SAM ADAMSON is a writer, blogger and fountain pen enthusiast. When not writing, scheming or enjoying a good cup of coffee, Sam is engaged in a relentless hunt for the perfect writer’s notebook and pen combination. He lives in England with his family and two demented cats. You can find more of Sam’s writing at Future; Nostalgic.
PAUL ANDERSON is a Scottish writer living in west London with his wife Julia and his leopard gecko Jabba. If anyone is interested, Great Scarpool and Mould & Clay’s wax museum all exist, although they are aggregates of his childhood holidays.
His online home is Once Upon a Time in the West of London, or for something a little more frequently updated find him on Twitter @panderson1979
By day JOANNE ANDERTON is a mild-mannered marketing coordinator, by night she writes dark fantasy and horror. Her short fiction has recently appeared in After the Rain and Dead Red Heart. Her novel Debris will be published by Angry Robot in 2011, and Suited in 2012. Visit her at http://joanneanderton.com
TOMARA ARMSTRONG juggles domestic heroism, Ultimate Ninja Warrior training, and her attempts to moonlight as a mild-mannered reporter/private detective in Western Oklahoma. Formally trained in Computer Science and fabricated reality, she blames brainworms for her success—or lack thereof. While family tries to keep her grounded, they’re mostly unsuccessful.
CATH BARTON is an English singer, writer and photographer of Scottish descent who lives in Abergavenny, South Wales. She also likes walking, growing strange vegetables, Zumba and (lately) cycling and knitting, though not at the same time. Her publication credits include ‘Short, Fast and Deadly’, ‘Fractured West’ and ’100 Stories for Queensland’.
ALAN BAXTER is a British-Australian author living on the south coast of NSW, Australia. He writes dark fantasy, sci fi and horror, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short stories at his website – The Word – According To Me – and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.
If JESSICA BELL could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterope, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. And not because she currently lives in Greece, either. The Australian-native author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist has her roots firmly planted in music, and admits inspiration often stems from lyrics she’s written.
TANYA BELL is an Australian writer living on a little island, just off the coast of SE Queensland. She writes mainly YA, generally with a SpecFic twist and is currently working on a trilogy of Supernatural Fantasy. When she is not writing, she is scheming to get back to writing. Stalk her on twitter @tanjabelle or dissect her writing at Words On The Page
TREVOR BELSHAW is from Nottingham, UK. His work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including 100 stories for Haiti, 50 stories for Pakistan, and Shambelurkling and other Stories. Trevor has written four children’s books, including ‘Magic Molly.’ His latest book, ‘Tracy’s Hot Mail’, has been published by BigBadMedia.
JIM BRONYAUR lives in Pennsylvania and sits at a desk in a corner writing lots of horror. He’s been published over forty times, all of which could be found at his site www.JimBronyaur.com and is the creative spark behind 12 Days.
JEN BRUBACHER is a librarian who believes there aren’t yet enough books in the world. She writes mostly mystery and suspense, and loves discussing the writing life, but becomes dizzy with excitement when someone mentions folksonomies. Contact her at jbrubacher.blogspot.com or twitter.
ADAM BYATT is an English teacher and drummer sifting through the ennui, minutiae and detritus of life and cataloguing them as potential story ideas. They are pretty much a pad of sticky notes on the fridge door. He exists on twitter as @revhappiness and writes flash fiction at A Fullness in Brevity
DALE CHALLENER ROE is, by day, a mild-mannered IT drone, living in Raleigh, North Carolina. At night he dons his pen and notebook and roams the piedmont in an attempt to locate and tame an increasingly recalcitrant muse. His exploits have been chronicled as sci-fi, fantasy, horror and humor.
CHRISTOPHER CHARTRAND works in the non-profit sector by day and scribbles stories in the wee hours of the night. He lives in snow covered Maine, not the Maine of former Presidents and families in matching sweaters, but the rugged, rocky coast with working families and Yankee ingenuity.
JODI CLEGHORN is the co-owner of eMergent Publishing and Managing Editor of Chinese Whisperings. Her stories fly under the banner of ‘dark weird shit’ and have been published in anthologies in Australia, Canada and America. She is the creator of Literary Mix Tapes, blogs at Writing in Black and White and dances as though no one can see her.
JASON COGGINS is an ICU nurse working his way around the world whilst writing speculative fiction. He has contributed to eMergent Publishing’s Red Book and Yin/Yang Anthologies. He publishes assorted weekly serials at #Tuesdayserial. World building is his passion. Moult World is the fruit of this labour.
CARRIE CLEVENGER lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, two cats, and one turtle. She is self-printing Crooked Fang, a novel about a vampire bassist that lives in a tavern, along with a music album with the same name in October 2011. Main influences include Maynard James Keenan, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and the late Peter Steele.
KIL CONOR writes vulgarities, atrocities, and the very unfortunate. His stories can be found at Kilian Conor Vignettes.
JONATHAN CROSSFIELD Copywriting, screenwriting, blogging, journalism – if it involves putting words in a row with the occasional punctuation, then Jonathan has most likely given it a bash. Jonathan currently works as a Community Manager for a new online start-up and can also be found at Jonathancrossfield.com or by following @Kimota on Twitter.
JANETTE DALGLIESH has been a puppeteer, producer, restaurant manager, driver, finance officer, researcher and union organiser. She first put pen to paper writing scripts for an ABC-TV children’s television production in the 1980s, and she’s been exploring different forms ever since. Currently she’s playing with poetry and short fiction.
ROB DIAZ II spends his days writing computer software and his nights chauffeuring his children around his hometown of Hamilton, New Jersey. An avid organic gardener, trumpet player and coffee drinker, Rob writes fiction in which coffee, the number thirteen and the natural environment play pivotal roles. You can find more from Rob at Thirteenth Dimension.
REBECCA DOBBIE is a writer and foster carer in Brisbane, Australia. She has had a number of short stories and articles published but for the last three years has been working on her first novel. A supernatural fantasy for young adults which is now in the final editing stages. See a prologue for her novel at www.rebeccaldobbie.com.
J.M. DONELLAN is an author, musician, teacher, traveller, voice actor and event manager. His debut novel A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India was released in 2009 and lots of magazines say it’s very good, so it must be true. He has an unnatural fondness for scrabble and an irrational dislike of frangipanis.
TOM DULLEMOND has been successfully alive for at least three decades, and has published short fiction in Australian and American anthologies, while balancing family, an IT career, and the joys of being a SF/Fantasy nerd. He is currently partnering in the development of Literarium, a web-based writing management tool [www.literarium.net], from his lair in Brisbane, Australia.
REBECCA EMIN lives in Oxfordshire, England, with her husband and three small children. She has recently completed a novel for 8-12 year olds and is now working on a second novel. Rebecca enjoys writing flash fiction and short stories, and her blog can be found at rebeccaemin.com.
LAURA ENO lives in Florida with a very tolerant husband, three skulking cats and an absurdly happy dog. She has a pet from the Underworld named Jezebel and a skull called Mr. Fluffy who help her write novels late at night. Please visit her strange imagination at A Shift in Dimensions.
CHIA EVERS is a writer, a lawyer, a dancer, a knitter, and a graduate of the Viable Paradise Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Southern California with her husband, but can most often be found on Twitter, where she posts under the clever pseudonym ChiaLynn.
ANNIE EVETT draws on years teaching and traversing the corporate landscape to infuse her eclectic writing with life experience. She is a prolific scribbler of characters, words and story lines, loves writing collaboratively for non-fiction and fiction projects, conducts workshops, whilst juggling motherhood amongst the mix. Start your escapade into her worlds at annieevett.com.
KAOLIN FIRE is a conglomeration of ideas, side projects, and experiments. Outside of his primary occupation, he also develops computer games, edits Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine, and very occasionally teaches computer science. He has had short fiction published in Strange Horizons, Murky Depths, Crossed Genres, and M-Brane SF, among others.
WENKE GILLNER was born in the wild former East Germany. Her life became wilder in the following years. After school, she went on a trip for only a year but ended up travelling all over the world, finally staying in Japan for 9 years. Now, 13 years later, she finds herself back in Germany with her own company and working on various projects.
JO HART is a speculative fiction and children’s fiction writer. She lives in rural Australia with her husband and two children. A primary school teacher, she’s currently taking a break from teaching to focus on family and writing. Her short stories can be found in several anthologies and online.
SUSAN MAY JAMES is a Canadian born writer living in London. She writes flash fiction, short stories and is currently working on a novel. Her other passions include travel, photography and history and she can be found scribbling and scattering on her blog; Scribble & Scatter.
P.J. KAISER stays at home in Hoboken, New Jersey with her two children and writes between loads of laundry. She writes mostly short fiction and hasn’t settled on a genre yet. She has been published various anthologies including Best of Friday Flash Vol. 1 and 50 Stories for Pakistan. She can be found at her blog Inspired by Real Life.
MARIA KELLY lives in Pinellas Park, Florida. She’s had nine stories published. She writes about talking dragons, an alien/shape-shifting/serial-killer spider, twisted fairy tales, and a basement dweller who makes Cthulhu look like a Care Bear. In her spare time she drinks coffee (lots of it), plays Mah Jonng, and attends college in the hopes of someday being able to wear a tee-shirt that reads: ‘I Teach Banned Books.’ You can visit her website at www.mariakellyauthor.com.
EMMA KERRY lives in the North of England with her two year old son. When she’s not writing, she’s usually drinking coffee or baking. As well as writing many short stories, she is also working on her first novel.
LISAMARIE LAMB lives on the Isle of Sheppey with her husband and daughter (and two cats). Her passion for writing started young; she was just five years old. At 12 she wrote her first novel and she hasn’t looked back since. Her blog The Moonlit Door showcases her flash fiction.
LEN LAMBERT worked for almost 20 years in the corporate world. When she became a full-time mother in 2010, she decided to fulfil her long-time dream – to become a writer. She now writes in her spare time.
Len has a non-fiction piece which will be included in a book project, Fascinating Females.
STACEY LARNER turned to writing as a serious creative outlet in 2010. A mother of two (and growing another) she squeezes writing in between school stuff, cleaning, and demands for food and attention. Perhaps because of this mundane life her writing leans to dark speculative fiction.
MONICA MARIER‘s life in 1989 revolved around Muppet Babies, jelly sandals and her Lisa Frank Trapper-Keeper. These days, she’s busy working on her books, recording audio, and composing serials and short stories for her blog. On weekends she’s a co-founder of Tangent Artists, a webcomic company where she writes and does art for 3 comic series. Her book “Must Love Dragons” is now on-sale through Lulu, Amazon and Barnes & Noble . The sequel “Runs in Good Condition” is now available for pre-order through Hunt Press. Her serial, “Madame Bluestocking’s Pennyhorrid” is now running in the e-zine Dr. Fantastique’s Show of Wonders.
CLIVE MARTYN is a writer of dark speculative fiction and poetry. He is currently working on his third novel, a paranormal horror set in a hospital. His short stories, poetry and flash fiction have been published in various magazines and anthologies as well as on his website www.clivemartyn.com
ANDREW J McKIERNAN is an author and illustrator living and working on the Central Coast of NSW. First published in 2007, his stories and illustrations have since been nominated for multiple Aurealis, Ditmar and Australian Shadows awards. His work can be found appearing here and there, like a slow growing fungus.
LAURA MEYER lives in Victoria, Australia, with her partner, their three children and assorted pets. Laura is new to publishing but has a small mish-mash of works-in-progress, hidden away in dark, secret places. She writes short fiction in between finishing off her studies and finding her place as a mum/partner/self-acknowledged-writer-type.
THERESA MILSTEIN writes mostly YA fantasy. Her short story “Daisy” appeared in 100 Stories for Queensland and her short story “Allured” will soon appear in a YA Vampire anthology, Fangtales. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, two children and a dog-like cat.
LILY MULHOLLAND is an Australian writer of short stories and flash fiction. She also holds down a day job, has two small children, studies part-time and makes the odd quilt. You can follow her writing adventures at www.lilymulholland.com and follow her on Twitter @LilyMulholland.
EMMA NEWMAN drinks too much tea, has too many ideas and writes too many stories. Only one of these is true. Her debut novel ‘20 Years Later’ (Dystopia Press ) will be published in 07/11 and her first short story anthology ‘From Dark Places’(eMergent Publishing) in 03/11. She blogs and gets up to all kinds of writing mischief at www.enewman.co.uk.
DAN POWELL writes fiction of all shapes and sizes and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in the pages of Neon, Metazen, The View From Here, 100 Stories for Haiti and Litsnack. His 2010 Yeovil Literary Prize winning story ‘Half-mown Lawn’ is available to download on the Ether Books app for iPod and iPhone along with a selection of Dan’s other work. He blogs at danpowellfiction.com.
MELANIE SAWARD is an emerging writer based in Sydney. She graduated from QUT’s Creative Writing program in 2009. Her stories have been published in the recent 100 Stories for Queensland anthology, Ricochet Mag and the first issue of Rex, an anthology of writing from QUT.
ICY SEDGWICK is part office manager, part writer and part trainee supervillain. Icy dreams of Dickensian London. She writes all kinds of nonsense about telepathic parrots, Cavalier ghosts and steampunk automatons. Find her ebooks, free weekly fiction and other shenanigans at Icy’s Blunt Pencil.
PAUL SERVINI has internationalism written largely in his life. Born in Wales and married to a German, his family have lived and worked in several different countries in Europe and Africa. Paul has two children and is currently settled in France where he teaches English to adults.
BENJAMIN SOLAH describes himself as a Marxist horror combining his love of dark tales and his world view of revolutionary socialism to create a metaphor for capitalism more sinister than your average horror movie. He is also a blogger and performance poet in Melbourne.
GRAHAM STORRS lives in rural Australia with his wife, Christine, and an Airedale terrier called Bertie. He has published three children’s science books and scores of articles and academic papers (in the fields of psychology, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction.) He has recently turned his attention to science fiction and has published a number of short stories in magazines and anthologies. His début novel, TimeSplash, will be published by eMergent Publishing in the near future.
DEVIN WATSON was born in Brunswick, Georgia, in 1978. Growing up watching countless horror films due to many childhood maladies, he harbored a love of writing with an active imagination. Even through high school and college, graduating with a degree in Computer Science, he pursued his study of screenwriting, culminating in the production of The Cursed in 2007. He is also the author of Horror Screenwriting: The Nature of Fear.
ALISON WELLS was born in London, grew up in Kerry, Ireland and now lives in Co. Wicklow with her husband and four young children. Her short fiction was recently featured in Crannog, the online Higgs Boson Anthology and is forthcoming in an anthology by Bridgehouse. She was shortlisted for the Irish Hennessy Awards in 2009 and for the Bridport and Fish Prizes in 2010. She has completed a short story collection, a sci-fi comedy called Housewife with a Half-Life and is working on a literary novel. She blogs at www.writing.ie.
DANIEL WYNNE is a Brisbane writer whose work has been published in ‘Griffith Review’, ‘Best Australian Stories’, ‘Voiceworks’, ’100 Stories for Queensland’ and more.
He favours humorous stories but also enjoys dark urban fantasy and magic realism. He’s also involved with 4ZZZ FM as an announcer and volunteer.