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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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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.



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



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. 




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



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.



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



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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.



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.



Chrystalla
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ChrystallaThoma is permanent resident of fantasy land, complete with angels and demons,elves, vampires and werewolves. A Greek Cypriot, she lives in Cyprus with her husband and hervast herd of books. She writes mainly fantasy and science fiction, primarilyfor a young adult public. When notreading or writing, she works as a freelance translator and text editor.

 



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.




Mike
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Mel Comley
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