Annette is an award-winning author, published by Affinity Rainbow Publications, who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her wife and their five furry kids. With ten published novels and one Goldie Award for her fourth novel, Locked Inside, she finally feels like a real author. Annette is as much a reader as a writer and is always looking for the next lesfic novel to cue up. She came up with the One Fan at a Time tagline, because it rolled off the tongue much better than One Reader at a Time. After pondering who she was at her core, it was all about connecting to each reader on a personal level. Annette would be the first to admit she doesn't do well with the masses. If someone picks up her book and it touches them, she believes she has achieved what she wants with her writing by reaching each reader. It is who she is at her core. Drop her a line, she loves to hear from readers: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann McMan is the author of seven novels and two collections of short stories. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a recipient of the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Medal for her body of work, and a five-time winner of Golden Crown Literary Society Awards. Her novel Backcast received a Silver Medal in the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards, and was the recipient of the 2016 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Book. She resides in Winston-Salem, NC with her wife, Bywater Books publisher, Salem West.
Find Ann’s books at http://annmcman.com/ or contact her via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ann.mcman
Beth Burnett, Author, Writing Fellow Alumnus
Beth Burnett is an adjunct professor, teaching English composition and Advanced Studies in Literature. She runs the GCLS Writing Academy, a year-long intensive craft of writing program for emerging authors. Beth is a writer with six published books (one under her pen name, E.A. Van Stralen) and stories in several recent anthologies. In her spare time, she sleeps in thirteen-minute increments, walks her geriatric dog, and has video cooking dates with her long-distance wife. You can find her on the internet by looking here.
Cheryl Head, Author
Cheryl Head is a former television producer and is inspired by storytelling in all forms, but poetry frees her to write everything else.
Her book, Long Way Home: A World War II Novel, was a 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in the Historical Fiction, and African-American Literature categories.
Head is the author of the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series (Bywater Books). The first book in the series, Bury Me When I’m Dead was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards finalist. The next books in the series: Wake Me When It’s Over and Catch Me When I’m Falling will be published in May 2018 and March 2019, respectively.
Head’s short story: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is included in the anthology: Happy Hours—Our Lives in the Gay Bars (Flashpoint Publications). Sales of the anthology supports LGBTQ youth services at the Ali Forney Center in New York, and The Attic in Philadelphia.
Head is the Director of Inclusion at the Golden Crown Literary Society.
Cheyne Curry was born in Vermont, raised in New York and spent most of her adult life being bicoastal. She is an Army Military Police veteran who currently lives in the American midwest with her wife, Brenda, and 3 fur kids. She is the publisher of Bossy Pants Books and author of Renegade, Clandestine, The Tropic of Hunter and co-author of The End with Roselle Graskey. The sequel to The End and another novel, Permission To Recover should both be released soon. Cheyne is a composer, an artist, plus the co-founder of MP Grrlz Productions. She has written, co-written and also co-produced several short films for contests.
Catch up with Cheyne at https://www.facebook.com/cheyne.curry
Christine Svendsen is both CEO and publisher of Sapphire Books as well as a Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) Award-Winning author (Always Faithful). She was also a finalist in the International Book Awards, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2010 and 2012 Rainbow Awards. Christine founded Sapphire Books in 2010 in order to produce and promote quality lesbian literature. Prior to launching Sapphire Books, she served as president of the Pride Board of Monterey County, CA. She is a member of the Rainbow Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and the Gold Crown Literary Society as well as Independent Book Publishers Association. She resides in California with her wife Schileen and three sons.
Darla Baker is the author of the Amazon best-selling novel Eagle Cove(Thalia Chase: Sex Therapist Series, Book One). Book Two in the series, Seventy Six Falls is in the works. She is the founder of Stone Soup Community Press, an independent press focusing on lesbian fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Darla lives with her wife of twenty plus years on the shores of beautiful Lake Cumberland, Kentucky during lake season and in Dayton, Ohio the rest of the year. Her adorable pit bull, Delilah, is always by her side.
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Donna K Ford, Author
Donna K. Ford grew up in the hills of Tennessee, where she works as a mental health counselor serving the rural community where she grew up. When not trying to save the world, she spends her time in the mountains enjoying the lakes, rivers, and hiking trails near her home. Her heart is forever tied to the mountains and the rich stories of the people there. Her joy comes from sharing her life with her spouse and fur babies, and a small group of friends and family. Writing and telling stories are her personal form of therapy, where creating happy endings is a superpower. Reading, writing, and enjoying conversation with good friends are the gifts that keep her grounded.
Her book Love’s Redemption was a 2016 Foreword INDIES finalist.
Visit Donna at her website www.donnakford.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/DonnaKFordAuthor
Elizabeth Andersen, Editor
ELIZABETH ANDERSEN has two degrees in English literature, has taught English composition, was a full-time editor for more than 30 years, and is now a copy editor for Bywater Books. Since November 2015 she has hosted the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club, which celebrates the best in LGBTQ literature. Elizabeth lives in the Kansas City area with two sons, two cats, and a rabbit.
Emily Beresford, Vocal Artist
Emily Beresford is a professional audiobook narrator who is a nerd for books, no matter the genre. She absolutely loves all forms of literature, and that transfers to the listeners through her passionate performances. She primarily works out of her professional home studio with top notch recording equipment and software, but will occasionally travel to other studios for human interaction. Emily earned her BA in liberal studies from Green Mountain College in Vermont, with concentrations in creative writing, music, and English. In 2013 she was nominated for an Audie Award by the Audiobook Publishers Association and received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine. She works for several major publishers and voices books for many bestselling authors. She lives in the Midwest with her beautiful, fun family.
Erica Abbott, Author
Erica Abbott has published six novels of romance and romantic suspense for Bella Books, as well as several short stories in anthologies. She has retired from her professions of attorney and college professor, and now writes full-time in view of Pike's Peak in the Rocky Mountains. She loves dogs, music of all kinds, bridge and has a love-hate relationship with golf. Find out more at http://ericaabbott.com/ or find Erica on fb at https://www.facebook.com/erica.abbott2
Fay Jacobs, Author, Editor
Fay Jacobs is a humorist, storyteller and the award-winning author of five humorous memoirs. Her latest is Fried & Convicted, published by Bywater Books.
Karin has been exclusively devoted to lesbian fiction since the publication of her first novel in 1989. As an author published by the storied Naiad Press, she worked with Barbara Grier and Donna McBride, and has been fortunate to be mentored by a number of editors, including Katherine V. Forrest.
In addition to multiple Lambda Literary Awards, she has been featured as a Stonewall Library and Archives Distinguished Author. Other accolades include the Ann Bannon Popular Choice and other awards for her writing, as well as the selection as a Trailblazer by the Golden Crown Literary Society. She is best known for novels such as Painted Moon, Substitute for Love, My Lady Lipstick, Maybe Next Time and The Kiss that Counted.
Lee Lynch is the recipient of Golden Crown Literary Society awards for her books: Rainbow Gap, The Swashbuckler, Beggar of Love, The Raid, and An American Queer, all published by Bold Strokes Books. A GCLS Trailblazer, the Lee Lynch Classic Award was named in her honor. Lynch is also a recipient of the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, the Alice B. Reader Award, and has been inducted into The Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame. Her syndicated column, “The Amazon Trail,” has run nationally since 1986. She is amazed that she’s been writing for 58 years, including a stint with “The Ladder.” Her most recent release, co-curated with S. Renee Bess, is Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars, from Flashpoint Publications, with all proceeds going to GLBT youth organizations. Originally from Queens, New York, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wife, Lainie Lynch and their cat, Bolo the Magnificent.
Find Lee on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LeeLynchWriter
MJ Williamz, Author
MJ is the author of fifteen books, including three Goldie Award winners. The majority of her books are erotic romance. She has also had over thirty short stories published, most of them erotica with a few romances and a few horrors thrown in for good measure. Her latest book, Exposed, will be available at the con.
MJ now lives in Houston with her wife, fellow Bold Strokes author, Laydin Michaels.
Visit MJ’s website at www.mjwilliamz.com to keep up with her or friend her on Facebook.
Rogena Mitchell-Jones, Editor
Award-winning editor, Rogena Mitchell-Jones has a background that consists of over 25 years in journalism and is now an expert editor working for independent authors internationally since 2013. Her clientele base includes a vast array of Amazon, USA Today, and NY Times bestselling authors, editing hundreds of books during her now vast career.
Rogena’s editing career has brought nominations and awards for Best Editor among the independent writing community internationally.
Sue Fidler (aka Velvet Lounger), Director, Reviewer
Sue is a specialist charity consultant on internet, ICT and database issues. She offers IT, database and web knowledge for the benefit of the charity sector. Combining a practical understanding of fundraising, communications and wider charity issues with 'big picture' business and wide ranging IT knowledge, Sue is working to improve charities' use and understanding of the opportunities that ICT offers the charity sector.
Recent projects include: website specifications for NRAS and BSR; web development for Thames Hospicecare; strategy development with Sightsavers and Womankind; database development with Kids City and Vitalise.
Part of the ongoing development of many charity sites includes the development of email marketing, search engine marketing and social networking. Sue provides CharityeMail to more than 150 clients and is involved in long-term project development with clients such as MAF-UK, Aid to the Church in Need, PSMG and many more.
For 2.5 years Sue was Director of Communications and Solutions at Charity Technology Trust (CTT). At CTT she was responsible for e-communications, web development, delivery of web functionality and ICT consultancy.
While at CTT, Sue undertook projects including: an e-campaign with the Stop Climate Chaos coalition "I Count"; the WSPA "Animals Matter" campaign; online fundraising projects with Amnesty International UK and Practical Action; IT and Database development with Send a Cow, Broadway,The Arts Fund, Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund.
Before that, Sue spent seven years as IT, Database and Internet Manager at overseas development charity, WaterAid. She has also worked as an 'all in one' fundraiser for the RSPCA at branch level, running the successful Paw Prints Appeal.
Sue is a regular contributor to sector publications and blogs, speaks at conferences and seminars on e-marketing, e-campaigning, web development and social networking and is a moderator of the Charity Web Forum. Sue has been CEO of the scientific development charity Science for Humanity for the past year.
Stefani Deoul, Author
Stefani Deoul is the author of the recently released young adult mystery novel, On A LARP, the first book of the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures series, as well as the multi award-winning novel The Carousel.
Stefani’s “day job” is producing television, and her credits include Supervising Producer of the SyFy series Haven, Producer for The Dead Zone and Brave New Girl, and Executive in Charge of Production for the series Dresden Files and Missing.
Along with producing five seasons of Haven, based on the Stephen King story The Colorado Kid, Stefani finally succumbed to the allure of acting, “starring” as the off camera, and uncredited, radio dispatcher, Laverne. When not filming, she calls Sarasota, Florida home.
Book Two of the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures will be available for all your Christmas stocking stuffing/dreidel spinning needs later this year.
Stefani’s website is at http://stefanideoul.com or you can find her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stefani.deoul
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