About Us

The name Deep Magic pays homage to C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. From June 2002 to June of 2006, Deep Magic was a monthly e-zine operated by a nonprofit organization founded by three friends who had a mutual love of SFF and a desire to promote clean writing within those genres. Deep Magic is now a quarterly publication that pays professional rates for SFF short fiction, relaunched by the same three friends, with help of other industry professionals who join in Deep Magic’s mission to create a safe place for minds to wander in the worlds and universe of SFF. We want all who visit to feel welcome and confident that they will encounter professionally written fiction of the highest quality that is safe for all to read. If submitting a story, please see our submission guidelines. We will consider stories within any sub genre (epic, paranormal, steampunk, etc). The best way to get our attention with your submissions is to create great tension in your story. If the story you wish to submit fits within those parameters, we would love to read it.

 

Board of Directors

(alphabetical by first name)

Brendon Taylor

Brendon is an attorney during the workweek, a writer when he can find time, a food and camping enthusiast often, a frustrated Miami Dolphins fan each fall, and a loving husband and father all of the time. He has been at Merrill & Merrill, Chartered in Pocatello, Idaho since he became an attorney in 1999, after graduating from Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas. He was an original founder of Deep Magic in 2002 and has written many articles, short stories and contracts since its inception.

Charlie N. Holmberg

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg is an all-around tolerable person who dresses okay, is kind of loud, and is sometimes funny by accident. When she’s not mothering or fawning over Lieutenant Worf, she’s writing books that, on occasion, mysteriously hit a bestseller list. She’s still working on step #1 for her eyewear addiction and has been known to eat her weight in Cadbury eggs. She will always notice if you use a dash incorrectly and yes, quietly judges you for it.

Dan Hilton

Dan is a voracious reader who won a writing contest in 4th grade and decided to cap his pen and never write again so he didn't taint his win-loss record.  Dan's three favorite things growing up were the Phoenix Suns, books and juggling.  He's currently found a way to make money at two of those working as a Digital Consultant with the Phoenix Suns and also proofreading and editing for independent authors.  He's still looking for a way to get into professional juggling.  When he's not working or reading, Dan is spending time with his beautiful wife and three wonderful kids.

Jeff Wheeler

Jeff has been writing since he was a teenager. His earliest works include a military thriller called Armageddon and a charming romantic adventure set in the middle ages. If other Deep Magic staff members manage to get their hands on them, those books will be released for free on the website. After decades of writing and self-publishing, Jeff took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. Jeff is such an avid reader that he once sat outside reading on a sunny California day (with an existing sunburn), took off his shirt, and read for so long he got second degree burns. To donate to his future skin cancer treatments, contact a member of the Deep Magic staff.

Kristin Ammerman

Kristin is a non-recovering chocolate and Pinterest addict who loves to read middle grade and YA fiction. You can find her most often indulging in all three of these things at 2 am. She also writes epic middle grade fiction (yes, it's a thing...or at least she likes to think it will be) when she's not doing her marketing "day job,” toting her kids around to sports practices or cleaning out the chicken coop (and if you first read that as chicken poop, you’re not alone).

Steve R. Yeager

Steve R. Yeager is a part-time author who lives in Northern California with his wife, two kids, and a pair of crazy dogs. He worked as a corporate software engineer for over 25 years before achieving escape velocity. Now he spends most of time reading, writing, playing guitar, or out in the woods shooting bows.

 

First Readers (by first name)

Ashley Melanson is an amateur at all she does; forever learning! She's a farmer, a 4H leader, a sculptor and painter, an author and play-write, and a jewelry-maker (wire rings mostly). She secretly lives for hope. She follows many fandoms. Robert A. Heinlein, Terry Brooks, and Samuel Beckett are her top favorite Authors. She lives in Missouri but is from Salem, MA.

Crystal Fernandez

Elicia Cheney is from California. She's an avid reader and word enthusiast. She enjoys experimenting with her cooking on family and friends, finding and telling stories, and pretending to be a water creature.

Greg Garguilo

Junior Rustrian hails from Downey, CA, and can usually be found avidly playing video games, reading and writing sci fi and fantasy and attending heavy metal concerts. He has a B.A. in History and puts it to good use tutoring middle school students and leading reading programs at the local park he works at. Other hobbies include riding bikes, throwing bonfires and attending midnight screenings.

Kristen Pinto-Coelho

Krysia Bailey

Melissa McDonald

Mike Abell

Philine van Lidth de Jeude

Sue Olp

Tyson Dutton is a Production Planner by day, and by night, he's a college English Instructor who teaches Science fiction, Shakespeare, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and others. He has a 1939 farm house on a half-acre in a small Oregon town that is home to his family and 5 cats. His Master’s Degree reflects a love of reading, as he studied: Old English, Medieval, & Renaissance literature, Mythology, Science fiction, and Post-colonial British literature.