Association of Rhode Island Authors bios:
Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island, a few towns away from where she grew up. In addition to her husband and four kids, she also has two spoiled cats and a lovable black lab. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross. Before becoming a full-time author, she was the middle school Latin teacher and Admissions Director at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.
Her first book, Horizon, was released December 1, 2015. It was awarded the Writer's Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and has also been named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. Her short story "Homecoming" appears in the anthology Sirens, published July 2016 by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. It also appears on the Tangent Online Magazine’s 2016 recommended reading list.
She is currently at work on Horizon’s sequel, to be released May 16, 2017.
Writer, artist, and underwater fire-breather, Heather Rigney likes to make stuff. Stuff with words, stuff with paint, stuff that's pretty, and stuff that's not. Heather's stories reflect a childhood spent in the thick, gothic woods of northern Rhode Island. At the moment, she resides in Pawtuxet Village, RI with a family (both chosen and created) that she adores.
Both Waking the Merrow and Hunting the Merrow, books one and two of Rigney's dark historical fantasy series entitled, The Merrow Trilogy, are available on Amazon.com and can be purchased in fine independent bookstores throughout New England.
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As of the beginning of 2017, Heather is hard at work on Caging the Merrow, the final book of The Merrow Trilogy.
D. R. Perry:
D.R. Perry lives in Rhode Island, where all her books are set. Although she's not a native New Englander, once up north she got so inspired she couldn't leave. A wild Northern Muse attacked. D.R. used Typing; it was Super Effective.
D.R. writes all kinds of things. Mostly, they have strange and unusual elements. Not strange isotopes or Strontium or anything like that, but creatures who are people or people who are creatures. Beware of the Attack Poetry and rampant puns. Keep off the grass, or the song parodies may bite.
She lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in the Ocean State, which she loves to remind people is not an island and not Long Island. D.R. is well aware that her home state has both of those things, but isn't defined by them. Maybe she likes it here so much because it reminds her that she's also more than the sum of her parts.
D.R. hopes you have as much fun reading her books as she did writing them.
Joshua Blum is the author and illustrator of "The Thirteenth Hour," inspired by his love of 1980s fantasy and science fiction movies, fairy tales, archery, and martial arts. He is grateful to his parents for instilling in him a love of learning, his brother for keeping him young, and his wife and daughter for their love. He is currently working on his next novel, hosts a weekly podcast (apple.co/1S3FBWi), and works on synthwave/retro80s music inspired by the books he writes (joshuablum.bandcamp.com/)
Christopher Paniccia was born in Providence, RI. He grew up in East Providence, RI and Rehoboth, MA. For over twenty years he has been an educator at the elementary and college levels in the Boston area. His student's remain a huge inspiration to him and directly inspired his first book, "Gridiron Conspiracy." He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He lives with his family in the Boston area.
Sean Fay-Wolfe is the author of the Elementia Chronicles trilogy, a series of three action-adventure novels that take place in the world of Minecraft. Sean self-published the first book in the series in January of 2014, when he was 16 years old. The series has since been re-released by HarperCollins. He is presently working on an original children's fantasy series, as well as a fourth book in the Elementia Chronicles series.
J. Michael Squatrito, Jr:
Mike has been writing The Overlords series for over twenty years. Currently, he lives in Tiverton, RI with his wife Lea, and their children, Devin and Samantha. Mike speaks at middle and high schools, colleges, local libraries, and writer’s groups where his sincere hope is to inspire everyone he meets to be creative and follow their dreams. He also is the Vice President of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA).
When not working on the Overlords series, Mike is very active in fitness and sports. He continues to play baseball where he is a knuckleball pitcher for the Narragansett Brewers that won the 2008 and 2014 National Championships in Phoenix, AZ. He also runs 4 to 5 miles on a regular basis, does interval weight and cardio training, and takes Vinyasa yoga classes twice a week. Did we mention that he is an engineer, too, working on Homeland Defense projects?
For more information on Mike and his projects, visit www.The-Overlords.com.