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Contributor Bios

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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Meet the Episode 82 Drabblers Part 2

Carol Conlogue’s pen name is Karly Rose and she enjoys writing in all forms. Here is one sample of a children’s story.

Elaine Bayless
Elaine Bayless

Elaine Bayless is a life coach, pastoral counselor, and Reiki Master in Raleigh, NC. She works with overwhelmed moms and over achieving perfectionists to help them create a delicious life of ease and joy. Elaine is a prolific writer, maintaining two blogs and publishing articles on elephant journal, Mind Body Green, and LinkedIn. In her spare time she bakes bread, reads, and gardens.

Clarisa Gosling is a mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter,

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Clarisa Gosling


ex-librarian, home-maker, writer, and clarinetist, who likes photography, outdoors, learning, challenges and play! Currently in The Netherlands. Find her on Twitter @clarileia

Janet Hogan Chapman aka Georgia Janet

Janet Hogan Chapman’s alter ego is Georgia Janet. She a bohemian southern belle writer empowering strong women through poetry and prose. 

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Meet the Episode 82 Drabblers Part 1

Episode 82 consists entirely of 100 word stories called drabbles, and has a lot of contributors. So excited to bring you all these different voices in the upcoming episode.

Jeffrey H. Toney

Jeffrey H. Toney was previously with us on Episode 49. Dr. Toney has published scientific peer-reviewed articles, news media opinion pieces as well as short fiction stories for which he has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. He serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kean University.  You can follow him on Twitter @jefftoney.

Jamie Hershberger, as J. R. Nichols, writes quick-reading, engaging, character-driven fiction. Her first Novelette, “Second Chance” will be on sale in May of 2017 is now available for pre-order and will be out May 26. You can find free short stories on her website

Pam Humphrey is a homeschooling mom who enjoys many creative outlets. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, sons, black cats, and leopard gecko.

Pam Humphrey

Her latest book, Finding Claire, is a mix of mystery, genealogy, and romance. Check out Pamela’s website at or follow her on Twitter @phreypress or Facebook.

Olivia Folmar Ard is a secretary, history nerd, and all-purpose geek. She’s the author of The Bennett Series, and Readers’ Favorite 5-Star recipient ‘Tis the Season. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await the arrival of their miracle baby with joyful anticipation.

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Meet Episode 81 Contributor Cara Lopez Lee

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Cara Lopez Lee is the author of the memoir They Only Eat Their Husbands (Conundrum Press, 2014). Her stories have appeared in such places as The Los Angeles Times, The Manifest-Station, 50-Word Stories, Rivet Journal, and Pangyrus. She has collaborated on more than twenty books, taught at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop, written for HGTV, and worked as a TV journalist. She and her husband live in Ventura, California. You can find out more at

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Meet Episode 81 Contributor Amanda Staples

Amanda is a previous contributor to the show, having been with us on Episode 77.

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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 81 Contributor T.E. Cowell

We are pleased to welcome back T.E. Cowell, who was previously with us on Episode 79 and Episode 61.

T. E. Cowell lives in Washington state. His fiction’s been published here and there. This particular story originally appeared in Across the Margin.

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Meet Episode 80 Contributor Norbert Kovacs

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Norbert Kovacs lives and writes in Hartford, Connecticut. He enjoys exploring the woods and photographing wildlife. His short fiction has appeared in Foliate Oak, Squawk Back, Corvus Review, Ekphrastic, and Scarlet Leaf Review.

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Meet the Poet: Anuja Ghimire

The Poet’s Corner segment returns for Episode 80, this time featuring Episode 67 Contributor Anuja Ghimire.


Anuja Ghimire was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she often returns to in writing. She came to the U.S. in 2001, leaving home after the Royal Family Massacre, and arriving to a new country right before the 9/11 attacks. A published author of two poetry books in Nepali as a young girl in Kathmandu, Anuja began writing and publishing in the U.S. She moved to Dallas, Texas after finishing college and continued writing poetry. In 2008, she was a featured poet in the Austin International Poetry Festival. When Anuja was in Kathmandu in the spring of 2015 with her two small children, Nepal suffered the devastating earthquakes. Later that year, her poem “Six” was nominated for a Pushcart prize by Right Hand Pointing. Most recently, she has been published in Medusa’s Laugh Press, Literary Orphans, and The Good Men’s Project. Her poetry and flash fiction has been published in over 40 journals. She lives with her husband and two little girls near Dallas and works as an editor in the e-learning industry. You can find her on Twitter or learn more about her published works and reach her

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Meet Episode 80 Contributor Michael Paul Hogan


Born in London, Michael Paul Hogan is a poet, journalist, fiction writer and literary essayist whose work has appeared extensively in the USA, UK, India and China. As a poet he has published six collections, the most recent of which, Chinese Bolero, with illustrations by the great contemporary artist Li Bin, was published in 2015. As a journalist he has worked for magazines on three continents, most recently as Features Editor for the English-language monthly Dalian Today in NE China. His literary essays include re-evaluations of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ernest Hemingway and Christopher Fry, and his short stories have lately appeared in Big Bridge and Peacock Journal. For information and postings of links to his latest publications he can be followed on Facebook.

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