Books can be the perfect escape. Fantasy books, especially, can transport you into another reality. The following writers will be on hand to talk about their works and the worlds they have created for you to explore. So take a gander and escape into new realms by reading the works from one of these selected writers.
Davidson L. Haworth is a San Jose native. He formed his writing interests at the age of six. Raised by his father he searched for an outlet to explore new ideas and it is at a young age that he began to write short stories, and at the age of seven he began writing screenplays to be performed at Sherman Oaks Elementary school where he attended school in San Jose, California.
Eventually Davidson would begin traveling to England where he would discover castles, knights, and crusader history. From that day forward Davidson was catapulted into the realm of history and fantasy and eventually he would combine the two in his writings and become the father of historical fantasy.
M Todd Gallowglas is a professional storyteller at Renaissance Faires and Medieval Festivals for roughly twenty years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2009, he used his storytelling show as a platform to launch his fiction career through the wonder of the eBook revolution.
His Tears of Rage books, as well as Knight of the Living Dead, and Halloween Jack and the Devil’s Gate sneak onto several Amazon bestseller lists every so often. His short story “The Half-Faced Man” received an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest. He is a regular fiction contributor for the Fantasy Flight Games Inc.
Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty parodies. She’s the author of many books on pop culture, including From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Doctor Who - The What, Where, and How, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, Teaching with Harry Potter, and Winning the Game of Thrones. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she’s a frequent speaker at conferences. Come explore her pop culture fun at www.vefrankel.com.
S. L. Gray is a fantasy author (urban, epic and otherwise) transplanted from many places to the not-so-wilds of northern California. A storyteller for as long as she can remember, she's tamed her magpie-like attention span, somewhat, and dedicated herself to writing stories other people might enjoy as much as she does.
She is also, as you might have guessed, a huge fan of Shakespeare. She has done theatre on both coasts. She makes beaded boxes and jewelry and is a fiber artist. She loves words in all sorts of languages, knows her way around a computer and was once an EMT. She did mention those magpie interests were *mostly* tamed, right?
By day she is a not so mild-mannered housewife, wrangling vampires, demons, and various other nasty creatures. R.C. has joined forces with fellow writers, artists, and actors to form the Zombie Survival Crew where she reviews movies, TV shows, as well as penning articles on important survival skills. Her articles on survival in the zombie apocalypse are featured in the ZSC anthology Undead is Not an Option.
Fantasy writer, dancer, law-abiding citizen, human being (in that order).
By Day, Christopher J Garcia is a mild-mannered curator at The Computer History Museum. By night, he writes. A lot. Probably too much. Best-known for his Hugo- Award-Winning 'zine The Drink Tank, or maybe his Steampunk 'zine Exhibition Hall, or maybe his Hugo-nominated zine Journey Planet, CHris is also far too proud of having lost a Hugo to Neil Gaiman.
Chris has had pieces published in Nth Degree (nthzine.com), Apex Magazine (www.apex-magazine.com), The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer from Meteor House, and on Tor.com, as well as in 'zines around the world.