Megan Rutter

Mummies, skeletons and corpses oh my. Megan started her professional life working as a forensic anthropologist and ancient historian. After years of teaching other professors’ classes and putting murdered children back together rather than working on her focus, ancient remains, Megan left the field to pursue a career as a writer. She now lives on a sustainable agriculture research farm with her husband, daughter and a menagerie of animals where she is a full time farmer, research assistant, mother and writer. Happily for Megan she can still fill her novels with mummies, skeletons and corpses.

Callie Stoker

Callie Stoker is an editor with over ten years of experience with a knack for knowing what makes a story shine, and how to get yours to do the same. Her business, The Manuscript Doctor, offers services that help stories and writers at any stage.
Callie has two children on the Autism Spectrum and is a champion for spreading awareness and acceptance for those with disabilities. She has a theater and costuming background with a love for cosplay and is an artist with over twenty years as a calligrapher (check out her Instagram @calligraphic).
She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Horror Writers Association, and serves on the Events Committee for The League of Utah Writers.

Johnny Worthen

Johnny Worthen (Infinite Monkeys, Salt City Genre Writers, The Usual Suspects) is an award-winning, multiple-genre, tie-dye-wearing author, voyager, and damn fine human being! A Utah Writer of the Year, trained in literary criticism and cultural studies, he writes upmarket fiction, long and short, mentors others where he can and teaches at the University of Utah. 

Debbie Maxwell Allen

Debbie Maxwell Allen writes young adult fiction in the Rockies. She teaches workshops for writers on the craft of writing, productivity, and how to use Scrivener and Vellum software. When not writing, she keeps tabs on her husband, five children, two cats, and the Most Adorable Grandson. You can catch her blog of resources for writers at She also offers substantive editing and proofreading for writers. Contact Debbie at for a free, no-obligation 1000-word sample edit.

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her books include the Colorado Book Award winner Del Toro Moon and the best-selling “Finn Finnegan” series. Coolest thing ever: her YA debut novel, Griffin Rising, has been optioned for film. Her upcoming releases include The Red Casket (Early 2020 from Owl Hollow Press) and On a Good Horse (Summer 2020 from Owl Hollow Press). Visit the author at

Deanna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling lives within easy driving distance of the soft white sands of the Florida Gulf, where she can be found on an old beach blanket reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, and geeky nonfiction on her waterproof e-reader. Join her at, where she builds her mind-bending castles in the sky or where she investigates the foundations of the art and science of writing. Or check her out on Facebook, where she posts collections of stories that people wish would get written.

Kendra Merritt

Books have been Kendra’s escape for as long as she can remember. She used to hide fantasy novels behind her government textbook in high school, and she wrote most of her first novel during a semester of college algebra.

Older and wiser now (but just as nerdy) she is the author of the Mark of the Least series, a series of fairytales with main characters who have disabilities. Her experience with partial paraplegia has shown her that you don’t have to be able to swing a sword in order to save the world. If she’s not writing, she’s reading, and if she’s not reading, she’s playing video games.

She lives in Denver with her very tall husband, their book loving progeny, and a lazy black monster masquerading as a service dog.