I’m a Jack of all trades, with a passion for reading, writing, and all things Fantasy Fiction. I moonlight as a devoted father and husband, which translates in to running after a 4-year-old boy and a 6-year-old teenage daughter and running a bunch of random errands for my wife. In my own mind, I’m the boss, but I really just play one on TV.
As a lifelong fantasy fanatatic, I read and listen to well over 200 books a year, and thought I’d share my thoughts on what I’ve been reading. With any luck, you’ll read it, think it sounds like it might be for you, and go out and get a copy for yourself, helping an author and giving them incentive to write more of what you like.
James is a South African born writer with an American accent, because children are cruel and laughed at the way he said “orange.”
At some point someone said, “Hey, James, read this fantasy novel.” He did, and still hasn’t managed to crawl out of that rabbit hole, though he has found others to fall into.
He lives in Utah with a dog and a growing collection of porch cats.
Shona Kinsella is the author of the epic fantasy Vessel of KalaDene series, illustrated epic serial Miranya’s Oath and dark fantasy novella Petra MacDonald and the Queen of the Fae. She is also joint editor of the British Fantasy Society’s publication, BFS Horizons. She lives in Scotland with her husband and three children.
James Wolanyk is the author of the Scribe Cycle and a teacher from Boston. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, where his writing has appeared in its quarterly publication and The Electric Pulp. After studying fiction, he pursued educational work in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, and Latvia. Outside of writing, he enjoys history, philosophy, and boxing. His post-apocalyptic novel, Grid, was released in 2015. He currently resides in Riga, Latvia as an English teacher. Visit him online at jameswolanykfiction.wordpress.com
Michael R. Baker studied history at Universityof Sunderland, and at last he found a use for his degree. The idea for Counterbalance came off the back of an exhausting bus journey, ironically starting an even longer voyage into writing and publishing fantasy. Alongside his passion for storytelling and worldbuilding, Michael is an avid video gamer and cartographer, bringing his fantasy world and others from the mind onto paper reality. The Thousand Scars is Michael’s debut novel, and the first of the epic fantasy series.
Ulff Lehmann has spent quite a while waiting on his Midlife Crisis, and decided he won’t go there. For the past two decades he has been developing the stories he is now publishing. Born and bred in Germany, Ulff chose to write in English when he realized he had spent most of his adult life reading English instead of his mother tongue, and brings with him the oftentimes Grimm outlook of his country’s fairytales to his stories. A wordsmith with a poet’s heart, Ulff’s goal is to create a world filled with believable people. According to his friends, his place is utter chaos and filled to the brim with books, CDs, and DVDs. In an earlier part of his life, Ulff turned his love for music outward, singing in two bands. Nowadays the only singing he does is in concert with his shower, and it thinks his voice is still acceptable. His passion for movies led him to begin Movie and TV studies at university, begin being the operative word. He didn’t finish. Instead life pulled him this way and that until he finally understood he was a storyteller.
Jamie has always loved a good story, whether real or imagined. He grew up in the south of England before moving to the north, where he worked as a history teacher. He still lives there with his wonderful family, but now spends his time writing, mainly about people hitting each other with swords.
I’m a writer, artist and most importantly, a dreamer. Stories have always captured my heart, and mind, so much so that I would not understand life as intimately as I do without them. Life is one big adventure, and I aim to write and share as many adventures as I can. I live in Colorado, with my three border collies and artist husband. I’m an avid member of the fantasy community—as an author of the Shadow’s Creed Saga, and a reader of fantasy adventures. My inbox is always open to good people. www.noellenichols.com
Ryan W. Mueller
Ryan W. Mueller is a fantasy author. He enjoys talking about himself in the third person (who doesn’t?). Currently, he has released all four books of the World in Chains series and the first book of the Sunweaver trilogy. He’s a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Jim Butcher, and many other fantasy authors. He first decided he wanted to be a writer at the age of 11 after he started reading Harry Potter. Between that and Super Nintendo RPGs, he was pretty much destined (or perhaps doomed) to become a fantasy writer, though he does like to branch out to science fiction occasionally. His fantasy is classic fantasy with modern twists. That is, you’ll see a lot of familiar tropes, but he tries to put his own spin on them (hopefully with some success). For him, part of the joy of fantasy is the tropes, and as TVTropes would tell you, there is nothing wrong with tropes. It’s all a matter of how you use them. He enjoys connecting with readers and other writers. You can find him on Facebook as Ryan W. Mueller, on Twitter as @RW_Mueller, and on various fantasy forums including Fantasy Faction, SFFWorld, and Best Fantasy Books. If you want to learn more about his books, please visit his site: ryanwmueller.com.