Christopher Rice


By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive. His two novels of dark supernatural suspense, THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES, were both finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. His criticism and editorials have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Advocate and Salon.

His debut novel, A DENSITY OF SOULS, was published when the author was just 22 years old. A controversial and overnight bestseller, it was greeted with a landslide of media attention, much of it devoted to the fact that Christopher is the son of famed vampire chronicler, Anne Rice. Universal Pictures has optioned his screen adaptation of his mother’s best selling vampire novel, THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF. He recently made a splash in the erotic romance genre with his Desire Exchange series, which earned praise from some of that genre’s top authors.

Together with his best friend, New York Times bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher launched his own Internet radio show. THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN. You can download or stream every episode of the show at or from iTunes. Subscribe to The Dinner Party Show’s You Tube channel to receive the newest content in 2016. He is currently at work on a top secret project with a top secret collaborator and as soon as he can say more he will do so on his Facebook page and on twitter at @chrisricewriter.

Garth Stein


Garth Stein’s newest novel is A Sudden Light, published by Simon and Schuster in September, 2014. He is the author of three previous novels: Raven Stole the Moon, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, and The Art of Racing in the Rain. The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children’s picture book adaptation (2014), a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture.

Garth is also the author of a full-length play, Brother Jones, which had its premiere in Los Angeles at Theater of Angels in 2005, and was described as “brimming with intensity,” by The Los Angeles Weekly. Brother Jones served as inspiration for Garth’s latest novel, A Sudden Light.

Before turning to writing full-time, Garth was a documentary filmmaker who directed, edited, and/or produced several award-winning films, including The Lunch Date and The Last Party (starring Robert Downey, Jr)

Garth is co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to energizing readers and writers and their communities by providing funding, programming, donations of free books to those in need, and generally inspiring enthusiasm for reading. In 2010, The Novel: Live!, a Seattle7Writers event conceived by Garth, brought 36 authors together to write a novel in 6 days before a live audience at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House. The writing marathon was simulcast on the Internet, drawing a global audience. Designed as an entertaining fundraiser with an educational component, the result of TN:L! was published by Open Road Media in 2011 as Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices, and continues to sell as an e-book and paperback. One hundred percent of the authors’ proceeds is donated to literacy.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Garth’s ancestry is diverse: his mother, a native of Alaska, is of Tlingit Indian and Irish descent; his father, a Brooklyn native, is the child of Jewish emigrants from Austria. After spending his childhood in Seattle and then living in New York City for 18 years, Garth returned to Seattle in 2001, and lives there currently with his wife, three sons, and their dog, Comet.


Jane Smiley


Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and most recently, Some Luck, Early Warning and Golden Age, which comprise The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction—including 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, a literary tribute to fiction writing that invites readers along on her mission to read and reread 100 classic novels, examining her own process along the way--and a series of books for young adults.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and earned an MA (1975), MFA (1976), and PhD (1978) from the University of Iowa. While working towards her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1981 to 1996 she was a Professor of English at Iowa State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops, and continuing to teach there even after relocating to California.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.