Track Director:

Carol, a former librarian, worked as a reviewer and editor at Bitten by Books for seven years, where she also wrote a column on genre television. Aside from reading and reviewing extensively in the Urban Fantasy genre, Carol spends as much free time as possible with her three amazing grandsons. Having worked as a moderator for five years on the Horror/Dark Fantasy track here at Dragon Con, Carol has plenty of exciting programming in store for fans on the Urban Fantasy track.

Erika is a fan and aspiring author of both urban and high fantasy. While not reading or writing, she can usually be found doing other creative hobbies like drawing and belly dancing. She currently holds a master’s degree in psychology with concentrations in counseling and parapsychology; she plans to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology while still pursuing her writing career.

Jennifer is a lifelong book-a-holic and recent convention addict. She works as a bookseller, runs a book club, has her own book reviews/ promotion website, and directs Coastal Magic UF/PNR Convention. She loves spending time with her family and friends, both in person and online. Outside of the book world, Jennifer loves to budget-travel and scrapbook her adventures. Her time at Dragon Con is generally split between the UF, YA Lit, Tolkien, and Alternate History Tracks.

Karen started reading when she was seven-years-old, thanks to her aunt, who is a retired middle school teacher.  Her journey into the literary world started off in horror then moved to the Classics and now anything she can get her hands on from Science Fiction to World History to Urban Fantasy.  She is an aspiring writer from Macon, GA.  She has one book out that she’s self-published.  She is never without her big bag stuffed with a book to read, a journal to write in, pencils and pens, and her favorite tarot deck.

Kevin is a professional tattoo artist in Marietta, Georgia, a husband, and a father. In his spare time he plays too many video games and watches too much UFC and professional wrestling.

Lea is an avid reader. She owns more books than bookcase space allows, and is constantly looking for new books to read or snuggling up with an old favorite. In her spare time she is an aspiring writer and works as a Donations Coordinator for a local animal rescue in Macon, Ga. Lea has been a volunteer at Dragon Con for the past 8 years in VIP Guest Registration, but her main reason for coming to the Con every year is to meet the various authors and listen to their life stories, gain their insight and advice, and make lifelong friends.

Melinda is a veterinary assistant and non-profit professional who loves the dash of delight that geekdom brings to her life. An avid fan of high fantasy, sci-fi, linguistics, travelling, and fairy tales, Urban Fantasy was the perfect new addition to her constellation of geekdom. Volunteering with various departments at DragonCon since 2009 (with the occasional break for travelling the world), Melinda is ecstatic to spend more time with Urban Fantasy, diving into the rich and exciting worlds that our authors, film makers and producers have created.


Sheila is a married mother of two with lots of pets. By day, she works for the State of Georgia as an Information Architect (programmer/analyst ). Having been in love with vampires from a young age, she used to run home from school to watch Dark Shadows and Blacula. These days she spends countless hours reading vampire novels, as well as watching and re-watching her favorite shows (Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Being Human – anything with a bite to it). She loves the rush that Dragon Con brings and volunteering is just a little slice of happy that she looks forward to every year.