• Keao NeSmith
  • Elisabeth Waters
  • Terry Weyna
  • Fred White
  • Janina Scarlet
  • Janette J. Adams
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Marion Deeds 
  • Cynthia Felice
  • John V. Hedtke
  • Frank Catalano
  • Marta Randall
  • T.L. Smith

Nnedi Okorafor

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Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled, “Weapons of Mass Creation”, The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”. 
Nnedi Okorafor’s books include Lagoon (a British Science Fiction Association Award finalist for Best Novel), Who Fears Death (a World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel), Kabu Kabu (A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book for Fall 2013), Akata Witch (an Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (a CBS Parallax Award winner). Her latest works include her novel The Book of Phoenix (an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist), her novella Binti (winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella and a British Science Fiction Association Award finalist) and her children’s book Chicken in the Kitchen (winner of an Africana Book Award). Binti 2: Home was released in January and Akata Witch 2: Akata Warrior is due out in the fall. Nnedi is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY). Learn more at

Marion Deeds

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Marion Deeds has had short fiction published in Daily Science Fiction, PodCastle and Strange California. She has been a columnist and reviewer for since 2011 and maintains her own blog, Since her retirement from public service in 2012 she has started attending more conventions; and participated on panels at FogCON 2016 and HawaiiCon 2016. Deeds believes that anyone is entitled to her opinion and is tiptoeing into Twitter (@mariond_d). She lives in northern coastal California, about an hour from San Francisco, with her husband. She loves to read good speculative fiction, write and take photographs; and she is getting better at feeding the neighborhood crows.

Cynthia Felice

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Cynthia Felice writes science fiction novels, and occasionally writes short stories and articles.  She was a John W. Campbell Award nominee for her novel, GODSFIRE.  Felice is a workshop enthusiast, including being an early Clarion “grad” and a frequent Milford attendee.  Her experience includes managing technical editors, writers, and designing configuration control software, as well as writing and editing technical articles, essays, and documents, one of which received the Award for Outstanding Paper from the Society for Technical Communication.  Cynthia Felice grew up in Chicago, now lives with her wolfhound on a ridge east of Colorado Springs overlooking the Front Range.

Frank Catalano

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Frank Catalano is a writer of tech-centric non-fiction and science fiction, and a life-long nerd (glasses from age five). He's an award-winning founding columnist for the tech news site GeekWire and has hundreds of essays and columns to his credit, from Amazing Science Fiction and Omni to Seattle Weekly and EdSurge. His short fiction appeared in Analog, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and several anthologies. He's a former officer of the Science Fiction Writers of America, has co-authored two Dummies books, and began his career as a broadcast news anchor/reporter and news director. He spends days as vice president of marketing strategy for a large education technology company. Find him at or @FrankCatalano on Twitter.

Marta Randall

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Marta Randall's first story was published in 1972 in Michael Moorcock's New Wave anthology, New Worlds 5. Since that time she has gone on to write 7 novels (one a Nebula nominee), over 20 pieces of short fiction, and various pieces of non-fiction. She has also taught writing since the early 1970's. She served one term as Vide-President, and two terms as President, of SFWA. Because of this experience, she is known as a highly-skilled cat-herder.

Born in Mexico City, she grew up in Berkeley, California, and lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Finding life on earthquake faults tedious, she now lives on the side of an active volcano on the Big Island of Hawai'i

Keao NeSmith

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Dr. Keao NeSmith is a native of Kaua‘i with a PhD in Applied Linguistics with a focus on language teaching theory and practice. He has also translated numerous works into Hawaiian, including classics, such as Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince. Most recently, Keao has translated and released J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. This version has regenerated tremendous interest not only in The Hobbit locally in Hawai‘i, but also interest in reinvigorating, supporting, and expanding the domains of the Hawaiian language, one of the world's most endangered languages. Keao is busy translating: Harry Potter a me ka P?haku Akeakamai (HP and the Philosopher's Stone).

You can read more about Keao on his website at

Wen Spencer

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John W. Campbell Award Winner Wen Spencer resides in paradise in Hilo, Hawaii with two volcanoes overlooking her home. According to Spencer, she lives with "my Dalai Lama-like husband, my autistic teenage son, and two cats (one of which is recovering from mental illness).  All of which makes for very odd home life at times." Spencer's love of Japanese anime and manga flavors her writing. Her novel Tinker won the 2003 Sapphire Award for Best Science Fiction Romance and was a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Fantasy Novel. Her Wolf Who Rules was a Top Pick by Romantic Times and given their top rating of four and a half stars.  Other Baen books include Endless Blue and Eight Million Gods. The Elfhome series includes Tinker, Wolf Who Rules, Elfhome,  Wood Sprites and Project Elfhome.

John V. Hedtke

John Hedtke is the author of 27 nonfiction books and close to 200 magazine articles. He owns and operates Double Tall Consulting, a company that provides consulting, writing, and training services to private and government clients in all fields. John blogs about writing on “Hey, Kids! Become an Author at Home in Your Spare Time and Earn Big Bucks!” at He’s also a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. When not otherwise occupied, John experiments with baking, writes button slogans for a button company, drinks lots of coffee, occasionally plays the banjo, and sleeps late as much as possible. John and his amazing wife Marilyn sing together and travel. They live in Fircrest, WA.

T.L. Smith

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T.L. Smith was born in Louisiana, but calls Phoenix, Arizona home between bouts of wanderlust. Even a stint in the U.S. Air Force as a radar specialist brought her back to the desert. Her time in the service taught her to appreciate military and social cultures, and the ever-changing technologies, giving life to the Science Fictions she loves so much.  Visit her website at for her current releases and upcoming events.

Elisabeth Waters

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Elisabeth Waters sold her first short story in 1980 to Marion Zimmer Bradley for THE KEEPER'S PRICE, the first of the Darkover anthologies. She then went on to sell short stories to a variety of anthologies. Her first novel, a fantasy called CHANGING FATE, was awarded Andre Norton's Gryphon Award in 1989 and published in 1994. Its sequel, MENDING FATE, was published in 2016. She is now working on her short story writing and considering another novel.  She also edits the annual Sword and Sorceress anthology.

Terry Weyna

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Terry Weyna has been reviewing books for different websites and publications for twenty years, and is currently a member of the group blog Fantasy Literature (, where she has published hundreds of reviews of books, magazines, and short stories.  She has introduced reviews of horror to complement the site’s emphasis on fantasy and science fiction; blogged about conventions; and championed independent bookstores.  Terry is also an attorney specializing in complex civil litigation, especially involving insurance coverage.  She lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband, writer and teacher Fred White; her elderly cat Cordelia; and more books than anyone could read in a lifetime.

Fred White

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Fred White’s fiction has appeared in many print and online magazines, most recently in Aphelion, Burningword, Limestone, Foliate Oak, Atticus Review Review, and Praxis. His most recent books are The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus and Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (both published by Writer’s Digest Books), and The Well-Crafted Argument, now in its sixth edition  from Cengage Learning. His article, “Injecting Authenticity into a Story,” appears in Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2017. A professor of English Emeritus (Santa Clara University), Fred lives near Sacramento, CA., with his wife Terry Weyna, an attorney and science fiction/fantasy blogger.

Janette Josephine Adams


Janette Josephine Adams is a published author, entrepreneur and creative writing teacher for junior theater students from San Diego California. J.J. Adams graduated from Mabel E. O' Farrell School of Creative & Performing Arts where she is certified in formatting for both manuscripts in plays and films as well as experience as stage director, costume designer and script supervisor. In 2002 Janette went on to graduate from the Bellus Academy of Hair Design to become a licensed Cosmetologist moving to Hawaii with a profession in her pocket opening up her own green business as the Phoenix Wellness salon and beauty store. A non chemical service hair, skin and nail salon that grew into a ladies unique boutique of clothes, costumes and cosmetics. While working with the local Aloha Theater in the evening holding screenwriters and play writers workshops.
Janette has just finished a new audio book of her fantasy novella "Pansflorawood' using over 20 voice over actors with music and sound effects. She calls it "Musical theater for the mind."