About the Staff
Camille Gooderham Campbell (Managing Editor)
In addition to the many hats she wears for Every Day Fiction and Every Day Publishing, Camille Gooderham Campbell is both a copywriter and a full-time mother, and she also writes her own fiction under a pen name. She has an Honours B.A. specializing in English Literature from the University of Toronto, where she was privileged to study creative writing with Professor J. Edward Chamberlin.
Camille’s taste in fiction is eclectic, with favourite authors ranging from Jane Austen to Jilly Cooper, Robert A. Heinlein to Anne McCaffrey, and Pauline Gedge to Jack Whyte. She reads all genres, with a particular interest in speculative and historical fiction, and also collects classic children’s literature.
She likes to read both really short stories and big thick novels, often at the same time, which might explain her enthusiasm for Every Day Novels.
Steven Smethurst (Web Master)
Steven Smethurst first started web design in 2002 by creating simple HTML manuals as a hobby. At first his code was very primitive, but he kept looking at what others did and learning from them. Over time, he found that he had a real knack for web design and his skills grew as he needed to fullfil requirements for new projects.
In late 2006, he found himself doing more web sites than utilities and made the mental switch from calling himself a programming monkey to calling himself a web monkey. He reads mainly short Sci-Fi such as Philip K. Dick, and older story books like The Arabian Nights and the Brothers Grimm.
He joined this project because he felt that there was a real void of ultra-short fiction stories that he could read on his lunch break.
Carol Clark (Editor)
Carol Clark is an aspiring fiction writer and poet. She likes to start her “literary” day with coffee and the morning newspaper, then adds more coffee to begin work writing and revising her short stories. She would like to start a novel and memoir soon. Her reading interests range from literary to fantasy to historical fiction, and she’s becoming more comfortable with horror writing.
Carol holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Temple University, and is the Vice President of her local Writers’ Club. She also works as an ESL tutor for the county, and has dreams of opening a “Reading & Writing Room” in her area. In her free time she loves to cook, bike, and take long walks. Carol lives outside Philadelphia with her wonderful husband and two feisty cats.
J.C. Towler (Editor)
J.C. Towler lives in North Carolina with two kids, two dogs, and a wife worth twice her weight in gold-pressed latinum. He graduated from California State University, Chico in the 80’s then toiled in Washington, D.C. for several years before moving to the Outer Banks where he writes and works as a police detective.
He mainly writes suspense, horror, and science fiction, though he dabbles in every genre. He has had stories published in print and electronic media including Every Day Fiction, Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror, Your Darkest Dreamspell, “Flash Fiction 40” 2009 Anthology, Spinetingler, Haruah: Breath of Heaven, Fear & Trembling, and The Best of Every Day Fiction Two anthology.
John D. McDonald, Larry McMurtry, and George R.R. Martin count among his favorite modern writers.
Joseph Kaufman (Editor)
After growing up on a farm in western Iowa, Joe headed to the bustling metropolis of Des Moines to attend Drake University. There, he worked at Hubbell Dining Hall during his four-year stint, honing such skills as garbage removal, cardboard crushing, and churning out “Hubbell Man” adventures (that were exquisitely atrocious). His stay at Drake ended with the near-accidental acquisition of degrees in Mathematics and Physics, disciplines Joe immediately abdicated for a halcyon career in information technology. Some years later, Joe moved to St. Louis where his presence caused the Rams to grow progressively worse each year. His move to Wisconsin in 2009 may have afforded them a tiny resurgence.
Joe now lives the high life in the Madison area with his beautiful wife Katy, lovely daughter Vivian, Lola the cat, and his collection of over 1,000 beer bottles that takes up over 200 feet of shelving. He works as an application developer for the world’s largest rodenticide company. Joe affords vermin no quarter, perhaps in response to his childhood days on the farm when a mouse stole some of his precious cheese.
Joe enjoys consuming all kinds of short-form fiction, where his favorite authors include Raymond Carver and Flannery O’Connor. He has done a fair bit of writing and reading in a couple online communities and contests, with a love of con-crit reviewing recently taking the fore.
Folly Blaine (Podcast Manager)
Folly Blaine lives in Seattle, Washington. Her work has appeared online at Every Day Fiction, InfectiveINk.com, 10Flash Quarterly, and Short, Fast, and Deadly.
Her horror story, “British Guiana, 1853″, is available in the print anthology Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations.
Sealey Andrews (Senior Editorial Assistant)
Sealey Andrews writes horror and fantasy from her home in Seattle, WA. She holds a B.A. in Culture, Literature and Art, with a focus on Northwest Coast Native American Studies and 20th century popular culture (which basically means she watched movies for an entire semester).
Sealey began submitting fiction for publication in 2009 and has had four of her stories published. Three of them were flash fiction, and though she doesn’t generally consider brevity to be her strong suit, apparently (and fortunately) three editors disagreed with her.
When she’s not working, wrangling children, writing or reading, Sealey can be found at the sushi bar, enjoying one of the many perks of living in the Pacific Northwest–fresh seafood.
Give Sealey fast-paced, dialogue-heavy stories and she’s a very happy reader.
Rose Gardener (Editorial Assistant)
Rose Gardener lives in Wales, UK in secluded retirement. Kept housebound by her ill-health and disabilities she fills her days with reading and writing. She has published two short stories and now has her first novel well underway. When in need of a break from ‘work’ she chats to friends on-line or admires her garden through the window. Once a keen hands-on gardener, she now rejoices that somebody else has to do the hard work while she reaps the rewards. That just about sums up her attitude to life: look for the positives in every situation.
Jenn Q. Goddu (Editorial Assistant)
Jenn Q. Goddu is a transplant from Canada living in Charlotte, NC, after a 10-year stint in Chicago.
She’s one semester (and a thesis) away from an MFA in fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. She also teaches there (whatever they will let her teach — including composition, public speaking, business communication, and American studies).
A full-time mother of a four-year-old son and four-month-old puppy, she is also a freelance writer/editor/writing coach. In her spare time, she’s become addicted to geocaching which actually gets her outside and away from the computer.
Lara Dolphin (Senior Slush Reader)
Lara Dolphin enjoys writing poetry and fiction and occasionally does something reckless like participating in NaNoWriMo. Some of her favorite authors include, Douglas Adams, Julian Barnes, Italo Calvino and Alice Walker.
With the help of her husband and four children, she operates a Little Free Library on the front lawn of their rural Pennsylvania home in an effort to encourage a love of reading and foster a sense of community.
Lara holds a B.A. in English from The University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law. Currently, she divides her time between between looking for lost pacifiers and breaking up pool noodle related combat. Though if startled in her sleep, she may recite Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Andrew Cochrane (Slush Reader)
Andrew Cochrane is a father and a loving boyfriend, and he hopes that he is doing these things well. He likes to write. In the future he will be a real writer with expensive fountains pens and a desk and everything. At the moment, though, he is finishing a dissertation on the satanic in Medieval and Renaissance literature so that he can finally complete his degree.
While Andy’s preferences are literary, he will be excited to read stories from any genre. He is impressed by poetic prose, by characters you can imagine existing in real life because of one or two perfect details offered by the author, and by small things expressed as though they are of the highest importance.
Tony Held (Slush Reader)
Website: Stories By Tony
Tony Held’s first name is actually Richard, but since there are several men in his family with that first name, he prefers to go by Tony so everyone knows which “Richard Held” is which!
Tony’s most cherished book is Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels. He also likes anything by Michael’s son Jeff. He also digs anything where the good guy kills the bad guy and wins the girl.
Miriam Lee (Slush Reader)
Miriam Lee (born Celeste Ramos) is a short story and scriptwriter from New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Beloit College in Wisconsin.
Her biggest influences are “The Twilight Zone”, Anne Rice, Patricia Highsmith, Richard Matheson, James Baldwin, noir films, David Fincher, and a whole lot of 80’s music. She lives in London, England, and is working on her second book of short stories, entitled For You. Her first book, Women in Strange Places: Stories, came out in 2009.
She is as passionate about writing as she is about film, and lives for watching, discussing, writing and analyzing movies. Miriam runs the increasingly popular reviews and interviews blog //Projection//.
David Beavers (Slush Reader)
Photo and bio coming soon…
Jadah McCoy (Slush Reader)
Website: The Query Faerie
Jadah McCoy works as a paralegal for a large law firm in Nashville, TN. When not being accosted by grumpy court clerks, she can be found juicing her brain for creative ideas or critiquing literary queries on her blog.
In her free time she writes science fiction and urban fantasy, but enjoys everything from Chuck Palahniuk to John Green and beyond. She is an aspiring literary agent.
Past editors include:
Elissa Vann Struth
Past editorial assistants include:
Patricia La Barbera • Shelley Dayton • Emily Skaftun
Aliza Greenblatt • Tara Sim
Past slush readers include:
Scott Cosby • Elise Palmer • Davina Colpman • Gay Degani
K.C. Ball • Hillary Degani • Katheryn McLaughlin • Jana Seely
Martin Turton • Joe Daniels • Brenda Stokes • Michelle Jager
Laura Crowe • Devan Goldstein • Laurel Fuller • S.A. Ross
Ben Carey • Melanie Browne • Karen Monroe • Nicole Lavigne
Kip Hanson • Dale Rappaneau • Laura Barnett • J.B. Michaud
Jonathan Cardew • Kate Sheeran • Dustin Adams
Colleen F. Ciccozzi • Nicole Dunaway • Layla Blackwell
Kent DuFault • J. Chris Lawrence
Jordan Ellinger (Executive Editor)
Jordan Ellinger is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and is a Clarion West graduate. His novel Fireborn: Ritual of Fire is due out at the end of the year from Fantasy Flight Games, and he is a frequent contributor to the Warhammer Fantasy universe.
In 2007, he founded Every Day Fiction in partnership with Camille and Steven. He now primarily works with Camille on issues of policy and troubleshooting when necessary, and steps in with an editorial opinion when asked.