Welcome to stop number two in the Science Fiction Blog Tour, hosted by the 2016 Brain To Books Cyber Convention team. I’m your host, Timothy Bateson, reader, writer, and lover of fantasy and science-fiction.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with the authors who are taking part, and finding out a little more about them. You’re going to meet some amazing writers, and learn more about them, their writing, and how to follow their work.
Once you’ve met the writers, please don’t forget to hop over to stop number three, where Belinda Crawford will be introducing you to some of the work buy the people you’re about to meet. So, without further ado, let’s meet the authors.
If taking a college fencing class, eating from the trash can, and smelling like an animal were qualifications for becoming a sword-swinging barbarian, J. D. Brink might be Conan’s protégé. But since that career path seemed less than promising, he has instead been a sailor, spy, nurse, and officer in the U.S. Navy, as well as a gravedigger, insurance adjuster, and school teacher in civilian life. Today (New Years, 2016) he and his family are stationed in Japan, where he’s providing a bad example for all Americans. In his writing, as in life, Mr. Brink enjoys dabbling in multiple genres.
Where to find J.D. Brink:
Kate M. Colby
Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. Her first series,Desertera, consists of steampunk dystopian novels with themes of socio-economic disparity, self-empowerment, romance, and revenge.
Kate’s writing contains everything she loves about fiction – imaginative new worlds (the more apocalyptic the better), plots that get your heart racing, and themes that make you think. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Sociology from Baker University, which she uses to marry her love of the written word with her passion for the human experience.
When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.
Where to find Kate M. Colby:
Nothing stirs author, Belinda Crawford, more than a fast horse, a blazingly fast computer or a really good book.
A Melbourne-based IT graduate, she expanded her passion for reading, and penchant for science fiction and fantasy, to creative writing, and in 2012 had her first short story, ‘Lex Talionis’, published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.
Somewhere between work, karate training and wrestling her keyboard away from a feline named Faust, Belinda wrote Hero, which, in 2013 won one of twelve places in the Australian Society of Authors’ annual mentorship program. Hero, the first book in The Hero Rebellion, was published by Odyssey Books in September 2015.
Currently, when she’s not wrangling a horse named Wombat, Belinda is hard at work on the second book in The Hero Rebellion.
Where to find Belinda Crawford:
Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.
Where to find Chess Desalls:
David M. Kelly
David M. Kelly is a writer of speculative fiction. Raised on the classics of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Harry Harrison among others, he focuses on character-based fiction, fascinating plots and solid story-telling.
David’s interest in science and technology began early. At the age of six his parents allowed him to stay up late into the night to watch the television broadcast of Neil Armstrong stepping on to the surface of the moon. From that day he was hooked on everything related to science and space.
David writes about science, technology and politics on his blog. His short story “Inser” was published in Canadian science fiction magazine Neo-opsis. He is currently working on his novel, codenamed MOE.
David has worked for many years in project management and software development. Previous interests have included IPSC combat (target) pistol shooting, crew chief on a drag racing team, and several years as bass player/vocalist in a heavy rock band. He also managed to fit in some real work in manual jobs from digging ditches and work on production lines to loading trucks in a haulage company.
Originally from the wild and woolly region of Yorkshire, England, he emigrated to Canada in 2005 and lives in Northern Ontario with his patient and supportive wife, Hilary. When not writing, David can be found driving his classic Corvette ZR-1 or exploring the hiking trails around Lake Superior.
Where to find David M. Kelly:
M T McGuire enjoys the real world but wouldn’t want to live here full time. That’s why she writes books. She grew up, or at least, got bigger, half way up a windy down in Sussex. Her home was also the first location choice for Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter films, so maybe it’s not so strange that she’s ended up writing spec-fic. Perhaps there’s something in the water up there, apart from chalk. She used to do stand up but sat down and started to write books when she got married. She now lives in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, with a McOther, a McMini, a McCat and a selection of very silly cars. She hasn’t found a way to make any of the cars fly, and none of them is fitted with ordnance like the ones in her books, but she and her team of evil scientists are working on that.
Despite being in her late 40s now, and supposedly, an adult, M T checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia. She hasn’t found one so far but she lives in hope.
Where to find M.T. McGuire:
So, I’m Italian, and because even in Italy that means everything and nothing at all, I should say, I am Sicilian. I was born in Palermo, and as it happened with countless Sicilians, I left it, back in 1986. I lived more years abroad than in my home country, and I have changed in many and different ways than my old friends there. It is always a pleasure to go back, but it is now 6 long years since my last visit. Saudade? Maybe, a little.
I lived in Switzerland, France, and the United States. I have a scientific background, and have spent over 17 years in fundamental research. I always wonder at how much Google is able to find about everyone. I am sure one has to Google oneself so not to forget too much…
I worked for many years as a physicist and computer scientist at CERN—an international lab for particle physics research near Geneva, Switzerland—then in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fantastic moments and memories from those years. In 2005 I moved to the private sector, worked with Apple Inc. as Head of Business Development for EMEA in the Scientific and Industry R&D sector and to position the brand with those clients. CERN, for example, is full of Macs, I know I’ve been instrumental to make that happen, there and elsewhere. Then, I went to my first Davos meeting in 2007, and started working for the World Economic Forum as Director for IT projects, specifically a private social network environment for Forum constituents. We collaborated with many IT giants, one in particular is now a major social network. What you find and use today there, it has also been the result of the things we put in place together at the Forum. So, if you like some of those social features, we experimented with them and I’d reply “you’re welcome.”
I’m also a novelist, an awarded Science Fiction author, member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and I’m published by Booktrope Publishing LCC, based in Seattle. I wrote since I was a kid, short stories and novellas, but never had anyone read any of those. It was a personal thing. Then, work and life took their toll, and I stopped.
I thought my muse dead, but she was only asleep. For various reasons, I started writing again in 2010 with some burnings inside that needed to come out. On the first weekend I got over 15000 words, then worked to fine tune my prose with established peers and editors, spent a year keeping on writing and getting feedback, and finally in September 2011 my debut novel saw the light. It received the 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award in Science Fiction. A debut novel among so many established authors in the competition. That debut novel was followed by a second, a third one, additional awards, a collection of horror/crime short stories.
I’m writing now my 4th novel, an YA Urban Science Fiction novel that will come out to the public toward year end, still published by Booktrope. You can find my novels (in English) on various retailers, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, etc, ask for them at Payot in Geneva, and at bookstores worldwide.
Where to find Massimo Marino:
And that folks, is the end of my part of this tour. Stop number 3 is being hosted by Belinda Crawford, and she’s spotlighting books by these wonderful authors.