Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. 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.
Leslie sees fantasy and magic everywhere in the world and is convinced that time travel is possible. She writes about the places she would like to visit, most of which don’t exist in this world, and the adventures she’d like to have when there. When not writing, she works as a consultant helping biotechnology companies make better products, and camps with her family in their restored 1964 Airstream Travel Trailer that they take to places where there is no cell coverage, internet access, or toilets. She has 3 boys, one anxious rescue dog, one indignantly geriatric cat, an imperious iguana, and a Nelson’s Albino Milksnake named Audrey Lou.
Co-authors A.L. Sirois and Grace Marcus live in Bucks County PA. Sirois’s fiction has been published in Thema, Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and Amazing Stories, among other outlets, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Nebula. His story, “Death in the House of Imhotep,” won the Kitty Friend West Short Story contest in 2006. Grace was a semi-finalist in the Hidden River Arts 2008 Fiction & Drama competition with an excerpt from her novel, Visible Signs. Writing as Alan Grayce, they placed in the top five finalists in the Women on Writing Summer 2008 Fiction Contest from wordsmitten.com with an excerpt from their novel-in-progress, Fraught. Their two publications in Flash Fiction Online, “A Delivery of Cheesesteaks” and “No Show” are also excerpts from Fraught.
Janene Murphy lives in Bettendorf, Iowa with her husband and three rambunctious children. Though presently a stay-at-mom who volunteers way too much, she has never had the pleasure of Calgon taking her away. Instead, she writes. Young adult, science fiction, and a combination thereof are her favorite forms of escape. She has written two full length novels and is working toward their publication. Though she knows she’ll be published…someday, if you cross your fingers, toes and eyes for her, she’ll surely appreciate it. Seriously. Please. Do it right now.
Bruce Holland Rogers has a home base in Eugene, Oregon, the tie-dye capital of the world. He writes all types of fiction: SF, fantasy, literary, mysteries, experimental, and work that’s hard to label.
For six years, Bruce wrote a column about the spiritual and psychological challenges of full-time fiction writing for Speculations magazine. Many of those columns have been collected in a book, Word Work: Surviving and Thriving as a Writer (an alternate selection of the Writers Digest Book Club). He is a motivational speaker and trains workers and managers in creativity and practical problem solving.
He has taught creative writing at the University of Colorado and the University of Illinois. Bruce has also taught non-credit courses for the University of Colorado, Carroll College, the University of Wisconsin, and the private Flatiron Fiction Workshop. He is a member of the permanent faculty at the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA program, a low-residency program that stands alone and is not affiliated with a college or university. It is the first and so far only program of its kind. Currently he is teaching creative writing and literature at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, on a Fulbright grant.
Flash Fiction Online’s 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.