Like most writers, Miles Watson tried hard to escape his destiny. He spent ten years in law enforcement and private investigation, and then an even dozen in Hollywood, where he worked on such television shows as HEROES, TRUE BLOOD, THE WALKING DEAD and THE ORVILLE, as well as some feature films you’d remember…and some he’d like to forget. But neither courtrooms nor red carpets could keep him from the typewriter forever. His critically-acclaimed first novel, the crime thriller CAGE LIFE, won ZEALOT SCRIPT’S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (2016) and the BEST INDIE BOOK AWARD (2018). It was followed by a sequel, KNUCKLE DOWN, and a short-story collection, DEVILS YOU KNOW, which was a Finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing (2019). Before he cashes in his chips, the prolific Watson is determined to write in every genre under the sun…and perhaps invent a few of his own.
Julie is a native of Central Kentucky. After receiving her degree in English, she chose a career in higher education finance. Fifteen years later, she decided to allow her inner creative genius loose and began writing. She has been an avid reader her entire life, with a special love for mysteries, so she thought it fitting to make her first novel one of suspense. Growing up as an Army brat, she has lived in several states and foreign countries. To this day, she enjoys traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures. When at home she is likely to be found enjoying a few extreme sports, such as: rock climbing, scuba diving, or whitewater rafting. Her willingness to enter into activities of mortal peril is balanced by her commitment to ensure the quality of life for animals through her service with various dog rescue organizations. She now lives in Middle Tennessee with her two dogs, Ginny and Luna.
Tory Richards is an Amazon bestselling author who often refers to herself as a grandma who writes smut with a plot. She discovered her passion for writing at the ripe old age of ten. Before she received her first manual typewriter, with pencil in hand, she would jot down stories on notebook paper. Later, after receiving that desired typewriter at the age of thirteen she spent hours in her bedroom pretending to do homework. She considered herself a closet writer.
Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.
They say if a monkey is hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time, they will ultimately end up with the complete works of Shakespeare. If you put a kid of about 8 years in front of an old Commodore computer and let him type things into computers from that moment on for the next couple of decades, you end up with Matt’s debut novel BLACK KNIGHT, a work of fiction that incorporates many autobiographical traits.
Born the youngest of three children, he was probably destined to be the odd one out. He has worked in the video games industry and as a freelance software developer. Now he has finally given in to scratching that creative itch and is working on more adventure novels in the world of BLACK KNIGHT.
He lives in Hamburg, Germany.
Kitty Cooper is a retired teacher living in a small rural town of the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, England. She became fascinated with the world of science fiction while watching it on TV with her father.
Fantasy, sci-fi and detective novels have dominated her reading material from her early teens until now. While teaching in Plymouth, she briefly studied astronomy with the Open University. She has followed every space mission NASA sent up and has continued her interest in space and the newly discovered exoplanets ever since.
Starting in 2000 she began updating the short stories she had written as a teenager into a series of novels. Seven years later, she decided to improve her work and joined two online basic writing courses; one from the USA and the other from Britain. Following these, she enrolled on a creative writing course in the local comprehensive school. Then in September 2010 she enrolled in a creative writing course run by a local author.
David Chylde realized one day after reading slews of New York based novels that he could fuse supernatural ideas with the Atlanta urban setting. He always wanted to be a rock singer so writing about Jake Reece was like role playing in a fiction form. He threw in the dark world of magic, night clubs, and adult entertainment for an engrossing read that sends you on a tour of the underworld of Atlanta.
Isreba Wheeler aka Hope Syndreamz, has been writing ever since she was in elementary school, where she was proud to win several writing contests. A personal book of poems, and a few short stories later, she emerges upon the world with five children’s books teaching morals, and other fantastic lessons. For six years, Isreba held down the position of an Executive Editor, and one of the Creative Writers for an adult graphic magazine titled, “Gritz & Gravy Magazine.” When the magazine disbanded, she kidnapped one of their artists, and together they undertook unchartered territory as illustrator and storyteller.
As a child Celeste Palmer had a run in with an evil librarian over a science fiction book. She read the book anyway and it encouraged her love of space, ignited her imagination and remains her favourite book to this day.
Celeste is now a screenwriter for The Alien Channel where she dreams up space adventures brimming with aliens.
She wrote The Adventures of Bunzaud, under the pen name Dan Zu’ub, as part of a TV show she is developing for The Alien Channel. The show is about a boy who loves a book his librarian doesn’t want him to read. In 2017 The Alien Channel released the forbidden book from the upcoming show. It contains an evil librarian.
Celeste is based in The Alien Channel’s secret underground headquarters in Brisbane, Australia.
Karen Payton Holt
Born in Wales, Karen Payton Holt brought up her family in Kent and came late to writing. Her three children are full grown and, in 2011, she had a dream – yes, she knows that sounds like a cliche, but there it is.
One morning, she had a conversation with her daughter about vampire fiction. Karen’s position was ‘there is no point writing about vampires, unless you have something new to say’.
That night, she had a dream which followed her around in the daytime, too. She got out her laptop and wrote it out of her head. But no, instead of putting an end to the story, it opened a floodgate she had no idea was there.
Karen went from someone who had never written a word in thirty years, to writing 80,000 in six weeks.
It was the birth of the ‘Fire & Ice’ series of books featuring Connor and Rebekah, and a prequel set in 1910 London. The first 5 books were released in 2018, hopefully. The final instalment will be released this year.
Jean Cerfontaine is a South African author based in Johannesburg. His debut novel “Where do you go to” was published in 2018. Jean is a Healthcare consultant who has had numerous non-fiction pieces published in the local South African press, dealing with issues of national healthcare policy. As subject matter expert, he has also addressed press conferences and made television appearances in this field. His fictional works are published under a nom de plume. “Where do you got to” is the first of a proposed trilogy of works exploring the life of Marie-Claire le Blanc. Jean enjoys travelling to Europe with his wife on annual vacations and has three dogs. Like all authors, he dreams of retiring to Paris to write full time in the inspirational City of Lights. His writing style resembles that of Patricia Highsmith of “The Talented Mr Ripley” fame.
Rory is a writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Birthplace of Liberty. His work has been featured with the Freedom Today Network, Speak Freely, Being Libertarian, Think Liberty, and the Foundation for Economic Education. His writing focuses on individual rights, peaceful dissidence, and American and Irish politics. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
My name is, Allen Stanfill. What can I say, I like to read and write books. I also enjoy fishing and camping with my wife and two kids in Powell, Wyoming. The mountain view that I get to see day in and day out is inspiring, a work of art itself. The snow in the winter, not so much. There are times when I work out with my wife, consider that our alone time, just kidding. But honestly, if you enjoy reading a good murder mystery, then you will enjoy reading my work. Myself, I like a good mystery, some of the all-time greats have kept me on my toes, makes me want to come back for more. And that’s exactly what I’m trying to accomplish, make you, the reader want to come back for more. What I want is for the reader, more than anything is to be entertained.