Category Archives: Interview

Matthew Laube: Professional Demon Slayer

Matthew Laube is the self-published author of the Ancient Trilogy, a captivating fantasy series involving demons and a fight for survival. We jumped at the chance to interview Laube and he definitely had a few things to say about his experience in diversity in the fantasy genre. Continue reading Matthew Laube: Professional Demon Slayer

Paige Dillard: Self-Pubbed Student

Paige Dillard is a 22 year old student majoring in English at San Diego State University. Though she’s been writing for a very long time and would love to write for a living, Dillard is planning to pursue a Masters in Library Science and Technology and is currently a Library Technician at the Poway Community Library. Despite being a student, Dillard has been writing and publishing since she was in high school and is always looking for ways to experiment with new styles and diverse characters. Continue reading Paige Dillard: Self-Pubbed Student

James Matlack Raney: Independent Publisher Extraordinaire

 

Image of the book cover of James Matlack Raney's first book in the Jim Morgan series: Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves.
Image of the book cover of James Matlack Raney’s first book in the Jim Morgan series: Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves

Here at Phenom, we had a chance to talk with independent publisher James Matlack Raney, author of the Jim Morgan series. His most recent novel, Jim Morgan and the Door at the Edge of the World has just received an award for First Place in the Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Contest. After highlighting some excellent points on the independent publishing industry, Raney gave us his take on diversity in literature. Continue reading James Matlack Raney: Independent Publisher Extraordinaire

Danika Dinsmore: Queen of the Faeries

Danika Dinsmore is a multi-talented writer, spoken work artist, and educator. Her writing career has transformed from writing poetry books like Traffic (1997) and Every Day Angels & Other Near-Death Experiences (2002) and collaborative spoken word performances, to screenwriting her short film “Stick Up” (2004). Presently she writes middle grade and young adult fiction. Danika’s writing has won her the Washington State Poets Association award for Performance Poetry and the Best Fresh Voice Screenwriting Award from the Female Eye Film Festival. Throughout her writing career she has shared her love of writing with her community by traveling across North America to schools on her Imaginary Worlds Tours. Danika has taken some time out of her busy schedule to sit down with us here at Phenom to share her experiences as a writer and promoter of diversity. Continue reading Danika Dinsmore: Queen of the Faeries