Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading at Balticon: Saturday, May 26th at 1:00 PM

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Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail ( has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. She’s published six novels, a book on writing, and three collections. In 2014 she co-founded eSpec Books (

Jeanne Adams is an award-winning suspense and fantasy author who knows all about getting rid of the body. Both traditionally and indie-published, Jeanne has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Her books have been hailed as “Best Suspense Books of the Year!” (

J. L. Gribble writes the urban fantasy/alternate history Steel Empires series, which includes Steel Victory, Steel Magic, Steel Blood, and the upcoming Steel Time. Other jobs include medical editing, Netflix watching, cat snuggling, and blogging for Find her at

Lisa Hawkridge is a young author living and writing in Needham, Massachusetts. She has a few short stories and poems published so far, along with a self-published RPG. Her prose can be found at (

A. L. Kaplan’s work has been included in several anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, Star Touched, was released last fall. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and loves wolves. (

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris, Orbit, and Falstaff Books. Her series include Darkhurst, the Ascendant Kingdoms, and Deadly Curiosities—plus the Spells, Salt and Steel, and Iron and Blood series written with Larry N. Martin.

Cara McKinnon is the author of the Fay of Skye fantasy romance series. She has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and lives in Western Maryland with her husband and kids. Find her online at

Karen Wester Newton, who publishes as Carmen Webster Buxton (, writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. After thirty years in legal and regulatory publishing, she now spends her time reading, writing, mastering page-layout software, and walking her beagle.

Jennifer R. Povey writes everything from heroic fantasy to stories for Analog. Her current project is the Lost Guardians, an urban fantasy series. Fallen Dusk, the first book in the series, was released last spring. She also rides horses. (

Ken Schrader is a science fiction and fantasy writer, a shameless geek, a fan of the Oxford comma, and he makes housing decisions based upon the space available for bookshelves. You can find him at his website:

D. H. Timpko is the author of the Firma Twins adventures, a series of science fantasy novels for kids. As Alexis Dupree, she wrote Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal. (

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories and two popular art books. Her video interviews and short subjects are regular features of  Learn more at (

Joan Wendland is an engineer, a game designer, and the author of two novels. In her free time…who am I kidding, Joan doesn’t have any free time. Learn more at

Come to the Broad side—we have chocolate.

About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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