Jonathan Ryan is an author, columnist, blogger, and theologian. His debut horror mystery novel, 3 Gates of the Dead (October 2013), has earned multiple rave reviews including Midwest Book Review, the Director of Development of The Wolper Organization at Warner Bros. (Bates Motel, Mists of Avalon), and a TIME Magazine reviewer. He grew up poor in Indiana and spent two weeks every summer with his grandmother, who allowed him to check out library books on Bigfoot, the Mothman, and ghost stories. He explored all the dark and spooky places of the Midwest, including the mysterious mounds that dot the landscape there, developing a love for the weird, scary and strange. Jonathan’s adventurous spirit has led him to live in many states and travel the world. He has given much of himself in an effort to help others, many times at his own risk. He was mistaken for a member of the IRA while encouraging dialogue in Belfast between Protestants and Catholics before the Truce. He has worked among the Navajo and Tohono O’odham nations as well as brought together a group of atheists and Christians to contribute to relief efforts in Biloxi and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Jonathan has spoken to thousands of people on writing and religion. His writing credits include The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, The High Calling, TAPS ParaMagazine, Intrepid Magazine, the renowned interfaith blog site, Patheos.com and popular horror site, DreadCentral.com. He just completed co-authoring a work of non-fiction with Father Jim Sichko entitled Among Friends: Stories from the Journey (April 2014). Most recently, he has entered the world of producing, being named Associate Producer on the Mark Campbell Productions feature film: Cottonwood, a murder mystery set in the dust bowl era of 1930′s Texas starring Louis Gossett Jr., Anthony Michael Hall, Alison Eastwood, Ethan Suplee, and Joe Perry (Aerosmith).
He is also an Oblate Novtiate with St. Meinrad monastery and a confessing Catholic.
Jonathan is represented by Italia Gandolfo of GH Literary
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Rogue Co-Editor Alan Atchison: Alan is a writer, editor, musician, and wannabe baseball player. He is currently an Online Editor at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also pursuing a Masters of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing. Among Alan’s many interests, he is most passionate about inner city issues, baseball, music, and adoption. He’s worked as a consulting editor for Jonathan Ryan’s novels, and is currently writing his first full-length novel titled Hitting for the Cycle, a baseball-infused story about a couple’s journey toward parenthood amidst infertility. Alan lives in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and daughter. Read more at his website and find him on Twitter.
Melody Evans is the Chief Marketing Officer of K-9! Video Gaming and a freelance book review blogger for Up All Night Novels. When she’s not hopelessly attempting to improve her lackluster video gaming skills or forgoing sleep in the endless pursuit of literary satisfaction, she can often be found diligently glued to her keyboard, seeking new outlets to express her love of all things geek chic.
Jo Schaffer is a YA novelist, speaker and ninja mama, born and raised in the California Bay Area.
She’s a founding member of Writers Cubed and co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the largest conferences in the nation for youth ages 13-19. She and a crew of local international bestselling authors present writing workshops to over 400 attendees at the Utah-based conference as well as hundreds of others worldwide who view the conference online.
Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, fitness, classic films and martial arts. Her brain is always spinning new ideas for books and sometimes she even gets around to blogging on her own blog.
Jo lives in the beautiful mountains of Utah with her filmmaker/artist husband, three strapping sons and a blue-eyed cat named Smokey.
Tom Durham is a writer, filmmaker, Emmy®-nominated producer, family guy, idealist, and advocate for underdog creatives. He loves brainwashing his kids with Tolkien, Trek, and Narnia.
His award-winning, time-bending sci-fi feature film 95ers is in international distribution, and is due for release in the United States in April 2014. He has created many other universes—sci-fi, fantasy, and steampunk, and is nearing completion of his YA fantasy novel, The Return of Magic.
Tom’s is an ongoing and epic struggle to conquer the mundane, and help unite mighty new creators with their audiences. There are titans among us, bearing the weight of our civilization on their noble shoulders. Who are they? Idealistic youngsters and mommies and daddies with no money and no connections—who can still change the world with their hard-won dreams and stories. You may see Tom spouting this nonsense at various sci-fi and fantasy cons. Fans arise! Become patrons or all is lost!
Check out Tom’s projects (which usually have cool videos to go with them if you don’t like reading) and explore collaboration (fans and creators) at tomdurham.com.
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