As a child, Sharon lived on a 6 ½ acre patch of land with cows for neighbors. She enjoyed playing in mud, collecting frogs, and was so certain that there was a ghost in her closet that her mother admits that she half-expected to really find one there. She began writing her first novel at the age of fifteen (handwritten in a spiral marked ‘private’).
A proud Austinite, Sharon never saw much sense in moving anywhere else and got her degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. As an author and social worker, she has devoted her life to making the lives of real people better and the lives of fictional people much, much worse. In addition to her official credentials, she is also an expert in fictional Texas history and make-believe neuroscience.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her “happily-ever-after” with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and still playing in the mud (which she now calls gardening). Keep an eye out for Sharon’s fantasy series, The December People, coming soon to AFP.
Lauren Jankowski has been an avid reader for most of her life. She holds a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Beloit College. She has been writing fiction since high school, when she noticed a lack of strong women in the popular genre books. Also known for her activism for asexual visibility, she has taught a course on writing asexual characters for the “Writing the Other” series. She founded Asexual Artists, is a member of Pack of Aces, and is an outspoken feminist. When she’s not writing or researching, she enjoys reading (particularly anything relating to ancient myths) or playing with her pets.
Check out Lauren’s urban fantasy series, The Shape Shifter Chronicles, available now from AFP.
Tracy Korn is a sci-fi / urban fantasy author and all around science geek who may or may not have a "Lip Smackers" chapstick addiction. When she’s not inventing worlds (and subsequently saving them or wrecking them), she reads about other people doing it, practices her newbie cinematographer skills, and dreams of someday meeting James Cameron.
Don’t miss Tracy’s new dystopian / urban fantasy series, First Bloods, beginning with the partner prequels “Feral” and Nervous Water from AFP.
Brenda J. Pierson
Brenda J. Pierson is just a nerd living her dream. Inspired by Brandon Sanderson and R.A. Salvatore, she writes teen-friendly fantasy novels brimming with magic, monsters, and epic quests to save the world.
In addition to writing she’s a crafter, dedicated bookworm, avid gamer, lover of tacos, and crazy cat lady. She’s living the good life with her husband and kitties in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. You can find Brenda skulking around Twitter (@bjpwrites), as long as you don’t mind seeing her cats as well as her books.
Grab Brenda’s fantasy epic, Soul of the Blade, now available from AFP.
J.P. Sloan is a speculative fiction author, primarily of urban fantasy, horror, and several shades between. His writing explores the strangeness in that which is familiar, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, or only hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed.
A Louisiana native, Sloan relocated to the vineyards and cow pastures of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina, where he lives with his wife and son. He worked in the city of Baltimore for several years, a setting which inspires much of his writing.
J.P.’s Horror/Western, Yea Though I Walk and Curse Merchant, the first book in his Dark Choir urban fantasy series, is available now from AFP.
Ashley Tomlinson was born in a very small town in South Carolina and now she lives in a slightly larger city in South Carolina with her husband. Most days you can find her writing in her home office that is filled to the brim with books and candles. When she isn’t writing she’s spending time with her plethora of animals, curled up reading on her couch, painting, or crocheting a blanket that she will probably never finish. She also loves being apart of the bookstagram world, especially taking photos of books. She knew she wanted to be a writer in high school but didn’t pursue it fully until she was in her twenties. Now not a day goes by when she isn’t in front of her laptop typing away. Her head is always in the clouds thinking up new scenes or coming up with a new book idea.
Pick up her new urban fantasy, Becoming Grim, available from Animus Ferrum.