E. C. Ambrose is the author of "The Dark Apostle" series of historical fantasy novels, beginning with Elisha Barber (July, 2013, DAW), and continuing with Elisha Magus,(DAW forthcoming in July 2014), and further volumes in the series. Published works include "Spoiler Alert" (non-fiction, Clarkesworld, January 2013), "The Romance of Ruins" (non-fiction,Clarkesworld, March, 2012), "Custom of the Sea," winner of the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction Contest 2012, "The Burning" (Penguin Specials e-book) and "Carver" (Fireside, May, 2014). The authoris currently working on a historical fantasy about clockworks and cannons set in Sung Dynasty China during the Mongol invasion, under the working title The Mandate of Heaven. The authoris a graduate of the Odyssey Writing workshop, a participant in the Codex on-line neo-pro writers' workshop, and a member of the Cambridge Science Fiction Writers Workshop.
As Elaine Isaak, she is the author of the fantasy novel The Singer's Crown (Eos, 2005), its sequel The Eunuch's Heir (Eos, 2006), and The Bastard Queen (Swimming Kangaroo,2010). "The Princess, the Witch and the Watchmaker's Heart" appeared in Escape Clause: A Speculative Fiction Annual (ed. Clelie Rich, Ink Oink Press, 2009). "The Disenchantment of KivronOx-master," was reprinted in Prime Codex (ed. Schoen, Paper Golem, 2008). Her story "Joenna's Ax" in Clash of Steel Book 3: Demon (ed. Armand Rosamilia, Carnifex Press, 2006) isset in the same world as novella "Winning the Gallows Field" (Elysian Fiction, 2002) and both are available as e-books. Elaine's recent publications are "My Mother's People" in thecharity anthology Breaking Waves, available at www.bookviewcafe.com, with proceeds to support the Gulf oil spill cleanup, "Memento Mori," in Live Free or Undead (ed. RickBroussard, Plaidswede, 2010), and "Merge," in Live Free or Sci-Fi (ed. Rick Broussard, Plaidswede, 2013). Elaine is proud to be the editor of the fourth volume of New Hampshire PulpFiction, Love Free or Die, (Plaidswede, 2014), and to be co-editing the forthcoming fifth volume, Live Free or Ride, the Concord Coach anthology, with Rick Broussard.
In addition to writing, Elaine works as an adventure guide. Past occupations include founding a wholesale business, selecting stamps for a philatelic company, selling equestrian equipment, and portraying the Easter Bunny on weekends. Elaine lives in New Hampshire with two lovely children and a very supportive spouse where she spends too much time in a tiny office in New Hampshire with a mournful black lab lurking under the desk. She creates wearable art clothing, including two pieces accepted for "All That Jazz," the 2014 Convergence Fiber Arts Conference runway fashion show. She blogs about the intersections between history and fantasy at ecambrose.wordpress.com. Sample chapters and a short story set in Elisha's world can found online at www.theDarkApostle.com.