Deborah Batterman, Unmasked. And a Mother’s Day Giveaway!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.  Today’s masked writer,Deborah Batterman, just wows me with her picture.  It was taken here in Las Vegas, nonetheless!  Deborah is the author of SHOES HAIR NAILS, which I reviewed here.  As you can tell, I totally dug this short story collection. It was full of wit and heartbreak.  I know that you want to get … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers In Masks” Features Sophie Playle

  Okay, I may have cheated, sending in two photos. I deliberated for a while – which one should I send? They both said different things. But that’s the purpose of masks, isn’t it? We wear so many. They all show a different face.   Part of my heart is in Venice. I don’t know why. I’ve always been drawn … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers In Masks” Features Steven Gordon

Steven Gordon writes stories that take place anywhere but here. He loves world building and unusual settings, and thinks dialog is just the best thing ever. He is currently writing and producing a serial radioplay, Across the Sands, which can be found at . You can find him on twitter at . * To have your picture and … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Damien Walters Grintalis

During the week, Damien Walters Grintalis is a typical writer slouched in front of a laptop with a cup of coffee handy. Her favorite attire consists of yoga pants, a tank top, and flip flops, although the flip-flops often end up kicked off and discarded under her desk. On the weekends, however, she puts on a mask of waterproof mascara, … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Jamal W. Hankins

When I’m not working, spending time with my family, or gaming, I’m obsessing over the stories in my head. Writing is one of the few things that I can talk about/think about daily, without end. And those times that I’m not thinking of my stories I’m rooting someone else on to get theirs done. I was born and raised in … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Jay Faulkner

Jay Faulkner would like to tell you a couple things about himself.  The first is that the mask in the picture was made by his awesome, 3 year old son, Mackenzie and it is definitely, most assuredly, the best mask in the whole wide world.  If anyone wants to argue that fact please refer to the seventh paragraph and the … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Barbara G. Tarn

Grand Rapids, MI, Halloween 1998. My first Halloween ever (and the last as well, because I’m Italian! ;-)). The dress I bought in Amsterdam – a little too gothic for my tastes, but that was the closest to a medieval dress I could find at the time. The hair is a 6$ witch wig – I had just cut my … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Prue Batten

  I’ve always been attracted by the idea of painting a persona, be it via cosmetics in the morning, dressing for the day, creating a fantasy world and characters.  Or even a masquerade.  And this last year has been the year of the masque for me. My first novel, The Stumpwork Robe, was published by peer review site You … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Jameson T. Caine

Jameson T. Caine first dabbled in writing fiction in elementary school, when in the fourth grade he went beyond the 100 word limit in creative writing, crafting a tale of otherworldly goofiness that involved possessed books, ghostly voices and TV show theme music. The teacher, unaware of the consequences of her actions, encouraged him to keep at it. Ensuing years … Read More

“Be Mysterious: Writers in Masks” Features Shirley Meier

I’ve been writing professionally since the ’80’s and have just made the leap to writing online at and     Eclipse Court is about a young ‘Spark of the Sun’s Ray’ the Heir to the Imperatorship of Arko, struggling to learn how to be a good man and a good Imperator, when his dad, the ruler of the … Read More