Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series from HarperCollins, which now includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure published by WordFire Press. His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade and was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. His adventure thriller, Good Money Gone, co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won a best novel 2014 International Latino Book Award. His graphic novel, Killing The Cobra, was published by IDW. His short fiction and essays have been published by Hex Publishing and Arte Publico Press and appeared in Nightmares Unhinged, You Don’t Have A Clue, Now Write, Modern Drunkard Magazine, and Exquisite Corpse. Mario lives and writes in Denver, Colorado.
Quincy J. Allen
Quincy J. Allen, a cross-genre author, has been published in multiple anthologies, magazines, and one omnibus. Chemical Burn, a finalist in the RMFW Colorado Gold Contest, is his first full novel. He made his first pro-sale in 2014 with the story “Jimmy Krinklepot and the White Rebs of Hayberry,” included in WordFire’s A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories. He’s written for the Internet show RadioSteam and his first short story collection Out Through the Attic, came out in 2014 from 7DS Books. His military sci-fi novel Rise of the Thermopylae is due out in 2015 from Twisted Core Press. Blood Ties, a steampunk western fantasy novel was released in late 2015 to great praise.
He works part-time as a tech-writer by day, does book design and eBook conversions for WordFire Press by night, and lives in a cozy house in Colorado that he considers his very own sanctuary—think Batcave, but with fewer flying mammals and more sunlight.
A novelist and game designer, Keith Baker is best known for creating the Eberron Campaign Setting for Dungeons & Dragons and the storytelling card game Gloom. He's produced a host of games, novels, and RPG material, including the novel The Queen of Stone and the card game Cthulhu Fluxx. Currently he's developing Phoenix: Dawn Command through his new company, Twogether Studios. Keith can be found online at KeithBaker.com, or on Twitter as @HellcowKeith.
His books regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists and have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Salvatore’s most recent original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list and at # 4 on The New York Times best-seller list. His books have been translated into numerous foreign languages including German, Italian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Czech, and French.
Salvatore's first published novel, The Crystal Shard from TSR in 1988, became the first volume of the acclaimed Icewind Dale Trilogy and introduced an enormously popular character, the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden. Since that time, Salvatore has published numerous novels for each of his signature multi-volume series including The Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.
His love affair with fantasy, and with literature in general, began during his sophomore year of college when he was given a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings as a Christmas gift. He promptly changed his major from computer science to journalism. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Fitchburg State College in 1981, then returned for the degree he always cherished, the Bachelor of Arts in English. He began writing seriously in 1982, penning the manuscript that would become Echoes of the Fourth Magic. Salvatore held many jobs during those first years as a writer, finally settling in (much to our delight) to write full time in 1990.
The R.A. Salvatore Collection has been established at his alma mater, Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, containing the writer's letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers. He is in good company, as The Salvatore Collection is situated alongside The Robert Cormier Library, which celebrates the writing career of the co-alum and esteemed author of young adult books.
Salvatore is an active member of his community and is on the board of trustees at the local library in Leominster, Massachusetts. He has participated in several American Library Association regional conferences, giving talks on themes including "Adventure fantasy" and "Why young adults read fantasy." Salvatore himself enjoys a broad range of literary writers including James Joyce, Mark Twain, Geoffrey Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, and Sartre. He counts among his favorite genre literary influences Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle, Fritz Leiber, and of course, J.R.R. Tolkien.
Born in 1959, Salvatore is a native of Massachusetts and resides there with his wife Diane, and their three children, Bryan, Geno, and Caitlin. The family pets include three Japanese Chins, Oliver, Artemis and Ivan, and four cats including Guenhwyvar.
When he isn't writing, Salvatore chases after his three Japanese Chins, takes long walks, hits the gym, and coaches/plays on a fun-league softball team that includes most of his family. His gaming group still meets on Sundays to play.
Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson is the author of over 120 books, 51 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 23 million copies in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, and New York Times Notable Book.
Kevin has written numerous STAR WARS projects, including the Jedi Academy trilogy, Darksaber, the Young Jedi Knights series (with his wife Rebecca), and Tales of the Jedi comics from Dark Horse. He wrote three X-FILES novels, including the #1 bestseller GROUND ZERO, and he also collaborated with Dean Koontz on the novel FRANKENSTEIN: PRODIGAL SON, which sold a million copies in the first year of its release. He has written Superman and Batman novels, as well as comics for DC, Marvel, IDW, Wildstorm, Topps, and Dark Horse.
Kevin has coauthored fifteen books in the DUNE saga with Brian Herbert, as well as their original trilogy, HELLHOLE. His epic SF series, "The Saga of Seven Suns," is a 7-volume opus that topped international bestseller lists; he is currently at work on a sequel trilogy, The Saga of Shadows. He produced and cowrote the lyrics (with his wife Rebecca Moesta) for two crossover rock CDs based on his “Terra Incognita” fantasy trilogy, performed by rock legends from the groups Kansas, Dream Theater, Asia, Saga, and others. He wrote a steampuynk fantasy adventure novel based on the concept CD, “Clockwork Angels,” by legendary rock group Rush. For his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, the first three novels and two standalone short stories were all released in a nine-month period.
As the publishers of WordFire Press, Kevin and Rebecca have released more than sixty eBook titles, as well as print, from Frank Herbert, Bill Ransom, Brian Herbert, Doug Beason, and their own backlist.
Kevin has a physics/astronomy degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and worked for thirteen years as a technical writer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before becoming a full-time novelist. He climbs mountains. He and his wife have been married for more than twenty years; they live in a castle in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Michael Satran has been gaming since 1979, and running his Champions/Hero System universe since 1987. A graduate of Rutgers University, with a master’s degree in English from the University of Rhode Island, he is currently working on The Imperial Throne, an evil chinese secret organization supplement for Champions and an urban fantasy novel series featuring Alice in Wonderland characters. Journey to the Center of the Earth is in layout at this time.
His Champions universe, Legacies, currently contains more than 100 player character superheroes, untold numbers of supervillians, and a backstory that starts before World War II and threatens the peace and security of Earth into the future.
His first novel, Hellbow Rune, can be purchased on Amazon.com, and features a dark fairy tale where the wrong girl goes to the wrong world and meets the wrong people and creatures.
Mr. Satran has written several supplements for Champions, including Foxbat for President, Imaginary Friends, and King of the Mountain
Jon Bailey went from a fan of cartoons, games, and movies while flipping burgers to becoming a full-time professional voice actor. He's voiced hundreds of movie trailers, toys, commercials and webtoons and the voices for The Council and The Elder in the award-winning XCOM: Enemy Unknown game as well as characters in other upcoming video game titles. Jon is also a writer, designer, editor and producer as part of the world's first virtual animation studio Fanbuilt.
Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Tyson, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga... Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!
An avid gamer/nerd, Tyson started doing voice over work with Funimation, and has progressed to ADR scripting as well. His notable VO credits include: DARU in Steins;Gate, GEORG in Eureka Seven:AO, KAGIRI in Karneval, MATSUDA in High School DxD, AUSTRALIA in Hetalia The Beautiful World, OIMO in One Piece, and CABRAKAN in the game Smite. Various other work includes Black Butler, Space Dandy, Deadman Wonderland, Michiko & Hatchin, as well as HUGO and Freddie Mercury Titan in Attack on Titan.
His script credits include Attack on Titan, Aqaurion: EVOL, Karneval, Hetalia The Beautiful World, and High School DxD New.
Tyson also provides vocals and rhythm guitar for the punk band Bullet Machine. He did the same for the now defunct, WW2 themed punk band The Tommyguns. In the blues-rock, Led Zeppelin-ish band Smokestack Lightning, Tyson sings and plays harmonica.
So, did Tyson return the wayward daughter of King Osric to her home. And having no further concern, he and his companions sought adventure in the West. Many wars and feuds did Tyson fight. Honor and fear were heaped upon his name and, in time, he became a king by his own hand... And this story shall also be told.
Known as the “Wizard of Storytelling,” writing sensation and author of fifty novels, David wrote short stories as a child and dreamed of growing up to become a fantasy writer. He gained experience in a number of career paths but never lost sight of his goals. Finally, after saving money for years, he decided to risk it all and go to Brigham Young University to study.
While there, he became ill and feverish and started having some fantastic dreams. In one such dream, two futuristic mercenaries were taking shelter in the skull of some giant beast while waiting out a rainstorm. His dreams became so vivid and lifelike that he had to put them in a story called “On My Way to Paradise.”
He entered it into the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest and won the grand prize for the year, the Gold Award. He was immediately contracted by Bantam Books to turn the short story into a novel of the same name, along with a contract to write two more books. The novel, My Way to Paradise spent several months on the Locus Science Fiction Best-seller list, and won a Phillip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for being one of the best science fiction novels of the year.
He wrote science fiction for ten years under his given name David Wolverton, during which he wrote several best sellers. After having mastered science fiction, David decided it was time to take another risk and try writing fantasy, hoping to realize his childhood dream. So as not to confuse his readers, he wrote his fantasies under the name David Farland.
He had to work hard to achieve notoriety in two genres, but eventually his fantasy books started hitting the New York Times Best Seller’s list, beginning with the third book of the Runelords series entitled Wizardborn.
He has not only achieved his childhood dream, but in doing so, became popular in two genres and has amassed many awards for his short fiction in particular, and set a Guinness Record for the world’s largest book signing–a record that he still holds. In 1991, David became a judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests, the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and reads thousands of stories each year, editing an annual anthology, and teaches writing classes to new and experienced writers.
To date, David has written and edited fifty-plus published books. These include novels for adults, young adults, anthologies, middle-grade readers, and picture books.
Among his numerous other accomplishments, David eventually returned to BYU as a writing professor for several years. However, when it got in the way of his writing, he ended that and decided to fill his need to share his knowledge by lecturing, giving workshops and seminars to those who would be writers. He is known for having taught many great emerging writers and has had a part in their success, including Stephanie Meyer, Brandon Sanderson and Eric Flint. In many cases it was his influence and words of wisdom that caused a new author to sell their first story. Now he has the privilege of helping other would-be writers to achieve their success. He says, “Nobody makes it alone. We each build on one another.”
As part of his dedication to helping other writers, David writes the David Farland’s #WritingTips, an email bulletin for writers. Many authors rave about how it has helped them. Out of devotion, he provides his #WritingTips for free.
Sean Patrick Astin
Sean Patrick Astin, born February 25, 1971, in Santa Monica, California, is well known for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy (1993), for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies (1985), and for the beloved Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning Triology - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)_The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)_ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis, is coming out with Entangled Publishing December 1, 2015!
By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese. She's a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves LaffyTaffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she's a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets...Though not always in the same ensemble. She's a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.