Authors

Fedora Amis

 Donna Ross writing as Fedora AMIS won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. She dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as real historical people and imagined characters from the 1800s. Fedora loves live theater, travel, plants and cooking.

She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction and fantasy.

“Why do I write? I love words—always have--reading them, writing them. I even like looking them up in the dictionary. So call me eccentric. Call me crazy—but call me a writer.”

Visit Fedora Amis at her website www.fedoraamis.com.

Amanda Berry

After an exciting life as a CPA, Amanda Berry took up writing when her husband swept the family off to England to live for a year. Now she's hooked, and since returning to the states spends her writing days concocting spicy contemporaries and dark paranormal romances while her cats try in vain to pry her hands off the keyboard. Her Marlene award-winning contemporary romance, L.A. Cinderella, debuts from Harlequin Silhouette Special Edition in June 2010. From gritty paranormals to glowing contemporaries, one thing remains the same—love and happily ever after. Amanda lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. For more about Amanda and her books, please visit www.amanda-berry.com.
 

Lynn Cahoon

USA Today and New York Times best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

Contact her at her website – www.lynncahoon.com
 

 

Michelle Dunaway

Describing herself as a woman who does way too much and never wants to stop, Michele Dunaway is a bestselling author and award-winning high school teacher. Michele has published 23 books with Harlequin Enterprises, 3 with St. Martin’s Press, and 4 with Amazon over her 15 year career in writing. A veteran teacher, in addition to teaching English III, Michele also advises the student newspaper and yearbook. She is a JEA Distinguished Yearbook Adviser, a Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser and a Missouri High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Proud mother of two daughters, Michele is an avid pet lover who shares her home with far too many rescued cats, who of course completely rule the roost.  www.micheledunaway.com or @micheledunaway
 

Eileen Dreyer (also writing as Kathleen Korbel)

Born and raised in Brentwood, Missouri and a product of Catholic Schools,Eileen lives in St. Louis County with husband Rick and her two children. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the glare of the limelight.

Dreyer won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since that time she has also garnered not only five other writing awards from Romantic Times, but five RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, which secures her only the fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame.

Since extending her reach to suspense, she has also garnered a coveted Anthony Award nomination for her last paperback, Bad Medicine. She has over three million books in print world wide, and has made regular appearances on the Waldenbook and B.Dalton bestsellers list, and now the USA Today list.

A frequent speaker at conferences, she maintains membership in Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and, just in case things go wrong, Emergency Nurses Association and International Association of Forensic Nurses, for which she is the unofficial mascot.

Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and admits she sees research as a handy way to salve her insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends. She's also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, although she doesn't see herself
actively working in the field, unless this writing thing doesn't pan out.

Please visit Eileen's website at: www.eileendreyer.com

Angela Evans

As a child Angela remembers her mother telling people that Angela would read everything she could get her hands on, including the cereal box. That all changed the moment she swiped a copy of a romance novel from her mother's bookshelf,. She immediately knew that writing romance novels is what she wanted to do. She fell in love with the genre, and the idea of falling in love. Publishing her first novel made that dream come true...at long last.

Angela is currently obsessed with the genre of romantic suspense. When she’s not writing new stories you can find her binge watching cop shows looking for inspiration for those creepy villains every suspense story needs.

Visit Angela at - Angela Evans, Author of Romantic Suspense

Nicole Evelina

Nicole Evelina is St. Louis historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness.


Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for the The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Her website/blog is http://nicoleevelina.com and she can be found on Twitter as well as on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

Angie Fox

Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. She claims that researching her stories can be just as much fun as writing them. In the name of fact-finding, Angie has ridden with Harley biker gangs, explored the tunnels underneath Hoover Dam and found an interesting recipe for Mamma Coalpot’s Southern Skunk Surprise (she’s still trying to get her courage up to try it).

Visit Angie at www.angiefox.com.


 

Charlotte Hubbard (also writing as Melissa MacNeal)

Many moons ago--like 1983 while I was still a school librarian-- I sold my first story to True Story. This launched me into writing about seventy of those "true confessions" stories over the years, and I've been a slave to my overactive imagination ever since.

My stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way I've proposed them: I love it when unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, because they keep me guessing right along with my readers!

I often speak to my RWA chapter in St. Louis, and at conferences. I also belong to Novelists, Inc. and Heartland Writers Guild.

I love touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with Ramona--although it's humbling, having a dog smarter than I am! I'm an ordained Presbyterian deacon, and I devote a lot of time to singing and chiming in my church choirs, as well as hostessing a monthly potluck group and cooking our Adult Fellowship lunches. I'm celebrating thirty years with my husband, who--bless him--has never once suggested I get a real job!

Please visit Charlotte at her website: www.charlottehubbard.com
 

About Melissa:
Truly a woman for the new millennium, I first came out in the Black Lace line with Devil's Fire in 2000. I'd published in other genres but breaking into erotica--bringing on the body heat for all to see and read--took more nerve than I needed for my previous books! Readers believe you are your characters when you write any kind of fiction, so now my husband's friends think they know all my deep, cheap secrets. And they believe he's one lucky stud.

Along with four books for the Black Lace line, I've published a couple of serialized novels at WickedVelvet.com--all with a historical voice I called "Victoria Holt writing as Fanny Hill." I've now moved into Kensington's Aphrodisia line with a fresh, feisty contemporary voice, featuring adventurous girls and guys very much into real-time pleasures and the technology that goes with them. All Night Long is a cruise ship romp with an international cast of players, and Hot For It is a private island/pirate fantasy that goes awry--but everyone gets lucky in the end! I've also written two novellas for Aphrodisia, and am looking forward to many more stories for this line!

When I'm not writing, I love to travel (can you say "cruise ship"?), cook,crochet, speak at conferences, and yes...watch dirty movies. I live in the Midwest--the buckle of the Bible Belt, matter of fact--but I spend most of my time in imaginary situations and places.

Please visit Melissa at www.melissamacneal.com

Alexandra Ivy


Alexandra Ivy graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She is the author of the Guardians of Eternity series that have consistently hit the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes the USA Today bestselling series the Immortal Rogues and will soon be publishing a new Sentinels series.

She began writing historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient  husband and two sons.
 

Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly read her first Harlequin Romance as a teenager and became an avid reader.  She dreamed of writing those exciting and moving stories she loved.  After years (and years) of writing, she finally sold to Harlequin American Romance in 2007.  She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children and is well-known at her local bookstore and library.  Her website is http://www.megankellybooks.com

 


 

Kimberly Killion

Kimberly Killion found her love for all things tragic, passionate, and historic after taking a mythology course in college. The book wasn't Romeo and Juliet, as you might suspect, but Dante's Inferno, Oedipus, The Iliad, and a few other Greek tragedies. An artist by profession, she traded her paintbrush for a pen, and began to explore the realm of romance. In addition to writing Medieval romance, she teaches graphic design part-time in St. Louis where she brings her passion for words and the arts into the grueling boredom of lecture. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Heartland Writers Guild, Kimberly has won numerous awards for her writing. She is married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Illinois with two children, a dog, three cats, and two dozen chickens.  Visit her website at www.kimberlykillion.com

Kim's debut novel, Her One Desire, has been nominated for the 2009 Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best First Book.

Carol Monk (writing as Carol Carson)

Patricia Rice

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice has won numerous awards for her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances, including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards and the Bookrak Bestselling Paperback award. Her books have also been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories. She was nominated in two categories by Romantic Times Book Club for 2002 Career Achievement awards and a Reviewers Choice Award for her bestselling romance, MUST BE MAGIC.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky, she resides in St. Louis, Missouri, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc., as well as numerous professional accounting organizations and local charities.

Her personal website is www.patriciarice.com and her blog group is www.wordwenches.com

Barbara Scott

Barbara Scott has always believed the Blarney Stone is in Ireland for good reason and she thanks her strong Irish heritage for her own story-telling abilities. her first two books, Golden Heart winner, TUG OF WAR, and HAUNTS OF THE HEART, a reader's choice winner, are in the collection of the State Historical Society Library in Columbia, Missouri. Before retiring after 29 years in a special education classroom, Barbara found teaching and writing to be compatible careers. But there were days when both students and characters refused to cooperate. Now she can pursue her dream as a fulltime writer as long as she can avoid distraction and procrastination!
 

Come visit my websites:
http://www.barbarascottink.com
http://home.earthlink.net/~pageturners

Karen Witmer-Gow (also writing as Elizabeth Grayson)

Karyn/Elizabeth was published for the first time when she was in the fourth grade. She finished a historical novel at fifteen. After a successful career teaching art in elementary schools and at the St. Louis Art Museum, she began to dabble in writing again. In 1986 her Waldenbook Award-winning novel LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY was published under the name Elizabeth Kary.

In 1995 she began to write stories set on the advancing American frontier under the name Elizabeth Grayson. Her eleventh book, MOON IN THE WATER, was set on aboard a riverboat and garnered recognition as both a finalist for the Romance Writers RITA award and for the prestigious Willa Cather Literary Award.

A SIMPLE GIFT, her first contemporary novel written as Karyn Witmer, was a Literary Guild exclusive in 2005. The paperback will be in bookstores in September 2006.

Karyn/Elizabeth still enjoys teaching. She occasionally teaches a course on Popular Fiction at a local college, and is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences around the country. She collects miniature English cottages, enjoys needlework, and has a weakness for antique jewelry. She is happily married to a former advertising executive and devotes much of her time to playing "Auntie Mame" to two her nieces.

Visit Karyn at http://elizabethgrayson.com and http://karynwitmer.com