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The Editors

New email address,
for editor-related things only (no submissions):

       Nikki Baird, Editor

       Lesley L. Smith, Editor

       Grayson Towler, Editor

       Candi Cooper-Towler,
              Associate Editor

       Minta Monroe,
              Associate Editor

       Chris Devlin, Copy Editor


Nikki Baird, Editor

Nikki Baird writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror, both long and short form. Her short horror story, "Devastation Mine" was published as part of the anthology Broken Links, Mended Lives, which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award. She has been a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Colorado Gold contest for the two years in the Speculative Fiction category, and is a regular contributor to Littleton Writers Critique Group, an open critique group in southwest Denver. She is currently trying to place her second fantasy novel with a publisher.

Lesley L. Smith, Editor

Lesley L. Smith has a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics and is the author or coauthor of many scientific articles. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Lesley is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Grayson Towler, Editor

Grayson Towler has a lifelong fascination with dragons, dinosaurs, magic, and the telling stories. His first book, a middle-grade fantasy titled The Dragon Waking, is due to be published in Spring 2016 by Albert Whitman & Company. The book was a finalist in the 2012 RMFW Gold contest.

Grayson has worked as a copy writer since 2004 for Sounds True, a publishing company for books and audio programs concerning meditation, spirituality, and self-help. He is also an illustrator, and he has been writing and drawing an urban fantasy webcomic, Thunderstruck, since 2004. He also created "Tales from the Vault"--a popular collaborative fiction website active from 1996-2001.

In addition to writing, Grayson has also been a web designer, substitute teacher, comic artist, and small business owner. He and his wife, Candi, live in a house owned by three relatively benevolent cats in Longmont, Colorado.

Candi Cooper-Towler, Associate Editor

Candi Cooper-Towler was raised in the desert of Southern Nevada and now lives in the high desert of Colorado. She has been writing haiku seriously for about five years and finds the short form a perfect fit for her minimalist style.She is accompanied by her novelist husband as well as a horse, three cats, and a dog. She is a spectacularly fast reader.

Minta Monroe, Associate Editor

Minta Monroe writes darker fantasy, particularly involving the occult or supernatural. She is the author of The Mound Dwellers and several collections of short stories. In addition to fantasy, she writes science fiction and mystery under other pen names. Please visit her publisher at dmkregpublishing.com for more information about her work.

Chris Devlin, Copy Editor

Chris Devlin is a writer, blogger and copy editor. She runs Devlin Author Services, a full-service writer support agency. She's the Contest Chair for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's Colorado Gold contest and has years of experience as a copy editor and critique group moderator. Her Young Adult speculative fiction novel, St. Vitus Academy Book One: The Lazarus Rock, finaled in the Pikes Peak Contest 2012.

Check out her author services at: http://www.devlinauthorservices.com/

Visit her pop-culture blog at: http://www.chrisdevlinwrites.com/blog/

Betsy Dornbusch, Emeritus Editor

Betsy Dornbusch lives with her family in Colorado. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online publications, including Spinetingler, Big Pulp, Sinister Tales, and Thuglit and the anthologies Deadly by the Dozen, Tasty Little Tales, UF Manifesto, and Neverland's Library. She wrote three books under a pseudonym with Whiskey Creek Press. The first book of her new urban fantasy series, Sentinel: Archive of Fire, was released by Whiskey Creek Press in 2011, under her own name. Her epic fantasy trilogy, Books of the Seven Eyes: Exile, Emissary, and Enemy launched in 2013. Besides writing speculative fiction, she enjoys snowboarding, going to punk rock concerts, and pretending to be a soccer mom. (Nobody's buying the soccer mom bit, though.) When reading for Electric Spec, she was on the lookout for dark twists of fate, character, and emotion.

Her online home is at http://betsydornbusch.com, better known as Sex Scenes at Starbucks.

David E. Hughes, Emeritus Editor

David E. Hughes has published numerous short stories in a variety of magazines. He's a co-founder and was co-editor of Electric Spec and a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. He's currently looking for a publisher for his third novel, an urban fantasy.

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