Dr. Sue Babcock spent years and years as an engineer, living like a troll in a dark hole under a rock in the broad expanse of the Rio Grande valley. For decades she'd peer out at the gaudy, dazzling world around her, then scurry back into her comfortable darkness where she researched, constructed, supervised and wrote (dry, technical) reports. One day a dragon visited her valley, and its fiery breath and incendiary heat shattered Sue's protective rock. She closed her eyes for a heartbeat before trying to climb on that dragon's back. Someday she will succeed.
She's a manager at Silver Blade, the publisher for Liquid Imagination and for Youth Imagination, and is on the Board of Directors of the Silver Pen Writers' Association. Mostly retired, she delights in writing short stories, especially stories of human failings, and when she remembers to submit, she even occasionally gets published.
Kellee Kranendonk, an Atlantic Canadian, has spent a life time writing. According to her late grandfather she was born with a pen in one hand and paper in the other. Only after she married, had kids and the youngest started school, however, did she start taking her writing seriously. Her first step was to take a course with ICL (Intsitute of Children's Literature). She already had the talent, she just needed to fine tune it. Her first publication after finishing the course was "Ravens in the Family" (a true experience piece), published with an Atlantic Canadian magazine, Rural Delivery.
Inspired by the things around her: family, nature and a love of fantasy and sci-fi, she continued to write and get published. Soon after that, she joined an online critique group and an online writers' group. When the critique group fizzled out, Kellee took matters into her own hands and started her own critique group which is still active today. This and many other critique groups can be found at Authors by Design.
The writers' group changed hands and eventually Kellee became the manager of The Children's Book Writers' Café. It was a way for her to help and encourage new writers, to share her experiences and knowledge with others, and to meet other struggling writers. The Café too soon went the way of the dinosaurs, so when Kellee found Silver Pen, she knew it was a way to carry on what she'd started at the Café.
Kellee is an avid reader with many interests: sci-fi, fantasy, sports humour, stories about angels, rock groups and young adult fiction. Though many of her published stories are children's, she's had adult publications as well. "The Test", a story blending hockey and fantasy, and the poem "Once Upon A Hockey Night" being her most recent. More about Kellee can be found at Kellee Kranendonk's Silver Pen site.