Michael Haase is a writer, ER nurse, and musician, but more importantly, he is a proud and happy father and husband. In his journeys as a writer, Michael has made friendships with authors from all over the world. The talent, drive, and motivation he noticed in these friends inspired Michael to create Writing Bloc in 2018 as a way for authors to unite and help one another navigate this business of writing and publishing. After less than a year, Writing Bloc has already stood out in the indie publishing world as a force to be reckoned with, and the momentum will soon carry over into multiple publications, a podcast, and more. Michael lives in Cleveland with his wife, children, dogs, and piles of manuscripts.
Cari Dubiel is the Head of Books and Editing for Writing Bloc. She is the author of the forthcoming novel How to Remember, which won the 2017 Hugh Holton Award from the Midwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Her anthology of short stories, All the Lonely People, was chosen by Library Journal for free distribution to public libraries via OverDrive. Cari served as the Library Liaison to the National Board of Sisters in Crime for five years and currently serves as a library advisor; she is active in her local chapter, Northeast Ohio, as well. Cari is also a librarian, speaker, adjunct professor, bassoonist, mom, and podcaster.
Becca Spence Dobias won her first writing contest at the age of 5 when her short essay about computers earned an award from her local school board. At 12, she officially became a published writer with a poem appearing in Girls’ Life Magazine. Her writing dreams persisted as she wrote for her middle school, high school, and college newspapers and as an occasional freelancer. In 2012, she began to explore fiction and completed the first draft of her novel, Rock of Ages, which is currently in production with Inkshares. Becca lives in California, where she plays the ukulele, practices mindfulness meditation, and hangs out with her two young children.
Jacqui Castle is an author and freelance writer living in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC. Her dystopian science-fiction novel, The Seclusion, was named the winner of the North Carolina Author Project, a finalist for the national Indie Author Project award, and a Foreword Indies award winner in Science Fiction. The sequel to The Seclusion is currently in production. When not writing, she can be found consuming too much caffeine.
Robert Batten is the author of Blood Capital, a dystopian sci-fi novel about the struggle to reclaim humanity, set in the ruins of Sydney. It is being developed and published by Inkshares after winning two major prizes in the 2016 Launch Pad competition: the Inkshares Publishing Prize and Ridley Scott / Scott Free Guaranteed Option Prize.
Robert loves speculative fiction, reading everything from hard sci-fi, to epic fantasy, and everything in between. Authors who’s work he particularly loves include David Eddings, Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Sarah J. Maas, V.E. Schwab, Laini Taylor, Garth Nix, Terry Pratchett, and Douglas Adams, among many others.
Christopher Lee is the independent author of Nemeton and Bard Song. Outside of his gig as an author, he is an avid history buff, amateur mythologist, bardic poet, Holistic Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher, Mindfulness Practitioner, and keeper of the old ways.
Christopher lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two cats.