Our Team

RJ Blain

RJ BlainRJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn’t playing pretend, she likes to think she’s a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband, and obeys the commands of Tsu Dhi, the great warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until satisfied.

Jessica Bockman

Jessica BockmanHer career path looks evasive with a college degree in journalism and a resume dotted with jobs like small rentals’ party planner, public relations “gofer”, copywriter and copyeditor. However when Jessica finally relented and admitted her first true vocation, creative writing, life become more focused. Until she relented and admitted her second vocation, teaching. Jessica teaches reading part-time at her local community college. Whatever little chances daily life gives her is spent writing blog posts, short stories, poems, and student encouragement. Learn more about Jessica on her introduction page.

Rob Diaz II

Editor, Contributor, IT
Rob DiazRob Diaz spends his days writing computer software and his nights chauffeuring his children around his hometown of Hamilton, New Jersey. Rob is a vegetarian, an avid organic gardener and a trumpet player; he is also a professional coffee drinker. He writes fiction in which coffee, vegetarians, the number thirteen and the natural environment play pivotal roles. Get to know Rob on his introduction page or visit him at Thirteenth Dimension.

Heather Dudley

Heather was born in a little town in Georgia called Atlanta. She started writing as soon as she could form words, write them on notebook paper, and staple them together into books. She is the mother of two children, one of whom shows signs of infection by the writer bug. She is the Lead Forums Moderator for National Novel Writing Month, and is the sole surviving heir to the Dudley fortune. At last count, this amounted to twenty-seven dollars and forty-three cents. Learn more about Heather on her introduction page.

Ron Estrada

Ron EstradaRon has always lived in Chicago–even when he hasn’t. He believes in knowing when something is important and trying to find the perfect mix of quiet and loud. He’s been writing for many years interspersed with various straight jobs and filler-in jobs that have required not much from the creative side of his brain, but believes in the art of two lives grafted onto the same vine. Learn more about Ron on his introduction page or visit him on his blog.

Annie Evett

Editor, Contributor
Annie EvettAnnie is a prolific scribbler of characters and weaver of story lines. She infuses her eclectic writing with life experience drawn on years teaching, traversing the corporate landscape and motherhood. Annie is the creative energy behind the cutting-edge collaborative writing project CYOA.Start your escapade into her worlds at annieevett.com or learn more on her introductory page.

Prairie Markussen

Prairie MarkussenPrairie is a poet and college teacher living in Chicago. She’s lived in and written about lots of different places and would like to live in and write about more places, which means a change in location is always on the horizon. Her poetry doesn’t lean toward a particular style or subject matter. She’s written everything from sonnets to prose poetry, and her topics are diverse: donkeys, dust motes, PTSD, and whatever else comes along. She likes imagist, war, and confessional poetry, and in her own writing tries for a confluence of personal and cultural experiences. You can get to know more about Prairie on her introductory page.

Jacqui Murray

Jacqui MurrayIf you’re looking for Jacqui, check Ask a Tech Teacher where she answers geeky questions for anyone who wanders through or try WordDreams, incubator for her next great thriller where men have firm manly handshakes, women are heroes, and the plot blazes like a forest fire on steroids. Not there? Try Write Anything with her newest friends. Pop in. Ask questions. Chat or lurk. Just close the door when you leave.

Katie O’Rourke

Katie O'Rourke
Katie O’Rourke was born and raised in New England, growing up along the seacoast of New Hampshire. She went to college in Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in gender and sexuality. She lives in Tucson, Arizona where she writes, loves and is happy. Monsoon Season, her debut novel, was a bestselling e-book. Her second novel, A Long Thaw was released in 2014. You can get to know a little more about Katie on her introduction page.

Sharon Pratt

Sharon Bonin PrattSharon Pratt writes literary and historical fiction. She’s completing a third book while querying agents for representation for her first two. She teaches art and religion courses to children, enjoys reading, walking, painting, time with friends and family, and her writer’s critique group. Shari lives in Southern California with her husband, Bob, and the dream of a dog she wants to own but hasn’t time or place to tend. Determined one day to be published, she devotes herself to honing the writing craft. She is eager to accept writing advice and happy to share what she’s learned. You can get to know a little more about Shari on her introduction page.

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew ReynoldsAndrew is a poet, writer, marquetrain, woodworker and engineer. By day he is a software release engine working in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley where he was born. Writing has also been a life-long pursuit. Currently, he is writing a poetry collection about his experiences with cancer and actively blogs at Andrew’s View of the Week. You can get to know Andrew a little better on his introduction page.

Dale Challener Roe

Editor, Contributor, IT
Dale Challener RoeDale is a multiple Nobel Prize laureate who shot to fame after inspiration for his Grand Unified Theory of Everything came to him one evening over a bowl of Ramen…He also dabbles in fiction…He lives in North Carolina with his mischievous collection of four-legged friends and can occasionally be found online at dcroe.com. You can get to know Dale on his introduction page.

Shane Wilson

Andrew ReynoldsShane writes fiction that brushes against the magical and surreal. He is a child of the southeastern United States where he graduated with his Master’s degree in English literature. He currently writes and teaches college English in Fayetteville, NC. When he isn’t writing or teaching or grading papers, he is re-watching some television show on Netflix with a glass of whiskey. His debut novel, A Year Since the Rain, was released through Snow Leopard Publishing in Spring of 2016. You can get to know Shane a little better on his introduction page.