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.
Laura M. Hughes
Laura M. Hughes was born and raised beneath the grey, pigeon-filled skies of northern England. Shortly after turning twelve she experienced a life-changing event: the cinematic release of The Fellowship of the Ring, which smashed through the French windows of her imagination like a fantastical half-brick and let in all sorts of new and exciting ideas.
She currently works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and has been known to write for publications such as Fantasy-Faction and Tor.com . In addition to her literary horror novelette Danse Macabre, her work is featured in the anthologies Lost Lore, Art of War and Double Take, all of which are released in 2018. She co-founded The Fantasy Hive in 2017; her sanity has been steadily disintegrating ever since.
Rachael K. Jones
Rachael K. Jones has a degree in English and is currently pursuing a second degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She lives in Athens, GA with her husband and perpetual alpha reader, Jason.
Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Lightspeed, Accessing the Future, Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Escape Pod, the Drabblecast, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, and Penumbra.
Audio fiction is very near and dear to her heart, making her a perfect judge for Remastered Words. You can find out some more about Rachael at her website.
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.
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.
Aliette de Bodard
Sebastien de Castell
Sebastien de Castell