Armed with an English degree from Ripon College and an MBA from Chicago’s Stuart School of Business, Blake has thrived for over two decades in the shadowed back-office realms of the financial industry.
After gradate school and a seven year run as Chief Compliance Officer for a Chicago-based hedge fund, Blake was a founding member of two high-tech startup firms that specialized in the surveillance of communication and trade order records.
He can most easily be found at literary conventions, hosting writing workshops, and award-winning Beer and Books parties.
He currently solves financial crimes in Chicago during the day and gives life to wild fantasies during the blackest hours of night.
Deanna Sjolander graduated in 2004 with a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and has been writing and editing since.
She is an active committee member for several science-fiction and fantasy conventions and dedicated ten years as Committee Lead and Fundraising Chair for the In Your Write Mind Workshop in partnership with Seton Hill University.
She is currently the Senior Editor and COO for Rook Creek Books, a freelance editor, and voice actor.
Deanna's debut novel, Sophie and the G-Man, is due out in August of 2020.
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