Our Authors (M-N-O)

Original thinkers, imaginative and creative world-builders, skilled crafters of short stories, Bear Publications proudly presents our writing team (in alphabetical order):

Donna McFarland

"Sam and the Dragon," Medieval Mars

Donna developed an early love for literature and writing. She also dreamed of becoming an astronaut and her first "chapter book," written when she was in the fifth grade, was a story about a family who moved to Mars.


Donna later contributed to her high school and college newspapers while working in book stores and libraries.


After earning a degree in piano performance from Wheaton College and a master's degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon, she taught at New Hope Christian College and currently teaches music theory at Northwest Christian University.

See more of her work at: https://duckandfriends.com/

A.K. Meek

"The Memory Dance", Mythic Orbits Vol.2

A mild-mannered management engineer by day, a mild-mannered writer by night. A.K. writes speculative, slipstream science fiction and fantasy.

He has penned alternate realities where robots are treated as gods fallen to earth, built cities filled to the brim with artificial animals, and crafted stories of alien invaders that can see human thought.

He has also dipped his hand in “Jericho” style post-apocalyptic fiction and birthed a fantastic world where truth and lie can occupy the same space. He lives in the Deep South, among the mosquitoes and magnolias, with his wonderful wife and menagerie of dogs and cats, and a wild rabbit that occasionally strays into the back yard for a visit.


See what he’s up to on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorakmeek/, and Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/akmeek/.


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Richard New

"Escapee," Mythic Orbits 2016

Richard is a believer in Jesus Christ and a long time reader of science fiction. After thirty-five plus years, Richard is still married to the love of his life, Carle. They have a son and daughter, and are the proud grandparents of two grandsons.


He has been published in Lines South, the quarterly publication of the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Society magazine (Vol 32, No.1, pages 34-38). Splickety Publishing's Lightning blog of December 22, 2015 has his story "Patrol Duty."


Check out his projects and posts at: http://www.richardnewauthor.com/



Kerry Nietz

"Graxin," Mythic Orbits 2016

Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft.


He is a husband, a father, a technophile, and a movie buff. He is the author of several award-winning novels, including A Star Curiously Singing, Freeheads, and Amish Vampires in Space.


Know more about this award-winning Science Fiction author at: https://www.nietz.com/



Kirk Outerbridge

"Nether Ore," Mythic Orbits 2016

Kirk lives with his wife Ria and two sons Miles and Macen in beautiful Bermuda.


He is a faithful member of the Church of Christ and is a professional engineer by training.

Andra Marquardt

"The Promise", Beatitudes & Woes

Andra, author of “The Promise,” writes both science fiction and fantasy and is an associate editor for Havok Magazine (goHavok.com).


Her day job is as a registered professional land surveyor in North Dakota.

She’s been happily married for 25 years and counting, and they have a son who loves to keep them on their toes.

They also own a yellow lab named Ruckus who suits her name perfectly.

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