The Underground Team

Co-Founders


Amy R. Biddle

Co-Founder, Managing Editor

Amy is a co-founder and managing editor of Underground Book Reviews. Her debut novel, The Atheist’s Prayer, is a dark comedy about a fairy-worshiping suicide cult. She is most at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains or surrounded by the great blue sea.

Visit Amy R. Biddle‘s website.

Brian L. Braden

Co-Founder, Editor, Creative Director

Brian is a husband, dad and semi-retired pilot. He lives a quiet life in a place he calls The Redneck Shire, where nothing exciting ever happens and adventures are frowned upon. He spends his free time pecking at the keyboard, trying to finish an epic fantasy series.

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Columnists


Renee Miller - "Miller Time"

Columnist since 2015

Want to be a published author? It's a lot harder than it sounds! Renee Miller is here to prepare you for the ups and downs of the indie publishing industry with enough humor to keep you laughing through the hard times.

Renee Miller lives in Tweed, Ontario, a small town she vowed to run away from, only to realize there is no escaping. She’s been a waitress, a bartender, a gas station attendant, a social worker, a daycare provider, coffee-slinging drive-thru professional, an office administrator, and a freelance writer, but always had her heart set on writing fiction.

When she’s not burning dinner or waiting tables in a pizza joint, she dwells in a glamorous office/garage cuddled up with her laptop. She’s what folks like to call a “hybrid” author, having self-published three novels in the crime/suspense and romance genres, and recently signed with Crescent Moon Press to publish a series of paranormal novels featuring Greek gods.

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Bill Kieffer - "Shelfies"

Reviewer since 2017 & Columnist: "Shelfies"

I have a love of physical books that might be embarrassing to some. I'm a firm believer that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their bookshelves. Every month, I'll introduce you to someone in the world of Indy Book Publishing by revealing a picture of their bookshelf -- a "Shelfie," if you will.

I will be interviewing publishers for the most part, but, I also plan to surprise you now and then with some other interesting people behind the scenes. With any luck, you'll find things to add to your own shelf.

Blurring the Line between Gifted and Twisted Every Day, that’s my motto. I am a writer, mostly fantasy and science fiction. I am into anthropomorphics and transformation. When I imagine myself, I see a horse trying to plow a field without a farmer steering him. I get some of what I want accomplished, but not everything.

My book is very indy and very adult. THE GOAT: Building The Perfect Victim from Red Ferret Press.

Recent publications include half a dozen short stories in anthologies from Fur Nation and Thurston Howl Press.

My latest book, The Goat: Building the Perfect Victim, won the Coyotl Award for Best Novella of 2016. In the first half of 2018, COLD BLOOD: Fatal Fables, should be out from Australia’s Jaffa Press.

Visit Bill Kieffer's website.

Reviewers


Amanda McSweeney

Reviewer since 2017, Judge for upcoming 2019 NOY

Amanda McSweeney is an inactive librarian and freelance writer living in the Greater Boston area.

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Preferred genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Accepting review requests

Bill Kieffer

Reviewer since 2017 & Columnist: "Shelfies"

Blurring the Line between Gifted and Twisted Every Day, that’s my motto. I am a writer, mostly fantasy and science fiction. I am into anthropomorphics and transformation. When I imagine myself, I see a horse trying to plow a field without a farmer steering him. I get some of what I want accomplished, but not everything.

My book is very indy and very adult. THE GOAT: Building The Perfect Victim from Red Ferret Press.

Recent publications include half a dozen short stories in anthologies from Fur Nation and Thurston Howl Press.

My latest book, The Goat: Building the Perfect Victim, won the Coyotl Award for Best Novella of 2016. In the first half of 2018, COLD BLOOD: Fatal Fables, should be out from Australia’s Jaffa Press.

Visit Bill Kieffer‘s website.
Preferred genres: Fantasy, Horror, Speculative Fiction
Accepting review requests

Chantelle Atkins

Reviewer since 2016, Judge for upcoming 2019 NOY awards

Chantelle Atkins is a mother of four from Dorset, England. She is addicted to both music and books and is currently on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She has self-published four novels and has just released her first short story collection. She writes for both the YA and adult genres. When she’s not writing books, she’s busy running her writing business Chasing Driftwood, which delivers creative writing clubs and workshops to local children and adults. She also writes regular articles about writing for Author’s Publish magazine, as well as short pieces for a local parenting magazine.

 

Visit Chantelle Atkins‘s website.

Accepting review requests

Kate Ashley

Reviewer since 2016

Kate is a twenty-something blogger and all around fangirl. In her free time, she likes to read all kinds of books, sketch and paint, or write on her blog, All the Trinkets. She is passionate in supporting everyone who deserves supporting and she does not shy away from sharing the things she loves.

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Preferred genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Middle Grade, New Adult, Romance, Sci-fi, Young Adult
Accepting review requests

Lynne Hinkey

Reviewer since 2012

Lynne is marine scientist by training, a writer by passion, and a curmudgeon by nature. She uses her experiences from years living in the Caribbean to infuse her stories with tropical magic, from the siren call of the islands to the terror and hysteria caused by the mysterious chupacabra. You can find out more at www.lynnehinkey.com, on Facebook @MarinaMelee, or on Twitter @LMHinkey.

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Reading Preference:

As a reader and writer, I believe true magic happens when authors can find the ridiculous in the sublime and vice versa, and make us laugh about it. Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, and Tom Robbins---my favorite authors--excel at this.


Accepting review requests

Melody Delgado

2018 NOY Judge, Reviewer since 2017

Melody has been a published writer since 2000. Her work has appeared in national magazines and CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL. Her picture book, TEN ROARING DINOSAURS, was published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. DO YOU KNOW HOW I GOT MY NAME? is a picture book published by Little Debbie/Mckee Foods. Her inspirational, historical YA romance, ROYALLY ENTITLED, was published by Clean Reads in May, 2017, which is part of her Brides of Brevalia series. OOPS-A-DAISY, a humorous, inspirational novel for young readers was also published in 2017, along with a YA novella, WHEN YOU WISH UPON A FAIRY.

Visit Melody Delgado‘s website.
Reading Preference:

Middle-grade, YA, Sweet Romance, Historical. Like Richard Peck, John Green, K.L. Going, Melanie Dickerson.

Preferred genres: Historical, Middle Grade, Romance, YA
Accepting review requests

Nada Qamber

Reviewer since 2017

Nada is an Editorial Designer, a Writer, and a Lifestyle Blogger over at Nada Más Que Amor. She exhibits passion and creativity in anything she creates, and aims to produce her work with love and determination. She’s a free-spirit who adores books, fashion, and the beauty of life.

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Reading Preference:

I swoon for romance, from Historical Fiction to New Adult Contemporary.

Preferred genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, New Adult, Romance
Accepting review requests

Sandra Rutton

2018 Novel of the Year Judge, Reviewer since 2017

I had my first newspaper column at the age of 13. It was called The Beechgrove Informer, where I talked about what was happening at my elementary school, Muskoka Beechgrove Public School. I also created fake newspapers filled with stories for my class at school, and it was one of those stories, that involved a gun and a renegade student, that was the first official time I was criticized for getting my facts wrong. My love of writing prompted me to study journalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario.

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Accepting review requests

Tnae Wilcox

Reviewer since 2017

TNae Wilcox was raised in Michigan. One of her most memorable moments is lying on the floor, at the age of four, with her baby brother and a book. She spent her early years writing long-winded birthday cards that only her grandmother wanted to read. TNae now resides in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, and two children.

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Accepting review requests

Novel of The Year Judging Panel


Sandra Rutton

2018 Novel of the Year Judge, Reviewer since 2017

I had my first newspaper column at the age of 13. It was called The Beechgrove Informer, where I talked about what was happening at my elementary school, Muskoka Beechgrove Public School. I also created fake newspapers filled with stories for my class at school, and it was one of those stories, that involved a gun and a renegade student, that was the first official time I was criticized for getting my facts wrong. My love of writing prompted me to study journalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario.

Visit Sandra Rutton‘s website.



Katie French

2018 NOY judge, Co-Founder

Katie French is an Amazon best-selling author in Young Adult dystopian romance. She works as a high school English teacher, a job that she loves even when it exhausts her. In her free time she writes manically, reads great books, and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. She aspires to spend as much time in yoga pants as possible. You can join her mailing list at www.katiefrenchbooks.com and receive two free full-length novels. Contact her at katie@katiefrenchbooks.com.

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Melody Delgado

2018 NOY Judge, Reviewer since 2017

Melody has been a published writer since 2000. Her work has appeared in national magazines and CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL. Her picture book, TEN ROARING DINOSAURS, was published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. DO YOU KNOW HOW I GOT MY NAME? is a picture book published by Little Debbie/Mckee Foods. Her inspirational, historical YA romance, ROYALLY ENTITLED, was published by Clean Reads in May, 2017, which is part of her Brides of Brevalia series. OOPS-A-DAISY, a humorous, inspirational novel for young readers was also published in 2017, along with a YA novella, WHEN YOU WISH UPON A FAIRY.

Visit Melody Delgado‘s website.
Reading Preference:

Middle-grade, YA, Sweet Romance, Historical. Like Richard Peck, John Green, K.L. Going, Melanie Dickerson.


Preferred genres: Historical, Middle Grade, Romance, YA


Candi Sary

Judge for upcoming 2019 NOY award, Reviewer 2013 - 2017

Candi Sary is the author of Black Crow White Lie, a shortlist finalist in the William Faulkner William Wisdom Writing Competition and semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Sary lives in coastal Southern California with her husband and three dogs now that her kids are grown. She can often be found surfing and paddle boarding in the waters of Newport Beach.

Visit Candi Sary‘s website.



Chantelle Atkins

Reviewer since 2016, Judge for upcoming 2019 NOY awards

Chantelle Atkins is a mother of four from Dorset, England. She is addicted to both music and books and is currently on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She has self-published four novels and has just released her first short story collection. She writes for both the YA and adult genres. When she’s not writing books, she’s busy running her writing business Chasing Driftwood, which delivers creative writing clubs and workshops to local children and adults. She also writes regular articles about writing for Author’s Publish magazine, as well as short pieces for a local parenting magazine.

 

Visit Chantelle Atkins‘s website.



Amanda McSweeney

Reviewer since 2017, Judge for upcoming 2019 NOY

Amanda McSweeney is an inactive librarian and freelance writer living in the Greater Boston area.

Visit Amanda McSweeney‘s website.

Preferred genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult

Additional Contributors


Sammi Shupe


Sammi calls herself “the weird girl who love cats, but owns a pitbull mix named Grace.” She is a full-time art and film director for a natural products company in Rochester, NY and took this project on the side with great enthusiasm. Don’t hesitate to check out Sammi’s work if you need a graphic designer or cartoonist to help you with your next book cover.

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Stephen Sinclair

Web Developer Guru - training Amy since 2014

A WordPress developer and seasoned technology expert, Stephen codes efficient and secure websites that will grow with your business.

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Adam Galek

Graphic Designer since 2015

Adam Galek is our new designer. If you like our award logos, consider using his services!

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Future, Past & Guest Contributors


Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Reviewer 2014-2017, Columnist: "'Pryal Style"

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist, journalist, editor, and lawyer living in Chapel Hill, NC. She is the author of the Hollywood Lights Series from Velvet Morning Press: ENTANGLEMENT, LOVE AND ENTROPY, and CHASING CHAOS. She contributes regularly to national publications such as QUARTZ and the CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

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Jessica Bettencourt


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N. E. Lasater


Lasater was brought into the Underground fold after receiving a 5-star review on our old website. He is passionate about representing the dyslexic community in his writing.

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Majanka Verstraete


Majanka is twenty-five years old and she’s loved reading from the moment she finished her first book. She has a Master of Laws degree, and is studying for her Master of Criminology degree. She’s been blogging about books since 2010 is an official reviewer for ind’Tale Magazine.

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Nico Reznick

2017 Judge

Nico Reznick is a writer and spoken word performer of ambiguous immigrant extraction. Having spent her early life moving around various European countries as a ‘corporate army brat’, Nico now lives in Shakespeare country with her editor and two feline overlords.

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Nathan Schaaf

2017 Judge

Nathan Schaaf is finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska Omaha. In his spare time, he likes to partake in bad pop music and fine cheeses. He’ll never say no to a good bottle of wine. Nathan has been previously published in Huffington Post, Citizens for Decent Literature, The Eunoia Review, and The Feminist Wire.

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Lauren Faulkenberry

2016 Columnist: "The Indie Road"

Lauren is a novelist and book artist currently living in western NC. Her artist’s books are held in numerous collections in the US and worldwide. When she’s not working for the National Park Service, she’s teaching classes in letterpress printing, writing, and book arts. She began her writing career with a children’s book called WHAT DO ANIMALS DO ON THE WEEKEND? and has most recently published her first novel, BAYOU MY LOVE (Velvet Morning Press) as part of the Bayou series. Lauren is active on Twitter (@firebrandpress), Facebook, and her personal website.

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Corinna Underwood

2017 Judge

Corinna Underwood originates from England and now resides in Rome, Georgia. She is a published author with more than sixteen years of experience. Her features and short fiction have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide. She is also the author of two non-fiction books, a teen novel and a collection of paranormal mystery stories. When she’s not writing she enjoys movies, reading and being outdoors.

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Verushka Byrow

2017 Judge

Verushka is a word nerd and a geek at heart. She’s got a neverending list of books to read and she loves it!

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Kim Kash

2016 Reviewer

Kim Kash is an American expat, dividing her time between Maryland and the Middle East. Which can be weird. She is a freelance writer and editor, and the author of two Jamie August mystery novels: Ocean City Lowdown and Ocean City Cover-up. Kim was inspired to set a fictional series in Ocean City while she was researching and writing her best-selling travel guide Ocean City: A Guide to Maryland’s Seaside Resort, a part of the Tourist Town series of guides to the best American vacation spots.

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Anita Lock

Reviewer 2015-2017

Anita is a woman of many hats: a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a long-time educator with degrees in Music Education and Library Science.

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Jordan Rivet

2016 Novel of the Year Judge

Jordan Rivet is an American author living in Hong Kong. She writes post-apocalyptic adventures set at sea. Her novel, Seabound, was an Underground Top Pick in 2014.

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R. A. White

2016 Novel of the Year Judge & Occasional Reviewer

R. A. White is an occasional reviewer at Underground Book Reviews, a mom, a volunteer, and the author of The Kergulen Series. A determined optimist, she likes stories which reflect her belief that people can rise above their circumstances.

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John Biscello

2016 Novel of the Year Judge

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, John Biscello has lived in Taos, NM for the past thirteen years. He is the author of the novel Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. Broken Land was named Underground Book Reviews’ 2014 Novel of the Year.

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Judith Kelly Quaempts

2016 Novel of the Year Judge

Judith Kelly Quaempts published her first novel, A Place Called Winter, in 2014. Her poetry, short fiction, and poetry reviews appear online and in print. A Place Called Winter was selected as a 2014 Top Pick at Underground Book Reviews.

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Steve Wetherell

Reviewer 2015 & 2016, 2016 Columnist: "At the Molehills of Madness"

Steve Wetherell is a humour writer from Northamptonshire England. He writes indie fiction with Deviant Dolls and has written for Maxim, Cracked and CBS Radio’s Man Cave Daily. You can also catch him on the Authors and Dragons podcast.

 

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Jennifer Ellis

2017 Judge & 2014-2015 Reviewer

Jennifer is an environmental researcher by day, writer by night, and skier whenever she has a spare moment. She’s written two novels, A Pair of Docks (2013), and In the Shadows of the Mosquito Constellation (May 2014) with more on the way.

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Yvonne Lieblein

Reviewer 2012-2017

Yvonne Lieblein is a writer and creative producer who lives in the seaside village of Greenport, NY. Her debut novel with a songscape, The Wheelhouse Café, was published in December.

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Richard Jones

Reviewer from 2013 - 2015

Richard is a freelance writer and editor with (unfortunately) decades of experience. The author of the traditionally published how-to book for new dads, A Dude’s Guide to Babies: The New Dad’s Playbook, he also enjoys writing genre-blending SF, fantasy, horror and humor stories and books. He blogs daily for A Dude’s Guide to. . . Everything, and frequently at Charlotte Parent’s Stay-At-Home Dudes.

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Genevieve Shifke Ali

Reviewer in 2014 & 2015

Genevieve is the managing editor of the religion subject list for an independent academic press. she fills her spare time with books, both reading and binding them, along with yoga, good food, and naps.

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