Rhoads has written stories across the entire spectrum of speculative fiction, from light fantasy to the most decrepit tales of horror to quirky sci-fi. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and son.
Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?
A: Princess Eilonwy! As a boy, I would sit in the corner of my hometown’s public library in the summer and read and reread the Prydain Chronicles, always wishing I could be as brave and creative and self-knowing as Princess Eilonwy of Llyr.
Mari Ness spent much of her life wandering the world and reading. This, naturally, left her only able to eat chocolate, snark about popular culture, and occasionally write. She lives in central Florida, with a scraggly rose garden, large trees harboring demented squirrels, and two adorable cats.
Joshua Phillip Johnson writes, reads, and teaches in a small town in Minnesota. His house is 100-years-old this year and probably doesn’t have any ghosts in it. He can be found online at
Q: What happens when you hit writer’s block head on?
A: I go to museums. I move my body. I try to return to the substantially less interesting story of my own life for a bit rather than linger in front of a blank page. When I’m blocked, it’s usually because I’ve become a “dry sponge”. Once I’ve sopped up a bit of inspiration, I don’t write. I draw for a bit. I find that when I draw, I often tell myself the story of what is happening as I put the drawing to the page. That doesn’t always unblock me, but it does help.