Author Spotlight

Featured Author Helene Fermont

I was born in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city and cultural hub where I enjoyed an idyllic childhood, surrounded by beaches, parks and commons. My home was filled with music and literature and I started to write short stories, which I entered into competitions when I was eight years old.
I moved to London in the mid-Nineties and it has now been my home for more than twenty years. I regularly spend part of the year in Malmö surrounded by the beautiful landscape and tranquility that inspires my writing.
My debut novel, Because of You, was published in August 2016. The novel is inspired by my own visits to London during the Eighties. The eclectic club scene was something that I was too young to appreciate fully at the time but it is emblematic of an exciting era that is now gone forever. Looking back, it was such fun and inspired me to relocate to London many years later.
My second novel, We Never Said Goodbye, was published in April 2017 and my third, His Guilty Secret, is due out in next month.
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Featured Author Sheryl Stradling

Sheryl has always been a writer but never imagined she’d write about her family. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is descended from Washington State pioneers. Her family has lived in the greater Seattle area for over 100 years. When her mother died, she struggled to grieve her loss because they had been estranged.  Thirteen more years passed before she could reconcile her feelings. In a quest to learn more about her mother, she delved into family history. Not satisfied with the limited information she uncovered, she decided to include past generations to discover more. The result is her book, Faith, Power, Joy.

Sheryl began writing journals as young teen. She hid her small, pencil-scrawled notebooks in an unfinished part of her bedroom closet. Her eclectic journal style now includes stream-of consciousness techniques, affirmations, art and poetry. She authored educational, inspirational and humorous (sometimes all in one!) articles on gardening for her local Master Gardener in-house publication from 2010 - 2015. Prior to that, she wrote speeches, presentations and reports in a corporate setting.

Her interests and activities include experimental gardening, cooking, arts & crafts, as well as meditation, writing and holistic healing. She's a Reiki, Chi Gong, breath and energy work practitioner, herbalist and a long-time proponent of the holistic lifestyle. She enjoys gardening, birding, walking and jogging in nature. She's also an abstract artist and photographer. Her culinary expertise includes developing new recipes, baking, candy-making, formulating medicinal herbal remedies and creating fine homemade liqueurs.

She practices meditation and energy work to release stress, go deeper into spiritual realms and awaken self-healing abilities. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge to help others through writing, art, teaching, speaking and energy healing.

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                               Featured Author Lizbeth Meredith

Lizbeth Meredith is an Anchorage-based writer with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in psychology. She has worked as a domestic violence advocate and a child abuse investigator, and with at-risk teens as a juvenile probation supervisor.
Lizbeth published Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters, a 2017 IPPY Award silver medalist for memoir/personal struggles. She published When Push Comes to Shove: How to Help When Someone You Love is Being Abused on Amazon and Nook, and is a contributor to A Girl’s Guide to Travelling Alone by Gemma Thompson.You can contact her at or on Facebook at thmeredithfan or on Twitter at Lizbeth Meredith@LizbethMeredith. 
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                                               Featured Author "Casey Costra"

I was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, a short ride on the commuter train from New York City, the setting for Touch. I won a scholarship to New Haven’s university, Yale. I married while still a student and had two sons, one right after the other. Working in factories, stores, schools, and driving a cab, the two of us managed to raise our kids and earn both bachelors and graduate degrees, in the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. We finished our last degree the year our oldest son entered college.

Though I have been a Sociology professor at American University in Washington, I also have a rural development degree. My family and I have lived back in Mexico, and also Guatemala, Ecuador, and Peru, where we adopted our third child, a girl. Our kids attended local schools and we worked in various rural development projects. I usually monitored and evaluated the effects of the project on poor or indigenous women. I am bilingual in Spanish and English.

We are travel addicts, dragging our kids around the world, returning a number of times to Sicily and Italy. With any work excuse, we take off. I’ve been to 54 countries on five continents, as well as the 50 United States and all but three Canadian provinces.
Since we became full time artists and writers, we moved to coastal Delaware, where we live in a house with two art studios and an office for writing. We’re both buried in our work and, when not traveling, have the social lives of hermits. I was for a while the co-owner of an art gallery but now concentrate on my writing. Touch is my fourth novel, the first one worthy of publication.

I have written or co-written several academic books and monographs, but Touch is my first novel. Fiction is more challenging—difficult and rewarding—for me than academic nonfiction. Both the novel’s neighborhood and its characters are based on neighborhoods and people I knew where I grew up in New Haven, which was then a mostly Italian city.
My indie publisher Forward Press says it is “dedicated to works of fiction that call attention to social problems or their solutions.” Though also a “will-they-or-won’t-they” love story, Touch was written in that spirit and fits squarely within that mission.
Look this Fall for Traffic, Volume 2 of the Rosa DeAngelo series. Follow me on my Amazon or Goodreads author pages, Twitter (@CaseyCostra), or on my webpage and blog,


                                   Featured Author "Mia Fox"

Mia Fox is a Los Angeles-based novelist who writes across varied genres including Contemporary and Paranormal Romance, Chick Lit, and Satire. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from U.S.C.

Before writing full time, she worked as an entertainment publicist, a career she chronicles in her novel, “Alert the Media.” However, she is happy to leave that world behind her, preferring that any drama in her life is only that which she creates for her characters.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three children, and two fur children, Bean and Oliver.

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                               Featured Author Madison Thorne Grey

Madison Thorne Grey is the author of fantasy and paranormal romance: The Mirror of Blackmor trilogy and The Gwarda Warriors.
With a less than perfect, troublesome upbringing, Madison learned early on to engulf herself in fiction and movies, as a much needed way of escape. She quickly fell in love with adventurous tales, especially those set in fantasy worlds, true love that prevails over all, and happily ever afters.
She writes nearly every day, usually with a cup of coffee close at hand, spilling her heart onto the pages of her latest book, telling stories of forests, magic, and soul mates.
Madison has many writing endeavors in the works, including a unique take on a vampire romance and a spin-off to her Gwarda Warriors series.
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                             Featured Author Janell Butler Wojtowicz

Janell Butler Wojtowicz, born and raised on an Iowa farm, was one of those kids who loved to write the dreaded “What I did on summer vacation” essay. Her summers on the farm were rather boring, but she enjoyed the challenge of making mowing a huge lawn edged by prickly rose bushes with a push mower sound adventurous.
Janell attended the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota, earning a bachelor’s degree in, naturally, Written Communication/Journalism Emphasis. She returned to Iowa where she worked as a reporter/editor at three small town newspapers for 10 years.
Janell left the small town Iowa life when she married, Frank Wojtowicz, a family friend, who lived in Minneapolis. (By the way, her Polish last name is pronounced “Why-tow-vitch.) She worked in public relations at her alma mater, the University of Northwestern; Leadership Foundations, a nonprofit organization supporting inner-city Christian ministries; and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, where she wrote about bogs, milfoil and Emerald Ash Borer. (Google them if you really want to know!) Today, Janell owns a freelance service, A Portrait in Words, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
She and Frank, live in New Brighton, Minnesota, a pleasant suburb of the Twin Cities. She has two step-sons, a step-daughter-in-law, and three step-granddaughters.
Much of Janell’s writing has been the “people stories” of trial, tragedy and triumph, which are reflected in her debut novel, “Embracing Hope.” The idea for the novel came after watching a BBC version of “Jane Eyre” in 2007. That night she dreamed the beginning, pivotal scene in the middle and the ending of “Embracing Hope”, and began writing it the next day.
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                                     Featured Author Adrienne Williams
I am a woman of a certain age who loves reading and writing books. My preferred genre is romance and currently my favourite author is Jojo Moyes.
My favourite book of all time is ‘All the Little Animals’ by Alexander Hamilton, which I first read as a teenager and has stayed in my head ever since.
I have a passion for learning new skills and although I have mainly worked in the jewellery trade, I have studied and gained qualifications in Art & design, Interior decor, and counselling skills.
When I’m not writing, I have an on-going intention to ‘get fit’ so I wear a fitness tracker which sneers at me every day for only walking a measly three and a half thousand steps instead of the desired ten thousand.
I am constantly on a diet which I rarely follow and I love shoes, handbags and things that sparkle.
 I have a yearning for a log burning stove but have a ‘realistic’ gas fire.
 I would like to own a dog, (probably a Jack Russel) but must make do with a grumpy tortoise who hisses at me when I pick him up.
 I have a lovely husband and two grown up kids who have finally moved into homes of their own, and an elderly mother who speaks her mind.
Currently I have two eBooks available on Amazon.
 Boob Jobs & Angel Cakes is a story of friendship, overcoming adversity and finding love again.
 One Cat, Three Creeps & a Sex God is romantic novel with a twist of suspense and a dash of humour.
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 Featured Author Barbara Edema 

Barbara Edema has been a pastor for twenty three years. That sounds astonishingly boring. However, she is a great deal of fun, with a colorful vocabulary used regularly out of the pulpit. Barb has spent decades with people during holy and unholy times. She has been at her best and her worst in the lives of those she has cared for.

Now she’s writing about a fictional church based on her days serving many delightful and frustrating parishioners. Pastor Maggie is a young, impetuous, emotional, and clumsy—not to mention, a crazy cat lady—who steps into ministry full of Greek and Hebrew, but short on life experience. She learns quickly.

Barb lives in DeWitt, Michigan with her husband, Doug. She is the mother of Elise, Lauren, Alana, and Wesley. Like Maggie, Barb is a feline-loving female. Hence, she has collected an assortment of rescue kitties. 
Barb enjoys date nights with her husband, watching her children do great things in the world, a glass of good red wine, and making up stories about the fun and crazy life in the church. 

The fictional Loving the Lord Community Church is nestled in the sleepy small town of Cherish, Michigan (based on the real city of Chelsea, Michigan)

"To Love and To Cherish" was released in September 2015. 

The second book, "To Have and To Hold" was released February 14, 2017. From Pen-L Publishing

Look for the third book in the series, "For Richer, For Poorer" in the fall of 2017.
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                           Featured Author Jeanne Blasberg
Jeanne Blasberg is a voracious observer of human nature and has kept a journal since childhood.  After graduating from Smith College, she surprised everyone who knew her by embarking on a career in finance, making stops on Wall Street, Macy’s and Harvard Business School, where she wrote case studies and business articles.

A firm believer that you are never too old to change course, Jeanne enrolled at Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers, where she turned her attention to memoir and later fiction. Eden is her debut novel.  Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston and Westerly, RI.  When not writing, she can be found playing squash, skiing, or taking in the sunset over Little Narragansett Bay.

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Diana Forbes is a 9th generation American, with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. Diana Forbes lives and writes in Manhattan.
When she is not cribbing chapters, Diana Forbes loves to explore the buildings where her 19th Century American ancestors lived, loved, survived and thrived. She is passionate about vintage clothing, antique furniture, ancestry, and vows to master the quadrille in her lifetime.
Diana Forbes is the author of Mistress Suffragette.Prior to publication, Mistress Suffragette won 1st place in the Missouri Romance Writers of America (RWA) Gateway to the Best Contest for Women's Fiction.
A selection from the novel was a finalist in the Wisconsin RWA "Fab Five" Contest for Women's Fiction. Mistress Suffragette won 1st place in the Chatelaine Awards in the Romantic and Sensual category and was shortlisted for the Somerset award in Literary Fiction. Learn more at      

                 Author Tess Devlin – Biography
        Tess was born on the South Side of Chicago to working class parents in a neighborhood similar to the neighborhood described in her book ‘Wallace Street’.
        Tess and her sister attended parochial school until Tess finished her first year of high school. After their parents divorced their mother remarried and the family moved to a nearby suburb where their step-father was Fire Chief and where Tess finished high school.
        Tess attributes her love of reading to her mother. Since early childhood regular Saturday visits to the local Chicago Public Library planted the seeds of a desire to weave stories.
        She worked at various Loop offices. One most memorable to her was working at Frye Consultants, an international marketing and consulting firm. It was a firm that set high skill standards and introduced her to a world of high-pressure and high performance.
        Another memorable position was as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Admissions and Public Relations of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At that time the school was located in a basement behind the museum, with its majestic lions on Michigan Avenue. The personalities of visiting world renowned artists, faculty and students gave Tess just another treasure trove of potential story characters.
        By this time Tess was married, her husband going to school at night earning his college degree. It was also the time she and her husband began having their own children.
        Tess and her family relocated to southern California where she worked with military jet pilots at Point Mugu, then with a large defense contractor often working in ‘black programs’, a term used for classified programs.
        While in California Tess and her husband returned to night school; he obtaining his law degree and Tess earning a paralegal certification. It was a time when books were everywhere because by now the children were also in college.
        Several years were spent working with her husband and son in their family law firm. Her husband and son as the lead attorneys and Tess being kept busy as paralegal and office manager.
        Never forgetting those early visits to the local library and very diverse work experiences created an excitement in Tess to cull interesting situations and characters for her books.

        Tess now lives with her husband commuting between California and Texas. Their daughter is now an attorney living in Chicago. Their son is an attorney living with his family in Utah. To Purchase Her Book Click Here
                             E.E. Kennedy

Ellen Edwards Kennedy, aka E.E. Kennedy, grew up in far northern New York State and loves researching the history and culture of the region for her mystery series about Amelia Prentice, a high school English teacher.

The titles, published by Sheaf House, so far include, Irregardless of Murder, Death Dangles a Participle, Murder in the Past Tense and Incomplete Sentence. A fifth book, The Village Idiom, is currently in production.

Ellen mentors the weekly CAC Writers’ Circle in Cary, NC and regularly writes articles for the website. Recently, she has written scripts for and performed in radio dramas on the Christian Car Guy Show on the Truth Christian Network.

She is a member of Chi Libris, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Author's Network, Light of Carolina Christian Writers, Sisters in Crime and MurderMustAdvertise.

She and her husband live in North Carolina, are born-again Christians, and are the happy, blessed grandparents of five little answers to prayer.
                                      Carol Graf
Carol Graf was born in 1946, surrounded by the great plains of Oklahoma. Her father was an Army Air Corps instructor pilot based in Tulsa and her mother was a homemaker to Carol and her two brothers. Her childhood was full of creative play.

Her parent’s decision to return “home” to South Carolina when Carol was five, changed her life irrevocably. For the next ten years, her family was caught in the emotional turbulence and dysfunction of her mother’s extended family. Excelling in academics and athletics provided much needed balance and buffers to her family turmoil. She was valedictorian of her senior class.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina with degrees in biology and chemistry (pre-med curriculum) and was listed in Who’s Who and Top Ten Outstanding Seniors. 
Her work on the school newspaper, the Gamecock, culminated in editorship her senior year and honed her parallel interest in writing.
She was one of only three women in her graduating class at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she completed her residency in psychiatry in 1976. It was during her medical training that her intense experiences with patients became the first stories that ultimately led to the writing of The Hours Between Us.

Entering the private practice of psychiatry in Charleston, South Carolina, she spent over thirty years working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She created a group practice with an innovative model of interrelatedness between psychiatrists, psychologists, and masters level therapists in their medical and therapeutic work together.
She married her current husband, Alex Beard, in 1991, combining their two sets of children into a blended family. Alex and Carol live on deep water on a salt marsh in Charleston.
Carol’s son, Christian, is an emergency medicine doctor, married with three sons and living nearby in Charleston. Her daughter, Erin, a photographer and artist, lives in Atlanta with her son and daughter. Alex’s daughter, Abby, is married with two sons and a daughter and also lives in Atlanta. His son, Thomas, lives in New York and is the at-large film curator for the Lincoln Center as well as co-founder of a non-profit film organization, Light Industry.
Carol and Alex’s eight grandchildren are a great joy to their Poppi and Gammi.

James William Peercy
James William Peercy fell through a portal into the publishing biosphere in 2012. Previously, he had been observing his own world and recording it since the age of 10. James continued writing while attaining a degree in Computer Science, getting married, raising dogs, and starting a business. Since all worlds exist simultaneously, he has added two book series, the Cliff Fulton mystery series and the Xun Ove fantasy series. With a mind constantly moving, he devotes his downtime to writing, enjoying a bit of travel, and adoring his wife, Claudette.

If you like poetry, fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery check out his website.

Jacqueline E. Smith 
Jacqueline Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art and Performance in 2010. Two years later, she earned her Master's Degree in Humanities. Her present book series consists of the Boy Band series and her Cemetery Tour series.

Along with writing and publishing, Jacqueline loves photography, traveling, and nature.

                               Author Tracey Mayfield
I have always lived in the beautiful state of Oregon where my novel―Beyond Ikenick Creek―takes place.  Camping, gardening, reading, and cheering for my kids' sports teams are my favorite hobbies.

I've been a Registered Nurse since 1997 and have worked in a variety of settings that include surgery centers, an apheresis cell collection and infusion unit, hospital medical and surgical floors, and clinics.  From oral and plastic surgery to orthopedics, urology, and pediatrics, my nursing background is very diverse.  I have also volunteered as a Coach, School Board Member, and Committee Member.  Being an author of inspiring, contemporary fiction for teen and adult readers has been an aspiration of mine for awhile. My first novel was recently published, and I hope to start on a second manuscript soon.

Inspiring people of all ages is my goal.  Beyond Ikenick Creek is now available from Christian Faith Publishing.  I hope to share the message of God's grace and forgiveness with everyone.

The love, support, and encouragement from my husband and our two children helped me through this literary journey.  I hope my novel inspires you to follow your hearts and dreams.


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                                                  Kristin Billerbeck
I grew up with a strong sense of justice.  I simply knew the way things should be.  And since I’m not smart enough to be a district attorney, I am a novelist.  My childhood was slightly confusing.  I blame my parents for this.  Oh heck, I’m going to blame them for everything.  I think I would have turned out normal if it weren’t for them.

Okay, probably not.  I am a fourth-generation Californian, and an American mutt, but identify most strongly with my Italian heritage.  My mother’s family, of strong Norwegian/German descent, tried to teach me how to do things right.  How to cook, clean, sew, budget accordingly – all the things a proper young girl should know to be a contributing member of society.  I, however, failed miserably.  For my 40th birthday, my grandmother gave me a cookie gun, so it’s clear she hasn’t given up on me yet!  That is eternal optimism!

My dad’s Italian family taught me about the good life.  The indulgent life.  How to eat, shop and be merry.  My Nana had very tiny feet and a penchant for shoes (she worked at the Emporium, no doubt to fund her shoe addiction).  My afternoons at her house had no lessons, other than how to walk in her high heels, drape myself in her mink stole and drip myself with rhinestones.  Tastefully, of course.  I picked up on this lifestyle much quicker.

I graduated San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications (emphasis in Advertising), gave my life to Jesus during college and found my true love in a Christian Singles’ Group, which yes, I skewer in “What a Girl Wants”.  He is German.  Practical.   And a Contributing Member of Society.  I am still Italian, fluffy and an aficionado of fine shoes & handbags.

Together, we have four children and now it’s our turn to confuse them.  The circle of life.  Dysfunctional family style.

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