Lead Staff Introductions
D.M. Atkins, Publisher & Managing Editor
Atkins provides ForbiddenFiction with the management skills, business acumen and publishing knowledge from over thirty years in the publishing industry. Atkins has Bachelor degrees in both Professional Writing and Anthropology and a Masters in Anthropology. Atkins has worked in a variety of roles including journalist, graphic designer, editor, managing editor and publisher. Atkins has both fiction novels and non-fiction books in print, as well over a hundred articles in newspapers, magazines, journals and online. Atkins has an extensive and varied experience editing – as managing editor of both local newspapers and an international trade magazine; as publisher and editor of a science fiction and fantasy magazine; and academic research articles as the editor of both anthologies and journals in sexuality studies.
Rylan Hunter, Senior Story Editor
Hunter is ForbiddenFiction's expert at helping writers find the best in their stories. Rylan has been creating and writing stories since he was a child. A strange talent for spelling and punctuation took him on a new path and he began editing four years ago. After working with several talented writers who encouraged his efforts, Rylan began to write more seriously and currently has one book that he's co-authored at JoyBoy Island. He also has a variety of erotic and social awareness poetry that can be seen at APL and CroWolf sites. Rylan has several writing projects in progress.
Lon Sarver, Story Editor
Sarver brings to ForbiddenFiction both editing talent and experience working authors. He has worked with D.M. Atkins on a number of anthology projects and fictional works. He has degrees in psychology and counseling, which can be applied to both the analysis of fictional characters and the assistance of frenzied and frustrated authors working through seemingly endless revisions. Sarver is also fluent in the arcane dialects spoken by publishers, a resource needed by nearly any author.
Erika L Firanc, Production Editor
Firanc is ForbiddenFiction's book layout and ebook formatting specialist. She has a lifelong passion for document conversion and an obsession with ebooks and portable reading devices. She's extensively researched the legalities and logistics of publishing in the digital age, and loves opportunities to put that awareness into practice. Erika has over twenty-five years' professional experience in desktop publishing and has worked with digital archiving for more than ten years.
Siolnatine, Artist & Designer
Siolnatine brings a combination of artistic vision with internet savvy to cover design and webart for ForbiddenFiciton. Fine art and digitial design, folklore studies, art school and years in the tech industry may seem like a strange combination, but here they make for a versatile designer. Siolnatine has college degrees in Network Programming, Liberal Arts (Math & Engineering Focus) and Religious Studies.
Kel Draves, Story Editor & Data Management
Draves manages to multi-task, handling some of ForbiddenFiction's data management while also working with editorial. Draves began working with as an intern us right out of college, after completing a undergraduate degree in business, and has since become a regular staff member.
Tre Luna, Story Editor
Tre is both an author and an editor at ForbiddenFiction. He has taught writing workshops and classes for diverse populations of children, adolescents and adults; this includes people in substance abuse treatment and college-level students. Tre has an Bachelors degree in Women Studies, a Masters degree in Education, and a Masters degree in Social Work.