Meet the Authors of Vol. 3

Jon Garett is co-creator of The Adventures of Seamus Tripp and author of Willy Wise’s Garden. He is a founding member of the Agorist Writers’ Workshop and partner in Very Good Books. He lives and writes in Minnesota with his inspirations: three cats, a parakeet and his wife. He spends his non-writing time hiking and camping and hoping that through his literary enterprises he can entertain and inform a new audience about the world of voluntarism.

 A lover of the convergence between art and the written word, Genesis Mickel is co-creator of the Agorist Writers’ Workshop. She hopes the project inspires and sparks a thou­sand flames of liberty in an audience ready for a new, yet time­less, message of freedom. Her first loves include her talented muse of a husband and the sunshine of her life – her toddler daughter, as well as enjoying backyard forays into nature, birdwatching, and hobby farming, presently including several chickens, several thousand honeybees, and plenty of dreams to do more.

 John M. Olsen reads and writes fantasy, science-fiction, steampunk, and horror as the mood strikes, and his short fic­tion is part of several anthologies. His first novel is out with more on the way. He loves to create things, whether writing novels or short stories or working in his secret lair equipped with dangerous power tools. In all cases, he applies engineering principles and processes to the task at hand, often in unpredictable ways. He lives near the Oquirrh Mountains in Utah with his lovely wife and a variable number of mostly grown children and a constantly changing subset of extended family.

Allen Baird, PhD is a writer, trainer and speaker from Northern Ireland. Along with his wife Dawn, he runs Sensei, a communications consultancy. Allen’s first published book was a work of faction called The First Jedi. He’s currently looking to collaborate with an American publisher on The Adventures of Alice the Entrepreneur, a series of short stories for children promoting a free market and the spirit of independence. Allen’s Twitter name is @thesensei.

Christa Conklin is the home educator of her two children. She received the 2016 Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Award for Unpublished Speculative Fiction. Her journey to be­coming a published novelist can be followed on social media and through her website Christa graduated from Rutgers College with degrees in Music Performance and Communication. She studied in France, received her Masters Degree from Monmouth Universi­ty, performed in Alice Tully Hall, and once took first place in a solo women’s kayak river race. She worked for the New York Philharmonic and Young Au­diences New Jersey bringing artists, students, and teachers together to create in theaters, studios, and classrooms. As a musician, Christa treasures her audience. As a writer, she cherishes her readers and thanks you.

Bokerah Brumley is a speculative fiction writer making stuff up on a trampoline in West Texas. She lives on ten per­maculture acres with five home-educated children and one husband. In her imaginary spare time, she also serves as the blue-haired President of the Cisco Writers Club. In 2016, she was awarded first place in the FenCon Short Story Contest, third place in the Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Con­test, fifth place in the Children’s/Young Adult category for the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and selected as a 2016 Pitch Slam! finalist. More recently, she accepted nov­el contracts with Clean Reads Press and Liberty Island Media. She also moonlights as an acquisitions editor for The Crossover Alliance.

 D.A. Schneider is the author of the best selling novel Ghost Hunter Z. Connect with Schneider on Twitter @derekschndr2

Matthew Tanous is a software developer and anarcho-capitalist working in his spare time on ways to spread the world of liberty, both through the written word to educate and inspire, as well as discuss­ing technology designed to assist in circumventing unjust state edicts and help people to truly be free through the Facebook page Coding Anarchy. Connect with Matt on Twitter @CodingAnarchy

Jakob Morris- I’m just a man trying to be a not so starving artist/writer. I’ve grown up with all kinds of hobbies from video games, to tabletop roleplaying games, to comics. I’ve always been drawn to fantasy and science fiction, (and lengthy eco­nomic tomes,) and I would hide in the back of my school library with a book that would take me away on an adventure. Now I use my time spent in the creative field to create stories in the mediums I have enjoyed all my life. If you would like to keep abreast of what I am working on in the future you can follow me on my twitter or minds account. Twitter: @Artemis_Vale Minds: @Gregor_Mortem

Ronel Janse van Vuuren is the author of New Adult, Young Adult and children’s fiction filled with mythology and folklore. In 2016 she won Fiction Writer of the Year for her Af­rikaans stories on the writing platform INK: Skryf in Afri­kaans. In 2017 her stories were published in anthologies such as Inkspraak and Cinderella: Reimagined. Ronel can be found arguing with her characters, researching folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not actually writing. You can find out more about her and her writing on her blog  Ronel the Mythmaker (

NB Williams has a problem sticking to one subject. She’s written across platforms and genres, with work appearing in the Huffington PostCenter for Digital EthicsDaCunha, and other magazines. She’s the author of supernatural suspense novella Salt in the Blood and twisted short story collection Bent as well as best-selling nonfiction title One Size Does Not Fit All: Stress Management. Her current project is a viking-centered novel you can preview at She lives in a shipping container home in the beautiful Tex­as Hill Country with her husband, two dogs, and ten hives of bees, although the bees must stay outside. In her spare time, she tweets about writing @williamsbnikki and helps writers find their voices at

 Blake Smith doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. In the meantime, she’s a fantasy and historical fic­tion author, horse mom, and cat magnet, in between playing polo, gardening, and pretending to cook. She resides in Connecticut. Find her books on Amazon, or get announcements through the Facebook group Books by Blake Smith.

 Heather Biedermann is a librarian by day and a crime-fighting author by night. A Viking at heart, Heather travels the world looking for adventure and has often been said to be up to some sort of shenanigans. She advises you to avoid her home state of Minnesota as there are only two seasons: Winter Sea­son and Giant Mosquito Season. Nevertheless, Heather is made of tough Nordic stock, and lives there with her giant of a hus­band and two naughty cats.

Lela Markham is an Alaska novelist raised in a house of books who told stories almost as soon as she could talk. If you write them down, it’s not considered lying. When she’s not writ­ing speculative fiction or rabble-rousing on liberty issues on her blog, she can often be found wandering through the woods in search of dragons … uh, er, bears … in the company of her ad­venturesome husband and two fearless offspring and assorted, occasionally terrified, friends.

After seventeen years as a service writer in the family auto repair business, G.R. Lyons walked away from steady em­ployment to pursue a passion for writing fiction. Focusing on libertarian themes woven through a fictional world that com­bines science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal, Lyons’s Shifting Isles series continues to grow, with thirteen novels currently self-published and at least twenty more planned. When not writing, Lyons can be found buried beneath the end­less TBR pile.

Need a Griffin for hire? Visit Talonfire’s website at His stories come from Bob Miller, whose byline has appeared in StarlogComics SceneAnimation Mag­azine, and the online Animation World and Animation Scoop. Bob has been involved in animation for over two decades as a writer, character animator, special effects animator and story­board artist, with two Emmy Awards for his storyboard work on The Simpsons. His website is Talonfire, Griffin for Hire is © 2017 W.R. Miller.

Cara Schulz is a journalist and author living in Minnesota. She has previously written for PAGAN+politics, PNC-Minnesota, and Patheos. Her work has appeared in several books by Bibliotheca Alexandrina and she’s the author of Mar­tinis & Marshmallows: A Field Guide to Luxury Tent Camping and (Almost) Foolproof Mead Making. Currently, she’s a senior correspondent for The Wild Hunt, a news organization serving the Pagan, Heathen, and polytheist communities.