Secret Midnight Press
Ashley Dun is an author from Columbus Ohio. She started creating at a very young age, writing stories and plays and illustrating them. She considers herself to be highly sensitive and has always been interested in exploring life’s emotions through creativity.
Lee Martens is a media graduate, writer and editor from the Netherlands. She recently graduated from Bournemouth University with a Master of Arts in Scriptwriting and she also holds a bachelor's degree in Media and Culture from the University of Amsterdam. Lee writes poetry and fiction. She also writes for newspapers and websites, has produced content for television and radio and gives workshops about media and creative writing.
Jesse Cale is a storyteller before anything else. He'll flail his arms while reliving a story from his life, he'll play a few notes and sing from his experiences, he'll take a pen to paper to tell you what it's like to drown in a well of emotion. He's an award winning music producer and performing artist.
Jay Whitehead works in the music and entertainment industry as a photographer, filmmaker and publicist. As a recent graduate from the University of Nottingham with a BA in English and Philosophy, Jay has a passion for communication and creation. She currently works as a content developer for independent media outlets, in artist management and as a touring photographer.
When Chavilah was little, she loved to draw, dance, and make tiny intricate hats out of clay.
One day when she was about 15, decided that she was going to be an artist.
Being an artist is a lifestyle - maintaining a childlike heart, finding whimsy and wonder around every corner and under every stone.
She keeps a little sign over her doorknob, so she can see it when she goes out into the world every day - it says: Choose your own adventure.
The thing that she enjoys most about SMP is the reality of co-creating with a world of dreamers - a world where strangers touch hearts, responding to each other in a way that is encouraging and creatively stimulating.
Someday Chavilah hopes to live in a house with secret passageways and a room with all of the furniture on the ceiling.
Jason is an award-winning writer and graphic designer. He loves creativity and creatives. Jason also loves making music, eating mochi, witty banter, fonts, road trips, hugs and laughing.
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Secret Midnight Press
Chapter 1: Friends that cry together, ride together
Jesse Cale and Ashley Dun were the types of friends you'd find sitting in the corner of gym class talking about the saddest songs they've ever heard and favorite films specifically ending in tragedy. The friendship stayed the same into adulthood. In early 2016 they agreed to finish the books they had always talked about writing. The idea came to simply put them out at the same time. It went a step further to include the same logo on the spine of the books to create a sort of collection, a favorite characteristic of the books from their childhood. Their imaginations didn't stop there - they decided they wanted to start a publishing company. They tumbled over words for days trying to describe what they wanted to create before the name Secret Midnight Press stuck. Jesse was on tour at the time and drew a little keyhole with a crescent moon which he sent to his friend Chavilah Bennett which she turned into the current logo for the company. Jason Turner joined the team to prepare their books for the printing press. They sat down all together for the first time November 1st and decided they would launch exactly two weeks from that day on November 14th. They worked down to the last second getting everything ready for their launch.
The website went live and that was the beginning of something very special.
Chapter 2: How far does a word go?
Secret Midnight Press found themselves & their poetry in a different continent just six months after the project launched. They had the opportunity to do a small European tour in the spring with Vesperteen. Jesse & Ashley shared poems and stories and watered the seed of an intense wanderlust.
In one week they had readings in Belgium, Germany, London, and Paris. They were overwhelmed by the love and support they were shown, and grateful that these lovely cities welcomed them with warmth.
It's been incredible to watch the community of #LNF (late night feelers) spread across the world. In one year, Secret Midnight Press has shipped to over fifty countries. Art speaks many languages and one all at once, and you're always included in the conversation.
Chapter 3: The family grows...
In 2018 Secret Midnight Press will be welcoming new authors, embarking on a U.S. tour, and preparing for the return of The World of Atlas Black.
And so much more...