Fiction - General
SALAR ABDOH is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and of the Creative Writing program at City College of New York. Born in Iran, he now lives in New York where he is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at CCNY, CUNY. He is the author of THE POET GAME: A NOVEL, and OPIUM. His essays and short stories have appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, BOMB, Callaloo, Guernica, La Règle du Jeu, The Drawbridge, and the BBC. He is the recipient of the NYFA prize and a National Endowment for the Arts award, as well as the editor of the forthcoming TEHRAN NOIR.
SYDNEY BIDDLE BARROWS is a true media star. She is the author of several best-selling books and has been the subject of both a television movie and an A&E Biography. She is at work on her debut novel, a roman à clef about a group of "working girls" who use their unique connections and expertise to break up an international crime ring.
REEM BASSIOUNEY is a professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. A native of Alexandria, Egypt, she obtained her BA from Alexandria University and her MA and PhD from Oxford University in the UK. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed novels in Arabic, all of which have been bestsellers in Egypt. Two, PROFESSOR HANAA and THE PISTACHIO SELLER, have been translated into English.
PHILIP BEARD is a partner in a law firm and an English teacher. He has studied fiction writing with Frederick Busch. His first novel is DEAR ZOE and his latest is titled LOST IN THE GARDEN, a family drama about a man who is losing his wife to golf.
DIANA BILLER is the author of AGE OF INCANDESCENCE, forthcoming in Winter 2019, a romantic historical novel set in Gilded Age New York. Diana lives in Seattle with her husband, where she drinks tea and watches the rain.
NICOLE BLADES is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in MORE, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, NYTimes.com, xoJane.com, Cool Mom Tech, Huffington Post, PBS Parents, and Mom.me. Her two novels THE THUNDER BENEATH US and HAVE YOU MET NORA? are published by Kensington Books.
HELEN BRYAN is an American who has made her home in Britain for many years. She is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller WAR BRIDES, following the stories of five young women whose lives are about to collide as Britain prepares for war with Germany. Her latest title, also on the bestseller lists, is THE SISTERHOOD, which connects an unlikely present-day heroine to the events of the Spanish Inquisition.
MICHAEL CALLAHAN is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the novel SEARCHING FOR GRACE KELLY, which People magazine called "a delight." A former deputy editor of Town & Country and Marie Claire, he has written for Departures, The Hollywood Reporter, Real Simple, Men's Health, and the New York Times, among others. He has appeared on numerous television-news and features broadcasts, including CBSNews in New York and the syndicated Entertainment Tonight. His second novel, inspired by a true story and titled THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA, will be published in Spring 2017.
LORENE CARY is the celebrated author of BLACK ICE, a memoir of her experiences as a black student at the predominantly white St. Paul’s prep school; THE PRICE OF A CHILD, a stunning first novel about slavery in the pre-Civil War South; and PRIDE, an exuberant tale of lifelong friendships. She is also the founder of Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia, an African-American arts and letters organization devoted to presenting regional and national talent in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Her first children’s book, FREE!: GREAT ESCAPES FROM SLAVERY ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, is a collection of slave escape narratives. Her latest is IF SONS, THEN HEIRS, the story of a family striving to remain whole in the face of racial tensions, inequality, and violence in 1930s and 40s North Carolina and New York.
MEGAN COLLINS holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. She currently teaches creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and she is the managing editor of 3Elements Review. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Off the Coast, Spillway, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Rattle. She lives in Connecticut. Her debut novel THE WINTER SISTER was published by Atria with a new thriller, BEHIND THE RED DOOR, coming in 2020.
SARAH MCCRAW CROW is a New Hampshire-based writer who’s written fiction and nonfiction for a range of publications. Her short stories have run in Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Good Housekeeping, So to Speak, Waccamaw, and Stanford Alumni Magazine (online). She’s also monthly book reviewer for BookPage, and her articles, essays, and reviews have run in Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, Parenting, Prime Number, The Christian Science Monitor, Working Mother, and more. Her debut novel THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN is forthcoming from Mira Books.
I’ve also worked as both a staff and freelance editor for Ladies’ Home Journal, The Charlottesville Daily Progress, The Bent Agency, scientific journals, nonprofits, and other organizations. And I’m a member of the National Book Critics Circle and Grub Street, in Boston.
I’m currently a student in the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and I’m represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
LIBBY CUDMORE worked at video stores, bookstores, and temp agencies before settling down in upstate New York to write. Her short stories have appeared in PANK, The Stoneslide Corrective, The Big Click, and The Collapsar. The Big Rewind is her first novel.
JACQUELINE DE MONTRAVEL has been the editor of Hamptons and Country magazines. She held the position of style editor at Self and co-authored 21st CENTURY ETIQUETTE with Charlotte Ford. She is the author of the novel THE FABULOUS EMILY BRIGGS and its sequel ESCAPE FROM BRIDEZILLA.
HAYLEY DEROCHE holds an MLS from the University of North Texas, and a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's as well as various websites and literary publications such as, but definitely not limited to, the zine she published between babysitting jobs and piano lessons. She also interned with PostSecret.com and Blackbird literary journal, hosted and produced the World's Okayest Moms podcast, was a regular columnist for RVANews.com, and blogger for LatchedMama.com. In her "spare" time she is a librarian, a foster and bio mom, and an all-around Leslie Knope wannabe in Richmond, Virginia. Her debut novel, HELLO LOVELIES, is forthcoming from Audible Originals.
PENELOPE DOUGLAS is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult romance Fall Away series. The first book in the series, BULLY, tells the story of Tate and Jared and the following books, RIVAL, UNTIL YOU, FALLING AWAY, and the novella AFLAME take their story and the stories of other beloved characters further. Penelope is currently at work on a new contemporary romance, MISCONDUCT, in which a young high school teacher falls hard for one of her student’s fathers.
RICHARD DREYFUSS is an Academy Award-winner for his work on The Goodbye Girl, which is just one in a long line of popular and critically acclaimed films in which he has starred. He was also nominated for his role in Mr. Holland’s Opus. Having found success as a stage actor, director, and social activist, Richard has displayed his remarkable talents in JOURNEY WEST, a historical novel, written with Matthew Kalash.
KELLY ELLIOTT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, The Playbook, and Lost Love, to name a few. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, daughter, two pups, four cats, and endless wildlife creatures. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website: www.kellyelliottauthor.com
LAYNE FARGO has Master’s degrees in theater and library science. She’s a Pitch Wars mentor, a member of the Chicagoland chapter of Sisters in Crime, and cohost of the Unlikeable Female Characters podcast. Layne lives in Chicago with her partner and their pets.
New York Times bestselling author TARRYN FISHER was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington with her family. She writes women’s fiction and psychological suspense. This is the only job she’s ever been good at.
When not writing, HESTER FOX works in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old world masters, to ancient artifacts, to early American furniture. She has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in Medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband. WILLOW HALL is her first novel.
GAYLE FORMAN is the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author of IF I STAY, a heartbreakingly beautiful story about a girl’s choice in the face of life and death, and its sequel WHERE SHE WENT. IF I STAY was released as a major motion picture in 2014. Her other works include JUST ONE DAY and its New York Times bestselling sequel, JUST ONE YEAR. Her latest YA novel, I WAS HERE, is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Indiebound bestseller. Her first adult novel, LEAVE ME, was published to much acclaim and was an IndieNext bestseller. Her most recent YA novel is I HAVE LOST MY WAY, a New York Times bestseller about three teens grappling with extraordinary personal losses, whose fates become intertwined after an accident in Central Park. While continuing to write for adults and young adults, Gayle resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughters.
DAVE FROMM is an attorney and the author of the memoir EXPATRIATE GAMES: My Season of Misadventures in Czech Semi-Pro Basketball. He lives with his wife and children in western Massachusetts. His first novel THE DURATION is a love story about the bonds we form in childhood and the ways they both encumber and sustain us set in the haunted hills of Berkshire County.
TRACEY GARVIS GRAVES’ debut novel ON THE ISLAND, about an English teacher and a teenage boy stranded in the Maldives, has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her second novel, COVET, is about the devastating effects of the recession on a marriage. The film rights to ON THE ISLAND have been optioned by MGM.
G.D. GEARINO has been with the Raleigh News & Observer for over ten years and writes a biweekly column for the Life Etc. section. He is the author of WHAT THE DEAF-MUTE HEARD, which was turned into a hugely successful Hallmark Television movie. He is also the author of COUNTING COUP and BLUE HOLE. His latest novel is THE WRONG GUY, a darkly comic look at racism in the South.
BILL GEERHART co-founded the respected Cold War popular culture website CONELRAD.com where he continues to write the majority of the content, and he is also a producer for Bear Family Records. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, NPR’s Morning Edition, BoingBoing, and more. He wrote the 292-page book that accompanies the 2005 Bear Family Records box set release Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security (which he also co-produced). He is the author of the hilarious LITTLE BILLY’S LETTERS: AN INCORRIGIBLE INNER CHILD'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE FAMOUS, INFAMOUS AND JUST PLAIN BEWILDERED, a collection of letters between fake 10-year-old "Billy" and famous and infamous personalities like Charles Manson and Justice Clarence Thomas.
AMY GENTRY is a writer and critic with a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago. She has been a regular book reviewer for the Chicago Tribune since 2012, and her work has also appeared in in Salon, Fusion, The Rumpus, LA Review of Books, Austin Chronicle, Gastronomica, The Best Food Writing of 2014, and many more. Her book on Tori Amos was published as part of the 33 1/3 music criticism series. Her debut novel GOOD AS GONE is a twisty upmarket thriller about what happens when a girl returns eight years after her kidnapping with a story that doesn’t add up, followed by thrillers LAST WOMAN STANDING and the forthcoming THE HABIT OF RISING EARLY. Amy holds a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago and lives in Austin, Texas.
AMY HARMON is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Her books have been published in eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Utah. She has written thirteen novels, including the USA Today Bestsellers, THE SMALLEST PART, MAKING FACES, and RUNNING BAREFOOT, and the #1 Amazon bestselling historical, FROM SAND AND ASH. Her novel, A DIFFERENT BLUE is a New York Times Bestseller. Her USA Today bestselling fantasy, THE BIRD AND THE SWORD, was a Goodreads Best Book of 2016 finalist. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com
H.B. HEINZER is the author of the Blessed Tragedy and bestselling Back to Brooklyn series, which starts off with BENT, following a newly divorced woman to Brooklyn, Wisconsin, the hometown she swore she’d never see again, and into the arms of the high school sweetheart who drove her away.
NANCY HERKNESS is the award-winning author of the SECOND GLANCES, WAGER OF HEARTS, and WHISPER HORSE series, published by Montlake Romance, as well as several other contemporary romance novels. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. Nancy has received many honors for her work, including the Book Buyers Best Top Pick, the New England Readers’ Choice award, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature and creative writing. A native of West Virginia, Nancy now lives twelve miles west of the Lincoln Tunnel in suburban New Jersey with a goofy golden retriever. For more information about Nancy and her books, visit www.NancyHerkness.com.
RAMSEY HOOTMAN is an author of quirky, character-driven fiction. Her critically celebrated debut novel is COURTING GRETA.
LEE HOUCK is the author of YIELD, the winner of Project QueerLit 2008. His writing appears in anthologies published in the U.S. and Australia. He is currently at work on a new novel, and blogs at www.GrammarPiano.com.
New York Times best-selling author, TAYARI JONES, is the author of the novels LEAVING ATLANTA, THE UNTELLING, SILVER SPARROW, and AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.
NANCY JOOYOUN KIM was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, NPR/PRI’s Selected Shorts, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, Apogee Journal, The Offing, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, CONCERNS ABOUT GETTING LOST, will be published in 2020.
S.H. KOLEE is the author of the New York Times bestselling LOVE LEFT BEHIND, about a young girl struggling to get over her ex, who just happens to be Hollywood’s next biggest heartthrob, and the thrilling Shadows series, which follows Caitlin Kile, a normal college girl who sees terrifying images of death while she’s wide awake. Her other books include OF LOVE & REGRET and FATED.
French by birth, but educated in the United States, ALEXANDRA LAPIERRE is a graduate of the Sorbonne and the University of Southern California. Novelist and biographer, she is the author of many international bestsellers. She was elected “Donna per la Cultura,” by the City of Rome, Italy, and awarded the prestigious “Grand Prix des Lectrices de ELLE” for her biography Fanny Stevenson, wife of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Her novel Artemisia on the first Italian woman painter from the Renaissance, Artemisia Gentileschi, was voted “Book of the Week” by the British BBC and “Best Book on the Seventeenth Century” by the Sorbonne University. Tout l’Honneur des Hommes, on the adventures of a Chechyan prince in Imperial Russia, was been awarded the “Prix des Romancières”, and the English translation is forthcoming from Amazon Crossing. Alexandra Lapierre has been nominated Chevalier in the “Order of Arts and Letters” by the French government.
The late KRISTIN HUNTER LATTANY was an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist, and children’s book author. Her titles include GOD BLESS THE CHILD; GUESTS IN THE PROMISED LAND; and THE LAKES TOWN REBELLION. More recent novels are KINFOLKS and DO UNTO OTHERS, and her last book was BREAKING AWAY.
PRUE LEITH is a renowned food writer and editor in the U.K. She has also been a restaurateur, caterer, telly-cook, and broadcaster, and has written many cookbooks. In addition, she is an acclaimed novelist and the author of LEAVING PATRICK; SISTERS; A LOVESOME THING; CHORAL SOCIETY; A SERVING OF SCANDAL; andGARDENER. Her forthcoming memoir, RELISH, relates her incredible appetite for life.
LORRAINE M. LÓPEZ is an associate professor and Interim Director of the Creative Writing department at Vanderbilt University. Her first book, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories was selected by Sandra Cisneros as the winner of the inaugural Miguel Marmól Prize for Fiction. López’s work has also appeared in Prairie Schooner and Alaska Quarterly Review. She was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her short story collection THE HOMICIDE SURVIVORS’ PICNIC and is the author of the novels THE GIFTED GABALDÓN SISTERS, THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY SPIRITS, and THE DARLING, about Latina bibliophile Caridad who falls out of love again and again, with much help from Anton Chekhov, Gustave Flaubert, Theodore Dreiser, D. H. Lawrence, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Hardy, and other deceased white men of letters.
NATHAN MAKARYK’s debut novel NOTTINGHAM will be published by Tor/Forge in August 2019, with a sequel to follow in 2020. Nathan is a theater owner, playwright, director, actor and improv comedian, living in southern California. None of these pay very well, so he also has a real job teaching audio systems networking software to people who have no idea he's also a novelist and theater guy.
KIMMERY MARTIN is an emergency medicine doctor raised in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and now residing in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband and three children. Her debut novel The Queen of Hearts has been praised by multiple media outlets including Southern Living, Publishers Weekly, The Charlotte Observer, The Harvard Crimson, The New York Post, and The New York Times. Her next two works of medical fiction are forthcoming from Penguin Random House.
T.J. MARTINSON is from Illinois and currently pursuing a PhD in English at Indiana University- Bloomington. His debut novel THE REIGN OF THE KINGFISHER is is published by Flatiron Books.
CHRISTINE ELISE MCCARTHY has been acting professionally for 25 years and is recognized primarily for her roles as U4EA-popping bad girl, Emily Valentine, on Beverly Hills, 90210, and as Kyle, the gal who killed Chucky in Child’s Play 2. She maintains an irreverent food porn blog (www.DelightfulDeliciousDelovely.com) for which she provides recipes, photographs and sometimes shares details of the triumphs and, more frequently, the humiliations of her own life. Her directorial debut, Bathing & the Single Girl, was accepted into over 100 film festivals and won 20 awards. Inspired by the short film, BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL is her debut novel.
CHARLOTTE MCCONAGHY has been writing from a young age and has published eight novels in Australia, where she lives. She has a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters Degree in Screen Arts. Her forthcoming novel MIGRATIONS is her first foray into upmarket fiction, published by Flatiron US, for release in 2020.
GAIL MCHUGH is the New York Times bestselling author of COLLIDE and PULSE, about an unexpected encounter that compels a young girl to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life. Her next book will be AMBER TO ASHES.
JUDY MELINEK, MD is an American Board of Pathology board-certified forensic pathologist practicing forensic medicine in San Francisco, California, and CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. Dr. Melinek trained in pathology at University of California, Los Angeles and then as a forensic pathologist at the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office from 2001-2003. She has consulted and testified in criminal and civil cases in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. She is the co-author of the NYT bestselling book WORKING STIFF: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, as well as the forthcoming debut novel FIRST CUT.
PATRICK MOORE has worked extensively on gay issues both as an activist and author. He is the author of two novels, IOWA and THIS EVERY NIGHT, and he was the founding director of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS in New York City. Patrick's first nonfiction book is BEYOND SHAME: RECLAIMING THE ABANDONED HISTORY OF RADICAL GAY SEXUALITY, and his latest is the Book Sense pick TWEAKED, a memoir about his crystal meth addiction.
The late THOMAS MORAN was the former managing editor of W magazine and a founding editor of M magazine. A gifted writer with a captivating prose style, he is the author of THE MAN IN THE BOX, which won the Book-of-the-Month Club’s coveted first fiction award and has been optioned for film by Dan and Nuria Wicksman. Other critically acclaimed novels include THE WORLD I MADE FOR HER; WATER, CARRY ME; and WHAT HARRY SAW. His most recent is ANJA THE LIAR, about survivors of WWII who became executioners in order to live.
RAY MUNGO is a '60s counterculture icon whose first book, FAMOUS LONG AGO, has become a cult classic and is currently being made into a feature film. His other titles include PALM SPRINGS BABYLON; QUESTIONS THAT DEFINE YOU; and SAN FRANCISCO CONFIDENTIAL. His latest is an update of his financial classic, NO CREDIT REQUIRED.
RENA OLSEN is a writer, therapist, teacher, sometimes singer, and eternal optimist. By day she tries to save the world as a school therapist, and at night she creates new worlds in her writing. She is the author of the debut THE GIRL BEFORE and the forthcoming WITH YOU ALWAYS, both novels of psychological suspense.
EUGÉNIE OLSON is a former toy developer whose first novel, BABE IN TOYLAND, was about a young woman who works for a toy company and is looking for love in all the wrong places. She is also the author of THE PAJAMA GAME, about a young woman who works in a lingerie store, and LOVE IN THE TIME OF TAFFETA about an aspiring photographer who lands a job working for a cute (taken) photographer doing the prom circuit. Her first nonfiction is a funny collection of poems entitled PREGNANCY HAIKU, which will be followed by BRIDE HAIKU.
DORI OSTERMILLER received her MFAin fiction from the Universityof Massachusetts, and has taught writing and literature at U Mass, Westfield State College and HolyokeCommunity College. She is the founder and director of Writers in Progress, a prominent local literary arts center that offers workshops, retreats, editing services and a reading series. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Bellingham Review, Alligator Juniper, BellowingArk, the Massachusetts Review, Aura, The Roanoke Review, Flint Hills Review, Calliope and Chautauqua Literary Journal, among others. OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY WORLD is her first novel.
JEWELL PARKER RHODES is the author of the modern classic VOODOO DREAMS, a novel about famed voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, as well as VOODOO SEASON, YELLOW MOON, and HURRICANE: A NOVEL, which follow Marie Laveau’s modern day descendant. She is also the author of MAGIC CITY, a novel about the race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the early 20th century. DOUGLASS’ WOMEN is a fictional account of Frederick Douglass and the two women who loved him. Her nonfiction works include FREE WITHIN OURSELVES, and PORCH STORIES: A GRANDMOTHER’S GUIDE TO HAPPINESS. Her debut middle grade novel, NINTH WARD, set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina, was a Coretta Scott King Book Honor winner, and she’s written three other critically acclaimed novels: SUGAR, BAYOU MAGIC, and TOWERS FALLING. Her most recent middle grade novel, GHOST BOYS, is a New York Times, IndieBound, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, received four starred reviews, and is a #1 Kids’ Indie Next List pick.jewellparkerrhodes.com
ALICE LECCESE POWERS is a freelance writer and editor who also teaches writing. She is a co-editor, with Andrea Wyatt Sexton, of THE BROOKLYN READER. She also edited the anthologies ITALY IN MIND; IRELAND IN MIND; FRANCE IN MIND; TUSCANY IN MIND; and SPAIN IN MIND.
STEPHANIE RAFFELOCK graduated from Naropa University’s program in Creative Writing and Poetics and acted as President and co-Founder of Sound Formulas, taught a weekly creative writing class for incarcerated women at the Jefferson County Detention Center in Golden, and blogs at somanyblogssolittletime.com. She enjoys writing and hiking in the Oregon WOODS. Her debut novel, THE SISTER BETWEEN is a story about twins who share a bond that is stronger than death.
STEVEN RAICHLEN is a multi-award-winning author, journalist and cooking teacher, and currently hosts the popular PBS show Primal Grill. He has won five James Beard awards for his cookbooks, has written for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Food and Wine, and Bon Appetit, and has appeared on numerous television programs including Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and The View. His first novel, set in Chappaquiddick, is ISLAND APART, a wonderful story of love and the healing power of food.
ABIGAIL REYNOLDS is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. She is the author of several novels, including a modern-day tale inspired by Pride and Prejudice, THE MAN WHO LOVED PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and one inspired by Persuasion, MORNING LIGHT. She also writes a series of Pride and Prejudice variations including MR FITZWILLIAM DARCY: THE LAST MAN IN THE WORLD, MR DARCY’S OBSESSION, TO CONQUER MR DARCY, WHAT WOULD MR DARCY DO?, MR DARCY’S UNDOING, BY FORCE OF INSTINCT, MR DARCY’S LETTER, and a collection of stories entitled A PEMBERLEY MEDLEY.
JEWELL PARKER RHODES is the author of the modern classic VOODOO DREAMS, a novel about famed voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, as well as VOODOO SEASON, YELLOW MOON, and HURRICANE: A NOVEL, which follow Marie Laveau’s modern day descendant. She is also the author of MAGIC CITY, a novel about the race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the early 20th century. DOUGLASS’ WOMEN is a fictional account of Frederick Douglass and the two women who loved him. Her nonfiction works include FREE WITHIN OURSELVES, and PORCH STORIES: A GRANDMOTHER’S GUIDE TO HAPPINESS. Her debut middle grade novel, NINTH WARD, set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina, was a Coretta Scott King Book Honor winner, and she’s written three other critically acclaimed novels: SUGAR, BAYOU MAGIC, and TOWERS FALLING. She is currently working on her next middle grade novel, GHOST BOYS.
MARY DORIA RUSSELL is a paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics. She is the author of THE SPARROW, a remarkable first novel about a failed Jesuit mission to another planet, and CHILDREN OF GOD, its sequel. She has also written A THREAD OF GRACE, a historical novel that tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of 43,000 Jews during WWII. She is the author of DREAMERS OF THE DAY, which begins with the 1918 flu pandemic and follows a fascinating cast of characters through some of the most pivotal events of the last century. Her latest book, DOC, a novel about Doc Holliday, the famous gambler and gunfighter of the American Old West, has been optioned for television by HBO. She is currently at work on a new novel, EPITAPH, the sequel to DOC.
LYNDA RUTLEDGE has crisscrossed both literary and geographic boundaries in her writing career. As an animal-and-travel-loving freelance journalist, she petted baby rhinos, snorkeled with endangered turtles, strolled with a tower of giraffes, hang-glided off a small Swiss mountain, and dodged hurricanes to write dozens of articles for national publications such as the Chicago Tribune and Houston Post, along with eclectic book-length nonfiction for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the San Diego Zoo, before beginning her career as a novelist. Since then, she's won awards and residencies for her fiction from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Writers League of Texas, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers among others, as well as earning an MA in American literature and MFA in creative writing. Her debut novel was Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, which won the 2013 Writers League of Texas Novel of the Year and has been adapted into a major French film starring Catherine Deneuve to be released this December. She, her husband, and dog, live outside Austin, Texas where the deer and the roadrunners play.
SARAH SCHULMAN is the author of novels, nonfiction books, plays and movies. Her most recent works are THE COSMOPOLITANS, which was picked as one of the "Best Books of 2016" by Publishers' Weekly, and a nonfiction book CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair. Previous novels are THE CHILD, SHIMMER, EMPATHY, RAT BOHEMIA, PEOPLE IN TROUBLE, AFTER DELORES, GIRLS VISIONS AND EVERYTHING, THE MERE FUTURE, and THE SOPHIE HOROWITZ STORY. Her nonfiction titles are TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: Witness to a Lost Imagination, STAGESTRUCK: Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America, ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL, and MY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years. She is currently working on her next novel, MAGGIE TERRY, and her upcoming nonfiction book LET THE RECORD SHOW, an oral history of ACT UP that explores how ACT UP was one of the most effective—yet overlooked—social movements in the world.
JONATHAN SELWOOD was born and raised in Hollywood, California. He received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in New York and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His first novel is THE PINBALL THEORY OF THE APOCALYPSE.
GEORGE SHAFFNER is a consultant specializing in sales strategy for technology companies in the Silicon Valley. He is the author of THE ARITHMETIC OF LIFE. His first novel is IN THE LAND OF SECOND CHANCES, introducing traveling "salesman" Vernon Moore, who tries to sell hope to the residents of Ebb, Nebraska. In the second book in the series, ONE PART ANGEL, Vernon is peddling charity. His newest book is THE WIDOWS OF EDEN, where once again, Vernon makes his rounds; this time he's selling faith.
PETER STENSON received his MFA from Colorado State University in 2012. His first novel, FIEND, was an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and his follow-up, THIRTY-SEVEN was one of Booklist’s Best Horror Novels of 2018. His stories and essays have been published in The Bellevue Literary Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Blue Mesa Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughter in Denver, Colorado.
VALERIE TRUEBLOOD is a Contributing Editor to the American Poetry Review, and her short stories and essays have been published in One Story, Northwest Review, Iowa Review, and the Seattle Times, among others. Her first book, SEVEN LOVES, was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick and a Target Breakout Book. Her second book, MARRY OR BURN, a collection of short stories that explore the theme of marriage, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor Prize. Her next collection, SEARCH PARTY was short listed for the PEN/Faulkner award, and her newest collection CRIMINALS: LOVE STORIES, is forthcoming from Counterpoint.
TABATHA VARGO is the USA Today bestselling author of multiple adult series, including Wicked, Chubby Girl Chronicles, and Blow Hole Boys.
ELLIOT WAKE (formerly known as Leah Raeder) is a transgender author of four novels: UNTEACHABLE, BLACK IRIS, CAM GIRL and BAD BOY. His work has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and hit the USA Today Bestseller list. Aside from reading his brains out, Elliot enjoys video games, weightlifting, and perfecting his dapper style. He lives with his partner in Chicago.
TAMMARA WEBBER is the New York Times bestselling author of the deeply romantic and utterly gripping New Adult novel EASY and the companion novel BREAKABLE. She is also the author of the popular Between the Lines series about the entanglements of a young group of Hollywood stars, which began with BETWEEN THE LINES.