Creator Spotlight

This is where I feature special guests who find themselves at various stages of their creative endeavors. We will share with them insights from their experiences, projects, and ideas, and be inspired.

Click here, at the end, or on the menu, for links to all my amazing guests from previous months.

January

Madeline Davis – See Post

Madeline and I met in the Fantasy Sci Fi Writer’s Alliance and enjoy helping each other with story feedback. Her insights and editing tips have been invaluable. I love Madeline’s imaginative stories infused with the elements of her classical education and feel privileged to share in her writing journey.

Madeline is a harpist and an avid student, currently working towards her undergraduate degree in the Classics, as that field allows her ample exploration in her favorite subjects–literature, philosophy, theology, history, and languages–all at the same time.

She also enjoys poring over ancient texts and researching in her chosen subjects to incorporate the results into her fantasy genre stories. She hopes to give others a share of the delight she has derived from so many fine tales. And I’m delighted she is joining me for a Q&A, so she can pass that on to you.

Isa Ottoni – See Post

I also met this up and coming fantasy writer who resides in Portugal through the Fantasy Sci Fi Writer’s Alliance, and like Madeline, Isa is extremely generous with her feedback and support for all of us there. For me, she has been an inspiration and invaluable to my writing journey.

Isa started her career writing science and teaching English as a Second Language, before falling in love with crafting her own fantastical universes. Her comic fantasy tale Braza is featured in Funemployment Press’s Quarterly Summer of Year One. She lives with her husband and their dog in a flat that overlooks the ocean, and spends her days writing, reading, and wondering about the what-ifs of life. I can’t wait for her visit, so we can all experience her joy and generosity.

I’m excited to add here that The Fantasy Sci Fi Writers Alliance just launched its website and Isa provided the very first blog, How Finding a Writing Community Changed My Life. Check it out!

Coming February

Sevannah Storm

Sevannah is a sci fi fantasy romance author I met through NaNoWriMo in 2021, and wow is she a writing machine. Her progress is always motivating. And she has a fantastic collection of books on Amazon for you to check out.

Sevannah was born and raised in Africa and is a slave to her internal muse, Reginald. She writes action-packed romances with happily-ever-after and is a firm believer in relatable characters who are strong, capable yet bowled over by love.

Her home is a land south of Wakanda, where animals roam free. Born in Zimbabwe, she grew up in South Africa. The crisp blue skies with cotton-candy sunsets expand her heart and soul, encapsulating a sense of freedom. Check out her website and newsletter. I can’t wait to chat with her about her writing life and insights.

Coming March

Graham Streeter

Graham Streeter is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, and I’m stoked he will be my Spotlight Feature in March!

Graham was raised in northern California until high school, which is when we met. Yep. We go way back. He lived in Osaka, Japan for 10 years while working in film and television. He was the reason I got to travel to Japan for three months, which was a pivotal experience in my life. We were supposed to meet up and travel together, but it didn’t happen. That’s a long story for another day.

He returned to the United States and attended California State University, Sacramento, earning a double degree in international business administration and Japanese, then worked for Nippon Television in Los Angeles as a television field producer and ultimately founded Imperative Pictures in Hollywood.

His 2018 film I May Regret was selected for the San Diego International Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the Vienna Independent Film Festival.

We’ll be chatting about his journey into filmmaking, day-to-day life as a creator, and his amazing body of work. So, stay tuned!

Coming in April

Dustin Frueh

I am so excited to have my friend Sci Fi Fantasy Writer and reviewer Dustin Frueh drop by in April. We will have some great topics to discuss around a writer’s life, including coping with life’s toughest challenges while pursuing our creative passion. And I can’t wait to talk about the mind-blowing number of books he’s tallied up on Goodreads.

Dustin grew up in a small town in the beautiful Pacific-Northwest, where he found solace in the macabre stories made popular in the 1980s and 90s. In addition to his fascination with dark and seedy things, he strove to understand why evil had to happen. His work in progress is a fantasy-science fiction hybrid, featuring elements of horror, which attempts to explore the fallacy of human nature, our innermost fears, and the surprising connections between science and magic. Dustin Frueh still haunts the Pacific-Northwest, alongside his family and four rambunctious felines. Connect with him online:  Instagram or on Goodreads

Nicolas Lemieux

Sci Fi writer Nicolas Lemieux was one of those really nice surprises on Twitter last year. When he shared his free story Cradle with a signup to his newsletter, his story pitch really grabbed me. Then, I read the story and it grabbed me. I can’t wait for the full series. We’ve been chatting on a regular basis, digging deep into a writer’s life and our respective creative journey’s. We’re excited to share our take-aways with you in April.

Nicolas lives in Montreal with his wife Marie-Claude in a third-story apartment overlooking an interesting, green back-alley. Although French is his first language, he likes to write in English primarily. His chosen writing genre is science fiction, principally space opera.

He gets his kicks out of dreaming up astonishing worlds packed with a sharp palette of badass, quirky characters who get tangled up in all manners of meaningful trouble. Often funny, sometimes disquieting, always exciting.

You can sign up for your free copy of Cradle here or click below.

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