The Team


Giving his audience thrills and laughs has been Steve’s intention ever since reading his first story in front of the class—”How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” His focus now is on telling tales of redemption, family secrets and the meandering journey of heroes. After a twenty-five-year career peddling bulldozers around the globe, he exited the corporate world and devoted himself to pursuing his dreams. He honed his writing skills at Queens University of Charlotte where he received his MFA in 2015. He’s now a real estate novelist and publisher living in Newnan with his lovely wife, Donna, his four children and a growing cast of grandchildren.


Hayley’s website

In 2014, Hayley earned a MSc in Prose Writing from the University of Edinburgh, where she pursued her interest in travel writing and was selected to read her short story “Inheritance” at the Edinburgh City of Literature’s Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Now that she’s back in the States, she publishes regularly with local magazines and blogs and has recently completed her MFA in Fiction. Her thesis manuscript is a novel about a young family in coastal North Carolina who experience significant tragedy.

MANDI JOURDAN: Marketing and Social Media

Mandi’s website

Mandi Jourdan graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a BA in creative writing and a minor in classics, and she is currently in the final year of her MFA studies in SIUC’s fiction program. She is the author of LacrimosaVeritas, and the Shadows of the Mind collection, among numerous other publications. She won the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize for Prose in 2019 with her short fiction piece “Inheritance.” The Shadows of the Mind podcast based on her novel series is available on all major audio platforms. She can be found on Twitter (@MandiJourdan) and Instagram (@mandi.jourdan). 

ALISON McCONDICHIE: Audio Book Producer

Alison on IMDB

Alison is a musician and sound engineer, currently studying to become an entertainment attorney. She has a deep appreciation for the arts and creativity, and a driving desire to help artists pursue and achieve their creative goals. Within Southern Fried Karma, she assists writers and visual artists through the legal processes of publication in The New Southern Fugitives zine, and produces audio books for SFK Press titles. In whatever work she does, Alison always has the same goal in mind: To spread the gift of creativity.

OLIVIA M. CROOM: Book Cover Designer

Olivia’s portfolio


PINCKNEY BENEDICT: Developmental Editor

Pinckney at Southern Illinois University

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