Contributing Authors A-F
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.
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, who lives in North Yorkshire, is beginning an encore career in writing. She now enjoys creating short fiction and her debut flash Sibling Rivalry was longlisted in the 2020
Edinburgh International Flash Fiction
Awards. She runs with more stamina than speed and blogs at thisgranny.com
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.
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.
Emma Baird was born in Kirkcudbright but now lives in 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. Her novel Katie And The Deelans was published in 2015.
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/
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.
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.
William C. Blome writes short fiction and poetry. A master’s graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, he writes seminars and lives wedged between Baltimore and Washington, DC. His work has previously been published in The Alembic, Amarillo Bay, PRISM International, Fiction Southeast, Roanoke Review, Salted Feathers and The California Quarterly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Daurio is a grandmother who loves fiddling with words, playing her flute, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives in Welland, Ontarion.
Matthew Roy Davey has won the Dark Tales and The Observer short story competitions, has been long-listed for the Bath Flash Fiction award, Reflex Flash Fiction competition, Retreat West Quarterly competition and was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Bristol, England, has a website, but no hobbies.
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Brittany Davidson now lives and works near Bath. Alongside her work and research, she is an artist and writer. She had a collection of poems published in a small American anthology: "Where Dreams and Visions Live", and is working on novellas and further art portfolios.
Glen Deakin lives near Glasgow, where he works as an analyst and plays at being a writer. He is currently editing his first novel - a science fiction adventure for younger readers - when not being distracted by flash fiction.
An avid reader with a passion for writing, London-based Rejoice Denhere writes short stories and flash fiction, more of which can be read at her "Telling Tales" website. She is a regular contributor to various writing forums. Her other interests include are art, music, travel and languages. She is also a business professional with experience in both the private and public sector.
A native of Chicago, Susan L De Miller now lives in a small town in Eastern South Dakota with her husband and dog. She is a weaver and a certified yoga teacher.
Monica Gilbert Dennis dreamed of becoming a writer, then discovered editing and the joy of enhancing others’ works. She’s wife, mom, managing editor, and jigsaw puzzle business owner all in one. Flash fiction fits her life: when her first piece was published, she was hooked. She lives in Stratford, CT with a husband, 2 kids and a guinea pig, to her chagrin.
Aditya Deshmukh is a mechanical engineering student from Pune, India who likes exploring the mechanics of writing as much as he likes tinkering with machines. He writes dark fiction and poetry. He is published in over a dozen anthologies. Check him out at Instagram or Facebook.
Cathie Devitt is a writer from Glasgow. Her successful play "Mammy" toured the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, and Henley festival. She has won awards at Scottish Association of Writers and Stirling Stanza and been published in magazines and anthologies. Don't Drink & Fly! is the first in a trilogy of novellas.Find out more about Cathie on her website.
Ana Marie Dollano lives in the Philippines. Her poetry and short stories are the sum of her sentiments woven into meaningful language, inviting the reader into a world of gentle persuasion. Currently, she is working on a collection of poems and short stories. For more of her writing visit her website.
Born in London, María Castro Domínguez is a Freelance writer and translator with a degree in English Philology. She has a book of poetry titled "Four Hands” (A Cuatro Manos) with Jacobo Valcárcel, and contributed to several newspapers and magazines, including Blaze Vox, Retort, The Argotist, Message in a Bottle, and Bareknuckle Poet.
Paritosh Chandra Dugar is a native of Udaipur, India. He has taught English language and literature to college students for thirty eight years. After his retirement, presently he is Managing Editor of four international journals published by Pacific University, Udaipur.
Sanjoy Dutt, an engineer and sales professional in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, is passionate about traveling to historical places and the Himalayas. For the last ten years he has been writing travelogues and short stories for various magazines, as well as at his own website Blogentra.
Bill Engleson has two books under his belt, one, a social work noir novel, Like a Child to Home, the other a work of literary (and humorous) non-fiction, Confessions of an Inadvertently Gentrifying Soul. He writes oodles of poetry and flash fiction for myriad sites, and lives in Denman Island in British Columbia, Canada. Find out more about him on his website/blog.
Joy Essien lives in Reading, England, working in the health sector. As a teenager, she wrote television scripts and short stories, then worked for many years in Nigeria as a news reporter, features writer, and fashion columnist. Joy hopes to publish some short stories for children soon. In her spare time, she reads, bakes, does voluntary work and surfs the web.
Roshanna Sidney Evans has had a varied career as a lifestyle coach, screenwriter and movie director. She has also published some young adult fiction. She recently moved to the Malaga area of Spain where she develops innovative sportwear.
Former librarian Krystyna Fedosejevs lives in Edmonton, Canada. Her writing is published online and in print, including: Boston Literary Magazine, Nailpolish Stories, 50-Word Stories, 100 Word Story, Flash Fiction Magazine and Coffee Poems; Reflections on Life with Coffee. In 2011 she won the Alberta Wilderness Association poetry contest.
Tikvah Feinstein lives in Pennsylvania, where she writes and paints in a home still occupied with the spirit of its deceased builder. A former journalist, author of three books, she adores gardening, poetry, short and flash fiction.
Pennsylvania author Kassandra Flamouri is an exam prep tutor and budding college counseling planner by trade but a writer and musician by passion. More of her work can be found on her ownwebsite, www.flamourifiction.com, in Timeless Tales Magazine and Seven Deadly Sins: A YA Anthology (Envy), available at Amazon.com.
Welsh author Guy Fletcher has always enjoyed writing and finds both nature and people fascinating subjects. He has had many poems and short stories published, one of which is his 2016 poetry collection Walking with the Ghosts of Dinosaurs. His work has won various prizes and competitions, including Best Poem in Writers' Forum magazine.
Originally from Wales, Ian Fletcher studied English at Oxford. He now lives with his family and cat in Taiwan, working as a high school teacher. He has stories published in Schlock! Webzine, Short-story.me, Anotherealm, Under the Bed, A Story In 100 Words and various anthologies. He is an Affiliate Member of the Horror Writers Association.
NT Franklin lives in Maine and has been published in Friday Flash Fiction, Page and Spine, Fiction on the Web, 101 Words, CafeLit, Madswirl, Postcard Shorts, 404 Words, Scarlet Leaf Review, Freedom Fiction, Burrst, Entropy, Fifty-word stories, Dime Show Review, among others.
From New York City (doo wah diddy) and currently a resident of St. Louis, Missourah, Amy Friedman enjoys music, reading, needlecrafting and wordsmithing. An ex-journalist, her current day job is business writer, but sometimes the muse starts a-howling, and flash fiction is a cool outlet
Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, but now living in Clarksville, TN, Jack Wolfe Frost is the Eternal Rebel – he rebels against anything with the words “rules” or “behave” in it. He first started writing in 1982 as a hobby. Now older and wiser, he has had several poems and short stories published. You can find Jack’s meanderings on his blog or follow him on twitter.