MEDIA GUESTS

Published on: Jun 13 2014 by Winter Garden WonderFest

valeanoaiVale Anoa’i

Vale Anoa’i , daughter of wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Afa “The Wild Samoan”, is the author of seven books, WXW Rage TV host, board member of Usos- the Samoan Family Foundation, creator of Vale’s Buried Treasures, bellydancer, actress (The Wrestler, Rocky Balboa, Shooter, Down With The Boogey, and others), and businesswoman. From a very young age, she was constantly surrounded by the colorful, often outrageous, wild characters of the professional wrestling world, and has traveled around the world, setting her imagination on fire and providing her with countless subjects to write about. Her 7th book, Growing Up Wrestling, is a memoir of what it was like for her to grow up in that unique wrestling world, full of stories about different wrestlers and experiences as the daughter of a giant wrestling dynasty family.

 

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Scott M. Baker

Born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts and spent twenty-three years in northern Virginia working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Scott is now retired and lives in Gainesville, Florida as a full-time writer along with his wife and fellow author Alison Beightol and his stepdaughter. He has written The Vampire Hunters trilogy, about humans fighting the undead in Washington D.C., as well asRotter World, which details the struggle between humans and vampires during a zombie apocalypse. In September 2014, his fifth novel will be published; Yeitso is his homage to the giant monster movies of the 1950s that he loved watching as a kid. Scott is currently working on the next two books in the Rotter World saga and a series of young adult post-apocalyptic fiction.

 

carlosCarlos Cabaleiro

I grew up just outside of New York. The eldest of three talented siblings; fascinated by my imagination and the world of superheroes and fantasy. I graduated from Miami International University of Art and Design with a degree in Illustration and Graphic Design. I spent the first few years of my professional career as a graphic designer. I’ve worked for clients such as Upper Deck, Ocean Drive magazine, Bacardi advertising, Drew Baye HIT (High Intensity Training) and several independent comic book publishers (High Impact Studios, Aztec of the City, Future Earth Entertainment). Currently I have pencilled a story for THRILLBENT (www.thrillbent.com) titled BEST PARTY EVER written by Mark Rahner (published later this year). I’m a contributor to Rittenhouse Archives’ Marvel’s Dangerous Divas Series 2 sketch cards (out later this year), Breygent Marketing’s KRIS KRINGLE card set (Holiday 2014), and Upper Deck’s MARVEL 3D, AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON and ANTMAN card sets. I am also designing licensed apparel for Mascara de Latex (DC, Marvel and AMC).

 

guest-ricardochevereRicardo Chévere

After publishing his first title in the fantasy genre, DRAGONS: The Essential Ties, he received the prestigious Julia De Burgos Award for his early success as a new Hispanic author. So far, he has published the first two titles of his fantasy/adventure novel, DRAGONS, which he intends to make into a seven book series. These titles include: The Essential Ties & The Fury.

 

troncruz2David Cruz

Marathon runner and triathlete  David Cruz applies the same principles of training and focus to athletic competition as he does to competitive gaming. A Florida resident and longtime world record holder on the arcade classic Tron, David played over 23 hours to increase his record on Tron in 2011 with a score of 14,007,645 points. David has achieved a perfect game of Pacman, scoring 3,333,360 points, making him one of only a handful of people in history who have accomplished this feat.

 

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Brian Downes

Brian Downes is an Orlando novelist, gamemaster, and contributor to Florida Geek Scene. He’ll be signing his dark historical fantasy novel, The Berlin Fraternity, at Winter Garden WonderFest. It’s also available on the Kindle and Amazon.

 

 

guest-watsonwuWatson Wu

An American composer (ASCAP Writer), sound designer, and field recordist. Since 2001 Watson has been in the business of creating audio content for film, TV, ads, and video games. He and his team have worked on AAA titles such as Assassin’s Creed, Transformers, NCAA Football, Madden, The Need for Speed franchise, Red Orchestra 2, Operation Flashpoint, Warhawk, and many others.

 

Doctor Geek’s Lab of Applied Science

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Dr. Scott Viguié holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist and an attorney who has done extensive research on myths and their impact on modern archaeology and storytelling. He is routinely a guest at various science fiction and fantasy conventions, where he contrasts the depiction of archaeology in fiction with reality. He is the creator of Dr. Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, The Science From Fiction audio show; where the audience is brought closer to those who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow.

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Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Wicked series, the Crusade series and the Wolf Springs Chronicles series co-authored with Nancy Holder. Much of Debbie’s writing has a dark edge to it, including her retold fairy tales. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Kiss trilogy, and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie also writes adventure novels including the Tex Ravencroft adventures with her husband, Scott. When Debbie isn’t busy writing she enjoys spending time visiting theme parks. Debbie and Scott live in Florida with their cat, Schrödinger.