The Kindreds began as a writing group in October 2010, meeting at Shari’s diner to drink coffee, eat pie, do timed writes, and share the often solitary writer’s life in a community of kindred spirits. The group has changed over the years, but the camaraderie, friendship, support, and drive has only increased with time. Each of us is committed to bringing a little bit of beauty, truth, and light into the world through our writing, and this magazine is our collaborative offering.
Claire Carey Deering believes less is more, in writing and in life. She’s not too fond of makeup (much to her mother’s chagrin) or clutter, but can’t get enough of sentences that cut to the heart and people that others overlook. She spends her days dreaming up characters, writing YA and memoir, and enjoying the grace of a second chance. Claire currently lives in Seattle, but feels most at home wherever her husband and son happen to be.
Marissa B. Niranjan is a quarter Italian, only child, married to an Indian who happens to be an identical twin. When she’s not chasing after her tiny hooligans, she’s saving snow leopards at the world’s largest conservation organization dedicated to protecting the endangered cat. She is constantly editing emails to pare down her excessive use of exclamation points, and you can tell what type of mood she’ll be in based on how many times she’s had to warm up her morning coffee in the microwave. She loves her kids to the moon and back, but she really misses hot coffee.
J.M. RODDY is a self-proclaimed domestic creative, a catch-all phrase for those old-school arts like sewing, cooking, and gardening. What she lacks in the ability to make her vegetables flourish (she never said she was good at it!) she makes up for in her search for personal wholeness, always seeking new stories and new ideas to foster growth, with particular interest in motherhood, minority voices, ecology, and spirituality. These days you can find her cooking in her farmhouse kitchen with the help of her two mini sous chefs and bread-baking husband in the Seattle area. Joanna also writes fantasy books for children and freelance travel and lifestyle articles. Find her at jmroddy.com.
Bridget Beth Collins forages flowers, paints botanicals, writes sci fi and fantasy, and adores moths. She is constantly seeking light and beauty in a world she finds frightening and dark. When she finds it, she cannot help but share it with gleeful enthusiasm. She resides in Ravenna, Seattle with a bunch of dwarfs (her husband and three little boys) in a cottage with a round door. See her work at Floraforager.com
Writing is instinct, impulse, catharsis. It’s wordsmithing the poetry of every day happenings mixed with the prose of perfect wonderment. How does anyone deal with anything in life without a pen in hand? Stephanie Platter is a teacher, writer, singer, film critic. She learned to love good coffee on the rain-stained street corners of Seattle. She learned to love imperfect people in church. For her, nothing beats fresh mountain air and sunrises, except maybe a meltably well-crafted sentence or a movie that makes her cry. Visit her movie review site: Splatter: on FILM
Rachel Womelsduff Gough and her family ditched the city for a patch of earth in the Snoqualmie Valley. Cheered on by her husband and two blonde babes, Rachel learns by getting her hands dirty, whether it’s gardening, chicken farming, canning, neighboring, or adventuring with soulmates in wild places. She reads constantly, and can’t live without coffee, flowers, and classic mystery stories.