts and the CBS Trek Blu-ray documentaries, plus released two editions on CD from his own hundreds of hours of remastered archival Trek interviews as the "Trekland: On Speaker" series. 

Come July, guess who's once again heading up Geek Nation Tours' next "LA2Vegas Trek Film Site Tour With Larry Nemecek"?  Most of all, make sure to find time Saturday night for another bonus "Dr. Trek" show of prize trivia, rare clips and late-night tales as a meetup-fundraiser for Larry's true-life "Con of Wrath" documentary project. Along with story credit for the “Prophecy” episode of Voyager, appearances in docs like "Trek Nation" and "The Green Girl," and working as a producer at the original startrek.com, Larry shares two Associated Press statewide awards from his news days—and roots mightily for his Oklahoma football Sooners.  Whatever you do, corner Larry sometime over the weekend for some great Trek stories of yore and insights into the franchise future.

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Actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber graduated with a Theatre degree and a focus in the Victorian Era. She has published short plays and adapted works of 19th Century literature for the professional stage. Her debut novel, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book) and is currently in development as a musical theatre production. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, hit the American Booksellers Association "Indie Next List" and is a Scholastic edition "highly recommended" title. Leanna's short fiction has been featured in WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY,  on Tor.com, in QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS: Tales of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor) among others. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy series with Tor / Macmillan, THE ETERNA FILES, launches in 2014 alongside a reissue of the Strangely Beautiful novels. Her books have been translated into many languages and have been selected for multiple national book club editions. She is a four time Prism Award winner in fantasy and novella categories among other genre awards. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. When not writing or on set, she's telling ghost stories, cavorting at Goth clubs, corset shopping, channeling Narcissa Malfoy, wandering graveyards and adventuring about New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.

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Lee Harris is the Senior Editor at Angry Robot Books (which he joined six months before the publication of their first books); he is also the former publisher of Hub (a monthly short fiction dead tree zine, which became a weekly online publication before half-collapsing at around issue 150). He also writes – mainly short stories, though he has written for the stage, too, and he’s partway through writing a novel – but then, isn’t everyone?

He’s married with two beautiful young daughters, and has far too many unread books and unwatched DVDs – not that that would ever prevent him from buying more! He hates dried fruit, but loves mince pies, and no – he doesn’t understand that, either.
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Three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of over 60 SF/F authors. She is the co-author of Special Collections 2.0, with Beth Whittaker (Libraries Unlimited, 2009), as well as academic articles about cross-dressing in dime novels and using libraries to survive the zombie apocalypse.

She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and the Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis , all published by Mad Norwegian Press.  Along with the Geek Girl Chronicles book series, Lynne is the former Editor-in-Chief (2011-2013) of the Hugo Award-nominated (2012 & 2013) Apex Magazine, an online professional prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three.  She moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like, and contributes to the Verity! Podcast,  where a bunch of smart women talk about Doctor Who.

Lynne lives in DeKalb with her husband Michael (a writer and editor), their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie.  Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael is her full-time caregiver and an advocate for children with disabilities.

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Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is the author of The Shard Axe series, the only official novels that tie into the popular MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online. She also had two collections published in 2013 (Tales of Sand and Sorcery and Bridges of Longing and Other Strange Passageways), and is currently hard at work on the second book in a trilogy based on an exciting comic book property created by one of the biggest names in fantasy today. You can find out more here: http://www.marsheilarockwell.com/

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Melanie Rawn, American novelist born 1953, is the most successful of several writers who have attempted to relocate dragons similar to those deployed by Anne McCaffrey within the tradition of high fantasy (to which they ought, in theory, to be far better adapted than to the realms of interplanetary romance). Although the dragons of Rawn's imaginary world are initially regarded as pests, and hence as the legitimate and appropriate target of murderous knight-errantry, her first trilogy, comprising Dragon Prince (1988), The Star Scroll (1989) and Sunrunner's Fire (1990), includes an account of the reconciliation of humankind and dragonkind, inspired by its hero's discovery that dragons' eggs can be alchemically converted into gold. The economic consequences of Prince Rohan's mastery of this new source of wealth allow him to pursue his personal as well as his political ends, the former attaining a near-soap-operatic melodramatic intensity while the latter obtain a near Byzantine complexity.

Rawn followed the customary genre fantasy career path by supplementing her first trilogy with a second - the "Dragonstar" series - set some years later, comprising Stronghold (1990), The Dragon Token (1991) and Skybowl (1993). Rohan, having become High King - although his political problems continue ? is faced with an invasion of his realm by barbarians whose iron-based technology nullifies the effects of the magic on which his realm has previously relied for defense. After this obligatory reprise, Rawn turned to fresher fields in the "Exiles" series, launched with The Ruins of Ambrai (1994) and continued in The Mageborn Traitor (1997). This series is set in a world of reversed sex-roles, developing a version of the conventional fantasy scenario in which magically talented individuals have become feared and hated, subject to continual and mostly unjust harassment by witch-hunters. The Golden Key (1990, a three-way collaboration by Rawn, Jennifer Roberson and "Kate Elliott" (Alis Rasmussen) - each author having contributed a distinct novellength segment - is set in an alternative late-medieval Spain, Tira Verte, where all documentation is in the charge of an artists' guild, one of whose core families is magically talented.

Melanie's latest series, The Glass Thorns, is about Touchstone, a magical theatre troupe, and the third novel in the series, Thornlost, was released in early 2014.

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A New York Times Bestselling author, Michael A. Stackpole is best known for his work as a science fiction and fantasy author and game designer. He is also an advocate for digital publishing.

Originally from Vermont, where we was awarded a BA in History at the University of Vermont, Stackpole now resides in Scottsdale.

Stackpole has written numerous Star Wars novels, including books in the X-Wing and The New Jedi Order series. He's also worked on the BattleTech series for over 20 years.

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Along with being the former Managing Editor of the Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine, Michael Damian Thomas co-edited Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press) with Sigrid Ellis, Flying Higher: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry (Meatball Trouble Productions) with Shira Lipkin, and Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. He also has worked as an Associate Editor on numerous books at Mad Norwegian Press, including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea) and Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis).

Michael lives in DeKalb with his wife Lynne, their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael works as her primary caregiver.

Michael has also worked as an advocate for children with disabilities. He was chair of the City of DeKalb Advisory Commission on Disabilities, co-chair of the DeKalb County Local Interagency Networking Council, and on the convention planning committee for the Aicardi Syndrome Family Conference.

Michael is an active volunteer in SF/F fandom. He was head of programming for Capricon 32, Hugo Voter Packet Administrator for Chicon 7 (Worldcon), and has contributed to the Enlightenment, Hugo Award-nominated Argentus , and Hugo Award-winning SF Signal fanzines.

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Michael R. Underwood was born in Bloomington, IN to parents who met doing musical theater. He was, from birth, doomed to be a performer. He saw Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi in theaters before the age of one, instilling a love of mythic storytelling and speculative fiction from a very young age. He has lived in Wichita Falls, TX, Brooklyn, NY, Montclair, NJ, Eugene, OR, Queens, NY, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He hates moving. A lot.

Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.

As a teen, Mike was raised by gamers at the Game Preserve in Bloomington, IN, playing nearly every CCG known to humanity, as well as miniatures games, lots of RPGs, and other whacky geek ephemera. His experience at the Game Preserve was a primary inspiration for the Ree Reyes series of novels.

In the proud tradition of writers everywhere, Mike has held a variety of jobs, ranging from retail mascot to web design instructor. He has also worked as a hobby game store cashwrap monkey, a student archivist, submissions reader for Fantasy magazine, a webmaster, essayist and reviewer for PopMatters, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and is currently the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books (including sister imprints Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A).

In 2003, he participated in the Semester At Sea program, circumnavigating the world in a ship of someone else’s making. On the journey, he visited Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Brazi, and Cuba, and went on a bit of a Brazil bender, learning the martial art/dance style of Capoeira, performing in a Bossa Nova ensemble, and learning the joys of Samba Pagode, which can accurately be described as backyard BBQ party music.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance, an ever-growing library, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines & stuffed animals. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host on the Skiffy and Fanty podcast, due to Sharknado-related hilarity.

In years past, when his life was not scheduled around novel deadlines, he danced Argentine Tango, performed an an alternative tango band, and was an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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Molly Idle began her career as an artist working for DreamWorks Animation, and from there she leapt into the world of children’s books. Her latest book; Flora and the Penguin will be released October 2014. In this frosty follow-up to the 2014 Caldecott Honoree Flora and the Flamingo, Flora forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin as they dance above and below the ice. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other’s graceful ice dance. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.  Molly is local to Arizona, and lives in Tempe.

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Phoenix Comicon welcomes award-winning author Myke Cole! Best known for writing the Shadow Ops series, Myke’s career outside of being a novelist has encompassed everything from counterterrorism to cyber warfare and federal law enforcement, as well as three tours in Iraq. But, don’t let his tough exterior fool you. He has a huge soft spot for fantasy novels, comic books and late night games of Dungeons and Dragons.

Myke recently celebrated the publication of Breach Zone, the third book in the Shadow Ops series, and has already begun drafting the much-anticipated sequel, Gemini Cell. Learn more at http://mykecole.com/

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Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American, and raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide.

 

Her first novel, His Majesty’s Dragon, was published in 2006 along with Throne of Jade and Black Powder War, and has been translated into 23 languages. She has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. The fourth volume of the Temeraire series, Empire of Ivory, published in September 2007, was a New York Times bestseller, and was followed by bestsellers Victory of Eagles and Tongues of Serpents.

 

On April 26, 2011, she will publish Will Supervillains Be on the Final?, volume one in a new graphic novel series titled Liberty Vocational. She is also currently writing Crucible of Gold, the seventh Temeraire novel.

 

She is one of the founding board members of the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the fair-use rights of fan creators, and is herself a fanfic writer and fan vidder.

Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and eight computers. (They multiply.) You can find out more at her LiveJournal and follow her at Twitter and Facebook.

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Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television.  During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and poetry to teach himself what not to do.

Patrick matriculated at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, initially studying chemical engineering which led to a revelation that chemical engineering is boring.  He then spent the next nine years jumping from major to major, taking semesters off, enjoying semesters at part-time, and generally rocking the college student experience before being kindly asked to graduate already.  Surprisingly enough, he had enough credits to graduate with an English major, and he did so grudgingly.

Patrick then went to grad school.  He’d rather not talk about it.

All this time Patrick was working on “The Book,” as he and his friends lovingly titled it.  When he returned to Stevens Point he began teaching half-time while trying to sell The Book to publishers.  In the process, he disguised a chapter of The Book as a short story and won the Writers of the Future competition in 2002.  This put him into contact with all the right people, and after deciding to split The Book into three installments, DAW agreed to publish it.  In March 2007, The Name of the Wind was published to great acclaim, winning the Quill Award and making the New York Times Bestseller list.

All this success was wonderful.  Patrick eventually had to stop teaching in order to focus on writing, though he screwed that up by having an adorable baby with his adorable girlfriend.  He started a charity fundraiser called Worldbuilders and published a not-for-children children’s book called The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle in July of 2010 through Subterranean Press, which was adorable, and seriously isn’t for children.

After a great deal of work and a few cleared throats and raised eyebrows from his patient editor, Wise Man’s Fear  came out in March 2011 to even more acclaim, making #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Life continues to rock for him, and he’s working hard on writing the final installment of the series.

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Peter Orullian has had several short stories published, and is the author of The Unremembered, the first in a new epic fantasy series from Tor Books. He’s also a professional musician, who has toured internationally with various groups. By day, he works for Microsoft in the Xbox division, where he leads entertainment marketing strategies.
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Phil Plait is an astronomer, blogger, author, lecturer, and TV science documentary host. His blog, Bad Astronomy, is hosted by Slate Magazine, and his TV show, "Phil Plait's Bad Universe" aired on the Discovery Channel.

Phil started out as a professional astronomer, but has switched careers a half dozen times, from 1) astronomer to 2) public outreach guy for several NASA satellites to 3) author of two books ("Bad Astronomy" and "Death from the Skies!") to 4) professional blogger - his Bad Astronomy blog is one of the most popular science blogs in the world - to 5) professional skeptic to 6) public speaker and TV science documentary talking head guy.
 
"Blogger" is the one that's stuck, mostly because of the lack of a pants wearing requirement.
 
He's a huge and unabashed fanboy and geek, loving Doctor Who, Stargate, Star Trek, MST3K, and pretty much anything with spaceships and aliens, written or televised.
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Get ready to read this summer with the Phoenix Public Library! Make a button, and other fun activites! Find them in the South Building near the Art Room.

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Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the  woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

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Radi Lewis is making his return to the Phoenix Comicon and he’s bringing the 3rd installment of his hit series TechWatch right along with him. This indie writer currently has a title that is distributed through Diamond Comics; he recently finished a comic for Department of Public Works & Transportation in Arlington TX; and is currently working on a mobile video game.

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Sam Sykes is the author of The Aeons’ Gate trilogy, a vast and sprawling story of adventure, demons, madness and carnage.  Suspected by many to be at least tangentially related to most causes of human suffering, Sam Sykes is also a force to be reckoned with beyond literature.

At 25, Sykes is one of the younger authors to have arrived on the stage of literary fantasy.  Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo are currently published in nine countries.  He currently resides in the United States and is probably watching you read this right now.

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I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. I've lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area my entire life; currently, I'm just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities.

 

The Lies of Locke Lamora, my first novel, was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August, 2004. Prior to that I had just about every job you usually see in this sort of author bio-- dishwasher, busboy, waiter, web designer, office manager, prep cook, and freelance writer.

I'm very much your standard-issue geek-of-all-trades; I like history, literature, films, contemporary and classic Macs (huzzah beige boxes!), gaming, and game design. I collect old Choose Your Own Adventure novels and Infocom text adventure games. I'm also a volunteer firefighter. I was initially trained and certified in Minnesota, and have served in Wisconsin since 2005.

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Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her three cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

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SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novel Cinderella's Dress, out June 3, 2014 with Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. While writing Cinderella’s Dress she reflected on her days as a high-school senior in British Columbia when she convinced her supervisors at a sportswear store to let her design a few windows—it was glorious fun while it lasted. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

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Most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragonball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Sonny Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.

As a voice actor, Sonny is considered to be one of the most recognized voice actors in the business. Besides Dragonball Z’s Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist, Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.

As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics. Sonny is considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history.

In 2007 Sonny wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.

Recently, Sonny has reprised his roles in both the new Dragonball Z Kai and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood series and plays the title role in the Xbox game S’plosion Man. Sonny also began illustrating Marvel Comic’s sketch cards recently for Rittenhouse and fetches ebay prices up to $800 per card for his depictions of Marvel’s superheroes.

His current ventures are being contracted to write a biography called “Line of Beauty; The Art of Wendy Pini.”and performing in the the band, White Girl.

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Stephen Blackmoore is the author of the novels CITY OF THE LOST, DEAD THINGS, KHAN OF MARS and the upcoming BROKEN SOULS. His short stories have appeared in the magazines NEEDLE, PLOTS WITH GUNS, SPINETINGLER, THRILLING DETECTIVE, and SHOTS as well as the anthologies DEADLY TREATS, DON'T READ THIS BOOK and UNCAGE ME. He can be found online at http://stephenblackmoore.com and on Twitter at @sblackmoore.  He is a scintillating conversationalist and brutally handsome.
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Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked. Her next novel is The Treatment, due out in April of 2014. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter at @Suzanne_Young, and visit Suzanne-Young.blogspot.com.

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Tom is the author of four young adult novels: SICK (a YA zombie novel), PARTY, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL, and ZERO (an ALA/YALSA Best Young Adult Novel for 2013). His fifth book, RANDOM, will be released in August. Tom brings 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and director to both his writing and classes on writing and publishing. He is available for school visits, classes, and other presentations, having been a teacher, panelist, and/or lecturer for Phoenix ComiCon, the Tucson Festival of Books, ASU, RWA, SCBWI, Kennesaw State University, Western New Mexico University, NCTE, ALAN, and many more. He can be reached via his website at www.tomleveen.com.

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Ty Franck has spent most of his life in the West and Southwest. He developed the world of the Expanse series as the setting for a role-playing game. He has broken rocks at a quarry, built masts for sailboats, sold newspaper and radio ads, worked as a reporter, renovated high-rises, served as director of operations for Northgate Computers, and co-founded a financial software consulting firm. For the past several years he has been George R.R. Martin’s personal assistant. Franck began publishing SF with the story ‘‘Audience’’ in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (2006), which qualified him to join professional writing group Critical Mass, where he met Daniel Abraham, which he co-writes The Expanse series with under the name James S. A. Corey. He also has contributed several stories to the recent Wild Cards series created by George R. R. Martin  Franck lives in New Mexico with his wife Jayné.

James S.A. Corey is the pseudonym for collaborators Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck. Together they write the Expanse SF series: Hugo Award finalist Leviathan Wakes (2011), Caliban’s War (2012), and Abaddon’s Gate, with a further three books to follow and an option for a television series in development. They are also a Star Wars novel about Han Solo,Honor Among Thieves, coming out in March.

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Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the ‘Signs of the Zodiac’ series, which features reluctant superhero, Joanna Archer, and which is set in her hometown of Las Vegas.

Her Celestial Blues ‘para-noir’ series features a P.I/angel from the 50′s who pairs up with a modern-day rockabilly reporter. Together, they fight crime. Those books are The Taken, The Lost, and The Given (out in 2014).

Though she’ll always consider Sin City her home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she’s learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you’d think).

By the way, Pettersson is pronounced “Pet-ter-suhn” – it’s Swedish.

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Wesley Chu’s best friend is Michael Jordan, assuming that best friend status is earned by a shared television commercial. If not, then his best friend is his dog Eva who he can often be seen riding like a trusty steed through the windy streets of Chicago.

Unfortunately, Chu’s goals of using Hanes underwear commercials to launch a lucrative career following in Marky Mark’s footsteps came to naught. Despite phenomenal hair and manicured eyebrows, his inability to turn left led his destiny down another road. Instead of creating new realities with his skills as a thespian, Chu would dazzle audiences with his pen. Well, it’s a computer really, but the whole technology thing really sucks for metaphors. He had spirit fingers maybe?

Chu’s debut novel from Angry Robot Books, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot. The sequel, The Deaths of Tao, continues the story of secret agent Roen Tan and his sarcastic telepathically bonded alien, Tao.

Chu is currently working on the third book in the Tao series, The Rebirths of Tao, due out later this year. He’s also recently finished the first draft of a new novel from Tor Books called Time Salvagers, featuring an energy stealing time traveler with addiction issues.

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Weston Ochse is the author of twenty books, most recently two SEAL Team 666 books, which the New York Post called 'required reading' and USA Today placed on their 'New and Notable List of 2012.' His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work as appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. He is a military veteran with 29 years of military service and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan

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An American author who has published over twenty books, the titles AfterAge, deadrush, Final Impact, Red Shadows, DeadTimes, That's Not My Name and Mirror Me were solo novels, or fiction created solely by her. Her most recent works Highborn and Concrete Savior are part of The Dark Redemption Series. She lives in Arizona and is married to author Weston Ochse.
 
AfterAge was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association's 1993 Bram Stoker Award, in the category of Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Deadrush was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association's 1995 Bram Stoker Award, in the category of Superior Achievement in a Novel. Her 'Buffyverse' novel, The Willow Files, Vol. 2, won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award in the category of Works for Young Readers. Final Impact won the 1997 Chicago Women In Publishing Award for Excellence in Adult Fiction, and the Rocky Mountain News "Unreal Worlds" Award for Best Horror Paperback of 1997.
 
That's Not My Name was the First Place Winner of the Illinois Women's Press Association's 2001 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest in the Fiction Novel Category. 
 
That's Not My Name was also the First Place Winner of the National Federation of Press Women's 2001 Communications Contest in the Fiction Novel Category. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Paleo was the First Place Winner in the Illinois Women's Press Association's 2001 Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest in the Juvenile Book Category, and the Third Place Winner, National Federation of Press Women's 2001 Communications Contest in the Juvenile Book Category.
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Hi! I'm Zack, a 33-year-old writer from Northern Arizona.
      My first novel, No Return, is a science fiction/fantasy tale filled with sex, violence, looming middle-age angst, and people in weird skintight costumes (including one capricious god). It came out in March of 2013 from Night Shade Books, and has been reviewed in a lot of cool places by people much cooler than me.
      The sequel, Shower of Stones, is forthcoming n 2015.
      My short fiction has appeared in a variety of places, including Asimov's Science FictionCrossed Genres, and Escape Pod. I've been nominated for the Pushcart a couple times and shortlisted once for the Spectrum Award. I released my first collection, The Bottom Of The Sea, independently at the end of 2013 to generous reviews. 

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