Presenters

Tracey Dyck

Tracey Dyck writes YA speculative fiction with a healthy dose of dragons. She has published two flash fiction stories and is obsessed with fairytale retellings. Currently a marketer by day and a co-editor for Havok Publishing by night, she lives in Canada with her family. You can find her where life and story intersect at traceydyck.com.

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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 ever growing collection of wonderful books.

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Sarah Pennington

Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys knitting, photography, and trying to conquer her massive to-be-read list.

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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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Christine Smith

Christine Smith lives in the deep south where days playing in the thick woods first sparked her love for writing about enchanted forests and magical lands. When she’s not writing or blogging, she’s working at a quaint bookshop—the perfect setting to fuel her creativity. Her passion for reading, J.R.R. Tolkien, and all things fairy tales led her to the world of writing YA speculative fiction, and she’s never looked back.

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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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