David B. Coe is the award-winning author of eleven fantasy novels and the occasional short story. His first trilogy, The LonTobyn Chronicle, received the Crawford Fantasy Award as the best work by a new author in fantasy. His latest fantasy novel, The Dark-Eyes’ War, is the final volume of his Blood of the Southlands trilogy, which began with The Sorcerers’ Plague and The Horsemen’s Gambit. The series is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed Winds of the Forelands quintet. He has recently written the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s recent movie, Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe. David’s novels have been translated into a dozen languages.
David received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and then attended Stanford University, where he received both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in U.S. history. He is currently at work on several projects including a contemporary urban fantasy, a fantasy series for young readers, and the Thieftaker books, historical fantasies set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The Thieftaker series will be published under the name D.B. Jackson. The first volume will be released in the spring of 2012.
Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy. Her Skinwalker series features Jane Yellowrock, a full blooded Cherokee and hunter of rogue-vampires in Skinwalker, Blood Cross, and Mercy Blade. Raven Cursed in 2012. Jane Yellowrock is a shape changer, ( shapeshifter ) in a world with werewolves, werecats and vampires. Her Rogue Mage novels—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality.
Faith writes full-time, works full-time in a hospital, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic. She gave up cooking for lent one year and the oven hasn’t been turned on since. Okay – that’s a joke. She does still make cold cereal and sandwiches. Occasionally, she remembers to sleep or use the vacuum cleaner!
Faith researches in great detail, and tries everything her characters do. Research led to her life’s passions – jewelry making, orchids, bones, travel, white-water kayaking, and writing. Jewelry-making was the occupation of two of her characters: Thorn St. Croix, the Rogue Mage, and the main character of BloodStone, written by her pen name, Gwen Hunter, and fell in love with it! Faith makes, wears, and gives away her jewelry as promo items to fans who come to signings, as prizes in contests. See her FaceBook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter for pics. She works with stones, pearls, crystal, and glass, wire wrapping her larger, undrilled, focal stones. Labradorite, Amazonite, apatite, aquamarine, and prehnite are her favorite stones. She spends too much money on supplies and needs larger storage for stones, beads, and gems.
Faith owns upwards of 20 orchids. Her favorite time of year is when several are blooming. Pictures can be seen at her FaceBook page. And yes, she collects bones and skulls. Many of her orchid pics are juxtaposed with bones and skulls —a fox, cat, dog, goat skull, (that is, unfortunately, falling apart) and the jawbone of an ass. She just received a cow skull, and would love to have skull of a lion (that died of old age in the savannahs of Africa!) She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians, Tommy and Tuffy, to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast. (The poms don’t whitewater. The pampered dogs stay in the RV in air-conditioned comfort!) Tommy and Tuffy love to travel in the RV, take long walks, and get groomed. Seriously. They love their groomer!
And that leads Faith to kayaking – her very favorite sport. Faith discovered whitewater paddling when she was researching her (Gwen Hunter) mystery book, Rapid Descent. She took a lesson and—after a bout of panic attacks from fear of drowning—discovered she loved the sport.
Faith is a weekly participant at MagicalWords, an online writing forum at geared to helping writers. And she is a voracious reader. Under other pen names, notably, Gwen Hunter, she writes action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Gwen, she is a winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for Fresh Talent in 1995 in the UK, and won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in 2008. As Faith, Mercy Blade debuted at 24 on the New York Times Bestseller list in Feb 2011. Under all her pen names, she has 22 books in print in 27 countries.
For more, including a list of her books, see www.faithhunter.net , www.gwenhunter.com, and www.magicalwords.net. To keep with her, join her fan pages at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter
Misty Massey has always been a voracious reader. It was no surprise to anyone when she began writing. Her first attempt was a story based in the world of her favorite television show, The Wild Wild West (they call that sort of thing “fanfic” nowadays. She had no idea she was starting a trend.) She dabbled with short stories for years, even publishing a few in small press magazines, until she found and joined a writing critique group, and tried her hand at writing novels. The rest is history.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, belly dancing and playing a pirate character at the Carolina Renaissance Faire. Her novel, Mad Kestrel (Tor Books), was born from her fascination with pirates and her love of fantasy. A sequel to Mad Kestrel, tentatively titled Kestrel’s Dance, is in the works.
Drop by and visit Misty at www.mistymassey.com
Diana Pharaoh Francis spent much of her early life on horseback, or so far buried into a book that the rest of the world ceased to exist (much to the annoyance of her family). After high school, she attended college after college, racking up a BA and MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in literature and theory. Her very patient and supportive husband traipsed across the Midwest and back to Montana for her (though her husband insists that he’s been running and hiding and she just keeps finding him), where she now teaches at the University of Montana-Western.
She has a fascination for the Victorians, weather, geology, horses, plants and mythology, she likes spicy food, chocolate and cheesecake, and she has an odd sense of humor. (Or so she’s been told. Often.) Incidentally, the Pharaoh is in fact her real name, and oddly enough, is of British origin.