About the Staff

Camille Gooderham Campbell (Managing Editor)

CamilleWebsite: Copy. Edit. Proof.
Twitter: @everydaycamille

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)

n748806130_257686_9168.jpgWebsite: Abluestar.com

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 fulfill 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)

CarolCarol 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. TowlerJ.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)

JosephAfter 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.


Rose Gardener (Editor)

Rose GardenerRose 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.


Alexander Jones (Podcast Manager)

Alexander Jones photoAlexander Jones lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he works in video game development and indulges his love of good food and fine drink.



Jenn Q. Goddu (Senior Editorial Assistant)

Jenn Goddu photoJenn 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 photoLara is a recovering attorney, a stay-at-home mother of four and an aspiring writer.

Her work appears in print and online.




Andrew Cochrane (Slush Reader)

Andrew Cochrane photoAndy works with the elderly, while with his spare time he writes short stories. He also writes literary reviews for his blog at as-i-read.blogspot.co.uk, which looks at contemporary literature in an interesting way (he hopes).

After getting a degree in English Literature he moved with his family the length of the country, and now lives in Southampton.

While Andy’s preferences are literary, he is 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.


David Beavers (Slush Reader)

Miriam Lee photoDavid Beavers writes in the Boston area.





L.M. Finch (Slush Reader)

Lisa Finch photoWebsite: Lisa Finch writes.

Lisa Finch is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in print and online. She holds an Honours English B.A. from McMaster University. She lives in a quiet little town in Ontario with a very noisy (but lovely) family which includes an incredibly supportive husband, three wonderful children, two cats, a dog and a collection of fish. People-watching is one of her favourite hobbies.


Michael Boettcher (Slush Reader)

Michael Boettcher photoMichael Boettcher is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School.    He is currently stationed in Norfolk, VA where he flies helicopters for the Navy.  He is married with two children.

He writes part time and is an active member of critique groups and online critique forums.


Melissa Reynolds (Slush Reader)

Melissa Reynolds photoMelissa Reynolds is currently writing her first fantasy novel ‘Blood Between Brothers’ as well as writing character driven short stories when inspiration hits. An avid reader her whole life, she has read everything she could get her grubby little hands on, be it historical fiction, inspirational/christian, fantasy/science fiction, romance, or anything free on kindle (though she is partial to Science Fiction and Fantasy).

She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia with her husband and four children. She enjoys the great outdoors and reading/volunteering in her children’s classrooms every week. Coffee is her fuel and Nutella is her guilty pleasure, along with marathons of Doctor Who and Supernatural. She is thrilled to be part of Every Day Fiction’s staff and looks forward to reading new stories every day.


Past editors include:
Elissa Vann Struth

Past podcast managers include:
Folly Blaine

Past editorial assistants include:
Patricia La Barbera • Shelley Dayton • Emily Skaftun
Aliza Greenblatt • Tara Sim • Sealey Andrews
Dustin Adams

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 • Colleen F. Ciccozzi
Nicole Dunaway • Layla Blackwell • Kent DuFault
J. Chris Lawrence • Jadah McCoy • Miriam Lee
Edward Beach • Tiana Rapley • Tony Held


Jordan Ellinger (Executive Editor)

Jenn Goddu photoWebsite: www.jordanellinger.com

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.