Marguerite Kenner is a native Californian who has forsaken sunny paradise to live with her partner, Alasdair Stuart, in a UK city named after her favorite pastime but pronounced differently.
She’s an experienced plate-juggler and wearer of multiple hats, managing her time between editing Cast of Wonders, working behind the scenes as COO of Escape Artists, lecturing, grappling with legal conundrums as a lawyer, studying popular culture (i.e. going to movies and playing video games), and curling up with a really good book. You can follow her adventures on Twitter.
Alexis Goble – Assistant Editor
Alexis is a fun-size jeweler and engraver in the Song of the Vine, Queen of the West, on the banks of the Beautiful River (Cincinnati for laymen.) She spends her free time reading All The Things, baking, obsessively cleaning, and working on an endless cycle of crafts. Follow her on Twitter.
Katherine teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her (infrequent) spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own. She is a mother to two boys, and enjoys chaos, water-fights, tree-climbing, and thwarting plans for world domination. Katherine is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles, narrates for a variety of podcasts, and wishes she’d started slush reading decades ago. You can read her stories here at Cast of Wonders, and also at the Dunesteef and Luna Station Quarterly (though you might need a functional time machine for some). Follow her on Twitter.
Jeremy Carter – Audio Producer
Jeremy has produced audio for the Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine, Far Fetched Fables, the Journey Into podcast and StarshipSofa in addition to Cast of Wonders. By day, he teaches physics and maths in the beautiful Peak District. He is a husband, father, photographer, cook and very occasional runner. Follow him on Twitter.
Dani Daly – Community Manager
A woman of many hobbies, reading, narrating for and working as co-editor of Cast of Wonders are just a few of the things Dani loves to do. Living on Long Island, in the state of New York, she’s a retired roller derby player and current hobbyist soap maker, for instance. She also rants on twitter as @danooli_dani, if that’s your thing. Or you can visit the EA forums, where she moderates the Cast of Wonders boards.
Tonya Bezpalko – Associate Editor
Tonya lives deep in the moose-infested wilds of Canada, where they are interested in everything but qualified for almost nothing. They are a sometime developer of MUDs, even in this day and age, and once released a Twine game about petting cats. One day, they’re going back to school for that linguistics degree, because they just love words that much. They’ve never seen an arts and crafts tutorial that didn’t make them want to do it too, no matter how impractical, and they will devour any book in front of them at an absolutely ludicrous speed. Give them the chance to, and they will pet your cat. Follow them on Twitter.
Amy Brennan – Associate Editor
Amy is a huge fan of all manner of fiction and non fiction writing, music, art, basically anything even mildly creative. A geologist by training, holding a masters in Geoscience from Keele Unversity she used to make mud pies for a living. It is a job that is both enjoyably challenging and at times mind-numbingly repetitive. She devoured audiobooks at a rate of knots to get her through the day – until she discovered podcasts and hasn’t looked back since. She lives in Cambridgeshire with her partner, and three floofs of the cat and rabbit type. She occasionally blogs, and you can follow her on Twitter.
Alicia is a marine archaeologist in New Orleans. Though she does not get to leave her desk too often, her technical specialty is using robots to investigate and study shipwrecks and other mysterious things in the deep sea. Most of her published writing is nonfiction, about North American archaeology and history, though her number of speculative fiction stories is slowly increasing. She lives with two little monsters who regularly take dog form and usually can be found, like most monsters, under her bed.
Trace Fontil – Associate Editor
Trace is a hopeful biologist that spends much of her time thinking about sentient trees and gods meddling in human lives. She is a university student, a speculative fiction writer, and a Florida(wo)man. You can find her buried under a stack of books and contemplating just how many ways the world can actually end, or alternatively, just shout into the air. You never know; she might be able to hear it.
William Heydt-Minor – Associate Editor
Will is a teacher and writer who currently resides in New York City at this stage in his peripatetic life. One day he will settle down in a self-sustaining earthship on a remote mountain top, but that day is not today. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, sleep, making risotto, and coffee. Follow him on Twitter.
Andrew teaches and practices Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Tai Chi in Southern California, where he also writes speculative YA fiction. He has been a high school English teacher, an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan, and a college professor. His academic work in children’s literature can be found in The Looking Glass. Follow him on Twitter.
Shawn Proctor is a speculative fiction writer who earned his bachelors from Kutztown University and MFA from Rosemont College. He works and lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Hope, and dynamic duos of kids and cats. He is a member of Codex writers group and Critters, and adores weird pajamas. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, and Crab Orchard Review. Read more of his work at shawnproctor.com and follow him on Twitter @shawnproctor.
Rey O – Associate Editor
Rey works as an English teacher. She is recovering from gaslighting and C-PTSD, and is basically trying to learn how to be nice to herself full time. Her favorite indulgences are squeeing over cars and comics, collecting toys and second hand books, writing, learning languages, doing puzzles, and enjoying stand-up comedy. SFF and fairy tales are her favorite flavors. Follow her on Twitter.
Susie Rodriguez – Associate Editor
Susie is an amateur everything in that she does not get paid for any of it. The homeschooling mother of a 19 year old comic nerd and a 6 year old hockey fan, she is a life long fan, aspiring novelist, writer of snarky filk and all around smart alec. She spends most of her time at the local ice rink plotting the program for local conventions, planning trips to Disneyland or trying to sell Girl Scout Cookies to unsuspecting passers-by. She holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley and her passions include old movies, new YA novels and cheeseburgers. She’s occasionally on Twitter.
Karissa Sluss – Associate Editor
Karissa lives with in North Carolina with her family and a hairy husky named Bonnie. Her favorite things are coffee, dark chocolate, Star Wars, and Princess Bride. By day she wrangles cases and hearing schedules for a small administrative court. At night, after cooking dinner, checking homework, and walking the dog, she writes and reads as much as possible. You can find out more about her writing online at karissalaurel.com, and she loves making friends on Twitter @karissalaurel.
Emma Smailes – Associate Editor
Emma hails from the banks of the not so coaley Tyne, which she loves as only a native Geordie Lass can. She enjoys fiction of almost all types, plotting, though never acting, to take over the world, and having sparkly fingernails. She does not have a cat, but does have a tiny cuddly toy hedgehog called Optic, who goes everywhere with her.
Chris Tang – Associate Editor
Chris is a Cast of Wonders slush reader and is appreciative that the role gives him an excuse to read more. He has loved speculative fiction since childhood and spends as much time in other worlds as possible. Chris is a recovering lawyer who now works helping distribute role-playing games to the masses for his day job. In his spare time when not parenting he engages in too many hobbies such as playing music, reading, painting, listening to fiction podcasts, table-top role-playing, listening to audio books, writing, and running a post-apocalyptic wild west boffer larp with his wife and some friends. Chris stays busy and lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, son, and two of the worst roommates ever who happen to be cats. Follow him on Twitter.