Laurie is the Science Fantasy & Romance inclined of the group, and most of her work takes place on another planet, in space, or involves time travel or a paranormal element. You’re not destined to meet an elf, demon or vampire in any of her stories, but there might be a dragon—or a reasonable facsimile.
Laurie lives in New Mexico, but was raised in Michigan. She's a government analyst and a Thoroughbred breeder in her “alternate reality.”
She enjoys tormenting her(crazy)co-bloggers with tirades about the evil of the terrible -ly adverbs, and spends her days hunting them down and stamping out their existence.
Ardyth, aka The Dreaded Critter is a fanged, story-life blood sucking creature who loves to totally shred other people's plots, steal other people's characters and hold them for ransom, and generally manipulate her fellow authors. Severely addicted to stories but highly opinionated, Ardyth prefers fairy tales, slipstream, or fantasy with unusual elements. When she's not busy being evil, Ardyth hides her fangs, combs her golden locks, spreads sunscreen on her white as milk skin, and writes children's novels.
Skip is a Fantasy writer who often ends up writing Science Fiction accidentally. She can't seem to violate the laws of physics, just biology. Her characters would attest that she's an Evil Author, as they often suffer from traumatic pasts and psychological problems, which they are forced to relive and confront in the course of their novels. As a reader, skip enjoys overidentifying with angsty characters, reading between the lines too much, being suspicious of secondary characters, and inventing literary symbolism.
In real life, skip spends too much time with physics, computer science, and other geeky things such as reading about bees in Latin, rolling d20 dice, complaining about tautological arguments, and stabbing things with blunt objects (virtually, of course).
Merc is the resident tyrant and an Evil Author who delights in tormenting her characters for the good of the story. She writes in the fantasy and horror genres, with a smattering of sci-fi, all with either a dark or twisted or sarcastic edge. Merc is easily entertained, prone to excessive rants, an unashamed villain enthusiast, and adores her ferrets.
With the disguise as a friendly, polite and hard-working barista so convincing to the mundane world, Merc is pleased that no one has discovered the zombie armies she trains in her back yard in preparation for world domination.
A fantasy writer, Spartezda longs for the day science can give her antlers and retractable claws. In the meantime she stalks the night as a grammar guerrilla and spelling vigilante, her trail marked by bleeding pages and mauled cliches. She is easily fascinated and loves stories with wild imagination—the stranger, the better. No idea is safe from her gleeful irreverence. Should you encounter her in the wild, use a pair of earrings or other shiny objects to distract her attention while you flee.