Contributing Authors M-Q
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.
Yasmina Din Madden lives in Iowa and her short fiction and nonfiction feature in The Masters Review: New Voices, The Idaho Review,The Jellyfish Review, Word Riot, Fiction Southeast, Hobart, Carve, and other journals. Her story "At the Dog Park" was recently shortlisted for The Masters Review Anthology: 10 Best Stories by Emerging Authors.
The son of Irish immigrant parents – his father was a member of the IRA – Donal Mahoney grew up, was educated and worked in Chicago most of his life. He lives now in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of his work can be found here.
When Martin McConnell isn't writing speculative fiction, he's motivating other authors, stargazing, reading, or playing Kerbal Space Program. He avidly encourages everyone he meets, from his twitter feed @spottedgeckgo or his blog, to drive their own plot. Martin currently lives in Southern Missouri.
Barney MacFarlane, formerly of Glasgow's West End, now lives in Eastbourne, Sussex – where it's sunnier. A former full-time hack, he still writes occasional articles for Scottish Field, Aberdeen Press and Journal, Eastbourne Herald, as well as (more recently) the National Scotland newspaper.
Derek McMillan lives in Durrington, Wiltshire, with his wife, Angela. He writes book, film and TV reviews as well as short stories for publications in the UK, USA and Canada, His latest book, Darkness in Durrington is available on Amazon. He also runs a blog for short stories.
Geraldine McCarthy lives in West Cork, Ireland. Writing short stories, flash fiction and poetry, her work has been published in The Fable Online, Incubator Journal, Seven Deadly Sins: a YA Anthology, Scarlet Leaf Review, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Fifty Word Stories, Foxglove, Poetry Pulse, Comhar, Café Lit and Qutub Minar Review.
V. Karen McMahon was born and raised in southwestern Virginia, recruited by the U.S. Government then transplanted to Washington, DC. but living as far out in Virginia as possible. After years of writing and editing for others, she decided to try to write for herself. See her other works at her own website.
Moira McPartlin – 'writer, walker, wife, campervaner, mother, granny' – lives in Stirlingshire, Scotland. Her novels include The Incomers (shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award), and her speculative Sun Song Trilogy, set in 2089. In 2019 her play A Handful Of Glaur featured in UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival in New Zealand.
Born in West London, Adrian McRobb has travelled extensively but now lives in Northumberland. Describing himself variously as a "pessimistic optimist" and "an atheist with a sneaking regard for God", he writes short stories and poetry, and lists a variety of hobbies including Victoria sponge cake and talking in lifts.
Sergio Manghina's interests span music, literature, cinema and art, particularly Goth, Cyberpunk, Dark-Ambient and Noir. Intrigued by the unexplained phenomena and the paranormal, his work has appeared in Carpe Nocturne Magazine, Hi Folks, PlayMusic and Noize Makes Enemies. Also a poet, he lives in Genoa, Italy: find more at his website.
Born in Israel but now living in New York, Israela Margalit is an award-winning, critically acclaimed playwright, and TV writer, as well as an internationally renowned concert pianist, and recording artist, and now recently-published short fiction writer. Check her out on Facebook.
Michael Marrotti is an author from Pittsburgh using words instead of violence to mitigate the suffering of life in a callous world of redundancy. His primary goal is to help other people. He considers poetry to be a form of philanthropy. When not writing, he volunteers weekly at the Light Of Life homeless. Check out his blog for his latest poetry and short stories.
Tammy Mezera works in security and has previous experience of work in private investigation and emergency management. She writes poetry, short stories and articles and is currently working on her first novel. She has two children and lives in a suburb of Chicago.
Edinburgh based Greg Michaelson likes to write about how things aren't and how they might be. His short fiction has been published in New Writing Scotland, Valve, Takahe, The Eildon Tree and Firewords and elsewhere. In 2008 novel The Wave Singer was shortlisted for a Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust/Scottish Arts Council First Book Award.
Lyn Miller lives in Edinburgh with her husband and dog. She worked as a G.P. for 27 years, but left in order to devote more time to writing. Her novels, Taking Medicine and A Human Condition were published in 2017 and 2019 respectively. More information about Lyn can be found at her website.
Colorado Springs writer Traci Mullins
has more than three decades of experience in coaching, editing, and collaborating on hundreds of non-fiction books. She is currently working on unearthing the girl who used to love stories.
Lynn Mundell co-edits 100wordstory, a California-based literary journal dedicated to flash fiction stories, essays, and author interviews. Her work has been published in The Sun, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Blink Ink, FlashFlood, Number Eleven, and other classy places. Catch up and keep in touch with Lynn on Twitter, @lynnfmundell.
Edinburgh-based Ian Murphy has wanted to be a novelist since boyhood, and continues to pursue that dream. His debut novel The Life Lived was published in 2015. Currently, he is working a second novel set in rural Scotland as well as some short fiction – when his two young children allow it.
Len Nourse was raised in South Africa, but has spent recent years mostly in the US and Australia. Today, when he's not researching the role of nutrition in the stress of ill health, he writes children's books based on nightly bedtime stories told to kids for over forty years. So far he has completed eleven books, notably the JP And Animal Detectives series.
Carole Novak lives in the Midwest with her husband and two terriers. She recently graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a BAIS degree. She now pursues her passion of freelance writing. Her focus is primarily on flash fiction. She strives to eliminate all unnecessary words.
Alison Ogilvie-Holme began writing and submitting her work over the past year. She soon developed a passion for the art of the very short story. Alison lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and identical twin daughters.
Laura Ogryzko lives in Glasgow with her husband and big bear of a dog. Recently graduated with an MA in English, she now hopes to continue with a PhD in Literature. She loves writing short stories and flash fiction in her spare time and really wants to draft her first novel by the time she's 30.
Sandra Orellana is an American living in Mexico City and spends time in San Miguel Allende. She has four years writing and her first book The Arch Of Surprises is available on Amazon . A children's book will be launched by the end of 2018 and she is working on a second adult novel. Her passions are tennis, writing and reaching out to the most in need.
Jo Oldani Osborne is a freelance writer and editor working out of The Central Valley of California. She has written for various national and international magazines and newspapers but enjoys the challenge of editing novels, etc. as a first step in getting ready for publishing. She has an Ozzie and two dogs as well as two children.
Originally from South Africa, Belinda Nicoll now lives in New Jersey, US. A graduate from Queens University, Charlotte, she was awarded a Jentel Artist Residency. Excerpts from her resulting memoir, Out of Sync, were published in Sonia Marsh’s My Gutsy Story Anthology, and Eclectic Flash journal. She's currently working on her first novel and a book on the craft of writing.
Born in Mumbai, Sunayna Pal moved to the USA after marriage. She opted out of her corporate job to embark on her heart's pursuits: she sold art for NGOs and became a certified handwriting analyst to help people understand themselves. Discover more at sunaynapal.com
John Perry lives in Logan, Queensland. At one time a newspaper and technical proofreader, he has recently discovered the joy of writing for himself, and in the company of others. Although he describes himself as a 'senior', he regards himself as being at the outset of a new career as a writer.
Sivan Pillai is a retired professor who lives in Navsari, India. His short stories have been published by Flash Fiction Magazine, 101Words, Spoken Stories Org and elsewhere.
Robbie Porter is a lecturer and charity worker from Worcester, England. He was born in Hawick, Scotland and studied English and History at the University of Sunderland. His short story Mannerley was published in the 2018 supernatural horror anthology Cathartic Screams. He has also been recently published in Flash Frontier.
Fabrice Poussin lives in Rome, Georgia, and teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review and more than 350 other publications.
Nina Quigley lives in Co Donegal, Ireland. Her work has been widely published, won prizes, and her first collection of poetry, "Legacy," was published by Lapwing Publications.