Meet Our Writers

Editors and Senior Staff:

Ashley Bissette Sumerel, Founder and Editor-in-Chief — In addition to running Tell-Tale TV, Ashley is an English Instructor with degrees in Literature, Creative Writing, and Cultural Studies. She’s looking forward to the day when her daughter is old enough to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer with her, and she’ll never grow tired of re-watching Gilmore Girls.

Allison Nichols, Managing Editor  — Allison is in a love affair with television that doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Slightly damaged fictional characters are her weakness. She loves to spend her free time curled up with a cat and a show to binge-watch on Netflix. Currently, she’s obsessed with From Dusk Till Dawn, The 100, and she’ll never be over her Gilmore Girls obsession. In addition to Tell-Tale TV, Allison also writes for Examiner and TV Fanatic.

Amanda Coyne, Associate EditorAmanda is a writer, teacher, and pop culture enthusiast with a love for 30 Rock and The Mindy Project. She is also the proud mother of two orange cats.

Lissete Lanuza Sáenz, Associate EditorLawyer. Writer. Columnist. Geek. Falls in madly in love with fictional characters, more often than not. Hates the color yellow, misogyny, and people who are late. Can always be found with a book. Watches an absurd amount of TV every week, often, while eating coffee ice cream. She has no regrets. You can check out her blog here: Absurday.

Caralynn Lippo, Associate Editor — Caralynn is a freelance writer and editor, but most importantly, she is a diehard TV addict. Her obsession began with late 90’s classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed, which she still tends to binge re-watch regularly at home in Brooklyn with her fiancé. Current favorites are Mr. Robot, You’re the Worst, iZombie and The Vampire Diaries. She also writes about TV for The TV Junkies and TV Fanatic.

Lyra Hale, Senior Writer — Lyra is a TV and movie enthusiast. It all started on a dark night when she turned on Fox and fell in love with the X-Files. It was all history after that as she got lost in Doctor Who, The Marvel Verse, and most recently, everything DC. When she isn’t sharing her love for TV and movies, she’s writing fan-fiction, taking care of her family, and puttering around her kitchen.

Samantha Coley, Senior Writer — Samantha is a long time internet, TV, and movie junkie. A freelance writer and podcaster for @thegiantist, she enjoys live-tweeting, blogging, good music, better television, roller coasters, dinosaurs, and space. Her current favorite television shows include: The 100, Scandal, Person of Interest, Supergirl, and The Goldbergs and there will always be a place in her heart for Battlestar Galactica, Leverage, and The West Wing.

Staff Writers:

Lauren Busser — Lauren is a tomboy, vixen, maverick genius who spends her days as an Editorial Director and her nights as a crafter, blogger, and epicurian who can beat you in a game of Trivial Pursuit. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence and takes every project just a little bit too far. Her greatest wish is to figure out how to manufacture units of time.

Shabnaj Chowdhury — Shabnaj is a literature nerd and a TV obsessive. She loves all things pop-culture and spends much of her time enabling her coffee addiction and thinking about Jon Snow’s hair. Believing variety is key, some of her favorite shows include Friday Night Lights, The Leftovers, and Game of Thrones. Shabnaj also loves to write creative non-fiction and discuss the importance of diversity in the television landscape.

Cade Taylor — Cade is a freelance writer who is currently going to college for a degree in journalism. When he isn’t busy with college, working, or writing, he enjoys staying home with his dogs and binge-watching Friends or listening to his favorite artist, Halsey. His current TV obsessions are Stranger Things, How To Get Away With Murder, AHS, and Teen Wolf.

Milka Väinämö — Milka holds a BA in film studies and is currently working on her master’s thesis, writing about what she truly loves: American sitcoms. When she’s not watching Netflix and adding names to her never-ending list of kickass lady heroes and fictional boyfriends, Milka’s probably obsessing over ice hockey, hanging out with her dog or blogging about books. Her favorite shows include Parks and Recreation, The Office, Gilmore Girls, Community and Arrested Development. Milka also writes for The Leaky Cauldron, a Harry Potter fansite.

Nora Williamson — Nora is pop-culture obsessed and has been since she was six years old– writing stories about going to Hollywood premieres and dating Christian Slater. Her current favorite shows include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead and black-ish. She is a sucker for TV shows with forbidden love, bad boys and of course, a Big Bad. Nora may also be the only person on the planet who loves Fear the Walking Dead.

Ali Hanford — Ali Hanford is a producer, talent booker, and host of the podcast, I Can’t Even. She is also the mother of an adorable toddler who loves dancing to the music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, even though it’s totally inappropriate.

Erin Allen — Erin is a former script supervisor for film and television. When she’s not watching TV or movies, she is reading, writing, thinking, or tweeting about tv or movies. She loves to read actual books and X-Files fan fiction. Her other passions include pointing out feminist issues, shipping Mulder and Scully, and collecting pop culture mugs. She is currently reviewing all of The X-Files at her blog, Buck Up Little Camper.

Drew Koenig — Drew has ongoing, borderline unhealthy obsession with pop culture, but with television in particular. When he’s not aggressively trying to get out of a perpetual state of catching up, he can be found passionately defending the ending of Lost. More of his online work can be found at The Lost Cause and he also co-hosts The Lost Cause Pod.

Hillary Esquina — Hillary is television fanatic and spends most of her free time talking about all things television and pop culture, even if it’s just with baby padawan (her son) and her wife. Her current day job is working within the nonprofit sector, and she is pretty much in love with any show that has strong female characters. Never one to be boxed into any sort of genre, her show preferences range from Wynonna Earp and Dark Matter to One Day At a Time, Modern Family, and Santa Clarita Diet.

Candice Horde — An English enthusiast who watches a couple of shows from time to time. Candice is an honors graduate of Texas Tech University with an English double major in Creative Writing and Technical Communication. She loves the colors turquoise and pearl pink, and binges all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at least once a year. She’s also a huge fan of anime, basketball, and Japanese and Chinese action movies.

Lacy Baugher — Lacy Baugher is a digital strategist and freelance writer living in Washington, D.C., who’s still hoping that the TARDIS will show up at her door eventually. Favorite things include: Sansa Stark, British period dramas, the Ninth Doctor and whatever Jessica Lange happens to be doing today. Loves to livetweet pretty much anything, and is always looking for new friends to yell about Game of Thrones with on Twitter. Ravenclaw for life.

— Alamin is an aspiring writer, social media editor, and television enthusiast. While he has been a TV fan since the days of Martin, Living Single, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the introduction of Netflix and a rewatch of Grey’s Anatomy kick things into high gear. One of his life goals is to find a Cul-de-Sac crew of his own, and he’ll never advocate for Happy Endings to return. Alamin may not love every television show, but he’ll definitely catch any new show out. You can also usually find him talking about whatever he’s currently watching on Twitter.

Contributing Writers:

Christine Laskodi — Christine eats, sleeps, and breathes Gilmore Girls, Parks and Rec, Hart of Dixie, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She can’t wait to introduce her own daughter to Lorelai, Leslie, Zoe, and Buffy. Christine can also be found writing about television at TV Fanatic and co-hosting The Shipping Room Podcast, where the topic is always ‘shipping TV couples.

Brittany Rae — Brittany is a writer and avid TV blogger. She trained at Vancouver Film School in screenwriting for television and film, and is a graphic designer and blogger in her free time. When she’s not watching the Food Network, she’s consuming every bit of sci-fi television she can get her hands on (current favorites include The 100, Person of Interest, and Doctor Who). She’s always up for female-led dramas and, of course, a literal interpretation of the phrase “Netflix and chill.” Check out her mishmash of a blog here.

Amanda Steinmetz — Amanda is a TV junkie and film history buff, who spends her days as an overworked Hollywood assistant. In addition to her love of seeing strong feminist characters, she also admits to loving the angsty bad boy characters with hearts of gold, because let’s face it, they only exist on the screen. Amanda can also be found writing for TV Goodness and TV Fanatic.

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