Carly Smith writes from the Greater New York City area with her trusty feline coworker. Above all, she loves good stories. She worked as a news writer primarily covering the video games industry at The Escapist for one and a half years before leaving to focus on other projects. As of May 2016, she works as an editorial assistant for Yen Press, where she edits light novels and graphic novels. When she's not writing or playing games, she's continuing to study Japanese or working on a costume.

As someone who makes and wears costumes from media, a hobby known as cosplay, Carly writes about the different issues impacting the cosplay community.

While studying journalism at Ithaca College, Carly copy edited the award-winning college newspaper The Ithacan and wrote for the alternative magazine on campus, Buzzsaw Magazine.

Carly's goal is to broaden her experiences and knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of other people—and to just tell a really good story.