MJ earned her BA in French and women’s studies at The University of Tulsa and her MA in comparative literature from Rutgers University, where she taught for many years while almost completing many interesting dissertations. Her past obsessions include: modernist and medieval poetry; Glenn Gould; silent film comedy; and the cultural history of multimedia. MJ lives happily ever after in Ithaca, NY not writing dissertations about cinematography, Sherlock, and Valerie Solanas while fangirling under the name mid0nz and making Powers of Expression.
Jude Ellison is a salt mine wrapped in a hoodie wrapped in a reusable coffee cozy. They hold a B.A. in Rhetoric/Creative Writing and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and a copy editing certificate from the University of Washington. Literary magazines that have published their work include Hayden's Ferry Review, Tarpaulin Sky, MAYDAY, and KYSO Flash. Jude lives in Seattle, where their hobbies include hooping, coloring, and being mad at the Pacific Ocean for being located between them and their Australian wife.
Steve Lawes is a UK based cinematographer who has worked in the film, television, and commercial industries for over 20 years. His credits include several major network television dramas: the BBC’s critically acclaimed Sherlock, for which he received an RTS Craft Nomination, and a BAFTA Cymru Award; Death Comes to Pemberley, for which he received a Guild of Television Cameramen’s (GTC) Award; and two of Jimmy McGovern’s dramas: Banished, and The Street. Steve has been the DP on international projects for Sky HD, and HBO including the feature film Skellig, and the action series Strikeback.
Wendy C. Fries lives in London by way of New York, and often waxes lyrical about Sherlock Holmes, coffee, London, writing, and possibly cats. Though Wendy writes on topics as varied as why dogs sneeze to how to hot-swap redundant-array hard-drives in telephony computers, one of the things she's proudest of penning is her first book, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: The Day They Met for MX Publishing. When not busy crooning endearments to lattes, Wendy sometimes writes fan fiction under the name of Atlin Merrick.
Finn is a jack of all trades and a master of arts in music technology. She also holds with a B. Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics, a B. Mus. in Music Theory, both from McGill University. Her PhD on breathing with music is a work in progress. Determined to untangle whatever she can about the construction of our subjective experience within the perceptual present, Finn gladly uses this as a "professional" excuse to do whatever she likes. Under the pseudonym of finnagain, she is a regular contributor to the Three Patch Podcast. finnagain records podfics and generates fandom stats with meta data scraped from fanwork archives.
Anke Eissmann (Khorazir) is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living and working in Germany. An avid Tolkien (book) fan for over twenty years, her creative juices have more recently been stirred by BBC’s Sherlock, resulting in fanart and fanfiction, cosplay, and a self-made Sherlock coat. Her preferred mediums for artistic expression are watercolor, pencil, and ink. She is rarely seen without a sketchbook, apart from when she is riding her bicycle or teaching art and art-history at secondary school.
Atlin Merrick writes a great deal of happily pornographic fan fiction about John Watson and Sherlock Holmes. She has sneakily managed to turn this passion into essays for publications like Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, and the wonderful magazine you’re reading now. Atlin also writes books, including Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: The Night They Met for Improbable Press, and the upcoming The Six Secret Loves of Sherlock Holmes. When Atlin's not over-caffeinating, she sometimes writes and publishes as Wendy C. Fries.
Corinne Portmann (aka stepfordgeek) majored in English literature and linguistics and wrote her thesis on the role of wallpaper in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, which has left her with a lasting interest in stories, language and, most importantly, wallpaper. Corinne is the Sherlock fandom’s resident wallpaper expert and regularly writes about why the walls on BBC’s Sherlock are more than just pretty backdrops. She lives in Switzerland.
Aly (Cupidford) is a production assistant in theatre, film and television currently working in London. Her love and appreciation of BBC Sherlock is what got her interested in working in TV.
Helen McIvor is a UK based freelance illustrator and portrait artist, who specialises in digital painting through use of a graphics tablet. She creates artwork that reflects her interests, with influences from film, tv, video games and pop culture. But that's not to say that she isn't adaptable, and she is constantly learning new things and working to further develop her work as an illustrator.
Kit Mills is an illustrator and designer based in NYC. Food, fashion, music, and queer/trans issues figure prominently in their work. Their illustrations have appeared in Untapped Cities and Eater, amongst other places, and they have approximately eight hundred upcoming projects.
Marcella Kligman is a professional photographer in the Washington, DC region, and has worked in Los Angeles and across the country for ten years in the photography and film industries. Her specialties include portrait, editorial, and fine art photography. She has an appreciation for the distinctive cinematography of Sherlock.
Penny Armstrong is a freelance book editor. She's worked for most of the major players in UK publishing and recently signed with a literary agent to represent her original fiction. She overidentifies with BBC Sherlock, but her partner is the one with the knockout hair.
ShinySherlock has written fan fiction off and on since the 1980s and can't get enough of BBC's Sherlock. Shiny has been writing fan fiction for Sherlock since 2012, most recently "A Further Sea", a novel-length alternate universe story cowritten with ishipanarmada, in which Sherlock is a pirate captain in the early 1700s. In "real life" she teaches English composition and literature, dabbles in drawing and knitting and such, and lives in California as a cisgendered, half Mexican, mostly heterosexual, married woman raising two kids, a very entitled cat, and a ridiculously hardy goldfish.
Karen Haley, (skyefullofstars - with or without the "e" - depending on which fan fiction site you frequent) is a full time administrator who runs an environmental office in Woodstock, GA, north of Atlanta. She has a background in creating and editing correspondence and marketing materials for corporations. On a lark, she began writing fan fiction based on the BBC version of Sherlock Holmes and is having so much fun, she doesn’t see it ending any time soon. Karen writes lengthy, complicated plots because that is the type of fiction she enjoys reading.
Vulgarweed (on LiveJournal, DW, Tumblr, and AO3) has a literature/writing degree from an activist college and has worked with words all her life: music zine editor in the 80s, performance poet and music journalist in the 90s; fic writer since the early 00s (Sherlock, Harry Potter, Good Omens, Tolkien). Best known in Sherlock fandom for smut and AUs (1970s Appalachia) and crossovers (with The Wicker Man and The Silmarillion). She’s a bisexual bi-ethnic polyamorous polytheist from the Virginia mountains, currently lives in Chicago, and enjoys nature, coffee, and metal. She’d like to thank Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum just for existing.
Copper_Beech221 was a medical photographer in Canada for 22 years. She long wanted to travel to Britain, but it was Sherlock and twitter that finally got her to make the trip over.
Dixiebell has been cosplaying and crafting in the Harry Potter and Sherlock fandoms for years, famously playing Bluebell, the glowing laboratory rabbit, and building the Speedy's store front in a hotel room. She also podcasts with the Three Patch Podcast, and is currently lending her eye for detail and bawdy sense of humor to Spoilercast, the podcast dedicated setlock and all spoilers for Sherlock series 4.
Jackie DeLeon is a Pacific Northwest lady now living and working as an art director in Los Angeles. Since graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, the freelance life has seen her working as everything from assistant camera to transcriptionist, while the spaces in between jobs are devoted to writing steampunk fiction and Tumblr posts. Follow her odd jobs and thoughts on twitter.
Sunnydisposish got into photoshop and gif-making as a way to obsess over her favorite actors without seeming totally weird. When not busy fangirling, she dabbles at being a Very Serious academic administrator.