Benjamin Hope is the author of Victorian gothic-steampunk crossover novel, The Procurement of Souls, about the exploits of two opposing bio-alchemists, one of whom seeks the power to stop time; the other, mass mind-control. He is currently working on a collection of gothic short stories, one of which is due for publication in the inaugural edition of the Kyanite Press Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy this September. He offers up speculative and gothic fiction recommendations and ponderings on the writing process on his website, www.benjamin-hope.com.
Quoleena Sbrocca (pronounced Kwo-LEE-nuh Su-BROH-kuh) is the author of two alternate history/time travel novels, and a young adult futuristic/sci-fi series. She is currently working on the final book in the trilogy. She is a Denver native, lover of photography, training for her second-degree black belt in taekwondo, and dreams of one day owning a horse. She is afraid of heights, but if she were an animal, she would be an eagle. Luminescence, book one of her YA sci-fi series The Rayne Trilogy, is a B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree and earned a Readers’ Favorite 5-star review. Quoleena has loved creative writing since she was a child. In 3rd grade, she won a scholastic award for her illustrated short story called, “Little Girl Lost.” She wrote poetry and short stories during her guitar-playing college days in San Diego, all of which she keeps buried in a box of memories. Her favorite books to read tend to be in the days of horse-drawn carriages and noble courts. And she absolutely loves books set in worlds void of technology and unlike our own, with swords and magic and mystical creatures.