Angel Leigh McCoy wears the mantles of storyteller, writer, game designer, editor, and audio producer.
She founded and produces the fiction podcast at WilyWriters.com, designs story for the PC game Guild Wars 2 (@ ArenaNet), and edits anthologies such as DEEP CUTS, a horror anthology just out in Feb 2013.
She has had two recent short story publications, one in the CLOCKWORK CHAOS anthology, and a “choose-your-own-adventure” science-fiction romance on SilkWords.com.
Her fiction has killed many trees.
Ellen Datlow awarded her short story “Crack O’Doom” (printed in the anthology Fear of the Dark) an honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, volume 4, 2012.
Neil Gaiman handed her an award and shook her hand for her short story “Coquettrice” at the World Horror Convention 1999 (one of the magical moments of her early career!).
Angel believes strongly in doing her part to advance the careers of other writers. She not only publishes them at WilyWriters.com and in her anthologies, but she also mentors them and teaches the occasional workshop.
She got her first taste of online and multiplayer storytelling in the late 80s when she discovered MUSHes and learned MUSH code to guide stories for dozens of players.
Later, in the 90s, she became the first East Central Regional Storyteller for the Camarilla, guiding stories across thousands of players in five states, as well as supporting the national and international stories in the game.
Throughout the 90s, she did freelance game design for companies such as White Wolf, FASA, and West End Games.
In the early 00s, she was hired as the first female game designer on the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast.
Over the course of five years at Microsoft Game Studios, she worked on the web team and shipped such titles as Zoo Tycoon 2, Rise of Nations, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Shadowrun, Crimson Skies, Conker, Blinx, Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark Zero, and many others.
At Xbox.com, she was the game correspondent Wireless Angel.