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BarbaraHelene Smith

BarbaraHelene Smith discovered story telling after enrolling in a summer creative writing course. Fiction set her imagination free and she was hooked! Her short stories and poetry have been published in IdeaGems, The Storyteller, Adventures of the Average Woman, Howling Halloween Anthology and Crusin’ Style Magazine.

Bob Hesselberth: Business Operations

Bob Hesselberth is the retired founder and CEO of Spectracom Corporation, which is now part of Orolia. He describes his retirement profession as "paragraph artisan," to which he converted himself after a long career as electronic engineer and business manager.

David Woodruff: Science Fiction/Fantasy

What am I working on: Just finished writing my 78th short story for 2020. Finished the 1st draft of novel number three, YEA!. 91,127 words. 9,300 words into novel number four.

John Caligiuri: Alternate History and Science Fiction

On a dark, snowy road in western New York, Dante Carloman and Tina Phokas lives take a turn no one could anticipate. The world around them erupts into a hellish landscape from an attack by alien creatures. With only his wits as a weapon, Dante learns the purpose of their abduction and find a chink in the aliens’ all-encompassing control. But to use that tenuous chance, he must summon the courage to reenter the aliens’ compound. The results will either save them or doom the Earth to annihilation.

John Steele

John Steele: Struggling Wanna Be Author

I am a retired electrical engineer / inventor. After taking an adult education class on creative writing along with my wife, Sally, I tried writing a Young Adult story. With life in the way, it still needs much work and sits among the cobwebs in my computer’s cloud waiting for me to return.

Joseph Mele Jr

Joseph Mele, Jr.

Mountains—solid, cold, strong—funnel winds along forest green valleys and silver lakes. Rivers meander then rush to the sea. Willows and reeds and diving grebes crowd choice spots along the banks. Ospreys’ piercing calls claim the air above the Apennine trout shimmering in the clear water. The sun’s fiery finale fades to gray. Half-darkness stirs nesting owls, and wolves and Marsican brown bears dozing in their dens. These I see. These I love.

Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Through having to write a lot for my various jobs over the years, I discovered that I liked to write nonfiction. Since 2008, I've been writing blog posts, books, reports, and more. Finding time to write is always my major struggle due to work, family, and church responsibilities. But when I can, I write..

Kathy Shay

Kathryn Shay

A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won many awards for her work: five RT Book Reviews awards, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” One of her firefighter books hit #20 on the NEW YORK TIMES list. Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over ten million copies of her books in print and downloaded online. Reviewers have called her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”.

Kim Gore

Kimberly Gore

Kim’s diverse background includes stage plays such as a one-act for Conceptual Suitcases, a play comprised of stories written by high school undergraduates in 1986, and Something Blue, which she wrote and directed as a SUNY Brockport student in 1995. She also created commercials for Lakeville Jewelers and wrote and performed puppet theatre for local schools and libraries.

Rick Iekel

Rick Iekel, a storyteller from Rochester, New York holds a lifelong fascination with real stories about real people in real places. “Life is so interesting,” he muses, “why would I go to the effort of trying to create believable fiction?” During a 35-year career in aviation, writing was mostly limited to summer vacation time. Now he dabbles in historical fiction [House with a Heart] and is currently researching the 100 year history of the Greater Rochester International Airport. Raised on a farm in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, he now resides with his wife in Rochester, New York.

Rick Taubold: Publisher/Editor-in-chief

Fabula Argentea (FA for short) is Latin for “silver story” and the name is pronounced FAH-boo-la ar-GEN-tee-ah (where the “g” is hard as in “grape”).

Our editorial Staff is composed of Rick Taubold (Publisher/Editor-in-chief), Rosanne Taubold (Art Director and editorial assistant). FA is a paying market. Our goal is to bring its readers the best writing we can find. Period. We accept a wide variety of material: genre, literary, humor, the grit of life, happy endings, sad endings...

Sally Steele

I was working on my latest excuse to delay doing my housework one day when the doorbell rang. I was as surprised as I was pleased to see JK Rowling standing on my porch. I had written a glowing fan letter a few years ago and invited her to drop by for tea if ever she was in the neighborhood, never dreaming she'd take me up on my offer.

Sally Valentine

Sally Valentine

Family relationships are never easy.

I wake up to the sound of Ruthie Singing. Ruthie's my alarm clock these days, and I suppose there are worse ways to wake up. Today's song is "Jingle Bells," and it takes me a minute to process the fact that this is still September. I knew when Ruthie arrivied four years ago that my life would change; Ijust didn't know how much. It's one of those things they don't teach you in school.

Steve Yates

To borrow a phrase: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

It’s started. I’m in the process of editing my short stories for an anthology. I have a name for it, I’ve had it for years, and my best estimate for competition is sometime in 2017. As Al White used to say: “We’ll be watching.”

Sue Savard: Memoir Writing

I’ve worked and worked on the chapter about my husband’s indecision regarding attending college and added as much tension as I dare. I want to keep my writing as factual as possible but also make it interesting. According to a writing coach I’ve met, she claims that if I ever want to publish my work, I’d have to embellish it a lot and really ramp up the tension in order to keep the reader engaged. The question for me is, “What am I going to do with this? Do I really want to publish it or just make it available for family?”

Sue Spitulnik: Creative Grandma

Sue thrives on creativity in many different ways. She writes flash fiction, memoir and long fiction. It's exciting to her to watch the word count grow when she takes a self-made list of characters and brings them to life in a short story or novel. You can also find her taking a bunch of ingredients and turning them into a yummy dessert or picking a quilting pattern, looking for just the right fabrics then cutting that yardage into small pieces to sew back together to make a warm comfy quilt which she often gives away.


Carol Neufeglise

An RN who writes romance, mystery, and crime but reads all genres.

  Christine C. Thompson

Darlene Markham

Step aboard. Let go and reward yourself with unexpected beauty.

Damp curls tickled the nape of my neck. How could it be this hot and humid at 8:00AM?
The hospitality of the unhurried New Orleans morning differed from last night's dancing on Bourbon Street. Our travels had been care-free until now. Not today, this was different. We were leaving the flowered balconies of the French Quarter for the Atchafalaya Basin, a vast, Cajun Country river swamp at the southern end of the Mississippi River Valley.

  David A. Baker
Jean Verno

Jean Verno

After seeing the theatrical production of "Beauty and the Beast", the librarians' favorite musical, I started wondering how domestic life suited the happy couple. Sometimes, happy everafter hits an unexpected challange.

Dear Doctor Ruthie,
I am a happily married woman and my husband is wonderful ... and awful. Most of the time he is a Prince, really, ...

  Judy Burnes
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