Featured Authors

Our Featured Authors for 2019! 

From Cosplay guests and gaming live streamers to industry professionals across the board, here is a preview of the wonderful talent coming our way to Next Level Expo 2019! Make sure to also check out our Guest:

Rachel Aukes is a science fiction writer with over twenty books in print, including 100 Days in Deadland, which made Suspense Magazine’s Best of the Year list. She is also a Wattpad Star, her stories having over six million reads. Her popular Tidy Guides series covers tips on writing, editing, and publishing your first novel. When not writing, Rachel can be found flying old airplanes with her husband and an incredibly spoiled 50-pound lap dog over central Iowa.

Tambo Jones started her academic career as a science geek, earned a degree in art, and, when she's not making quilts or herding cats, she writes Grimdark fantasy, speculative thrillers, and women's fiction/suspense.

"Originally from Michigan, I combined a love of pedagogy and ecology into a 14-year career as an elementary science specialist. After teaching four-footers - that's height, not leg count - I pursued a Master's in Adult Learning with a specialization in Performance Improvement. My published works include science fiction novels, a fantasy novel, a passel of short stories, and some educator resources. When I'm not reading or writing, I'm currently working as a tech writer, hat collector, quilter, crafter, and crazy African Grey wrangler."

Adam J. Whitlatch is the author of The Weller, Birthright, War of the Worlds: Goliath, and Vengeance For My Valentine, as well as dozens of short stories and poems spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. 

He is currently developing a turn-based RPG based on his post-apocalyptic debut novel The Weller. 

Adam lives in southeast Iowa with his wife and children.



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