Phyllis Irene Radford

Phyllis Irene Radford…aka P.R. Frost, aka C.F. Bentley, has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species, a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon, she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon, where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck.

A museum trained historian, Phyllis Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family, she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between.

Her signal corps brother has launched several communications satellites on the shuttle. Watching those launches got her hooked on the ideal of humans reaching out into the universe.

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Patricia Rice

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today’s bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance’s hottest authors.

Patricia Rice’s emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have also been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina, she currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc.

Madeleine Robins

…has been a nanny, an administrator, an actor, a swordswoman, trafficked book production, edited comics, and repaired hurt books.  She’s also the author of five Regency romances, the dark urban fantasy The Stone War (a New York Times Notable Book), Daredevil: The Cutting Edge, and three Regency-noir mysteries, Point of Honour,  Petty Treason, and The Sleeping Partner, featuring the redoubtable Sarah Tolerance, Agent of Inquiry. The Salernitan Woman, a gloss on the Rapunzel story set at the medieval medical school of Salerno, is scheduled for publication in 2013. An unregenerate New Yorker, she now lives in San Francisco.

When not working on her fiction, Madeleine can be found blogging at madrobins.livejournal.com and at the Book View Café blog.

Deborah J. Ross

As Deborah Wheeler, I wrote Jaydium and Northlight, as well as short stories in Asimov’s, F & SF, Sisters of the Night, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba’s Palace, Realms of Fantasy, and almost all the Sword & Sorceress anthologies.

My most recent projects — under my birth name, Ross — include Darkover novels with the late Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Fall of Neskaya, Zandru’s Forge, A Flame in Hali, The Alton Gift, and Hastur Lord, and an original fantasy series, The Seven-Petaled Shield. In between writing, I’ve lived in France, worked as a medical assistant to a cardiologist, revived an elementary school library, studied Chinese martial arts, Hebrew and yoga, and have been active in the women’s martial arts network and local Quaker community.

Dave Smeds

A Nebula Award finalist, Dave is the author of novels, short fiction, comic book scripts, and screenplays. His writing spans several sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy including sword-and-sorcery, hard sf, contemporary fantasy, superhero, martial arts, horror, and erotica.

His books include The Sorcery Within, The Schemes of Dragons, X-Men: Law of the Jungle, Piper in the Night, and the collection Embracing the Starlight. Over a hundred stories have appeared in magazines such as Asimov’s SF, Realms of Fantasy, F&SF, Pulphouse, Penthouse Hot Talk, and anthologies such as Full Spectrum 4, Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn, Return to Avalon, In the Field of Fire, and a dozen installments of the Sword & Sorceress series.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith has been telling stories since she was five years old and living in Japan, and writing every day for pleasure since eleven, but Mitch Kapor’s program Agenda, the Cambridge Speculative Fiction Workshop, and Mark Bernstein of Eastgate Systems changed her life and got her writing for other people.

Smith’s first young adult mystery, The Other Side of Dark, appeared from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster in November 2010. In April 2011, The Other Side of Dark won the Malice Domestic Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel.

She is also the author of the modern standalone Chasing Shakespeares and three historical mysteries, The Vanished Child, The Knowledge of Water, and A Citizen of the Country. The Vanished Child and The Knowledge of Water were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her poems and stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her translation of Léa Silhol’s ”Emblemata“ appears in Interfictions 1.

Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith was a teacher for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school, teaching history, literature, drama, and dance.

She writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and young readers.

Her most popular book, Crown Duel, is currently in its 16th printing. The ebook edition available here at Book View Café contains extra material not available in the print edition.

Her full bibliography (including awards and books in print) is here.

Though she is known primarily as a fantasy writer, Sherwood and fellow BVC member Dave Trowbridge have collaborated on Exordium, a five-volume space opera.

Jennifer Stevenson

Hi, I’m Jennifer Stevenson, the well-meaning wack job responsible for the Hinky Chicago series featuring fraud cop Jewel Heiss and her henchmen, sex demon Randy and ex-con-artist Clay. If you fancy literary magical realism, try Trash Sex Magic. If you prefer straight romantic comedy, I recommend blue collar men such as the Backstage Boys, King of Hearts and Fools Paradise.

Also available are Slacker Demons from Musa Publications: It’s Raining Men, It’s Raining Angels and Demons, Dancing with Cupid, and the final untitled volume of that series, coming in early 2014.

Coming soon: two short story collections, including Ear Candy, a bunch of all-dialogue stories perfect for reading aloud to your sweetie…often before bed.

Speaking of reading aloud, for audiobook fans, all my ebooks will soon be offered at Audible.com. Look for King of Hearts and Fools Paradise to come first!

For more Jennifernalia, find me on Facebook or Twitter.

Judith Tarr


…hates writing bios of herself. She would rather write historical fantasy or historical novels or epic fantasy or the (rather) odd alternate history, or short stories on just about any subject that catches her fancy.

She has been a World Fantasy Award nominee for her Alexander the Great novel, Lord of the Two Lands, and won the Crawford Award for her Hound and the Falcon trilogy. She also writes as Caitlin Brennan (The Mountain’s Call and sequels) and Kathleen Bryan (The Serpent and the Rose and sequels). Caitlin published House of the Star, a magical-horse novel from Tor, in Fall 2010. The paperback appeared in November of 2011.

When she is not working on her latest novel or story, she is breeding, raising, and training Lipizzan horses on her farm near Tucson, Arizona. Her horses are Space Aliens, her stallion is a Pooka, and they frequently appear in song, story, blog (she is dancinghorse on livejournal), facebook, and twitter.

Dave Trowbridge

Dave Trowbridge has been writing high-tech marketing copy for almost thirty years. This has made him an expert in what he calls “pulling stuff out of the cave of the flying monkeys,” so science fiction comes naturally. He abandoned corporate life in 2007 — actually, it abandoned him — but not before attaining the rank of Dark Lord of Documentation, a title which still appears on his business card and serves to identify clients he’d rather not work with (the ones who don’t laugh). He much prefers the godlike powers of a science fiction author (hah!) to troglodyte status in dark corporate mills, and the universe is slowly coming around to his point of view.

Dave is currently laboring over the second edition of the space-opera series Exordium with his co-author Sherwood Smith, and looking forward to writing more stories in that universe. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his writer wife, Deborah J. Ross, and a tri-lingual German Shepherd Dog responsible for three cats. When not writing Dave may be found wrangling vegetables—both domesticated and feral — in the garden.

Susan Wright

Susan Wright writes science fiction novels and nonfiction books on art and popular culture. New York City is her home, where she lives with her husband Kelly Beaton. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1986, Susan moved to Manhattan to get her masters in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Susan is the Founder and Spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a national organization committed to protecting freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults.

www.susanwright.info

Jill Zeller

Jill ZellerThe author of numerous short stories and novels, Jill Zeller lives near Seattle, Washington, with her patient and adoring husband and one self-centered tuxedo cat.

Her works explore the boundaries of reality. Some may call it fantasy, but there are rarely swords and never elves. More to the point, she prefers to write as if myth, imagination and hallucination were as real as the chair she is sitting on as she writes this. Maybe it is because she was raised as a Christian Scientist.

Sarah Zettel

Sarah Zettel is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author and one of the founding members of Book View Café. She has written fourteen novels and a roughly equal number of short stories over the past ten years in addition to practicing tai chi, learning to fiddle, marrying a rocket scientist and raising a rapidly growing son. She is very tired right now.