Riley S. Keene is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing duo, also known as Robert and Kristen. They live in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy the rainstorms, lack of sunlight, and excess oxygen that come with living in that part of the US. Robert and Kristen write epic fantasy that embraces diversity and inclusion, including LGBTQA+ and PoC characters! Find us on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/rileyskeene or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rileyskeene.
K.M. Pohlkamp is a proud mother of two, a blessed wife to the love of her life, and a Mission Control flight controller for NASA. Originally from Wisconsin, she now resides in Houston, Texas. Her debut historical thriller, Apricots and Wolfsbane, follows the career of a female poison assassin in 1500’s/Tudor England.
Sandi Bateson is a displaced Minnesotan currently living in Alaska. She brought her husband and fellow author, Timothy over from England to suffer the moose and snow with her. Sandi enjoys entwining humor into her writing, whether writing fantasy or urban fantasy. She is also a singer/songwriter.
Anastasia Poirier is an author and freelance editor in Portland, Oregon. Dead Like Stars is her first novel. She’s currently writing Darkling Like Stars, the second book in her Bloodlife series. When she is not writing or editing, she can be found searching for the end of the internet, talking to plants, and snuggling many, many cats.
Maaja Wentz is an award-winning writer of chilling thrillers about dark family secrets, and quirky speculative fiction. She curates a newsletter for readers of urban fantasy and magical mystery called Loon Lake reading club. Maaja’s short mystery, “Inside of a Dog,” is upcoming in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. “You,” won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto. Maaja’s first novel, Feeding Frenzy, received over 140 000 reads on Wattpad. It was chosen as a “Featured Story,” and went on to win the coveted HQ Love Watty award. Available March 2018.
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Naomi Jane Kelly
Naomi lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Libby the chihuahua, and Bear the Manx cat. She has two grown daughters; one lives near her in Washington and jumps horses for a living, and the other lives in Nashville, TN working with singers and songwriters. Following one’s dream is a big deal for her family. Some of her hobbies include reading, fiber arts, decorating cakes and traveling. Ingrid, The Viking Maiden is her debut novel, and she looks forward to her second book publishing in late spring 2018. With a blend of historical facts, mythological elements and a contemporary voice, her books give life to strong, positive YA characters. You can find her on her website www.naomijanekelly.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/naomijanebooks/ or follow on Twitter and Instagram @naomijanebooks
Ashley grew up in Alaska, but now lives in Portland, OR with her husband and their rescue dog, who is Ashley’s writing companion. She can be found writing, practicing yoga, exploring Portland with her man, traveling the world, and making her own worlds. She’s a bit obsessed with falconry and talking about Harry Potter. Ashley loves strong, witchy characters that subvert your expectations and intends to write about them for as long as there are readers who want to read about them.
C. Bilici is an Australian writer, and author of the dark urban fantasy/horror Ward series, and many other novels that live on his hard drive and in his brain but will be smacking you in the face REAL SOON! He was born — the fact that you are reading this is a testament to that — and lives with 0 dogs and 0 cats, though the humans he lives with (two out of three of them his children) are working very hard to rectify that.
Victoria Raschke wrote her first short story at 10. Her mother said it was brilliant but pointed out she had written “cereal” instead of “serial.” She still can’t spell but did manage an M.A. in English from the University of Tennessee and a Culinary Arts degree from Nashville State Community College. Extensive travels in Eastern Europe led to spending a year in Slovenia, where her daydreams and the Voices of the Dead series are set. Victoria lives in Knoxville with her cats and human family who really appreciate that culinary arts degree. She is the secretary for the Knoxville Writers’ Guild and president of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Slow Food. Her first book, a contemporary fantasy/paranormal mystery, Who by Water was published by Griffyn Ink in May 2017. The third in the Voices of the Dead Series, Like a Pale Moon, will be released late 2018.