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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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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.



NILOTPAL BANERJEE
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32 years old

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. 




Nicola Palmer
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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.



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.



CDEcho
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I'm a humorous science fiction writer, former employment and training counselor and a science geek.



VICeroy
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38 years old

dholm
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58 years old
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I am a voracious reader of paranormal romance and light science fiction. Though I don’t mind dropping the occasional horror story into the bucket my main interests tend to fall toward romance or even a good tear-jerker. If someone has a novel that falls into one of these categories and you are in need of a review, feel free to contact me and if it works out I’m happy to add you to my list. My reviews can be viewed at my blog, Amazon, Goodreads and Smashword. I’ve spent most of my life breaking, training and riding horses in dressage. I’ve also enjoyed teaching students how to enjoy their horses, make a partnership out of it no matter what discipline they end up following. When I retired from training I needed another outlet and decided to take up writing. I spent years studying, going back to school, joining online critique sites, becoming an active member in all phases of writing a novel. I’m very excited to tell you that I just had my first novel, a science fiction romance, picked up by Crescent Moon Press-- crescentmoonpress.com/. There should be a release date set sometime in 2012. If you want to learn more about me and the things I cherish in life, you can visit me at dennaholm.wordpress.com/ I’d love to have you stop by.



barbara silkstone
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Nora Weston
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Hello! I am speculative author Nora Weston. My fiction and poetry slips in-between and all around science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Frequently, my characters find themselves in frightening situations. Reality is then turned upside down and placed in the middle of a supernatural event. I use these extraordinary situations to explore human nature since some of my characters rise to the occasion, stay focused, and beat the odds--other characters consistently make decisions that lead them into a bleak reality. www.2noraweston.com



Sheila Mary Taylor
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I love to read. I love to write. I love to review good books. I'm a bit of a nomad, and each year I live six months in Cape Town, four months in Menorca, and two months in Wilmslow, UK. A bit disruptive, but very stimulating, and I never have to shiver in the winter.  I have four romances published, one memoir and one psychological thriller. My new novel, now almost complete, does not fall into any definite genre. I suppose you could call it mainstream fiction, and yet it has elements of all my previous works. 



DJ Weaver
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 Co-author of CRUELTY TO INNOCENTS: THE 911 ABDUCTIONS & COLLECTING INNOCENTS. My first book, CRUELTY TO INNOCENTS will be out May 26th on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Amazon, UK. Be sure to check it out.

Co-owner of the award-winning WebbWeaver Review Blog. I review books and interview authors for my own site, as well as reviewing books for Suspense Magazine.

I write murder and mayhem.



Mel Comley
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54 years old

Jerry
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I am Matt's father



William Vitka
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consuelo saah baehr
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Consuelo Saah Baehr was born in El Salvador to French/Palestinian parents. At age five she joined her father and five uncles in Washington, D.C. where they ran the prestigious boutique department store, Jean Matou, a favorite of Bess Truman and Jackie Kennedy. Convent boarding schools came next and George Washington University. After college she began writing advertising copy for the Macy Corp. Marriage and three children followed and the writing was silent until a stunning Op-Ed piece in The New York Times brought a flurry of offers from book publishers. The result was the personal memoir, Report From The Heart (Simon & Schuster). Four novels followed: Best Friends (Delacorte/Dell); Nothing To Lose (Putnam's); Daughters (Delacorte/Dell) and 100 Open Houses soon to be a Kindle original.

Daughters, a historical family saga set in pre-war Jerusalem, has been translated into 15 languages. It was published as a Kindle book in late August.




Beth Barany
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