Meet the Writers


Here are some of the writers in Issue 44 of Aoife’s Kiss and a little bit about them:

Ashley Marie Bergner is currently employed as a journalist at The Newton Kansan newspaper, and her poetry previously has appeared in the “Mirror Dance” fantasy literary journal. She also is a regular contributor to the blog for the podcast “Earth Station One,” and she enjoys reading and playing the harp in her spare time.

Jay Maul was born in Wurzburg, Bovaria and has lived in St. Louis, Boston, New York City and spent 3 years working for a traveling circus. This story is dedicated to his first tarantula, Punchy. His emotionally weird work can be found on Facebook,, and WordPress,

David Brookes is a writer of mainstream and genre fiction currently living in the UK. He has stories published in many magazines including Pantechnicon, Bewildering Stories, Whispering Spirits, Morpheus Tales, The Cynic and Aphelion. His first novel, ‘Half Discovered Wings’, was published internationally by Libros International in 2009. Read more about his work aton his website and blog

Bria Burton, 30, lives in St. Petersburg with her loving husband and two wild pets. She earned her BA in English at Flagler College in 2003. In 2011, she won First Place in the Unpublished Fantasy Novel category at the Royal Palm Literary Awards. Currently, she works at a doctor’s office, writing and submitting her two completed novels and short stories whenever she can. She receives regular rejections that do not discourage her. She also enjoys running and has done two marathons, which may explain why rejections don’t phase her much. She is a member of the Florida Writers Association where she leads a critique group, and has short stories published in two of the FWA short story collections. This is her first paid short story publication. Her website is

Rachel A. Brune writes short fiction, long fiction, songs, screenplays, poetry and operations orders. A former Army journalist, she lives in North Carolina with her husband, sister, two dogs and three cats. She blogs her adventures, writing and otherwise, at

Leif Carl Behmer holds an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis on fantasy literature. His passion for fantasy fiction stems from fantasy in both classic Fairy Tale literature and fantasy role-play gaming, particularly those plots where the swords produce the sorcery. He is currently a composition and literature instructor at Houston Community College and maintains a web blog dedicated to fantasy fiction and scholarship – “The Zombie’s Tale” is his first short story publication.
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Kelda Crich is a new born entity. She’s been lurking in her creator’s mind for a few years. Now she’s out in the open. Find her in London looking at strange things in medical museums or on her blog: Her work has appeared in Lovecraft Ezine, Spinetinglers and in the Life After Death anthology.

Liz Colter spends her free time with her husband, dogs, horses and writing (according to her husband, not usually in that order of priority). Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in TM’s Emerald Sky, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Plasma Frequency and Enchanted Conversation, among others. News of her writing can be found at

Louis N. Gruber worked as an academic psychiatrist for many years, and is now retired and writing fiction. Well, let’s hope it’s fiction. He has sold stories to Residential Aliens, Title Goes Here, and Anotherealm.

Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night. When he’s not grading papers, he’s imagining what the world might be like in a few dozen alternate realities. His work has appeared in more than 60 publications, including AE Science Fiction, Cosmos, and Shimmer, and many of his stories are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Stop by anytime:

John Skylar is a PhD candidate and science fiction writer who occasionally masquerades as a fictional professor at the University of Constantinople. In addition to Aoife’s Kiss, his work has appeared in Fusion Fragment, Larks Fiction Magazine, and Schlock Magazine. He blogs about writing at and you can follow him on Twitter @johnskylar. He lives in New York City along with his ramen soup.

 Scott Virtes has had over 500 stories & poems published since 1986. His works have appeared in Nature, Analog, Space & Time, Ideomancer, Star*Line, Cafe Irreal, Illumen, and many more.  He has two story collections and 5 poetry chapbooks available. In 2009 he was editor for The Book of Tentacles, see You can watch him die in “Master and Commander”, but he’s okay now.

 Lani Carroll is a writer living in Colorado Springs with horses, birds, bees, and a ridiculously bossy Pekingese. Her blog can be found at