Author Spotlight

This is where you can view the bios of the authors from The Memory Eater.  Click on their names to view their sites!  I will be adding pictures as they come in.

As an author, artist and traveler originally from California, Nicholas Conley spends his free time in search of inspiration, strange places, interesting people and new experiences…well, when he’s not staying up past 5:00 AM writing his newest story, anyway.  Currently making his home in the decidedly colder temperatures of New England, Nicholas has published over 20 short stories in such venues as Dark Moon Digest, Writes for All, See Spot Run Magazine, The Coffee Shop Chronicles, Uncanny Allegories and Foundling Review.  His first novella, the psychological thriller Enslavement, appeared in Post Mortem Press' 2011 anthology The Road to Hell.

New Englander Vivian Davenport, author of Just Like Starting Over, started writing late in life, after fifty, and got hooked.  She's completed six novels and a dozen short stories, all with elements of romance, mystery and suspense.  Like your typical writer, Davenport lives alone in the woods with seventeen cats, every back issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine since September 1965, and a framed autographed photo of Phyllis Diller.  Divorced, she swears she's not bitter about her husband running off with a younger woman, who used to be a man.  And she lies.  Lies like a rug.  (The photo of Phyllis Diller isn't autographed.)  But she channels her mendacity into her fiction, which flourishes in a spot in the pretend world where we all like to live.  And she likes nuts, all kinds.

  Cassie Davies is an English author who tried to suppress her vivid imagination in art.  When that didn’t work, she tried psychology to figure out the complexities of the human mind.  Needless to say, this didn’t succeed either.  Finally she found herself dipping back into a forgotten childhood habit—to frantically write and give her muse an outlet.  It turns out this was a more successful endeavor.  Cassie spends her free time discovering nature, exploring ruins and generally looking for inspiration.  She loves paranormal romance and has recently had short stories published in online magazines.  She has just finished a full-length novel and is actively seeking representation.

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawaii Pacific Review, The Oxford American and Slipstream.  Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.

Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson (Kate's website) sometimes telecommute between Arizona and California to collaborate on short fiction.  Joe sports a vivid imagination, and Kate wields the toolbox and word-whacking polish.  Their first published short story, A Twisted Garden, appears in the horror anthology Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy (May/December Publications, 2011).  Joe is the author of A Penis Manologue (CreateSpace, 2009), a nonfiction book about male junk, and The Power, a volume of flash-fiction poetry.  He prefers to write horror, sci-fi and fantasy fiction from the male POV.  Kate is the author of two history books for middle-graders, The National Mall and Lewis and Clark: Exploring the American West (Enslow, Inc., 2005 and 2010).  She’s most interested in the appearance of the extraordinary in ordinary daily life and the dream-like nature of reality, which works well in slipstream, fantasy and horror.

An author of dark fiction and sometimes poetry, Wesley Dylan Gray is a writer who is difficult to classify.  With his words, he attempts to exude a disposition of resplendent contrast, writing things of darkness and light, things both beautiful and grotesque.  He doesn’t easily adhere to one particular genre, although you’ll find many of his publications to be in the realms of horror, sci-fi and fantasy.  His writings have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, both online and in print.  He resides in Florida with his wife and daughter.

Kathie Huddleston is an entertainment journalist for the Syfy Channel and writes for and Sci Fi Magazine. When she's not interviewing some cool sci-fi TV producer or actor for Syfy, she's working on her vampire novel or critiquing with her writers' group, The Lady Scribes. Kathie has a degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University, attended Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop, and is a member of Science Fiction Writers of America. When she's not living in a fantasy world, Kathie is married, with cats.

Chad Jones is a native of Columbus, Ohio.  He has spent the last 25 years in the city he loves, chasing his creative dreams around I-270.  Writing, on-air radio work and digital photography are his current sources of income.  When bored, uninspired or searching for ideas, Chad climbs in his Honda Civic and drives aimlessly, blaring his music louder than any man in his 30’s should.  Insidious is Chad’s first attempt at writing science fiction.

Lauren Kocher is currently a student at Miami University where she studies English Literature and Creative Writing.  She is a moderator on the Young Writers Society where she spends much of her time discussing and critiquing creative work with her peers, and maintaining an encouraging, safe atmosphere around the site.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and running.  This is her first publication.

Michael A. Kozlowski is the author of Some Days Suck, Some Days Suck Worse, a collection of horror and suspense.  He has published several short stories, a novella and a travel memoir.  Currently, Michael is polishing a horror novel, developing a zombie-themed graphic novel/comic series and continues to write short stories that cause most of his friends and family to agree that he is, at least slightly, disturbed.  Michael lives with his wife and two sons in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.  They keep him around for entertainment purposes only.  You can hunt him down on Twitter @MAKozlowski.

Lisamarie Lamb has written various short stories, plays, poems and novels in different genres, including romance and children’s books, over the years.  But she seems to have settled on horror as her favorite genre.  If you wish to see more examples of her writing, check out her blog where she showcases her flash fiction amongst other things.  She has self-published a horror novel, Mother’s Helper, and a collection of short stories entitled Some Body’s At The Door.  She is also part of the anthologies Satan’s Toybox: Demonic Dolls, Satan's Toybox: Toy Soldiers, Skeletal Remains, At The Water's Edge and The Old Sofa.  She has also been accepted into nine more anthologies due to be released throughout 2012.

Ken Liu is a lawyer, programmer and author.  His fiction has appeared in Asimov's, F&SF, Clarkesworld and Lightspeed, among other places.  He lives with his family in Massachusetts.  

Lisa Martinez is a published magazine writer, freelance editor, novelist, blogger, short story writer and poet. She is currently finishing her debut novel Before the Dawn, a suspense novel about a trusting young woman who finds herself in love with a psychopathic stalker; she is propelled into a world of self-doubt and will have to learn to trust herself again if she wants to be the one to survive. For more information, or to get in contact with Lisa, find her on Facebook at or Twitter @LisaDMartinez.

A fourth generation Floridian, jl mo was born the third child of five and raised in West Palm Beach.  Early love for drama and story-telling won her first prize in an elementary school writing contest.  jl continued penning through her teenage years.  By the end of high school, she developed a life-long love for writing.  She did not abandon her desire to write professionally while raising a family and working full time.  She wrote several short stories, novelettes and a few plays.  It was her great escape which life left little time to pursue.  Now in her fifties, her children grown, she had to leave her job to become a full-time caregiver for an elderly close relative.  During that time, she gathered her old stories, started writing new ones, and earnestly began to pursue a writing career.

John W. Otte leads a double life.  At night, he writes weird stories.  By day, he is a Lutheran minister.  He lives in South St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and sons, where he fights a never-ending battle against procrastination.  His debut novel, Failstate, about a teenage superhero who tries to avenge a fallen comrade while competing on a reality TV show, will be published by Marcher Lord Press in 2012.  His blog features book, video game and movie reviews.

Nina Pelletier is a full-time writer who lives in Ontario, Canada.  She is the creator of the Prompt-and-Share, which brings writers together in an enthusiastic and encouraging forum.  Nina is also the co-founder of the Scriptorum Tantillum publishing house.  When she’s not prompting, editing, providing feedback, reading, blogging or writing, she can be found playing with her canine companion, Princess Trixie.

Alex Shvartsman (@AShvartsman) is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, One Buck Horror and many other 'zines and anthologies.  His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living and building a successful business.  Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.

By day, Bob Simms is an IT trainer specializing in SQL Server, but it's not always as glamorous as it sounds.  He lives in Kent, England (a theme park off the coast of Eurodisney) with his wife.  He writes on the train commute to and from London and when he is stuck in anonymous hotels.  His other hobbies include drawing and brewing his own beer and wine, neither of which is easy to do on a train.  He came to writing late in life, but it is now his passion.  His greatest ambition is to have other people find him as funny as he thinks he is.  Bob's debut novel The Young Demon Keeper reached the semi-finals of the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  He has a short story, A Rose By Any Other Name, published as an audio performance at Vox Fabula.

Justin Swapp lives in the great shadow of the Wasatch Front with his mid-sized family.  When basketball season isn't haunting him, he can be found somewhere in his study during the wee hours of the morning, looking for his little muse, who all too often wants to play hide 'n seek.  Publishing credits include stories in the first two volumes of The Crimson Pact anthology and Short Sips, Coffee House Flash Fiction Vol. 2.  Justin finished his first novel, The Magic Shop, and is currently seeking representation.

Myra R. Taylor is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles, California.  She does it all—novels, features, TV pilots and articles.  Most recently, she added blogger to her resume.  Combining her passion for bargain hunting and writing, her Cheapskate-A-Holic blog takes a humorous look on penny-pinching while also providing money saving tips.  When she isn’t writing, she is taking care of her adopted polydactyl cat who just showed up on her doorstep one day and demanded food and a twitter account.

Lauren C. Teffeau was born and raised on the East Coast, educated in the South, employed in the Midwest, and now lives and dreams in the Southwest.  Her work can be found in Eclectic Flash, Luna Station Quarterly, the Fat Girl in a Strange Land anthology (Crossed Genres Publications, February 2012) and Wily Writers (forthcoming).  She’ll be attending the 2012 Taos Toolbox writers workshop.

DL Thurston can hardly remember his life before learning of the Memory Eaters.   He is now a computer administrator living with his wife and cats in Annandale, Virginia.  For more of his stories, find him in the Steam Works anthology or online at his site where he hosts an annual flash fiction marathon every October.  He can recall no other details of his life or his past.  If you know, please don’t tell him, he probably forgot for a reason.

Kim Charles Younkin is a writer whose short fiction has appeared in print with the Columbus Creative Cooperative in their anthologies, Origins and Overgrown: Tales of the Unexpected, and online.  She was a creative nonfiction contributor to Adams Media's A Cup of Comfort series, and is a former parenting humor columnist with Columbus Parent magazine.  Kim lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.