Erne’s early years were in Hobart, Oklahoma, a small town in the southwest corner of the state. He moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. His professional life, until 1974, was as an architect in the Seattle area. In 1974 he and two associates began a new aquaculture venture that grew to become a major source of salmon for the Oregon and Washington coast. Erne was its president for many years. In 1990 he and Marti purchased and outfitted a 48 foot ketch and sailed the Caribbean for a year. Erne has been sailing and writing ever since.
Philosophically, Erne has been an Objectivist since reading Atlas Shrugged in 1963, and politically a libertarian. He was active in the Washington State Libertarian Party from 1992 until 2002. He helped write an initiative to stop the use of asset forfeiture by Washington state and local government and then led a signature drive sponsored by the Libertarian Party. He co-hosted a weekly libertarian television program where he interviewed many knowledgeable and eloquent libertarians.
He was a candidate for Congress in 2000. His candidacy was intended to educate the voters as to the differences between the Libertarian Party and the other political parties. In a public debate with the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent, Erne first described the two-headed monster in terms similar to those he used in his debut novel An Act of Self-Defense. The audience of 400 Democrats, independents, Republicans, and libertarians roared in approval. The description and approval seemed to shock the incumbent as well as the challenger.
Catherine Winters has honed her signature snark in print and in real life since she was 10. Her love of pop culture, bad television, and worse music, coupled with the collection of a lifetime’s worth of useless trivia, make her first novel, Black, a witty, allusive tour of Colorado’s vampire underworld.
Catherine has been voted “Meanest Mother In The World” for eight straight years. In addition to writing, she is the Social Media Director for the Gatsby Theatre Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is employed as a vocalist for the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.
Allen Mendenhall is a writer, managing editor of Southern Literary Review, staff attorney to Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama, adjunct professor at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, and doctoral candidate in English at Auburn University.
Allen’s most recent publication is a work of libertarian literary theory and criticism, Literature and Liberty:
Anthologies of literary theory and criticism have sections devoted principally to Marxism but not to other modes of economics, including free-market economics or capitalism. It is as if thinkers as wide-ranging as Adam Smith and F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises have little to offer literary studies. This book does not attempt to create a robust, comprehensive, or integrated theory of free-market economics, but to leave behind an index of ideas and approaches to libertarian or free-market literary theory and criticism that might influence students and scholars. With chapters on Geoffrey of Monmouth, Shakespeare, E.M. Forster, Mark Twain, Emerson, and Henry Hazlitt, Literature and Liberty offers a range of options for what libertarian literary theory might look like. It seeks to diversify the franchise of literary studies to include libertarian and capitalist ideas.
Troy Camplin has a PhD in the humanities from UT-Dallas, a MA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BA in recombinant gene technology. He is a lecturer at UNT-Dallas and writes plays and poetry. He is working on the play President Faust.