Meet our author: Carolyn Gage

Carolyn Gage and I live on a small island in Maine, in Southwest Harbor.

My favorite guilty pleasure is Playing hooky from work by going hiking.

I toured in a one-woman show about a lesbian Joan of Arc for twenty-two years, so I would have to say Joan is my favorite superhero, dead or alive .

Often my favorite book is the one I am currently reading… and right now that would be Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray.  It’s the biography of an amazing African American woman who identified as male in an era before transgendered identities were medically accepted. Against all odds, she persisted in a quest for racial justice and the truth about her identity. A friend of Eleanor Roosevelt’s and other movers and shakers in the early years of the civil rights movement, Pauli hitchhiked and rode the rails cross-country in 1937, passing as a male, with her white girlfriend. Mind. Blown.

Read More

Meet our author: Evelyn Deshane

I’m Evelyn Deshane and I live in a small university town in Ontario, Canada.

Truthfully, I don’t like to associate guilt with pleasure. So instead I’ll just say that I really enjoy trashy true crime books and trashy crime shows, like Law & Order: SVU. I also may have a questionable interest in alien-abduction stories.

My favorite superhero, dead or alive – this is quite tough because I adore comic books and frequently change my mind about what superhero universe I love the most, so my favourite heroes are too many to count. Deadpool is my favorite superhero film among the many from which to choose. I enjoy comedic depictions of superheroes far more than the brooding kind (sorry almost all DC franchise films), and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is the best for the gleefully boyish way he depicts him. I quote the film all the time with my partner, which is testament to how much the film impacted us both.

Read More

Meet our author: Nyri A. Bakkalian

My name is Nyri Bakkalian—that’s “Nyri”, rhyming with “fiery.” The greater Pittsburgh area has been my adopted home for nearly a decade.

My favorite guilty pleasure: Coffee snobbery. Turkish-ground Nicaraguan or Yirgachefe with a pinch of cardamom, please.

This might fall outside the usual realm of superheroes, but I’d say favorite superhero is Master Chief John-117, from the Halo series. Inasmuch as he’s often simply seen as a genetically engineered super-soldier who can simply plow his way through anything, the man is complex and carries a great deal of pain and loss. Notions like home and family are also something he seems to grapple with throughout the Halo series’ long story arc. I suppose because of my own life, I find this especially relatable. You’d better believe that I cried at Cortana’s “Welcome home, John” line at the end of Halo 4!

Read More

Meet Our Author: Teresa Theophano

I’m Teresa Theophano and I live in Brooklyn, New York.

My favorite guilty pleasure is Gourmet doughnuts! So many cities have shops specializing in these and I can’t get enough of them. I joke that doughnuts are my kryptonite.

Anyone standing up to fascism, past or present, is a superhero to me. We need them all. We always have.

I’m obsessed with the now-defunct TV show Parks and Recreation because it never fails to make me laugh, even when I’m feeling my worst. Plus Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope embodies a kind of enthusiastic nerdiness that reminds me pleasantly of my own.

Read More

Meet Our Author: Kay C. Sulli

Howdy! I’m Kay C. Sulli and I currently live in southern California. However, I’m a bit of a rolling stone. I grew up and spent most of my life in Colorado in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, then gallivanted in Wyoming for about three years, briefly worked for the Mouse in Florida, and spent some time in some pretty iconic places of northern California.

I’m not sure it’s so much of a guilty pleasure, but I honestly just love sitting by lakes and rivers. I consider myself more of an artistic naturalist than an adventurer (like many of my colleagues and friends), so while they’re off climbing a mountain, I’m drinking wine out of a Nalgene water bottle (because I’m classy like that) and just watching the water ripples over the stone, reflecting the ever common fool’s gold.

Read More