In this, our last year, we are pleased to have author guests both old and new - several have been with us nearly every year since the first time we had authors at Geneva Steam! Please take the time to connect with these creative humans and learn about what drives them to share the stories that erupt from their minds. Be sure to check out Saturday afternoon's author readings (each author will read aloud a brief passage from their work), and Rick Heinz's panel on storytelling!
Dana Fraedrich is a dog lover, self-professed geek, and author of the steampunk fantasy series Broken Gears, which includes the Amazon bestseller, Out of the Shadows. Dana's books are full of secrets and colorful characters that examine the many shades of grey that paint the world. When she isn't busy writing or attending book shows and author conferences, she can be found playing video games and frolicking among the Bookstagram community (the bookish corner of Instagram).
Even from a young age, she enjoyed writing down the stories that she imagined in her mind. Born and raised in Virginia, she earned her BFA from Roanoke College and is now carving out her own happily ever after in Nashville, TN with her husband and two dogs. Dana is always writing; more books are on the way!
Follow Dana on Instagram @danafraedrich, or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wordsbydana
Check out her work at www.wordsbydana.com
Richard Heinz is an electrician with a deep interest in politics and symbology ― not to mention countless caffeine-driven hours spent playing Diablo. The Seventh Age: Dawn is Rick's first book, as well as Book One in the sprawling urban fantasy epic, The Seventh Age Series. When he isn't navigating the labyrinthine corridors of his own imagination, Rick works as a project manager in Chicago. You can follow Rick on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSeventhAge, on Twitter @CrankyBolt or go to www.Seventh-Age.com to uncover more about the world of The Seventh Age. Or read random geek articles from him at Geek & Sundry!
Most days Dan Jager is a quirky engineer, software developer, and amateur Assyriologist, but he has a secret. Every now and again he creates entire worlds and traps them in paper form. You can read his steampunk novels, play in his steampunk tabletop RPG, or simply enjoy some of his art projects. Do so at your own peril though, you might find yourself trapped in one of his worlds yourself.
Dan Jager is presently working on several books and would love to talk to you about them or any of his published works, both fiction and non. He will also be running his RPG this weekend and is looking for a few brave souls to join in.
“If you get tired of living in your own world, make a new one and hop in.” -Dan Jager
Follow Dan's work at www.facebook.com/AuthorDanJager
D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, or watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John) and cats (Yin and Nox).
At Geneva Steam, you can find D. down in the Makers Room! In the meantime, see what she's up to at www.facebook.com/dlieberwriting and check out her work at www.dlieber.com.
Sean Patrick Little
Sean Patrick Little is a writer and educator from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He is the author of a dozen novels, most notably his best-selling Survivor Journal series. He is also the author of the TeslaCon series, a novel series based on the popular Steampunk convention TeslaCon, which is held in Madison every fall.
When not writing, Sean is a teacher and editor who works with writing groups to critique and help improve the writing of others, and to promote non-traditional methods of publishing. He also runs Spilled Inc. Press, an independent publishing house. In his free time, he plays guitar and bass (horribly), eats at Culver's (too often), and watches television (too much).
Follow Sean's work www.facebook.com/SeanPatrickLittleWriter
Geoffrey Mandragora is the pen name for Brent Mehring. He is currently completing six years of rehab following a twenty-year addiction to historical re-enactment. His obsession with minute details of abandoned technologies and outmoded social behavior often leads to production hours lost to research, followed by long chapters of "I researched it, you have to read about it." To which his editor replies, "Not necessarily." Primarily a Steampunk author, he also has two urban fantasy / police procedural novellas in the "Los Diablos, California” series, “Werewolf in cheap clothing” and “Still Life.” He is currently working on an urban fantasy / horror novel “Housekeeper.”
Find Geoffrey and his work at www.facebook.com/gmandragora
Andrea L. Staum is the author of the Dragonchild Lore series, The Attic's Secret novella, and has contributed to several best-selling anthologies. She's a trained motorcycle technician, an amateur home renovator, and somehow manages to find time to write. She lives in south central Wisconsin with her husband and overlords...err...cats.
Follow Andrea at www.facebook.com/AuthorAndreaLStaum