Underground has seen editors come and go according to the hectic lives these champions lead, but our current line up is as follows:
Name: Dylan Dartnell
Favourite book and/or author and/or series: My answer to this question always reminds me to read more, but still, to this day, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is my favourite book.
Study, either current or past: Bachelor of Arts: Writing, with a minor in Editing & Publishing.
Wildest ambition in writing: Honestly, to keep evolving as a writer.
Your passion in the written word: Inspiring, authentic stories which pay careful attention to language.
Your passions outside of writing: Stand-up comedy and running (the latter is a joke).
Name: Jessica Gately
Role at Underground: Circulation & Marketing Manager
Favourite book and/or author and/or series: My love for fantasy and sci-fi I owe to my Dad who introduced me to David Eddings’ Belgariad series, Adam Douglas’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the trilogy that was not actually a trilogy, and Orson Scott Card’s Enders Game series. To this day I still absolutely adore all three series however I have also come to love Bill Bryson thanks to one of the former Underground editors (Pauli) who bought me Mother Tongue for my 21st birthday. After that I couldn’t put down A Short History of Nearly Everything.
Study, either current or past: I studied Geography & Biology with a minor in Writing at uni.
Wildest ambition in writing: I want to make a living out of my writing- not just writing my own stories but helping others to write theirs!
Your passions outside of writing: I am mad about travel and about exploring different cultures. I also love photography. I am a massive nerd though so anime and superhero movies/tv shows are high on my list of priorities when it comes to spare time.
Your passion in the written word: I am a novel writer. I like big epic journeys and characters I can fall in love with. You guessed it, I mainly write fantasy and sci-fi, however after several years of some serious travel and working as a tour guide in London, I have broken into travel writing.
Your current project/s: I am working on an anthology of stories from around the world, trying to get my grandmother to agree to let me tell her story, a never ending pile of ideas that will need to one day make it to paper, and learning the finer arts of photography.
Quirks and Quotes you’d like to share: “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane”- Philip K Dick; “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost” – J.R.R. Tolkein.
You can find Jess on Twitter @jess_gately, and on Goodreads.
Name: Kate Lomas Glendenning
Favourite book and/or author and/or series: How can I possibly answer such a heinous question?
Study, either current or past: Working on my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Writing and a minor in Editing and Publishing
Wildest ambition in writing: To become a renowned editor like Anna Wintour, but for fiction novels.
Your passion in the written word: poetry, short stories, fiction novels and scripts
Your passions outside of writing: Reading sounds like a cop-out but it’s more of an addiction than passion at this stage
Your current project/s: Planning on writing a graphic novel about a support dog seeking revenge against humans who mistreated her friends in the shelter. Events turn sinister when her new owner is accused of committing the acts and she ends back where it all began.
You can read Kate’s To Be Read list here.
Name: Jemimah Halbert
Role in the Underground Writers team: Editor-in-Chief/Operations Coordinator. I coordinate literary operations, which mainly involves removing malignant tautology and unnecessary commas and semi-colons. Also coordinating who does what and when. But who coordinates me??
Favourite book and/or author and/or series: Right now: Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals, Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife, Douglas Adams’ work, Terry Pratchett’s work, the Red Dwarf series, everything ever written by Isabel Allende, C. S. Lewis, Scott Westerfeld, Helen Fielding, and cartoonists Bill Watterson, Berkeley Breathed, Murray Ball, and Posey Simmonds.
Study, either current or past: I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in creative writing, and I studied literature at Cambridge University.
Wildest ambition in writing: For readers to become lost in the worlds and characters that I create. Also, on a more practical level, to make a living from it.
Your passion in the written word: I want to be very good at writing short stories, but poetry keeps smacking me over the head, so I suppose poetry.
Your passions outside of writing: Reading, riding my motorbike, photography, TV, cooking, being a mermaid.
Your current project/s: As always: Underground Writers is my main project. However, I am working on a novel and a half. The novel is set in post-apocalypse Australia, and the half is set in space in the far future.
Quirks and quotes you’d like to share: From the gospel song ‘Steal My Joy”: “Ain’t gonna let nobody steal my joy”. And from Terry Pratchett: “If you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you”. I live my life by that last one.
You can find Jemimah at her:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/oddfeatheredit (@oddfeatheredit)
Name: Shelley Timms
Role: Interview Coordinator
Favourite book and/or author and/or series: The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.
Study, either current or past: Current Journalism and Mass Communications major.
Wildest ambition in writing: Edit and curate an anthology!
Your passion in the written word: After spending time in the ECU newsroom I discovered a passion for editing work and using WordPress to publish it on the ECU Daily website. I am also an avid reader and spend a lot of time perusing the shelves of the city library. I don’t believe I have much of a talent for creative writing per se, but I am passionate about working with authors and helping them get their work published.
Your passions outside of writing: coffee! Buying books I don’t need, and I’m really enjoying curating the Underground Spotify playlists!
Your current project/s: trying to survive uni, while planning a wedding and working part time.
Quirks and quotes you’d like to share: “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” – Madeleine L’Engle
You can read Shelley’s To Be Read list here.
You can find Shelley on Goodreads.
Name: Jess Rae
Favourite book and/or author and/or series: I imagine this would be like choosing my favourite child but the books/series that have resonated with me for years are: the Vampire Academy series, The Book Thief, The Studies series and any poetry by Charles Bukowski.
Study, either current or past: Double Bachelor of Arts and Business and Beauty at TAFE
Wildest ambition in writing: to write a screen play/feature film script
Your passion in the written word: I enjoy writing anything, except poetry, love reading it- can’t for the life of me write it.
Your passions outside of writing: Outside of writing I’m a makeup artist; specifically I love makeup for film and theatre. Film and theatre has always been a passion for me and while I love acting I never saw myself as acting for a career, therefore writing and makeup is my entryway into the film/theatre world. Also Disney- anything Disney is my passion; yes I am an adult.
Your current project/s: My freelance makeup career and beauty blog are my current projects, however I’m always working on some form of fiction writing.
Quirks and quotes you’d like to share: ‘Find what you love and let it kill you’- Charles Bukowski
Find Jess’ other passion at: www.jessraemakeup.wordpress.com