AUTHORS & AUTHOR SERVICES
Each profile links to their page, where you can purchase their work and view services. Whether you are the bibliophile, or you love a bibliophile! Buy for yourself, buy for friends and loved ones. If you are an author in need of services, there are several publishers, editors and more to choose from.
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Known for her Amazon Best Selling Short Story, With Hearts Like Fire and the series starter and epic fantasy novel, Beautiful Nightmare (Book One), L.C. Son is the happy wife of more than twenty years and loving mom of three.
Growing up, she spent hours reading comic books she "borrowed" from her older brother which inspired her love for heroes and all things fantasy and paranormal. Much like the characters she adored, she lives a duplicitous life. By day she works tirelessly to champion the employment of persons with severe disabilities. By night she puts on her wife-mom cape, sharing with her husband at their church and juggling their kid's very active schedules.
Presently, she's working on the next installment in the Beautiful Nightmare series, Awaken: Beautiful Nightmare Book Two.
CHERYL WOODRUFF BROOKS
Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks, MBA/MA completed her first book, Chicken Bone Beach: A Pictorial History of Atlantic City’s Missouri Avenue Beach (Sunbury Press) in 2017, which was nominated for a 2017 Literary Award with the Schomburg Center in New York City, used in classrooms at Purdue University and referenced in The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies. Cheryl has been involved in speaking engagements on the sands of historical Chicken Bone Beach, Rowan University, and the Atlantic City Historical Museum. Cheryl has been interviewed by several newspapers such as the Philadelphia Tribune, celebrity strategist and on-air radio personality Dyana Williams of Philadelphia’s Radio One, IHeart Radio, podcasts, and online radio stations. Cheryl's second book, Golden Beauty Boss: The Story of Madame Sara Spencer Washington & the Apex Empire is the first biography written about this self-made millionaire from the early 1900s. Cheryl is also a professional singer/songwriter, writing songs for her own music projects and for other artists.
B. GRAHAM (BUNNI) SIMPSON
B. Graham Simpson is BWEPS, LLC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Editor-in-Chief. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Howard University and her Master of Arts degrees in Management and in Business from Webster University. For nearly 25 years, she worked as a Senior Editor/Writing Advisor for a Fortune 200 corporation headquartered in Virginia. Within her local church, she has gone through a rigorous Lay Teacher course of study called “Teaching from Gift to Practice.” As a result, she has taught many Noon Day Services and adult and children’s Church School classes and has conducted writing workshops for area churches and organizations. Ms. Simpson’s published works include: Behold, the Bridegroom Cometh, 21st Century Edition (first edition in 1999); Behold the State I’m In (2004); Behold the Bond (2011); Behold Ye Writers for the Lord writing workbook (2018); and Doing the “WRITE” Thing writing journal (2019). In 2019, she published Book Two of God Never Wastes A Struggle(TM) and contributed her chapter, “Behold the Little Foxes.”
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Sharon J. Burton is a visual artist, art curator, and creative life advisor and founder of Spark Your Creative Coaching based in the Washington, DC area. Her preferred art medium is collage and mixed media and has exhibited her art in galleries, art venues and other settings across the country since 2007. Her work can be found in private collections in Atlanta, Washington, DC and other cities across the country.
As a pre-teen and teenager, she wrote song lyrics and poetry to express her feelings about life and love while growing up in a small town in Upstate New York. It has always been a dream to write poetry as an adult but did not start until 2012. In 2018 and 2019 she found herself writing 35 poems as a way to heal from a soul connection relationship which resulted in self-publishing her first chapbook, "Moon Rising in Capricorn."
Since 2016, she has focused on helping people in "creative recovery"...those looking to revive or jump start their creativity through workshops, her blog and as the host of Spark Your Creative Podcast which features artists and other creatives who are using their unique talents to create more mindful communities and a safer world.
Sharon holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University.
When she is not working or creating, you can find her hiking in the forests along the East Coast or indulging in Artist's Dates to museums, cafes and other artistic haunts around the Washington, DC area.
JL Smith has published over 90 individual works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction in various literary journals and magazines. In 2017, she published her first book of poetry, a series of narrative poems on myth of Medusa entitled Medusa, The Lost Daughter. Over the next couple of years, she would publish two more poetry collections, Weathered Fragments, Weathered Souls and Cast out of Eden, as well as a cookbook, Cooking with the Smiths.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, enjoying classes with the Jon Tribble, Katherine Riegel, Kent Haruf, among others. Later, she would earn her master’s in International Relations, focusing on Russia and the former Soviet Republics. She published her master’s project on the early phase of the Syrian war entitled, The Syrian Dilemma: Moscow's Motives and Strategic Interests in the Syrian Uprising in 2013.
In addition to helping students in their academic endeavors as an academic advisor with a Maryland university, she also uses her life coaching skills to help writers in their creative goals. See more of her work at jlsmithwrites.com or follow her on Twitter @jennifersmithak.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her favorite muse, her young daughter, Alexandra.
HEATHER ELIZABETH KING
Heather Elizabeth King is the author of dark fiction. She writes urban fantasy, horror, and paranormal romance. Heather has been a story teller for most of her life. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen.
She is a graduate of the Writer’s Digest class, Focus on the Novel and has been a panelist at several writing conferences. She's also given presentations at various paranormal conventions.
Most days Heather can be found at her laptop working on her next book.
Heather loves to hear from readers (and potential readers).
Audrey Hughey is the founder of The Write Services LLC and the community leader for Sprints and Spirits writer's group and the Author Transformation Alliance. She had her first byline in print in July of 2015 and submitted to several fantasy anthologies while finishing her B.A. in English (Writing) and M.A. in Ancient and Classical History. She has published a series of author planners (the non-dated Ultimate Authorship Planner and 2020 Author's Planner), and begun a series a full-length thriller novels.
A provocative author of contemporary romance, one spicy novel at a time. I’m a lover of books, the spicier the better. I fell in love with romance novels at the tender age of fourteen. You might say it was inevitable that I would write my own happy endings.
CORRUGATED SKY PUBLISHING
Corrugated Sky Publishing, LLC was formed in 2016 by a small group of authors, editors, and publishing professionals whose goal is to bring you the best books we can. We have books from cozy mysteries to b-movie horror, as well as fantasy with a little steampunk thrown in. And if you are a writer we are open for submissions or we can provide self-publishing services.
Kimberly Hunt is a freelance developmental editor with Revision Division, specializing in fiction for self-publishing authors. She’s happy to answer questions about writing and editing but beware as she can go on at length about her passions: reading, running, and volunteering. What is developmental editing? It's the first step in the editing process, before looking at grammar or spelling. It's the big picture feedback about structure, plot, pacing, and character development. I provide solutions to the problems I identify.
Keianna Johnson is an award-winning children's textured hairstylist, educator, and author of the book Coming of Age: The Easy Guide to Healthy Hair Care for Teens. Her passion is providing quality, chemical-free hair care services for children ages 2-17.
My name is Mikayla Meyers and I write under the name M. Meyers! I am a graduate of Susquehanna University where I triple majored in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing, and English Literature. I have had creative works ranging from comics, to poetry, to short story, to essay published in various literary magazines (see website link). I have recently moved my writing path toward novel writing and I have established my own self-publishing sole proprietorship company EVP Publishing. Aside from writing, I have a career as a Special Education English teacher at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.
JAY MEDIA GROUP
Family owned, full service media company specializing in book publishing, photography, video production & editing, graphic design & merchandising and magazine design. Book publishing by JayMedia Publishing, our flagship service, provides affordable, professional self publishing solutions to help turn your manuscript into a high quality, globally available published work.
Kamari Talley is a twenty-five year old lesbian, author, poet, motivational speaker, and former international professional basketball player. Growing up Kamari struggled to embrace her sexuality due to religious beliefs that often times oppress and hinder people from embracing their sexuality; it wasn’t until she grew more in her relationship with GOD that she grew more into her writing and wrote inspirational stories and poetry that encouraged her to encourage others to be true to who they are. She has written twelve total self-published books, 5 general inspirational works and seven self-published LGBT books that bridge sexuality with spirituality. Her LGBT books encourage women and questioning people who may struggle to embrace their sexuality to gain the confidence to embrace both their sexuality and spirituality.
K.L. Montgomery writes #bodypositive sweet romance and romcom. A librarian in a former life, she now works as an editor and runs the 5000-member Indie Author Support group on Facebook in addition to publishing under two names. Though she remains a Hoosier at heart, K.L. shares her coastal Delaware home with some furry creatures and her husband, who works in law enforcement. Actually, he's on the furry side too. She has an undying love for her three sons, Broadway musicals, the beach, Seinfeld, the color teal, IU basketball, paisleys, and dark chocolate. Visit K.L.'s website at www.klmontgomery.com and sign up for her newsletter. You can follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GreenCastles, Twitter (@KLMontgomery8) or Instagram (k.l.montgomery)
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Karen Janowsky has loved superheroes and ancient mythology since the first time she saw the Super Friends on television in 1970's. Because flying an invisible jet was never a viable career option, and because running around in a cape, swimsuit, and bright red boots is not socially acceptable for adults, she teaches yoga and writing at the College of Southern Maryland. Her stories and poems have been featured in several anthologies and literary magazines since 1991. She received her master's degree in English from Florida State University
Christie Sheridan graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art and received a bachelor’s degree in Animation with a Concentration in Illustration. She spent the first part of her career producing digital media for the Baltimore Sun, and then for The Chicago Tribune. Today she is the Director of Animation and Graphic Design for an application security company and specializes in the production of eLearning content.
MARY E. JUNG
Mary E. Jung is the author of Reign of Ashes. It is a high fantasy novel centered around the continent of Etrucia. Megalomania, adventure, and a fight for the five kingdoms have readers on the edge of their seats. Queen Mèabh of Rävènna and King Ràidhen form an alliance to fight the Darkness that threatens everything in existence. Mary E. Jung writes online with her partner in addition to the Etrucian Royals Series. She loves romance novels, hot tea and chasing after her tiny humans. Mom and writer she never slows down. Join Mary E. Jung and experience the magic of Reign of Ashes.
A. L. KAPLAN
A. L. Kaplan’s love of books started as a child and sparked a creative imagination. Born on a cold winter morning in scenic northern New Jersey, her stories and poems have been included in several anthologies and magazines. Her most recent publications are her debut novel, Star Touched, and Wolf Dawn, a short story. She is the Maryland Writers’ Association’s President and holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. When not writing or indulging in her fascination with wolves, this proud mother of two lives in Maryland with her husband and dog.
LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
An award-winning author, Linda Wood Rondeau has written ten books, expecting several more in 2020 and in 2021. She is Managing Fiction Editor for Elk Lake Publishing, Inc and Vice-President of Maryland Writers Association. She enjoys mentoring new authors and has been a presenter at many writers conferences. She resides in Hagerstown, MD. with her husband of over forty years. When not writing, the author enjoys the occasional round of golf, hiking, visiting museums and historical places, and playing Wii.
JOAN DRESCHER COOPER
Writer and poet, Joan Drescher Cooper finds inspiration in her family and teaching career. In October 2019, her debut poetry collection, Birds Like Me, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry and flash fiction have appeared recently in The Delmarva Review, Doorknobs & Body Paint and the Sand Dune Anthology. Joan has self-published two novels and a collection of short stories through Salt Water Media of Berlin: Finding Home on Lilac Hill, Return to Lilac Hill, and Lilac Hill Folly. She was the featured writer for the Edgar Allan Poe House’s Speaker’s Series in March 2020. Joan teaches at Kenwood High School in Baltimore, but she maintains membership in the Eastern Shore Writers Association and serves as a Berlin chapter treasurer for The Maryland Writers Association. Joan has sponsored creative writing for students through workshops, Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, slam poetry events, the Dodge Poetry Festival Student Days, and school magazines. For stories and more, visit www.joandcooper.com.
Kara Pleasants is the author of “Disenchanted”, a novel that combines the world of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” with wizards, magic, and fairies. She lives in the lovely hamlet of Darlington, where she and her husband are restoring an 18th-century farm. She has two beautiful and vivacious daughters. A Maryland native, Kara spent most of her childhood traveling with her family and spent six years living in Siberia, as well as five years in Montana, before finally making her way home to attend the University of Maryland.
Kara is the English Department Chair at West Nottingham Academy. She previously taught at several public school districts, community colleges, and the University of Maryland. She will never forget the first ninth-grade English class she ever taught at Oxon Hill High, whose courage and artistry might be the reason she still teaches today. Her hobbies include making scones for the Havre de Grace farmer's market, writing poetry, watching fantasy shows, and directing a choir.
You can follow her on FB www.facebook.com/pleasantauthor or on instagram @pleasantauthor
Burgundi Allison's crown ain't always straight, but it's always shiny. A mother and lover of God, she writes, speaks and teaches women to explore the divinity of their femininity.
Cindy Freland's passion is teaching workshops, designing and managing Facebook pages and helping authors get their books on Amazon. She has written many business books, including one on Facebook for business, "Easy Guide to Your Facebook Business Page," and several children's books. Freland lives in Bowie, Maryland. She enjoys crafts, painting, walking, swimming, shopping, animals, beaches, and baking.
Alyshia Bradley is a 29 year old actress, author and spoken word artist from Lusby Maryland. She graduated top of her College with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Urban Arts from Coppin State University. "I believe art and healing go hand in hand, art has always been there for me, so my life's work is to continue to be a living advocate for art and healthy mental health practices."
Sarah Petrosky graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Mass Communication with dual emphases in public relations and journalism. Petrosky spent a decade working at the Baltimore Sun Media group as a writer and editor of special advertising sections. Today, she is a marketing coordinator for LifeBridge Health, where she writes and plans distribution of content for five hospitals and 137 other sites of care. When she isn't writing, Petrosky enjoys doing anything outdoors, and spending time with her wife and son.
Hi there and welcome to 1031 Publishing Lane. What we do in a nutshell is work with authors and illustrators who are excited about their stories and aren't sure where to go next. We provide book reviews, guidance during the edit and copyright process, and the final publishing and printing stage.
Founder Robin Coarts has a background in psychology and more recently received her Masters of Education in Humane Education. She has a unique eye for children's books and views/reviews them from a Humane Education perspective and will provide thorough feedback if you are interested in a review.
We work collaboratively with the authors and illustrators and strive to create a marketing plan that best suits your book as well as your goals for sales, etc. We want to keep the author and illustrator in control of their work and strive to keep costs low and profits high for those who put in the creative work.
Ariele Sieling is a Baltimore-based writer who enjoys books, cats, and trees. Her first love, however, is science fiction and she has three series in the genre: post-apocalyptic monsters in Land of Szornyek; soft science fiction series, The Sagittan Chronicles; and scifi fairytale retellings in Rove City. She has also had numerous short stories published in a variety of anthologies and magazines and is the author of children's books series Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep.
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Cardyn Brooks on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, SheWrites, Smashwords, Tumblr
Cardyn Brooks, outreach coordinator for The Write Women Book Fest, is a reading fiend, compulsive writer, swim enthusiast, and inventor. She created the "Trope Spin" and "Literary Canon Fodder" book review columns for MediaDiversified.org, and riffs on bookish topics on BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com. She's reviewed books for InDtale.com and currently reviews books for RomanceDailyNews.com. She writes edgier erotic fiction as C. X Brooks (in which the X honors her enslaved ancestors who were forbidden by law to learn to read and write). Her most recent title is When She's on Top by C. X Brooks, published by BlackOpalBooks.com.
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H.L. writes contemporary fairy tale re-tellings with dashes of sex and romance. She places an emphasis on strong female characters of various ages and body types. She's feminist, sex-positive, body-positive, chatty, and curious about oh just all sorts of things.
You can read her sensual observations and micro-fiction in the Sensual Sunday series at her blog.
She is the founder of The Write Women Book Festival, and Women Authors of Maryland group and salons. She is a member of the city arts council and a fan of cats, soft and warm slouchy socks, love letters, chocolate, and tequila.
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MEGAN A. C. ELLIS
ON HER BOOKSTAGRAM @meganacellis_author
Megan A. C. Ellis has enjoyed writing since her madcap teen years. An avid reader, she has always enjoyed putting words to the page but didn’t get serious about it until she met James Frey in 2015. Megan was greatly inspired by his tale of incorporating a treasure hunt into his novel Endgame, and thought, “Wow. I want to be like that.”
She enrolled posthaste in the English program at the College of Southern Maryland, where she graduated with an Associate’s degree, and now has moved on to big kid school at the University of Maryland to complete her BA.
An intrepid traveler, Megan draws inspiration from the folklore of the countries she visits. Just in the past few years, she has been to New York, LA, Japan, Italy, France, and Scotland.
Megan focuses on fantasy, influenced by some of the greats – Tamora Pierce, Bruce Coville, and Christopher Paolini spring to mind. She loves fairies, dragons, mermaids, and all those other crazy made-up creatures we love to daydream about, but which would actually scare the pants off of us if we met them in real life. She also enjoys the company of normal animals, such as her two cats, Stark and Oliver, who she shares with her husband (his name is not as important).
She also enjoys writing chick-lit and reading dystopian literature – two genres just begging for a cross-over. She is working on a piece of chick-lit right now, and her recently published pieces include a poem in the Connections Literary Magazine at the College of Southern Maryland, a fantasy prompt piece in the Maryland Independent, and six short story pieces in an art gallery at the Mattowoman Creek Arts Center. You can also find many of her delightful works on her blog – meganacellis.wordpress.com.
When Megan is neither writing nor traveling (and sometimes even when she is), you can find her participating in a myriad of hobbies - reading, sewing, baking, painting, photography, ceramics, and dressing up in silly costumes for renaissance festivals and comic conventions. You know, like a big ol’ nerd.
Lynn Thorne is an award-winning writer and author of Who Am I If You’re Not You? and Word Of Mouth Advertising Online and Off. She grew up in the Northern Virginia area and currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lynn started her career as a broadcast journalist. She worked in radio in Richmond at the Virginia News Network before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, to begin her television career – which eventually encompassed doing everything from weather and reporting to producing and anchoring in Wausau, Wisc., and Richmond, Va.
Lynn ultimately transitioned into doing communications for America’s Promise, the initiative for youth founded by Colin Powell. When she became a mother and was home for eight years with her two sons. she began freelance copywriting, which lead to her writing newspaper and magazine articles, award-winning direct mail pieces, and website copy on behalf of names like Channing Tatum and Rob Lowe.
Lynn is an LGBT ally and blogger on thatswhatlynnsaid.com, which has a primary focus on LGBT issues. Her blog reflects her journey to learn more about the LGBT community and she shares what she’s learned with her readers.
Porscha is an author of erotic mystery stories. Her novels Scorned and Scorned the Final Episode were written to make men and women aware that they don't have to hold back on who they are, and they don't have to be ashamed. If you aren't harming anyone, be free to do what you feel.
Porscha is from Pittsburgh, PA and has seen a lot. From a young age she would read everything she could get her hands on and started writing at the age of thirteen. She stood out among her classmates in school as a person who could think outside of the box. She knew she was different because of the way her mind would process seemed different than those of her peers. When teachers would ask her how she thought of things on her own she would always reply, "My mind speaks for itself and I just follow what it tells me to do and say." She creates this work for readers of all cultures to captivate them through her words.
VIKKI J. CARTER
Vikki J. Carter | The Author’s Librarian
Vikki J. Carter is an author, educator, blogger, & podcast producer that has a focus on helping others tell their stories & connect to their audience with authority & authenticity.
Vikki has a unique background as a faculty member in higher education & masters in Library Information Sciences, which she leverages to assist authors, bloggers, and creatives with researching. She is developing creative tools, services, & online courses to help creatives learn to “Research Like a Librarian.” She guides her creative community with researching as the Author’s Librarian.
Vikki is the producer and hosts of the podcast Authors of the Pacific Northwest, with over ninety episodes where she chats with authors about their writing process and the publishing journey.
Vikki manages a featured blog dedicated to writing tips written by the authors who have on the podcast found on her website SquishPen Productions.
Vikki is working on her first historical fiction series.
Vikki loves to connect with fellow authors, creatives, bloggers, & readers on social media.
Connect with Venice at www.alexivenice.com
Instagram: Alexi Venice
Alexi Venice writes legal thrillers and crime drama with a side of romance. Her popular new series features novice lawyer, Monica Spade, and her hot girlfriend, Shelby St. Claire, an art teacher. Monica’s only limitation is her self-doubt, as she learns to navigate the courtroom and the bedroom.
Venice’s bestselling San Francisco Mystery Series is a crime drama that tests the bonds of love and loyalty among Dr. Jen Dawson, Detective Tommy Vietti and District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne. If you’re looking for explicit romantic drama mixed with gritty crime, this series is for you.
Venice's 31-year legal career informs her medical and crime fiction. She is legal counsel under a different name at an international health care system, specializing in preparing nurses and physicians to testify in the courtroom in both civil and criminal trials. When she isn’t working and writing, Venice can be found on the lake boating and swimming with her dogs.
Venice is married and lives in Wisconsin.
Ceece Kelley is the Principal Author at Soaring Kite Books, a small independent publishing company formed to give a voice and a presence to underrepresented racially and ethnically diverse main characters in children's books. Soaring Kite Books will be launching their first title and Ceece's author debut, Dear Mama's Loving Arms, on September 16th, 2020. First edition pre-sale copies are available on the website now through October 15th - Don't miss out! Later this year, Soaring Kite Books will announce the launch of a new picture book series slated for Spring 2021.
After having her son, Ceece felt compelled to introduce him to a variety of children's books including timeless classics, empowering current releases, and books with characters that look just like him. Ceece is very passionate about representation in children's literature.
Ceece has a background in brand marketing and creative services with a Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard University. She enjoys working with illustrators, graphic designers, and editors to bring her visions to life and into the hands of readers.
GAY G. GUNN
Gay G. Gunn (aka GiGi Gunn), a native of Washington, D.C., began writing when she could not find books that celebrated the black women and men she knew. Her genre is the positive portrayal of African-American life. Three of her novels, Nowhere to Run, Everlastin’ Love and Pride and Joi, have been required reading in English, American History and African-American Literature by schools and universities from Boca Raton, Florida to Covina, California. Her other books include Cajun Moon, Never Been to Me, Rainbow’s End, Living Inside Your Love, and her very first title, Dotted Swiss and Gingham.
The author returned to the African-American historical genre with a trilogy of the Culhane family from the shores of Africa to America. One Day. Someday. Soon… Book I, Might Could Be, Book II, nominated for the NAACP Image Award, May We All, Book III, and, by popular demand from her avid readers, her latest, Everlastin' Love II, Book IV; all currently available.
Gay G. Gunn creates strong yet flawed women who defy the odds and refuse to be defined by others. “Women like us all ~ complicated and multi-dimensional, who do the best we can AND the men who deserve us.”
The author’s novels are hallmarked by richly textured writing, visual imagery, complex character development with poignant plots and a seamless blend of fact and fiction which produce page-turning intrigue, evoking all human emotions from readers.
The author resides in the DMV (Metropolitan Washington, D.C.).
PAMELA D. BEVERLY
Pamela D. Beverly considers herself a Jacqueline-of-all-Trades but a master of none. Mostly she is a student of human nature that enjoys writing and studying mankind. Pamela has traveled all over the United States as well as to several foreign countries and enjoys meeting people of all races, religions and creeds. Her main wish for mankind is that people learn to get along and enjoy one another's differences.
Janique Muckelvene is a Mother of 4 children, two girls and two boys, what she always wanted.
Recently, in April 2018, she became Bebia to her first granddaughter.
Janique has always loved words, from the time before she could spell or write in cursive. Writing poetry in the margins of her school notebooks, on scrap pieces of paper.
Her father, being in the Military was stationed in multiple States and Countries that allowed Janique to experience different cultures and people. Opening up her imagination and acceptance of the uniqueness in others.
When her Father passed in 2010 of Prostate Cancer, her Mother and sisters coped with his passing by staying involved with the non-profit organization he and one of her sister's co-founded during his battle: Warriors Fighting For His Cure. They also focused on publishing two books: "Getting Lost" and “The Very Awesome Adventures of RuRu & Rudy"
March of 2014 she and a group of Poets, opened a poetry group on Facebook: unLOC tHe Writerz bLOC adding and accepting artists of all walks on earth to join them.
During the summer she works with Youth Poets and Artists at Expressions Camp, a program offered by pgparks.com.
This is the first year for the Virtual Expressions Camp, Virtual Poetry SYEP Program and a new event the Fall Virtual Teen Poetry Program.
Eventually she began Hosting “Remember September” inviting artist to express their artistic talents at her Open MIC.
Andrea Hylen is the Founder of Heal My Voice, a Coach, Author, Speaker, Parent, with expertise in Grief, healing from sexuality and trauma, writing to heal, connecting through social media and radio show hosting. She also teaches Orgasmic Meditation in group workshops and private sessions.
Currently expanding her business as she travels around the world connecting with people in person. California, Baltimore, New York, Seattle, Sweden and…infinite possibilities.
After the death of her husband in 2005, Andrea began to explore a deeper place inside of herSelf. She learned to let go of some of the dreams that died with her husband and open to new ideas, dreams and passions.
Some of the inspirations led her to become a co-author of a book, travel to 78 Jonas Brothers concerts with her teenage daughter, and sell her house and personal belongings, to move from Maryland to California. During 2010, she lived with her 18-year-old daughter in youth hostels, hotels, and with friends in Los Angeles, wrote 70 articles on grief transformation and hosted 44 Grief Transformation Internet Radio Shows with twenty-seven guests over the 2010 holiday season to provide support and information.
In January 2011, Andrea founded Heal My Voice, Inc. The mission is to empower women to heal a story, reclaim inner authority and personal power and step into greater leadership at the dinner table, in the community and business and in the world. This is supported with a nine month process in on-line communities. Women write their stories in an on-line community, speak on an internet radio program and become more visible in social media.
ARTISTS & PERFORMERS
We are so grateful to have talented artisans, musicians, and entertainers to round out our program. Please visit their websites, support their efforts, and spread the word!
Mary DeMarco-Logue is a mama, maker, picture-taker, writer, reader, & people-pleaser living in Southern Maryland. She is passionate about creativity, self-guided learning, sharing skills, & building community. Her art & musings strive to advocate ideals of kindness, social justice, & celebrating diversity. She hopes her chaotic creativity inspires others to make messes & self-discoveries, too!
LEAF AND YARD
Erin is an artist and writer living in Southern Maryland. She crafts handmade journals and miniature book jewelry. She wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first book, Star People: Legend and Life Cycle, a bedtime story about mythical creatures who live in the forest, earlier this year.
SILVER QUILL STUDIO
As an avid reader and jeweler, Noel-Marie Taylor decided to bring her loves together by founding Silver Quill Studio. Amongst her items are many literary-themed items, including pins, pendants, and earrings based on much loved books. In addition, Taylor makes many quilled paper items, and has begun working with quilled silver.
Find what “playing with paint” is for you, or find one of mine that you want to have to remind you that the resilience of the human spirit is not enough — there has to be pleasure. If you find it in one of my paintings, cool. If not, find your process. Fill your bucket with what works for you.
D’Manda Martini is a DC area Drag performer, cosplayer, and theater artist. She is the hostess of Eleanor's New Deal Cabaret, a musical theater themed cabaret. Though located at the New Deal Café in Greenbelt, MD, the Cabaret also performs at other locations in the DC area. D’Manda is a huge comic fan, especially Marvel’s Merry
Mutants, the X-Men (and affiliated teams) and Wonder Woman. Her cosplay is mostly geared toward lesser known characters in the X-Universe, and has a soft spot for gay Icon, The Dazzler. A DC-Area nominated actor & costume designer in community theaters, D'Manda
completed her reign as Captain Green Lantern 2018 with LGBT HQ, an organization that promotes LGBTQ+ artists and content at conventions on the East Coast. She also is an avid reader, and as a former Special Educator, loves reading to audiences of any age.
Robin is a federal firefighter who began her career path as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, and continues to volunteer as a firefighter in her local community outside of work. Robin also loves caring for animals, and plans to transition into the field of conservation work upon retirement from the fire department. Robin, enjoys bringing fire prevention and safety tips to the absorbent minds of children, and is very happy to be able to support The Write Women Book Fest for its second year of showcasing talented female writers and artists.
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Jocelyn Broadwick is Highlandtown's reigning Mistress of Smut and the curator and host of "An Evening of Vintage Smut"- Baltimore's randiest reading series. You can find her performing LIVE- either in person or online- every first Friday at Rust-N-Shine as a part of the Highlandtown Art Walk. Follow @EveningofVintageSmut on Facebook and Instagram for the latest!
Patti Ross (Spady) aka "little pi" is an Orator, Poet, Poor Peoples Advocate, and Feminist Warrior. Patti earned a Journalism degree from the American University. After publishing in the Washington Times and the Rural America newspapers, Patti landed a career in the corporate technology field. She writes and performs poetry and spoken word under the name "little pi." She also writes at https://littlepisuniverse.wordPress.com.
CHRIS VAN DYKE
Chris discovered the celtic harp while going to Renaissance Festivals in the early 1990's with her two sons. Then some friends took her to the Alexandria Scottish games on July 24, 1994, and she won the "So You Always Wanted to Play the Harp" Contest sponsored by the Washington Area Folk Harp Society. The prize was the free use of a celtic harp for a year! She started taking lessons from Linda Titolo, who along with her husband, Roger Cornell, also helped her get her first harp. She later studied with Charlotte Roe to learn more about this beautiful instrument. She has been playing celtic harp ever since, and loves sharing music with anyone who wants to listen!
Chris plays her harp for afternoon teas, senior center concerts, retirement parties, memorial ceremonies, weddings, and other special events. She is a past member of Trillium, a harp, flute and fiddle trio, and currently performs with Heatherwood, a harp ensemble. Due to COVID-19, Chris is currently not taking on any harp gigs at this time, but hopes to be able to do so again in the future. Check this website again for future updates.