Collaborative Writing Challenge

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller

Wytch Born - Meet The Writers

Cayce Berryman - 22 - Corpus Christi, TX

Story Coordinator


Cayce Berryman lives in Corpus Christi, TX. Her writing career began with her first poem in 2005, which grew into dozens of poems and short stories that she eventually had published in her high school literary magazines. 

She serves as Managing Editor of the Del Mar College Foghorn newspaper and freelance editor for articles, fiction, and non-fiction works. She is a trained, certified member of American Writers and Artists Inc. (AWAI), and her offered services as a copywriter include travel articles and fundraising copy. She claims her freelance editing and her own fiction writing as her passions above all else. However, she knows and humbles herself with the knowledge that even skilled writers and editors can always learn more, so she is a current student, earning her degree in Creative Writing & English with a concentration in Fiction, while also earning her associates in Journalism at Del Mar College. 


She offers a variety of editing and proofreading services, both for fiction and non-fiction works, as well as copy editing for articles, which includes a focus on AP-style formatting and fact checking. She also owns and runs an interactive Facebook group, ‘An Author’s Tale,’ which serves as a building platform for budding writers and published authors, as well as a ‘writer’s gym’ where the creative and knowledgeable mind can expand and continue to learn. She believes that every writer’s voice is important, and every voice is worth hearing. 


Though she would love to write and seek new editing projects all day, Cayce believes in stepping away from the screen and into the world. When she isn’t working, she does whatever she can to be around her horses, or she’s setting up her camera for a day of photography. She loves the Lord, and enjoys the world He created whether above land or 60-feet below water. She can’t sing without causing an earthquake, but she loves to play guitar and sing anyway, as well as dance around the field with her niece (or her horses). She is excited to be a part of CWC and can’t wait to enjoy the experience and meet amazing writers.


Contact or connect with Cayce: 

Website/Blog: www.cayceberryman.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cayce-Berryman-Writer/1546794008925725 

An Author’s Tale: https://www.facebook.com/groups/anauthorstale 

Jason Pere - 31 - Norwich, Connecticut 

A Fresh new addition to the community with “Ark” and CWC’s resident Swashbuckler. Jason Pere is a native New Englander, currently residing in Connecticut with his wife and two rambunctious cats. He has had a long standing passion with the arts. 

As early as the age of six Jason knew that he wanted to do something creative with his life. He tried his hand at several mediums, picking up a strong interest in acting for film and theater at the age of thirteen and focusing on that craft for over a decade. Life directed Jason to drift away from film and theater over the years and pick up writing as a form of creative expression. He began with poetry and journaling. Every so often Jason would scribble down an odd short story or two. Finally in November of 2012 Jason self-published his first book, Modern Knighthood: Diary of a Warrior Poet, a collection of original poetry and philosophy.

After publication of that book Jason took some time away from novel writing to work in the world of collectible card games, board games and other forms of professional Dorkery. He continued to dabble in poetry and picked at competitive short story writing. Jason returned to full length novel writing in October of 2014 with the “Purgatory” series, a dark fantasy title. The first book in the series is set to be published in late 2015. 

Jason discovered CWC early on in 2015 and has been a passionate member since, diving into multiple collaborative fiction projects with other CWC authors. When not writing or enduring his “Real World Job” Jason enjoys, Netflix time with his family, breaking out obscure board games and dorking out with friends, firing up the his game console and surviving a Zombie Apocalypse or indulging in baked goods and sleep.

Jean Grabow - Los Angeles


Jean Grabow works in an advertising agency and goes from writing copy to writing fiction during the evenings and weekends. She is currently working on two projects, a Young Adult novel and an adult novel based on her work experiences. Jean is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and holds a Certificate in Fiction Writing from the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Jean enjoyed writing a chapter for Wytch Born, her first CWC project, and “Retribution,“ her first collaborative short story. She lives in the Los Angeles, where most things seem like fiction.

Evelyn K. Pentikis - California


Evelyn K. Pentikis is a writer, copyeditor, and mother of two boys. Evelyn has a Certificate in Fiction Writing from the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program and a Certificate in Copyediting from U.C. San Diego Extension. She is a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Previously, she practiced law. She is currently working on a Young Adult Fiction Novel. Wytch Born is her first collaborative novel with the CWC, and “Retribution” is her first collaborative short story. She also is a contributing writer to CWC’s The Map. In her spare time, Evelyn is an avid runner, swimmer, and reader.

Mike J Smith - 35 - London UK


A scientist who has spent his working life drafting reports and technical articles, staying within the strictures of the third person and being precise in the use of language. His reading is entirely science based revolving around journal articles and technical books. 


Any free time is spent taking photos and reading about photography. He has a number of articles published in photography magazines. As editor of a science journal he spends much time reviewing and copy editing the writing of others. He has not written fiction since high school and Ark was his first foray. He thoroughly enjoyed contributing and says 'it was a blast!'.

Kat Hutson - 25 - Grass Valley, California


Kat Hutson lives in Grass Valley, California with her husband and their two dogs. She is self-employed through her company KLH CreateWorks as a Fiction Author, Freelance Editor, and Copywriter. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for a Bachelors in Creative Writing Fiction, and her writing focuses in Literary Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi. She expects to announce the publication of her Fantasy novel Daughter of the Drackan in 2015, and is currently working on a new Dystopian Sci-Fi. 


Her editing career started in 2010, through which she offers editing and proof-reading services for fiction, business, and scholastic literature. She is a member of and received her copywriting training and certification from American Writers and Artists, Inc. (AWAI), and most recently worked with Biokare Health and Wellness, an Alternative Medicine client in Charleston, South Carolina. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and this May received a VIP Award from NAPW for outstanding leadership and ingenuity as a small business owner and entrepreneur.

Kaylee Kosakowski - 18 - Queens NY


Kaylee Kosakowski is a student studying Television, Film, and Communications. She has always found writing to be her favorite outlet and has worked to improve her skills as a storyteller. From scripts to poetry to short stories to novels, she has dabbled in all areas of writing. In her spare time, she collaborates with her friend to create a marvelous story that they hope will one day be published. 


Being one of the younger writers in the project, she fully embraces the opportunity to work with other great authors and people, trusting that every experience will guide her as she grows. Kaylee herself can stand proud having had two chapters selected for The Concierge, and another chapter selected for our second collaboration: Ambition. It’s hard to believe a writer has acquired such diverse skills so early on. This writer is certainly one to watch. She can be found on Twitter: @asiankayleeann.

Kevin Grover - 39 - Chatham, UK


Kevin has been writing stories since he was ten years old, favoring science fiction, fantasy and horror. In 2012 he managed publish his first piece by coming second in Writing Magazine’s annual ghost story competition, which was a real boost for him. Since then he has been writing numerous short stories that he publishes on ABCtales.com and is also deep in the depths of a devilish horror novel. 


Kevin’s primary role is as a police officer in London. He is often able to draw a lot of inspiration from his experiences at work. Juggling work and writing is often difficult and he finds himself writing well into the early hours. Writing has been something Kevin felt an overwhelming need to do, and his biggest influence has been Stephen King. 


Kevin describes himself as a major geek, who can be found watching old episodes of Doctor Who when not reading or writing. Participating in The Concierge has been a challenge for Kevin, as its not his preferred Genre of writing. Despite this he has had a lot of fun and finds it interesting seeing where the story will be taken by each new writer.

Chris Donovan - 22 - Pawtucket, RI


Christopher Donovan is an aspiring screenwriter, with a degree in Writing for Film and Television from the University of the Arts. Chris is currently working two jobs while simultaneously trying to overcome his massive procrastination problem to create more original works. While Chris is trained and capable of writing short stories, plays, and television scripts, he is most comfortable creating feature length film scripts.


Chris usually frequents the horror genre. While out of his element, Chris sees this opportunity as a way to practice writing outside of his comfort zone and broaden his thematic horizons. He dreams of bringing some of his horror to the big screen and also whishes to one day be able to write a SyFy original film. He can be found on Twitter: @The_Don_17 and on his Tumblr: @professionalhorror, which he uses to release weekly short horror stories and horror movie reviews

Charlotte Rose Lange - 21 - Madison, USA

Charlotte Rose Lange is a recent college grad who works with adult literacy in Wisconsin. Her favorite part about CWC is sorting through all the strings, tying them together, and adding her own bead. She writes best under pressure, so CWC is a perfect fit. 

You can read her work at http://www.writerscafe.org/clange. She is an avid chess player and debater, which shows through in her writing style.

Alex Benitez - 30 - Stanford USA


I'm 30 years old and have a beautiful 7 year old daughter. I work at a tex-mex restaurant that I enjoy, but it's mainly just for cash flow. I was born with a major heart defect that I couldn't really tell you about because I don't really pay attention to things that may set me back. 


I was born in Worcester Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts and lived in Webster Massachusetts for my entire young and adolescent life. I'm all about attacking anything I do with a hardcore intensity and my personality is a prime example of a Mass-hole. 


I now live in Sanford, Florida and have been here for 12 years. I've been internally creating stories my entire life but never wrote anything full length until I was 25. I think of myself more as a story teller than a writer. I like to think I'm good at choosing which medium would best fit the stories I create so I'm also capable of writing screen plays, scripts, comics; any way to tell my story. I love CWC because like a weapon, their projects keep my writing sharp so I don't dull out over time, while also getting this poor boy's name out there. Also, I don't meet many writers, so I like the community feel of it. 


My own personal projects include a five part science fiction series called 'Rose Star Runners', an upcoming psychological thriller/horror 'High Tower Black', and a comic submission I hope to be picked up by the world famous Heavy Metal Magazine. I have no shortage of ideas for new stories and have a long list of projects to follow what I'm doing now. My ultimate goal is to own an animation studio where we create Japanese-anime grade shows, right here in America with American artists (The Animerica Project).

Elaine Padgett Carnegie - 58 - Texas, USA

A native Texan filled with the love of the lore we cut our teeth on; I was born with a passion for writing, communication and challenge. Even as a young child I wrote poetry and I have always loved pouring what is inside of me onto a blank sheet of paper. My first job was at a small town Newspaper in Crosby, Texas at the age of 15. I write for a weekly paper now in the Texas Hill Country and other small publications. I became a paralegal in the early 90’s and I have been a Licensed Private Investigator for ten years. I now have my own company and I edit manuscripts for publication, build websites and do product script. (My company is EC Diversity at www.ecdiversity.com) 


I raised a large family working as a paralegal, and I dealt black jack at two casinos for a couple of years. I have settled in the picturesque Deep East Texas Piney Woods near a scenic private lake. I love it here and with my children grown I am attempting my first full length novel this year and I am very excited about it! I am also delighted to be a part of “The Concierge” team. It has been wonderful watching the characters grow and the plot untwist, and sharing it with the talented writers on this team. Kudos to Laura for her hard work and keeping us all together and in line!

Virginia Carraway Stark - 25 - BC, Canada 


Virginia is a Canadian author and screenwriter who lives in British Columbia, Canada. Her scripts have been made into movies (BlindEYE and Truth and Wine) and online podcasts (Candid Shots of the VPD). Virginia has written several dozen well-researched blog articles about cutting edge biochemistry and health topics for wellness websites and pubmed.com. In addition, she promotes the remarkable turnaround of the African country Rwanda with My Rwandaful Blog, where she educates readers about everything from mountain gorillas to murderous lakes. 

Currently, Virginia is editor in chief at StarkLight Press, a leading Canadian publishing house devoted to science and speculative fiction. She promoted her new novel, Dalton's Daughter, as well as her short story anthology Tales from Space, at VCON (Vancouver Science Fiction Convention) this year to great acclaim. In addition to introducing VCON audiences to her alien race the Gendlers, Virginia also picked up her Aurora Award Nominee Pin. 

Both aforementioned works center around the Galactic Armed Forces Science Fiction Universe, the immersive and open-ended worldscape loved by fans all over the world. Virginia Carraway Stark is co-creator of this universe, and co-editor of its online incarnation the GAF Mainframe. Virginia has also written stories for StarkLight Volumes 1, 2 and 3. These fascinating anthologies compile the winners of StarkLight Press' short story contests, which are open to first time, fresh authors from all over the world. 

In between writing projects, Virginia finds time to record excerpts from StarkLight Press' catalogue on YouTube and runs online writing and poetry workshops. She resides with her husband in the country, where they are surrounded by several dogs, waterfowl and a small herd of goats.  She is also an international representative of the National Paranormal Society of America. 

Websites: www.starklightpress.comwww.ihavememory.wordpress.comwww.myrwandafulblog.wordpress.comabout.me/virginia_carrawaywww.gafmainframe.com

Awards: Aurora Award/ Prix Aurora Nominee 2013, Winner StarkLight Press Short Story Contest, Notable Mention New Writer Cannes Film Festival 2006-7

Sharon Flood - 65 - Ottawa, Canada


Sharon was born in the St. Lawrence River Valley in the 1,000 Islands region, 65 years ago. She worked in retail for forty years, then retired in 2013. She has since taken up writing in a big way. She wrote a little in high school, where she had a poem of hers published in the school's yearbook at age 15. After high school, she went to work, got married, and generally lived her life while her talent lay dormant. She discovered a very good writer's site called protagonize.com in 2008. It's a collaborative writers' site that honed her skills. Through this site she met her first publisher, The Masquerade Crew for her first anthology story - http://www.amazon.com/Forevermore-Travel-Anthology-Sharon-Flood-ebook/dp/B00XSBH4UW. She was chosen as a Mob Boss here: http://www.masqueradecrew.com/p/the-masquerade-mob.html Where she does book reviews for The Masquerade Crew, and on Amazon.com. She is very proud to announce that she is involved with all six collaborative novel projects here – http://www.collaborativewritingchallenge.com. They operate out of New York city. She also has stories published in their Halloween, Christmas and Easter horror anthologies. She also has stories in a few horror anthologies with other publishers.

Eleftheria Chrysochoou - 30 - Athens, Greece


I started writing stories as a child and my growing love for writing eventually led me to pursue a degree in English & Literature. I have been a video game reviewer since the mid 2000's, a translator for nearly the same number of years, and recently became a qualified English language teacher. After a year of engineering studies in England and a few years of living in Sweden, I currently live in my home country and never take a single day for granted!

Rachael Steele - 39 - Australia


Having recently relocated to New York City, this new chapter of Rachael’s life also includes finally being able to let her creative juices flow and start her journey into writing. An Australian born adventurer, Rachael has also had the pleasure of living in England, Canada and Japan.  


An avid reader from a young age, Rachael studied Journalism in High school, has dabbled in some poetry and contributed to the travel section of the Qantas Crew Magazine at her former job. This writer is beginning her journey into Creative Writing by contributing to CWC ‘s firsts project: The Concierge, as well as the second project: Ambition, and is also eagerly awaiting her turn to submit a chapter for the third collaboration: Ark.


Rachael is currently taking a short course at “The Writing Institute” at Sarah Lawrence College and is excited to start further courses to help hone her skills in the creative writing field. After a childhood growing up in rural Australia, her worldly travels, and a passion for adventure and other cultures, Rachael has a stockpile of memories and experiences she is eager to share with the world.

Debbi Dieterich - 50 - East Northport NY


Debbi is a former transactional/corporate attorney turned freelance writer and artist. Her decision to leave the law came after she realized she was spending most of her time painting and writing. She then made the decision that the time had come to pursue her true passions. Her goal is to apply the vast experience and skills she has gained writing and researchingfor the legal field to other genres and is currently delving into the creative writing realm.


As this is her first experience in collaborative writing, she is so excited to have been chosen as one of the authors for this project. She loves the story and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an array of talented and experienced writers. Debbi is also participating in CWC’s next project and is eagerly looking forward to contributing to another fabulous story. Debbi also works on freelance projects in academic, business and resume writing and is currently working on a newsletter for a pet grooming business.


Robin A. Sams - BA, Canada


Robin is a writer living in British Columbia, Canada.  Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including  Island Writer magazine and Unrequited:  An Anthology of Love Poems About Inanimate Objects.  She can be found on Twitter, or you can read her occasional pieces on her blog at https://robinasams.wordpress.com/.  This is her first published collaborative project.

Trenton Mabey - Arizona


Trenton is a freelance writer, poet, and photographer living in Arizona. He is a self-proclaimed treehugger and draws a lot of inspiration from nature. He enjoys hiking and kayaking with his wife. This is his first collaborative project with CWC. He has a flash fiction story recently published in the Star82 Review and a story in the anthology An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Mocha Memoirs Press. Trent is working on an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. His writing is influenced by mythology, Asian philosophy, and a small dose of insanity. He is currently working on his first novel, a steampunk adventure.

L.S. Christopher


L.S. Christopher is the somewhat eccentric author of Tales from the Crossing at Barracuda Flats and numerous short stories that cross a multiplicity of genres, and she has never met a plot bunny that didn't morph into a rabid jackalope somewhere along the line. In between writing stories and maintaining her blog at gothkittygazette.net she enjoys cooking, crafting and tabletop games and has a disturbing fondness for B-movies and quirky YouTube videos. She currently lives in the Indianapolis area with her very nice wife and several not-so-nice cats, and frequently takes long walks after dinner to try to catch more Pokemon that aren't rats or pigeons.  Wytch Born is her first project with the CWC. 


Zan McGreevey - 27 - Dayton, Ohio

Zan is a linguist and writer living in Dayton, Ohio.  She is inspired primarily by her travels and studies, and plans to shop her first novel, set in Mongolia, later this year.  Her favorite subject to read and write about is familiar human drama set in the context of uncanny and supernatural events.  When not writing or studying, researching, outlining, editing, discussing, and thinking about writing, she enjoys a full eight hours' sleep when possible.  This is her first contribution to CWC.


Ruth Hernandez - New York


Ruth Hernandez is a Sound Editor for movies in NYC. She also teaches Feature Screenwriting and TV Writing at St. John's University in Queens and maintains a steady list of clients as a Script Doctor. She has published her short fiction and thanks to the confidence achieved by participating in the CWC project, she's diving into her first novel.