Erica Bauermeister is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including No Two Persons, The Scent Keeper, and The School of Essential Ingredients, as well as the memoir House Lessons: Renovating a life. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages and chosen as a Reese's Book Club pick, as well as Indie Next Picks. She also holds a PhD in literature and is the co-author of two readers' guides-500 Great Books by Women and Let's Hear if for the Girls. When describing her writing. Erica says: I write about the things we don't pay attention to-our sense of smell, the houses we live in, the way our filters affect our perceptions of the world. I write aboout those quiet space between words, and all that goes on in them. But most of all, I write about compassion, because that is what teaches us to see anything else.
Amy Stewart is the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and several other popular nonfiction titles about the natural world. She's also written several novels in her beloved Kopp Sisters series, which are based on the true story of one of America's first female deputy sheriffs and her two rambunctious sisters. Her next book, The Tree Collectors: Tales of Arboreal Obsession, will be published in June 2024. She lives in Portland, OR
A writer since the age of ten, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. He has written over forty bestselling novels, as well as adaptations of the movies Hook and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and a memoir on his writing life titled Sometimes The Magic Works. He has sold over fifty million copies of his books domestically and is published worldwide. Seasons One and Two of The Shannara Chronicles TV series aired in January 2016 & 2017. His most recent novel, Sister of Starlit Seas, the final book in the Child of Light series, published in November of 2023. A new Shannara novel will publish late in 2024.
Before his thrillers landed him on the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller lists, Kevin O'Brien was a railroad inspector. The author of 23 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Press & Guide said: "If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O'Brien." Kevin's latest nail-biter is THE ENEMY AT HOME, a "gripping work of historical fiction as well as a tightly woven thriller" (Fresh Fiction) set in Seattle during World War II. Kevin is one of 13 bestselling, award-winning thriller authors Jeffery Deaver (November, 2020). He lives in Seattle, where he is hard at work on his next thriller.
Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name "Ford", thus confusing countless generations. His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. An award-winning short-story writer, his work has been published in multiple anthologies, from Asian-themed steampunk set in Seattle in the Apocalypse Triptych, to stories exploring the universe of masked marvels and caped crusaders from an Asian American perspective in Secret Indentities: The first Asian American Superhero Anthology, and Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology. He's also written in other genres: speculative, dystopian, crime noir, and middle-grade horror. His latest novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, was named #1 IndieNext list pick for August 2022. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and a one-eyed pug and his imaginary friends
Jonathan Evison is the New York Times Bestselling author of ten novels,
including Lawn Boy (one of America's most banned books), Small World (2022), Again and Again (2023), and the forthcoming The Heart of Winter (Dutton 12/24). His novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving was adapted into a Netflix original feature starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez. Sherman Alexie has called Evison the most honest white man alive. He lives with his family on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.