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.
W.J. Costello is the author of Equal, a dystopian science-fiction novel in the mold of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, and Ayn Rand’s Anthem.
His eclectic career has included working as a nationally syndicated political cartoonist, an internationally syndicated columnist, and a radio talk-show host. His free time is spent reading, traveling, and working out.
D.J. Knedgen is a concerned citizen of the world and a medical professional with many hobbies and interests, among them a passion for politics and for writing fiction.
Her debut novel — The Chimera Collusion, a riveting thriller about a young woman coerced into being a pawn in an audacious political conspiracy — is the natural outcome of both.
D.J.’s current work in progress — The Chains Protocol — like its predecessor, focuses on the message of personal freedom and liberty, as well as the dangers of apathy, in an entertaining way. (She figures that if she can save just one person, it’ll be worth it. Wink, wink.) She’s a fan of action-packed suspense sprinkled with healthy doses of sex and violence, and she writes the same way.
Daniel Koehler is the author of four novels: Flyover Country (2004), The Sleeping Cab (2006), Unbankerly Behavior (2008), and Splitting Washington (2010). His short pieces have appeared in The Best of Tales from the South, The Birmingham Arts Journal, New Works Review, The Rusty Nail, Bareback Magazine, The Storyteller, Inner Sins, The Harvard Bulletin, among others. His literary honors include finalist status in three international screenplay competitions and regional awards for his short stories.
Prior to his writing career, Daniel pursued professional interests in New York City. He has written software used extensively in the financial sector. He attended Leopold-Franzens Universität in Innsbruck, Austria, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard.