Marc Turner was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in England, now living in Durham with his wife and son. He graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford University, in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in law, and subsequently joined a top ten law firm in the City of London. After realising that working there did not mix well with simple pleasures such as having a life, he fled north in search of a better work-life balance. Following the sale of his debut epic fantasy novel, When the Heavens Fall, he started writing full time.
Influenced by the works of Steven Erikson and Joe Abercrombie, he writes fast-paced, multi-threaded novels with a liberal sprinkling of humour; novels written on a panoramic scale, peopled by characters that stay in the memory. Or at least that’s the theory . . .
Aliette de Bodard was born in the US, but grew up in France. Although French is her mother tongue, her parents insisted early on that she learn to speak English. She first discovered SF through the works of Isaac Asimov, and then moved to fantasy when she happened upon a copy of Ursula Le Guin’s “The Earthsea Quartet”, which today remains one of her favorite books in the genre. Her writing took off after she won the Writers of the Future contest and got picked out of Interzone‘s slushpile by the inimitable Jetse de Vries; this marked the beginning of a growing number of sales, out of which several were made to semi-professional or professional markets.
She has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a British Science Fiction Award, in addition to being a finalist for the Hugo and Sturgeon Award, and on the Tiptree Award Honour List. Her novel House of Shattered Wings, set in a post-Apocalyptic Paris and featuring Fallen angels, a washed-out alchemist and a former Vietnamese immortal with a grudge, is out now from Gollancz (UK/Commonwealth) and Roc (US). She has released countless short stories and you can find links to these on her website.
Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, from the first volume, Empire In Black and Gold in 2008 to the final book, Seal of the Worm, in 2014, with a new series scheduled for 2015. In 2016 he won the prestigious Arthur C.Clarke award for his science fiction masterpiece, Children of Time. In civilian life he is a lawyer, gamer and amateur entomologist.
Guns of the Dawn, his new fantasy novel, is out now.
You can find out some more about Adrian at his website and explore his long list of works there. I strongly recommend that you sample his Shadows of the Apt series which is excellent. Here is a link to the first book, Empire in Black and Gold.
Karina Sumner-Smith is a fantasy author and freelance writer. She is the author of the Towers Trilogy from Talos Press: Radiant (2014), Defiant (2015) and Towers Fall (2015).
Prior to focusing on novel-length work, Karina published a range of fantasy, science fiction and horror short stories, including Nebula Award nominated story An End to All Things, and ultra short story When the Zombies Win, which appeared in two Best of the Year anthologies.
Though she still thinks of Toronto as her home, Karina now lives in a small, lakefront community in rural Ontario, Canada, where she may be found lost in a book, dancing in the kitchen, or planning her next great adventure.
Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.
Living in The Netherlands with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats, he currently writes novels about swashbuckling fantasy and the occasional weird detective. His Greatcoat series, published by Jo Fletcher Books, is highly acclaimed and a must read for any fantasy fans. You can find out some more about Sebastien at his website.
Cassandra Khaw is a London-based writer with roots buried deep in Southeast Asia where there are sometimes more ghosts than people. Her work tends to revolve around intersectional cultures, mythological mash-ups, and bizarre urban architecture.
Her work has appeared in a number of market places including Clarkesworld and The Dark magazine, as well as Tor, Abaddon Books and Mythic Delirium Books. When not embroiled in fiction, she writes about technology and video games for a variety of places including Eurogamer and Ars Technica UK.
She really likes Coca Cola-flavored gummy bottles. And with a love of plushies and fuzzy animals it doesn’t sound all that strange that her best friend is a woodland bunny named Judy.
Tim Marquitz is the author of a number of novels and shorts stories, including the Demon Squad series, the Blood War Trilogy, co-author of the Dead West series, and numerous anthology appearances including Triumph Over Tragedy, Corrupts Absolutely?, That Hoodoo Voodoo that You Do, Widowmakers, At Hell’s Gates 1&3, Neverland’s Library, Blackguards, SNAFU Survival of the Fittest, Future Warfare, and Hunters (Cohesion Press), In the Shadow of the Towers (Night Shade), and Unbound (Grim Oak Press). Tim also collaborated on Memoirs of a MACHINE, the story of MMA pioneer John Machine Lober.
Tim is co-owner and Editor in Chief of Ragnarok Publications, well known for their incredible anthologies and novels full of fantastical characters written into supernatural environments packed with magic, myth and occasionally the odd spine-tingling scene or situation.
Molly Tanzer lives in Longmont, CO, and is the author of forthcoming novel Creatures of Will and Temper, as well as Vermilion, The Pleasure Merchant, and the British Fantasy and Wonderland Book Award-nominated collection-cum-mosaic novel A Pretty Mouth. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, the forthcoming Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender and Genderqueer Speculative Fiction, as well as many other locations.
Her other editorial projects include being the editrix of Congress Magazine, which publishes thoughtful erotica, and co-editing Swords v Cthulhu (with Jesse Bullington) as well as the forthcoming Mixed Up! (with Nick Mamatas).
Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet draught of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.
If you’re fans of fantasy and podcasts then you’ll be well aware of the Roundtable Podcast where Dave is one of the hosts. This is an excellent resource for all writers and an opportunity to share ideas with experienced writers, publishers and editors. It’s a place that truly cultivates and nurtures the art of writing and ideas.
Sebastien de Castell