Author Terry Wright

There’s nothing mundane in the writing world of Terry Wright. Tension, conflict and suspense propel his readers through the pages as if they were on fire. Published in Science Fiction, Horror, and Supernatural, his mastery of the action thriller has also won him International acclaim as an accomplished screenplay writer. A 19-year member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, he coordinated their annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest for six years, received their highest award for service, The Jasmine Award, and was nominated for the Writer of the Year, 2014. Nowadays he spends most of his literary time editing manuscripts and publishing authors from around the world. 

Terry is a Vietnam Veteran (USAF), a certified pilot of light aircraft, and an avid Harley- Davidson enthusiast. He's a member of the Denver Harley Owners Group (HOG) and the American Legion Post 178. He lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his wife, Bobette, and their Yorkie, Taz.

Author Stephen A Benjamin

Dr. Stephen A. Benjamin was born and raised in New York City.  He received his A.B. degree from Brandeis University, and his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, and is a board-certified veterinary pathologist.  He has been a university teacher, researcher, and administrator, and is currently Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University.  His interests in human and animal health are reflected in most of his short stories and novels.  He lives in Colorado with his wife, and enjoys traveling, especially visiting his family, fishing, golf, skiing, cooking, and writing fiction.

Author Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and serves on the board of Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) as editor of The Galley, GRW’s award-winning online newsletter. She is the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award.


Marilyn writes humorous women’s fiction, including The Edger, which won first place in the Suspense Romance category of the 2010 Ignite the Flame Contest, sponsored by Central Ohio Fiction Writers RWA chapter.  Her manuscript, The Colonoscopy Club, finaled in the GRW Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in 2005 in the Single Title category.


Author AJ Kirby

A. J. Kirby is the award-winning published author of three novels and over forty short stories. He is a sports writer for the Professional Footballer's Association in the UK and a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books and The Short Review.

Andy's work has been described as `vivid and intense', `deeply disturbing', and `intriguing'. He writes about the darker side of the street; that place that people hurry past without quite knowing why. He revels in creating unease in the reader. After entering his world, `you may want to run up and down stairs just to calm down' (as one reviewer put it).

Otherwise he is an avid reader.  He enjoys travel, film and theatre, and he would love to be better at chess. He'd also like to learn about paleontology and dreams of a perfect world when he no longer has to work at a day-job.


Author Rosie Oliver

Rosie Oliver is a lateral thinker by inclination, a chartered mathematician by training and experience, and a systems engineer by reputation – a good basis for doing what she enjoys, writing hard science fiction. After working for over 30 plus years on real tech, she is now doing an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. What could be lovelier than studying in the Elizabethan Manor house at Corsham Court? Rosie lives in Chipping Sodbury, England, with three cute cats, with the runt of the litter definitely being the boss cat!

Author Craig Jones

Originally from South Wales, Craig Jones has held a wide range of jobs from tennis player to gym manager to health service worker. He turned 40 in October, is married to Claire,  and they have an insane ginger cat named Wookie. Craig went to school with Catherine Zeta-Jones, played tennis with Jamie Redknapp, and coached Great Britain’s first ever World Number One tennis player.

"I have always loved horror stories, having grown up with Jason Voorhees and his slasher friends, and I love writing them even more. The thought of taking normal people and putting them in terrifying situations gives me a fantastic buzz. I hope to convey that buzz to my readers in every story I write."

Author Paul Sherman

Paul Sherman has been a teacher pretty well all of his life, specializing in Chemistry and Youth Theatre, an unlikely combination, but one which has worked brilliantly.  He has directed a number of successful straight plays and musicals, including ‘The Crucible’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘The Entertainer’. His writing credits include short stories and poetry for a number of UK publications.  He also writes drama having had a pantomime produced at the Rutherglen Repertory Theatre near Glasgow and a play at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.  He is married, celebrating his 40th Wedding Anniversary this year, and has two daughters and a jet black cat called Gertie.

Author Dean Giles

Dean Giles lives with his wife and two young children in Surrey, UK. He owns a business jointly with his father, developing and manufacturing fibre optic components and instruments for the telecommunications, sensing, and data industries. His day job consists largely of shining light through fragile glass fibres, and trying to glue very small things to even smaller things.   Dean is a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing and has won national and international titles in the sport. In 2003 he spent a few months living and training at a Shaolin Kung Fu academy in Northern China.

Dean writes science fiction and horror, and his short stories have appeared in webzines in the UK and US. A love of reading, gaming, and watching SF/F has given him the motivation to put his ideas onto paper.

Author James Halon

As a native of N.W. Indiana, Mr. James Halon enlisted in the U.S.A.F., at the age of 17, he retired from the service as a Weather Forecaster at the Palahua Solar Observatory on Oahu, Hawaii. He later worked as a scientist for the Department of the Navy, deactivating nuclear submarines in Bremmerton, Washington.

Mr. Halon studied English at Chapman College in Orange, California, Math at the University of Hawaii, and Industrial Engineering Technologies (IET) at Purdue University, Indiana. He most recently worked as the EIC, Editor-in-Chief of New Line Press Publishing.

James passed away December 24, 2016. RIP, my good friend.


Author Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith’s motto is: “Life is short. Play hard.” She has flown and jumped out of an airplane (not on the same flight, of course), learned martial arts (Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, and Shuaijiao), played violin in an orchestra, performed on stage as an actress and dancer, competed in ballroom dance competitions, served in the military, and traveled the world. Now she captures those experiences in her writing. She's excited to present her first novel “The Berlin Affair” a romantic thriller set in Germany.

A native of Southern California, Stephanie has worked as a technical trainer, systems and test engineer, and Intelligence Hardware Engineer in the Army while serving at Field Station Berlin. After finishing her master’s and doctorate degrees, she worked as a psychotherapist for several years in Manassas, Virginia, and then returned to her original profession as an independent computer consultant.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys gardening, reading, ballroom and belly dancing, and although she loves to travel, her favorite place in the world is her home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Author Edith O'Deer

Edith O’Deer lived most of her life in a small village by the sea near the big city of Tallinn in Estonia. She moved inland in the summer of 2004, married, and has a daughter who loves to chase the dog and scare the fish in their fish tank.

Edith likes reading, especially short ghost stories, and the lack of them in Estonia inspired her to write some of her own. She also decided to take on the challenge of writing in English, which she learned thanks to all the Hollywood movies she’s watched. Her great love is the sea. She misses living on the beach and dreams of moving back someday.


Author George Naas

George S. Naas is a long-time Colorado resident who firmly believes that this book, God's Assassin, is the result of supernatural inspiration. He owns Golden Printing Company and writes in a variety of genres. He’s an ancient history buff and a romantic at heart. When he’s not writing or working, he enjoys bowling and cross-fit. He lives in Lakewood with his wife Dana.

Author Amy Lynn

Alaska born Amy Lynn grew up the middle child in a military family.  As a “military brat” she experienced a life of changes and travel: from Alaska to Florida to Germany (twice), North Carolina, and a few more temporary homes in between. Two weeks after her high school graduation, she settled in Denver, Colorado.

Amy now lives in Nebraska with three children and 4 grandchildren.  An artist and a writer, Amy won several awards for her pictures, paintings, and sculptures.  She also won Second Place in Colorado’s Heart of the Rockies Contest for her debut book, “Keeper of the Stars.”

When not working her full time job, Amy enjoys reading, drawing, writing romantic fiction and poetry, wood carving, and shooting her compound bow.

Author Soliel de Bella

Soliel De Bella is a student of the Universe and enjoys Astrology in her spare time. Being a Scorpio, sexuality is a big part of her internal make-up, as well as anything considered taboo.  She loves to entertain her creative side by writing Erotica and indulging in all aspects of sexual desire and fulfillment. Soliel invites you into her carnal world where you’ll strip off the masks you wear in society to fully expose yourself to the sensuality burning inside your soul.

Originally from the rugged “Big Sky Country” of Montana, Soliel now resides in Chicago with her family.

Author Major Elazia

Major Elazia was born in Vihiga County, Western Kenya and graduated from Kenyatta University with a B.A. in Sociology. He has been featured in acted plays like Aminata, Government Inspector, and the movie Mizoga, a Born Free production. He has written plays for many schools in Kenya: Son of Woman, Waterfalls of Tragedy, and Jailing of the Scientist, among others. He’s published several poems on Poemhunter, as well. Currently Major is pursuing a M.A. in Sociology at Pwani University in Kenya. He now lives in Kilifi and works as a freelance writer and research consultant.

Author Tray Caladan

Tray Caladan was born Doug Yurchey in Pittsburgh in 1951.  An only child, he retreated into his imagination and drew fantastical pictures. Later, he drew backgrounds for “The Simpsons” and earned a tennis scholarship to Edinboro State as an art major. Afterwards he started the ‘Art Trek’ gallery in Pittsburgh. There he met a psychic (Katrina) who forever changed his life. Her insights sent him on a course to solve great mysteries.  Nikola Tesla’s observations helped him solve riddles of Atlantis and ancient pyramids.  His articles, videos, radio shows, theories, patent, games, and writings have earned him international acclaim throughout 40 years of researching natural and alien phenomena. His positive message of a ‘New Human Genesis’ pervades his science-fiction and his art, as well. Tray lives in Northridge, California, on sometimes shaky ground, with his cat (Monkie) and a large library of UFO and science books.

Author Mark Aberdeen

Mark Aberdeen was born and raised on a family farm along the Southeastern Connecticut shoreline. He cobbled together an education and a varied career, which includes: armament technician in the US Army, submarine builder for the US Navy, cook, restaurant manager, retail sales, highly unpaid actor, and currently works in field of telecommunications despite a lack of talent, skill, or the study of anything useful. He currently lives in North Georgia with his wife and two rescue dogs.

Author Lane Cohen

Over the years, Lane Cohen has published numerous short stories. His most recent is Best’s Laid Plans, in which The Beatles original drummer, Pete Best, travels back in time to prevent being fired by The Beatles and replaced by Ringo. Bests’ Laid Plans appeared in Electric Spec magazine.  Other works: Anthem, a road-trip comedy in which a man is challenged to sing the national anthem at all 30 major-league baseball parks within 60 days; Below Par, where a young man goes from non-golfer to a touring pro within nine months; and Under the Rim, Beneath the Goalposts, and Into the Dirt, a non-fiction narrative compilation of the incredibly stupid off-the-field antics of basketball, football, and baseball players. Lane is a lawyer and lives in Parker, Colorado, with his wife, Barbara, three horses: BLT, Gus, and Dallas, his dog Ollie, and Cady, his fascinating barn cat.

Author Ian McKinley

Ian McKinley is a Scot living in Switzerland, working in the rather esoteric field of radioactive waste management. He assesses the safety of disposal sites a million years in the future and analyses how the Oklo reactors operated two billion years ago – which is often hard to distinguish from science fiction.

Ian’s experience ensures sound backdrops to his hard science fiction. Adult action thrillers showcase the evolution of society in the face of major technological advances and a degrading natural environment. All extrapolations over the next century are credible, maybe frighteningly so, given their dystopian nature.

Previously published novels offer offbeat takes on the impact of the collapse of a future, even more ubiquitous, Internet and the emergence of artificial intelligence.


Author Pete Martin

Born in 1954 in Scunthorpe, a steel town in the North of England, Pete Martin was educated at Scunthorpe Grammar School where he achieved Cambridge GCE 'O' levels in English Language and English Literature. He progressed through the hydraulics industry to become the managing director of a £500K per annum, three centre business. His working life had absorbed his waking hours, but since retirement he’s got the time to express his creative side through writing and making music. Pete moved to Hull, a City port, eighteen years ago and now lives with his adorable partner, Vicky. 

Author Siôn James

Out the dying embers of a power-pop musical career that found Siôn James local celebratory status as part of the best unsigned band to have hailed from the village in which he hails, Siôn took to the written word rather than the lyrical to tell of tales less than ordinary and akin to American Pie meets Bridget Jones. Now a Husband and Father of two, Siôn regales with happenings of floundering nostalgia by way of offering an apology through humour to those who just happened to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time with the wrong person – that being Siôn himself.

Author Shanaya Fastje

Shanaya Fastje is an eccentrically eloquent singer, songwriter, and promising young fiction writer, having penned four books by age twelve, graduated high school at thirteen, taken the national stage as a motivational speaker, and at fifteen, her self-help book “Bully in the Mirror” was voted worthy for Books to Movies by a panel of 126 judges. Shanaya’s extraordinary achievements have been praised and awarded by many prominent figures including U.S. President Barack Obama. With a boundless imagination, Shanaya incites social justice by using fantasy-like narratives to evoke awareness of common tribulations. She continues to captivate us all.

Author Marianne Petit

USA Today & International Best-selling Author

Marianne Petit’s love of history, time travel, and romance inspired her to write heartfelt novels that are both entertaining and informative. Her first book was a Native American time travel romance, A Find Through Time, which garnered her articles in several local newspapers and interviews on television.

She is a past President of the Long Island Chapter of the Romance Writers of America and currently the District Governor of the Suffolk County Lions clubs, a service organization that raises money for the sight and hearing impaired. She loves to ski, white water raft, horseback ride, and enjoys the theater.

Marianne lives on Long Island, has two sons and four grandchildren, and is happily married to the real hero in her life, her husband Steve.

Author Stefan Zappia

Stefan Zappia is a young sanitation worker from Long Island, New York. Growing up with ADD, Stefan frequently struggled to find his place in reality as he daydreamed and doodled monsters on his class work. A veteran escapist, he would cope with the shortcomings of the real world by generating worlds of his own design. His first literary fixation began with the neurotic, cosmic nightmare works of HP Lovecraft, fiction that remains a major inspiration to him to this day. When he isn’t cleaning up the streets of Rockville Centre, he’s writing, reading, or engaging in his other passion: video games. Stefan is also an avid dinosaur enthusiast and lives with his parents, younger brother, and magnificent Boston terrier, Odie.

Author T A Malone

T. A. Malone kept a journal while attending Saul High School in Philadelphia, and he took several writing courses at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He then used his writing skills to develop his professional career in Texas as a corporate manager/trainer and teacher. A good friend once told him to start writing, but he didn’t heed her sage advice. However, when he tore his left quadriceps muscle, forcing him to stay at home, he decided to write his first novel.

A proud husband and father of two, Malone hopes to leave an indelible mark on the world of erotic fiction.  

Author Andrew J. West

Originally from Sydney where he studied writing at University of Western Sydney, Andrew J. West moved to Bangkok 15 years ago and soon established himself as an art critic for several publications, notably Bangkok Post, culminating in the authoring of Destiny to Imagination: Prateep Kochabua (2013) and Thai Neotraditional Art (2015), as well as hanging his solo art exhibition, Three Worlds, at the prestigious Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) in 2014. Andrew is fascinated by Thai culture, especially its mythological and folkloric underpinnings, which provides much of the cultural material about which he writes fiction, as well as being a history buff. He lives with his Thai wife and son and when not writing enjoys Bangkok’s art scene, its street food, and listening to the blues.

Author Glenn Lazar Roberts

Glenn Lazar Roberts is an international attorney and writer of sci-fi, horror, satire, and adventure fantasy novels. Glenn has taught college, professionally translated Arabic and Russian, and credits an eclectic group of famous writers for inspiring him to write, including Jack Vance, Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Mervyn Peake, H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and H.G. Wells, among many other Masters of the Art. "I love language. I am perpetually afloat on a sea of script." Roberts has edited the work of other aspiring writers and hosts a writing critique circle. When he’s not writing he enjoys swimming. He lives in Houston with his wife and kids.

Authors Tom Bont and Alan O'Brien

Tom Bont is a United States Navy veteran, has a degree in computer science from Louisiana Tech University, and lives in north Texas with his family. Married since 1992, he still spends as many hours as he can on the dance floor with his wife. If you want to know more about him, read of his exploits in "Transplanted Yankee: Lest All My Balderdash Be Forgotten" as Thomas Lee Bont, Jr. In addition, he is the author of "Howlers: Lupus Rex," and scores of novelettes, short stories, essays, and articles in various magazines and other online portals. You can catch him at www.TomBont.com, on Facebook at @AuthorTomBont, on Twitter @TomBont, and at the DFW Writers' Workshop.

Alan O'Brien has cherished language since he discovered it, but has reserved his creativity for private use among family, friends, and the occasional employer. Inspired by the birth of his two sons, he has written a novel and short stories, ventured into poetry (including performances), and collaboration with longtime friend Tom Bont had spurred him to share his efforts with the world at large. Alan relishes balancing the adventure of fatherhood with maintaining his love affair with the written word.

Author Tom Bont

Tom Bont is the author of Howlers: Lupus Rex and Transplanted Yankee: Lest All My Balderdash Be Forgotten, as well as scores of short stories, essays, and articles in various magazines and other online portals. Tom is a United States Navy veteran, has a degree in computer science from Louisiana Tech University, and lives in north Texas with his family. Even after 26 years of marriage, he still spends as many hours as he can on the dance floor with his wife. You can catch him at www.TomBont.com, on Twitter @TomBont, or the DFW Writers’ Workshop.

Author Jim Keane

Born  in the Bronx, Jim Keane is a fiction writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Saint Mary College and completed several fiction and creative writing classes. He's written several fiction short stories and three novels and has more in the works. Jim resides in Westchester, New York, with his family.


Larry Handy

Larry Handy leads the award-winning poetry band Totem Maples. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appear in such journals as Cog, Proximity, Quiddity, Rivet, Storylandia, Straight Forward Poetry and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. His essay “What to Do When Grandma Has Dementia” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was listed in The Best American series under Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2016. When not writing he is practicing Chinese martial arts or running 26.2-mile marathons. SoCal is his home.

Mark Smeltz

Mark Smeltz is an author of fiction and nonfiction whose work is inspired by a relentless fascination with the far-flung corners of the world and the mysteries that rest just beneath the surface. When he's not parked behind the keyboard, plugging away at another tale of terror and suspense, he can be found in the game reserves of Africa or the foothills of the Himalayas, exploring the intersection of nature and culture, which ultimately lies at the heart of everything he writes. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife and a ragtag assortment of badly behaved cats and dogs.

Katelyn Marie Peterson

Katelyn Marie Peterson graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and writes freelance pieces for various newspapers. When she isn’t typing on her laptop, she enjoys movie marathons, singing show tunes in the car, and cozying up with a good book. Katelyn resides in Connecticut with her husband and two children, a stay-at-home mom with a passion for Romance.

Author Dean Patrick

Dean Patrick was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Educated at The University of Houston with Masters Degrees in Professional Writing and Literature, he works as a writer for a Houston-based orthopedic center and for software technology companies in the Salt Lake City area. He lives in Morgan, Utah, on a small ranch with his wife, Lisa. To this day, he considers his sobriety his greatest victory.

Author Michael J.P. Whitmer

Michael J.P. Whitmer is a dad, husband, and speculative fiction writer living in his sunny hometown of Jacksonville Beach, FL. He won the Watty Awards Best in Horror 2010 for his story "Day of the Undead Sophomores" and 2016 Theme of Absence's Halloween Horror Fiction contest for "The Girl in the Window." His other fiction has been dotted throughout the web and can be found in print anthologies UnCommon Lands, See Through My Eyes, and First Came Fear.