Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez
Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco-Mexico. Raised in West Los Angeles, part of his life was spent incarcerated. From the ages of 16-39 was in and out of juvenile and adult correctional facilities for various crimes. While serving time in Tehachapi State Prison he turned his life around and became a part of a mentorship program for at-risk kids called S.E.E.K seeking to educated kids. He successfully completed a 12-step celebrate recovery program that changed his life. In May of 2013, he was released from Federal prison and has never looked back.
Ami Van is still in awe of this journey into writing. With a degree in Information Technology, she has spent most of her career working behind a computer, usually behind the scene also. She is first and foremost an avid reader. Reading everything for poetry to fantasy and sci-fi to romance, both contemporary and historical. You will always find her with reading material in hand in one form or another. E-readers are awesome but it will never replace the feel of turning the page of a real book.
Though currently writing romance with too many bullets and a couple of tragedies, she also wants to cross genre into fantasy and sci-fi. Romance exists in all genres.
Mrs. Johnson grew up out West where she earned her professional pilot ratings while pumping gas at the local airport – a job her parents told her she “would not last a week at”. Surviving ‘almost starving’ (O.K., there were LOTS of Raman noodles) as a flight instructor in the coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest (where it rains a LOT), she went on to be one of the first female Captains at the airline that employed her. She later received a doctorate in Criminal Justice in order to pursue a career in that field after hanging up her wings to care for elderly parents. She writes from restored 105-yer-old Mission Bungalow in the Midwest with her engineer husband and two rescue dogs. Mrs. Johnson is active in animal rescue and donates 100% of her writing proceeds to animal rescue organizations across the United States and the United Kingdom as well as Search Dog Foundation of California.
Maureen Wingham was born in London and lived and worked there for most of her life moving to Suffolk some years ago.
After leaving college she spent a brief time as a secretary for a City firm and quickly moved and found herself in advertising where she gained a wide range of experience in the industry. Since then she has had a career working in advertising and public relations, forming her own consultancy and with a friend formed a media representation company, thus specializing in both fashion and travel. Subsequently, with her late husband, she added to her workload when they formed a music company for his work and she still has responsibility for exploitation of his works.
The only child of a family that lived on a ranch in the Central Texas Countryside, Chad Lehrmann learned early on to use his imagination to entertain himself. Creating stories in his head and acting them out eventually led to him entertaining the idea to write stories. He began this process in his teens, but life got in the way. After eleven years in ministry, Chad became a public school teacher in College Station, Texas. Working with teenagers (and raising two of his own), he began to read young adult fiction like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Combined with his love of the works of Stephen King, Chad began to recall those stories and ideas from his youth, but with a new perspective. Tired of explaining to his students that if he was not a teacher, he would be a writer, but doing nothing to validate that- he penned his first novel, The Sawyer Shepherd Chronicles: Rites of Passage. It would be the culmination of characters and story beats that had been germinating in his head for over twenty years. He hopes you will join him on this journey!
Elizabeth Foster rediscovered the magic of storytelling when reading to her own kids. Reading with them reminded her of how much she missed getting lost in other worlds, and she set out to create one of her own. She draws inspiration from nature but cities fascinate her too. Elizabeth lives in Sydney where she is presently finishing up a fantasy adventure trilogy for kids 10-14 years. She has set the Esme series in a winding canal city reminiscent of Venice, but with a touch of magic.
A.J. Sahnow is a London-based author of horror and mystery, with a taste for the strange, the grotesque and the terrifying. Inspired by the likes of H. P. Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson, he writes tales where reality is confronted with madness and an ever-lurking threat of the unknown: people go missing without explanation, and even streets in daytime seem to hold a sense of unease.
Victor Ward is an author and software craftsman in the Concord, California area. He lives with his two boys nicknamed ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Hobbit’ along with a wife who lists her specialty as ‘setting students on fire’. He denies any knowledge of crimes committed by his two cats.
Sam B. Miller II
Sam B. Miller II holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, from the University of Tennessee. He has five children and lives with his wife, Susan, and their many dogs, in Northeast Tennessee. After writing a successful Science Fiction 3-book series, Miller turned his attention upon the mystery of the supernatural. Smith was his fourth novel. He has now returned to his favorite genre, Science Fiction, for his fifth novel, U-10.
JB is the second child of four raised in Wheaton Illinois. She has two sisters and one brother. Always a voracious reader, she became fascinated with writing in high school, and started several as yet unfinished stories, but began writing in earnest after a long career in the financial services industry. JB has two published works, a series of Science Fiction Young Adult fiction books, the Time Benders series. The First book, Time Benders and the Machine was published in 2018 and the second, Time Benders and the Two Promises is set for release February 18, 2020. JB is very excited to reach out and be a part of the amazing writing communities she has been welcomed by over the past year. When she’s not reading or working on the next Time Benders story, she loves to paint, visit libraries and support young and old writers everywhere. JB has three children and one grandchild and currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her husband.
Michael Kelso started his writing journey a little later in life. He didn’t put fictional pen to paper until his late thirties. His first crime fiction novel was traditionally published in 2017. He has also self-published several short horror story collections. He continues to write, with his latest work in progress being his first YA novel. He also continues to work on his next collection of short horror stories.
M.K.Adams is a new author within the fantasy genre. He works in politics by trade but writing is where the heart lies, and he’s been concocting worlds and stories since he was a child. He carried out his degree at the University of Kent, Canterbury, before moving into the private sector in London.
M.K. also has an unhealthy obsession with collecting Funko Pops and can often be found listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack when locked away working on his next novel. An avid reader of fantasy and all its sub-genres, M.K. is always on the lookout for the next great story.
Amanda Fleet is a physiologist by training and a writer at heart. She spent 18 years teaching science and medicine undergraduates at St Andrews University, but now uses her knowledge to work out how to kill people (in her books!). She completed her first degree at St Andrews University and her doctorate at University College, London.
She has been an inveterate stationery addict since a child, amassing a considerable stash of fountain pens, ink and notebooks during her lifetime. These have thankfully come in useful, as she tends to write rather than type, at least in the early stages of writing a book.
I. Ogunbase is an up and coming author starting with his first book, ‘Counting The Seconds’, and the recently released ‘Alpha’, which is the first book of ‘The Hierarchy Trilogy’.
He’s an avid reader with some of his favourite books including the ‘Wheel of Time’ series, the ‘Malazan’ series, the ‘Harry Potter’ series, the ‘Old Kingdom’ series and alike. As his influences, he enjoys writing and musing about fantastical and supernatural stories.
Jeanna Kay Simpson is a new indie author. She recently published her first book of short stories and is working on her second novel. Fiction, funny, romantic and flare are her niches. Jeanna started writing when she was a teenager but never published. Recently she started a lifestyle blog, www.everydaywithjeannakay.com featuring samples of her writing, motivational post, tips for many things, travel guides, and much more. She was encouraged by her teenage son to publish some of her short stories. Writing was a therapeutic outlet originally. Her first book is a collection of short stories. Though fictional, the situations are very real. She is an ICU nurse by trade for 13 years and loves her job. For fun she antique shops, writes, loves to try new things and an avid traveler. She is married to her best friend for 25 years and has two beautiful children. She lives in Florida with her family but was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is rich with history and cultural diversity and provides a wealth of inspiration for her writing. Jeanna has so many stories ready to write and a beautiful way of telling them.
Born in 1874 George Clarke Musgrave answered the Reaper’s call in 1932 and now lies at rest with his parents at Swanage in the beautiful countryside of Dorset. I did not know him but, for more than a decade now, I have lived with him, walked with him and dreamed with him. The sad reality is that now he has gone, he can no longer recount his life and times to you in person and that task has slipped several branches down the family tree to me. It is with some trepidation, and a keen desire to keep true to his memory, that I have dedicated myself to channelling for you the stories of this fascinating, multi-faceted, complex character.
Rachelle Jones Smith
Rachelle never got her fill of high school, so she goes back daily to teach creative writing, English composition, and journalism. After class, she’s usually found writing, photographing, or pursuing adventures. She fancies fiction with strong young adult characters often on the fringe of mainstream culture. She aims to write YA work to inspire, to comfort, and to relate to people on all walks of life.
Tracey Morait was born and brought up in Liverpool, England. She moved to Bristol after graduating from university, where she now lives with her husband Keith and cat Treacle. She began writing stories as a teenager and completed her first book in 2007, going down the self-publishing route. That year she published her first book, Goalden Girl, a story about a girl who wants to set up a girls’ football team in her new school; Goalden Sky, the sequel, was published in 2014. She has published five more books, based on various personal experiences and interests. She has epilepsy and that inspired her to write Epiworld (2010) and Episode (2019). Keith designs her book covers and K&T Mitchell is their own small press. Much of her writing is cross genre and doesn’t fit into one true category. Her books are available on Amazon (paperback and Kindle), Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Blackwell and many more stores worldwide.
C.M. Rosens is the author of (sub)urban paranormal novels with strong Gothic/Weird Fiction influences, set in the fictional English coastal town of Pagham-on-Sea. It’s a quiet, rundown sort of place, too bleak for the bleak geeks, full of Eldritch Horrors, weird goings-on, paranormal entities and quite good pubs. In real life she divides her time between England and Wales, and can be found mainly among ruins of uncertain thirteenth-century date with her mammalian husband and her reptile companion.
Jessica is a 30-year-old school teacher, former fitness professional and dancer. She was born and raised in Bendigo, Victoria before moving to Melbourne in 2008. For as long as she can remember she has had a passion for storytelling—in all forms. From writing countless short stories as a child to later completing a creative writing course, written by her favourite and best-selling author, Karen Kingsbury, Jessica was adamant to become a published author. It is Jessica’s hope that those who read this novel that their lives will be changed in some way. NINE YEARS is the first book in the two-part series BENEATH THE CLOUDS.
Born in Hawaii, Kyle was an Army brat and grew up in Erlangen, Germany, Georgia as well as Texas. He was the kid in the corner drawing pictures of superheroes and Greek gods and building worlds in his head. After stints in Louisiana and New York, he resides again in Honolulu.
An artist, playwright, and writer, Kyle’s plays have been performed in New York at the NY International Fringe Festival, and the Midtown International Theater Festival. As an artist and illustrator, his work has been exhibited in galleries in both New Orleans and New York.
A few years ago Kyle was having a very bad holiday season. Christmas movies helped get him through that year. But he couldn’t help but wish there was something for his community, the LGBTQ community. That’s where his book The Problem with Mistletoe comes from, the desire for his own gay Christmas romance.
N R Gurney
N R Gurney is a family man who lives in Plymouth (UK), and as such is heavily influenced by coastal and moorland scenery. He enjoys the privilege of being surrounded by amazing views, and the city’s closeness to the sea.
Neil graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2011, but was unable to secure the employment he wanted. But never wanting to give up, he wrote his first book “Green Mist Rising” while working in a hospital as a porter. He usually finds this role interesting, as he gets to help people when they are at their most vulnerable.
Dave Davis earned his Master’s degrees in Medieval European History, as well as in Library and Information Sciences. A lifelong writer, he publishes fiction, history, philosophical essays, as well as a regular column about copyright and intellectual property. Dave is a rock and roll music fanatic, a terrible rhythm guitarist, and a tone-deaf trombonist. He brews his own beer and cider. Dave once hiked all of the 4,000 foot peaks in New England on a bet. Dave grew up in Dorchester, MA and if you have ever spoken with him, that aspect is not difficult to discern.
Robert became a fan of thrillers as a teenager when he discovered Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series. These works, and others, inspired him to start writing his own books and a life-long dream was born. He first created his central characters Steve Bennett and Amanda Clark in college, though it would be many years before he hit on the right stories for them.
In his early forties he conceived the Port Mason series, stories set in and featuring a fictional city ‘somewhere in America’ that he describes as inspired by St. Louis and Portland (Oregon) with a strong dose of Chicago-style politics and corruption to keep things interesting.
His first Port Mason story, “The Inheritance”, was originally released in 2013. An updated and re-written edition was released later that year. Book two in the series, “The Servant”, was released in 2014 with book three, “In the Crosshairs” coming out in 2017. He has just released the fourth installment, “The Mayor”, and is getting started on book five.
Robert was born and raised in Illinois, where he lives with his wife, Angela, and their children, Josie and Jimmy.
Jeremy A. Harper
Jeremy A. Harper was born in Dayton, Ohio and spent much of his youth traveling up and down the east coast of the United States with his family before settling in Delaware. There he served in the Delaware Army National Guard and attended Wesley College, where he met his fiancée, Sky West. He later graduated and received a B.A. in Media Arts. His debut novel; Mourning Sky: Evan’s Story was self-published in the summer of 2019 and pulls from his various experiences with love and loss. He currently resides in Florida, living with his fiancée and Trixie the cat.
AD Ero loves to write and her forbidden thoughts come alive as her erotic romance stories. AD Ero admits to having an insatiable mind. Her stories are snippets of what feeds her thirst for intimacy and love and they will keep you enticed and engaged from start to end.
Ophelia Crane was born in Detroit, Michigan. She currently lives in Ferndale, Michigan. She has two daughters and two cats, Isis and Ares.
The Detroit native is known for her work 2005 horror novel, “The Affair” and her short stories on various websites and anthologies, such as 2007’s “Raw Meat”. She has three novels out Pride: Sacrifice, Three A.M., and Moral Compass. She also has a blog where she reviews horror movies entitled “Will Twerk for Horror Movies”.
Ophelia started writing in fifth grade when a teacher noticed that she liked to draw pictures that told stories in her spare time. The teacher thought that she could better use her energy to create tell the stories instead of drawing them. The end result was Ophelia making picture books. At home, she started typing the stories out on her mother’s typewriter and she hasn’t stopped since.
Born and raised in London, England, Sam Anthony is the author of psychological thrillers such as The Adulterer Series.
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.