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Established Authors & Freelance/Non-Acquiring Editors

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Writers: Mentor bios are listed below, along with their areas of expertise. Be sure to check these to see if there are subjects or writing styles/genres for which you would like guidance. We have pros with backgrounds in novels, short stories, anthologies, comics, gaming, the military, music, computers, mythology, and so many other topics. Pick their brains. ;)


Trisha J. Wooldridge - Author & Freelance Editor

Session schedule

Saturday - 1:30, 1:50, 2:10, 2:30

Monday - 1:30, 1:50, 2:10, 2:30

Trisha J. Wooldridge writes novels, short fiction, non-fiction articles, and poetry that occasionally win awards—child-friendly ones are penned under T.J. Wooldridge. She’s edited seven anthologies, including the upcoming Wicked Women from New England Horror Writers, and nearly one hundred novels. Her work can be found in the Shirley Jackson Award-winning The Twisted Book of Shadows, HWA Poetry Showcase 5 and 6, and Don’t Turn Out the Lights, A Tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. www.anovelfriend.com

Genres I write: Horror, SF, Fantasy, YA, Middle Grade, Short Fiction, Poetry. Topics I specialize in: Research, Horses, Death Traditions, World Building for Fantasy and SF, Faery Tales, Myths, Folklore.

Editor Info: Owner of A Novel Friend Writing & Editing, editor for The Writer's Ally, former editor of Spencer Hill press, currently not acquiring anything.

Bishop O'Connell - Author

Session schedule

Saturday - 4:30, 4:50, 5:10, 5:30

Bishop O'Connell is the author of the American Faerie Tale series, a consultant, writer, lover of kilts and beer, and a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Born in Naples Italy while his father was stationed in Sardinia, Bishop grew up in San Diego, CA where he fell in love with the ocean and fish tacos. After wandering the country for work and school (absolutely not because he was in hiding from mind controlling bunnies), he settled in Richmond VA, where he writes, collects swords, revels in his immortality as a critically acclaimed "visionary" of the urban fantasy genre, and is regularly chastised for making up things for his bio.

Genres & expertise: Urban fantasy, high fantasy, fantasy western, science fantasy (scifi fantasy blend), nuclear power, nuclear reactions (fission and fusion), computer programming, Irish mythology & folklore, faerie tales.

JD Blackrose - Author

Session schedule

Friday - 3:00, 3:20, 3:40, 4:00

Monday - 1:30, 1:50, 2:10, 2:30

J.D. Blackrose is writing a new urban fantasy series for BellBridge Books. She published The Soul Wars, The Devil’s Been Busy, and two Zombie Cosmetologist novellas through Falstaff Books. Her short story, The Ghost Train, was published by Third Flatiron in their Spring 2019 Anthology and their Best of 2019 Anthology. Follow her on SlipperyWords.com and on Facebook at Twitter.

Genres & expertise: fantasy, urban fantasy, getting started as a new writer

Keith R.A. DeCandido - Author

Session schedule

Sunday - 1:30, 1:50, 2:10, 2:30

Monday - 1:30, 1:50, 2:10, 2:30

Keith R.A. DeCandido is an author of more than 50 novels and a ton of short fiction, an editor of more than 30 years' standing (though he usually does it sitting down), and a whole lot more.

Genres & expertise: science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, comics

Stuart Jaffe - Author

Session schedule

Friday - 3:00, 3:20, 3:40, 4:00

Stuart Jaffe is the hybrid author of over forty novels and countless short stories including The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K series, The Parallel Society series, The Bluesman, Real Magic, and much more.

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Action-Thriller Fantasy, Horror, some SF. Expertise: Martial Arts, Music (specialty in Blues and Guitar)

Jean Marie Ward - Author & Editor

Session schedule

Sunday - 12:00, 12:20, 12:40, 1:00

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories and two popular art books. The former editor of CrescentBlues.com, she co-edited the six-volume, 40th anniversary World Fantasy Con anthology Unconventional Fantasy and is a frequent contributor to BuzzyMag.com.

Genres & expertise: Fiction: SF, fantasy (epic, historical, urban), mystery, romance. Nonfiction: art criticism, military strategy, news, features, interviews. Edited the multi-genre webzine CrescentBlues.com for five years. Co-edited UNCONVENTIONAL FANTASY, the six-volume anthology celebrating 40 years of World Fantasy Con. Copy/line edited for Samhain Publishing for three years. Wrote and edited for numerous Department of Defense publications. Worked 28 years in the federal government. (Think of it as the liminal space between fiction and nonfiction.)

Megan Mackie - Author

Session schedule

Friday - 4:30, 4:50, 5:10, 5:30

Sunday- 1:30, 1:50, 2:10, 2:30

She has published five novels including: The Finder of the Lucky Devil, The Saint of Liars, The Devil’s Day, Death and the Crone, and Saint Code: The Lost through eSpec Books. She is also a contributing writer in the role-playing game Legendlore soon to be published by Onyx Path Publishing.

Genres & expertise: Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Dystopia