Mary Aalgaard is a playwright, musician and arts advocate in the heart of Minnesota. She writes theater reviews and supports the arts through her blog Play off the Page. She teaches piano, writing and theatre classes. Her youth theater workshops in the Brainerd Lakes area partner with the community arts center and the community college.
Corrina Austin grew up in the 1960’s. She became a mother of four and an elementary school teacher, but always found time between work and family for writing. From childhood to the present, if she wasn’t reading a book, she was writing one. While honing her craft as a writer, Corrina strives to infuse the ordinary with beauty, whimsy, and connection.
Chelsea Marie Ballard
A student of all things, Chelsea has turned her passion for flowery prose, angsty television, and biology toward her writing. She enjoys rare vines, quirky people, and a good love/hate story. This gold-ranking gamer lives in Bucks County, PA with her family, anxious dog, and fat cat.
Writer, author, dreamer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way. Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than fifteen years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking. Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.
S. R. Betler
S. R. Betler was born and raised in New York and now lives in the middle of farm country, Kentucky. When she isn’t torturing her characters or inventing new worlds, she’s busy preventing her offspring and husband from destroying this one. She writes fantasy, mostly YA, and enjoys exploring life's moral and ethical dilemmas in her work.
Angela is a gladiator-in-business-casual battling giants in the world of IT by day and mom to a teen and a tiny fur baby 24/7. A devourer of books, chocolate, and Hot Tamales, Angela uses words to build bridges for readers to escape, to feel, to explore, and to know they are not alone.
Anstice Brown is a school administrator with a BA in Literature and Philosophy. She lives with her husband, daughter and mischievous cat on the East coast of England. A geek/hippie hybrid with a love of all things retro, Anstice enjoys doodling, gaming and raving about books on her blog, Dusting the Soul.
Carrie-Anne Brownian, who also writes as Ursula Hartlein, is a proud native Pittsburgher who lives and breathes all things historical. She has a degree in history and Russian and East European Studies from UMass–Amherst, and aspires to a Ph.D. in Russian history. Her stories always feature characters who are outside the norm in some way, and lots of Sturm und Drang.
Joylene Nowell Butler
Joylene is the author of two suspense thrillers and a steampunk collaboration. She lives with her husband and their two cats Marbles and Shasta on Cluculz Lake in central British Columbia in the log/stick house they designed and built. In her spare time Joylene teaches T’chi, goes paddling on the lake, and picks wild berries for her smoothie concoctions.
L.X. Cain lives a stone’s throw (if you throw it really hard) from the beautiful beaches and turquoise waters of the Red Sea. Despite the scenic delights, she’s an indoor gal *cough* couch potato *cough* and spends most of her time happily tapping away on her laptop, coming up with thrilling story ideas to entertain you!
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.
Jay Chalk is a twenty-year veteran high school teacher of government, U.S. history and English. He's the author of several novels, two of which are speculative fiction, and he's currently working on a third, hoping to tie them into a possible trilogy. He lives in East Texas and when not teaching or writing, he's flying or playing the guitar.
Jen Chandler is a Southern author with a taste for dark and stormy nights. When not writing, she can be found hunting for ghosts in attics or nursing a cup of good, strong tea.
Renee uses her years of experience as a developer to write about the what-ifs of magic and technology. When she is not suspiciously peering at her computer in between her writing, she can be found roaming the streets with her family or gaming with her similar-minded friends.
Myles Christensen writes exciting adventures in a variety of genres. His characters rarely avoid falling in love (or at least crushing on each other). For each new story, he makes a music playlist to match—and inspire—his writing. His mild-mannered alter ego is a product development engineer, university professor, and game inventor. He lives in Utah with his wife and children.
Christine writes psychological thrillers and suspense. She earned her degree in Literature/Language and went on to pen stories that send you running for the covers. Her work has been published in several anthologies.
Crystal Collier is a self-proclaimed cheese addict, author, home schooling mom, and composer who may or may not own a pet zombie. And a broken teleportation device. She writes historical and urban fantasy while watching Floridian sunsets with her creative husband and four littles. Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.
Sandra writes YA Fantasy, Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her porch listening to the birds, sipping a latte, and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.
William Michael Davidson
William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption.
Rebecca M. Douglass
Rebecca M. Douglass is a writer of children’s fiction, cozy mysteries, and fantasy. When not writing, she likes to spend her time hiking, biking, and traveling with her husband. She works at the local library, where she hopes to learn the secrets of the Ninja Librarian.
Tonja Drecker is a writer, blogger, children’s book reviewer and freelance translator. After spending years in Germany exploring forgotten castles, she currently resides in the Ozarks with her family of six. When she’s not tending her chickens and cows, she’s discovering new adventures, nibbling chocolate and sipping a cup of tea.
Award-winning author, Sherry Ellis, is a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano. When she's not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found taking care of household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children.
Jessica Ferguson is a staff writer for Southern Writers Magazine and the author of several novels and novellas—both published and unpublished. She fantasizes that one day she’ll wake up and all those manuscripts on her hard drive will be, miraculously, revised and edited. In her spare time, Jess enjoys Bible Studies, bean bag baseball, breakfast/brainstorming with friends and playing with her recently retired husband.
Chrys Fey is an author and an editor for Dancing Lemur Press. She started her blog, Write with Fey, to offer aspiring writers inspiration, advice, and hope. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, and since then she has been a dedicated citizen in the writing world.
Sarah Foster is a writer and blogger living in Massachusetts with her husband and cat. She writes whatever her characters tell her to, whether it’s literary fiction, fantasy, or even poetry. She is currently working on her debut novel.
Jemi Fraser lives in beautiful Northern Ontario where she works hard and plays harder with both her family and her students. Holding an ever-present mug of Chai tea, she spends her free time baking cookies and writing Happy Ever Afters. The world can always use more of both.
C.D. wrote his first story when he was five years old, and he made his baby-sitter look up how to spell “extra-terrestrial” in the dictionary. He now writes stories about un-heroic people doing generally hilarious things in horrifying worlds. A loving husband and proud father of two wonderful little kids, C.D. was born and raised in Newfoundland and currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.
Gwen Gardner writes sweet, cozy mysteries with a few ghosts thrown in to stir things up. Since ghosts feature prominently in her stories, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face—but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores adventure, travel and anything chocolate.
Olga Godim is a writer and journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Her short stories have appeared in multiple internet and print magazines. Her publications also include two traditional fantasy novels and a collection of urban fantasy short stories.
Tamara Hart Heiner
Tamara Hart Heiner lives in Arkansas with her husband, four children, a cat, a rabbit, and several fish. She graduated with a degree in English and an editing emphasis from Brigham Young University. She's the author of several young adult suspense novels and has one series out for younger readers in addition to her nonfiction about the Joplin tornado.
Writer, speaker, podcast host and family advocate. She is a life-long researcher of Behavioral Science with particular interests in family pathology and concepts of dysfunction, addiction, alcoholism and conflict. Annie resides in Columbus, Ohio and enjoys writing, long distance running, hiking, the great outdoors and visiting her son in Southern California as often as possible.
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Ellen Jacobson writes cozy mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy stories. She lives on a sailboat with her husband, exploring the world from the water. When she isn't working on boat projects or seeking out deserted islands, she blogs about their adventures.
Hart Johnson writes books from her bathtub and blogs from her basement. She is author of a cozy mystery series under the name Alyse Carlson and has written a flu apocalypse thriller proven to cause nightmares in the squeamish. When not writing, she is power walking or playing fan girl to various nerdy causes.
L.G. Keltner has been attempting to write novels since she was six. None of those early attempts were any good, but her passion for writing remained strong. She graduated from Drake University in 2008, and she lives in Iowa with her husband and children. L.G. writes mostly science fiction, though she also enjoys writing humorous young adult stories.
Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of romance, sports, and suspense! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer—she can’t decide which is more fun. Jen lives in Ohio and parlays her college swimming and volleyball experience into earnest characters striving for more in love and life.
Damien Larkin is a part-time Planning Analyst and a full-time stay-at-home father of two young children. He enjoys turning terrifying nightmares into novels and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland.
Daydreamer, writer, teacher, believer - Tyrean Martinson lives near the Puget Sound with her husband and daughters. With her B.A. in Ed. and English, she teaches writing classes to home-school teens and she writes speculative, contemporary, poetry, experimental hint fiction, and writing books.
Beverly Stowe McClure
Most of the time, you'll find Beverly at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. To relax, she enjoys playing thepiano. Her cats don't appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories. Beverly's a member of the SCBWI. She has fourteen books published for children and teens. Several have won awards. She's writing more.
Sean McLachlan is the author of numerous novels, including three series: post-apocalyptic science fiction, Civil War horror, and an action series set in World War One.
C. Lee McKenzie
C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot questions about things she still doesn’t understand.
Award-winning author Elizabeth Mueller lives in Texas with her husband, five lively children, five indoor kitties, a few outdoor kitties, seventeen chickens, and a horse named Hazel. While she enjoys homeschooling her kidlets, she thrives as a full-time writer of any genre that captures her heart.
L. Nahay writes real-world plots and themes within the vastness that is fantasy, preferring the limitlessness of possibilities and the ability to challenge the boundaries of imagination and creativity. She is currently working on the sequel to her first novel.
From doling out movie popcorn to flinging smelt to penguins, Tamara Narayan’s career took the “road less traveled”. It veered off into a land of integrals and other strange things while she taught college level math, but these days she’s cruising the fiction highway. In addition to Parallels’ Scrying The Plane, she’s published a suspenseful short story collection.
Sylvia Ney is a freelance writer, editor, and speaker. She regularly contributes to newspapers, magazines, and other anthologies. Her publications include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography. Sylvia serves as a Board Member of both the Texas Gulf Coast Writers and Bayou Writers Group in Louisiana.
Cherie Reich owns more books than she can ever read and thinks up more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn’t stop this bookworm from attempting to complete her goals, even if it means curbing her TV addiction. A library assistant living in Virginia, she writes speculative fiction.
Yolanda Renée is an adventurer who loves logic and a writer who loves a challenge. A vivid imagination interspersed with life experiences fill her stories, but family owns her heart. Pennsylvania is currently her home, but Alaska still beckons.
Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde is excited about the March 2017 release of her first book, He Gave Me Barn Cats. Maria also owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery. She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat)… and other Black Cats who decide to move in.
Melanie Schulz writes psychological tales spun from her many years as a psychiatric nurse and her experience in this thing called life.
Elizabeth is a multi-published writer of women's fiction and romance and the mother of four awesome, sometimes rotten boys.
On a post-children-at-home teaching adventure, Deborah Solice moved to the Middle East and most recently Russia where she teaches middle schoolers. Deborah writes both adult romantic suspense and YA/NA speculative fiction. She has had work published in anthologies and two full-length novels, as well.
Charles Suddeth loves to tell stories of all sizes and shapes and flavors. He has published picture books, middle readers’ books, young adult thrillers, and adult mysteries. He draws inspiration from hiking Tom Sawyer State Park and teaches in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with a yellow lab, three sons, and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!
Beverly Weeks is an energetic, Jesus-loving “girl-next-door.” Her inspiring, transparent messages are seasoned with a little laughter, candid real life struggles, and filled with Biblical truths. An evangelist at heart, she has a love for her audience that is fully evident both on and off stage. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.
In addition to contributing short stories to anthologies, Yvonne Ventresca is the author of two young adult novels and two nonfiction books for teens. Her debut novel won a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Yvonne blogs regularly about creativity and writing-related resources.
L. Diane Wolfe
Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association. She conducts seminars on book publishing, promoting, leadership, and goal-setting and is the author of seven books. She travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains numerous websites & blogs, and manages several businesses.
Denise Sutton, mother of one, lives in eastern North Carolina. She currently works as a psychiatric nurse. She has written three poetry books, one nonfiction book, and has been the chief editor and writer for two collective literary works. She has written and co-produced several CD's.
Roland Yeomans believes myths are secrets of the heart made manifest in prose. Born in Detroit, Michigan, now of Lake Charles, Louisiana, he has been a teacher, counselor, book store owner, but always a writer.
Lynda R Young
A Christian first, Lynda writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband.