Amy J. Murphy is not a Jedi. (Although she’s married to this Scottish guy that claims to be one.) Her debut novel, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, was a finalist for the 2016 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel.
Lindsay Buroker is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered.
M.R. Forbes is the creator of a growing catalog of speculative fiction titles, including the epic fantasy Tears of Blood series, the contemporary fantasy Divine series, and the world of Ghosts & Magic. He lives in the pacific northwest with his wife, a cat who thinks she's a dog, and a dog who thinks she's a cat.
Chris Fox has been writing since he was six years old. He lives just North of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Because she's a lover of many genres, her books include paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and science fiction/space opera romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection.
Patty Jansen lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes both Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her best-known works are the trilogies set in the Icefire world, and the popular and addictive Ambassador series. Patty was trained as a agricultural scientist, and if you look closely at her stories, you will find bits of science sprinkled throughout.
Joseph Lallo is an unlikely entry into the world of literature. With a degree in IT, he fully intended to pursue a career in the tech sector. Things changed when, in January 2010, his friends finally convinced him to publish the story that had accumulated over the course of a decade of spare time. That story, now known as the Book of Deacon Trilogy, was a surprise hit, and once he got a taste of the world of indie writing, he was hooked.
Anthea Sharp grew up on fairy tales and computer games, and melded the two in her award-winning Feyland series. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, hangs out in virtual worlds, plays the fiddle with her Celtic band Fiddlehead, and spends time with her small-but-good family.
C. Gockel has been writing stories for her friends and family since the dark ages (i.e., before word processors existed.) A few years ago, she started posting those stories to the intertubes. She received messages from her fans telling her she should 'do this professionally.' She didn't; she is a coward, and life as a coder is more dependable. But in the end, her husband's nagging wore her down: "You could be the next '50 Shades of Gray' and I could retire!" Unfortunately, the author writes science fiction and fantasy, not erotica. She is sad about this; she'd love for her husband to be able to retire and work for her so she could nag him.
Matt Verish is a speculative fiction author who has been writing stories since the fourth grade. He realized his desire to become an author when he met his wife, Stefanie, in the autumn of 1997. Together they planted the seeds of their epic fantasy world, Secramore. Eventually they became M.S. Verish, and they have been writing books as married co-authors ever since.
Chris Reher believes space opera is all about the people.
Christopher Holliday is an award winning author. He writes character driven stories with genre wide ideas. His publishing credits include dozens of science fiction short stories in magazines and anthologies, as well as mainstream stories in college and literary presses.
J.A. Sutherland spends his time sailing the Bahamas on a 43' 1925 John G. Alden sailboat called Little Bit ... Yeah ... no. In his dreams. Reality is a townhouse in Orlando with a 90 pound husky-wolf mix who won't let him take naps.
Chris Dietzel's short stories have been published in Temenos, Foliate Oak, and Down in the Dirt. His novels have been required reading at the university level, been turned into critically acclaimed audiobooks produced by Podium Publishing, and featured on the Science Fiction Spotlight.
David Adams started writing in Star Trek roleplay-by email groups. But despite being one of the more active writers, he still couldn't tell all the stories he wanted to. In 2011 he started shaping those random, jumpling, thoughts into coherent narratives and began self-publishing.
Lisa Janice (LJ) Cohen is a poet, novelist, blogger, local food enthusiast, Doctor Who fan, and relentless optimist. Lisa lives just outside of Boston with her family, two dogs. When not doing battle with a stubborn Jack Russell Terrier mix, Lisa can be found writing, which looks a lot like daydreaming. She writes SF, Fantasy, and YA novels under the name LJ Cohen.
Michelle Diener writes historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. From the Tudor court, to the streets of Regency London, and into magical landscapes, she's never happier than when she's building worlds, sculpting unforgettable characters and crafting suspenseful plots.
Richard Tongue spent most of his life looking up at the stars; finally he was forced to accept that he was unlikely to ever actually command a starship himself, and instead opted to write about them for a living. Currently, he is working on the 'Battlecruiser Alamo' military science fiction series.
Kay McSpadden has been teaching almost 40 years at high poverty schools in the rural South, and still loves going to work each day--usually! She writes literary, sci-fi, and paranormal short fiction, and is a regualar contributor to the Charlotte Observer. Kay is the winner of the 2012 Norman Mailer Fiction Prize.