Jason Gurley is the author of The Man Who Ended the World, Eleanor and the bestselling novel Greatfall, among other books and short stories. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including John Joseph Adams’s Help Fund My Robot Army!!! He lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.
Daniel H. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and seven other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, andAmped. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. His novel Robopocalypse was purchased by DreamWorks and is currently being adapted for film by Steven Spielberg. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.
Ernie Lindsey is the USA Today bestselling author of Sara’s Game and many additional mystery and suspense novels. Originally from the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, Ernie currently resides in central Oregon with his family where he’s always hard at work on his next story.
MeiLin Miranda writes fantasy and science fiction set in Victorian worlds. Her love of all things 19th century (except for the pesky parts like cholera, child labor, slavery and no rights for women) has consumed her since childhood, when she fell in a stack of Louisa May Alcott and never got up. MeiLin wrote nonfiction for thirty years, in radio, television, print and the web. She always wanted to write fiction, but figured she had time. She discovered she didn’t when a series of unfortunate events resulted in a cardiac arrest complete with electric paddles and a near-death experience. She has since decided she came back from the dead to write books. MeiLin lives in a 130-year-old house in Portland, Oregon with a husband, two teens, two black cats, a floppy dog and far, far too much yarn.
Erik Wecks is the creator of the science fiction universe, The Pax Imperium. He is the author of The Far Bank of the Rubicon and Aetna Adrift. He is the father of three and the husband of one who lives in Vancouver, WA. When not poised over the keyboard creating something geeky, Erik enjoys running and gardening. Recently, he has taken up GM duties for his family’s new obsession, Pathfinder.
Athena lives a life of adventure and bliss, rich in friends and family with a spicy dose of chaos. Her passions include; travel, photography, scrapbooking, scotch and storytelling…preferably all with chocolate. Soon she will be launching her fair trade publishing house, BlissQuest Publishing. More can be found at www.blissquestpublishing.com
Baer Charlton has a degree in Social-Anthropology and his many interests have led him around the world in search of the different and unique. As an internationally recognized Photo Journalist he has tracked mountain gorillas, been a podium for a Barbary Ape, communicated in sign language with an Orangutan, kissed a kangaroo and had many wild experiences in between. Despite all this monkeying around, he believes there is no more complex and wonderful story than that of the human experience. Whether it is dragons and bears that are people; or a Marine finding his way home as a civilian, Mr. Charlton’s stories are all driven by characters you’ll come to think of as friends or family.
Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because its so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at: http://wordsmithcrystalconnor.blogspot.com http://www.facebook.com/notesfromtheauthor
A renegade wordsmith and unrelenting raconteur, Jonathon Burgess haunts the pacific northwest. When not penning tales of sky pirates and awkward rogues, he can be found complaining about his beer.
Laura Whitcomb is the author of three young adult supernatural love stories (A Certain Slant of Light, Under the Light, and The Fetch) as well as two books on the craft of writing (Your First Novel, co-authored with literary agent Ann Rittenberg, and Novel Shortcuts.) Her fiction has been translated into nine languages and her first novel is optioned for film by Summit Entertainment.
Leigh Goodison is the author of the coming of age novel, Wild Ones, The Horse Trailer Owner’s Manual, and Goodies From the Great White North, a foodoir. Her articles, essays, short stories, and poetry have appeared in publications across North America for the past 30 years. Leigh’s writing projects are eclectic: She is currently completing a psychological suspense novel and editing the final draft on her science fiction novel. Leigh has four horses and lives on a pastoral acreage in Battle Ground, Washington.
In addition to being a YA author, Lisa is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are.
Roslyn McFarland is the author of the YA paranormal romance, Sea No Sea, and she has a short story titled “Soldier Boy” forthcoming in the 2014 NIWA anthology. When struck down by a chronic illness in 2006, Roslyn’s solution and salvation came in the form of writing as she expelled a reoccurring childhood dream onto paper. Roslyn currently lives in Oregon with her husband and two extraordinarily active and strong-willed girls (karma). She is nearly finished with with book two and is outlining book three of the Sea No Sea Trilogy, both of which she hopes to release in the next year.
Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series. The first book of the series, Ghost Hand, was a 2013 Cybil Award Nominee and a semi-finalist for the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards. Ripley’s only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television. You can find out more about her and her work at ripleypatton.com.
Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, FOUND, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, The Toilet Business – a collection of humorous essays, CROSSING, and multiple short stories. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she’s not foolin’ anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young children with old people names. When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or driving her kids somewhere, Stacey is at CrossFit lifting heavy things and cursing the inventor of the Burpee.
Wendy N. Wagner’s short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Lovecraft eZine,Armored, and The Way of the Wizard. Her first novel, Skinwalkers, is a Pathfinder Tales adventure. She is also the Managing/Associate Editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines, and served as the Nonfiction Editor for Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction! and Women Destroy Fantasy! special issues. An avid gamer and gardener, she lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her very understanding family. Keep up with her at winniewoohoo.com
William Hertling is the author of the award-winning novels Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than it Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. These near-term science-fiction novels explore the emergence of artificial intelligence, coexistence of humans and smart machines, and the impact of social reputation, technological unemployment, and other near-future issues. His novels have been called “frighteningly plausible,” “tremendous,” and “must read.”
CURTIS C. CHEN writes speculative fiction, puzzle games, and freelance non-fiction near Portland, Oregon. He has also built a homebrew cat feeding robot. Learn more at: http://www.curtiscchen.com
Caren Gussoff is a SF writer living in Seattle, WA. The author of Homecoming, (2000), and The Wave and Other Stories (2003), first published by Serpent’s Tail/High Risk Books, Gussoff’s been published in anthologies by Seal Press and Prime Books. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2008, was the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar at Clarion West. Her new novel, The Birthday Problem, will be published by Pink Narcissus Press in July, 2014.
Find her online at @spitkitten, facebook.com/spitkitten, and at spitkitten.com.
Barry Graham is the author of more than a dozen books, including THE BOOK OF MAN (an American Library Association best book of the year), THE WRONG THING (a finalist for the SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE best novel of the year in the LEGEND category), WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN TO DUST (a MYSTERY PEOPLE best book of the year) and KILL YOUR SELF: LIFE AFTER EGO, an Amazon Kindle bestseller in the Zen category. Three of his novels and a collection of his stories have been translated into French and published by 13E Note Editions. PREMIERE magazine called him “a white trash Buddhist monk” with “an uncompromising vision, but also full of tenderness and compassion, that makes him one of the most touching and interesting authors of his generation.” His journalism has appeared in magazines and newspapers internationally. He is currently a columnist at THE BIG CLICK. He witnessed two executions in Arizona, invited each time by the prisoner, an experience described in his collection of memoir and reportage, WHY I WATCH PEOPLE DIE. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.
FOLLY BLAINE lives near Seattle, WA. Her short fiction has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Mad Scientist Journal, and in the anthologies Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations and Fresh Blood, Old Bones. In addition to writing fiction, she also narrates and masters audiobooks through ACX. See more at www.follyblaine.com.
Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his award-winning Jimmy Veeder Fiasco series, which includes the novels Dove Season and Plaster City. He is also the author of the Anthony Award-winning adventure novel, Big Maria.
His shorter work has appeared in Thuglit, Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Plots with Guns, and numerous anthologies. He is the creator and editor of the fiction magazine, Blood & Tacos, which recently added a phone app, a Podcast, and a book imprint to its empire. Johnny received his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and over the course of his writing career has seen his screenplays optioned, sold, and produced.
Johnny lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, artist Roxanne Patruznick.
MARK NIEMANN-ROSS is a Portland-based writer of hard science fiction with an emphasis on the impact of technology on society. He is a two-time winner of the Analog Magazine Reader’s Choice Award, has appeared in Stupefying Stories, narrated audio books, and is working on his first novel, a murder mystery solved by a refrigerator. He is also the author of a children’s book, Patches Catches the Sargo County Cattle Rustler. During the day he manages developer content for lynda.com.
RHIANNON RASMUSSEN has worked in comics scripting, illustration, graphic design, and printmaking, but no matter what else she pursues it is always alongside prose. Her interests lie in juxtaposition and layering, contrasting humanity with elements of monstrosity, phantasm, the macabre, geology, and spaceships. Her sensibilities are influenced by kimo-kawaii culture, her hometown in Hawaii and the time she spent in Mexico and Denmark as a child. Follow Rhiannon on Twitter:@charibdys or visit her at rhiannonrs.tumblr.com.
SIMONE COOPER has been a writer in the games industry and is currently editing an alternateworld suspense novel set in Seattle, which she wrote with a co-author. Simone has the great good fortune to live in Portland under the benign rule of Powell’s City of Books, within shouting distance of some of the greatest communities of working writers around. She has degrees in psychology and teaching, and likes to bring a depth of understanding to her poor characters before submerging them in their troubled lives as her protagonists. Simone cooks, games, and gardens; trained dogs professionally; and loves teaching and talking about writing.
Tonya Macalino lives in that space between—where the intoxicating juxtaposition between past and present teases the senses, taunts the gossamer of almost-memory. Haunted by story, she seeks it in the shadows of the landscapes of history and in the blinding glare of what-may-come, both alone and with her family of children’s book authors, Raymond, Damien, & Heléna Macalino. Tonya’s national award-winning urban fantasy thrillers, THE SPECTRE OF INTENTION and THE SHADES OF VENICE series, combine the mythic surrealism of Pan’s Labyrinth with the thrill ride that is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Watch in late 2014 for the debut of her children’s chapter book series GATES with the release of INTO THE HARE WOOD. On her brief visits to reality, Tonya serves as President of NIWA, the Northwest Independent Writers Association (www.NIWAwriters.com) and as co-chair of downtown Hillsboro, Oregon’s Bards & Brews author reading series.
David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published
science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in markets
including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or
been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and
Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule, with
whom he co-edits the fanzine Bento. His website is at
J David Osborne is the author of Low Down Death Right Easy, a surreal crime novel set in rural Oklahoma.
“Trapped in a rural Oklahoma town fueled by meth and doused in codeine, Arlo Clancy has made it his life’s goal to keep his troubled younger brother, Sepp, out of prison. Poverty and the lure of easy drug money were pressure enough, before a gruesome discovery beneath the waters of their favorite fishing hole sent their lives into a tailspin.
Torn by cowardice and conscience, the brothers make a fateful decision which will bring them ever-closer to Danny Ames–a vicious enforcer for the local meth trade–and a nightmare world where their only chance of escape might be…
LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY”
Kate Dyer-Seeley is the author of SCENE OF THE CLIMB; which features the outdoor landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme magazine. The only problem is her idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. After clawing her way to the top of Angel’s Rest for her first assignment, she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff and finds herself mixed up in a murder. Mystery Scene Magazine says, “SCENE OF THE CLIMB should head the must-read list.” And the Library Journal calls it a new subniche, the ‘extreme cozy.’ “It’s a good mix for younger readers who like traditional mysteries but want a little more action or edginess.”
Katie Cord owns and operates Evil Girlfriend Media, LLC, a project grown out of Katie’s love of geek fabulous female culture. The company began production of books, boutique items, and other creative projects in 2013. Lovers of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, comics, and crafty geek items will love what we provide over the next year. If you’ve always wanted a hand crafted e-reader cover, a book that meshed quantum physics with romance, or adventurous female character you’re going to love the books published by Evil Girlfriend Media!
Christine Finlayson is the author of Tip of a Bone, a mystery novel set on the wild and windswept Oregon coast: When Maya Rivers moves to Newport, seeking a reunion with her brother, Harley, she doesn’t expect to encounter buried bones, a missing eco-activist, or a deadly fire. And she sure doesn’t anticipate her brother being accused of an unthinkable crime. Devastated, Maya insists on adding “amateur sleuth” to her career options and starts digging. Yet the closer she gets to the truth, the closer a murderer follows. Called “a page turner” by Coast Weekend, Tip of a Bone offers a glimpse into Newport Noir.
Angela M. Sanders is the author of a vintage clothing mystery series featuring Portland vintage clothing boutique owner, Joanna Hayworth. In the first novel, The Lanvin Murders, all Joanna Hayworth wants to do is turn her back on the modern world and retreat into a carefully curated life of satin cocktail gowns, icy martinis, and old movies. But when she finds a key in a 1930s Lanvin coat cast off by an ex-showgirl, everything changes. The elderly woman turns up dead, and Joanna is pulled into a long-ago drama of back room deals, blackmail, and lost love. In Dior or Die, to save her business, a convent of quirky nuns, and possibly her own life, vintage Joanna Hayworth must navigate a world of diamond thieves, carnies, and glittering galas to uncover who poisoned a high-society matron. A Schiaparelli to Die For, which takes place in a snowed-in lodge on Mount Hood, will be published in January 2015.