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Hollis Jo McCollum

I am a fantasy author, designer, podcaster, and all around silly person. I write two different fantasy book series: The Raashan Series and the Lost Beacon Chronicles. I'm also a proud author with 21 Chieftans Press, a woman owned and operated New York indie publisher.


The Raashan Series is a classic epic fantasy series that begins with the world of Raashan in a state of post apocalyptic chaos in To Save a World. The characters are not only trying to find themselves in a world in turmoil, but when they encounter a strange wizard, they learn of a disquieting prophecy in which they bear a responsibility that none are ready to accept.


Spare the Swallow is the origin story of the Lost Beacon Chronicles, which is a historical fantasy series that follows the unwilling immortal, Lucretia, as she wanders the earth in search of her purpose. This series also delves into psychological themes as the different books in the series illustrate Lucretia's emotional journey through the stages of grief and how they effect her. 

I design most of my own book covers and page layouts, as well as occasionally designing covers for fellow authors, like the award winning poetry book Behind Her City Eyes by Sarah Erin. ​

Also, I love cheese and romantic subplots.

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Elara Dunn

Elara Dunn is the author of the YA Fantasy Book, The Magic Locker: The Witch's Curse. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband and twin daughters. She is an accomplished fiber artist, specializing in weaving.

While participating in GISHWHES, Dunn realized the magnitude of the long-term effects bullying had on herself and others, shaping her into a fierce ally for those who deal with emotional and physical abuse. The idea of writing a book series centered around bullied kids came to her in a fever dream.

Dunn has always been interested in how other people live and has studied different cultures and religions. Understanding and embracing both our differences and commonalities has been a driving force in her life. She is a passionate civil rights advocate and volunteers assisting others with disabilities.

In her spare time, Dunn enjoys board games, trivia, and cosplay. She is an avid watcher of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. She hopes one day to own a red Plymouth Fury and order one of everything at the diner.

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