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​SKY DESTRIAN

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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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HANNA DENTON

Assistant 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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JAIME HELLER

Social Media Assistant

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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ALEX MCCARRON

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 Jaeger: Cherno Alpha
Favorite fantasy series: the Earthsea Cycle

BETHANY BALDWIN

Bethany is a 21-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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GABRIELLE GOLD

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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GALEN BUTTITTA

When he's not walking his dog or spending the annual GDP of Bolivia on Red Bull, Galen is an AML compliance analyst, conlanger, and heavy metal drummer from the Cleveland area. Born months before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he is an INTP with a BA in Linguistics from the University of Oklahoma. He prefers Marvel to DC and Star Trek to Star Wars. His personal motto is "Audio, video, disco," which is Latin for "I hear, I see, I learn" and English for "Audio, video, disco."

Favorite fictional language: Klingon
Favorite pony: Fluttershy

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H. A. TITUS

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

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

Favorite Ships: Doctor Song (Eleven/River Song) and Stucky (Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes)
Favorite Avengers: Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanoff, and Clint Barton

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HAYLA R.

Hayla R. is first and foremost a scientist having dedicated the majority of her life to studying wildlife biology and anthropology. She has been burdened with the glorious purpose of protecting the Earth’s creatures, and her personality has been likened to a strangely complementary dichotomy of ardent care for animals and violent anti-heroism, as though Dr. Dolittle himself had been recruited into the Suicide Squad. 

Me in three characters: RDJ’s Sherlock Holmes, Edward Nygma, and Fluttershy 
Favorite book series: The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey

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JANA RUTH

Jana Ruth is an avid Batman fan, although let's be honest—she's pretty much got a new obsession every week. She is currently pursuing a double major in creative writing and journalism (so don’t be surprised if her posts slip into AP style). The Wretch loves both DC and Marvel Comics, but if she had to choose one over the other she’d go with DC. #Sorrynotsorry.

Favorite Batman movie: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Favorite Batman comic book: Batman: The Long Halloween

KELLY CHAPLIN

Kelly is a 26-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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KRISTEN TWOMEY

Kristen is a writer and photographer from New England who grew up telling stories. She started on paper before shifting to film for a while. The dream of sharing her work with people other than her best friends or teachers lives on. When she’s not crafting new worlds or devising something new and terrible for her characters to encounter, she can usually be found taking care of her small plant collection, doing archery, or rolling dice. There’s a chance she might actually be one of the fae.

Favorite tea: Jasmine Green Tea
Most watched movie: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

TABITHA WELLS

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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SCOTT MITCHELL

Scott is a 23 year old from Cleveland, Ohio with a TV Tropes addiction that may or may not be ruining his life.  The highlights of his college experience include winning “Humans vs. Zombies,” playing club Quidditch, and chasing after a man in a penguin costume during a scavenger hunt.  An ardent soccer fan, he can usually be found sitting near a TV complaining that the Crew just blew another lead.

Favorite Book: Fahrenheit 451
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption

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TRAVIS CRAIG

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.

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
Favorite Childhood Hero and Inspiration for Tastes in Music: Sonic the Hedgehog


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