2017 Special Guest Authors
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Vengeance: A Darkhurst novel, is the second in a new epic fantasy series for Solaris (coming April, 2018). Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Vendetta, and a new collection, Trifles and Folly. Spells, Salt, and Steel is the first in another new urban fantasy series set in upstate Pennsylvania. Other work includes the Chronicles Of The Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms series, the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, and Iron & Blood (co-authored with Larry N. Martin)
Proud Member: SFWA, Broad Universe
New in 2017: Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst
Trifles and Folly: A Deadly Curiosities Collection
Salvage Rat (new space adventure by Larry N. Martin)
Assassin's Honor: Book One in the Assassins of Landria
Plus all-new novellas in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, Blaine McFadden Adventures, Deadly Curiosities Adventures and Storm and Fury Adventures
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects.
In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fictions “misfit toys.”
In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and playing Magic: the Gathering.
For samples of John’s ridiculous sense of humor, check out these free ebooks - http://bit.ly/1U8eASF
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas, Kestrel’s Voyages, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates, and the upcoming Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and she’s working on a series of Shadow Council novellas for Falstaff Press featuring the famous gunslinger Doc Holliday. When she’s not writing, Misty studies and performs Middle Eastern dance and will, on occasion, surprise everyone with a batch of home-baked snickerdoodles. She’s a sucker for good sushi, African coffee, SC Gamecock football, and the darkest rum she can find. You can keep up with what Misty’s doing at mistymassey.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Mary Jane Capps writes young adult novels about witches, mermaids, and ghosts-or some combination of the three. She likes to keep things spooky, magical, and reasonably upbeat. Mary Jane lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina with her husband and daughter, down the road from her parents, in a house that is probably haunted. Connect on Instagram @maryjanecapps Sign up for book info and fun giveaways at www.maryjanecapps.com
Edward McKeown is best known for his Robert Fenaday / Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe. He has now debuted a new series set in the same universe, featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced pilot named Wrik Trigardt, as they battle governments and the Thieves Guild for their freedom in, My Outcast State, Against that Time and the new, The Lost.
Ed escaped from NYC, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous SF detective stories in the collection “On the Case” as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his “Knight Templar” urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts even occasionally choreographing some wedding swordfights. Ed has also edited five Sha’Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse.
Reluctant privateer Robert Fenaday searches the stars for his lost love, Lisa, a naval intelligence officer whose ship disappeared near the end of the Conchirri War. He’s joined by the genetically engineered assassin, Shasti Rainhell, whose cold perfection masks her dark past. Both are blackmailed by government spymaster, Mandela, into a suicidal mission to the doomed planet Enshar. Leading a team of scientists and soldiers, they must unravel the mystery of that planet’s death before an ancient force reaches out to claim their lives.
Jason the author of The Rifle Chronicles series, The Clockworks of War series, and he also has stories in multiple anthologies. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, steam, and gears! You can check out his writing at www.jasonhgilbert.com! When he’s not writing stories, he’s watching crap cinema that would make your toes curl. Jason is the man behind Fail-Flix, a review site that tackles the best of the worst with all the grace of a rabid water buffalo in an antique China shop. He also managed to collect a few favorites in his movie guide, Bad Movie Beware! Grab a few laughs at www.fail-flix.com!
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern Iraq.
His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. The Stravinsky Intrigue continues those same themes, and his Fugue & Fable series culminates in The Tchaikovsky Finale, all from Curiosity Quills Press. The first novel in his The Pawn Stratagem contemporary fantasy series, Pawn’s Gambit, is available from Falstaff Books. His short stories can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines, and the best, particularly those about a certain Necromancer for Hire, are collected for your reading pleasure under Darin’s imprint, 64Square Publishing.
Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, NC. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion. Find him online at darinkennedy.com.
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of 19 novels in various genres for adults and younger readers. STEEPLEJACK was released by Tor Teen in June 2016, and won several awards including the Manly Wade Wellman Award and the International Thriller Writer’s YA Award, and was named to Kirkus’s Best Teen Reads list and the ALA’s best YA books list. It was followed by FIREBRAND in 2017 which, like its predecessor, was nominated for a Dragon award, and by GUARDIAN in 2018.
His other YA series, CATHEDRALS OF GLASS, is part of a special partnership with Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves, with whom he is also writing the adult scifi series Sekret Machines. 2018 will see the publication of the 2nd book in that series, the 2nd Cathedrals of Glass book, the 3rd Steeplejack book, a YA stand alone novel grounded in the ghost stories of his childhood called Cold Bath Street, and an adult thriller called Lies That Bind Us (published under the pseudonym Andrew Hart).
His early books include the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine
Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. With David Hewson he has co-written two adaptations of Shakespeare plays as epic thrillers: Macbeth, a Novel (audio edition voiced by Alan Cumming) and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a Novel (the audio book, performed by Richard Armitage, was named Audible’s book of the year for 2014).
He is UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare, specializing in performance theory and practice, and is the author of various scholarly books including The Shakespearean Dramaturg, Shakespeare and Political Theatre, a performance history of Julius Caesar, and essay collections on Shakespeare on the University stage and Shakespeare in Millennial fiction. Dr. Hartley is currently working with Peter Holland on a book on Shakespeare and geek culture. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, two crazy dogs, and two aloof cats.
She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books.
She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl. Never give up. Dare to dream and believe in magic.
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as an Acquiring Editor for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader.
Her urban fantasy series, Guardians of Eternity, will be published by Falstaff Books beginning in 2018.
A graduate of Winthrop University, Melissa has published short stories with Mocha Memoirs Press, Falstaff Books, and other quality small presses throughout the Southeast.
Melissa can be found hiding in the deep corners of the library or at home with her laptop and cat. For those of you out in cyberspace, she can also be found at any of the following cyber places:
Web – www.clickingkeys.com
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of numerous published fantasy and horror short stories, including the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from the School of Journalism at the University of South Carolina. He received his law degree in California and practiced there as an attorney for several years. He is an unapologetic European history geek, enjoys the Celtic fiddle, and makes a mean sundried tomato-basil pesto. He currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two children. To find out more, visit www.jmsaunders.com.