Bram Stoker-winning Weston Ochse is the author of more than 20 books, including Grunt Life, SEAL Team 666, and Age of Blood. He is a military veteran with 30 years of service and has recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.
Sara Stamey’s SF novels with Berkley/Ace made the Locus Best New Novels list. Her journeys include treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean; backpacking Greece and New Zealand; operating a nuclear reactor; owning a farm in Southern Chile.
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author and scientist. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She lives in Santa Fe, NM, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Wesley Chu was shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award. His debut, The Lives of Tao, earned him an ALA Alex Award & a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award. Chu’s next series with be released with Tor Books in 2015.
Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion. Her debut Cli-Fi novel, NOT A DROP TO DRINK was published in 2013 by Harper Collins.
Beth Cato’s debut steampunk novel THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER will be released by HarperCollins Voyager in September 2014. Her short stories appear in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Nature. Her website is bethcato.com.
Jim Hines writes books about magic librarians, action-hero princesses, nearsighted goblins, flaming spiders, and more. (Generally not all in the same book.) He’s also sold close to 50 short stories.
When Tracy S. Morris was four years old, she wrote her first “novel” in crayon on the back of a newspaper and gave it to the postman along with an antique silver dollar so that someone could turn it into a novel. She is still waiting to hear back.
Chuck Gannon’s novels include National&Wall Street Journal Bestsellers, with shorter works appearing in magazines/anthologies. A Distinguished Prof. of English and 3-time Fulbrighter, his “Rumors of War and Infernal Machines” won the ALA Choice Award
Anna Kashina is a Russian-born fantasy author of the Arabian-style “Spirits of the Ancient Sands” series (silver medalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year contest, and “The Majat Code” series upcoming from Angry Robot in 2014.