Our authors and artists
Jason Alan was born and raised on Long Island, New York, where his childhood was immersed in developing his vast imagination. He grew up reading as many books as he could get his hands on, enjoying 1980’s science fiction movies, and commandeering his parents’ butcher block kitchen table for countless nights of Dungeons & Dragons role-playing. All of this played a huge part in influencing his creative writing skills.
Jason currently resides in Cape Coral, Florida, where he works as a graphic designer for a local publication. He is a co-founder and writer for the StarWarsReporter.com fan website, and writes an ongoing fantasy fiction article for OlorisPublishing.com. Jason’s passion for writing is nearly equaled by his passion for music. He plays and records lead guitar with a variety of local bands, including the progressive instrumental project Mourning’s Hope.
Every so often, his friends try to remind him that there’s more to life than his work and creative pursuits, and his family prays that someday, maybe, he’ll find a wife. Nevertheless, he continues to make music and focus on completing the Five Books of Phate.
Artistic inspiration began at an early age for Chris Andruskiewicz. Being raised as an only child in a small town in Texas, she had to find creative ways to occupy her time and energy. With encouragement from her parents, she began drawing and painting as a form of expression. Growing up, a career in art seemed inevitable. She attended and soon graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from the Art Institute of Houston in 1999.
Currently a professional graphic designer and sole owner of Sparrow Graphics, Chris’s design studio is dedicated to creativity and personal attention to detail. She specializes in many aspects of design and strives to not only meet her clients’ needs, but exceed their expectations.
As much as Chris enjoys graphic design, she continues to pursue her true passion of creating visually unique artwork. Her favorite collection, Nostalgic Seduction, combines the retro glamour and beautiful essence of women throughout time with a modern twist!
In addition, Chris is passionate about capturing her surroundings through photography. Whether it be the beautiful white sand beaches of Florida, the many exotic plants and animals that have crossed her path, or the unique cultures of places in which she has traveled, she enjoys sharing those experiences with all.
It must have been an omen of some sort that Janet Nelson-Alvarez was born in the very year that J.R.R.Tolkien’s “Fellowship of the Ring” was first published. And it didn’t hurt, either, that she had an aunt who fueled her love of imaginary realms and impossible places, many times by speaking to her (and insisting upon an answer) in rhyme.
The world of the 60’s was a fantastic, exciting place to grow up. So much wonder to throw into the stew-pot of a writer’s mind. And yet, at the end of the day, for Janet, it all came back to the far-off and yet resonatingly close world of Tolkien.
Today, Janet lives and writes in California. She has two children and a grandson.
Bernadette Barnes is a native Torontonian, mother of two amazing daughters and “Grammie” of two. Family and friends mean everything to her. A love of nature sees her frequently wandering about with her camera, recording images to act as inspiration for future bits of her “scribbling.” Employed as an office manager, it is her writing and photography that help keep her sane.
Long an aspiring poet and photographer, she has had her poems published in both Canada and the USA. In addition, she has had photos featured in Issue 51 of Mallorn, the journal of The Tolkien Society.
Born in 1934 at The Hague, Cor Blok is a visual artist, teacher, art critic, art historian, museum curator, and emeritus professor University of Leiden.
As an educator, he has had a lifelong career in teaching at various art schools in the Netherlands including the universities of Utrecht, Maastricht and Leiden before retiring in 1999. He has authored books on Piet Mondrian, the history of abstract art, and the interpretation of images.
After graduating from the The Hague Academy of Fine Arts in 1956, he worked at the Gemeentemuseum until 1965. During that period, he painted approximately 140 pictures inspired by The Lord of the Rings, a selection of which was exhibited at The Hague. This led to a correspondence and eventual meeting with the J.R.R. Tolkien, who bought two paintings and was presented with a third. Amongst the other highlights in his career are his work on the art and architecture of the imaginary country of Barbarusia, and his most recently completed work, The Iron Parachute.
Cor Blok currently resides in Amsterdam with his wife.
Katherine Bolger Hyde
Katherine Bolger Hyde taught herself to read at age four and has rarely been without a book since. Katherine writes the Crime with the Classics traditional mystery series for adults as well as fantasy and picture books for children. She lives in California with her husband and a varying number of offspring and cats.
Sue Bradley is an artist and illustrator based in the United Kingdom. Growing up with a strong interest in art and literature, she developed a passion for the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantasy writers such as C.S. Lewis.
As a teenager, Sue was inspired by many artists of the fantasy genre, including Arthur Rackham, Roger Dean, George Underwood and Barry Godber. This led to many doodles on her school books of fairies, goblins, elves and other imagined creatures. In more recent times, Sue has been influenced by the illustrations of Alan Lee, John Howe, Brian Froud and Ted Nasmith.
Sue trained and worked as a biochemist before qualifying as a primary school teacher. However, throughout these years she continued to draw and paint, attend art courses and develop her artistic style. She now teaches painting to adults, art clubs and societies. Sue is represented by a gallery in Beckenham, Kent, U.K.
John Cockshaw is a painter/photographer and Tolkien enthusiast based in North Yorkshire. Cockshaw studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, earning an MA in Art and Design in 2003. As an artist and fan of Tolkien, he set out to create a collection of original artwork inspired by the extensive mythology of Middle-earth as found within The Lord of the Rings and the author’s wider writing.
His paintings have been exhibited in the North of England since 2007. He has also exhibited his Tolkien-inspired art at Oxonmoot, Sarehole Mill in Birmingham, with the Sociedad Tolkien Española, at HobbitCon in Germany and NazgulCon in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Official artist blog: http://frommordortothemistymountains.com.
David Cofield was born in Georgia in 1956. His life took a magical turn at age 12 in the spring of 1969 when he pulled a copy of The Hobbit from a shelf in his school library. He fell in love with Tolkien’s books from the moment he first read “In a hole in the ground . . .” Beginning in elementary and continuing through high school his best subject and greatest love was history. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1978 and his master’s degree at West Georgia State University in 1980. David began teaching high school social studies in 1981 in Cherokee County, Georgia, first at Cherokee High and then at Sequoyah High. In the fall of 2001 at Sequoyah High he became one of the first teachers in the country to teach the new Advanced Placement World History course. He was Sequoyah High’s Teacher of the Year in 2007-08. Now retired, he lives in a small Georgia town where he is an avid reader and writer, contributing over 1100 reviews to Amazon.com. In addition, he walks seven miles a day, gardens, does genealogy, and travels.
Jenny Dolfen is a freelance illustrator and a teacher of Latin and English currently living in Western Germany with her husband and two children. She is known for bringing to life characters from Celtic fantasy, the legendarium of J.R.R. Tolkien, and traditional folk tales. Working in traditional media such as watercolours and pencil, combined with digital media, her flowing artistic style reflects a blending of such influences as the Art Nouveau movement, the illustrations of Arthur Rackham, and the aesthetics of contemporary graphic novel illustration.
Anke Eißmann is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living and working in Germany. Since studying Visual Communication at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, and Graphic Design at Colchester Institute in Colchester, UK she has worked for a number of international publishers, preferably on fantasy publications and children’s books. These include books on Greek mythology, fairytales and ghost-stories, adaptations of historic tales such as Beowulf, mixes of fantasy and historical subjects such as Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, and most prominently illustrations based on the works of JRR Tolkien.
John C. Evans
John Evans is a student at Manhattan College. He is an amateur political theorist, a life-long writer of prose and poetry, and he is the founder of the folk rock band, Wrecked Haven. He studies Medieval Literature and enjoys experimenting in digital media communication with his friend and collaborator, Matthew Lewis, in New York.
Timothy R. Furnish
Timothy R. Furnish holds a PhD in Islamic, African, and World History only because the History Department at The Ohio State University would not let him specialize in the chronicles of Gondor. He served in the US Army, and has worked as a college professor, consultant to the US military, Islamic world analyst for various media, and author. His three prior books have all been on Islamic history: Holiest Wars: Islamic Mahdis, their Jihads, and Osama bin Laden (2005); Ten Years’ Captivation with the Mahdi’s Camps: Essays on Muslim Eschatology, 2005-2015 (2015); and Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate: 10 Years of Observations on Islam (2016). Despite his academic and professional training, Furnish much prefers Middle-earth to the Middle East; his favorite character is Théoden; and he also fences sabre in his spare time—usually, but not always, left-handed.
Joe Gilronan is a full-time professional artist who has been greatly influenced by the works of Tolkien. He received a Fine Arts Degree in painting from Liverpool University and holds a Higher National Diploma in design and ceramics from the University of Wales. Originally from Chester, England, he has lived in Olvera, Cadiz Spain for the last 4 years. His works have been exhibited and sold worldwide.
Dr. Deborah A. Higgens
Dr. Deborah A. Higgens is director of the C.S. Lewis Study Centre and lives at The Kilns, the former home of C.S. Lewis, located in Oxford, England. She is known by her students as a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature and the works of C.S. Lewis; however, she is renowned by her most diligent students for taking them to the local Renaissance festival, examining medieval weaponry such as long bows and hand-crafted swords, and sharing stories of her favourite sport, falconry. Dr. Higgens also enjoys travelling, and has lived across the world in such places as Germany, Turkey, and Costa Rica, before venturing over to her now beloved England.
Peter Kenny is a retired teacher based in Brisbane who possesses one of the most significant personal collections of Tolkien memorabilia in Australia and the world. Peter has had a passion for everything Tolkien for four decades and he has become a recognized authority in the field, sharing his knowledge and passion for Tolkien’s stories with adults and children around the world through a series of presentations and events at schools, libraries, conventions and festivals.
During his forty years as a teacher, he often used The Hobbit as a literacy unit in the classroom and shared Tolkien’s world with hundreds of students through reading stories, composing and art.
Now retired, Peter writes poems, songs and fantasy stories inspired by Tolkien’s Middle-earth as a hobby and shares his work in his presentations and with his friends. His continuing passion and writing has led to a selection of his work being chosen for this publication.
Sanit Klamchanuan is a Thai New Zealander, living in Wellington, New Zealand. He has always enjoyed drawing. This book is his first book and is his take on fairy tale creatures from around the world with a little Thai twist.
Robyn Kraft, sometimes published as Robyn Stone-Kraft, is a Cincinnati native and a cat lady with a serious rescue addiction. Her wine consumption, she insists, is because she’s a poet and not because she’s a wino. In addition to being a life long fantasy nerd, she enjoys playing video games that allow her to work off some of her anger issues, hiking, sometimes knitting, and drinking coffee while a cat tries to knock the mug out of her hand with his head. If you buy her a drink, she will happily tell you about her cats (or the dogs, if you prefer). If you buy her a lot of drinks, she’ll start lecturing you on history or literature, her academic passions. This is her third book of poetry with Oloris Publishing, and she has also written an area history book with Arcadia Publishing.
George Looney’s books include Meditations Before the Windows Fail (Lost Horse Press, 2015), Structures the Wind Sings Through (a book-length poem from Full/Crescent Press, 2014), Monks Beginning to Waltz (Truman State University Press, 2012), A Short Bestiary of Love and Madness (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2011), Open Between Us (Turning Point, 2010), The Precarious Rhetoric of Angels(White Pine Press, 2005), Attendant Ghosts (Cleveland State University Press, 2000), Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh (Bluestem Press, 1995), and the novella Hymn of Ash (Elixir Press, 2008). His poetry has earned an NEA Fellowship, as well as two Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Grants and one Individual Artist grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and won awards from such literary journals as The Missouri Review, New Letters, The Literary Review, and Zone 3. He founded the BFA in Creative Writing Program at Penn State Erie and serves as editor-in-chief of the international literary journal Lake Effect, translation editor of Mid-American Review, and he is the co-founder of the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival.
Jef Murray was an internationally known artist, illustrator, and essayist. His paintings, sketches, and writings sprout sporadically from the leaves of fantasy publications and calendars (Amon Hen, Mallorn, Beyond Bree, Silver Leaves, Mythprint) and Catholic journals (The St. Austin Review, Gilbert Magazine, The Georgia Bulletin, Integrated Catholic Life).
His paintings and sketches were included in shows in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His work also appeared in video courses and television specials on J.R.R. Tolkien produced by St. Benedict Press and EWTN.
Jef’s first book was Seer: A Wizard’s Journal (Oloris Publishing), a collection of illustrated essays and poems about rediscovering the hidden world around us.
His illustrations also appeared in Frodo’s Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings by Joseph Pearce; The Magic Ring: Deluxe Illustrated Edition by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque; Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien by Hilary A. R. Tolkien; and Divining Divinity by Joseph Pearce.
Jef provided the artwork for a documentary “Eru Ilúvatar: The Ethos of Tolkien’s Lore,” which won awards at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration, and Equality in 2015.
His website is www.jefmurray.com
Jef passed away on August 3, 2015. He was married to his soul mate, Lorraine, for 33 years.
David Rowe started reading The Lord Of The Rings at age seven and hasn’t stopped yet. Born in Sheffield, England, he has lived in four continents, now making his home in Charleston, SC, where he works for an Anglican church and teaches people how to make tea properly.
Ramon Rozas III
Ramon Rozas III lives in West Virginia with his wife Anita, their daughter, a dog and a quantum-indeterminate number of cats.
Ramon has been writing science fiction and fantasy, on and off, for almost as many decades as he has been reading it. His favorite SF authors are Larry Niven and Ken MacLeod. He also enjoys Mr. MacLeod’s “Scottish Invasion” comrades of Charles Stross and the late, much missed Iain Banks.
When he’s not revising his as-yet unpublished novel, or writing short stories, Ramon practices law in a small law firm in West Virginia and Maryland. You can follow his meandering thoughts at his blog, www.ramonrozasiii.blogspot.com, or on twitter at the handle @ramonrozas.
Aaron D. Siddall
Aaron D. Siddall is a life-long devotee to fantasy art. He has over ten years experience producing illustrations for games, magazines and educational books. His work includes educational publications, numerous tabletop games, short story illustration and miniature design. Aaron loves fantasy, folklore, myth, history, science and science fiction. He presently lurks in the wilds of Upstate New York with his beloved wife Kathleen, Nala the vermicious knid and many, many books.
Lara Sookoo has been writing since she could hold chalk. A member of the Federation of Canadian Poets, her work has appeared in local Toronto newspapers and community publications, the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, Silver Leaves Journal, and several anthologies including The Poetry of Yoga and Dreams of Kathmandu. She was the Founder and Director of The White Tree Fund and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Silver Leaves Journal from 2006 to 2014. Currently, she is an award-winning graphic designer and the CEO of Oloris Publishing LLC. Sometimes you will still catch her writing with chalk.
Emily Spahn lives in an old farmhouse on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and daughter. Her goal in life is to completely finish renovating at least one entire room someday. She keeps bees, sells honey, and spends entirely too much time writing stories, blog posts, and fanfiction.
Joe “The Wigit” Wilson
The fans and followers of The Quest Gaming Network know him as Joe “The Wigit” Wilson, podcast producer and personality. He is a self-admitted dreamer with an over-active imagination. Joe has a passion for video games, music, and writing.
Astrid Tuttle Winegar
Astrid Tuttle Winegar is the author of Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, which is available on the Amazon Kindle. Astrid has been cooking, baking, and reading fantasy (and plenty of other literature!) for over 40 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Latin and a master’s degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. She has loved C. S. Lewis since childhood, J. R. R. Tolkien since middle and high school, all Star things, both Trek and Wars, all things Whedon, and many other things besides… She lives in the enchanted city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and dog; she is also a mother and a grandmother.
Wolf first crossed into the material world in 1988. Left without means to return from whence he came, he has only been permitted to visit his home in dreams and with the application of his imagination. With nothing to occupy his time while he waits to be retrieved, he decided to pursue a writing career after an inspirational senior year with his Creative Writing teacher, Dixie Axt. The Forgotten Legacy Chronicles is the auto-biography of his first three incarnations (possibly four depending on how the cards play out), and has been a six-year project. Currently serving in the U.S. Air Force along with pursuing his dream of becoming an author, Wolf currently resides in Florida.
Adriane Zonker lives in Cincinnati and works as an e-Learning developer by day and a proud nerd by night. To be honest, her non-nerd disguise is about as convincing as a pair of glasses, which she wears of course. An avid supporter of all things fantasy and sci -fi, combined with a healthy appreciation for the dark and macabre, Adriane spends countless hours doodling, day dreaming, watching, reading, and gaming in her free time. Patiently she waits for the day when she will get her very own super power, she’s hoping for telekinesis or teleportation, the latter one specifically so she never has to get on an airplane again.