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Adawia Asad

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You probably can't pronounce my name, so you can call me Addy. Originally from Palestine, born and raised in Sydney, Australia, I have one husband, seven kids, two (unpaid) jobs, and a truckload of cats - technically they're not my cats, they took up residence and propagated in my backyard.

 

I enjoy reading, the outdoors, reading outdoors, crafting and hope to one day have a fully self-contained tea garden that I can read in - fancy, I know - I'm quite a few plants short of achieving that, but I'm optimistic. I also wish I was a wizarding gymnast - I'm not optimistic about achieving that.

Carolyn Greathouse-Mallison

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Carolyn Greathouse-Mallinson, retired, avid reader, love fantasy, dragons, some sci fy and some paranormal books. I live in very rural Missouri with my husband and our border collie Sam.

 

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother.

 

I'm a hunter fisherman ( woman?), conservationists, gardener, I crochet, sew, can produce from our garden.

Cherish Kasner

Hi Everybody! My name is Cherish. I have been a beta reader, arc reader and reviewer for a few years now. I have helped with editing and making suggestions. I leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub. I have 3 children and I work in a preschool as an associate for children with behavioral disabilities. I am a preliminary judge. I'm very excited to get this chance and to be a judge!

Cully Mack

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Hi, I'm indie author, Cully Mack. I live in England with my four-legged buddy, Leo. I'm an avid reader who also cut her teeth on Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree. I read all genres, preferring fantasy and myth (Mesopotamian is my favourite).

 

For most of my life, I've worked with people who are experiencing homelessness, managing services which support them to live fulfilled lives.

 

In 2014, I returned to University and completed a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing. I loved it so much, I stayed on to do a Masters in Creative Writing. Since then, I've been writing my high fantasy series and development editing (which I plan to expand on in the new year!)

Connie Paxton

Hi, My name is Connie Paxton, I'm 69. I was born in Colorado, move to Alaska, Maui, San Francisco, Boise and back to Colorado. I love to read and mostly listen to audible books. I'm a big fan of Fantasy, and Si-fi. I live by myself so, I put a book on and do want I want. I love to read good books about Dragon and wolf shifters. I want to thank all you author out there, you have made this last year survivable for all of us. To go to places in are minds, to get away for all for a little while is more precious than you know.

Debra Smith

I'm Debra Smith. I'm a retired cook with a lot of time to read all the books I want. I'm a caregiver for my Viet Nam vet husband, mother of 4, and grandma to a bunch! I enjoy fantasy and sci-fi.

Emily Wiebe

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Hi everyone! I’m Emily, and I live in rural Manitoba, Canada with my husband, our dog Cola, and my senior horse Soul and her miniature companion Munch. By day I’m a pharmacist, but in my free time I love to read basically any kind of book, although fantasy is my favourite genre. When I’m not reading, I like to play video games (Skyrim anyone?), listen to music, and cross stitch. I just started reading indie books a couple years ago and as I’ve gotten more into the indie community, I love it more and more. There are so many fantastic authors out there and I’m so excited to discover even more through this competition!

Eric Klein

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Eric is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy reader who has always enjoyed those stories that show how the science and technology can affect people’s lives. By day he works in hi-tech, lecturing on telecom security (at the hardware level, not about the people who use phones to commit fraud).

 

As he has done quite a bit of travel for fun and business, he has included events in the story that are based on personal experiences.

Gayreth Walden

Gayreth is a lifelong book lover and reader. Realized a special love for Fantasy in 1980. Retired, a grandmother, animal lover, especially Dragons. An avid reader and does Arc's for several Indy authors. Reviews every book read. Loves movies with great special effects and lots of action. Lives in beautiful northern Idaho U.S.

Jacob Rundle

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Jacob John Rundle was born on September 27, 1985, in Galesburg, IL. He attended Knox College, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Russian Language and Literature. He served eight years in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Mechanic.

 

After finishing his time with the Navy, he moved to New Orleans, and it is where he resides, pursuing his dream of being a writer. Now, living in you New York, he works as a social worker and writing stories while he pursues his MFA in Children and Young Adult literature at Hamline University.

J.E. Mueller

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Hi! I am J.E. Mueller and I love everything fantasy. From the ridiculous magic of high fantasy to the dark dystopian sub genres I delight in reading it all. I also enjoy writing fantasy but tend to favor the HEA side with a fairytale vibe.

 

When not writing or reading, I love PC and videogames. Skyrim, Stardew, and everything Nintendo sums me up the best. Recently I've enjoyed living it up (or dying) in Among Us.

Katie Cherry

Katie Cherry is a young fantasy author who began writing at thirteen when her love of books outgrew the supply available. Fantasy stories- and especially dragons- are her passion. Her hobbies include playing video games, reading, and watching Netflix. As she's preparing for the arrival of her first child, she plans to focus more on reading than writing for the next few months and is excited to jump into all the adventures provided by the authors in this contest!

Kerry Smith

Kerry Smith. Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Single mum of 21 Yr old daughter and 2 sons who sadly have both passed away. I am an avid reader and have been a lover of fantasy for 50 yrs ever since I read Enid Blytons The Magic Faraway Tree.

 

This year I have been a judge with the Fantasy Faction team for SPFBO6. For years I have worked with and for the rights of Intravenous Drugs Users and Sex Workers (as I have been both) and currently working and supporting my city's transgender and LGBTQI community.

Laura D. Child

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Hi. My name is Laura and I'm a book blogger and reviewer over at The Magic Book Corner - a book review and cover art blog that strives to cover Fantasy and Romance with all their sub-genres.

 

It's quirky and fun and pretty much me. A hopeless romantic and fantasy addict.

Me and my awesome dragon Jeff, the handsome big guy on my profile pic, are always on the hunt for new bookish gems to add to our hoard.

 

Yep. I'm talking about the dragon. And yes, you heard that right. His name is Jeff and he is mine.

 

Jeff is the fierce guardian of my blog, and we are both huge Indie author supporters. We read and review 200+ books a year and if we like a book we'll sing it to the world.

Mark Mackey

Mark Mackey is a fiction writer of Illinois after spending an abundance of time in Chicago, including one co-written horror novel and stories in various anthologies.

Michelle Crow

Michelle Crow is a scifi, fantasy, and speculative fiction writer. In addition to writing, she teaches remedial English Composition at a local community college. Currently, she has three short stories and one co-written novel published. With her husband, three little monsters, and two dogs, she lives near the Smoky Mountains in a 1960s home that she's fairly certain is haunted...again.

Mike Voss

Michael Voss, 64, fills his free time with music (Bruce Springsteen in particular), reading and writing sf and fantasy, and tending to the needs of community cats and kittens. Seen here with Golden Nugget, who shows his appreciation with a head butt.

Owen Atkinson

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Owen Atkinson used to write marketing copy before he realized he'd rather just make stuff up. A fan of fantasy and true crime, he blends these into dark speculative fiction with a bit of gallows humor thrown in. He lives in Brisbane, Australia with his two fluffy cats that only sometimes sit on his keyboard.

Rebecca Collins

Rebecca Collins I am a simple girl and have always loved to escape from reality through reading, a gift from my mom. I was married 22 years (before he moved on to dryer pastures) have two kids that are grown up. I am a licensed nurse and have done travel nursing for about 6 or 7 years. I grew up in the Bible belt and dirt poor so I love overcomer stories. I now live in South Mississippi and looking for job atm so have plenty of time to read.

Travis Hawkins

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Howdy all, I'm Travis Hawkins. I grew up in Las Cruces NM. I am 31 yrs old and recently divorced.

 

I am a proud father of 2 young boys whom I enjoy sharing my love of the written word with and teaching them all the various odd hobbies I have picked up. I enjoy hot air ballooning with my family, fishing, hunting, anything outdoors. I also build fishing rods and blacksmith on the side.

 

I am a welder by trade and have worked in many various fields ranging from maintenance to veterinarian technician.

 

I started reading fantasy at a very early age thanks to my father. I cut my teeth on Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern and the works of the great Tolkien. Ever since then I have been a very avid reader and devour most anything I can get my hands on in the sci-fi/fantasy genres.

FINAL JUDGES

E.G. Stone

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E.G. Stone is an indie author, a linguist, a freelance editor, and book reviewer. When not writing books of the sci-fi and fantasy variety, she is likely causing trouble by messing around with language, drinking tea, or reading. There is a lot of reading. As a book reviewer, E.G. reads everything from historical fiction to grimdark fantasy, with every genre in between. She has a fondness for words and an inkling for causing trouble.

J.M.D. Reid

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J.M.D. Reid has been a long-time fan of Fantasy ever since he read The Hobbit way back in the fourth grade. His head has always been filled with fantastical tales, and he is eager to share the worlds dwelling in his dreams with you.

 

Reid is long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest in and around the City of Tacoma. The rainy, gloomy atmosphere of Western Washington, combined with the natural beauty of the evergreen forests and the looming Mount Rainier, provides the perfect climate to brew creative worlds and exciting stories!

 

When he's not writing, Reid enjoys playing video games, playing D&D and listening to amazing music.

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson is a fantasy author and avid D&D player living on the south coast of Rhode Island. When he's not counting beans as a CPA or chasing his daughters around the house, he's often imagining the next tale of a faraway world of dragons, swords, and magic.

Keylin Rivers

Keylin Rivers is an award-winning fantasy author living in Montreal, Quebec. She couldn’t pick a favourite colour when she was a child (because it would hurt all the other colours’ feelings), she eats her pizza backwards, and she wholeheartedly believes in the Oxford comma.