About Us

After years of following other websites and YouTube channels, Cait Marie decided to form her own group of bookworms to bring you book reviews, recommendations, book hauls, and entertaining lists. She also wants to help promote authors, so if you have a published book that you’d like featured use the Contact page or email us at functionallyfictional@gmail.com!

The Team

Meet Cait Marie!

Hi! I’m Cait: reader, writer, editor, Hufflepuff, and cookie enthusiast! I have loved reading my entire life, however, it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really became obsessed with books. Within the last couple years, this passion has grown a bit out of control. Hence, the creation of this website!

Outside of reading, I am a multi-genre author. Check out The Nihryst series and The Last Summer on Amazon! All writing updates can be found on my Facebook page. I graduated with honors in 2019 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and she is currently enrolled in their Master of Fine Arts program.

I live in Indiana, where I freelance edit and provide a variety of other author services. When I’m not writing or reading, I can usually be found watching Disney movies, creating pages in my bullet journal, painting, or singing showtunes to annoy my family and cats.

I will read just about anything, but Young Adult/New Adult fiction is my favorite. Within those categories, I’ll read any sub-genre. I’m particularly fond of series, especially those of the fantasy and dystopian variety.

Meet Brandi!

A mother of two girls ages six and three, a wife of fourteen years, and hardcore gamer. Brandi is a senior at Southern New Hampshire University working on a degree in forensic psychology. Currently living in Colorado Springs, CO, some of her favorite activities include hiking, cross stitching, cooking, and video games. Her ultimate favorite thing to do is read, which she takes advantage of a lot!

Favorite authors include Kresley Cole, Cassandra Clare, Wendy Higgins, C.S. Lewis, Juliet Marillier, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. That is only naming a select few. Genres include fantasy, historical fiction, historical fantasy fiction, horror, suspense, psychological thrillers, and young adult. Brandi has a passion to help spread the joys of reading with children, finding the time for book drives for the community schools, and teaching children the thirst of getting lost between pages. Brandi has two personal libraries, one in hardcovers on two and half book shelves of her favorites, and the second is the ginormous and ever-growing digital library. This may or may not include the same books on the hardcover bookshelves, but don’t mention that to her husband.

Meet Christopher!

Christopher C. Bartlett is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in Creative Writing and minors in Literature, Professional Writing, Sociology, and Communications. He is an avid reader of books and magazines when not writing, reading everything under the sun for the most part. Though Romance is a rare genre for him to read.

Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Charles Dickens, Piers Anthony, and Anne Rice are some of his favorite authors to name a few. He is also an avid gamer, as well as movie and TV watcher, enjoying things made from books greatly. In addition to writing for Functionally Fictional, he also writes for Coffee House Writers. He currently resides in Portland, ME, with his insane cat, Whoopster.

Meet Destiny!

Destiny J. Constantin is 24 years old and resides in Lockport, NY, with her family. She is pursuing her master’s degree in English and Creative Writing with the hope of becoming an English professor and a better writer. She strives to become a best-selling author one day.

Destiny also writes young adult fiction and mysteries short stories on an online platform called Coffee House Writers. Check out her latest stories here.

She is the co-author of The Journey with Dad and The Journey with Dad 2. The Journey with Dad series was written with her father, John Constantin and they are children’s’ stories about a father and daughter taking mysterious road trips after facing challenges. Destiny is currently working on writing her first young adult novel, titled I’m No Ordinary Girl. Destiny Constantin is a self-taught baker and enjoys baking for friends and family. Destiny enjoys reading books by Cassandra Clare, Nicolas Sparks, John Green, Veronica Roth, Gayle Forman, and many others. Her favorite book is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. She enjoys writing mysteries, children’s stories, and teen fantasy because it’s what she knows and loves to read.

Facebook: Father and Daughter Destiny/John Constantin
Instagram: @writerdestiny94
Twitter: @WriterDestiny
Blog/Website: www.constantinsbooks.com

Meet Jenny!

Jenny Gardner is currently an undergraduate, studying Mathematics and Information Technology. However, her interests cover a vast variety of topics. Learning is a never ending pursuit of the mind.

To that end, reading is a favorite past time. Her favorite genres include Non-fiction, Science Fiction, and Fantasy, specifically classic literature. In Jenny’s book reviews and articles expect to hear: the interesting, the imperfect, as well as the spectacular portions of literature read.

Meet Katie!

Katie is a bookworm with a voracious appetite, and she lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is married, has two kids, and two guinea pigs. Aside from spending her time lost in fictional universes; Katie has earned a BA in Forensic Psychology, a CRT in Crime and Criminology, is working on her MS in Forensic Psychology, volunteers with Crisis Text Line, and works as a Peer Mentor for first year students at her university.

She is a whovian, potterhead, feminist, atheist, admirer of impressive wingspans, tattoo enthusiast, zombie rights activist, who loves everything to do with the paranormal/occult/supernatural, and has what could probably be classified as an unhealthy obsession with serial killers.

Meet Kesha!

Hi, my name is Kesha! My love for reading started when I was in elementary and I was hooked on the Arthur series. I know…. I know, not a lot of people might remember that series, but I was obsessed with it, haha!

I ventured off to different books after that. I was of course a big Twilight fan, (still am to an extent) but once I finished being infatuated with that series, my love for reading slowed down tremendously. Then, about a year ago, my good friend Cait told me about this site called Epic Reads and it sparked my reading senses again. I discovered so many books and series that I couldn’t wait to dive into. I’ve come to enjoy YA, YA Fiction and Non-Fiction, Poetry, Fantasy, and Thriller.

Outside of reading I volunteer at a hospital and enjoy taking photos and getting lost in either Hulu or Netflix.

Meet Manuela!

Hello all, my name is Manuela! I’m a recent graduate from Southern New Hampshire University with my B.A in English Language and Literature, with minors in Art History and History, and plan to continue on to a Master of Arts degree in Communication.

My love for reading began as a child when my Mom, Oma (grandma), and Opa (grandpa) would read me fairy tales and other children’s books. While I grew up a reader and always enjoyed books, 5th grade changed things for me as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the U.S. and, thanks to my incredible teacher, my life was changed and my love for reading reached an entirely new level; one that continued to rise as each new Harry Potter was released and trips to the bookstore and library became more frequent.

As an adult, I have continued to read a variety of genres and am always on the lookout for my next read. There’s no one genre that I love over another, but I really enjoy Fantasy, YA, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Historical Non-Fiction, Paranormal, Mystery, Suspense, and Thrillers.

What began with bedtime (and anytime really) stories has exploded over the years and left me with a never-ending thirst for the next story. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and opinions on the books I read with our readers and hearing back from you guys. Thanks for visiting Functionally Fictional!

Meet Mariah!

My name is Mariah and I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. I have a bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in Natural Science and an Associate’s of Art in Criminal Justice.

I work at the Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In which is a local outdoor movie theater where you bring your car and can watch movies outdoors, for those who have never heard of a drive-in. I currently live near Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Some of my favorite things to do outside of reading are crocheting, knitting, playing video games, watching new television series, and one day I hope to travel.

I have been reading books since I was a little kid and was reading for summer programs. The first books to get me hooked on reading were Magic Treehouse Books, Junie B. Jones, and any book by Beverly Cleary. Once I got older, the Harry Potter series became my all-time favorite and it still is. I love reading books by new authors and love exploring new areas of written works. Some of my other favorite authors are Ted Dekker, Tahereh Mafi, Cassandra Clare, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and many more. I also love dogs, especially dachshunds.

Meet Stephanie!

Hi! I’m Steph Wyatt. I like to write fantasy, realistic fiction and I’m trying to write romance. I am a bi-weekly contributor for Coffee House Writers, and sometimes for the Lyricst Loft Productions e-magazine.

Some of my favorite authors include: Eoin Colfer, Cassandra Clare, Rainbow Rowell, Sarah J Maas, Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, Marissa Meyer, and Kate Roth. I read pretty much anything, but YA will always have a place in my heart. I watch Netflix, Hulu, and the Food Network when I’m not writing. I live in Chicago with my best friend and my dog Ama Angelica.

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