ANDERSON GENTRY

AUTHOR

Anderson Gentry grew up in the hills and trout streams of northeast Iowa’s wooded uplands, gaining a keen interest in wildlife, camping, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Gentry served in the U.S. Army in the last years of the Cold War, including service in the Persian Gulf War. Captain Gentry concluded his military career by serving on the staff of the Command Surgeon, U.S. Army, Europe. Along the way, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology.

He released his first major novel, The Crider Chronicles in 2005. The Crider Chronicles received a 2005 Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice Award for Top Ten Science Fiction Novel. The Galactic Confederacy series has since continued with the 2008 release of Sky of Diamonds. Two more novels, Ghost Stories and Higher Learning will complete the Confederacy series. In 2008, he also released the first in the Barrett’s Privateers series. Coming soon are the first in the Nova Roma and Wrecking Crew storylines. Anderson Gentry’s vision of the future combines a high-tech, planet-hopping world presented in a gritty, real style that has led some to call him the “Tom Clancy of sci-fi.” His fast-paced, hard-hitting style combines a unique blend of outdoor savvy, real-world military experience and realistic character development to the sci-fi genre.

HANNA AL-SHAER

ILLUSTRATOR

Hanna Al-Shaer is a winner of the 2017 Illustrators of the Future Contest and is featured in Volume 33 of Writers of the Future. She currently is attending Kendall College of Art and Design and is Majoring in Digital Art and Design as well as Illustration. She loves to tell stories through her art and is working hard to improve and grow her craft.

TAYLOR OVERBEY

AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

Taylor wrote and illustrated his first children’s book, The SNIT and George Franklin Whit for his son, Elias, when Elias was in the first grade. Nine years later he and his wife had a girl, Sophia, for whom he wrote The I-Wants and the Gimmies, a CIPA award winner. “My father used to call my sister and me, ‘Grab’ and ‘Snatch’, ” says Overbey, “although I was never sure which was which. It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I saw they don’t like to share, naturally. Everything is ‘Mine!’ That, and my father’s nicknames were the inspiration for The I-Wants and the Gimmies.” He was the managing editor of GLAD, the Christian Humor Magazine for three years in the early 1980’s. It was here that his numerous comic stories were published in over 17 issues. After leaving GLAD, he moved to California where he wrote and drew short stories for Blackthorne Comics titles “Laffin’ Gas” and “The Legion of Stupid Heroes”, and self-syndicated a weekly comic feature called, “Curious Words and Fascinating Phrases,” about word and phrase origins. He later wrote, performed puppets, and did animated cartoons for a children’s DVD series, “A Street Called Straight.” Taylor lives in Michigan with his wife, Youla, and two children, Elias and Sophia. He is an adjunct professor, illustrator, animator, and painter, and is working on more stories.

LOGAN MATTHEWS

AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

Logan Matthews has written and illustrated for Eastern Michigan University's newspaper, The Eastern Echo. He has also had works shown in galleries around West Michigan. Logan recently graduated with a Digital Media Degree at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and currently works as a 2D/3D artist in Farmington. While attending school, he has worked at The Fed Galleries as Gallery Assistant, as well as Freelancing projects in illustration, animation, and design. His work is often light-hearted and fun with bright colors and strange characters. He is inspired most by cartoons, music, video games, history and people. In his free time, he likes to bike and try delicious new foods.

AMBER HEATON

AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

Sugary sweets and twinkling stardust creates the collection of fantasies from the mind of illustrator, Amber Heaton. Amber has her Bachelor’s degree in illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. When Amber isn’t dreaming in pink, she’s snuggling up with her kitties and watching horror movies. She is pursuing her dreams of becoming a children’s book illustrator and wedding stationery designer while also working in production art.