Behind the scenes at Writing Bloc there are six of us – Michael Haase, Becca Spence Dobias, Cari Dubiel, Robert Batten, Christopher Lee, and Jacqui Castle. We are all authors, in various stages of our careers. Our goal is to help indie authors by fostering connection, and providing the support needed to navigate the often-times-overwhelming world of publishing.
Our number one goal: figure out what is missing in the writing community, and help provide it. We have so many exciting things on the horizon, and we can’t wait to share them with all of you.
Michael Haase is a writer, ER nurse, and musician, but more importantly, he is a proud and happy father and husband. In his journeys as a writer, Michael has made friendships with authors from all over the world. The talent, drive, and motivation he noticed in these friends inspired Michael to create Writing Bloc in 2018 as a way for authors to unite and help one another navigate this business of writing and publishing. After less than a year, Writing Bloc has already stood out in the indie publishing world as a force to be reckoned with, and the momentum will soon carry over into multiple publications, a podcast, and more. Michael lives in Cleveland with his wife, children, dogs, and piles of manuscripts.
Cari Dubiel is the Head of Books and Editing for Writing Bloc. She is the author of the forthcoming novel HOW TO REMEMBER, which won the 2017 Hugh Holton Award from the Midwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Her anthology of short stories, ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE, was chosen by Library Journal for free distribution to public libraries via OverDrive. Cari served as the Library Liaison to the National Board of Sisters in Crime for five years and currently serves as a library advisor; she is active in her local chapter, Northeast Ohio, as well. Cari is also a librarian, speaker, adjunct professor, bassoonist, mom, and podcaster.
Becca Spence Dobias
Becca Spence Dobias won her first writing contest at the age of 5 when her short essay about computers earned an award from her local school board. At 12, she officially became a published writer with a poem appearing in Girls’ Life Magazine. Her writing dreams persisted as she wrote for her middle school, high school, and college newspapers and as an occasional freelancer. In 2012, she began to explore fiction and completed the first draft of her novel, Rock of Ages, which is currently in production with Inkshares. Becca lives in California, where she plays the ukulele, practices mindfulness meditation, and hangs out with her two young children.
Jacqui Castle is an author, freelance writer, and content creator living in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC. Castle has contributed to a variety of publications, including Mountain Xpress, WNC Woman, Asheville Grit, and Explore Asheville. Castle is also an associate producer on Asheville FM 103.3 WordPlay Radio, which airs each locally each Sunday at 3pm. Her dystopian science-fiction novel, The Seclusion, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Sci-Fi Book of September 2018, and was called a “must-have for all libraries and fans of sci-fi ” by School Library Journal.
Robert is the author of Blood Capital, a dystopian sci-fi novel about the struggle to reclaim humanity, set in the ruins of Sydney. It is being developed and published by Inkshares after winning two major prizes in the 2016 Launch Pad competition: the Inkshares Publishing Prize and Ridley Scott / Scott Free Guaranteed Option Prize.
Robert loves speculative fiction, reading everything from hard sci-fi, to epic fantasy, and everything in between. Authors who’s work he particularly loves include David Eddings, Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Sarah J. Maas, V.E. Schwab, Laini Taylor, Garth Nix, Terry Pratchett, and Douglas Adams, among many others.