MEET OUR AUTHORS
Chad Bordes started writing at 14 years old. It is a passion inspired by his father who pushed him to take a creative writing class. He has maintained a blog for the better part of 20 years and likes to write about what he sees and feels around him. A true world explorer, he calls southern California home.
Titles: The Ruination of Dylan Forbes
S. W. CAPPS
Shannon Capps is a former TV news reporter. Since leaving the world of glitzy sets and pompous anchors, he’s spent much of his time on two wheels, exploring the country via motorcycle and writing about it. His features have appeared in Rider, RoadBike, and H.O.G. magazines. He lives with his wife and 'investigative' dog in the Pacific Northwest, currently at work on a new novel.
Title: Runaway Train
Karuna Das is the pen and spirit name of Kyle Bostian. He comes from a dramatic writing background, with an MFA in Playwriting and PhD in Theatre and Dramaturgy. His short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in literary journals. He and life partner Ti share their Pittsburgh house with five wonderfully wacky cats.
Courtney Davis is a mother, wife and teacher who has always loved to find time to escape into a good story. She's been in love with reading and writing since she was a child and dreams of a life where she can devote herself fully to creating worlds and exploring relationships. To give someone else enjoyment through her words is the ultimate thrill.
EILEEN JOYCE DONOVAN
Eileen Joyce Donovan has been writing her entire life, in one way or another, whether it was imaginative stories for friends, or advertising copy for clients. At the persistent urging of her husband, she finally agreed to seriously edit and revise one of her stories and take the plunge. Years later, her persistence paid off and both her debut historical fiction, Promises, and her second novel, A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma, won prestigious awards. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and her essays have been included in various Chicken Soup for the Soul editions.
Therese Doucet writes, parents, and works a day job in Washington, DC, and Knoxville, TN. She studied cultural history in a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago for four years, and is a former Fulbright fellow, as well as a creative writing residency fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary magazines including Embark, Hotel Amerika, and Bayou, and one of her essays was listed as a Notable Essay of the Year in Best American Essays 2011.
Born and raised in Egypt, Samuel Ebeid studied political science before becoming a Community Solutions Fellow for the U.S. Dept. of State. He has previously published Arabic translations of governmental works. Samuel is now married to Karen and manages a small hotel in Western Maryland.
G. P. GOTTLIEB
G.P. Gottlieb has been a musician, a teacher, and an administrator, but she’s happiest when she’s writing recipe-laced murder mysteries. GP Gottlieb has always experimented in the kitchen and created her own delicious vegan cookies and cakes. She is also an interviewer for the New Books in Literature podcast channel. Gottlieb is the mother of three grown children and lives with her husband in Chicago.
M. L. GRIDER
Bitter Vintage is the first published novel to come from the twisted mind of M.L. Grider. In addition to writing, Grider is a professional photographer. He is busy at work on a collection of prequel stories linked to Amy Dresden and Helen Wu as well as the next adventure in the Helen Wu series.
Lansford Guy is a former newspaper reporter who followed the court room beat into the courthouse and now practices law. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in Pulp!, the Austin Daze and My Favorite Bullet. His podcast, Fiction Tartare, features his original fiction and is available through Apple Podcasts. His non-literary interests include archery, virtual reality development, and perpetually refining his chili recipe. He lives with his wife, son and two cats in Texas.
Titles: The Guardians
WAYNE E. and SEAN P. HALEY
Wayne E. and Sean P. Haley are a father and son team. Wayne is a retired University of California administrator who has been writing for pleasure for thirty-five years. Wayne spends most of his free time with his wife, Kathleen, walking the beaches near his home in Hawaii. Sean Haley is the chief compliance officer for an investment firm. Now living outside of Los Angeles, Sean spends much of his free time with his wonderful wife, Kristy, and their blended family of five children - usually shuttling them to various activities and sporting events.
Title: An Apology to Lucifer
Sourdough Jackson, a transwoman, began reading SF with a Jules Verne novel at the age of six, and has been reading it avidly ever since. After graduating from Whitman College in 1973, she became active in science fiction fandom. She met Denver fan and artist Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Sadly, this ended in 2018 when Gail died after a long illness. Sourdough has for many years written a monthly column on classic science fiction, “Writers of the Purple Page,” which is published in a local fanzine. She is also a lifelong student of naval history.
A. M. JORDAN
The son of a printer and a waitress and born in Colorado in 1967, A.M. Jordan grew up camping throughout the Front Range. He is married to Laura, who somehow puts up with him, and is owned by three cats. They all live together in the not-so-wilds of metro Denver. He is passionate about books, railroads, history, and baseball.
David is the published author of several books on Boston history and the co-author, with his father Louis, on a book about presidential homes and landmarks. A frequent contributor to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and History Magazine, David is also a published and produced playwright, and a popular lecturer on a variety of historical subjects. Inseparable is his debut novel.
Living in New Jersey for all his life, Shawn Mackey has been writing since childhood. Though his favorite genre is horror, he has a deep appreciation for fantasy influenced by mythology and science fiction that questions the modern world and its future.
Titles: This World of Love and Strife
FIDELIS O. MKPARU
Fidelis O. Mkparu is a Nigerian immigrant to the US who wishes to speak to his experiences and those of his fellow immigrants. He is a professor of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and a senior attending cardiologist at Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio. Previously, he was a Spaulding fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. His preceding novels include Love’s Affliction and Tears Before Exaltation (CIPA EVVY Awards Winner, Literary & Contemporary Fiction 2018).
Titles: Soulful Return
Jeanne Matthews graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and has worked as a copywriter, a high school English and Drama teacher, and a paralegal. An avid traveler and crime fiction reader, she is the author of the Dinah Pelerin international mystery series. She currently lives in Washington State with her husband, who is a law professor, and a Norwich terrier named Jack Reacher.
Titles: Devil by the Tail, If Two Are Dead (Jul 2023)
C. K. McDONOUOGH
A Pennsylvania native, C. K. McDonough has a journalism degree and twenty years experience in the communications industry. A self-proclaimed history nerd, Caren has turned her love of research and the written word into her first novel, Stoking Hope.
Titles: Stoking Hope
ELISABETH L. MORRISSEY
Elisabeth Morrissey learned a lot as a volunteer for several years at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, a transgender support organization, and from her twenty-five year marriage to a male-to-female transsexual. She is otherwise a homemaker and support system for her spouse, Karen.
Titles: It's Not All About You
KAREN A. MORRISSEY
A software engineer from Denver, Karen A. Morrissey grew up in the 60s not with Nancy Drew, but Tom Swift Jr. Her favorite SF works include Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series and Orson Scott Card’s Ender tales. For several years, she and her partner have hosted the Thursday Night Writers’ Group.
Titles: Fisher King: Percival's Descent
Phillip Otts retired from the CIA in 2006 to pursue a life-long interest in writing. A native of Alabama, he developed a deep appreciation for the remarkable handful of Southerners who, with courage and integrity, recognized the evils of slavery and took tangible steps to end it. He is also the author of a contemporary espionage novel, The Sword of the Prophet.
RAÚL QUINTANA SELLERAS
Raúl Quintana Selleras has four college degrees, including a doctorate in engineering management from The George Washington University. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Becerro de Bengoa Essay Prize, hosted in Spain. Raul has published an extensive body of work, including his non-fiction book, Fragmented Philosophy: Mediocrity and Geniality, and academic articles. He is also a playwright, his dramas being presented in Colombia. He currently lives in a Dallas suburb with his wife and daughter.
Titles: Count to Ten
Erika Rummel has taught history at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has lived in villages in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria. She is the author of more than a dozen books on social history, and six novels. In 2018 she was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Renaissance Society of America.
VANESSA A. RYAN
Vanessa A. Ryan is an actress in Southern California. She was born in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA. When not writing or acting, she enjoys painting and has exhibited her work in art galleries and museums. She also has performed stand-up comedy, so her writing often reflects her love of humor. She is the author of several mystery/suspense novels, and she once lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where some of her novels take place. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Title: The Trouble with Murder
LARRY F. SOMMERS
Larry F. Sommers writes to seek fresh meanings in our common past, to explore what knits us together as human beings and why we are sometimes driven apart. Three of his short stories have been published by the Saturday Evening Post, one winning Honorable Mention in the 2018 Great American Fiction Contest. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and dog.
Title: Price of Passage
JESSICA STILLING/J. M. STEPHEN
Jessica Stilling has written two works of literary fiction, Betwixt and Between and The Beekeeper's Daughter. She also wrote poetry and short fiction for various literary journals. Her articles have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Bust Magazine and she writes extensively for The Writer Magazine. She has taught Creative Writing in both high school and university. She also publishes young adult fantasy under the pen name JM Stephen. Jessica loves Virginia Woolf, very long walks, and currently lives in southern Vermont where she writes for the very local newspaper, The Deerfield Valley News.
Titles: (as Stilling) The Weary God of Ancient Travelers, Between Before and After; After the Barricades; (as Stephen) Into the Fairy Forest, Rise of the Hidden Prince, Silence and Ruptured Waters, The Emergence of Expanding Light (The Pan Chronicles); The Rise of Runes and Shields The Age of Ships and Sails (The Seidr Sagas); Nod
Christopher Tuthill’s short fiction has appeared in The Mythic Circle, Dark Tales from Elder Regions, and Tales of Reverie. A native of Riverhead, on Long Island, and a graduate of Catholic schools, Chris grew up around many of the places and people that inspire his writing. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and children. He works as a librarian, and his hobbies include board games, baseball, hiking, camping, and telling stories to his three children. Among his other interests, he is co-founder of the New York Tolkien Conference.
Title: The Osprey Man
Claryn Vaile is a Colorado native with a passion for local history and historical architecture. She has served on the faculty of Metropolitan State University and is a member of History Colorado, Historic Denver, Inc. and the Denver Woman’s Press Club. She is fascinated by the paranormal and loves to stay in historic hotels, purportedly haunted or otherwise.
Titles: Ghost Tour
Felicia Watson started writing stories as soon as they handed her a pencil in first grade. When not writing, Felicia spends her time with her darling dogs, her beloved husband, being an amateur pastry chef, and still finds time for her day job as a scientist.
DANIEL A. WILLIS
Daniel A. Willis writes both fiction and nonfiction. In his historical works, he describes the world as it was. In his fantasy novels, he envisions it as it could be. A native of Ohio, Mr. Willis has called Colorado home for more than three decades. He is also the owner/publisher of D. X. Varos, Ltd.
Joyce Yarrow was raised in the Southeast Bronx, but escaped to Manhattan, where she wrote poetry while riding the bus through the Lower East Side. The Bus Poems were published and her writing career was launched. In addition to four published novels, Joyce’s short stories and essays that have appeared in Inkwell Journal, Whistling Shade, Descant, Arabesques, Weber: The Contemporary West and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Yarrow is a member of the Authors Guild and the Sisters in Crime organization.