2018 Authors & Author Panelists
Marcus V. Calvert is a native of Detroit who grew up with an addiction to sci-fi that just wouldn't go away.
His goal’s to tell unique, twisted stories that people will be reading long after he’s gone. For him, the name and the fame aren’t important. Only the stories matter.
You can find his books on Amazon. Also, you can follow him on Facebook and/or Patreon.
Marie Vibbert's work has appeared in top magazines such as Asimov's and Analog, Strange Horizons and Lightspeed.
The Oxford Culture Review called one of her stories "Everything science fiction should be." She has also been a medieval reenactor and a lineman for the Cleveland Fusion women's tackle football team.
By day she is a mild-mannered computer programmer at CWRU. (Only not mild-mannered.)
Troy Maynard is a giant Viking, foodie, geeky gamer, father of three and master of none. Between frequent photographs of meals and occasional pillaging (alleged), he writes his thoughts on life from his Mead Hall in the rolling hills of southern Indiana. Ransacking passing ships doesn't pay the bills, so he also works in the software industry, where he gets to use his tantrum management skills on a daily basis.
Brent D. Seth is a Detroit area sci-fi writer, LEGO collector, and enthusiastic servant to his numerous feline overlords.
He is also co-owner of an Income Tax and Accounting business, which is ironic, and probably dangerous, considering Mr. Seth is generally incompetent with anything involving numbers, computers, or the Federal Government.
To date, no arrests have been made.
Barbara Doran is a pulp writer with Airship 27. Her novels include "Claws of the Golden Dragon", "Wings of the Golden Dragon" and "Tales of the Golden Dragon". She has several short stories in the works with Airship 27, including a Sinbad tale "Island of the Puppet Master".
Barbara is also the 2nd place winner of Baen's 2017 Fantasy Short Story Contest for her story, "Dust of the Fallen".
J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). He has published over one million words and has sold more than 170,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official, active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. He is a full-time writer, adjunct university professor, co-owner of Molten Universe Media, podcaster, musician, and a certified Story Grid nerd.
Daniel A. Willis
Daniel A. Willis writes both fiction and nonfiction.
In his historical works, he describes the world as it was. In his fantasy novels, ne envisions it as it could be.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Willis has called Colorado home for three decades.
Addie J. King
Addie J. King is an attorney by day and author by nights, evenings, weekends, and whenever else she can find a spare moment. Her novels, THE GRIMM LEGACY, THE ANDERSEN ANCESTRY, THE WONDERLAND WOES, THE BUNYAN BARTER, and THE PERRAULT VOW are available now from Hydra Publishing. Her recent book, SHADES OF GREY, is the first book in THE HOCHENWALT FILES series, and Addie has had a number of short stories published as well. Her website is http://www.addiejking.com
By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. She is currently working on the Steel Empires series for Dog Star Books, the science-fiction/adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Previously, she was an editor for the Far Worlds anthology.
Gribble studied English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where her debut novel Steel Victory was her thesis for the program.
She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits).
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author with, currently, two novel series: the Persephone Alcmedi series (Urban Fantasy), and the Immanence series (Dark Fantasy). Once upon a time she was the lead guitarist in a hard rock/metal cover band, so it’s no surprise that she wrote, performed, created, produced, mixed and mastered a full orchestral score/CD for the first Immanence title: Jovienne.
She won the 2006 OSU Mansfield's Florence B. Allen writing competition, has earned a cum laude Associate of the Art’s Degree in English, worked as a graphic artist, and dabbled in costuming/sewing, crafting and furniture renovation. She attends various writing conventions, blogs, and gives workshops about the craft of writing. A mother of four boys, Linda is married and lives in northeast Ohio.
JW Troemner was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States. Since then, she's spent most of her life orbiting around Indiana, where she can be often found gazing longingly at caverns and abandoned buildings.
Megan writes in the margins of the day. She lives just shy of the Sasquatch Triangle of Ohio and counts Molly Weasley among her role models. She tweets @MadMerryMeg and podcasts with Retrograde Orbit Radio.
Cindy A. Matthews
Cindy A. Matthews grew up watching Star Trek and reading the science fiction classics along with Harlequin romances. Somewhere along the line she figured it was just as fun to write stories as it was to read them. The BloodDark series (co-written with her husband) is her latest science fiction series written for Young Adults. She writes contemporary and fantasy romantic-comedies as Cynthianna, including the Doctor Who-inspired Loving Who series. She also writes SF/vampire erotic-romance under the pen name of Celine Chatillon. Check out her books at www.cynthianna.com, www.celinechatillon.com and the new BloodDark series at http://blooddarkbooks.blogspot.com
Sara Dobie Bauer
Sara Dobie Bauer is a bestselling author, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is author of the paranormal rom-com Bite Somebody series, among other ridiculously entertaining things.
J.D. Blackrose loves all things storytelling and celebrates great writing by posting about it on her website, www.slipperywords.com. She has published The Soul Wars series and the Monster Hunter Mom series, both through Falstaff Books, as well as numerous short stories. When not writing, Blackrose lives with three children, an enormous orange cat, her husband and a full-time job in Corporate Communications. She’s fearful that so-called normal people will discover exactly how often she thinks about wicked fairies, nasty wizards, homicidal elevators, treacherous forests, and the odd murder, even when she is supposed to be having coffee with a friend or cheering her daughter on during a soccer game. As a survival tactic, she has mastered the art of looking interested. She credits her parents for teaching her how to ask questions, and in lieu of facts, how to make up answers.
K. M. Herkes is mostly quiet with a thirty-percent chance of loud. The rest is subject to change without notice. Creating imaginary worlds has been a passion since childhood. Professional development has included lab work, classroom teaching, animal training, aquaculture, horticulture, retail operations, and library service. Personal development is ongoing. Cats, cookies, and flowers are involved.
Her favorite stories dance in the open spaces between genres, so her books play in the literary traffic, dodging between science fiction, fantasy, thrills, and suspense.
Weston Kincade writes fantasy, paranormal, and horror novels that stretch the boundaries of imagination, and often genres. His current series include the A Life of Death trilogy and the Priors. Weston's short stories have been published in Alucard Press' "50 Shades of Slay," Kevin J. Kennedy's bestselling "Christmas Horror" and "Easter Horror," and other anthologies. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and helps invest in future writers while teaching. In his spare time Weston enjoys spending time with his wife and Maine Coon cat Hermes, who talks so much he must speak for the Gods.
Rose Withering is a self-published author of Fantasy and women's fiction. She is currently working on Fantastic Tales of Fae, a high fantasy series with an urban twist. Her current published works are Soul Mates An Unforgettable Summer, Thornburg's Daughter the preview novel of the fantasy series, and A Magi's Meow, a children fantasy first chapter book written with her niece.
She is the proud wife of Science fiction author, Dan R. Arman and the Municipal Liaison of the Akron region for NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month.
S. Andrew Swann
S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and— besides writing— works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published over 25 novels since 1993. He has recently completed the Dragon* series for DAW books, the first of which, Dragon•Princess, came out May 2014. The second, Dragon•Thief, appeared in April 2015. The final volume, Dragon•Wizard, arrived in March 2016.
Coming from Hartland, Michigan is young adult fantasy author, Mackenzie Flohr. A storyteller at heart, she loves to inspire the imagination. She is the author of the popular series The Rite of Wands, which has caught the attention of Doctor Who and Harry Potter fans worldwide. Readers agree that Mackenzie has crafted a robust tale of secrets, mystery, and uncertain destiny that rivals the works of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling.
Mackenzie grew up in Cleveland, OH, chasing leprechauns and rainbows and dreaming of angels. Her parents nurtured a love of fantasy and make-believe by introducing her at a very young age to the artistic and cultural opportunities that the city had to offer. Yet, it wasn't until she was on a trip to Indiana, viewing a Lord of the Rings exhibit, that the innermost desire of her heart became clear to her.
Fans have become enchanted by Mierta McKinnon, describing him as an innocent, rambunctious, trouble-seeking, realistic, and believable character whom has quickly become a fan favorite. The Rite of Wands follows the young warlock as he seeks to fulfill his destiny and cure the land of Iverna of a horrendous disease called The Shreya. Readers will find themselves immersed into his story and feel like they are a part of his journey.
Geoffrey A. Landis
Geoffrey A. Landis is a science-fiction writer and a scientist. He has won the Hugo and Nebula awards for science fiction. He is the author of the novel Mars Crossing and the story collection Impact Parameter (and Other Quantum Realities). He was the 2014 recipient Robert A. Heinlein Award "for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space." As a scientist, he works for NASA on developing advanced technologies for spaceflight. He is a member of the Mars Exploration Rover science team, and worked with the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts on designs for a wind-powered Venus rover.
Mary Turzillo's 1999 Nebula-winner,"Mars Is no Place for Children" and her Analog novel, An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl, are read on the International Space Station. Her poetry collection, Lovers & Killers, won the 2013 Elgin Award. She has been a finalist on the British Science Fiction Association, Pushcart, Stoker, Dwarf Stars and Rhysling ballots. Sweet Poison, her Dark Renaissance collaboration with Marge Simon, was a Stoker finalist and won the 2015 Elgin Award. She's working on a novel, A Mars Cat and his Boy, and another collaboration with Marge Simon, this one about evil women. Her novel Mars Girls, will be coming out in 2017 from Apex. She lives in Ohio, with her scientist-writer husband, Geoffrey Landis.
Vik K Walker
Award winning author of Paranormal Romance, and Fantasy Fiction, Vik has been telling stories since she learned how to speak. Hand in hand with her most trusted friend, an imaginary boy named Charlie (awww, I miss Charlie), she wove many a tale of aliens and evil clones who impersonated her elder brothers (for certainly she wasn't actually related to those wretched boys who teased and taunted her mercilessly) while growing up in Ontario, Canada. Even when Charlie faded away, she continued to live in her own fantasy world, telling her stories to her stuffed animals, and finally writing them down when she was old enough to know how.
Doug Farren is the author of 11 science fiction and fantasy novels--all of them self-published. He is also a member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America). His six book Galactic Alliance series is a space-opera style military science fiction set of novels. He is also the author of a three book fantasy series (Dragonverse) with a splash of science fiction thrown in. His other two novels are stand-alone military science fiction.
Dan R. Arman
Dan R. Arman taught English Composition at Stark State College in Ohio. For several years, he worked as a newspaper reporter, an editor and also teaches at an online high school. He holds a master’s degree in English literature and rhetoric from Kent State University. He currently lives in Akron, OH with his wife and two cats. Riding a Black Horse is his third novel.
A.J. Matthews was born at an early age...
…in an English village next to the windy North Sea. A precocious talent for writing developed and by the time he was nine he was already producing stories for the entertainment of his friends. After an indifferent career in high school, college and university, he went on to work in the tourist industry, the British Inland Revenue and local government. After the fun of bureaucracy palled he left and established his own courier business.
A.J. now lives in NW Ohio with his wife, erotic-romance author Celine Chatillon, who also writes romantic-comedy as Cynthiannna. He enjoys reading, cooking, history, and travel and has traveled in Canada, France and Hungary. On occasion he also ventures back to the French-Indian War of the 18th Century, taking part in living history re-enactment events as a grenadier of the 78th Frazer’s Highlanders.
Olivia Berrier is often clueless and always shoeless. She left behind many footprints at Hollins University in Virginia, where she studied Creative Writing and Mathematics. After college, her bare feet have carried her through many experiences, but her life remains anchored by writing. Olivia writes fantasy fiction, sometimes with a mathematical inclination, and has been dropping stories like breadcrumbs across the Internet since 2007. When she is not writing (and sometimes also when she is writing) Olivia is in love with candles, tea, yoga, running, snail-mail correspondence, napping, and memorizing the decimals of Pi. She also loves connecting with people who share her love for the written word and the singular magic that it creates.
Josef Matulich is a writer, special effects artist and costumer who once, long ago, was shanghaied into being a Landsknecht commandant. In his copious free time, he operates a vintage and costume store with his wife Kit and son Aidan. They all live in a suburb of Columbus Ohio infested with deer, hawks, and foxes, none of which seem to be reanimated.
He has written novels, flash fiction, plays and screenplays. One horror/comedy screenplay has been in Pre-Production Hell for years. The final volume of his Arcanum Faire trilogy, The Ren Faire at the End of the World, was just published by Post Mortem Press