||D. H. Timpko is the author of “The Firma Twins and the Purple Staff of Death,” a science fiction novel for children aged 9-13 in which identical twins learn they have fantastical powers far beyond anything they could have imagined. She is completing the second Firma twins novel, “The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment.” A retired journalist and technical writer, Timpko is a member of SCBWI, the Writers-Editors Network, Broad Universe, and the Yellow Brick Road, an online critique group for children’s writers. She has won awards for several children’s and adult short stories. Her family newsletter, “Chez Timpko News,” won the APEX award for publication excellence in 2013-2016. She looks forward to a future when time travel resolves the dilemma of not having enough time to do what she loves most—writing, reading, watching films, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, wonderful husband, and intellectually challenged pets. She has no regrets about not having time to clean house.
||Tracy Townsend holds a Master’s degree in Writing & Rhetoric from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from DePauw University, a source of regular consternation when proofreading her credentials. She is chair of the English Department at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an elite public boarding school, where she teaches creative writing and science fiction & fantasy literature. She has been a martial arts instructor, a stage combat and accent coach, and a short-order cook for houses full of tired gamers. Now she lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois with two bumptious hounds, two remarkable children, and one very patient husband. Her short story, “Late Arrivals,” was published by Luna Station Quarterly in March 2016.
||Chrysoula Tzavelas went to twelve schools in twelve years while growing up as an Air Force brat, and she never met a library she didn't like. She now lives near Seattle with cats, dogs, adults and children. They graciously allow her a few hours to write everyday and one day she'll have time to do other things again, too. She likes combed wool, bread dough, and gardens, but she also likes technology, games and space. This probably goes hand in hand with liking Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett and Iain Banks.
||Wendy Van Camp is the author behind No Wasted Ink (http://nowastedink.com), a blog about the craft of writing that features author interviews, sci-fi and fantasy book reviews and scifaiku poetry. Wendy's articles, short stories and poems have appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as “Shadows Express”, “Luna Station Quarterly”, “Serendipity”, and “Far Horizons”. Her first Amazon ebook is a regency romance entitled, "The Curate's Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion". (https://www.amazon.com/author/wendyvancamp)
||Dawn Vogel writes and edits both fiction and non-fiction. Her academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe and an associate member of SFWA. Her first novel, Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering, is available from Razorgirl Press. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.
||Fantasy writer, actor, musician
||Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS. ALIENS, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF TALES FROM THE VATICAN VAULTS, and the award-winning HELLEBORE & RUE. The former editor of CRESCENT BLUES, she is a frequent contributor of video interviews and short subjects to BUZZYMAG.com. Her website is JeanMarieWard.com.
||Morven Westfield is a fiction writer, technical writer, and occasional podcaster who lives west of Boston. The author of a two-book series in which a coven of witches investigate supernatural evil in the form of vampires, she also writes non-fiction articles on folklore and the supernatural for various publications. Her short fiction is highly influenced by The Twlight Zone, while her novels are more influenced by distant memories of Dark Shadows. She loves folklore, the supernatural, kittehs, and occasional travel. Like many writers, she keeps a messy office and drinks way too much coffee. www.morvenwestfield.com
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||After surviving an almost fatal car accident directly in front of a bookstore, P.A. Wikoff decided not to ignore the sign and proceeded to self-publish his work. Mr. Wikoff kick-started his writing career by releasing the epic fantasy novel “Feylin Lore: Reflections.” When P.A. is not writing, he spends all of his free time with his beautiful wife and two fabulous kids who inspire him every single day.
||Margaret Winikates is a writer and museum educator from Boston, MA. She writes poetry and fiction as well as Brain Popcorn, a blog on interdisciplinary education. She majored in English Literature and Language at Harvard University and studied poetry and composition with Peter Sacks and Douglas Powell, as well as the ghost of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (when working as a National Park Service Ranger). When not writing, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and dabbling in the visual and musical arts.
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||Leona R. Wisoker started out as a writer when she was eight. Her parents made the deadly mistake of praising her work, and friends and family alike have had to wade through piles of her writing ever since. This is, thankfully, not as tedious a task as it used to be (or so she is assured).
Her science-fantasy series, Children of the Desert, was initially published though Mercury Retrograde Press; in January of 2014, MRx ceased operations as a traditional publisher. Fortunately, the series was picked up in late 2014 by ReAnimus Press and is once more widely available.
Leona writes, reviews, and edits at whim. Her short fiction has been published by Anotherealm, Alienskin, Galactic Creatures (anthology), Sha’Daa: Pawns and S'D: Inked (anthologies), The Society For The Preservation of CJ Henderson (anthology), Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Futures: Fire to Fly Magazine, and more. She currently has one novella (Fallen City) and one short story (A Small Price To Pay) out through The Scribbling Lion.
She is listed on Goodreads, Twitter, and Shelfari; at the moment, she is most often, though erratically, on Twitter, and hopes to clear her desk enough to rejoin the civilized world before 2017. Social media in general is updated in the rare moments between the completion of one overdue project and the beginning of the next.
Leona lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with an extraordinarily patient husband and a terribly spoiled lab-beagle-shepherd mix.