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billy ray chitwood
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Billy Ray Chitwood, a hill boy from Tennessee, came out of Appalachia and into an adult world that added to the confusion of a transient life he left behind. Behind him, there were the sad disconnect with a broken family, bad economic times, much mobility, and so many mixed emotions that confounded the youth. Ahead, the adult world was a maze of neon glitter, gin mills, pretty ladies, and so much to absorb. It would be accurate and honest were it said that the author ate some emotional soup in his childhood and has spent a lifetime trying to digest it.

 

Through the years, the author has made his mistakes, taken his risks, and has been forever searching for some elusive ’white buffalo’ that could make sense of his wanderlust life. These elements are there in the books he has authored, in the characters, in the action and scenes portrayed, and in the musing quality of his narrative style. These elements can be heard in the songs he has written. He has had despair and sorrow. He has had great moments of joy and happiness. His life is likely not so different from everyman.

 

He has proudly and honorably served his country in the United States Navy. He made it to college graduation with a BA degree in English. He taught high school ‘Advanced Writing’ and subsequently worked for some major textbook publishers. He has owned and run a business. He has acted in film, stage, television, and has been a model. He has lived in California and Arizona for the major part of his adult life.

 

He currently resides on the Sea of Cortez where he writes his books, enjoys the soft blue sky and constant sun. He sips and sits and muses as he gazes out upon the sailboats, jet skis, and yachts that dot the cobalt waters all the way out to the horizon where the sky meets the sea. With him is a cherished wife named Julie Anne and a Bengal cat named George, a feisty fur-ball full of love.



Chrissy
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Nicola Palmer
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William Vitka
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Doug Glassford
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I was fortunate to discover Pee Wee's writings through her shared newsletter with Billie and Pat. Never having read her previous books, I ended up receiving through email the first two chapters of her current work, book 3 of the Willow Walk series. I was immediately captivated by the depth of her characters and the warmth of her presence that comes through. Now, I am deeply honored to share an occasional email with her.

About me: I chose an older fun picture of me that seemed suitable for presenting myself. I an eclectic in most of my tastes. I have worn bibs for almost 40 years now... 30 of which were spent jumping on and off industrial trains in a steel mill in Northwest Indiana. I am retarded now... oh, I mean retired (I have always been a bit 'wonky). I come from a large Midwestern family of Scotch-Irish descent on my father's side, and Japanese on my mother's side. My mother was pregnant with me when my father mustered out of the Air Force during the Korean War.  I am thinking that if I write an autobiography I might call it: "Made in Japan, but Assembled in America." I was born in Gary, Indiana, where I lived a good portion of my life. I am currently living in Merrillville with my lovely wife-the greatest blessing in my life since Jesus Christ, and we are empty-nesters... not birdbrains, mind you, just without youngens living at home. We both love to read and I have a passion for the arts. I used to do cartooning and graphic arts but now I prefer to draw pictures in people's minds with words, much like Pee Wee does.

I am currently working on ghostwriting several books for a couple of foreign Christian ministries and for my mother. Her book is to be titled: "Ignorance Causes Pain." And, boy does it...

I have not settled on any particular genre in fiction. I am having fun with Zombies and horror stories and looking into Steampunk. I come from a long line of tinkerers... my dad was a bodyman, mechanic when I was a kid and my mother used to build and repair televisions and radios back in Japan.. the tube kind, remember? All of my uncles were in the building trades so I can repair or build just about anything. Right now, I just want to build some good stories.



suneetamisra@gmail.com
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I have been a teacher in the Maryland school district for the last twenty years. Over the last few years, I have begun to pursue my other passion, storytelling, using different forms of media. Besides writing short stories and film scripts, I have  made a few documentaries, one of which has been shown at the DC South Asian Film Festival. Recently, I published my first work of fiction, Rani of Rampur, on Amazon Kindle.



Bejuss
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I am a long time writer, living in semi retirement surrounded by my favourite books. So far I have four published novel length works - three are science fiction. My latest "Globular Van der Graff's Goblin Tales for Adults" is my fourth, and my first venture into fantasy. I am also a long time blogger. Bejuss is the name of an endearing character in Glob's tales. He is a one eyed lisping raven with a twisted beak. 




Junying Kirk
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I am an indie author. I came from China and now I'm a British citizen living in the United Kingdom. I enjoy reading and writing, and I am pasionate about travelling and about life!



joanne
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I love reading, fantasy and science fiction have always been my favorites

Marigolds are my favorite potted plants especially the orange and yellow flowers

Camping in the Pocono Mts has been a passion of mine for many years, truly a place where wizards would be found if I looked hard enough!

I enjoy cooking for family and friends

time spent with family and friends is special for me



Matt Posner
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I am the author of the School of the Ages series and lots of other stuff. See the FAQ Section.



D.M. Cherubim
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D.M. Cherubim was born in Duluth, Minnesota, a twin city on the shores of the mighty Lake Superior. Cherubim was an award-winning political, government and environmental journalist for two decades. Cherubim's stories ranged from interviews with U.S. presidents to Disneyland tourists dressed like Mickey Mouse. In 2003, she became very ill. In 2005, after “redlining” in a hospital bed, she had an experience of God in a bright light. When she returned to her body, she felt a new purpose for being here. Doctors at the time gave Cherubim less than three months to live. Since then, Cherubim has had a miraculous recovery. Now that she can walk and talk again, Cherubim has been working on her books from some of the most inspiring and spiritual places in the world, including southern California, Hawaii, and now, south Florida.



Carol Bridgestock
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Carol and Bob Bridgestock were both born and lived in West Yorkshire until they relocated to the Isle of Wight in 2003. Between them they have 47years employment with the police, Carol being a member of the Civilian support staff and Bob being a Police Officer. They never had any inclinations to become authors, but others found their verbal stories thrilling which led them to put pen to paper.

 

Bob was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1952. He left Grammar School at the age of 15, served an apprenticeship as a Butcher then spent two years in a dye works before joining the police force on the 28th January 1974. In 1981 he was awarded the much acclaimed ‘Denis Hoban Trophy’ for outstanding detective work. On retirement he received a Certificate of Loyal Service from West Yorkshire Police in appreciation and recognition of 30years ‘Loyal and Devoted Service to the Community’. As a career detective he worked in the CID at every rank. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent. As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases he took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty- three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone. He received numerous commendations from high court judges and chief constables who credit him with personal commitment and professionalism, expertise and diligence as well as competence with skilful leadership in sensitive, complex high profile cases with the subsequent presentation of compelling evidence. He was a Force Hostage Negotiator and was also commended for his work into the investigation of a protracted, high profile investigation of police corruption in another police force.

Carol was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1961. She left Grammar School at the age of 16 and went on to study hairdressing at college. At the age of twenty she was running her own successful salon as well as teaching at the college. In 1988 Carol commenced working for the Police as a member of the support staff in the administration department. As a supervisor she received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work for her determination and drive creating a poster competition for an Autumn Fall Crime Initiative involving local schools.

Carol is the Chairperson of Wight Fair Writers' Circle which developed from that course.



NILOTPAL BANERJEE
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30 years old

Alesha
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Mom, writer...chocoholic :-)

You might've seen me on the interwebs as the author of The Gray Tower Trilogy.



CK Webb
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8):PCo-author of the first two novels in the 911 Abduction Series, CRUELTY TO INNOCENTS and COLLECTING INNOCENTS http://theinnocents.weebly.com . Murder & mayhem are my thing... I kill people so YOU don't have to! I read & review books for WEBBWEAVER REVIEWS http://bit.ly/HWQKW and host the Blogtalk Radio show, WEBBWEAVER BOOKS http://blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks where authors read their books for us!!!! I am also a monthly contributor for Suspense Magazine http://suspensemagazine.com



Katy (Roberts) Sozaeva
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Obsessive bibliophile, lover of critters great and small, freelance editor



judybNW
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I compose poetry and fiction, have had 3 short stories published as contest winners, and am slogging through revisions on my first novel. Living in the Pacific Northwest suits my muse just fine. I enjoy the rain, cloudy days, variety of terrain and wonderful people living here.



casahoya@gmail.com
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I was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family. My grandmother was a matriarch whom we all adored and she ran the world from her one-up and one-down house in the centre of the town. All the rest of my cousins stayed in Heckmondwike, but we moved about a lot because my father kept changing his job on account of he could never agree with his bosses. I had lived in nine different houses and attended four different schools before I grew up.

My brother was seriously ill as a young child and needed practically all my mother’s attention, so I was left pretty much to my own devices. Luckily, my mother had taught me to read at a very early age, so I had no difficulty entertaining myself. I was a solitary child, but I don’t ever remember being lonely. Armed with my library card, I read voraciously and without discrimination, with nobody censuring my reading material. Consequently, I am a fund of useless information, but also have some surprising gaps in my knowledge.

I left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist’s assistant, I returned to full-time education and did a BA in history at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.

I stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that I met and married my lovely husband, Vic.

In 2001 we retired and moved to Southern Spain where we live with our rather eccentric dog and cat. I write and Vic goes for long walks.

I started writing soon after I came here and had several short stories and articles printed in a local magazine, Streetwise, a glossy publication for ex-pats living in the Costa del Sol.

My first book, Take One At Bedtime, was published in April 2011 and the second, Domingo’s Angel, is due to be published in June 2011. My novella, Doppelganger, will be published later this year in the anthology Curious Hearts.



Steph
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Writer of paranormal, urban fantasy and YA (so far)



Mysti Parker
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Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya's Song, was published in April 2012. Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud writer of Unwritten, a blog recently voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.


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