About Our Nerds
Emily Bayma: A self-identified nerd since an early age, it is impossible to get an immediate and encompassing answer from Emily Bayma about what she geeks, so just tossing out a few: Star Trek, Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, Legend of Zelda, Back to the Future, Disney, and Left 4 Dead. When not working in a library, Emily spends a lot of time as a bastion of good, decency, and judgment in the form of a holy paladin in World of Warcraft (unless she’s playing her shaman. Or her hunter), doing a great deal of reading, moonlighting as a creative writer, and absorbing every single piece of trivia she can handle. Fun fact: she is a minor character in a Starcraft short story published by Blizzard Entertainment earlier this year.
Heather Beirne: If Heather Beirne was not a librarian, she would most definitely be a Muppeteer, as she has held a deep and abiding, nerdy love for the Muppets since she was a child. In addition to Kermit and friends, she adores Disney movies, Monty Python, the Beatles (and all things British, come to that), Adventure Time, and Lego video games, just to name a few. A huge movie and tv buff, Heather enjoys series like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Community, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, etc. Currently her absolute favorite show is Downton Abbey – who doesn’t love a good period drama? As an education librarian, it goes without saying that she geeks out about books, from children’s books to young adult novels to books for adults. Some of her favorites include the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, anything by Neil Gaiman, etc. Her biggest soft spot is for A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books, which she has loved forever. A good crossword puzzle makes Heather’s heart happy, and a good game of Scrabble is the next best thing.
Ashley Cole: Ashley has never deemed herself cool enough to be a real nerd. She has never seen the original Dr. Who and has yet to grasp how Dungeons and Dragons works, but Ashley has picked up a few hobbies that might warrant the nerd title, such as her immense love for the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, all things DIY, and the fact that she defeated King Koopa not once but three times! In her free time, Ashley enjoys perusing the local flea markets in search of lost treasures or a piece of furniture in need of a little TLC. Oh, and favorite superhero, Donatello, hands down. To continue the conversation, follow her on Twitter @ashleyjwray.
Todd King: Todd King’s earliest memory is seeing the original Star Wars at the age of four at a drive-in. A geek was born then and continues to grow to this day with great interests in video games (from Atari to now) and Disney theme parks. He just finished his MFA in Creative Writing and is revising and a book about seeing movies as a kid. Meanwhile, he produced a short film called, “Librarian vs. Librarian” for his YouTube channel and has more in the works. He has been acting at Berea Arena Theater and will be in the upcoming production of “The Crucible.” His day job is at EKU’s Library as the Systems Administrator. And at home, he keeps busy with his two daughters and their continuous drawing, voracious reading appetites, and dance recitals and competitions. He would love your following on Twitter: @foxtwin
Savannah Marlow: Savannah’s nerd-love (and occasional nerd rage) usually involves history, Arthurian legend, Star Trek, and sci-fi/fantasy genre writing (ASOIF, WoT, LOTR). It’s been awhile since she’s done any P&P gaming, but she has a special place in her heart for Rifts. She’s old school like that. She’s solidly in the DC camp and drinks obscene amounts of coffee from an awesome Batman mug every day. Her favorite video games are fairly predictable: The Witcher II, Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed I, II (she hasn’t finished Brotherhood yet. She has a toddler) and Arkham Asylum. She’s currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at the Bluegrass Writers Studio. She loves vampire lore (but not the sparkly kind), British history and Firefly.