John Appel is a science fiction, fantasy, and RPG adventure writer. He’s a former US Army paratrooper, a long-time information security pro, a life-long gamer, rum enthusiast, and a historical fencer. Now retired from the IT trenches, he lives with his wife and two adult children smack between downtown Baltimore and downtown Annapolis and makes daily trips to the word mines. His debut novel ASSASSIN’S ORBIT was published by Rebellion in July 2021 and was a finalist for the 2022 Compton Crook Award. John is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and a founding member of the Maryland Space Opera Collective writing group (MD SPOC). He’s represented by Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates.