Presenters

Tracey Dyck

Tracey Dyck is a marketing student and YA fantasy writer with a love for sprawling worlds and lifelike characters. She placed as a finalist in two of Rooglewood Press’s fairy-tale anthology contests. Currently cooking up a Sleeping Beauty-inspired novel, she lives in Manitoba, Canada, where a dragon may or may not have taken up residence in her basement.

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DJ Edwardson

DJ Edwardson is the Grace Award nominated author of four novels and several shorter works. He traveled a lot when he was younger, but now he’s busy crafting exotic destinations of his own. Although he has written both Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, he likes to say he writes in the “genre of imagination”. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three children and an unusually large collection of board games. His family usually gangs up on him so that he doesn’t win, but he has fun anyway.

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Savannah Grace

Savannah Grace is an aspiring Christian author who loves writing—and reading—a good fantasy novel, because there’s no better place to escape than in a story. When she’s not lost in other worlds, Savannah can be found blogging, reading, laughing way too loudly, or eating as much oriental food as she can get her hands on. She has had multiple short fiction pieces published in various magazines and is the creative writing columnist for Pursue magazine’s website.

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Deborah O’Carroll

Deborah O’Carroll is a fantasy writer, bookwyrm, fan of Diana Wynne Jones and J.R.R. Tolkien, avid organizer of bookshelves, and secretly an otter. A punctuation addict, she is a freelance copyeditor and blogger.

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E.E. Rawls

E.E. Rawls is a writer of many genres currently residing in New England, an adventurer at heart who finds inspiration for story ideas wherever she goes. Waffles and cat videos are a necessity in life.

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Madeline J. Rose

Madeline is a girl with a passion for books. She is a writer of epic stuff and listener of good music. She works as an aide at her local library and loves cats, Pinterest, tea, and blogging. Her goal in life is to become a published author so she can share her spirited words with the world.

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Jenelle Leanne Schmidt

Jenelle Leanne Schmidt first fell in love with stories through her father’s voice reading aloud to her before bed each night. A dreamer and relentless opener of doors in hopes of someday finding a passage to Narnia, it was only natural that she soon began making up fantastical realms of her own. The award-winning author has published four books in The Minstrel’s Song series as well as a couple of short stories. She resides in the wintry tundra of Wisconsin with her husband and their four adorable children who are all named after characters in The Lord of the Rings.

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Kyle Robert Shultz

Kyle Robert Shultz began writing in his early teens after being bitten by a radioactive book. Today, he is the Supreme Overlord of a sprawling fictional realm called the Afterverse—where fairy tales and classic stories are history, and magic and monsters are real. As a Christian, he strives to write fiction that is entertaining and wholesome, but devoid of overt “messages” or agendas. He lives in the wilds of southern Idaho, removed far enough from civilization to keep humanity safe should any of his rough drafts break through the electric fence. Aside from writing, his other passions are worship music, horseback riding, and caring for a motley assortment of animals.

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Abbey Stellingwerff

Abbey Stellingwerff doesn’t pretend to be normal anymore. Rather, she wears her dinosaur t-shirt with pride while rocking out to Beatles music. She studies English Literature and Writing and History at college, but in her free time she loves reading (and watching) speculative fiction and classics.

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Zachary Totah

Zachary Totah has two superpowers: writing science fiction and fantasy stories and surviving without caffeine. The former allows him to roam through his imagination, where he has illegal amounts of fun creating worlds and characters to torture—er, send on wild adventures. The latter basically makes him a hobbit. When not buried in “real work” or engrossed in his worlds, he enjoys reading and spending time with his Narnia-and-Marvel-loving wife. He loves connecting with other readers and writers.

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