Greetings all! I'm excited to be taking over as blog coordinator from Louise (Fundy Blue), who did a fabulous job last year as coordinator for the Insecure Writer's Support Group anthology, Voyagers: The Third Ghost, available on Amazon and more!
We're starting off the new year and new IWSG anthology buzz with some brief introductions of the authors featured in Dark Matter: Artificial. Come meet the 10 authors showcasing their talents through young adult to adult science fiction stories on topics ranging from artificial intelligence and deep space to alternative realities and dark matter secrets.
Stephanie Espinoza Villamor - Artificial
a librarian writer mom who lives with her husband and young son just outside
Las Vegas. As a child she wrote her own books on dot matrix printer paper, and now
works as a college eLearning Librarian. She writes stories inspired by her
supportive family and Hispanic heritage, especially for middle grade and young
Gallant-King - Space Folds and Broomsticks
Gallant-King wrote his first story when he was five years old. He had to
make his babysitter look up how to spell "extra-terrestrial." He now writes stories about un-heroic people doing generally
hilarious things in horrifying worlds. He's a loving husband and proud father
of two wonderful kids. He was born and raised in Newfoundland and
currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.
Kim Mannix - Rift
is a fiction writer, poet and journalist currently residing on Treaty 6
territory in Sherwood Park, Alberta. She has been published in several journals
and anthologies in Canada and the U.S. and is a contributing editor of Watch
Your Head, a climate crisis anthology. You can find her on Twitter, usually
posting about kids, cats, music and creepy things.
Wolmarans - The Utten Mission
Wolmarans is an educator, mother, wife, gardener, beekeeper, and speculative
fiction author. Steph has been creating galaxies since she visited Arrakis as a
child. Now she envisions worlds, discovers new beings, and spends a lot of time
exploring planet Earth with her husband and two small children.
Tara Tyler - Sentient
has done everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After
moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her
husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel
(sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus UnPrincess, a novella series where maidens save themselves.
Deniz Bevan - One
has lived in Turkey, and her non-fiction work appeared in the
trilingual newspaper Bizim Anadolu. Her short
story was shortlisted for the Surrey (Canada)
International Writers' Conference Storyteller's Award in 2013. Her contemporary
romance, Summer Fire is out now with Carina Press.
Kowalski - Resident Alien
Charles Kowalski's contemporary thrillers, Mind Virus and The Devil's Son, have won prizes and nominations including the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Colorado Gold Award, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, and the Adventure Writers Grandmaster Award. He is also the author of the Japan-themed historical fantasy Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts (Tokyo: Excalibur Books, 2019). When not writing, he teaches at the International Education Center at Tokai University, near Tokyo.
Olga Goldim - Nano
is a writer and journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Both her children have already flown the nest. As a journalist, Olga focuses on the
local arts and culture scene. As a fiction writer, she
prefers speculative fiction. In the past few years, her fantasy and science
fiction short stories have been published in magazines and
anthologies. Her book SQUIRREL OF MAGIC is a collection of urban fantasy short
stories. In 2015, her fantasy novel EAGLE EN GARDE won EPIC eBook Award.
Mueller - Resurgence
author Elizabeth Mueller lives deep in the heart Texas surrounded by everyone
she loves—including the characters who don’t stop talking in her head. While
she enjoys homeschooling her kidlets, she thrives as a full-time writer of any
genre that captures her heart.
Mark Alpert - Vera’s
is a bestselling author of 10 sci-fi novels. He
first heard of dark matter studying astrophysics at Princeton
University, and learned more working at Scientific American. His first novel,
FINAL THEORY (Simon & Schuster, 2008), was published in 24 languages and optioned for film. His YA novel,
THE SIX (Sourcebooks, 2015), was nominated for several awards. His latest novel is SAINT JOAN OF NEW YORK: A NOVEL ABOUT GOD
AND STRING THEORY.
You can learn even more about each of us, and how to reach or follow us online, through the blog's author page for Dark Matter: Artificial.
Coming on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 . . .
Each of the authors in Dark Matter: Artificial will be posting over the coming weeks about how their anthology stories came to be.
I'm excited to be the one to kick off this series! I'm author Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, and I couldn't be more honored to have my story, "Artificial," chosen for the anthology's title and cover as winner of the 2020 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest. I can't wait to preview it for you all!