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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.
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.
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.
Gareth Von Kallenbach is a syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site “Skewed and Reviewed” as well as Skewed and Reviewed: The Magazine. Gareth has worked in the video game industry and has written three books of reviews and interviews and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit.
Gareth has appeared in movies including the video game based films “Postal” and “Far Cry” and voiced a character in the Postal 3 video game and is a regular guest on the top rated Seattle morning show BJ Shea's Morning Experience and BJ Shea's Geek Nation which is syndicated via KISW FM to a world wide audience.
Gareth and his wife returned to Phoenix in 2011 to open a second office for Skewed and Reviewed and in 2012 launched the beta version of his second Skewed and Reviewed site, Skewednet and will have a new project with KISW FM in 2013.
Military Historian and international weapons expert for motion picture and television, Gary is best known as the Gatling gun expert for such movies as The Last Samurai and as consultant for movies, Master and Commander and 3:10 to Yuma. Mail Call, starring R. Lee Ermey. Recently, Gary and his production company, Harperhaus, was Firearms Expert for all of Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior, Season 3. This included him as on-air Teddy Roosevelt historian and Gatling gun expert for the episode, Teddy Roosevelt versus Lawrence of Arabia. Gary’s expertise with military history and weapons has made for the greatest of experiences and He was also Master Armorer for the History Channel’s series, adventures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.