Former Executive VP, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Winner of the 2017 Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Writes a monthly publishing column for the MWA newsletter The Third Degree and is an Editor at Large for CrimeReads.
Susan Shapiro Barash is an established writer of 13 nonfiction women’s books, including Tripping the Prom Queen, Toxic Friends and You’re Grounded Forever, But First Let’s Go Shopping. She is a well-recognized gender expert and teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She also has taught creative nonfiction at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Her novel, Between the Tides, was published under the pen name Susannah Marren. Her most recent novel is A Palm Beach Wife. Please visit her website for more information.
Award-winning American novelist. His first novel, Clara’s Heart, won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers’ Competition and went on to be made into a feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Author of nine novels, has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Harpers Bazaar, People magazine and Entertainment Weekly. He currently serves as Editorial Director at Delphinium Books.
Bestselling author of over 25 novels, many of them based on extensive travel and research as well as a 25-year career in martial arts. Associate member of the U.S. Special Forces and Vice President of Marketing for the International Thriller Writers.
Had a 30-year career as an editor and writer for Rodale’s Organic Gardening magazine and The (Allentown, Pennsylvania) Morning Call newspaper. Author of several gardening books, she’s now a freelance journalist.
A Harvard graduate, has had long career in advertising, including starting two agencies with national accounts (Conoco, Pfizer, Best Western Hotels). His thriller, The Discovery, was published by Crowell, a division of what is now HarperCollins. He has co-written screenplays sold to Columbia and Universal and most recently has blogged for Huffington Post. He is back to writing thrillers and is collaborating with Ron Barrett (co-creator and illustrator of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) on illustrated books for adults and children.
A writer and a reader with a serious addiction to happy endings. She craves stories about inspiring characters with a passion for life and each other. Krista also loves chocolate and champagne (not necessarily in that order), hates the cold, and spends way too much time trying to convince her husband that talking to oneself is acceptable behavior for a writer. She’s currently working on her first novel. Visit her website at kristamariewrites.com.
Ann Lineberger is the author of Sunday Best (2008), The Adjustments (Full Fathom Five Digital, 2016) and New Spaces, Old World Charm (McGraw-Hill, 2004). Ann has worked as a reporter, editor, and writer for numerous publications, including Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Cottages & Gardens, and Home Remodeling. She earned a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from New York University and an associate’s degree from the New York School of Interior Design. Her independent studies program undergraduate degree is from Providence College. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, yoga, running, photography, reading, and escaping to Maine in the summers. In addition to writing, Ann is trained and has worked as an interior designer and realtor. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, and two adorable mutts. Visit her website for more information: http://annlineberger.com/
Casey Barrett is the author of the Duck Darley crime series. His debut, UNDER WATER, was nominated for a Shamus Award in 2018. He is a Canadian Olympic swimmer and is the co-founder of Imagine Swimming, New York City’s largest learn-to-swim school. He has won three Emmys and one Peabody award for his work on NBC’s broadcasts of the Olympic Games. Casey lives in Manhattan and the Catskill mountains of New York with his wife, daughter, and dog. Visit his website at www.caseybarrettbooks.com
After a career as a technical writer for the Library of Congress and other nooks and crannies of our Federal Government, she now happily writes women’s fiction, with her first book about infidelity and the second about chocolate. She considers the two to be related in so many fascinating ways but that will be another book.
Janice’s career in the publishing industry began 25 years ago when she was a publicist for a boutique literary PR firm. Since then, she’s worked her way up the masthead at such publications as Natural Health, Men’s Fitness, Whole Living, and Prevention, to name a few, and today is the managing editor at Inc. magazine. When she’s not pounding the internet in search of a literary agent to represent her with her first novel, you can find her at home in Brooklyn with her blind Bijon and deaf Shih Tzu working on her next book (and waiting for her kids to respond to her text messages).
Jessica Noyes McEntee is a fiction instructor at Westport Writers’ Workshop in Connecticut. Her debut poetry chapbook will be published by Finishing Line Press in June of 2019, and her website is jessicamcentee.com. Previously, she worked in the editorial department at Wiley. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and has written five novels for which she’s seeking representation.
Brielle Heinl is an avid reader who always has a book with her. She has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and enjoys working with individuals with autism. She also loves writing, crafting, and traveling to new places around the world.
Recently retired after a 40-year career in higher education, Dr. Mary Ann Ryan now writes women’s fiction. She and her spouse, Sarah, live in St. Paul, Minnesota with their puppies Salvador and Spunky.
Gisèle Lewis is a native Bostonian transplanted to sweltering Florida. When not ferrying her children to extracurricular activities, she spends every free moment writing or reading. Her secondary passions include architectural design (her degree), synchronized swimming, cocktail inventions, and teaching her daughters to curse in French.
Y. M. Nelson is based in Charlotte, NC and writes about love, writing and amateur DIY through stories and blog posts. After she spent most of her writing “career” ghostwriting for companies and realized there were no passionate verbs in company instruction manuals, Y. M. decided to produce and share her own work with the public. She created the Owen & Makayla romance story series and is working on her debut novel. To support her writing habit, she’s an English professor and has a day job. Follow her at ymnelson.com
Now in her third act, Valerie Taylor is an author and book reviewer. With degrees from Sacred Heart University and Simmons University, Valerie had a long career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. After her divorce, she spread her wings, relocating her career from Connecticut to Boston and then Seattle. When she retired, she resettled in her home state to be near her two grown children and granddaughter. An avid reader, she also enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator. Her first novel, What’s Not Said, will debut in the Fall 2020. See what she’s reading at ValerieTaylorAuthor.com.
Rachael Suhie is a junior at the University of Connecticut and a current intern at Meryl Moss Media. She loves reading and writing as well as a hot cup of coffee! When she’s not in class or working, she likes to spend time outside with her dogs.
Paige is a senior at Miami University, double majoring in Professional and Creative Writing with a minor in Marketing. Her work has been previously published in Happy Captive Magazine, where she now serves as the Fiction and Poetry Editor. She is originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan, where she cultivated a love of water skiing, reading by the lake, and playing with dogs. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s usually on the ice pursuing her other great passion as a member of Miami University’s Varsity Synchronized Skating Team. More about Paige and links to some of her work can be found at https://paigebremnerwritingandediting.weebly.com/.
Garrett Sweitzer has returned home to Connecticut after many years on the road in such faraway places as Bologna, Italy, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Nashville, TN. When not engaged in the writing process, Garrett practices meditation with the Community Meditation Project and prepares culinary creations for Clambake Connection in Stamford. He finds these pursuits useful as they provide him with both financial and spiritual satisfaction. From an educational standpoint, Garrett received a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Emily Wolfe is an aspiring editor and writer currently in her last semester studying English at Southern Connecticut State University. During her time at Southern, Emily was a four-year member of the university’s swim team and was also the fiction editor for Folio, the undergraduate literary magazine, for two years. Aside from reading and writing, she loves hiking, rock climbing, swimming, and dabbling in yoga and (amateur) photography.
Missi is passionate about reading and is known for reading several books at a time with a never-ending “to be read” list. She does book reviewing/blogging with The Girly Book Club and is always on the hunt for her next great read. She lives in Oklahoma and works part-time as a pharmacist and cherishes quality time with her husband, 2 boys and 2 dogs.
Nikki Erlick is a writer, editor, and lifelong reader. Her work has appeared on the websites of New York Magazine, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post, and Vox Media’s The Verge. She currently works as a travel writer and digital editor at Indagare Travel. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied French and Spanish literature and was an editor of The Harvard Crimson. She also received an M.A. in Global Studies from Columbia University. Her portfolio can be found at nikkierlick.com.
Dennis Hetzel is the author of two award-winning thrillers, Killing the Curse and Season of Lies, that blend the worlds of politics and sports. He began his career as a weekly newspaper sports editor near his native Chicago and became an award-winning reporter, editor and newspaper publisher before retiring in 2019 as executive director of the Ohio News Media Association. He also taught journalism at Penn State and Temple universities. He has a degree in political science from Western Illinois University. His firm, Fresh Angle Communications, provides writing, editing and government relations consulting. He lives in Holden Beach NC. To learn more, go to www.dennishetzel.com.