GRNW, the only conference in the Pacific Northwest to focus on the rising genre of LGBTQ romance fiction, is so excited to have such a wonderful group of authors attending the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up on September 26, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library!
Read biographies of the attending authors and speakers below and join the GRNW group on GoodReads to participate in more discussions with attendees!
2015 Author Spots are now closed. If you wish to join the wait-list, please email us with your interest. All authors applying for a featured author spot at the conference and book festival must be a published author of LGBTQ romance fiction.
GRNW 2015 Attending Authors and Panelists include:
- Vicktor Alexander
- Astrid Amara
- Ralph Josiah Bardsley
- Jove Belle
- Heidi Belleau
- Dev Bentham
- Jessica Blat
- Sarah Brady
- Shannon Brady
- James Brock
- Tonie Chacon
- Austin Chant
- L.C. Chase
- Ethan Day
- Charley Descoteaux
- Grace R. Duncan
- Cjane Elliot
- R.G. Emanuelle
- Kim Fielding
- Amelia C. Gormley
- Ginn Hale
- Lane Hayes
- Lou Harper
- Daisy Harris
- J. Tullos Hennig
- David Holly
- Laylah Hunter
- Heather Rose Jones
- Amber Kell
- Nicole Kimberling
- Morticia Knight
- Susan Lee
- Sandy Lowe
- Carol Lynne
- Jill Malone
- Edmond Manning
- Andi Marquette
- Kate McLachlan
- Annette Mori
- Christopher Moss
- Chris Muldoon
- M.J. O’Shea
- JK Pendragon
- Alex Powell
- Jordan Castillo Price
- Michele Rakes
- Rick R. Reed
- Devon Rhodes
- Gunner Scott
- Andrea Speed
- Karelia Stetz-Waters
- Anne Tenino
- Tracy Timmons-Gray
- Joseph Lance Tonlet
- Yolanda Wallace
- Sheri Lewis Wohl
GRNW 2015 Author and Panelist Biographies
Vicktor “Vic” Alexander wrote his first book at age 10. He loves reading about everything and is a proud member of the U.N. (Undercover Nerds) group because while he breathes sports, he also breathes history & science fiction, and grew up a Trekkie. When it comes to writing it’s everything from historical to fantasy to BDSM and is known not only for being the Epilogue King but also for writing stories that cross boundaries that he refuses to acknowledge. Vic, a proud trans* and gay man, is a proud father of two daughters one of whom watches over him from Heaven, and when he is not writing, he is being distracted by videos of John Barrowman, and Shemar Moore. He knows that he will be still be writing about hot men falling in love with each other, long after he is living in a nursing home, flirting with the hot, male nurses. Visit Vicktor’s website.
Astrid Amara lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, four dogs, two goats, and one horse. She’s a graduate of Western Washington University, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, and a bureaucrat by day. She is an active volunteer for greyhound adoption and, when not doing anything with animals or writing, can usually be found sleeping, because she is also extremely lazy. Her novel The Archer’s Heart was a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award. This and her other titles are available through her website at: AstridAmara.com.
Ralph Josiah Bardsley
I was born in a small town outside of Boston. My dad was in the Coast Guard and so I grew up in a lot of different places – New Orleans, Cape Cod, North Carolina and Sitka, Alaska. When I wasn’t in school, I spent most of my time in Coast Guard hangers or reading. Today I live in San Francisco where my hobbies include writing, reading, running and swimming. My writing comes from a combination of experience and imagination. My family – especially my husband Dana – is a big part of my inspiration. I also love to travel, and I manage to work the details from the places I visit into the stories and the books I write. I hold a BA from Greensboro College and an MA from Emerson College. My favorite books include Mary Renault’s The Charioteer and North Morgan’s Exit Through the Wound. Visit Ralph’s website.
Jove Belle started life in the middle of nowhere. Literally. That’s a place in southwestern Idaho where they grow a lot of crops, know each other’s business, and drive forever to buy groceries. Now she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her girlfriend of twenty years and an assortment of children and animals. She is blissfully happy and a bit unsure what she possibly could have done to deserve such a beautiful life. Jove has been a part of the lesbian fiction publishing community for almost a decade. In addition to being an author and editor, Jove is a founding member and co-admin of the popular lesbian fiction blog Women and Words. She also works as a consultant with Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online marketing company for fiction authors. And she is the Head of Marketing US for Ylva Publishing. To learn more about Jove, visit her website at http://jovebelle.com/.
Dev Bentham writes soulful m/m romance. Her characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know what they are missing, but whose lives are transformed by true love. Visit Dev’s website.
Jessica Blat sits on the board of Old Growth Northwest and has volunteered at Gay Romance Northwest every year the meet-up has run. She has been an avid reader of lesbian romance since she discovered that a genre existed with happily ever afters that were relevant to her interests. She has a particular weakness for romance grounded in speculative fiction and also coming of age stories. Jessica currently works in publishing, which she came to via a circuitous route that wended through a computer science degree and financial systems consulting. She is a Seattle native that never left for more than a few months at a time, and lives with her wife and two cats.
Sarah and Shannon Brady
Shannen Brady lives in Western Washington with her boyfriend and their child, a rambunctious corgi named Chubberus Maximus. When she;s not writing her latest sexy story, you can find her hiking, watching terrible SyFy movies and avoiding cooking of any kind. Sarah Brady lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and teenage son, dividing her time between her real life and the voices in her head. Sarah and Shannen are a mother/daughter team and together they write paranormal romantic suspense.Their first book, Healer, is book 1 of The Gifted, published by Soul Mate Publishing. Their second book is Sweet Fire, book 1 of Gifts of Fate, published by Dreamspinner Press. Sarah and Shannen love to hear from readers. Check out their website at www.sbradybooks.com, like them on Facebook at SBradyBooks or follow them on Twitter @sbradybooks.
James Brock spent his childhood on a homestead in central Alaska, where reading was the main form of entertainment. Never censored he went directly from the Bobbsey Twins to Dorothy Parker and Edna Ferber. The one thing missing in his reading was a reflection of him, a boy who liked boys. Many Princes got to kiss a Princess but he longed to read about a Prince kissing another Prince. So he wrote is own stories, reflecting who he wanted to kiss. Credits include essays with Alyson Publications, pieces in The Seattle Gay News, Seattle Standard (defunct), two hundred fifty (plus) stories in every gay erotic magazine existing from the early 1980’s through the demise of those magazines by the mid 2000’s. Two family biographies, comedy one liners sold to Miss Phyllis Diller and Miss Joan Rivers and currently ten novels published through Beau to Beau Publishing. James lives in Seattle. View James’ work on GoodReads.
Tonie Chacon is the author of the recently released Struck! A Titanic Love Story. Tonie has been writing all her life, although she only recently turned from writing songs to writing novels. Struck! A Titanic Love Story, published by Regal Crest Enterprises, is her first novel. Tonie is married to Kate McLachlan, also a Regal Crest author. They live in Eastern Washington with a menagerie of cats and dogs. Learn more about Tonie at her website: www.toniechacon.homestead.com.
Austin Chant is a bitter millennial, passable chef, and avid reader and writer of queer/trans romance. He lives in Seattle with his partner in crime, a pleasant collection of game consoles, and an abundance of tea. In the regrettably large amount of time he spends not writing romance novels, he attends college and works as a game designer. His first publication is “Coffee Boy” in the Silver & Gold Anthology from Less Than Three Press (October 2015). He’d love to exchange words with you on Twitter (@AustinChanted), and his website is AustinChanted.weebly.com.
Artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic and adventure seeker. After a decade of road tripping on three continents, she now calls the Canadian West Coast home. When not writing tales of beautiful men falling love, L.C. can be found designing book covers of said beautiful men, reading, drawing, running the trails with her goofy four-legged buddy who, if he were human, would be a stand-up comedian, and giving in to fighting her root beer addiction. Visit L.C.’s website.
I am a gay man living in Missouri…I can hear the gasps already!! How very un-chic of me, yes I know. It was here I was born and here I have stayed. The youngest of four children and the only boy, I’ve always suffered from an extravagant fantasy life. When I played with my Star Wars action figures as a child, I liked to make up my own stories. Naturally, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were totally meant for each other, and Princess Leia made a bitchin’ wise cracking Fag Hag. I managed to survive high school living in a small, racist town in Southeast Missouri and emerged unscathed, realizing life was too short to pretend to be anything other than who I was. It was very Lifetime Movie Network meets After School Special, I assure you. After several stints in college, I signed up for a Creative Writing course, choosing the class because there were no tests. For once my scholastic laziness paid off, and I found an outlet for all the fantasies running amuck inside my head. It was love at first write, and I’ve been doing it off and on ever since. Visit Ethan’s website.
Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they let her sleep once in a while. Home is Portland, Oregon, where the weather is like your favorite hard-case writing buddy who won’t let you get away with taking too many days off, and in some places you can be as weird as you are without fear. As an out and proud bisexual and life-long weird-o, she thinks that last part is pretty cool. Visit Charley’s website.
Grace R. Duncan
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica. A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind. As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art. Grace can be found at: http://www.grace-duncan.com
After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending. CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop. Find out more about Cjane at http://www.cjaneelliott.com.
New York native R.G. Emanuelle spent more than 20 years as an editor, writer, and typesetter. When she was child, a neighbor called her a vampire because she only came out after dark, so it’s fitting that her first novel, Twice Bitten, is about creatures of the night. She is also a culinary school graduate, which is what inspired her to write her romantic novella, Add Spice to Taste, starring a love-burned chef. She is co-editor of the Lambda Literary Finalist anthology All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica & Romance, and the Golden Crown Winner Unwrap These Presents, as well as Skulls and Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates Her short stories can be found in numerous anthologies, and she has a novella series coming out soon, which features romance, mystery, and paranormal fun. Visit R.G.’s website.
Kim Fielding grew up In Oregon but has lived the past two decades exiled to the boring part of California with her husband and two daughters. She is a university professor by day and a writer all the time. She has written over two dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, including the Rainbow Award-winning gay fantasy novel, Brute. Her work spans many genres–contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical—and she’s very pleased when people call her eclectic. She travels as often as time, finances, and her family allow but wishes she could convince her muse to do her packing for her. Visit Kim’s website at http://kfieldingwrites.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Twitter @KFieldingWrites.
Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot M/M erotic romance while her son is in school. When she’s not writing, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband and son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else. Visit Amelia’s website.
Ginn Hale lives with her lovely wife and two indolent cats in the Pacific Northwest. She spends many of the rainy days tinkering with devices and words and can often be sighted herding other people’s dogs, bees and goats. Her first novel,Wicked Gentlemen, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and won the Spectrum Award for best novel. Her most recent publications include the Lord of the White Hell books, the ten part epic fantasy serial, The Rifter, and the novella Things Unseen and Deadly from the Irregulars anthology. Visit Ginn’s website.
Lane Hayes is grateful to be doing what she loves best. Writing! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few ago and was hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. Lane is the author of the bestselling Better Than Stories series featuring Better Than Good, Better Than Chance, Better Than Friends and Better Than Safe, as well as the Right and Wrong Stories series, featuring The Right Words, The Wrong Man and The Right Time. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and very old dog ever in an almost empty nest.
Born into the psychedelic wonder that was the 70’s, Daisy Harris has an interesting life so far. She’s been to Catholic school and Ramones concerts; danced to the MC Hammer and Lady Gaga; and been a hair’s breath from shipwreck twice. (Three times, if you count sea kayaks!) As far as Daisy’s concerned, the best things in life happen by accident. Though she’s gotten better at planning as she’s aged, she still writes, lives and plays by the seat of her pants. Her books are a happy mix of romantic comedies and coming of age stories, more often than not, inspired by the great films of the 1980s. Daisy lives in Seattle in a house full of dogs and children. When she’s not writing gay romance, she can be found experimenting with new ways to cook kale. Every once in a while, she goes out to pay homage to the party of gods of her youth—and maybe to find a little trouble. Visit Daisy’s website.
J Tullos Hennig
J Tullos Hennig has engaged in various professions over a lifetime–equestrian, dancer, teacher, artist–but has never successfully managed to not be a writer. Ever. Blessed with a longstanding spouse, kids and grandkids, she is also alternately plagued and blessed with a pair of equine freeloaders on retirement pensions, a teenage wolfhound who alternates between leaping over the sofa and snoozing on it, and a press gang of invisible ‘friends’ who Will. Not. S.T.F.U. The award-winning Historical Fantasies of Greenwode and Shirewode are not her first novels by any means, but due to a spate of bad luck as a younger writer, they are the first to find successful publication. But patience has its merits–Hennig is writing better books now than 30 years ago. Visit J’s website.
David Holly’s most recent novel is The Heart’s Eternal Desire from Bold Strokes Books, a story about a man in love with a man with multiple personalities, and the vast conspiracy arrayed against the couple.
David is attracted to odd mythologies, bizarre rituals, skewed history, alien religions, forlorn hopes, and broken dreams. His stories are mythological, witty, philosophical, satirical, erotic, and droll. He is the author of two previous novels from Bold Strokes, several story collections, two gay romantic comic novels, four collections of female domination/male emasculation stories, and numerous stories in anthologies. Find out more about David Holly and his publications at gaywriter.org.
Laylah Hunter is a third-gendered butch queer who writes true stories about imaginary people in worlds that never were. Most of hir work deals with queer characters, erotic themes, and the search for happy endings in unfavorable circumstances. Hir mild-mannered alter ego lives in Seattle, at the mercy of the requisite cats and cultivating the requisite caffeine habit, and dreams of a day when telling stories will pay all the bills. Visit Laylah’s website.
Heather Rose Jones
Heather Rose Jones is the author of Daughter of Mystery and The Mystic Marriage, the first two novels in a historic fantasy series set in an alternate early 19th century. Her short fiction has primarily appeared in Science Fiction/Fantasy markets, including stories in the Sword and Sorceress anthology series, and most recently a queer take on the medieval Welsh Mabinogi, published in both print and audio formats by Podcastle.org. She publishes an ongoing blog The Lesbian Historic Motif Project covering research of interest to authors writing historically-based lesbian characters (http://hrj.livejournal.com). Heather has a PhD from U.C. Berkeley in Linguistics and works as an industrial discrepancy investigator for a major biotech pharmaceutical company.
Amber Kell has made a career out of daydreaming. It has been a lifelong habit she practices diligently as shown by her complete lack of focus on anything not related to her fantasy world building. When she told her husband what she wanted to do with her life he told her to go have fun. During those seconds she isn’t writing she remembers she has children who humor her with games of ‘what if’ and let her drag them to foreign lands to gather inspiration. Her youngest confided in her that he wants to write because he longs for a website and an author name—two things apparently necessary to be a proper writer. Despite her husband’s insistence she doesn’t drink enough to be a true literary genius she continues to spin stories of people falling happily in love and staying that way. She is thwarted during the day by a traffic jam of cats on the stairway and a puppy who insists on walks, but she bravely perseveres. Visit Amber’s website.
Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her partner, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats and countless mosquitos. She is the author of various speculative fiction titles as well as a contemporary romantic mystery series set in the Pacific Northwest. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. She is also the editor of Blind Eye Books. Visit Nicole’s website.
Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot menshe takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons. Visit Morticia’s website.
Susan is a Human Resources executive by day and a voracious romance reader by night (and any other free minute she can get to read!) Having made the journey from “chick-lit” to erotica to m/m and finally getting more and more exposure to ANY book about LOVE, her life has literally and quite drastically been changed through reading. She loves to talk about books, may become a little too attached to characters, and wants every book she reads to have a happy ending. Susan is a member of the Boys in our Books blog team, where she was able to publish last year’s anthology, ”Another Place in Time” which raised over $10k for charity, and this year’s upcoming charity anthology “Wish Come True”, releasing December 1, 2015.
Sandy Lowe has a Master’s degree in Publishing from the University of Sydney, Australia. In her capacity as Senior Editor at Bold Strokes Books, she reviews submissions and proposals, edits and develops content for publication, and oversees publication production. Visit Bold Strokes Books.
Jill Malone won a Lambda Literary Award for her second novel, A Field Guide to Deception. Raised in a military family, Jill went to German kindergarten, and lived across from a bakery that made gummi bears the size of mice. Stationed on the East Coast and in Hawaii, she has spent the last nineteen years in Spokane with her son, three dogs, a hedgehog, and a lot of outdoor gear. Jill has an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her first novel, Red Audrey and the Roping, won the Bywater Prize for Fiction. In 2011, she married a performance artist and addiction counselor who makes the best risotto on the planet. Giraffe People is her third novel. Go to jillmalone.com to read her idiosyncratic and candid blog.
Edmond Manning writes unconventional fiction, blending surreal plots grounded in very real emotions, exploring how ordinary men achieve a state of kingly grace over the course of a single weekend. His fiction books, including King Perry, King Mai, and The Butterfly King received online acclaim and in 2014, King Mai was a finalist in the national Lamba Literary Awards. The physical locations in his fiction are practically characters in the story, which means he spends lots of time researching details. His non-fiction book of essays, I Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That, was a finalist in the 2013 Independent BBook Awards. Feel free to contact him on Facebook or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Andi Marquette is a native of New Mexico and Colorado and an award-winning mystery,speculative fiction, and romance writer. She also has the dubious good fortune to be an editor who spent 15 years working in publishing. As a result, she is coeditor of All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica and Romance, a Lambda finalist, Goldie finalist, and Rainbow runner-up and the forthcoming anthology Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance and Erotica. Her most recent novels are Day of the Dead, the Goldie finalist The Edge of Rebellion, and the romance From the Hat Down, a followup to From the Boots Up, a Rainbow Award runner-up. When she’s not writing, she serves as editor for Luna Station Quarterly, an ezine that features speculative fiction written by women and as coadmin of the popular blogsite Women and Words.
Kate McLachlan is the author of several lesbian novels, including the award-winning Rip Van Dyke time-travel series, several mysteries, and a bit of romance. Her novella, Christmas Crush, was a Lambda Finalist in 2015 in the Lesbian Romance category. Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wife, novelist Tonie Chacon, and their various cats and dogs. Kate works in a respectable legal job all week long, but on the weekends she dons her rainbow striped SuperWriter cape and creates adventures, failures, triumphs, and love for her very real imaginary friends. Learn more about Kate by visiting her website, www.katemclachlan.com.
Annette Mori is a health care executive living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her new wife (got to love Washington state) and their three furry kids. Well actually, it might be more than three, but they do not count the ones they only feed. Live Forever, Love Forever is her first novel originating from a vivid dream. Her second novel, Asset Management was just released in August and so far is holding steady in the top 100. Annette is fifty-five years old and believes it is not too late to try something new. She hopes sales for her first two books will pay for her ever-increasing e-book habit. The only way to tolerate her daily one and a half hour workout is to read a good Lesbian Romance novel while sweating over her bike, elliptical, or rowing machine. Yes, you can actually read and row at the same time. She is pleased there are thousands of good books to choose from, and hopes hers will be one of the many for readers to consider. She reads at least three to four books a week, so please keep them coming. She has a habit to feed after all.
Christopher Hawthorne Moss is a historical novelist whose mission in life is to write and encourage the writing of plausible and positive novels that depict the lives of GLBTQ people and how they lived and loved no matter the hostility of the times they lived in, because, as he quips, “We were here and we were queer!” He lives in the Seattle area with his longtime, 34 years, companion/husband and their two doted upon cats. You can find his books and stories published through Dreamspinner Press and Harmony Ink Press as well as with his own imprint, Shield-wall Books. You can find his web site at http://authorchristophermoss.blogspot.com/.
Now that Chris has obtained an Evil Day Job, she is free to pursue her dream of playing with the cool kids in the publishing world. An emergency room RN by day and a voracious reader by night, Chris has burned through three Sony eReaders in her quest to read ALL the queer romance. Chris joined the Riptide team as an intern in 2013 and was hired immediately after as an editorial assistant. She has been moving up the ranks since; now she’s started acquiring and editing projects as well as working as a jack-of-all-trades behind Riptide’s rainbow curtain.
M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high. She can be contacted at email@example.com. Visit M.J.’s website.
J. K. Pendragon is a genderqueer author hailing from British Columbia, Canada. They have been writing and telling stories from a young age, and enjoy writing in a variety of different genres, although their home-base is fantasy and speculative fiction. J.K. came to the queer romance genre through m/m, but has since branched off to writing f/f and trans stories as well, believing strongly in the importance of diversity in romance and media in general. A social recluse at heart, J.K. likes peace and solitude, with the exception of attention from their doting partner and cold disdain from their overlord/cat. You can find J.K. at their blog and website jkpendragon.com or tweet them at @JKPendragon.
Alex Powell is an avid writer and reader of sci-fi and fantasy, but on occasion branches into other genres to keep things interesting. Alex is a genderqueer writer from the wilds of northern Canada who loves exploring other peoples and cultures. Alex is a recent graduate of UNBC with a BA in English, and as a result has an unhealthy obsession with Victorian Gothic literature. Alex has been writing from an early age, but is happy to keep learning to improve on their writing skills. Visit Alex’s website.
Jordan Castillo Price
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time. With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again. Visit Jordan’s website.
Radclyffe has had a lifelong passion for the importance of affirming and validating literature for the LGBTQ community and brings more than twenty years experience in both writing and publishing to Bold Strokes Books, one of the world’s largest independent LGBTQ publishing companies. She is a retired surgeon and full time author-publisher, she has written and published over forty-five novels as well as dozens of short stories, has edited numerous anthologies, and, writing as L. L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. Visit her websites at www.llraand.com and www.radfic.com. For more information on Bold Strokes Books visit www.boldstrokesbooks.com.
Author, Michele Micheal Rakes is known to friends and family as Mikey, or as crazy uncle Monkey by the only niece. The shadow of Mt. Rainier looms large and is a favorite sanctuary. Homegrown in Washington State, Mikey enjoys the both the sun and the foggy/soggy northwest weather. Nothing like a wild summer storm. Three Egyptian Mau’s and one adorable ferret dominates their house. A wife and a husband, with hair down to his knees, ride their Harleys with Mikey through the deep forests surrounding the glorious mountain. Three grown children and four adorable grandchildren, two young future football stars, and two grandaughters destined for the UFC make life full! Visit Michele’s website.
Rick R. Reed
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery, and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation, and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” In his spare time, Rick is an avid runner, loves to cook, and reads voraciously. Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.” Visit Rick’s website at http://www.rickrreed.com or follow his blog at http://rickrreedreality.blogspot.com/. You can also like Rick on Facebook or on Twitter. Rick always enjoys hearing from readers and answers all e-mails personally. Send him a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. She’s the author of the Infected series for Dreamspinner Press, the Josh of the Damned series for Riptide Publishing, and has a bunch of non-series stuff as well. She makes up stuff, just to be an ass. In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution! Visit Andrea’s website.
Read our GRNW interview with Andrea on GoodReads.
Karelia Stetz-Waters is an English professor by day and writer by night (and early morning). She has a BA from Smith College in Comparative Literature and an MA in English from the University of Oregon. Other formative experiences include a childhood spent roaming the Oregon woods and several years spent exploring Portland as a broke 20-something. She lives with her wife, Fay, her puppy, Wila Cather, and her cat Cyrus the Disemboweler. She teaches at a rural community college which provides ample inspiration for writing, as the college attracts all walks of life, from Sudanese refugees to fresh-out-of-the-closet drag queens. Her interests include large snakes, conjoined twins, corn mazes, lesbians, popular science books on neurology, and any roadside attraction that purports to have the world’s largest ball of twine. She is author of The Admirer, The Purveyor, Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before, and Something True.
Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating. Anne’s husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne’s need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. They were raised to be open-minded children, however, and other than occasionally stealing Ken’s strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference. Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework. Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her website.
Tracy serves on the board of the Seattle writing nonprofit Old Growth Northwest, and as a volunteer, leads the organization’s Gay Romance Northwest initiative, which includes the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the first conference that focuses on LGBTQ romance fiction in the Pacific Northwest. Tracy’s day job is at FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm focusing on social change issues. Tracy has 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on project management, event management, development, and digital outreach and marketing. In her spare time, she loves reading genre fiction, drawing cartoony monsters, singing karaoke, sending Jeff Bezo irritating letters, talking incessantly about community action and romance fiction, and avoiding her cat when he gets “bite-y”.
Joseph Lance Tonlet
Joseph is a born and raised Southern Californian—with a twenty-year stint of living in the Midwest. He loves the laid-back lifestyle of San Diego and considers himself lucky to live where people dream of vacationing. A lifelong reader of m/m fiction, he began his writing career one night sitting at his MacBook and has never looked back. He writes to bring the characters he dreams about to life. Joseph is the author of: Grif’s Toy: Tease and Denial Book 1, and Brothers LaFon, Part One: Crucial Lesson. Visit Joseph’s website.
Yolanda Wallace is not a professional writer, but she plays one in her spare time. Her love of travel and adventure has helped her pen the globe-spanning novels In Medias Res, Rum Spring, Lucky Loser, Murphy’s Law, Love’s Bounty, Break Point, the Lambda Award-winning Month of Sundays, and the upcoming 24/7, as well as Date with Destiny and Charm City, written as Mason Dixon. Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies including Romantic Interludes 2: Secrets and Women of the Dark Streets. She and her partner live in beautiful coastal Georgia, where they are parents to two children of the four-legged variety. Yolanda can be reached at email@example.com.
Sheri Lewis Wohl
Sheri Lewis Wohl grew up in Northeast Washington State surrounded by mountains, pine trees, rivers, and lakes. Though she always thought she’d move away to somewhere big and bold, she never did, and is noow happy to write surrounded by the beauty of nature. When not working her day job in federal finance or writing her stories of vampires, werewolves, and psychics, she participates in local triathlons and is a member of a K9 search and rescue team. Keeping true to her love of the paranormal, Sheri has also appeared as a zombie in the SyFy series, Z Nation.