Hard to imagine a more glamorous life than being an accountant. Still, C.J. Carmichael gave up the thrills of income tax forms and double entry book-keeping when she sold her first book in 1998. She's now written more than 40 novels--2 of which have been nominated by Romance Writers of America for their prestigious RITA award. When not writing, C.J. loves to be out hiking, cross-country skiing or biking around Calgary, where she lives, or Flathead Lake, Montana, where she has a cottage. Her partner Mike shares these interests with her. They also love to play cribbage and Scrabble. If a glass of wine is on the table, so much the better!
Sally Harding is a literary agent and co-owner of the Cooke Agency and Cooke International. She represents authors from all over the world, with more than half of her clients calling the US home or their primary publishing market. She is currently growing her list in the areas of smart, ground-breaking non-fiction; and mainstream and literary-leaning science fiction, fantasy, and crime. She also has a fondness for children's books, especially middle-grade fiction. She is on the board of the Vancouver Writers' Fest, and is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives.
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal urban thrillers.
Her long-running, bestselling, Skinwalker series features Jane Yellowrock, a hunter of rogue-vampires. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series features Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality. She has a new paranormal crime solving series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, who can siphon away the magic of others, to be released in late 2015.
Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, thrillers, women’s fiction, a medical thriller series, and even historical religious fiction. As Gwen, she is a winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for Fresh Talent in 1995 in the UK, and won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in 2008. Under all her pen names, she has over 30 books in print in 29 countries.
Faith Hunter writes full-time, and is a workaholic with a passion for jewelry making, white-water kayaking, travel, all which appear in and are used in her novels. She gave up cooking for lent one year and the oven stayed turned off for so long that it refused to come back on and had to be replaced, but she is having a hankering for homemade bread, and is considering getting back to baking in her remodeled kitchen. Occasionally, she remembers to sleep. The jewelry she makes and wears is often given as promo items to fans who come to her signings, and is used as prizes in contests. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast. (The poms don’t whitewater. The pampered dogs stay in the RV in lazy, air-conditioned comfort!)
Faith is a founding member of MagicalWords, a writing forum at www.magicalwords.net geared to helping writers of fantasy and other genres.
For more, including a list of her books, see www.faithhunter.net , www.gwenhunter.com and www.magicalwords.net. To keep with her, join her fan pages at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter.
Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven
and Beyonders series. Sky Raiders, the first in Brandon's new Five Kingdoms
series, debuted in 2014 as his tenth New York Times bestseller. Brandon
also served as the architect for Scholastic's Spirit Animals series,
outlining the seven books, and writing the first. His novels are published
in over 30 languages.
The Chronicles of Narnia helped Brandon develop his love of reading, the Lord of the Rings showed him how deeply imagined a fantasy world could be, and the Harry Potter series proved to him that a novel with young main characters could delight readers young and old if it is smart and inventive. Brandon currently lives in Utah with his wife and four kids.