This year’s confirmed panelists.

Amber Royer

Amber Royer teaches enrichment and continuing education creative writing classes for teens and adults.  Her debut comic space opera, Free Chocolate is coming June 5 from Angry Robot Books. Amber has also done two cookbooks and a number of articles on gardening, crafting and cooking for print and on-line publications.

Charlayne Denney

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney-“Charlie” is the brand new author of the Fangs & Halos urban fantasy series about vampires and angels. Book one, “Lilly’s Vampire” released September 1, 2013. Current Secretary and a reviewer for Paranormal Romance Guild, she tends to read a lot when she’s not writing, researching, or playing World of Warcraft, A trained historian, she thinks the Internet isn’t for porn but for doing research. Her beloved Bruce believes she’s OCD and sometimes possessed. They live in Friendswood, Texas.

Catherine Jones Payne

Catherine Jones Payne writes mermaid YA novels and edits speculative fiction for indies and small publishers. By day she’s the managing editor of Quill Pen Editorial. She lives in Waco, TX with her historian husband and their cats, Mildred and Minerva.

Christie Meierz

Award-winning author Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set in a dystopic Earth empire. Her most recent work, Farryn’s War, explores how empaths would live together and what can happen when empaths and normal humans collide.

Kevin C. Neece

Kevin C. Neece is the author of the Gospel According to Star Trek series and a speaker on media, the arts, and pop culture from a Christian worldview perspective. He lives with his wife and son in Fort Worth, Texas.

John Yarrow

John Yarrow has authored a cache novels that explore his fascination for the struggles of the global issues confronting humanity and the endless possibilities of futuristic world-building. His skills have been honed into a craft to be enjoyed by many, including his current work, the award-winning, The Future’s Dark Past, series.

Robert Pietzsch

Author of the fantasy novel, Troman, Robert Pietzsch is a graduate of Baylor University and Texas State Technical College. He was in the Navy during the Vietnam War and retired from M&M Mars after working with Skittles, Starburst, Snickers, Twix, and other new candies. He lives with his wife, Colette, in Galveston, Texas. He loves to fish and has a daughter and three grandchildren.

Trakena Prevost

Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger and the people are super friendly. She spends most of her time running around after her young son, working tirelessly to annoy her husband to distraction, and oscillating between being completely obsessed with reading and crime dramas. She also just so happens to write down the fantastic stories rumbling around in her head – mostly to quiet the voices that take residence there. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR, hanging with her family and friends, and desperately trying to force her love of reading on her little one.

Trakena is dedicated to writing paranormal stories with multicultural characters, where race is not the main conflict. Her passion for this stems from being a young teen in love with paranormal fiction, but being unable to find any stories she liked with characters that looked like her. She hopes to change that reality for her son and all the other kids of color out there who love to read as much as she does!

E. Gaston Huckabay

Gaston Huckabay is an writer, producer, filmmaker and media instructor from Dallas who now adds animator to his list of accomplishments with the September 2017 release of the 2 hour special Star Trek – The Paradise Makers. His works include producing live multi-media stage performances of the 1939 Orson Wells’ adaptation of War of the Worlds, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and The Invisible Man. Many horror fans may know him better through his long-running local TV program Dr. Deadly’s Theatre of Horrors where classic horror movies were introduced by Deadly and assisted by his loquacious giant eyeball Stavros.

The full 2-hour animated adventure Star Trek – The Paradise Makers can be seen here:

William Seigler

Hailing from South Carolina, William discovered early on, a desire to see the world. While in the Army, he explored extensively in Europe, including the Black Forest of Germany, Buchenwald, Munich, Paris, London, and Athens.  Later, he freelanced travel articles, journeyed to Antarctica on a magazine assignment, and flew cargo jets.

He now writes and teaches geology at Weatherford College and has just published his first western, Blood on the Wagon Wheel.