Brain to Books welcomes these talents new to CyCon!
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.
Anna Applegate is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author. Her debut trilogy, The Ariya Adams Trilogy, is available now. She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and four incredible children. She started out as an avid reader who kept finding that she wanted an extra scene, or alternate ending in the books she was reading. After being challenged to try to write her own story, the words poured out of her and she has pursued writing ever since.
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.
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.
Alice de Sampaio Kalkuhl
Alice de Sampaio Kalkuhl (born 1998 in Cologne) is based in Manchester, where she studies Genetics. An
avid interest in science has always influenced her writing. Her novels Energy equals milk times coffee squared and Mermaid Quay were published by Champagne Cat.
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.
Carmilla Voiez is a proudly bisexual and mildly autistic introvert who finds writing much easier than verbal communication. A life long Goth, living with two kids, two cats and a poet by the sea. She is passionate about horror, the alt scene, intersectional feminism, art, nature and animals. When not writing, she gets paid to hang out in a stately home and entertain tourists. Carmilla grew up on a varied diet of horror. Her earliest influences as a teenage reader were Graham Masterton, Brian Lumley and Clive Barker mixed with the romance of Hammer Horror and the visceral violence of the first wave of video nasties. Fascinated by the Goth aesthetic and enchanted by threnodies of eighties Goth and post-punk music she evolved into the creature of darkness we find today. Her books are both extraordinarily personal and universally challenging. As Jef Withonef of Houston Press once said – “You do not read her books, you survive them.”
Cybill Cain, Amazon Top 100 selling author of sweet filthy romances to tuck you in at night. She specializes in big strong handsome men who listen, and know their way around in the bedroom. Her heroines are filled with sass and brains. Her stories are filled with insta-love and wild memorable rides that start the second their eyes meet, and end in sweet glorious cheesy love filled HEA’s, like pastries for the mind.
Fiona Riplee is a Paranormal and Science Fiction Romance Writer. She can’t stop creating new worlds where there are endless possibilities for finding love and squeels with glee when her magical matchmaking brings her characters together for a happily ever after. Fiona grew up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania and currently lives in Indiana with her hopelessly romantic husband (who would never admit it under torture), the cutest and craziest four-year-old she’s ever seen, and two mischievous dogs. While she hasn’t sailed around the world, she was married in Jamaica beside the ocean and in a previous career traveled to Germany and Switzerland.
J. I. Rogers
J. I. Rogers is green-eyed, ginger-haired, caffeine addict who is currently working on ‘The 942 Series’ of science fiction novels. While acting as a conduit for the voices in her head, she is also an artist, a voracious reader/movie watcher/old-school RPGer, a mom, and life-companion to a logger in the rugged wilderness of British Columbia. Contact J. I. Rogers at: https://www.facebook.com/J.I.Rogers.Author/
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.
Ken Farmer didn’t write his first full novel until he was sixty-nine years of age. He often wonders what the hell took him so long. At age seventy-six…he’s currently working on novel number twenty …COLDIRON. Ken spent thirty years raising cattle and quarter horses in east Texas and forty-five years as a professional actor, performing in 15 major motion pictures, over 50 TV shows and MOWs and he quit counting commercials at 350. All of that after a stint in the Marine Corps. Those years gave him a background for storytelling…or as he has been known to say, “I’ve always been a bit of a bull—t artist, so writing novels kind of came naturally once it occurred to me I could put my stories down on paper.” Ken’s writing style has been likened to a combination of Louis L’Amour and Terry C. Johnston with an occasional Hitchcockian twist…now that’s a mouthful. He has won several national awards for his novels: The Nations – Laramie Award – Best Classic Western – 2014 and Haunted Falls – Laramie Award – Best Action Western – 2013. In addition to his love for writing fiction, he likes to teach acting, voice-over and writing workshops. Ken’s favorite expression is: “Just tell the damn story.” Writing has become Ken’s second life: he has been a Marine, played collegiate football at Stephen F. Austin State University, been a Texas wildcatter, cattle and horse rancher, professional film and TV actor and now…a novelist. Who knew? Contact me at: www.kenfarmer-author.net or www.facebook.com/KenFarmerAuthor/
Lizzi grew up riding wild in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods, became an equine veterinarian at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, practiced in the California Pony Express and Gold Country before emigrating to New Zealand. When not writing, she’s swinging a rapier or shooting a bow in medieval garb, riding, driving a carriage or playing on her farm, singing, or working as an equine veterinarian or science teacher. She is multiply published and awarded in special interest magazines and veterinary periodicals.
Margena Adams Holmes
Margena Adams Holmes was born in Bellflower, CA sometime in the 1960s. She has always had a love for both reading and writing, writing her first song/poem in 1st grade. She read the Little House series of books several times until the covers fell off, then as an adult, read the Harry Potter series until the covers fell off. She also loves Sandra Brown’s novels as well as biographies. As a writer, Margena is an observer of life, and many everyday things could (and do!) end up in her writings. Attending concerts, working her “real” job, and even the Weather Channel has helped Margena in many of her novels. Most recently, her novels have turned to science fiction, where she could “create anything and have the characters go anywhere, because it’s my world”. Always looking for writing opportunities, Margena has written for and put together several newsletters for her employer and her church, and wrote several poems in high school which were either published in the yearbook or presented at school functions. Margena has written for Examiner.com, Kapost, and the now-defunct Yahoo Contributor Network, where she earned the title of Top 500 Contributor for her story on the Black Forest fires in Colorado. She currently lives in Colorado with her family, where she enjoys hiking, photography, singing, scrapbooking, and couponing. She also loves Star Wars, Star Trek, and going to the Renaissance Festival each year. Although she is in Colorado, she still supports her Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ronesa Aveela is a Bulgarian-American born and raised in Bulgaria. She wanted to study art, but life put her in accounting, where numbers became her kryptonite. By day, she works to pay her bills and buys chocolate and art supplies. By night, she writes, eats chocolate, and paints her soul inspired by the magic of Bulgarian, Thracian, and Slavic mythology. She’s written since childhood about mythological creatures, epic adventures, and kids like herself who reached impossible dreams.
Sarah is an AuthorGoddess, one who embraces the divine honor of creating worlds with words in the hope of inspiring others. Sarah has been writing for more than 20 years. She lives in a magical land with two monsters (the kids), an ogre (the hubby), and whatever drama-llama is coming to visit this week. Sarah is the author of Too Wyrd and Fluffy Bunny, books 1 & 2 of the Runespells series. She has short stories and essays in several anthologies, including Visions IV: Space Between Stars, A Twist of Fate: A Collection of 11 Twisted Fairy Tales, London Calling: A Quill&Ink Anthology, and Chasing Fireflies: A Summer Romance Anthology.
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.
Violette L Meier
Violette Meier is a mother, writer, painter, poet, and native of Atlanta, Georgia, who earned her B.A. in English at Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Divinity at Interdenominational Theological Center. Her books include: The First Chronicle of Zayashariya: Out of Night, Angel Crush, Son of the Rock, Tales of a Numinous Nature: A Short Story Collection, Violette Ardor: A Volume of Poetry, This Sickness We Call Love: Poems of Love, Lust, and Lamentation, Ruah the Immortal, and Loving and Living Life are now available.
CHERRY SENIEL is a paranormal romance writer who believes that all of the best love stories have one thing in common—one must go against the odds to get there. Her novel tells about that. By day, she applies her skills as a Computer Engineer and leads a team. She pursued her IT career in Singapore for a couple of years and then she went back to her homeland. She loves the Entrepreneur world as well. She finished her Masters Degree in Business Administration at Ateneo de Cagayan University in Philippines.
At night, she writes her novels and talks to her characters. Her passion in writing is so massive that she cannot disregard its call. She took various courses online to develop her skills and to learn more in the field of literature. Writing about her characters and introduce them to the world is her deepest wish.