Valerie Douglas – to her website – to her weblog – short bio
Mary Ann Peden-Coviello
Donna K. Fitch – to her website – short bio
Valerie – Valerie Douglas has lived in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but now calls the farmlands of Ohio home. A jack of all trades, she’s been a portrait artist, taxi dispatcher, and computer software specialist, among other careers, but in the end returned to her first love, writing. As varied in her writing as she has been in her occupations, she writes fantasy, thrillers, and romance. Happily married, she’s also companion to two dogs, four cats and an African clawed frog.
Christopher – Christopher Hunter was born and raised in Mississippi, but now he resides in the writer mecca, New York City. One night while browsing at a Barnes and Noble, he struck the idea to write a story of his own, and his life has not been the same ever since. His debut effort, the “The Days and Months We Were First Born” trilogy, became a Sci-fi bestseller at Amazon.com and at Amazon.co.uk. He is currently at work on his followup effort, which should be released by the end of 2012 or beginning of 2013. If you wish to have a chat with the author, he can be found on Facebook or on Twitter (but your best bet is Facebook). Simply visit his website and click on the appropriate link.
Donna – Born in Huntsville, Alabama, the “Rocket City,” Donna K. Fitch grew up hearing the sound of rocket testing at Redstone Arsenal and graduated from a high school named for Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, the astronaut who died in Apollo 1. She also heard tales of the ghost of Sally Carter and the “old Grizzard Mansion” near her home, said to be haunted. This background, when mixed with an early diet of Dr. Seuss, the reference section of the Oak Park Public Library, 1930s mystery stories and the Gothic novels of Victoria Holt, set her to writing her own stories at age 13. Later literary influences spilled into Donna’s writing–Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Tim Powers–to give it more than a tinge of paranormal and the macabre. Her love of research led her to a Master’s in Library Service, and her fascination with HTML led her to switch careers from academic librarian to web designer. For fun, she visits cemeteries–the older the better–and plays roleplaying games.
Jonathan Gold – a Melbourne-based writer and doodler. He calls his stories “dag-lit” because they’re the sort of stories that don’t easily fit into the standard genres. Some might think of them as comic fantasies, or modern fairytales for the young and the young-at-heart. Over the years, his writing has been compared to Douglas Adams, Monty Python, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, the Goons, Dr Seuss and even Enid Blyton (in a good way).