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Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez have been best friends for more than four decades. They both grew up in Los Angeles, California and share a passion for mystery and science fiction. This passion lead them to create the forever young and beautiful daughter of darkness, Lucinda.

While creating Lucinda’s Pawnshop, as producing partners, they collaborated on such titles as Bloody Proof and El Grito, a dual language, straight-to-video detective film shot in English and in Spanish and Humphrey the Bear for Galavision. They also produced the 2001 Imagine Awards, 200 episodes of the syndicated home improvement television show Home Magazine, and others. Paul and Hope have also created and developed for the young adult market an exceptionally fun board game called SPIN, SKIN and WIN and are currently developing it into a television show.

During their careers the two have held various positions in the entertainment industry. Paul, the position of executive vice president of operations for Wilshire Court Productions (a Viacom television production company) as well as president at Paloma Productions, a production company specializing in dual language programming for television and film production. Hope has always been an entrepreneur, owning Post Solutions, a video post-production facility and Electronic Location Productions, a mobile television production company, as well as Command Concepts a full-service advertising agency.

To assist in bringing Lucinda’s story into the literary world, Hope and Paul enlisted the help of Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff as a collaborator. Maya is a New York Times best-selling author of science fiction, fantasy and alternate history, as well as a performing and recording artist with her husband, Jeff. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the best-selling The Last Jedi: Star Wars (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights – Legends) with Michael Reaves (Lucas Books, 2013). Her short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Analog, Interzone, Baen’s Universe and Amazing Stories. Maya was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Best First Novel Award in 1990 and is a founding member of Book View Cafe—a publishing collective of professional authors established in 2008 on the theory that you can never have too many books.
All three reside in California: Marquez in West Hollywood, Schenk-de Michele in Toluca Lake with her husband of 22 years, and Bohnhoff with her family in San Jose.