Spencer Ellsworth wrote his first novel at seven years old and never recovered. He lives in Bellingham, WA, where he teaches comp and literature, plays in two bands, and writes. His work has been published in Toasted Cake, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Intergalactic Medicine Show; he previously worked as well for the L. Perkins Literary Agency. He is married to fantasy artist Chrissy Ellsworth and is the proud father of Adia and Samwise Ellsworth, otherwise known as Monkey Pants McGee and the Waddling Man of the Apocalypse. He lives at spencerellsworth.blogspot.com.
Randy Henderson’s fiction has been spotted frolicking in places like Escape Pod, Realms of Fantasy, Every Day Fiction, and the anthology 2020 Visions. He is a Clarion West graduate, founder of the Kitsap County Writers Group, and has spoken on a wide range of writerly topics at convention panels and workshops but denies responsibility for all ensuing fainting and riots. Randy transmits suspiciously delicious words into the ether at www.randy-henderson.com.
Tom D Wright lives in the Puget Sound area with his wife and two young adult daughters, who are still stretching their wings. When he’s not writing, he works in IT for an international non-profit relief organization. He graduated from Bowie State University with an M.A. in Psychology, so when people call him with an IT problem, he can ask them “And how does that make you feel?”
Cory Skerry lives in the Northwest U.S. in a spooky old house that he doesn’t like to admit is haunted. When he’s not drawing guerrilla comics or inventing new genres in which to write novels, he goes exploring with his sweet, goofy pit bulls. His short fiction can be found online for free in Fantasy/Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Ideomancer. He’s a copy-editor and Associate Editor (reads slush) for Shimmer Magazine, and a member of the Submissions Staff at Tor.com (also slush). He was a class clown at Viable Paradise and Clarion West. For more about him and his work, visit plunderpuss.net
Bob Dunn is a WordPress coach and trainer with a knack for turning ‘geek talk’ into a language the average user can understand. His one-to-one coaching, business and corporate training, live, hands-on workshops, and online classes are popular with WordPress users and clients in Seattle and beyond. Bob has presented at both the 2011 BlogWorld and New Media Expo in Los Angeles and 2012 conference in NYC, various WordCamps, and other regional conferences and events. He was also a speaker at the Whidbey Island Writers Conference 2012, where he helped writers learn how to use websites and blogs to build their author platforms and sell more of their books. Bob likes to talk about WordPress, blogging, social media and anything in-between.
KEFFY R.M. KEHRLI
Keffy R. M. Kehrli lives over the freeway in Seattle like a brightly-colored, badly confused troll. He attended Clarion UCSD in 2008 and since then has sold short stories to Fantasy Magazine, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Apex Magazine and the Beyond Binary anthology. He also edits at Shimmer Magazine. For more about his projects, check out http://www.keffy.com or @Keffy on Twitter.
Rebecca lives in Western Washington with her husband, “He Who Makes It Possible,” and her son. Her fiction has appeared in Abyss & Apex. She is active in two in-person writing groups and has been involved in several online writing groups. When she’s not writing, she enjoys singing and studying Tae Kwon Do, where she holds a deputy black belt.
Ken will be speaking about ‘Stories on the Fly.’
Jaym is a freelance publicist, editor and author. Her professional credits include contracts with Paizo Publishing, Prime Books, Scott Sigler, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She has edited two anthologies–Rigor Amortis and Broken Time Blues–with three more in the works. She is currently working on two gaming projects. More information can be found at jaymgates.com (under construction!) or on Twitter as @JaymGates.
Jennifer is an award winning editor, game designer, and author. She has been writing role-playing games and professionally publishing fiction since 2004. With the number of edited anthologies, fiction sales, RPG books, and non-fiction books under her belt, Jennifer is often considered a Renaissance woman, but she prefers to be known as a wordslinger and optimist. Read more about her at her website: www.jenniferbrozek.com
In addition to her original fiction, Viable Paradise graduate Brandie Tarvin writes for licensed properties such as Transformers and Shadowrun: The Role Playing Game. She edits Tied-In, the official newsletter of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America (SFWA), the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA), and the IAMTW. She works with indie publisher Musa PUblishing as an Editor of Penumbra eMag and Publication Coordinator of Musa’s specfic imprint, Urania. More information about Brandie can be found at her website http://www.brandietarvin.com.
Katie Cord is the president and owner of Evil Girlfriend Media. She is dedicated to providing entertainment to fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror through books, art, and merchandise. Her company launched in January 2013. Check it out at www.evilgirlfriendmedia.com.
Kristen is a former career advice columnist for the Seattle Times. She is an avid social media user (her professional blog gets over 4K hits a week) and a recognized expert on Twitter, LinkedIn, blogging, and Facebook for marketing and branding. Her background is in Recruiting/Employment Branding, Communications and Content Management. She has worked at RealNetworks, Amazon.com, the University of Washington, Microsoft and Xbox.com, and she has been a keynote and panel speaker for organizations such as Gonzaga University, WorkSource, Year Across America, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Sigma Kappa, SCA Inc., and the Seattle Hotel Association. She has a B.A. in Classical Humanities from Miami University of Ohio.