Mike Jack Stoumbos is an emerging fiction author, disguised as a believably normal schoolteacher, living in Seattle with his wife and their parrot. He recently took 1st place in the 2021 Writers of the Future Contest, and his stories have appeared in several Scifi and Fantasy anthologies, including GALACTIC STEW, HOLD YOUR FIRE, and the newly released STREET MAGIC. In addition to writing fiction, Mike Jack has published academic/informational articles, stageplays, and lovably geeky parody lyrics. Find him online at MikeJackStoumbos.com or @MJStoumbos on Twitter, as well as on karaoke stages in the Seattle area.
Sumiko Saulson is an award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror. Ze is the editor of the anthologies and collections Black Magic Women, Scry of Lust, Black Celebration, and Wickedly Abled. Ze is the winner of the 2016 HWA StokerCon “Scholarship from Hell”, 2017 BCC Voice “Reframing the Other” contest, 2017 Mixy Award, 2018 AWW “Afrosurrealist Writer Award,” 2020 HWA Diversity Grant recipient.
Sumiko has an AA in English from Berkeley City College, and writes a column called “Writing While Black” for a national Black Newspaper, the San Francisco BayView. Ze is the host of the SOMA Leather and LGBT Cultural District’s “Erotic Storytelling Hour.”
Headshots attached. I’m trying to get a larger one from Rainey for Ze, but I’m sure you probably know a lot more of that sizing magic than I do.
Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of the novels Whisper Down the Lane, The Remaking, and miss corpus, short story collections nothing untoward, commencement and rest area, as well as The Tribe middlegrade series: Homeroom Headhunters, Camp Cannibal and Academic Assassins. He is the creator of Self Storage (451 Media) and Lazaretto (BOOM! Studios), and the rigorous storytelling session: The Pumpkin Pie Show, He is also the author of such plays as commencement, the cardiac shadow and volume of smoke. His story-monologues birdfeeder, undertow and the wet echo have been featured in The Best American Short Plays anthologies.
In comics, Chapman is the writer of the Marvel series Scream: Curse of Carnage. He has written Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety, Iron Fist: Phantom Limb, Typhoid Fever, as well as for Edge of Spider-Verse and Venomverse, The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, American Vampire, Scream: King In Black, and ORIGINS among others.
Upcoming projects include Unknown, a psychological horror anthology television series co-created with director Craig William Macneill, produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy at Kilter Films and Amazon Studios.
Chapman currently teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.
Carina Bissett is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of dark fiction and fabulism.
Her short fiction and poetry have been published in multiple journals and anthologies including Upon a Twice Time, Bitter Distillations: An Anthology of Poisonous Tales, Arterial Bloom, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence, Hath No Fury, and the HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V and VI. She is also the co-editor of Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas.
Links to her work can be found at http://carinabissett.com.
Bonnie McKnight has been a freelance editor since 2015—but she’s been correcting people’s grammar since she was two (ask about the legendary fog vs. mist debate of ’92). She earned her MA in the History of Books from the University of London and is more than happy to gush about ancient Mesopotamian literacy or Victorian fiction magazines. Born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bonnie sees the mountains as home. She enjoys playing games and doing cryptic crosswords with her family, reading, and collecting first editions.
Alex Jay Lore (he/him) is a queer and trans author of science fiction and fantasy with LGBTQ+ protagonists.
When not writing queerness with a chance of explosions, Alex is a high school English teacher, waging epic battles against comma splices, misused apostrophes, and anyone under the delusion that the singular ‘they’ is grammatically incorrect.
A German immigrant, Alex has always been drawn to language and stories. He began to write when he realized the best guarantee to see more books with queer characters was to create them.
Alex’s debut novel, EMPIRE OF LIGHT, written as Alex Harrow, and pitched as “gay Firefly with magic”, about an assassin who will set the world on fire to save the guy he loves, is out now with NineStar Press.
Follow Alex on all social media platforms @alexjaylore.
David Farland is an award-winning, international bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for “Best Novel in the English Language” for his science fiction novel On My Way to Paradise, the Whitney Award for “Best Novel of the Year” for his historical novel In the Company of Angels, and many more awards for
his work. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords. Farland has written for major franchises such as Star Wars and The Mummy. He has worked in Hollywood greenlighting movies and doctoring scripts. He has been a movie producer, and he has even lived in China working as a screenwriter for a major fantasy film franchise.
As a writing instructor, Farland has mentored dozens who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
Farland judges L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future, one of the largest worldwide writing competitions for new fantasy and science fiction authors. The contest has helped discover and launch many authors into professional careers, with nearly 100 new science fiction and fantasy books released in just the last year. In the video game industry, he has been both a designer and a
scripter and was the co-leader on the design team for StarCraft: Brood War. He set the Guinness World Record for the largest single-author, single-book signing.
David Farland has been hailed as “The wizard of storytelling” and his work has been called “compelling,” “engrossing,” “powerful,” “profound,” and “ultimately life-changing.”
As part of his dedication to helping other writers, David writes the David Farland’s #WritingTips, an email bulletin for writers. Many authors rave about how it has helped them. Out of devotion, he provides his #WritingTips for free.
The author of a string of New York Times bestsellers, Jayne Ann Krentz uses three different pen names for each of her three “worlds.” As Jayne Ann Krentz (her married name) she writes contemporary romantic-suspense. She uses Amanda Quick for her novels of historical romantic- suspense. Jayne Castle (her birth name) is reserved these days for her stories of futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.
“I am often asked why I use a variety of pen names,” she says. “The answer is that this way readers always know which of my three worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books.”
In addition to her fiction writing, she is the editor of, and a contributor to, a non-fiction essay collection, Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her commitment to her chosen genre has been strong from the very beginning of her career.
“The romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story,” Jayne says. “These are books that celebrate women’s heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love.”
She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.
She is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.
Learn more about Jayne: https://jayneannkrentz.com/ on FB at JayneAnnKrentz, and Twitter @JayneAnnKrentz
After obtaining her degree, Genaye Domenico earned her PADI dive master in Honduras, completed an internship off the southern tip of Africa with white sharks, worked in loggerhead sea turtle conservation in Cape Verde, Africa, spent one summer managing a sea turtle summer camp in North Carolina, and lived remotely to gather salmon migration data during the sockeye runs in the Kenai Wilderness Refuge. Genaye also worked on commercial fisheries vessels out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska as a NOAA contracted Ground Fisheries Observer. Currently, she is waiting to return to Mozambique to continue her labors for the Marine Megafauna Foundation, an organization specializing in whale shark and manta ray data collection and conservation.
Her career path was balanced with many, many waitressing and bartending shifts. Genaye loves traveling or tide-pooling, and is always happy to geek out about anything under the sea.
Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, which includes her latest title, Hanging Falls, and her upcoming release, Striking Range, set to launch September 7, 2021. She serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, Women Writing the West, and Pikes Peak Writers. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.
She can be found on Facebook/