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 https://www.fauxfictionaudio.com/

Amanda Grafe

Amanda Grafe is the Visual Art Barista. She is a self-taught artist and children’s book author living in New England. In 2017 she exhibited her new work at a solo show at The Wurks in Providence, RI and in “All Women” Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for which she received special recognition. In 2018, she won first place in the Warren Arts Festival for graphics.

Amanda has worked as an arts contributor for Motif Magazine and continues to immerse herself in the world of fine arts by communicating with artist from around the world, attending arts festival and gallery showings, and continuing her personal journey in the arts. To learn more about her art and writing, please visit www.amandagrafe.com.

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 hubedits.com.

Mike Mavilia Rochester

Mike is the Marketing Barista, Associate Editor, 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.

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 mike@fictionalcafe.com or on LinkedIn.

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: yctwriter.com
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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 Jack@fictionalcafe.com or on LinkedIn.