The much-anticipated Issue 68 is finally here! You can order your physical copy here. Below you will find submitted bios of contributors.
Short Story Authors
Kirstie Olley, Charming
Award-winning short story author Kirstie Olley has been telling tales (the good kind and the cheeky) since before memory, and the tales have been steadily growing taller as she has. Most of them have long since outgrown her fairly average height of 5’ 4”. She writes the whole gamut of speculative fiction, penning tales about superheroes, dimension hoppers, lake maiden’s champions, Cthulhu gods, Prince Charmings for hire, and kitsune in space. While she lives Down Under you can easily visit her imagination by going to her website www.storybookperfect.com.
Richard Wolkomir, Loneliness in a Cold Wind
As a kid, Richard Wolkomir took a break from comic books to read Hemingway’s The Old Man & The Sea, which left him hooked on writing fiction. Then he grew up and needed to earn a living. So, for many years, he wrote articles and essays for magazines, such as Reader’s Digest and National Geographic. Now he’s back at it, with stories in literary magazines and collections, and his novels of epic fantasy, Wil Deft and Sinnabar, available via most bookstores, including Amazon. A star performer in his books is Tobi, an alternate-world Pembroke Welsh corgi, who speaks his mind, and who strikingly resembles a real corgi who once lived with Richard and his wife, which raises a question—when writers vow in their books, “all characters totally made up,” could they, sometimes, be fudging a little? Visit the author at www.richardjoycewolkomir.net.
Forest Taylor, Destiny
Forest Taylor has been an avid reader since the moment she learned how. Eventually this love for reading blossomed into love for writing, and she spends most of her time obsessively writing down the multitude of ideas that keep pouring into her head. Forest graduated from university with a combined creative writing and English major and is loving life!
Leah E. Welker, Earth & Ice
Leah E. Welker wrote her first book in a series of emails to her best friend and siblings when she was about ten years old, and she has been writing ever since. She can’t decide where she is “from,” having spent about an equal amount of her life in Utah, Maryland, Texas, and a bit in Virginia. She loves to travel, having gone on many cross-country road trips and visited eleven countries. In her spare time, she loves watching movies, going to concerts, and spending time with her two sisters, who are her roommates and best friends. If she had a pet, it would be a border collie named Sanná.
Samuel Kabakoff, Twenty Minutes to Mars
After a career that included serving in the military, majoring in business at Penn State, managing his rental property, and developing a coffee shop business, Samuel Kabakoff has been devoting his time to writing and publishing since 2010. He is currently working on a suspense novel. Samuel resides in Ohio and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Wald, Charming
Katie Wald, alias Kinsara, has been drawing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she went through stacks of fantasy books every month. She never lost her love for fantasy and fairy tales as she grew up, and to this day her shelves of sketchbooks are full of drawings of elves, dragons, castles, and the like. She is currently working to transition her passion for art into a career and is grateful for the opportunity to work with Leading Edge as part of that. You can find her and links to her other websites at facebook.com/kinsara.art.
Ashley Sanborn, Loneliness in a Cold Wind
Ashley Sanborn is a recent graduate of BYU’s illustration program. Now she’s a mom by day, and at night she’s also a mom but sometimes manages to draw things, too. More of Ashley’s work can be found on her Facebook page (The art of Ashley Sanborn) and at ashleysanborn.myportfolio.com.
Corinna Caldron, Destiny
Corinna Caldron is an aspiring character designer from San Antonio, Texas. She’s loved to draw since she was young, having constantly gotten in trouble in school for drawing all over her notes. She loves to draw digitally while also sketching down anything that comes to mind in her notebooks. Her portfolio can be found at www.thegingermenace123.tumblr.com.
Kate Brindley, Earth & Ice
New England-based artist Kate Brindley graduated from Syracuse University’s illustration program, and though her path has taken her down a variety of directions since then—illustrator, portraitist, comic book artist, newspaper photo editor, managing editor at a regional magazine, freelance photographer, florist, musician, and founder and co-owner of a Boston wedding photography studio—her heart has always called her back to illustration. The draw of a fine watercolor paper and brush will always be there. Her website is www.katebrindley.com.
John Hinderliter, Twenty Minutes to Mars
John Hinderliter has been working as an illustrator for longer than he cares to remember and has been a life-long lover of science fiction. You can see his work at www.johnhinderliter.com.
Deborah Goldberg, poems
Deborah Goldberg used to chew on pencils and now is addicted to drawing and can’t stop. When she is not illustrating or reading, she can be found pacing around her house while talking to herself and eating food. Lots of food. She has read Howl’s Moving Castle more times than is probably healthy.
Miriam King, Athon’s Song
Miriam’s poetry has been recognized locally and nationally. She was a semi-finalist in the National Amateur Poetry Contest sponsored by Eber & Wein Publishing. Her entry poem was published in their poetry anthology Beyond the Sea: Golden Sands. She won the Friends of the Mustang Library Fiction Writing Contest in Mustang, Oklahoma, and has written several short plays that were performed by a local theater company.
Mark C. Childs, Holding Fire in the Deep
Mark C. Childs is a professor of architecture and associate dean at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. Recently his poetry has appeared in Asimov’s, Scifaikuest, and Space and Time. His article “Composing Speculative Cities” will be in the April 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction. He is co-author of the upcoming Zeon Files: The Art and Design of Historic Route 66 Signs (UNM Press); author of the EDRA Great Places award-winning Urban Composition (Princeton Architectural Press) and Squares: A Public Place Design Guide (UNM Press and Planetizen Top Ten Books of 2005). He collects matchbook covers for no good reason.
Lynn Buchanan, AI
Lynn Buchanan was raised in Idaho, a mystical place filled with potatoes and rumors of potatoes. She is working toward a bachelor’s degree in English at BYU, and wishes to someday attend a creative writing graduate program and go on to be a professional novelist. Her hobbies include daydreaming about aliens and wondering how myths came to be. She also plays the oboe when the mood strikes her, or when she feels the urge to cut off all the oxygen from her brain for an hour or so. This happens more often than most would suppose, and more often than she can admit to remembering.