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.
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.
I must have been living under a rock for the past week and a half, because Students for Liberty published the special issue of their Ama-Gi magazine on May 9th, featuring the winners and runners-up from the short story contest we held earlier this year.
Once again, here are the 10 stories we selected out of 169 submissions. Head over to the Students for Liberty website or scroll down to read them in the digital magazine.
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.
Harold Carper is a USAF veteran, husband, father, and systems administrator. He is not a people person.
The son of ministers, he was brought up in the Assemblies of God. Once on his own, however, he asked too many questions to which there were no satisfactory answers in mainstream Christianity. After years of study and debate with armchair, Internet theologians from around the world, Harold’s searching led him to a new spiritual home among Messianic Jews and Hebraic Christians. He found the Messianic perspective more scripturally founded, more intellectually rigorous, and richer in tradition than any other, and has been a Torah-keeping Christian ever since.
Politically, Harold is a libertarian-leaning conservative or a conservative-leaning libertarian, though neither group would be overly happy to claim him. Having never known one person to be identical to another in any observable way, he does not believe in equality. Men should have short hair and beards. Women should have long hair and no beards. Men should vote and fight wars. Women should teach their children and care for their husbands. He does not believe that men are better people than women or that one race of men is more or less human than any other. They are different, and there’s nothing wrong with being different.
Matthew Maynard was born and raised in Arizona. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering and a loathing for his arch-nemesis, the Fourier Transform.
After marrying his high school girlfriend in 2004, they moved to Virginia, where he continued his career as a programmer and developed his skills as a writer in his spare time. His first novel, The Dragonslayers, Vol. 1: The Righteous and the Lawless, was born in the mayhem-filled month of November 2010 during National Novel Writing Month. Four years, several revisions, and one child later, he finished the manuscript. It was published through Amazon in March 2014.