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Andi C. Buchanan
Andi C. Buchanan lives among streams and faultlines just north of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Their forthcoming novel Sanctuary is about found family and haunted houses. Winner of a Sir Julius Vogel Award, their genre-blending novella “From a Shadow Grave” explores a historical murder, the legends surrounding it, and what might have been. Andi’s short fiction has previously been published in Fireside, Cossmass Infinities, Apex, and more. When not writing they enjoy cheese, knitting, and winning disputes with the neighbour’s cat.
Novae Caelum is an author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. Star is the author of The Stars and Green Magics, Good King Lyr, and Magnificent, and stars short fiction has appeared in Diabolical Plots, Escape Pod, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Lambda Award winning Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction. Novae lives in Arizona with stars Boston/Beagle mix, Major Samantha Carter, who is the cutest ever. Most days you can find Novae typing furiously away at stars queer serials, with which star hopes to take over the world. At least, that’s the plan. You can find star online at novaecaelum.com.
Byron M. Kain
Byron M. Kain is an author of SF/F/H books. He lives in the Midwest, in a house that is probably haunted. Find him on twitter: @byronmkain.
Juliet Kemp is a queer, non-binary, writer (pronouns they/them). They live in London by the river, with their partners, kid, and dog. The first book of their fantasy series, The Deep And Shining Dark was on the Locus 2018 Recommended Reads list; the second came out in 2020. Their short fiction has appeared in venues including Analog, Cast of Wonders and Translunar Travelers Lounge, and their story “Somewhere Else, Nowhere Else” was short-listed for the WSPA Small Press Award 2020.
When not writing or child-wrangling, Juliet knits, indulges their fountain pen habit, and tries to fit an ever-increasing number of plants into a microscopic back garden. They can be found on Twitter as @julietk.
Nia grew up devouring fantasy about powerful girls with magic and swords, humor and kindness (and let’s be honest, that’s still the majority of what she reads… and writes…) Despite wanting a sword for over twenty years, she still somehow doesn’t have one—clearly an oversight that needs to be addressed, stat. Someone find her a sword catalog.
She spends her time reading, writing, and chasing after every fuzzy animal that will allow her to pet it, and will hurl any book where the dog dies across the room with righteous fury. And then possibly burn it. And toast marshmallows over it. And make s’mores.
When she’s not enjoying s’mores, you can find her worshipping the sun, geeking out over a game, or frantically scribbling down a conversation between two characters in her head. (Yes, she is crazy, but she doesn’t mind.)
Rhiannon Rasmussen is an internationally published author who writes elegiac paeans to the vulnerability of a life lived without an exoskeleton; sometimes this is called ‘body horror.’ Primarily interested in the boundaries of humanity, monstrosity, and phantasm, Rhiannon’s dark fiction writing has appeared in magazines including Lightspeed Magazine, LampLight, Diabolical Plots, and Magic: the Gathering.
R J Theodore
R J Theodore is an author, graphic designer, podcaster, and all-around collector of creative endeavors and hobbies. She enjoys writing about magic-infused technologies, first contact events, and bioluminescing landscapes. Sometimes in a single work.
Her love of SFF storytelling developed through grabbing for anything-and-everything “unicorn” as a child, but she was subverted by tales of distant solar systems when her brother introduced her to Star Trek: The Next Generation at age seven. A few years later, Sailor Moon taught her stories can have both.
When she’s not tinkering in her own worlds, she reads for both pleasure and research, sews, plays video games, cooks, and, when she can let herself be still, naps with her pets.
She lives in New England, haunted by her childhood cat. Find more information at rjtheodore.com.
Merc Fenn Wolfmoor
Merc Fenn Wolfmoor is a queer non-binary writer who likes dinosaurs, robots, monsters, and cookies. Their fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Uncanny, Fireside, Nightmare, and others. Merc is also a 2016 Nebula Award finalist for their story, “This Is Not A Wardrobe Door,” which has been reprinted in PodCastle (audio), Cicada (2018), and The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, along with translations into Chinese and Portuguese. Their debut short story collection, SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROBOT (Lethe Press, 2017), is available in paperback and ebook.
Merc is mostly found on Twitter @Merc_Wolfmoor and sometimes playing in cardboard boxes.