CIARA BALLINTYNE is a writer of high fantasy short stories and novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia, and practises law by day. You can learn more about her and her fiction at her website, www.ciaraballintyne.com
CJ BURRIGHT writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She is a member of RWA, including the Future, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapter, and lives in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
T. D. EDGE won a Cadbury's fiction competition at age 10 but only did it for the chocolate. He has published several children's/YA books (writing as Terry Edge) with Random House, Scholastic, Corgi and others. Terry was the first UK writer to attend the 6-week Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in New Hampshire. Since then, his short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Aeon, Realms of Fantasy, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Flash Fiction Online. In May 2012, he won the New Scientist/Arc Magazine Science Fiction short story competition, and his story, “Big Dave's in Love” appears in Arc 1.2. Terry has been a street theatre performer, props maker for the Welsh National Opera, sign writer, school caretaker, soft toys salesman and professional palm-reader. He is also proud of being the youngest-ever England Subbuteo Champion, and one of his current writing projects is “Subbuteo for the Soul”. He lives in London. http://www.td-edge.com/
RAYNE HALL lives in a dilapidated English seaside town of former Victorian grandeur where she writes subtle horror and outrageous fantasy fiction. Her short stories have been published in many magazines, e-zines and anthologies, including NocturnalOoze, The Deepening, Byzarium, Fate&Fortune, AlienSkin, True Story, Fiction Feast, Read by Dawn Vol 1, Six Scary Tales Vol 1, 2 and 3. She has had more than 30 books published in several genres under several pen names, including the dark epic fantasy novel Storm Dancer. Her editing experience in the publishing industry spans three decades. She is also the editor of other books in the Ten Tales series. She teaches online classes for writers: http://sites.google.com/site/writingworkshopswithraynehall/. Her website is http://sites.google.com/site/raynehallsdarkfantasyfiction/. You can follow her on Twitter: @raynehall
JEFF HARGETT is a grandfather from North Carolina with an imagination full of magic and dragons. He stays young and fit by dining on epic fantasy whenever possible. He’s had a couple short stories place in competitions, but prefers his fiction in novel-length doses. He is currently writing an epic fantasy series that he hopes will be published while he can still wield a pen. He’s a firm believer that when this world doesn’t suit you, you should write a world that does. He enjoys interacting with readers and other writers and spends far too much time loitering around his blog http://StrandsOfPattern.blogspot.com/.
DOUGLAS KOLACKI began writing while stationed with the Navy in Naples, Italy, published numerous stories in San Diego, and recently completed a cross-country trek to his new home in Providence, Rhode Island. His short story credits include Weird Tales, Dragons Knights & Angels, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates and Big Pulp. His published novels are Elijah's Chariot and On the Eighth Day, God Created Trilby Richardson.
DAVID D. LEVINE is a lifelong SF reader whose midlife crisis was to take a sabbatical from his high-tech job to attend Clarion West in 2000. It seems to have worked. He made his first professional sale in 2001, won the Writers of the Future Contest in 2002, was nominated for the John W. Campbell award in 2003, was nominated for the Hugo Award and the Campbell again in 2004, and won a Hugo in 2006 (Best Short Story, for Tk'Tk'Tk). His short story Titanium Mike Saves the Day was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2007, and a collection of his stories, Space Magic from Wheatland Press, won the Endeavour Award in 2009. In January of 2010 he spent two weeks at a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert, which led to a highly-regarded slide show and The Mars Diaries, a self-published hardcopy collection of his and his crewmates' blogs. His story Citizen-Astronaut, a science fiction novelette partially based on his "Mars" experience, won second prize in the Baen Memorial Contest, was published in Analog, and came in second in the 2011 AnLab Readers' Poll. David lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kate Yule, with whom he edits the fanzine Bento, and their website is at http://www.BentoPress.com.
TARA MAYA loves rampaging robots, undersea unicorns, magic gone amuck, science turned apocalyptic, pirates dueling gladiators, kittens, cannibals and all things weird and wonderful. She has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia, pounded sorghum with mortar and pestle in a little clay village where the jungle meets the desert, meditated in a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas and sailed the Volga river to a secret city that was once the heart of the Soviet space program. This first-hand experience, as well as research into the strange and piquant histories of lost civilizations, inspires her writing. Her terrible housekeeping, however, is entirely the fault of pixies.
She has studied ancient and modern history, sometimes even in school. She is the author of The Unfinished Song, an epic fantasy series in which two lovers are caught between the schemes of the Fae and the Deathsworn, and Conmergence, a collection of speculative fiction short stories. She blogs at Tara Maya’s Tales: http://taramayastales.blogspot.com/
CHERIE REICH is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Her other works include the Nightmare series, the Gravity trilogy, and the Foxwick Chronicles series. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club. For more information, please visit her website at http://cheriereich.webs.com and her blog at http://cheriereich.blogspot.com.
PAMELA TURNER divides her time between writing paranormal and urban fantasy and being her cat’s scratching post. She published her first short novel, Death Sword, with Lyrical Press in 2011. A lover of fantasy, horror, and mystery, she’s a member of the Romance Writers of America, Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, Sisters in Crime and a supporting member of the Horror Writers Association. Her stories have been featured in Bites: Ten Tales Of Vampires, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft and Scared: Ten Tales of Horror. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, photography, playing chess (although she’s lousy at the game), physics, aviation, the Tarot, and hanging out in cemeteries. http://pamelaturner.net