“History, Aristotle says, represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them as they might be and ought to be.”
— Albert J. Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

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Sarah A. Hoyt

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.

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Aaron Ross Powell

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.

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William Alan Ritch and Ginny Heinlein

Born in Miami, Florida, now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Ritch first discovered novels by reading Have Space Suit — Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein in elementary school. It has warped his life forever.

In addition to short stories (and someday novels), he has written and produced several plays and is currently the president of the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, trying revive a moribund art form. A list of his various writings, from short fiction to reviews, can be found on his Wikipedia user profile.

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Gen LaGreca

Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that glorify individual freedom and independence.

Gen’s debut novel is Noble Vision. This romantic medical thriller won two important national literary awards. It was a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Finalist. It was also a finalist in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards contest — one of only six picks honoring general fiction published by independent presses. Noble Vision garnered praise from magazine magnate Steve Forbes, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, syndicated columnist Walter E. Williams, and other influential thinkers.

Showing her virtuosity across genre lines, Gen’s second offering is the historical novel A Dream of Daring. This antebellum murder mystery took Finalist in Regional Fiction in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and also Finalist in Multicultural Fiction in the same contest.

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Tarrin Lupo

Tarrin is a modern day renaissance man who seems to have already lived three lifetimes. He is best known as an author, but he is also recognized as a national liberty activist. Tarrin has self-published over 20 stories, five of which have made it to the Top 100 on Amazon. One of his novels was the #1 highest-rated historical fiction eBook on Amazon for more than five months straight. As an independent author, he competes with very well-established authors and the powerhouses of the publishing world and is still beating many of them in eBook sales. Tarrin has spent almost no money on marketing but instead leverages social networking to compete.

Background

Tarrin grew up in Springfield, Virginia and started winning awards in elementary and high school with his writings. Tarrin spent most of his youth playing and coaching rugby while becoming the youngest head coach in the country for the women’s club at Radford University. Over the last 20 years, he has played for many teams and coached high school, college, and women’s clubs.

He graduated with degrees in biology, chemistry, and jewelry repair and design. Tarrin went on to four more years of chiropractic school, graduating with honors. His postdoctoral training specialized in motion x-ray technology and animal chiropractic.

Dr. Lupo went on to develop one of the largest and most successful practices in West Virginia. Eventually, he grew disenfranchised because of the increasing insurance regulations and government encroachment into healthcare. After selling his practice, he tried some other businesses while starting to write.

Tarrin started an online jewelry business for which he made and sold custom silver pieces with a freedom theme. He used the profits of the sales to finance his first book.

Writing

Tarrin started out writing a joke book about all the silly pranks he pulled on his friends. He followed it with a manual on secret hiding places and a book on agorism. His first fiction work, Pirates of Savannah, broke the rules for self-publishing and climbed its way to the #1 highest-rated historical fiction on Amazon for fall and winter 2011. Tarrin continued by writing a group of Savannah-centered, scary short stories. He has also published a young adult series and even a children’s book. His current dystopian novel One Nation Under Blood is getting fantastic reviews. Even his historical romance novella If It Ain’t Got That Swing is getting attention. Few authors write in so many genres; it seems Tarrin is trying to make his own bookstore. Being such a prolific author is a big accomplishment, since Tarrin battles severe dyslexia every day.

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Hank Schwaeble

Hank Schwaeble is a thriller writer and attorney in Houston, Texas. He is the author of two novels, Damnable (Penguin/Jove 2009) and Diabolical (Penguin/Jove 2011), with his third, The Angel of the Abyss, set to be released by JournalStone in June of 2014. He is the recipient of two Bram Stoker Awards, including for Best First Novel, and has been a World Fantasy Award nominee.

A graduate of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt Law School, Hank is also a former Air Force officer and special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Special Investigations Academy, graduated first in his class from the Defense Language Institute’s Japanese Language Course, and was an editor of the law review at Vanderbilt, where he won four American Jurisprudence Awards.

Hank is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Association. In addition to reading and writing, Hank enjoys keeping in shape and playing guitar. He is currently working on his next novel.

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