Biographies

Editor’s Biography

arwen cosplayAvellina Balestri (aka Rosaria Marie) is a Catholic freelance writer who resides in the scenic and historic Penn-Mar borderlands. She is a founding member and Editor-in-Chief of The Fellowship of the King. Her writings on matters of world history, popular culture, current events, and universal spirituality have been featured in 27 publications to date, including The St. Austin Review, Intellectual Takeout, Catholic Insight, Catholic LaneCatholic Today, ChurchPOPChristian DemocracyThe Latin Mass MagazineSeton Magazine, The Wisdom Daily, Journey of the HeartCeltic Guide,  Sci-Fi and Fantasy Network, Geeks Under Grace, Ink and Fairydustand All Things Georgian. Avellina is also a recording artist, singing and playing the penny whistle and bodhran drum. Her musical endeavors can be found on her YouTube Channel. Some of her other favorite activities include watching light stream through stained-glass windows, day-dreaming about shooting arrows in Sherwood Forest, listening to the ethereal vocals of Loreena McKennitt, tracking down long-lost historical tomes, chatting with zany international contacts, and watching classic movies and TV shows such as A Man For All Seasons and Kung Fu. Her philosophy of life is to always remember that the smallest acts of kindness have cosmic repercussions, that the presence of the divine resides in every human heart, and that we are all mystically interconnected with each other and the world around us by virtue of the same Creation Song. In all of this, she draws her inspiration from the Ultimate Love and Source of Creativity, and hopes to share that love and creativity with others. To stay updated on her other freelance writing endeavors, please visit her pages on Facebook and Fanfiction.net .

 

Contributor Biographies (in alphabetical order)

Anna Elizabeth lives in Alberta, Canada with her parents and younger sister. From a very young age, she was interested in both writing and reading literature. Starting out in the fantasy genre with stories for school assignments, Anna has since branched out into other genres, such as historical fiction and dystopian. Ever since she was young, her favourite time period to learn about has been World War II, leading to her love of movies such as Captain America. Her favourite authors include the likes of Tolkien, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and Jane Austen. Besides English literature, Anna enjoys working with children, especially in activities with the Church – such as volunteering with youth group and First Eucharist classes. At the moment, Anna is in her third year of studying English literature at St. Mary’s University, and hopes to enter the teaching program in two years time.

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Anna Maria is a Catholic homeschooler from Pennsylvania who just completed her sophomore year of high school. She has been studying the ancient Greeks and Romans in her literature program over the past two years and highly recommends the histories of both Tacitus and Plutarch. In addition, she enjoys singing in the church choir, playing her flute, spending time with her family, writing essays and short stories, and participating in the speech and debate team at a local Catholic high school. Her small flock of chickens and six adorable ducklings call her their mama, and she gladly responds to the name. She is an avid fan of “The Lord of the Ring”, and C.S. Lewis comes a close second after him with “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Her favorite flicks include “I Confess” (an Alfred Hitchcock classic) and “The Princess Bride”. Her favorite saint, and also Confirmation patron, is St. Maria Goretti.

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Anne Marie Gazzolo is the author of Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in The Lord of the Rings, which also includes a chapter on The Hobbit. She is currently at work on a fantasy series and on a book focusing on the journeys of Bilbo and Frodo. Her Essays have appeared in Beyond Bree, Silver Leaves, Amon Hen, StAR (St. Austin Review), Mythic Scribes, Use.well.the.days, and The Fellowship of The King. She has also contributed papers to Tolkien Society Seminars, as well as to Mythcon 41. An ebook, Pathways Through Middle-earth: A Guide for the Heart, which concerns how to apply to one’s life the lessons taught by Hobbits, Wizards, Elves, Men and Dwarves in Middle-earth, is available as a gift for signing up for her mailing list at her Website. In 2012, she began her Master’s Degree in Literature and Language at the Mythguard Institute, which is part of an online university founded by the Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen. She is also the proud aunt of 11 and the great-aunt of 1.

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AuditVocemMeam lives in Massachusetts and is currently studying at Boston College. He has a deep devotion to the traditions of the Church, especially the traditional Mass and the vibrant Catholic intellectual heritage including Scholastic philosophy and theology. Some of his favorite writings include the Summa Theologiae, Ronald Knox’s translation of the Bible, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill’s speeches, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. He also admires the different heroes from history, especially the French counter-revolutionaries of the Vendée.  He also enjoys listening to classical music, especially Beethoven. AuditVocemMeam wants to go to graduate school for philosophy and eventually become a professor to teach about Aristotle and Aquinas, among others.

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Aurora Mandeville was born in Louisiana, where most of her Mom’s family still lives, and currently resides in Colorado. Her Dad’s family are scattered around the USA, clustered mainly in the South. She is the eldest of eight children, born and raised in a Catholic, homeschooling, very, very pro-life family. Ever since she was little, she has hoped to one day be a stay-at-home mom of a large family. Aurora has a lot of interests and favorites, and loves to read and write. The majority of her favorite books and authors from childhood have had the biggest influences on her writing, so don’t be too surprised when you see a reference and/or similarity to Tolkien, Lewis, or Jane Austen. She is also working on several novels; it just takes time to finally get them done! To read more of her writings, please visit her blog Roses n’ Vines!

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Beaumains was born and raised in Ohio and is a recent graduate of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire. A Catholic convert pursuing an ongoing classical education, he has been blessed to study abroad and embark on several pilgrimages across Europe, visiting Italy, Poland, England, and Ireland. He has long had an interest in British history and literature, and some of his favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, John Henry Newman, Brian Jacques, etc. Also, he is a keen fan of the works of Patrick O’Brian, which he was introduced to through the recommendation of his father. Beaumains has worked as a gardener, a farm-hand, and a librarian, and recently obtained a teaching position at a school in Kentucky.

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Beregond is a teenaged homeschooling Byzantine Catholic, living with his family in Frankfort, Illinois. He has often tried his hand at writing, but never quite succeeded until the publishing of “The Fountain of Faith” by The Fellowship of the King. Other hobbies include extensive reading, strategy games, and yet more reading, as well as singing. Beregond has sung for his parish choir, as well as the Ecclesia Choir of Chicago. He also plays the piano, but will never admit to being good at it. He has been involved with a few local homeschool groups, doing such activities as drama, more music, and formal debate. Beregond has competed in the latter, winning ten out of twenty-four debates. An avid altar boy, he has seized every chance possible to serve our Lord in that way, serving at both Byzantine Liturgies and Roman Masses (including one in Spanish, though he can’t speak the language).

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Bethany Butterflygirl is autistic, an Orthodox Christian, and likes to write. She also enjoys knitting, reading books, playing Minecraft, and upkeeping her blog Not of This World. Some of her favorite works of literature include The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, anything by C.S. Lewis, and anything by Zenna Henderson, but she also reads Young Adult fiction, as well as a variety of non-fiction for fun. Bethany loves to serve others because she knows she is serving Christ, whether it is by knitting for charity or helping out at the food pantry at church. She also likes to do disability rights activist work on the Internet, and hopes to help create a world free from hate, injustice, and discrimination.

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Bradley J. Birzer regularly holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and is Professor of History at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He proudly serves on the boards of the Free Enterprise Institute and The Center for Cultural Renewal. He is also a “Fellow” and/or “Scholar” with the Foundation for Economic Education, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, The McConnell Center for Public Policy, the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, and the Center for Economic Personalism. He co-founded both The Imaginative Conservative website and Progarchy.com, and writes for Ignatius Insight, Catholic World Report, and CatholicVote. He is also the author of several books and scholarly articles, and blogs at Stormfields. Brad has lots of loves: human liberty and dignity; baking; cooking; playing Legos with his  kids; hiking and backpacking; good writing; Christian Humanism; Panera bagels; Apple products; and progressive rock and progressive jazz.

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Brenna Adaira finds herself most at home when she is surrounded by trees, and periodically goes out to the woods to unwind and recharge the metaphorical batteries. Her passions are history (particularly ancient and medieval Europe), archaeology, camping, poetry, photography, music, reading, and exploring the many facets of Druidism and nature spirituality. She loves to teach and debate philosophy and theology with others, when her biggest revelations often seem to come. If she’s not doing something with her hands, be it sculpting, drawing, typing, etc. she goes a bit stir crazy. Her mission is always to create; the bard in her just won’t shut up. The British Isles have always held a particular amount of fascination for her, and that’s reflected in the types of media she enjoys. When it comes to music, she enjoys European Folk/ Pagan, 70’s British Rock, Broadway Showtunes, and The Alternative Rock. The books she loves most deal with magick and the supernatural, and one of her fantasy authors is J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. One of his major passions is for the writings of C.S. Lewis. From the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as contraband Christian theology in his childhood to the clarity of his thinking in The Screwtape Letters or Mere Christianity, Brenton finds himself invited into Lewis’ Narnia, his world where the real is more than touch and taste and scent, where it is increasingly evident there is more than there is and there is meaning behind that is-ness. He blogs at A Pilgrim in Narnia, a project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis and the worlds he touched, like children’s literature, apologetics, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, and writing, as well as the work of his fellow Inklings J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams.

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Brittany Silverneko grew up in the Seattle area and knew since elementary/primary school that she wanted to be a writer. Fanfiction, I found, was an excellent way to hone my skills. For several years, she read other fanfictions before feeling comfortable enough to write and post online, before doing so herself in 2006 or 2007. After a couple disappointing miss and hits, she finally posted her first successful work, Black Order, which was a cross-over between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. From then on, she published fanfictions in the Harry Potter fandom, different anime fandoms (Black Cat, Godchild, and The Wallflower) and the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. Currently, she predominantly writes Hobbit fanfiction and has since moved from fanfiction.net to archiveofourown.org. From both combined, she’s written nearly 200 fanfiction stories, seven of which are in progress. She is also professionally published through Amazon Kindle and has two e-book short-stories for sale: “Erlkonig” and “Coffee.”

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Bryana Joy is a homeschool graduate, educated using Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education. She has lived in too many places and is homesick for the Far Country. She likes thunderstorms, the wonder of green things, fairytales, and noisy crowds of children, and writes about literature, the good life, and the World’s Great Lover on her blog Having Decided to Stay. It is because all of the bushes are afire that she writes. Because somehow we must figure out a way to live barefoot, awestruck, transfixed, before the light of Christ that plays in ten thousand places. She is on her way to marking down 50,000 ways that He loves. In those rare free moments, she enjoys creating calligraphy, illumination, and illustration celebrating literary masterpieces and what they mean for the great battle of our time. Her feet are set in a very great room indeed – a palace, in fact. On a dancing floor. They are unshod.

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Byrnwiga is a computer scientist and photographer from Canada who was formerly home-schooled. He specializes in 3-D modeling, programming, and web-design. He enjoys reading about nearly everything, especially history and science. He has a vast collection of books, legos, coins, stamps, and classical/folk CDs. He enjoys watching the TV shows Hogan’s Heroes, Combat!, and Have Gun-Will Travel, as well as the films Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and the epic documentary Civilization, hosted by Sir Kenneth Clark. His other hobbies include fencing, baking, and inventing contraptions. Byrnwiga has traveled extensively through North America and Europe, and, as a bagpiper, participated in the World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow, Scotland. Byrnwiga serves as Technical Advisor and Security Manager for the Fellowship.

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Clare Dakin is leading the TreeSisters, a UK based network and charity focusing on the interconnectedness of nature, especially the relationship between femininity and ecology. She lives between New England and England – currently Gloucester MA, where she has endured both arctic winters and glorious springs. She is an explorer, a poet, and a learner and teacher of body based listening, with a passion for nature, nurture and being astounded by life. She has been developing the ethos and principles, the team and organisational culture of her work, which she finds very fulfilling. She is committed to the creation of an evolving system that learns as it goes and continually models itself upon the flows and forms of living systems. Nature never does anything by halves, and she is convinced that we would live so differently, with more fullness and beauty, if we simply followed suit

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Clare Therese is a Catholic teenager and homeschool student from Alabama, with a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She enjoys multiple forms of creative writing, including poetry, short stories, novels, and articles. Clare-Therese is also the blessed daughter of the two best parents on earth and sister of the three awesomest siblings ever, who still love her despite her taxing habits of over-complicating things that should be simple, knocking over cups of ice water she leaves on the floor, choosing episodes of two of her favorite TV shows (the old cop show Adam-12 and old firefighter show Emergency!) for her family movie turns instead of actual movies, and waiting until the final days of graphic design to finish her submissions for The Fellowship of The King, which she co-founded with Mary Faustina and Rosaria Marie.

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Charles A. Coulombe was born in New York on November 8, 1960. At an early age, his parents took him to Hollywood, California, where they lived in an apartment building owned by famed television psychic, Criswell. Coulombe has lectured on a wide variety of historical, religious, and political topics on three continents, and did commentary for ABC News on the death of John Paul II and the election and installation of his successor. He is the author of numerous articles in many journals, and of nine books including Haunted Castles of the World and, most recently, The Pope’s Legion, on the 19th century volunteers for the Papal army, from Palgrave Macmillan. Puritan’s Empire represents the culmination of over 30 years research and thought on the real meaning of American history today. To obtain  more information on and resources from Mr. Coulombe, please visit Tumblar House Publishing

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Cygnet is currently a college student in Maryland. Though he plans on eventually studying public health, for the time being he is perfectly content exploring a variety of exciting and esoteric fields of study, from the history of the American War of Independence to cognitive neuroscience. In his free time, he enjoys visiting museums, archives, and travelling when possible in an attempt to gain an appreciation for other cultures and worlds. Though partial to the admittedly disparate– but nonetheless fascinating – scenes of espionage novels and Jane Austen works, he relishes reading on a range of subjects. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a guest writer for The Fellowship of the King, and thanks Rosaria Marie for her help in introducing him to the journal.

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David Russell Mosley holds a PhD in theology from the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on deification, also known as theosis, and the role it plays, and should play in human life, particularly human creativity. His research interests include patristic and medieval theology, sacramentology, liturgy, poetry, fantasy (literature), Christology, Trinitarian theology, deification, economics and theology, ecology and theology, and other areas of Christian theology. He is a husband to Lauren Mosley and father of twin boys. In his spare time, he likes to read fiction and poetry, as well as write fiction and poetry; work in the garden; smoke pipes; drink good ale and whiskey; write hand-written letters; and read to my children. He is also the author of the forthcoming books On the Edge of Elfland, a faërie romance, and Being Deified: Poetry and Fantasy on the Path to God. He also blogs at Letters from the Edge of Elfland.

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Donna Ferguson Dudley has loved to write various types of poetry, all her life. In fact, it is something that simply has to happen, as poems seem to spring forth, and demand to be put on paper. She has a book of over 150 poems, Where Magic Lives!: Poems of Fairies and Fancy, published on Kindle. She must have retained a bit of the magic of childhood, because fairies and all the fae creatures have always fascinated her! As a child, she hoped that someday, she would make a friend of one of the magical fae. Though never able to do so directly, she does love to capture a bit of Fairyland magic in poems, and loves to set it free again, to live in print. Living in beautiful E. Tennessee, on a lake, in the country, she is a wife, mother, grand-mother, and has recently been blessed with a new great grand-daughter, Ashlyn, who keeps her heart young, and joyful!

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Earl Chatham is a native and resident of Savannah, Georgia, and a 2012 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Economics from the Terry College of Business. He has been an outspoken supporter of keeping the United Kingdom together – keenly observing the events relating to the Scottish independence referendum and campaigning for a “No” vote. He writes extensively on UK affairs and British-American relations on his blog, Hands Across the Pond, and he is also currently writing a book about the referendum, which will chronicle the events leading up to it, as well as feature his own observations and experiences. A one-time member of the Boy Scouts, he attained the highest rank of Eagle Scout, and I also serve as a deacon at his church. Aside from the UK, he counts history, sports, current events, politics, economics, and ocean liners (especially RMS Titanic) among his other varied interests.

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Effie Deans lives in rural Aberdeenshire, Scotland in the United Kingdom, and works at the University of Aberdeen. She writes a fairly well known blog about Scottish politics, Lily of St. Leonards, but her main interests are in Philosophy, Theology and Russian Literature. She also writes fiction because prose can only really express the prosaic. She describes herself as a Christian existentialist and was most influenced by the Danish theologian/philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. In matters of theology, she is old-fashioned and orthodox and admires most for its simplicity “The Story of a Soul” by Thérèse of Lisieux. She has also been deeply inspired by the classic religious film The Song of Bernadette. She is married and her language of daily life is Russian. She uses this as an excuse when she makes mistakes in English.

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Eliza Loki is a Christian homeschool graduate and college student with a passion for the Supremacy of God, and a desire for His Name and fame in all the earth. She is obsessed with various things… ranging from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Marvel, and The Chronicles of Narnia to Chris Tomlin, David Platt, and Louie Giglio (interesting variety, I know).  She also enjoys writing about her interests and adventures on her blog, One Light in a Dark World. Eliza works with her former youth pastor, who quit his job in the church to focus on the

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Ellen Virginia is a Catholic homeschool graduate  from Missouri who works at an after-school care program, where she comforts crying little girls and disciplines unruly boys – all while trying to pretend she isn’t shy. She also volunteers at a local equine therapy stable, helping with classes and riding her own “adopted” horse, and competes in AKC agility and rally trials with Cookie, her devoted, quasi-human Australian Shepherd. She also enjoys reading (The Lord of the Rings holds pride of place on her shelf), spending time with family and friends, watching favorite movies (as an ardent Luke Skywalker fan, she’s constantly coaxing her reluctant brother to re-watch The Empire Strikes Back), roaming the beautiful woods near her home, and, of course, writing, whether it’s pounding out a piece for this magazine or scribbling in her journal. Her dream is to become a mother like her patron, St. Gianna, so she eagerly looks forward to sharing all her passions – above all, her faith – with her children someday.

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Emerald is a homeschool and two-year college graduate who posses a career diploma in computer graphic artistry and is employed as a part-time IT minion at a local Catholic parish. Additionally, she runs the website and Facebook page for the Latin Mass community at her parish. In her free time she reads, writes, collects model horses, square dances, builds web pages, and teaches herself to play the violin. She’s not all that up to date on the latest movies, so good luck trying to engage her in cinematic conversation (unless it’s LotR; she’ll talk your ears off on that), but she does enjoy the original Star Wars, Sherlock, and Doctor Who. She blogs about these and many other things on My Turn to Talk .

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Fierce Queen is a cradle Catholic who was homeschooled for kindergarten and first grade. She has spent the rest of primary and secondary years in the public school system, bringing the Catholic position to class discussions. She attended St. Bonaventure University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Once they viewed Prince Caspian, Fierce and her sisters made bows from tree branches and bungee cords, arrows from dowell rods and eraser caps, and quivers from paper towel tubes. They have since gotten into real archery, and Fierce goes shooting weekly with a PSE Scout recurve bow at 25lbs draw weight. In 2009, she was assigned to write a children’s story for school and thought a Narnia tale would work perfectly! Alas, after she wrote it, she gained several more ideas for stories to publish on Fanfiction.net, and still loves to snatch any plot bunny she can snare.

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Fox of the Oaks is a writer and artist living in Adelaide, Australia. With a degree in Arts (major in Art History) from Griffith University, he is currently working on his Honours dissertation, exploring the work of William Blake. He is also a student member of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts (RSASA). In his literary works, Fox of the Oaks commonly examines the theme of The Universal Human as exemplified by key historical and mythical figures found in all times and cultures, as represented through many diverse literary, artistic, and spiritual traditions. He brings his own thoughts about humanity and spirituality to the fore through inspirational, contemplative, surreal, or scholarly language. In his artwork, he uses a variety of mediums including oil paints, acryclics, and digital art. You can learn more about his creative artistry on his Home Page.

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Frodo Baggins is a Catholic fangirl currently going through high school. Her goal is to be a photographer, but she absolutely loves to write, especially poems and fanfiction. Besides writing and designing graphics for The Fellowship of the King, Frodo also writes for a co-op newspaper, sings in two choirs, works at a donut shop, volunteers at a Catholic radio station, helps plan numerous events within her homeschool support group, and is the editor-in-chief of her co-op’s yearbook. Her other hobbies include reading, thinking, cooking, video games, listening to music, and, of course, fangirling. She has many fandoms, including Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Frozen, and her favorite, Marvel. Frodo would like to thank her family for putting up with her :D, her friends for inspiring her, and God for loving her always.

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Gandalf is a twenty-something-year-old native of Yorkshire in the north of England and a graduate of the highly prestigious and richly historical Cambridge University. Largely through his fascination with the Middle Ages, he converted to Catholicism after growing up Protestant and lapsing into Atheism. He has traveled widely in Europe and had the opportunity to study abroad in France, and is a fluent French-speaker. Of a cerebral persuasion, he loves all kinds of books, including historical biographies, fantasy stories, and classic literature such as the works of Jane Austen and Flannery O’Connor. When not reading or daydreaming about the novel he will write one day, he enjoys singing and watching a disturbingly high number of US TV series (though rarely at the same time). He has recently completed a doctorate in the history of canon law and is moving into secondary school teaching.

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Germanicus grew up near Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He went on to become a Foreign Service Officer who traveled extensively on diplomatic missions during the tense and tumultuous Cold War era. Having been raised with antiques and introduced to shops, shows and auctions as a youth, his travels abroad heightened his fascination with the history and culture of Western Civilization. His love of the past continues into the present, and he is the proprietor of an antique arms business dealing in rare swords, firearms, and historical collectibles. Germanicus also lectures on subjects ranging from Benjamin West and the Venetian Empire to Christian art and American Revolutionary War engravings. He now resides with his lovely wife in Warren County, Virginia, where he works to preserve the environmental well-being of the beautiful Shenandoah Vally as the Chairman of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Gina Marinello-Sweeney has been writing ever since she was a little girl and turned her bedroom into a “library”, complete with due date slips and a check-out stamp. As her own stories were “checked out” by family and friends, she dreamed of a day in which her stories would be available in public libraries worldwide. Her dream of publication came true in 2013. Gina is also an avid poet in both the English and Spanish languages, and was asked to present some original Spanish poems at a 2009 international literature conference in Costa Rica. Graduating summa cum laude, Gina completed a degree in liberal studies, an elementary school teaching credential, and a minor in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys producing videos, going to the beach, reading, and traveling. Gina lives in southern California, where she is at work on the sequel to her novel I Thirst, as well as the first book in a fantasy series. You can learn more about Gina and her writings at her Author’s Website.

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GWB Cyber Defender is the creator and manager of GWB Computer Systems, a Pennsylvania-based company which offers full service repair and computer sales, with the motto “If we can’t fix it, you don’t pay”. His many areas of expertise include virus removal and prevention, hardware and software upgrades, upgrading and reinstalling operating systems, restoring speed, junk file cleaning, system crash recovery, and picture and document recover. He has also had a history of foiling hackers, and once saved an entire bank through his protective programs and tracking devices installed on their computer system. In addition to all this, he builds custom computers to fit specialized needs. To learn more about GWB Computer systems, please visit the Official Website.

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Hannah-Bird is a Catholic teen and homeschool high school student from Maryland. She loves Jesus, tea, and chocolate, among many other things! She spends most of her free time reading, writing, and searching for the many things she often misplaces. As the oldest of four children, she also spends a great deal of time in her capacity as big sister playing with her younger siblings and helping them to finish with their school work. Although she loves ballroom dancing, she happens to be rather klutzy, often tripping over her own feet. One day she would love to be able to travel the world and especially to visit Rome. Hannah-Bird hopes to one day be a professional writer, and in addition to writing for The Fellowship of The King, she also contributes her poetry and other literary works to another online magazine, Homeschooling Teen.

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The Hapsburg Restorationist is a cradle-Catholic homeschooler and the oldest of a family of eight children. He lives in New Jersey, but he feels that his true spiritual home would be a Castle on the Danube! Back in 2012 he started an apologetics website called Ask about the Church with the goal of providing short answers to questions about the Faith. About this same time, he also started writing The War for Christendom book series, and runs a blog also entitled The War for Christendom which supports the restoration of the Hapsburgs to the Holy Roman Throne. His other interests and hobbies include medieval history, science ciction, old book series (like the Hardy Boys), adventure/mystery movies, amateur filmaking, and of course, anything and everything J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote.

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Hikari Katana is a fantasy author-in-progress, assistant librarian, and crazy cat lady from Pennsylvania. During her life, she’s attended “The Boogins Institute of Higher Learning” (a.k.a. homeschooled by her dad), a private Catholic middle school, a public high school, a community college, and brief stints at a pair of 4-year colleges. Books and reading have always been her passion, and she’s been crafting stories since first grade. She is currently working on her first fantasy novel, Ravens and Roses, as well as attempting to keep up her bi-weekly writer’s blog, The Cat’s Cradle, and offering professional editorial services. In college, Katana was introduced to Japanese cartoons and comics (anime and manga), and since then has enjoyed dressing up and going to various geek conventions like Katsucon. She also enjoys drawing, music, and sword fighting.

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Hobbita is a former student at Christendom College in Virginia and a current student at Stanford University in California. She intends to major in classics and pursue a career in teaching or writing. She loves good music, good literature, good movies, good humor and good food. Her hobbies include creative writing, music, ballroom dance, swimming, hiking, and laughing with friends. Her greatest literary inspirations are Dickens, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dostoevsky, and Cicero. Her greatest interest is Latin, which is NOT dead, and in which she will gladly yell at you if you irritate her! She hopes to someday discover and decipher dead languages, along with traveling the world. She enjoys exploring ways to live out her Catholic Faith in every way possible, and tries to give glory to God in all her endeavors.

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Iain Inkster is a Scottish Brit and university graduate based in the historic Scottish capital of Edinburgh. He works as communications consultant for life science companies and takes a special interest in philosophy, philology, and polyglottary. He is also a political activist and has long been an advocate of a united Britain. In literature, he has a fondness for George Orwell, especially his lesser known works. He also enjoys the writings of William Golding, P.G. Wodehouse, and Mark Twain. He has a particular partiality to the legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien, whose linguistic explorations were instrumental in inspiring him to write a type of thesaurus which is currently being assembled. Having some graphic design talent, he has been recruited by this Fellowship to smarten up the themed issues.

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Irene Grace is a homeschooled student who lives in rural Pennsylvania. She is currently a junior in high school, but is looking forward to attending college for a degree in Secondary Education as an English teacher. She discovered her love of writing when she was nine years old and it is a passion that has continued to grow in her since. When she isn’t thinking up stories and snippets of poetry or working on last minute homework, she is reading classic books, frequenting thrift stores, miming, or hanging out with her friends. When she has time off she loves to travel and see what she can of the world, whether it be the states next door, or a country across the planet. She loves trains and green hills, but above all she loves Jesus Christ as her Lord.

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James Gill lives in East Tennessee and enjoys gardening, hiking, fishing, traditional mountain music sports and his hound dog Hank. He has two degrees in Religion and Biblical studies, and pastors a small house church built upon love of God, one another, and a simple life. Previously, he taught at a local Christian school, and learned many important lessons about life from his young students. His parents gave him the gift of a home where he was taught to love God and the gift of a home where he was taught to love books. Some of his favorite writers are: Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Dr. Samuel Johnson, J.R.R Tolkien and of course C.S Lewis. James believes a good book is a good friend, and God´s word has been a faithful friend to him throughout life as he lives out the story written for him by the greatest author of them all. He prays that his character is one found true and faithful at the end of all things.

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Jansina is an author, editor, and graphic designer who has published three novels and two short stories to date. She runs a nontraditional publishing company called Rivershore Books and is also the former working editor and current graphics editor of Ink and Fairydust. In her free time, she enjoys dancing (Irish and swing), reading (Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis, along with a variety of indie authors), and playing card games with family and friends (Dutch Blitz, Dominion, and Phase 10). Her favorite films are The Lord of the Rings Triology, Dan in Real Life, Anne of Green Gables, Sarah Plain and Tall, and Star Wars (original trilogy). Her goal is to honor God in her writing and encourage other authors to do the same with their own.

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J.D. Wilson is a British student at the University of Oxford, studying Philosophy and Theology. He has a wide range of interests, from science, especially astronomy and theoretical physics, to religion, politics, philosophy and languages (particularly Spanish). He considers himself to be a social conservative for whom the free market comes second to moral and social order, and loves questioning the hidden, unaccounted for assumptions that underpin beliefs and debates. He sings as a tenor in a chamber choir at his local church, plays piano and enjoys listening to a wide variety of music. He can normally be found drowning under the weight of yet another essay, procrastinating on Wikipedia or running back to find something he’s forgotten.

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Jef Murray was an internationally known Catholic fantasy artist, illustrator, and essayist. His paintings, sketches, and writings sprout sporadically from the leaves of Tolkien and Inklings publications (Amon Hen, Mallorn, Beyond Bree, Silver Leaves, Mythprints) and Catholic journals (The St. Austin Review, Gilbert Magazine, The Georgia Bulletin) worldwide. He attended many Middle-earth themed conferences and events across the world, and his work has often been displayed in dedicated exhibitions. His images most recently wended their way into The Magic Ring: Deluxe Illustrated Edition by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque and Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien by Hilary A. R. Tolkien. Beyond Tolkien, Jef also illustrated scenes and characters from other works of mythopoeic literature, including his own writings. He edited the Mystical Realms newsletter and published Seer: A Wizard’s Journey, a collection of his own short stories, poems, essays, and artwork. You can learn more about his legacy for imagination, artistry, and faith at Jef Murray Studios.

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Joel W. Hawbaker is a high school teacher, focusing mainly on U.S. and World History. In his Bible classes, he has taught books by C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters), Tim Keller (The Prodigal God), Jefferson Bethke (Jesus>Religion), and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Cost of Discipleship). Joel has a degree in history from Covenant College in Georgia, and as an undergraduate he spent one semester as a student at New College, Oxford University, studying both medieval history and the Crusades. It was while he was at Oxford that Joel first read the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and fell in love with Middle-earth. It is because of his wife that he also came to love the works of C.S. Lewis. In addition to his academic work, Joel enjoys coaching soccer and watching it with his wife and two daughters.

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John C. Wright graduated from both St. John’s College in Annapolis (home of the “Great Books” program) and the College of William and Mary’s Law School, after which he was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions. He later did a stint as a newspaperman for the St. Mary’s Today. Taking up authoring science fiction and fantasy novels, he became a Nebula Award finalist for his fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos (Tor, 2006). Publishers Weekly said he “may be this fledgling century’s most important new SF talent” when reviewing his debut novel, The Golden Age (Tor, 2003). At the age of 42, Mr. Wright converted from atheism to Catholicism. He presently lives in Virginia with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their four children. You can read more of his writings at John C. Wright’s Journal or at Strange Notions.

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John Heldon was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ and attended Rutgers University. After a long career in sales before founding his own business, he ‘retired’, to work and love twice as much as a writer. Ark is his first novel of The Ark Series, and Ark Books II and III will soon complete the trilogy, which you can learn more about at his Homepage. As an author and humorist, he also writes pithy articles for his generation of baby boomers. Being a true Gemini, his collected writings are a fountain for uplifting, useful, and humorous stories sure to inspire, and ease the aging process. On the other hand, his novels blend spirituality and the paranormal to produce smiles and moments of peace to his readers. His novel, Ark, is such a story about second chances and redemption. John lives in Marlboro, NJ, with his wife, better half, and inspirational character, Ginni, along with their hyperactive Maltese, Lily, who keeps them both young.

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Joseph Pearce is an accomplished tutor, teacher, and public speaker. Originally from London, England, Mr. Pearce converted to Catholicism after reading the works of G. K. Chesterton. Since then, he has written more than a dozen books including G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence (Ignatius, 1997), Literary Converts (Ignatius, 2000), Tolkien: Man and Myth (Ignatius, 2001), and The Quest for Shakespeare (Ignatius, 2008), all of which correspond to the Catholic intellectual tradition. He is the series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, the executive director of Catholic Courses, editor of the St. Austin Review, and a contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. Mr. Pearce has also hosted two thirteen-part television series on Shakespeare’s Catholicism and is a regular guest on other EWTN programs.

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Kateri Athanasius is Catholic homeschool graduate who enjoys writing of all sorts, from non-fiction to poetry and everything in-between. She also loves reading – especially writings from the first centuries on early Christianity. Some of her favorite books include The Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Akin, The Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman, and The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien. While movie watching isn’t something Kateri does a lot of, she does enjoy musicals, especially Mary Poppins and Phantom of the Opera.  Other hobbies include baking, speaking, painting, and being actively pro-life. She also runs an apologetics website called Heroic Catholic. Kateri is a published author and Catholic apologist, her faith is incredibly important to her. She keeps it first and foremost in all she does.  Now in her freshman year of college, Kateri hopes to continue writing and reading while growing closer to Christ.

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The King’s Man is of Scottish ancestry but has lived in England most of his life, growing up in Wiltshire and moving to Birmingham to attend university. He is studying geology, with the ambition of becoming a full-time academic and fulfilling a life-long interest in fossils. A staunch monarchist and unionist, his interest in politics stems from his all-consuming fascination with history, particularly early modern Britain, ancient Egypt, and imperial China. Apart from history and geology, he is also a devoted high culturist with a fondness for classical music, the opera and classicist art and architecture. The King’s Man is a keen reader, especially of high fantasy, and his favourite author is J.R.R. Tolkien. He is also partial to Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, HP Lovecraft and George RR Martin, Bram Stoker, and Emily Brontë. It is his firm belief that everyone should read the works of George Orwell as a matter of civic duty, as few authors are as able to convey the evils of totalitarianism.

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Kristina Cecelia is a young lady in Californian who is excited to be going to college for Mass Communications and Business. She loves the Arts and communications media, including drawing, photography, graphic design, writing books, playing her harp, dancing Ballet, Hiphop, Swing and Civil War Era Ballroom, horseback riding, and socializing…after all, who doesn’t? She takes immense delight in fantasy and as such some of my favorites books and movies are Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Wrinkle in Time, Entwined, Regina Doman’s Fairytales Retold, Merlin, Robin Hood, and Doctor Who. She is very passionate about creating positive media and inspiring youth through her work with Ink and Fairydust, Catholic Underground and One Love campus ministries at my college, and through Fire of the Spirit Catholic Media which she helped start.

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L. Greenleaf is a LotR crazy 16-year-old homeschooler from Missouri. She has read pretty much everything Tolkien wrote: LotR, The Hobbit, TheSilmarillion, Children of Húrin, Leaf by Niggle, Farmer Giles of Ham… the list goes ever on and on 🙂 Aside from reading every “good” book she can get her hands on, she likes sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidering, designing things on the computer, talking on the phone to her other LotR loving friends, writing stuff, emailing people, playing the piano, baking, going to co-op, cooking, acting, and singing for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and the music club at her co-op. Aside from LotR, she also enjoys the Anne of Green Gables series, Frozen, Star Wars, The Philosophy of Tolkien by Peter Kreeft, and The Maze Runner. She is a member of the illustration and graphics team for the Fellowship.

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LibDemBen is a 21-year-old Brit who was born and grew up in Derbyshire, in and English midlands, and is currently working for Derbyshire County Council. He studied English Language at the University of Manchester, and graduated in the summer of 2014.  He ran as the 2015 Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the Derbyshire Dales, earning the distinction of being the youngest Parliamentary Candidate in Derbyshire Dales’ history. He continues to blog about politics, religion, history, and other fascinating subjects at Views from the Centre-Left. Ben is a practicing Christian and attends Darley Dale Hillside Methodist Church. He is also a big fan of Derby County Football Club and regularly attends their home matches.

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Lydia Grace is a senior in high school who lives with her family in Ohio. Ever since kindergarten, she and her five siblings have been homeschooled. This fall, she will attend Ohio University and major in either education or physician’s assistance. She also plans to become a certified American Sign Language interpreter. During high school, Lydia has competed in several different oratory disciplines, including oration contests, mock trial, and moot court. For the past several years, she has represented her state in the Sons of the American Revolution oration contest and placed second in the 2014 nationals for her speech dealing with the relevancy of the Black Robe Regiment in modern America.

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The Maestro is a graduated homeschooler of Northern California, currently in his second year attending Thomas Aquinas College, in the Southern part of the same state. He aspires to master the fine art of music, of which he is an avid practitioner. He hopes to pursue a career in the sacred science of theology, and the study of theology’s handmaid, philosophy, both enlightened by the perennial wisdom of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Maestro considers himself a traditional Catholic, with an undying love for traditional liturgy, the writings of the Fathers and Doctors, the artistic traditions of Western culture, and all things good, true, and beautiful. He is an amateur poet, and a devoted writer on things divine and human, and maintains a blog entitled  A Foretaste of Wisdom, whereat he records his progress through the sacred sciences. He is normally a quiet melancholic type who loves silence and solitude, but he also enjoys the occasional exhibition of a hidden dramatic flair that will raise eyebrows around him.

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Mack Hall was raised on a dairy farm, did 18 months in-country Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman, took a BA in History from the University of San Diego, and, much later, took an MA in English from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. He later taught in a private school for two years and in a public school for 31. His wife is an elementary school principal and his daughter is a psychologist, which terrifies him – too many women reading his mind and telling him what he really means when he says something! In his declining/golden/euphemism-of-choice years, he serves as a part-time adjunct instructor of no status whatsoever at Angelina College in Texas, and crafts posts and poetry on his blog, Reactionary Drivel. He is a convert to Catholicism, with happy memories of the wonderful Methodist people and church in which he was raised.

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Mary Faustina is a Catholic homeschool graduate from the Deep South who primarily works/serves as a regular Mass cantor, and in her spare time devotes her creative energies to studying music and writing poetry, stories, and articles. Mary-Faustina is a forever fan of the cop show Adam-12 and the paramedic show Emergency!, as well as a recent inductee into the fan-club for the WWII-marines TV series Baa Baa Black Sheep. She is constantly searching for her misplaced passport to Middle-earth, yelling along to her favorite Aussie-accented band “For King & Country” and her favorite Californian-accented band “Switchfoot”, and tirelessly loving her role as the oldest of four siblings in a tight-knit family. She is one of the founders  and former editor of The Fellowship of The King.

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Matthew Hill-Spur was born in the traditional county of Lancashire in Northern England, but due to his father’s job trasfer, was partially raised in the midwestern USA before returning to Britain. He has always taken a keen interest in history, particularly involving the county of Lancashire, the rise and fall of the Jacobites, and the history of Anglo-American relations. As a fascinating side-note, his grandfather was born in a pub which is alleged to have been a notorious haunt for English Jacobites, and he has many other juicy tid-bits to share about his fascination geneological discoveries. Having obtained a degree in Modern World History from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Matthew still maintains close links with the city through his interest in the martial arts club he joined whilst at University.

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Mercia van der Vyver is a fantasy writer living in a small town in the Karoo region of South Africa. She loves history, travel (even if it is mostly of the armchair variety), learning about different cultures, nature, animals and reading. Her fascination with all things Celtic stared in childhood with a love of legends and folklore, and inspired her to write The Raven Mist Chronicles. Although raised a Fundamentalist Christian, she drifted towards Paganism in her 20’s. However, in her adulthood she started exploring various aspects of Celtic Spirituality, which eventually led her to embrace Celtic Christianity and the mystical sense of divine closeness that it brings.

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Meredith Joy is a homeschool high school student who lives with her family in Ohio. Most people would probably describe her as a shy, generally quiet person; they might also say that she is rather artistic, since she loves to draw, sketch, paint and make all sorts of crafts from the privacy of her ‘studio’ (really a table in the middle of her room piled with yarn, bits of paper, glue, and bins of supplies). Her other interests include cooking, star-gazing, writing, and of course, reading!  If asked what her favorite books are, she would say “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Mark of the Lion Trilogy, and “The Hunger Games Trilogy”. As a result, she spends a lot of time day-dreaming about Middle Earth, Ancient Rome, and future North America! One of her many aspirations in life is to design costumes for films dealing with these topics.

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O’Neil is a UK citizen with an unhealthy obsession with constitutional politics. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has lived and studied in the West Cumbria and London. He has work experience in the fields of both finance and education, and is presently an English teacher based in the Hungary. He also formerly served as media deputy for the British political forum “Open Unionism”. In his spare time, he enjoys running, and has already participated in two marathons and countless half-marathons. His goal is to break three hours thirty for his next marathon, and one hour thirty for the half. His other hobbies include football, travel, reading, keeping tropical fish, walking his dog, playing the guitar (very badly!), and trying to keep healthy and sane!

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Dr. Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and also at the King’s College (Empire State Building), in New York City. He is a regular contributor to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and is the author of over 55 books including: Back to Virtue; The God Who Loves You; Heaven, The Heart’s Deepest Longing; Everything You wanted to Know About Heaven; Your Questions – God’s Answers; How To Win The Culture War; and Jesus Shock. Dr. Kreeft is a convert to the Catholic Church from reformed Protestantism. He earned an A.B. degree from Calvin College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University, followed by post-doctoral work at Yale University. He has received several honors for achievements in the field of philosophy, including the Woodrow Wilson Award, Yale-Sterling Fellowship, Newman Alumni Scholarship, Danforth Asian Religions Fellowship, and a Weathersfield Homeland Foundation Fellowship. You can learn more about Dr. Peter Kreeft at his Homepage.

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Peter Plato considers himself to be a classically grounded Child of Socrates and the Ancient Greek Philosophers, who reads, ponders, mulls, imagines, and sometimes opines. He may often be found lost in thought, but is always seeking to know. He is dismayed by many things in these tumultuous latter days, but still finds solace in the eternal presence of the Timeless Word. Determined to be faithful, loving, and true, he is married to one and father to three. He is also a devoted tender of green, vibrant plants and inquisitive, bright-eyed cats. As a craftsman, he is a hewer of wood and stone, pixels and frames. As an artist, he has been recruited by this Fellowship to beautify backgrounds and select images for the tales to be told. He resides in the north plain where the river lazily runs and the earth bakes in the sun.

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Phoenix is a Catholic homeschool graduate who enjoys so many things that half the reason she writes is to be able to do all of them in some small way! She plays piano and a bit of harp and violin, cooks, gardens, practices needlework, and studies history, languages, and various other subjects of interest. She has also taught classes on art and music. Most of all she loves to read, and has a goal of reading 400 books in the next four years. A great admirer of Tolkien, Lewis, and Chesterton, she aspires to tell stories that mean as much as theirs do. Meanwhile, she loves writing for The Fellowship of the King, and is Managing Editor of Ink and Fairydust, a Christian magazine focusing on the arts. She couldn’t be more honored to participate in both of these wonderful publications, and hopes to continue working with and learning from them for years to come!

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Rachel Lianna was born in Maryland and moved to Texas at the age of fourteen. She was homeschooled from grade school through high school, and has now completed two years of higher education at Brigham Young University-Idaho. She has been writing fiction since she learned how to make letters form words, and discovered the joy of writing fantasy at the age of twelve. Her dream is to become a full time novelist, and she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in writing. To read more about her literary adventures and musings, visit her blog, Robin Hood West, where she posts her selected writings for constructive critique. Rachel Lianna also enjoys singing, playing the piano and tin whistle, volunteering for church and missionary work, and getting her younger sisters hooked on random TV shows.

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Rae-Rae is a college student from The United Kingdom. Her home is in Worcestershire, England, in the West Midlands where J.R.R. Tolkien resided and drew his inspiration for The Shire. She also has some Welsh blood from her Grandfather, who settled in this area. Most people who know her would describe her as a bit of an odd-ball, but she (for the most part!) takes pride in being different. She’s a huge animal lover (excluding spiders!) and her cats are her most loved companions. She taught herself to sing and yodel, and loves the sound of the electric guitar, which she might learn to play one day. She also dabbles in creative writing. By far, her biggest interest is naval history, particularly ‘Nelson’s navy’, and she hopes to become a naval historian and help re-establish the connection Britain once so proudly had with the sea.

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Raymond de Souza, KM is Brazilian by birth, Catholic by grace, and American by choice. He is the Special Missions Coordinator for Human Life International and regularly travels to countries in all continents to refute the culture of death and promote the Gospel of Life. He is also the President of the Sacred Heart Institute in the United States, EWTN program Host, Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Coordinator of the Blessed Karl von Habsburg Catholic Knights’ Network, and the founder and director of Saint Gabriel Communications, Australia’s first international outreach to promote Catholic apologetics. In addition, he has a syndicated weekly column on Catholic Apologetics in the national Catholic newspaper, The Wanderer. Raymond is greatly helped in his apostolate by his devoted wife, Theresa, with whome he has been blessed to have eight children. You can learn more about Raymond de Souza at his Homepage.

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Red Baron is a Christian homeschool graduate and college student in Pennsylvania who is studying to be a pharmacist. One of his favorite subjects is history, mostly involving military conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, and World War I. He has participated as a reenactor at various events, and enjoys attending antique arms shows where he can peruse historical firearms. Red Baron loves building things, whether its model airplanes, Stormtrooper armor, pickelhauben, or artwork! He also plays chess and some video games such as Star Wars Battlefront, Minecraft, and The Portal Series. He also is a devoted fan of the Star Wars franchise, in addition to Phineas and Ferb, Pinky and the Brain, How to Train Your Dragon, Get Smart, etc. He is also skilled at impersonating the colorful characters who appear in said productions and beyond (such as launching an impromptu Darth Vader/Richard Sharpe cross-over dialogue)!

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S. Dorman is a decades-long writer of the fantastic. She and her husband, R. Dorman, have been homemakers together for 47 years. They have two offspring and three honorary grandchildren. Her Slice of the Afterlife published in The Fellowship of the King was inspired, in part, by another work, also featuring the afterlife, a.k.a. The Hereafter. That novel is entitled Fantastic Travelogue. Mark Twain and CS Lewis meet up in the hereafter for discussion, adventures and transformations. She hopes her literary endeavors may yield revealing glimpses of the past, showing us the basis of our culture and its departure from its initial Christian foundation. While writing for The Fellowship of The King, she eagerly awaits the return of the King!

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Shannon Lise is a homeschool graduate who spent her childhood in the Middle East and currently studies physics and psychology in Texas. An author and award-winning poet on the side, she infuses her writing with her memories of the Black Sea, and recently published her debut novel, The Keeper of Nimrah. She enjoys ancient history and classic literature and spends her free time reading obscure mythology, concocting ethnic dishes, learning guitar, studying medievalism and Christian mysticism, and discussing existentialism or Distributist politics. When she isn’t camping, hiking, or backpacking across Spain, she is sipping Turkish tea whilst dabbling in acrylics and drawing scenes from Færie peopled with Elven maidens and warriors. Key influences include Charles Williams, Søren Kierkegaard, G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Stormy Nights is a rather eccentric high schooler with a wide range of interests. On an average day she can be found buried in a book, writing various stories and poems, or (by far the most likely) drowning in schoolwork —which inevitably leads to her daydreaming in a fantasy world while procrastinating. Books are her favorite companions, and she positively adores the library. Public speaking is her greatest enemy, she owns an unhealthy amount of half-used notebooks, and she is petrified by large cities. Her idea of a perfect evening involves curling up in a cozy recliner in a room full of bookshelves, a kitten and fuzzy blanket on her lap, The Lord of the Rings in her hand, a mug of hot chocolate by her elbow, and a thunderstorm raging outside her window.

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Stuart S. Laing was born and raised on the east coast of Scotland in the ancient Pictish Kingdom of Fife and grew up looking across the Firth of Forth towards the spires and turrets of the city of Edinburgh and the famous castle atop its volcanic eyrie. He has always been fascinated by the history of Auld Reekie and has spend most of his life studying Scottish history in all its aspects whenever he finds the time between family, work and the thousand and one other things that seek to distract him. Despite the vast panorama of Scotland’s history, he always find himself being drawn back to the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Those streets have provided the inspiration for his stories and characters, especially his his Robert Young of Newbiggin Mysteries. You can learn more about Stuart and his writings at his Author’s Website.

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Sunbow Pendragon discovered the tale of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table in her early teens and immediately fell under the spell of the legend. She spent many happy hours playing at knights and ladies in her backyard…until one of her siblings would inevitably bring her back to reality to finish with the household chores! As she entered her later teens, her fascination with fantasy literature continued to grow, especially new interpretations of Arthurian Mythology such as Marian Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. Later, after becoming a wife and mother, she was inspired by a vivid dream to write her own take on Camelot through the eyes of the elusive Black Knight, a story which grew into what is now The Black Knight of Avalon Chronicles. She is proud to be a Kindle author and hopes that her works are able to share my love for these stories with the world.

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Teresa Benedicta is a barefoot Cajun girl from Louisiana who hates shoes and loves running outside or walking the woods with no shoes on, feeling the dirt and grass between her toes. She also enjoys reading (her favorite book is “Till We Have Faces” by C. S. Lewis), cooking, gardening and horseback riding. In the words of her confirmation saint, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, she recognizes that “it is truth which prompts the searching human spirit into endless pursuit.” Her desire is to live the rest of her life in pursuit of Truth, and someday to have the privilege of sharing that truth with others as a teacher. She also dreams of one day living on a self-sustaining farm with a big family and lots of horses. For now, she is a student striving to obtain a classical education and grow in wisdom and virtue with the help of amazing teachers. She is thankful to have been introduced to the Fellowship, and hopes to become a better writer through it.

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Tim Mather is a retired electronics instructor in Nuclear research and the Dean of a small technology college. He holds an associate’s degree in electronics, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology, and an advanced degree in Hypnotherapy in which he ran a practice for some 20 years. Due to chronic illness, he stepped aside from his heavier work schedule and began to focus on creative writing for thereputic purposes. Discovering a hidden talent through this, he delved into poetic experimentation further, drawing much inspiration from Celtic culture and spirituality, Druidic and Christian alike. Raised a Catholic with 5 devout Catholic siblings and many Catholic friends, he now explores various spiritual traditions appreciating elements of Truth in all religions that seek the Divine. His loving wife Deb often serves as his poetic muse, and he feels blessed to have a partner who can bring out the best in him.

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Thomas Lark has spent nearly half his life in journalism. His essays have appeared in The New Oxford Review and The Catholic Voice. His travels have taken him throughout the German-speaking countries and the British Isles, and the influence of the latter’s literature upon him has been profound. An early osmosis of Tolkien, Lewis and Susan Cooper nurtured in him an innate ability for storytelling, sharpened by years as a multiple award-winning reporter and editor, including at The Belmont Banner, a weekly Charlotte-area newspaper, and at Gaston Lifestyles, a regional magazine. This promise flowered to fruition with The Chalice, his first novel. A Catholic catechist and an expert in British and German history, the author has spent decades studying Grail lore and its related Arthurian legendarium. He and wife Julie, a schoolteacher, reside near Charlotte with their two cats. The Larks attend the local Latin Mass exclusively.

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The Traveling Troubadour is originally from the “Silent Motion Picture Capital of the World”, Fort Lee, New Jersey. In the 1970’s-80’s, as part the Vaudeville duo “Jules n’ Wood”, he toured the country coast and coast and internationally, performing for live audiences, radio broadcasts, movie productions, and theater presentations. As an actor, director, humorist, vocalist, and studio recording artist, he had the privilege of performing for numerous well-known celebrity legends and world figures, including President Reagan, Princess Grace, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, George Burns, Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day, James Cagney, Gene Roddenberry and many others. Known as “The Entertainers’ Entertainer” and “The Ambassador of Goodwill”, he has enlightened the hearts and lifted the spirits of all walks of life with his God-given gift of personal entertainment. He is currently writing his memoirs and has recently produced “The Bless Tree Series” of religious music CDs found on his BandCamp Page. He also puts out posts and pictures from entertaining days on his Official Facebook Page.

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Wyndysascha is a native Briton of both English and Scottish ancestry who lives in London where he attended university for a bachelor’s degree in history, and is now studying for a second degree in law. He is also a recent convert to the Catholic Faith, and comes to “The Fellowship of The King” via previous correspondence with Rosaria Marie. ‘Sasch’ maintains an interest in British and American History, follows politics, and considers himself to be a middle-of-the-road center-right pragmatist with an attachment to ideas of individual liberty. He enjoys playing online games, especially strategy ones such as Minecraft. He has taken up blogging at Sasch’s Place about his new Catholic life and various interests, as well as posting a series of YouTube videos about Minecraft and goings-on in the ever-bustling capital of The United Kingdom.

 

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