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Lorehaven Crew Manifest

Get to know Lorehaven’s crew manifest, from staff creators to review team readers.

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Lorehaven publisher

E. Stephen Burnett explores fantastical stories for God’s glory as publisher of Lorehaven.com and its weekly Fantastical Truth podcast. He coauthored The Pop Culture Parent and creates other resources for fans and families, serving with his wife, Lacy, in their central Texas church. Stephen's first novel, a science-fiction adventure, launches in 2025 from Enclave Publishing.

Lorehaven Authorship

Staff writer Josiah DeGraaf is a literature nerd who loves epic fantasy stories with imaginative worlds and authentic characters. He loves crafting fantastical stories about characters who face the same dilemmas we do when we try to do the right thing. You can download his short story collection for free to read about Medieval superheroes who need to decide how far they’re willing to go to save lives.
Graphic designer Jenneth Dyck is a dyslexic writer and illustrator who creates professional book covers for indie authors and small press publishers. She also thinks way too deeply about superhero movies, quantum physics, angels, and the fourth dimension. She holds degrees in professional writing and digital media with an M.A. in graphic design.
Staff writer Marian Jacobs has created Lorehaven stories since the first print issue, exploring magic, sexuality, and story ethics. Her work has also featured at Desiring God and Stage and Story. She and her family live in southern California. Her first nonfiction book, a theological analysis and guide to discerning fictional magic, is set for summer 2025 release from B&H Publishing.
Chief engineer Zackary Russell is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie and proud member of Generation X-Wing. After conquering the Oregon Trail, he traveled to Hyrule and the Island of Myst. His heart for the nations led him into a ministry for international students, where he works as a videographer. He writes science fiction, and is the producer and co-host of the Fantastical Truth podcast. He lives in Texas with his wife and four children. His digital home base is zackaryrussell.com.
Onscreen writer A. D. Sheehan has made a career of corporate storytelling as an in-house and freelance copywriter. His works include the dystopian fantasy thriller Run the Mage and the epic fantasy A Legion of Gods, both currently seeking representation. He has written hundreds of nonfiction articles, reviews, and analyses for his own website, ADSheehan.com (and others such as StreetSideAuto.com). He has contributed to Finding God in Anime: A Devotional for Otakus.
Shannon Stewart is a homeschooling mom of three and high school English teacher with an MA in English literature. She reads widely and voraciously, but her favorites are still books by and about C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Her other interests include video games, Anglo-Saxons, and all forms of cheese. She blogs at The Word-Hoard, and all her (hitherto unpublished) fiction somehow ends up with the central theme of memory.
Daniel Whyte IV is a writer and former web designer and podcast producer. His essays on culture, story-telling, and faith have been published in RelevantFathom MagazineArc Digital, Tor.com, A Pilgrim in Narnia, and Mere Orthodoxy. He holds a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and is currently a Mass Communication grad student. More of his writing can be found on his website, his Substack, or on Twitter @dmarkwiv.

Lorehaven Review Team readers

Jessica is an introvert (INFJ) who loves books, music, movies, and chocolate. She reads many genres of fiction and nonfiction, but her favorites are fantasy, thrillers, Regency/historical romance, and romantic suspense. Jessica loves classic films, Marvel’s MCU (team Cap!), and the romantic comedies of the 1990s. She has a fascination with English history, and the culture of the 1940s—the fashion, the music, the history—and loves learning about the ancient history of Egypt and Israel. She is currently working on her first novel. Find her on Goodreads.
Elijah David lives and works in the Chattanooga area. He spends far too many nights reading when he should be sleeping and frequently finds his bookshelves have shrunk overnight. He is the author of Albion Academy, the first book in the Albion Quartet, and Paper and Thorns, the first novella in the Princes Never Prosper series. Though his only magical talent is putting pen to paper, Elijah believes magic lurks around every corner, if you only know how to look for it. He finds great stories as a Lorehaven Review Team reader. Meanwhile, he and his wife stay busy raising two small Hobbits and a calico cat.
L. G. McCary is an old-school Whovian and a lifelong Trekkie. She has a bachelor's in psychology which means she knows enough to mess with readers' heads but not enough to diagnose their problems. She is the wife of an Army chaplain and the homeschooling mom of four rambunctious kids. She writes supernatural and dark science fiction on topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, ghosts, sentient snowmen, and space hotels. Her first novel, That Pale Host, released October 2021. Her short story, "Rendering," appears in Havok's Rebirth anthology.
Shannon McDermott is an author of science fiction and has been occupied for years with constructing scenarios of the colonization of Mars. Her first Mars-centric novel will be released by Enclave Publishing in late 2024. Her earlier works include “Jack and I” (Once Upon a Future Time: Volume 2) and “The Fulcrum” (Hidden Histories: Third Flatiron Anthologies Spring/Summer 2019).
Guildmaster Ticia Messing oversees the Lorehaven Guild, an exclusive community for monthly quests into fantastical stories. As a prolific Lorehaven Review Team reader, she finds the best Christian-made fantastical fiction and shares this with her teenage daughter and giant twin teen boys. As a homeschooling mom graduate, her days are filled with shouting, “No Nerf guns in the house,” and “We do not joust inside!” with a side dash of “What did the dog eat now?” She dreams of reading her fantasy books in peace with a cuppa tea, and will gladly discuss with you the latest book she's found in the Guild.
Olana Prophete loves reading dystopian stories, biblical historical fiction, and fantasy books with good morals and interesting characters. You'll often find her at the local library, getting lost in stories that are exciting, action-packed, and teach valuable lessons based on Jesus’ teachings. When she’s not reading, she works as a marketer and graphic designer.
Olana Prophete loves reading dystopian stories, biblical historical fiction, and fantasy books with good morals and interesting characters. You'll often find her at the local library, getting lost in stories that are exciting, action-packed, and teach valuable lessons based on Jesus’ teachings. When she’s not reading, she works as a marketer and graphic designer.
Heidi Worley is a book dragon, graphic designer, aspiring writer, and artist from Tennessee who loves Jesus, her fiancé Mark, her family, and her Boston terrier, Gypsy. In her free time she enjoys writing, painting, drinking a cup of tea, and listening to music. Her favorite authors are C. S. Lewis, Jenny Cote, and J. R. R. Tolkien.
Heidi Worley is a book dragon, graphic designer, aspiring writer, and artist from Tennessee who loves Jesus, her fiancé Mark, her family, and her Boston terrier, Gypsy. In her free time she enjoys writing, painting, drinking a cup of tea, and listening to music. Her favorite authors are C. S. Lewis, Jenny Cote, and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Lorehaven guest authors

R. J. Anderson is a preacher’s daughter, women’s Bible teacher, and the author of ten traditionally published fantasy novels for children and teens. Her fantasy novel Torch, book 3 of The Flight and Flame Trilogy series (Enclave Escape, February 2021).
Allen Brokken has been working in information technology for twenty-five years and has consulted with major corporations globally on future state technology strategies. He and his wife are veteran homeschoolers of their three children. Together they operate Towers of Light Christian resources that produced the middle-grade novel Still Small Voice which focuses on helping children see the importance of listening to their conscience in decisions big and small.
H. L. Burke is the author of multiple fantasy novels including the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project Series, the Realm Award winning Ultimate Nyssa Glass, the Spellsmith & Carver Steampunk series, and Spice Bringer. She currently resides in Oregon with her retired Marine husband, two supervillains in training who are her daughters, and a rather spoiled cat. She is an admirer of the whimsical, a follower of the Light, and a believer in happily ever after.
As content manager for attractions at Answers in Genesis, Tim Chaffey oversees research and writing of content used to develop and explain the many exhibits at both the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. Chaffey joined Answers in Genesis in 2010 after serving many years as both a pastor and a science and Bible teacher.
Anthony G. Cirilla is an assistant professor of English at College of the Ozarks, where he teaches about British literature, J. R. R. Tolkien and fiction writing. He lives with his beloved wife Camarie in Branson, Missouri.
Parker J. Cole is an author, speaker, and radio show host with a fanatical obsession with the Lord, Star Trek, K-dramas, anime, romance books, old movies, speculative fiction, and knitting. An off-and-on Mountain Dew and marshmallows addict, she writes to fill the void the sugar left behind. To follow her on social media, visit her website at ParkerJCole.com.
Mike Duran is a novelist, artist, and freelance writer. Mike writes fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of The Ghost Box (Blue Crescent Press, 2014), which was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best indie novels of 2015 and first in a paranoir series that continues with Saint Death (2016), and The Third Golem (2020). He's the author of Christians and Conspiracy Theories (2023) and Christian Horror (2015) His short stories, essays, and commentary have appeared in Relief Journal, Cemetery Gates Media, The Gospel Coalition, Relevant Online, Bewildering Stories, Rue Morgue, Zombies magazine, Breakpoint, and other print and digital outlets. Mike is interested in religion, science, conspiracism, media, books and monsters. You can learn more about Mike Duran, his writing projects, cultural commentary, philosophical musings, and arcane interests, at MikeDuran.com.
Paeter Frandsen created Christian Geek Central and Spirit Blade Productions. He produces entertainment and resources, and volunteers at his Arizona church.
W. A. Fulkerson is the author of ten books, including Writing With Purpose: A Step-By-Step Guide to Producing Your Best Book. He works in film as a screenwriter, having written the award-winning documentary Save My Seoul with Jubilee Media. He teaches regularly at San Diego Writers, Ink in Point Loma, Cal. Fulkerson is a voracious reader across genres, but particularly favors J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov, Michael Crichton, T. H. White, Pablo Neruda, and John Donne. In his free time, he enjoys coaching wrestling, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and studying languages. He lives in San Diego with his wife and son.
By day, Austin Gunderson is a media production professional; by night a reader and writer of fantasy, and is the former Lorehaven review chief. He resides in Utah with the wife of his youth and two children.
Former stealth pilot James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up by surface to air missiles, has hunted insurgents with drones, and was once chased by an armed terrorist down a winding German road. James is the Carol Award–winning author of the Clandestine Service series and a three-time winner of the Silver Falchion Award for Juvenile Fiction for his Section 13 series. He also stewards the discipleship learning adventure game Lightraiders (previously called DragonRaid). His newest novel, Bear Knight, released Feb. 14, 2023 as book 2 in the Lightraider Academy series.
Emily Hayse is a lover of log cabins, strong coffee, NASCAR, and the smell of old books. Her writing is fueled by good characters and a lifelong passion for storytelling. When she is not busy turning words into worlds, she can often be found baking, singing, or caring for one of the many dogs and horses in her life. She lives with her family in Michigan.
Computer programmer Josh Hugo lives in Texas with his homeschooling wife, three homeschooled children, and two rabbits who do not go to school. He loves to read science fiction, but spends more time playing video games, which he insists can be just as good as books. His personal blog can be found at JoshHugo.com.
Jason C. Joyner is a physician assistant, a writer, a Jesus-lover, and a Star Wars geek. He’s traveled from the jungles of Thailand to the cities of Australia and the Bavarian Alps of Germany. He lives in Idaho with his lovely wife, three boys, and daughter managing the chaos of sports and superheroes in his own home. His young-adult superhero series Rise of the Anointed starts with Launch and continues in Fractures, both available now.
Jason William Karpf grew up with storytelling. The son of a screenwriter, he was a child actor, guest starring on classic TV shows such as The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and Bonanza. A history and trivia aficionado, Jason is a four-time Jeopardy champion. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, Anni. They attend Life Assembly Church in Maple Grove, MN, where Jason plays bass and guitar in the worship team and Anni is part of the Care Ministry. Jason is author of the Christian sci-fi novel Brimstone 1.
L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of the YA fantasy series The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment. Its third book was nominated for the YA Dragon Award in 2017. The fourth book won the first YA Ribbit Award, and the fifth book won the 2021 Helicon Award for Best Fantasy. She is also the author of the Prospero’s Daughter series: Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, andProspero Regained, as well as numerous articles and short stories. She also has an anthology of her own works, In the Lamplight, as well as edits and teaches writing.
Rebecca P. Minor can't help but tell stories, whether that's in the form of animation, illustration, novels, or really long retellings of weird things that happened when she was a carriage driver. Her favorite stories, however, involve dragons, elves, sword fights, and magic, all of which you'll find in her two fantasy series, The Windrider Saga and The Risen Age Archive. Rebecca is also the cofounder of Realm Makers, an annual symposium for people of faith who write science fiction and fantasy. Rebecca resides outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and three sons, who have all happily bought into the geek pool alongside her.
Kerry Nietz writes award-winning science fiction novels, including The DarkTrench Saga series and Amish Vampires in Space. He and his family live in Ohio.
In the wake of her thrilling past as a theatre student, restaurant hostess, nurse aide, and newspaper writer, Carrie Anne Noble now crafts enchanting fiction for teens and adults. Her debut novel The Mermaid’s Sister won the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult Fiction and the 2016 Realm Award for Book of the Year. Her other books include YA fantasies entitled The Gold-Son and Gretchen and the Bear. Carrie lives in the Pennsylvania mountains, where she enjoys taking walks, frolicking with her half-Corgi, and hosting the occasional mad tea party. Find out more at CarrieNoble.com.
Travis Perry is a hard-core Bible user, history, science, and foreign language geek, hard science fiction and epic fantasy fan, publishes multiple genres of speculative fiction at Bear Publications, is an Army Reserve officer with five combat zone deployments. He also once cosplayed as dark matter.
Cap Stewart has developed his love of stories through drama, radio, freelance writing and editing, videography, independent filmmaking, and collecting and reviewing film scores. He has written for several print and online publications. Cap instructs online audiences on the Christian’s forgotten duty when confronting a pornified culture. He has also been blogging at Happier Far since 2006.
Amy Timco is a Christian, wife, and homeschool mom with an abiding love of literature. You can connect with her at LibraryThing.
Jeff Wright pastors a church in the Southern Baptist Convention and cohosts the Pop Culture Coram Deo podcast with Dr. Jared Moore. He and his family live in Tennessee.
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