Chantelle Aimée Osman

Chantelle Aimée Osman

Appearing Sat & Sun

CHANTELLE AIMEE OSMAN

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the Editor of New Wave Crime at Down & Out Books. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews and a freelance editor for over 10 years, she is the co-host of the Crime Friction podcast as well an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guide To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction and served as editor for several anthologies. She is currently editing an episodic thriller, Serial Killer, featuring a variety of authors including Jeffery Deaver, Eoin Colfer, Jason Starr and herself. Find her on Twitter @SuspsenseSiren and on the web at www.chantelleaimee.com

    Kristi Charish

    Kristi Charish

    Appearing Thurs-Sun

    KRISTI CHARISH

    Kristi is a Canadian cell biologist and geneticist (MSc, PhD) who writes urban fantasy. She’s the author of The Kincaid Strange Books (The Voodoo Killings, Lipstick Voodoo) about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle with the ghost of a deceased grunge rocker, and she writes The Adventures of Owl, (Owl and the Japanese Circus) about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. Kristi writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG thrown in the mix.

      Mercedes Lackey

      Mercedes Lackey

      Appearing Thurs-Sun

      MERCEDES LACKEY

      Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70’s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.

      “I’m a storyteller; that’s what I see as ‘my job.’ My stories come out of my characters; how those characters would react to the given situation. Maybe that’s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty-odd. One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of ‘story pill’ — they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particularly crucial moment in time. I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene; I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say. Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing: that is, fantasy, set in an other-world semi-medieval atmosphere. Music is very important to medieval peoples; bards are the chief news bringers. When I write the ‘folk music’ of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not.

      “I began writing out of boredom; I continue out of addiction. I can’t ‘not’ write, and as a result I have no social life! I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a ‘high-tech’ science fiction writer. I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL [‘There ain’t no such thing as free lunch’, credited to Robert Heinlein) to magic, for instance; in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one. I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians. And I try to make all of my characters, even the ‘evil magicians,’ something more than flat stereotypes. Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes.
      “I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water:

      “There’s no such thing as ‘one, true way’; the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good — they’re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren’t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race.”

      Larry Dixon

      Larry Dixon

      LARRY DIXON

      Larry Dixon is a fantasy artist and novelist.

      Dixon, the son of a Delta Force career commando, studied at The North Carolina School of the Arts and at Savannah College of Art & Design.

      In 1992, he married fantasy author Mercedes Lackey; they live in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Larry, a sports car enthusiast, is also a storm spotter and volunteer firefighter.

      Dixon has contributed artwork to Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks, including Oriental Adventures, Epic Level Handbook, and Fiend Folio.

      His skill with depicting birds of prey has often led to commissions with the United States Military and with Save Our American Raptors, an organization devoted to raptor rehabilitation.

      As a birds-of-prey rehabilitation specialist, Dixon, along with Lackey, has returned over four hundred hawks, owls, falcons, and corbies into the wild. He is currently working toward his falconry license with his friend Cheyenne, a horned owl.

      Dixon’s wildlife rehabilitation led to a minor role in the creation of the digital effects for the giant eagles in the Lord of the Rings movies. Dixon took digital photographs of a stuffed golden eagle he is currently keeping for its owner, a local tribal elder. These photographs, along with castings of the beak and talons, were sent to Weta Digital in New Zealand to provide texture mapping for the digital model for Gwaihir and company.

      Larry is a frequent guest at fantasy, art, and comic conventions.

        L.E. Modesitt

        L.E. Modesitt

        Appearing Thurs-Sun

        L.E. Modesitt

        L.E. MODESITT, JR. is the bestselling author of over seventy novels encompassing two science fiction series and four fantasy series including the Saga of Recluce, The Imager Portfolio, and SpellSong Cycle, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre.

        Mr. Modesitt has been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; a director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; and a college lecturer and writer in residence. In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first story was published in 1973. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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