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, sign up here, 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, The Last Summer, and more on Amazon! All writing updates can be found on my Facebook page, Twitter, and in my newsletter. I graduated with honors in 2019 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and I’m 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’m particularly fond of fantasy, romance, light sci-fi, and dystopian.

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 26 years old and resides in Lockport, NY, with her family. She is pursuing her second Master’s Degree in Higher Education to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. In October of 2020, she graduated with honors from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing. She strives to become a best-selling author one day. Destiny also writes young adult fiction and mystery short stories on an online platform called Coffee House Writers. Check out her latest stories at http://coffeehousewriters.com/author/destiny-constantin/

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 Katie!

Katie is a full time student and lives in Nashville with her husband, two kids, and two guinea pigs. She holds both a BA and MS in forensic psychology, along with a CRT in crime and criminology. Currently she is pursuing a doctorate of psychology in criminology and justice studies. She is a hoarder of books and reads everything from YA, to horror, to nonfiction, to high fantasy, to textbooks. Often viewed as “the weird friend”, Katie loves serial killers and true crime; and is a Slytherin, Whovian, atheist, feminist, tattoo enthusiast, makeup aficionado, who loves anything related to the paranormal/occult.

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 Marissa!

Marissa has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with a bachelors and masters degrees in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She is working on building her developmental editor business as well as her writing for The Blood Regent series.

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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