BRIAN D. ANDERSON is the bestselling fantasy author of The Godling Chronicles, Dragonvein, and Akiri (with co-author Steven Savile) series. His books have sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and his audiobooks are perennially popular. After a fifteen year long career in music, he rediscovered his boyhood love of writing. It was soon apparent that this was what he should have been pursuing all along. Currently, he lives in the sleepy southern town of Fairhope, Alabama with his wife and son, who inspire him daily.
Keith R.A. DeCandido is celebrating the 25th anniversary as a fiction writer, having published his first short story in 1994’s The Ultimate Spider-Man from Berkley Books. In the two-and-a-half decades since, he’s written more than 50 novels, more than 100 short stories, dozens of comics and graphic novels, and more nonfiction than he’s capable of counting. His recent and upcoming work includes Mermaid Precinct, the latest in his fantasy/police procedural series; A Furnace Sealed, the first in his new urban fantasy series about a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters; the Alien novel Isolation, based on the movie series and the hit videogame; four novellas in the Super City Cops series; serialized fiction in the world of the game Summoners War; and short stories in the anthologies Aliens: Bug Hunt, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals & Gizmos, Unearthed, They Keep Killing Glenn, both volumes of Baker Street Irregulars, The X-Files: Trust No One, Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Nights of the Living Dead, and Release the Virgins! In 2009, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. His nonfiction on pop culture has appeared in multiple sources, including regularly on Tor.com and Keith’s own Patreon (patreon.com/krad), as well as anthologies like the Outside In series, Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who, ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66—Season One, and more. He’s also a professional musician (currently with the parody band Boogie Knights), an editor of 30 years’ standing (working for clients both corporate and private), a third-degree black belt in karate (which he teaches to both children and adults), and probably some other stuff that he can’t remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at DeCandido.net.
Keith RA DiCandido (NYT Nest Seller Author for Supernatural, Star Trek, and the Dragon Precinct Series)
Melinda Snodgrass was born in Los Angeles California, but the family moved to New Mexico when she was five months old. Under her father’s tutelage she was given every possible opportunity — she learned to ride, shoot, swim and fly fish, She sat in on his business meetings and traveled with him from a young age.
She inherited her father’s musical ability and studied ballet, voice and piano. She starred with the Civic Light Opera, and also performed the role of Gretel with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Hansel and Gretel. Her love of music took her to Vienna Austria where she studied voice at the Conservatorium der Stadt Wien.
She soon realized that while she had a good voice she didn’t have an extraordinary voice, and she returned to America to finish her college degrees, majoring in History (Magna Cum Laude) and minoring in music. Since you could spit on the street and hit an out of work history major when she graduated from the university, she entered the New Mexico School of Law. Her focus in school was Constitutional law, jurisprudence, and legal history.
After graduation she practiced law for three years working first for Sandia National Laboratories, and then with a corporate law firm, but discovered that while she loved the law she wasn’t terribly fond of lawyers. At the urging of Victor Milan, she tried writing and never looked back.
She published a number of books — the Circuit Trilogy about a Federal Court judge riding circuit in the solar system, two fantasies from Avon, one co-written with Victor Milan, and then in 1984 she and George R.R. Martin cooked up the Wild Card Series, a shared world anthology with a focus on the real impact of super heroes in our world. The series is 22 books strong, was nominated for a Hugo award.
At the urging of George R.R. Martin, she entered the world of Hollywood writing a spec script for Star Trek: The Next Generation. The script, The Measure of a Man, was nominated for the Writer’s Guild Award for outstanding writing in a drama series, and has been shown in the museum of computer science and artificial intelligence in Paris France. It has also been voted as one of the ten best Star Trek episodes from all series.
While in Hollywood she worked on Reasonable Doubts and the Profiler, written episodes for The Antagonists, Sliders, Strange Luck, Odyssey 5, to name only a few. She also scripted an adaptation of Star Blazers for Disney. She has written six pilots — one of which Star Command, aired on the UPN network.
In 2002 she took over the management of a small natural gas company in northern New Mexico. Her father had been one of the founding members and managed the company until his death in 1977. There was a satisfying sense of closure to take the reins of this company and begin to expand and grow the business. She has also found the oil and gas industry fascinating. (Get her to tell you the story about the two test wells that were fracked with nuclear devices back in the early 1960’s).
Her current projects include a story for the newly revived Wild Card series published by Tor books. She has delivered the third book in the Edge series a contemporary fantasy that explores the tensions between science and rationality and religion and superstition also due out from Tor. Book one, EDGE OF REASON and the second book, THE EDGE OF RUIN are currently on the shelves. Her latest novel THIS CASE IS GONNA KILL ME, written under the pen name Phillipa Bornikova has just come out.
Melinda is currently working on the Wild Card movie script for Universal Pictures.
In her spare time she owns a beautiful Lusitano stallion. She is an accomplished horse woman, riding and showing at the Grand Prix level in dressage.
But above all else she writes. Because that’s just what you have to do.
Ray Ayles was born in Bridgeport CT. in 1968 and grew up in Fairfield. His family moved to Corrales in 1979, and he bought a house in Rio Rancho in 1996. He received his associates degree in elementary education in 2012. He married Callie Greenwood in 2017and has 2 children: Alden 3 and talby 7 months. He has a grown son Cody from a previous marriage. Callie works as a medical coder, and Ray is currently a stay at home dad, and writes during the children’s nap times.
Writing has been a passion of his from an early age, and has had 5 books published since 2013. Love’s Promise is Forever is a romantic thriller. In the story Rick Aston fights to protect Lisa Strode from Edward Stark. The story is loosely based on a friend and her poor relationship choices. I short she dated a man who’d been stalking her, got pregnant, and because of religious beliefs, married him. Years later she escaped him and rebuilt her life. It has been discontinued, and is currently being reworked for a 2022 re-release. The last Sunrise is a pre-apocalyptic government cover up Science Fiction story, where Dr. Shasta Copper and her colleagues fight for their lives as they expose a government cover up. Global warming is threatening the entire planet. Both books are stand alone stories.
His series, The Fellowship of the Black Cross legacy, hadn’t been planned. The first book of the series, Cult of Asthamoth, started out as a romance. Richard Agaton and Jessica Russell are both rebuilding their own lives in Osborn Hill, Massachusetts, when they meet. As their relationship grows, a ghost from Jessica’s past returns to reclaim her. This is another example writing real life roots. When the relationship he’s been basing it on ended badly, he combined the story with another he had been working on, Hemocult. The second book, Child of Dusk, began as a short story for a creative writing class. The female vampire character Chess was a favorite, and the other students wanted more information. I wrote a short back story that evolved into the pillar of the series. The book contains the origin of Osborn Hill, Massachusetts, and introduces you to its haunted history. In the third book, Curse of the Jessup Witches, Chessa returns and new characters are introduced. Talby, her werewolf companion is bound to Chessa by a blood bond formed by her great grandmother of 11 generations. Witches Alex Rowe and Victoria Jessup round out the list of new Characters. Story takes place in Osborn Hill as well as the adjoining town of Lillian.
He is currently writing the fourth book in his Fellowship of the Black Cross Legacy series, Bloodbound, where Chessa, Talby, Victoria and other members of the fellowship square off against the threat of a clan of Lycans. Ray has three other installments in the Fellowship of the Black Cross series outlined, and should have yearly releases. He doubts the series will end there. He is also writing an actual romance, Second Chances. But rest assured, it won’t stray far from the Fellowship series as all three stories, Cult of Asthamoth, Child of Dusk and Second Chances take place in Osborn Hill, Massachusetts. He is currently putting together a collection of short stories for a future release, Infinite Writer on the Big Dogma.
Ray leans toward strong female characters to carry the stories. Chessa, Talby, Shasta Copper and Jessica Russell are but a few of the women you’ll encounter through his books. I’m currently working on a story related project with Bill Andres. Sneak peeks will be available. This will be the first time he’s had the honor of being a featured guest author at Albuquerque Comic Con. Stop by and say, hi and visit for a while. You may find a title that interests you, but be warned; reading the series out of order will reveal secrets and ruin the book before. You may follow him at his website http://www.rayayles.com/ or on Face book at Ray Ayles Author Page.