Alma Alexander’s life so far has prepared her very well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma on her website (www.AlmaAlexander.com), her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Alexander/67938071280) or her blog (http://anghara.livejournal.com)
John P. Alexander: I wear many hats. I am academically trained as a paleoanthropologist. I spend my summers digging up Eocene lemurs in the badlands of Wyoming. I am also a writer and an artist. I have had published everything from fantasy novels to peer reviewed scientific journal articles. My fannish art includes fantasy sculptures, SF, fantasy and astronomical paintings and cartoons.
Gene Armstrong has been a figure in Fandom for over 30 years. He is a founder of Rainfurrest. He has Chaired Imperiacon, Knightcon, Anglicon, ConComCon, Rustycon, and Rainfurrest. He has vice-chaired Omni-con (was given the position the day of the convention) Anglicon, Rustycon, Orycon, Rainfurrest, and ConComCon. He has held virtually every position one can in fandom he has held executive positions on two Westercons, a Nasfic and is on the programing he worked in Programming for the Chicago Worldcon, and is the Advisor to the Chair for Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. He is an expert in most aspects of convention running.
Amanda Baldwin is a writer, event planner, Dj, bouncer, vocalist, body positive model and cosplayer that is also very active as an advocate in the LGBT and alternative lifestyle community. Amanda has been published in the D20 Girls Magazine, both for writing and modelling, and blogs for D20Girlsmagazine.com. She has done interviews with influential names in the industry such as Elfquest creators Wendy and Richard Pini. Amanda is also the President and Founder of the Northwest Nerd Alliance, a community of folks united under the purpose of creating a safe, welcoming and genuine community of fans across the Northwest Region that also fights to redefine an inclusive definition of what being a geek/nerd/dork means. Finally, she does work for several groups promoting and planning events, including Kings Bar in Spokane Wa, Bloodlust Cabaret, and PAC CON.
Dave Bara grew up as a fan of the Apollo moon missions and dreamed of being an astronaut one day. Since that time he has restricted his journeys into space to the written word. He has published several short stories and written five novels. IMPULSE, the first book in The Lightship Chronicles series is out now in hardcover and paperback from DAW Books. Book II, STARBOUND is out now in hardcover. Dave lives in Seattle. His author blog is Musings From The 21st Century, http://davebara.blogspot.com/
Rodney Barnes has been running RPGs since 1978. He has a Masters in Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and is a Licensed Southern Baptist minister, a moderate Calvinist. He is an NRA certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer. He has written an RPG and several articles on theology and gaming. He is President of the Christian Gamers Guild, a post he has held since 1998. They are known for their worship services and panels at many conventions including Orgins and GenCon, and for their articles and reference materials regarding where faith and gaming intersect. He has been on DesCon and RadCon’s ConComs in the early 90s, and has been on ConCom for Gamestorm since 2002, including Chair in 2005. He enjoys spending time with his wife, running RPGs, reloading ammunition, shooting, studying theology, riding his GR650, petting his three cats, watching Anime and SciFi, and doing “church stuff”. He lives in Portland Oregon. He has been married to Luana since 1997.
Jeanette M. Bennett: Ink free for twenty years, Jeanette M. Bennett fell off the wagon in 2007 and has been on a writing binge ever since. The consequence of that spree is her series The Adventures of Serendipity Brown. Ms. Bennett lives in the Scablands of eastern Washington State with five cats, a dog and Mike, her long-suffering husband. Her hobbies are dark-age embroidery, watching BBC history documentaries and time traveling. Between 2009 to 2013, her character, Dr. Wendell Howe, Temporal Anthropologist, was on Twitter reporting his fact-finding missions in the Victorian Age. You can see his blog on his adventures at http://wendellhowe.blogspot.com/. This is set in a time before he meets Serendipity. Check out Jeanette’s website at http://scablander.com/ for more background on her characters, interviews, useful links for Indies and other surprises. You can also find her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/scablander as well as her blog http://scablander.blogspot.com/. Current published works: Walking a Fine Timeline, available in ebook and tradeback from Flight of Fancy Publishing “The Spirit of Tea” featured in Gears and Levers 2: A Steampunk Anthology from Sky Warrior Books.
Bobbie Benton Hull was born to migrant farm worker parents from Arkansas and raised 20 miles west of Yakima, Washington. Despite growing up in a one bedroom cabin (indoor plumbing was a sink and a toilet!) near a small farming community called Tampico on the northwest border of the Yakama Indian Reservation, Bobbie has gone on to accomplish things she wouldn’t have dreamed possible as a child. Bobbie is a Soil Scientist by education, a full time mom by choice, and a writer, musician, and artist as gifts from the Creator who is known by many names. She is also a liberal born again Christian. Yes, they DO exist! Her greatest claim to fame thus far is a short story in the anthology “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, v. 1 (Simon and Schuster, Pocket Books, 1998). Additionally, she is an award-winning artist creating Native American-style baskets and pottery, as well as clay sculpture. Bobbie has written 2 yet unpublished series, a middle school level science fiction series (open ended) that takes place on Mars 100 years in the future and a young adult chick lit series (4 books) that follows the life of a poor, rural, white trash teenage girl set in the ‘70’s (write what you know!). She also has several other adult-level novels in outline form. Currently residing in Kennewick, WA with her husband Brian, when not writing or creating art, you will find Bobbie working in the garden. Or out on their boat, “Weekend Therapy.”
David Brown is an authorpreneur determined to discover the natural evolution of digital storytelling. His published works span across all ages and several genres. Mostly, he enjoys exploding things. If you‘ve read for twenty pages and nothing has been blown up or shot, then David must be losing his edge. Feel free to google, poke, fan, or like him. But do so quickly, before he is disappeared by the FBI. Raised in Central Texas, David Mark Brown learned to ride horses at a young age. Then learned to hate them after a disastrous attempt to impress a girlfriend. He was five. Turning to a life of prose, he migrated north to the University of Montana (the Berkeley of the Rockies) and became the Redneck Granola. Falling in love with a chainsaw-wielding mountain woman forced him to reconsider his chosen career path—Hemingway on a sailboat—and embrace the sultry world of commercial fiction. Having been labeled master of the tightly-focused action scene and lord of diabolical dialogue, David turned his double-barreled literary genius toward the familial relationship. Blasting relationships apart with all the subtle grace of a two-bit thug sticking up a Kwik-E-Mart, he deftly stitches them back together without losing sight of tightly paced plotlines. Whether reading Fistful of Reefer, De Novo Syndrome, Paraplegic Zombie Slayer or the first season of The Green Ones, readers can expect flawed characters, atmospheric worlds and gripping stories. Enjoy the show!
Chris Bruscas spent many years in the Gaming industry before realizing he didn’t have any time left to actually play games. These days he works for the Feds (don’t ask – he’ll have to kill you) during the day and plays games at night. He has been a buyer, playtester, editor, and writer but he is most proud of being a player and Game Master. He has also been an opera-singing cockroach, a knight in shining armor, an evil mastermind bent on world domination, a serial killer, and a demon-possessed sewing machine. His other major accomplishments come from his experiences as a US Marine and as a father. Of the two, parenthood is infinitely harder and much more frightening.
CJ Cherryh ~ an American writer of speculative fiction. She has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s, including the Hugo Award winning novels Downbelow Station (1981) and Cyteen (1988), both set in her Alliance-Union universe.
Wade Chitwood is a graduate from the University of Central Missouri and Bellevue College, Washington. He is an award winning film maker and published writer. He has continually produced and written in various art mediums through the years. As a fine artist, he developed his own line of comics and comic books, book illustrations and one man art shows. Through his production and visual effects company “Hoplight Productions” he wrote, directed and produced the award winning films “The Comet Chronicles” and “Rocket Man Adventure Series” – created the digital effects for the feature films “ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction”, “Render Me Dead”, “Of Yesterday and Tomorrow”, “Junk”, “The Lost Colony” and the PBS TV show “The Artist Toolbox”. Currently, Wade has just finished the fourth Rocket Man Adventure, is writing his third science fiction novel and just finished his latest science fiction short film, “The Prospector”.
Amy Calkins is a Local Spokane Artist that works in all mediums of Art from Painting, drawing and clay. Amy has be doing Special Effects make-up for over 20 years. For the last 5 years Amy has done makeup local small movie productions, Spokane Civic Theater, public personal projects, and was nominated for Best FX Makeup in a feature film for the Fantastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego 2014. Amy loves to create Zombies, Vampires and anything with gore. Amy is self tough in Effects make-up and has an eye for blood flow and freaky looks. You can find Wild Angel FX Make-up on Facebook.
J.E. Ellis began writing professionally in 1994. His work ranged from magazine articles to technical brochures to TV pilots. In 1999, he co-wrote and co-produced the low-budget thriller, “The Harvesters.” In 2007 Mr. Ellis wrote the award winning documentary, “A Glimpse of Heaven and a Taste of Hell.” He created and wrote the sitcom pilot, “Two for Tee,” in 2010. Mr. Ellis is the creator of the upcoming sci-fi series, “Starfall,” as well as the Starfall prequel novel, “The Essence of Humanity.”
Mark Ferrari has been a professional fantasy illustrator since 1987, and a published novelist since 2007, when his first fantasy novel, The Book of Joby, was published by TOR. The Book of Joby has since sold nearly 30,000 copies, been honored as a Booksense Pick, made Booklist’s ‘Top Ten’ for science fiction/fantasy in 2008, was selected as a finalist for the Endeavor Award, and re-released as a mass market paperback in January of 2012. It is being published in China this coming year. He has also published several short stories in various anthologies during the past year in collaboration with his wife, author Shannon Page, and has two new novels in the works. Mark currently resides in Portland, Oregon. More info on his art and writing can be found at www.markferrari.com.
Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes speculative fiction. He is the author of Evenstad Media Presents (The Park, The Mall, The Inn), Tartaros and the King Jester Trilogy, the first two books of which (Zirkua Fantastic, The Jester Prince) are currently available for purchase online. When he can be pried away from his keyboard, he can be found cooking, singing, playing trombone, and belly dancing.
Tom Gondolfi, father of three, gamer and loving husband, claims to be a Renaissance man and certified flirt. Educated as an electrical engineer and working in high tech for over twenty years Tom has also worked as a cook, most phases of construction, and even as the personal caregiver to a quadriplegic. Tom enjoys games and most weekends can be found playing some role playing variation, board game and/or Texas hold-em. As the son of a career Air Force member Tom moved around a great deal. He has lived in Boloxi,Mississippi; Benton, Pennsylvania; Madison, Wisconsin; Niceville, Florida; Rapid City, South Dakota; San Antonio, Texas; Long Beach and Riverbank, California; Fairborn, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; Lacey and Yelm, Washington. Education: Graduated from Fairborn Baker High School, BSEE from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Career: Worked for two household-name electronics firms as a senior engineer for a total of 30 years. Sports: Table Tennis, Pickleball, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball. Watches football and cheers for the Cowboys and the Seahawks. Hobbies: Texas Hold-em, Board Games, Chess, Role Playing Games, Reading and, of course, Writing.
Laurel Anne Hill‘s award-winning novel, Heroes Arise was published in 2007. Her many short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, most recently in the anthologies The Horror Addicts Guide to Life, A Bard Day’s Knight, How Beer Saved the World, Fault Zone and Shanghai Steam. Shanghai Steam was nominated for an Aurora Award in 2013 and has been recommended by Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction. More at www.laurelannehill.com. ”
S. B. Sebrick was raised in Vancouver, Washington. He has published short stories in 2005 and 2006 of Clark College’s annual ‘Phoenix’ Anthology. He recently finished ‘Dire’, the last of the ‘Assassin’s Rising’ novels. He often posts updates and teasers about the rest of his works from his website at http://www.sbsebrick.com
Ryan Wells, from Portland OR, has been doing props and sets for various theater and haunt productions throughout the years and only recently started cosplaying in September of 2013. Ryan can be found featured on several cosplay and special effects panels as well as workshops at various convention, podcasts, cosplay websites, web series, multiple publications and even featured in cosplay at Seattle’s EMP museum for Science Fiction ribbon cutting ceremony. Ryan is admin for his local online cosplay group and is a huge advocate for sharing ideas, community, volunteering, as well as a builder for the Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization. Most recently Ryan has joined talents on Cosplay Cruises and is super excited for future international adventures! “Cosplay was a natural progression for me since there was simply not enough Halloween in my life. I love to learn new skills, trades, make challenges for myself, getting inspiration and ideas from friends (new and old) and making connections through this great community. Known for being a “creature cosplayer” I tend to draw inspiration mainly from film but I’m trying to branch out into other genres.”