Virginia Baker lives in Utah with a flock of large birds and the cats who fear them. She has a master’s degree in English, but learned to write by reading really good books. A freelancer by day, she also writes award-winning fiction. Her first book, Jack Knife, published by Penguin, is a thriller revolving around Jack the Ripper. Whether she’s creating or consuming them, she loves books like bon-bons—and believes that while reality may be the essential meat and potatoes of life, a good read is pure chocolate.
New Zealand author Philippa Ballantine, is a writer, podcaster, and librarian. Her fantasy novels include Chasing the Bard, Digital Magic, and the upcoming Geist. She is currently residing in Wellington, where her two Siberian cats keep her well under control.
Lauren Baratz-Logsted lives in Danbury, Conn., with her husband Greg Logsted and their gorgeous daughter Jackie. Lauren is the author of the published novels The Thin Pink Line, Crossing the Line, A Little Change of Face and How Nancy Drew Saved My Life, all dark comedies; Vertigo, a literary novel set in the Victorian era with erotic and suspense undertones; and the forthcoming young adult novel Angel’s Choice. Lauren also has an essay in BenBella’s Jane AustenÐthemed anthology Flirting with Pride & Prejudice and is the editor of and a contributor to BenBella’s This is Chick-Lit.
David Barber-Callaghan is a creative writing major at Vanderbilt University. His short stories and poems have been published in Teen Ink and elsewhere. Barber-Callaghan has long been involved with youth radio in Maine as a journalist, producer, engineer, and peer trainer, and his pieces have aired on national radio. He plays lead guitar in the band West End Detour. Summer finds him in Kamp Kohut, Maine, where he serves as a councilor in radio communications.
Daniel Barbour is co-editor and maintainer of Halo.Bungie.Org’s Halo Story Page; he works as a writer and editor, spends an equal if not greater time hobbying at the same and is currently in the final, fatigued stumbles of an oft postponed philosophy and English double major. Barbour hails from Seven Persons, Alberta, and lives a life of contrasts: striving to learn the Means Simplistic, yet invariably turning his head to catch each flashing and zapping that electric modernity has to offer. Daniel and his wife, Renae, enjoy taking time to garden, make soap and (to an increasingly questionable extent) continue renovations in their (increasingly less decrepit) 1910 coal mansion.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the author of seven books for young adults, including Tattoo, Fate, the Squad series, and Raised by Wolves, a paranormal adventure about a human girl raised by werewolves. Jen graduated from Yale University in 2006 with a degree in cognitive science and Cambridge University in 2007 with a master’s in psychiatry. She’s currently hard at work on a PhD. For more information visit Jennifer at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com.
Mike W. Barr has contributed to some of pop culture’s most enduring series, including Sherlock Holmes, Ellery Queen, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doc Savage, the Shadow and Batman. He’s also created some, including the comic book series Camelot 3000, Batman and the Outsiders, The Maze Agency and Mantra. In 2003 he published the Star Trek novel Gemini and is currently marketing two original fantasy novels. He has written numerous short stories; this fall his book on science fiction comic books of the Silver Age, The Silver Age Sci-Fi Companion, will be published by TwoMorrows. He lives in a house with too many cats and not enough books.
Chase Barrick is a student at Buena Vista University. He will graduate from Buena Vista University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He hopes to continue his education in the field of psychology as he attends graduate school.