J.L. HILTON is a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s with Star Wars, Star Trek, Narnia, Disney, Atari 2600, Apple ][, D&D, The Twilight Zone, Heinlein, Bradbury, and the original Battlestar Galactica. She wrote fan letters to Buck Rogers start Gil Gerard at the age of 9 and programmed an interactive text adventure on her TI-99/4A at 12.
She is the author of Stellarnet Rebel, 2013 EPIC Award finalist for best sci-fi ebook and winner of the Galaxy Award for Best Non-Traditional Romance, and its sequel Stellarnet Prince, both originally published by Carina Press (but now back in her own hands… stay tuned!). She also writes video game articles and fanfiction.
Since 2012, she’s participated in Illogicon, ConTemporal, StellarCon, ConCarolinas, Escapist Expo and other events, as an author, gamer, jewelry designer, and moderator.
- Founded the Raleigh “Can’t Stop the Serenity” annual charity event in 2006
- Featured in a Rings & Things article “Steampunk: The Ultimate in Vintage Fashion,” August 2008
- Contributed to Steampunk Style Jewelry during 2009, published in January 2010
Jen has a dusty old psych degree and a collection of eclectic skills including newspaper reporter, columnist, editor, calligrapher, tarot reader, poet, cake decorator, award-winning photographer, tying a cherry stem in a knot with her tongue, and remembering the lyrics to obscure songs.
Some of her real-life adventures include deciphering Mojave Desert petroglyphs with an archaeology professor, petting a tiger, visiting Thomas Jefferson’s bedroom, interviewing celebrity psychic Kenny Kingston, flying remote-control experimental military technology, having high tea at the Huntington mansion, studying ancient Irish history at Duke University, and learning authentic Elizabethan dialect to work for a master perfume maker at a Renaissance Faire.
Contact her at J.L.Hilton.author (at) gmail (dot) com or find her on social media:
Author website: JLHilton.com
Jewelry website: JLHjewelry.com
Twitch channel: Twitch.tv/jewelsmith
YouTube gaming channel: Jewelsmith
FAVORITE MOVIES & MUSICALS: The Crow, Legend, Howl’s Moving Castle, Strange Magic, Midnight Madness, Hawk the Slayer, Edward Scissorhands, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Mr. Sunshine, My Horrible Boss, North & South (BBC), Vicar of Dibley, Detectorists, Lucifer, Firefly, Babylon 5, ST: TNG, Deadwood, Twilight Zone
FAVORITE VIDEO GAMES: Skyrim, God of War, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, BioShock, BioShock 2, Dishonored DLC, Wolfenstein II
FAVORITE BOOKS: Les Miserables, Jane Eyre, Vanity Fair, The Book of Uncommon Prayer (Katherine Mosby)