ISFAB Judges: Who Are They? Part 3


Yes, yes, it does, Moira, and thank you for noticing. A big thanks also to all of you for tuning in for part three of our ISFAB Judges: Who Are They? I would like to add that you can find a list of all the books involved in my first ISFAB blog. Those links are updated and you can click on any of them to go directly to that book's exclusive link so you can read along with the judges.


I have a few more judges to introduce you to, so get settled, we are starting now!



Carolyn Greathouse-Mallinson is a retired, avid reader, loves fantasy, dragons, some sci-fi, and some paranormal books. She lives in a very rural part of Missouri with her husband and border collie Sam. Carolyn is a wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother;

a hunter/fisherman ( woman?); conservationists, gardener, who crochets, sews, and can get produce from the garden.

Q: Do you keep a book review journal?

A: Sort of

Q: Is this the first time you have been a judge for a contest?

A: No

Q: Is this your favorite genre to read? If not, which one do you prefer?

A: Some of them are and some are not. I prefer fantasy ( epic, high, etc) I'm open to reading other types of books. I read them all with an open mind.

Q: What prompted you to be one of the judges?

A: Giving different books/ authors a bash.


Cully Mack. is an indie author in England with a four-legged buddy, Leo. Cully is an avid reader who also cut her teeth on Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree. She reads all genres, preferring fantasy and myth. For most of Cully's life, she's worked with people experiencing homelessness, and managing services that support them to live fulfilled lives.

In 2014, she returned to University and completed a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing. She loved it so much, Cully stayed on to do a Masters in Creative Writing. Since then, she's been writing a high fantasy series and her developmental editing which she plans to expand in the new year!

Q: Do you keep a book review journal?

A: I keep a spreadsheet with notes, dates read, author & book details etc.

Q: Is this the first time you have been a judge for a contest?

A: I have been a judge for a national short story competition in the UK.

Q: Is this your favorite genre to read? If not, which one do you prefer?

A: Fantasy is my favourite genre to read. I prefer high/epic, character-driven novels with grimdark and fantasy romance coming in a close second. However, I read all genres and enjoy books that are well written regardless of their genre.

Q: What prompted you to be one of the judges?

A: I thought it would be interesting to see what Indie Authors are writing and I enjoy reading. With my background in English Literature & Creative Writing, I thought I'd have something to offer.

Q: Is there anything you would like the contestants to know about you or the judging?

A: I'm a fantasy author from the UK. I'm an avid reader, reading 100's of books a year. When I'm not writing or reading, I enjoy walking in the countryside with my dog.

My approach to judging is fair, assessing the text as it is presented without any outside influences. I'm used to critiquing written work of all genres without being biased by my personal preferences.

That being said, what am I looking for? Something which stands out from the rest. This could be a memorable well-developed character, a particular writing style or technique, vivid imagery and description, a riveting plot... I could go on; the possibilities are endless. All I know for sure is, it's the type