The Other 13: Doug Souza

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I’m here with Doug Souza, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Modesto, California. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I’m Doug C. Souza a speculative fiction writer who teaches second grade during the day. I have lived in Modesto, California for most my life, but spent first through sixth grade in Los Banos, California—which makes it seem like half my life was growing up in the country versus the city life. I was a terrible student, except for my last year in high school, and then college really worked well for me. My ups and downs as a kid in school helped prepare me for the rejections-to-acceptances ratio in the writing world. Continue reading

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The Other 13: Jake Marley

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I’m here with Jake Marley, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Garden Grove, California. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I’m Jake Marley from Orange County, California. I write supernatural suspense fiction, horror, and dark fantasy. I’ve been an avid, varied reader as long as I can remember and I’ve always wanted to tell stories. My other job for the past sixteen years has given me a lot of time to drive through the night where I either listen to audiobooks or make up stories of my own. Continue reading

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The Other 13: Andrew L. Roberts

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I’m here with Andrew L. Roberts, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from San Lorenzo, California. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I come from your basic, working class family. I live in the house in which I grew up. I have been writing since I was in high school about a million years ago, though have only been sending my work out as submissions for about 5 years now. I have sold my stories to Bourbon Penn Magazine, Spark: A Creative Anthology, and am a recent winner of the Writers of the Future contest. My story, “Tears for Shülna”, appears in Volume 33 of the anthology. Continue reading

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The Other 13: C.L. Kagmi

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I’m here with C.L. Kagmi, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I’m originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s a great place to grow up – Michigan is really much more interesting than people are generally aware of.

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The Other 13: Dustin Steinacker

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I’m here with Dustin Steinacker, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Orem, Utah. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I was raised in Elk Ridge, Utah, in the foothills of Loafer Mountain. The town I grew up in (and where my parents still live) has probably quintupled in size since we moved in, and the further north you go to find an available lot the more you’re trading wasps and earwigs for actual bears and mountain lions. I now live in Orem, Utah, smack-dab between two major colleges, and even in the “city” you might see a deer or a bobcat if you get up early enough. So the more things change, the more they stay the same. (Does this sound like I’m dictating my memoirs from the retirement home?) Continue reading

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The Other 13: Molly Atkins

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I’m here with Molly Atkins, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from St. Louis, Missouri. She very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I grew up in a small University town in Texas. After getting married and living briefly in an even smaller town, I moved with my husband to St. Louis. A few years later, after our oldest daughter was born, we moved to California, but now we’re back in St. Louis with both of our girls. I began writing in 2014 after our return to St. Louis. I’d thought about writing since I was a little girl, but I just never sat down to do it. Then a friend told me about this NaNoWriMo thing, and once I started, I just never stopped. Continue reading

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The Other 13: David VonAllmen

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I’m here with David VonAllmen, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from St. Louis, Missouri. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I’m from St. Louis. I lived in Colorado for a bunch of years for college and post-college screwing around, but St. Louis is home and I’m glad I came back. My background is nothing interesting – just grew up in the suburbs, studied marketing and graphic design and then realized I wasn’t going to make any money in that (largely because I wasn’t really that good at it) so I went into private equity, which is a good gig. Continue reading

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The Other 13: Stephen Lawson

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I’m here with Stephen Lawson, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Louisville, Kentucky. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I grew up as a Methodist preacher’s son in several small towns in Ohio. I joined the Navy at 18 and deployed three times on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, including on September 19, 2001 in the immediate response to 9/11. I got out of the military completely for four years and got a B.A. in Business Administration from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY.  I’ve had a few civilian jobs since then, but I also joined the Kentucky National Guard the year I graduated. Now I divide my time between Guard obligations, writing, and working on my MBA. Continue reading

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The Other 13: Andrew Peery

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I’m here with Andrew Peery, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Durham, North Carolina. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I live in Durham, North Carolina, with my wife and two boys. I’m a doctor, and I use those experiences in my writing. Having young kids (ages 3 and 5), my hobbies include stepping on legos and tracking down the small plastic parts of toys. On the plus side, I’m constantly surrounded by space ships and castles, which can be rather inspiring. Continue reading

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The Other 13: Ziporah Hildebrandt

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I’m here with Ziporah Hildebrandt, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Shutesbury, Massachusetts. She very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions:

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background?

I grew up outside Philadelphia, hated school, am still traumatized by my family experience, and thank God every day I was raised an atheist. I went to college in Amherst, MA, spent some time in various other places, and have lived in western Mass for quite a while. I mostly was educated in the experiential mode, learning by doing. I enjoyed most things that involved something artistic, creative, or imaginative. I was kind of like a bumper car on most traditional subjects, I’d bump into history, math, science and so forth and veer off, repelled not by the subjects but by the boring way they were presented. A shame really, I love learning about nature and the universe, and I read Quantum Physics for Dummies and it pretty much made sense to me, but oh my God the bulgy eyed guy in the windowless room on about the ideal gas law took all the joy out. Continue reading

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