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​SKY DESTRIAN

Founder & Weekly Columnist

Sky is a 21-year-old writer and graphic designer from Colorado. In addition to creative pursuits, Sky enjoys consuming stories in any form, especially TV shows. Her favorite stories usually involve superheroes and light triumphing over darkness. Both of these themes have encouraged her in the midst of her struggles with fibromyalgia and anxiety. If you need her, she can most likely be found coming up with her next plot twist, searching for a way to make fictional characters real, or attempting to attain Tony Stark-like wit.

Favorite superhero: Tony Stark
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby

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JAIME HELLER

Assistant to the Editor & Weekly Columnist

Jaime Heller is a 23-year-old writer and library worker from Ohio. When she’s not drooling over the books in the library, she writes herself into other worlds, laughs at her own jokes, and pretends to be various dinosaurs. She awaits the day when dragons are reborn on the earth and she can fulfill her destiny as Supreme Queen of Dragons. Until then, she'll settle for reading about costumed heroes and helping people find the right books.

Favorite superhero: Captain America, but Matthew Michael Murdock is my soul
Favorite literary character aspect: Gandalf’s beard

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AMANDA HORN

Associate Editor & Monthly Columnist

Amanda is an 18-year-old INFP and actor from Minnesota. She reads too much, dreams too much and has too many adventures, oftentimes fictional.  Laughing makes her happy and so do pizza, potatoes and people. (So does Hamilton and Marvel and Parks and Recreation.) Fictional stories remind her that love and compassion are possible, and that’s always something she wants to keep around. 

Favorite superhero: Bruce Banner, of course
Favorite book: Jane Eyre or The Great Gatsby. I can’t decide.

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KRISTEN CSUTI

Communications Officer, Copy Editor, & Contributing Writer

Kristen is a 22-year-old cynical optimist with an affinity for eighties music, thrift stores, and wizards. (She's also an INTJ.) She once wrote a book featuring the characters of Wuthering Heights as faeries and can't decide if she regrets it or not. She can usually be found with a cup of coffee or tea in her hand and a scowl on her face. She swears it's unintentional.

Favorite book: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Favorite mythical creatures: unicorns and dragons

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HANNA DENTON

Copy Editor

Hanna is a twenty-year- old writer and editor from south Louisiana. She loves books, history, art, and anything else that fires her imagination. While reading and writing are her two main passions, she also enjoys listening to indie music, watching classic films (Hitchcock thrillers are her favorites), and baking, which she does with varying degrees of success. When she finds the time, she blogs about books and poetry at Book Geeks Anonymous.

Favorite Novel: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favorite Type of Mythology: Greek/Roman

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ALEX MCCARRON

Monthly Columnist


Alex McCarron is a 20-year-old from West Virginia who reads a lot, writes a bit, and spends way too much time online. Her other interests include podcasts, folklore (especially urban legends and ghost stories), comics, history, and true crime. Her favorite stories tend to be either very weird or very funny, and she loves complicated, interesting female characters.

Favorite Superhero: X-23
Favorite Jaeger: Cherno Alpha

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ANDREA WIESNER

Contributing Writer

Andrea is a 33-year-old writer from Illinois. A small town girl with big dreams of being a published author someday, she's also a proud pastor's kid. When not found hanging around the local community theatre or her church, you can find her taking in stories of all forms… be that through stage, television, or books.

Current Favorite Musicals: Finding Neverland and Newsies
Favorite Books: The Chronicles of Narnia

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ANNA GENSIMORE

Contributing Writer

Anna is a 23-year-old hobbit and hair dye fanatic that you'd like on your team in case of the zombie apocalypse. When not reading four books at once, you'll find her exploring a local museum or squinting over her latest DIY project. Aside from that she loves all things coffee, tea, fantasy, and conspiracy theory. She loves working with children, and her ideal career would involve directing the children's program at a museum or library. This is partially due to the fact that Anna is an only child (aside from her family dog, Gus). Therefore, she spent her early years adventuring with those who live in the pages of books and the annals of history. She is currently working on her first novel and trying to convince her parents to let her use their basement as an art studio. 

Gets compared most to: Lily Aldrin (How I Met Your Mother) and Pippin Took (Lord of the Rings)
Dream vehicle: Dean Winchester's '67 Impala (with better gas mileage) or a Delorean (which may actually be possible)

BETHANY BALDWIN

Bi-weekly Columnist

Bethany is a 20-year-old writer, actress, and student from Virginia. She is trapped in a love triangle with theater and writing but somehow doesn’t mind. When she isn’t stuck doing mounds of homework, she pours herself into fiction of all forms, books, films, or television. She is a devout Christian. Having a natural love for all stories, she dreams of reaching the levels of such amazing storytellers as J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austin, but for now she tries to write books that aren’t full of passive speech, pretends to be other people on stage, and occasionally practices her evil laugh.

Favorite fantasy film series: The Lord of the Rings 
Favorite musical(s): Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Newsies…(etc.)

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ERINN LEACH

Contributing Artist & Contributing Writer

In November 1996, Erinn breathed her first breath of crisp Ohio air. Her father then revealed Star Wars, and she began to see realms of existence beyond her own. She unearthed her ability to create prop replicas and fan art. Drawing became an outlet for her imagination, leading to her to life as an artist at an all-female tattoo studio. Her favorite virtual realities include: Supernatural, The X-Files, The Walking Dead, BTVS, and just about anything including cryptids, ghosts, and twisted humans. 

Favorite Superhero: Bobby Singer 
Favorite Book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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GABRIELLE GOLD

Bi-weekly Columnist

Once upon a time, Gabrielle’s parents decided to read her Greek myths when she was four. A couple years later, she became the 6-year-old warrior queen of a magical basement land populated mostly by plushies. The rest is, as they say, in the books. Now a 30-year-old Library Science graduate in Ohio, she drifts between the worlds, sometimes writing, sometimes singing, sometimes just plain squeeing. Her ultimate goals are to publish fantasy novels and albums of nerdy music. You’ll often find her reading YA, watching superhero movies, geeking out over illuminated manuscripts, and taking too many plant photos.

Favorite Classic Filk Song: “Merlin” by Doug McArthur (sung by Kathy Mar)
Favorite Space Opera: Galaxy Quest (yes, it counts!)

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H. A. TITUS

Bi-weekly Columnist

H. A. Titus is a 26-year-old INT/FP who is usually found spinning story worlds in her head, with her nose in a book, or chasing after her two sons. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior and is usually up for any adventure her family talks her into, but her favorites are rock-climbing, mountain-biking, skiing, and hiking. Her life goals include learning kendo and kickboxing. Some of her favorite things include soft yarn, lake agates, TARDISes, British detective shows, ridiculously thick fantasy novels, thunderstorms, and European mythology and monsters.

Favorite superhero: Hawkeye
Favorite book: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson


H. GRACE

Monthly Columnist

When it comes to believing in aliens and all things supernatural, 23-year-old H. Grace is a skeptical believer. She has no home, choosing instead to wander throughout all of time and space in her Tardis with her gang (that includes a Wizard). May or may not work for S.H.I.E.L.D.Her personality type is INFJ. Occasionally she stops by the year 2016, to write posts for The Fangirl Initiative. Favorite things include dogs, the color purple, thunderstorms, sarcasm, and hugs.

Favorite Ship: Doctor Song (Eleven/River Song)
Favorite Avengers: Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanoff, and Clint Barton

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IZZY STEVENSON

Contributing Writer

Izzy is a 25-year-old INTP from California. Her hobbies include writing novels, studying psychology, and admiring strange architecture. When she’s not busy investigating the dark corners of the human mind, you can find her happily over-analyzing fandoms such as Star Wars, The Walking Dead, The Bartimaeus Sequence, and anything Batman related. Despite many attempts, no one has yet been able to stop her from adopting fictional babies of dubious morality. 

Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Favorite Fictional Character: Luke Skywalker

JAMESON C. SMITH

Monthly Columnist

Jameson is a 22-year-old Christian girl from Tennessee. She’s been in love with stories ever since she was a little girl. An ardent bookworm and self-proclaimed nerd, she is a fan of Middle-earth, Jane Austen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and too many other things to mention here (but feel free to ask about them!). When she isn’t fangirling, she can usually be found working on her novels, though she also enjoys baking, photography, and adventuring.

Favorite Middle-earth Kingdom: Rohan
Favorite Superhero: Thor

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JAMIE STEWART

Bi-weekly Columnist

Jamie is a 23-year-old writer and filmmaker from Ohio. Ever since she was a little girl, she wanted to make movies. She's particularly proud of her most recent film The Unpublished Sherlock Holmes. That passion for film has evolved to include film and TV criticism as well. She's also an improv comedian who would take a bullet for her cat, River (named after the Doctor Who character or the Firefly character, your choice). The number one thing on her bucket list right now is to try on some tap shoes and make a ruckus. 

Favorite Space Saga: Star Wars
Favorite TV Show: BBC's Sherlock

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KELLY CHAPLIN

Bi-weekly Columnist

Kelly is a 25-year-old teen librarian who lives in Ohio but whose mind resides somewhere between waking and dreaming. A geek and proud of it, she one day dreams of traveling to Japan to attend Tokyo Game Show and sip tea at a cat cafe. Looking past her fascination with deadly weapons, she's truly a child at heart and still believes in fairies and DreamWorks’Jack Frost. When she isn’t secretly fighting evil by moonlight, she reads YA, writes fantasy, and ventures into unknown other worlds. 

Favorite fictional weapon: The Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts
Favorite anime hairstyle: Ed’s braid/ponytail from Fullmetal Alchemist

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LIVIA ALEGI

Copy Editor & Contributing Writer

Livia is a 15-year-old writer who lives in Rome, Italy. She is addicted to anything that allows her to explore other worlds: books, videogames, TV series and movies are the most inexpensive and efficient means of travel to her. Her passion for stories has encouraged her to write some of her own. Livia's favourite genres are YA, dystopia and fantasy, though she isn't picky. If it is a book, she will definitely try to read it. Most of the time, she's fighting off evil or resisting a disastrous dystopian government. Disturbing her in those situations is not advised. 

Favourite book: This question was not meant to be asked!
Hogwarts house: Gryffindor

MIRRIAM NEAL

Contributing Writer

Mirriam is a 21-year-old author and artist. Born in the Northwest, she currently resides in Georgia and spends most of her time falling in love with minor characters, writing novels, watching Asian dramas, and drinking black coffee. Her favorite stories are the dark ones, the funny ones, the ones with bittersweet endings full of depth and hope. John Howe is her artistic mentor, Guillermo Del Toro is her creative inspiration, and the night sky is her aesthetic. She has way too many fictional boyfriends (Prince Roan, Bucky Barnes, Thranduil, Kylo Ren), but it's fine. She's good at multitasking.

Favorite Mythological Creature: Lee Soo-Hyuk
Fictional Home: Middle-Earth

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TABITHA WELLS

Bi-weekly Columnist

Tabitha is a 31-year- old newspaper columnist, blogger, and photographer from small-town Ontario. A self-proclaimed nerd and sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast, obsessed with Disney, and tattoos, she hopes to become a Star Wars novelist. When she isn’t hacking away at a keyboard or photographing cars, she can be found gaming, cuddling her pets, or adventuring with her equally geeky husband. Tabi loves reading, Pathfinder, board games, and randomness. Her passions include speaking out about mental health, feminism, faith, and politics. She believes Han shot first, Narnia is real, and one day she’ll destroy the Reapers alongside Commander Shepard and Garrus Vakarian.

Hogwarts House: Depending on the quiz, Gryffindor or Slytherin
Most Compared to: Kaylee, Firefly

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TAYLOR WOODMAN

Bi-weekly Columnist

Taylor is a twenty-something from somewhere in Ohio, working somewhat diligently on some things someone once told him were somewhat important. When he isn’t working on the somewhat important somethings, he’s probably out wandering around somewhere at night, drinking hot beverages, or reading something he’s not sure he should be reading. He spends most of his daylight hours being questioned by people who don’t understand the monuments to nothing he builds in the dark, and his favorite things include dangerous poetry, a pistachio shell that reminds him of happy times, and music.

Favorite Book: Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds
Favorite Tea: Dragonwell

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TRAVIS CRAIG

Bi-weekly Columnist

Travis lives in Ohio with his two roommates and a dog named Abby. At age 27, he has more books and Steam games than he knows what to do with. However, he and a friend run a Let’s Play channel on YouTube (Attredidon Gaming) so all those games don’t go to waste. He is a huge fan of Lord of the Rings as well as the Halo series for Xbox. He likes to write fantasy, sci-fi, and some good old depressing, philosophical tales. While he’s not doing that, he’s either slinging pizzas or working on his thesis.

SARAH MUNSON

Contributing Writer


Sarah is a 19-year-old writer and administrative assistant from New Jersey. When she isn’t scribbling on paper or filing it, she can be found lost in novels, cramming for English exams, fangirling over British shows, and eating all the dark chocolate in sight. She is a proud Hufflepuff and probably part Hobbit. Although she would never survive being part of the Avengers, that doesn’t stop her from dreaming. Her other dreams include writing a bestseller, acquiring Agent Carter’s wardrobe, getting another season of Sherlock, and meeting Richard Armitage. Until those dreams come true, she’s content to finish one more chapter.

Favorite Superhero: Captain America, and thereby Bucky Barnes, too.
Favorite Book: North & South

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VICTORIA GRACE HOWELL

Monthly Columnist

Victoria is a 23-year-old award-winning published speculative fiction and non-fiction author from Georgia. Her work has been featured in Splickety Havok Magazine and Area of Effect Magazine. She is an editor of the website for the non-profit organization Geeks Under Grace and a paid staff writer at Geekdom House. At eleven she penned her first full-length novel, and she’s been writing ever since. When not typing away at her novels, she enjoys drawing her characters, blogging, Kung Fu, cosplaying, and a really good hot cup of tea.