Meet Our Fiction Authors
Our authors are among the most talented in the industry, ranging from break-out debuts to award-winning bestsellers. It is our pleasure to introduce you to them.
Since The Seymour Agency's founding in 1992, we have sold thousands of titles and have had the privilege of representing hundreds of clients. A few of them are listed below.
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Our Fiction Authors
Our Fiction Authors
Jus Accardo spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her future was in fiction, not food.
A native New Yorker, Jus lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley with her husband, three dogs, and twelve angry chickens.
Rick Acker writes novels during his commute to and from his "real job" as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. His unit prosecutes corporate fraud lawsuits of the type described in his #1 bestseller, WHEN THE DEVIL WHISTLES. Rick has led investigations and lawsuits that made headlines in and out of California. Most recently, he and his team won a string record-breaking judgments and settlements against the Wall Street players who created the toxic mortgage securities that triggered the Great Recession.
When Rick isn't writing or lawyering, you can usually find him with his wife, Anette, and their kids and dog. They'll be exploring in the hills east of San Francisco, watching a good movie together, or, of course, reading.
Stacey Agdern is an award-winning former bookseller who has reviewed romance novels in multiple formats and given talks about various aspects of the romance genre. She’s a proud romance writer, who incorporates Jewish characters and traditions into her stories so that people who grew up like she did can see themselves take center stage on the page. She lives in New York, not far from her favorite hockey team’s practice facility.
Published: Miracles and Menorahs, Tule, October 2020
The luxury of staying home when the weather turns nasty, of working in PJs and bare feet, and the fact that daydreaming is not only permissible but encouraged, are a few of the reasons middle school teacher Lynnette Hallberg gave up the classroom to write full-time.
Lynnette grew up in Pennsylvania’s Alleghany Mountains, moved to Upstate New York, then to the Rockies in Wyoming. Presently she and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. A finalist in RWA's Golden Heart Contest, PASIC's Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Contest, she’s published five books as Lynnette Hallberg. She’s currently writing as Lynnette Austin for Grand Central Publishing. Somebody Like You, Nearest Thing to Heaven, and Can’t Stop Lovin’ You are the first three books in her Maverick Junction series, contemporary romances set in Texas.
Kait Ballenger is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Seven Range Shifter paranormal romance series, where she weaves captivating tales of dark, sexy heroes who are cowboys by day, wolf shifters by night.
When Kait's not preoccupied writing "intense and riveting" paranormal plots or "high-voltage" love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a good book. She lives in Florida with her husband and two young sons.
Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven, she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels and read and reread them, falling totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes! After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first Regency novel, The Dashing Debutante. Alissa then travelled overseas and worked as a flight attendant in Dubai before she moved to England, where she did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager. Alissa’s third Regency novel, A Marchioness Below Stairs, is the sequel to Lord Fenmore’s Wager.
Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town, but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is also the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which has been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.
Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon best-selling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothers series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America.
Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy, and Alfie and Benji Petersheim. Jennifer has written twenty-two Amish romances, a historical Western, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas.
Jennifer is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency. She and her husband have been married for thirty-five years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
Pamela Binnings Ewen
Pamela Binnings Ewen
After practicing law for many in Houston, Texas, Pamela Binnings Ewen turned to writing. She lives in Mandeville, Louisiana near New Orleans. She is the author of The Moon in the Mango Tree, and five other books. Based on a true story, The Moon in the Mango tree was awarded the 2012 Eudora Welty Memorial Award by the National League of American Pen Women.
Pamela's newest novel, The Queen of Paris, will be released April 7, 2020 by Blackstone Publishing. This electrifying story, based on the real life of Coco Chanel during WWII as the Nazi's occupied Paris, reveals the underside of the celebrated icon, as has never before been fully told.
Pamela's other novels are Dancing on Glass (a Single Titles Reviewer's Choice award), Chasing the Wind (a Top Pick for RT Reviewers), An Accidental Life, and Secret of the Shroud. She also wrote the non-fiction bestseller Faith on Trial.
Pamela has served on the board of directors of Inprint (Houston, Texas), The Tennessee Williams Festival (New Orleans, Louisiana) and on the advisory board of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society (New Orleans). She is President of the Northshore Literary Society located in St. Tammany Paris, Louisiana. In 2009 Pamela received the President’s Arts Award from the Cultural Commission of St. Tammany Parish as Literary Artist of the Year.
Rick Bleiweiss, currently head of new business development at Blackstone Publishing and Audio, has spent most of his career in the music industry as a recording artist, Grammy-nominated producer, recorded songwriter and record label senior executive. His list of partners, collaborators and acts he has worked with is a who’s-who list including Brittney Spears, Kiss, The Bee Gees, Alan Jackson and U2 to name a few. Under a pen name, Rick wrote a book in 2016 that went to #1 on Amazon and won the New Apple Literary Prize as The Best Short General Fiction. Currently, Rick is writing in the fantasy and historical mystery genres and has a Space Opera he is working on that is a mix of Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Star Wars.
Kelly Anne Blount
Kelly Anne Blount
Kelly Anne Blount is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. She loves to alternate writing sweet romances, gritty thrillers, and fantasy books. She’s a firm believer in balancing light with dark.
When she’s not writing, she’s probably lost in a book, watching Twilight, or having an adventure with her sweet family, which includes her handsome husband, their darling daughter, and their five furry loving rescues.
After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. She draws inspiration from the places she’s lived while world building in her books.
Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! Stop by and say, “Hi!” or ask a question. You can find her everywhere @KellyAnneBlount.
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Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 10,000-word story set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter.
Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest. Learn more at www.krisbock.com or visit Kris Bock’s Amazon US page or Amazon UK page (for other countries click here).
Karna Small Bodman
Karna Small Bodman
Karna Small Bodman is the author of five international thrillers that have won several awards and hit “#1 in Thrillers”” on Amazon. They are inspired by the six years she served in The White House, first as Deputy Press Secretary, later as Senior Director of the National Security Council where she was the highest-ranking woman on The White House staff. She was also on the air for 15 years as a TV News Reporter and Anchor in San Francisco, Washington, DC and did political commentary for the ABC Network in New York.
On book tours she has had over 400 speeches, interviews, and book signing events. She and her husband maintain homes in Naples, FL, Washington, DC and Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
USA Today Best-selling author, Patricia Bradley is a Carol finalist and winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense. She and her two cats call North Mississippi home, and the South is also where she sets most of her books. Her romantic suspense novels include the Logan Point series and the Memphis Cold Case Novels. Standoff releases May 5, 2020, and she’s hard at work on the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Ranger’s series – Obsession.
Writing workshops include American Christian Fiction Writers online courses, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, the KenTen Retreat where she was also the keynote, Memphis American Christian Fiction Writer group, and the Bartlett Christian Writers group. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
Lauren H. Brandenburg
Lauren H. Brandenburg
Lauren H. Brandenburg is a mentor, speaker, and author who happily blurs the lines between traditional genres in both middle grade and humorous contemporary fiction. She has currently written six of the ten books in The Books of the Gardener Series — Orlo: The Chosen (#4) was a finalist for the Selah Award middle grade novel of the year. The Death of Mungo Blackwell (Lion Hudson publishing) was recently named a finalist for the People's Book Prize in fiction in the United Kingdom.
Lauren is a former junior high and high school English teacher who stepped away from her profession to raise and homeschool her two children. She currently lives with her husband, Jamie, and their children in a lovely little town just south of Nashville, Tennessee where they eat and laugh a lot.
Felicia Bridges writes adventures that inspire action. Her own escapades as an Army BRAT included living in eight states and two foreign countries by the time she was fifteen. Along with a strong foundation of faith, this nomadic childhood created a passion for missions and travel which leads her writing to exotic places.
Her YA series debut, The International Mission Force, features the adventures of teenage missionaries around the globe and currently includes CzechMate, which is set in Prague, Czech Republic; BoliviaKnight, set in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; and KenyaQuest, set in Mombasa, Kenya. Volume IV, IslandGambit, which is set on the beautiful island of Papua New Guinea, is due to release in 2020.
She loves sharing the excitement and adventure of living on mission and is happy to speak to your student group or women's retreat about missions, discipleship, and the gospel. While her degree in Psychology helps her craft realistic characters, her adventures as an HR Manager, short term missionary, mother of four, and Pastor's wife provide her most entertaining tales. Names may be changed to protect the not-so-innocent.
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After spending her childhood coming up with new episodes to her favorite sitcoms instead of sleeping, Laura Brown decided to try her hand at writing and never looked back.
A hopeless romantic, she married her high school sweetheart, though they didn’t even go to the same high school! They live in Massachusetts with two cats with cerebellar hypoplasia, and a son who has been caught writing his own stories.
Laura’s been hard of hearing her entire life but didn’t start learning ASL until college, when her disability morphed from an inconvenience to a positive part of her identity. It’s important to her to create strong, competent characters with hearing loss, as she didn’t have that growing up. At home the closed captioning is always on, lights flash with the doorbell, and hearing aids are sometimes optional.
Don Bruns is the USA Today best-selling author of sixteen published novels.
Discovered by author Sue Grafton, Bruns has three best-selling series. The Mick Sever Caribbean series, the Miami based Stuff series, and the Quentin Archer series. A New Orleans homicide cop and a voodoo practitioner team up to solve murders. Bruns is the author of numerous short stories in anthologies, and is currently working on a series involving a missing person detective.
Author Lee Child says “If you love the crime genre, this is not just highly recommended, but mandatory.” Of Casting Bones, Library Journal says “As hot and steamy as a Louisiana night.” Author of NBC’s Lincoln, The Hunt For The Bone Collector, Jeffrey Deaver, says “Utterly compelling, rich with atmosphere…I can’t think of a better description of the most exotic city in America: New Orleans.”
Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. She is currently published with Harlequin Special Edition and Entangled Publishing’s Lovestruck line.
When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to her newsletter.
Frank is a legal thriller and horror author, who has written on both sides of the Atlantic, publishing four novels and numerous short stories in the U.S., while also producing Warhammer fiction in the U.K.
A native of New Jersey, he’s been a criminal defense attorney in Cleveland, Ohio since 2001.
Over his career he’s tried cases at virtually every level, from juvenile and municipal court through the Court of Common Pleas, as well as handling appellate work in the Eighth District Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.
An avid backpacker and inveterate wanderer, he’s traveled to nearly fifty countries.
Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers some great entertainment.
She is also the founder and host of the Fall in Love with New England Romance Reader/Author conference, thus supporting fellow authors.
She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for 15 years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross.
She lives in beautiful Coastal Florida with Mr. Amazing, her true-life superhero husband, who looks like Hugh Jackman if you squint. She and Mr. Amazing are owned by two spoiled cats.
Sharon Chriscoe writes her books from the passenger seat of a bread truck where she and her husband, Ricky make deliveries of fresh bread and sweet cakes. Whether she is writing picture books or middle grade novels, she is passionate about creating lively worlds to entertain, educate, and inspire children everywhere.
She is the author of Race Car Dreams, Bulldozer Dreams, Fire Truck Dreams (Running Press Kids), Rainy Day Picnic, Best Snow Day (Read Your Story), and The Sparrow and the Trees (Arbordale Publishing). She is also published in a wide variety of magazines including Highlights, High Five, and The Old Farmers Almanac for Kids.
She and her husband live in North Carolina. They have three adult children and one adorable granddaughter.
Kameron Claire loves building worlds where heroes and heroines push, pull, and fight their way to the love and happiness they deserve.
As a third-generation veteran, she believes anywhere can be home, but has spent most of her life in Colorado and Arizona, which are just much a part of who she is as her wanderlust spirit. She’s traveled to many corners of the world and still has so many places left to see.
When not writing she is tackling remodeling projects, seeking travel adventures with her gypsy friends, or snuggling her four-legged son.
Growing up in a small beach town in New Jersey, Christine Clemetson wouldn’t have been caught on her beach towel without a good book. It wasn’t long before she caught the fire of creativity and discovered she had her own stories to tell.
She earned her degree in Literature, and went on to pen edge-of-your-seat thrillers. When not writing, Christine can be found at the beach with her family, grabbing lunch at her favorite diner, or stalking the library for the latest releases.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often, while enjoying the journey one sunset at a time with her husband. Expressing herself through writing, music, and dance is her lifestyle, and as a former gymnast, cheerleader, and dancer, she understands the importance of balance and encourages everyone to stay flexible.
Regina Cole specializes in erotic contemporary and new adult romance. When she's not frantically pounding away at the keyboard, she can be found fishing at the Outer Banks with her family, playing with her two spoiled dogs, or snuggling with her superhero husband. She lives outside Raleigh, North Carolina.
Susan moved to Ireland for twelve months — in 1998. Having gained a Master of Philosophy in Irish Theatre Studies from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, she embarked on a career in theatre criticism, eventually moving into feature writing on all things cultural, as well as lifestyle-oriented subjects for major Irish titles across newsprint, magazines, and websites.
Writing as Susanna Allen, her new series The Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde has been signed with Sourcebooks thanks to Julie Gwinn. The first novel, A Wolf in Duke's Clothing is set to debut in April 2021.
She is the author of Drama Queen and The Fidelity Project, both published by Headline UK, and That Magic Mischief, via Crimson Romance. Her current book, Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency… and Horses is published by Trafalgar Square Books and recounts the growth and insights she acquired after having taken up horse riding as an adult, post-divorce.
Susan is living her life by the three Rs: reading, writing and horseback riding, and can generally be found on her sofa with a good book, thinking about made-up people, or cantering around in circles. She loves every minute of it!
Lauren Connolly crafts love stories set in the contemporary world. Some are grounded in reality, while others play with the mystical and magical. Her writing normally happens in the evening because she spends her days as an academic librarian, helping students research all sorts of odd topics. On weekends though, she’s apt to sit for hours in a local coffee shop with a large mocha and her trusty laptop, typing away at her latest work.
Lauren lives in southern Colorado, outnumbered by animals. Her furry family consists of a cocker spaniel who thinks he’s a cave dwelling troll and two cats with a mission to raise hell and destroy all curtains. Luckily, they are all prone to napping and only rarely step on her keyboard while she’s writing. Follow her on social media to receive book updates and cute pet pics.
Hannah R Conway
Hannah R Conway
Hannah R. Conway is a military wife, mother, former teacher, best-selling author, podcast host on “What’s Your Story?”, and popular speaker. Hannah also works as the Women’s Ministry Director and Social Media Marketing & Communications Coordinator at her local church and can usually be caught with a coffee cup in her hand. She and her family live near Nashville, Tennessee.
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NYT and USA Today bestseller, Carey Corp lives in the metropolitan Midwest with her loveable, yet out-of-control, family. Between high school and college, she toured for 5 ½ years as part of an interdenominational Christian theater company, ministering in seven different countries. Carey wrote her first book at the age of seven. Writing both literary fiction and stories for young adults, she begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen.
Carey’s debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction. It is available in print and eBook, and was recently featured at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in YA Alley, where Carey signed with Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Ally Carter, Veronica Roth, Cinda Williams Chima, Melissa de la Cruz and other bestselling YA authors. When Carey is not writing or indulging her corporate alter ego at Procter & Gamble, she can be found worshipping at Crossroads Church. DOON, a YA reimagining of the classic musical Brigadoon, co-written with Lorie Langdon, releases from Zondervan in 2013.
Diane Craver is the author of two popular Amish series, Dreams of Plain Daughters and The Bishop’s Daughters. Diane also writes romantic suspense, inspirational contemporary romance, historical Christian fiction and women’s fiction. Her emotional reads receive great reviews.
Although she started her career writing non-fiction, she switched to writing fiction. She wanted to keep her sanity in the midst of having a large family. Writing fiction with quirky and memorable characters gave her the escape she needed from her noisy household. Diane met her husband Tom while teaching at an orphanage. They enjoy their life in southwestern Ohio, and have been blessed with six children and four grandchildren. Two adult daughters with Down syndrome live with Tom and Diane.
Her family is supportive of her writing career, and her favorite vacation is going to the beach with them. She gives thanks daily to God for her wonderful blessings.
Diane is currently working on The Amish Mother’s Secret.
To connect with Diane, please visit www.dianecraver.com and https://www.facebook.com/Diane-Craver-153906208887/
Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).
She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!
Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.
She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.
Outside of her reading and writing credibility’s, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.
Sarina Dahlan was born into an Indonesian family in Thailand, and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. While children in the west grew up on fairytales, she learned parables through ghost stories, mythologies, and Japanese manga.
A graduate of the University of California, San Diego with degrees in Psychology and Visual Arts, she has blended both disciplines in careers as an advertising producer, a corporate marketing strategist, and an award-winning writer. She finds inspiration for her stories in traveling, the people she knows, and the places she has lived. She’s privileged to have been immersed in a variety of cultures and religions all her life. Her stories have diverse characters and settings, and aim to distill relatable human experiences.
She resides with her family in Southern California, and is currently raising her three children on a healthy diet of manga, Thai curry, and scientific thinking.
RESET is her first novel (Blackstone Publishing).
Jen J Danna
Jen J Danna
A scientist specializing in infectious diseases, Jen J. Danna works as part of a dynamic research group at a cutting-edge Canadian university. However, her true passion lies in indulging her love of the mysterious through her writing.
With Ann Vanderlaan, she writes two series. Under Danna and Vanderlaan, they craft suspenseful crime fiction with a realistic scientific edge. Their five Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries include DEAD, WITHOUT A STONE TO TELL IT; NO ONE SEES ME ’TILL I FALL; A FLAME IN THE WIND OF DEATH; TWO PARTS BLOODY MURDER; and LAMENT THE COMMON BONES.
Under the joint pseudonym of Sara Driscoll, they write the FBI K-9s mysteries series, starring search-and-rescue team Meg Jennings and her black lab, Hawk. The series includes LONE WOLF and BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, STORM RISING, and NO MAN’S LAND.
Jen is also the author of the upcoming NYPD Negotiators thriller series, with the first book, EXIT STRATEGY, releasing in August 2020.
Jen lives near Toronto, Ontario with her husband, two daughters, and three rescued cats, and is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada.
Stacy B Davids
Stacy B Davids
Stacy B. Davids, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who works as a school psychologist. She’s also a former special education teacher. Her gender-identity themed, fiction picture book, ANNIE’S PLAID SHIRT, was praised by the GLBT Roundtable of the American Library Assoc., and won Silver in the Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards.
She’s also the author of Hi-Lo (high interest, low reading level), nonfiction books – STRANGE BUT TRUE WEATHER, STRANGE BUT TRUE SCIENCE, and HIP-HOP GREATS.
Stacy threw out her dresses and high heels years ago and wears men’s and women’s clothes and perfume. She lives in Florida, and loves cats, cookies, and chocolate.
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Gabriele Davis grew up on the outskirts of a small city in a racially and culturally diverse family. A voracious reader, she longed to see families like hers reflected in the stories she read. Motivated by this desire, Gabriele earned her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Magazine Journalism and soon began working as a children's magazine editor and a freelance language arts writer. She is the author of the award-winning nonfiction book The Moving Book: A Kid's Survival Guide, a Children's Book of the Month Club Featured Selection and an American Bookseller's "Pick of the List."
More recently, Gabriele turned her attention to picture books. She completed numerous picture book workshops and online courses and, in August 2019, was selected as winner of Kidlit Nation's inaugural Picture Book Mentorship for Diverse Voices. As a result, Gabriele was fortunate to be mentored by Senior Editor Russ Busse of Abrams Books for Young Readers. In March 2020, Gabriele was selected as a finalist in the PB Party showcase, where her entry garnered much interest. She actively participates in SCBWI, StoryStorm, ReFoReMo, Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, and various critique groups.
Gabriele lives among the rolling hills of Northwestern, CT where she tutors, teaches yoga, rides her bike, spends time with her family, and writes books that inspire children to laugh, love and discover their inner strength.
A proud Latina, USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.
Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero before they find their happily ever after.
Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer. She earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.
Connect with Barbara Devlin at BarbaraDevlin.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter, The Knightly News.
Babette de Jongh
Babette de Jongh
Babette de Jongh has a Master’s Degree in education and has taught ballet and elementary school. Always a magnet for strays, she communicates with animals telepathically. Animals play a big role in her smart, sexy, Southern small-town romances. Her debut novel, Angel Falls—featuring an Aussie and a fat Siamese—won the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice award and the New England Readers’ Choice Award. According to Kirkus Reviews, Angel Falls “hits all its marks and blends romantic comedy, drama, and suspense… A thoughtfully written, rewarding read.”
Babette’s how-to book, Hear Them Speak: A Twelve-Week Course in Telepathic Animal Communication, is an engaging and easy-to-follow course that draws on her experiences as a professional animal communicator and energy healer.
In her upcoming romance series from Sourcebooks, an animal communicator from a small Gulf-Coast town helps matchmaking animals bring their human soulmates together. (Babette happily ignored good advice to choose between animal communication and romance writing.) In the series, you’ll meet many of the animals who live with her and her husband at Dragonfly Pond Farm in south Alabama, where she teaches workshops on animal communication and writing. Her website is a fun rabbit hole with social media links and more: http://babettedejongh.com/
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over seventy books, 2-time RITA winner and five-time RITA finalist, Cindy Dees writes in a variety of genres, including military romance, romantic suspense, alternate history, fantasy, and gay romance. She is also 2-time winner of Romantic Times’ Romantic Suspense of the Year Award and a Career Lifetime Achievement Award nominee from Romantic Times. A former U.S. Air Force pilot and part-time spy, she draws upon real-life experience to fuel her stories of life and love on the edge of danger. When she’s not heavily caffeinated and typing like a maniac, she can be found walking her Doberman Pinscher named Waffles, sweating through hot yoga, reading, gardening, and traveling.
She loves to chat with readers, and her all social media links are at www.cindydees.com.
Gina Detwiler was planning to be a teacher but switched to writing so she didn’t have to get up so early in the morning. She’s the author of the Amazon bestselling YA supernatural Forlorn series, soon to be released in a 3-book bundle by Vinspire Publishing. She also co-authored the bestselling middle-grade fantasy series The Prince Warriors with Priscilla Shirer. Her latest book is The Ultimate Bible Character Guide, published by LifeWay.
She has three grown daughters and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Steve and her dog Morey, who will never grow up.
Her aim in writing is to help make God real and relevant to young people who don’t always see a need for Him in their lives and who are more often attracted to the “dark side” of spirituality. “I saw my daughters devouring books like Twilight and Harry Potter and I realized that there’s a whole lot of supernatural content in the Bible that’s not only fascinating, it’s actually true. Why not write about it? That’s how the Forlorn series was born. I’m currently working on the fourth installment with no end in sight.”
Melody Dean Dimick
Melody Dean Dimick
Melody Dean Dimick is an award-winning author, the president of the Florida Writers Foundation—a not-for-profit organization promoting literacy—and a member of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Daytona Writers Guild, the Florida State Poets Association, and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. She draws on her experiences teaching at Northern Adirondack Central School and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh to write YA fiction and poetry. Dimick leads the Lake Helen Villa Writers.
Eight of Melody’s short works appear in (FWA) collections. Both her Backpack Blues and What Lies Beneath won First Place in the unpublished general category of the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards. Backpack Blues: Ignite the Fire Within and Blame won Daytona Writers Guild Excellence in Arts awards. Her poem, “Ysobel Gomez,” captured Second Place in an FWA Royal Palm contest.
In her spare time, Melody loves to read, play pickleball with her husband Barry, attend and judge poetry slams, and play pinochle with their son and his wife.
To learn more about Melody and her books, readers can follow her blog under My News at www.MelodyDeanDimick.com.
Jennifer Dornbush is a screenwriter, author, international speaker and forensic specialist. As she says, “I grew up around death”.
The television or movie screen is the closest most people will ever come to witnessing the forensic world. But Jennifer was raised in it. As the daughter of a small-town medical examiner whose office was in their home. There were body parts in the fridge. She investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 8 years old. Picking up pieces of skull with her father who simply saw it as an anatomy lesson. The first of many coroner lessons she experienced over two decades.
When Jennifer turned seriously to screenwriting, she began to connect her coroner world to her writing. She sought out a degree at the Forensic Science Academy in Los Angeles to gain more forensic training and earned a unique kinship with LA’s top CSIs, fingerprint specialists, DNA scientists, and detectives.
To share her love of forensics with the writing world, she authored the top selling non-fiction authoritative book, Forensic Speak, used by not only by show-runners and writers, but also crime investigators and law enforcement.
She created an Amazon top selling mystery novel series, The Coroner’s Daughter. The first book in the series, The Coroner, released in 2018. The second, Secret Remains, released January, 2020. She is developing the series for TV. She wrote the theatrically released film and novel, God Bless the Broken Road (2018). Has developed a TV crime drama series and adapted a popular YA novel to script, and sold a children’s show.
She teaches screenwriting and mentors aspiring writers. Jennifer is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, & FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni.
Steven dos Santos
Steven dos Santos
Steven dos Santos is author of THE TORCH KEEPER novels, a Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic series featuring LGBTQ+ characters. Book One, THE CULLING, was named an American Library Association 2014 Rainbow List Top Ten Selection. Steven’s other series, DAGGER: THE DUST OPS, is a Young Adult Paranormal Espionage Adventure, also featuring LGBTQ+ characters.
Steven graduated from Florida International University with a B.S. Degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Television Broadcasting program and also has an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. He is an adjunct English Professor and a passionate advocate of LGBTQ+ rights.
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Laurie J Edwards
Laurie J Edwards
USA Today bestselling author Laurie J. Edwards has more than 2300 articles and 50 books in print or forthcoming. A former teacher and librarian, she completed her MA from Vermont College and her MFA from Hollins University. In addition to balancing freelance editing and illustrating careers, she writes for children and adults under several pseudonyms.
As Rachel J. Good, she writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She is the author of several award-winning, bestselling Amish series – Love & Promises, Sisters & Friends, Unexpected Amish Blessings, Surprised by Love, and two books in Hearts of Amish Country – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books. In addition, she has stories in many anthologies, including the Amish Christmas Twins.
She is also the coauthor of the Author Journey and Prayerful Author Journey series of planners for writers and enjoys teaching writing, productivity, and creativity classes around the country.
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Mary Ellis is a former schoolteacher turned USA Today bestselling author who’s written twenty-five novels including Amish fiction, historical romance, and suspense. Her first mystery, Midnight on the Mississippi, was a finalist for the RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. Sunset in Old Savannah was nominated for a Bookseller’s Best Award and the Daphne du Maurier Award for 2017.
Her latest mysteries are Hiding in Plain Sight and Sweet Taste of Revenge, and Island of Last Resorts from the Marked for Retribution series from Severn House. She also wrote a mystery novella, Nothing Tastes So Sweet, in The Amish Sweet Shop anthology from Kensington.
She lives in Ohio with her husband and dog.
Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author of over thirty mystery novels, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. In addition to being an author, Amanda is a former librarian with fifteen years experience in Northeast Ohio.
Claire Fullerton hails from Memphis, TN. and now lives in Malibu, CA. with her husband and 3 German shepherds. She is the author of Mourning Dove, a five-time book award winner, including the Literary Classics Words on Wings for Book of the Year, and the Ippy Award silver medal in regional fiction. Claire is the author of Dancing to an Irish Reel, a Kindle Book Review and Readers' Favorite book award winner. She is the author of A Portal in Time, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and a contributor to the book, A Southern Season with her novella, Through an Autumn Window. Little Tea is Claire's 4th novel. It is the August 2020 selection of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, a Faulkner Society finalist in the William Wisdom international competition, and on the short list of the Chanticleer Review's Somerset award. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary.
When Cole was seventeen, she was kicked out of her house and spent her nights in the backseat of her beat-up Volkswagen Jetta. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library and her trusty flashlight.
The escape these books provided from her homelessness was enough to make Cole vow to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to anyone looking to break free from the reality of their lives. Cole is the author of the young adult KATANA series. She lives in the St. Louis metro area with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.
Heather Day Gilbert
Heather Day Gilbert
Heather Day Gilbert, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren't afraid to protect those they love. Publisher's Weekly gave Heather's Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is "an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership."
Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.
Award-winning author Stacy Gold gave up her day job as Communications Director of a nonprofit mountain biking organization to write steamy romance novels filled with independent, adventurous women – and the men who can’t resist them. After making a living writing all kinds of non-fiction for more than fifteen years, it’s the most fun she’s ever had with a keyboard and screen. When Stacy’s not busy reading or writing, you can find her dancing, laughing or playing hard in the mountains with her wonderful hubby and happy dog.
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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.
Tracy Goodwin is a USA Today bestselling author of sexy contemporary romances for Sourcebooks and Penguin Random House. In addition, she pens sweeping historical romances and vivid urban fantasies. Though the genres may be different, each story delivers her unique blend of passion, excitement, poignant emotion, humor, and unforgettable characters that steal readers' hearts.
To receive the latest news and information about upcoming releases, please sign up for Tracy's newsletter at www.tracygoodwin.com. There you will also find social media, BookBub, and Amazon links.
Carol Coven Grannick
Carol Coven Grannick
Carol Coven Grannick is an author, poet, and chronicler. Her poetry and fiction for young children has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous magazines, including Hello, Babybug, Highlights, Ladybug, and Cricket. She is a regular columnist for the Illinois SCBWI Prairie Wind, reporter for Cynthia Leitich Smith's award-winning blog, Cynsations, and a member of the GROG blog. Her awards include: Finalist, 2014 Katherine Paterson Award at Hunger Mountain (VCFA) Honorable Mention, 2018, Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition Ragdale Foundation Writing Residency, 2016 Illinois Arts Council Grant, 2019. She is a member of The Society for Children's Writers and Illustrators and The Chicago Writers Association. She looks forward to many conversations with young readers about REENI'S TURN.
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Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray writes Amish romances for Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster and contemporary women’s fiction for Blackstone Publishing. Her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists.
Shelley’s novels have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
To date, Shelley has published over ninety novels for a variety of publishers. Her novels have been highlighted in the Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and USA Today. She has also been interviewed on NPR as well as numerous regional radio stations.
Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s degree in English literature and elementary education and later obtained her master’s degree in educational administration.
She now lives in Colorado Springs and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two young adults, and is an active member of her church. Shelley is active on Facebook and Twitter.
Andrew Grey is the author of over 120 works of Contemporary Gay Romantic fiction. After twenty-seven years in corporate America, he has now settled down in Central Pennsylvania with his husband, Dominic, and his laptop. An interesting ménage. Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world.
He is a recipient of the RWA Centennial Award, has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and now writes full-time. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Danielle M Haas
Danielle M Haas
Danielle grew up with a love of reading, partly due to her namesake—Danielle Steele. It seemed as though she was born to write out the same love stories she devoured while growing up.
She attended Bowling Green State University with a dream of studying creative writing, but the thought of sharing her work in front of a group of strangers made her change her major to Political Science.
After college she moved across the state of Ohio with her soon-to-be husband. Once they married and had babies, she decided to stay home and raise her children. Some days her sanity slipped further across the line to crazy town so she decided to brush off her rusty writing chops and see what happened.
Danielle now spends her days running kids around, playing with her beloved dog, and typing as fast as she can to get the stories in her head written down. She loves to write contemporary romance with relatable characters that make her readers’ hearts happy, as well as fast-paced romantic suspense that leaves them on the edge of their seats. Her story ideas are as varied and unpredictable as her everyday life.
Dale Hannah is an award-winning children’s writer of middle grade fiction. He is passionate about writing stories that are funny and engaging with positive messages about hope and family. When he isn’t writing, he works as a teacher of English. He lives near Manchester in the UK with his wife, son and Milo the Jack Russell.
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Kind of pissed about not being born a super heroine, Marianne Harden is a mystery writer by day, private investigator intern by night. She is a simple person with a complicated mind, who would rather hike through the woods then drive a fast car—though tooling around in the Batmobile might be cool. Known to paint anything—everything. She’s a yoga enthusiast. Loyal friend. Honest to a fault. Keto eater. Loves sunrises and seagulls. Collects blue and white pottery. Needs bulletproof coffee.
Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. After graduating with a Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, she moved to Tennessee to work in the Christian music industry. That position soon transitioned into what would become a 30-year Country music marketing career.
For several years, Kathy freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote, as well as ghost wrote, news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, “Walk on Water,” which was included in Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That fall, one of her devotions was included in The One Year Life Verse Devotional, published by Tyndale House. Kathy’s writing is also included in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Abingdon Press published her full-length women’s fiction debut, The Road to Mercy, in 2012. In 2019, New Hope Publishers/Iron Stream Media published Deadly Commitment, the first book in The Deadly Secrets series.
Kathy writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction.
Visit her website, read her Divine Detour blog or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Sara Harris has authored more than fifteen books for both children and grown-ups. She and her family of eight – plus their rescue pets – make their home in Katy, Texas where the ice cream is perfection and the ocean is close enough to visit every weekend. Sara has her BA in History and wishes that someone who majored in Engineering would hurry and invent a time machine.
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.
Jenny Hartwell has a confession–she loves People magazine as much as Pride and Prejudice. Her fun, pop culture adoring side shines in her contemporary rom-com novels set in a gourmet chocolate factory while Jenny’s Regency romances feature strong damsels and swoony lords. Her writing has won or finaled in numerous contests including the Golden Heart, The Emily, Four Seasons, Fool for Love, and The Catherine. Jenny lives with her family in the verdant Pacific Northwest. She loves movies, travel, and staying up late with a good book. And, of course, chocolate. Jenny is represented by Lesley Sabga of The Seymour Agency. Her debut novel, My Sweet Enemy, will be released by Entangled Publishing in 2021.
DL believes readers are thinkers and that open minds, open books. That’s who he writes for. Havlin’s books are filled with history and mystery/suspense the two genre on which he concentrates. He’s in demand as a speaker on historical topics and writing issues.
In the 28 years he’s been writing he’s received numerous awards including multiple FWA Royal Palm Literary Awards, Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, and many others. His short stories have been featured in literary magazines including his award winner, “There Are No Lights In Naples.”. In winning the RPLA for his literary novel, Bully Route Home, one judge wrote “……about the highest compliment I can give a book: It is reminiscent of To Kill A Mocking Bird, not just in plot, but in language, mood, and adventure.”
His traditionally published books (Double Edge Press and Taylor & Seale) include: A Place No One Should Go (mys/sus), The Cross on Cotton Creek (his), Blue Water, Red Blood (his), Bully Route Home (lit/his), The Bait Man (mys/sus) and Escaping Skeletons (mys/sus). Other published works include: The Hangin’ Oak (mys/sus), September on Echo Creek (mains), and Turtle Point (mys/sus).
DL is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, did some masters pre-law at Rollins and was a business executive. He has traveled extensively (80 + countries), loves the out of doors…particularly fishing, and is an avid believer in history and the crucial need for people to read. He lives in SW Florida with his wife Jeanelle and his golden retriever, Sandy.
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Reenita Malhorta Hora
Reenita Malhorta Hora
Reenita is a founder, content & marketing strategist, Ayurveda clinician and prolific writer. She is currently Head of Marketing at SRI International, Silicon Valley's pioneer science and deep tech research institute. Previously she was VP of Content at hibooks (formerly known as Otto Radio) in San Francisco, producer/presenter for Bloomberg Media, and award-winning host for RTHK Radio 3 in Hong Kong.
Reenita has founded, built and sold Ayoma, a health and wellness brand, and has written four books about Ayurveda ‘Inner Beauty’ published by Chronicle Books, ‘Ayurveda – The Ancient Medicine of India’ by Mandala Press, ‘Forever Young – Unleashing the Magic of Ayurveda’ published by Pan Macmillan India and ‘The Ayurvedic Diet’ published by Harper Collins India. She has penned two Young Adult novels — ‘Operation Mom: How I got my Mother a Life & a Man’ published by Harper Collins India and ‘When Arya Fell Through the Fault’ published by Om Books International.
Her non-fiction book ‘Money-Smart: An Indian Woman’s Guide to Building Wealth is a personal finance educational guide targeted towards the middle class Indian woman. She has contributed to The Hindu, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, Asian Investor, Times of India and National Geographic Kids, Cartoon Network Asia, Disney and more.
She is currently working on her next novel and developing Chapter by Episode, a digital publishing platform focused on stories with diverse themes.
Callie Hutton, is a USA Today bestselling author of Historical Romance, with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews).
She has also recently delved into the world of the cozy mystery with her release of A Study in Murder from Crooked Lane Publishing.
Ms. Hutton has written more than 45 books. You can find her on Facebook and her website http://www.calliehutton.com
Spencer Hyde is the author of Waiting for Fitz and What the Other Three Don’t Know. Stories have a way of changing lives—Spencer learned that the first time he picked up a Tom Stoppard play and realized words can nudge the world and build bridges to hope. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University. Spencer and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four children. His next novel is about the thousands of unexploded bombs from the Second World War.
Best-selling author Kelly Irvin’s is the author of more than 18 Amish romance, with the latest being her series, Amish of Big Sky Country. She is the author of the Every Amish Season series from Zondervan/ HarperCollins, including Upon a Spring Breeze, winner of the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award in the long romance category. That series follows the Amish of Bee County Series, which included The Beekeeper’s Son, subject of a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “an intricately woven masterpiece.”
Among her other works are Amish romance novellas in numerous collections. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest House Publishing.
She has also penned several romantic suspense novels, including Over the Line, Tell Her No Lies, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine.
Kelly’s novels, The Beekeeper’s Son and Love Redeemed, were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 contemporary romance category of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards Contest.
When Mike was a toddler, he made up the word PookyHonk. When he attended college, he minored in creative writing and majored in something far less interesting. When he entered the “real world”, he used words to help sell stuff. When he grew into a full-grown person, he founded the animated video company – PookyHonk Productions.
When not writing, Mike enjoys trail running, overachieving snowstorms, movies that exceed expectations, strong coffee, fries smothered in ketchup, life before smartphones, the smell of hardware stores, and making his wife and kids laugh. Mike is an active member of SCBWI, but still has trouble spelling the acronym. He lives in an old British tavern in New Jersey with his lovely wife, two young kids, two old dogs, and several thirsty ghosts.
Video Website: PookyHonk.com
Jeongmi Kim is a bestselling #OwnVoices picture book author. She was born and raised on Jeju, a beautiful island in South Korea. Her first picture book THE OLD MAN WHO CAUGHT THE SUN was published in Korea and quickly became a bestseller.
She was an elementary teacher in Korea for ten years, which inspired her to better understand kids’ minds. She then studied Child Counseling Psychology in graduate school and earned a master’s degree. She currently lives in Houston with her young son and husband.
Joni Klein-Higger is an award-winning children’s book author, songwriter and musical theater playwright. Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah,(Kar-Ben Publishing, 2019,) a board book Joni co-wrote with Barbara Sharf, was a #1 Amazon Best Seller and made The Washington Post Top Ten Holiday Books list. Her middle grade novel, Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat, won a Children’s Literary Classics Gold Award, and her picture book, Rainbow of Friendship, is the recipient of the 2015 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award.
Joni’s songs have been recorded by various artists, have been featured in motion pictures, and her children’s songs and musicals can be frequently heard ringing throughout the halls of preschools, elementary schools and middle schools across the country.
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Vanessa M Knight
Vanessa M Knight
Vanessa M. Knight writes mysteries with adash of romance, splash of humor, and a whole stash of snark. She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, son and menagerie of four-pawed claw-babies.
She loves scrapbooking, reading and watching sweet, romantic movies. She hates watching crime dramas with her cop husband—you try watching Law and Order SVU with a man who rolls his eyes every few minutes and tells you that’s not how it works. Although, to be fair, that knowledge comes in handy when researching a book. The man is a walking, talking police procedural.
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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public just ask her husband and three kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati and writes adult contemporary romance as Macy Beckett.
Lillie Lainoff is a writer, a fencer, and now, a writer who writes about fencing. She doesn’t understand why her parents gave such a clumsy eight-year-old a saber, but she’s thankful for it every day. A former Div I NCAA athlete and NCAA Championship competitor, she currently coaches fencing and is the founder of Disabled Kidlit Writers.
Her writing has received awards from the Los Angeles Review, Glimmer Train, and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and has been featured in The Washington Post Outlook and Washington City Paper, amongst other places. ONE FOR ALL (FSG, Winter 2022) is her debut novel.
Lorie Langdon is an Amazon best-selling author of YA novels such as; the Doon Series, Gilt Hollow, and Olivia Twist, which has received a starred review from Booklist Magazine and was picked up by Target Stores across the nation. She is an international speaker who has been featured on such media outlets as; USAToday.com, NPR EntertainmentWeekly.com, RedbookMagazine.com, and Girl’s Life Magazine.
Chapters Interactive Stories developed her fantasy series into a ‘choose your own ending’ mobile video game. And in 2019, Olivia Twist was contracted for film development by Lonetree Entertainment. Lorie is a self-professed Wonder Woman Wannabe who lives in Ohio with her husband and two superhero obsessed teenage sons.
Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House (Loveswept), as well as new adult for Random House's Flirt line.
Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career, she decided to quit talking about writing and actually do it.
A recovering city-girl, Lauren currently resides in the suburbs of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and poorly-behaved dog.
Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she'd only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since "eating potato chips" isn't a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she'd started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn't stop her from writing another one.
Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn't be happier.
She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.) Jessica is a former meat-eater, writer, artist, dreamer, wife, and den mother to two dogs. She loves to hear from readers.
Contact her at www.jessicalemmon.com or on Twitter @lemmony.
Amy Lillard is a 2013 Carol award-winning author of more than 60 novels who loves writing romance from contemporary to Amish. She was born and raised in Mississippi, but now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their teenage son. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC and the Author's Guild.
Kelly Long was born and raised in North Central Pennsylvania. There was an Amish hitching post at the small grocery store in her town. She loves to write Amish romance and is the author of novel, Sarah's Garden, the novella Amish Christmas Expanded Edition with some other great Amish authors, Amish Love with Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, and Lilly's Wedding Quilt--the sequel to Sarah's Garden. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.
Dorothy Love is an award-winning Texas-based author who brings her love of history to her fiction writing in well-researched novels depicting the lives of 19th century American women.
Her latest novel, MRS LEE AND MRS GRAY illuminates the remarkable friendship between Mrs. Robert E Lee and Selina Norris Gray, a servant born into slavery at Arlington. The discovery of an 1872 letter from Mrs Gray to Mrs Lee became the catalyst for this compelling story of loyalty and courage that defied personal tragedies and the tumult of the Civil War.
Known for her historical novels of mystery and suspense that reviewers have called “beautiful” and “memorable” Dorothy has taken on a new challenge, painstakingly reconstructing a lost world in biographical fiction that touches readers’ minds and hearts.
She enjoys traveling with her husband, collecting antique ephemera, and playing Frisbee with Jake, the couple’s golden retriever. A native Southerner, she currently lives in the Texas hill country.
From the time she figured out how to turn the Disney Read-Along cassette tape over in the dark, Taylor’s been addicted to reading—both authorized and unauthorized. By the time she was thirteen, she’d started writing Newsies fan fiction and reading romance novels late into the night.
A champion multi-tasker, she’s been known to read, write, and watch TV all at the same time, especially if there’s a HEA ending involved. In addition to being a frequent stress baker, she’s spent the majority of her free time becoming fluent in most dialects of nerdiness, starting with musicals, and is mildly obsessed with all things British (especially the Royal Family and tennis champ Andy Murray).
Growing up with a village of strong women as an example, she doesn’t miss an opportunity to weave in community engagement and feminism into each of her books in one way or another—her heroines are always sassy and smart and her heroes wouldn’t have them any other way.
Kathy Lyons is the wild, adventurous half of USA TODAY bestselling author Jade Lee. A lover of all things fantastical, Kathy spent much of her childhood in Narnia, Middle Earth, Amber, and Earthsea, just to name a few. Her love of comedy came later as she began to see the ridiculousness in life.
Winner of several industry awards including the Prism--Best of the Best, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and Fresh Fiction's Steamiest Read, Kathy has published over 60 romance novels and is still going strong.
Her hobbies include racquetball, rollerblading, and tv/movie watching with her husband. She's a big fan of the Big Bang Theory (even though it's over) and her favorite movie is The Avengers because she loves everything created by Joss Whedon. She's usually found at the loudest table in the coffee shop or next to the dessert bar.
To keep up with all things Lyons/Lee, sign up for her newsletter at www.KathyLyons.com You'll get early peeks, fresh news, chances to meet her in person, plus prizes and geeky gifts.
Matthew Lyons is the author of over three dozen of short stories, appearing in the 2018 edition of Best American Short Stories (edited by Roxane Gay), Black Dandy and Kzine, among many others. His work has been nominated for Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net and more. Born in Colorado, he's probably taller than you, not that it's a competition or anything.
Heather Macht, author of REX THE...WE-DON'T-KNOW (Pelican, 2020), THE ANT FARM ESCAPE! (Pelican, 2019), and YOU MAY JUST BE A DINOSAUR (Pelican, 2015), is an active children's author who has been creating stories since the third grade! She earned her degree in fine arts from Florida State College at Jacksonville and holds a career as an I.T. professional and a full-time mom.
Macht’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is a volunteer judge for Rate Your Story, and lives with her family in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In her spare time, she dwells in poetry and picture books, and enjoys painting beach scenes and monsters of all sorts.
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
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Bethany Mangle is an author of young adult contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, PREPPED, will be published in spring 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. She lives and writes in Mississippi.
Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet who loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.
Her books include the contemporary western romances of the Cowboys of Creedence and the Hearts of Montana series, the cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Cotton Creek Romance series.
Jennie loves to hear from readers.
Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.
Tamara Mataya is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, ghostwriter, and a musician with synesthesia. She puts the 'she' in TWSS and the B in LGBTQIA+. She’s the co-creator of Pitchmas, a bi-annual pitch contest for writers, a Pitchwars mentor, and as a freelance editor, has worked with NYT Bestselling authors. She’s also had blog posts published on USA Today.
Gina L Maxwell
Gina L Maxwell
Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.
When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do.
Melanie McCarthy has wanted to be a writer since she was in pig tails. Fifteen years ago, she married her own hero, and now she creates compelling stories with strong heroines, alpha males and, of course, happily every afters. She writes contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction.
Mrs. McCarthy is a three-time Golden Heart finalist. Her manuscripts have earned First Place in the Great Expectations Contest, First Place in the Sweet Spicy Spooky Contest, Unsinkable Heroine Award in the Molly, Third Place in the Southern Heat Contest, Third Place in the STAR Contest and two semi-finalist showings in the Molly Contest. She was a finalist in the FRW Golden Palm, West Houston RWA Emily and Cleveland Rocks Romance competitions.
With over two decades of professional writing experience, Mrs. McCarthy has produced thousands of written pieces for businesses and individual clients. Ms. McCarthy worked both in advertising agencies and marketing departments. Her freelance articles on the web have garnered hundreds of thousands of views.
She writes amidst her five beautiful children, her dream come true. Besides writing, she loves to read, exercise and spend time outdoors. She is a member of Mensa.
Heather McCorkle is an author from a small town in Oregon with Irish roots that often emerge in her paranormal, steampunk, and historical novels. Becoming a published author has been a life-long goal of hers that she knew she wanted since she was twelve. At that age, she wrote her first book and has been writing ever since. The path to where she is now has been wrought with detours and construction areas, but she stayed the course and finally partnered with the agent of her dreams. When Heather's not writing, editing, or designing book covers, she can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or in a kayak. As a native Oregonian, she enjoys the outdoors nearly as much as the worlds she creates on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find her on her many social networking sites, or on Twitter the first Monday night of every month at 6:00 pm PT hosting the #WritersRoad chat of which she is a co-creator.
Rachel Scott McDaniel
Rachel Scott McDaniel
Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in Ohio with her husband and two kids. Rachel can be found online at www.RachelScottMcDaniel.com and on all social media platforms.
Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with big-hearted guys and strong heroines - and heroes - who can match their men quip for quip.
Dineen Miller is passionate about igniting the souls of others through God’s Word, which is packed with His truth and promises. She is a multi-published and award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction books, a speaker and a ministry leader. She’s been featured nationally on several Christian radio and television shows and was co-leader and a pastor at SpirituallyUnequalMarriage.com for 11 years.
She is currently an Associate Director at the Healing Rooms of Manatee and Dean of the HROM School of Transformation in Bradenton, Florida. She and her husband are proud parents to two adult daughters and a son-in-law. They love kayaking and walking the famous white sands of Siesta Key Beach where they live in Sarasota, Florida.
Sophie H Morgan
Sophie H Morgan
Sophie H. Morgan is a romance author who loves funny books and spends most of her time sniggering at her own jokes. A lover of random situations, impossible odds and serious chemistry, she can be found either in the English rain running after her spaniel or curled up on the sofa with a romance (with said wet spaniel snoring next to her).
Sally is a retired academic scientist. She writes light-hearted, historical romance set in the Regency-era. When not writing, you’ll find her on a twisty back road in her two-seater sports car.
Darlene Panzera is a multi-published author of both sweet contemporary and Christian historical romance. Her career launched with “The Bet,” a novella included in bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair, which led her to publish twelve more titles including The Cupcake Diaries, Montana Hearts, and novellas in Barbour’s Underground Railroad Brides, Runaway Brides, and Sew In Love collections.
Darlene is a member of RWA, ACFW, the Oregon Christian Writers, and the Northwest Christian Writers Association. When not writing, she loves spending time with her husband and three kids, teaching at conferences, and feeding her horse carrots.
Darlene would love to hear from her readers. She says, "I love writing stories that inspire people to laugh, value relationships, and pursue their dreams."
Sally Jo Pitts
Sally Jo Pitts
Sally Jo Pitts brings a career of experience in affairs of the heart and investigations to the fiction page. She is a private investigator, licensed lie detection examiner, and retired guidance counselor with over twenty years teaching experience in the field of marriage and family living.
She writes what she likes to read—faith-based stories steeped in the mysteries of life and love that will inspire and encourage the reader.
When she is not dreaming up things to investigate for her web blog and complicating her life, she is searching out ways to complicate life for her fictional characters who are ultimately trying to discover God's purpose in their lives.
Gabrielle Prendergast is an award-winning writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.
She writes picture books, middle grade fiction, and YA contemporary and historical as Gabrielle Prendergast. Her science fiction and fantasy stories are published as G.S. Prendergast.
She has won the Monte Miller Award, the Westchester Fiction Award and The BC Book Prize as well as being nominated or short listed for numerous other honors. Gabrielle has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has taught writing at Sydney University, San Francisco State University, UBC, Royal Canadian College and at numerous conferences.
Patricia Preston writes Southern humor as well as romantic fiction. Her first-place awards include the Lone Star Writing Competition for Historical Romance, FirstHarlequin’s World’s Best Romances Short Story Competition, and William Faulkner Award for Short Fiction. She is both traditionally and independently published.
Her latest release is a humorous Southern cookbook. Besides writing, she also enjoys photography, graphic design, movies, cooking, and trips to historical sites. You can find out more about her books at her website: www.patricia-preston.com
Stacie Ramey is the author of The Sister Pact, a contemporary realistic Young Adult novel which was named a YALSA 2016 Popular Paperback and a 2015 PSLA Top 40. Her sophomore novel, The Homecoming was awarded a Florida Book Award. Kirkus called her third book, The Secrets We Bury " A sensitive, funny, and sometimes awkwardly romantic story of survival and self-awareness" and also named it to its list of 13 YA Books Both You and Your Teen Will Enjoy. It’s My Life is about a high school junior with cerebral palsy, who is on the verge of giving up on herself until she learns that her childhood crush has moved back to town.
When Stacie’s not writing, she engages in Netflix wars with her children or beats her husband in Scrabble, all while watching the Florida Gators and Penn State Nittany Lions play (Go Gators).
Ramona Richards is the award-winning author of eleven books and a frequent speaker at writers conferences and women’s events. She has edited more than 500 publications, including study Bibles and curriculum, and is currently the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media. In 2019, she received the Joann Sloan National Award for the Encouragement of Writing, a mentoring, editing, and coaching award presented at the Southern Christian Writers Conference.
Her newest books are Murder in the Family (Firefly Southern Fiction) and Tracking Changes: One Editor’s Advice to Inspirational Fiction Authors (New Hope). Her next book, Burying Daisy Doe (Kregel), releases in November 2020.
Ramona lives in Moody, Alabama.
Kiley Roache is the author of FRAT GIRL and THE DATING GAME, two young adult novels published by Inkyard Press, a division of HarperCollins. Kiley grew up in the suburbs outside Chicago, and has been writing since the 7th grade. She signed with a literary agent days before graduating high school.
She is a graduate of Stanford University where she studied Political Science. She authored both her books while she was still a college student, and once got up early to look at copyedits before painting her face for a tailgate.
Kiley has also worked as a journalist, and her bylines are in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Tribune’s teen publication The Mash, among others. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2018, she wrote an op-ed for The New York Times’s “On Campus” series entitled “The Future of Frats” arguing that fraternities should go co-ed. It was the lead story in the Times’s “The Edit” newsletter that week.
She now lives in New York City, where she is writing her third novel and running (very slowly) in Central Park.
Lisa Brown Roberts
Lisa Brown Roberts
Lisa Brown Roberts is the award-winning author of The Bookworm Crush, The Replacement Crush, and more. Her novels—featuring adorkable teens navigating family, friendship, and first love—have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. Her novel Spies, Lies, and Allies was selected by the Denver BookBar for their Local-to-Local program, which distributes books by local authors to community schools to encourage summer reading.
Lisa has presented at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference, Tattered Cover Teen Book Con, Denver BookBar Children’s BookFest, Denver Comic Con, SHINE Summit Day of Empowerment and Education for Young Women, Letters and Lines SCBWI conference, and the Northern Colorado Writers Conference. Lisa lives in Colorado with her family and loves to hear from readers.
Cecy Robson is an international and multi-award-winning author of over twenty-five character driven novels. A registered nurse of eighteen years, Cecy spends her free time creating magical worlds, heart-stopping romance, and young adult adventure. After receiving two RITA® nominations, the Maggie Award, the Award of Excellence, and a National Reader’s Choice Award nomination, you can still find Cecy laughing, crying, and cheering on her characters as she pens her next story.
Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters who live on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. Ever since they were little, they have loved playing make-believe. Now even as "grown-ups", they play make-believe every day in the stories they write. When not writing, you can find Leah and Kate teaching in an elementary school, cosplaying their favorite princesses, or rolling the dice for an intense Dungeons and Dragons game.
Leah's Twitter: https://twitter.com/leahrooper (@leahrooper)
Kate's Twitter: https://twitter.com/katerooper (@katerooper)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leahkatewrite/ (@leahkatewrite)
Jonathan Rosen is a transplanted New Yorker, who now lives with his family and rescue dog, Parker, in sunny, South Florida. When not writing, he can be found with his family, most likely watching Impractical Jokers.
Jonathan is proud to be of Mexican-American descent, although neither country has been really willing to accept responsibility. He is the author of Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, and its sequel, From Sunset Till Sunrise.
He is an administrator of FromtheMixedUpFiles.Com, a site devoted to MG books, and a founding member of SpookyMG.com, a site devoted to spooky middle grade. Jonathan is proud of the fact that between him and JK Rowling, they have more followers on Twitter than any other two Middle Grade authors combined.
Hi. My name is D.R. Rosensteel. I write clean YA fantasy action-adventure stories wrapped around real teen issues like bullying, drug abuse, and peer pressure. There may be a hint of romance or a touch of horror, but there will always be action, action action!
My message to kids who feel different—stick together. We have the rest of the world outnumbered.
My message to parents—pay attention. The evils of bullying, drug abuse, and peer pressure are real, and our kids don’t always talk about it. Don’t be a helicopter, but never be afraid to be a parent.
Our kids need our guidance and our love. It’s great that they have friends who have their backs, but it’s better that they know you do.
My message to Psi Fighters—Vanquish Evil, Do Right, Protect the Innocent!
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Lynn Rush, is a full-time writer, wife, and trail runner living in the Sonoran Desert, despite her fear of rattle snakes. Known as #TheRunningWriter, Lynn can’t resist posting epic sunrise pictures while running in the desert with her trail sisters, even if she has to occasionally hop a scorpion.
When she’s not running or writing, she’s watching movies that fuel her everlasting love of superheroes, vampires, and all things Supernatural. The books she reads usually carry the same theme, but this former college athlete loves reading sweet sports romances as well. She’s madly in love with her Ironman husband of 20+ years who is the inspiration for what true love is.
You can find her on social media as @LynnRushWrites and sign-up for her newsletter at: http://bit.ly/LRNewsletter
I’ve been writing all my life and was first published at the age of ten, when my poem, “The Garden,” a flower-filled fantasy, was printed in my small-town newspaper. I also had many poems and short stories published in my high school newspaper. My writing time dwindled during college and marriage and children and careers—other than the obligatory term papers, then corporate proposals and later, grant requests. In 2010, however, as a result of a writing course at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL, my short story, “A Luscious Epiphany,” was published in a writers’ anthology.
When I visited an ancient cemetery in the lowlands of Georgia, one of the spirits there reached out to me and my first novel, THE CONSORT CONSPIRACY, was born. It was published and released in July 2017 by TouchPoint Press. With almost 60 reviews, it averaged 4.9 out of 5 stars.
My second book, ON DEADLY GROUNDS, will be released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas on May 8, 2020.
I now live in St. Augustine, Florida, and love—in addition to my darling husband, my two awesome grown children and my four perfect grandchildren—Christmas, cartoons, circuses, carousels, and chocolate.
Chantele Sedgwick is a YA author, harpist, wife to one cute hubby and stay-at-home mom to four silly kids. She is the author of Love, Lucas, Switching Gears, Interlude, the forthcoming The Summer of Lost Things (June 4, 2019) and other titles. She's also a Gryffindor, Kit Kat hoarder, avid reader & lover of all things nerd. Chantele is represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.
National Readers’ Choice Award winner Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project--probably while consuming way too much coffee.
Joel Shulkin, MD
Joel Shulkin, MD
Joel Shulkin, MD is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and United States Air Force veteran with a Master’s in Public Health. Having been lucky enough to be mentored by the legendary Michael Palmer, his short stories have appeared in various print and online journals, and he has won several national and local writing awards for fiction and poetry.
He also published an original qualitative research study on international adoption. He lives in Florida with his amazing wife and incredible twin daughters.
His debut medical thriller, Adverse Effects, will be released on Sept 15, 2020 by Blackstone Publishing.
Susan Lantz Simpson
Susan Lantz Simpson
Susan Lantz Simpson has been writing stories and poetry ever since she penned her first poem at the age of six. She has always loved the magic of words and how they can entertain and enlighten others. Her love of words and books led her to earn a degree in English/Education.
She has taught students from Prekindergarten to high school and has also worked as an editor for the federal government. She also holds a degree in nursing and has worked in hospitals and in community health. She writes inspirational stories of love and faith and has published a middle-grade novel (Ginger and the Bully).
She lives in Maryland and is the mother of two wonderful daughters. She is a member of ACFW and Maryland Christian Writers Group. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, walking, and doing needlework.
Martha Seif Simpson
Martha Seif Simpson
Martha Seif Simpson is a wife, mom, librarian, and author. During her 26 years as Head of Children’s Services at the Stratford Library in CT, she has attended over 50 library conferences and dragged her kids along to many of them. The result is two more librarians to perpetuate the species.
Martha is a long-time member of the American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children and has served on numerous committees, including the Newbery Award. She is also a member of the Association for Jewish Libraries, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Author’s Guild.
Martha’s earliest publications were library resource books, starting with the first-ever manual for summer reading programs. She also published three picture books, including two Jewish holiday stories set in an old Eastern European toy store. When she is not working at the library or writing, Martha and her husband enjoy traveling.
Martha is proud to be an #OwnVoices author and has more stories she hopes to share with young readers.
Martha KidLit Author
David R Slayton
David R Slayton
David grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver, Colorado and write the books he always wanted to read. His debut, White Trash Warlock, will be published in October 13th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing.
Laurie Stroup Smith
Laurie Stroup Smith
While writing Amish fiction and contemporary romance, Laurie Stroup Smith strives to connect readers with friends and family through her stories while inspiring her audience to serve others. She was named a Finalist in the 2017 ACFW First Impressions Contest and a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 and 2019 ACFW Genesis Contests. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.
Before writing, Laurie earned a bachelor’s degree in both athletic training and exercise science and later obtained her master’s degree in health promotion and education. She now writes full time and lives with her husband and their two daughters in Cincinnati. For a week or two each summer, they enjoy discovering new adventures along the western coast of Michigan. Connect with Laurie on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Twitter.
Leanne W Smith
Leanne W Smith
Leanne W. Smith is an author and professor. Her books include two historicals, Leaving Independence and A Contradiction to His Pride, and one short story, On a Dark & Snowy Night. She’s a member of Lipscomb University’s College of Business faculty in Nashville where she’s had the privilege of teaching at the Tennessee Prison for Women, leading global learning trips (most recently in Florence), and has been recognized as an outstanding teacher. Smith and her husband have two creative daughters and a son-in-law who make the world a more beautiful place through their art, photography, songwriting and mandolin-playing.
Harper St. George
Harper St. George
Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. She currently lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast with her family and loves to connect with readers. She would love to hear from you.
LaVerne St. George
LaVerne St. George
Award-winning author LaVerne St. George has been writing since elementary school, but when she received a college care package from her aunt including Kathleen Woodiwiss’ “The Flame and the Flower”, she caught romance fever and never looked back. She’s known for her delightfully satisfying sweet and inspirational romances and her believable characters.
A librarian by training and a consultant for over 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, LaVerne’s instinctive answer to almost any question is “Let’s look that up!” She grew up in Western Pennsylvania and has either lived in or visited 40 of the 50 United States (guess what’s on her Bucket List!). When she’s not writing,
LaVerne enjoys crocheting, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, vacation spots close to home, and romance novels with a touch of mystery. She now lives with her husband in the Piedmont of North Carolina halfway between the ocean and the mountains, just where she likes it.
Jenn Stark is an award-winning author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She lives and writes in Ohio… and she definitely loves to write. In addition to penning her “Immortal Vegas” urban fantasy series and “Demon Enforcers” paranormal romance series, she is also author Jennifer McGowan, whose Maids of Honor series of Young Adult Elizabethan spy romances are published by Simon & Schuster, and author Jennifer Chance, whose Rule Breakers series of New Adult contemporary romances are published by Random House/LoveSwept and whose modern royals series, Gowns & Crowns, is now available.
Mindy Steele was raised in Kentucky timber country and has been writing since she could hold a crayon against the wall. Steele writes Amish Romance peppered with just the right amount of humor, as well as engaging Suspense, using rural America and the residents as her muse. Steele strives to create realistic characters for her readers and believes in engaging all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy ever after ending.
A hopeless romantic, with a lyrical pen, Steele wants her readers to find themselves somewhere within her pages. A mother of four and grandmother to a half dozen blessings, Steele enjoys hiking and gardening, coffee indulgences and weekend road trips, and is personally doing all she can to make peanut butter its very own food group.
Steele is represented by Julie Gwinn and her debut novel, Christmas Grace, releases from Entangled Publishing September 2020.
Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and two chapbooks of poetry. Her first novel, Center Line, won the First Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding Young Adult Novel. Many of her books appear on the American Library Association's Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.
Her novel Shadow won the Nevada State Reading Award in 1997. Her novel Players was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Sports Book and by Working Mother magazine as a Top Ten for Tweens. Her novel, Headlock (Holt 2006), won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Florida Book Awards and was chosen by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
Her first chapbook of poems, IMPERMANENCE , was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press, her second, entitled WAKE UP will be released by the same publisher this spring. She has had numerous poems, short stories, articles and interviews published; and her play, FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES was produced in 2011.
Joyce has recently switched to writing young adult fantasy fiction and is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour agency.
Michael J Tougias
Michael J Tougias
Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times Bestselling author and co-author of 30 books. He is best known for his non-fiction narratives of survival and rescue stories. These include The Finest Hours, Ten Hours Until Dawn, So Close to Home, A Storm Too Soon, Overboard, Rescue of the Bounty and Fatal Forecast.
The Finest Hours has been made into a Disney movie starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. Ten Hours Until Dawn was selected by the American Library Association as “One of the Best Books of the Year.”
Tougias also co-wrote King Philip’s War and a novel set during that war titled Until I Have No Country. He has also written several nature books including his memoir There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe, which won the Independent Publishers “Best Nature Book of the Year Award”.
His latest book Above & Beyond about JFK and the U-2 pilot killed over Cuba during the Missile Crisis was featured in the Wall Street Journal which said “This superbly written and tense account views the Cuban Missile Crisis from an unusual and telling perspective.”
His rescue books have been adapted for young adults and middle readers and are part of Tougias’s True Rescue Series published by MacMillan.
Tougias speaks to groups across the country and has a slide lecture for each of his books.
Beth Vrabel is author of the Cybils’-nominated Caleb and Kit, ILA award-winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville, JLG-selection A Blind Guide to Normal, The Reckless Club, the Pack of Dorks series, and The Newspaper Club. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
Tina Wainscott is the bestselling author of over thirty books with romantic thrills and suspenseful chills. Her stories are full of ravines and shaky bridges, sometimes scary people and situations, but at their heart are people who overcome their baggage to find their happy endings. She’s also written paranormal romantic suspense under Jaime Rush.
For more info:
www.TinaWainscott.com and www.JaimeRush.com.
Author Website: www.tinawainscott.com
Jenna has always loved creating for children— from her playful greeting cards and work as a toy designer, to her joy of puns, wordplay, and rhyme in children's books and poetry. Jenna is the author of two picture books: LARRY'S LATKES and SHARK-BOT SHALOM (Apples & Honey Press, Fall 2021). She is a member of SCBWI, Poet's Garage, and a contributor to Cricket Media. Jenna lives with her husband, their two boys, and three cats (and a fluctuating number of pet insects) in Northern CA.
Julie Ann Walker
Julie Ann Walker
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She'll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.
Donnie Welch is a poet, author, and educator who has worked with students with intellectual, developmental, and multiple disabilities since 2014. He runs sensory and movement-based writing workshops inclusive for students of all abilities at schools, museums, and cultural centers in New York City including: the Rebecca School, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Restoration Project, and more. When not teaching or writing he can most likely be found hiking in Inwood Hill Park, the Hudson Valley, or along the Appalachian Trail.
Instagram: @DonnieWelchPoetry https://www.instagram.com/donniewelchpoetry/