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Jared Quan

Jared Quan

Jared Quan is an Author/Gamer/Writer – Twitch Affiliate, a former writer for Sports Illustrated and Yahoo. Published works include Changing Wax, Award-Winning “Prepped”, Last Outpost on Zombie Highway, and Really Random and Ridiculous Ride-share Rumors. He has served in key roles with ...
James Thompson

James Thompson

James Thompson is a writer, publisher, and lifelong geek. He geeks out about a great many things. From movies to cartoons, comics, and books James is generally just a huge geek. When he’s not on panels he’s at his home in Lehi.
Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson was raised in Southern California before moving to Utah to attend high school. While a teenager, he conceived and began writing his teen adventure series, “The Starriders Saga”. Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, he continued exploring different story concepts and ...
Angie Lofthouse

Angie Lofthouse

Angie Lofthouse went to college with every intention of becoming a particle physicist, but through a series of misadventures, found herself studying Shakespeare instead. After college, she combined her love of science and her love of words into a science fiction writing career.
Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman is the author of the middle-grade action/adventure books Sky Jumpers and The Forbidden Flats (Random House) that landed on a bunch of state lists. Under the pen name of Meg Easton, she is also the author of 14 romantic comedies and sweet contemporary romances. She is a Swoony ...
Adam J. Mangum

Adam J. Mangum

Adam J. Mangum is an author and marketer. During the day, he works as a marketing leader for a big company. In the early mornings and late nights, he writes. He lives in Kansas with his wife and five imaginative children.
Robin Glassey

Robin Glassey

Robin grew up in a small Canadian town with a leaky nuclear power plant. While radioactivity hasn’t given Robin superpowers, it has turned her into a human EMP who might just usher in the apocalypse. Now a Utah resident, Robin uses her training, experience, and accumulated knowledge as a mental
Cheree Alsop

Cheree Alsop

Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 60+ books. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires
Jodi L. Milner

Jodi L. Milner

Jodi L. Milner is the author of the YA fantasy Shadow Barrier series, which includes Stonebearer’s Betrayal, winner of the League of Utah Writer’s Recommended Read award. As an avid student of the interesting and obscure, Jodi has an unhealthy fascination with medical science which led to her ...
Angela Hartley

Angela Hartley

Angela Hartley resides in Midway, Utah. By day, she is an optician, but in her downtime, she creates worlds. She enjoys studying the supernatural, religion theory, psychic abilities, and criminal psychology. Not to master the art of the evil eye. Although, that would be cool. Mostly, she just ...
Eric Swedin

Eric Swedin

Eric G. Swedin is a Professor of History at Weber State University. His doctorate is in the history of science and technology. His publications include numerous articles, six history books, four science fiction novels, and a historical mystery novel. His "When Angels Wept: A What-If History of ...
John Steiner

John Steiner

John Steiner is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as a STEM tutor at Salt Lake Community College for twenty years.
Jared Garrett

Jared Garrett

Jared Garrett is a family man, husband of the best person on the planet, full-time dad and consultant, voiceover and audiobook artist, public speaker, and the author of adventure stories and contemporary fiction for all ages. At age 17, he escaped from a Scientology-style cult and has worked as
Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum has worked in publishing since 1997. She has been the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain since 2014 and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors. She is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello), several ...
Jason King

Jason King

Born in Salt Lake City Utah, Jason grew up on a steady diet of anime, science fiction, Dungeons and Dragons, JRPG’s, and chocolate cake donuts. By some inexplicable cosmic anomaly, Jason managed to marry and is the proud father of four children, one of which is certainly destined to one day ...
C.K. Johnson

C.K. Johnson

C.K. Johnson is the author of The Pied Piper Trilogy, Supernaturals Anonymous Series, A Touch of Water, and several Shadow Brook Universe novels. Growing up in Oklahoma, she loved the beautiful sunsets and wonderful people. Current loves include Doctor Who, Stranger Things, old fairy tales, ...
Jill Bower

Jill Bower

Jill is a technical writer by day and a fantasy author by night. She is the writer of the Immortal Writers novels and works closely with Utah schools to encourage kids to read and write through fun contests and writing workshops.
John M. Olsen

John M. Olsen

John M. Olsen uses writing to harness his burning desire to create, hoping to entertain and enlighten others as well as himself. A love of science fiction and fantasy about ordinary people stepping up to extraordinary circumstances permeates his writing. He approaches writing and editing like ...
Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw has been Arts & Entertainment Editor and Film Critic for Salt Lake City Weekly for 20 years. He covers Disney+ series for MiceChat.com, and is the author of the 2016 book "Happy Place: Living the Disney Parks Life" about Disney Parks fandom.
Shannen Camp

Shannen Camp

Shannen Camp is an author, gamer, mother of schnauzers, and YouTuber. She currently has 13 published novels and a short story horror anthology. If you like nerdy gaming content, you can find her on YouTube as Persephone Plasmids.
Joe Monson

Joe Monson

Joe Monson worked at many different jobs before writing and editing fiction. He edits the LTUE Benefit Anthologies (currently Trace the Stars, A Dragon and Her Girl, and Twilight Tales) with Jaleta Clegg. With a number of other anthologies in planning and completion, Joe has one published short
David J. West

David J. West

David J. West writes dark fantasy and weird westerns because the voices in his head won't quiet until someone else can hear them. He is a great fan of sword & sorcery, ghosts, and lost ruins, so of course, he lives in Utah with his wife and children.
Nichole Giles

Nichole Giles

Nichole Giles, author of the Descendant trilogy, and the Water So Deep series loves to spend time with her children and grandchildren, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.
September C. Fawkes

September C. Fawkes

Sometimes September C. Fawkes scares people with her enthusiasm for writing and reading. She has worked in the fiction-writing industry for over nine years, editing for both award-winning and best-selling authors as well as beginning writers. She is also perpetually writing her own fiction. She
Kevin L. Nielsen

Kevin L. Nielsen

Kevin owes his publishing debut to a kindly librarian back in the 6th grade, the LTUE Symposium, a purple shirt, and a passing editor who didn't mind some mild sarcasm. His books have been Utah Book Awards finalists, Whitney Award Nominees, and #1 bestsellers
Lee Falin

Lee Falin

Lee first fell in love with science while watching old Star Trek episodes with his mother. After eventually completing a Ph.D. in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology, he discovered that real science wasn’t at all like Star Trek. One day he realized that he enjoyed the fiction ...
C. S. Ferguson

C. S. Ferguson

C. S. Ferguson is a game designer and sci-fi author with 11 titles in print, including Lord of the Dead and Devils & Black Sheep. He lives in the Pacific NW with his wife, two teenage sons, nephew and niece, a dog who stalks and pounces, and a cat who plays fetch. He likes stuff with ...
Ryan Decaria

Ryan Decaria

Ryan is an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy, including We Shall Be Monsters, a Silver Quill recipient. His specialties are mad science, chocolate chip cookies, and Lovecraftian horror games. When all three collide, watch out!
Erika Kuta Marler

Erika Kuta Marler

Erika Kuta Marler read a lot as a kid. Being curious she picked up an assortment of facts and anecdotes over the years and in turn uses them in her own fiction. Passionate about creatures both real and fictional, she finds a home for the fictional ones in her stories. Images of her cats and ...
Joseph Darowski

Joseph Darowski

Joseph Darowski has a Ph.D. in American Studies, specializing in popular culture. He has published books on the X-Men, Cheers, and Frasier, as well as publishing research on topics ranging from Star Wars to the tv show Chuck.
Paul Genesse

Paul Genesse

Paul Genesse is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of Sakura: Intellectual Property, and the bestselling the Iron Dragon series, including The Golden Cord, The Dragon Hunters, and The Secret Empire. He has also sold almost 20 short stories and is the writer and producer of the Star Wars and ...
Ali Cross

Ali Cross

Ali Cross, USA Today bestselling author of young adult fantasy, has always had a flair for the dramatic. As a child, she organized backyard performances of classic plays and musicals and hosted tea parties for invisible friends and pets dressed in doll clothes. Her teens were a haze of boys, ...
E.B. Wheeler

E.B. Wheeler

E.B. Wheeler is the award-winning author of over a dozen books of history, historical fiction, and historical fantasy, including A Proper Dragon, Wishwood, and The Haunting of Springett Hall, as well as several short stories, magazines articles, and scripts for educational software programs. ...
Robert J Defendi

Robert J Defendi

Robert J Defendi was one of the writers for Savage Seas, Exalted, Spycraft, Shadowforce Archer, Stargate SG-1 roleplaying game, Spacemaster, and critically acclaimed setting The Echoes of Heaven. He was featured in Writers of the Future XIX, and When Darkness Comes. He’s in several anthologies.
Jay Boyce

Jay Boyce

Jay Boyce is the bestselling author of A Touch of Power and the Rise of the Mystic Mage series. As a member of SFWA, Jay also won the Warriors and Wizards award for best new LitRPG author in 2019 and was nominated as a finalist for the Independent Audiobook Awards in 2020. She is an ...
Ben Ireland

Ben Ireland

Born and raised in Australia, Ben is uniquely qualified to write about horrifying spiders and how much they would like to kill you. Residing in Utah with his impossibly good-looking wife and kids, he spends his days belly-laughing at what they call spiders in the US.
Adrienne Monson

Adrienne Monson

Adrienne Monson is an award-winning hybrid author who has been hailed by MSN as a "vampire expert". While she is primarily known for her vampire novels in the Blood Inheritance Trilogy, she also writes historical romance, dystopian, and retold fairy tales. Monson lives in Utah with her husband ...
Holli Anderson

Holli Anderson

Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. ...
Scott William Taylor

Scott William Taylor

Scott William Taylor is an author/actor/screenwriter living in Northern Utah. His debut novel "Chaser" from Immortal Works Press was published in 2018. Scott has several short stories published since receiving his Masters Degree in English. Scott is the author of the award-winning short film, ...
Frank Morin

Frank Morin

Frank Morin is a storyteller, an outdoor enthusiast, and an eager traveler. He is the author of fast-paced grab-you-by-the-eyeballs-and-don't-let-go adventures, including The Petralist - epic YA fantasy - full of explosive magic, huge adventure, and brilliant humor, and The Facetakers - ...
Jaclyn Weist

Jaclyn Weist

Jaclyn Weist is an Idaho girl who has devoured books since she was a child. She now chases her six kids from one sport to another, and when she's not doing that, she's working at her local high school, helping her local arts council, or writing books. She publishes under Jaclyn Hardy (romance) ...
Daniel Swenson

Daniel Swenson

Daniel Swenson writes about dragons, guns, swords, magic, and other evil and snarly mystical creatures. He is the Amazon best-selling author of THE FATE OF DRAGONS series, writer of fantastical short stories that have been published in various anthologies, and creator and host of the ...
Mike Bacera

Mike Bacera

Mike occasionally writes science fiction and fantasy by night, engineers business processes by day, and lifts heavy objects by choice.
Lehua Parker

Lehua Parker

LEHUA PARKER writes speculative fiction for kids and adults, often set in her native Hawai‘i. Her award-winning published works include the Niuhi Shark Saga trilogy, Lauele Fractured Folktales, Lauele Chicken Skin Stories, and many other plays, poems, short stories, novels, and essays. An ...
Haley Cavanagh

Haley Cavanagh

Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She was awarded the League of Utah Writers 2020 Silver Quill Award for Retaliation, the second novel in her Oceanstone Initiative series. Haley is an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book ...

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