Ellyn Bache is the award-winning fiction writer of nine novels (including "Safe Passage," which was made into a film starring Susan Sarandon) and a short story collection that won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize. Her most recent book, "The Art of Saying Goodbye," a William Morrow trade paperback, was chosen for special recognition by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, through it's "Okra Pick" program. Ellyn is also the fiction editor for the literary magazine, "Emrys Journal." More information is on her website, www.ellynbache.com
At sixteen, Gary got his first encouraging letter from an editor and sold his first story at nineteen. After this promising start, he produced a seemingly endless string of unpublished books and collected a prodigious quantity of discouraging letters from editors. Finally, in 1987, Atheneum published his juvenile novel, Wild Timothy, followed by The Dying Sun and Beyond the Door. Then his editor was fired. Seven long years later - during which time he worked for The Institute of Children's Literature, teaching others how to write and not sell their work - the publication of The Shakespeare Stealer resurrected his writing career, which has been going strong ever since. His work covers the whole spectrum of kids' books, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. Any time that's left over he devotes to writing plays for adults and young audiences. His adaptation of The Shakespeare Stealer has been produced many times in the U.S. in such venues as the Kennedy Center and Seattle Children's Theatre.
Allie Boniface is a multi-published author of contemporary romance who lives and works as a high school English teacher in the the lower Hudson Valley, NY. She has appeared at numerous conferences, writing workshops, and book readings/signings and loves working with aspiring and published writers alike. She is a member of both the national and local chapters of RWA.
Michael Blouin's critically acclaimed first novel CHASE AND HAVEN (Coach House) was a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and
Patti became a professional writer at sixteen when she was paid $3 for an article in a national trade journal. Since then she has published over 500 articles, two novels (a historical set in the Prohibition era and a contemporary murder mystery), a short story collection and her work is included in an anthology of mysteries. Patti is also a professional horse trainer and breeder and avid competitor in 100 mile distance rides.
DeAnna Cameron is the author of romantic historical fiction set in Victorian and Edwardian America. THE BELLY DANCER (Berkley, 2009) immerses readers in the real-life belly-dancing scandal at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. DANCING AT THE CHANCE (Berkley, spring 2012) takes readers on a struggling vaudeville dancer’s journey to save the down-and-out theater she calls home. Ms. Cameron is an active member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America and the Literary Guild of Orange County. She lives and writes in Orange County, California.
Karen Duvall is a native Californian who grew up in Hawaii, lived in Colorado most of her adult life, and now lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets. She has three grown children and five grandchildren.
Karen has been telling stories since the age of three, when she wasn’t yet able to write but could tell her tales to her mother, who wrote them down for her. Karen is a professional graphic designer with a passion for portraying her characters and scenes by painting pictures with words. You can visit her website at www.wix.com/jkduvall/knights-curse
She now lives in South Georgia with her husband and cat and enjoys reading, traveling and her three children and four grandchildren.
Flo Fitzpatrick is a multi-published author of romance/mystery, romantic suspense and paranormal romance, plus numerous short stories and non-fiction articles. Her second Kensington release, "Hot Stuff", was nominated by RTBookReviews for Best Romantic Suspense and is currently under option for film. Flo worked for a Literary/Talent Agency in New York as a “first reader” and has judged for RWA and Sisters in Crime contests, while also teaching Writing Workshops online. She loves using her background in Theatre and Dance to create wacky characters who seem to inhabit those worlds on and off-stage.
Web site: www.flofitzpatrick.com
Marni Graff's Nora Tierney series features an American writer living in the UK. The Blue Virgin is set in Oxford; The Green Remains takes place in Cumbria and will be in print this winter. Graff is co-author with her writing group of Writing in a Changing World, which deals with finding your own writing and critique group. She also run the Writers Read program in Belhaven NC for young and emerging authors, and writes a weekly review blog at: www.auntiemwrites.wordpress.com. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.
After abandoning her doctoral dissertation, which focused on the privatization and globalization of international telecommunications systems and the commercialization of outer space, New York Times best-selling author Marianna Jameson spent two decades as a senior technical writer and editor in the aerospace, defense, and software security industries and ghost-wrote a non-fiction book on corporate digital security before becoming a novelist. Although her full-time job is the gentle art of writing novels that keep people up at night, Marianna keeps her imagination churning by freelancing as an analyst in the corporate security and intelligence worlds.
Wendy Kitts is a professional freelance writer who has written over 200 articles for publications such as Reader's Digest,
Flying an eight-hour solo cross-country in a Piper Arrow with only the airplane's crackling radio and a large bag of M&Ms for company, Sylvie Kurtz realized a pilot's life wasn't for her. The stories zooming in and out of her head proved more entertaining than the flight. Not a quitter, she completed her pilot's course, earning her commercial license and instrument rating. Since then, she's trade in her wings for a keyboard, where she lets her imagination soar to create fictional adventures that explore the complexity of the human mind and the thrill of suspense. She has written 20 novels. Visit www.sylviekurtz.com for more information ( romantic suspense, action adventure, paranormal).
Kathy-Diane Leveille is a former broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her debut literary suspense novel Let the Shadows Fall Behind You was published by Kunati Books in April 2009. Kathy-Diane’s short story collection Roads Unravelling was published to critical acclaim after a selection from its pages Learning to Spin was adapted to radio drama for CBC’s Summer Drama Festival. The tale Showdown at the Four Corner’s Corral was revised for the stage and performed by New City Theatre in Saint John.
Her web site is http://kathy-dianeleveille.com
CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).
Her newest project is as co-author of a new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. Learn more about her writing at http://www.cjlyons.net
Carol Moreira has worked in journalism around the world. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the South China Morning Post among many other newspapers. Magazines include Halifax, Progress and Saltscapes. She won a magazine feature writing award in 2010 and her first novel, a YA story called Charged, was published to good reviews in 2008 by James Lorimer.
Susan Olding's Pathologies:A Life in Essays won the Creative Nonfiction Collective's Readers' Choice Award for 2010 and was nominated for several other awards. Her writing has appeared widely in literary journals in the U.S. and Canada. Currently, she is working on a novel and a second book of essays.
Linda Poitevin is the author of a new urban fantasy series, The Grigori Legacy, from Ace Books. Book one, SINS OF THE ANGELS, will be out September 27/11. Book two, SINS OF THE SON, follows in May 2012. In her life, Linda is a wife, mother, friend, gardener, coffee snob, freelance writer, and zookeeper of too many pets.
Bio: Lea Wait is the author of the traditional Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series, the most recent of which is Shadows of a Down East Summer, and she also writes 19th century historical novels for ages 7-14 that have been recommended by the Bank Street College, the International Reading Association, and been named to Student Choice Award lists in 14 states. Mystery Scene Magazine wrote, "It's hard to praise too highly Wait's skill at plotting, her ability at building suspense, and her ability to make so many diverse characters come alive."
Website is: http://www.leawait.com