Meet our authors! These are the people who make Candlemark & Gleam truly special – the ones who invent the worlds we get to experience.

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Matt Adams

Matt Adams is a former TV news producer whose stories have appeared in Wily Writers Podcast and anthologies from Library of the Living Dead Press and Timid Pirate Publishing. He lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife and (possibly) man-eating frog. Once, long ago, he planned to patrol the streets as Batman, but ultimately decided writing was safer and more cost-effective. He was only half right.
Twitter: @statomatty
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Natania Barron

Natania Barron has been traveling to other worlds from a very young age, and will be forever indebted to Lucy Pevensie and Meg Murry for inspiring her to go on her own adventures. She currently resides in North Carolina with her family, and is, at heart, a hobbit–albeit it one with a Tookish streak a mile wide.

Twitter: @nataniabarron

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Susan Jane Bigelow

Susan Jane Bigelow is a native New Englander and librarian with a passion for books, computers and writing. She lives in northern Connecticut with her wife and cats.

Twitter: @whateversusan

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David Colby

Heavily influenced by George Romero movies and bad, poorly dubbed anime, David Colby decided to start writing almost twelve years ago. It went poorly. But, despite these early setbacks, David continued to work and write and send out submissions until someone was mad enough to accept him. Currently living in Rohnert Park, California, while working on his Bachelor of English degree, David continues to be fascinated by George Romero movies and has realized that animes have subtitles.

Twitter: @TheRealZoombie

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Gayleen Froese

Gayleen Froese is a novelist and musician from western Canada. She has lived in Saskatoon, Toronto, and Prince Albert, and now lives in Edmonton’s historic Alberta Avenue district. The 38-year old has worked as a radio writer and talk show host, an advertising creative director, and a communications officer.

Gayleen appeared on Canadian Learning Television’s A Total Write Off in 2006 and was the winner of the second series of BookTelevision’s 3 Day Novel Contest, which aired in late 2009. She was also shortlisted in the overall 2007 International Three-Day Novel Contest.

Gayleen’s non-fiction and humour writing has appeared in publications including See Magazine, The Rat Creek Press, and The Session.

Gayleen has released three albums and played showcases across Canada, including Toronto’s NXNE. Her first CD, Obituary, won an Undiscovered Artist Award from CBC Radio.

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Anne E. Johnson

Drawing on an eclectic background that includes degrees in classical languages and musicology, Anne E. Johnson has published in a wide variety of topics and genres. She lives in Brooklyn, and blogs at

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Isabel Kunkle

Isabel Kunkle lives and works in Boston, where the winters have yet to kill her. She’s been the headmaster’s kid at a number of prep schools and attended Phillips Academy Andover herself, but has yet to develop mystic powers, unless you count the ability to eat nearly anything. When she has a moment, she likes reading, roleplaying, ballroom dancing, and watching bad TV from the Eighties.

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Leonard Richardson

Leonard Richardson is the author of robotfindskitten, Beautiful Soup, and RESTful Web Services.

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Justin Robinson

Much like film noir, Justin Robinson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He splits his time between editing comic books, writing prose and wondering what that disgusting smell is. Degrees in Anthropology and History prepared him for unemployment, but an obsession with horror fiction and a laundry list of phobias provided a more attractive option.

Twitter: @JustinSRobinson

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A.M. Tuomala

A.M. Tuomala grew up in the wilds of West Virginia, and now cares for four affectionate and energetic plants and two cats.

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Chrysoula Tzavelas

Chrysoula Tzavelas went to twelve schools in twelve years while growing up as an Air Force brat, and she never met a library she didn’t like. She now lives near Seattle with cats, dogs, adults and children. They graciously allow her a few hours to write everyday and one day she’ll have time to do other things again, too. She likes combed wool, bread dough, and gardens, but she also likes technology, games and space. This probably goes hand in hand with liking Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett and Iain Banks.

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