This page contains links to websites for other authors whom I consider to be good friends as well as good writers, as well as the writing groups and professional societies who have made the mistake of adding me to their rolls.
Wolfgang Baur - Wolf used to write for me when I was editor of
Duelist magazine. We have re-connected through the Alliterates (see
below), which is great because he's a great guy and he runs his own magazine, Kobold Quarterly, so maybe he can give me some work now.
Bruce R Cordell - Bruce worked downstairs on D&D at Wizards of the
Coast when I worked upstairs on Duelist magazine. Like others on this
list, I have gotten to know Bruce much better in my time in the
Alliterates (see below).
Lynn Flewelling - Popular fantasy novelist and a great traveling companion, she is probably best known for her excellent Bone Doll's Twin.
Matt Forbeck - I met Matt at GenCon. He gave me a big break, and I was able to give him the first Guild Wars novel years later. He's a midwest Alliterate and an all-around good egg.
Dave Gross - Dave Gross was editor-in-chief of Dragon magazine when I
worked on Duelist magazine. He was one of the founding members of the
Jeff Grubb - I knew Jeff at Wizards of the Coast (who didn't?) but I got
to work closely with him at ArenaNet, and we became friends. His mind
is like an encyclopedia of the history of TSR.
Cory Herndon - Perhaps the funniest man alive and a fellow author in the Magic: The Gathering universe. He's now the lead writer (I think) for Carbine Entertainment.
Scott Hungerford - Like Steve Winter, Scott and I missed each other
at Wizards of the Coast (although I had definitely heard stories of his
tenure there). Luckily, we have had the chance to become friends through
the Alliterates (see below)
Walter Hunt - A captivating military SF novelist who has one of the best "breaking into the business" stories ever.
J. Robert King - Excellent author of many Magic: The Gathering novels as well as an interesting Arthurian series. Also the best editor I've ever had.
Lebow - Another fellow Magic: The Gathering
author, Jess gave me my first big break when he assigned me Judgment. He's been all over the world as a writer.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail- A fantasy novelist I met on the East Coast convention circuit with a huge following and, to this day, an incredibly active listserv.
McGough - Scott has written many of the most popular Magic: the Gathering novels to date. He was my
boss for a time, and now works at ArenaNet on Guild Wars 2.
Tee Morris - The most manic panelist on the SF convention circuit and author of two very interesting novels.
David Noonan - THE Dave Noonan is the lead writer at En Masse Entertainment, and one of the THE nicest guys in existence. We worked together at Wizards of the Coast on Duelist magazine before he got famous as a D&D designer.
Peter W. Prellwitz - An excellent new writer, whose first book, Horizons is on my must-read list now.
Steven Savile - I met Steven through IAMTW (see below). He's one of
the coolest authors you'll ever meet, and can spin a gripping yarn,
too. We've tried to work together once or twice, but life has conspired to prevent it.
Robert J. Sawyer - Hugo Award winning SF novelist and perhaps the biggest Star Trek fan I know. I met Rob on the convention circuit and, even though our careers are at drastically different levels, he treated me as an equal.
Stan! - I got to work with Stan! a couple times at Wizards of the Coast.
We even co-wrote a couple Pokemon guides (a time he may well want to
forget). Stan! is an awesome writer and a damn fine comic artist, too.
Tim Waggoner - A horror novelist and author of many D&D novels. He's also a good friend who has taught me a lot about networking.Steve Winter - I think Steve and I missed each other a few times at Wizards of the Coast. I have gotten to know him as a member of the Alliterates (see below), and admire how easily he can cut through crap.
Note to my friends: If you think your name should appear here and it doesn't, it either means I forgot to add your name or didn't know you had a website. It doesn't mean that we're not friends or that I don't think you are a good writer. Email me and I will rectify the matter.
Writing Group WebsitesI've been fortunate to be a member of two wonderful writing groups.
Thundering Word - I met Herb Kauderer and Al Katerinsky (founding members of Thundering Word) at the first SF convention I went to as a professional writer. It was BLANK.CON in Syracuse. Herb and Al invited me into Thundering Word and we went to conventions together for years.
The Alliterates - This prestigious writing group started in Wisconsin with a core of RPG greats (such as Lester Smith, J. Robert King, and Jeff Grubb). When many of them headed west to work at Wizards of the Coast, a West Coast Alliterates was born. I was lucky enough to be invited into this venerable group last year.
One of the pitfalls of a solitary life is a lack of human interaction (some have likened authors to mountain men who come down from their shack once a month to purchase supplies and talk to humans again). So, we go to conventions and join societies with other like-minded people. These are the professional societies who have allowed me to join their ranks.
SFWA - The Science Fiction Writers of America are probably the most prestigious association of writers in my favorite genre, and I am proud to have been a member for over ten years now. SFWA gives out the Nebula awards every year to the very best in the genre. They also host Writers Beware, which is a list of schemes, scams, and pitfalls that threaten writers.
IAMTW - The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers is a professional organization for the authors of some of the most well-known series on book shelves (novelizations of movies, novels that continue the stories of your favorite TV characters, and books based on gaming worlds) Unfortunately, the book properties are often more famous than the authors. IAMTW gives out the Scribe Awards every year to honor the best authors in this popular, but often disregarded genre.