Kuta Marler

Kuta Marler

KUTA MARLER

Kuta Marler has lived all over the world. Kuta is innately curious, and has picked up an assortment of facts and anecdotes over the years and researches anything she has a passing interest in.

Kuta takes every opportunity to improve her craft. Her critique group involves wereslugs, she volunteers at author signings, and has been known to sneak into Masters level writing courses.

Kuta Marler has a unique perspective on the publishing world. As the executive assistant to the CEO of Rabid Fanboy Marketing and Promotions, she assists publishers, agents, and authors in creating, promoting, and selling books. Her focus at Rabid Fanboy is Bard’s Tower, the traveling celebrity literary experience that tours the nation helping readers to connect with their favorite authors. Her debut Paranormal Fantasy novel is expected early May. In her spare time, she manages a storage unit facility, where one of the units C73 is haunted.

Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Appearing Thurs-Sun

JODY LYNN NYE

Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.

Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant and costume maker.
For four years, she was on the technical operations staff of a local Chicago television station, WFBN (WGBO), serving the last year as Technical Operations Manager. During her time at WFBN, she was part of the engineering team that built the station, acted as Technical Director during live sports broadcasts, and worked to produce in-house spots and public service announcements.

Since 1987 she has published over 40 books and more than 120 short stories. Among the novels Jody has written are her epic fantasy series, The Dreamland, beginning with Waking In Dreamland, five contemporary humorous fantasies, Mythology 101, Mythology Abroad, Higher Mythology (the three collected by Meisha Merlin Publishing as Applied Mythology), Advanced Mythology, The Magic Touch, and three medical science fiction novels, Taylor’s Ark, Medicine Show and The Lady and the Tiger. Strong Arm Tactics, a humorous military science fiction novel, the first of The Wolfe Pack series. Jody also wrote The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern, a non-fiction-style guide to the world of internationally best-selling author Anne McCaffrey’s popular world. She also collaborated with Anne McCaffrey onfour science fiction novels, The Death of Sleep, Crisis On Doona, Treaty At Doona and The Ship Who Won, andwrote a solo sequel to The Ship Who Won entitled The Ship Errant. Jody co-authored the Visual Guide to Xanth with best-selling fantasy author Piers Anthony, and edited an anthology of humorous stories about mothers in science fiction, fantasy, myth and legend, entitled Don’t Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear! She wrote eight books with the late Robert Lynn Asprin, License Invoked, a contemporary fantasy set in New Orleans, and seven set in Asprin’s Myth Adventures universe: Myth-Told Tales (anthology), Myth Alliances, Myth-Taken Identity, Class Dis-Mythed, Myth-Gotten Gains, Myth Chief, and Myth-Fortunes. Since Asprin’s passing, she has published Myth-Quoted and Dragons Deal (Ace Books), third in Asprin’s Dragons series.
Her latest books are View From the Imperium (Baen Books), a humorous military SF novel, an e-collection of cat stories, Cats Triumphant (Event Horizon), Dragons Run (fourth in the Dragons series) and Launch Pad, an anthology of science fiction stories co-edited with Mike Brotherton.

Coming next in the pipeline are the next Myth-Adventures novel, Myth-Fits, and the second Lord Thomas Kinago book, Fortunes of the Imperium.

Over the last twenty or so years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and being published at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs. In 2007 she taught fantasy writing at Columbia College Chicago. She also runs the two-day writers workshop at DragonCon.

Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer, military historian and book packager, and a black cat, Jeremy. Check out her websites at www.jodynye.com and mythadventures.net.

Dave Butler

Dave Butler

Appearing Thurs-Sun

DAVE BUTLER

D.J. Butler (Dave) is an international corporate lawyer by training, and by day he now teaches business acumen to employees of large corporations. He loves languages, fools around with the guitar, and plays lots of board games. By vocation, he writes speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, space opera, steampunk, cyberpunk, superhero, alternate history, dystopian fiction, horror and related genres) for all audiences.

Dave’s books include the western steampunk romp City of the Saints, the dark science fiction novel Crecheling, and the ongoing action-horror serial Rock Band Fights Evil, all from Wordfire Press. In addition, Dave is the author of a middle reader action steampunk fantasy series called The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie. Charlie’s first extraordinary journey, The Kidnap Plot, will be published by Knopf in Spring of 2016.

Dave is represented by Deborah Warren of East/West Literary. He performs semi-improvised interactive theater at sci-fi and fantasy conventions with the Space Balrogs (http://spacebalrogs.com). Dave’s website is athttp://davidjohnbutler.com. Dave’s wife Emily is also a novelist, and sometimes they work on projects together.

Myke Cole

Myke Cole

MYKE COLE

Myke Cole is the author of the SACRED THRONE trilogy (THE ARMORED SAINT, THE QUEEN OF CROWS, THE KILLING LIGHT) from Tor, as well as the SHADOW OPS and REAWAKENING trilogies from Ace/Roc. His first nonfiction book, the military history LEGION VERSUS PHALANX is forthcoming from Osprey. He appeared on CBS’ show HUNTED, where he pursued fugitives as part of an elite team of investigators.

Michael Stackpole

Michael Stackpole

MICHAEL STACKPOLE

A New York Times Bestselling author, Michael A. Stackpole is best known for his work as a science fiction and fantasy author and game designer. He is also an advocate for digital publishing.

Originally from Vermont, where we was awarded a BA in History at the University of Vermont, Stackpole now resides in Scottsdale.

Stackpole has written numerous Star Wars novels, including books in the X-Wing and The New Jedi Order series. He’s also worked on the BattleTech series for over 20 years.

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