Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | March 19, 2014

ROFCON Literature Track

I had an absolute BLAST running the Literature Track ( this year at a local multi-genre con ( We had five authors that helped kick off the con and they were awesome!! It was a pleasure meeting and working with these authors and I can only hope that future cons go just as well 🙂

Leona Wisoker – – Her science fantasy series, Children of the Desert, is now up to four books, all published though Mercury Retrograde Press; Secrets of the Sands, Guardians of the Desert, Bells of the Kingdom, and Fires of the Desert. Book five (the last in this series) is in progress, as is a followup series. Free samples of these books can be found on Scribd, here, along with samples of other Mercury Retrograde Press books.

Tony Ruggiero – – Dark Fantasy more your taste? Check out Tony Ruggiero. He is best known for his dark fantasy thrillers about vampires being used by the US military. Ground breaking and fast paced, the novels are a characteristic mixture of the vampire lore and the clandestine secrets of the military. The concept led to a series of books released in 2006 through 2010, labeled the Team of Darkness Declassified Files. The books include: Operation Immortal Servitude, Operation Save the Innocent, Operation Face the Fear, and Operation Endgame.

Jim Bernheimer – – Enjoy Science Fiction & Fantasy? Jim lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator on a government installation. Through Gryphonwood Press, he has published four novels and through his own EJB Networking imprint, he has published two novels, a short story collection, and two anthologies.

Blessed (or cursed depending on your point of view) with an overactive imagination, Jim has long been a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Seeking to put that imagination to use, he has started to write his own orginal works in hopes of making his mark on the literary world.

Jim’s literary influences include well known writers such as Robert Heinlein, Edgar Allen Poe, J.R.R Tolkien, and the not so well-known C.T. Westcott.

Jilly Foo (Jill Fredrickson) – – Jilly Foo has been making web comics since 2004. Her longest running series are Demon Eater and The Planet Closest to Heaven. Her current updating comic Demon Eater is life story about a weakling demon trying to survive in a dog eat dog world of cannibals. A comedy really. (

She has an educational background in Art Education and Art Therapy. She’s been around the block a few times in the web comic world, so she might be able to give you a few tips on writing, publishing, and art, all while still open to learning new things too. Jilly Foo has also ran the blog and panels of the Giant Origami Challenge in which anime conventioneers attempt to fold really really big origami. Like human sized 6ft+ origami.

Steve White is best known for the “Starfire” series of novels which he co-authored with David Weber and, more recently, Charles Gannon, including The Shiva Option, which was on the New York Times extended best-seller list. He also has fourteen solo novels published by Baen Books, most recently the “Jason Thanou” series of time travel novels (one of which, Sunset of the Gods, is currently out in mass-market paperback).


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