2020 SFFCon Guests
We have an all-star lineup of guests for SFFCon 2021, including many of the top indie authors writing today in SF&F.
James S. Aaron, Author
James S. Aaron is a bestselling author of fifteen novels (and counting) and many short stories. He has written series with New York Times Bestselling Author M.D. Cooper and USA Today Bestseller JN Chaney. He is a twelve year U.S. Army veteran, serving as a medic and later platoon leader and company commander, followed by nine years working with law enforcement. His novels draw heavily on his military and law enforcement experience, including the characters, operations, technology and locales. James lives in Oregon with his family, where he enjoys being outside, hacking classic Gameboys, amateur carpentry and All Things Science Fiction. He's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Rachel Aukes, Author
Rachel Aukes the bestselling author of over twenty novels and a dozen short stories, including 100 Days in Deadland, which made Suspense Magazine's Best of the Year list. She is also a Wattpad Star, her stories having over six million reads. Her series include the Flight of the Javelin, Bounty Hunter, Fringe, and Deadland Saga. She's also written three Tidy Guides, which cover the how-to's of writing, self-editing, and publishing. When not writing, Rachel can be found flying old airplanes with an incredibly spoiled fifty-pound lap dog across the Midwest countryside. She lives with her husband near Ames, Iowa.
Jonathan P. Brazee, Author
Jonathan P. Brazee is a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in Colorado Springs with his wife and twin baby girls. He is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, a Dragon Award Finalist, and a USA Today Bestselling writer. Jonathan has over 75 titles published, 44 being novels. His novelette, "Weaponized Math," was a finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award, "Fire Ant" was a finalist for the 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and "Integration" was a finalist for the 2018 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel. When he's not not writing, he's reading, cooking, going to the gym, or traveling.
Geoffrey D. Calhoun, Author, Screenwriter & Podcaster
Geoffrey D. Calhoun is the host of The Successful Screenwriter Podcast and founder of WeFixYourScript.com where he and his team mentor indie filmmakers and support them with all aspects of screenwriting from concept to development, to in-depth notes. Geoffrey is sought out as a script consultant and a re-writer for various stages of development and production. He is the director of the Script Summit Screenplay Contest which is listed as one of the biggest Screenplay Competitions by The Script Lab. He is known for his fast-paced thrillers but has also won awards for comedies and dramas including best Author by Hour magazine. He believes anyone can be a writer and has dedicated himself to help others learn the craft.
Martha Carr, Author
Martha Carr is the bestselling author of numerous fantasy series. She is a late bloomer who's a big DC comics fan and spent her childhood summers on the Jersey shore in the U.S. but hasMarth had a weird wanderlust to live in different parts of America ever since. Martha's stories involve twisting, turning thrillers and others have a lot of magic. There's something to be said for getting lost in another world and coming out the other side feeling a little better about yourself or the possibilities in front of you. That's basically the best part of life in a nutshell.
Malorie (M.D.) Cooper, Author
Malorie Cooper likes to think of herself as a dreamer and a wanderer, yet her feet are firmly grounded in reality. A ‘maker’ from an early age, Malorie loves to craft things, from furniture, to cosplay costumes, to a well-spun tale, she can’t help but to create new things every day. A rare extrovert writer, she loves to hang out with readers and people in general. If you meet her at a convention, she just might be rocking a catsuit, cosplaying one of her own characters, or maybe her latest favorite from Overwatch! She shares her home with a brilliant young girl, her wonderful wife (who also writes), a cat that chirps at birds, a never-ending list of things she would like to build.
Heather Costa, Voiceover Artist
Heather Costa has been a SAG-AFTRA narrator and voice actor for over 15 years. She is passionate about bringing stories to life. Heather narrates for Podium Publishing, Tantor Audio, Hachette Audio, Dreamscape Publishing, and High Gravity Productions, plus many authors in the Indie world. Heather's foundation is built on a Bachelor's degree in acting and vocal performance. As a full time narrator, she enjoys urban fantasy, science fiction, and romance titles. She likes strong female characters with a bit of sass, vulnerability and of course bad ass magical powers! As a two-time Independent Audiobook Award nominee, Heather has had the pleasure of narrating Indie titles along with New York Times best sellers.
Andrew Dobell, Author & Cover Artist
Andrew Dobell likes to tell stories. He often tells these stories in a visual way through either Illustration or Photography (or a mix of the two), and he also, for a long time now, enjoyed writing stories as well. As a teenager, he started to play various Role Playing Games. This meant he was creating stories and characters all the time in order to run or play the games. As time went on, he started to write short stories set in these worlds that would serve as handouts to the players to read that would help set the scene. His first novel came about much later, becoming the first book in the Magi Saga. Since then, he has completed the Magi Saga, written four books in the Cyberpunk world of The New Prometheus, and started the post-apocalyptic Wasteland Road Knights series, plus numerous short stories and other works. He also writes thrillers under the pen-name of A L Fraine.
Amy (A.K.) DuBoff, Author
A.K. (Amy) DuBoff has always loved science fiction in all its forms, including books, movies, shows, and games. If it involves outer space, even better! She is a Nebula Award finalist and USA Today bestselling indie author specializing in space-based science fiction and fantasy. Dubbed the modern “Queen of Space Opera” by her readers, she is most known for her acclaimed Cadicle Universe. The second book in her standalone Dark Stars Trilogy, A Light in the Dark, was a 2018 Nebula finalist for the Andre Norton Award. Amy’s short fiction has been published by NewCon Press, Seventh Seal Press, and in numerous indie publications. When she's not writing, she enjoys travel, wine tasting, binge-watching TV series, and playing epic strategy board games.
Tom Edwards, Cover Artist
Tom Edwards is a freelance illustrator and concept artist living in the UK. He studied graphic design at college, and then game art and design at De Montfort University. After his studies, he was hired as a concept artist at Codemasters, a UK based games company, where he worked on marketing artwork and concept art for racing and mobile games. He formed Tom Edwards Design in early 2015 after leaving Codemasters to pursue his real passion of sci-fi and fantasy art. Most of his work to date has been for science fiction and fantasy book covers, and he's also worked on mobile games, board games, and RPGs.
Charles (C.C.) Ekeke, Author
C.C. Ekeke is the bestselling author of the Pantheon Saga series and the Star Brigade series. When he isn't writing or daydreaming about outer space or battling dastardly supervillains, he enjoys reading, hiking, learning new languages, spending time with his family, and traveling the world.
Steaphen Fick, Martial Artist & Author
Steaphen Fickis the founder of Davenriche European Martial Artes School as well as the International Medieval Tournament Association. He is an internationally ranked provost and two-time rapier winner at the International Sword and Martial Arts Convention. He lives in Santa Clara, California.
Andrea Fornero, Artist
Artist and Web Developer; Andrea has been a hobby-based artist all her life, and web-based since 1999. Her work often comes in bursts of inspiration which leads to many new and innovative styles and techniques. Both have become more defined over the years along with the ever-evolving technology that is available to the public market. Recent work has been exploring acrylic paint as a medium and refreshing her use in watercolor and pencil sketching, and of course unique Pins and Coins.
James Fox, Screenwriter, Director & Author
James Fox graduated with a BFA in both Directing and Producing, and he is the Founder and CEO of Dawnrunner Inc. With 14 action-packed years in the film industry, he has led the company through numerous award-winning projects, all across the world. He has spoken at events like, GPU Technology Conference, NAB, Seattle International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and dedicates his time and energy on several advisory boards, and through partnerships with children’s arts education organizations. His creativity and technical street-smarts have labeled him a visionary for the future of visual storytelling through new methods and technological innovations.
Darrell Gabonia, Screenwriter
Darrell Gabonia is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker from Hilo, Hawaii. After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, he worked in Los Angeles as an intern at nonprofit 826LA where he tutored inner city students in creative writing. He also interned at talent management company Principato-Young. In 2015, he wrote and directed the fantasy web series “Dorkcore,” which won a Silver Award for Directing at the Los Angeles Film Review.
Victoria Gerken, Audiobook Publisher
Victoria Gerken is the Head of Acquisitions and Author Relations at Podium Publishing, an audiobook publisher specializing in indie sci-fi and fantasy. She previously worked with authors in traditional publishing roles—at Random House and Alfred A. Knopf—where she was a publicist and sold subsidiary rights. She got her first taste of entrepreneurship in publishing as the founder of the Random House Speakers Bureau.
Kristina L. Gruell, Author
Kristina Gruell was born in Midlothian, a former farming community in North Texas. Growing up she rode horses, participated in FFA, and danced. After a car accident left her wheelchair bound for eight months and continuing health issues limited her previously active lifestyle, she turned to books and online play-by-post role playing in the early days of AOL chatrooms. Her original stories and first novel attempt were background for her online characters; eventually she began writing stories to entertain her friends to pass around. She is currently publishing her debut novel series, In Blood and Fire.
Jeffery Haskell, Author
Jeffery Haskell thinks he should always be himself… unless he can be Spider-Man. Then, he should be Spidey. He’s a lifelong lover of comic books and science fiction, and he owns his geek status by quoting Aliens and Star Trek at every given opportunity. When he realized he could make a living writing about his obsessions, he jumped at the chance. With the incredible support of his amazing wife and spectacular children, Jeffery lives the dream of bringing his imagination to the page.
Rebekah Haskell, Cover Artist & Author
Rebekah Haksell is a full-time book cover illustrator and designer, the founder of Vivid Covers. She is also a writer who loves all things fantasy and science-fiction. She has spent the last eleven years editing, beta reading, blogging, podcasting, mentoring, and obsessing about the craft of writing. He book covers can be seen on many indie bestsellers in sci-fi and fantasy.
Josh Hayes, Author & Podcaster
A retired police officer, Josh Hayes is the author of the Valor Trilogy, Stryker's War (Galaxy's Edge), and The Terra Nova Chronicles w/ Richard Fox, along with numerous short stories. His debut solo novel, Edge of Valor, was nominated for the 2020 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel. His experiences in both his military life and police life have given him unique glimpses into the lives of people around him and it shows through in the characters he creates. Josh is also the creator and president of Keystroke Medium, a popular YouTube show and podcast focused on the craft of writing. When Josh is not writing, he spends his time with his four children and his wife.
Christopher Hopper, Author
Christopher Hopper is an American author of more than twenty science fiction books and short stories. Christopher's books have hit #1 on Amazon's best-seller lists and have been nominated for or received awards, including the Silver Moonbeam, Lamplighter, Clive Staples, Pluto, and SOVAS. Christopher is creator and co-author of the bestselling military scifi series Ruins of the Galaxy and Ruins of the Earth with USA Today bestselling author J.N. Chaney. His other award-winning series include Resonant Sun, the Sky Riders, the White Lion Chronicles, and the Berinfell Prophecies. He lives with his wife and four children in the 1000 Islands of northern New York. When not writing, he enjoys touring as a musician in his wife's band, Jennifer Hopper, and following Formula 1 racing.
Jason Hunt, Author, Editor & Media Publisher
Jason Hunt is the CEO and publisher of SciFi4Me, which corporate Vision Magazine has called the best horror, science fiction and fantasy entertainment media news platform in 2020. He has been a fan of science fiction since age five, when he saw a guy in a gold shirt and a guy in a blue shirt, and the guy in the blue shirt had pointed ears… A fan of science fiction ranging from Heinlein and Asimov to Roddenberry and Rockne and everything in between, he is the producer/director of the rom-com The Apology Dance and author of the sci-fi novella The Hero At the End Of His Rope. His short film Species Felis Dominarus was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel’s 2007 Exposure competition, and he has two awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association along with several Addy awards and citations. He also likes dogs. And bacon.
Jeffrey Kafer, Audiobook Narrator
Jeffrey Kafer is a Los Angeles based SAG-AFTRA narrator with 10 years experience and over 500 audiobooks produced to date. He has worked with major publishers, small producers, and individual authors on ACX. He has done extensive projects on a per-finished-hour basis as well as royalty-share. Jeffrey has taught business consulting at major venues across the country including guest-speaking at the UCLA Drama and Theater masters program, That's Voice Over, VO Atlanta, the Audio Publishers Association Conference, ACX University and more.
Chris Kennedy, Author & Publisher
A Webster Award winner and three-time Dragon Award finalist, Chris Kennedy is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher who has written over 30 books and published more than 200 others. He has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions, and writing guild presentations. Chris lives in Coinjock, North Carolina, with his wife, and is the holder of a doctorate in educational leadership and master's degrees in both business and public administration.
Gerald M. Kilby, Author
Gerald M. Kilby grew up on a diet of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, and Frank Herbert, which developed into a taste for Iain M. Banks and everything ever written by Neal Stephenson. Understandable then, that he should choose science fiction as his weapon of choice when entering the fray of storytelling. His techno-thriller and hard sci-fi novels have topped Amazon charts in Hard Science Fiction and Space Exploration. Colony Mars has also been optioned by Hollywood for a potential new TV series. He lives in the city of Dublin, Ireland, in the same neighborhood as Bram Stoker and can be sometimes seen tapping away on a laptop in the local cafe with his dog Loki.
Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Author
Jeffrey L. Kohanek loves fantasy, adventure, and magic. More than that, he adores his readers. His books are written to entertain -- fantasy adventures filled with compelling characters, spectacular magic, thrilling action, constant intrigue, and a sense of discovery. He equates them to the "Marvel Movie" version of fiction, intended to be a fun escape. With over a million published words, his author journey has just begun.
Charlie (C.W.) Lamb, Author
Charlie (CW) Lamb is a science fiction and fantasy novelist. His goal is to write stories that entertain the reader, allowing us to suspend reality, if not for just a little while. He was raised in the Southwest, survived a tour of duty in the Pacific Northwest, and now resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and three dogs.He enjoys boating, scuba diving, shooting, motorcycles, classic cars and being outdoors.
Stephen Landry, Author
Stephen Landry’s writing includes sci-fi, fantasy, horror, LitRPG, and post-apocalyptic fiction. Hayao Miyazaki, China Mieville, and classic science fiction as well as his own life experiences inspire his style and creativity. Other influences include video games, movies, anime, and technology. Stephen is also an award winning graphic designer, producer, and musician whose goal is to encourage and inspire others through storytelling.
John Robert Marlow, Author & Screenwriter
John Robert Marlow is a traditionally-published (and soon to be indie-published) novelist and nonfiction book author, a Academy-honored screenwriter, and adaptation specialist. He has over 20 years’ experience as a freelance journalist, and more than 15 years’ experience as a book and screenplay editor. John literally wrote the book on film adaptations—after extensive interviews with novelists, screenwriters, directors, producers, and others whose movies have collectively earned over $50 billion worldwide. Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood was originally published by St. Martin’s Griffin; an updated second edition will be indie published. For the past two years, John has been researching indie publishing while writing (and preparing to rapid-release) a six-book science fiction/thriller series.
Kevin McLaughlin, Author
USA Today bestselling author Kevin McLaughlin has written more than three dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, along with more short stories than he can easily count. Kevin can be found most days in downtown Boston, working on the next novel. His bestselling Blackwell Magic fantasy series, Accord science fiction series, Valhalla Online LitRPG series, and the fan-favorite Starship Satori series are ongoing.
Terry Mixon, Author
Bestselling Military Science Fiction author Terry Mixon served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division. He later worked alongside the flight controllers in the Mission Control Center at the NASA Johnson Space Center supporting the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and other human spaceflight projects. He now writes full time while living in Texas with his lovely wife and a pounce of cats.
Troy Osgood, Author
Born and raised in the granite state of New Hampshire, Troy is a lifelong and avid reader of comic books and novels (mostly in the fantasy, sci-fi and adventure/thriller genres). The ongoing serial storytelling methods of comic books and television has always fascinated him and provided inspiration for his writing. He's always had a love of creating and world building and dreams of someday seeing his creations expressed across all media: books, comic books, movies, TV and even toys.
Rick Partlow, Author
Rick Partlow is that rarest of species, a native Floridian. Born in Tampa, he attended Florida Southern College and graduated with a degree in History and a commission in the US Army as an Infantry officer. Somewhere, submerged in the worlds created by the great sci-fi authors, Rick began to create his own worlds. He has written 40 books in ten different series, and his short stories have been included in twelve different anthologies. He is currently writing the best-selling Drop Trooper series for Aethon Books, a mil-SF alien invasion series and the ongoing Interstellar Bounty Hunter series. He lives in central Florida with his wife, two children and a willful mutt of a dog. Besides writing and reading science fiction and fantasy, he enjoys outdoor photography, hiking and camping.
Lisa (L.L.) Richman, Author
Lisa (L.L.) Richman has a diverse career background, having spent more than a decade working in radiation physics, and twice that as a director of film and video. Richman is also a pilot and avid photographer. The Biogenesis series explores both the biophysics of chirality and the intricacies of high-energy radiation physics in a fun and entertaining way. Lisa can often be found flying a Piper Cherokee or photographing Deep Sky Objects (DSOs) late at night.
A.G. Riddle, Author
A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction. His novels have sold over four million copies and been translated in twenty languages. Several of his works are in development for feature films. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, who endures his various idiosyncrasies in return for being the first to read his new novels.
M.A. Rothman, Author
USA Today bestselling author, M.A. Rothman, is one of the most unlikely novelists you'll ever meet. He's an engineer first and foremost, with a background in the sciences, and somehow or another, this writing habit of his has turned into a bit more than just a run-of-the-mill hobby. He primarily writes stories that focus on two things: technology and international intrigue. This writing tends to span the genres of science fiction, techno-thriller, and mainstream thrillers. When not writing, he enjoys cooking, learning about new technology, travel, and spending time with his family.
S.J. Schauer, Author
SJ Schauer, formerly published under the pen name S.F. Edwards has always lived his life in the future, dreaming of spaceships, and alien worlds. SJ is a recognized expert in aircraft night vision equipment for military and civilian operators. A career of testing, evaluating and certifying military weapon systems and aircraft has given him insight into military hardware, and he is an expert in flight physics from years of teaching aerospace concepts, simulated flight instruction, combined with his background in engineering. His short stories have placed first in the Space Opera: Writers Summer 2016 Flash Fiction contest.
Lawrence M. Schoen, Author
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Astounding, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors' issues. His science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. Other works take a very different tone, exploring aspects of determinism and free will, generally redefining the continua between life and death. Sometimes he blurs the funny and the serious. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife and their dog.
Anthea Sharp, Author
Anthea Sharp is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of YA Urban Fantasy. Growing up on fairy tales and computer games, Anthea Sharp has melded the two in her award-winning Feyland series. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, hangs out in virtual worlds, plays the fiddle with her Celtic band Fiddlehead, and spends time with her small-but-good family. Her books have won or placed in the PRISM, the Maggie, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Write Touch Reader's Award, the Heart of Excellence, and the Book Buyer's Best contests.
Cisca Small, Podcaster & Genre Fan
Aiding and abetting shenanigans in Fandom is one of the things Cisca Small does best whether on the Blasters and Blades Podcast, reviewing books, or volunteering at one of her beloved Cons. After returning from her adventures as an Army medic she eventually became the Fantasy Literature Track Director on her home planet - Dragon Con. Life outside of Cons and Fandom? Yes, there is such a thing. It is mostly filled by gaming, random geekery and playing in a chemistry lab.
D.A. Xiaolin Spires, Author & Poet
D.A. Xiaolin Spires steps into portals and reappears in sites such as Hawai’i, NY, various parts of Asia and elsewhere, with her keyboard appendage attached. Her work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Strange Horizons, Nature, Terraform, Uncanny, Fireside, Galaxy’s Edge, StarShipSofa, Andromeda Spaceways (Year’s Best Issue), Diabolical Plots, Factor Four, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Grievous Angel, Toasted Cake, Pantheon, Outlook Springs, ROBOT DINOSAURS, Shoreline of Infinity, LONTAR, Mithila Review, Reckoning, Issues in Earth Science, Liminality, Star*Line, Polu Texni, Argot, Eye to the Telescope, Liquid Imagination, Gathering Storm Magazine, Little Blue Marble, Story Seed Vault, and anthologies of the strange and beautiful: Deep Signal, Ride the Star Wind, Sharp and Sugar Tooth, Broad Knowledge, Future Visions and Battling in All Her Finery. Select stories can be read in German, Spanish, Vietnamese, Estonian, French and Japanese (forthcoming) translation.
Allen Stroud, Author
Allen Stroud is a lecturer and Chair of the British Science Fiction Association. He has work published as novels, short stories and in computer games. His first novel with Flame Tree Press, Fearless, was praised as “hard sf”, offering glimpses of a vivid future for humanity as it colonises the solar system. Stroud is working on the new edition of The Historical Dictionary of Fantasy Literature, due to be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2022.
Shelina (T.S.) Valmond, Author
Before creating the Bolaji Kingdoms series and the Starship Hope series, T.S. Valmond was an interpreter off-Broadway, a missionary in Central America, and an actress on stages all over Minnesota. Daughter to a professional musician and a poet, she married an undiscovered artist. Now she spends her summers in Canada and her winters wishing she was back on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Inspired by Browncoats, Trekkies, and the Jedi she's determined to create unforgettable characters with irresistible stories her readers can't put down, all while sipping tea from a local coffee shop.
Wendy Van Camp, Poet & Author
Wendy Van Camp is the creator behind No Wasted Ink, a blog about the craft of writing that features author interviews, sci-fi and fantasy book reviews and poetry. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Lit Up, Scifaikuest, Quantum Visions, and Far Horizons. She’s published The Curate’s Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion, a Regency historical novel and The Planets: a scifaiku poetry collection. A graduate of the James Gunn Speculative Fiction Workshop, Wendy has won Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future Contest, and has been nominated for an Elgin Award. She makes her home in Southern California with her husband and a mischievous cat. She enjoys travel, urban sketching, and jewelry making.
David Weber, Author
David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952. Weber and his wife Sharon live in Greenville, South Carolina with their three children and "a passel of dogs". With a blue-collar, science-fiction loving father, a college English teacher mother (who also owned her own ad agency in the 70s), and a life-long love for history, he was clearly predestined to perpetrate a whole host of military science-fiction (and fantasy) novels and anthologies. Previously the owner of the small advertising and public relations agency he took over from his mother, has written science fiction full time for thirty years. He is probably best known for his Honor Harrington series, from Baen Books, and his Safehold series, from Tor.
John Wilker, Author
Storytelling has always worked its way into John's life and his work. He's always loved underdog stories; the ragtag crew just trying to get by in a ship that isn't shiny or new. Space Rogues was born from that love. If you're a fan of Firefly, Omega Force, Spinward Fringe, etc. You'll feel right at home in the universes of Wil Calder and Jackson Caruso. John lives in Denver, with his awesome wife, Nicole, and their dog, Paco. He loves Denver, except shoveling snow, and loves being outdoors whenever he can, especially if it's a rooftop patio, and there's beer.