Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster in 1974, spent much of his youth in imaginary worlds, and left school with a good idea of how to make stuff up. After graduating from Manchester University he worked as a TV editor, but he never stopped making stuff up, and his first book, The Blade Itself, was published in 2006. He has since written eight more novels and a collection of stories in his First Law and Shattered Sea series. He lives in Bath with his wife Lou and their three children Grace, Eve and Teddy, and makes stuff up full-time.
Terry Brooks is mainly known as the writer of epic fantasy with more than 25 million copies of his books in print. As such, he is currently one of the biggest living sellers of fantasy books.
A trained lawyer, he was a practicing attorney before deciding to become a full-time writer. His first novel was the Sword of Shannara which became the basis of the series of highly popular books
Terry also authored Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace which was published with four different dust jackets.
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files as well as an experienced horse rider, an actor, and a self-proclaimed nerd. He read his first fantasy novel at the age of seven and continued to pursue his love of all things swords and magic through role-playing games and his own writing. When not writing, he enjoys live-action role-playing games. He currently resides with his wife, a romance writer who is way out of his league, his son, and a ferocious guard dog in Missouri.
Rachel Caine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series, which includes Bitter Blood, Black Dawn, Last Breath, and Bite Club. She is also the author of Prince of Shadows, a new spin on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world as a communications executive. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.
Child of Fire, Harry Connolly's debut novel and the first in the Twenty Palaces series, was named to Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Novels of 2009. The sequel, Game of Cages, was released in 2010 and the third book, Circle of Enemies, came out in 2011, as did a prequel (cleverly) titled Twenty Palaces. King Khan, a pulp adventure novel based on the role-playing game Spirit of the Century, was released in 2013 by game company Evil Hat. Later in 2013, Harry ran a Kickstarter for his apocalyptic epic fantasy trilogy, The Great Way, which was released in 2015. As stretch goals for that project, he published his pacifist urban fantasy A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark, and the short fiction collection Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths and Other Tales of Dark Fantasy, which includes the Twenty Palaces short story "The Homemade Mask." Harry lives in Seattle with his beloved wife, his beloved son, and his beloved library system. You can find him online at: www.harryjconnolly.com
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of Hit, Servants of the Storm, Strike, the Blud series, Star Wars novels and short stories, a variety of short stories, comics, and essays, and the Shadow series as Lila Bowen. She lives in Georgia with her family and a fat mutt named Merle. Find her online at WhimsyDark.com.
David Anthony Durham is a Caribbean writer born in New York and raised primarily in the Mid-Atlantic area. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, and has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Massachusetts, The Colorado College, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Cal State University, and Hampshire College. David is the author of seven books for grown-ups. This is his first book for middle-grade readers.
Jason M. Hough is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle and the near-future spy thriller Zero World, and is a proud member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and ITW (International Thriller Writers). When not writing, reading, or playing with his kids, he spends his time exploring virtual reality or trying to coax his 3D printer into doing something useful. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, two sons, and a dog named Missbuster.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award winning alternate history novel The Calculating Stars, the first book in the Lady Astronaut series which continues in 2020 withThe Relentless Moon. She is also the author of The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov's, Uncanny, and several Year's Best anthologies. Mary Robinette has also worked as a professional puppeteer, is a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses, and performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA) recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and Neal Stephenson. She lives in Nashville with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit her online at maryrobinettekowal.com.
Mark Lawrence is Lecturer in History at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of Spain's First Carlist War, 1833-40 (2014).
Tim Marquitz is the author of the Demon Squad series, The Enemy of My Enemy series, and the Blood War Trilogy. He has also made numerous anthology appearances alongside some of the most notable names in fantasy and horror.
Brian McClellan is an American epic fantasy author from Cleveland, Ohio. He is known for his acclaimed Powder Mage Universe and essays on the life and business of being a writer. Brian now lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, Michele, where he writes books and nurses a crippling video game addiction.
SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.
Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.
She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.
Peter Orullian has worked at Xbox for over a decade, which is good, because he's a gamer. He's toured internationally with various bands and been a featured vocalist at major rock and metal festivals, which is good, because he's a musician. He's also learned when to hold his tongue, which is good, because he's a contrarian. Peter has published several short stories, which he thinks are good. The Unremembered and Trial of Intentions are his first novels, which he hopes you will think are good. He recently wrote the accompanying novel The Astonishing to progressive metal giant Dream Theater's concept album by the same name and is currently at work on an urban fantasy series collaboration with Brandon Sanderson. He lives in Seattle, where it rains all the damn time. He has nothing to say about that. Visit Peter at: www.orullian.com
KAT RICHARDSON is the nationally bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective series and a co-author of the collaborative novel Indigo.
Shawn Speakman is the award-winning editor of Unfettered, Unbound, and Unfettered II, and the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban fantasy novel Terry Brooks called "a fine tale by a talented writer." An avid fan of SF&F, he owns Grim Oak Press and freelance writers for Penguin Random House. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and son.
Brian Staveley has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He works as an editor for Antilever Press, and has published poetry and essays, both in print and on-line. He is the author of The Emperor's Blades.
Michael J. Sullivan began his career as a teacher at Sierra Conservation Center. After several years, he became a correctional officer and served for twenty-three years with the California Department of Correction, retiring as an associate warden in 2007. He has been a member of the Sonora Writer's Group since 2013. Between his wife and himself, they have four children and seven grandchildren. Author'sl website: http: //www.michaeljsullivanbooks.com
Paizo Inc. is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo Publishing has received more than 50 major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry.
Mazarkis Williams is a writer with roots in both the US and the UK, having worked in and been educated in both countries. He has degrees in history and physics. Knife Sworn is the second installment in the Tower and Knife trilogy. He splits his time between Boston, Massachusetts, and Bristol, England.
Todd Lockwood's art has appeared on New York Times-bestselling novels, industry magazines, and fantasy/science fiction games, such as Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. He has won more than 15 Chesley Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and two World Fantasy Art Show Awards. He currently lives in Washington with his wife and three children. The Summer Dragon is his debut novel. He can be found at toddlockwood.com.
Shawn Speakman is the award-winning editor of Unfettered, Unbound, Unfettered II, Unfettered III, and the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban fantasy novel Terry Brooks called "a fine tale by a talented writer." An avid fan of SF&F, he owns The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and two sons.
Stacie Pitt is a freelance artist who graduated from Southern Utah University with a BFA in Studio Arts and who studied with award-winning artist Todd Lockwood. Learn more at www.staciepitt.com.