About Us

The name Deep Magic pays homage to C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. Deep Magic was an e-zine operated and founded by three friends who had a mutual love of SFF and a desire to promote clean writing within those genres. Deep Magic closed in June 2021 and no longer publishes or accepts submissions. Back issues are available for purchase on Amazon.

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.

Jeanna Mason Stay

Jeanna Mason Stay loves a good story. Her first story (written around age seven) included a turtle with a map on the back of his hand (foot? claw?) who said clever things like “I know this area like the back of my hand.” It was not a best seller. Though not an Aussie, Jeanna is currently happily-ever-aftering in Australia’s Red Centre (yes, “centre”) with her husband, four children, and zero pets. She loves fireflies, serial commas, parentheses, and galahs, and she dreams of one day owning a herd of Chia sheep.

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 J. Dawson

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)

Alexandra Engrand
Ashley Melanson
Elaine Lay
Gladys Mac
Greg Garguilo
Hollijo Monroe
Jennifery Hilty
Jennifer Wherley
Kayin Lee
Kimberly Starr
Krysia Bailey
Robert Hegwood
Sue Olp
Susan Nielson
Tyson Dutton