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Cheryl Nicholas, Editor

Cheryl Nicholas Cheryl Nicholas is a registered nurse, freelance author and editor. She has a Bachelor's of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University and majored in psychiatric social work at the University of Washington. She lives in a town nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains in Western Washington. She writes nonfiction essays and stories depicting life's challenges as opportunities for growth.



Barbara Mikan, Assistant Editor

Barbara Mikan recently relocated to Rio Rancho, NM, a suburb of Albuquerque, to leave the dreary, humid lake effects of northeast Ohio. She holds a B.S. degree in Education, taught many years as a Special Education Teacher for the Mentally Retarded, then resigned from teaching when Multiple Sclerosis struck. She has spent the past sixteen years developing her talents as a professional writer of mainstream/literary fiction, has been published in small periodicals and agented twice. She is widowed, with one grown, married daughter (why she moved to NM) and another daughter who is 13. Her hobbies include pen and ink drawings, the theater, music, having studied classical piano many years, counted cross stitch, editing, and of course, writing.



Diane Leva, Copy Editor

Diane Leva is a scientist by training, but an artist and writer by heart, Diane Leva has a BS degree in Environmental Science. Hobbies include reading (LOTS of it), with a special interest in science fiction/fantasy, mystery, and nature. She also enjoys needlecrafting, weather-watching, and caring for her three Siamese cats. She's a self-taught artist, with over 20 years of experience in many media, and is an aspiring writer of both non-fiction and fiction.



Nicole Denae Stolpa, Designer

Nicole Denae Stolpa Nicole Stolpa is an applications developer at KPMG Acumen in Boston, Mass. She spends much of her free time creating web pages for herself and friends, including her own homepage, A Chaos of Deep Passion; Chicks on Wrestling; and NERO Atlanta. She enjoys writing, sewing medieval fantasy costumes, participating in live action medieval-fantasy recreation events, and spoiling her cat.





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