Alma Alexander is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. Born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, she has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), and the story of her life so far has included climbing mountains, diving in coral reefs, flying small planes, swimming with dolphins, touching two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon.
…has been known to tell people she lives in a stately Victorian home on a windswept island in Lake Superior with her three sisters and their pet wolf Manfred. She has also been known to tell people she is a science fiction writer living near Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, son and cat. What is known is that her first novel, Bitter Angels (Bantam Books), won the Philip K. Dick award and she’s delighted to have some of her short fiction available exclusively through Book View Café.
Judith Berman is a writer, anthropologist, and long-time aikido practitioner. Her short fiction, which has been shortlisted for the Nebula and Sturgeon Awards, has appeared in Asimov’s, Black Gate, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Lightspeed, and the chapbook Lord Stink and Other Stories. Her novel Bear Daughter was a finalist for the Crawford Award, and her influential essay “Science Fiction Without the Future,” received the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award. She has lived in Philadelphia, Dubai, and northern Idaho, and currently resides on a hilltop on Vancouver Island, BC, in sight of the ocean.
Maya is the New York Times Bestselling co-author of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Shadow Games (with Michael Reaves. She became addicted to science fiction when her dad let her stay up late to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still. Since then her short fiction has been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, Century, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Paradox and Jim Baen’s Universe. Her debut novel, The Meri (Baen), was a Locus Magazine 1992 Best First Novel nominee. Since, she has published over a dozen speculative fiction novels. Maya lives in San Jose where she writes, performs, and records original and parody (filk) music with her husband and awesome musician and producer, Chef Jeff Vader, All-Powerful God of Biscuits. The couple has produced five music albums: RetroRocket Science, Aliens Ate My Homework and Grated Hits (parody), and the original music CDs Manhattan Sleeps, Mobius Street and I Remember the Rain.
…has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. Chaz is the author of nine thrillers, including Shelter, and two major fantasy series: The Books of Outremer, based on the world of the Crusades, and Selling Water by the River, set in an alternate Ottoman Istanbul.
As Daniel Fox, he has published Dragon in Chains, Jade Man’s Skin and Hidden Cities, a Chinese-influenced fantasy series. As Ben Macallan, he has published the urban fantasy Desdaemona, with the sequel Pandaemonium forthcoming.
A winner of the British Fantasy Award, he has also published five books for children and more than 500 short stories in various genres. His time as Crimewriter-in-Residence on a sculpture project resulted in the collection Blood Waters. He was Northern Writer of the Year 2000, and now lives in California with two squabbling cats and a famous teddy bear.
Marie Brennan is an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She has most recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to the Memoirs of Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons, The Tropic of Serpents, Voyage of the Basilisk, and the upcoming In the Labyrinth of Drakes). She is also the author of the Onyx Court historical fantasy series (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire), the doppelganger duology of Warrior and Witch, the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy, and more than forty short stories.
When she’s not obsessing over historical details too minute for anybody but her to care about, she practices shorin-ryu karate and pretends to be other people in role-playing games (which sometimes find their way into her writing).
Patricia Burroughs—Pooks—loves Pratchett, Aaronovitch, Dunnett, and Heyer. Pooks began her writing career in romance with five published novels and was a Finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA. Then she got lured over to the dark side—screenwriting—where she received a prestigious Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Uncredited but paying work followed.
Pooks has returned to novels with the dark epic fantasy with The Fury Triad, a dark YA fantasy series. This Crumbling Pageant was awarded the Golden Quill for Best Fantasy Romance in 2015. The Dead Shall Live will be released later this year, 2017. She is also writing a book about putting passion and emotion into your writing that will be published by BVC.
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of the popular science fiction series, The Chaos Chronicles, and the Nebula-nominated Eternity’s End, set in his equally popular Star Rigger Universe. He grew up on the Lake Erie shores of Huron, Ohio, but eventually settled in the Boston area, where he lives with his family. As a writer, his greatest love is character, story, and a healthy sense of wonder. Carver has taught at MIT, Odyssey Workshop, Bread Loaf, and his own Ultimate SF Writing Workshop, among others. For more about his work, life, and thoughts, visit his website and blog.
Amy Sterling Casil is a 2002 Nebula Award nominee and recipient of other awards and recognition for her short science fiction and fantasy, which has appeared in publications ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to Zoetrope. She is the author of 26 nonfiction books, over a hundred short stories, two fiction and poetry collections, and three novels. Amy is the founder of Pacific Human Capital, a founding member and treasurer of Book View Café and former treasurer of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and teaches writing and composition at Saddleback College. She is the founder of a new publishing company for the 21st century, Chameleon Publishing.
Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest.
Her novel How Like a God, now available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires.
John G. Cramer divides his time among writing science fiction and science fact, experimenting with quantum optics, teaching physics, consulting with NASA, and zooming off to CERN for another terabyte of data. In their spare time, he and his wife Pauline compete in AKC agility trials with their two Shetland Sheepdogs.
As a science writer, he contributes a bimonthly science-fact column, “The Alternate View,” to Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. A Houston native, he now lives in Seattle where he is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Washington. At his retirement, to his delight, his colleagues presented him with a two-day physics seminar.
Leah Cutter has never known a time when she didn’t want to be a writer. Mind you, she took her time figuring out how to do it, traipsing around the world and working various places first: She was a digger at an archaeological site in England, taught English in Hungary and Taiwan, and then bartended in Thailand.
Eventually, she did figure the writing bit and now has a dozen novels to her name (with more coming soon!) Plus more short stories than she cares to count.
She lives in Seattle with her cat, writes full time, and spends a lot of time swing dancing, drinking excellent coffee, quilting, volunteering, as well as, you know, writing.