Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers from Wisconsin

There’s about 130,000 professional authors in the United States and somewhere in the ballpark of 560 live in the State of Wisconsin, where Nicole and Rebecca live. If we narrow that down further to authors who write in fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative genres…

Right now we’re at a count of 27 published science fiction and fantasy authors currently  living and writing in Wisconsin. Some just released their debut novel, others are living legends. Be sure to check them all out and find some new books to read. Many of the authors do local events within the state and we hope this page is helpful to convention, workshop, conference, and book fest organizers.

We’re sure we missed some (hopefully a bunch), so comment down below or message us  with your suggestions of Wisconsin SFF authors to add to our list.

A-F Malinda Andrews, Callie Bates, Peter Bingham-Pankratz, SA Bodeen, RR Campbell, Mark J Engels, and Matt Forbeck

G-M Neil Gaiman, Jon Hakes, Nathan Hopp, Zachary Howe, Christopher R Knutson, Joel Kreissman, Dan LaBash, D Lieber, James Lowder, and John Jackson Miller

N-S Douglas Niles, Joshua Grover-David Patterson, R Chris Reeder, Patrick Rothfuss, Donald Schlising, and Adam Lane Smith

T-Z LA Wasielewski, Christopher Whitmore, Margaret Weis, and David Michael Williams


Malinda AndrewsMalinda Andrews

In Through the Mountains, Riona and her mother hunt and trade while living at the edge of a remote village until a stranger comes and triggers Riona’s acceptance of her magical abilities. Andrews is an avid fan of NaNoWriMo. Originally from Washington, Andrews now lives in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan.

Education: Andrews earned a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from UW-Milwaukee.

Author Website: MalindaWrites.blogspot.com


Callie BatesCallie Bates 

Callie Bates’ newest tale, The Soul of Power, the final book of The Walking Land Trilogy, released June 4, 2019. The trilogy follows the story of Elanna who, accused of murdering the King, returns to her magical homeland under threat. Nature and Wisconsin forests inspire Bates’ work.

Essay Excerpt: Read this lovely excerpt about scars on Lion’s Roar.

Author Website: CallieBates.com


Peter Bingham-PankratzPeter Bingham-Pankratz

Peter Bingham-Pankratz debuted with The Fifth Civilization, a science fiction novel set in the 26th century where humanity is on the verge of learning more about, or precisely where, they come from. Bingham-Pankratz is working on the third book in the trilogy. He grew up in Wisconsin and enjoys hiking and classic films.

It’s in the Details: Bingham-Pankratz got his start with homemade comic books.

Author Website: PeterBP.com


BodeenSA Bodeen

SA Bodeen’s first novel The Compound, follows the story of Eli and his family who live in an underground compound after a nuclear war.  Though the luxury shelter is designed to keep them safe, Eli wonders about the outside, and if they’re really as safe as they believe. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and now lives in Black River Falls.

It’s in the Details: Bodeen and her husband served in the US Peace Corps in Tanzania.

Author Website: WriterSABodeen.com


 

R R CampbellRR Campbell

RR Campbell is an author, editor, and podcaster who has been invited to speak at WisCon and the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute. In his debut science fiction novel Imminent Dawn, Chandra enrolls in a medical trial to test internet-access brain implants while her wife lies in a coma. Campbell grew up in the Milwaukee area and now lives near Madison.

Author Podcast: Campbell and editor Sione Aeschliman offer a wealth of information for writers in The Writerscast Network.

Author Website: RRcampbellWrites.com


mengels_print-4.jpgMark J Engels

Mark J Engels is the author of the novel, Always Gray in Winter, a tale about feuding werecat clans. Engels got the idea for his story while working the night shift on the railroad as an electrical engineer and wrote the novel over the next two years. Engels grew up in Michigan and now lives in Wisconsin.

It’s in the Details: Engels got his start by authoring articles for rail and transit industry trade magazines.

Author Website: Mark-Engels.com

always gray in winter

 


 

Matt ForbeckMatt Forbeck

Matt Forbeck is a New York Times-bestselling author who has published over 30 novels. He has also created and designed roleplaying, card, miniatures, and board games. You’ll have to check out Frobeck’s website yourself and revel in the sheer amount of content he has created. His novel Vegas Knights is set in a magical Las Vegas. Forbeck lives in Beloit with his wife and five children.

Awards: Forbeck’s work has won 15 Origins Awards, 10 ENnies, and 5 Scribe Awards.

Author Website: Forbeck.com


Neil Gaiman profile in black and whiteNeil Gaiman

At this point in Neil Gaiman’s career, his work is growing to the point of legend. Good Omens, which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, is now an Amazon Prime original show and his comic, The Sandman, ran for 75 issues with DC Comics and is one of the few graphic novels to be a NY Times Best Seller. Gaiman moved from his native England to Wisconsin in 1992. In a 2017 interview with the StarTribute, Gaiman said, “Figuring out where I live has become a full-time occupation, but Wisconsin is still where most of my books are and my cat.” He lives near Menominee, WI. One of his most popular books, American Gods, features the Wisconsin landmark House on the Rock.

Our top pick: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author Website: NeilGaiman.com

 


Jon HakesJon Hakes

Jon Hakes’ debut short story collection is called Stumble into Power. He writes in speculative fiction, but also horror, science fiction, fantasy, fake nonfiction, and satire. The short story titles from his collection say it all: The Boss of Blue Robots, Please Read Before Attempting to Operate, and Space Falling. Hakes lives in Appleton, WI.

Short Story: Read this unexpected short story about publishing at DefenestrationMag.net

Author WebsiteJonHakes.com

Stumble into Power


20479988_129440284334626_1292180332359766819_n.jpgNathan Hopp

The Adventures of Peter Gray by Nathan Hopp is a historical fantasy novel featuring a orphaned wolf living in 1899 New York City. Hopp is an invested member in the furry fandom with a strong interest in anime. Some of his favorite books include 1984An Ember in the Ashes, and Illuminae. Hopp lives in the Green Bay area.

It’s in the Details: Peter Gray’s birthday is July 4th.

Author Facebook Page: Facebook Page

The adventures of peter gray


 

Zachary HoweZachary Howe

Zachary Howe’s first book is called The Heir of Olympus and the Forest Realm. In the book, Gordie Leonhart, a modern-day descendant of Hercules, must complete the twelve trials of the Olympians to avenge his father’s death. Howe is currently working on the second installment, The Heir of Olympus and the War for Hades. Howe was raised in Madison, WI, where he currently lives.

It’s in the Details: The idea for The Heir of Olympus came to Howe in a dream.

Author Website: HeirOfOlympus.com

the heir of olympus


Christopher R KnutsonChristopher R. Knutson 

Christopher R Knutson’s book was inspired by a family trip to Norway. In Huldredrom: Dream of the Hid-folk, Vitholf grows among trolls and huldres and falls in love with a human girl from the valley. Knutson also works as a screen writer and lives in rural Wisconsin.

Book Trailer: View the trailer for his book on Youtube

Author Facebook Page: Facebook page

Dream of the hid folk


Joel KreissmanJoel Kreissman

Joel Kreissman’s The Pride of Parahumans explores a universe where anthropomorphic animals cover up the accidental murder of a space pirate. Kreissman, known on many sites as Zarpaulus, is an underemployed biologist from Wisconsin who decided to apply his scientific knowledge to writing science-fiction.

Podcast: You can listen to 20+ podcasts by the author on SoundCloud.com

Author Website: ParaImperium.Wordpress.com

 


Dan LaBashDan LaBash

Dan LaBash released his 2018 debut, Adventures in Aakbal. In this fantasy adventure novel, Selvyn goes from life on the streets to life on the run. LaBash is an avid traveler and enjoys reading classic fantasy like Tolkien and Rowling, but also historical and science fiction. LaBash is an engineer and lives in Appleton, WI.

Book Trailer: Watch the book trailer here.

Author WebsiteDanLaBash.com

Adventures in Aakbal


D Lieber

D Lieber

D. Lieber’s Conjuring Zephyr  is set in a subterranean society that believes women are incapable of practicing higher forms of magic, until one woman disguises herself as a man and infiltrates a magical, all-male university. Lieber lives in Wisconsin with her husband and cats.

It’s in the Details: Lieber is an avid fan of steampunk cosplay

Author WebsiteDLieber.com

 


James LowderJames Lowder

James Lowder is an author, editor, and comic script writer.  His diverse career started with novels under existing content umbrellas including Dungeons & Dragons, but Lowder has also contributed original work to the SFF world. Knight of the Black Rose is a Gothic horror novel where evil deeds are paid in full, so full that even help from an enemy vampire is welcome. Lowder lives in New Berlin.

It’s in the Details: Lowder has contributed to an annual “Games to Gift” holiday segment on Milwaukee Public Radio.

Author Wiki: James Lowder Wikipedia Entry


John Jackson MillerJohn Jackson Miller

John Jackson Miller made his childhood love of comics, graphic novels, and science fiction into a career. In Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone, Miller’s short story was inspired by Escape from Planet of the Apes. He’s from Tennessee but now lives in Wisconsin.

It’s in the Details: The first comic Miller read was Star Wars #1 when he was 9.

Author WebsiteFarAwayPress.com


Douglas NilesDouglas Niles

Douglas Niles began his career as a teacher and transitioned into game design for TSR, Inc. He began writing D&D modules and then books. In War of the Worlds: The New Millennium, Niles updates HG Well’s original with current technology. Niles lives in Delavan, WI.

Book Count: Niles has written 50+ books.

Author Wikipedia: Douglas Niles Wiki


Joshua Grover-David PattersonJoshua Grover-David Patterson

Joshua Grover- David Patterson is the author of several paranormal works including the Blood Calling Trilogy, short stories, and Mercy, a story set on a desert island filled with zombies. Patterson has written for award-winning films shown in 29 countries. He lives in NE Wisconsin.

Author’s Twitter: Follow Patterson’s Twitter for some good wit

Author Blog: GroverDavid.Blogspot.com


R. Chris Reeder profileR Chris Reeder

R Chris Reeder wrote The Changeling’s Daughter with the intention of doing the opposite of what most YA fantasy novels do. He didn’t want a hero. He wanted a protagonist that found out something terrible about herself. Reeder’s debut novel was released December 2018. He is a stay at home father and lives near Madison.

It’s in the Details: Reeder was a Shakespearean actor and has a degree in theater

Author Facebook Page: Facebook.com/rchrisreederauthor

Changling's daughter

 


Patrick RothfussPatrick Rothfuss

After nearly a decade in college, Patrick Rothfuss submitted a chapter of his book to Writers of the Future and won. The award rocketed his career and The Name of the Wind was released in 2007 and Wise Man’s Fear in 2011. Rothfuss is working on the final installment of the epic fantasy series.

Personal Takeaway: Great things take time, a lot of time.

Author Website: PatrickRothfuss.com


Donald SchlisingDonald Schlising

Donald Schlising wrote MXX: Agent Soldier in which the Unified Governments overtake the galaxy for their own purposes. No one is able to stand against them, save MXX. Schlising is at work on the second novel in the series. He is also a skilled photographer and IT expert.

Short Story: Read Schlising’s short story A Matter of Time.

Author Website: DonaldSchlising.com

MXX


Adam SmithAdam Lane Smith

Adam Lane Smith’s novel Making Peace features a successful interstellar romance author who takes a job as a journalist, hoping for a big pay out. Instead he uncovers an off-the-grid planet, assassins, and serial killers. Smith writes in many genres, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and lives on a farm in Wisconsin.

It’s in the Details: Smith is a proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

Author Website: AdamLaneSmith.com

Making Peace


lisa-ann.pngLA Wasielewski

In LA Wasielewski’s The Alchemist: Dawn of Destiny, alchemist Ryris Bren keeps his forbidden magic secret, but when an evil necromancer emerges, Ryris must decide if it’s a secret worth keeping. Wasielewski finished book two in the trilogy, The Alchemist: Dark Horizon. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and playing video games.

Early Start: Wasielewski first began writing fanfiction set in the Phantasy Star IV, Star Trek, and Final Fantasy realms.

Author Website: Lawasielewski.com


Christopher Whitmore

Christopher Whitmore

Christopher Whitmore is the author of Saviour and Children of the Saviour. Miracle Ashe is a blacksmith with a mission: to get to The Saviour. This ancient leader will grant a wish to any citizen who stands before him on his 100th birthday. All that’s standing in Miracle’s way is the other thousand people who want to get there first. Whitmore lives in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

It’s in the Details: Whitmore is “more Trekkian-optimistic than Blade Runner-dystopian.”

Author Website: ChristoWhit.wixsite.com/website

 


Margaret WeisMargaret Weis

Margaret Weis is a prolific writer and a New York Times Bestselling author. She is the author or co-author of several fantasy series, including her newest series, Dragon Corsairs, a swashbuckling adventure trilogy concluding August 6, 2019. Weis lives in Lake Geneva, a waterfront resort city, with her four dogs.

It’s in the Details: A decade after graduating college, Weis moved to Lake Geneva to become a book editor at TSR, Inc.

Author Website: MargaretWeis.com


Author David Michael WilliamsDavid Michael Williams

David Michael Williams is the author of The Renegade Chronicles trilogy, a fantasy tale about civil war that brings unlikely sides together. Williams appears in several anthologies and also penned The Soul Sleep Cycle series. He has a background in journalism and marketing. Williams lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two kids.

Genre: Williams says his work combines science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and suspense.

Author Website: David-michael-williams.com


Thanks for learning more about these Wisconsin authors. If you are writer currently living in Wisconsin working in SFF, please contact us to be added to the line up.

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5 Comments

  1. I live in Madison, WI and my debut fantasy novel, Stealing Thunder, is coming out with Penguin Random House in May 2020.

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  2. A first novel is available on Amazon. Ramjet Warriors of the High Command.
    Not seeking a publisher or an agent. Just writing. Sequel is “Gunship Warlord of the High Command”, now at 36,000 words..
    Live in Janesville. Forty year career in teaching, research, and practice of engineering and applied mathematics, with a large chunk of time devoted to warfare analysis as well as development of military, aircraft, and aerospace hardware.

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