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David Pena

David Pena

  • LGBTQ+ culture and experiences, specifically Transgender Bisexual/Gay Men
  • Transmasculine experiences in Spain and the Netherlands
  • Spanish (Spain) culture
  • Only Girls education from 5y.o. until 18y.o.
  • Psychology - anxiety, depression, minority stress, eating disorders
  • Minor Spanish translations/slang use
  • Raised Catholic

Ariane Resnick

Ariane Resnick

  • Jewish
  • LGBTQ+
  • Partners with trans men
  • POC, white passing POC
  • Abusive relationship history
  • Chronic illness history, working with chronically ill people
  • Birth trauma
  • Body positivity
  • Interracial relationships
  • Sexual and physical assault
  • Cookbooks, nutrition

Undrea

Undrea

  • Cis Black/African-American women, young adults & girls
  • African Americans functioning in predominantly white spaces
  • Urban/suburban black culture
  • Women's representation
  • Mental illness with a focus on depression/anxiety
  • Interracial relationships
  • Graphic novels and comics
  • Video games

Helen Gould

Helen Gould

  • TTRPGs
  • Black and mixed-race people
  • Race relations within the UK
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Mental health, trauma, depression

Fatin Marini

Fatin Marini

  • Palestinian culture
  • Arab rep
  • Islam
  • Muslim characters
  • Motherhood
  • Expat life
  • Arab diaspora

Erin Olds

Erin Olds

  • Teaching middle and high school
  • French language and culture
  • Traveling, specifically to and around Europe
  • Women's representation

Dae

Dae

  • Mixed Latinx culture (Mexican-American, Chilean)
  • Mixed race experiences
  • Regional familiarity for the rural midwest
  • LGBTQ+ culture, especially nonbinary experiences and asexuality
  • Disability, specifically mobility impairments, and diagnosis process
  • Spoonie culture and cripple punk culture

Sachiko Burton

Sachiko Burton

  • Japanese-American characters, history, and issues, including hafu/quafu life
  • White-presenting mixed-race; minority culture
  • Large family life, homeschooling
  • Traumatic childbirth, child loss, and grief
  • Christianity, Puritanism, and religious sensitivity; post-Mormon concerns
  • Trauma, sexual abuse/assault, PTSD, self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Recovery life and therapy
  • Military life (specifically USAF)
  • Body positivity, fatphobia, and fat activism
  • Eating disorders
  • Special needs children, specifically: failure-to-thrive, genetic issues, and early intervention
  • Abusive relationships
  • Mental inpatient care

Tova Seltzer

Tova Seltzer

  • Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism
  • Asexuality/the ace spectrum
  • Child of a same-sex couple and of separated/remarried same-sex parents
  • Conception via sperm donation
  • Phobias
  • Aromanticism
  • Tabletop gaming
  • Spanish language (working fluency, translation)

Alexis Simms

Alexis Simms

  • New Orleans
  • Black women
  • Mental health
  • Familial abuse

Nicole Hawken

Nicole Hawken

  • Childbirth: traumatic, home, natural, PPD & PPA
  • Mental health, including anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, bipolar, narcissism, and sociopaths
  • Sexual assault
  • Emotional/mental abuse by a parent, child of a mentally ill parent, therapy
  • Institutionalization (mental hospital)
  • Religions: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Baptist
  • Parenting anxious and depressed children
  • Single parenting
  • Foster care and CPS intervention
  • Blended families
  • Family court
  • Locations: Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, Colorado

Rachel Hansen

Rachel Hansen

  • Mental illness (specifically OCD, anxiety, and depression)
  • Archaeology, including historic and ancient civilizations
  • Singing, acting, and theater

Manuela Velasco

Manuela Velasco

  • Brazilian
  • Bisexual
  • Immigrant Characters
  • Latinidad
  • Anxiety
  • Mixed race characters (part Black part white)
  • Brazilian Portuguese

Ravi Teixeira

Ravi Teixeira

  • Transmasculine and nonbinary people
  • Mixed Cape Verdean
  • Mixed or light-skinned people of color
  • Hard of hearing
  • Mental illness
  • Comics, graphic novels, etc.

Katie DeGilio

Katie DeGilio

  • LGBTQ+ Characters (specifically bisexuality, asexuality, and homosexuality, and non-binary identities)
  • Drag culture
  • Geek Culture (specifically Cosplaying and fan fiction)
  • ADHD (childhood and adult)
  • Anxiety, depression, PTSD
  • Pescatarian/vegetarian lifestyle
  • Feminism (working in a male dominate field)
  • Religious Upbringing (specifically Methodist and catholic)
  • Abuse (emotion and physical, non sexual)
  • Dystonia
  • Bullying
  • Grief after death
  • Growing up in the South (specifically Virginia and North Carolina)
  • Working in publishing (specifically as a magazine intern and literary agent intern)

Heba Elsherief

Heba Elsherief

  • Muslim
  • Arab
  • Egyptian
  • Arab Diaspora
  • Post-Colonial People/Themes

Alisha Anderson

Alisha Anderson

  • Science of all sorts
  • Divorce
  • Single parenting
  • Sickness and medical experiences
  • Military spouses (Army), veteran affairs
  • Mental illness, abusive relationships, narcissists/sociopaths

Patricia Ruiz

Patricia Ruiz

  • Latinx women
  • Mixed race identity
  • Standard and regional Spanish language and culture (including translations)
  • Standard and regional French language and culture (including translations)
  • Latinx diaspora in the USA
  • Jewish identity and communities
  • Mental Illness (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Translation checks: Spanish, French, German, and Brazilian Portuguese
  • Latinx culture (Puerto Rico, Cuban, Dominican, Caribbean), 1970s and 1980s Argentine history

Carrie Jacks

Carrie Jacks

  • Parent of ADHD child
  • Diabetes
  • Difficult pregnancies
  • Athletics and subcultures (dance, gymnastics, weights)
  • Scuba diving

Melissa Stone

Melissa Stone

  • Infant, child, and pregnancy loss
  • Survivor's guilt, PTSD (nonmilitary)
  • Music (flute, piano, band)

Alynne Scirkovich

Alynne Scirkovich

  • Cultures and languages:
  • Arabic
  • Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian

Cameron Van Sant

Cameron Van Sant

  • Transgender men
  • Pansexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and questioning sexualities
  • Non-binary genders
  • Gender questioning
  • Christian Protestantism, ex-Christians

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins

  • Personal neurodivergent experience includes anxiety, clinical depression, unofficially diagnosed ADHD and OCD as well as dyscalculia.
  • Parent of four children including three autistic sons (elementary, teen, adult), with all children having a mix of ADHD, OCD, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, and executive functioning challenges. Does not support Autism Speaks.
  • Brain health (OCD, general anxiety disorder, clinical depression, non-military PTSD, postpartum depression, bulimia, body dysmorphic disorder, fat phobia)
  • Chronic illness
  • Sapiosexuality
  • Body positivity
  • Natural lifestyle (vegetarianism/veganism/plant-based eating, natural remedies, etc)
  • Homeschooling (graduating from, teaching own children, transitioning to public school)
  • High-risk pregnancy (bedrest, hyperemesis gravidarum, placenta previa, diabetes, traumatic birth)
  • Medical trauma, medical sexual assault
  • Midwestern USA
  • Certified group fitness instructor, dance fitness, weight training
  • Rural, small-town living
  • GED graduate
  • Growing up far below U.S. poverty line and on government welfare

Matthew Broberg-Moffitt

Matthew Broberg-Moffitt

  • Neurodiversity (Autism, Hyperlexia, Dyscalculia, 2E learner, Giftedness, and Learning Disorders)
  • Gender queer and non-binary identity
  • Chronic illness (Narcolepsy with Cataplexy, SLE, and RA)
  • Homelessness and poverty
  • Romany and Sami Heritage
  • Male survivor of childhood sexual abuse
  • Eating Disorder
  • Western Buddhism
  • Genetic birth condition (Arachnodactyly)
  • Inpatient Psychiatric treatment
  • Male domestic violence survivor
  • May/December Romances (Older female, younger male)
  • Drug and Alcohol treatment
  • Working in a prison
  • Traditional archery
  • Baking, cheesemaking
  • Demisexuality

Veronica Vega

Veronica Vega

  • LGBTQ+ concerns, culture, and romances
  • Afro-Latinx culture
  • The Caribbean
  • Racism, microaggressions, racial profiling
  • Eating disorders, ednos, bingeing and purging
  • Catholicism, practicing and not
  • Multiculturalism in the USA, specifically African American and Afro Caribbean culture
  • Culture shock
  • Going to school/university in a foreign country
  • Interracial relationships
  • Music, theater, and performing arts
  • Dating while fat
  • Weightlifting and crossfit
  • Black Lives Matter

Shaela Kay Odd

Shaela Kay Odd

  • Georgian Era
  • Regency
  • Victorian

Johanie Martinez-Cools

Johanie Martinez-Cools

  • Latinx culture (specifically Central American)
  • Afro-Panamanian culture
  • Mixed cultures (specifically Latinx and Black culture)
  • Interracial relationships
  • Mental illness including major depression, anxiety, bipolar II
  • Abusive relationships (specifically emotional abuse)
  • Religious background (specifically Protestant, Baptist [both predominantly black and white], and "non-denominational" Christianity)
  • Atheism

Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias

  • Black/African American characters, women especially.
  • LGBTQ+ (bi/pan/queer)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders (restrictive)
  • Interracial relationships
  • Child of an immigrant (Jamaican parent)
  • Sexual assault
  • Evangelical Christian upbringing

Mehr Husain

Mehr Husain

  • South Asian religions
  • South Asian culture and traditions
  • Pakistan, history and politics
  • Diaspora, South Asia in Britain

Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen

  • Sexual assault, rape, abuse
  • Emotional and mental abuse
  • PTSD, trauma
  • Mental illnesses, especially depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia
  • Family member of those living with mental illnesses
  • Counseling process, including diagnosis and DSM-5

Lydia Suen

Lydia Suen

  • Chinese-American culture
  • "Hapa" or half-Asian culture
  • Tiger parents
  • Complex family relationships
  • Interracial romance
  • Gamer culture
  • San Fransisco Bay area
  • Ancient Chinese magic systems

Carling Mars

Carling Mars

  • Mental illness: anxiety, OCD, CPTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, suicidality, hallucinations, delusions, ADHD (diagnosed as an adult), hypersexuality, mania, manic spending, paranoia, agoraphobia
  • Therapy/psychiatry (patient), psychiatric hospitalization
  • LGBTQ: queer, gay, genderqueer, gender non-conformity, non-binary femme, grey-A/demisexuality, gender questioning, questioning sexuality
  • Abusive romantic relationships: sexual, emotional
  • Disability (temporary physical, chronic mental, temporary GI), disability rights
  • Caretaker/patient romantic relationships
  • Invisible illness/chronic illness/mystery illness; medical/diagnostic trauma
  • Physical therapy; immobilizing injuries (legs, back)
  • Pilates
  • Women's college
  • Being nonreligious in a majority-LDS city/state
  • Vegetarian/vegan lifestyle; food allergies, including use of EpiPen
  • Working in law firms, law school
  • Majoring in science, working in science labs including animal labs
  • Memory problems
  • Locations: Salt Lake City, Denver/Boulder area, New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn), Finland (small town)

Megan Manzano

Megan Manzano

  • Pansexuality
  • Asexuality
  • Bisexuality
  • Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorder
  • Depression
  • Suicide/Suicidal Ideation
  • Bulimia, Anorexia, and Restrictive/Disordered eating

Lee Anne Cooksey

Lee Anne Cooksey

  • Horses (including rescue, rehabilitation, and dressage)
  • Working with children with disabilities
  • Fitness and running

Mandy Ballard

Mandy Ballard

  • Death of a spouse, remarriage
  • Homesteading (gardening, raising animals, related skills)
  • Hunting, survival skills, wildlife
  • Anxiety
  • Performing arts (vocal/choral, piano, string instruments/orchestra, theater, dance)
  • Cooking/baking from scratch
  • Wellness (health, nutrition, home remedies)
  • Yoga
  • Physical therapy
  • Parenting/family dynamics
  • Homeschooling
  • Christianity

Kimberlee McCoy

Kimberlee McCoy

  • Regional/cultural expertise growing up in the South (specifically TN)
  • Being in a minority religion (LDS) in the Bible belt
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Music/piano/band, teaching piano
  • Infertility, IVF, adoption
  • Divorce, single parenthood, remarriage, step-parenting, co-parenting

Dani Murano

Dani Murano

  • LGBTQIA2+ representation
  • Transgender topics
  • Non-binary, agender, and gender-fluid characters and experiences
  • Intersex topics
  • Transition stories
  • Autism/Autism spectrum characters
  • Queer relationships

Mikki Helmer

Mikki Helmer

  • LGBT issues, specific to Lesbian and Bi-sexual matters
  • Demisexuality
  • LGBTQIA intersectionality with mental health (depression, anxiety, bi-polar, manic cycles)
  • Mental health
  • LGBT intersectionality with religion (Mormonism, atheism, paganism, druidry)
  • Mormonism / Ex-Mormonism
  • Horses/Equestrian (Western riding, hunt seat, dressage, medieval riding, trick riding, vaulting, training, mares & foals/breeding, shoeing/farrier, endurance, mounted joust, equine armor, horse breeds and horse types, equine psychology and behavior, mounted fighting, mounted archery)
  • Falconry
  • Archery
  • Tea (history, brewing, holistic uses)
  • Western United States geography and survival

Al Ross

Al Ross

  • Non-binary Identity
  • Trans masc identity
  • Bisexuality
  • Non-binary Identity & Bisexuality Intersectionality
  • Ulcerative Colitis / IBD
  • General Anxiety & Panic Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Anthropology
  • Film/Television Production

Kim VanderHorst

Kim VanderHorst

  • Canadian
  • Autistic
  • ADD
  • General & Social Anxiety
  • Clinical, Prenatal, and Post-partum Depression
  • Miscarriage
  • Physical and Verbal Bullying Victim
  • Difficult Pregnancies (Placenta Previa, Bedrest)
  • Death of a Parent
  • Music Performance (Piano, Flute, Choir)
  • Optometric Healthcare (Co-Owner of a Vision Clinic)

Heidi Robbins

Heidi Robbins

  • Performing arts (theatre, music, singing, piano, and percussion)
  • Food allergies
  • Parenting/large families
  • Pregnancy issues/emergency c-section/NICU baby
  • Christianity

Akelah Adams

Akelah Adams

  • African-American culture and issues
  • Military children