Suzanne Vincent, Editor-in-Chief
Suzanne W. Vincent is Supermom. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.
Anna Yeatts, Publisher
Anna Yeatts is a fantasy and horror writer living in Pinehurst, NC. Her short fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Penumbra, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, STRAEON, Bad Dreams Entertainment, and Spark: A Creative Anthology among other publications. Follow her at annayeatts.com or on Twitter @AnnaYeatts.
Sabrina West, Managing Editor
Sabrina West is a writer and wildlife biologist living in San Diego, California. There, she wanders the streets searching for rare shorebirds, quality espresso, and elusive snippets of dialogue and imagery. Her short fiction has appeared in markets such as the Santa Clara Review, Cover of Darkness, and Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine. She is also a member of the Prosers, blogging at theprosers.blogspot.com.
Jo Winters, Managing Editor
Jo Winters has studied law and has a masters in International Law, requiring a certain amount of creativity. But the legal context can be dry, leading her to desire a more colourful future. She once created fictional legislation for the Orkney Islands in the North Sea. She lives with a black cat with lime green eyes.
Wendy Nikel, Managing Editor
When Wendy Nikel isn’t traveling in time, exploring magical islands, or investigating mysterious phenomena, she enjoys a quiet life near Utah’s Wasatch Mountains with her husband and sons. She has a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she’s left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by AE, Daily Science Fiction, and others, and she is a member of SFWA. For more info, visit wendynikel.com
Nancy is a mom, a writer, and a lawyer, who was born and raised in Massachusetts near Boston. She attended the University of Richmond in Virginia because, well, they had a great theatre program and horses nearby. She graduated with a bachelors’ degree in psychology and theatre. Before being a published writer, Nancy had been a blackjack dealer, florist, tax form coder, worked in professional theatre, accidentally went to law school and passed one bar exam while recovering from a concussion. (Really, the horse’s headache was much worse.) When she says she has normal, boring life, she is often puzzled when people burst out laughing.
Elizabeth Shack writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and other markets, and in 2012 she attended the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel Writers Workshop at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. A former physics student and newspaper reporter, she lives among the cornfields of central Illinois, where she comes in last in 5k races and attempts to grow vegetables in her shady yard. Find her at elizabethshack.com.
Phillip Suggars is a British based writer with one huge eye in the center of his head and an extensive collection of vintage binoculars. His work has appeared in the Guardian, BFS’ New Horizons anthology, Starship Sofa and Interzone. He was winner of the 2011 short story award at the Ilkley Literature Festival (judged by Mann Booker long-lister Jane Rogers) and runner up in the 2012 James White Award.
Patrick Icasas is a business-writer-for-hire who uses mercenary lifestyle to fund secret literary projects. He one day hopes to achieve his ultimate goal: create a world in which pirates, ninjas, robots, and zombies can all live together in harmony (with the occasional rousing bar fight).
Brent Baldwin is a software engineer and writer from the tree swept hills of the Missouri Ozarks. He is a fervent believer in airplanes, air conditioning and Samwise Gamgee. If you find him without his nose in a book or his hands on a keyboard, he would probably be happy to trade you two sheep for an ore. Brentcan be found online at www.dbbaldwin.com
Jason S. Ridler
Jason S. Ridler is a writer, improv actor, and historian. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. His popular non-fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Dark Scribe, and the Internet Review of Science Fiction. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Bret Booher dwells between the rows of Indiana cornfields with his vivacious wife, two spawn, and two cats. When not working on his martial arts or grading papers, he manages to write and has recently had his work appear in Gears, Gadgets, and Steam: Tinkered Tales Book 1 and various other publications.
“The Nature of Ghosts and the Fate of Shadows” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies is Luke Nolby’s first fantasy publication. He is currently working on a novel set in the same world but in a different place and a very different time. He studied ecology, which he has primarily used to go fishing and to travel rugged parts of East Africa gaining inspiration for stories–and doing handstands. A hyena once kissed him.
K.e. Neal loves to explore through prose and real life. She has lived in South Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Japan, and Wisconsin again. Her adventures have taken her to Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam, England, France, and every U.S. state except Hawaii. She has obtained a BFA in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University (NC) and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University (PA). When not tackling her secret desire to be a jack of all trades (hiker, photographer, glassblower, quilter, cross-stitcher, etc) she can be found at Wordsmith’s Key as a content and story editor.
Flash Fiction Online‘s Founders
Jake Freivald, Founding Editor
Jake Freivald lives in New Jersey in a house teeming with life: a wife, nine kids (yes, all from said wife, no twins), two dogs, two cats, and twenty fish.
Lack of qualifications never stopped Jake from taking a job, so when he saw the need for a professional flash-only ‘zine he created Flash Fiction Online. He was astounded when a team of volunteers rallied around the project, and he would like to shut up now so you can read about them.
R.W. Ware, Emeritus
R.W. Ware is devoted husband and father of three, and an artist of multiple mediums. With a background in comic and fantasy art, he paints in acrylics, illustrates Flash Fiction Online in a number of mediums, designs t-shirts and logos, and is a Master Tattoo Artist (dermagraphic artist). He’s garnered over 188 awards for tattoos (and broken records at two conventions), painting and poetry, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Karen Smith, Emeritus
Karen T. Smith is a writer of science fiction for young adults and middle-grade readers and a voracious reader of speculative fiction for all ages. Her favorite color is cerulean and her favorite number is 42, and if you don’t get why you might not be reading enough science fiction yourself. She has two kids, two cats, two dogs, and many other things that come in pairs like two gloves, two arms, two hands to put in said gloves, etc. Her passion is writing about smart girls who are good with technology, and talking to young people about what careers in technology actually look like. She makes her physical home in the midwest suburbs and her digital home at karentsmith.com.
Bill Highsmith, Emeritus
Bill Highsmith is a software engineer in the telecom industry, with extensive technical and corporate writing experience. (Engineers who like to write, write a lot.) He is also a wannabe fiction writer in the SF, humor, mainstream, and NYT bestseller genres.
Lydia Ondrusek (In Memoriam)
Lydia Ondrusek is old enough to remember when flash was a dance. She writes about things that are magic and things that are real, frequently at the same time. Some people think she is a poet, some think she’s a fictioneer — but many think she is a cat. Her redheaded stepchild of a website is lydiaondrusek.com. Look under the bed at Twitter to find her as @littlefluffycat.