Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as 'spoiling cats.' When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.
Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant and costume maker.
Since 1987 she has published 43 books and more than 100 short stories. Among the novels Jody has written are her epic fantasy series, The Dreamland, beginning with Waking In Dreamland, five contemporary humorous fantasies, and three medical science fiction novels. Strong Arm Tactics, a humorous military science fiction novel, is the first of Jody's new series, The Wolfe Pack.
She has also collaborated with Anne McCaffrey on four science fiction novels and co-authored the Visual Guide to Xanth with best-selling fantasy author Piers Anthony.
Her newest books are Dragons Deal (Ace Books), third in the Dragons series begun by Robert Asprin, and View From the Imperium (Baen Books), a humorous military SF novel. Coming soon is Myth-Quoted, the next Myth-Adventures novel.
Over the last twenty or so years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and publishing at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs. In 2007 she taught fantasy writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer and book packager, and a black cat, Jeremy.
Join Tuesday Funk on December 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear Jody read!
Klima is the Assistant Director at the Waukesha Public Library. He also edits
the Hugo Award-winning magazine Electric Velocipede. As of 2010, the magazine
has also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award four years in a row.
2007 Klima edited an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories based on
spelling-bee winning words called Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories.
Klima edited a reprint anthology of fairy tale retellings called Happily Ever
After that came out from Night Shade Books in the Summer of 2011. In 2013, ALA
Editions will publish his Readers Advisory book on Steampunk.
Join Tuesday Funk on December 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf's upstairs bar to hear John read!
Cesar Torres is the author of The 12 Burning
Wheels, a collection of stories of weird fiction, published in 2010. His
work has appeared in The Willows and in M-Brane SF magazine. He's particularly
interested in the secret lives of machines and will hardly turn down an insect
as a snack.
He's currently at work on a new novel; updates can be found at his web site http://cesartorres.net.
Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Cesar along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!
She blogs for The Nervous Breakdown and Gaiam.com. Her book, Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider is in its eleventh year of existence, and now available on Kindle.
Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Suzanne along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!
JD Adamski has had a lot of jobs in his life. From packing
trucks 3rd shift in the UPS yards with the ex-cons and tweakers to
slinging stouts and rye to hawking vitamins and other panaceas at the medicine
show, he's tried his hand at many things. Along the way, he got a degree in
Religious Studies and a minor in English at DePaul University.
Currently, he fancies himself a writer and helps curate the infinitely nerd-centric website This May Get Awkward.
Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear JD along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!
Matt Wood is a reader, writer, baseball fan, and father of
two living in the West Loop. His current day job is playing on Twitter and
Facebook all day for a local university, but in a past life he took a
four-year break to be a stay-at-home dad, where he learned the value of
patience, quiet time, and a good stain remover.
You can read more of his writing on his website, Wood-Tang.com.
Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Matt along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!
Laura Stark is a sometimes writer and performer and an
all-the-time music and travel geek. Her twisty path has taken her from video
production assistant to financial consultant to improviser to occupational
therapist. Most recently, she completed a Master's in health science and is now
adjusting to being a normal person again and rediscovering the creative side
that was beaten out by school.
In 2002, she produced "Holiday Hangover," a monologue show inspired by her own Thanksgiving breakup, of which you'll get a taste at this Tuesday Funk.
Join Tuesday Funk on November 1st at 7:30 p.m. to hear Laura along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!
William Shunn is a co-producer and co-host of Tuesday Funk. He has worked as a cabinet maker, a custard slinger, a door-to-door missionary, a technical writer, a telephone surveyor, and as a computer programmer, most notably for WordPerfect Corporation and Sesame Street. In the early days of the web, he also helped produce live online concert broadcasts for artists like The Cure, The Allman Brothers Band, and Mötley Crüe.
Bill has published over two dozen works of short fiction, and served for three years as a national judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He is the author of the Hugo, Nebula and Sturgeon Award-nominated novella Inclination, available as an audiobook from either Audible.com or iTunes. He is also co-author, with Derryl Murphy, of the short horror novel Cast a Cold Eye, available from PS Publishing. (It makes a terrific Halloween gift!) His most recent story is "Care and Feeding of Your Piano," which appears in the current issue of Electric Velocipede. He has recently completed a memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, and is hard at work on Endgame, a young-adult science fiction novel set mostly in Chicago.
For our October 4th event, Bill will reprise his popular sci-fi baseball monster story from last year, "The VIsitors at Wriggly Field." Please join us to hear him and all our other monstrously talented readers at 7:30 pm in Hopleaf's upstairs lounge.
Matt Darst got hooked on reading early. His octogenarian best friend/next-door neighbor introduced Matt to books with free encyclopedias when he was just five. A year later, he got a subscription to National Geographic. Soon he was reading recreationally, his mother enabling him by taping together the pages featuring naked aborigines. By third grade Matt had moved on to the hard stuff, furtively reading dog-eared copies of his dad's Stephen King novels ("I learned it from you, Dad!") and Jungle Book.
By twelve, Matt's addiction took a turn for the worse. He started writing...for fun. His experimentation with notebooks (a classic gateway) led to dabbling with typewriters.
Matt went cold turkey in law school. He decided to straighten out his life. He got a job, a girl, a house, and a dog. His normal life was good. Still...
Pen and pad call to Matt late at night, cooing his name, telling him to take one last hit of fiction. Sometimes, when Matt's weak, he heeds the siren call of the drug. He wakes from each blackout amid reams of freshly written pages, pages that have seemingly written themselves. Somehow, they coalesced into a book.
"Dead Things", is Matt's first novel.
Join Tuesday Funk on October 4th at 7:30 p.m. to hear Matt along with the rest of talented readers at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!