Meet the Authors of Vol. 4

Jon Garett is co-creator of The Adventures of Seamus Tripp and author of Willy Wise’s Garden. He is a founding member of the Agorist Writers’ Workshop and partner in Very Good Books.

He lives and writes in Minnesota with his inspirations: three cats and his wife. He spends his non-writing time hiking and camping and hoping that through his literary enterprises he can entertain and inform a new audience about the world of voluntarism.

A lover of the convergence between art and the written word, Genesis Mickel is co-creator of the Agorist Writers’ Workshop. She hopes the project inspires and sparks a thousand flames of liberty in an audience ready for a new, yet timeless, message of freedom. Her first loves include her talented muse of a husband and the sunshine of her life – her toddler daughter, as well as enjoying backyard forays into nature, birdwatching, and hobby farming, presently including several chickens, several thousand honeybees, and plenty of dreams to do more.

Karen Ovér is currently living and writing in New York City, after fifteen years in Austin, Texas. Her work has appeared in Collective Fallout, Sweater Weather, Sci Phi Journal, and is available at and

When not in the midst of negotiating with the cat for desk space, she can sometimes be found clinging to a ballet barre, at-tempting to realign the vertebrae sent in all directions by hours of maniacal word processing.

Allen Baird PhD is a writer, trainer and speaker from Northern Ireland. Along with his wife Dawn, he runs Sensei, a communications consultancy. Allen’s first published book was a work of faction called The First Jedi. He’s currently looking to collaborate with an American publisher on The Adventures of Alice the Entrepreneur, a series of short stories for children pro-moting a free market and the spirit of independence. Allen’s Twitter name is @thesensei.

Lynne Lumsden Green has twin bachelor degrees in both Science and the Arts, giving her the balance between rationality and creativity. She spent fifteen years as the Science Queen for HarperCollins Voyager Online. These days, she captains the Writing Race for the Australian Writers Marketplace on Face-book. You can find her blog at:

Robina Rader has taught high school French and English, and spent twenty years as a reference librarian. She is now fo-cusing on creative writing. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

N.B. Williams writes about fact, fantasy, and the realms be-tween. A journalist and content writer by day, she moonlights as an author of twisted tales designed to make people question her mental health, which they do. Often. In between penning novels and churning out short stories, she wrangles bees in the Texas Hill Country and cares for a growing number of pets, all of whom consider her work too scary to read. She’s currently working on a novel about Viking vampires and is toying with the idea of get-ting out of her pajamas one day soon. Maybe…

Keturah Lamb is a young woman learning how to both live in and embrace God’s reality. The written and verbal words help this process. She likes to call herself a realistic idealist. She has many passions in life, the first being her ideas concerning friend-ship {love}, the second being laughter {smile}. She resides in Montana, cleaning houses as her mind dances through story plots.

Motivated by his lifelong love of reading, John M. Olsen writes about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and hopes to entertain and inspire others. His father’s library started him on this journey as a teenager, and he now owns and expands that library to pass his passion on to the next genera-tion of avid readers.

He loves to create things, whether writing novels or short sto-ries or working in his secret lair equipped with dangerous power

tools. In all cases, he applies engineering principles and pro-cesses to the task at hand, often in unpredictable ways. He usu-ally prefers “Renaissance Man” to “Mad Scientist” as a goal and aesthetic.

Catulle Mendès (1841-1909), a French writer of Portuguese descent, was allied with Parnassian poets who advocated re-straint and technical perfection in writing, using fantastic tales to criticize bourgeois values. Mendès wrote prolifically, produc-ing among other works a number of original and reworked fairy tales aimed at a Decadent adult readership. ‘Les Larmes sur l’épée’ (‘Tears on the Sword’) was first published in 1885.

Patricia Worth has translated stories from the 19th and 21st centuries, including George Sand’s Spiridion, published by SUNY Press in 2015. Shorter translations, including other Catulle Mendès stories, have been published in Australian, New Caledonian and US literary journals, among them Southerly Journal, Sillages d’Océanie 2014, The Brooklyn Rail and Peacock Journal.

Justine Johnston Hemmestad is a writer and a Master’s Degree student in Literature through NAU. She is the mother of seven children and author of several books and short stories (in-cluding an essay in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, all available on Amazon.

Christa Conklin is the home educator of her two children. She graduated cum laude from Rutgers College, studied in France, received her Master’s Degree from Monmouth Univer-sity, and once took first place in a solo women’s kayak river race.

She worked for the New York Philharmonic and Young Audi-ences New Jersey and is currently an instrumental instructor at a music school in her hometown.

Christa Conklin’s short story, Moontail, was published in The Clarion Call Vol. 3: Unbound. She is represented by Golden Wheat Literary. Her debut novel, Tranquility, is being released this fall by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

Jakob Morris is a starving artist working out how exactly to make money out of writing words, while also working on a comic book rendition of Necromancer.

Skian McGuire is a 60-year-old blue collar guy in Western Massachusetts.

Christine Cassello was born in Chicago, IL on February 14, 1946. She still lives in the neighborhood she grew up in, at the border of South Shore and South Chicago. She has written since early childhood. THE HUNTER AND THE DEER is her first eBook. It is a collection of stories told in rhyme. Her second book THE SALTY PRINCE contains more story poems. She also has an eBook picture book TYLER AND THE ATOMIC COLD.

Justin Fowler has one foot set in the future, and one in the distant past, what with his avid thirst for ancient history and his associate’s degree in web design and digital multimedia, and all. A voluntaryist with Anabaptist leanings who advocates for the abolition of the state, he believes that the march of freedom down through the eons comes through the vein of seeing the in-nocence of the victim of history as revealed by Yeshua Mashiach. He is co-founder of Altar & Throne, a Christian libertarian site, and The Wondering Pilgrims, a Youtube broadcast with open-ended theological and philosophical dialogue. Also, he’ll do up your website if you exchange something valuable in return, at

Lela Markham is an Alaska-based novelist of speculative fiction and blogger of radical ideas. When she’s not wearing out keyboards, she’s having adventures under the midnight sun somewhere just south of the Arctic Circle.

DonnaRae Menard is a resident of Vermont and New Hampshire who spends her days looking for new places to hide the bodies of her victims for her mystery novels. She’s the nosy lady on the street asking ‘what is this’? She enjoys the outdoors, reading, sewing, and good coffee.

Jackie Ferris is a woman of many reincarnations. Currently a writer but by trade a PhD in psychiatry. She has developed numerous community health projects around Europe and also

written many mental health articles and teaching manuals.

More recently she has published short stories and hopefully will have her first novel coming out next year.

Jackie’s first passion is writing but she loves history and trav-elling and mostly enjoys watching the past unfurl hidden mys-teries and the future reveal paths we never expected to take.

Marie Anderson lives near Chicago. After completing two years at The University of Chicago Law School, she escaped without a law degree, married, raised three children, and worked in schools and offices. Her stories (39) have appeared in 25 publications, including LampLight and Brain Child. She heads her library’s writing critique group, now in its 10th year. She has two books available, “What Good Moms Do and Other Stories,” a collection of some of her previously published stories, and “The Wrong Coat,” a themed multi-author anthology which she edited. In her daily life, she strives for tidiness, timeliness, and simplicity.

Andrew Bundy is an English teacher in Western Pennsyl-vania. He has been published in Suspense Magazine along with various local news outlets. He is also the primary writer for a regional theater group and has ghost-written doctoral disserta-tions and created marketing materials for several organizations.

Alexandra Faye Carcich is a long-time hobby writer with a passion for myth retellings. Her obsession with authenticity has led her through the Black Forest, to plague stricken London, and on Napoleon’s invasion of Jaffa. Her writing inspirations are Peter Beagel, Neil Gaiman, Maggie Stiefvater, Fydor Dostoyev-sky, and Samuel Clemens. Recently her writing was featured in Timeless Tales Magazine, Ariel Chart, and Enchanted Conver-sations. When she is not writing, Alexandra works at a bakery, and shares her baking experiments with her husband and sib-lings. She enjoys gardening, painting, and teaching the Argentine Tango on occasion.

Cameron Metrejean is a Louisiana native who has been writing since he was 13. Starting off with poetry, Cameron even-tually went on to writing short stories, scripts, plays, as well as

a trilogy of Fanfiction stories under the name Joe ‘Po’ Navark. In 2014 he graduated from Northwestern State University where he majored in Theatre having performed in shows such as Hairspray and Westside Story. When not acting in local films and stage shows Cameron spends his time writing film critiques. Armed with Asperger Syndrome and a love for movies, Cameron enjoys giving his own thoughts and ruminations on cinema and other mediums. Cameron lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren is the author of New Adult, Young Adult and children’s fiction filled with mythology and folklore. Her dark fantasy stories can be read for free on Wattpad and on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker. She won Fiction Writer of the Year 2016 for her Afrikaans stories on INK: Skryf in Afrikaans. Her published works can be viewed on Goodreads.

Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching folk-lore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not actually writing.

All of her books are available for purchase on Amazon.

Billie Holladay Skelley, a retired cardiovascular and tho-racic surgery clinical nurse specialist, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A mother of four and grandmother of two, she lives in Missouri with her husband and two cats. Crossing several different gen-res, her writing has appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies in print and online—ranging from the American Journal of Nursing and Harvard Magazine to the Haiku Journal and the American Aviation Historical Society Journal. An award-winning author, she also has written books for children and teens. Billie spends her non-writing time reading, garden-ing, and traveling. Connect with Billie at

Cara Schulz lives in the Minneapolis area with her husband and tyrannical cat, Mabel. She enjoys camping, red wine, and rainy afternoons.

Blake Jessop is a Canadian author of speculative fiction with a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of

Adelaide. He makes his bones as a writer, lecturer, poet and bouncer. Check out more of his work on or follow him on twitter @everydayjisei.

G.R. Lyons is the author of several fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal and m/m romance novels set in his fictional world of the Shifting Isles. While daylighting as office manager for the family auto repair business, G.R. Lyons can often be found working on one of multiple manuscripts or desperately trying to keep up with the TBR pile.