Celeste Castro, she/her, is an American Mexican, Own Voices author from small-town, rural Idaho, where most of her stories take place. She grew up with learning disabilities, though she always kept a journal. When she was a young adult, court-ordered volunteer work helped her find her way—community outreach. In 2009, she graduated from Seattle University with a Master of Public Administration. She began writing fiction in 2015. Her writing credits include HOMECOMING, Bella Books, 2017. LEX FILES, Bella Books, 2018. WE’VE GOT THE POWER, Brisk Press, 2018. THE TAKING, Bella Books, 2019, SAVE THE DATE, Bella Books 2021 and PRIZE MONEY, Interlude Press, 2021. In addition to fiction, she is a staff writer with Hispanecdotes, an online magazine for Latinx writers, where she publishes essays and poetry. https://www.writerceleste.com/
I am a Mexican American woman from San Antonio, Texas, and my culture is my first inspiration. There are so many stories I could tell you, but I’ll save those for the books 😉
My Instagram is littered with old photos of my early years growing up in Texas. I’ve also been fortunate enough to travel the world, which heavily influences my writing. Motherhood has also shaped what I write and how I write it.
Besides writing, I love to cook, travel, try different cuisines, browse grocery stores in foreign countries, binge watch Netflix, watch horror with my sisters and drink wine whenever possible. Life is too damn short.
General dislikes: People who take themselves too seriously, self importance, unnecessary snobbery, dictators, English weather, extremists, right wing Christians, people who hurt animals or children, RomComs EXCEPT “Love Actually”.
Shows I’m lovin’ : Peaky Blinders, Empire, Westworld, Stranger Things, GoT, Chef’s Table, Poldark, Mindhunter, True Detective, The Alienist, The Dark, Penny Dreadful was awesome, but finished 🙁
Music: Music and writing go hand in hand for me. As a ’80s and ’90s kid I have so many memories locked in those decades. Anything ’90s hip hop/R&B gets turned waaay up.
Fav song when I want to dance: “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo. Reminds me of underage drinking in college without a care in the world. Same for “Back that Azz up” by Juvenile.
When I’m feeling meh: “Creep” by Radiohead. Don’t we all feel like a fraud at times ( like trying to create a website for oneself).
I love rock (all versions) – Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses, Danzig, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails AC DC, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Santana, Def Leppard….
ALL LATIN from all decades!!! SELENA!!! Rap and Grime -Yes! Pop- Always!
Favourite Films: The Godfather, Scarface, Inglourious Basterds, The Shining, Stand and Deliver, Angel Heart (for when I don’t feel like sleeping), The Piano, Apocalypse Now, Predator, Aliens (doesn’t Vasquez have a spin off ?!). ANYTHING with vampires (obviously), Star Wars, Deliverance, Labyrinth, Legend, Hellraiser, American Werewolf in London, The Exorcist, Selena, El Mariachi, The Deerhunter, Hustle and Flow, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Favourite Foods: ALL Food. I will try everything, but I could easily survive on breakfast tacos alone.
Books: All books, even the shitty ones. I don’t have a favourite, but I remember the first book series I read over and over and over was “Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark” by Alvin Schwartz. That’s when my love affair with horror began. My desire to write about my culture was sparked after reading “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel and “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros.
I currently live in London with my husband and children.
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of Star Wars: A Crash of Fate, the Brooklyn Brujas series, and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.
I was born and raised in Malaysia, and currently live in England.
I’m the author of two novels, Sorcerer to the Crown (2015) and The True Queen (2019), both published by Ace (US) and Macmillan (UK and Commonwealth), plus a short story collection (Spirits Abroad, Fixi, 2014). I also edited an anthology called Cyberpunk: Malaysia (Fixi, 2015). I’m a Crawford, British Fantasy and Hugo Award winner, and was a 2013 finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (then known as the Campbell Award).
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her pets.
Delores Cremm was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio the youngest child of 4. Being so far behind her siblings, growing up, she came accustom to inventing imaginary worlds. Her make believe playmates had history of family, friends and places she had never traveled. This was the onset of her storytelling. At age 8 she began writing her made up worlds, and continued the practice through out adulthood. She studied creative writing at a local community college, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Accounting. Delores is a full-time caregiver for her aging parent and lives with a 20 pound cat, she calls Jerry. Prior to her caregiving, Ms. Cremm worked several accounting jobs, but her true passion is writing. She lives a quiet life with very little social interaction, but it suits her find. She says it give her the time to write. Her focus on intersex characterization comes from a romantic involvement with an epicene person, and feel compelled to include them in her novels. As a personal note from the author she states: I dedicate my published work to Intersex/epicene and LGBT individuals, because I feel that God does not make mistakes in the creation of people.
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