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
British born writer A.J. Hartley is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, and What Time Devours, published by Penguin/Berkley and available world wide in 25 languages. His fantasy fiction follows the exploits of Will Hawthorne, a roguish actor with a talent for getting into trouble, in Act of Will and Will Power, published by Tor/Macmillan. His first young adult novel, Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact will come out from Penguin/Razorbill in Fall 2011, followed by a second in that series a year later.
Read more about AJ at www.ajhartley.net
Edmund R. Schubert loves stories. Always has; always will. When he was in the second grade, his teacher would bribe him with trips to the library to get him to do his math and science. Little has changed since then. Hired as Editor of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show in June, 2006, Edmund’s fiction has been published over thirty times in the past four years, with stories appearing in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and England. Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” To which Edmund adds, “All it takes is looking at things from a slightly different angle.”
Kalayna Price is the author of the Alex Craft Novels, a new dark urban fantasy series from Roc, and the author of the Novels of Haven from Bell Bridge Books. She draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her obsession with classic folklore. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy, but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery. She is a member of SFWA and RWA, and an avid hula-hoop dancer who has been known to light her hoop on fire. To find out more, please visit her at www.kalayna.com.
Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of two critically acclaimed novels set decades after the zombie apocalypse: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Delacorte Press, 2009) and The Dead-Tossed Waves (Delacorte Press, 2010). The third in the trilogy, The Dark and Hollow Places, will be released in Spring 2011. Her first novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, was chosen as a Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, a Best of the Best Books by the Chicago Public Library and a finalist in the Borders Original Voices program.
Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time. She lives with her writer/lawyer husband, two fat cats and one large puppy in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are not at all prepared for the zombie apocalypse.
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.
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent by day, a writer and journeyman jeweler by night. She started writing in her teens because talking back to the voices in her head wasn’t socially acceptable—and she already had enough to deal with being a drama and AP English geek.
Her credits include short stories and a romantic comedy written under the pseudonym Kit Daniels. With her young adult novel Vamped, she’s taking off the mask and stepping into the full glare of … indirect sunlight. Because as her heroine would tell you, anything else is hazardous to your health, especially once you’ve been Vamped.
Mindy’s travels took her through multiple careers. After graduating from Princeton University, Mindy considered becoming a professional stage manager or a rabbi. Ultimately, though, she settled on being a lawyer, working as a litigator at a large Washington firm. When she realized that lawyering kept her from writing (and dating and sleeping and otherwise living a normal life), Mindy became a librarian, managing large law firm libraries. Mindy now writes full time.
For years, Mindy’s dating life was a travel extravaganza as well. She balanced twenty-eight first dates in one year, selecting eligible gentlemen from sources as varied as Washingtonian magazine ads, Single Volunteers of D.C., and supposedly-certain recommendations from best friends. Ultimately, she swore off the dating scene entirely. After two years of carefully-enforced datelessness, she made one last foray onto Match.com, where she met her husband – on her first match.
Mindy’s travels have also taken her through various literary genres. In addition to her Red Dress Ink and Mira books, Mindy has written numerous short stories and six traditional fantasy novels, including the award-winning, best-selling The Glasswrights’ Apprentice.
In her spare time, Mindy quilts, cooks, and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library. Her husband and cats do their best to fill the left-over minutes.
Lynn Flewelling – Aside from pondering otters, Lynn Beaulieu was born on October 20, 1958, in Presque Isle, Maine, which–contrary to common assumption–is not an island, or anywhere near the ocean but deep in the North Maine Woods with lots of lakes, mountains, and potato farms. Her mother’s people were from the coast, however, and she spent a great deal of time on Frenchman’s Bay. She has traveled the world and found no more beautiful or inspiring place.
She has studied literature, veterinary medicine, ancient Greek among other things, and worked as a necropsy technician, a house painter, an office worker, a freelance editor, a freelance journalist, and yes, even as a teacher now and then, an instructor of workshops–on creativity and fiction writing.
C.E. Murphy, better known in real life as Catie, is the author of a variety of urban fantasy series (including the Walker Papers series and the Negotiator Trilogy), action-adventure romance (written under the name Cate Dermody), a forthcoming epic science fiction series entitled The Inheritors’ Cycle, and, beginning this spring, a monthly comic book called “Take A Chance”.
No wonder her editor and agent both politely suggested she find a hobby that *wasn’t* writing. She has, accordingly, taken up the tin whistle (though she usually puts it right back down again), and she pursues photography as regularly as she remembers to bring the camera with her when she leaves the house.
Born and raised in Alaska, Catie now resides in her ancestral homeland of Ireland with her husband (a gourmet chef), where she is making an effort to get out and see the countryside. Some days it even works!