Lee Benkers is a writer of adult fiction. She is also a part-time freelance copy and line editor. Lee has a master’s degree in creative writing and is currently working on publishing her first fantasy novel. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two daughters, and a Keeshond named Teddy. When she isn’t writing, editing, or spending time with family, you’ll find her reading and reviewing books.
Kacie Berghoef is the author of The Modern Enneagram and a professional content writer. Her byline appears on websites such as The Billfold, XoJane, and MapQuest. Kacie is delighted that Citizen Cane appears in this anthology as her first fiction publication.
Jennifer Booker lives in Essex, England with her husband and two children. She has many hobbies and her love of learning has earned her a level 2 in British Sign Language, a PGCE in Science, and a Forensic Science Degree. All these topics she hopes to incorporate into her writing.
Jessica V. Fissette
Jessica V. Fisette is the author of The Soul Reaper, The Aldurian Chronicles, and various short stories including the short story series Elves of the Blood Moon. Her hobbies include discovering the benefits of natural medicine, wine tasting, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. She likes to unwind by typing out a scene or two in her latest obsession or indulging in a good book. Having been passionate about writing since she was a little girl, she is constantly coming up with new ideas for future stories and creating unique, strong-willed—albeit flawed—characters to overcome the difficult obstacles she places before them. Having spent all her life in rural Southeast Texas, she appreciates the tranquility of country living and hopes to implement such a love for nature into her beautiful, ever-so-curious little girl.
Jess Flaherty is one lucky writer. Jess has worked in newspaper and art publishing, freelance writing, cake decorating, and in addition to writing and editing, she works as the program manager for a residential psychiatric treatment and transition program for young adults. She enjoys playing the ukulele badly, reading, and binge-watching unhealthy amounts of TV. In addition to her solo writing, which tends to focus on horror and sci-fi, she gets to co-author with her husband and best friend, Keith. They are one of those married couples sitcoms never get right. They have been together for over twenty years and still can’t get enough of each other’s company. They live in the beautiful mountains of Vermont with their two children, three cats, a dog, and an immortal guinea pig. As a couple, Jess and Keith love to cook together, go hiking, and spend time with their boys. Of course, they also love writing together. Their first book, Always Darkest, was released in June of 2017 and is the first in a paranormal fantasy series, The Arbitratus. Their demon Ben Brody is a new twist on the classic hero’s tale.
Brian Hagan has a background both varied and curious, starting with an interest in science and language, before moving into animation and game design. Most recently he’s been working with gemstones, and experimenting with bonsai and carnivorous plants. Of all his many hobbies and vocations, he loves telling stories above all else, and his first novel was completed for NaNoWriMo in 2008. Brian currently lives in a notoriously haunted house in Pittsburgh with his wife, daughter, three talking cats and an adorable trio of guard rabbits.
Clara C. Johnson
Clara C. Johnson is a small-town girl who dreamed of writing about magic, swords and dragons. For the past decade, she has written poetry, short stories, and a novel. She currently lives in PA with her fiancé, and is studying English at Penn State University, in between drinking too much coffee and writing her next project.
Christine King is a writer of Horror and Fantasy. She enjoys reading authors like Stephen King and Terry Pratchett. She has a blog that she runs weekly to encourage new writers and to help with writer’s block. She loves a good cocktail, sushi and enjoys archery. She is a wife, mother and teaches English as a second language. She would love to one day to list her occupation as writer.
Angela Lovelace lives in Minnesota, and was once called a Hobbit by a bully, which isn’t quite correct, although she does admit to being fond of Second Breakfast. She is a mixed media artist as well as a writer, who manufactures eyeglasses to pay the bills, and is convinced that one day the lens grinder will get her and she will make a spectacle of herself. Music videos and anime are her comfort, and her tools for procrastination.
David Noe says that if variety is the spice of life, he’s spicy. He has written a great many titles, and a speculative novel series, The Trade of the Tricks. The first book in this series is out and the other will be published as soon as the editing and illustrations are finished. He has recently been writing comic book scripts, and is published in Charlton Arrow and All-New Popular Comics, among others. His collections include Voices In My Pen (humor), Kin (short stories about family), and With A Twist (horror stories). Other titles include The Alabaster Kid, Beneath the Veil and Slipknot and the Golden Claw. He has also written a nonfiction how-to book about renting, Living In Someone Else’s House, which also examines some of the far out encounters he has had with tenants over the years. His poetry and noveIla collections are all available now, and his next Trade of the Tricks book (Saga 1), as well as a new fantasy title (ZaZa The Mystic) are coming soon.
Susan Staneslow Olesen
Susan Staneslow Olesen began publishing her own magazine at the age of fifteen and hasn’t stopped writing since, authoring more than nine novels, a short story collection, an inexplicably viral blogpost on MP3 players, as well as editing. Her newest series, Prisoner of the Mind, was supposed to be a nice short one-and-done novel that somehow exploded into five volumes. When away from the computer Susan has raised three children, three foster children, various unofficial adopted kids, and is now raising her granddaughter. If it’s hungry or homeless, it will find her. Honor to the Emperor is her newest novel in both print and eBook formats. And Kerasi: Foundations, an anthology of short stories, will be published in December of 2018.
Otilia Pricope grew up in Romania where she also graduated as a student of The University of Bucharest. She is a passionate reader as she is a writer, Fantasy being her core genre. She currently resides in Spain, in the sunny city of Barcelona, where she spends her days working on her epic fantasy novel, being an outright dreamer, world builder, and a loving dog mom.
Deborah Ratliff is a Southerner with saltwater in her veins and love of writing. A career in science and human resources provided the opportunity to write policies/ procedures and training manuals, articles, and newsletters but her lifelong love of mystery novels beckoned. Deborah began writing mysteries and her first novel, Crescent City Lies will be published shortly with a second novel, One of Those Days to follow. Deborah regularly contributes articles on writing to the blog, Writers Unite! and serves as an administrator on the Facebook writing site, Writers Unite! which has 42,000 + members from around the globe.
Daniel Craig Roche
Daniel Craig Roche is a New England Native who has been submitting short stories, poems and memoirs for six years, publishing both in print and in several online magazines, including Ariel Chart (a signatory of Poets and Writers,) and YARN (Young Adult review Network.)
Megan Russ has been writing since she was a child, and dreams of her work being published and shared with the world. She lives in northern Nevada with her husband three kids, three dogs and three cats. She works as a Drafter by day, and a writer by night, hoping to one day be able to see her books in the hands of those that would learn from her stories. Pity’s Revenge is a short story that takes place before a story she is working on to publish. is a New England Native who has been submitting short stories, poems and memoirs for six years, publishing both in print and in several online magazines, including Ariel Chart (a signatory of Poets and Writers,) and YARN (Young Adult review Network.)
Travis Stefansky was raised in a small town in Ohio, and writing began for him as a rugrat whose imagination ran rampant. Ambition, magnified by being a lefty in a righty world, was constituted into writing many unfinished novellas and short stories; as a teenager, he discovered true love, and one of his first muses. Her poetry inspired the piece found in this volume, Eternity’s Forgotten Plan, which was originally written in an even more symbolic way, about the spiritual journey of two soul mates whose unrequited love is forever, and only forgotten until rekindled. He still writes poetry, turns most of his poems into lyrics in varying genres, and one day hopes to compile and publish them.