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The SpecFaith team

E. Stephen Burnett

E. Stephen Burnett explores biblical truth and fantastic stories as editor of Lorehaven magazine (debuting autumn 2017). He also writes for Christianity Today, Christ and Pop Culture, and Speculative Faith. He and his wife, Lacy, live in the Austin area and serve as members of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

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Rebecca LuElla Miller

Best known for her aspirations as an epic fantasy author, Becky has been working as a freelance writer and editor since 2004. She has covered high school sports for a Los Angeles area newspaper group, published articles and short stories in several print and online magazines, and placed in the top twenty-five in the 2006 Writer’s Digest Short, Short Story contest. She currently blogs Monday through Friday at A Christian Worldview of Fiction. Her editing credits include non-fiction and fiction alike, most notably four titles in the Dragons in Our Midst and Oracle of Fire series by Bryan Davis. You can learn more about her editing services and read her weekly writing tips at Rewrite, Reword, Rework.

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Austin Gunderson

By day Austin is a media production professional, by night a reader and writer of fantasy. He resides in the Pacific Northwest with the wife of his youth, and serves as a member of Lighthouse Christian Center.

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Mark Carver

Mark Carver writes dark, edgy books that tackle tough spiritual issues. He is currently working on his eighth novel. Besides writing, Mark is passionate about art, tattoos, heavy metal, and medieval architecture. After spending more than eight years in China, he now lives with his wife and three children in Atlanta, GA. You can find Mark online at MarkCarverBooks.com and at Markcarverbooks on Facebook.

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Shannon McDermott

Shannon McDermott is the author of the fantasy novel The Valley of Decision, as well as the futuristic The Last Heir and the Sons of Tryas series. To learn more about her and her work, visit her website, ShannonMcDermott.com.

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Zachary Totah

Zachary Totah writes speculative fiction stories. This allows him to roam through his imagination, where he has illegal amounts of fun creating worlds and characters to populate them. When not working on stories or wading through schoolwork, he enjoys playing sports, hanging out with his family and friends, watching movies, and reading. He lives in Colorado and doesn’t drink coffee. He loves connecting with other readers and writers. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Goodreads, and at his website.

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SpecFaith guest writers

Adam Graham

Adam Graham is a recovering politician and journalist, living in Boise, Idaho with his wife and fellow author, Andrea Graham. He is the author of the superhero comedy Tales of the Dim Knight (November 2010) and the follow up books Fly Another Day (March 2013), and Powerhouse Hard Pressed (May 2013). His current projects include the next book in that series, Ultimate Midlife Crisis as well as his first mystery novel Slime Incorporated. Adam also hosts The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio and Old Time Radio Superman podcasts. You can follow his blog, Christian Superheroes, and follow him on Twitter @Idahoguy.

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Allan Reini

An enthusiastic sci-fi fan with over thirty years of business and leadership experience, Allan Reini brings his unique insights and humor to corporate and church events. Allan lives in Hibbing, Minnesota, where he and his wife, Becky, are thankful to have all four of their adult children and their four grandchildren in close proximity. He has admittedly raised a family of self-professed nerds, including his eldest son and co-author, Aaron. Their first novel, Flight of the Angels, released in October 2012.

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Alton Gansky

Alton L. Gansky is the author of 23 novels and 7 nonfiction works, as well as principle writer of 7 novels and 2 nonfiction books. He has been a Christy Award finalist (A Ship Possessed), an Angel Award winner (Terminal Justice), and a 2012 Carol Award-winner for Fallen Angel. He holds a BA and MA in biblical studies and was recently grant a Doctor of Literature. He lives in central California with his wife. Gansky is in frequent demand at writer’s conferences having taught and keynoted in California, Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Delaware, Washington, and Canada. He is the director of the premier writers conference: Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers.

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Amy Davis

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Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is a song writer, performer, author, proprietor of the Rabbit Room—a community of songwriters, authors, and artists interested in storytelling, faith, and fellowship—and a member of the Square Peg Alliance, a happy band of singer/songwriters who write together, tour together, and eat together. He's been married for fifteen years to Jamie, and they live just south of Nashville with their three children: Aedan (12), Asher (11), and Skye (8). The common thread in all he does is his love for Christ and His Kingdom, his belief in the power of story and art, and his need for family and community. His desire is to use his gifts to tell the truth, and to tell it as beautifully as he can.

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Andrew Peterson

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Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the author of the Tales of Goldstone Wood, a series of fantasy adventure novels told in the classic Fairy Tale style. She is married to the handsome man she met at fencing class and lives with him and a gaggle of cats in NC. You can follow her on Facebook or contact her via her blog.

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Ashley Hodges Bazer

Ashley Hodges Bazer is the author of <em>Asylum: The Circeae Tales</em>, released August 2012. She lives on the eastern plains of Colorado with her pastor husband and the three best kids in the world. She earned her BA in theatre (stage management) from Arizona State University. Even though she has worked for highly esteemed employers such as Disney and Focus on the Family, being a mom is the best job she has had. She hopes that people will discover the love of God through her unconventional stories. Learn more about Ashley and her upcoming books at <a href="http://www.AshleyBazer.com">www.AshleyBazer.com</a>.

Athol Dickson

Athol Dickson is a novelist, teacher, and independent publisher. His novels transcend description with a literary style that blends magical realism, suspense, and a strong sense of spirituality. Critics have favorably compared his work to such diverse authors as Octavia Butler (Publisher's Weekly), Hermann Hesse (The New York Journal of Books) and Flannery O'Connor (The New York Times). One of his novels, River Rising, is an Audie Award winner, and three have won Christy Awards. His most recent novel, The Opposite Of Art, is a mystical story about pride, passion, and murder as a spiritual pursuit. Athol’s next release will be a “Christy award collection” of his four best selling novels, updated and with new forewords. Each of the novels was a Christy finalist. Athol lives with his wife in southern California. Please visit his website at www.AtholDickson.com, and like his Facebook fan page.

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Ben Wolf

Ben Wolf is publisher of Lorehaven. He founded Splickety Publishing Group, which offers three quarterly flash fiction magazines: Splickety (multi-genre), Havok (speculative), and Spark (romance). He is also an award-winning author and acclaimed editor of fantastical stories. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He lives with his family in Iowa.

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Brian Godawa

Brian Godawa is an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter (To End All Wars), a controversial movie and culture blogger (www.Godawa.com), an internationally known teacher on faith, worldviews and storytelling (Hollywood Worldviews), as well as an Amazon best-selling author of Biblical fiction (Chronicles of the Nephilim) and provocative theology (God Against the gods).

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C.S. Lakin

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Carole McDonnell

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Christopher Miller

Story matters. As the balder half of the Miller Brothers writing duo, Christopher is convinced that his receding hairline is actually a solar panel for brilliant thought. While the science behind this phenomenon is sketchy (at best) one thing is undeniable – his mind is a veritable greenhouse of crazy story ideas. Oh, he’s also the co-author of three award-winning youth fiction novels (The Miller Brothers) and newly released novel based on a video game and a pair of children’s books. Their books are written for kids and adults who aren't afraid of adventure. His hobbies include dating his wife, raising three children and providing for his family through copywriting, web design and launching a free to read platform for novelists called BookJolt.com. One day, Chris and his brother hope to delve deeply into the realm of interactive fiction.

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Chris Walley

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Chuck Black

Chuck Black, a former F-16 fighter pilot and tactical communications engineer, is the best-selling, award-winning author of <em>The Kingdom Series</em> and <em>The Knights of Arrethtrae</em> series. He has received praise from parents across the country for his unique approach to telling biblical truths. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. He lives with his family in North Dakota.

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C. J. Darlington

A homeschool graduate, C.J. Darlington makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and a paint horse named Sky. C. J.'s novels Jupiter Winds and Jupiter Storm are YA/dystopian/space adventures. To learn more about her, see her web site, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Clefspeare

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D. Barkley Briggs

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Donita K. Paul

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Frank Creed

Housecatter, Christian speculative fiction novelist, founder of the Lost Genre Guild. read the full bio at frankcreed.com

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Fred Warren

Fred was born in Tacoma, Washington, but spent most of his formative years in California, where his parents pastored a couple of small churches. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983, and spent 24 years in the Air Force as a bomber navigator, flight-test navigator, and military educator. He retired from the Air Force in 2007, and now works as a government contractor in eastern Kansas, providing computer simulation support for Army training. Fred has been married for 25 years to the girl who should have been his high school sweetheart, and has three kids, three dogs, and a mortgage. When he’s not writing or reading, he enjoys running, hiking, birdwatching, stargazing, and playing around with computers. Writing has always been a big part of his life, but he kept it mostly private until a few years ago, when it occurred to him that if he was ever going to get published, he needed to get serious about it. Since then, he’s written more than twenty short stories that have been published in a variety of print and online magazines, and a novel, The Muse, that debuted in November 2009 from Splashdown Books, which was a finalist for the 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award for book of the year in the speculative genre. Speculative fiction is his first love, but he writes the occasional bit of non-fiction or poetry, just to keep things interesting.

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Gillian Bronte Adams

Gillian Bronte Adams is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist. Her published works include Out of Darkness Rising and Orphan’s Song, book one in the fantasy trilogy The Songkeeper Chronicles. Visit Gillian on her blog, Twitter, or Facebook page where she loves chatting about all things related to fantasy, books, heroes and villains, and adventures.

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Grace Bridges

Grace Bridges is a dreamer whose muse blows best when it's fresh from the sea. A graduate of the University of Auckland, she translates German and edits novels for a living, and writes from her hilltop in New Zealand although faraway places call to her just as often. Her short works of fiction and nonfiction are found in multiple international anthologies and literary journals, and Mariah's Dream is the first novel in The Vortex of Éire series. Splashdown Books, her hybrid independent imprint, has been publishing quality speculative fiction since 2009. Find her website at GraceBridges.kiwi.

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Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell is a screenwriter and novelist living in Northeast Arkansas and is the author of The Strange Man and Enemies of the Cross. His first produced screenplay, Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea, starring Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), will release to DVD later this fall. Visit Greg at his website.

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James L. Rubart

James L. Rubart is a husband, dad, author, and speaker—in that order. He’s the best-selling author of Rooms, Book of Days, and The Chair. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, backpacks, golfs, takes photos, and does the occasional sleight of hand. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his amazing wife and teenage sons and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman. Learn more at his web site.

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Jared Moore

Born in 1981, Jared Moore has served in pastoral ministry in a Southern Baptist context since 2000. He is happily married to Amber and has five children. He has authored a book about enjoying the final four Harry Potter films, and blogs at JaredMoore.ExaltChrist. He is also a regular contributor at SBC Voices, Servants of Grace, Sermon Central, and Church Leaders, and occasionally writes for Speculative Faith, Credo Magazine, Gospel Husbands, and SBC Focus. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible, his M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Liberty Seminary, and his M.Div. in Christian ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently completing his Th.M. in Systematic Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Jeff Gerke

Jeff Gerke trains novelists how to better do what it is they’re trying to do. He trains through his three books for Writers Digest: Plot Versus Character, The First 50 Pages, and How To Write a Novel in 30 Days—and What To Do with It Next. He trains through his online video training program called FictionAcademy.com, a part of BestsellerSociety.com. He trains through the many writers conferences he teaches at all over the country every year. And he trains through the freelance editing he does for his clients. Jeff is the founder of Marcher Lord Press, the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and three children. Contact him at www.marcherlordpress.com, www.FictionAcademy.com, www.BestsellerSociety.com, or on the Marcher Lord Press Facebook page.

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Jeri Massi

Jeri Massi is the author of the Peabody Adventures series and the Bracken Trilogy, published by Bob Jones University Press . In 2003, her novel Valkyries was nominated for the Christy Award. Jeri's first love, of course, is Doctor Who, especially the Third Doctor. Readers can access her fan fiction. Now that she has grown up and moved away from BJU Press and Moody Press, she has dusted off her computer and is once again writing both fiction and non-fiction. Read her blog here.

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Jill Williamson

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John Olson

John is author or co-author of a number of novels, including the award winning science fiction Oxygen. He also is a popular writers' conference speaker, specializing in speculative fiction.

John Otte

John W. Otte leads a double life. By day, he’s a Lutheran minister. By night, he writes weird stories. He lives in South St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two sons. His first published novel, Failstate, a superhero fantasy for young-adult readers, debuted in April 2012 from Marcher Lord Press. Keep up with his own website at The Least Read Blog on the Web.

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Kaci Hill

Kaci is the co-author of Lunatic and Elyon with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. She's also substitute teacher with a little editing and tutoring sprinkled in for grins. She lurks on Facebook, Twitter, a blog she dubbed Life in the Veil Betwixt the Realms, where she continues to explore the threshold between reality and fiction and everything in between.

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Karen Hancock

Karen Hancock writes Christian fantasy and science fiction. She has won Christy Awards for each of her first four novels -- Arena and the first three books in the Legends of the Guardian-King series, The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, and Shadow over Kiriath. For discussion and further information, visit her blog and her website.

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Kat Heckenbach

Kat Heckenbach spent her childhood with pencil and sketchbook in hand, knowing she wanted to be an artist when she grew up—so naturally she graduated college with a degree in biology, went on to teach math, and now homeschools her two children while writing. Her fiction ranges from light-hearted fantasy to dark and disturbing, with multiple stories published online and in print. Her debut novel, YA fantasy Finding Angel, and second novel, Seeking Unseen, are available in print and ebook. Enter her world at Katheckenbach.com.

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Kathy Tyers

Kathy Tyers has published ten novels in the Christian and general markets, including two authorized novels for the Star Wars extended universe, as well as a biography and a travel book. If she isn’t writing, she might be teaching a flute lesson, mentoring a hopeful author via the Christian Writers Guild, or battling quackgrass in her vegetable garden. Kathy lives in Montana and has one grown son.

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Katie Morford

Katie Morford is an author and editor at Crosshair Press, an independent publishing house devoted to character-driven, high-adventure storytelling with moral and spiritual dilemmas. She credits her best friend with her descent into geekdom. Katie’s action-adventure novel, The Katiller, co-authored with fellow Crosshair Press founder Carrie Lemke, will be available in Jan. 2015 from Amazon and the Crosshair Press bookstore. In her spare time, Katie travels the world as a missionary journalist and marathons Doctor Who episodes. She shares thoughts about her storytelling journeys at Story For His Glory.

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Keanan Brand

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Kerry Nietz

Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits—first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile, and a movie buff. Kerry is the author of The DarkTrench Saga trilogy and a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software. Track his further work at Nietz.com.

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Keven Newsome

Keven Newsome is a child of God, husband, father, and friend, in that order. He’s also a novelist, musician, and sometimes artist. He has an MA in Theology, specializing in supernatural theology, from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His debut novel Winter was a finalist for the Compton Crook Awards and the Grace Awards. His other works include Prophetess, the sequel to Winter; three contributing stories in the Aquasynthesis anthology; and a contributing micro-story in the Avenir Eclectia anthology. Keven is the founder of The New Authors’ Fellowship and produces music and video through Newsome Creative.

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Kirk Outerbridge

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Lars Walker

Lars Walker lives in Minneapolis. He is the author of several fantasy novels, published both conventionally and as e-books. His latest novel, Hailstone Mountain, is part of his series The Saga of Erling Skjalgsson and was released in e-book form in March 2013. He works as a librarian and Norwegian translator, and blogs at BrandyWineBooks.net. His website is LarsWalker.com, and his Facebook group is Lars Walker’s Viking Thing.

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L.B. Graham

Binding of the Blade series author L. B. Graham loved school so much that he never left, transitioning seamlessly between life as a student and life as a teacher. He and his family now live in St. Louis, Missouri. They would like one day to have a house by the sea, which he wants to call "The Grey Havens." He and his wife have two children. Both love books, which pleases him immensely. L. B. holds a B.A. in Literature from Wheaton College, and an M.Div from Covenant Seminary. He is chairman of the Bible department and teacher of worldviews at Westminster Christian Academy. Of his five-book epic fantasy series The Binding of the Blade (from 2004 to 2008), the first novel, Beyond the Summerland, was a Christy Award finalist in 2005. He has also written several articles in IVP's Dictionary of Biblical Imagery.

Marc Schooley

Marc Schooley describes himself as "a Christian and a Texan ... in that order." While not working in the U.S. space program in Houston, loving his family or going to church, he enjoys studying theology, writing stories, and is completing a second Master's degree. His first novel, The Dark Man, was published by Marcher Lord Press in spring 2009; his second novel, Konig's Fire, also from Marcher Lord, released in 2010.

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Mary Weber

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. Her recently released debut, Storm Siren (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins), was endorsed by New York Times bestselling authors Jay Asher and Marissa Meyer, and touted to fans of Game of Thrones and the Lunar Chronicles by School Library Journal Teen. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. You can geek out with her on Facebook: Mary Weber, Author, TWITTER: @mchristineweber, and INSTAGRAM: @maryweberauthor.

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Matt Koceich

Author of The Sending (Marcher Lord Press - Oct.2010). Day job-school teacher in Arlington, Texas. My wife and I have four children. By God's grace we were able to adopt a baby boy from Ethiopia this past February. What a journey.

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Matt Mikalatos

Matt Mikalatos is the author of the comedy-theology novel Imaginary Jesus and Night of the Living Dead Christian. Being introduced to science fiction at an early age by his father, Matt grew up thinking that if he got too angry he'd turn into a monster, that Stonehenge could become blood-sucking rocks during the night and that you should never, never look in a mirror unless the bathroom light was on. His blog is at Mikalatos.com and at his website, you can read the first chapter of his newest book.

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Merrie Destefano

With twenty years’ experience in publishing, Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as the editor of Victorian Homes magazine to become a full-time novelist with HarperCollins. Her first novel, Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles, is available now and her second novel, Feast: Harvest of Dreams, releases on June, 28, 2011. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time. Born in the Midwest, she now lives in Southern California with her husband, their two German shepherds and a Siamese cat.

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Mike Duran

Mike Duran is a novelist, blogger, and speaker, whose short stories, essays, and commentary have appeared in Relief Journal, Relevant Online, Novel Rocket, Rue Morgue, Zombies magazine, and other print and digital outlets. He is the author of The Ghost Box (Blue Crescent Press, 2014), a Publishers Weekly starred review item, the supernatural thriller The Resurrection (Realms, 2011), an e-book fantasy novella entitled Winterland, The Telling, (Realms, May 2012), and a short story anthology Subterranea (Blue Crescent Press, 2013). Mike is an ordained minister and lives with his wife, four grown children, and grandchildren in Southern California. You can learn more about Mike Duran, his writing projects, favorite music, cultural commentary, and arcane interests, at MikeDuran.com.

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Mirtika Schultz

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Morgan Busse

Morgan L. Busse is passionate about authentic Christianity and shares from her own life her fears and triumphs as a follower of Jesus Christ. The wife of a pastor and a mother to four children, she has plenty of adventures to draw from. Morgan blogs at In Darkness There Is Light. She also writes speculative fiction and in April released her debut book, Daughter of Light, with Marcher Lord Press.

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Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She writes stories about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her debut dystopian novel, A Time to Die, released fall 2014 from Enclave Publishing. When Nadine's not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she is out pursuing adventures. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband. Follow Nadine on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Sign up to receive her newsletter.

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Nathan James Norman

Nathan James Norman is the senior pastor of The Orchard Church in Traverse City, Michigan. He produces Christian speculative fiction in audio format with the Untold Podcast, and blogs about preaching, theology and creativity on his personal website. Two of his short stories appeared in The Crossover Alliance Anthology: Volume One released in 2015.

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P. A. Baines

Paul writes science fiction that is both contemplative and profound. Educated in Africa, he works as an analyst/programmer and is studying towards a degree in Creative Writing. He currently lives in a small corner of the Netherlands with his wife and two children and various wildlife. Visit his website at PABaines.com

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Patrick W. Carr

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird. You may contact Patrick through his website or on Facebook.

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R. J. Anderson

R.J. Anderson (known to her friends as Rebecca) was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, went to school in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely. As a child she immersed herself in fairy tales, mythology, and the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and E. Nesbit; later she found inspiration in books by Ursula LeGuin, Patricia A. McKillip and Robin McKinley, and learned to take as much pleasure from their language as the stories they told. Now married and a mother of three, Rebecca reads to her sons the classic works of fantasy and science fiction that enlivened her own childhood, and tries to bring a similar excitement and timeless wonder to the novels she writes for children and teens. She currently lives in the beautiful theatre town of Stratford, Ontario.

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Rachel Starr Thomson

Rachel Starr Thomson is the author of eighteen novels, all of them in the Christian speculative fiction genre. As an editor and writing coach, she has helped writers achieve their best work for over a decade—so she’s thrilled to contribute to The Writer’s Toolbox series, which gives fiction writers everything they need to know to create compelling, solid stories. The newest release—5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing—features more than sixty detailed Before and After examples of flawed and corrected passages to help authors learn to spot flaws in their writing. You can check out all Rachel’s books and get a free story at her website.

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Randy Alcorn

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Randy Ingermanson

Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels. He is a computational physicist with a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley. Randy writes about life at "the intersection of Science Avenue and Faith Boulevard" -- a poorly lit section of town where there are plenty of fights and accidents. Randy is best known around the world as "the Snowflake Guy" for his widely used "Snowflake method" of designing a novel. His most recent book is WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES. You can find Randy online at http://www.Ingermanson.com or http://www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com.

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Randy Streu

Randy Streu is a freelance voice talent, podcaster, and narrator who writes short stories and reads just about everything. Explore his voice work at Randy Streu VO. You can also see what he's up to at his occasionally-updated blog.

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Rebecca P. Minor

Rebecca P Minor is an author, artist, wife, mother, and the founder of the Faith and Fantasy Alliance. She currently has two fantasy series available in print, The Windrider Saga and The Risen Age Archive. When she isn’t overseeing the craziness that is the natural outgrowth of a house full of three boys thirteen and under, she enjoys exploring culinary horizons, singing in church choir, and hashing out the nuances of character acting with her amazingly supportive husband, Scott. Find more information about Rebecca and her writing at RebeccaPMinor.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter @RebeccaPMinor.

R. J. Larson

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R. L. Copple

As a young teen, R. L. Copple played in his own make-believe world, writing the stories and drawing the art for his own comics while experiencing the worlds of other authors like Tolkien, Lewis, Asimov, and Lester Del Ray. As an adult, after years of writing devotionally, he returned to the passion of his youth in order to combine his fantasy worlds and faith into the reality of the printed page. Since then, his imagination has given birth to The Reality Chronicles trilogy from Splashdown Books, and The Virtual Chronicles series, Ethereal Worlds Anthology, and How to Make an Ebook: Using Free Software from Ethereal Press, along with numerous short stories in various magazines. Learn more about R. L and his work at any of the following: Author Website, Author Blog, or Author Store.

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Robert Mullin

Robert Mullin is a seasoned editor and debut author of the novel Bid the Gods Arise. He is also a cryptozoologist who has traveled to Africa three times in search of a living dinosaur, and was featured on an episode of the History Channel’s television show, Monster Quest.

Robert Treskillard

Robert Treskillard is a Celtic enthusiast who holds a B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies from Bethel University, Minnesota. He has been crafting stories from his early youth, is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith. He and his wife have three children and are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the country outside St. Louis, Missouri. His author career began when Robert's son wanted to learn blacksmithing and sword-making. The two set out to learn the crafts and in the process were told by a relative that they were descended from a Cornish blacksmith. This lit the fire of Robert's imagination, and so welding his Celtic research to his love of the legends of King Arthur, a book was forged—Merlin's Blade, book one of The Merlin Spiral. More information about Robert can be found through his blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Sally Apokedak

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Scott Appleton

Scott Appleton is a freelance writer living in southeast Connecticut. He is the author of The Sword of the Dragon series, Neverqueen, and the anthology By Sword By Right. In his spare time he enjoys reading and spending time with his beautiful wife and children. Visit his blog, website, and Facebook page.

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Shannon Dittemore

Shannon Dittemore has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. The daughter of one preacher and the wife of another, she spends her days imagining things unseen and chasing her two children around their home in Northern California. Angel Eyes is her first novel.

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Sharon Hinck

Sharon writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary people experiencing God’s grace in unexpected ways. Known for their authenticity, emotional range, and spiritual depth, her novels include contemporary fiction such as The Secret Life of Becky Miller or Stepping into Sunlight and the groundbreaking Sword of Lyric fantasy series which includes The Restorer. She has been a Christy finalist and won three Carol awards. Sharon’s undergrad degree is in education, and she earned an M.A. in Communication. When she isn’t wrestling with words, Sharon enjoys speaking to conferences, retreats, and church groups. She loves interacting with visitors at her website and blog.

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Steve Laube

Steve Laube is a longtime literary agent. He is also the owner of Enclave Publishing (formerly known as Marcher Lord Press) since January 2014. Follow his online writings at EnclavePublishing.com and explore Enclave's offerings at EnclavePublishing.com.

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Steve Rzasa

Steve Rzasa is the author of seven novels as of 2015. His work includes three space operas and two steampunk tales through Enclave Publishing, and one sci-fi murder mystery with Castalia House, plus his first fantasy novel The Bloodheart, which released June 2015. His debut novel, The Word Reclaimed (2007) was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers award for Best Speculative Fiction in 2010. His third novel, Broken Sight, won this award in 2012. His short story In the Bag, set in the world of his steampunk novels Crosswind and Sandstorm, won the 2012 flash fiction contest for the Denver Chapter of ACFW. Most recently his story Turncoat was nominated for the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. He is a former journalist and currently the technical services librarian in Buffalo, Wyoming, where he lives with his wife and two boys. Steve’s a fan of all things science-fiction and superhero, and is also a student of history.

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Stuart Stockton

Stuart Vaughn Stockton is the author of the award winning science fiction novel, Starfire. His exploration into world creation began in Jr. High, when he drew a dinosaur riding a pogo-stick. From there characters, creatures and languages blossomed into the worlds of Galactic Lore, the mythos in which Starfire is set. He lives in the beautiful town of Colorado Springs with his wife and fellow author, Tiffany Amber Stockton. Together they have two incredible children who bring new adventures every day.

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Sue Dent

Sue Dent hails from Mississippi and is the author of <em>Never Ceese</em>, Forever Richard</em> and <em>Electric Angel</em> through Black Bed Sheet Books. <em>Never Ceese</em>, her debut novel and first installment in her <em>Thirsting for Blood</em> series appeared on the 2007 preliminary ballot for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her second book in the series, <em>Forever Richard</em>, made the 2009 long-list at the British Fantasy Society.

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Ted Kluck

Ted Kluck is the award-winning author of nine books, including two Christianity Today book-of-the-year award winners and three works of satire with his own publisher, Gut Check Press. His work has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Cigar Magazine, and The Washington Post. Visit him online at TedKluck.com or GutCheckPress.com.

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Ted Turnau

Ted Turnau is a university lecturer in cultural and religious studies at Anglo-American University and a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. He has authored one book (so far) called Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective, and he's working on another about the Christian imagination. He lives with his family in Prague, Czech Republic, where he enjoys having college students over to watch movies. He also enjoys jazz, blues and alternative music, a good glass of red wine, American football, reading speculative fiction aloud to his wife and kids, and Japanese anime. Follow his progress at Popologetics.com.

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Tom Pawlik

Tom Pawlik is the Christy Award-winning author of Vanish, Valley of the Shadow, Beckon, and the novella Recollection from the 7 Hours anthology. Follow Tom on Facebook or at his web site.

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Wayne Thomas Batson

Wayne Thomas Batson (born 1968 in Seabrook, Maryland) is an American writer. He has been married to his wife for seventeen years and has four children. Mr. Batson is also a middle school teacher of twenty years experience and continues to teach reading at Folly Quarter Middle School. In 2005 - 2006, Batson wrote The Door Within Trilogy, published by Tommy Nelson, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishing House. Between 2007-2008, he wrote two pirate adventures novels: Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire. After 2008, Mr. Batson coauthored with Christopher Hopper The Berinfell Prophecies: Curse of the Spider King and Venom and Song. His most ambitious work is a seven-volume epic fantasy series called The Dark Sea Annals. Watch his blog at Enter The Door Within.

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Yvonne Anderson

Yvonne Anderson writes fiction that takes you out of this world. Her first novel, The Story in the Stars, debuted in June 2011 and is an ACFW Carol Award finalist in the Speculative Fiction category. Her second, Words in the Wind, released August 1, 2012. Two additional titles will complete this Gateway to Gannah series. She is contest administrator for Novel Rocket’s Launch Pad Contest for unpublished novelists. You may follow her wise words on the blog YsWords, or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Zach Bartels

An award-winning preacher and Bible teacher, Zachary Bartels serves as pastor of Judson Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan, where he lives with his wife Erin and their son. He holds degrees from Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Zachary enjoys film, fine cigars, stimulating conversation, gourmet coffee, reading, writing, and cycling. His debut novel, Playing Saint, has been called an "intrigue-filled thriller" (Library Journal) and "a page-turner from the very beginning . . . gripping and realistic" (RT Book Reviews). His followup, The Last Con (HarperCollins Christian Fiction) "will leave readers stunned" (RT Book Reviews). You can find more information about Zachary (as well as follow his blog, Twitter, and Facebook) at www.zacharybartels.com.

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SpecFaith guest reviewers

A.C. Williams

A.C. Williams, a founder of Crosshair Press, started writing at age 11. With 39 completed novels and more underway, she’ll never run out of stories to tell. When she isn’t writing, she hangs out at her family’s 100-year-old farm on the Kansas prairie. She loves sharing what Jesus is doing in her life and believes there’s a Doctor Who quote for every life situation. Her debut novel Nameless was released in December 2014, and her second novel Finding Fireflies was released in February 2015. Follow her work at AmyCWilliams.com and explore her devotionals at AlwaysPeachy.com.

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Adam Collings

Adam Collings is an aspiring author, and writer of speculative fiction. He works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children.

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Alex Mellen

Alex Mellen is a graduate of Taylor University and a copyeditor at a small town daily newspaper. She also writes and edits freelance on the side and has been published in Havok magazine. She blogs at http://amediting.blogspot.com.

Amy Timco

Amy Timco is a committed Christian, voracious reader, incorrigible booksale bum, professional editor, and happy wife. She is most frequently found discussing books in a wide range of genres, from fiction to nonfiction, at LibraryThing.

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Angie Brashear

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Ashlee Willis

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A. T. Ross

A. T. Ross is a freelance writer and independent novelist. He is the author of a number of online articles and five novels. His first novel, Pirate's Redemption, was published earlier this year, along with a collection of short stories, The Lost Mine and Other Tales. His second novel, the first in his epic fantasy series, will be released in November. You can find him at his blog.

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Audie Thacker

Audie Thacker likes to think of himself as a writer, and so far his word processor hasn't been able to convince him otherwise, though one can't fault its efforts. He is the author of the fantasy novels Shifters: Manipulations and Shifters: Judgments.

Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickety Publishing Group. Her short stories have been published in multiple magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests, both for short stories and novels. She is a writing conference teacher and presenter, a new-author mentor, an editor, and she co-emcees the annual Realm Makers conference. In addition, she enjoys speaking to local writers’ groups. She loves all things spec-fic and writes across multiple genres. Her writing heroes include Joss Whedon, Robert Jordan, and J.K. Rowling, among others. She is also a wife and the mom of five kids. She loves living in the desert in Phoenix, Arizona, and when she’s not writing, she loves reading, spending time with friends, and experimenting with various forms of artwork.

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Barbara Hartzler

Barbara Hartzler is the debut author of The Nexis Secret—the story of The Seer, a girl with a gift to see the unseen world of angels. And the two secret societies vying for her allegiance. The Nexis Secret is inspired by Barbara’s college experiences and peppered with anecdotes from her teen missions trip to New York City. She’s always wanted to write, not necessarily about angels, but the idea was too good to pass up. As a former barista and graphic designer, she loves all things sparkly and purple and is always jonesing for a good cup of joe. So grab a cup of coffee and peruse her blog at BarbaraHartzler.com. Or look for Barbara on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Beth Goddard

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Bethany A. Jennings

Bethany A. Jennings is a science-fiction and fantasy author and a chronic night owl. She is endlessly passionate about the power of speculative fiction to shape hearts, change cultures, and to unveil hidden realities. While she can be found wrangling her toddlers, running Twitter events, or inventing new kinds of sandwiches—no matter where she is, worlds and stories are dancing in her head. In addition to her fiction writing, she is a freelance editor, graphic designer, and the organizer of #WIPjoy, a seasonal online event for authors.

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Bethany Kaczmarek

Bethany Kaczmarek is a sojourner. So far, she’s just explored Earth, but her love for adventure and old stories make her yearn for a chance to wander in other realms in the not-too-distant future. Author of Strains of Silence (summer 2017) and ACFW finalist for Editor of the Year, she enjoys tales that take a guess at what's out there. And she loves to add her own ideas to the mix. Other job titles: Realm Makers Awards Director, Wielder of Red Pens, Grammar Ninja, Wiper of Tears and Milk, Indie Music Connoisseur, and Friend. You can connect with her at www.bethanykaczmarek.com.

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Bradley Huebert

Brad is a Lead Pastor with over twenty years of ministry experience. A Geek at heart, Brad has self-published a fantasy novella titled Finding Home: A Parable of Kingdom Life (iUniverse, 2008). Brad’s blog is enjoyed by geeks everywhere who long to explore the intriguing zone “where geeks and faith unite.” His sermons are enjoyed by his church as well as by a growing online tribe of podcast subscribers from across North America and around the world. You can connect with Brad’s Geek Faith Tribe on Facebook.

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Brandi Midkiff

Brandi Midkiff lives, writes, paints, and gardens on a family farm in South Central Texas. She has some ebooks available from Smashwords and maintains a wildly eclectic blog.

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Brennan S. McPherson

Brennan S. McPherson writes dark biblical fiction with a fantasy twist that puts flesh on some of the most well-recognized characters of all time. His debut novel, Cain: The Story of the First Murder and the Birth of an Unstoppable Evil, was released on May 2016. You may connect with him and download a free e-book prequel and excerpt of Cain at CainBook.com. Find him on Facebook here!

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Brent King

Brent King is a freelance writer of Christian fantasy and historical fiction from Lake Oswego, Oregon. His debut novel, The Fiercest Fight, was published in November 2015.

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Brock D. Eastman

Brock D. Eastman is 28 years old and lives at the base of America’s Mountain with his wife and two daughters. He has the pleasure of working for Focus on the Family and on the Adventures in Odyssey brand. He loves movie nights with his wife and their homemade popcorn, as well as playing pretend or reading with his daughters. Brock started writing his first series, The Quest for Truth, in 2005 and 5 years later with his wife’s encouragement signed a publishing deal. Two months later he signed to write the Sages of Darkness trilogy, and a month after that to write one of the new Imagination Station series books about David and Goliath. He’s always thinking of his next story and totes a thumb-drive full of ideas. To keep track of what Brock is working on visit his web site. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, and YouTube.

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Bruce Hennigan

Bruce Hennigan grew up in Northwest Louisiana and became a physician practicing in the field of radiology. He was a church drama director for 15 years and wrote over 150 plays. He is a certified apologist, or one who defends the truthfulness of the Christian faith and speaks on this topic on a regular basis. He co-authored “Conquering Depression: A Thirty Day Plan to Finding Happiness” with Mark Sutton and this book was published by B & H Publishing in 2001. An updated book, “Hope Again: A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression” will be released by B&H in September, 2014. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller novels in the “Chronicles of Jonathan Steel”: “The 13th Demon: Altar of the Spiral Eye”, “The 12th Demon: Mark of the Wolf Dragon”, and “The 11th Demon: The Ark of Chaos”. He has two grown children and lives in Shreveport with his wife, Sherry. For more information, check out his website at brucehennigan.com and for more information on the Chronicles of Jonathan Steel, go to www.11thdemon.com.

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C.L. Dyck

C.L. Dyck is a freelance editor of award-winning Christian speculative fiction. She wrangles words on behalf of writers through Scienda Editorial.

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Cap Stewart

Cap Stewart is an independent business owner and freelance writer. He’s been a fan of speculative fiction ever since picking up This Present Darkness in fifth grade, and his beloved gamer bride makes up for whatever nerdom he lacks. Cap blogs at Happier Far.

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C. E. Laureano

C.E. Laureano is the RITA® award-winning author of both Celtic fantasy and contemporary romance (as Carla Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.

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Carol Collett

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Chawna Schroeder

When Chawna Schroeder, winner of the 2009 ACFW Genesis Contest in the Speculative Category, isn’t working or meeting other novelists’ imaginary friends, you can usually find either her pouring over her studies in biblical Greek and Hebrew or helping others learn discernment, especially in media. Both her writing and studies find an additional outlet at her blog, Imagination Investigation.

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Chris Poersch

Christine Poersch is a retired teacher, having taught in a Christian school and also in Learning Centers for adults attempting to earn a high school diploma. She is an avid reader and writer, and has been published in an anthology of military stories, writing about her father. She also enjoys needlework of all kinds, sculpting, and oil painting.

D. M. Dutcher

D. M. Dutcher is a Christian anime fan and self-published writer.

Daniel Oaks

Dan Oaks grew up in the American West. With a degree in economics, he now teaches American history, world history, and calculus at the high-school level.

Dean Hardy

Dean Hardy is the Bible Department Chair at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina. His resume includes working with Palm Beach County Youth for Christ and a Masters degree under the tutelage of Norman Geisler at Southern Evangelical Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys watching Nascar races and the NFL as well as dabbling in philosophy and reading the works of C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and George MacDonald. Dean lives with his beautiful wife and two young sons in Matthews, NC. To learn more about Dean and his writing visit his Website, follow him on Twitter, or on Facebook.

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Elijah David

Elijah David works as a copywriter and content editor at a Chattanooga advertising agency. He holds an MA in English (UTC) and is a member of the Chattanooga Writer's Guild. An avid reader of fantasy, he started writing Albion Academy when a trio of fictional characters grabbed his attention and wouldn't let go. He is currently working on the second of four planned books in the world of Albion Academy. In addition, he edits and contributes to the Tolkien journal Silver Leaves. As far as he knows, Elijah's only magical ability is putting pen to paper. He's a member of White Oak Baptist Church along with his wife, Jeanna, and their son, Samuel.

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Emily Rachelle

Emily Rachelle is a teenage girl in love with God and the world He created. Her favorite things include chocolate, pretty trees, and books – rows upon rows of books, neatly lining library shelves or messily stacked in the corner of a bedroom. Follower her reviews and more at MaybeTeenAuthor.Blogspot.com.

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Erin Mifflin

Erin Mifflin loves reading, reviewing, and sharing books. She also decorates cakes, coordinates weddings, teaches at a Christian school, and loves spending time with family and friends. Her review blog can be found at: ReviewsByErin.LiveJournal.com.

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Frank Turk

In 1990, Frank received his MA in Literature in English from St. Bonaventure University, and years later became a Christian in the basement of his parents' house one night while contemplating suicide. He's married to a woman who's much smarter than him, and has two kids who are way more compliant than he deserves. He used to blog (riding on the coat-tails of others and the grace of God) with Dan Phillips and Phil Johnson at the PyroManiacs blog until his permanent hiatus in 2014, and has been a contributor at First Things, Reformation21, and Gut Check Press. By day he is a mild-mannered employee of (name withheld to protect them), and by night he causes mayhem for the sake of the Gospel.

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Hannah Williams

Hannah Williams is a young, aspiring author, seeking out stories of beauty and quality to inspire her own life and tales. She hopes to bring glory to God through her writing and artwork. You can follow her writing journey and read more of her reviews at her blog, The Writer's Window.

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Tamra Wilson

Tamra Wilson is a student studying for her bachelor's in English at American Military University. Raised in a Christian home, she came to faith at a young age and loves all things fantasy. She spends her days in northern New York, dreaming of becoming a spec-fic author herself.

Izzy Stevenson

Izzy Stevenson is an aspiring novelist who has been writing fantasy from a Christian worldview for over 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys making graphics, reading "Batman" comics, and studying psychology. She resides in California. You can find her on Twitter and read her weekly Gotham series recaps over at The Fangirl Initiative.

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James Somers

James Somers's writing career began with the sci-fi action novel The Chronicles of Soone: Heir to the King published by Variance Publishing/Breakneck Books. He has since published the sequel, The Chronicles of Soone: Rise of Lucin as well as two new action-thrillers: Perdition's Gate, and Hallowed Be Thy Name. He has several other novels in progress in both the thriller and young adult fantasy genres. In addition to writing, James serves as the pastor of Ozone Baptist Church in Rockwood, Tennessee, and also worsk in Knoxville as a surgical technologist. He is married and has five children. He may be reached for interviews or discussion at jamessremos at yahoo dot com

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Janalyn Voigt

Janalyn Voigt is an author whose unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates breathtaking fictional worlds for readers. Beginning with DawnSinger, Janalyn's epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. Janalyn is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA. When she's not writing, she loves to discover worlds of adventure in the great outdoors with her family.

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Jason Waguespack

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Jeff Chapman

Jeff Chapman writes software by day and speculative fiction when he should be sleeping. Tales of Woe and Wonder, available in the Amazon Kindle store, collects nine of his fantasy stories. He lives with his wife, children, and cat in a house with more books than bookshelf space. You can find him musing about words and fiction at his blog or follow him at Twitter, his Amazon author page, or Goodreads

Jennette Mbewe

Writing as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves trying to capture the abstract and make it concrete. She is currently living her second childhood with a wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and swords, among other things. Here, between reality and dreams, you will find her busily creating worlds inhabited by all sorts of fantasy creatures and characters, all questing about and discovering true love amid lots of peril. She has two short stories published in The Clockwork Dragon anthology, and four short stories set in the world of Nälu. Her debut novel, Secrets Kept, was nominated for the 2014 Clive Staples Award, and its sequel, Darkened Hope is coming May 2016.

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Jeremy McNabb

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Jill Richardson

Jill’s love for hobbits and elves comes from her time as a literature teacher and as a lifelong reader of great stories. She also loves an epic challenge and a chance for grace wherever they exist. Jill is Pastor of Discipleship at Resolution Church in Illinois. She is the author of the young adult devotional Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World. Learn more about Jill at her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

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Johne Cook

Johne Cook is a technical writer by day and creative writer in his free time. His interests include Prog Rock, Film Noir, Space Opera, and the Green Bay Packers.

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Jonathan Rogers

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Joshua A. Johnston

Joshua A. Johnston is a science fiction author with Enclave Publishing, an imprint of Gilead Publishing.

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Karen

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Kat Vinson

Kat Vinson is a writer and avid reader who lives in South Dakota with her husband and daughter. Read more of her book reviews at SparksofEmber.Wordpress.com".

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Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith is an independent book/product reviewer who has been reviewing books, DVDs, CDs, and other products since 2009. She enjoys the opportunity to provide quality honest reviews for her readers. Find more of her reviews at Reviews from the Heart.

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Keith Lango

A 23-year veteran of the VFX and animation industry, Keith has written and directed a number of projects ranging from DVD movies to TV shows to Oscar-nominated short films for a variety of studios. His passion for story telling has pushed him into the realm of live action film making while he continues to develop animated projects. He currently works as an Animator/Creative Director at Valve, a leading game studio in the Seattle, WA area.

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Kessie Carroll

Kessie Carroll is a stay-at-home mom of three. She and her husband are collaborating on a YA urban fantasy series, the first book of which is nearing publishable status. See her art and writing blog at netraptor.org/blog or visit her on Facebook.

Kevin C. Neece

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Lacy R. Burnett

Firstborn of four siblings, Lacy Burnett began discovering the benefits of communication and humor from an early age. Tempered to graceful maturity by God's work in her life, she is now also a master of diplomacy. Lacy has been involved in a range of creative work including her time in a flower shop, instructing ballet, molding the future of America through her child/parent outreach, and occasionally writing critical book reviews for Speculative Faith. In her free time she designs terrariums, reads books, pulls her sisters down out of their trees, and seeks out ways to shed a little more light on the beauty that surrounds her.

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Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Laura VanArendonk Baugh is a masters-level cosplayer with dozens of awards, a cosplay workshop instructor, and a cosplay judge. She is also the award-winning author of speculative fiction novels and short stories, non-fiction, and the murder mystery Con Job, set at a fandom convention. You can find her cosplay group at “…And Sewing Is Half the Battle!” and her writing at LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com.

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Laura Popp

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Laurie Lucking

An avid reader since birth (her parents claim she often kept them up until 11:30 p.m. begging to hear just one more story), Laurie Lucking discovered her passion for writing after leaving her career as a lawyer to become a stay-at-home mom. She is an aspiring author of Christian YA romantic fantasy and co-founder of Lands Uncharted, a blog for fans of clean YA fantasy. A Midwestern girl through and through, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and two young sons. Laurie enjoys making new friends on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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Leah Burchfiel

Notleia blargs in various comments sections and a great deal on her Blarg on the Internet, and she has a BA in English to back it up.

Linda Wood Rondeau

Winner of the 2012 Selah Award and Carol Award finalist, Linda Wood Rondeau writes to demonstrate our worst past, surrendered to God becomes our best future. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida. Readers may visit her website at LindaRondeau.com.

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Lisa T. Bergren

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over 35 books with a combined sale of more than two million copies. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and three kids, but constantly daydreams about her next trip to Italy. You can find out more about her at her web site or contact her on Twitter: @LisaTBergren or Facebook: Lisa Tawn Bergren

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Lyndon Perry

Lyndon Perry is a pastor, writer, husband, and grateful father of two. He enjoys dark roast coffee, herds cats on the side, and used to teach middle school English. He writes speculative fiction of all kinds, often with themes of faith and redemption interwoven into his stories. Learn more at LyndonPerryWriter.com. He also runs Tule Fog Press, an indie publisher helping readers and authors find each other in various genres, including mystery, thriller, fantasy, science fiction, and more.

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Mackenzie Adix

Mackenzie Adix is a senior English major at George Fox University near Portland, Oregon. She loves bagels, black tea, and speculative fiction, especially when mixed together. Her website is at The Written Woods. Besides daydreaming about the steampunk novel she wants to write, her days are filled with studying, reading, and tutoring other writing students.

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Marion Hill

Marion Hill is the author of The Descendant of Destiny and Transformation Toward Destiny. He reviews books at Marion-hill.com. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has also lived in Atlanta, Georgia, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Living in those cities helped create the world of Kammbia and the setting for the Kammbia novels. Marion currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently working on Diversion from Destiny, Kammbia Book 3, due to release in fall 2017.

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Martin LaBar

Martin LaBar is retired from teaching science in a Christian university. Married for 47 years, and he and his wife have two adult daughters and two grandsons. He is a longtime reader of fantastic literature, church board member and small-group leader, and a volunteer with a Good News Club in a local elementary school.

Matt Jones

Matt Jones is a graduate of Oral Roberts University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Theology with an emphasis on Biblical History. He is the co-author of one nonfiction book entitled What Right Do I Have, written with John Sheasby of Liberated Living Ministries. Very happily married to Tracy and father to three very loud, very fun children, he now lives in Oklahoma where he writes and owns and operates Jones House Creative, a digital marketing design firm in Tulsa.

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Megan Ebba

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Melinda Reynolds

Melinda Reynolds is an author and artist residing in southwest Kentucky.

Melissa Ortega

Melissa Ortega is an aspiring author, Sunday school teacher, and mother. She spent the last decade working for the United States Senate and now works within an association that supports health care services for those in need. Her favorite job, however, has been listening to her daughter, London. She and her husband, Nathan, who met at Life Pacific University, have worked as children's pastors, youth pastors, and associate pastors, and all around pastor-picker-uppers. Her passions include supporting God's shepherds, mentoring young writers, inspiring a deeper passion for God's Word in younger generations, archery, Welsh history, and, you know, finding the Place where all the beauty comes from. Her family lives with their improbable dog, Stitch, and clueless cat named Chloe.

Michael Blaylock

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Michael D. Britton

Michael D. Britton has been writing professionally for nearly 25 years, working in government, private industry, marketing, technical, web, freelance and a decade in the raw world of TV news. His short fiction has received multiple honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future contest, among other recognition; and his novels have advanced through multiple rounds of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in various years. Publisher’s Weekly has called his work “bitingly clever…darkly brilliant.” His list of fiction titles exceeds 70 and keeps increasing. Learn more at MichaelDBritton.com.

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Michelle R. Wood

Michelle R. Wood developed superior comprehension skills when her mother would speed read to her before moving on to her two siblings. She quickly began devouring books on her own, from Dickens to Tolkien. Eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and English, Michelle has worked as an editor, technical writer, blogger, and print/web designer, alongside her career in theatre. You can read her reviews, fiction, and musings at her blog, Distractions of Grandeur.

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Michelle Levigne

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Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch is constantly awed by the wonder of God's creation, which has led to his interests in theology, astronomy, history, politics, and films, eventually turning his attention to writing. He published his first (non-fiction) book, Dublin, in 2007. His first novel, When The Sky Fell, co-authored with Brandon Barr, was published two years later, followed by two other books they've written together, American Midnight and After The Cross (to learn more, visit Ellechor Publishing House). His latest novel, The Crystal Portal, co-authored by Travis Perry, was released in 2011. Mike graduated from San Jose State with a degree in history, and from San Jose Bible College with a degree in Bible and theology. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Nathan Lumbatis

Nathan Lumbatis grew up in the woods of Alabama, where he spent his time exploring, hiking, and dreaming up stories. Now, as a child/adolescent therapist and a speculative fiction author, he’s teaching kids and teens how to redeem their stories using Biblical principles. He still lives in Alabama, where you will find him with his wife and three kids every chance he gets.

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Nicholas Tieman

Nicholas Tieman is a full-time father of two and husband of one. He works at Hilton Worldwide, where he makes web pages for hotels he could never afford to stay in.

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Nikole Hahn

Nikole Hahn is a writer, book reviewer, and coffee addict, living and blogging 2 Corinthians 12:1-10. See more at her website and her journaling blog.

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Paeter Frandsen

Paeter Frandsen is central creator and developer of Christian Geek Central. A fan of comic books, sci-fi and fantasy since childhood, he is the owner of Spirit Blade Productions LLC. He received his bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Arizona State University and was employed by Red Mountain Community Church in Mesa, Arizona, for four years, serving as the church's worship pastor for two years. In 2006 he created Spirit Blade Productions and now lives in Mesa, AZ, with his wife and two sons while continuing to serve as a volunteer at Red Mountain Community Church. Though not formally trained in scripture, Paeter has a love for studying God's Word, seeking out truth with the most reliable resources available, and encouraging others to join him in that journey.

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Pam Halter

Pam Halter was a home-schooling mom for nine years and has been a children’s book author since 1995. She has published two picture books, Beatrice Loses Her Doll and Beatrice’s New Clothes (Concordia, 2001), articles (The War Cry, Fandangle Magazine), and has contributed to several devotional books. Fairyeater (Hope Springs Books, 2015) is Pam’s first fantasy novel. She is a panelist on The Writer’s View, a member of ACFW, is the county branch leader for the NJ Society of Christian Writers, and hosts a blog about writing fantasy. She was selected to attend the Highlights Whole Novel Workshop for Fantasy, May 2010. Pam lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and one cat. Look for her at her website, blog, on Facebook and Twitter (@pamhalter).

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Paul Lee

Paul Lee is a Christian who loves epic stories, primarily in novels and games. He is interested in new forms of digital storytelling and occasionally reviews and writes interactive fiction.

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Peter Younghusband

Peter loves reading Christian fiction and created his book review blog to review the genres of the supernatural, spiritual warfare, military, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and suspense, and edgy, Christian speculative fiction from a Christian/biblical worldview. He especially enjoys reviewing books in the above genres by debut authors to give them a first-time review and an interview to increase their exposure.

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Phyllis Wheeler

Phyllis Wheeler is a fiction editor and writer with a background in the news business, reviewer of speculative fiction from a Christian worldview, publisher of homeschooling curriculum at MotherboardBooks.com, and wife and mother of four.

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Rachel Marks

Rachel A. Marks is a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and a keeper of faerie secrets. She teaches her four kids at home and tries not to act like a nerd during science class. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. Her novella Winter Rose was released in November 2011.

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Ralene Burke

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for several freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is available on Amazon. When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids.

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Sarah Parks

Sarah Parks (known as "Lady Arin" on SpecFaith) lurks on the Internet, plays video games, and watches other people play video games. When she isn't doing that, she might be hanging with her family, reading, trying to write something that is probably fan fiction, or working at Walmart. She lives with her family in the United States midwest.

Sarah Sawyer

Sarah Sawyer loves creating other worlds and exploring what they can reveal about our own. Her passion for story led naturally to novel writing, and her love of the imaginative to fantasy. Sarah has served as a Carol Awards judge and a book reviewer, and she works to promote Christian speculative fiction wherever she can. She blogs on matters related to fantasy, faith, and the wonders of the everyday world at sarahsawyer.com.

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Shannon McNear

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Tony Breeden

Tony Breeden is from West Virginia, home of the Mothman, the Flatwoods Monster and Gray Barker, who likely invented the Men in Black. He’s been an avid sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk/monster/comic book fan all his life. His wonderful wife and four adventurous boys share his geek fandom, but not his all-consuming thirst for robust coffee. His first book, Johnny Came Home, was published September 2012. You can find out more about his books at TonyBreedenBooks.com and on Facebook.

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Stephen McCranie

Stephen McCranie is the writer-illustrator of the Mal & Chad graphic novels for kids, the award-winning serial webcomic Space Boy, and a Kickstarter-funded book on creativity entitled Brick by Brick. He is also a committed Christian who loves to talk (and draw!) about living a spiritual, productive, and healthy creative life at doodlealley.com.

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Steve Trower

Steve Trower is a Christian, geek dad, and part-time creator of parallel universes. He lives in the once and future capital of Mercia with two daughters, one wife, and a Mini called Binky. In between (and frequently at) a series of menial jobs, he managed to chalk up a number of non-fiction writing credits before deciding that making stuff up was a lot more fun than being bound by those “fact” thingies magazine editors seem so keen on, and began practicing the dark art of novel writing. His first Old Testament Space Opera, Countless as the Stars, will be released as an e-book later this year (paperback copies are still available at giveaway prices from SteveTrower.com). He blogs at SteveTrower.com/Blog and tweets as @SPTrowerEsq, but neither as often as he should.

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Thomas Clayton Booher

Thomas Clayton Booher and his wife, Kaye, live in Sanford, NC. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (1979, M.Div, ) and is a ruling elder at Countryside Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Cameron, NC. He served in the US Air Force (1972-1976) and the US Army (1983-1990). He taught at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC for nearly three years, and is currently a computer programmer. He is working on the rewrite of his Christian fantasy for young teens to adults, The Oerken Leaves, book one of the trilogy, The Whole Creation Groans. He guest posts in the Tulip Driven Life and you may follow his blog, Yellow House News.

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Timothy Stone

Timothy Stone is an Army veteran who served in combat operations in Iraq. He can be found in his free time reading way too much manga, comics, and speculative fiction, as well as other genres. He above all is a horrible sinner saved by the grace of God, and hopes he can bring glory to His Savior and Lord. Read his reviews of fantasy and other books on GoodReads.

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Travis Perry

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Tricia Mingerink

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She’s the author of The Blades of Acktar, a Christian action-adventure fantasy series, and lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn't writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

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Vicky Brinius

Vicky Brinius is deal-lover, shopper, reader and wife. She grew up surrounded by books and music, started to read Stephen King when she was 8 (The Dead Zone), and now enjoys all genres of books. She is a contributor for The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book under her maiden name, is a prolific gamer, and served as secretary of her political town committee. Vicky remains one of the youngest people ever to be chair of her state’s Commission on Services for Persons with Disabilities.

Vox Day

Vox Day is a writer and game designer. His interests include economics, history, technology, and wargames. He has written nine books, including fantasy novels A Throne of Bones (2012) and Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, and nonfiction including The Irrational Atheist and The Return of the Great Depression. He speaks English, German, and Italian. He is a non-denominational Christian and has been recognized as one of the Internet’s most influential libertarians.

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