Meet the Writers
A.M. Justice is a lover of science and wit, sporadic scuba diver, and once and future tango dancer. A Brooklyn-based author and science writer, she writes about medicine by day and fiction by night, and has received honors from Writers Digest, Reader’s Favorite, and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her characters live only in her head, but they’re real, and she puts them through hell.
Abbi Waxman is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman, who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.
Amy Weaver is an actress, writer, and voiceover artist living in Los Angeles. Her background in improv comedy inspired Amy to begin creating original material, including writing and starring in digital content for Funny or Die and the TV pilot, A Temporary Life. Other work includes performances in The Office, Modern Men, Significant Others, and numerous national commercials. Find her @AmyWeaverTweets and as a voice on BMF Podcast on iTunes.
Bryan Aiello hosts weekly podcasts on creativity and speculative fiction and is a writer of Fantasy, Sci-fi and the Macabre. Raised on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bryan served in the Army, graduated from the University of South Florida and now calls Brooklyn home. For more of his fiction and links to his podcasts, visit: www.bryanaiello.com and follow him on Twitter @bryaiello.
Christian Beranek is a writer, producer and musician who likes coffee, dinosaurs and rock n’ roll. She’s created several graphic novels and consulted with many companies about how to properly translate comics to film/tv. She has a home base in Santa Fe, New Mexico and travels often to research and work on projects.
Jason D’Aprile has been writing professionally for over 20 years, mostly in non-fiction. You can find his bylines appearing on such sites as Playboy, Paste Magazine, Motherboard, UploadVR, and others. Occasionally, he even lets bits of fiction escape out into the wild. Jason does not Tweet.
Eric Del Carlo has been compulsively, convulsively and propulsively writing fiction for the vast majority of his lifetime. His successes include multiple appearances in such world-renowned science fiction publications as Analog and Asimov’s. The anthologies he’s appeared in are beginning to crowd his bookshelf. His novels range from sword-and-sorcery (Wartorn, written with Robert Asprin) to urban fantasy (The Golden Gate Is Empty, written with his father Vic Del Carlo) to his upcoming young adult title The Vampire Years. He’s written podcasts for Earbud Theater, had his novels released as Russian editions, written scads of erotica, and seen his fiction chosen for a year’s-best anthology. He writes because he doesn’t know how to stop, and because he’s determined to carve out every last worthy word he can while he still walks this world. Also, he’s eager to know you. So contact him via Facebook.
Chantel Donnan is a writer and musical theatre nerd from Southern California. She spent her childhood writing short stories in her journals, and these days writes blogs for WeddingBee and many other websites. Currently, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, where she spends her time hiking, writing, and making her way through a massive “to-read” list.
Brandon M. Easton is a professional writer based in Los Angeles, CA. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Brandon was a U.S. History and Economics teacher in NYC for 6 years before moving to the west coast in 2008. Brandon has written for the 2011 ThunderCats reboot from WB Animation and Transformers: Rescue Bots from Hasbro. Easton won the 2012 Glyph Award for his Shadowlaw series and multiple 2014 Glyph Awards for the Watson and Holmes comic series and a 2014 Eisner Award nomination. The Watson and Holmes story was notable for covering issues of human sex trafficking and transgender abuse in NYC. He is also the producer, director and writer of Brave New Souls documentary that explored the aspirations, inspirations and obstacles faced by African-American speculative fiction creators in the 21st century.
In 2015, Brandon was selected as one of the eight winners of the 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program which led to his new position as a Staff Writer for season two of Marvel’s Agent Carter. In 2016, Brandon was nominated for the 2nd annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics for his acclaimed graphic novel Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven which was recently optioned for a big-screen biopic. He also volunteers at JPL/NASA as a Solar System Ambassador to increase astronomy education in under-served communities. In May, IDW Publishing announced Brandon as the writer for the M.A.S.K. reboot comic book series that was released In November 2016, and Easton was announced as the writer for the new VAMPIRE HUNTER D comic book series.
Lauren A. Forry was brought up in the woods of Bucks County, Pennsylvania where her FBI agent father and book-loving mother raised her on a diet of The X-Files and RL Stine. Her debut novel, ABIGALE HALL, a Gothic horror, is available now from Black & White Publishing (UK) and Skyhorse Publishing (US). Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies, including The X-Files: Secret Agendas. She currently resides somewhere in the woods.
Sam French is a writer and director located in Brooklyn. Originally from Florida, he is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. His plays have been produced in Pittsburgh, Florida, Martha’s Vineyard, and New York. His short story “A Love Letter to the Boys of Summer” won the Adamson Award for Fiction at CMU. Sam was named a top 20 artist under 25 in the Tampa area by Creative Loafing magazine and has two one-acts published by Baker’s Plays.
Stephanie Jessop won Best Original Horror Screenplay at the 2013 Shriekfest Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition . She has also been a finalist in several other screenplay competitions across the country. She has published stories in various horror anthologies including A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court and Ugly Babies Volume 2. She grew up in the sticky, swampy parts of Texas but can also be found online at stephaniejessop.com.
Winnie Khaw graduated the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with an English M.A. (concentration in creative writing). Her creative work is featured in Bards and Sages Quarterly, Pilcrow and Dagger, Fiction on the Web, The Singularity, Pirenes Fountain, Magic Lantern Review, Empty Mirror Books, Passages North, Palooka Journal, The Philadelphia Review, Eclectica, AntipodeanSF, Strange FrenZies Anthology, The Daily Satire, Estuary Journal, and the Kungfu Theatre podcast. In addition, She was an associate editor at Pleiades Review, and a book reviewer for Santa Fe Writers’Project, American Micro Book Reviews, Necessary Fiction, The Philadelphia Review, Fjords Review, and Nostrovia!Poetry.
Robert Kingett is an author and journalist who’s written a wide array of works for a number of publications. While he adores the personal essay, he’s contributed fiction bodies of work, including Satire, to publications such as Splice Today and others. Visit him online at http://www.blindjournalist.wordpress.com
Tom Miller holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin and now lives in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley. When not writing or having to earn a living, he enjoys tennis, pickleball and family adventures. His stories have appeared in various literary magazines including The Writing Disorder, Red Fez and more.
Jack Moody is a short story writer, poet and freelance journalist from wherever he happens to be at the time. He is the author of the short stories collection Dancing to Broken Records. His work has also appeared in multiple magazines and journals, including the Saturday Evening Post. He didn’t go to college. He likes his privacy.
Kelseigh N is a proud Canadian woman living in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. She has ben everything from an office worker to a home care aide to a dishwasher to an animation student, before finally dedicating herself to writing. Several of her short stories are available for free on her website, The Book of Kels.
Kevin R. O’Hara enjoys employment as a Creative Director in the video game industry. He originally hails from Spencerport, New York but promptly moved to the west coast after graduating from Ithaca College’s film school. He has worked various roles in the film and video game industry over the years, most of which involved creative writing and game design. He currently resides near Seattle, Washington with his lovely wife, awe-inspiring daughter, and energetic keeshond. Find him on Twitter @JoltedKev.
Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a writer and storyteller, freelancing out of Lagos, Nigeria. He writes (mostly speculative) fiction and has works published or forthcoming in international magazines like Fireside, Podcastle, The Dark Magazine, Mothership Zeta, Omenana and Jungle Jim. He has also published in the anthology Lights Out: Resurrectionand is forthcoming in A World Of Horror. His speculative story about Lagos restaurants, Of Tarts And New Beginnings, was longlisted for the 2017 Nommo Awards for Best Short Story; and he was also longlisted for the 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize with Like Stars Over The Lonely Ocean. In 2016, he won The Naked Convos’ Pan-African writing contest, The Writer. A lot of his fiction work examines issues of identity, community and belonging.
Suyi has published essays in Lightspeed and Klorofyl. He comments on social issues at Akoma; and on a potpourri of matters associated with literature at suyidavies.com as well as at WordsAreWork Literary Hub, where he’s currently co-curator. He has also written guest articles for a number of local and international blogs. He is an active presence in the African literary community, being a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society, as well as speaking and teaching at Social Media Week Lagos and WAW Fiction Masterclasses, amongst other places. In July 2017, Suyi became the first Nigerian ever to join Podcastle (by Escape Artists Inc), the world’s first audio fantasy magazine, as an Associate Editor. He is also a member of the international neo-pro SFF writers group, Codex.
Suyi identifies as a storyteller because all of his work draws on story elements. He works in brand marketing, specialising in creating visual and verbal content to tell stories and engage audiences. He also dabbles in narration and works with podcasters and audio storytellers to create engaging content. Follow Suyi on Facebook, Twitter (@IAmSuyiDavies) and/or his monthly jabberwock, After Five Writing Shenanigans. Contact him via email or via his website contact form.
Milton Liu – is a founding partner of Kulture Machine, the first film production company listed in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Milton produced and/or wrote the award-winning short films JESUS HENRY CHRIST, SEIBUTSU, ST. PAUL, and PIGEON KICKER, and executive produced the feature FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN, starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Emily Watson.
His most recent project is the webseries AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS as writer/producer. It is the first ever webseries selected to IFP’s Independent Film Week Project Forum. Starring Dante Basco, George Cheung, Al Leong, Yuji Okumoto, Randall Park, Aaron Takahashi, and Tamlyn Tomita, the series is currently screening in film festivals around North America.
Milton received the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for his script JOHN HUGHES RUINED MY LIFE and was an ABC/Disney Feature Writing Fellow. He is currently the Director of Programs and Artist Services for Visual Communications, producers of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Lauren Signorino – has been a writer and lover of science fiction, fantasy, and horror since childhood. Lauren’s passion for words led her to Los Angeles where she attended the University of Southern California and earned a master’s degree in Professional Writing. Post-graduation, Lauren has worked in numerous writers’ offices for television shows on SyFy, TNT, NBC, and AMC. She has written on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, and has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award and an Emmy Award for her work on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: FLIGHT 462. In her spare time, Lauren’s SWAT sniper brother takes her to the gun range to prepare her for the impending zombie apocalypse.
Rudolfo Serna was born under the nuclear shadow of Los Alamos National Laboratories and was raised in the orchards, mountains, and fields of northern New Mexico. Occupations have included carpenter, landscaper, wildland firefighter, creative writing coordinator, and adjunct professor. With a penchant for ‘70s horror B-movies, psychedelic doom metal, permaculture, and nature worship, he lives with his wife and daughter in Albuquerque, NM, writing dark fantasy sci-fi. A regular contributor to Brick Moon Fiction, his stories can also be seen in Bewildering Stories, Aphotic Realm, and Augur. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico, and serves as the digital steward of the Mutantroot Art Collective. His novel, Snow Over Utopia, is slated to be out with Apex Book Company in summer of 2019.
Nicholas Thurkettle – is a writer and actor living in Southern California. He is the co-author (with MF Thomas) of the acclaimed thriller novel Seeing by Moonlight, and author of the short story collection Stages of Sleep, both available at all leading digital book outlets. In 2015 he and MF Thomas will publish a new thriller, A Sickness in Time. Short stories of his have appeared in literary publications such as Paradigm, Blood Lotus Journal, The Legendary, Subtle Fiction, and the Front Porch Review. He has sold and optioned feature screenplays including the comedy Queen Lara and the thrillers Snowblind and 7 Red, and teaches an award-winning screenwriting class through his alma mater, Bradley University, where he earned his degree in Theatre Performance and Music. He is a regular contributor as writer, director, and performer to the sci-fi/fantasy/horror audio drama anthology Earbud Theater (available on iTunes); as a writer his episodes include Habitat, Escape! (The End of Humanity Song), and The Sounds Below (writer/director/performer). His short stage plays have been produced at companies in California, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and his one-act play The Rothko had its world premiere staging at the OC-Centric New Play Festival. He is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America and the Orange County Playwrights Alliance.
J.B. Toner studied Literature at Thomas More College and holds a black belt in Ohana Kilohana Kenpo-Jujitsu. He and his lovely wife just had their first daughter, Ms. Sonya Magdalena Rose. Toner writes when he can, drinks when he can’t, and tweets at AntiheroCouplet@twitter.com in between.
Josh Trapani’s day jobs have included stints at Washington, D.C. think tanks and associations, at USDA, and as a science fellow for a U.S. Senator. He helped start the Washington Independent Review of Books and served as its first managing editor. Trained as a paleontologist, Josh’s research applied quantitative methods to understanding morphological evolution, and he performed fieldwork in the U.S., Mexico, and Ethiopia. Josh has published a dozen peer-reviewed papers, as well as essays and opinion pieces in science policy venues and the New York Daily News op-ed page. His fiction and humor have appeared (or will soon appear) in The Big Jewel, The Del Sol Review, Neutrons Protons, and Issues in Science & Technology.