2013 Authors

Vivian Caethe


Vivian Caethe’s short stories and novellas have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her most recent novella, The Diamond City, is published by Bold Strokes Books. While writing, thinking and breathing in general, she drinks tea in the constant search for the perfect cup. She lives in Colorado with her husband, his dog who think he’s a human with hypertrichosis, and a supervillan cat. She can be found at www.viviancaethe.com.

J.A. Campbell


J.A. Campbell has been many things over the years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories several young adult fantasy novels. She is also the editor for Steampunk Trails, a new steampunk fiction magazine. Find out more about Julie at www.writerjacampbell.com and follow her on twitter @Pfirewolf

Travis Heermann


Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of the Ronin Trilogy and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Weird Tales, Historical Lovecraft, andShivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including Legend of Five Rings, d20 System,and the MMORPG, EVE Online. His most recent novel, The Wild Boys, was released in December, 2012, from Damnation Books.

He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and zombies. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.

Web Site: http://www.travisheermann.com

Paul Lell


Born and raised in and around Denver, Colorado, Paul has been telling stories (some true, some not so much) for most of his life. This trait led to an early adoption of role playing games and a life-long love of the written word. An abrupt change of career in 2007 gave him the opportunity to publish his first novel, and he’s been at it ever since; trying to outdo himself with each new book.
In 2013 he published the Kalijor and Kalijor: Kids RPGs, using the multitude of world-building data he’s done to facilitate the writing of the novels. There is enough information to produce many sourcebooks and supplements and, in fact, there are many already in various stages of completion.
Currently residing in Westminster, Colorado (he never did make it far from where he began), with his family; a wife, two sons, a giant dog, and two giant cats, he writes daily, reads everything he can, and works on refining his stories and games at all hours.

Mark Everett Stone


Born in Helsinki, Finland (The Land of the Uncommonly Stubborn), Mark Everett Stone arrived in the U.S. at a young age and promptly dove into the world of the fantastic. Starting at age seven with the Iliad and the Odyssey, he went on to consume every scrap of Norse Mythology he could get his grubby little paws on. At age thirteen he graduated to Tolkien and Heinlein, building up a book collection that soon rivaled the local public library’s.
In college Mark majored in Journalism and minored in English. The newspaper business wasn’t for him, so he did what every good writer does: find work in a wide variety of fields that included catering, bartending, and restaurant management. After getting married, he sold Hyundais (before they became popular) and, because he lives in Colorado, Subarus. Eventually he matured enough to be able to sit down and just write.
Currently Mark is working on his newest novel “Chicago: The Windigo City” and has two more coming out very soon: “I left my Haunt in San Francisco” and “The Judas Line”. Both from Camel Press. Recently, he has been featured in the Arts and Entertainment section of the Denver Post.
To be released March 15, 2013: I left my Haunt in San Francisco, the third in the BSI series, which is garnering rave reviews.

Visit him at http://markeverettstone.com/

Peter J. Wacks


Throughout the course of his life, Peter has acted (Revenge of
the Nerds and others), he has designed, and written story-lines for,
games (the best-selling Cyberpunk CCG), written novels and other
spec fiction (like Second Paradigm, which landed him a guest speaker
gig at Mensa on writing true nonlinear concepts), and even gotten
nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for his first graphic novel, Behind
These Eyes (co-written with Guy Anthony De Marco.) Currently, he is
the managing editor of Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta’s Wordfire
Press and he is working on his next 3 novels with Xena writer Steven
L. Sears.

Christopher M. Salas


Christopher M. Salas was born and raised in Pueblo, CO, where he developed a penchant for science fiction and the paranormal from his grandmother and uncle. As a child spending time with his grandmother, Juanita, included watching the BBC TV series, Doctor Who. His uncle Augustine would tell tales at the dinner table, recounting scenes from movies he had watched, such as Dawn of the Dead or The Exorcist. This played a key role in Christopher’s predilection for the horror and science fiction genre. Currently residing in Colorado Springs, CO., Christopher is in the midst of writing the Abigail: Curses and Demons series, as well as several other literary works. Christopher also is a writer for Themis Comics’ Baron Von Saturday’s Tales From Beyond series.

Colleen Oakes


Colleen Oakes is the author of the best-selling novel Elly in Bloom, which debuted in September 2012. A die-hard Colorado native who really enjoys living in other places, she attended Concordia College in Bronxville, NY where she received her BA in Creative Writing.  When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She now lives with her husband and son in North Denver. Colleen captures her thoughts about life (the good, bad, and awkward) pretty frequently over at her blog, The Ranunculus Adventures.  2013 will see the release of the much anticipated Queen of Hearts, her first epic-fantasy/fairy-tale crossover and the sequel to Elly in Bloom (Elly in Love) both being released by Booksparks Publishing.

Kronda Seibert


In September of 2009, Kronda met the local Colorado Steampunks–all 8 of them–and decided that this movement needed a representative. Through creative footwork and reaching out to local publications, the group received international press and developed a reputation for doing fun stuff. After doing a few panels at local conventions, Kronda decided to form a company, Victorian Productions, and recruited a few key members of the Colorado Steampunks to staff. Utilizing this team, Kronda wrote and directed four seasons of Radio STEAM, a pulp fiction podcast drama–with the help of a few guest authors here and there. Kronda also spearheaded the Steampunk and science fiction convention AnomalyCon, which saw its third successful year in 2013.
Kronda is the author of the dystopian alternate history novel Beneath the Crust and the story A League Below in Penny Dread Tales III.

She lives in Colorado with her wife Jamie and their beautiful daughter Aubrianna.