We welcome back two of our favorites! These guys know a lot about fantasy writing and a lot about the business of it too. Come pick their brains about the industry and hear about their books and craft!
Harry Heckel has written role-playing games and fiction for two decades. His latest work is The Darker Lord from Harper Voyager Impulse as part of the writing team of Jack Heckel, in which Avery, now a professor at Mysterium University, must deal with the consequences of his role as The Dark Lord. When his friends from Trelari arrive at the Mysterium, he has to save them from the mystical Sealers. Plus, he has to go to Student Records to find the truth. This is the second series produced by Jack Heckel and it follows the well-reviewed Charming Tales, collected in two books, A Fairy-tale Endingand The Pitchfork of Destiny. Harry has also written Space Wolf novels for Black Library with his friend, Jeff Smith, under the name Lee Lightner, and he has a series, The Krueger Chronicles, under his own name. Additionally, he has a novella, Hidden Strengths, in HeroNet Files, Book 1.
Harry has multiple roleplaying game credits for White Wolf Game Studio and has written material for the Star Wars roleplaying game from West End Games and Star Trek from Last Unicorn Games. His latest roleplaying book is Sothis Ascends for Mummy: The Curse and he has done game fiction for CMON, notably for Arcadia Quest: Inferno.
He tries to write while balancing the obligations of his day job. You can find him at both www.harryheckel.com and www.jackheckel.com. Every November, he religiously participates in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). He lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia with his wife, daughter and two cats.
Bishop O'Connell is a consultant, writer, blogger, lover of kilts and beer, as well as a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Born in Naples Italy, while his father was stationed in Sardinia, Bishop grew up in San Diego, CA where he fell in love with the ocean and fish tacos. While wandering the country for work and school (absolutely not because he was in hiding from mind controlling bunnies), he experienced the beauty that is Richmond where he collects swords, drinks, writes, revels in his immortality as a critically acclaimed "visionary" of the urban fantasy genre, and is regularly chastised for making up things for his bio. He can also be found online at A Quiet Pint (aquietpint.com), where he muses philosophically on life, the universe, and everything, as well as various aspects of writing and the road to getting published.