Hello! I’m Michael R. Underwood, but everywhere that isn’t my byline, I go by Mike. I’m the author of several series:
1) The Ree Reyes urban fantasies (GEEKOMANCY, CELEBROMANCY, and the forthcoming ATTACK THE GEEK), about a geeky barista whose love of SF/F powers its own magic system, allowing her to geek out in order to fight evil.
2) The Younger Gods, an urban fantasy series about the one moral member of a family of demon worshipers who has to stop his sister from raising one of the younger gods and kicking off the apocalypse. Both the Ree Reyes and Younger Gods series are published by Pocket Star.
3) Also in 2014, I’ll be launching an epic fantasy with 47North, titled SHIELD AND CROCUS, where an aging revolutionary strikes a bargain with his oldest and most treacherous foe to turn the tide against the tyrants that control his city.
When I’m not writing, I’m the North American Sales & Marketing Manager at Angry Robot Books, including the teen imprint Strange Chemistry and crime imprint Exhibit A. Working in publishing as my day job has given me a lot of insights into the business, and means that I basically eat, sleep, and breathe genre publishing. I’m also a co-host/contributor at SkiffyandFanty.com.
I live in Baltimore with my girlfriend and our growing menagerie of stuffed animals and action figures. In my rapidly-diminishing free time, I bake homemade pizzas and study historical martial arts (especially the Iberian style of La Verdadera Destreza). You can find me at michaelrunderwood.com and on Twitter @MikeRUnderwood.
Hi! I’m Beth Cato. My debut novel is a steampunk fantasy featuring a goody-two-shoes healer, airships, espionage, and a world tree that most definitely plays favorites. CLOCKWORK DAGGER is due out in September 2014, with the sequel a year later. My publisher is HarperCollins Voyager.
I’ve had short stories published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Nature, and various other places. I also write poetry and am a regular in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, with stories in twelve so far.
I write from a lair in the Sonoran Desert outside of Phoenix, Arizona, where I plot the apocalypse as I bake gazillions of cookies. I share the house with a hockey-loving husband, number-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham. I’m originally from Hanford, California. My website is bethcato.com and I can also be found on Twitter as @BethCato.
Tina Connolly here! I’m a writer and face painter in the beautifully rainy city of Portland, Oregon. I have a husband, cat, and two small kids, and we all live in a lovely old house on a hill that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry bushes in the attic. (Also: no heat. We’re still working on that . . .)
My first fantasy novel, IRONSKIN (Tor, 2012) was nominated for a Nebula, and the sequel COPPERHEAD came out in October 2013. The final book in the trilogy is due October 2014, and after that comes an unrelated YA from Tor Teen called SERIOUSLY WICKED (about a girl who lives with an ~ ahem ~ seriously wicked witch.) (Find out more about all those at tinaconnolly.com)
My short stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. I frequently narrate stories for Podcastle and BCS, as well as run the Parsec-winning flash podcast Toasted Cake. Sometimes I have time to sleep.
Hello, this is J. Kathleen Cheney. My debut novel THE GOLDEN CITY came out in November of 2013, and is a tale of a sereia and her quest to stop a murderer in an alternate 1902 Portugal. The sequel, THE SEAT OF MAGIC, will be out July 1, 2014.
My husband and I currently live in Oklahoma, but we’re actually both Texans. We live in a comfy home in the middle of the state with two Airedale Terriers who are our fluffy masters. Occasionally, they let me do some gardening and a bit of writing.
My work has popped up before in several magazines and anthologies, among them Fantasy Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Jim Baen’s Universe. My novella “Iron Shoes” was a 2010 Nebula Finalist. Links to all my work can be found on my webpage at www.jkathleencheney.com
As E. C. Ambrose, I’m the author of the Dark Apostle series from DAW books, a dark historical fantasy series about medieval surgery. (Yeah, I know, “dark” and “medieval surgery” is kind of redundant, but I want to make sure you know what you’re getting into.) The series started with ELISHA BARBER (7/13) and continues in July of 2014 with ELISHA MAGUS.
My short fiction has won the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction contest 2012 and is forthcoming in Fireside. You may also have seen my non-fiction pieces “The Romance of Ruins” and “Spoiler Alert!” in Clarkesworld magazine. I blog about the intersections between history and fantasy at ecambrose.wordpress.com and I can be found on facebook.com/thedarkapostle and on twitter @ecambrose but the real home of all things Dark Apostle is www.thedarkapostle.com
When I’m not writing, reading grim and gory history books, or visiting strange museums, I work as an adventure guide, taking teens into the White Mountains of New Hampshire for hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and campfire stories. All of them have come home alive. . . so far.
I’m M.K. Hutchins. My debut novel, DRIFT, is a YA epic fantasy featuring a floating island surrounded by a monster-infested, watery hell. My short fiction’s been published in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and a half-dozen other places.
I studied archaeology in college, where I compiled histories from Maya glyphs, excavated in Belize, and worked as a faunal analyst. I’m a long-time Idahoan, now residing in Salt Lake City, Utah with my husband and our three little boys. My website’s www.mkhutchins.com and I’m on Twitter as @mkhutchins.
I’m Lawrence M. Schoen, and I wear a lot of vocational hats. In addition to being an author, I’m also a psychologist, a small press publisher, a klingonist, and a hypnotist. I’ve had the pleasure of being nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards. I’ve had two novels and two short story collections published by Hadley Rille Books, Three of the four are light and humorous SF about my space-faring hypnotist, the Amazing Conroy, and his über-cute, alien companion animal, a buffalito named Reggie who can eat anything and farts oxygen.
After a career of more than twenty years, I’m well on my way to being an overnight success. In the summer of 2013 I sold a book proposal to Tor, and then used that sale to secure an incredible agent. The book — currently titled BARSK: THE ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD — should come out in either late 2014 or early 2015. I expect it will change my life (and when you read it, maybe it will change yours).
Samples of my fiction, random thoughts, appearance schedules, and my weekly blog feature where visiting authors reveal their most memorable meals, can be found at http://www.lawrencemschoen.com
Hi, Fran Wilde here! My fantasy novel, BONE ARROW, debuts from Tor in 2015. In it, you’ll find towers, manmade wings, secrets, dangers, and fierce young women and men who live their lives above the clouds. I can’t wait to share it with you.
My science fiction and fantasy stories appear in Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and the Impossible Futures anthology. For fun, I interview authors about the intersection of food and fiction with a column called Cooking the Books.
In previous lives, I learned how to tie a bunch of sailing knots, set gemstones, and program digital minions. I’ve also taught writing and digital media at two colleges, a high school for the creative arts, and a long-distance program for young writers.
My website is http://franwilde.net, I’m on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.
I’m Steve Bein, creator of the Fated Blades. These books span some seven hundred years of Japanese history, all crystallized in the modern day in the story of Mariko Oshiro
Mariko is the only woman to make the rank of detective and sergeant in Tokyo’s most elite police unit. That makes her life pretty tough, as misogyny and tradition conspire against her at every turn—and that’s before her fate gets tied up with the deadliest swords ever forged. Mariko’s story is punctuated by historical interludes, where the same swords alter the course of destiny for a long line of warriors, from WWII officers all the way back to the days of the samurai.
The first in the series, DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD, came out in 2011, followed by YEAR OF THE DEMON last month. A companion novella, ONLY A SHADOW, is available for your e-reader, and the third book in the series, DISCIPLE OF THE WIND, is due out in October 2014. All three are published by Roc, Penguin’s fantasy imprint.
I also write short stories, which have appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Writers of the Future, and in international translation. In my alter ego as a philosophy professor, I also write academic books and articles, and have translated some seminal works in Japanese Buddhism. When I’m not writing I’m usually training in the dojo or out having fun with my dogs.
Please stop by and like me at Facebook! You can also visit my website to find links, downloads, and news about upcoming appearances and events.
Hi all! Tex Thompson here – “rural fantasy” writer, comma placement specialist, and corn-fed genius.
Kidding about that last part. It’s a hell of a thing, actually: despite being a total publishing rookie, I somehow managed to persuade the good people at Solaris that what the world REALLY needs is an epic fantasy Western series: you know, a little bit Firefly, a little bit Dark Tower, with cowboys and natives and fishmen and one truly bad-ass science nun.
It’s a setting based loosely off of the American Southwest, in a world that runs on ‘culture magic’. And although the big brutal clash of the industrialized east and the indigenous west has ended (for now) in a stalemate, all that blood and violence has seeped into the land itself, leaving behind a kind of mystical radiation poisoning that’s warping the people and creatures who live in it. No need for Dark Lords or Chosen Ones here: as it turns out, all it takes is a couple of hopelessly ignorant cowboys, thirteen yearling horses, and one horrible accident to drag the surrendered border town of Sixes back to the brink of a past that seems hell-bent on repeating itself.
Needless to say, the rest of my life isn’t nearly that exciting. I live in Dallas with my hetero life-mate and a refurbished cat named Peaches, and am currently serving as the editor for the DFW Writers Conference. Please look me up there or at www.thetexfiles.com – and get ready for ONE NIGHT IN SIXES, coming July 2014 from Solaris Books!