Ahoy, Mates! Here we are back for Part Two of our scurvy crew. If you missed Part One, you can catch up here.
7) Rie Sheridan Rose — “Hooked” — Rie Sheridan Rose is the author of the Steampunk series The Conn-Mann Chronicles and various related pieces as well as “Sixteen-Gun Sam” slated for Fictionvale Episode Seven. She writes a lot of other stuff too. And, she has just edited her first anthology — THIS ONE!
“I was minding my own business and agreeing with Wyndie Deaver that a Steampunk Airship Pirates anthology would be a lovely idea when she said ‘And YOU can edit it.’ So, after much soul-searching, and encouragement from my husband, I said ‘Sure, why not?’ and the rest, as they say, is history.”
8) Ross Baxter — “Go Green” — After thirty years at sea, Ross Baxter now concentrates on writing sci-fi and horror fiction. His varied work has been published in print and Kindle by a number of publishing houses in the US and the UK. He won the Horror Novel Reviews Creation Short Story Award in December 2014. Married to a Norwegian and with two Anglo-Viking kids, he now lives in Derby, England.
“Being a fan of both Steampunk and of Mocha Memoirs Press, trying to get into the Avast, Ye Airships!anthology was an irresistible challenge. Having made it onto the crew-list is all the booty I could possibly want.”
9) Amy Braun — “Lost Sky” — Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for “author voice, world-building and general bad-assery.” Amy’s current work includes various short stories such as “Hotel Hell,” “Call From The Grave,” and the novella Needfire. She has short stories in various anthologies such as “Bring Back The Hound” in Stomping Grounds, “Charlatan Charade” in Lost in the Witching Hour, and her award winning short “Dark Intentions And Blood” in AMOK! Amy can be found online through her frequently updated blog, Literary Braun (literarybraun.blogspot.ca), as well as on Twitter (@amybraunauthor) and Facebook (facebook.com/amybraunauthor). Her upcoming work includes: “Secret Suicide” in That Hoodoo, Voodoo, That You Do anthology, as well as her first full length novel, Path of the Horseman.
“I love Steampunk. Everything about it fascinates me–the fashions, the gadgets, the weapons, the incredible detail, the mannerisms and epic adventures. But I think what I love most about Steampunk is that it’s a niche where anything is possible. I’ve had the idea for a vampire/pirate story since I was about fifteen years old, but couldn’t find a way to make it work. The moment I saw the open submission call, I knew my problem was solved. Steampunk in the only genre I can think of where you can get away with something as crazy as vampires and sky pirates. Since I typically write urban fantasy but intend to write some steampunk stories in the future, I thought this anthology would be a good chance to test the waters. Obviously it paid off, and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of an anthology with other creative authors. Steampunk is all about being bold, unique, and daring, and I knew this collection would be all of the above. Steampunk is a well of creativity that will never run dry, no matter how many rogues decide to plunder it.”
10) Diana Parparita — “Miss Warlyss Meets the Black Buzzard” — Diana Parparita’s stories have been published in Allegory, Enchanted Conversation, Bards and Sages Quarterly, and Mad Scientist Journal. A reprint of her first sci-fantasy set in a secondary world modeled after the Victorian age, Doctor Edmund Huntsfee’s Perilous Expedition into the Heart of the Flood Plains, has been published as a stand-alone e-book.
“I’ve always been fascinated by pirates and their adventures, and I jumped at the chance of writing my own pirate story. I loved the idea of an anthology about pirates and airships and it instantly gave me an idea for what I hope to be the first of many adventures for the brilliant Miss Warlyss.”
11) Libby A. Smith — “Plunder in the Valley” — Libby A. Smith has a degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She’s previously had short stories and poetry published in 4StarStories.com, Caliber Comics, Hanthercraft Publications, The Little Rock Free Press, and other small press publications. She also penned a version of “The Legend of the Rainbow Bridge” for counted cross stitch designer Sue Hillis. A sometimes actress, Libby lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with three fat and sassy cats.
“I guess ‘Rie made me’ doesn’t work for the why? LOL! I heard about the anthology at the 2014 FenCon and was immediately giddy. Airships and pirates – oh, my! With so much scope for the imagination, how could I not submit a story? I decided to write a fun, warped spin on pirates drawing upon my own experience of growing up in a small town full of colorful real-life people.”
12) Steve Cook — “The Clockwork Dragon” — Steve is an author and podcaster living in London, UK. His most recent novel, Noctis Point, is currently seeking publication; he writes short stories and flash fiction in a variety of genres, most of which appear on his blog, stevecookfiction.blogspot.co.uk. His audiobook podcast, Pocket Fiction, features short fiction by himself and others; it updates every Friday. He is a five-times participant (and winner!) of National Novel Writing Month.
“I wanted to be in Avast, Ye Airships! because it gave me a chance to write about airships, Steampunk, pirates, and treachery — almost the first things that came to mind when I heard the title. Having enjoyed previous releases by Mocha Memoirs, I am delighted to be part of this anthology.”
That’s all you get this week. Join us next Friday for the final installment of Meet the Pirates!
Until then, you can throw us some support by joining the Thunderclap campaign that is currently underway. It requires nothing more than a click or two from you, but will help immensely to spread the word on launch day.
And you are ALL invited to our special Pirate Party on Facebook on February 28th. It will be your chance to talk to your favorite pirates, win some pirate plunder, and raise a virtual grog to a successful launch.
Until next Friday!