BellaOnline Literary Review
Sorcerer by Deb Bonam


Lisa Shea Lisa Shea, Publisher

Lisa Shea has been writing epic stories, creating poetry (especially haiku), snapping photos and drawing landscapes since she was very young. She feels very strongly that there is a creative energy within each and every one of us and is thrilled to have found a way to help promote the works of talented individuals around the world. In addition to owning BellaOnline, she is the editor for BellaOnline’s low carb site.

Jill Florio Jill Florio, Editor in Chief

Jill Florio was the Art Editor for Flagstaff Live, op/ed columnist for the Prescott Valley Tribune, contributed to the Prescott Art Rag and is currently the Community Manager at She wants to paint surrealist landscapes for a living when she reaches her golden years. Jill plans to run a orphanage for abandoned cats and dogs from her projected massive painting profits.

Diane Cipollo Diane Cipollo, Art Director

Diane Cipollo started as a traditional pen and ink artist in the greeting card industry and won third place in the Decorative Artist's Workbook 1998 Holiday Card Contest. She has always been fascinated by animated movies such as Disney's Fantasia and turned in her traditional pen and ink for digital pixels several years ago when digital art and animation software arrived on the scene. She has been with BellaOnline since 2003 as editor for the HTML, PHP, Flash and Digital Art and Design sections.

Victoria Abreo Victoria Abreo, Senior Non-Fiction Editor

Victoria Abreo is the editor of the Alternative Medicine BellaOnline site. Her self-help articles have appeared in national health magazine and books. She has also interviewed leading experts in the field of medicine for her self-help articles. She joined the BellaOnline team in 2005. Victoria is dyslexic and refused to believe she could never be a writer.

Melissa Knoblett-Aman Melissa Knoblett-Aman

Melissa Knoblett-Aman is a freelance writer who holds a degree in English with a concentration in Writing and Editing from Western Carolina University. She has loved all forms of writing, be it fiction, poetry or non-fiction, ever since she can remember. In addition to serving as BellaOnline’s editor for Catholicism and Cats, Melissa is a lensmaster at and has been published in a variety of print media. She also enjoys digital photography, playing with her cats and traveling.

Karen Elleise Karen Elleise

Kristen Houghton Kristen Houghton, Senior Fiction Editor

Kristen Houghton is a writer and humorist whose work appears in numerous online and print magazines. She is the Marriage Editor for BellaOnline and the featured relationship writer for Family. Kristen was "born writing." A graduate of USC Annenberg School of Communications with an M.A., Kristen also holds a M.F.A in writing from San Francisco University School of Journalism and is the author of the following books,"...And Then I'll Be Happy" and "Life With a Husband!"

Wendy Lee Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee is an avid reader, writer and photographer. On top of taking many random pictures of her dogs, she enjoys landscapes and nature in general. In addition to digital art and floral design, she has also been a contributor to several literary magazines, both online and in print and was frequently told by professors that her talent for satire far surpassed many others. She is also the editor of the Houseplants Site at

Cynthia Parker Cynthia Parker

Cynthia Parker is the editor of the Single Parents column on BellaOnline. She writes poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. In addition to being a single mom and aspiring writer, she works and attends a local university where she is working on her writing intensive English degree.

Michelle Pendergrass Michelle Pendergrass

Michelle is a thirty-something wife and mother living in the cornfields of Indiana. She and her husband, Phil, enjoy country living and home schooling their son, Zane. Michelle maintains her eclectic blog: Just A Minute and her love for the odd shines bright here. Michelle is a rabid storyteller in the horror genre and is editor for BellaOnline's Baptist site. (She never said she was normal and she tends to get nervous referring to herself in third person.)

Darling Poor Darling Poor

Nothing tantalizes Darling Poor's imagination more than creative prose and the subtle, daring use of language. After writing and illustrating her first book at age five, she grew up to pen her way to an honors Bachelor's degree in English Literature at San Diego State University. Darling was a finalist in City Beat magazine's flash fiction contest in 2006 and received the Non InHouse Author Award from Medallion Press in 2007. She has published both fiction and non-fiction pieces in print and online, and is the author of the mid-grade children's novel, Song of the Wind Spirit. Darling joined BellaOnline in 2005 as editor of its Horses site.

Vannie Ryanes Vannie Ryanes

Vannie Ryanes recently retired as senior contract assistant in the law department of a large health sciences university to expand her business. She is a writer and home business coach. Additionally she is a book reviewer; she was a final manuscript reader for "Chicken Soup for the African American Soul". Vannie joined BellaOnline in 2004 and is the editor of two BellaOnline sites, Work & Family and Hot and Spicy [foods].

Jeanette Stingley Jeanette Stingley

Jeanette Stingley found encouragement to write through her sophomore English teacher in high school when her teacher insisted she be the editor of the high school newspaper. Since then Jeanette can't put her pen down. Jeanette is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She joined in November of 2004 and is currently the editor of the Domestic Violence and Buddhism sections.

Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman, Senior Poetry Editor

Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman is a poet, activist and general cosmic inkslinger who sublimates her danger through poetry and the written word. Her publication credits include Kimera, Zuzu´s Petals, Writers Digest and Venusian Magazine. She currently serves as the Human Rights Editor for BellaOnline and as a Contributing Writer on Suite 101. She collects sea glass, the discarded notes of strangers and secretly covets wings.

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