Author Stephanie J. Cress has lived in a fantasy world for as long as she can remember. From an early age, she told herself stories to help her sleep and to keep herself entertained on long rides across the country (and as an Army brat, those happened a lot). In 2001, she received her bachelor’s degree in geology but it wasn’t until the 2007 NaNoWriMo challenge that she put those skills together to create the people and the landscape of Gilded Shadows. It is now the first of a five book series
She lives in Northern Arizona with her Siamese cat, Jack.
Fred found his passion for writing in 1995. He’s so far completed ten full-length novels and is currently working on eleven and twelve, in genres including science fiction, icky bug (horror), adventure/thriller and fantasy. Multiple short horror stories made it to publication including The House, which appeared in the anthology Between the Pages, 2003, The Walk Home in Writer’s Bloc 2006, and The Basement in Writer’s Bloc II, 2008. His short science fiction story Fun In The Outland appeared in the anthology First Voyage in 2008 while his short fantasy story Don’t Mess With A Snorg saw publication in the anthology A World of Their Own in 2009. His autobiographical short story Galf appeared in the anthology Writer’s Bloc IV, 2012 and his short autobiographical story Dye-No-Myte appeared in Writer’s Bloc V in 2014. Meleena’s Adventures – Treasure Of The Umbrunna is his first fantasy novel and he’s hard at work on the sequel. He also writes a weekly autobiographical article for the Sunday edition of the Let’s Talk Nevada web site and has published numerous non-fiction articles on amateur astronomy. When not writing, he can be found either making something out of wood in his garage or out under a dark sky pursuing faint fuzzy objects with his telescope.
Richard R. Draude, an East Coast baby boomer, found reading and early TV shows great ways to pass the time as a young boy in New Jersey. From the Hardy Boys to more serious mysteries and thrillers, he loved the excitement and adventure of the written word. Inheriting a love of old movies from his parents, he enjoys a wide range of TV and movie genres, and loves quoting lines and scenes from his favorite films.
In 1991 Richard partnered with Jo Wilkins and they began their Tyranny Series. Their partnership led them to create Mystic Publishers to help other writers get their works published. Richard and Jo are currently working on the reissuing of their Tyranny's Series with Outpost due out by April of 2015. Book Two Tyranny's Prisoner is due out in 2017.
Richard's first book in the MacKenna Saga series, Dreams and Deceptions came out in its second edition in April 2015 His second book Plots & Prophecies will be released by March 2016. His third book Prophecies Diversion is due out by mid 2017
The Dallas, Texas native, Danna J. Walters has also lived in Oklahoma, Virginia, Florida, Guam and Georgia. She attended twelve different schools from first through 12th grade. The move to Guam was made amidst her loud, tearful rejections at the age of 16. Her tears quickly dried when she fell in love with the island and her future husband. Although, when each time came to move she never went willingly, she wouldn’t trade her experiences for anything. She learned to respect other’s way of thinking, and carries a little of each place in her heart. Danna and her husband dream of living on an island again someday, but currently live in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas with their family
Jo Wilkins started out writing poetry and her first poem won third place in a countywide poetry contest in Orange County, CA, judged by professors from Orange Coast College. Many of her 150 poems were published in local collections in both California and Nevada in the '80's and '90's. She has had 15 or so short stories published in as many anthologies since then. Her Essay Just one More Thrill, aired on KNPR, the local Las Vegas NPR station in their Making Nevada Home program. The station also requested her to write, and aired, a survivor’s story covering the Pepcon explosion in 1988. Both can be found online at KNPR.org, in the stations archive section. Just One More Thrill, was also published in a book titled, Collected Emotions, By Centennial Press.