J.L. HILTON is a storyteller and jewelsmith living in North Carolina. She is the author of the Stellarnet Series, Stellarnet Rebel published by Carina Press in January 2012 and the sequel Stellarnet Prince, due out in November 2012. She is an ongoing contributor to the Contact-Infinite Futures SF/SFR blog.
Her original jewelry designs are featured in the books "Steampunk Style Jewelry" and "1000 Steampunk Creations." Her graphic art has been made into tattoos, t-shirts, and tank drums.
The author's real-life adventures include newspaper reporting, award-winning artistic and journalistic photography, deciphering petroglyphs, a degree in psychology, visiting Thomas Jefferson's bedroom, tarot reading, flying experimental military technology, and studying ancient Irish history at Duke University. She is the founder of both the Triangle Jewelry Makers and her city's "Can't Stop the Serenity" Browncoat charity screening to benefit Equality Now and Kids Need to Read.