is the founder and CEO of Inklings Publishing. She is also currently serving as CEO of the Houston Writers Guild, a local nonprofit organization. She began her career as a foreign correspondent, taught for 15 years in Alief ISD, and is a full-time Realtor in Houston. She has published numerous short stories, two children's picture books, a couple poems, and is excited about the upcoming release of her debut novel, United Vidden, which will be book one in her Jornian Chronicles Series. Follow Fern's writing at: www.fernbrady.com
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Story: Sabred, Dragonslayer
Jae Mazer Jaemazer.com
Christina Robertson grew up gazing out the windows of a third floor walk-up apartment on the north side of Chicago, using a tin can telephone with the neighbor boy below, or pretending to be George Harrison’s girlfriend, watching birds, and dreaming about becoming a writer. Her first novel, “The Diamonds of Spain”, written in the seventh grade, came out to rave reviews by the three friends who read it. Her father, a cartoonist, and mother, a part time PR writer, lived thriftily, but exposed her to great books and music and she grew up writing, drawing, acting, and playing several instruments (leaving the guitar to George).
She was most often occupied with characters, always pondering the darker or more vulnerable sides to the people she wanted to portray. This curiosity ultimately led her to a degree in Psychology and work within clinical settings as a counselor and an art therapist. She co-led a special theater arts project showcasing the unexpected talents of mentally ill young adults, with actors Steve Pink and Jeremy Piven. She added an MA to her credentials and continued her work then in a therapeutic school with teens, helping them to navigate rough lives.
Her own journey eventually led Christina back to the page. Today she lives in Evanston IL with her true blue husband Steve, a restaurateur, and teenage daughter, Zinnia, who is a Latin nerd and country music fan. She takes classes at The Story Studio in Chicago and is a member of the Off Campus Writers Workshop. Writing in a little alcove upstairs that is covered in pictures, she has a YA novel clamoring for representation and another in the works. She continues to value life’s diversity and to be drawn to Nature's painful, terrible beauty, particularly as it exists within people. Her short stories have appeared in The Raven's Perch, Midwestern Gothic, and The Ponder Review. She is grateful to The Raven’s Perch for the original publication of Damsels, and to Inklings Press for this opportunity to be part of their Eclectic anthology series.
MA, BSc is a writer from Co. Leitrim, Ireland, whose poetry has been published by various Irish publications, inclugind The Galway Review, A New Ulster, Skylight 47, Boyne Berries, and Into The Void, and numerous international journals, such as Scarlet Leaf Review and Artificium: The Journal. His flash fiction appeared in The Incubator.
Story: The Gaelic Chieftain
is a stay-at-home dad who spends his idle time writing (mostly when the kids are napping). "PR" is the first story he has had published, but hopefully not the last.
A.K.A. Jim Horlock is descended from Viking warriors on one side and Celtic witches on the other. He has a great passion for storytelling and an obsession with tropes, which often leads to him working out the end of films within the first ten minutes, much to the annoyance of friends. He loves horror movies, video games, table-top RPGs, board games and comic books. He is largely carnivorous. He has a degree in Creative and Professional Writing from the UNiversity of Glamorgan in South Wales. Now if only he could remember where he put it.
Story: Dreaded Eddie
Grew up dreaming of fantastical worlds and creatures, of plots in space, and of strange new cultures. Certain she needed something other than writing to support her through life, she spent her time at the University of Texas at Dallas focusing on math and computer science. Two years after graduating with a BS in applied math, she rediscovered her true passion and rededicated herself to her literary dreams.
Since then, Dorothy has published an ongoing series of young adult fiction novels, including Peace of Evon, Gift of War, and Last King. Her short stories have appeared in HWG Press' Riding the Waves and Out of Many, One, Inklings Publishing's Eclectically Cosmic , and Writespace's In Media's Res.
Story: Fighting for My World
Also in: Eclectically Cosmic
Neil Slevin Twitter@neil_slevin
After a career in high tech Darrel Duckworth returned to his first love, writing. He now spends more time on other worlds, occasionally returning to Earth to refill his coffee mug. His stories can be found in magazines such as LORE, Bards and Sages, and Plasma Frequency and in anthologies such as "Coven" and "Wild Things."
Story: For What?
Stuart Suffel Twitter@SuffelStuart
is Inklings Publishing's primary acquisitions editor as well as developmental editor for her assigned authors. A huge proponent of community in everything she does, Kelly is a member of the Houston Writers Guild, the Cerulean Project, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, volunteer for SCC Farm equestrian show team, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and volunteer for Klein Oak Marching Band. She loves to work with new writers and watch them grow. Follow her at: http://kellylynncolby.com
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Story: The Power To
is a Canadian who was born in Victoria, British Colombia, and grew up in the prairies of Northern Alberta. After spending the majority of her life in the Great White North, she migrated south to Texas. Now she enjoys life as a mom, a musician, and a connoisseur and creator of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Many moons ago, a rampant love of reading led her to believe she could weave a good tale herself, and she now has six novels under her belt. Jae learned of Inklings Publishing through the Houston Writer's Guild, and is very excited to be part of the Inklings family.
Story: Flight of the Crow
currently lives in Seoul, where she teaches English, writes, and paints. Her fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications, including The Binge-Watching Cure, Cast of Wonders, Liminal Stories, and Cicada, among others. Her YA short story "Starfishing" is available on audible.com and she occasionally blogs at http://kelseypaints.tumblr.com/.
Story: The Crush
Cathy Clay CathyClay.org
body of 'work' includes stories published by Meerkat Press, Jurassic London, Evil Girlfriend Media, Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine and Aurora Wolf among others. He exists in Ireland, lives in the Twilight Zone, and will work for Chocolate Sambuca ice cream.
Story: Fortune Favors the Knave
Dorothy Tinker balanceofseven.com
is a native Houstonian. She earned a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Houston in 1997 and a master's degree in English from Texas Southern University in 2008. Her debut novel, Agatta, was published in 2010. Her short stories "Cecil" and "The Earrings" appear respectively in Eclectically Criminal and Eclectically Cosmic, Inklings Publications, and Two Cities Review published her poem, "Sabotage of Innocence," in August of 2016. Rat Ass Review published Clay's poem, "Hiss," in the Such an Ugly Time collection in 2017. In addition to writing, she enjoys family, animals and the arts.
Also in: Eclectically Criminal, and Eclectically Cosmic
is a Texas resident who loves stories. Sharing tales, whether they spring from real experiences or flights of fancy, is a passion developed from early childhood. When her father read her fairy tales by the fireplace. She worked for seven years at a small-town newspaper in the Coastal Bend area and now works to promote higher education in the area.
Story: Brain Scratchers
Also in: Eclectically Vegas, baby!
Kelsey Dean Kelseypaints.tumblr.com
Eclectically Heroic Anthology Authors
is Inklings Publishing's cover artist. Growing up as a childhood misfit, Verstandt R. A. Shelton wiled away the hours daydreaming of floating in space and sitting at the bottom of the ocean floor. A disquieting obsession for the less beaten paths of philosophical ponderings and environmental extremes led him to stumble into the murky depths of the writerly craft.
You can find him today chained in the back of his closet, with the lights out, a bottle of whiskey in hand, and the ghosts of his inspirations (Stephen King, Clive Barker, Milton, Lovecraft, and Dante) breathing down his neck, writing stories to terrify the world. His lovely wife, Jennifer, and his cat Siouxsie Q worry for his safety.
Story: Little Ava Saves the World