Meet the Contributors


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Steve Malone

Steven D. Malone received a BA in History from the University of Houston. He has been a teacher of life skills and work skills to special needs students, adjudicated youth, and the visually impaired as well as teaching College English. He is a published author and a writing coach.

He is a voracious reader of anything from historical fiction to cosmology to the backs of cereal boxes. His interests include ancient and Dark Age history, the American Civil War and the American West, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, and classic movies. He is a certified teacher of Tai Chi Chuan. He lived life as a drifter, a beach bum, a library page, a bookstore clerk, a psychiatric technician, a teacher, and a construction worker. Presently, he is a writer, a blogger, and a proud father of a son and two cats.

His historical fiction novel SIDESHOW AT HONEY CREEK is available on amazon.com.

You may find him at www.stevenspen.com

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Inspiration

Dyane

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and of words in general. She was always amazed at how linking words together in different ways had unexpected and pleasing results on others. People enjoyed what she created! This sparked a life-long desire to write in different styles; short stories; novels; flash fiction and poetry. She enjoys trying genres and forms of writing which are different from what she’s used to; every story or book represents new joys and challenges. Dyane views writing as an amazing and intimate communication tool, and becomes a means through which she seeks to connect with others on a level deeper than intellect.

Dyane is a social worker by profession. Learning to see the world through other people’s eyes, as well as sharing in their pain, has influenced and enriched her as a person, as well as her writing. She is also a wife, and mother to two children, a cat named JackJack and a dog named Sparky.

Book one of her fantasy trilogy, The Purple Morrow, can be found on Amazon.

She can also be reached on her blog Dropped Pebbles, Twitter @PurpleMorrowFacebook, Goodreads and Google+, where information about her books, other writing projects, and samples can be found.

To find out more about The Purple Morrow and upcoming books, please click here.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Subtext: Writing a Story Within a Story

Nor’easter

Mad Mac

Nariman

Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker is an aspiring blogger and amateur photographer from Cape Town, South Africa.  As a keen observer of people and circumstance, she presents everyday images from her unique perspective and with her written pieces, she spins the complexities of human relationships into engrossing tales that leave her online viewers engaged and moved (to smiles, to tears, to terror….)

Her blog FLASHES was first published in August 2012. It is an offering from this truly modern woman struggling to make sense of everyday life and love with levity and a dash of nostalgia.

Married for 22 years, she is an eternal romantic, but with a racy twist.

After qualifying from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Linguistics and Afrikaans & Nederlands, she spent 12 years in education, teaching on two continents. She is currently working in Marketing.

She has a love for all things SA, especially for her Mother City, Cape Town.

Find out more about Nariman at the listed sites below:  FlashesPICASAPhotoboxFacebookTwitterPinterest 

 

Contribution to The Writer’s Gallery

Visual Writing Prompts

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Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall has published more than forty books under different pen names with different publishers in different genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Recent books include Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel), 13 British Horror Stories, Six Scary Tales Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(creepy horror stories), Thirty Scary Tales, Six Historical Tales Vol. 1 and 2 (short stories), Six Quirky Tales (humorous fantasy stories),  The Colour of Dishonour: Stories from the Storm Dancer World, Writing Fight Scenes, The World-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic and Writing Scary Scenes (practical guides for authors).

She holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Currently, she edits the Ten Tales series of multi-author short story anthologies: Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic, Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance and more.

Rayne has lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal and  has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England.

Visit her website: Rayne Hall’s Dark Fantasy

Follow her on TwitterGoodreads, Independent Author Network, Pinterest

Publications by Rayne Hall

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

10 Tricks for Writing Great Fighting Scenes

Writing Craft: Creating Cliffhangers

The Proper Use of Alliteration

Writing Battle Scenes

Backloading Technique

Alone Into Danger 

Finding the Best Word for the Job

Body Language in Dialogue Scenes

Captivity Scenes

Chases and Escapes

Cruel Claws

Creating Cliffhangers

How To Give Your Novel A Great Climax

Tone Your Writing Style 

Could You Do Without “Could”

Cut “Begin” and “Start”

Cut The “Said” and “She Said”

— DELECTABLE DAGGERS – THE WRITER’S MOST USEFUL WEAPON

Danger In the Dark

— DEMURE AND DANGEROUS – WRITING FEMALE SELF-DEFENCE SCENES

WRITING A GREAT DUEL SCENE

WHAT’S LURKING BEHIND THAT DOOR? CREATING SUSPENSE

HOW TO GIVE YOUR NOVEL A GREAT CLIMAX

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R. Harlan Smith

R. Harlan Smith is an Indiana-born, self-taught writer who graduated from Lew Wallace high school in Gary, Indiana. His education includes an A.A. in English Literature, and a B.A. in the Behavioral Sciences. His first professional writing began as a copy writer/graphic artist for two small manufacturing companies, one in South Pasadena and the other in San Gabriel, California. He spent his entire life traveling around the U.S., taking odd jobs and teaching himself to paint. His writing didn’t begin until he retired in 2002. (“I finished my first novel in 2004, groomed it to exactly the way I wanted it, and destroyed it. Then I began to write.”)

His first three published books are on Amazon ebooks; Two, “Alex in Wonderland” and “Robert’s Choice” are in the paranormal genre. The third, “Robin of Tudor Gables” is mainstream fiction. He is currently working on another mainstream fiction novel titled “Grady Grady”, scheduled for release some time in early 2014. He lives alone (“I was married once, a long time ago, but I feel much better now, thank you.”) with two cats in Tucson, Arizona, more or less permanently.
You can see more work by R. Harlan Smith on his blog The Life Givers.
Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Jennifer

Jennifer Roche

Jennifer L Roche owns writing company, Rainbows of Happiness LLC.  She has written for over twenty years. Jennifer’s interest in writing stems back to childhood.  She created stories; stapling pages to make books, and drawing illustrations for her stories.  Now a full-time writer, Jennifer creates poetry, children’s literature, self-help books, and fiction and nonfiction stories. Jennifer has published poetry on poetreecreations.org, submitted writing for The East Coast Literary Review, and Solstice Initiative, is a regular contributor for Smile magazine; providing cover stories, and informational articles, has been interviewed by Idea Creations Press as an aspiring author, with an upcoming interview in February 2014 for The Book Shelf.  Jennifer writes articles for websites, blogs, and ezines on fashion, footwear, jewelry, handbags, photography, home décor, education, beauty products, holiday articles, and yoga. Jennifer self-hosts four blogs. Three blogs highlight personal poetry, inspirational businesses donating to charities, and interviews with authors and musicians.  Jennifer’s fourth blog, dedicated solely to photography, offers tips and advice to photographers, highlights her photography, and serves as a forum to display photography sent in by followers. Jennifer is a member of The National Association of Professional Women, Aspiring Writer’s Association, Books and Writers, Elance Professional Network, Fiction Writer’s Guild, Poetry & Literature Association, Poetry Editors & Poets, Writers 750, Women Writing for a Change, Writer’s Gallery, and Writer’s Café.  Jennifer profile is on Google+ Small Business Owners, Yahoo Small Business Owners, LinkedIn, Writer’s Beat, Twitter, and MUTT Online. Jennifer maintains the company Facebook page for Rainbows of Happiness LLC.

Jennifer supports The Alzheimer’s Association, The Humane Society, Movember (Men’s Health Awareness), and Susan G. Komen Foundation,

Jennifer’s hobbies are writing poetry, dancing, singing, traveling, photography, drawing, listening to music, cruising,  theater, art, spending time with friends, family, her  supportive husband, and doting on her cat of 12 years!

 Follow Jennifer on Facebook, and on her sites Pensive Writer 2013, Getting the Final Word, The Final Pen Stroke, and Moments Captured Through the Lens

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

“Always In My Heart”  

 Matt Ewens

Matt Ewens

Matt Ewens is an English writer born in Solihull in the West Midlands.  His interest in writing started in secondary school, upon being set homework to write a short story along the theme of a ‘tale of the unexpected’.  He was the only child in the class who filled half of the entire exercise book with one story and this became a regular occurrence for any form of fictional homework.  One teacher set the entire class homework based on one of his stories.
Many years later after a little life experience Matt decided to join a local library writers group in Plymouth, where he met like-minded writers; this sparked a renewed enthusiasm for writing.
He has written a children’s fantasy book called Devonshire with a Hint of Albanian, which he self published on Amazon.
He has additionally been published fourteen times through the Darkertimes Horror Competition.  And he is currently busy working on a comedy play, which he hopes can be performed by local theatre in the future.

 Follow Matt on his Self Named Blog

 Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

—  Playwriting Primer

 

Dave Goodlove

Dave Goodlove

Dave Goodlove made his first attempt at writing a novella in high school when he skipped study hall to spend time in front of a word processor under the supervision of an English teacher.  The teacher encouraged him to focus on the romantic aspect of his story, and although the novella about a teenage ninja-in-training who gets distracted by falling in love with a girl from a nearby village in Japan never made the New York Times Bestseller list, it did win praise from his creative writing teacher.  Since then, he has always written for the sheer enjoyment of it, even after becoming the features editor of his college newspaper and an English teacher.  Somewhere along the way, he began to understand the power of the romantic story to touch the heart, and in his stories, he seeks to do just that, combining his love for travel, foreign languages, and cross-cultural relationships.  He has recently been writing a contemporary romance novel in blog format called Unbound Romance, in which he continues to post a new chapter weekly.  Dave took the pen name Goodlove to remind himself of the enduring quality of love, the message behind his romantic stories.  Although originally from the east coast and having lived on the west coast of the U.S., he now lives with his family in the tropical-island country of Taiwan that provides plenty of writing inspiration.

Links:

Unbound Romance:  A novel in blog format with a new chapter posted weekly

http://unboundromance.wordpress.com

The Romantic Writer: A blog with posts about travel in Taiwan and excerpts from his novel

http://goodlovewriter.blogspot.com

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery: 

Romancing the Reader: Five Goals for Writing a Romance

 

 

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Meet The Writers


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M A Barr

M.A Barr

M. A. Barr is a full-time student finishing up an A.A. Pharmacy degree at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.  After taking a Creative Writing class, he discovered a love for the art of prose and storytelling; writing 100 word stories daily on his blog: Twisted Dreams in Pen & Ink.

When asked about what first drew him to storytelling, he answered, ”The love for writing grew with my friends that introduced me to sci-fi/fantasy genre books, and nights spent creating stories and characters with them.  It only grew from there.  I found even more friends that actually got me to start doing this project with them of writing 100 word stories daily.  Honestly, at the start, I really just wrote maybe once or twice a week.  That all changed after the Creative Writing class and when my Professor (Ms. Greer) sat me down and asked ‘Why the heck are you doing Pharmacy when you write so well?’”  This inspired him to start his blog, and put more focus on developing his “storytelling chops” by writing 100 word stories daily for a year.  “I’m still learning.  I started late.  I’m putting this project out there to get criticisms, to let others use it as a story prompt if they want, and to entertain people.”

Asides from being a full-time student/full-time writer, he works in the Pharmacy at Mease Countryside Hospital part-time.  He moved from the Philippines to America four years ago and takes care of his grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.  “It’s one of the reasons I bring up memories a lot in my stories.  I dedicate and read a lot of them to her.”

Visit M.A Barr’s blog at Twisted Dreams in Pen & Ink.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

— When You Wish Upon a Star
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Nariman

Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker is an aspiring blogger and amateur photographer from Cape Town, South Africa.  As a keen observer of people and circumstance, she presents everyday images from her unique perspective and with her written pieces, she spins the complexities of human relationships into engrossing tales that leave her online viewers engaged and moved (to smiles, to tears, to terror….)

Her blog FLASHES was first published in August 2012. It is an offering from this truly modern woman struggling to make sense of everyday life and love with levity and a dash of nostalgia.

Married for 22 years, she is an eternal romantic, but with a racy twist.

After qualifying from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Linguistics and Afrikaans & Nederlands, she spent 12 years in education, teaching on two continents. She is currently working in Marketing.

She has a love for all things SA, especially for her Mother City, Cape Town.

Find out more about Nariman at the listed sites below:  FlashesPICASAPhotoboxFacebookTwitterPinterest 

 

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Dear James
Burgandy

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Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza was born on the 13th of September 1991 in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. He is currently getting his Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Botswana. Mbongeni is an aspiring writer, poet, and advocate, with an objective to change the dimensional views of the world through poetry and writing. Mbongeni began writing poetry in 2009 as a way of impressing a girl. He later fell in love with the written and spoken word, and became geared to learning  and perfecting his skill of writing.
Visit more of his writing at Vinely Pressed. 
Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:
New York
 Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin

Yolanda was born in Madrid Spain, and immigrated to Australia with her parents when she was four-years-old. She speaks and writes Spanish fluently and dabbles in Italian. She is a Licensed Conveyancer in Sydney, Australia.

Yolanda has many interests. One of them is the theatre, performing and attending.  She is a member of a community theatre at which she performs.  She also enjoys photography, and traveling.

Her greatest passion is writing, with life as her inspiration; with all its beauty and its ugliness. She has always enjoyed writing, but started her blog as a way of externalizing her thoughts and emotions. Whilst she enjoys writing prose, poetry is her first love, due to the freedom of expression it allows.
Favorite quote:

“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

Read more of Yolanda’s work on her blog: Love Pain and Other Catastrophes

Follow Yolanda on tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

— ”Unseeing Eyes” (poem)

 

Nicki Redes

Nicki Redes

Nicki Redes
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Nicki is a full-time working mom in Northern California, USA.  When she isn’t at her day job in the office, building forts with her two young children, or washing the dishes for the fifth time in a day, her head is in the clouds.  Her nose is often in a book, but she dreams of bringing characters to life and putting stories on paper for others to enjoy.  Now, at the age of 30, Nicki is finally realizing that she can do what she loves most, which is express herself through the written word.  Currently she’s working on overcoming her biggest obstacle in reaching her dream of writing:  herself.
Follow Nicki Redes at Facebook, LinkedIn, and Goodreads
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Rusty
Rusty Rimes
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Rusty Rimes was born in the Southwest United States, in 1957

He received his highschool GED at the age of sixteen, and has continued with self education the rest of his life. Which has lead to a favorite saying: “If you don’t know something, go learn it.”

Rusty loves all things beautiful, despises all things cruel. Enjoys Classical music most of all, but has an eclectic appreciation for all forms.

His wish for humanity, is simply to love one another with open concern for each persons well being.

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Amy Glamos

Amy Glamos

About  Amy Glamos

Amy Glamos is a freelance writer and blogger.  She enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, while juggling motherhood and all the fun challenges that come with it.  Her poems have been published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and her short fiction has appeared in eFiction.  She is currently working on her first novel, as well as a chapbook of poetry.  She lives with her family in the foothills of Colorado, though her heart lies in the Midwest, where she was born.  Her blog, http://www.muffinsandmetaphors.blogspot.com, chronicles the daily life of a writer-mama who dabbles in the art of baking.

Follow Amy Glamos on Twitter and Google+

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Harmony and Discord (short story)

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and of words in general. She was always amazed at how linking words together in different ways had unexpected and pleasing results on others. People enjoyed what she created! This sparked a life-long desire to write in different styles; short stories; novels; flash fiction and poetry. She enjoys trying genres and forms of writing which are different from what she’s used to; every story or book represents new joys and challenges. Dyane views writing as an amazing and intimate communication tool, and becomes a means through which she seeks to connect with others on a level deeper than intellect.

Dyane is a social worker by profession. Learning to see the world through other people’s eyes, as well as sharing in their pain, has influenced and enriched her as a person, as well as her writing. She is also a wife, and mother to two children, a cat named JackJack and a dog named Sparky.

Book one of her fantasy trilogy, The Purple Morrow, can be found on Amazon.

She can also be reached on her blog Dropped Pebbles, Twitter @PurpleMorrowFacebookGoodreads and Google+, where information about her books, other writing projects, and samples can be found.

To find out more about The Purple Morrow and upcoming books, please click here.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Subtext: Writing a Story Within a Story

Nor’easter

Mad Mac

Just Desserts (Christmas Story)

— View from the Open Sea

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Marco G. Casteleijn

Marco G. Casteleijn

Marco G. Casteleijn grew up in a small town in the Netherland, and a good way to escape was to read, especially when a library was built. Marco graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry (NL), a MSc in molecular biology (FI) and a PhD in bioprocess Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. Marco is currently working on pharmaceutical proteins, their development and delivery at the University of Helsinki, Finland where he resides with his heroic wife and three magical children.

The narratives found in research are creative and intuitive, and can be as fascinating as a good book. Marco has been writing short stories and poetry since high school and continues to do so. In addition, Marco has published several academic peer reviewed articles in respectable journals. Marco is currently working on his lyric sequence “My Opaque Dreams”, while poetry and short stories along the way.

Follow Marco G. Casteleijn on: G+, Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery: 

Re-reborn

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Kaziwa Salih

Award winning author, journalist, and social activist, currently a post-graduate student at York University, where she has already obtained a BA in Communication, an MA in Culture and Genocide studies, and a graduate certificate in Migration and Forced Refugee Issues She also has a certificate in International Journalism for International Writers from Sheridan College.

Salih is the publisher and editor of two Kurdish magazines. In 2010, she founded the Anti-Genocide Project to bring together the voices of genocide victims living in Canada. She is the author of 12 books, and has received several international awards, including the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Award for the Novel and Short Story from the Nagham House and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. In recognition of her short stories, she was a two-time recipient of the first award at the Academia Mutamenti–Amita Festival of Art and Literature in Italy, in 2001 and 2002. She is appointed for 2014 Writer-in-Resident at George Brown College by PEN Canada.

Salih has participated in a number of international workshops and conferences, most recently a field study on the Holocaust with York University and “TheWomen of the Middle East” conference on agency and activism with Albany State University in New York. Kaziwa’s academic interests include genocide and culture, culture and communication theory, Kurdish studies, gender and ethics, and cultural psychology. She has been a member of numerous human rights organizations such as United Nation Association of Canada, Amnesty International, Egypt Human Rights Organization, Kurdistan Human Rights, Pen Canada and Writer in Exile.

Website :       www.kaziwa.com

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/kaziwa.salih

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/KaziwaSalih

–Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Wisdom of Being Blind

Doug Metz

Doug Metz

Douglas Metz is a poet and writer from New Jersey with a penchant for things macabre. In addition to writing he enjoys doing spoken word performances and recordings. His poetry, stories and recordings can all be found on http://unknownpoetry.wordpress.com.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Feast of Friends (short story)

A Void to Avoid (short story)

— Shadow Dancer (poem)

Discovering Duluoz on SALE! 

Winners In The Writer’s Gallery


Vanessa Wright

Vanessa Wright

Congratulations to Vanessa Wright for winning the Christmas Writer’s Challenge!!! 

She is a 47 year old visual artist, author, mom and pug breeder. Two of her Afrikaans short stories have recently been published in My kort vir jou sop available on www.amazon.com as an e-book and soon to be released in soft cover. She has taken part in Nanowromo 2012 and 2013 and reached the target on day 26. She has also published a collection of short stories on Smashwords, titled Twisted. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361196. She has her own blog at http://iread1966.wordpress.com, appropriately named Humouring the dark where the muse has captured many readers’ attention and a book about the character is in the offing. She is also active on Facebook and Twitter and is a member of a writing group. She leads her own book club and is a true bookaholic. Writing has always been her passion, however the timing always seemed incorrect as daily life interrupted more frequently than not. Now, she has decided to go big or go home.

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Joe Imperi

Joe Imperi

Congratulations Joseph Imperi on winning the Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge!!! 

Joe Imperi, 43 and a daddy of two young boys, Alexander and Christian, has been writing poetry on and off since high school.  After his separation in April 2011, he founded the Dads Rights Coalition of NY support group on FB. This was done due to not being able to find an outlet for people in his situation.  He is also a board member of Fathers and Families of NY. Writing has “saved his sanity” and has been his way of channeling his energy into something positive.  By creating a place to vent positively against parental alienation, he has been able to help many afflicted by the same situation as his own. This is also when he decided to start writing his blog that is aptly titled “Saving my sanity, one blog at a time”.  Joe declares himself a hopeful romantic, yet a lot of his poetry draws from the darker side of loves lost. He recently was published on the online journal The Cultured Vultures in the U.K.  He is working on a compilation of country music poems that he hopes will one day become actual songs. One very recent poem of Joe’s, “She’s just a country girl”, now has a sister version written by Denise Baxter Yoder called “Country Gal”. The two of them hope to bring both poems together into a duet version in the near future.

Along with witting, Joe is an avid hockey fan of the Buffalo Sabres, a lover of fishing, festivals, rollercoasters and anything else related to his home town of Buffalo, NY.

You can find all of Joe Imperis work on his main blog site: www.dadsrightscoalition.wordpress.com

Joe is active in poetry communities found on FB and Google+ and also has another blog: www.savingmysanityoneblogatatime.blogspot.com

Finally, here is a link to his support group that supports not just Dads, but all parents affected by Parental Alienation: www.facebook.com/groups/DadsRightsCoalitionofNY/

Winner of Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge