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  • J A Andrews

    JA Andrews thought her degree in aerospace engineering was useless to her as a fantasy author. Until that knowledge helped solve how to ground a dragon in The Keeper Chronicles.

  • Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of three bestselling epic fantasy series, the Castes and the OutCastes, the Chronicles of William Wilde, Instrument of Omens, and The Eternal Ephemera.

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  • Kevin Bachelder

    Kevin Bachelder has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category.

  • Aretta Baumgartner

    Aretta Baumgartner is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask, and movement. She's proud to be the Education Director of the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

  • Kaitlin Bevis

    Kaitlin Bevis is best known as the author of the young adult Greek mythology series, the Daughters of Zeus and a young adult horror novel called Blood and Other Matter.

  • J.D. Blackrose

    JD Blackrose is the author of The Summoner's Mark series from Bell Bridge Books, and The Soul Wars, The Devil's Been Busy, and the Zombie Cosmetologist novellas from Falstaff Books, and numerous short stories.

  • Jennifer Blackstream

    Jennifer Blackstream is a bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance fueled by binge-watching TV murder mysteries, a Master's degree in Psychology, and an obsession with mythology and fairy tales.

  • Bobby Blackwolf

    Bobby Blackwolf is the co-owner of the Voice of Geeks Network podcast network and Twitch channel and has hosted a live internet show and podcast about video games since 2005.

  • David Boop

    David Boop is the author of  The Drowned Horse Chronicle Volume 1, She Murdered me with Science, and Rippers: The Soul Changers. He also edits and writes short fiction.

  • Jay Boyce

    Jay Boyce, daughter of a librarian and wielder of words, is primarily an editor turned writer and perpetual learner. She currently writes A Touch of Power and Rise of the Mystic Mage series.

  • Matthew J. Brown

    Matthew Brown, PhD, is a scholar of comics and pop culture. He is co-editor of More Critical Approaches to Comics and has organized academic panels at Dragon Con.

  • Rhett C. Bruno

    Rhett Bruno is a USA Today bestselling, #1 Audible Bestselling, and Nebula-nominated hybrid author who co-founded Aethon Books and currently serves as its CEO.

  • Doug Burbey

    Doug Burbey is the author of the Blood War urban fantasy series. In addition to writing, he is a Department of Defense Program Manager for advanced technology development efforts.

  • Raychelle Burks

    Raychelle Burks is a chemistry professor with a crime lab background. She brings her expertise to examine unusual cases, both real and fictional.

  • Tyra Burton

    Tyra Burton is a multiple-award-winning professor, social media strategist, and co-author of Socially Engaged: The Author's Guide to Social Media.

  • D.J. Butler

    D.J. (Dave) Butler has been a lawyer, a consultant, a corporate trainer, and a registered investment banking representative, and he is now a Consulting Editor for Baen Books.

  • Richard Lee Byers

    Richard Lee Byers is the author of over fifty fantasy and horror novels as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. He also writes graphic novel and contributes to the development of electronic games. 
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  • R E Carr

    R.E. Carr is the award winning author of multiple urban fantasy and horror comedy series, including Rules Undying, False Icons, and her latest, The Accidental Summoner.

  • Jaime Castle

    Jaime Castle is a #1 Audible Bestselling author, including Luna Missile Crisis, Dead Acre, Cold as Hell, The Buried Goddess Saga, Web of Eyes, Jeff the Game Master, and more.

  • Michael Chatfield

    Michael Chatfield is an international bestseller author with over 40 books based in Fantasy, Science fiction and LitRPG universes!

  • Luke Chmilenko

    Luke Chmilenko is best known for a variety of blockbuster series such as Ascend Online, The Shattered Reigns, Savage Dominion, and Stormweaver!

  • Joshua Colwell

    Dr. Joshua Colwell is Chair and Pegasus Professor of Physics at the University of Central Florida. He hosts Walkabout the Galaxy, the fun astronomy podcast.

  • Ryan A Consell

    Ryan Cosnell is an engineering professor, costumer, prop maker, and author with particular expertise in engineering science with research focused on composite materials and bicycle destruction.

  • Harmon Cooper

    Harmon Cooper is the bestselling indie author of over 75 fantasy books including Pilgrim, Cowboy Necromancer, War Priest, The Feedback Loop, The World According to Dragons, and Arcane Cultivator.

  • Jason Cordova

    Bestselling author Jason Cordova was a finalist for both the John W. Campbell Award and Dragon Award. A huge history nerd, the Navy veteran, former teacher, and retired esports pro.

  • Katie Cross

    Magic-lover Katie Cross has published more than thirty books in YA Fantasy because she likes to hang out with dragons in wild places.

  • Stephanie Crugnola

    Stephanie Crugnola is a chaotic wholesome content creator specializing in Shakespeare, Collaborative Storytelling , Soccer, and all things niche nerd.

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  • Jason De La Torre

    JC De La Torre is an author, composer, animator, filmmaker, audio drama/fiction podcast creator, producer, screenwriter, editor, voice actor, and probably a few other things we forgot to mention.

  • Rita De La Torre

    Rita De La Torre is known for Seekers of the Lost Worlds, Continuum Force, Vampires of White Chapel, and Star Mage: Guardians of Medeltiden.

  • Ryan DeBruyn

    Ryan DeBruyn was a professional athlete that always wanted to write, and turned his dream into a reality. His works include, Ether Collapse, System Misinterpret, and Ether Flows

  • Matt Dinniman

    Matt Dinniman is the author of the best-selling series, Dungeon Crawler Carl.

  • Beth Dolgner

    Beth Dolgner writes paranormal fiction and nonfiction, including the Eternal Rest Bed and Breakfast paranormal cozy mysteries. She  gives talks about Victorian death customs and Spiritualism, and she tells ghost stories at events. 

  • Cecilia Dominic

    By day, psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this USA Today bestselling author writes steampunk and urban fantasy books that keep readers up all night. 

  • Patrick Dugan

    Patrick Dugan is the award-winning author of the Darkest Storm trilogy from Falstaff Books and the Never Steal From Dragons and the Watchers of Astaria series from Distracted Dragon Press.

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  • Marc Edelheit

    Marc Edelheit is an avid reader and accomplished author that spends his days – and nights – dreaming and writing about all things fantasy and sci-fi.

  • K.D. Edwards

    K.D. Edwards' first book in his urban fantasy series The Tarot Sequence, The Last Sun, was published in June 2018.  The Hourglass Throne, is the latest installment in the series.

  • Kevin Eldridge

    Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a pop-culture comedy podcast. He is a published science fiction author, an organizer and host of skeptic events, and a comedy musician.

  • Kacey Ezell

    Kacey Ezell is a helicopter air ambulance pilot who writes sci-fi/fantasy/horror/noir/alternate history fiction. She is a two-time Dragon Award Finalist and has written multiple bestselling novels.

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  • Emily A Finke

    A forensic anthropologist by training, but a science communicator by passion, Emily Finke has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, conventions, and more.

  • Sean Fletcher

    Sean Fletcher is the Amazon bestselling, award-winning author of YA and middle grade fantasy. He can be found speaking about and teaching writing, and working as a professional editor.

  • John L. Flynn

    Dr. John L. Flynn, author and three-time Hugo nominee, is a member of SFWA. His 21 books include novels, biographies, film studies, and nonfiction histories.

  • Jackson Ford

    Jackson Ford is a South African author living in Vancouver. He is the author of The Frost Files, beginning with The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind.

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  • Clay Gilbert

    Clay Gilbert has published thirteen novels from science fiction and horror to YA dystopia and urban fantasy. His latest novel Binary Sunset is due in 2023 from Dark Moon Press.

  • Dwayne Goetzel

    Dwayne Goetzel is an intellectual property attorney from Austin, Texas, who handles copyrights, trademarks, domain names, licensing, and litigation matters relating to those areas.

  • Darrell Z. Grizzle

    Darrell Z. Grizzle is a horror, urban fantasy, and thriller writer. He is the author of I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult and featured in several anthologies.


  • Dr. Nicole Gugliucci

    Dr. Nicole Gugliucci (aka NoisyAstronomer) is a physics professor, education researcher, astronomer, science communicator, and all-around geek. Her passion for science education drives a number of projects.

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  • Isabelle Hardesty

    Isabelle Hardesty writes YA fantasy stories about girls doing magical things and kicking butt. She is the author of The Destroyer Witch Chronicles series, The Delacourt Shapeshifter Trilogy series, and more.

  • Laura Hayden

    Laura Hayden writes in a wide variety of genres. With fourteen novels under her belt, she's also a founder and a ten-time director of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

  • Drew Hayes

    Drew Hayes is a comedy-fantasy author whose works include Super Powereds, Villains' Code, NPCs, Fred the Vampire Accountant, Action Kadabra, 5-Minute Sherlock, and Second Hand Curses, among others.

  • Tony P Henderson

    Tony P. Henderson is a moderator, podcaster, voice over artist known for the Tony P. Oddcast, In Addition and Geek Vs podcasts. 

  • Walter Hunt

    Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction writer from Massachusetts. He has eleven published novels and is currently working on his third novel in the 1632 universe.

  • Topher Hunter

    Topher Hunter is a professional biomedical science communicator and amateur droid builder with a passion for trying new things and helping others to not make the same mistakes he/they made.

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  • Chris Jackson

    Chris A. Jackson is the author of over 30 novels in multiple genres. He is the 2020 Scribe award winner for best short story, as well as numerous other awards.

  • Kristin Jackson

    Kristin Jackson is the Director of Communications and Graphic Designer for Frostbite Pictures, and is currently working on International& Domestic indoor/outdoor art for Paramount Pictures.

  • G. S. Jennsen

    G.S. Jennsen is a bestselling author of 18 novels and numerous short stories. Her novel, Starshine was named one of the best sci-fi novels by a woman in the last 50 years.

  • Bernadette Johnson

    Bernadette Johnson is the author of The Big Book of Spy Trivia, The Big Book of Horse Trivia for Kids, and The Big Book of Cryptid Trivia

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  • Darin Kennedy

    Darin Kennedy is a doctor-by-day and novelist-by-night. Kennedy's works include his Fugue & Fable series, the Pawn Stratagem series, and The April Sullivan Chronicles.

  • Roy Kilgard

    Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear.

  • Bethanne Kim

    "Be Prepared" is deeply ingrained in Bethanne Kim's writings. She has written a series on Survival Skills and it informs Kim's alternate history stories set in Eric Flint's 1632 Universe.

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  • Rob Levy

    Rob Levy is a writer, blogger and podcaster who written about popular culture, music, film and television for several print and online publications He also contributed to several Doctor Who anthologies. He currently hosts Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio and is a co-host of the Modern Musicology podcast.

  • Philip Ligon

    Philip Ligon is an international bestselling author and Dragon Award finalist. His works range from Steampunk to alternate history to fantasy.

  • Jeffrey Falcon Logue

    Jeffrey "Falcon" Logue has been a professional writer for over seven years. He has published 18 books, having started the dungeon core subgenre with his original, The Slime Dungeon.

  • Tara Lynne

    Tara Lynne is an author, event planner, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. They founded Ice & Fire Con and are host of the Geek Saga and Sagas & Sass podcasts.

  • Courtney Lytle

    Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. She specializes in intellectual property law and is a partner at Culhane Meadows.

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  • Megan Mackie

    Megan Mackie is the author of The Lucky Devil Series, the Dead World Series, the Working Masks Series, The Adventures of Pavlov's Dog and Schrodinger's Cat Series, and many more.

  • Lisa Manifold

    Lisa Manifold is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal women's fiction, urban fantasy and romance. with her most recent releases in her series, The Oracle of Wynter.

  • Michael G. Manning

    Michael G. Manning is the author of the popular Mageborn series. He has dabbled in software design, fantasy art, and is an avid tree climber. 

  • C. Mantis

    A former Marine, C. Mantis fell into being a fantasy author when the pandemic hit and has an insight or three about the process. 

  • Thomas Mariani

    Thomas Mariani is a staff writer for Film Cred and host of the podcast Double Edged Double Bill who has been a panelist for eight straight Dragon Con.

  • Bill Mulligan

    Bill Mulligan has worked as a writer, director, actor and special FX creator. He podcasts with Decades of Horror. His first published novel, Raum, is coming soon. 

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  • James Nettles

    James Nettles is a business and technology consultant, speaker, author of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction, and media author on the business of creativity, futurist topics, science, and technology.

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  • Corinne O'Flynn

    Corinne O'Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy, mystery, and paranormal romance. She also writes contemporary romance as Daria Blake, and paranormal romance as Fiona Starr.

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  • James Palmer

    James Palmer is an award-winning writer of science fiction and pulp adventure, author of the Shadow Council Archives series, and editor of the Monster Earth series and League of Monsters.


  • JM Paquette

    Author of the Klauden's Ring Saga and the Conjuring Fascination series, JM Paquette writes fantasy and paranormal romance novels.

  • D.R. Perry

    D.R. Perry writes fiction for both YA and adult audiences. Among her works is Dragon Award nominated A Change In Crime and over 30 volumes in the Revealed World series.

  • Berta Platas

    Berta Platas is an award-winning Latina romance author as well as coauthor, with Michele Roper, of the The Faire Folk Saga. The By Honor Bound series, is co-written with Nancy Knight.

  • Noel Plaugher

    Having studied Chinese and Japanese martial arts, and Qigong, Plaugher draws on those experiences to write hard-hitting martial arts fiction and non-fiction. His new novel is The Lady Dragon of Chinatown.

  • Joelle Presby

    Former U.S. Navy nuclear engineer, Joelle Presby wrote The Dabare Snake Launcher and cowrites the Multiverse series with David Weber. She has sold over a dozen shorter works several genres.

  • Marx Pyle

    Marx Pyle is an author, screenwriter, filmmaker, podcaster, adjunct professor, and martial artist. He is the author of Obsidian Monsters, co-editor/co-author of the award-winning anthology Dragons of a Different Tail.

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  • Rachel Rawlings

    Rachel Rawlings is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Her book 'Ink It Over is currently in development for film.


  • Gray Rinehart

    Gray Rinehart is a writer who sings, and a singer who writes. He's written science fiction and fantasy stories, songs on myriad topics, and is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen.

  • Aaron Michael Ritchey

    Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of forty-seven novels under various pen names. He's been an Amazon All-Star, and the first book in The Juniper Wars series was a Dragon Award Finalist. His novel, Sages of the Underpass, won the Independent Audiobook Award for best fantasy in 2021.

  • Robert Ross

    Robert W. Ross is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of Creation contemporary-fantasy, and Paradigm 2045 sci-fi series. When not writing, heʼs a guest-lecturer at GaTech and Kennesaw State University.

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  • Tony Sarrecchia

    Tony is a writer-producer with multiple audio drama, and short stories under his belt. He also has a supernatural thriller screenplay in development with Scary Times Productions.

  • Daniel Schinhofen

    Daniel Schinhofen has published over forty books since 2016, receiving name recognition in the LITRPG and GameLit community. He has published in multiple other genres as well.

  • R. Alan Siler

    R. Alan Siler is owner of kOZMIC Press. He's the author of three books about Doctor Who, the kid's book Lucy Can't Dance, and essays on numerous pop culture topics. His podcasts include Modern Musicology, Earth Station Trek, Doctor Who A to Z, and Alan's Record Bin.

  • Tamsin L. Silver

    Tamsin Silver is a Fantasy author based out of NM. Works include Mark of the Necromancer, The Windfire Series, Untold Legends Series, and a novel/web series, Skye of the Damned.

  • Shami A Stovall

    Shami Stovall is a multi-award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction and the founder of Capital Station Books. She loves reading, her husband, John, video games, and writing about herself in the third person.

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  • The Tattooed Santa

    The Tattooed Santa (AKA Stephen Taylor)  is the father of 12 (9 by adoption) and has been crafting armor from leather, chainmaille, and scalemaille for 16+ years.

  • Mel Todd

    Mel Todd is a best-selling speculative fiction writer/owner of Bad Ash Publishing. Her fiction includes Blood War, Kaylid Chronicles, and the Twisted Luck series.


  • J M Tuffley

    JM Tuffley writes about Pop Culture for various outlets, and contributes to Need Coffee Dot Com's Weekend Justice Podcast.

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  • Jennifer Whitworth

    Jennifer Whitworth is an engineer at Teledyne Brown Engineering. After 20+ years supporting science operations on board the International Space Station as a flight controller, she now is helpingto develop the processes and procedures for science payloads onboard the LunarGateway.

  • Michael G. Williams

    Michael G. Williams writes queer horror, sci-fi, and urban fantasy about outsiders finding their people, including A Fall in Autumn (Manly Wade Wellman Award), Perishables (Laine Cunningham Award), among others.

  • Valerie Willis

    Valerie Willis is COO of 4 Horsemen Publications and award-winning paranormal romance author. Her workshops have covered novel writing, research, world building, character development, reader immersion, foreshadowing, and more.

  • Sadie Witkowski

    Sadie Witkowski has a passion for science communication and a love of telling compelling stories through science. She is currently the Director of Communications and Engagement for IMSI.

  • Marisa Wolf

    Marisa Wolf writes science fiction, fantasy, and every point in-between. She is a core author in the bestselling Four Horseman Universe and has over 20 short stories in print.

  • Tao Wong

    Tao Wong is a full-time self-published author in the scifi and fantasy genres with over 40 works published. He was a finalist for the Kindle Storyteller UK Award in 2021.


  • Trisha J. Wooldridge

    Trisha J. Wooldridge writes and edits stuff that wins awards. Find her in The Twisted Book of Shadows; some HWA Poetry Showcase volumes; and multiple anthologies. 

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  • Jessica Ann York

    Jessica Ann York is a horror writer whose work has been featured PseudoPod, Vastarien, Cemetery Gates Media, and more. 

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  • Mark Zoran

    Mark Zoran is an internationally recognized and award-winning costume and prop creator and the creative mind behind Razorfly Studios.

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