About Us

“We are made of star-stuff.” Carl Sagan

“No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.” —Henry Taylor

Hello, namaste, and welcome to the blog of the Star-Dusted Sirens, a group of story spinners and tale weavers. The four of us share a mission: to craft fiction that draws on myth and science and shadows and dreams while gleefully challenging traditional paradigms. Together, we wander through glass pumpkin patches and nibble on rubies and sapphires fresh from the vine, and as we do so, we discuss topics such as feminism, diversity, folklore from around the world, the nature of horror, what makes a piece of fiction work, and other things that form the foundation of the best stories.

We’ll be posting on a regular basis, so you can look forward to joining in a conversation on a wide variety of subjects and opinions.

For now, meet the Sirens!

Shveta at Katrine's, 2009

Shveta Thakrar is a writer of South Asian–flavored fantasy. (She might also be a nagini.) Drawing on her heritage, her experience growing up with two cultures, and her M.A. in German Literature, she likes to explore the magic hiding just out of sight as well as the kind playing out right in front of us. Other things that interest her include feminism, cultural and racial notions of beauty, and how language influences how we think. When not hard at work on her second novel, a young adult fantasy about stars, Shveta makes things out of glitter and paper and felt, reads lots of books, daydreams, and occasionally even practices her harp. You can discover more at http://shvetathakrar.com.

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Naima Johnson is a wild and wacky, karaoke-loving, globetrotting woman of mystery. Hailing from the wilds of Philadelphia, PA, she cheerfully pirates the waters of the Delaware. In her fiction, she aspires to create new possibilities in the universe of science fiction and fantasy. She especially wants to have her work represent all of the quirks and contrasts of the world she inhabits. Oh, and to entertain. Definitely that. If you like your weirdness with a side of strange, definitely look her up. For more about Naima and her interests, like her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NaimaJohnsonSF, and follow her on Twitter: @NaimaJohnsonSF.

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Jocelyn Koehler grew up in the dark woods of Wisconsin, but now lives in a tiny house in Philadelphia that is filled with tea things. She has worked as a librarian, bookseller, editor, archivist, cubicle drone, popcorn popper, and music store clerk. While early exposure to Disneyland sparked her interest in fairy tales, it was the discovery of the original Grimm stories and other folktales from around the world that captured her imagination. She is currently working on a YA urban fantasy, as well as a plan for world domination that relies heavily on not leaving her house. Learn about her nefarious plot and published work at her site, http://teamblood.org.


Barbara A. Barnett is a writer, musician, graduate student in library and information science, orchestra library intern, Odyssey Writing Workshop alum, coffee addict, wine lover, bad movie mocker, and all-around geek. Her short fiction ranges from the dark to the wacky, and sometimes—just sometimes—the short story ideas leave her alone long enough to plug away at what she lovingly refers to as My Big Fat Epic Fantasy Novel. When not hunched over a keyboard or otherwise earning a paycheck, Barbara can often be found singing, obsessively organizing things, or bursting into maniacal monologues. You can learn more about her published work at http://babarnett.com.

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