Widely published as a journalist and essayist, Andrew’s nonfiction has appeared nationally in Readers Digest, Playboy, the Christian Science Monitor, and in the San Francisco Examiner, where he worked as a reporter and won an award for his coverage of the United Farm Workers.
Before turning to fiction, he worked as a reporter and TV news anchor at KPIX-TV in San Francisco and WQXI-TV in Atlanta. Radio listeners in Monterey heard his voice each weekday morning as host of “Baroque ‘n Eggs” on Classical K-Bach (KBOQ-FM). Early in his broadcasting career, he also hosted two daily talk shows on Atlanta’s Ring Radio (WRNG-AM).
Andrew was the Paul Bowles Fellow in Creative Writing while working on his MFA at Georgia State University. His short story, “The Shape Up,” won first prize for fiction at the Agnes Scott College Writer’s Festival in 2002 and was later published in the Summer Reading Issue of Atlanta Magazine. That story is now part of The Hamlet Hambone Blues, Book 5 of the THE INVISIBLE BRAND series.
Nova Sparks was born and raised in the Bronx of New York City. As a young girl, she wasn’t allowed to watch television but every so often was permitted to watch movies with her Dad who is a heavy science fiction, horror, and fantasy fanatic. It was then that a nerd was born.
It wasn’t until she was a teenager when she realized that none of her favorite and beloved characters on television, movies, and story books looked like her. Understanding what the lack of representation of people in color in books, film, and television does to the minds of the youth, Nova Sparks set herself on a journey to make sure that little boys and little girls have the opportunity to see themselves in the stories they will grow to love.
Nova Sparks is a strong believer that science fiction and fantasy genres will save the world. When she is not working on her latest science fiction novel or screenplay, Nova can be found planning and organizing DiverScifi, an annual convention dedicated to promoting and encouraging diversity in science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.
Politrixie the Political Mistress earned her street cred as a Featured Blerd through a lifelong devotion to books. As a teenager she was known for frequent absences from school using the leisure time to finish novels of all kinds. Having maintained Dean’s List GPA despite truency is due to her voracious reading habit. She is primraily devoted to historical fiction which informs her career as a writer and poet.
Of all her blerd credits she is an avid Harry Potter fan and yoga geek. She challenges all Noir Nerds to follow in her example as she doubts that any true nerd can be called such without Potterhead cred.