Since our launch in November of 2013, the Monster has featured writing by many talented and wonderful people. Below, you can find information on these amazing monsters, as well as links to their blogs, websites, and social media.
Brandie Ashe is a freelance writer and editor originally from Alabama. She is the co-founder and managing editor of True Classics, a site dedicated to the Golden Age of Hollywood film and animation. She also contributes pieces on movies and animation, both classic and new, to The Black Maria, ClassicFlix, Wonders in the Dark, and various other film sites. Follow Brandie on Twitter at @brandieashe.
Annie Bass is a recovered anime addict and current comic book junkie, but she’d probably get a lot more reading done if it weren’t for video games. She’s a graphic designer by day and an astrophysicist in her secret imaginary double life. She lives with her husband and poorly-disciplined cat.
Corina Carrasco is a lifelong learner and teacher. She has a degree in Spanish Literature and is a former elementary school teacher. She has also been blogging since the 1990s. While she began posting her own creative non-fiction, her blog has evolved into a cornucopia of topics. She is currently featuring an independent author once a month, in an effort to help make the independent publishing route a little easier. She is also a mother and a grandmother. Her adult children and her grandsons (ages 2 and 5) are often the subject of her blog, Wasted Days And Wasted Nights.
Jeremy DeFatta is a native of Mississippi and resident of Hattiesburg, where he is still trying to figure out what to do next after his MA in 20th Century American Literature. A lover of many aspects of Nerd Culture, his contributions to this blog will mostly fell under the umbrella of American and British comics and comics writers, a primary focus of his master’s thesis. He welcomes open, civil discussion on the points he raises in his posts. Feel free to follow his sometimes not-so-nice thoughts on Twitter @quaintjeremy.
Allison Gammons is a writer, historian, educator, researcher and dreamer. She has eclectic interests and is challenged when asked to stick to just one topic, which means she usually has far more projects going at a time than any reasonable person should. Her reflections on current projects, writing and a slew of other things can be found on her blog Eclectic Alli.
Gene’O Gordon is a writer, an organizer, and a Geek for Life. His topics of interest include all kinds of theories, sci-fi and fantasy, writing, technology, education, international politics, and social justice. He believes in ethical blogging and good manners. You can also connect with him on Google+.
Natacha Guyot is a French author, scholar and public speaker. She works on Science Fiction, Transmedia, Gender Studies, Children Media and Fan Studies. She is a feminist, a fangirl, a bookworm, a vidder, a gamer and a cat lover. Her released titles include Feminist Bloggers: The 2014 Collection (editor), Before Mako Came Yoko: Comparative Study of Pacific Rim and Yoko Tsuno and La Cité de Sharianth. She also writes Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. Connect with her on natachaguyot.org, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.
Urszula Humienik writes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, while also working on her first novel, tentatively titled Native Landscapes. She grew up in Chicago, but moved to Poland in 2006. Since then, she has been learning more about the culture she finds herself in. For Part Time Monster, she writes about Slavic female monsters. She blogs at confessions of a broccoli addict. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Alex Hurst is an American speculative fiction author currently living in Kyoto, Japan. One of her favorite subjects is non-European mythologies. She writes about Japanese female monsters for Part-time Monster. You can find her blog here.
Dawne Kennedy is a graduate stdent. Besides being an utter academic nerd, she claims nerddom in the realms of sci-fi/fantasy, the paranormal, and gadgetry. Also, she is a gem, loyal, a hard worker (thanks, OCD), and quite perfect. (That last sentence, while mainly true, gives a nod to her creative ability to spin yarns).
Robin Rivera trained as a professional historian, but now puts those skills to use writing speculative fiction for young adults. Robin, who is culturally from a mix of mostly Latin American cultures, writes about Hispanic myths for her contribution to Part Time Monster’s “Monday Monsters” column. She blogs full-time at Write On, Sisters about fiction writing craft.
Melissa Barker-Simpson is an author, a mother, an interpreter, a blogger and a geek—not necessarily in that order. She writes mystery, thriller, fantasy, science fiction and romance. Melissa lives with her two daughters in the North of England. She also runs her own blog.
Lyn Vicknair, aka Lazy Lady, is a lady of many interests, which include (but are by no means limited to) mustaches, illustration, comic books, video games, computer games, D&D, attempting to do “crafts”, photography, and of course table top gaming. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two bad cats, and no, you can’t come stay with them during Mardi Gras. She is a graphic designer to pay the bills and a haphazard blogger for the thrills.
Emily Watts is a math and science lover who has more hobbies and interests than should be allowed in the universe as we know it. You never know if you’ll find her knitting, reading, organizing, exploring, playing, decorating, teaching, or learning, but you can be pretty sure she’ll be tackling whatever she’s up to in a nerdly fashion. She also runs the blog Nerd in the Brain.
Cat Whigham has a much longer, southern, official sounding name that the government and her parents use, but she will spare you. She has many titles: mom, partner, sister, friend, boss, writer, photographer, student of humanity. Right now she earns her keep with her camera, but she hopes to study man’s concept of the divine full time. Meanwhile, she does whatever she can to recognize and grow that spark of god she believes we all carry, and through that spark unify and enlighten her fellow man. Also, she is a life long friend of the Monster.