Meet the Marcher Lords!
On this page you can get a brief introduction to each of the incredibly gifted and skilled authors who take us to realms of wonder and discovery.
Mitchell Bonds | Morgan L Busse | Sharon Hinck | Randy Ingermanson | Kerry Nietz | John B. Olson | John Otte | Kirk Outerbridge | Steve Rzasa | Marc Schooley | Stuart Vaughn Stockton | Kathy Tyers | Jill Williamson
Morgan L Busse writes stories about hope. She believes that in the dark times of life, there is light and draws on her own life’s experiences. From the moment she first read The Hobbit, Morgan has loved the fantasy genre. Both J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Brooks are the inspirations behind her writing. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series from Marcher Lord Press. Morgan lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children.
Sharon Hinck is a wife and mother who has had many adventures on her road with God, though none have involved an alternate universe (thus far). She earned an M.A. in Communication from Regent University in 1986 and spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. At various times, she has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a home-school mom, a church organist, and a freelance writer. She is the author of several contemporary novels, including The Secret Life of Becky Miller and Penny¹s Project, as well as numerous non-fiction articles, devotions, and essays. Her work has been recognized with three Carol awards and a Christy finalist medal, as well as other awards. She loves to hear from readers, so send a message through the portal into her writing attic on the contact Sharon page of her website.
Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and two non-fiction books. He has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and is known around the world as “the Snowflake Guy” in honor of his wildly popular “Snowflake method” of designing a novel. Randy writes geek suspense and publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, the world’s most popular e-zine on how to write fiction. His bestselling book WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES is widely agreed to be misnamed–the smarter you are, the more you get out of this book.
Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff. He has one non-fiction book, a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software. His award-winning first novel, A Star Curiously Singing, was published in October of 2009. It was followed by two sequels—The Superlative Stream in 2010, and Freeheads in 2011.
Steve Rzasa was born and raised in South Jersey, and fell in love with books—especially science fiction novels and historical volumes—at an early age. He and his wife, Carrie, have two boys and live in Buffalo, Wyoming. He has worked as a waiter, a reporter, an editor and a librarian in that order. His first novel, The Word Reclaimed, was published in 2009 and followed shortly by its sequel, The Word Unleashed, in 2010. His third novel, Broken Sight, was published in 2011. The Word Reclaimed was a finalist for the 2010 ACFW Carol Award (Speculative) and Steve’s short story, Rescued, a precursor to Broken Sight, won the 2009 G.K. Chesterton Award in the Athanatos Christian Ministries Writing Contest.
Marc Schooley lives near Houston with his wife Dorann (AKA Dode, long o, long e), a philosopher dog too smart to figure out how to jump onto the bed, a re-animated twenty-two-year-old, 2 lb. Pet Sematary cat, a massive Great Dane affectionately known as Becky the Bed Walrus or Rebecca of Schooleybrook Farm, and adult children who consistently and lovingly save him from the dread and loathsome horrors of the empty nest syndrome.
Sketched in equal shades of grit and inspiration, Marc’s signature raw blend of literary and pulp fiction engages readers in a forceful swashbuckle of surprising depth, through a supernatural continuum whose hub is the Lone Star State as you’ve never seen it.
Marc works on contract to the NASA Johnson Space Center, preaches every Sunday, and is NOT—I repeat NOT—MS Quixote. König’s Fire is a Carol Award (ACFW Book of the Year) winner and Christy Award nominee, and The Dark Man features ultimately awesome attack helicopters, which propels the tender love story at its heart.
Afterword: Marc is pleased to be the lone (for now) denizen of the MLP Just Weird bookstore tab. That’s quite an achievement, considering the bastion of Christian speculative fiction that is MLP. J
Stuart Vaughn Stockton is an award-winning science fiction author. His first novel, Starfire released in 2009. His exploration into world creation began in Jr. High, when he drew a dinosaur riding a pogo-stick. From there characters, creatures and languages blossomed into the worlds of Galactic Lore, the mythos in which Starfire is set.
Stuart currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Tiffany Amber Stockton, who is also an author, and their two beautiful children.
Kathy Tyers first science fiction novel was published in 1987, and she has been at it ever since. She has been accused on two counts of writing Star Wars novels (and pleads guilty on both counts), but she also likes being known for her original “Firebird” series. Volumes 1-3 are now republished as The Annotated Firebird, Volume 4 is Wind and Shadow, and the messianic Daystar rounds out the series, creating five volumes in just three books (3 + 1 + 1 = 5).
Jill Williamson is a dreamer, believer, and author of all things weird. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Her first two novels, By Darkness Hid and To Darkness Fled both won a Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and encouraging them to respect their dreams and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, churches, and anywhere else she might meet at least one teen writer. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.