Every author starts by juggling many things in their life, including family and jobs, resulting in little time for writing. This leaves one feeling stretched thin—almost like a ghost. We are revenants, returning from our daily demands to continue the work we love in storytelling.


In my day job I help coordinate teams of software developers, and this has led me to wonder—can we create books using similar collaborative techniques?

I am exploring the idea of a creator's studio designed on principles used in film, game, media, and creative software developement, using collaborative processes (such as Pixar's Braintrust).

For writers, this is not simply writing with a partner, it's about designing amazing stories, and creating something better than the sum of each individual contributor, and doing it in a studio where each contributor maintains a stake in their creative output.

Learn more about these goals in the Revenant Creative Studio Writer's Welcome Deck.

Join Discord for discussions (contact Ansel for questions), or email us

Originally created as Revenant Games in 2009, we became Revenant Creative Studio in 2019.


  • Brandon Gillespie — Author, Art & Design
  • Colin Murcray — Author, Publicist, Director of Marketing and Sales
  • Christina Crosland — Editor (and the entire team at Everediting)
  • Amy Guan — Editor
  • Derrick Boudwin — Audio Producer/Voice Actor
  • Margaret Faro — Artist & Design
  • Many amazingly helpful alpha and beta readers!


Brandon Gillespie

During the day, Brandon serves as a VP of Engineering. He is a video game and open-source pioneer, avid programmer (language of choice: Elixir), technology architect, serial entrepreneur, game designer, writer, and artist. His diverse expertise includes building numerous startups and companies.

Although initially pursuing English and Graphic Arts with an interest in Film, Brandon unexpectedly found his way into Computer Science. It was during this time that he met his wife. Throughout his career, Brandon has achieved numerous accomplishments, such as his team receiving the Innovator of the Year award from Redhat, and in his capacity as an executive consultant, he provided counsel to the CIO of a three-letter federal agency known for collecting foreign intelligence.

Residing with his family in the Rocky Mountains, Brandon takes pleasure in outdoor activities. Above all, he harbors a deep passion for sci-fi and fantasy and has crafted many captivating stories, games, and settings. Watch this site for more to come!