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Following 25 years of military service as a US Army Ranger and Paratrooper, Brendan Wilson retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Then, he joined NATO, where he served as a Defense Planner and Diplomat for the next 15 years. During the course of his 40 years of work as a soldier and diplomat, he saw service in war-torn Libya, Ukraine, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Iraq. 


A former coach and team captain for a military martial arts competition team, he holds master ranking (8th Dan) in two different martial arts and won the silver medal in the 2009 US Open for Taekwondo. In 2022, he was inducted into the American Martial Arts Alliance Hall of Honor, and in 2024, he was awarded the Grandmaster of the Year Award by Action Martial Arts Magazine.


In retirement, Wilson turned his efforts to filmmaking. He wrote and produced two award-winning short films (Doug’s Christmas and A Child Lies Here) and served as executive producer for twelve episodes of the award-winning web series Greetings! From Prison, starring SNL's Emmy-winning Chris Redd and Phillip Edward Van Lear (Prison Break, The Chicago Code, The Boss).


Returning from two decades abroad as a military officer and diplomat and moved by seeing human lives upended in war-torn areas, Brendan earned his law degree and plans to volunteer to help those in need. A former assistant professor who taught military history at the University of Colorado, Wilson holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Berne University and a JD from Northwestern California School of Law.


Brendan is the author of two science fiction novels in the Mei Ling Lee series: The Achilles Battle Fleet and Warrior Goddess.


Wilson lives a quiet life in Dekalb, Illinois. He spends his days writing, hiking, studying law, and practicing martial arts with his beloved wife, Kay.



HARMONY ZHANG is an actress from Tucson, Arizona. She is a recent MFA graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she appeared in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Maria/Lisa Simpson), The House of Bernarda Alba (Angustias), and The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! (Violet). Her regional credits include the world premiere of Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins at Strawdog Theatre Company, and Kentucky (Sophie) at The Gift Theatre. Her film credits include BJ's Mobile Gift Shop (official selection of the Sundance 2021 Film Festival), and Noodles and Incense (directed by Rey Tang). Harmony loves watching the Star Wars films and The Mandalorian with her husband, as well as playing with her three cats.

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