Brenna Deutchman, owner of Whimsical Whiskers, LLC, is a fiber and textiles artist who finds great joy in creating stuffed animals and accessories.She travels to conventions around the country, helping friendly dragons find adoptive homes.
Michael Cross created and currently cohosts the Okie Geek Podcast.He also hostsMorning Edition for KOSU Radio.A lifelong geek and lover of science fiction and fantasy, Michael has immersed himself in media, games, and books.He is currently working his way through all of the Legend of Drizzt novels by R.A. Salvatore.Michael acted for local theatre groups including Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and the Jewel Box.He graduated from Oklahoma City Community College with a degree in Theatre, the American Broadcasting School, andthe University of Central Oklahoma with a major in broadcasting and a minor in journalism.
Amber Hanneken has too many hobbies and not enough time in the day for them, but she certainly tries her best. You’ll often find her participating in Dungeons & Dragons or other tabletop activities around the Oklahoma City metro. At home, Amber dabbles in miniature painting, PC gaming, knitting, sewing and cat cuddling. She’s also a lover of sci-fi, fantasy and the art of animation.
Amber graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2009. She’s been in technology marketing since 2010 as a copywriter, product marketing manager and now marketing communications manager.
She enjoys sharing her communication skills to help Oklahoma gaming communities grow. Besides managing SoonerCon’s social media, Amber volunteers her time with the local Children’s Miracle Network via Extra Life.
Kim Ventrella is the author of the middle-grade novels Skeleton Tree (2017) and Bone Hollow (2019, Scholastic Press), and she is a contributor to the upcoming New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark anthology (2020, HarperCollins). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of humor, whimsy, and hope. Kim has held a variety of interesting jobs— children’s librarian, actor, Peace Corps volunteer, French instructor, and overnight staff at a women’s shelter, but her favorite job title is author.
Brian Trent’s speculative fiction has appeared in Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Terraform, Daily Science Fiction, Apex (winning the 2013 Story of the Year Reader’s Poll), and many more. The author of Ten Thousand Thunders and the Rahotep Saga, he is also a 2015 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award finalist and Writers of the Future winner. Trent lives in New England, where he works as a novelist, screenwriter, and poet.
Karen Thrower lives in Tulsa with her husband and their rambunctious five-year old. She graduated from The University of Tulsa. She is also a member of Oklahoma Science Fiction Writers and serves as its President and Facebook “Wizard,” which she suspects has something to do with her young age. Her story ‘The Lost Ones’ appears in the bestselling Secret Stairs: A Tribute to Urban Legend. You can find the rest of her works on her Amazon Author page.
Based in Fort Worth, TX, Stevo has been podcasting since 2011. He’s written webcomics, self-published a graphic novel, and even sung in a ska band. Seriously. He currently hosts, edits, and directs the Gutter Nerds podcast, which focuses on videogame topics. He also runs the corresponding Gutter Nerds Twitch channel, which airs a variety of gaming shows including online multiplayer, couch co-op, and retro streams. When he’s not streaming, Stevo provides closed captions for the hearing- impaired to TV channels across the country.
Martha Steele has been a radio broadcaster since 1984, and currently works 10AM-3PM weekdays on 98.9 KISS-FM in Oklahoma City. She is the co-founder and host of the podcast 3 Book Girls. Most importantly she is a lifelong fan and reader of sci-fi and fantasy.
Sissy Space received her bachelor’s in forensic science with minors in chemistry, biology, and criminal justice from the University of Central Oklahoma as well as a master’s in anthropology at Wichita State University. Her study in anthropology included biological, where she focused on identification and analysis of skeletal remains, and cultural, in which she assisted in projects including but not limited to ritual analysis and visual documentation of peoples and cultures. She has a strong background in both qualitative and quantitative methodology. Professionally, Sissy Space is now using these talents to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking to make science more accessible and to help others to understand people and cultures around the world. In her personal life, Sissy Space is an avid cosplayer and nerd. She cosplays for a variety of organizations including Forever After Parties. She recently assisted Dynamite Conventions as the Science Lead for CrashLanded. In 2018, with New World Comics, she was awarded for most costume appearances in a single year and going above and beyond in charity events.
Sir William enjoys working on fundraisers for local charities such as Colorado Leather Fest, Denver Boys of Leather, and Leather Colorado Foundation. His favorite thing any given night is shining a pair of boots while laughing and playing with the local leather crowd. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of bootblacking with anybody with a desire to learn. He is a firm believer in “follow your heart, trust your sole.” The 2017 Colorado Bootblack and second runner-up for 2018 International MR. Bootblack, he is your Bootblack Knight.