Charles Jon was born and raised in Nebraska, and part of him wishes he was still there. An on-again/off-again writer, he tends to read the stuff he wishes he had in print. Now he lives in Tennessee, spending his work days stuck in something slightly smaller than a cubicle, and as human to his furry cat overlord, Ellis. He is also the Man With A Stick for Hypericon, something his girlfriend unapologetically forced him into…and that he not-so-secretly enjoys.
Katherine calls herself a writer but always has trouble figuring out what to say in these writer bio sections. She loves to read more than just about anything else in the world. She was the kid who sat on the porch with a book during recess. She is the woman who will not own a purse that isn’t large enough to hold a paperback. The happiest non-wedding day of her life was the first time she received money for her writing–$5 for a poem about brotherhood in 6th grade. Someday she will finish that novel about Wales, but then she will have to spend the rest of her life saying “the country, not the water-dwelling mammal.” Until then she writes for blogs and for companies who need something said prettily about boring things like insurance and paper.
Misheal has grown up surrounded by the written word starting with her childhood favorite Dr. Seusss ABC’s a book her mother read to her so many times her mother to this day has the beginning memorized. Though Dr. Seusss was a favorite of Misheal’s when she was a child her tastes have grown up a bit, though not by too much, as her favorite genre is Young Adult literature and that tends to be the focus audience of her writing.
As far back as Misheal can remember she has always been telling and making up stories of one sort or the other, always having that over active imagination. It was at the ripe age of eight that she realized that maybe those stories and games she and her friends love so much would make a good book, and she has been writing ever since. At current, Misheal is not published but is actively working to have a novel to present when seeking an agent and publisher.
Catherine grew up in a home where arguments over where to store the recently purchased books had become so common that it was easier to just extend the house and build more walls for bookshelves. Excessive book buying is a habit that she learned from both parents, so the surge in ebooks has been a welcome development in decluttering her life.
The resident foreigner of this website, Catherine is based in Canberra, Australia, and is rather grateful for the close proximity of the National Library and has other library services within walking distance of her house. So many fabulous resources tend to get in the way of her writing, but you can still find a list of current and upcoming publications on her website.
Rachel began writing when she was in the third grade. Her first story centered around the adventures of the class hamster, who disappeared for a weekend vacation. Unfortunately, her predictions of grandeur were not quite accurate, as the hamster died three days later, but she did not let that stop her imagination from continuing to run wild.
A resident of Nashville, she spends her time running between work, coffee, writer’s groups, coffee, and jotting down as much as she can in every spare moment of her time. Sleep occasionally makes an appearance too.
Mandi M. Lynch
Mandi started writing at the tender age of six, pecking at her mother’s keyboard. While the crayon drawings have improved, the spelling most certainly has not. Now, she lives in Nashville, TN, with three cats, none of which write due to lack of thumbs.
For the past several years, she’s busied herself with one writing group or another. For over half a decade, she was an organizer for the Nashville Writers Meetup, NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy, and NaNoEdMo. Lynch started her own literary magazine in 2009, which ballooned into Ink Monkey Press, and now boasts an array of magazines, anthologies and chapbooks. Her own writing can be found in print in various sources including Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells (Kerlak, 2012) and various Pill Hill Press titles (2011-2012). She can also be found online in Underwater New York, Weird Year, Daily Love and more.
Here to help out with some of the backlog while other reviewers are dealing with life issues. Lady Darkpen is a bit of a lit snob, but her snobbery is usually a matter of quality rather than genre. Left to her own devices, she tends to read old books, so she’s looking forward to her participation in this review blog as a chance to read new ones.
Stephania loves to read. She loves her E-reader but she has a special place in her heart for physical books. The smell, the feel of the paper brings such joy to her. She is a bit of a speed reader and surrounds herself with books. Maybe a bit too much but don’t tell her that. She is not a writer but has a passion for the written word. She looks forward to sharing her reviews with you.