Clayton Bye is a writer, ghostwriter, editor and publisher. The author of 13 books, over 40 ghostwrites, and a varied collection of short stories, poems, articles and reviews, he has also published several books under the imprint Chase Enterprises Publishing. The books published for others include 3 award winning anthologies, a collection of unusual detective stories and a stunning memoir about what it’s like to live with and die from anorexia. Visit his e-store at http://shop.claytonbye.com.
Steve Lindahl’s first two novels, Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions, were published in 2009 and 2014 by All Things That Matter Press. His short fiction has appeared in Space and Time, The Alaska Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Eclipse, Ellipsis, and Red Wheelbarrow. He served for five years as an associate editor on the staff of The Crescent Review, a literary magazine he co-founded. He is currently the managing/fiction editor for Flying South, a literary magazine sponsored by Winston-Salem Writers and is also a board member of that organization.
RODRIGO AGUILAR OREJUELA (Ecuador – 1970): Writer, ghostwriter, journalist, editor and columnist has worked as a journalist of opinion and information for 25 years at different press media institutions from the South centred region of Ecuador. In 2004 he was the winner in the First National Essay Contest. He has published the books Colombia-Ecuador: an Example of Coexistence (2004), The Charm of Cuenca (editions in Spanish, English, French, and German, 2005), Market, Barrio and City: History of the Ninth (2009), The Hummingbird’s Flight (2011), Like a Thistle: spoken portrait of Eudoxia Estrella (2013), Monologue of a Castaway” (2016).
Born in Havana, Cuba, Eduardo Cerviño (AKA E.C. Brierfield) has resided in the US since 1968. He has written and published several novels and numerous short stories that blur the line between mystery, the paranormal and sci-fi. His last completed novel is entitled Cult of Iona.
Eduardo is also a painter with over one hundred exhibits in Havana, the U.S., and Europe.
Life itches and torments Kenneth Weene like pesky flies. Annoyed, he picks up a pile of paper to slap at the buzzing and often whacks himself on the head. Each whack is another story. At least having half-blinded himself, he has learned to not wave the pencil about. Ken will, however, write on until the last gray cell has retreated and there are no longer these strange ideas demanding his feeble efforts. So many poems, stories, novels; and more to come.
South African author of paranormal romance Maggie Tideswell is fascinated by the paranormal and everything that cannot be explained rationally. She explores themes like ‘nothing is as it seems’ and ‘things that go bump in the night.’ Ghost & questions like why some people linger after death and others not, are of particular interest to her. How alternative religions deal with the paranormal naturally flowed out of this fascination. Her books are set in South Africa, particularly in the southern Cape region.
In 2006, Cynthia Ainsworth ventured to write her first novel, Front Row Center, which won the prestigious IPPY Award (Independent Publisher), as well as garnering numerous 5-star reviews, one from known Midwest Book Review. Front Row Center is the first book in Cynthia’s Forbidden Series. Two of her books are now being developed for the silver screen. Today, Cynthia has the opportunity to write while caring for her husband and their five poodle-children.
Delinda McCann writes general fiction based on her experience as a social psychologist and has published five novels. She expresses her sense of humor in many of her short stories. She’s also published numerous professional articles on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Youth At-Risk. The professional articles are rather academic and dry, but Delinda pulls what she knows about human behavior, disabilities and youth into her fiction.
Monica Brinkman looks at life as a wonderful journey and believes those ‘bumps in the road’ bring us understanding and knowledge. Laughter is a mandatory part of her life, thus many readers are surprised to see horror and the paranormal within many of her stories. Her stand-alone sequel to The Turn of the Karmic Wheel, aptly named The Wheels Final Turn, will soon be seeing its release. Along with writing, Monica hosts the It Matters Radio broadcast each week.
Jon Magee brings to his writings a wealth of experience having lived in a wide part of the world at some of the most difficult military and political periods in the late 20th Century. He has lived in Singapore, Aden (Yemen), Cyprus, Germany and Kenya during War, terrorism, Military coups and major evacuations for refugees of war. Today he lives in Scotland, the father of 5 with 7 grandchildren.
It had been a long dark winter and Stuart Carruthers was tired of the relentless cold. He needed sunshine and warm weather. Packing his things into a single rucksack he booked a flight and caught the next plane to Asia. Taiwan was calling. He arrived in the middle of a typhoon and almost got blown straight back home again. He stuck around for a bit and 10 years later he?d gotten married and had had two kids. And there he remains with a healthier hue and a little less energy.
Joyce Elferdink’s inspiration to write comes from those life experiences which expose questions that shake her up and stir her to action. Some of those questions are portrayed through her novel, Pieces of You — inspired by one of those events —with the search for answers continuing in the coming sequel, The Battle of Jericho, 2040.
Jim Secor, PhD, worked for 11 years doing live theatre production before going on to write plays, produce films, commercials and a documentary. He even studied at the National Puppet Theatre in Japan. Jim’s recent work includes award winning Tanka, horror for the short story anthology The Speed of Dark and a book of mysteries, Det. Lupée. The impossible Cases. He can be found on Linkedin and at http://labelleotero.wordpress.com along with Minna vander Pfaltz. Jim Secor’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Salvatore Buttaci has been seeing his work in print since 1957. “Writing’s become a daily habit for me,” he says. “If I miss a day I look out my window to see if the world as we know it has come to an end.” In addition to a strict writing schedule, Buttaci enjoys reading fast-paced novels and writing-craft books, watching the Cincinnati Reds on TV, and most important, spending quality time with his wife Sharon in Almost-heaven West Virginia.
Bryan Murphy travelled the long way to Turin. First he encountered fields, a beach, sites and shared tables, then classrooms across Europe, in Africa, in Asia. The life of a freelance translator tortured his back but led to an office with his name on the door and a pension plan. Now released from the tyranny of other people’s words, he concentrates on his own, taking the occasional break to look out over a disused factory, inner-city rooftops, the foothills of the Alps and a panorama of mountains that will outlast us all.
Trish Jackson grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe, Africa, and lived through many real life adventures that sparked her imagination. She writes provocative and poignant romantic suspense/thrillers and romantic comedies, focusing on animals, and the passions, dreams, and tragedies in the lives of country folk in small towns. Trish loves country living, horse riding, chocolate and all animals, and is happiest sitting at her computer working on her next novel.
Anne Sweazy-Kulju’s first novel, “The Thing with Feathers,” is an Amazon darling. Her next novel, “BODIE,” took Finalist for The 2014 WILLA Literary Award for Original Softcover Fiction. Soon-to-release “Grog Wars,” was named International 1st-Place Winner by Writers Type. Anne lives near Pacific City. Readers may learn more about Anne and correspond with her on her website blog at www.Historical-Horse-Feathers.com.
John B. Rosenman, a retired English professor from Norfolk State University, has published over 300 stories and 20 books. His work includes science fiction and dark erotic fiction. “The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes won the 2011 annual readers’ poll from “Preditors and Editors.” In 2013, Musa Publishing awarded his time travel story “Killers” their Top Pick. He is the former Chairman of the Board of the Horror Writers Association and the previous editor of Horror Magazine.
Charline Ratcliff is an adventurous person with a penchant for neatness. Her writing includes interviews, blog articles, and five historical novels in process. Several days ago, while rifling through mountains of paperwork, she froze; eyes processing the disarray. Definitions had changed: order, a restaurant request; orderly, the person who aids the injured or infirm “Wow,” she stated. “I’m officially a writer.”
RJ Ellory is the author of 12 novels. Twice shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger and a further 13 international awards including 2 Barrys, the Association 813 Trophy, and the Europeen Du Point, Ellory is also winner of the Livre De Poche Award, The Strand Magazine Novel of The Year, The Mystery Booksellers of America Award, the USA National Indie Excellence Award, the Inaugural Nouvel Observateur Prize, the Quebec Laureat, and both the Villeneuve & St. Maur Prize.
Micki Peluso began writing after a personal tragedy, as a catharsis for her grief. This lead to several publications in Victimology: An International Magazine & a 25 year career in Journalism. Her first book was published in 2008; a funny family memoir of love, loss and survival, called, . . .AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG which won the Nesta CBC Silver award for writing that builds character. She’s presently finishing a collection of short fiction, slice of life stories & essays, in a book called, DON’T PLUCK THE DUCK.
Frank Fiore is a bestselling author with more than 50,000 copies of his non-fiction books in print. He has now turned his talents to writing fiction. Frank has also written a book titled “To Christopher” that, under the guise of a book to his young son, leads the reader through social commentary, personal experience and entertaining teaching stories on a thoughtful journey through the challenges and opportunities that face the next generation.
Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in news and talk radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. But it wasn’t until 2001 after she retired from news and copywriting that she was able to sit down and write fiction fulltime. Much of what Silverman writes about today she admits is pulled from events that were reported on from inside some of Los Angeles’ busiest newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes.
Bonnie Hearn Hill wanted to write fiction about women’s issues, and when she accidentally fell into a six-book deal with one of the largest publishers in the world, she saw it as an opportunity to do just that. Fifteen novels later, her international thrillers and young adult novels cover topics ranging from women and weight issues to sex and power, to ghosts, metaphorical and otherwise. Regardless of the genre, her focus is empowerment. “I love everything about writing,” she says, “even when I hate it.”
With the mouth of a Gemini, the soul of a Pisces, and an intuitive Aquarius Moon, Hazel can nail anyone’s personality the moment she knows their birthday. She’s been an astrologer for more than twenty-five years and is the author of the internationally best-selling Rotten Day humorous astrology book series and a recently released book on Pluto, the planet of transformation.
Dellani Oakes resides in Florida with her husband and three of her four grown children. She has eight books published, with more on the way. In fact, she likes to brag that she has so many books written, she could publish four a year for the next fourteen years and not have to write another thing. When she’s not working, she’s either asleep, heading up a writing group or hosting one of her radio shows; Dellani’s Tea Time & What’s Write for Me where she speaks to other authors.
Before she became a novelist, Patricia Dusenbury was an economist and the author of numerous dry publications. She hopes to atone by writing mystery stories that people read for pleasure. Her first book, A Perfect Victim, was named 2015’s best mystery by the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition. Book 2, Secrets, Lies & Homicide, was a finalist in the 2016 EPIC award and a top ten mystery in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll. A House of Her Own, which completes the trilogy, was nominated for InD’tale’s RONE award. The first book of Patricia’s new series, working title Two Weeks in Geary, was a 2016 Killer Nashville Top Ten Finalist and will be published in 2017. When she isn’t writing, Patricia is reading, gardening, hanging out with the grandkids, or exploring San Francisco, the fabulous city that is her new home.
Cody Wagner loves to sing, mime (not really), and create. He writes about topics ranging from superpowers to literate trees (really). His debut novel, The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren, “came out” on October 27th. See what he did there? Cody dealt with bullying as a teen and wanted to provide a fun escape for all the underdogs out there. He’s also handing out cookie dough to everyone who grabs a copy. Check out his writing and see more of his wackiness at www.wagner-writer.com or find him on Twitter @cfjwagner, Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/wagner_writer, and Amazon at www.amazon.com/Cody-Wagner/e/B016NYGV40.
Author of THE MYSTERY OF THE LONE WOLF KILLER, in which the life and mind of Anders Behring Breivik, the most unexpected of mass murderers, is examined and set in the context of wider criminal psychology. Unni was born in northern Norway and grew up in Drammen, a city near Oslo, approximately twenty minutes from where Breivik was raised. As a foreign exchange student, she graduated from high school in Kansas City, Kansas, and she has law degrees from Norway, France, and the United States. She currently lives with her family in Geneva, Switzerland, and is at work on a second book, a behind-the-scenes examination of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Michael Ajax lived for decades in the beautiful and often cold state of Michigan, but one day his life needed a change. With his wife and two kids, he moved to the sunny desert and started writing. Wondering what it would be like for kids to visit a land where dinosaurs still live, he started writing his first adventure novel. Tomb of the Triceratops, is available at Amazon. And he’s just getting started. Check out Michael’s website at www.michaelajax.com and get a look at his book on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/tombtriceratops
Karen Vaughan lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ. DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family and online gamers. Her third book and sequel to DEAD ON ARRIVAL is called OVER HER DEAD BODY. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series and was released in May 2013. DEAD MEN DON’T SWING AND JAMAICA DEAD WERE PUBLISHED in January 2015.
Past Contributing Authors:
Linda Palmer began writing for pleasure in the third grade and has letters from her teachers predicting she’d be an author. Although a writing career was never a dream, it was something she pursued after joining a writer’s group. Silhouette Books published Linda’s first novel in l989 and twenty more over ten years (writing as Linda Varner). In 1999 she took a break, but learned that she couldn’t not write. She began again, changing her genre to young adult/new adult paranormal romance. Linda married her junior high school sweetheart many years ago and lives in Arkansas with her family.
Kathleen Ball writes contemporary western romance with great emotion and memorable characters. Her books are award winners and have appeared on best sellers lists including Amazon’s Best Sellers List, All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand, Desert Breeze Publishing and Secret Cravings Publishing Best Sellers list. She is the recipient of eight Editor’s Choice Awards, and The Readers’ Choice Award for Ryelee’s Cowboy.
After an interesting career in banking, T.R. Heinen began to devote his life to serving orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children in Portugal, Guatemala, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Mexico. He helped establish an orphanage in Agua Prieta, Sonora and now resides in Tucson, Arizona. T.R. is a member of the Arizona Authors Association and the United States Catholic Mission Association and has been awarded royal Portuguese and Imperial Ethiopian knighthoods.
Martha Char Love is a coauthor of What’s Behind Your Belly Button?, a narrative of the maturation of sciences of psychology and neurology that explores gut feeling intelligence based on 40+ years of counseling experience, and an author of a cookbook called Mom’s Island Bakens to help people improve their lifestyle choices for healthy eating.
Linda Hales commenced her writing career with two children’s book series, award winning Sunshine and Andy-Roo. Her delightfully illustrated short stories appeal to the 3-7 year age range, each containing an age appropriate moral. According to Linda, “Young children are never too young to learn life’s little lessons and what better source is there than a well-illustrated children’s book!” Linda dabbles in other genres just for the sheer joy and exercise of it. She is currently working on short story projects and plans on releasing new titles within the next year.
Marta Merajver-Kurlat is an Argentinean author, translator, and psychoanalyst who delves into the darker aspects of human nature through novels and non-fiction works. Since 2005 to date she has published nine books, among them the first working biography of laureate Korean film maker Kim-ki Duk.
For about eight years, Ron Cherry has written a column about classic cars and street rods in The Union newspaper. His short stories have been in several online magazines, including The Dan O’Brien Project, Devilfish Review, Writing Raw, and Ineffective Ink. He has two book on Amazon, Christmas Cracker and Foul Shot, with another due before the end of the year.
Amor Vincet Omnit—Love Conquers All. With her true last name, it’s no surprise that multi-published contemporary author Meg Amor has always believed in love and romance. She writes deep, sensual romance stories about heartfelt connections and deep relationships. Published with Muse It Up Publishing, her website www.troikaromance.com shows upcoming books and musings.