Stacie Adams is a drinker with a writing problem. She’s currently working on a novel and hopes to complete it before the world ends in 2012. She lives in Pittsburgh with her common law husband and a turtle named Pierre. When she’s not reading or writing she’s at the bar telling people about the time she saw Queens of the Stone Age in a fortress in Germany.
01/15/12, My Little Accident
Merril Allyson is writing through the empty nest syndrome with her two dogs, her computer, and her books. She enjoys reading, writing, and the outdoors.
02/14/13, Number 13
Carol Ayer worked at a park like the one in this story in the 1980s. As far as she knows, the story is not based on real-life events. She usually writes romance, but realizes some people consider romance and horror to be the same thing. Visit her at CarolAyer.com.
01/17/13, Innocence Lost and Regained
Mary Ann Back:
Ms. Back, of Mason, Ohio, was awarded the 2009 Bilbo Award for creative writing by Thomas More College. The characters she creates are from the wrong side of the tracks and are not to be trusted. She kicks them out of the house every chance she gets when some unwitting publisher agrees to take them off her hands. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including: Short Story America, Every Day Fiction, Bete Noire, Apollo’s Lyre, Eclectic Flash, 50 to 1, Flashes in the Dark, A Twist of Noir, The Loyalhanna Review, Flash Fiction Chronicles, and Screenwriters’ Daily.
05/25/12, Aces and Alibis
Burt Baum is 77 years old and still young enough to write about affairs even if (as he says) it has become increasingly difficult for him to have them! He retired from his work as an industrial chemist about 15 years ago and has been writing (mainly short stories) ever since. Burt’s work has appeared in the “St. Paul Pioneer Press”, “Elysian Fields”, “The Storyteller”, “The Wall” and “Reflections”.
02/27/12, Tight Shoes
Karen Beatty thinks of life as a river, coming and going, surging and flowing. Born in Eastern Kentucky near the temperamental Lickin’ River and reared in New Jersey beside the Raritan River, Beatty served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1960s, along the mighty Mekong River bordering Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Finally, she settled between the Hudson River and the East River, on the isle of Manhattan. She likes her music gritty and soulful (Bonnie Rait, Neil Young) and there is always a song in her head, whether she’s delivering medical supplies to Cuba or trekking the mountain jungles of Laos to converse with Buddhist monks in training.
11/08/11, It Won’t Happen
Mickey Bell lived in Korea for four years after graduating from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a BA in English. While in Korea, he taught English as a second language and published a writing textbook. He has another book coming out this year in Korea about helping parents teach their children English. Since returning to Philadelphia recently with his Korean wife, he has been teaching, tutoring, writing, and eating way too many Twizzlers.
03/14/13, The Body of Carly Brinkley
Eleanor Leonne Bennett:
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010. See more of Eleanor Bennett at EleanorLeonneBennett.zenfolio.com.
04/24/13, Four Photos
Folly Blaine is a writer living in Seattle, Washington. Although she grew up near Los Angeles, her only brush with fame was sharing an armrest with Viggo Mortensen at an Argentinean ballet. He seemed nice. Technically she was also an extra in a music video, but we don’t talk about that. Folly’s work has appeared in Every Day Fiction and 10Flash Quarterly, and will be part of a new anthology Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations scheduled for release in March 2012. You can find her online at her writing blog, Maybe It Was the Moonshine.
01/19/12, The Hero Garden
As a superstitious child, Jenny Bohatch once asked for a sign from the spirits while using a Ouija board. Her Magic 8-Ball promptly fell off a nearby bookcase.
06/11/12, In Search of a Good Séance
Almost single-handed, using nothing more than a manual Remington typewriter that probably was War World II surplus, Tony Brown kept south Florida safe from invasion during his four-year Air Force tour. A graduate of East Carolina University’s Journalism program, and a former writer for several publications, his work has won two competitions and been published extensively.
His work has appeared in/been accepted by Foliate Oak (University of Arkansas), Notes Magazine, Long & Short Review, In Between Altered States, Bartleby Snopes, Sleeping Cat Books, Leodegraunce, Word Gumbo, Vapid Kitten (UK), The Write Place At the Write Time, Short-Story Me, Gemini, One Forty Fiction, Down in the Dirt, Midwest Literary Review, Blink Ink, Postcard Shorts, Whortleberry Press, The Storyteller, Fifty Word Stories, Righter Review, two Sleeping Cat Books anthologies, and elsewhere.
11/01/12, For Mama
Glendaliz Camacho studied English literature at Fordham University, and her writing has appeared in DTM Magazine, Miami New Times, The Acentos Review and Whistling Shade, among others. She is also an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) summer workshops. Camacho knits, struggles with speaking Italian and working out when she’s not yelling for someone to please fill the ice cube trays after they use them.
Bryan Carrigan hasn’t quite figured out what his biography should say. He’ll get back to you with more, later.
Salena Casha’s work has appeared in over twenty publications but she’d give up every one of them to see another live Coldplay concert (except for the short story published in Infective Ink for The Affair theme). She enjoys drinking coffee, preferably made for her, while rewriting the future. Follow her on twitter @salaylay_c
02/15/12, Still Life
01/03/13, Found Wanting
Jane Chisnall loves the characters she writes about, even though for the most part they are nutsbananas-crazyglue insane. As well as having work appear at the magnificent Infective Ink, she has a story forthcoming at the marvellous Bewildering Stories.
03/25/13, A Love Like No Other
04/04/13, They Are Out to Get Me
Clifton, forty years a cop, has been shot at, shot, stabbed, sued, lied to and about, and often misunderstood. He’s retired to a dusty north Texas ranch waiting to see what happens next. He has an M.S. from Abilene Christian University.
09/24/12, Patients and Inmates
02/07/13, Bug Eyed Monsters
04/22/13, Double Down
Ted Conti, Jr.:
Ted Conti, Jr. continues to reside from 8 to 4 Monday through Friday in the insurance industry. He has a new job and is helping people better understand the claims process. He just hopes someone can explain it to him someday. In between phone calls, e-mails, and preparing spreadsheets and reports, Ted’s mind wanders out into the cosmos looking for stories to tell. He tells those stories with the help of a nifty laptop, a copy of Scrivener, lots of Rush, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Tool, Porcupine Tree and other loud music. He knows though, that he is nothing with his family, dogs, cats, and beer fridge.
02/06/12, Straight Down the Middle
09/15/12, Straight Down the Middle, Part II
Bob Cornell has been married to the same girl for 49 years. He is a college graduate. He has two daughters that live in the same general vicinity who have produced three inspiring grandchildren. He has written 6 non-fiction books which have not been published and has written for local newspapers. He loves to write and hopes that his stories are well enjoyed.
02/18/11, The Wrath of the Zombies
02/15/11, The Skirt
01/21/11, The Wrath of the Zombies
Theresa Daskalakis has no idea why anyone would want to know more about her and her writing. Born fully attitudinal and hailing from the borough of Queens, N.Y., most of her past life remains a mystery. She is rarely seen in public and never talks about where her inspiration comes from. The little that is known about her is even questionable as she frequently lies. Public records indicate she is currently spending an abnormally long time at Antioch University in Los Angeles, pursuing her B.A. degree in Creative Writing. It is unlikely she will graduate.
Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Oxford American, and Slipstream. Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.
11/29/11, The Scent of My Dreams, also available in audio at MyAudioUniverse.com
Chris Deal writes from Huntersville, North Carolina. He enjoys frying plantains: add a little touch of salt and some brown sugar and bam, delicious. Find him online at Chris-Deal.com.
01/18/11, The Song
Edmund De Santis:
Edmund De Santis wrote mainly for the theatre for many years, but recently turned to fiction and is exhilarated by not having the strictures placed on him by the form of the play. He is the author of many plays that have been produced across the United States. Several have been published, including Making Peter Pope, The Language of Kisses and the award winning Recensio. His short story, “Johnny My Love” is being published in the upcoming issue of Evening Street Review. He was born in the Midwest some time in the twentieth century, but has spent most of his life in New York City. He currently lives with two cats. He received a B.A. from Miami University and an M.A. in Theatre and Film from Hunter College.
06/14/12, Out of Body
Brandon Diaz is an Oakland based fiction writer and a graduate of the San Francisco State University Creative Writing program. After a journalistic stint with the online music magazine, GreenShoelace.com, Diaz began teaching Creative Writing, and is set to become the editor-in-chief of the short fiction anthology AuntieChrist. He is an avid reader, and loves to write prose poetry and flash-fiction.
02/24/12, To Howl
Chris Doerner has been at different times in his life, a consultant for folks with disabilities, a free-lance videographer, an Indie film producer and most recently, an antiques and collectibles auctioneer. He vowed two years ago to return to creative writing and has been hacking away at it ever since.
01/12/12, Superhero (ret.)
Shana Figueroa is currently an officer in the United States Air Force and is stationed in Ohio with her husband and two young daughters. She writes fiction in her spare time, with the goal of one day becoming a full-time author. Figueroa’s work has been published in the Duffel Blog, an online humorous fake news outlet, and in the e-zine Inner Sins.
01/31/13, You Should Not Have Asked
Richard Flores IV:
Richard Flores IV is a writer of Speculative Fiction living in Vacaville, California. He has been published in Cygnus Journal and Liquid Imagination Online. His novel Dissolution of Peace will be released in September 2012. Richard fits writing around raising his three young boysand posting mildly amusing jokes on Facebook and Twitter. He also enjoys working out. That last sentence is not true, but he insisted it be put in this bio. For more about Richard Flores IV, visit FloresFactor.wordpress.com
09/03/12, Miles to Go
J. L. deGarie’s bucket list includes running a marathon, learning to make home-brewed beer, and being nominated for either a Hugo or a Nebula award (or both!). You can find J. L. online at jldegarie.wordpress.com. Don’t forget to download J.L.’s short story collection: The Devil Went Down to Iowa and Other Stories.
12/27/11, The Devil Went Down to Iowa
Chaitali Gawade is a content writer for an online publishing house by day. At night, she is an aspiring writer fueled by tea and coffee.
02/22/12, Dear Diary
Nancy Gibson is an old lady with a wild imagination. She writes short stories about djinns, angels, leprechauns, cajun mystics, and talking furniture. When she’s not writing she’s one of the “ladies that lunch.” Gibson lives in rural Arkansas, near Hot Springs, with her three cats and three dogs.
01/24/13, The Djinn
Diane D. Gillette:
Diane D. Gillette has an MFA from Emerson College, a day job teaching some really great students, and two demanding cats. Her short fiction has appeared in such journals as Hobart, Sniplits, Inch, flashquake, and The Molotov Cocktail. She is also an Assistant Managing Editor at Chicago Quarterly Review. When she is not busy enjoying Chicago with the love of her life, she is hard at work on her first novel. For more of her work or to contact her, please visit DiGillette.com
Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. He and his wife, Jane, lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their little Shih Tzu, Sophia.
01/28/13, Be Careful What You Ask For
Eric Gonzalez is an international Aid worker, traveling the world seeking understanding, creating new definitions of sin and devoting his time and mind to making the world a better place. While he’s at it he likes to write; he has not published extensively, mostly because he likes to write more then he likes to publish.
02/13/12, The Light
James Hartley is a former computer programmer. Originally from northern New Jersey, he now lives in sunny central Florida. He has published two fantasy novels, The Ghost of Grover’s Ridge and Magic Is Faster Than Light and has two more, “Teen Angel” and “Cop With a Wand,” due out soon. He has had stories published in the “Desolate Places”, “Strange Mysteries 1,2,&3″, “Book of Exodi,” “Christmas in Outer Space,” and Free Range Fairy Tales” anthologies, and in various e-zines and print magazines. He is currently working on a new novel, “Magic to the Rescue.” He is a member of IWOFA and the Dark Fiction Guild. Visit him at teenangel.netfirms.com.
12/13/11, The Late Night Ghost
Jeanne M. Haskin:
Jeanne M. Haskin @jeannehaskin is a serial Tweep on Twitter, but only at ungodly hours. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and two teddy bears and is the creator of Eebil Authors on Eebil Island, where writers in pajamas poke fun at the craft of writing and barbeque plot bunnies. If she reviews your entry and writes “Meanie!” assume you’re an Eebil Author. If she writes it more than three times, you might just be the Debble. Her newest fantasy novel, Love, War and Magic, is too sad and too silly, not to mention romantic.
01/27/11, How to Rent to a Virgin
As an aspiring writer, Shay Hatten has written three novels, several screenplays, and dozens of short stories. One such short story was recently published on TheFictionShelf.com, and a screenplay, titled Another Life, currently resides on Amazon Studio’s, Notable Projects list. As well as an avid reader and aspiring writer, Hatten is an active environmentalist and has taken multiple trips to Mexico to aid in Sea Turtle conservation. More information can be found at ShayHatten.com
Aaron Z. Hawkins:
Aaron Z. Hawkins is a robot, programed by a handful of the best and laziest computer science majors to smash a keyboard repeatedly for hours a day. His programmers say he loves long walks on the beach, but love may be too strong of a descriptor for a robot. His work has not appeared in Tin House, The Cincinnati Review, or Ploughshares, but smashing away at the keyboard is all he knows.
05/13/13, A Mother’s Love
Katherine Indovina spends a lot of time sleeping. When she is not sleeping, she tries to find out how to turn sleeping into a profitable business venture. Until then, Katherine hides in a scary basement. In the basement, she writes and curses the gods for bestowing her with narcolepsy. Her first novel, The Definitive Guide to Rochester New York is now available, and she is working on her next book with Pro Se Press. Keep up with her at KMIndovina.wordpress.com
08/09/12, Love Letter to Tommy
Between the grind of oil rigs and grading essays, Seth Johnson is trying to earn his PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has no other publications, yet, but the rejection slips at least deliver a dollar menu degree of authentic (but optimistically malnutritious) sustenance.
03/15/12, Neighborhood Watch
Nick Johns doesn’t go anywhere much. He can’t get Google map directions from his start point; since for the past two years he has lived in retirement.
07/231/12, Against All Odds
Rebecca Jones-Howe quit university to pursue of her dream of writing dirty stories with “literary” merit. Her work has appeared in L’Allure des Mots and Solarcide, among others. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia, and can be stalked online at RebeccaJonesHowe.com
07/24/12, Quarter Tank of Gas
Ericka Kahler has lived in eight states, all of them progressively further north. At this rate her nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though she really HATES snow. She has worked in fields ranging from radio to construction to law to finance. Once she escaped the cult she began writing and editing, and now you can find her work on Amazon.com and BasementStories.org
12/27/12, The Essence of Revenge
Leah Kaminsky is a short story writer and budding novelist from Austin, TX… “budding” meaning “yet to complete her first novel but really would like to one day.” She received her MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Washington in 2009. She has placed three times in Glimmer Train top 25 lists and was nominated for inclusion in Best New American Voices, 2008. Her work has appeared on the Rumpus, Pindedlyboz and her mother’s fridge right next to that picture of bath time circa 1987. She is a big fan and producer of short-shorts and comics, which she posts semi-regularly on her website, JustStartApplications.com. She is often profound, but only when there’s nothing better to do.
11/29/12, And How the Algae Twines
Margaret Karmazin’s credits include 130 stories published in literary and national magazines, including Rosebud, Chrysalis Reader, North Atlantic Review, Potomac Review, Confrontation, Mobius, Absent Willow Review, Pennsylvania Review and Wild Violet. Her stories in The MacGuffin, Eureka Literary Magazine, Licking River Review and Words of Wisdom were nominated for Pushcart awards and Piper’s Ash, Ltd. published a chapbook of her sci-fi, COSMIC WOMEN. Her story, “The Manly Thing,” was nominated for the 2010 Million Writers Award. She helped write the introduction for and has a story included in STILL GOING STRONG, stories in TEN TWISTED TALES, PIECES OF EIGHT (AUTISM ACCEPTANCE), ZERO GRAVITY, COVER OF DARKNESS and CIRCLING URANUS and a novel, REPLACING FIONA, published by eTreasuresPublishing.com.
Michelle Ann King:
Michelle Ann King lives with her husband and stuffed penguin in Essex, England. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming at Daily Science Fiction, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, The Molotov Cocktail and others. She blogs at Michelle-Ann-King.blogspot.com
03/09/12, They Do Things Better in Albuquerque
Kish has walked the path that no one walks, he swim with crocodiles, rewires toasters and even dances with iguanas. He considers himself to be multicultural and an observer of the human psyche, he is multiple personalities, eccentriic, shy, adventurous and drunk with life. He loves writing stories that delve into the emotions of the characters, this part of the story is where the adventure lies, where reader (and writers) curiously walk in the characters shoes as the story evolves. He wishes the reader with a fun filled adventure with the characters of his stories. His episodic fiction can be found on his blog, DowntownLegends.
Amy LaBonte is an abstract artist who also writes. She receives story twists from her friends, the dream author-itarians.
11/08/12, Final Landing
Jason Lairamore is a man seeking to become multitalented and self sufficient while remaining a perfect husband, a loving father of three children, and a medical professional.
04/16/12, Lost Dreams
05/06/12, Your Most Precious of Gifts
Maude Larke lives in France with the ghost of her last cat. Her credo is ‘never wear two things of the same color when hiking’. She has this bad habit of collecting things and getting antsy when people begin to touch the items in the collections. Especially the pebble collection. She thoroughly admits that she teaches as a day job out of sadism.
03/13/12, I’d Be So Thrilled
06/21/12, Fandom Awry
11/15/12, A Pardon of Sorts
Jodie Llewellyn holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast. A self-proclaimed travel nut, she has been sighted in such exotic locations as Greece, Morocco and Thailand. Jodie is currently writing her first novel, a dark urban fantasy set in Purgatory. See more at JodieLlewellyn.LiveJournal.com
02/20/12, Lumps and Bumps
Barb Lundy is a hypnotherapist. She taught writing for many years at Denver area colleges. Her poetry appears in more than 70 journals, including work in JAMA, The Potomac Review and The MacGuffin. Barb was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005. She is just beginning to write in the mystery genre.
05/20/12, River Falls
Wakefield Mahon writes fiction in nearly every genre. His favorite stories lean toward the Rod Serling flavor of horror. As an avid reader and supporter of authors, he hosts a weekly flash fiction challenge, Motivation Monday, on his website, WakefieldMahon.com where he also posts music, video, poetry and whatever nonsense his muse insists on dragging from him.
07/10/12, Who’s In the Trunk?
C.L. Malone is a freelance writer and MFA grad who teaches creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and at Grub Street, a nonprofit writer’s group in Boston, MA. My flash fiction will appear in an anthology Daily Flash 2013: 365 Days of Flash Fiction, published by Pill Hill Press, my poetry recently placed in the top 25 of the Writer’s Digest 2012 Seventh Annual Poetry Awards, and my fiction was recently published by Magic Cat Press, writer’s.org and the Lutheran Journal. Otherwise, my most significant accomplishment to date has been to ski Mt. Etna, a live, snow-capped volcano in Sicily.
05/28/12, The Sea Grape Inn
Joshua J. Mark:
Joshua J. Mark is a freelance writer with over twenty years experience who has lived in Greece and Germany and, presently, lives in upstate New York, USA with his family. His published works include `To Memory’ through Edge Piece Magazine, `Civil Serpents’ through Open Heart Publishing, `After the Funeral’ through Five Stop Stories, and `The Last Chance’ through Halfway Down The Stairs, as well as other stories through print and on-line. Mark is also a site moderator for and has been published in Ancient History Encyclopedia, where he writes primarily on Mesopotamia, Greece and Egypt and Suite 101, writing on Ancient Philosophy and Ancient History. When not writing, Mark is traveling, usually with a neurotic white dog named Sophie with whom he explores old ruins.
12/20/11, Black Rose
A. Michael Marsh:
A. Michael Marsh writes Contemporary and Science Fiction, and occasionally delves into other genres. He has a degree in Computer Engineering and has been known to work in IT when writing doesn’t pay the bills, (which is often). Marsh has a life-long fascination with art, science, and spirituality, and feels that there are strong ties connecting the three. His first novel, The Red is now available. You can see more writing and updates on his website: AMichaelMarsh.net
08/20/12, Virgin Sacrifice’s
Kyle Scot Martinez:
Kyle Scot Martinez shares his birthday with Shakespeare – April 23. He lives in NorCal with his Fiancée and two cats named Leonidas and Ophelia. He has been published in the Istanbul Literary Review, the Sacramento News and Review, Xenith Magazine, Free My Verse, Indiana Crime 2012, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and writes for CBS. Keep your eyes open for his upcoming novel entitled, Double Falcon. In the meantime, you can read his weekly blog Gigantic Cake.
Bonnie McCune credits her tenacity for the successes in her life. She has been writing since age ten, when she submitted a poem to the Saturday Evening Post (it was immediately rejected). Still she was determined to be a writer. This interest facilitated her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and also in freelance news and features. Her community involvement includes grass-roots organizations, political campaigns, writers’ and arts’ groups, and children’s literacy. For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Cook Off. Her true writing passion is fiction, and her pieces have won several awards. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world. McCune lives in Colorado. Read more about her and her work at BonnieMcCune.com, and check out her romance novel, A Saint Comes Stumbling In as well!
02/17/12, An Afternoon at the Louvre
04/11/13, The Prophet
Tim McDaniel teaches English as a Second Language at Green River Community College, near Seattle, Washington. He’s taught at several other universities and colleges in the area, and also taught for ten years in Thailand, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and later as a lecturer at Khon Kaen University. Time has an impressive collection of plastic dinosaurs that in no way indicates immaturity, and has sold over 30 short stories — mostly comic in tone. His work has appeared in Asimov’s, F & SF, and several other magazines and anthologies.
Catfish McDaris is an aging New Mexican living near Milwaukee. He has four walls, a ceiling, heat, food, a woman, two cats, a typing machine, and a mailbox. That’s enough for him. He writes for himself and sometimes he gets lucky and someone publishes his words. He remains his biggest fan. Pick up one (or all!) of Catfish’s collections!
02/02/11, New York City Digestion Blues
03/28/13, Grading On the Curve
Bruce D. Millar:
Bruce D. Millar is an artist living and working out of Toronto, Canada, Bruce Millar writes everything from kid’s poetry to erotica, humorous stories, pungent jokes, musical parodies, meditation music, flash fiction, short stories and whatever else validates his parking. Bruce recently created a 100,000 word writing collection of the aforementioned styles with one hand and with the other hand amassed a 140 page collection of his black and white illustrations, oil drawings, photos, comics and humorous images, all at the same time. Bruce can be found on Twitter under the saucy moniker KissMyTweetAss, and has a youtube account as TheBruceDouglas.
08/16/11, Storm Crow Door
Alderon Minx has been eating small pets for the last 10 years, and as such has been banned from the both the Humane Society and the ASPCA.
02/06/11, Teddy Bear
07/07/11, Seen Dead In
Brenda Moguez foolishly said I do to a Brit, packed up what she couldn’t sell into a couple duffle bags and headed across the Atlantic. She found a sister in Dorothy, and thought London similar to OZ. Her larger than life-life, left her feeling anxious and elated, empowered and afraid, mostly she felt topsy turvy. To combat the extreme emotions that sweep through her body at least hourly, if not every other minute, she took to writing lengthy letters home on sheets of blue Par Avion paper. After running out of factoids to report, she took to making up stories. It was in the writing where she glimpsed an unknown dream. Much later, after catching a balloon ride back to the states, and settling into yet another chapter of her life, she realized she missed having a reason to write stories. She bought a journal, filled it, another, and another, and finally, she took up writing as a fulltime passion. She is currently shopping her first novel, and has started working on the second. She suggests if you are tinkering with the idea of writing to always—no matter what anyone says—to trust in your voice. Find her at BrendaMoguez.com
08/16/12, A Love Letter to Mae West
Catt is a writer of fiction and fantasy who likes to challenge the human condition, i.e., she likes to make her characters suffer. A resident of Portland, Maine, she is a lover of food and drink and writes restaurant reviews starring local eateries at wwwHungryGals.BlogSpot.com. When not writing, Catt works at her day job, parties on Twitter and spends time with her family, including the hungrygals – Abby and Josie. Catt is a member of the Backspace Writer’s Organization.
06/07/12, The Compromise
Laura Mortensen is currently working on her Masters in Teaching at City University in Bellevue, WA. She lives in Seattle with two cats and a boyfriend. Her hobbies include writing, table top roleplaying games, and trying to balance life with school. Laura hasn’t been published yet, but she will keep on trying. She has been in the same writing group for the past seven years. This story was inspired by a brief stint working for Cutco. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
05/31/12, The Keenest Blade
Mary Pat Musick:
Mary Pat Musick lives and writes in Santa Cruz, CA. She was a gypsy until she discovered a land with artisan ice cream, chocolate, and wine. Now she takes breaks from sampling the native products to kayak in Monterey Bay and visit with otters and seals and pelicans, and sometimes the playful dauphins. Her short fiction and travel stories have appeared in several online and print magazines. She is not working on a novel.
11/15/11, Mud Season
Sarah Newfeld-Green was born in England over sixty years ago. She is an astrologer and massage therapist and more recently a caregiver for her husband. She is a member of SLONightWriters (San Luis Obispo, CA) and although has not had anything published of late, (she once had an article published about aromatherapy in the Mountain Astrologer 1993!) she just enjoys writing poems and short fiction when inspired, and when time permits. She also enjoys morning walks on the beach, and reading on a quiet evening.
05/11/12, No More Excuses
C.M. O’Connor is new to fiction, but not to world exploration. As a recently graduated anthropologist from Sarah Lawrence College, her work has taken her through Australia and Southeast Asia as well as South and Central America. Most of her days consist of muddling through Spanish, playing autoharp, reading obscure books and hitching rides to community events. She currently has a place in Oregon that she very rarely sees and is the frequently absent loco parentis for two mostly trained Airedales. Her upcoming work can be seen in the October 2012 edition of Bards and Sages Quarterly.
07/02/12, The Club of the Uncertainly Widowed
Nathan Pettigrew was born and raised near New Orleans, Louisiana, and lives with his wife in the Tampa area of Florida where they like to kick back and enjoy Breaking Bad when they’re not on their balcony arguing. Nathan’s stories have appeared in print and online through We Are Vespertine, Six Minute Magazine, Solarcide – A Writer’s Hideout, and SNM Horror Magazine. You can find Nathan on Twitter @NathanBorn2010.
10/21/11, No Fly Zone
Roger Poppen took up creative writing after retiring as a professor of behavior analysis. He finds making up people more soothing than dealing with real ones. He has published one novel, Mister Lucky, and several shorter works in online literary magazines. You may read more of his work at his website.
01/11/11, Going South
Sienna Rachelle is a writer, musician and performance artist from Winnipeg, a small, cold city in the centre of Canada. She lives with three dogs of varying sizes and four other humans of varying temperaments. She enjoys reading fantasy novels, watching science fiction television and scuba diving with sharks. Sienna can be contacted at: sienna dot rachelle at yahoo dot ca
10/11/11, The Guardian
Rick Rauch was born and raised in the suburbs of New Orleans and currently lives along Bayou Lacombe in southeast Louisiana. Trained as a physicist, he currently test rockets that one day may enable human explorers to escape Earth’s orbit and venture to Mars and beyond. Rauch’s poetry has recently appeared or is about to appear in California Quarterly, decomP, Hotel Amerika, Many Mountains Moving, Milk Money, The Oxford American, Quiddity, Slow Trains, and other magazines.
01/29/12, Extracurricular Activities
Joseph Rubas is, perhaps, the most twisted man in America. He currently resides in a padded room under the guard of the FBI, CIA, DEA, ATF, MI5, Mossad, and the Catholic Church. His fiction can be found at any fine purveyor of filth.
05/15/12, Krazy 4 Koontz
Carla Sarett is a cheerful refugee from academia who has worked in TV, film and market research; and for reasons unknown, decided to add fiction writing to the mix. Her short story collection Nine Romantic Stories is now available.
03/19/12, Victor’s Proposal
Wayne Scheer has locked himself in a room with his computer and turtle since his retirement. (Wayne’s, not the turtle’s.) To keep from going back to work, he’s published hundreds of short stories, essays and poems, including Revealing Moments, a collection of flash stories, available at issuu.com/pearnoir/docs/revealing_moments. He’s been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net. Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife and can be contacted at wvscheer (at) aol (dot) com.
11/12/11, The Root of All Evil
11/22/11, Starting Over
02/10/12, The Affair
03/21/12, Moving Forward
Born ninth in the dozen of us, Jim Schoen remembers wrestling for food, for toys, over the best gulley or tree to build forts in. In fact, they were raised with the best care that two hard-worked people could manage. Jim remembers that they were loved well and taught what mattered – and what did not. Taking care of one another mattered. They still try to.
College educated at more than a few colleges – to which he has since sent off letters of sincere apology – Jim’s only degrees have been earned informally, in the building trades, working as a carpenter and as a plaster and stucco mason. He has always written.
“Born To This” appeared in Edifice Wrecked in 2006, an online magazine which is no longer. “Ice Cream” can currently be enjoyed in Structo 7, a newsprint magazine available mostly in England. “Treasure”, which started as a novel, was recently published in the Mutation Nation anthology, edited by Kelly Dunn.
06/28/12, The Empath
Elisabeth Sharp McKetta:
Elisabeth Sharp McKetta has too many degrees and too few job prospects, but her credentials include having parented a hedgehog, a corgi, an actual human girl; running the Boston Marathon as a bandit; and having hurdled numerous break-ups without ever having to use a break-up form letter. Find more of her writing at ElisabethSharpMcKetta.com
05/18/12, Break Up Form Letter
Tom Sheehan is now in his 85th year and still plowing ahead after serving in the 31st Regt., Korea, 1951-52 and graduating from Boston College in 1956. His books are Epic Cures, 2005, and Brief Cases, Short Spans, 2008, Press 53 (print and eBook issues); A Collection of Friends and From the Quickening, 2009, Pocol Press. He has 18 Pushcart nominations, in Dzanc Best of the Web 2009, and has 308 cowboy stories on Rope and Wire Magazine. His work has appeared in the last year in the Ukraine, Romania, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Mexico, Canada, etc. His newest eBooks from Milspeak Publishers are Korean Echoes, 2011 and The Westering, 2012, the latter nominated for a National Book Award by the publisher. He has an Indie Award for Epic Cures, the Georges Simenon Award for fiction, and nominations for Best of the Web 2010 and 2011. He spends his days, and most of his nights, at an infernal machine that talks back to him on occasion.
11/22/12, The Thinning Ranks
Philip Simondet is a writer, singer/songwriter, and improviser in Minneapolis, MN
08/28/12, Love Letters to My Editor
Scott Thomas Smith:
Scott Thomas Smith lives in St. Louis with two cats, and is currently working on: a screenplay, a video game script, and a half dozen other projects – including a novel trilogy. The hub of Smith’s web presence can be found at TheNeonHeart.com.
01/24/12, Seen/Unsought – Sight/Unseen
Stephen Smith has a B.A. in history/Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the Florida Bar and works as a government attorney in Gainesville, Florida. He has previously been published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and has taken fiction writing classes at the University of Notre Dame and Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.
01/10/12, A Dancer’s Wrists
E. M. Sole is a proud resident of Nebraska, living there with three jack russell terriers and a very confused cat. She was given the gift of the love of literature of all types by her grandmother, a gift that has grown in value through the years. Her short stories have appeared in Lorelei Signal and Liquid Imagination.
05/08/13, The Inheritance
Samantha grew up in a small farm town in Western Massachusetts and currently lives in Venice Beach, California, which she likes much better. She writes novels and short stories and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. She loves the Beatles and film noir.
Diane Tarantini lives in a hundred-year-old house in Morgantown, West Virginia. She is a graduate of West Virginia University’s Perry Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Her writing has won awards in humor, inspiration, and book length prose. Recently she had a revelation that she is a writer, not a novelist, preferring to work in the under 5,000 word realm. Now she must determine whether or not to burn her 90,000 word not-quite-memoir manuscript in the chiminea out back.
02/08/12, French Kiss
Phil Temples has written flash and short sci-fi/fantasy for nearly ten years for his own enjoyment. He works as a computer systems administrator at Boston College and resides in Watertown, MA. When not writing, he can be found on the ham radio airwaves.
01/22/12, Machine Feelings
Nathaniel Tower writes fiction, teaches English, and manages the online literary magazine Bartleby Snopes. His fiction has appeared in almost 200 online and print journals, and he has a novel and novella out through MuseItUp Publishing. When he isn’t writing or doing any of the other standard things writers do, he can be found joggling (running while juggling) through the streets. Visit him at NathanielTower.WordPress.com
07/14/11, Mourning Through Fishnets
08/09/11, Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right
12/08/11, Last Birthday Blast
05/22/12, A Lengthy Interrogation Concerning a Murder I May Have Committed
02/21/12, Star Murders
Donald Jacob Uitvlugt:
A mild-mannered retail clerk by day, by night Donald Jacob Uitvlugt wrestles with black pages and leaps split infinitives in a single bound. A bite from a radioactive mosquito in the back woods of Michigan gave him the ability to write small stories with big impact. Find out more at his blog, HaikuFiction.blogspot.com.
01/26/12, Out of the Depths
S. Zainab Williams:
Fueled by black tea and Skittles, S. Zainab Williams writes speculative fiction in Los Angeles. Her forthcoming horror/dark fantasy graphic novel can be found at Facebook.com/beatriceisdead, and her writing has appeared in Spinetingler Magazine and on The Drabblecast. She blogs about her writing trials and adventures at SZWordsmith.com.
06/25/12, A Séance for Ingrid
Zarina Zabrisky started to write at six. She wrote and burned short stories traveling around the world as a street artist, fur coat model, translator, kickboxing instructor, and a hot dogs brand ambassador. Her work appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies worldwide, including Full of Crow Quarterly Fiction, The Blinking Anthology (UK), The Applicant (Nepal), Escape into Life Literary Magazine, Red Fez and Wicked East Press anthology. When not busy writing, Zarina likes to set the world on fire. For more, visit Zarina at ZarinaZabrisky.com
03/29/12, The Lamp
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