Julianne Ardian Lee

At twelve I began to write for fun, which I think is the only real reason to write fiction. Daydreaming with a purpose, and gradually I realized I could gain approval for the very thing teachers used to criticize me for in class. When I was thirty I decided to write for money and bought a copy of Writer’s Digest. Twelve years later, I sold a novel. Son of the Sword was my thirteenth completed manuscript. Lucky thirteen. Since then Berkley has published two time travel series set in historical Scotland, and two straight historicals set in Tudor England. I also write historical mysteries set in Restoration London, under the pseudonym Anne Rutherford.

Contact Julianne at [email protected].

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Ria Loader

Ria-Loader-AuthorRia Loader has led a diverse and fantastical magical life on both sides of the Pacific Ocean – Sydney and Seattle. As a kid, she explored the Australian Bush, rambled along the seashore picking up sticks and colorful stones, and survived the usual amount of deadly Australian animals, snakes and spiders along the way. She traveled to Seattle for the most important reason – Love – and found her family of the heart in Seattle.

Ria writes fantasy novels and contributes heavily to nonfiction about magic, divination, and pagan practices. She has worked for a major art exhibition, has managed a circus, teaches meditation and communication, and was a web interaction designer at Microsoft. She writes and illustrates her own stories for children and adults about Australian animals who live in a mythical place called Billabong Flats, where everyone who is strange and different gets along and has wonderful adventures.

Look for her on her website. Find beautiful art, and other merchandise based on her illustrations at https://sagedepot.com.

 

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Vonda N. McIntyre


August 28, 1948 – April 1, 2019

Award-winning SFF author Vonda N. McIntyre died April 1, 2019. The world lost a force of nature, a brilliant, kind, generous, fiercely talented artist. McIntyre also collaborated with Ursula K. Le Guin, and was a founding member of the Book View Cafe. All proceeds from sales of her individual short stories and novels at BVC benefit Clarion West Writers Workshop.

For a collection of stories in her memory, copies of Remembering Vonda are still available online.

Information about new releases of her works can be found on the Clarion West website and at vondanmcintyre.net.

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Rachel Neumeier

Rachel Neumeier

credit: Hastings Creative Images

Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and began to let her hobbies take over her life instead.

She now raises and shows dogs, gardens, cooks, and occasionally finds time to read. She works part-time for a tutoring program, though she tutors far more students in Math and Chemistry than in English Composition.

Find her at her website, where you can sign up for her newsletter, learn about her latest books, subscribe to her blog, and see photos of the latest puppies!

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Shannon Page

Shannon PageShannon Page was born on Halloween night and spent her early years on a commune in northern California’s backwoods. A childhood without television gave her a great love of books and the worlds she found in them. She wrote her first book, an illustrated adventure starring her cat, at the age of seven. Sadly, that story is currently out of print. Shannon is a longtime yoga practitioner, has no tattoos, and is an avid gardener.

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Paul Piper

Paul PiperPaul S. Piper was born in Chicago a long time ago, and lived for extensive periods in Montana, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northwest. A retired librarian, he’s turned his life over to writing, traveling, and leisure. Paul has five published books of poetry, including Dogs and Other Poems (featured by Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry”), contributed to numerous anthologies, and co-edited several books of essays. His fiction largely explores the effect of politics and/or technology on nature. Find him at his website.

 

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The Secret Lives of Fairy Tales

A Free Short Story
by Steven Popkes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Emperor Thomas had heard about Po and Ho long before he met them. Not that he begrudged two scam artists a living. He liked the Salt Dodge and the False Gumdrop as much as anyone and had a good laugh on how they had modified the Glam and took everything the Widow Stein owned, right down to her porcelain teeth. But all good things come to an end and their end was in sight when the local magistrate hauled them up in front of the Emperor.

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Steven Popkes


…grew up in many American regions: California, the desert Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Deep South. He now lives in Massachusetts. His first love was biology and he earned his MS in Neurophysiology at the University of Missouri. Times being what they were, he became a software engineer. In recent years he has built avionics for planes and rockets.

It supports the writing habit.

He is best known for his short stories. “The Color Winter” was a finalist for the Nebula Award. “The Secret Lives of Fairy Tales,” reprinted here at BVC, was first published by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

He’s published several novels beginning with Caliban Landing (Congdon and Weed, 1988) and Slow Lightning (Tor, 1991), both of which dealt with the complexities of alien contact. His approach is varied. Welcome to Witchlandia (BVC, 2016) is a paranormal police procedural. God’s Country involves the collision of drugs, religion, and science. His first story collection, Simple Things (BVC, 2019), handles all sorts of things.

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