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Contributor Bios

Meet Episode 85 Contributor Eivind Nerberg


Of Scottish-Norwegian parentage, Eivind was born, and lives in, Scotland. After spending most of his life teaching history and politics, he returned to his first love, writing. His story was previously published in the anthology Nano2ales by Franc Roddam (director of the movie Quadrophenia), and was one of the winners of a Guardian (UK) competition. A distillation of a year spent in Brighton, it was inspired by the novel he was working on at the time, The Man Who Would Do Nothing Twice. For more on that wonderful year, Googling “Walk A Pavement Once Again” will take you to the blog he wrote for the Brighton Argus’s on-line edition. His first novel, Cries from the Marianas Trench, isn’t set in the Pacific Ocean, but in North Berwick, a small Scottish seaside town. Parts of Cries have been published in an anthology of prize-winning short fiction, Story.Book (ed. Amy Burns), and in Glasgow’s West Coast magazine. He’s a sometime user of Twitter, where you’ll find him beside Brighton beach.

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Meet Episode 84 Contributor Niles M. Reddick

Niles first joined us on our 2017 baseball opening day special and is back with a delightful story for Episode 84.

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Niles Reddick is author of a novel Drifting too far from the Shore, a collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities, and a novella Lead Me Home. His work has been featured in many literary magazines including The Arkansas Review: a Journal of Delta Studies, Southern Reader, Like the Dew, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Pomanok Review, Corner Club Press, Slice of Life, Faircloth Review, among others. His website is

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Meet Episode 84 Contributor Amanda Staples

Amanda was with us previously on Episode 77 and Episode 81. It’s always a delight to welcome back a repeat contributor.

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Amanda lives in Bristol and has had various short stories published. She won 3rd place in the Grimsby University International Literary Competition, was published in the anthology by Hammond House, and had a story commissioned by Fantasia in the USA. She has previously been placed in a novel writing competition and is currently long listed for the National Novel Writing Competition (Jan. 2017.) Amanda has a one-act play going in to production later this year. In 2016, Amanda self-published a cook book titled Eating for Energy based on her experience of managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by diet. She has a novel out with agents and hopes to turn her passion into a career.

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Meet Episode 84 Contributor Dan Seiters

More microfiction for Episode 84, so excited!

As publicity manager for Southern Illinois University Press for more than two decades, Dan Seiters wrote jacket copy for about 1,500 books. He is the author of the novel The Dastardly Dashing of Wee Expectations and the nonfiction book Image Patterns In the Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Among his short stories are “The Killer, Trained and Devastating” in The Viet Nam Generation Anthology “The Untimely Death of the Other Frank Sinatra” in When Last on the Mountain and “Bones and Blue Ribbons” in Front Range: A Review of Literature and Art.

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Meet Episode 83 Contributor Peter J. Stavros

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Peter J. Stavros is a writer in Louisville, Kentucky. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, Fiction Southeast, Juked, Kentucky Review, and Literary Orphans, among others. Peter has also had plays produced as part of the One Act Fest at M.T. Pockets Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia, and the Festival of Ten at The College at Brockport – SUNY, for which he was named Audience Choice Winner. More can be found at

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Meet Episode 83 Contributor Stacy Stepanovich

Can’t wait to share with you Stacy’s piece of microfiction.


Stacy Stepanovich is a writer and diver who lives aboard boat in Wilbur-by-the-Sea, Florida. She has a waning tolerance for unsolicited advice and friends who call her Shipwreck. She has an MFA from Goddard College and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in Jersey Devil Press, The Molotov Cocktail and Banango Street. 

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Meet Episode 83 Contributor Mary J. Breen

This is Mary’s first appearance on the show and I’m delighted to say she has another piece forthcoming as well.


Mary J. Breen is the author of two books about women’s health. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in national newspapers, essay collections, travel magazines, health journals, and literary magazines including Brick, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Post, and The New Quarterly. She was a regular contributor to The Toast. She lives in Peterborough Ontario Canada where, among other things, she teaches writing.

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Meet the Episode 82 Drabblers Part 3

Adrienne Fraser lives in New York. She enjoys quiet walks with her dog as she day-dreams of the perfect plot twists to keep readers intrigued. Adrienne learns something new everyday, and she strives to push herself in becoming a better writer. You can find more about Adrienne at

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Michel Daw

Michel Daw (aka JGM Daw) is a teacher, husband, father, son, uncle, & brother.  He is an inveterate geek and SFF fan. His first full length novel, I Should Have Listened to My Cat, is undergoing final edits.

Bob Allen was frustrated as a writer when he wrote “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” in the 6th grade then found out that a movie of that name had already been made.

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He pursued other jobs and careers such as flower delivery driver, stand-up comic (where he met his wife), clown, actor, finally settling on Tool & Die Tech. After retiring he realized that his lifelong love of reading might give him an idea about what might make a good read, so he’s embarking on another try at putting words on paper in an entertaining way.

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Meet the 10 Minute Novelist Katharine Grubb

Episode 82 is presented in partnership with Katharine Grubb, the 10 Minute Novelist. We were thrilled to have Katharine pop by for a few minutes to talk about herself, her writing, the 10 Minute Novelist website, and the Drabble contest that she runs that all of Episode 82’s stories were part of.

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Katharine Grubb is a homeschooling mother of five, a novelist, a baker of bread, a comedian wannabe, a former running coward and the author of Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day. Besides pursuing her own fiction and nonfiction writing dreams, she also leads 10 Minute Novelists on Facebook, an international group for time-crunched writers that focuses on tips, encouragement and community. Visit Katharine at

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