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Flash Fiction Author Biographies



Jim Busch holds an English degree from the University of Pittsburgh and works in the advertising industry. Jim writes two monthly columns for national advertising industry magazines and has published short pieces in national magazines, the Tribune Review and the Loyalhanna Review. He lives with his wife, who describes herself as a “writer’s widow,” in White Oak Pa.

John Frochio grew up and still lives among the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania , currently in New Brighton.  For a living, he develops and installs computer automation systems for steel mills.  He has been a long-time science fiction fan and has been trying to become a published writer in recent years.  He had a story in Pittsburgh ’s PARSEC publication Triangulation 2003.  He recently had an ebook of short stories published by Byrne Publishing called Large and Small Wonders.  Also he had a general fiction novel published in 2007 that he co-authored with Ken Bowers called Roots of a Priest.

Kirk Baker is a writer with a second job as an engineer. His writing career began with submissions to such publications as The Man from U.N.C.L.E magazine and Readers Digest where, at the tender age of 13, he became acquainted with rejection letters.  After leaving the area for life in the low country of the Carolinas, he now finds himself in Somerset again, in the same house where he grew up with some non-fiction credits accumulated along the way.  With his three kids making their own way in the world, he’s ready to feather his empty nest with more rejection letters in his quest for the brass ring of fiction publication.

Christopher Sandusky is an aspiring author from Cleveland's western suburbs and is currently working on an urban fantasy series set in that area, as well as dabbling in steampunk and horror short stories. He's also the 2009 Flash Fiction Contest first-place winner, which counts as his first published work, and an Honorable Mention in last year's contest.

Barbara Purbaugh obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has published short stories and poems and won a variety of awards for both her fiction and poetry.

R.F. Marazas won first place in the Dahlonega Literary Festival 2007 Novel Contest, for his novel Dimensions In Ego, and has published short fiction in ten Anthologies and on-line/print venues.