Storytellers Are Geeks Too
Mythbuilders is a collective of independently published authors that write commercial fiction. We're geeks that decided to make more of what we love. While most of us got our start in the LitRPG subgenre, you'll find that our interests range far and wide.
Our goal with this site is to create an all-inclusive community for fans of fantasy and science fiction across all media types. We want to level the playing field between creators and enthusiasts because we think everyone should live in both camps.
Whether you're brand new to the genre and you're looking for recommendations, or you're a die-hard fan that's got enough geek credits to buy a DeLorean...there's something here for you. Enter your email if you'd like a weekly digest with all our best stuff.
The Collective Members
Andrew Rowe is a professional game designer. He’s also worked at awesome companies like Blizzard Entertainment, Cryptic Studios, and Obsidian Entertainment. When he’s not crunching numbers for game balance, he runs Shades of Venaya, a swords and sorcery themed live-action role-playing game. In addition, he writes for pen and paper role-playing games. Aside from game design and writing, Andrew watches a lot of anime, reads a metric ton of fantasy books, and plays every role-playing game he can get his hands on.
Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe
James A. Hunter is a Colorado native, an active member with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the author of the Yancy Lazarus Series (Urban Fantasy), the Golem Chronicles (Urban Fantasy), and the litRPG series Viridian Gate Online. He’s also a father of two, a former Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously). When he’s not working, writing, or spending time with family, he occasionally finds time to eat and sleep.
Cataclysm, Viridan Gate Online by James A. Hunter
Jaron Lee Knuth
Jaron Lee Knuth was born in western Wisconsin in 1978. Suffering from multiple illnesses as a young child, he was forced to find an escape from his bedridden existence through the storytelling of any media he could find. Science fiction and fantasy novels, television programs, films, video games, and comic books all provided him with infinite worlds for his imagination to explore. Now he spends his days creating stories and worlds in the hope that others might find somewhere to escape as well.
Level Zero, The NextWorld Series by Jaron Lee Knuth
I am a writer of LitRPG, that focuses more on character development then how Overpowered the character can get. I work a full-time job currently and am considering the plunge into full-time writer. I worked over 16 years in the Food industry and now work in the Public sector. I published my first book to fill a void I thought I had seen in the genre I love most LitRPG.
Gamer for Life by Daniel Schinhofen
Mythbuilders Staff & Partners
Ben Ryker is a poorly recovered gaming addict and tech entrepreneur. He publishes heroic fantasy that includes magitek elements and notoriously gray characters. At some point he'd like to turn his small fiction imprint into a full-fledged production company. So say we all.
Ready Player One by Some Dude That Isn't Ben
Danijel is a movie buff and a sci-fi nerd with plenty of opinions and way too much time on his hands. He believes that with endless amounts of entertainment available today and only so much free time, people could use reviewers to point them towards the titles that will be worth their while. So he writes about movies, books, comics and TV shows, mostly for fun and sometimes even profit. He's also a massive re-tweeter and an occasional facebook poster with a personal page he mostly uses to store his old reviews.
Valerie finds time to immerse herself in geek culture while traveling the world and caring for her small family. She got her B.A. in 2010 from Grinnell College, and since then she has lived in China and Mexico, soon to be Nicaragua. No matter where she is in the world, the geek community makes sure that she never feels far from home. She makes her living teaching and writing online.
Robin Parrish is a pop culture expert and full-time writer from North Carolina. He's written for dozens of publications across a 20+ year career, including Tech Times, Screenrant, Geek Magazine, about.com, SplashPress Media, b5media, and more. He's also a professional novelist, author of a dozen titles (and counting) such as Offworld, about astronauts returning to Earth only to find that every human being alive is inexplicably gone; and Nightmare, a chilling thriller about ghost hunters who uncover a conspiracy while visiting the most haunted places in America.
Chris Snellgrove is an English professor by day and a full-time geek by night. He enjoys books, games, comics, and cosplay (though usually not at the same time). When he's not hanging out with his family or tweaking his latest cosplay creations, you can usually find him reading anything written by Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Gail Simone, or Grant Morrison. Around the gaming table, he prefers Settlers of Catan, Dead of Winter, and Adventure Time Munchkin. And when it comes to video games, it's tough to tear his hands away from Overwatch, Battlefront, and Marvel Heroes!
Wil Kenney is an avid reader and writer of SFF and weird fiction. He studies fiction in the Midwest.
Born the daughter of a software engineer and a bibliophile, Natasha was pretty much destined to be a geek. She grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons, programming, reading all sorts of speculative fiction, and attending Comic-Con. When it came time for college, Natasha earned her degree in English with a focus on creative writing. She now lives with her husband and her dog, Captain Tight Pants (a Browncoat with a brown coat) in Utah. Oh… and she can make a pretty mean mac’ n’ cheese.