Scott Bisig lives, works, and writes in New York with his wife and daughter. Past that, he doesn’t understand all that much about himself, or his place in the canon. However, through the help of his coach at 1st Ride, an excess of caffiene, and a healthy level of self-doubt (mostly the coach), he is on the verge of escaping twelve years of writers block. Scott has a fear of heights; he makes sure to wear something black every day; for the most part, he likes blizzards. By choice, he has never seen a Jim Carrey movie all the way through. Withered Hosts is his first novel.
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Rob Edwards is a stay-at-home father who holds a degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in English from the University of Mary Washington. An avid reader of Horror, Action, and Dramatic Fiction, Rob counts Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook), and Richard Matheson (Somewhere In Time) as major writing influences. A child of the 80’s, Rob is a Washington Redskins, Batman, and Star Wars fanatic. Spending time with his family is paramount, but he also enjoys exercising, reading, and going to the movies. Rob is a confessed movie-aholic (he owns over 1,000 of them), with Casablanca, the original Star Wars trilogy, When Harry Met Sally, and Some Kind of Wonderful among his favorites. Rob was raised in Annandale and Springfield, Virginia, and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Tara, and sons, Tristan and Reese.
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Matt Galeone currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland and was raised in Seekonk Massachusetts. He is the author of The 15th Chair Book 1: The Journey and The Champion of Clarendon Ditch Trilogy. He is currently working on the next two books in The 15th Chair Trilogy, his first Kids book, based on his two cats, and the adaptation of his first trilogy into a series of comic books.
Matt became a new father on June 19, 2013 with the birth of his son Aaron Christopher. In addition to writing and playing with Aaron, Matt’s other interests include paddle boarding, snowboarding, photography, reading sci-fi and comic books, traveling to see friends and family, and playing with his cats Oberst and Valentine.
He has degrees in English and psychology, a masters in industrial and organizational psychology, and a doctorate in organizational leadership. Matt has noted that his influences include Ender’s Game and its sequels by Orson Scott Card, Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, the music of the independent band Bright Eyes, and the Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont.
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Ray Lockett was born and raised in Baltimore City. He joined the Fire Department in 1972 and was assigned to one of the busiest companies in the city. He spent 29 years fighting fires in some of the worst neighborhoods in Baltimore. His book, Into the Heat, looks back on his career from a Firefighter’s perspective. He is retired and lives in Bel Air, Maryland with his wife, Lois, and continues to work on his golf game.
Kim Manuelides grew up in rural western Howard County, Maryland, where she, her sister and father spent countless hours riding their ponies through the back woods with their Cocker Spaniel, Ebony, who always seemed to find the shortcut home. When she was not riding her pony, and later her horse, Kim could always be found in the family’s backyard, tending the family’s horses, and 4-H projects, their sheep, chickens, rabbits and the family dog. Kim graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Animal Science, and later from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. Now a practicing attorney, Kim and her husband, Tim, rescued their first dog, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog, 15 years ago. Following their adoption of their first dog, Colby, the couple adopted Colby’s half-sister, Sasha, and much later Bonnie and Atari.
A.P. Watson grew up in the small, southern town of Estill Springs, Tennessee. Growing up in a rural town allowed her imagination to run wild, and Paige began making up stories in her head at a young age. This storytelling eventually transformed into a love of writing. She is currently penning her first trilogy, The Concilium Series, and is also planning to write four companion novellas to accompany it. She is an avid reader, enjoying a variety of genres and authors from Jane Austen to Charlaine Harris.
When she isn’t reading or writing, Paige spends the majority of her time dancing. She has been taking pole dancing lessons for the past three years and couldn’t be more in love with the sport. The blend of athleticism, grace, and flexibility required to dance continually challenges her and she strives to not only build strength but defy gravity, as well. Paige has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She has been a critical care nurse at Bristol Regional Medical Center for the last five years. She currently resides in Johnson City, Tennessee with her adorable dog, Elle.
Jenine Zimmers is a graphic designer and former reporter whose work has appeared in The Washington Times, The New York Post and The Daily Racing Form. She lives in Brooklyn and is the author of several cookbooks and children’s books. Fatty is her first novel.