A CREATIVE VILLAGE

Meet the Authors

Amber Topping

CO-FOUNDER & EDITOR

A lover of stories in all forms and from all cultures and time periods, Amber honed her own storytelling skills as a girl by doing Shirley Temple impersonations and putting on plays with her siblings. Eventually, she turned to cheerleading, dance, and finally to writing and video editing. Amber is an empathetic and impassioned person with a strong independent will and an endless amount of creativity. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, and has contributed to various magazines. Her ultimate dream is to be a published author of books, screenplays, and to form a creative village of talented storytellers from around the world who can collaborate together to produce stories celebrating old-fashioned romance and diverse traditional storytelling. She believes stories have the positive power to unite, not divide.

Autumn Topping

CO-FOUNDER & EDITOR

"Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile," L.M. Montgomery. In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and also graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely blog and works at The New York Public Library as a YA Librarian.

Rebecca Lane

CO-FOUNDER

Rebecca Lane grew up in the hot desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona where she decided early on she wanted to write, if only to mentally escape her blistering surroundings. She has always been enamored of the arts and literature. As a child she often wrote short stories, and rewrote the endings of novels that she simply could not abide. She received her Undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was lucky enough to also spend a year studying at Oxford University. While she began her journey dreaming of the day she would sing opera in a large Manhattan theater, she found in the end she could not stand waitressing and simply could not give up books and her hopes of someday writing them. She is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and earning her Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Rissi JC

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (http://www.rissiwrites.com).

Bailey Cavender

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Bailey grew up in North Idaho where she was encouraged from a young age to love reading, writing and learning; as a result, storytelling is a major part of her life. She believes that no story is ever the same to anyone and that everyone has a story to tell. With that in mind, she someday hopes to write a humorous and inspiring book (or ten, either way). Her books, "A Journey Through Disney," "The Mermaid," and "Dear NSA: One Man's Adventures in Phone-Tapping and Blogging," can be found on Amazon.

Elinor Cackett

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Elinor is a writer and semi-recent graduate of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. She has been writing ever since she could hold a pen but her love affair with fiction started when the entirety of David Eddings’ 'The Belgariad' was read to her at age four. She currently has a couple of books and half a dozen short stories on the go. She spends her free time writing, analysing media and knitting very colourful scarves.

Mandi Harris

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Mandi Harris is a freelance writer and blogger. If she isn't writing, she has her nose in a book. Books are her ultimate addiction. Her other weaknesses include period dramas, chocolate, and her pets. She is working on her own novels now and hopes to one day get published. You can read her book blog over at thepennedpiper.com.

Faith White

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Faith has always enjoyed movies and TV shows from swoon-worthy period dramas to heart-stopping action-adventure flicks. Her love of Korean dramas started a few years ago when she binge-watched a 62 episode period K-drama and fell in love. She also has a passion for writing stories. Even as a young teenager she entertained her sisters with episodic superhero adventures. Now she spends her time working, blogging, sewing, juggling several novels, and watching her favorite shows, mainly K-dramas. You can visit her blog at: www.justwaytooboss.blogspot.com

Amirah Yasin

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Amirah Yasin is a lover of persimmons, angst-ridden characters, YA fiction (and all books), Shah Rukh Khan and Colin Firth. In addition to spending her time frequenting YouTube to watch Bollywood songs, attempting to find chances to wear prairie-length skirts, and watching period dramas, she likes to travel, run, play cards and DJ old Indian music. She is a registered nurse as well as an obnoxious snapchat fiend. She enjoys writing idiotic poetry, befriending librarians, and taking photographs of trees. Her elderly patients are the only people known to be fond of her singing voice. She has always loved reading, writing, and romance.

Dixie-Ann Belle

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

I’m from a Caribbean island you should definitely consider visiting (Hint: Trinidad and Tobago). I have a BSc in Mass Communications and an MA in English Literature. I’m a lifelong reader, and I love the classics, fantasy, urban fantasy, YA, historical novels and various combinations of these which might explain why I believe that in some alternate universe, I am The Last Unicorn. When I’m not reading, procrastinating online or watching television and movies in this universe, I’m working as a freelance writer, proof reader and editor. Sometimes I also write about creative things that inspire me on my blog Crossroads of Imagination

Catherine

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Catherine is an avid reader and a self-declared professional binge watcher. It's not uncommon to find her re-watching a series or movie for the umpteenth time and still be crying into a box of tissues. When she's not hiding in her closet to read or watch a show or movie, Catherine is a wife, mother, and, on her better days, a lawyer.

Brittaney B.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Brittaney has had her head in the clouds ever since she first fell in love with books and film as a young child. She's a firm believer in the power of story to transport us to new places while also transforming our hearts. She tends to favor historical fiction and classic films since they also allow her to feel like a time traveler. Brittaney is a native resident of Texas and has been honing her own ability to write and tell stories for many years now. You can find more of her wordsmith skills at her website www.storyenthusiast.com.

Anita Nanda

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Anita Nanda is an author and blogger. She is currently working on her debut novel in women's fiction. When she is not writing, she's drinking tea (or diet cokes!), binging on Netflix and spending time with her two kids and two energetic dogs!

Naazneen Samsodien

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Naazneen hails from South Africa and has spent most of her life steeped quite happily in fandom. A corporate Human Resource professional by day, she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and is currently completing her MPhil at the University of Cape Town. She spends her nights in a parallel universe where her creative pursuits find meaningful outlets. When she is not doing research, writing fanfiction or reading the latest novel for her book club, she is voraciously consuming information on pop culture and global socio-political issues - or quite simply, travelling the world. She loves words, fangirling shamelessly, Mr. Darcy and rugged beards... a lot.

Danielle DeVillier

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Danielle is an upcoming English undergraduate student whose early education consisted of a small library and a gothic forest. She enjoys correcting grammar and going on genre benders. As an aspiring writer, she loves confident female characters, tragic romance, powerful writing, and a dash of the unbelievable. She is probably still working on her NaNoWriMo project and trying to read four books at once.

Natalya Carpenter

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Speak up, take a stand and there's someone to write about it. That's how things get better." ~Newsies. Natalya was adopted from Russia and has six younger sisters also adopted internationally with special-needs. A fan of classic English literature, Roseanna M. White, and historical drama, she loves stories with purpose and characters who invite her to think and feel deeply. Natalya is majoring in Creative Writing and Russian Studies at Bucknell University. You can find her blog at: natalyacarpenter,blogspot.com where she writes about anything from orphan advocacy and journalism to her favorite K-Dramas.

Rima

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Dreamer , Reader , Believer - traits which describe her in truest way possible. Lover of period dramas and all things old fashioned , she is currently traversing the underwaters of marketing with a little help from literature . Curating her inner thoughts by writing about it all.

Riti Agarwala

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Travelling, writing poems, reading, watching movies alongside a keen interest in weaving ideas into art (painting, sketching, origami) is what constitutes my story. Currently delving into the alleys of Animal Studies and reading into multifarious genres. 'Classics' and people's shifting perspective in reading them is something that has always intrigued me.

Yaroslavna Simdyankina

Storytelling in all formats has held Yaroslavna captive since her childhood. She cannot simply watch or read something, but has a tendency to analyse every story and scene in great detail. Human interactions, people's ability to change and improve, and the way the human psyche works has always fascinated her. Her favourite stories are those where characters go through profound changes or are so firm in their beliefs that they affect the world around them through their actions.

Larissa Reid

Raised in a small town in New Zealand with my three brothers, I had an idyllic childhood where my love for all things romance bloomed. I am now a fully fledged 'hopeless romantic ' earning my keep as a waitress and barista. I live at home with two of my brothers (fun fact: I'm a triplet) my two cats and my parents. Period dramas, classics, gothic romance, musicals and romantic comedies are my not so secret pleasures. "I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a world of one's own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful." - Virginia Woolf

Briony J Shutt

Briony J Shutt is a First Year Law School Student, with the hopes of being the first in her family to graduate University. She was born and raised in the North of England almost like a contemporary female equivalent of John Thornton. Labelled as Odd from the very start of her Life, She decided to do what every good Author had done before her, so she embraced it, and so it began... her secret love affair with the best of partners, Literature. Books, Poems, and Plays, the older the better! With a literary basis stemming from Mail Order Brides, Marriages of Convenience, and a general love for all things Classic and Refined, it's no wonder her dream is to be swept away by some Montana Man as his Mail Order Bride. But when she isn't dreaming about how she'd fit 5 children on a Montana Ranch, she's writing everything from Essays to Novels to Books Reviews which you can find on her blog, The Fairytale Finder. Her favourite authors include Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, Ashley Merrick and Natalie Gayle.

Jessica Jørgensen

A lover of words, stories and storytellers since her youth and just plain curious by nature, Jessica embarked on a very long academic journey that took her across a continent (from Canada's west coast to its east) and even to the other side of the globe, where she currently lives an expat existence in Denmark. She now trails many fancy initials behind her name, if she ever cares to use them, and continues to be ever so curious. She's a folklorist, a mother, a wife, a middle child, a small town girl, a beekeeper, an occasional quilter, a jam-maker. She curates museum exhibits, gets involved in many cultural projects for this and that, collects oral histories when she can find the time and continues to love stories in all their many and varied forms. The local librarians all know her by name.

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