David R. Slayton (he/him) grew up in Guthrie, Okla., where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver and writes the books he always wanted to read. His debut, "White Trash Warlock," was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. In 2015, Slayton founded Trick or Read, an initiative to give out books along with candy to children on Halloween as well as uplift lesser-known authors or those from marginalized backgrounds. Slayton is a regular speaker and panelist at fan cons and writing conferences. "Dark Moon, Shallow Sea" is his new book. Find him online at www.DavidRSlayton.com.