Travis Heermann – Author
Travis Heermann has been a freelance writer since 1999. Publishing credits include dozens of magazine articles, role-playing game content for both table-top and online MMORPGs, and short fiction. For more about his publishing credits, check out the Bibliography page.
In early 2012, he added Award-winning Screenwriter to his list of accomplishments. His screenplay Death Wind (as yet unproduced), written with Jim Pinto, was awarded first place in the Screenwriting Contest at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA.
He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering, and spent several years working as an electronic design engineer. In 2003, he shifted his career path from engineering to education, and moved to Japan for three years, where he taught English in public junior high and elementary schools.
Nothing makes a person more aware of the structure and idiosyncracies of English than having to explain it to someone else. With intensive study, he also learned to speak and write Japanese. You can find more information about these experiences, including essays on Japanese history and culture, elsewhere on this web site. He recently received his Masters Degree in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, specializing in Advanced Writing.
He wrote his first novel at the tender age of 14, a dreadful but loving mishmash best described as a John Carter of Mars “homage.”. He grew up on the lonely plains of rural Nebraska reading about hobbits, vampires, Cimmerians, Tharks, and Jedi, forever twisting him into his current, hopelessly warped persona.
Since high school – in addition to being an engineer, an English teacher, and a writer – he has been, in no particular order: a museum attendant, a bookseller, a referee, a farmer, a construction worker, a comic shop clerk, a pilot, a game designer, and a private English tutor. If a day ever goes by when he does not learn something new, he will probably be dead.
Living in Japan proved to be a springboard to seeing the rest of Asia. Beautiful Bali, with its lush jungles, breathtaking coral reefs, and entrepreneurial spirit fighting against persistent poverty and terrorism. Untamed Cambodia, with the ancient magnificence of Angkor Wat, against its backdrop of crushing poverty and brutal, heartbreaking history. Vivacious Vietnam, with the endless friendliness, ingenuity, and perseverance of the Vietnamese people, struggling to recover from decades of war and isolation. Wild, exotic Thailand, with its rich, fascinating culture, fantastic food, surprise and wonder around every corner, bejeweled temples and shining golden Buddhas. And most of all Japan, a wonderful, endlessly puzzling dichotomy, a vibrant ultra-modern economy with five hundred-year old shrines on every mountain. At the same time, more modern than America and as primitive and simple as it was hundreds of years ago, a country where people forego chairs to sit on woven reed mats to view cherry blossoms and talk to friends on hi-tech cell phones. As a general warning, if you attempt to engage him in conversation on any of these topics, he’ll likely exhibit the tendency to chew your ear off about them.
Nowadays, he writes full time. When he’s not writing, he’s probably playing a game of some sort, these days preferably Texas Hold ‘Em, reading novels or history books, cooking, cycling, or exploring strange and wondrous places. His long-cherished dreams are: a NYT bestseller, a produced screenplay, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.
Joseph Nicholson – Author
Raised in the beautiful mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado, I now live with my beautiful California girl, and bride, Bonnie, in Northern Colorado. In 2006, I graduated from Adams State College (a small university in Alamosa, Colorado) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition. By day, I’m a mild-mannered (yeah, right!) banker and by night, a writer, a musician, a composer, an RPG gamer, a mean video game player and a masked vigilante (not really, but I do own several Superman shirts). I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy, still read comic books, have an impressive Star Wars book collection, an unmatched knowledge of Star Wars trivia, have been watching Star Trek since I was in diapers, love going to the park to read with my wife, HATE sparkly vampires, LOVE Superman, and volunteer every year at StarFest, a Sci-Fi Convention in Denver, Colorado.
In March of 2012, Malachite Quills Publishing changed my life by accepting my manuscript, The Seryys Chronicles: Death Wish to be published. My first novel is available to the public on all E-book formats (Kindle, Nook, iPad, Tablet, etc…) and in paperback on Amazon.com. and Barnseandnoble.com. Purchasing this novel, and others like it, helps to support fledgling authors, like myself. With the ever-expanding technological frontier, it is becoming evermore difficult for unestablished authors to make a name for themselves and your support is greatly, deeply, sincerely appreciated. Thank you.
R. Alan Brooks – Writer
Writer, musician and host of the “MotherF**ker In A Cape” podcast (& some cool-as-hell events too!). Comic books have been a passion since I was 5. Raised in Atlanta; live in Denver, CO.
Mostly known for writing The Burning Metronome.
For an extensive and detailed list of my work, see CV.
A.M. Burns – Author
Welcome to the fantasy world of A.M. Burns, a most wondrous place where monsters and humans work together to make the world safer for everyone. Somewhere that wrongs are righted, often in unexpected ways. Join the fight of the elves against the mechanization of the gnomes. Find out who’s killing witches and why. Stop a plague of vampires from overrunning a small Texas town. Things are never what they seem. Adventures, mysteries and romances come flying out of his ingenious mind in ways that you’ve never imagined.
Within these pages you will find access to the magical worlds he creates and populates with enticing characters. We will be keeping these pages updated on where to find A.M.’s writing, when new releases will be made and how to buy them in their various forms.
Brooke Johnson – Author
Brooke is a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist, in addition to all that book writing. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely-bearded paladin of a husband, their daughter the sticky-fingered rogue, and their cowardly wizard of a dog, with only a sleep spell in his spellbook.
They currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once they earn enough loot and experience, they’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons and goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.
Pink Pitcher – Author
Welcome to Root & Branch!
A story of exploration, discovery, and adventure. Ariana is young by her people’s standards, and she has set off alone to find the Tree of Life. What will she find in the strange lands and human cultures she has to cross?
About the Creator: Pink Pitcher
Hello! My name is Pink Pitcher, the creator of Root and Branch. I’ve been making comics since a young age, but finally decided to commit to a published work. I do all the writing, concept work, pencils, inking, and coloring. Lettering and Technomagy is done by Greg Harris. Website assistance from Daniel J. Schneider.
In my other life I am a seamstress and fiber artist, holding a BA in “Women and Textiles in History”. I enjoy costuming, reenactment, and sitting around spinning like an old lady. I live in sunny Denver, Colorado.
To follow my artists work, with sketches and WIPs, find me on Tumblr!
To support my crafts visit my Etsy shops – Green Jeans and VonKlank’s
To contact me, please e-mail [email protected]
Kalijor Press – Author / Game Designer
Home to some of the most amazing science fiction and fantasy novels available in any format.
Kalijor is a virtual fantasy setting within a corporate-run future where the earth is a barren, nuclear wasteland and humanity now lives spread out amongst the planets, and even a few neighboring stars.
The characters in the Kalijor novels are denizens of a world in which CEO’s determine the course of people’s lives and corporate espionage is akin to an armed border incursion.
This is a world of cybernetics, psionics, genetic engineering, and super science, but that’s not all.
Within the virtual reality world of Kalijor, people can interact with one another in real-time even over vast, interstellar distances. Kalijor is a world of high fantasy where people’s avatars can choose to take on epic quests, craft invaluable relics, or just hang out at the local tavern with their friend from across the solar system.
In a digital world where electrons are king, information and currency exchanged in Kalijor actually moves from person to person in the real world. Kalijor is used as a place for business meetings, clandestine deals, and corporate subterfuge. But is there more to the world of Kalijor than meets the eye? Is the line between there and the real world as impenetrable as corporate leadership would have their citizens believe?
On this site you will find news and information about the world of Kalijor, and the books in which you can read about all of the people in it. So have a look around, see what you think. Read some sample chapters and check out the wiki where the author keeps track of all the characters, ships, places, equipment, and more. And if you feel so inclined, drop by the forums and say hello!
Jess Roth – Author
Jess Roth is a genderfluid pansexual Colorado native who loves to write and read about queer kids falling in love. They graduated from CU Boulder with a double degree in Computer Science and Japanese. They live with their husband in Erie, Colorado. They have been writing and posting fan fiction since 2012, and after three years in the software industry, they decided to quit their job and forge a career writing original fiction.
In addition to their never-ending obsession with the color purple, Jess enjoys discussing and learning about LGBTQIA* issues; reading and watching as much science fiction as they can get their hands on; baking a variety of desserts; all sorts of humor, but especially dark comedy; tabletop and computer games; increased diversity in media; pedagogy and improving education through technology; and most importantly, making lists.
Jess is still figuring out what they want to be when they grow up, but for now, the writing gig is pretty sweet.
J.A.C. Campbell – Author
When Julie is not writing she’s often out riding horses, or working sheep with her dogs. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, Kira and Bran, her border collies, her Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories the Tales of the Travelers series, and many other young adult books. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers of America Association and the editor for Story Emporium fiction magazine.
Will It Wasteland?
This site is dedicated to the vehicles that keep on going when everything else is gone.
After the fall of modern civilization (or when traveling far outside of it), a vehicle is more than just a way to get from Point A to Point B. Post-apocalyptic literature and the carefully-tended vehicles surviving far from their points of origin show that in the absence of superhighways, suburbs and repair shops, our vehicles become shelters, lifelines and even tools for self-expression. Just like our pets, out in the wasteland our cars begin to look like us, and vice versa.
The post-apoc, Road-Warrior aesthetic is equal parts function and artistry. Expedition vehicles, extreme 4x4s, hot rods and the hybridized cars of films like Mad Max: Fury Road all show a similar blend of purposeful evolution, of adapting to survive adverse conditions. Some cars and trucks succumb: others overcome. They survive with their souls intact, or they develop new ones.
At this site, you’ll find cars, trucks and motorcycles the fit that post-apoc aesthetic, from concept vehicles to custom cars to real people’s everyday drivers. Modern cars will also get looked at through an apocalyptic lens, because hey, after it all comes apart, you might just have to make do with whatever you can find!
A.L. Kessler – Author
A.L. Kessler is the author of Dark War Chronicles. She dabbles in paranormal romance, steampunk and urban fantasy. Since she was a teenager she’s loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she’s not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, training a playful puppy named Zelda, playing with her daughter, or killing creepers and mining all the things with her husband, she’s either reading, participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing in her Blog Writing Rambles. For those who like things on the more spicy side, she leads a double life as Alexandra Webb.
MK Sauer – Author
Given the power over the undead in an England overrun with zombies, how far will one man go to get his inheritance back?
Byron Ulysses Llewellyn-Cave is a disinherited cad with the strange ability to control the undead corpses that have been plaguing steampunk Victorian England for years. He finds Marietta, a bird-watcher and assassin extraordinaire, and together they calamitously careen through a zombie-parts black market, fight a swashbuckling Spaniard who’s allergic to the walking dead, and outwit a mad scientist trying to restore life to the ramshackle corpses.
All in the pursuit of a bounty given by Victoria herself that will make all of Byron’s problems go away.
Long live Byron the Cad. The Cad is dead.
Emmy Jackson – Author
I am a writing-person; not for any noble or world-changing reasons, but because the words run around and around in my head and if I don’t let them fall out, they drown everything else out. The most obvious evidence is my Empty Cradle post-apocalyptic book series, of which two are written and the third is on the way. In addition, I have been a freelance automotive writer for sixteen years, because I am also a car person. There are five cars currently in the driveway and four of them are ongoing projects, and all of them are awesome.
AMALIE HOWARD – Author
She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist and a silver Moonbeam award winner. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog