Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author. He lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris’s identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries, who all insisted the crime originated in someone else’s jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it – the international bestseller, French Fried: one man’s move to France with too many animals and an identity thief.
His SF novel Resonance was the first book to be plucked out of Baen’s electronic slushpile. And his first Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mystery – What Ho, Automaton! – was a WSFA Award finalist in 2012.
Marissa Doyle graduated from Bryn Mawr College and went on to graduate school intending to be an archaeologist, but somehow got distracted. Eventually she figured out what she was really supposed to be doing and started writing. She’s channeled her inner history geekiness into a successful young adult historical fantasy series, and is now also happily writing contemporary romantic fantasy. She lives in her native Massachusetts with her family, including a pair of bossy but adorable pet rabbits, and loves quilting, gardening, and collecting antiques. Oh, and coffee.
Doranna’s quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey since that her first award-winning novel, spanning genres over 40 publisher novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories, and now combining those ongoing releases with joyful new indie efforts.
Beyond that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn’t believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided…
Cynthia Felice writes science fiction novels, and occasionally writes short stories and articles. She was a John W. Campbell Award nominee for her novel, Godsfire. Felice is a workshop enthusiast, including being an early Clarion “grad” and a frequent Milford attendee. Her experience includes managing technical editors, writers, and designing configuration control software, as well as writing and editing technical articles, essays, and documents, one of which received the Award for Outstanding Paper from the Society for Technical Communication. Cynthia Felice grew up in Chicago, and now lives with her husband on a ridge east of Colorado Springs overlooking the Front Range.
Gregory Frost is a writer of best-selling fantasy, SF, & thrillers. He has been a finalist for every major sf, fantasy, and horror fiction award. His novel-length duology, Shadowbridge & Lord Tophet, voted one of four “best of the year” by the American Library Association, was also a finalist for the Tiptree Award. His previous, Fitcher’s Brides, was a finalist for both World Fantasy & International Horror Guild Awards for Best Novel. His novelette “No Others Are Genuine” was a 2014 Stoker Award finalist. His retelling of the Irish Táin Bó Cuailnge, Tain & Remscela, are once again available through Book View Café. He teaches fiction writing at Swarthmore College.
Sheila Gilluly taught high school English for thirty years in a small rural district in Maine, for which she devoutly hopes there may be time off Purgatory, both for herself and for her poor students. Now she is retired and gets to spend her time gardening and answering imperious calls from four hens and one very funny cat named Gracie.
She is the author of two fantasy trilogies, the Greenbriar Queen (NAL/Signet/Roc and Headline) and The Books of the Painter (Headline).
Laura Anne Gilman is a former book editor who went to the dark side of full-time writing in 2003. Her latest series, the multiply-award-nominated “The Devil’s West,” is published by Saga Press/Simon & Schuster. Previous novel credits include ten Cosa Nostradamus books (the “Retrievers” and “PSI” series), the Nebula-nominated The Vineart War trilogy, and the “Portals” duology, Heart of Briar and Soul of Fire, as well as the short story collection DARKLY HUMAN.
Wearing her editorial hat, she is the author of Practical Meerkat’s 52 Bits of Useful Info for the Young (and Old) Writer, available through the Book View Café Ebookstore.
Laura Anne also wrote mysteries under the name L A Kornetsky, and isn’t quite sure how many short stories and novellas she’s had published — more than 30, less than 50 (number subject to increase).
She lives outside Seattle, Washington, where she also runs d.y.m.k. productions, an editorial services company, and manages the tasting room for a local winery.
Patrice Greenwood was born and raised in New Mexico, and remembers when the Santa Fe Plaza was home to more dusty dogs than trendy art galleries. She has been writing fiction for longer than she cares to admit, perpetrating over twenty published novels in various genres. She uses a different name for each genre, thus enabling her to pretend she is a Secret Agent.
She loves afternoon tea, old buildings, gourmet tailgating at the opera, ghost stories, costumes, and solving puzzles. Her popular Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries are colored by many of these interests. She is presently collapsed on her chaise longue, sipping Wisteria White tea and planning the next book in the series.
Elinor Groves lives in Northern New Mexico and loves the Southwest for its architecture, views, and restaurants. She has been known to visit Las Vegas, where she enjoys shows and dining and the occasional poker game. She has been writing forever.
… was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but he moved around a lot. He currently lives with his sons near Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’s also lived in Germany and Ukraine.
For Roc Books, he has produced The Silent Empire series and The Clockwork Empire series. He’s also written movie novelizations and books based on Star Trek and The Ghost Whisperer.
Steven currently teaches English in southeast Michigan. When not writing, he plays the folk harp, dabbles in oral storytelling, and spends more time on-line than is probably good for him.
James A. Hetley also writes as James A. Burton. He lives in the Maine setting of his Hetley-authored contemporary fantasy novels The Summer Country, The Winter Oak, Dragon’s Eye, and Dragon’s Teeth. His residence is an 1850s house suitable for a horror movie, with an electrical system installed while Thomas A. Edison still walked the earth, peeling lead-based paint, questionable plumbing, a furnace dating back to Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency, a roof perpetually in need of shingling, and windows that rattle in the winter gales. He’s a retired renovation architect. And the cobbler’s children go barefoot . . .
Sylvia Kelso lives in North Queensland, Australia, and writes mostly novels, in fantasy, SF and mystery/time-travel genres, with alternate North Queensland or analogue Australian settings. Two of her novels have been finalists for best fantasy novel in the Aurealis Australian genre fiction awards.
…spent her childhood in a Great Lakes industrial city and her adolescence in Southern California, whence she fled to the San Francisco Bay Area just in time to join a number of the Revolutions then in progress. After fleeing those in turn, she became a professional story-teller and an amateur skeptic, who regards all True Believers with a jaundiced eye, even those who true-believe in Science. An inveterate loafer, baseball addict, and rock and roll fan, she begrudgingly spares time to write novels, including the Deverry series of historical fantasies or fantastical histories, depending on your point of view. She lives near San Francisco with her husband of many years and some cats.
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel reinvents herself every decade or so. The one constant she has reached for in life is telling stories. “I’m interested in how people respond to choice. What is the metaphor for power, for choice? In SF it tends to be technology (good, bad and balanced) while in Fantasy the metaphor is magic – who has it, who wants or does not want it, what is done with it, and who/what the person or culture is after the dust has settled. A second metaphor, both grace note and foundation, is the need for and art of healing. Forthcoming stories will talk about new things that I’ve learned, and still hope to learn … with grace notes about betrayal, forgiveness, healing and second chances.” A Campbell Award nominee.
Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice.
Mindy’s travels took her through multiple careers – from litigator to librarian to full-time writer. Mindy’s travels have also taken her through various literary genres for readers of all ages – from traditional fantasy to paranormal chick-lit to category romance, from middle-grade to young adult to adult.
In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame her endless to-be-read shelf. Her husband and cats do their best to fill the left-over minutes.