Author Guest, Bobby Nash

Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, Bobby appears in movies and TV shows.

Bobby has written Sherlock Holmes twice, once in comic book form and a second in prose. Both have been collected in the Sherlock Holmes/Domino Lady trade paperback collection from Moonstone Books.

Author Guest, Darin M. Bush

Darin M. Bush is a science-fiction and fantasy author, specializing in short stories. His latest story, “Playing the Good Girl”, appears in the Mad Scientist Journal anthology “Fitting In”. He is also a professional speaker with a 10-year chip from Toastmasters. He has spoken on or moderated panels at CONjuration, ConNooga, DragonCon, JordanCon, Monsterama, and TimeGate. You can find his short stories on the Kindle, and you can find his author's page at Facebook.com/darinmbush.

Guest Editor, Robyn Huss

I am a freelance editor and provide heavy developmental and copy editing. I am able to help with character development, dialogue, paragraphing, sequencing of events and details, theme, and symbolism, in addition to a thorough review of grammar, usage, style, and word choice. I am a thorough grammarian and have a good eye for inconsistencies. I have been editing professionally since 2013, and I have spent a lifetime analyzing literature and teaching writing.

Author Guest, Ellie Raine

Ellie Raine is a writer and oil/digital artist. She loves dream-like fantasy stories that take you to different worlds and offer new perspectives, and so that is what she creates in her books and paintings.

Her debut epic fantasy, Willow of Ashes, is the first book in the NecroSeam Chronicles published under Dark Oak Press/Kerlak Enterprise.

Ellie lives in Georgia with her loving husband and animals, and when she isn’t working on the next book in the NecroSeam Chronicles, she is painting fantastical scenery that drives her inspiration.

Guest Publisher, Sam Morgan

Sam is the Right Hand of Darkness at JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. JABberwocky is the leading SFF literary agency in the world representing such clients as Brandon Sanderson, Charlaine Harris, Jason Denzel, Peter V. Brett, Simon R. Green, Elizabeth Banks, and many other bestsellers. Sam is a native of Shelby, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Communications – Media Studies and Production.

Guest Publisher, Milton Davis

Milton Davis is a research and development chemist, speculative fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a small publishing company specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Soul. MVmedia’s mission is to provide speculative fiction books that represent people of color in a positive manner. Milton is the author of Changa’s Safari Volumes One, Two and Three. His most recent releases are Woman of the Woods and Amber and the Hidden City. He is co-editor of four anthologies; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology and Griot: Sisters of the Spear, with Charles R.

Author Guest, Gerald L. Coleman

Gerald L. Coleman is a Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, and Author residing in Atlanta. Born in Lexington, he did his undergraduate work in Philosophy and English at the University of Kentucky. He followed that by completing a degree in Religious Studies followed by a Master's degree in Theology at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. His most recent work appears in, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Drawn To Marvel: Poems From The Comic Books, and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Vol. 18.

Author Guest, Amy DuBoff

Amy DuBoff has always loved science fiction in all its forms, including books, movies, shows, and games. After beginning her creative writing studies at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Professional Writing from Portland State University. Amy primarily writes space-based science fiction and science-fantasy. She is currently publishing the Cadicle space opera series and has had a short story featured in an anthology by NewCon Press.

Author Guest, J.A. Sutherland

J.A. Sutherland spends his time sailing the Bahamas on a 43' 1925 John G. Alden sailboat called Little Bit ...

Yeah ... no. In his dreams.

Reality is a townhouse in Orlando with a 90 pound huskie-wolf mix who won't let him take naps.

When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbeque

Author Guest, J.R. Mounts

J.R. Mounts is an indie comics creator/writer/artist in Atlanta, Georgia for Scairy Tales Noir (spell scary with an ""i"" for the “not-so-scary-fairy-tales” to make clear these are humorous comics, not horror).

J.R. self- publishes the veggie crime parody, Fried Pickle Noir graphic novel series (think Sin City meets Veggie Tales) starring fried pickle detective, Q Cumbersome. He also has the all-ages comic strip Scairy Tales: the not so scary fairy tales (think Calvin & Hobbes meets Nightmare Before Christmas) about misfit kids who discover a monster town.

Author Guest, David B. Coe

David B. Coe, who also writes as D.B. Jackson, is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Writing under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he has most recently completed a contemporary urban fantasy called the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. Writing under the D.B.

Author Guest, Clay Gilbert

Clay Gilbert has been hearing the voices of aliens, vampires, and people from the future since about the age of four. It wasn't long before he started to think taking notes on what they said might be a good idea.

Guest Editor, Diana M. Pho

Diana M. Pho is an editor at Tor Books and blogs for Tor.com. She is also an academic scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser. In the steampunk community, she is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk. Authors Diana has recently worked with include Alex Bledsoe, P. Djeli Clark, A.J. Hartley, Margaret Killjoy, and Lettie Prell. In 2017 she is excited to introduce debut works by Lara Elena Donnelly, Thoraiya Dyer, Robyn Bennis, and Kari Maaren.

Author Guest, John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects.

In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fictions “misfit toys.”

Author Guest, Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is an author and screenwriter. He is the author of Zombies: The Ultimate Visual History (Insight Editions, 2017), as well as Arctic Adventure!, an official Thunderbirds™ novel based on the iconic British television series by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. He has written episodes of the animated Paddle Pop Adventures series from Monk Studios, and has several feature screenplays in development.

Author Guest, Doctor Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston’s historical fantasy trilogy Shards of Heaven is being published now by Tor Books. An award-winning writer and professor, Livingston holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. He teaches at The Citadel, specializing in the Middle Ages and speculative literature, and he is a regular contributor to Tor.com.

Guest Publishing Professional, Laura Fitzgerald

A former Georgia resident, Laura Fitzgerald spent most of her teenage years reading and re-reading The Wheel of Time and any fantasy book she could get her hands on. She graduated from the Pace University Publishing Program in New York and has a background in both traditional and digital marketing. She is currently the Online Marketing Manager at Orbit and responsible for all those puns in the monthly newsletter.

Program Participant, Sara Glassman

Sara is a jewelry artist with a focus on adapting textile techniques to wire jewelry. In 2006 she founded Medusa’s Mirror Jewelry and has been making jewelry ever since. Her greatest achievement to date is designing a custom necklace for Mary Robinette Kowal to wear to the 2013 Hugo Awards.

For her day jobs Sara works in an independent bookstore and a school library, thus furthering her love affair with books.

Author Guest, Jana Oliver

An international bestseller and the recipient of over a dozen major awards, Jana Oliver often laments that there are far too many stories inside her head at any given moment.

Best known for her young adult Demon Trappers series, she writes what intrigues her, and spends a good teal of time fretting about whether demons actually exist.

When not wandering around the internet researching exorcisms, or posting on social media (eerily similar, those two), Jana can be found in Atlanta with her very patient husband, and a rapidly dwindling collection of single malt Scotch. www.JanaOliver.com

Author Guest, Jeremy Hicks

After an exciting but debilitating career as a field archaeologist, Jeremy Hicks teamed up with long time friend Barry Hayes to realize a creative dream and turn their nightmares into fiction. The writing team of Hicks & Hayes created an original fantasy-horror environment (Faltyr), wrote a screenplay (The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers) to introduce it, and then adapted it into a novelization with the same name. The first novel was published by Dark Oak Press in 2013; Broke Guys Productions re-released it with a new cover in 2016.

Author Guest, A.R. Cook

A.R. Cook from Gainesville, Georgia, is the author of "The Scholar and the Sphinx" YA trilogy from Mithras Books and her newest fantasy series "The Scale Seekers." She also has short stories published in the anthology "The Kress Project" from the Georgia Museum of Art, and the fairy-tale collections "Willow Weep No More" and "Shadows of the Oak" from Tenebris Books. Several of A.R.'s short stories and short plays have been awarded honorable mentions in various magazines, such as Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Writer's Digest.

Author Guest, Blue Cole

Blue Cole has been writing since he could grip a pencil. After almost 15 years of business ownership, he has returned to writing. Some of his previous jobs include working as a pizza maker, performing drug and DNA tests, and selling children’s clothes. He currently works for a state government. He grew up and still lives with his family in rural Georgia, a common setting in many of his works.

For more information, make sure to visit www.bluecole.com.

Program Participant, Jason Denzel

Jason Denzel is the founder of Dragonmount.com, the leading online community for Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” saga. Since 1998, Dragonmount has been the web’s top destination for franchise-related news, features, blogs, theories, games, and discussion. Dragonmount.com has been featured in news outlets including USA Today, CNN, ABC, Wired, the Los Angeles Times, and Maclean's Magazine (Canada).

Author Guest, Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes is the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series, and has published short stories in such markets as Fireside Magazine and EveryDay Fiction. She has taught on productivity and writing craft for the professional-level Odyssey Writing Workshop both online and in person. An avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff and a science geek, Alex lives in Atlanta with her husband, daughter, and a small imaginary dragon.

Guest Editor, Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.

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