Marilag Angway started her foray into science fiction and fantasy sometime in the early ’90s by reading books written by females for females. She had no idea that these books were far and few at the time, and feels lucky to have had the opportunity to be inspired by female authors to think big and never stop imagining. When she isn’t scribbling her mind away, she’s lending what brainpower she has left to a good cause: the molding of preschool minds. Gotta start them young, right? You can find Marilag’s bookish and writing and randomy ramblings at http://storyandsomnomancy.wordpress.com.
Deanna Baran lives in Texas and is a librarian and former museum curator. She writes in between cups of tea, playing Go, and trading postcards with people around the world.
Mike Barretta is a retired U.S. Naval Aviator who currently works for a defense contractor as a pilot. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Planning and International Negotiation from the Naval Post-Graduate School and a Master’s in English from the University of West Florida. His wife, Mary, to whom he has been married to for 23 years, is living proof that he is not such a bad guy once you get to know him. His stories have appeared in Baen’s Universe, Redstone, New Scientist, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and various anthologies.
Salena Casha‘s work has appeared in over 30 publications. She was a finalist for the 2013-2014 Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer-in-Residence. Her first three picture books were published by MeeGenius Books. One of them, titled Nuwa and the Great Wall, was featured in the 2014 PBS Summer Learning Project for kids and won honorable mention in the 2014 Hollywood Halloween Book Festival. When not writing, she can be found editing math books, carving pumpkins and travelling the world. Check out her website at www.salenacasha.com.
Ron Collins's work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Nature, and several other magazines and anthologies. His writing has received a Writers of the Future prize and a CompuServe HOMer Award. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has worked developing avionics systems, electronics, and information technology.
Cory Cone was born in Bremerton, WA, raised in Tiverton, RI, and now lives in Baltimore, MD. He found his way to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he met and married his wife. He now works full time at the college and writes strange fiction in the evenings. His work has appeared or is forthcoming is many fine journals including Niteblade, The Colored Lens, Every Day Fiction, and the anthologies A is for Apocalypse and Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine.
C.J. Daring, alter-ego of the evil William R.D. Wood, lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in an old farmhouse turned backwards to the road. C.J Daring pens works of mystery and adventure for readers of all ages. Some are set in the far reaches of space. Some in the murkiest depths of time. And sometimes, when you’re not looking, maybe even your own back yard! Check in and see what coming next at www.williamRDwood.com.
By day, Evan Dicken battles economic entropy for the Department of Commerce and studies old Japanese maps at Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most recently appeared in Analog, Shock Totem, and Escape Pod, and he has work forthcoming from publishers such as Daily Science Fiction and Chaosium. He very fondly remembers trips to the used bookstore in his pre-teen years, where, to the occasional chagrin of his parents, he would spend his entire allowance in the fantasy and science fiction section.
Based in Brooklyn, Anne E. Johnson writes fiction for both children and adults. Please visit her website for details about her published and upcoming works.
Jeanne Kramer-Smyth has been writing stories since she first got her hands on a typewriter when she was 9. When she was about 11, she attended a chamber music concert with her parents. Her mother thought she had fallen asleep and nudged her to wake up. Jeanne patiently explained that she was just watching the pictures in her mind that the music was inspiring. A fan of many types of fiction, she has a special place in her heart (and large home library) for fantasy, science-fiction, YA and historical fiction. Her first published short story. ‘In Her Arms’, can be found in Stepmothers and the Big Bad Wolf: Fairy Tale Villains Reimagined. Her second published short story, ‘Unsealed’, will be in the upcoming 2015 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. She is currently an archivist by day and a writer, glass artist and fan of board games by night. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, sister-in-law, and cat.
Nancy Kress (born January 20, 1948) is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella "Beggars in Spain" which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clarion writing workshops and at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During the Winter of 2008/09, Nancy Kress was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany. Awards Nebula Awards Best Short story winner (1986): "Out of All Them Bright Stars" Best Novella winner (1991): "Beggars in Spain" (this is the 1991 Novella, not the 1993 novel of the same title) Best Novelette winner (1998): "Flowers of Aulit Prison" Best Novella winner (2007): "Fountain of Age" Hugo Award Best Novella winner (1992): "Beggars in Spain" (this is the 1991 Novella, not the 1993 novel of the same title) Best Novella winner (2009): "The Erdmann Nexus" Best Novella nominee (2010): "Act One" John W. Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel second place (1994): Beggars in Spain (there was no first place award in 1994) Best Novel winner (2003): Probability Space Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Best Short Science Fiction winner (1997): "Flowers of Aulit Prison"
Wendy Lambert writes fantasy and science fiction and is a graduate of the 2013 Odyssey Writing Workshop. Her stories appear in Necrology Shorts and in the prose and poetry collection, In the Shimmering. She works as a school librarian and lives in Utah with her husband, children, and a menagerie of pets. Too often, she reminisces of past trips and daydreams of future adventures to far away places hoping to get lost in museums or ancient ruins.
A champion of NaNoWriMo, Vanessa MacLellan is an avid reader of anything with pizazz. Words have been her companions since she was ten, forcing atrocious adverbs upon her mother. Her fantasy novel, Three Great Lies, has been accepted by Hadley Rille Books and is scheduled for release in the summer of 2015. She’s had three short stories published by online magazines. When not in the office or writing, she bird watches and hikes. Vanessa can be found at vanmaclellan.com
"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author "One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." --Library Journal "A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." --Charles de Lint Douglas Smith is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, with over a million words of fiction published in thirty countries and two dozen languages. He has won Canada's Aurora Award three times and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. Doug's book length works include: THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) - Urban fantasy novel CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) - Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award IMPOSSIBILIA (PS Publishing, 2008) - Finalist for the Aurora Award LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) - Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane In 2010, an independent film producer released a multi-award winning short film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Films based on his stories "A State of Disorder" and "Memories of the Dead Man" are also in the works. Website: www.smithwriter.com Twitter: smithwrtr SELECTED REVIEWS "Smith's writing, evocative yet understated, gracefully brings to life his imagined realms." -- Quill and Quire *Starred Review* "Smith paints his worlds so well that you are transported within a paragraph or two and remain in transit until the story ends." --Broken Pencil, The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts "Echoes of Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Clive Barker haunt the halls of Smith's work, but the end result is completely original, and always enthralling." --Cory Redekop "Douglas Smith is an extraordinary author whom every lover of quality speculative fiction should read." --Fantasy Book Critic "Smith is definitely an author who deserves to be more widely read." --Strange Horizons "I've yet to read a work of his that wasn't beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder... Stories you can't forget, even years later." --Julie Czerneda, award-winning author and editor "An ambitious and adventurous new writer." --Gardner Dozois, author and editor "Smith is a master of beginnings ... some of the most well-crafted hooks you'll find anywhere: deft introductions to the characters and their not-quite-familiar worlds packed into just a sentence or two that draw the reader in. As for the endings ... Smith's tendency is to forego the shocking twist for endings that feel satisfying and right, a trade-off that I'll take any day." --Canadian Science Fiction Reviews
Sonja Thomas, a recovering CPA, writes for children of all ages, from humorous middle grade to young adult fantasy to adult horror. Raised in Central Florida (the wonderful world of Disney, humidity and hurricanes) and transplanted to DC for 11 years (go Nats!), she’s now ‘keeping it weird’ in Portland, OR. To stay sane she dances, doodles and plays with furry, four-legged friends. You may even hear her belt out an awesome Xena yodel. Visit her at www.bysonjathomas.com or follow her on twitter @bysonjathomas.
Deborah Walker is the author of two hundred short stories and poems. She lives in London with her partner, Chris, and her two lovely, yet distracting young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration. Thank you to all the Smashwords readers who have left reviews. It's much appreciated. Good, bad, indifferent -- keep 'em coming.
Jeannie Warner spent her formative years in Southern California and Colorado, and is not afraid to abandon the most luxurious environs for a chance to travel anywhere. She has a useless degree in musicology, a checkered career in computer security, and aspirations of world domination. Her writing credits include blogs of random musings, thriller novel manuscripts, stories in Tightbeam online magazine, KnightWatch Press’ Rom Zom Com anthology, the Mad Scientist’s Journal, several police statements, and a collection of snarky notes to a former upstairs neighbor. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area near several of her best friends whom she refers to as “minions.”