Contributing Authors A-C
A little about some of our contributors. Please feel free to send us a small biography (including roughly where you live) - and a photo - of yourself! Just use the usual email address.
Toiling for decades over inkpots in local government – originally in the UK but now in Australia – Vanessa Adams has long dreamed of being a published author. She lives out in the bush amongst vast granite boulders with dogs, ‘roos, wombats and a husband. In her spare time she writes a gardening column for the local newspaper and reviews for the local book club.
Abdallah Altaiyeb is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and translator. Born and raised in Medina, Saudi Arabia, he studied chemical engineering and worked as a manager for an oil company. He has translated and published two anthologies and a novel and also published his own novel and several articles. Visit Abdallah's website.
Julie Achilles, who lives in Essex, England, writes to share her emotions: sorrow or happiness, words are therapy for the soul. Her poetry and short stories have been published at Short-Story-Me and elsewhere. She writes in many genres including crime, justice and retribution, but mostly about love, the glue that binds everything in the world.
Riham Adly is a mother, ex-dentist and a full time writer/blogger. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals such Connotation Press, Spelk, Carpe Arte, Soft Cartel, Vestal Review and Page&Spine. Her story The Darker Side of the Moon won the MAKAN Award in 2013 and was published in an anthology with the same name. She lives in Giza, Egypt.
Latino-American Claudia Andrélez currently lives in La Paz, Bolivia. She works as a socio-cultural Anthropologist and writes occasionally because her crazy life finally gets some sense while doing it. The goal is to capture the simple beauty of life in words.
Alanah Andrews is an English teacher, mother and writer in Victoria, Australia. Mainly writing speculative fiction, she has won awards for her short stories which have been published in several anthologies. She studied creative writing at Monash University and also has a Teaching Masters from Deakin University. Check out her books at her website.
After a lifetime in public sector finance, Sally Arkinstall is beginning an encore career in writing. She now enjoys an economy of words in creating short fiction. The highlight so far is the excitement of seeing her debut flash, Sibling Rivalry, longlisted in the 2020 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Awards.
Sara-lee Austrie recently left the nine-to-five lifestyle and is attempting to make a smooth transition from business to freelance writing. She would describe it as a Barnacle gosling's cliff dive. She writes on the tropical island of Dominica where she was born and raised and hopes to leave soon.
Erin Armstrong lives in Seattle, Washington. received her MFA from The University of Arizona in 2011. Her work has appeared in The Blue Guitar, FoundPolariods, Marco Polo Magazine, The Museum of Americana: a literary review, InkinThirds Magazine, Harmony Magazine, Fiction Southeast and Black Heart Magazine. She also writes a weekly poetry series for Channillo.
Born and raised in India, Nidhi Arora currently resides in Singapore with her family. A business consultant by training and a writer by passion, she writes short fiction, poetry, essays and reviews. Her work has been published in an anthology of fiction in Singapore, Open Road Review, Mothers Always Write and Thrice Fiction.
Sheila Ash is a global Scot, having lived on 4 continents, travelling widely there and beyond. Retired and based in Suffolk, she continues to travel in Garfunkel, her campervan. An avid reader, more recently a poet, Sheila has her own blog and also contributes to a local WriteTypes writing group.
Born in Kirkcudbright, Emma Baird now lives near Glasgow. After years of working first in journalism, then working in public relations for a charity, she has now branched out as a freelance copywriter and blogger, more of which can be found at her website. She has published several novels, including the Highland series.
Swapan K Banerjee is a West Bengali freelance writer specialising in literary features. He was first encouraged to write by fellow Indian author Ruskin Bond, who sent his work to Boston University’s Special Collection Library. His books Rusty & I: Up-close with Ruskin Bond and People Who Meet People: Interviews with the Stars, both available on Amazon.
Originally from England but now living in Australia, Frankie Banks is a freelance writer and novelist. Her passion is writing, her lover is fiction and she finds nourishment in helping others. Read more of her words here http://frankiebanks.com/
Vincent Barry has authored numerous philosophy textbooks. His fiction has appeared in various journals in the US and abroad, most recently in Fewer than 500, Bull, and The Saint Ann’s Review. Previously, he also had plays produced at The American Place Theatre and had a residency at the Edward Albee Foundation. He currently lives in California with his wife and daughter.
Jim Bartlett has been published in Fiction on the Web, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Fairlight Books, CrimeSpree Magazine, and many others; and one of his works featured in The Best of Fiction on the Web, 1996 - 2017. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and golden retriever (shhh....she doesn’t know she’s a dog).
Xavier Barzey is based in Trinidad and Tobago. Her two children’s ebooks entitled Colors Colors Everywhere and How Many Animals Do Your Little Eyes See? are available on Amazon. Her work has appeared in Micro Fiction Monday and Akashic Books. She is currently working on a book of short stories that brings light to the folktales in her country.
James Blevins studies English and Creative Writing at the College of Central Florida. He has worked for the college’s literary magazine, the campus newspaper, a local newspaper’s sports page; and a sports web page on the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. His short story, “For All the Bending,” appears in the 2016 Scythe Prize collection. You can read more of his work on his personal blog.
A keen and distinctly amateur writer from Paignton, Devon, Kevin Bonfield has a first novel inching its way towards a conclusion. A busy builder, keen marathon runner and blogger, he dreams of his words being read by like minded souls. Follow him via Twitter or on his blog.
A Navy sailor from Erie,Pennsylvania,
Matthew Borczon served in a busy Afghan combat hospital and returned with PTSD. He writes about Camp Bastion, life with PTSD, and has published 6 books of poetry, the last being the smallest coffins are the heaviest (Epic Rites Press). He is married and has 4 children.
Charles Boorman is a writer, editor and translator who lives and works in Germany. Apart from writing short stories, his hobbies include photography and fishing.
Indian writer Soma Bose started writing with Indian Express, Pune (1997-2000), then moved on to specialise in poetry and short stories. In addition, her book Between The Lips And A Cup of Tea is available on Amazon.
Brittany A. Foy, who writes under the pen name Bretagne, was first published in 2004 in a high school anthology in San Diego, California. After having three children, returning to Australia and meeting her wife, she enrolled in a writing/editing course. A fan of Aussie Noir, crime and non fiction, she aims to become both a non-fiction and fiction writer. Find out more at her blog.
Leah Browning is the author of three nonfiction books and six chapbooks, including Orchard City, her second chapbook of short fiction. Her work has appeared in Four Way Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Poetry South and elsewhere. She currently lives in California.
A graduate of Teesside University with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing, Steven Bruce lives in the North East of England. His work has been published in various anthologies, magazines, and translated into Polish. His latest chapbook The Black Poems (Hunting Raven Press, 2019) can be found in bookshops in Madrid, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Paris.
Originally from California but now based in London, Thea Buen is an art consultant and sk8ter in training. When not sliding, skidding or skateboarding, she writes flash fiction, poetry, and short stories. She is currently working on her first novel, Sleep the Clock Around.
Follow her on Instagram @thea.buen
Yola M. Caecenary was born, raised and still lives in Jakarta. Telling stories is an opportunity to linearise words in her mind and to express herself. Her English-language work has been published in The Bosphorus Review of Books and Failed Haiku, and she is currently working on her first children's storybook.
Dan A. Cardoza is the author of two chapbooks: Nature’s Front Door and Expectation of Stars. His work has been published in The California Quarterly, Chaleur Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, Curlew, Entropy, Esthetic Apostle, Friday Flash Fiction, Oddball, Poetry Northwest, The Quail Bell, Skylight 47, Spelk, and Vita Brevis. He lives in Sacramento, California.
Susan Carpenter lives in Calgary, Alberta. Her fiction has been published in numerous journals and been nominated for many competitions; she won The Fringe Contest at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. The Writers Guild of Alberta is assisting her YA novel Theia, and she is currently working on a female noir novel.
Pennsylvania scientist Sankar Chatterjee has travelled widely, researching other cultures, customs and forgotten history. Recent essays have appeared in The Missing Slate, Scarlet Leaf Review and Quail Bell Magazine, and many other publications.
Indra Chopra is a freelance travel blogger with over 20 years' experience as reporter, copy editor, and researcher. At present she lives in Pune, Maharashtra, and enjoys moving leisurely among people and places they inhabit. Her travel blog is her present obsession.
Susan Church was born in Brooklyn but now lives in Queens. An omnivorous reader and writer, she loves history, occult studies, cats and huge cups of hot tea. She writes children's fiction, poetry and now has discovered a passion for flash fiction! Currently, she's working on a book of poetry, a children's book about Poe, and a funny look at dating.
Diane Clark hails from Memphis, TN, but now lives in Traverse City, MI. A retired university music professor, she continues to perform, teach, and compose. She co-authored So You Want to Sing Barbershop – more details on her website – and published The Poet’s Eye as a benefit for the Memphis Literacy Council.
A C Clarke lives in Glasgow. Her fifth full poetry collection, A Troubling Woman centred on the Medieval visionary Margery Kempe, appeared in 2017, and she was a joint winner of the Cinnamon Press 2017 poetry pamphlet competition with War Baby. More about her at the Scottish Book Trust. She is also the current editor of the Federation of Writers (Scotland) newsletter.
Sue Clayton lives on a rural property in New South Wales with her husband, two dogs and a few sheep. Discovereing a love of creative writing many years ago, she has written innumerable short stories, and is currently editing the second draft of her first novel. She loves nothing more than letting her own words flow, or losing herself in the words of other writers.
Colette Coen lives in Glasgow with her husband and their two teenagers; her oldest child's former bedroom is now the office where she writes and runs - Beech Editorial (Proofreading) Services. Her work has been published in Postbox, Pushing out the Boat and Laldy. Her novel All the Places I’ve Ever Been and short story collections are available on Amazon.
Check her website for posts of new fiction.
Susan Condon, a native of Dublin, is currently working on her second novel while her first searches for a home. Her short stories have won numerous awards including first prize in the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award. Publications include My Weekly, Ireland’s Own, Flash Flood Journal, Spelk and Flash Fiction Magazine. Follow Susan’s writing on @SusanCondon or her own website.
Russell Conover, living in Cullowhee, North Carolina, works at a community college. He is a Learning Consultant, helping walk-in computer lab students and completing department tasks, and a Student Tutor of Spanish, English, and Reading.
Carrie Cooperider’s writing has been widely published in American magazines. She attended Queens College, NY (where she gained an MFA in visual art); the Whitney Independent Studio Program in NY; and is currently an MFA candidate in the low-residency writing program at Bennington College, Vermont. She lives in New York City.
Born in Bristol in the South West of England, Ella Craig now lives on a farm in Bulgaria with her husband, three dogs, two cats and a flock of feral chickens. She published her first novel, Sunday Girl, a romantic comedy, in March 2019. Find Ella’s author page on Goodreads.
Monique Cummings is a young, hispanic writer living in Washington D.C. She enjoys writing fiction and poetry particularly. When she is not writing or studying, she dances ballet intensively. Monique combined her love of ballet and writing in her winning 2018 Christmas Competition story The Snow Scene.