CHARLAINE HARRIS is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight books in her series about a Georgia librarian. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth—and final—Lily Bard novel, was printed in fall 2001.
By then, Harris was feeling the call of new territory. Starting with the premise of a young woman with a disability who wants to try inter-species dating, she created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series before there was a genre called “urban fantasy.” Telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse works in a bar in the fictional northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. The series became a popular television show on HBO called True Blood, which premiered in September 2008.
She also wrote a series set in the small town of Midnight, Texas which became a television series on NBC.
Recently, Harris worked on a trilogy of graphic novels with Christopher Golden and artist Don Kramer titled Cemetery Girl. She released the first in a series called An Easy Death about a gunslinger named Gunnie Rose in 2018. Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma, it’s a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted. Harris also released a book of short stories called Small Kingdoms in 2019.
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, Sisters in Crime, and the International Crime Writers Association. She is a past member of the boards of Sisters in Crime and MWA, and she has served as president of the MWA. She is also a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America, just to make sure she’s covered.
Personally, Harris has been married for many years. She is mother of three wonderful children and the grandmother of two. When she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously. Her house is full of rescue dogs.
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of such novels as Ararat, The Pandora Room, Snowblind, Of Saints and Shadows, and Wildwood Road. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two cult favorite comic book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, Dark Cities, and The New Dead, among others, and he has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. Golden co-hosts the podcasts Three Guys with Beards and Defenders Dialogue. In 2015 he founded the popular Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His work has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award, the Eisner Award, and multiple Shirley Jackson Awards. For the Bram Stoker Awards, Golden has been nominated eight times in eight different categories. His original novels have been published in more than fifteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at www.christophergolden.com
ILONA ANDREWS is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona where Ilona got a better grade (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored four NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy of the Edge, paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles, which they post as a free weekly serial. For complete list of their books, fun extras, and Innkeeper installments, please visit their website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com.
GRACE DRAVEN: Looking for any excuse to delay in doing the laundry, Grace Draven turned to the much more entertaining task of telling stories about fantasy worlds, magic, antiheroes, and the women who love them. She currently lives in Texas with her husband, kids, and a big doofus dog. Laundry has now been assigned to the kids.
DAVID LISS is the author of nine novels plus numerous short stories, and comics. His novels A Conspiracy of Paper and The Coffee Trader were named a New York Times Notable Book. Conspiracy of Paper also earned him the 2001 Barry, MacAvity and Edgar awards for Best First Novel. David’s second novel, His third novel A Spectacle of Corruption the sequel to A Conspiracy of Paper, became a national bestseller. David’s fourth novel, The Ethical Assassin is his first full-length work that is not historical fiction.
Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, David is, in fact, a one-time encyclopedia salesman. He received his B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from Georgia State Universty and his M.Phil from Columbia University, where he left his dissertation unfinished to pursue his writing career. David lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.
MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer), and The Murderbot Diaries series for Tor.com. She has also written short stories, media tie-ins for Star Wars and Stargate Atlantis, Magic Story for Magic: the Gathering, YA fantasies, and non-fiction. Her work has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards, and appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the New York Times Bestseller List, and the USA Today Bestseller List.