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].


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.


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.


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 three novels. Caliban Landing (Congdon and Weed, 1988) and Slow Lightning (Tor, 1991) dealt with the complexities of alien contact. Welcome to Witchlandia (BVC, 2016) is a paranormal police procedural. His first story collection, Simple Things (BVC, 2019), handles all sorts of things.