ConDFW XVIII

Panelists

C. Dean Andersson

C. Dean Andersson’s Sword & Sorcery Saga featuring warrior woman Bloodsong is in revised-expanded editions from Crossroad Press. Ditto his horror novels, I AM DRACULA, I AM FRANKENSTEIN, BURIED SCREAMS, TORTURE TOMB, RAW PAIN MAX, and FIEND. Being revised for…
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Larry Atchley, Jr.

Larry Atchley Jr writes poetry and short stories of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and recites pirate poetry with The Seadog Slam. He likes going to estate sales and watching Britcoms with his artist/writer wife Ali, and reading/collecting books on…
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Michael Baldwin

Michael Baldwin is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is a retired library administrator and professor of American Government. He is the author of 10 books including poetry, science-fiction, mystery-thrillers, and a children’s science book. His poetry has won…
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Julie Barrett

Julie Barrett is a writer, photographer, and maker of interesting things from Plano, TX. She is also a founding member of The Generic Radio Workshop, and sells photography and art through SteamCat.net. Julie writes short stories, radio plays, and whatever…
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Paul Black

Paul Black always wanted to make movies, but a career in advertising sidetracked him. Born and raised in Chicago, he is the international award-winning author of The Tels, Soulware, Nexus Point, The Presence, The Samsara Effect and Cool Brain. He…
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Karen Bogen

Editor/copyeditor and writer, K.B. Bogen combines technology and humor with a dash of the macabre. A native Texan, she holds a BSCSE degree from UT Arlington, and several health and nutrition certifications. She knits compulsively and reads forensic anthropology textbooks…
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Patricia Burroughs

Award-winning screenwriter and bestselling novelist Patricia Burroughs loves Pratchett, Aaronovitch, Dunnett, and Heyer. A lifelong Anglophile, she travels the British Isles researching The Fury Triad, the epic YA romantic fantasy that has taken over her life and heart. She and…
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Lillian Stewart Carl

Lillian Stewart Carl’s work features plots based on mythology, history, and archaeology, often with paranormal aspects. She’s published twenty novels, including the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron mysteries, and twenty-five short stories. With John Helfers, she was nominated for a Hugo for…
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Dantzel Cherry

When Dantzel Cherry is not raising her daughter or teaching Pilates and dance, she is writing science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels. Dantzel’s short fiction has appeared in Fireside, IGMS, Cast of Wonders, Galaxy’s Edge, Future Science Fiction,…
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John Delaughter

John DeLaughter is a planetologist living on a sailboat with Nimrod the cat. His work has taken him to all seven continents where he always meets the nicest people. Among the stories he’s had published is Soul Standard (in Strange Economics).…
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Charlayne Denney

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney is the author of the Fangs & Halos urban fantasy series about vampires and angels and a vampire cat named Baron. Current Secretary for Paranormal Romance Guild, she reads a lot when she’s not writing, researching, or…
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Chris Donahue

Chris Donahue is an electrical engineer and former Navy Avionics Tech living in the Dallas area. He has written stories in horror, military fiction, science fiction and fantasy anthologies. His novel “Death’s Paladin” will release at this convention.

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Linda Donahue

Linda Donahue grew up an Air Force brat.  She has degrees in computer science, Russian studies, and a Masters in Earth science education, along with a commercial instrument pilot’s certification, a SCUBA certification, and is certified by NASA to borrow…
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David Doub

David Doub is the prolific man and mastermind behind Dusk Comics. He works to promote many other creators, bringing to life an assortment of comic books in various genres. He is the head writer of several works and Dusk Comics’…
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Carole Nelson Douglas

After 60 NY-published novels, bestselling, award-winning literary chameleon Carole–she reinvented Irene Adler as a detective, finished the 28-book Midnight Louie, feline PI, epic mystery series–“mashes up herself” with “Absinthe Without Leave”, pairing Midnight Louie with Noir UF heroine Delilah Street…
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Rhonda Eudaly

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas where she’s worked in offices, banking, radio, and education to support her writing. She’s married with dogs and a rapidly growing rubber duck collection. She likes to spend time with friends and family, movies,…
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Patricia Ferguson

Patricia Ferguson, an award winning poet,.edited several Science Fiction Poetry anthologies and is a member of Poetry of Johnson County, Fort Worth Poetry Society, Poets of Tarrant County, North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop, Poetry Society of Texas, Science Fiction/ Fantasy…
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Melanie Fletcher

Melanie Fletcher likes to write, preferably for money. When not writing humorous short SF, she’s writing SF and fantasy romance as Nicola Cameron. Or herding cats. Or designing covers. Let’s just say that she does a lot of stuff. Melanie…
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Brad W. Foster

Brad W. Foster is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, publisher, and whatever other labels he can use to get him through the door! He’s won the Fan Artist Hugo a few times, picked up a Chesley award, and turned a bit…
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Karl Gallagher

Karl K. Gallagher is an engineer at a major aerospace company. Previously he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up and designed and operated weather satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His books Torchship, Torchship Pilot,…
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Terry Gene

I’m that engineer, now retired from over thirty years of working in nuclear power plants, on anti-aircraft missiles, and third, fourth and fifth generation wireless communications systems, and various esoteric sensor networks. Obviously, after all that, one should retire to…
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T.M. Hunter

Having been compared to the great pulp writers of the past, T. M. Hunter writes sci-fi action-adventure novels and stories featuring space pirate Aston West. He loves to write when he isn’t slaving at his engineering day job, trying to…
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William Leaf

William Leaf Major, Infantry, US Army Retired after 24 Years 1982 to 1989 OK National Guard resident expert on the Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union. HS Science teacher, Physics, Chemistry, IPC, Biology Member The Royal Manticorian Navy

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William Ledbetter

William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than sixty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Baen.com, Daily SF, and the SFWA blog. His new novel “Level…
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Julia S. Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. In addition to being editor of The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, she is a scuba diver and belly dancer. She lives in Plano, TX with…
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A. Lee Martinez

A. Lee Martinez is a science fiction / fantasy novelist with 11 traditionally published novels to his name. He is best known for Gil’s All Fright Diner, The Automatic Detective, and The Last Adventure of Constance Verity. He classifies his…
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Frances May

Frances A. May is a retired academic librarian who taught a library school course at UNT about fiction genres. She reveled in the extensive research she did for her class, and has always loved Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is…
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Wil McCarthy

Engineer/Novelist/Journalist/Entrepreneur Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and science columnist for the SyFy channel (previously SciFi channel), where his popular “Lab Notes” column ran from 1999 through 2009. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and…
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Bret McCormick

From 1984 to 1996 Bret McCormick was the most prolific producer/director/screenwriter in Texas. His book, Texas Schlock: B-Movie Sci-Fi and Horror from the Lone Star State examines indie filmmakers from the 1950s to the present day. McCormick has edited three…
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Jimmy Misfit

As a child, Jimmy Misfit wrote soap-operatic letters on motel stationery for housekeepers to read. This ended when his mother mentioned that heiresses jetting off to South America rarely stayed at Travelodge. In 2018, JMS Books released Jimmy’s book, The…
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Ava Morgan

Ava Morgan writes steampunk and paranormal romance. In a distant parallel universe, she once worked in the legal field. Ava’s bestselling steampunk adventure series Curiosity Chronicles is still going strong with the upcoming release of The Scarborough Affair. When she’s…
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Michelle Muenzler

Michelle Muenzler, known at local conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes things both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. She’s been published in numerous magazines and takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets.…
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Ethan Nahté

Ethan Nahté worked several years in TV/Film/Radio. He is an author, journalist, screenwriter, photographer, & musician. He has over 30 published stories plus two story collections: Of Monsters & Madmen and The Undead Ate My Head plus the novellas The…
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Melia Newman

Fantasy artist, face painter, burlesque dancer, costumer. Melia is a creative spirit from the time she made her first mark in the world, using her mother’s lipstick on the walls. She likes to paint digitally, traditionally, on faces or with…
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Gloria Oliver

Gloria Oliver lives in Texas making sure to stay away from rolling tumbleweeds while bowing to the never ending wishes of her feline and canine masters. She writes fantasy, science fiction, and the occasional bit of horror. Visit her at…
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Stephen Patrick

Stephen Patrick lives in the heart of Texas where he spins stories in genres ranging from science fiction and horror to historical and everything in between. His latest can be found in Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers, Vol…
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Teresa Patterson

Teresa’s work includes, The World of Shannara (Terry Brooks), The World of the Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan), No Quarter (Robert Asprin), Combat Corpsman (Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin), as well as numerous short stories, and humorous history essays. She is…
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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…
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Dusty Rainbolt

Dusty Rainbolt swears she was raised by aliens after being abandoned on Earth by grays who objected to the TransGalactic School System. She’s the author of 11 books including the paranormal mystery, Death Under the Crescent Moon, All the Marbles…
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Blaise Ramsay

Blaise Ramsay is the founder and owner of FyreSyde Publishing, a company dedicated to putting readers and authors first. Her journey in writing began when she turned fifteen but had to be put down for the pursuit of a collegiate…
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Kim Redford

Kim Redford is a bestselling, multi-published author. She is currently writing an acclaimed cowboy firefighter series set in North Texas for Sourcebooks Casablanca. She divides her time between homes in Texas and Oklahoma, where she’s a rescue cat wrangler and…
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Amber Royer

Amber Royer writes fun science fiction involving chocolate, aliens, lovesick AIs, time travel, VR, and more. She’s the author of the CHOCOVERSE comic space opera series (Free Chocolate available now, Book 2, Pure Chocolate, coming March 2019 from Angry Robot…
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Ken Ruffin

After serving as president of the award-winning National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) for five one-year terms, being elected to the NSS Board of Directors for a two-year term, and earning a 2018 NSS Chapter Leader Award, NSS-NT VP…
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Stephen Sanders

Steve Sanders is the current President of the Fort Worth Poetry Society, an actor, a councilor for the Poetry Society of Texas, the co-owner of Blackbead Books and Seadog Studios, and, to boot, a published and award-winning poet . He’s…
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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,…
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Adrian Simmons

Adrian Simmons is a reader, writer and editor. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Internet Review of Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Black Gate. His short fiction has been in James Gunn’s Ad Astra Magazine, Lackington’s, Giganotosaurus, and…
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Seth Skorkowsky

Seth Skorkowsky has always gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror and pulp heroes over knights in shining armor. He’s published four novels and many short stories. When not writing, Seth enjoys cheesy movies, tabletop RPGs, making YouTube…
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Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare…
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S. Boyd Taylor

Samuel Boyd Taylor has been published in such markets as Chi Zine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Drabblecast. He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife and daughter, where pursues many strange and wonderful hobbies, such as meditation,…
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Tex Thompson

Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of the Children of the Drought epic fantasy Western trilogy, an instructor for LitReactor, and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations…
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Mel White

Known to her kids as “Indiana Mom”, Dr. Mel. is a scientist, writer, artist, comic book creator, poet, storyteller, filker, and World of Warcraft player (not necessarily in that order.)  She is an adjunct professor in the Emeritus Program for…
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Renee Witterstaetter

Author,  Renee Witterstaetter is the writer of the historical works,  “Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War,” “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira,” the children’s book “Kerry and the Scary Things,”  and the film books…
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Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright writes novels when not ranting on her blog. Her work has made Tor.com‘s Reviewer’s Choice lists, was a Foreword Review BOTYA Finalist, a Goldie finalist, a Lambda Award finalist, and has won three Rainbow Awards.

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