Our Authors

Amanda Parker Adams

Ms. Adams is a science fiction and fantasy writer in the Pacific Northwest of the US. She is owned by two cats, neither of which is a Siamese. Archivist, theater nut, and general weirdo. She loves chocolate, sushi, and Guinness, but not in that order. She collects penguins (not the living ones). Her maternal grandfather and mother both had Alzheimer's Disease. Her grandfather succumbed to cancer before his Alzheimer's progressed too far in 1990, but her mother died from end-stage Alzheimer's in 2013, a month shy of her 84th birthday. Her father was a WWII Veteran who passed away in 2014. Amanda learned to sew and cook from her mother, while her father taught her a lifelong love of photography and instilled the belief of never giving up on her dreams and passions. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her two cats, who both exasperate her and give her (mostly) unconditional love.  

Andrew Barber

After doing almost nothing with his writing for over 20 years, and being nagged by his daughter to enter, Andrew Barber beat 7,000 other poets to become the inaugural Poetry Rivals Slam Champion in 2010, and has since completed three volumes of poetry and four novels in The Cybermancer Chronicles. He was runner-up in the 2015 Individual Writer's Games, and captain of the Longest Night Watch team, runners-up in the Team events. He also writes satire, music, poetry reviews and computer programs. Andrew was one of the organisers and editors of the Stardust, Always anthology, after contributing to the Terry Pratchett-themed Longest Night Watch anthology in 2015, in aid of Alzheimer's research. Andrew's books and associated shenanigans are available here: www.lulu.com/spotlight/Cybermancer www.facebook.com/AndrewBarberAuthorPage  

A. R. Harlow

My name is Anne Combs, and, my 'day job' is raising my daughter Riley, and attending college carrying a full course load, during the evenings. I have been a writer my entire life—scribbles on toilet paper rolls and the bottom of junk mail had been a common occurrence before I carried a notepad with me everywhere. Writing is breathing to me, as natural as the action of breathing in and out. It is derived entirely from my faith, which inspires me daily to do and be the best. I have been a participant in the National Novel Writing Month for several years now, it has pushed me hard, and given me the drive and will-power to work through my first draft.   

Ashlee Hetherington

Ashlee Hetherington is a dinosaur whisperer by day, and a fierce, magical volcano by night. She's really just a clumsy flamingo who wishes her faery were still here.   Twitter: @artsyscientist Blog: https://ashleebones.wordpress.com/

Becca Bachlott

Becca Bachlott lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. She is a super accountant by day and a super author by night. She has loved books from a very young age and started her writing career with stories about her friends in High School. She is a member of the writing group The Red Herrings who won first place in The Writer’s Games, hosted by The Writer’s Workout, and recently had a story published in the anthology Stardust, Always.  

Brittany Tucker

Brittany Tucker is an amateur author by night, and dreamer at all times. While her day job involves serving food, washing dishes, and cleaning up inexplicable messes, she also helps run a Facebook group/website of over 600 other writers from around the world. Brittany is also involved with running The Writer's Games, a four month long competition that tests authors on creativity and skill. She lives on Vancouver Island and loves to indulge in local cuisine, like Poutine, while plotting out her next stories and spending time with her adorable nephews. Brittany has traveled to the United Kingdom, and hopes to do more exploring of the huge, beautiful, world soon. This is her second short story published in an anthology, and she plans on having more work out soon. To read other works by Brittany, you can check her out on Wattpad.com under the username BrittanyTucker6  

Cayleigh Stickler

Cayleigh Stickler is a stay-at-home mom of two boys and two fur babies. Between reading board books and creating kid-friendly crafts, she writes stories featuring mysteries, crimes, and strong female main characters. At night, she dons her Superhero Editor Cape and wrestles with split infinitives and clunky sentences for her clients. She loves everything mystical and magical, including stargazing and gardening. Originally from swampy Florida, she relocated first to Seattle’s melting pot and finally to Utah’s canyons. She’s studying for a Master’s in Education to teach the wonders of words to kids.  

Carol Gyzander

Carol Gyzander was a prolific reader of classic science fiction and Agatha Christie mysteries in her early days; since her family moved every two years, she had lots of time on her hands as the perpetual new kid. But she became adept at people-watching in order to fit in at each new school, and followed this up by studying anthropology—the study of people and their culture—and lots and lots of English literature at Bryn Mawr College. Now that her kids have flown the coop, she has gone back to her early loves with an amateur detective novel and more science fiction in the works. www.CarolGyzanderAuthor.com  

Caroline Centa

 Caroline Centa is a Paranormal Fiction Author who lives in Perth, Western Australia. She has always had an interest in writing but didn’t get serious about it until 2012, when she began writing Daughter of Hell. Caroline has always been spiritual in nature, working for some time as a spiritual guidance reader, and spirituality and mythology features strongly in her work. She is a mother of two children and married to a very supportive man who has been her partner since she was nineteen. She has a very active lifestyle, enjoying gymnastics, rock climbing, archery and pilates on a regular basis, and loves playing board games with her friends. Caroline can be found online at the following links: Website: http://readingsbycaroline.net Facebook: http://facebook.com/CarolineCenta Twitter: @CarolineCenta  

Catherine Banks

Clara Ryanne Heart

Clara Ryanne Heart has a background in human services and history. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in adolescents and military families. After working as a therapist for years, she returned to work as a professional ghostwriter. The launch into 2016 struck Clara as particularly rough. After a series of crises throughout 2015, she started the year with her husband and toddler from a homeless shelter. When she heard of the Stardust, Always charity anthology, she leapt at the chance to submit a personal story, eager to help raise money to help in the battle against cancer.    

Connie Cockrell

Connie Cockrell's participation in this anthology is especially poignant because not only has she loved each of Mr. Pratchett's works she's ever read, but her mother-in-law suffered from Alzheimer's.

Connie Cockrell began writing in response to a challenge from her daughter in October 2011 and has been hooked ever since. Her books run the gamut from SciFi to Contemporary stories. She's published two stand alone novels, a complete four book series and has now started a Dystopian SciFi, a Cozy Mystery, and a Contemporary New Adult series along with three collections of short stories. She has been included in four different anthologies and published on Every Day Fiction. Connie continues to write about whatever comes into her head. If you’d like to know more, go to http://www.conniesrandomthoughts.com or to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConniesRandomThoughts

Cornelius Q. Kelvyn

Cornelius Q. Kelvyn had long kept his writing in the shadows. He is delighted to have his story, 'Matronus', included in this anthology of wonderful authors. This story has been inspired by Rickman, Bowie, and others whom he has known who have battled cancer. For several months after the passing of a family member, he was repeatedly visited by a heron resembling the spirit of the one who had passed beyond. Some of the characters in this story are also featured in poems and short stories by Kelvyn. Twitter: @cqkelvyn WordPress: http://cqkelvyn.wordpress.com 

D.R. Perry

D.R. Perry prefers to choose love. However, one of the few things she actively hates is Alzheimer's. She lives and writes in Rhode Island with her husband, their daughter, and her little dog, too. Picture credit: Guy Natelli www.drperryauthor.com www.amazon.com/author/drperry

Debbie Manber Kupfer

Debbie Manber Kupfer has been writing stories ever since she was small, but only started taking her writing seriously in 2012 when she finished undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She realized that we only have a limited time on this earth and if we really are passionate about leaving our mark we have to go after what we want. To that end she started writing her fantasy series P.A.W.S., and the first book was published in 2013. Connect with Debbie on her blog or via Facebook: www.debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/DebbieManberKupferAuthor 

Diana Hudson

Diana Hudson lives in a small town in Pennsylvania and loves all things nature. In addition to writing, I enjoy hiking, photography, and various forms of art. I found my passion for writing at an early age with authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King. I have personal reasons for wanting to be a part of of this project, as well as being a fan of both artists who were taken too soon. I lost my grandfather and one of my uncles to cancer. My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and shortly after surgery to remove it, he was killed in a car accident. My cousin Beth is currently battling cancer that has been deemed terminal. So, I want to make a stand for all those who have passed, to those battling, and to those who are survivors. This is to those who refuse to give up!    

Fiona Teh

Fiona Teh is an early childhood educator in an international school in China. She has degrees in both journalism and education and has published numerous newspaper and educational magazine articles. Her most recent work is a short story in Stardust, Always.  Fiona loves dogs, documentaries and soup. Writing is healing and empowering for Fiona. She hopes to reach the hearts of her readers in need of a bit of magic in their journey.    

Georgette Frey

Georgette Frey currently lives on a small parcel along the Allegheny National Forest in rural Pennsylvania. When she isn’t writing, reading or working with young people she is enjoying the wonders around her, either through a camera lens or via her family, which includes her partner, children, and both furry and feathered housemates.  

Hayley Munro

Hayley Munro, in her own opinion, is a writer-extraordinaire who has dedicated her life to fighting worldsuck with words. She's a devout Harry Potter fan and 87% of her iTunes playlist consists of David Bowie songs. She wouldn't be the person she is today had she not been introduced to either of those two things. She spends most of her time reading, writing about dragons, talking to cats, and speaking in the third person. If you ever need find her, seek out the nearest hollow tree.   

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Janet Gershen-Siegel is a published science fiction author, social media professional and blogger for Boldly Reading, an online book club. Her most recent work is The Enigman Cave. She lives in Boston with her husband and more computers than they need, and has watched helplessly as family members have been lost to Alzheimer's. You can visit her at http://janetgershen-siegel.com  

J. L. Stibbards

Jennifer is a teacher and writer. She can be found amid the mountain of books ranging from paranormal fantasy to historical non-fiction. Her writing partner is a cat named Joe who thinks he is a dragon. Her normal works include con artist and mystery novels. The opportunity to contribute to The Longest Night Watch was important because her extended family has suffered from Alzheimer’s and she cannot fathom losing any of her cousins. 

Joshua L. Cejka

Joshua Cejka has been writing for roughly 35 of his 41 years and loves every little last bit of it. Primarily focusing on mystery these days, he likes to stretch his legs occasionally, and is working on a series of books that combines the detective novel with fantasy. Joshua Cejka is the author of the Meg Brown Mystery Series of books and the upcoming Stonemaiden’s Cup. He lives in Wisconsin—for the moment—with his two cats, Dharma and Emma, and a desk full of effluvium which he occasionally must combat before it destroys him. 

Kate Post

Kate Post is a writer, poet, and Kentucky native woven with Wyoming threads. Her pieces have appeared in The News-Enterprise and Notations, and she has worked in editing at New Madrid Journal of Contemporary Literature. At 21, she has a head-start on grandmotherly skills like cooking, knitting, crocheting, baking, and yelling at kids to get off of her lawn. When she’s not channeling her inner Betty White, Kate can usually be found re-reading The Princess Bride, re-watching Firefly, or attending a comic convention (sometimes in costume!). Further reading: https://katepost1.wordpress.com/ Twitter: notanowl211   

Katelyn Sweigart

Katelyn Sweigart is a Californian who grew up on a ranch full of rescued animals. She’s been a multimedia journalist, a dungeon master, a foster parent for dogs, and a magician’s assistant. She most recently contributed a short story to the “Stardust, Always” anthology in support of St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Find her on Twitter katelynsweigart  

Kell Wilsen

Kell Wilsen is a writer, although this is my first piece to be properly published, and not just posted on a writing website. Working towards being a freelance writer and web developer, with the help and support of story-minded strangers on the web. So, when some of those helpful and supportive strangers suggested using our combined talents to make something that would commemorate the lives of two great men and raise money for charity at the same time, I joined right in.  

Kelly Kuebler

Hailing from a small town in Michigan, Kelly Kuebler is a 2011 graduate of Siena Heights University where she received a BFA in Creative Writing. An avid writer and photographer, Kuebler has previously worked for Michigan Concerts as a freelance reporter. She has interviewed and photographed numerous notable musical artists. She is currently studying professional photography with the New York Institute of Photography. Stardust, Always marks her first appearance in a major trade publication. Her piece ('Dying is Harder on the Living') is a tribute to her late grandfather Walter, who passed away from bone cancer in December 2014. When she isn’t writing or glued to her camera, she enjoys antiquing, producing videos and collecting entertainment memorabilia. www.kellykuebler.com Twitter: @officialkellyk 

Lacey D. Sutton

Lacey D. Sutton is a prolific writer and even more prolific editor. Meaning that most of her writing has yet to see the light of day. As a day job she wrestles with tSQL code, making data dance to her clients’ whims, and her night job involves being at the beck and call of a small child and two giant cats. She is an annual attendee of the Sirens Women in Fantasy Conference, and a seven-time winner of the NaNoWriMo writing challenge. Cancer hurt her mother and claimed the life of a dear friend last August, and Lacey is still very, very angry. This may have influenced her short story 'Oubliette'. OK, it totally did. Twitter: @LaceyDSutton Facebook: Lacey D Sutton (writer) www.goodreads.com/author/show/14258032Lacey_D_Sutton www.shadowandclay.com/  

L. Anne Wooley

L. Anne Wooley is from Central Ohio. She has written pretty much all her life, but with long stretches in between. Her day job is as a claims processor for health insurance companies, and she has travelled to such exotic locales as Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, Lexington, and Syracuse. She loves to travel, and take long walks. Her publication credits include; “Resting,” a short story on “In Painted Words,” an essay tribute to Gene Roddenberry for InGenre, and two anthologies Lupus Animus (a story told entirely in Haiku), and another poem in Miracle Magazines 2014 Poetry Anthology. She is also working on editing her first novel, Stormraevyn. She is excited to be part of The Longest Nightwatch (Charity Anthology for Alzheimer’s research). She lives with 2 roommates, 3 dogs a cat and a very noisy bird. This crazy household inspires her writing and creativity.   

Laura Hart

Laura Hart is a mother of two who spends more time with her kids than writing. She got involved with this anthology because cancer has touched her family and changed it forever. So many people were inspired by the lives of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, she wasn't surprised when their passing was also an inspiration. By helping with this project, she felt that she could make some difference, in some way, to some person. 

Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts can leg-press an average-sized sumo wrestler, has nearly been drowned off the coast of Hawaii, and tells lies for a living. She is the founding editor of Black Heart Magazine, the San Diego Chapter Leader for the Nonfiction Authors Association, offers affordable editing services for indie authors, and publishes an annual anthology about the intersection between love and pop songs at Buttontapper Press. She currently lives in an Apocalypse-proof bunker in sunny SoCal with her artist husband and their literary kitties, and can be found online at: www.Buttontapper.com  

Louise K. Smith

Lora Hughes

Lora Hughes lives in Hertfordshire, England with her two children. I got involved with Stardust, Always as I was a fan of Bowie’s music in my youth and enjoyed Alan Rickman in the Harry Potter movies. I was devastated that they both died so close together from 'the big C'. After their deaths, this quote from Alan Rickman resonated with me: “And it's a human need to be told stories. The more we're governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.”

I posted it to the NaNoWriMo group, adding 'wouldn't it be great if this quote could inspire us all to write more?' I knew David Bowie had a love of books and members in the group suggested writing an anthology in memory of Bowie and Rickman. The idea caught many people's attention and basically it went from there!  

Mayra Pérez González

Mayra Pérez González is a wordsmith, professional daydreamer, papercut survivor, and an admirer of Bowie and Rickman since childhood. She grew up in both suburban Los Angeles and rural Mexico. With a degree in Spanish Literature from UCLA, Mayra strongly believes that the pen is mightier than the sword. She is fascinated by languages and knows Spanish, Italian, and Ancient Greek. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Books & Quills Magazine and writes for La Gente Newsmagazine. Mayra is very good at getting lost, forgetting, procrastinating, saying completely irrelevant and random things, laughing, and being awkward. She’s very bad at hiding her emotions, surviving in any sort of apocalypse or dystopia, and writing any sort of bio. www.mayraperezglez.com  

Michael J. Medeiros

Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper. But, wait. There’s more. He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is a producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the lookout for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he isn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing. During the day, he’s a mild mannered computer repair man that dabbles with web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic. Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words.   

Michael Walton

Michael Walton has never been able to pick a career field–he’s torn between, “two-fisted paleontologist” and “international man of mystery.” Writing passes the time (but alas, does not yet pay the bills) while he decides what he wants to be when he grows up. He has attended the Armadillocon writer’s workshop and has made numerous contributions to the Orion’s Arm Universe Project. Someday soon perhaps there will be a novel on the shelves with his byline on it, but for now he lurks in the shadows...waiting.   

Michelle Valens

Michelle Valens is a writer from the Midwest who also enjoys other things, She got involved with the Stardust, Always project because of her love for the Harry Potter series. She also lost her father to cancer several years ago and wanted to do something for other people going through the same thing, When she's not writing, she is known to be taking photographs or creating digital art.

Paul Lansdell

Paul Lansdell lives near the Dartmoor National Park, South West England. At the end of 2015 I was diagnosed, for the second time, with cancer. I share the company of people I’ve known, loved and admired. It was whilst awaiting the start of my treatment that I wrote And Then, Sit With Me. The poem questions the suggestion that, should I survive, I would somehow be better than them; I won, they lost. Today, I continue to walk my road, knowing that some of the finest people are waiting for me at my journey’s end.  

Paula Hayward

Paula Hayward is currently finishing a Bachelor’s in history with a focus on medieval history, part of the reinvention of her own middle age. She is mother to one young adult son and keeper of one big dog. She was attracted to this project as a long-time fan of Bowie and Rickman and as a 20+ year survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her future plans include finishing her degree, conquering a pile of rough drafts, and surviving.   

Rachel A. Brune

Rachel A. Brune served five years as a military journalist with the U.S. Army, including two tours in Iraq and a brief stint as a columnist for her hometown newspaper. After commissioning as a military police officer, she continued to write and publish articles for a number of military and civilian news publications. She continues to serve in the Army Reserve, as well as write and publish short stories and novels in a variety of genres. She blogs her adventures, writing and otherwise, at: http://www.infamous-scribbler.com 

R.R Virdi

R.R Virdi is the author of The Grave Report. He has worked as a mechanic, in retail, and now spends his weekends helping others build gaming PCs, all while continuing to write stories. An avid mythology buff, he keeps a journal following the fictional accounts of his character, Vincent Graves, and all the horrible monsters he comes across. Virdi lives in Falls Church, Virginia, tinkering with cars, gaming computers, and chasing after his dog. 

Ryn Richmond

Ryn Richmond is an avid fan of words, so much so that her family jokes about having a lifetime quota of words that she can refill through reading—so reading she does. She is also a writer of poems, a teacher of English to refugees and immigrants, and a lover of knowledge. Her superpower is having the ability to foretell the weather from internal barometric sensors. The voracious appetite for the written word and knowledge is a genetic trait passed down through her maternal grandfather. 

Sarah Anderson

S.E. Anderson can’t ever tell you where she’s from. Not because she doesn’t want to, but because it inevitably leads to a confusing conversation where she goes over where she was born (England) where she grew up (France) and where her family is from (USA) and it tends to make things very complicated.She’s lived pretty much her entire life in the South of France, except for a brief stint where she moved to Washington DC, or the eighty years she spent as a queen of Narnia before coming back home five minutes after she had left. Currently, she goes to university in Marseille, where she’s starting her masters of Astrophysics.When she’s not writing, or trying to science, she’s either reading, designing, crafting, or attempting to speak with various woodland creatures in an attempt to get them to do household chores for her.  She could also be gaming, or pretending she’s not watching anything on Netflix.


Skye Hegyes

Dragons, wolves, and sharp objects are commonplace in Skye Hegyes’s home in North Carolina. She spends most of her time between writing and working. When not doing either of these things, you may find her making crafts or adventuring with her family, which consists of her husband, two daughters, two birds, and three cats...and a partridge in a pear tree… 

S. R. Betler

S. R. Betler is a writer from Kentucky who enjoys writing low fantasy, poetry, and dabbling with fan fiction. When she's not writing, she's listening to music, reading, watching movies, and exploring nature. She first fell in love with David Bowie after watching Labyrinth and Alan Rickman after Die Hard, both of which have inspired her as an author. She's had friends and family battle with cancer, not all of whom have won in the end, and is honored to contribute to this anthology in remembrance of those affected by the disease. Facebook author's page: https://www.facebook.com/S-R-Betler-735755803188872/  

Sophia Diaz

Sophia Diaz has been writing for most of her life, both prose and poetry. She is an avid reader in a variety of genres, not to mention a movie and music enthusiast. She recently graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor's in English Literature. When the idea for this project came up, she was ecstatic. Here was a way to honor two remarkable men and raise money for a noble cause. She is proud to be part of such a project. 

Stacy Whitmire

Beast. That word, when applied to a cancer, rings in your head. “A Beast” is what my oncologist called my melanoma when I was diagnosed in Feb. 2015 at 26 years old. I had one hell of a year and saw things I'd never seen before. After the year I've had—a whirlwind of sickness, biochemotherapy, and surgeries, but also friends, family, and love—I knew that I had to be a part of this anthology. I have incorporated in this story (although completely fictional) something of who I am, what I have gone through, and my beliefs. David Bowie and Alan Rickman both thought that life should be humorous and mysterious. As my dear friend Holly said to me after she read my story, “Humor is what keeps us going.” I think I believe that.

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Unfortunately, Stacy lost her battle with cancer after the publication of Stardust, Always. She lives in our hearts, and we were privileged to share her talent with the world.

Suzanne Wdowik

A person's death is a tragic event. An artist's death is something more nuanced. With the passing of Alan Rickman and David Bowie, we grieve the loss of two amazing lives, but we also celebrate the gifts they've left us with. I joined this project because while cancer has affected many of my loved ones for the worse, my loved ones have affected me for the better, and if I can share just a bit of what they've left behind, I can make the world a little more magical and a little more meaningful. As Ray Bradbury said in Fahrenheit 451, "Everyone must leave something behind when he dies ... It doesn't matter what you do ... so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away".  

The Longest Night Watch

The Longest Night Watch is comprised of Janet Gershen-Siegel, Saskia Slottje, D.R. Perry, Amanda Parker Adams, Lacey Sutton, Joshua L. Cejka, Shiv Ramdas, Sarah Louise Ross, Walter Dlz and Andrew Barber. They remain as dedicated to eradicating Alzheimer’s Disease as they are to writing. 

Thomas E. Harper

Thomas E. Harper gained experience with Alzheimer’s patients while working as a Care Manager and Lead Care Manager at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester, Minnesota. While he no longer works in that field, the memories he gained and the experiences he’s had will stay with him the rest of his life, or at least for the rest of his mind. 

Tony Hillier

It’s fun and cathartic to write, which I have done in bursts all my life. In Kolkata I published in the city’s newspaper magazine. I published a book of photos, poems and drawings in a Kenyan school with each contributing pupil having their own copy. Self-appointed (but thankfully accepted) Swindon Community Poet for the last 15 years. I enjoy juggling with words and sharing them ‘hot’ with the people who inspired them. I read my Bowie tribute poem at a music venue for a Bowie tribute night in aid of a cancer charity. In my opinion, every community should host a ‘Community Poet’ to use the art to record and reflect upon community issues and events and to have fun.

Trine Jensegg

Trine Jensegg is a 30 year old Norwegian nerd. She started telling stories at the age of 5, slowly building a steady fanbase of stuffed animals. It was suggested that she should write the stories down, and she hasn’t stopped since. Now she’s expanding to a slightly more alive audience. Like you. Her stories usually falls within the fantasy genre, but has been known to stray. Like her. Trine is the Unofficial Leader of the Norwegian Troll Army, in addition to being the celebrated Queen Thud, Monarch of Mattresses. When she’s not writing, but should be, she spends her time questing and/or getting her heart broken in video games, or pretending she’s in a musical. Her short story “Keys and a Caterpillar” can be found in the Stardust, Always Charity Anthology.

Tucker McCallahan

Tucker McCallahan is an author, editor, and researcher. An outspoken proponent of LGBTQ rights and polyamory, Tucker has lived all over the country. Currently Tucker lives in the poly community House That Love Built unearthing obscure facts, blasting music at inappropriate levels, amassing the world's largest collection of sex toys, and feeding an aquarium full of gay fish. 

Virginia Carraway Stark

Virginia Carraway Stark has a diverse portfolio and has many publications. Getting an early start on writing, Virginia has had a gift for communication, oration and storytelling from an early age. Over the years she has developed this into a wide range of products from screenplays to novels to articles to blogging to travel journalism.                 

She has been published by many presses from grassroots to Simon and Schuster for her contribution to 'Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible' as seen on ABC. She has been an honorable mention at Cannes Film Festival for her screenplay, “Blind Eye” and was nominated for an Aurora Award. https://virginiastark.wordpress.com/about/ https://www.facebook.com/Virginiacarrawaystark 

Zoé Perrenoud

Zoé Perrenoud was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bangor University and is currently working as a freelance writer and translator. Her work has appeared in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual, Newcastle University’s Crossing the Lines collection of short stories and on the website of Delano magazine. She wanted to get involved in Stardust, Always to immortalize the passing of two major artists and to help raise funds for cancer research, in honour of her father-in-law, Bernd Seligmann, who passed away in 2011. Zoe lives in Luxembourg with her husband and two cats