Meet the Authors in Pandoracon’s 2013 Author’s Program!

Something new this year at Pandoracon is the Author’s Program. A variety of folks are taking the convention up on it fantastic new opportunity – and we thought we would introduce them to you one by one so you can get to know them before you arrive!

The Life and Times of a WriterLauren Jankowski has been an avid reader and a genre feminist for most of her life. She holds a B.A. in Women and Genders Studies from Beloit College. Aside from fiction, she has also dabbled in non-fiction, writing for sites like “The Next Family” and “Planet Fury.” She keeps a blog at Blogspot entitled “The Life and Times of a Writer.” She has been writing fiction since high school, when she noticed a lack of strong women in the popular genre books. When she’s not writing or researching, she enjoys reading (particularly anything relating to ancient myths) or playing with her dogs. She also participates in activism for asexual visibility and feminist causes. She enjoys speaking about genre feminism, a topic she is quite passionate about, and hopes to bring more strong heroines to literature. Her debut novel was Sere from the Green, the first volume in The Shape Shifter Chronicles. The sequel, Through Storm and Night, is also available on Amazon and CreateSpace. The third volume in the series, From the Ashes, will be released in November.

Eat the Bunny Before the Bunny Eats YouScott Bachmann is the writer and publisher of a series of comics and novels in an interconnected universe of super heroes. His stories focus on the person behind the costume, and the impact on the world caused by people with powers. The stories mostly focus on the milestones in the life of Liza Lang, the Paragon; how she became a hero, how she met her husband, and the raising of her children. Scot has written the humorous illustrated book Eat the Bunny Before the Bunny Eats You about the time when chocolate bunnies rise up at Easter to eat us. Scott loves to travel, and can occasionally be found helping out his wife at the Dayton Playhouse, where they had both been on the Board of Directors for several years. For the first time in his life, Scott’s home is without cats, but two dogs and two grown boys remain behind to keep the house dirty. Scott also has caught all 649 Pokemon, a fact only he is proud of.

Johnny Come HomeTony Breeden is an author, illustrator, vocalist, creation speaker, apologist and Gospel preacher from West Virginia. He has been an avid superhero, monster, sci-fi and fantasy fan all his life. He got the writing bug as a child when his late aunt Sharon helped him make his very first book about dinosaurs, vigorously illustrated in crayon.

His debut novel, Johnny Came Home, was published on September 28, 2012. The number one adjective used by reviewers was “action-packed” followed closely by the opinion that it was “hard to put down.” Øtherworld: Luckbane was published September 2013.
He is currently writing the next John Lazarus adventure, John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich, as well as the next novel of the Øtherworld series. He’s also promised his boys a children’s book called The T-Rex and the Fuzzy Bunnies: A Bedtime Story for Boys.
You can find out more about his books  here.

"My good opinion, once lost, is unfortunately lost forever." ~Mr. DarcyEmilie P. Bush wears many hats when it comes to writing. She is a Steampunk novelist, a journalist, children’s book author, Editor-in-Chief for Steampunk Chronicle and a mentor to other writers as the leader of the Gwinnett County Writer’s Guild. Her first novel, Chenda and the Airship Brofman, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi-finalist in 2010 and her follow up tale, The Gospel According to Verdu, picks up where Chenda left off – high in the skies and wild with adventure. Her latest manuscript, Cryptid, was a 2013 ABNA Quarterfinalist.

Emilie’s children’s book, Her Majesty’s Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story, is the world’s first Steampunk picture book, and recently hit #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases Bestseller List. Her next children’s book – Steamduck Learns to FLY! is also an Amazon.com Bestseller. Elly Belle in the City of Steam, Emilie’s third book with illustrator William Kevin Petty, will be available in 2014.   Emilie P. Bush lives in Atlanta, where she is a speaker on publishing in the 21st Century and maintains the website CoalCitySteam.com. Emilie is the manager of the Pandoracon Writer’s Track this year. She’s to blame.

Sci-fi Writer and Poet CB Droege

CB Droege is a Sci-fi, Fantasy author and poet. Recently his poetry has appeared in Abandoned Towers magazine, and his fiction was included in the Sci-fi adventure anthology First Contact Imminent. In 2010 he was awarded the annual R.M. Miller Award for Outstanding Fiction Writing. His first novel, Zeta Disconnect was released in May 2013. CB lives in Cincinnati, where he is also an Adjunct Instructor of English at Galen College.

 

Geoffrey Mandragora is the pen name for Brent Mehring. He is currently completing three years of rehab following a twenty year addiction to historical re-enactment. After decades of arguing with people about what is “period,” his first novel, The Thunderbolt Affair sets the argument, “What is Steampunk?”

His obsession with minute details of abandoned technologies and outmoded social behavior often leads to production hours lost to research, followed by long chapters of “I researched it, you have to read about it.”

To which his editor replies, “Not necessarily.”

She had me at "cupcakes."Katie Daniels is the author of Supervillain of the Day, a novella series inspired by lame television and slightly less lame movies. She also writes children’s picture books, a wide variety of poetry, and a blog of opinions. In addition she is a singer/songwriter, indie filmmaker, cupcake baker, Kentucky dairymaid, and big sister in a family of nine.

You can follow her on twitter (@danielskatie) stalk her on facebook (authorkatielynn) read her blog (katielynndaniels.com) or read her books (supervillainoftheday.com.)

Taversia is a model, author, and artist of the female persuasion. Occasionally she sings and dances on stage at varying levels of sobriety. Earlier this year, she also completed her first fantasy novel titled, “Viscountess.” She wrote up this author’s biography herself on the fly, and she’s not very good at talking about herself. She is, however, quite friendly and roaming this convention and would generally be very delighted to make your acquaintance! Pleaseandthankyou.

 

 

Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after and brings that to her writing. Award-winning author of 16 novels and more than 30 shorter works, Cindy lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, two sons and a houseful of pets. When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.

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