Professional Staff

Ken Scholes

Leaping-Ken-300x196is an award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over forty short stories and four novels with work appearing both in the US and abroad. He is a frequent panelist, presenter, and a public speaker at conventions, workshops, schools and other venues, speaking on a variety of subjects including writing. He is a musician who performs a wide range of music — covers and original work — at coffeehouses, bars, backyards and street corners.

You can learn more about Ken at his website:

 Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.

Fran Wilde

Fran Wildeis an author and technology consultant. Her first novel, Updraft, is forthcoming from Tor/Macmillan in 2015. Her short stories have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature, and (Bibliography). Her interview series Cooking the Books–about the intersection between food and fiction–has appeared at Strange Horizons,, and on her blog, You can find her on Twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook@franwildewrites.

 Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williamsis a New York Times and London Times bestselling author, and the author of Hardwired, City on Fire, and The Praxis. He has written 30 volumes of fiction in 30 years, as well as being nominated for ten Nebula Awards, six Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and the Philip K Dick Award. He has also written for movies, television, and the gaming field.

He has participated in the Sycamore Hill and Franklinia workshops, as well as being a founding member of the Very Small Array and Critical Mass workshops. He is the founder of the Rio Hondo professional workshop, held for the last eight years in Taos, as well as the founder of Taos Toolbox, the workshop for new writers. “Walter good. Monsters bad.” (Ian Tregillis, Clarion 2005)