Tomi Adeyemi is the #1 New York Times-bestselling Nigerian-American author of Children of Blood and Bone. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship to study West African mythology, religion, and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching BTS music videos, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing on her website. She lives in San Diego, California.
Mara Altman enjoys writing about issues that embarrass her (e.g. chin hair), because she has found that putting shame on the page diffuses the stigma, leaving her with a sense of empowerment and freedom. Her first book, Thanks for Coming, an investigation into love and orgasm, was translated into three languages. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon and New York, among other publications. Before going freelance, she worked as a staff writer for the Village Voice and newspapers in India and Thailand. An alumna of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she lives in San Diego.
Les is a writer and musician living in Carlsbad, CA. As a military Brat (Navy), Les went to 13 schools before graduating from High School. In 1963, Les, his two brothers, and mother moved to downtown Saigon to join his father who had just opened the first American radio station in Saigon (the one seen in "Good Morning, Vietnam!") Les' memoir recounts the dangerous and reckless experiences of his family and friends during the chaotic run-up to the Vietnam War. The vast changes that occurred in Saigon in 1963-64 are an interesting backdrop to Saigon Kids, Les' coming-of-age memoir.
Started as a photojournalist on 1993 in Mexico. Worked for the Associated Press, from 2001 -2011. Staff at Xinhua News Agency 2011-2016. Based in Tijuana working for several media outlets including Agence France Presse. member of Mexico`s Culture Secretary Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte 2014-2017 art program. Awarded multiple times including a honorable mention at World Press Photo 2010 contemporary issues, The Best of Photojournalism 2010 honorable mention on both domestic news picture story and domestic news singles, 67th Pictures of the Year International excellence award on spot news, Premio Nacional de Periodismo Cultural Fernando Benitez 2009.
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John August earned a degree in journalism from Drake University and an MFA in film from USC. As a screenwriter, his credits include Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. His books include Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire.
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her debut novel, The Mothers, was published in 2016 by Riverhead Books. More of her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.
Brooke Binkowski is a veteran journalist whose work was most recently seen on Snopes.com, where she was managing editor through the lead-up to the 2016 elections and beyond. She is an expert in disinformation and propaganda, human migration, and borders.
Lisa Brackmann is the NYT best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe series set in China (Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day), and suspense novels Getaway, Go-Between and Black Swan Rising. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Strand Critic’s best-first-novel and Amazon’s Top 100 Books of the Year and Top 10 Mystery/Thrillers. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Salon, Travel+Leisure, Los Angeles Review of Books and CNET. She lives in San Diego with a cat, far too many books and a bass ukulele. You can find her online at www.lisabrackmann.com
I intentionally choose commonly misunderstood and reviled creatures as book characters because I think all species are interlinked and important to the larger scheme of things whether we know exactly how that is or not. I enjoy the challenge of presenting an animal with a bad rep in a new light, with hope that readers will question their prejudices and expand their understanding. I believe that if children love the natural world as they grow up, as adults they will want to protect it.
Jack Carr led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces. THE TERMINAL LIST is his first book.
David Clary is the author of "Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America," published by Rutgers University Press in 2017. The book was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent majority opinion that struck down the federal ban on sports gambling. "Gangsters to Governors" also received a gold medal in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and a bronze medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. By night, he is a news editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune and has been a journalist for more than 20 years. Learn more: davidclaryauthor.com
René Colato Laínez is the award winning Salvadoran author of many multicultural books. He is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults. Rene is a bilingual elementary teacher at Fernangeles Elementary School. His goal as a writer is to produce good multicultural children's literature; stories where minority children are portrayed in a positive way, where they can see themselves as heroes, and where they can dream and have hopes for the future.
New York Times best-selling author Sally Cook writes for kids and adults. Her latest book, HOW TO SPEAK SOCCER, is part of a 4-book series on the secret language of sports. You can learn more about her at www.sallycookauthor.com
Matt Coyle grew up in San Diego and knew he wanted to be a crime writer when he was fourteen and his father gave him the simple art of murder by Raymond Chandler. He is the author of the Rick Cahill crime series and his books have won the Anthony Award, San Diego Book Award, Ben Franklin Silver Award and Foreward Reviews Silver Book of the Year and have been nominated for numerous Shamus, Macavity and Lefty awards. Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus. WRONG LIGHT, his fifth book comes out in December, 2018.
C. J. Corbin writes sizzling contemporary romances, which will leave you breathless! She lives in Southern California with her cocker spaniel, Isabella. An avid wildlife conservationist, she donates a percentage of her book sales to animal conservancy projects. C. J. relaxes by being SASSY at all times and by blasting alternative rock music through her headset while shopping online to feed a shameless addiction to purses. The latest news on her books can be found on her website www.CJCorbin.com
Martha K. Davis lives in San Diego, where she is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her first novel, Scissors, Paper, Stone, won the inaugural Quill Prose Award from Red Hen Press and was published in the spring of 2018. Davis received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various literary journals such as River Styx, StoryQuarterly, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Stone Canoe, CALYX, and elsewhere. She has completed a second novel and is working toward finishing a memoir about living and teaching in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The descendant of samurai and coal miners, Margaret Dilloway grew up in San Diego. Her contemporary and fantasy writing has won honors such as the ALA's Best Women's Fiction Award and the Asian/Pacific Librarian's Honor Award for Middle Grade. Her sixth book, SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES, a middle grade contemporary that takes place in Julian, comes out this winter from Balzer + Bray.
Best-selling author, speaker, Executive Coach and community leader, Ken Druck has helped countless individuals, families, organizations and communities turn their greatest challenges into opportunities over the past 40 years. To honor his daughter, Jenna, he founded the Jenna Druck Center in 1996. The Center’s award-winning Families Helping Families program assisted families after 9-11, Columbine and Sandy Hook, as well as countless families in our region. Ken’s work is featured regularly on CNN and PBS and he is the recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award. Ken has inspired and guided readers, audiences, clients and the general public with his work on resilience, healing after loss, and aging. His new book, Courageous Aging, has been on the Amazon Best Seller’s List since its release. Ken lives in Del Mar where he maintains a coaching/consulting practice.
Jeff Edwards is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and an Anti-Submarine Warfare Specialist. Trained in mainframe computers, weapons systems, and naval combat tactics, he brings an experience-based edge of authenticity to his writing. Collectively, his novels have won the Admiral Nimitz Award, the Reader’s Choice Award, the Clive Cussler Grandmaster Award, the Military Writer’s Society of America Gold Medal for Navy Fiction, and the American Author Medal. His novel, The Seventh Angel, was selected for the 2012 Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program. He lives in San Diego, where he consults for the Department of Defense.
Lillian Faderman is the author of three New York Times "Notable Books of the Year": SURPASSING THE LOVE OF MEN, ODD GIRLS AND TWILIGHT LOVERS, and THE GAY REVOLUTION. Her work has received numerous prizes, including six Lambda Literary Awards, Yale University's James Brudner Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction. She is also the recipient of several "lifetime achievement" awards for scholarship, including Yale University's James Brudner Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, and the Monette-Horwitz Award. THE GUARDIAN named ODD GIRLS AND TWILIGHT LOVERS one of the top ten books of radical history.
Suzy is a veterinarian and board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California-Riverside. She lives with her human and animal family in San Diego. My Patients and Other Animals is her first book.
Brain XP is my journey from age 12 to 16 through self-harm, visual & auditory hallucinations, running away, hospitalization, and forced removal from school. The experience and my diagnoses of depression-anxiety- bipolar disorder led me to seek out material written by other youth who’d gone through similar experiences & found none. So, I wrote Brain XP and its corresponding soundtrack. My goal is to provide hope to other youth battling mental challenges and everyday teenage struggles, letting them know they are not alone, not crazy, but their minds are special-more creative, empathetic & insightful. Their BRAINS are EXPANDED-BRAIN XP!"
Michelle Gable is the New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I'll See You in Paris, The Book of Summer, and The Summer I Met Jack. After graduating from The College of William & Mary, Michelle enjoyed a twenty-year career in finance and now writes full time. She lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband and two daughters, along with a lazy cat, feisty bunny and newly-adopted rescue dog.
Captain George Galdorisi is a career naval aviator and an award-winning, bestselling author who began his writing career with an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. In addition to The Coronado Conspiracy, a Rick Holden thrillers published by Braveship Books in 2017, he has written thirteen other books distributed by mainstream publishers, including four New York Times best-sellers: Act of Valor, the novelization of the Relativity Media film, as well as three novels in the rebooted Tom Clancy’s Op-Center series. He is the author of The Kissing Sailor, which proved the identity of the principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photograph.
David Getoff is a Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, and an elected member the American College of Nutrition. He is the vice president of the 66 year old Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation and is on the teaching faculty of the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. David has produced educational DVD’s on topics including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and detoxification and more. David has been teaching his 10 week course, Attaining Optimal Health in the 21st Century for 25 years first through the Grossmont/Cuyamaca College extended studies department and now at the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
Susie Ghahremani is an award-winning illustrator and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She is the creator of children’s books BALANCE THE BIRDS and the forthcoming STACK THE CATS. When not painting tiny paintings, illustrating children’s books, designing stationery and gifts, teaching at RISD, exhibiting her work internationally, shipping orders, or connecting with the illustration community, she lives in sunny San Diego with her husband and zillions of pets.
Debra Ginsberg is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling memoirs, Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son's Long, Strange Journey Into Autism, and About My Sisters and the novels Blind Submission, New York Times Notable and SCIBA Mystery Award winning The Grift, Indie Next and Barnes & Noble Pick The Neighbors Are Watching and SCIBA Mystery Award winner, What the Heart Remembers. Debra's work has been translated into fourteen languages. A publishing industry professional since 1992, Debra Ginsberg has been editing books of all genres for over twenty years.
JAMES OLIVER GOLDSBOROUGH is an award- winning writer with a forty-year career in journalism. He spent long years in Europe as foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, International Herald Tribune, Toronto Star and Newsweek Magazine. His book "Rebel Europe," (1982) published by Macmillan, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the most important book in years.” He is a former Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is author of "Misfortunes of Wealth," (2008),"The Paris Herald" (2014), and "Waiting for Uncle John," (2018) an historical novel of the 1851 U.S. invasion of Cuba.
T. Greenwood is the author of twelve award-winning novels, including her latest, RUST & STARDUST which fictionalizes the true crime that inspired Nabokov's LOLITA. She teaches at San Diego Writers, Ink and online for The Writer's Center. She lives in San Diego with her husband and their two daughters.
Jean Guerrero is an Emmy-winning reporter and the author of "Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir." She is the KPBS immigration reporter, contributing stories to NPR and PBS NewsHour as well. She started her career as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Mexico City, trekking through mountains with coffee smugglers, opium poppy producers and maize farmers. She won the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize and numerous other prestigious reporting awards.
Jill G. Hall is author of dual timeline historical novels The Black Velvet Coat, an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction, and the recently released The Silver Shoes. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including A Year in Ink, The Avocet and Wild Women, Wild Voices. On her blog, Crealivity, she shares personal musings about the art of practicing a creative lifestyle. She is a seasoned presenter at seminars, readings, and community events. In addition to writing, Hall practices yoga, tap dances, and enjoys spending time in nature. Learn more at www.jillghall.com.
Matthew T. Hall is the editorial and opinion director at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where he has worked since 2001. Before managing the Ideas and Opinion section, he managed the newsroom’s social media and before that was a metro columnist and a reporter who worked in East and North County and covered San Diego City Hall. He is past president and a current board member of the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and also a national SPJ board member.
Rob Hammer is a commercial photographed based in San Diego, CA best knows for his dramatic images of professional athletes made for clients like, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, etc. In his free time he travels the country by car with his dog (Mojo), documenting different aspects of America.
Guy P. Harrison is the author of eight critically acclaimed books that promote science and reason. His books have been translated into five languages. One of them was selected by Random House for Common Reads, a recommended reading program for university students. Guy has won international awards as a journalist, is a former science and history teacher, and has traveled to more than 40 countries on six continents. He is an expert blogger for Psychology Today and a passionate advocate for critical thinking, science education, and conservation. For fun, Guy loves running, hiking, science fiction, museums, and nature photography.
Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction picture books, including MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES (Pelican, 2015; Best Picture Book at SoCal SCBWI Editor’s Day), WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY (Pelican, 2016), MABEL AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS (Schiffer, 2016; Finalist, Foreword Indies Best Picture Book), LITTLE RED CUTTLEFISH (Pelican, 2016), CAP’N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW (Sterling, 2017), GOOD EGG & BAD APPLE (Schiffer, 2018), HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS (Pelican, 2018), ALICE’S MAGIC GARDEN (Familius, 2018), TWO PIRATES + ONE ROBOT (Kane Miller, 2019), and SHERLOCK CHICK & BUNNY WATSON (Pelican, 2019). www.henryherz.com
Seth Hettena is an author and investigative journalist who has called San Diego home since 2001. He spent nearly a decade with the The Associated Press in Detroit, Sacramento, Baltimore and finally, as San Diego correspondent. Author of Trump/Russia: A Definitive History and Feasting on the Spoils: The Life and Times of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, History's Most Corrupt Congressman. He is a regular contributor to Rolling Stone and his work has been featured in The New Yorker, The American Lawyer, Columbia Journalism Review, and many newspapers. The married, father of two enjoys boxing and woodworking.
Daniel Earl Javorsky was born in Berlin and immigrated to the US. He has been, among other things, a delivery boy, musician, product rep in the chemical entertainment industry, university music teacher, software salesman, copy editor, proofreader, and novelist. His novels include Down Solo and Trust Me, and a sequel to Down Solo called Down to No Good. He lives in Oceanside, CA.
Keithan Jones is the founder and owner of KID comics, a comic book publisher based in San Diego, California. The philosophy behind KID is, “The Kid In You Never Dies”. From his first exposure to comics in the 1970’s leading up to current times, the sight of a black character in a comic book still strikes as a novelty. Jones wanted to change this by injecting characters of color in comics. “I wanted to see characters of color that were original. Not token roles, but the actual protagonists.” That's the goal of KID comics.
Kathleen Krull is the award-winning author of nonfiction, mainly biographies, for young readers. New this year are One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice (Harcourt), A Kids' Guide to the American Revolution (HarperCollins), No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (HarperCollins), Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other's Backs (Crown), and Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson (Crown). For more info, please visit www.kathleenkrull.com.
Garfield Kwan was born in Hong Kong, and immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of 8. After finishing his undergraduate degree at University of California, San Diego, he started Squidtoons in 2013 to illustrate marine science using comics and illustrations. He is currently finishing his PhD in marine fish physiology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Fun fact: he has a mild addiction to dark chocolate, sashimi, and scotch.
Dee Leone is the author of Bizz & Buzz Make Honey Buns (Penguin, 2014), Dough Knights and Dragons (Sterling, 2017), and Nature's Lullaby Fills the Night (Sterling, 2018). She's had 20 reproducible books published in the educational market, and more than 100 of her articles, word puzzles, poems, plays, and stories have appeared in magazines such as Highlights and on websites like the Disney-themed PassPorter.com. In addition, she taught at the elementary level and is a member of SCBWI. She enjoys writing screenplays, picture books, middle grade, and silly poems. She's available for school, library, and bookstore presentations.
Seth Lerer is Distinguished Professor of Literature at UC-San Diego. The author of ten books on subjects ranging from medieval studies to children's literature, he is a well-known historian of English, and a scholar, teacher, and public commentator on literature and language. His awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Truman Capote Prize in Criticism, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His newest book is the forthcoming, Shakespeare's Lyric Stage (from the University of Chicago Press).
Lobel is an award-winning author and renowned scholar at University of San Diego. a renowned legal scholar. A graduate of Harvard University, she was recently named one of the top minds in research by The Market Magazine. Her books and research are critically acclaimed and have been featured in top media including the New York Times. the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, NPR and TED. A dynamic speaker and thought leader, Lobel is a world traveler. She was recently named one of the top minds in research. She lives in La Jolla, California.
Rafael López has been awarded two Pura Belpré Medals, three Pura Belpré Honors, two Américas Awards, and the Society of Illustrators Silver Medal. His work has been featured in in murals around the world, the World Wildlife Federation, Amnesty International, the Grammy Awards, and United States postal stamps. He lives in San Diego and San Miguel de Allende.
Michael Mahin is an award-winning children's author whose debut picture book, Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters (Atheneum), Illus. by Evan Turk, earned many honors, including being a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2017, and making the New York Public Library's Best Illustrated Books List and NPR's Best Books List for 2017. His newest picture book is Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band (Clarion), illus. by award-winning illustrator Don Tate. Michael lives in Carlsbad, San Diego, with his wife and two kids and several guitars he wishes he played better.
Scott McEwen is a #1 New York Times best-selling author of several fiction and nonfiction book including American Sniper and the Sniper Elite series of novels. His current release, Camp Balor was written for the Young Adult audience, and is already a success having risen to number #33 out of 800,000 titles on Amazon.com. Scott is a huge supporter of the United States military and several of its charities including the SEAL Team foundation and the EOD Wounded Warrior foundation.
Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego, attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards. She also feeds her artistic soul through her passions for theatre, dance and music, as well as regular trips to Disneyland with friends and family. Currently, she is President Elect of RWA San Diego Chapter.
KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than twenty national literary awards, and include Letters from Home, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, The Pieces We Keep, and The Edge of Lost, in addition to novellas featured in A Winter Wonderland and Grand Central. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon.
Jim Miller is the author of the novels Last Days in Ocean Beach, Flash, and Drift. He is also co-author of, Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See and Better to Reign in Hell: Inside the Raiders Fan Empire. Miller is the editor of Sunshine/Noir: Writing from San Diego and Tijuana, Sunshine/Noir II: Writing from San Diego and Tijuana, and Democracy in Education; Education for Democracy: An Oral History of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931. Miller has a weekly column in the San Diego Free Press and the OB Rag.
Scott Miller is the national baseball columnist for BleacherReport.com, as well an analyst for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and a contributor to Fox Sports San Diego television. Before his current positions, he was the national baseball columnist for 14 years at CBSSports.com (2000-2013), a beat writer covering the Minnesota Twins for the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press (1994-1999), and a general sportswriter with an emphasis on baseball for the Los Angeles Times (1987-1993). Scott lives in Carlsbad, CA.
Kadir Nelson is an author and artist based in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of multiple gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, including the prestigious Hamilton King Award. Nelson’s artwork has been seen on United States Postal Service stamps and on New Yorker magazine covers. He has also authored and illustrated picture books that include “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball” and “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.”
T. Jefferson Parker is the author of 24 crime novels, including Edgar winners "Silent Joe" and "California Girl." He is currently writing the Roland Ford private eye series, set in his adopted hometown of Fallbrook, California, and in in the greater San Diego area.
Jim Pascoe is a writer, designer, and an award-winning creative director. For the past 20 years, he has been generating, collaborating on, and executing creative ideas. His most recent work is the graphic novel series COTTONS, done in collaboration with artist Heidi Arnhold. The first book in the trilogy is Cottons: The Secret of the Wind, which was published in July 2018. His other comics credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy Animated, and the original series Undertown.
Sally J. Pla is the award-winning author of THE SOMEDAY BIRDS and STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE, books for ages 10 and up, about kids facing epic adventures and learning to feel more at ease in the world. Her work has won both national and state awards. Her first picture book, BENJI, THE BAD DAY, & ME (Lee & Low), pubs September 25. Sally's appeared on television/radio as an author and autism advocate. She believes in kindness, respect, and the beauty of different brains. We are all stars shining with different lights! She lives in North County San Diego.
Mindfulness expert and author Julie Potiker is an attorney who began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She went on to become trained to teach Mindful Self-Compassion, and completed the Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course with Rick Hanson. Now, she shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her new book: “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos.” For more information, www.MindfulMethodsForLife.com.
Stephen W. Potts recently completed 40 years teaching literature, most at UCSD. As a specialist in science fiction, fantasy, and popular culture, he has published books, articles, reviews, editorials, and fiction. Recent publications include the essay anthology Critical Insights: The Hobbit (Salem Press 2016) and Chasing Shadows (Tor 2017), a volume of stories and essays co-edited with author David Brin. He regularly presents at science fiction conferences and fan conventions, and has appeared on radio and TV.
BARRETT CLEMMENSEN POWELL is the author of Lori Leak Travels to Paris, a groundbreaking children's book featuring an African American girl and her family . The second book, Lori Leak Travels to Copenhagen, is launching on November 9, 2018. Barrett is a global traveler who has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark and La Jolla, CA. amd has so far filled her passports with stamps from more than 25 countries.
Isabel Quintero lives in the Inland Empire of Southern California. She received her BA in English and MA in English composition from California State University, San Bernardino. Her first novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, won multiple awards, including the ALA's William C. Morris Award for a debut young-adult novel. Her second book, Ugly Cat & Pablo, was published in April 2017, to much acclaim. Her most recent publication, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, won the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for non-fiction, and was praised by School Library Journal as “a new standard in artist biographies”.
Nick Riggle dropped out of high school to become a pro-skater, participating in shows, demos, and competitions (including three ESPN X Games appearances). He has a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from NYU. He is a philosophy professor at the University of San Diego and speaks widely at conferences and workshops. His work has been published in a variety of places, including McSweeney’s, Philosophers’ Imprint, The Philosophical Quarterly, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. His first book, On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck, was recently published by Penguin Books.
New York Times best-selling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored 13 books, ranging from narrative non-fiction to memoir and crime fiction. Her latest titles are Hunting Charles Manson and Secrets, Lies, and Shoelaces. An investigative reporter at daily newspapers for 19 years, she’s been published in Cosmopolitan, the UT, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe and Daily Beast. Her more than 180 TV and radio appearances include “Crime Watch Daily,” “Nancy Grace,” and numerous shows on Investigation Discovery, A&E, C-SPAN and various PBS affiliates. Rother also coaches, consults, and teaches writing, research, and book promotions.
Jim Ruland is the author of the novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome, and the co-author of My Damage with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF! and Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. He has received awards from Reader’s Digest and the National Endowment for the Arts, is a columnist for San Diego CityBeat and runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount. He is currently working on a book with the band Bad Religion.
Thomas C. Sanger has written for a variety of publications and audiences during a thirty-year career in journalism and public relations. He worked as a reporter for the Associated Press and KABC radio in Los Angeles, researched and wrote television documentary scripts in Australia, and directed corporate communications for a major Southern California energy company. Sanger is the author of numerous articles and two non-fiction books. Without Warning is his first novel.
Daniel Salinas Basave (1974 Monterrey). Narrador y periodista de la frontera mexicana. Es autor de doce libros de cuento, ensayo, novela y crónica periodística entre los que destacan Días de whisky malo, Finalista del Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez 2017); Dispárenme como a Blancornelas; Vientos de Santa Ana; Bajo la luz de una estrella muerta (Premio Internacional Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz). Fue enviado como reportero a la Zona Cero de NYC en 2001 y fue becario de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa. Su último trabajo, Juglares del Bordo, fue ganador del Premio Fundación El Libro Argentina.
Lisa K. Shapiro is the author of NO FORGOTTEN FRONTS: FROM CLASSROOMS TO COMBAT, based on thousands of original letters written by students from San Diego State who served in World War II. Shapiro spent more than two years researching the correspondence between young servicemen and servicewomen and one trusted professor. Shapiro also co-authored THE CHAMBER AND THE CROSS, with Deborah K. Reed. To research this historic novel, the authors traveled to England, walked historic battlegrounds, combed through castle ruins, and studied the procedures for exhuming human remains. An Associate Professor at Mesa College, Shapiro holds degrees in Management and Literature, and has taught composition and creative writing in San Diego.
At age 62, with one lung, Edie Littlefield Sundby became the first person in history to walk the 1,600-mile El Camino Real de las Californias mission trail through the mountain wilderness of Baja California Mexico and Sonoran Desert, one of the hottest deserts on earth - and across the border from San Diego to Sonoma. "The Mission Walker" is her first-hand account of the experience and struggles she endured, and the inspiration drawn from the old unmapped Spanish mission trail that defines California and the Old West.
Kimball Taylor is a longtime contributor to The Surfer's Journal and author of The Coyote's Bicycle, which was a finalist for the California Book Award. He lectures in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies department at San Diego State University.
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is an award-winning author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and contemporary novels and novellas for HarperCollins, Harlequin Nocturne, Amazon Montlake, and GothicScapes, with 34 books to her credit, so far.
Laura Tims grew up in Maine writing nerdy fanfiction, and now lives in San Diego writing nerdy regular fiction (with her bunny Noodle on her lap). She's passionate about mental healthcare and is a graduate student of social work at SDSU.
Sarah Tomp is the author of MY BEST EVERYTHING, a YA novel steeped in moonshine. She has a MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches creative writing for UCSD-Extension. www.sarahtomp.com
Lucas Turnbloom is an award-winning author and cartoonist who's best known for his comic strip, "How To Cat." He is the co-creator, writer, and illustrator of the "Dream Jumper" graphic novel series published by Scholastic/Graphix. He's also the illustrator for the Flashlight Press picture book, "Dragon and Captain." His work has also appeared in "USA Today," and "TIME." Lucas currently resides in San Diego with his wife two sons, and one really fat cat.
David Grant Urban is a San Diego native who has done a little of everything in life, but prefers writing most of all. At nineteen he bicycled border to border and lived briefly in Vancouver, Canada, before traveling coast to coast by train several times. Out of money, he lived and worked in New Orleans for a year before returning home. Back in San Diego, he lived aboard a sailboat a few years, started a chemical compounding firm, worked his way through college, and spent far too many years working in retail. He is quietly at work on another novel.
Lynn Vincent, a US Navy veteran, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of eleven nonfiction books with more than sixteen million copies in print. Her best-known titles are Same of Kind of Different as Me (with Ron Hall and Denver Moore) and Heaven Is for Real (with Todd Burpo). A veteran journalist and author of more than 1,000 articles, her investigative pieces have been cited before Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. She lives in the mountains east of San Diego with her husband and their three Labrador retrievers.
Sara Vladic, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author, is one of the world’s leading experts on the USS Indianapolis, having become obsessed with the story at the age of thirteen. Over the next two decades, Vladic met and interviewed 107 of the ship’s survivors, and in 2016 she released an award-winning documentary film on the disaster, USS Indianapolis: The Legacy. She has published new research on Indianapolis in Proceedings, the official journal of the US Navy, and appeared as an expert commentator on PBS’s USS Indianapolis: Live from the Deep, which explored the ship’s wreckage. She and her husband, Ben, live in San Marcos, California.
Kali Wallace studied geology and earned a PhD in geophysics before she realized she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds more than she liked researching the real one. She is the author of the young adult novels Shallow Graves and The Memory Trees and the upcoming middle grade fantasy City of Islands. Her first book for adults, a science fiction horror novel, has recently been acquired by Ace Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Tor.com, and other speculative fiction magazines. After spending most of her life in Colorado, she now lives in southern California.
Amy Wallen is the associate director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute and teaches creative writing at the University of San Diego Extension as well as privately. Her first novel, MoonPies and Movie Stars, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
Bill grew up in a La Mesa household filled with books. His legendary career as a basketball player included college and professional championships and led to ongoing work as a sports announcer. He is active with various non-profit organizations in San Diego. His memoir, “Back From the Dead,” recounts his life-changing return from catastrophic injuries.
Andrea Zuill is a writer/illustrator of children's books. She was born Bakersfield, CA and moved to the San Diego area when she married. For 20 years she was a graphic artist and at the same time Andrea created oil paintings. Her quirky figurative paintings have been exhibited in California, Texas and New York. In 2006 she started creating prints of funny and whimsical characters which led to her start in children’s books.