Your Baristas

Jason Brick

Jason is the Editorial Consultant to the Anthology Barista at the Fictional Café, helping select and publish works that have appeared in our virtual ‘zine in book form. A professional writer, martial artist, travel addict, and dad whose work has been published across multiple genres and formats, he was co-editor on two previous anthologies, Baby Shoes and Flash!, each of which featured 100 original flash-fiction short stories written by 100 different authors. He lives in Oregon.

Ruby Fink

Ruby is the Audio Arts Barista at the Fictional Café. She became a FC contributor in 2016, followed by FC publishing “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective,” an audio production she wrote, directed and produced with the cast of Faux Fiction Audio about the adventures of a middle-school, pint-sized gumshoe and his friends.

Ruby studied Film Production at Chapman University’s Dodge College, taking a minor in Narrative and Dramatic Literature. She fell in love with audio shows her senior year. Since then, she has enjoyed bringing her cast of 15 talented actor-friends together to create innovative audio versions of fiction and nonfiction books for publishers and individuals alike. You can learn more at

Jennifer Green

Jennifer is our Publications Barista. An English teacher by day and freelance editor by night and weekend, she loves helping writers find their voices and refine their craft.  In addition to completing the editing certificate through the University of Chicago Graham School in 2020, Jennifer holds degrees in psychology and English from North Carolina State University, Meredith College, and the University of Nottingham (UK). When she’s not teaching or deep into a developmental edit, she can be found reading fantasy and sci-fi or exploring a crypt in Skyrim. You can contact her via email or check out her website.

Mallori Luna

Mallori is our Submissions Barista. She has wanted to be a medical doctor since the age of nine and has not been daunted by the COVID-19 pandemic. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Central Florida and is awaiting entrance to med school. “Mal” has already been a barista. She and her sister Skylar opened a coffee shop in their hometown in Florida where they handmade great espressos and Clover-style single-brew coffees, and served home-baked sweet rolls and sandwiches. All in all, it was great training to become a Fictional Café Barista!

Lorraine Martindale

Lorraine Martindale is our Editor-at-Large. She is a freelance writer and editor who loves to read and talk about books. She has an MFA from the New School in New York, and is at work on a novel about the relationships of musicians. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and two cats, Zelda and Link.

Caitlin M. Park

Caitlin is the co-founder of the Fictional Café. She is a graduate of California State University at Sonoma, where she majored in English and has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing in progress. When she isn’t working on her novel, she’s taking care of her toddler son, Damian. She says Dalton Trumbo, Margaret Atwood, and Paolo Bacigalupi are among her favorite authors.

Caitlin and Jack co-founded the Fictional Café April 15, 2013. It launched a month later.

Michael Piekny

Michael is the Fiction Editor and also on the Editorial Board. He is a professional editor and founder of the editorial agency, Hub Edits.  He works with a range of authors and specializes in developmental and line editing.  In addition to this he is on the board of the Independent Publishers of New England, a group that represents the interests of small publishers in the New England region.  He loves working with authors to help them add aesthetic and dramatic force to their stories and novels.  He can be found at

Mike Mavilia Rochester

Mike is the Managing Editor, Marketing Barista and Editor of the Fictional Café Anthology. He is also on the Editorial Board. In his work as a freelance writer, he provides ghostwriting, editing, publishing and web design services for both fiction and nonfiction authors as well as businesses, helping them create a unique and marketable brand. Mike also serves on the board of directors for Independent Publishers of New England.

He also brings his management and networking skills from his many years of working in the nonprofit sector to the many tasks of coordinating FC’s online presence and social media.

Mike graduated from Bowdoin College and when he’s not buried in a book, he’s writing fiction, playing his guitar, or traveling. Contact him at or check out his Linktree.

Yong Takahashi

Yong Takahashi is the Poetry Barista. She won the Chattahoochee Valley Writers National Short Story Contest and the Writer’s Digest’s Write It Your Way Contest. She was a finalist in The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest, Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest, and Georgia Writers Association Flash Fiction Contest. She was awarded Best Pitch at the Atlanta Writers Club Conference.

Her short story collection, The Escape to Candyland, was published in 2020.
To learn more about Yong, visit:
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Jack B. Rochester

Jack is the Founding Barista and Editor-in-Chief at the Fictional Café. His career in publishing began as a book acquisitions editor; he published over 65 authors. His writing career was launched with the publication of the bestselling The Naked Computer, which he co-authored with John Gantz. A dozen books and twenty years later, he and John co-authored another hit book, Pirates of the Digital Millennium.

Having had enough with business and technology books, Jack began his fiction-writing career in 2011 with the publication of Wild Blue Yonder, the first Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers novel, followed by Madrone. The trilogy will be completed in 2018 with the publication of Anarchy. He has two more novels in progress.

Jack took his Master’s degree from Sonoma State College (now California State University at Sonoma). Of all the jobs he’s held in publishing over the years, he says working at the Fictional Café is the most gratifying. Contact him at or on LinkedIn.