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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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J.L. Mbewe

Writing as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves trying to capture the abstract and make it concrete. She is currently living her second childhood with her wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and swords, among other things. Here, between reality and dreams, you will find her busily creating worlds inhabited by all sorts of fantasy creatures and characters, all questing about and discovering true love amid lots of peril. Her debut novel, Secrets Kept, was nominated for the 2014 Clive Staples Award. Her second novel, Darkened Hope was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Alliance Award.

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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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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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