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.
Craig is a family man, author, capitalist, and libertarian. He has been a Libertarian Party candidate for the House of Representatives and the publisher of an independent newsletter, Capital & Liberty. He is the author of Time Skip, a twist on the traditional time travel story. He is currently working on a sequel, as well as a middle grade series revolving around three friends, a magic amulet, and classic monsters.
Sarah Hoyt was born in Portugal and lives in Colorado. In between, she’s worked at jobs ranging from dishwasher in a hotel in Germany to multilingual scientific translator for a company in South Carolina. She denies that she has a writing problem and insists she can give it up as soon as she wants to, but the longest she ever managed to go without writing was two weeks, and then a novel attacked her.
Sarah has published around 23 novels (she hasn’t counted lately) and 100 short stories with publishers like Berkley, Bantam, and Baen, and magazines such as Asimov’s and Analog, as well as a variety of anthologies. Lately, she’s decided to work only for Baen, the publisher that doesn’t drive her nuts, and as the other works revert, she’s republishing them herself.
She’s also independently publishing novels that aren’t appropriate for Baen. Her novel Darkship Thieves won the 2011 Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian Novel. The first book of her Musketeer’s Mysteries series was an alternate book club selection. Her first indie fantasy novel, Witchfinder, just came out.
Ken Hagdal was trained as a control engineer, worked as a programmer, and moved on to artsy endeavors and non-academic psychology research, with a focus on coercive persuasion and its manifestations in every area of life. He’s very familiar with victims of abuse in all its forms (sexual, emotional, physical), his experience gained from running a support group on late MSN groups, real-life involvement and observation, forum moderation, and long-term immersion in fringe groups.
Ken’s first novel is X-Novo, a hard-hitting dystopian satire on gender issues. Free copies are available for reviewers.
Donovan Scherer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and writer from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Wanting to shift away from client work and the never-ending hunt for a day job, he began putting his own stories to paper in 2009.
Fear & Sunshine, the first series self-published through Donovan’s freelance design company, Ratatat Graphics, has had three books released so far. In 2011, he created ZomBeans, a game for iOS and Android based off the Fear & Sunshine series.
Along with working on new stories, Donovan is currently teaching graphics at his old college. Check out his artwork over at deviantArt.
Try the Fear & Sunshine series for free with Fear & Sunshine: Prelude.
Aaron is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and the editor of Libertarianism.org. He is a mystery and horror writer, the author of the apocalyptic novel The Hole, published by Permuted Press, as well as the short story collection Animus: Six Tales of Crime and Terror.
R. Jaylan Phoenix is a huge geek. He’s managed to parlay that into good stories ever since his high school days, when he probably should have been paying attention in class. He lives in North East Florida with his wife and a cat that’s too smart for anyone’s good. In addition to being a libertarian, he is also a quasi-Objectivist (or whatever you’d call someone who’s philosophy is equal parts Atlas Shrugged and Stranger in a Strange Land).
Jaylan’s far-future, science-fiction short story “The Rescue” was a runner up in the 2014 LFA/SFL Libertarian Short Story Contest, voted one of the top 10 stories out of 169 submissions.
Troy has been a student of economics and a passionate libertarian since his twenties. A fan of dystopian novels and science fiction, he describes his own writing as “anti-propaganda” and “counter-myth.” He enjoys giving the finger to the corrupt establishment and the barely-lucid masses who enable them.
For Troy, no institution is beyond reproach.
His novels include:
Gaiastan: A messianic tale of transformation and redemption set in a radical environmentalist tyranny.
Goldstein: An exile from the last free colony ventures into corpo-fascist Amerika.
Indivisible: The lives of a psychotic sheriff, a vain diplomat, a tormented soldier, and a desperate father converge amidst civil war in contemporary America.
Troy is also finishing up Oathkeeper, about a reluctant mountain sheriff resisting an unaccountable DEA, and a sequel to Indivisible.
Jeff Schlaman is a California CPA and holds an advanced degree from the University of Florida. He has worked as a corporate executive in the United States and Europe. Jeffrey holds strong libertarian beliefs and writes both to entertain and to warn those who otherwise might not listen of the perils of the current course of our government. He is the author of political-financial thrillers Fiat and Subprime Factor.