Check out the awesome authors and editors who have come together to make the first Weeknight Writers Virtual Conference amazing!
N. S. Dolkart
N S Dolkart was home-schooled until high school by his Israeli father and American mother. He is a graduate of the notorious Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where he studied creative writing and Jewish studies. His Godserfs trilogy explores theology in an epic fantasy setting, with gods who do more smiting than explaining. They are not metaphors for his parents, who are lovely people.
Andrew Roberts has been writing as a hobby since he was 17, and is influenced by the old pulp magazines of the early 20th Century. While working as an accountant, he began working on a series of swashbuckler stories following the adventures of wandering rogues Kestrel and Scar. His discovery of the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School in 2016 inspired him to take his writing further. He took a hiatus from the accounts profession in 2018 to study for a BA in Creative Writing, and hopes to be able to continue his writing once he finishes his degree.
Mary Kit Caelsto never grew out of the phase of being a “horse crazy girl”. Though she’s now over 40, she’s finally fulfilling her dream of writing equestrian books for others who haven’t grown out of being “horse crazy”. She lives in the Ozarks with her four very spoiled and very opinionated horses, as well as a large flock of poultry and enough cats to qualify her as a crazy cat lady. Her husband, though not an equestrian himself, understands and supports all her equestrian dreams.
Website: http://marykitcaelsto.com (Visit and sign up for free stories!)
Patreon: https://patreon.com/marykitcaelsto (Patreons receive free stories. Support starts at $1/month.)
Sarah has been a compulsive reader her whole life. At a young age, she found her reading niche in the fantastic genre of Speculative Fiction. She blames her active imagination for the hobbies that threaten to consume her life. She is a freelance writer and editor, a semi-pro nature photographer, world traveler, three-time cancer survivor with hEDS, and mom to two kids. In her ideal world, she’d do nothing but drink lots of tea and read from a never-ending pile of books. She has been running the speculative fiction review blog Bookworm Blues for over ten years and is the author of Seraphina’s Lament and Of Honey and Wildfires. Sarah has been a full-time book editor for three years now.
S. M. England
At thirteen, S. M. England got it into her head that she wanted to be a fantasy writer and hasn’t strayed from that path since. Having spent most of her life in Utah and now living in Washington State, England is as engaged with her writing career as she is with connecting with her peers in the discussion and evolution of the craft.
Dan Fitzgerald is a fantasy writer living in Washington, DC, with his wife, twin boys, and two cats. When he is not writing, he might be doing yoga, gardening, cooking, or listening to French music. His Maer Cycle trilogy is being published by Shadow Spark Publishing, beginning with Hollow Road on September 17, continuing with The Archive on December 4, and concluding with The Place Below on March 4, 2021.
Born in the sunny lands of Portugal, Diana is a Computer Engineer graduate who currently calls Lisbon home. She can usually be found writing, painting, devouring extraordinary quantities of books and video games, or walking around with her bearded dragon, Norberta. She also has two cats, Sushi and Jubas, who would never forgive her if she didn’t mention them.
Her art can be found at http://pinguicha.deviantart.com. Her next novel, A Curse of Roses, is available for pre-order now.
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Laitie Montai has had a pretty average life. But a look inside her imagination would make you think otherwise. She can usually be found daydreaming or writing or her daydreams down in a word document or journal. Today, she still lives in Rochester with her Mr. Beloved, two birds, two cats, and fifteen fish.
Katherine Forrister is an author of speculative fiction with a love of fantasy, history, science, and romance. Her dark fantasy romance novel, Lodestone, is forthcoming from GenZ Publishing in 2021, and her science fiction novel, Curio Citizen, is forthcoming from Inkshares, Inc.. She lives near Kansas City with her family, where she enjoys local festivals and conventions, hiking, playing video games, and curling up on the sofa to read on cold winter days.
H. E. Casson
H. E. Casson is a Toronto area writer and voice-over actor. Their writing has recently been published by 845 Books, Lunate, Malarkey Books, Serotonin, and Taco Bell Quarterly – among others. They are the winner of Apparition Lit’s Topside Test Flash Fiction Contest, a Best of the Net nominee, and are listed in the Who’s Who of Emerging Writers for 2020. Visit them at hecasson.com and as @hecasson on Twitter.
Michael John Edmonds is a lifelong writer. Starting with short stories as early as five years old. By ten he fell in love with the fantasy genre and devoted much of his teenage years developing the foundations of the universe his books are set in. Though his adult life would give him a background in history his love of writing always remained. Resulting in several books that include fantasy, horror, and self-help.
Elizabeth Ducie worked for more than thirty years in the international pharmaceutical manufacturing world before giving it all up to write fulltime. She is a fierce supporter of independent publishing and under her own imprint, has published four novels and three collections of short stories. With an MBA from Cranfield University, and having run her own small business since the early 1990s, she uses her experience and expertise to write, lecture and coach on business skills for writers. She is the author of The Business of Writing series of books, the latest of which deals with business aspects of independent publishing.
A sci-fi fan since first seeing the Daleks from behind the sofa, Kate Baucherel works on the application of new and emerging technologies to solve business problems. Sometimes her imagination gets the better of her, and the fictional worlds in her writing are rooted in the possibilities already at our fingertips. Her work includes the SimCavalier futurist cybercrime series, several short stories, and non-fiction books for business leaders.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kate-Baucherel/e/B00PVU7W7S
Jasmine Gower, author of Moonshine and other queer fantasy works, hails from Portland, Oregon. Jasmine received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Book Publishing from Portland State University.
Inspired to write by a childhood filled with fantasy novels, 90s video games, and the curious experience of growing up in the rural Willamette Valley, Jasmine has a passion for exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and disability through the conventions of speculative fiction, mythology, and fantasy world-building.
Natasha D. Lane is a friend of most things caffeinated, a lover of books, and a writing warrior to her core.
As a believer that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” she graduated from Juniata College in 2015 with hopes to become a journalist. Instead, life took her on a different path and Natasha found herself digging up a manuscript from her childhood.
This dusty stack of papers would become “The Pariah Child & the Ever-Giving Stone.” With one book under her belt, Natasha went on to release “The Woman In the Tree: The True Story of Camelot, “The Pariah Child: Sarafina’s Return,” and her most recent work “The Pariah Child: Serwa’s Descendants.”
Connie B. Dowell is an author of historical and cozy mysteries and nonfiction for writers, with paranormal mysteries and children’s science fiction in the works. She is the host of the Book Echoes podcast for authors and a freelance editor and book coach. After having two kids in less than two years, Connie developed a passion for time management and loves to talk about author productivity and work-life balance.
Author website: http://conniebdowell.com/
Podcast and services: http://bookechoes.com/
Jennifer Lee Rossman
Jennifer Lee Rossman (she/her) is a gay tornado made of sharks swirling around the Binghamton, New York, area. She is the coeditor of Love & Bubbles and Space Opera Libretti. Visit her website at http://jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @JenLRossman
Nicole Zelniker (she/her) is a writer, activist, and podcast producer at The Nasiona. Nicole is also the author of “Mixed,” a non-fiction book about race and mixed-race families, and “Last Dance,” a collection of short stories. Check out the rest of her work at nicolezelniker.com.
A. N. Mouse
A.N. Mouse is an independent author living in Milwaukee, WI. He enjoys story-driven games and catchy music, and will use both to procrastinate on his writing. His books tend to be fantasy-based and queer-flavoured and he spends a lot of his free time working with other authors as an editor and beta reader. He’s been writing as a hobby for close to twenty years, and professionally for close to ten. He will passionately discuss character nuance for money (but he will also do it for free, or for baked goods).
Jackie Martini is a writer of fiction and fantasy who focuses on queer identities and the subversion of expectations. When she’s not writing, she’s crafting costumes or spending her days watching jousts and knife-throwing. Her current writing project is a pirate adventure series, the first of which is titled The Pirate and the Prince. Armed with a master’s degree in creative writing and brimming with passion, she hopes to touch readers and writers alike with her stories.
Kaki Olsen never met a fairy tale she couldn’t reframe or a world she couldn’t make a little more complex. Since her debut novel, Swan and Shadow, was published in 2016, she has written things ranging from the modern Jewish story of the Nutcracker to how the world coped with the first astronauts to be lost in space. She works an office job by day, reviews the arts by night, and travels as much as time and public safety allows.
Stephi Cham has loved stories all her life. She is a board-certified music therapist and an editor at Write Plan, where she works with books of various genres and topics. She is an avid lover of fantasy who spends most of her time editing, reading, and playing music.