As you all should be very well aware (*glares if you are not*) Query Kombat 2015 is coming in just about two weeks.
Take a look at the rules and details if you haven't already.
As always, we have an incredibly amazing FANTASTIC group of judges that will help and vote on the match-ups in the Kombat. Once we three hosts pick our teams, the judges have the task to vote on the match-ups that will ensue (when we pit our writers against each other in a brutal Kombat fashion). These people are amazing and they are selflessly donating their time and energy while asking for nothing in return. So thank you thank you thank you.
Entrants: you have an incentive to look at all the judges, because there's a fun surprise at the end of this post! So scroll scroll scroll.
We have about thirty judges, so we split up the judges between our three blogs (Michelle's, Mike's, and mine). Take a look at their blogs to see the first third of the judges and the last third (in no particular order).
Kendra lives with her awesome family in Tennessee where she teaches seventh grade by day and writes twisted middle grade and young adult tales in the wee hours. If it goes bump in the night or leads to fantastical journeys, she adores it. She’s a member of SCBWI and a proud part of the newly-formed KickButt KidLit blog. Kendra is represented by Taylor Haggerty of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.
Blog | Twitter | KickButt KidLit
Blog | Twitter | KickButt KidLit
Margaret Fortune wrote her first story at the age of six, and has been writing ever since. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Nth Zine, Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Space and Time. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota - Morris. NOVA, the first book in a 5-book science fiction series, is releasing from DAW Books June 2, 2015.
Jessica Kapp is obsessed with the “What ifs” of life and writes Young Adult novels to create twisted answers to her own questions. Her SpecFic stories are grounded in the real world and are represented by Whitley Abell with Inklings Literary. Jessica lives on the side of Washington that sees little rain (truly, it exists). She spends her time alternating between the library and the soccer field.
Dan Koboldt works as a genetics researcher at Washington University, where he and his colleagues use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to uncover the genetic basis of inherited diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. He's also a bowhunter and avid outdoorsman.
Dan writes science fiction and fantasy. His short SF story "Going Viral" appeared in the spring 2015 anthology from Third Flatiron Publishing. He's represented by Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary Agency. He runs the #SFFpit Twitter pitching event and the Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy blog series. Follow him on Twitter.
Heather Van Fleet
Heather Van Fleet lives in a small town on the Iowa/Illinois border. She's been married to her high school sweetheart for thirteen years and together they have three beautiful daughters.
When she's not torturing her fictional book characters, burning dinner, or running around chasing her crazy kiddos, you can usually find her with her head stuck in the Kindle, obsessing over every book boyfriend imaginable.
Heather is a published author through Swoon Romance and Sunshine Press, an intern through BookFish Books, and is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary.
Judy Clemens is the author of the Stella Crown mysteries, the Grim Reaper series, and the stand-alone LOST SONS. She writes in her home office in Ohio, where she divides the rest of her time between working part-time, shuttling her kids to events, baking and cooking, and eating chocolate. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime, and has been nominated for both the Anthony and Agatha awards. She has recently delved into the YA/MG writing world and is represented by Uwe Stender of TriadaUS. Her entry TAG, YOU’RE DEAD, was the YA winner of Query Kombat in 2014.
Amanda Heger is a writer, attorney, and bookworm. She lives in the Midwest with three unruly rescue dogs and a husband who encourages her delusions of grandeur.
The first book in her New Adult romance series, Without Borders, is forthcoming from Diversion Books on April 19, 2016. The story was inspired by the summer Amanda spent in rural Nicaragua, eating gallo pinto, speaking mangled Spanish, and showing high school students how to slide condoms onto over-sized plantains.
Her stories are represented by Jessica Watterson of the Dijkstra Literary Agency.
Cale Dietrich hails from a small picturesque town in Australia, and now lives in the coastal city of Brisbane. His hobbies include reading any YA books he can get his hands on, binge-watching TV, and spending way too much time on Tumblr. Seriously, if he didn't have a Tumblr he probably would've written like fifty books by now. He can be found on twitter at@caledietrich.
Wade Albert White
Wade hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, land of wild blueberries and Duck Tolling Retrievers. He teaches ancient Hebrew, dabbles in animation, and spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad. It is also possible he has set a new record as the slowest 10K runner. Ever. He owns one pretend cat and one real one, and they get along fabulously. He has been writing speculative fiction for many years and is now represented by the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency.
If he could only bring three series to read on deserted island, it would be the three Hs: Harry Potter, Hellboy, and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Oh, and just for the record, Firefly should have had a seven season run. No question.
Marty Mayberry writes anything from young adult sci-fi to adult historical fantasy. When she’s not dreaming up ways to mess with her character’s lives, she works as an RN/Clinical Documentation Specialist. She has a BA in International Affairs in German and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She lives in New England with her husband and grown children, as well as three neurotic cats and a geriatric chocolate lab. Give her long walks on a powdery beach, ancient ruins to explore, or a good book, and her life’s complete. She’s represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency.
Natasha grew up as a tomboy hanging with the guys, getting skinned knees, and swimming in the South Florida sun. Though she’s more inclined to wear dresses now, she still prefers a good pair of chucks and comfy pair of jeans. Tattoos, Jack Daniels, and hanging at the pool are three of her favorite things. By day she writes about the characters driving her imagination wild. By night she enjoys a good book, hanging with her hubs, and getting snuggle attacks from her two spoiled pups.
Thank you thank you SO MUCH judges.
The surprise I mentioned before is this: today, so that the judges and you all can celebrate a little bit more, we're having a Twitter party under the hashtag #QKJudges. Judges, entrants, we hosts, other writers, etc. will be chatting it up at that hashtag, so join in and be sure to thank the judges!!! You can thank them even more by following their pages, visiting their websites, and supporting them any way you can.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! AND HAVE FUN!!