Rexanne Becnel, a transplant to New Orleans, is the author of eighteen novels and two novellas. Her books regularly appear on bestseller lists such as USA Today, Ingrams, Amazon.com, Waldenbooks, Barnes and Noble, and The Chicago Tribune. She has been nominated for and received awards from Romantic Times, Waldenbooks, Colorado RWA, the Holt Committee, and the National Readers’ Choice Awards, and the Atlanta Journal/Atlanta Constitution. Her last four books, known as the Matchmaker Quartet, include: The Matchmaker, The Troublemaker, The Bridemaker, and The Heartbreaker,all from St. Martin’s Press.
Ann B. Cantrell is a retired registered nurse. She has been writing a historical time travel trilogy. “Legacy of Time” was self-published in September 2010. Book two, “Legacy of Revenge,” was issued in September 2011. Her current work, “Legacy of Conflict,” is in progress. Writing as Ann B. DeMello, RN, she had two articles published in the AORN Journal, a monthly magazine for perioperative nurses. Her article on “Uterine Artery Embolization” won the first place award in the AORN Journal/Johnson and Johnson Writers’ Contest for 2001.
Ann married Johnny Cantrell in 2008 and says that after 57 years and two divorces, she finally found her “Prince Charming,” but that is another book—“How Many Frogs Must I Kiss?” Together, Ann and Johnny have two daughters, two granddaughters, and two grandsons. They enjoy visiting relatives in Florida and spending time at Sweetwater Campground in Loranger,LA. The relaxing atmosphere of the country inspires Ann to write.
Visit her website www.annbcantrell.com
Dawn Chartier never knew she wanted to be a writer while growing up. Sure her parents owned a book shop, and she was surrounded by bookworms, but she wasn’t one of “those” writers who started early. No, Dawn was inspired by strange events in her life, one was a bitch named, Katrina. Yes, that hur-ricane. But a few months before the storm, Dawn read an article on Marie Laveau in the New Orleans local newspaper and it sparked an idea. She began researching the voodoo priestess, and then Katrina hit. Out of destruction, ideas formed, characters spoke and plots twisted. One thing lead to another and an author was born. (Must have been something in the air, because a few authors were born out of Katrina’s wrath.)
Dawn Chartier sold her first paranormal romance book, (Not An Angel) to The Wild Rose Press, and her second book, a contemporary erotic romance (Diamonds) to Siren BookStrand. Dawn is a member of RWA, Sola-Writers, FF&P and Savvy Authors. You can find her chatting on Twitter and Facebook when she’s not buried inside of a book or writing her next one.
Dawn lives near New Orleans with her husband, two daughters, two golden retrievers, and plenty of wildlife.
Barbara Colley, a native of Louisiana, is an award-winning, best-selling author whose books have been published in over sixteen foreign languages. In addition to her romantic suspense novels, she is also the author of the widely acclaimed Charlotte LaRue mystery series that’s set in the New Orleans Garden District and features a maid who not only cleans Garden District mansions, but solves murders as well.
A few of the many awards that Barbara has won as a published writer include: a nomination by Romantic Times BookClub for the 2003 Reviewer’s Choice Award for Maid for Murder, her first Charlotte LaRue mystery, and the 1996 Distinguished Artist Award (for her outstanding contributions to the literary arts in Louisiana ). In March 2005, Barbara was named “Leading Business Woman of the Week” in the metro New Orleans area by Magic 101.9 radio station.
Writing under her pseudonym Anne Logan, her romantic suspense, Gulf Breezes, won the 1992 Oklahoma Romance Writers of America National Reader’s Choice Award. Gulf Breezes also garnered the 1992 Romance Writers of America Published Author Network ARTemis Award for it’s outstanding cover art.
A sought-after speaker, Barbara has lectured writing classes at Louisiana State University , has taught a writing course with the St. Charles Parish Continuing Education Program, and has been the guest speaker for many writers’ conferences.
Dusted to Death, book number eight in her Charlotte LaRue mystery series, is available now on-line and in most bookstores. For more information about Barbara and her books, go to: http://www.eclectics.com/barbaracolley-annelogan/
Mary Beth Craft
Mary Beth Craft, widow of Harvey M. Craft, is a native of Mississippi. She lives in New Orleans where three of her four offspring and some of their families live (the fourth one lives in Martin, Tennessee). Retired from teaching French and closing home mortgage loans, she stays busy writing, being a member of SOLA, and being active at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Her books are Where Do I Put My Purse While I Preach? Would Somebody Hold My Purse While I Preach?, Many Happy Returns , and Goldengrove.
Writing as one half of C.S. Graham, Steve Harris is the coauthor (with Candice Proctor) of a series of contemporary thrillers featuring remote viewer Tobie Guinness and maverick CIA agent Jax Alexander. The first in the series, THE ARCHANGEL PROJECT, is set in post-Katrina New Orleans . A retired Army intelligence officer and Vietnam vet, Steve now works in the field of human resources. Visit the author at www.csgrahambooks.com.
Sabrina Jeffries writes what she loves to read–fun-filled romances laced with wit and sensuality. Readers love what she writes, buying so many that her books are consistent USA Today bestsellers. Earlier this year, her MARRIED TO THE VISCOUNT hit the New York Times Extended Bestseller List. Her Regency-set historical romances have also won several awards, from the Booksellers’ Best Award to the Maggie. With the debut of her 20th novel, IN THE PRINCE’S BED, Sabrina recently premiered a new series, The Royal Brotherhood. Though she was born in New Orleans and lived there for nineteen years, she now lives in North Carolina with her husband and son, where she writes full-time. You can learn more about her books athttp://www.sabrinajeffries.com.
My fiction writing inspiration started with workshops for writers that were offered through the Women’s Studies program at the University of New Orleans. After I retired from the university
a few years ago, I began studying fiction writing because stories had been crowding my mind for a while. I grew up, and still am, an avid reader of mystery novels, romantic suspense, historical
romance and action thrillers.
Before Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans upside down, I was in a writers’ group that was instrumental in showing me many of the resources for writers, on-line classes, and the Romance Writers of America. I joined the local chapter, SOLA, and have learned so much. My first fiction publication is The Red Halter Top, released by Soul Mate Publishing in April, 2013. It’s a steamy novella in contemporary romantic fiction.
I welcome contact through Facebook or my website. http://aliceakemp.com
A former television arts and entertainment reporter, Mrs. Kopfler has also hosted a home-and-garden show, and her writing has appeared in Louisiana Gardner. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University and currently resides in Houma, LA, with her husband and two children, who are featured prominently in her latest work. In-laws, Outlaws, Friends and Foes is a southern collection centered on disagreeable teenagers, drunken dogs, and the problematic tanning process among other things. She is also a 2012 Golden Heart Finalist for her manuscript Better Dead.
“Words have always fascinated me, even before I could read them,” says Sandra Landry. That fascination with words led her to an obsession with reading and a deep interest in foreign languages. It took her from her native country of Brazil to study in England and finally to reside in the USA where she has adopted New Orleans as her home, English as her language, and writing as her career.
Sandra Landry’s debut novel, A Perfect Love (Jove), met with rave reviews and won the Golden Quill for Best First Book, was a finalist of the Holt Medallion and Booksellers’ Best. Her second novel, The Wishing Chalice, (Berkley Sensation), was released in February 2004. Both novels are time travels set in medieval England.
Janet Foret Lococo
Janet Foret Lococo, a full-blooded Cajun and lifelong resident of south Louisiana is a retired registered nurse turned writer! This mother of three, and grandmother of one, took up writing after retiring in January of 2001. Since then, she has self-published three humorous autobiographies: Cajun Woman: Pure and Simple; Cajun Bride: Venus and Mars Collide; and Cajun Mom: The Witch and the Kids. Janet’s very first novel, Lost Innocence, was released in October 2009, eight weeks before her 74th birthday. The sequel, Guilty Pleasure, was released in October of 2010. “I thought writing the autobiographies was fun. But I have found my niche—and even more fun—writing romantic fiction.”
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than 35 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award, Erin is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.
Ann Morris (aka Caryn Carter), native New Orleanian and resident of Lacombe, LA, began writing romance novels in 1999. In 2002, her short story, The Reunion was published in the Just in Time Anthology and was singled out in Romantic Times as one of the reviewer’s personal favorites. Since that time, Ann has published six full length novels, two novellas (under the Caryn Carter pseudonym) and several short stories. Ann’s latest publications are the first two books of The Whitcombe Legacy trilogy, The Vampire Julian, Book One and The Vampire Jerome, Book Two. Book Three of the trilogy is expected in late 2011.
Former “game show lawyer” and USA Today best-selling author Hailey North describes herself as a “free spirit and a believer in happy endings.” She’s been penning stories set in her adopted hometown of New Orleans and the fictional town of Doolittle, Arkansas, since the mid 90’s. Bedroom Eyes, her first release, was hailed by the Detroit Free Press as “one of 1998’s top ten romances” and Love: Undercover, her June 2004 romantic comedy, is “just the book to give your spirits a lift,” according to Romantic Times. Look for any one of Hailey’s romantic comedies: Love Undercover, Opposites Attract, Tangled Up in Love, Dear Love Doctor, Perfect Patch, Pillow Talk, and Bedroom Eyes. http://www.haileynorth.com
I first discovered the love of reading in the third grade when I climbed onto a kitchen chair and searched the titles on the spines of book after book in my mother’s “library”. She was a devoted fan of Hemingway, Kipling and many other classics. I read them all and discovered reading was more than See Jane Run. Then someone told me my first ghost story. I was hooked. More about my books can be found at CJParker.net.
Described by Publishers Weekly as “a consummate storyteller,” Candice Proctor is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series set in Regency England and written under the name C.S. Harris. As C.S. Graham, she also writes contemporary thrillers with coauthor Steven Harris. Under her own name she is the author of seven award-winning historical romances, as well as a nonfiction history on the ideology of gender roles in the French Revolution. A former academic with a PhD in history, Candice spent much of her life overseas, living in half a dozen countries on four continents before moving to her mother’s native New Orleans . Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available worldwide. Visit the author at www.csharris.net and www.csgrahambooks.com
Shauna Roberts, PhD, writes fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction. She has published several short stories and a novel. Like Mayflies in a Stream (Hadley Rille Books, 2009), is a historical novel with romantic elements set in ancient Mesopotamia. She is a 2009 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Previously, she was a biomedical writer and editor for 24 years. Her book The Commonsense Guide to Weight Loss for People with Diabetes(American Diabetes Association, 1998), co-authored with Barbara Caleen Hansen, won two awards for medical writing. You can learn more about her athttp://www.ShaunaRoberts.com.
A native of south Louisiana , Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University . After earning her Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University , Farrah decided to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a published novelist.
Her debut novel, DELIVER ME, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah a 2008 Emma Award nomination for Debut Author of the Year. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading and surfing the Internet. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by attending New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons. Learn more about Farrah and her books atwww.farrahrochon.com.
Viola Russell is the pseudonym of a New Orleans writer who teaches English by day and writes at night. She is the author of LOVE AT WAR, set during WWII and of PIRATE WOMAN, the life of Grace O’Malley, set in 1500s Ireland. Red Rose has also acquired the rights to BURIED TRUTHS, originally published by Sapphire Blue Publishing. Viola also is waiting edits for two more manuscripts. She is always writing another.
June Shaw of Thibodaux represents Louisiana on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s southwest chapter, which includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. She sold three books in a series of mysteries that were well received, includingRelative Danger, Killer Cousins, and Deadly Reunion. Recently she published NORA 102 ½: A Lesson on Aging Well, a book about her amazing mom that can help almost anyone getting older.
June has written for The Writer magazine. Two of her one-act plays were produced Off-Off Broadway, and one of them placed first in a contest in Boston. A short screenplay she wrote aired on Cox TV’s Channel for the Arts. Currently she writes novels exclusively and loves being surrounded by her friends and large family and cheering for her beloved N.O. Saints.
When Robin Wells sold her first romance novel in 1995, her family celebrated at a Chinese restaurant. Robin’s fortune cookie read, “Romance moves you in a new direction.” And it certainly has! Robin has since written fourteen critically acclaimed novels that have been translated into fifteen languages. Her books have won two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Golden Heart Award, the Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion and have reached Number One on Waldenbooks’ Top Ten Bestseller List.
Ursula Whistler is a transplant and uses her new hometown of New Orleans and its denizens for inspiration. Saints and sinners abound in this river city. She loves writing about the ups and downs of relationships when she’s not taking advantage of all the Crescent City has to offer with her husband, three kids, and two white shepherds. Her first release, Party Favors, is with Cobblestone Press, and she followed those up with Behaving Badly at The Wild Rose Press and Basically Bad from Rebel Ink Press.
Visit her at UrsulaWhistler.com to see her stories and her blog.
Mary Lou Widmer
Mary Lou Widmer is a teacher/novelist/historian whose first book, Night Jasmine, published by Dell, is presently under option for movie rights. Her second, Lace Curtain, released by Berkley, was awarded the Caomnoir Award, presented annually to a “keeper” of Irish traditions in America. She and her partner Joan Garvey wrote and released Beautiful Crescent, A History of New Orleans.
Between 1989 and 2000, Mary Lou wrote five hard-cover nostalgia books for Pelican Publishing, entitled New Orleans in the Twenties, Thirties, Forties, Fifties, and Sixties. Her latest work, again with Garvey, isLouisiana, the First 300 Years, released in 2001.
Mary Lou is a member of Daughters of 1812 and Louisiana Colonials, having certified her descent from ancestors living in Louisiana before 1803. She is the past president of SOLA. She lives with her husband Al in the City Park section of the town. She has two grown children and four grandchildren.
Karen Young is the international bestselling author of 38 novels. She has more than 10 million books in print and is the recipient of the coveted RITA award from Romance Writers of America and the Career Achievement and Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times magazine. She is known as “a spellbinding storyteller who writes with sensitivity about issues facing contemporary women.”
Karen’s career in writing fiction for women has run the gamut from traditional romance to mystery thrillers to inspirational fiction. In her relationship-driven plots, she creates characters that could easily be her readers, and then places them in extraordinary circumstances while adding suspense to the mix.
For more information, visit http://www.KarenYoung.net.