John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the best-selling author of the EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?”
A graduate of Winthrop University, John lives in Charlotte with his wife Suzy and a very demanding cat. In other lives, he has been an actor, lighting designer, theatre consultant, salesman, electronics technician, and arts administrator. He put his theatre performance degree to good use in the early 2000s, when he served as Managing Director of the Off-Tryon Theatre Company and President of both the Metrolina Theatre Association and the North Carolina Theatre Conference.
Since turning from stage to page, John has published over 20 short stories, half a dozen novels, a good fistful of novellas, and several anthologies. John is the author of the Bubba the Monster Hunter series of comic shorts, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter novella series, and the creator and co-editor of the Big Bad anthology series, among other projects.
In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a publishing conglomerate dedicated to pushing the boundaries of literature and entertainment.
In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and recording new episodes of the podcast Authors & Dragons, where he plays a Pathfinder game with five other fantasy authors. John is also a contributor to the Magical Words group blog. An avid Magic: the Gathering player, John is strong in his nerd-fu and has sometimes been referred to as “the Kevin Smith of Charlotte, NC.” And not just for his girth.
Website – http://johnhartness.com
Podcast - http://literateliquors.libsyn.com/
Patreon – http://www.patreon.com/johnhartness
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/johnghartness
Magical Words – http://magicalwords.net
Twitter - @johnhartness