J.S. Emuakpor was born and raised in West Africa. She is a married mother of four, a scientist, and co-owner of Afrocentric Books. Most of her writing draws upon the spiritual beliefs of the ancestors who frequently whisper in her ear as well as the superstitions that she refuses to relinquish. You can find her at www.jsemuakpor.com.
Brittney Sankofa is a filmmaker, writer, and theater artist based in the Washington DC. An alumnus of New York and Virginia Commonwealth University, she attributes her interest in black mysticism and science fiction to the characters and spirits she encountered while living in Richmond VA. You can find her at www.brittsankofa.weebly.com.
N.D. Jones, Ed.D is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. In her desire to see more novels with positive, sexy, and three-dimensional African American characters as soul mates, friends, and lovers, she took on the challenge herself. Along with the fantasy romance series, Forever Yours, and a contemporary romance trilogy, The Styles of Love, she has authored three paranormal romance series: Winged Warriors, Death and Destiny, and Dragon Shifter Romance. N.D. is also the founder of Kuumba Publishing, an art, audiobook, eBook, and paperback company that is a forum for creativity, with a special commitment to promoting and encouraging creative works from authors and artists of African descent. You can find her at www.ndjonesparanormalpleasure.com.
Sarah L. Byrne is a writer and editor in London, UK. Her short speculative fiction has appeared in various publications, including Daily Science Fiction, Nature Futures, and Best of British Science Fiction 2016. You can find her at www.sarahbyrne.org.
Clive Tern is a writer of short fiction and poetry from South-West England. Apart from writing he enjoys open water swimming, cooking, and a well made martini. You can find him at www.clivetern.com.
Gary Priest writes short fiction and poetry. He has over twenty publications online and in print. Recent or upcoming publications can be found in Vox Poetica, the Eunoia Review, and Literary Orphans. He lives in the UK at the end of a dead-end road, which may explain everything. You can find him at www.facebook.com/garypriestwriter.
Mallory St. Cloud lives in a castle on a mountain made of cloud-stuff. She is an illustrator and photographer and the mother of two children who share her cloud castle but not her last name. She writes under many pseudonyms, and she’ll never tell you what they are.
James Pyne was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. His writing has recently appeared in Grey Matter Monsters, Clockwork Wonderland, Renegades of Prose, X5, Death and Decorations, Only the Light We Make, and is forthcoming in many others. Feel free to add him on Facebook. www.facebook.com/jjamespyne.
Lela E. Buis is an artist, author and poet. She grew up in East Tennessee and lived for a long time in Florida, working in engineering at Kennedy Space Center and as a teacher of various subjects and levels. She leans toward genre fiction in the writing, having published mainly science fiction and fantasy stories and poetry. You can find her at www.lelaebuis.wordpress.com.
Marija Smits is the pen name of Dr Teika Bellamy, a UK-based mother-of-two, ex-scientist and editor whose writing and art has appeared in various publications, including Mslexia, Brittle Star, Strix, Literary Mama, JUNO, LabLit, The Poetry Shed, Picaroon Poetry and LossLit. She runs the indie press, Mother’s Milk Books, and you can find her at www.marijasmits.wordpress.com.
Darrel Duckworth began his career in high tech before returning to his first love, writing. He now spends more time on other worlds, occasionally returning to Earth to refill his coffee mug. His stories can be found in magazines such as LORE, Bards and Sages, and Plasma Frequency and in anthologies such as Coven and Wild Things.