R. J. Howell (rjhowell.com) is a writer and an artist. A Chicago native, she earned her BA in Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Her short fiction has appeared in Jayhenge Publishing’s Unearthly Sleuths and Unrealpolitik anthologies, Mt. Misery Press’s Neon Druid anthology, Smoking Pen Press’s Read on the Run anthology Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts, Vol. 1, Beyond the Stars: Rocking Space, and other venues. She’s a firm believer in living a life well-read.