Ellyn Bache

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,
Gary Blackwood

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 After this promising start, he produced a seemingly endless string of unpublished books and collected a prodigious quantity of discouraging letters from editors.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

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

Michael Blouin's critically acclaimed first novel CHASE AND HAVEN (Coach House) was a finalist for the First Novel Award and
won the 2009 ReLit Award for Best Novel in Canada. In 2007, his first
collected poetry "I am not going to lie to you" (Pedlar Press) was a finalist for the Lampman Scott Award. In 2011 Pedlar Press released WORE DOWN TRUST which has garnered excellent national and international reviews. He was a finalist for the 2010 CBC Literary Awards and his work has been published in many literary magazines including Descant, Arc, The Antigonish Review, Event, Queen's Quarterly,  Branch, The New Quarterly, and the The Fiddlehead. He is currently completely work on his second novel and is represented by Westwood Creative artists.

Patti Brooks

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

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

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

Sandra Elzie
Sandra Elzie was challenged by her husband in 2001 to not wait until retirement in 2005 to start writing the book he had been hearing about almost since they had been married. Picking up the gantlet he had thrown down, she spent the next 8 years honing her craft and finishing 21 manuscripts—two of which have been published by Avalon Books, several more that are self-published on Amazon under Sandra McGregor, and many more to come on Kindle & Nook in the very near future.

She now lives in South Georgia with her husband and cat and enjoys reading, traveling and her three children and four grandchildren.

Flo Fitzpatrick

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.

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Janet Fox

Fox is the author of books for children and young adults, including two YA novels set in the early 1900s and published by Speak/Penguin Group. Faithful (2010), set in Yellowstone National Park in 1904, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee and an Amelia Bloomer List pick for 2011. Forgiven (2011) is set in 1906 San Francisco during the time of the great earthquake, and is a Junior Library Guild selection for 2011. She has several middle grade and young adult projects underway including another YA due for publication early in 2013. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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Marni Graff

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:  She is a member of Sisters in Crime.

Marianna Jameson

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
Wendy Kitts is a professional freelance writer who has written over 200 articles for publications such as Reader's Digest, Canada's History, Saltscapes, and More. A member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, she was a regular contributor of children's book reviews to Canadian Children Book News, the Globe & Mail, Atlantic Books Today, and the New Brunswick Reader (weekly column). Wendy is the author of Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar (Nimbus, 2011), a non-fiction children's book for seven to nine year-olds; and the co-author of Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read (Goose Lane Editions, 2009) an anthology on literacy. For two years, Wendy sat on the judging committee choosing the best in Canadian childrens literature for Our Choice (currently Best Books for Kids & Teens), an annual publication of the Canadian Childrens Book Centre. For more information go to

Sylvie Kurtz

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 for more information ( romantic suspense, action adventure, paranormal).

Kathy-Diane Leveille

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.

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C. J. Lyons
As a paediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge thrillers. In addition to being an award-winning, bestselling author, CJ is a nationally known presenter and keynote speaker.

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

Ashley March

Ashley March is the author of Victorian historical romance novels SEDUCING THE DUCHESS and ROMANCING THE COUNTESS. A native of Texas, she currently resides in Colorado with her husband and two young daughters. A lover of languages and travel, she finds her greatest passion in writing stories of happily-ever-after.

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, No Time to Wave Goodbye, and fifteen other books for adults and children. A former syndicated columnist, she is a contributing editor for Parade magazine and the founder of the artist's residence One Writer's Place. Mitchard lives in Wisconsin with her family.
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Carol Moriera

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.

Laurie Glenn Norris

Laurie Glenn Norris is a writer, teacher and art historian. Her travel articles and book reviews have appeared in the Telegraph-Journal (Saint John), the Daily Gleaner (Fredericton), Atlantic Books Today and MUSE. Her first book Cumberland County Facts and Folklore (Nimbus) was published in 2009 and her second, The Life and Times of a Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery (Nimbus) is forthcoming in 2012. Her particular writing interests are historical non-fiction and biographies. Laurie lives and writes in Lower Kingsclear, New Brunswick with her husband, Barry, a free-lance editor, five cats and many books.
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Susan Olding

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.


Andrew Peterson
Andrew Peterson’s debut thriller, First to Kill, has recently been optioned for a major motion picture. It is the first in a series featuring Nathan McBride, a trained Marine scout sniper and CIA operations officer. His second book, Forced to Kill, is currently available as an exclusive audiobook from Andrew holds the classification of Master in the NRA’s High Power Rifle ranking system and has won numerous competitions throughout the Southwestern United States. Andrew enjoys scuba diving, target shooting, flying helicopters, hiking and camping, and an occasional round of golf. Andrew and his wife, Carla, live in Monterey County, California.

Linda Poitevin
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.

Carsen Taite
Carsen Taite works by day (and sometimes night) as a criminal defense attorney in Dallas, Texas. Her goal as an author is to spin plot lines as interesting as the cases she encounters in her practice. She is the author of five novels,, It Should be a Crime (a Lambda Literary Award finalist), Do Not Disturb, Nothing but the Truth, and The Best Defense. She is currently working on her sixth novel, Slingshot, which, like several of her prior works contains a heavy dose of crime. Learn more at

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Lea Wait

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."

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Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about vampires and science. She is a member of RWA and several of its chapters and has won awards for her works throughout the industry. Her second book in the Dark Protectors series will be released in November 2011 from Kensington Brava.