Jeff Adams started writing fiction in middle school and hasn't stopped since. Hat Trick is his first novel. Jeff lives in New York City with his husband, Will. He plays hockey with the New York City Gay Hockey Association and writes about the Detroit Red Wings for PuckBuddys.com. When he’s not writing or playing hockey, you might find him in a theater because he loves musicals, plays and dance.
Sara Alva is a former small-town girl currently living in big-city LA with a husband, two cats, and an avocado tree. She recently discovered—after a year in her house—that she also has a fig tree in her backyard, which might mean she needs to get out more. But sometimes the stories waiting to be told demand more attention, and when she puts fingers to keyboard, it’s usually to write about journeys of self-discovery, heartache, personal growth, friendship and love. When she isn’t writing, she’s teaching or dancing. For more information, free short stories and news on upcoming releases, visit Sara’s website at http://saraalva.com/.
John H. Ames
John H. Ames was born in El Salvador, Central America. He currently lives in Belize and began writing in 2008. After posting his writing online and receiving positive feedback, he completed several full-length novels under his pen name, John Henry Ames. His debut novel, Surviving Elite High is a story that chronicles the life of a gay sixteen-year-old boy as he makes his way through life as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school, where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies.
John Amory is from New Jersey, yet is somehow not involved in the mob. He is part Italian, though. He has BA and MA degrees in English and can sometimes be found teaching composition to college students. If you don’t find him there, check Starbucks. A Christmas Caroler is his first YA publication, though he has several adult short stories available.
A Christmas Caroler
Eric Arvin resides in the same sleepy Indiana river town where he grew up. He graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelors in History. He has lived, for brief periods, in Italy and Australia. He has survived brain surgery and his own loud-mouthed personal demons. Eric is the author of THE REST IS ILLUSION, SUBSURDITY, SUBURBILICIOUS, SIMPLE MEN, and various other sundry and not-so-sundry writings. He intends to live the rest of his days with tongue in cheek and eyes set to roam.
Josh Aterovis has published four books in the Killian Kendall mystery series. His first book, Bleeding Hearts, introduced gay teen sleuth Killian Kendall, and won several awards, including the Whodunit Award from the StoneWall Society. He followed up by winning the Whodunit Award again the following year for Reap the Whirlwind. The third book in the series, All Lost Things, was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Awards for Gay Mystery. The Truth of Yesterday is fourth in the series. Aterovis was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where his books are set. He now lives in Baltimore, MD.
J. Leigh Bailey
J. Leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well, everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She's a firm believer that everyone, no matter their race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending. She loves the paranormal, and prefers it when the princes are evil, the monsters are good and the endings are happy.
She wrote her first story at seven which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told that the character's name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.
Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.
Lee Bantle lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn in a sunny apartment where he does his writing. His novel, David Inside Out, is set in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he grew up and went to college. In addition to being a writer, he is a lawyer who represents employees in race, gender, disability and sexual orientation discrimination lawsuits. His law firm, Bantle & Levy LLP, is located in Greenwich Village. Bantle got his B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and his law degree from New York University.
David-Matthew Barnes is the award-winning author of the novels Mesmerized, Swimming to Chicago, Accidents Never Happen, Ambrosia, The Jetsetters, and Wonderland. Barnes wrote and directed the coming-of-age film Frozen Stars, which received worldwide distribution. He is the author of over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. Barnes is the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. In addition, he's received the Carrie McCray Literary Award, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and earned double awards for poetry and playwriting in the World AIDS Day Writing Contest. Barnes is on the faculty of the Spalding University brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program where he mentors students in playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults. He lives in the city of Denver.
Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since.
Krissy Bells was born and raised in the Detroit metro area. A former school secretary, she now spends her days as a stay-at-home mom. She is passionate about her family and friends, her Dachshund named Harry, and anything topped with cheese or chocolate. Krissy can be contacted at email@example.com. Thank you for reading!
Sally Bosco has a fascination with gender: the perceptions we have, the attitudes people have toward those who don’t fit into the usual categories, and the feelings we have about our own genders. She is inexplicably drawn toward the Uncanny, the shades of gray between the light and dark, the area where your mind hovers as you’re falling off to sleep. She loves writing young adult fiction because she strongly relates to teenage angst, the search for self-identity and the feelings of being an outsider. Her published novels include Death Divided (written with Lynn Hansen), The Werecat Chronicles, and her newest book (and thesis novel), Cevin’s Deadly Sin, the story of a hetero teen cross-dresser struggling to make it through his senior year in a small Florida town. She has also been published in Many Genres, One Craft, Small Bites, Hazard Yet Forward, and Cellar Door anthologies. She has an MFA degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
J.L. Bowen fell in love with the paranormal at a young age. She grew up watching the supernatural movies — The Exorcist (the movie she's still to chicken to watch), The Amityville Horror and JAWS (loves the first two). Now, she is hooked on the series, Supernatural, and loves the Winchesters! She loves to still go on haunted tours and her favorites have been in London, especially Jack the Ripper. Her books are based on demons (not the possessing kind), but teens struggling with coming to who they are, accepting themselves.
Michael J. Bowler
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in San Rafael, California. He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount and another master's in Special Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films. A few of these masterpieces (LOL) are “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead” and “Things II.” These films are often unintentionally funny, but the reviews are intentionally snarky and hilarious. Checking out the reviews is much more fun than watching the movies. He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for a number of years, both general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from qualified areas like English and Strength Training to he-doesn’t-know-what-he’s-doing-but-was-forced-to-teach-these-subjects-anyway areas like Algebra and Biology. (Oh, well, he and the students had fun, anyway.)
He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a long-time volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state. Sadly, he knows far too many youth in prison. While some people tour the California Mission system on their summer vacations, he often tours the California prison system visiting these throwaway kids, reminding them they are not and never will be forgotten. He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.
Samantha Boyette has been a big reader since she was just a kid. She had a few forays into writing back then, but nothing serious until college. There she developed a love for fanfiction that eventually led to trying her hand at it. Her first original novel was a 200,000 word epic fantasy that has yet to see the light of day. She began work on the Guardian of Morning series as a way to deal with a close friend's stints in and out of rehab, but it soon became more than that. It became clear that this could be the fantasy series with a lesbian main character that she had yearned for as a teenager. After many rewrites the first book, Morning Rising, was released. When not writing, she works in the wine industry. She lives with her wife of two years and three adorable but annoying cats.
When Barry’s first collection of stories was read aloud by his second grade teacher, the author hid in the bathroom. As the years flew by, he wrote more, hid less (not really), and branched out to Super 8 films and cassette tape recorders. Barry’s audience—consisting solely of friends and family—were both amused and bemused. Since those childhood days, Barry has earned degrees in English and French from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Tinseltown, a Finalist in the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, is Barry’s first novel. His stories, novels and teleplays have won awards, including a 2008 Pushcart Prize nomination; 3rd Place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) literary contest and finalist status in the 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012 PNWA contests; 3rd Place in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and finalist status in the Winter 2010 WILDSound Screenplay competition. When not embroiled in his own writing, Barry sips wine, nibbles on chocolate, and watches films and TV—both the classic and the cheesy. (Mmm…cheese!)
Tina is an early school leaver who used to be thrown out of class for laughing too much. She's an unschooler at heart and an ungraduate who made her own education in life, she thanks everyone she's ever met, they all taught her something. She landed on Earth in Karlskoga, Sweden, 1969 and has tried to adjust ever since. Tina's writing takes her off the beaten track and the best writing advice she ever got was, write what you want to find out more about. She lives in Dublin, Ireland with her non-traditional family.
Stacey Pierce aka Coffey Brown, social worker, has been interested in writing for many years. She’s planning on publishing both fiction and non-fiction books in various genres hence the pen name. Born and raised in upstate New York, she currently resides in North Carolina with her partner of thirteen years. BrookLyn’s Journey is her first novel.
Louis Flint Ceci
Louis Flint Ceci’s poetry has been published in Colorado North Review, and his short stories and essays in Diseased Pariah News. His autobiographical short story, “The Tree and the Cross,” appears in the anthology Queer and Catholic, edited by Amie M. Evans and Trebor Healey (Routledge, 2008). He is a former high school speech and English teacher, and a former college professor of Journalism and Mass Communications. An avid swimmer, he has competed in the past two Gay Games and won three third place medals at the 2007 IGLA Tournoi International de Paris. He won the Gold Medal in the Poetic Justice poetry slam at the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney.
Michael Chulsky started writing in the fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. When not writing, he enjoys watching anime or playing video games. He currently lives in the heart of New Jersey with his fiancé of four years and a sassy cat who thinks she runs the place.
Ashley Chunell is a Romance and GLBT author. Ashley grew up in Boston and has been writing her entire life. After penning numerous song lyrics, poems and short stories, she went on to write various articles and fan fictions, gaining much writing experience and grammar knowledge. After writing about the things and people she loved, it wasn’t long until Ashley created her own characters and wrote and published her debut novel “Masterpiece” in November 2012, at the young age of 18. In July 2013, Ashley published her second novel and first GLBT book “A Melody in Harmony.” Ashley is a strong supporter of the organizations Stand Up 2 Cancer, NOH8 Campaign, Charity Water and R-Word.
Heavily influenced by George Romero movies and bad, poorly dubbed anime, David Colby decided to start writing almost twelve years ago. It went poorly. But despite these early setbacks, David continued to work and write and send out submissions until someone was mad enough to accept him. Currently living with his parents, David has a BA in English and a desire to use it. He splits his time between writing, running a weekly D&D game and being a crossing guard.
Jax Cordoba grew up learning the gift of gab from his Irish family, and soon turned his talent of weaving oral tales to writing silly stories. After college, a journalism degree with a minor in computer science led, with a surprising twist, into software design. A few years later, Jax returned to his silly stories, hoping to provide inspiration, and maybe a chuckle or two, to the younger generation struggling with bullies and all the other nasties of the world. He promises, hang on, it gets better.
Amanda Corlies escaped her life as a professional zookeeper to search for wilder adventures. Though she loves to travel, she enjoys creating her own worlds as a writer of LGBT, young adult, science fiction and fantasy. By day, she runs an animal care and pet sitting service where she has been dubbed the official spoiler of dogs. By night, she dreams up tales of extraordinary circumstances. A visual artist as well, Amanda is happiest painting pictures. She paints with colors almost as often as she paints with words. The one thing that ties all of her creations together is her love of animals. Environmental themes typically run throughout her work. You can take the girl out of the zoo, but some gates aren't meant to be left open. Amanda is proud to be an author for The Ravens Crossing (TRC), a serialized, online, young adult adventure that provides free and affordable stories about diverse characters to people of all ages. Free stories post at TRC six days a week. You can find Amanda on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
Andrew Demcak is an award-winning poet and novelist whose work has been widely published and anthologized both in print and on-line, and whose books have been featured by The American Library Association, Verse Daily, The Lambda Literary Foundation, The Best American Poetry blog, The Nervous Breakdown, and Poets/Artists. His first Young Adult (YA) novel, GHOST SONGS, was published March 13, 2014 by Harmony Ink Press. His first literary novel, If There's A Heaven Above, was published January 5, 2013 by JMS Books. His fourth book of poetry, Night Chant, was published by Lethe Press, 2011. His other poetry books are: A Single Hurt Color, GOSS 183::Casa Menendez Press, 2010, Zero Summer, BlazeVOX [Books], NY, 2009 and his first poetry book, Catching Tigers in Red Weather, three candles press, 2007, that was selected by Joan Larkin to win the Three Candles Press Open Book Award. He was a 2010 Finalist for The Crazyhorse Poetry Award. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Lambda Award, Thom Gunn Poetry Award, both the California and Northern California Book Awards, Best of the Web, and others. He has an M. F. A. in English/Creative Writing from St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA.
Contact Info: Twitter: @andrewdemcak
Other: PW Profile: http://www.pw.org/content/andrew_demcak
Alexandra Diaz is a Cuban-American spending her time between Bath, England, Santa Fe, NM, and the rest of the world. She has an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and has led various workshops since she was fourteen. As a result of being homeschooled for most of high school, she’s fascinated by teenage school life and the drama that occurs in those quarters. One of the reasons she writes is to experience life in someone else’s shoes. She is a “jenny of all trades” having worked as a nanny, teacher, film extra, tour guide, and dairy goat judge (seriously) among several other jobs. In addition to traversing the world, she enjoys hiking, swing dancing, and performing circus arts.
Ingrid Diaz is a Puerto Rican author living in the wilds of France. She likes to dabble in all forms of creative expression. Singing loudly and off-key is one of her favorite ways to get in trouble with the neighbors. She watches too much television – but she tells people it’s for “research.” Once upon a time, she was a professional blogger and wrote across the web on various topics. People gave her money for this and she spent it all on adult entertainment. By adult entertainment she doesn't mean porn. She means video games, movies and TV shows. She walks a fine line between “old soul” and “flailing 13-year-old.”
Sarah is a lesbian YA author and storyteller who writes about courageous young ladies who love other ladies. She makes jewelry out of words and wire and loves her wife more than anything, ever. She randomly sparkles. Her first novel, THE DARK WIFE--a YA, lesbian retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth--is out now. She writes lesbian fantasy and science fiction as Elora Bishop.
Brian Dockins began his writing career at the age of six, when he “published” his first book, which consisted of a collection of notebook pages bound together with contact paper. All throughout childhood, he could be seen either reading or writing. As a teenager, he began designing the fantasy world that would later become Andaloria. After numerous drafts and rewrites, he finally pulled the trigger in 2011 and published his first book. That book would become the first of many in the series, DOMA: Department of Magic. Currently, he spends his time with his loving partner and three incredible dogs, while continuing to work on the next installment of the DOMA series.
Amy was raised in Derbyshire, England. She attended Keele University and graduated in 2007 with a BSc in Philosophy and Psychology. After graduating she worked for a while with vulnerable young people. She is currently setting up her own speech writing business and concentrating on her writing. She is married to her beautiful wife, Lou. They have two gorgeous cats and a mischievous dog.
Contact Info: Twitter: @giftofthegaborg
Eli Easton has been at various times and under different names a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fanfiction writer, an organic farmer, and a dog rescuer. She is now happily embarking on yet another incarnation, this time as an m/m romance and YA author.
As an avid reader, she is blown away when an author manages to combine literary merit, laugh out loud humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows, and six chickens.
James Erich has had a passion for young adult fiction since he was a teenager himself. In his high school and college years, he was saddened to see how few positive stories with gay protagonists there were, but is delighted to see that changing. Though he has previously published adult titles under another pen name, James recently joined the ranks of YA novelists, with the publication of his first YA novel, “Seiðman.” He is openly gay and lives with his husband and their black Lab, Kumar, the Mighty Duck Hunter (who has never actually caught a duck, but has high hopes) in the small town of Raymond, NH.
Jeff Erno began writing LGBT fiction in the late 1990s. Although an avid reader and amateur writer from a very young age, Jeff pursued a career as a retail store manager in Northern Michigan. When his first gay-themed novel was published, he was shocked that anyone would even want to read it. Four years later, he writes full time and has published fifteen novels. Jeff now lives in Southern Michigan, where he resides with his pure-white cat Gandalf. Jeff's writing credits include a variety of themes and sub-genres including male romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction, erotica, and BDSM. He is the winner of a 2012 Rainbow Award and an honorable mention in 2011. His style is unpretentious and focused upon emotionally-driven, character-based stories that touch the heart. Jeff is especially passionate about young adult literature and combating teen bullying and youth suicide.
Jere' M. Fishback
Jere' is a Florida native, a former journalist, news editor and trial attorney. He's a graduate of the College of Journalism at University of Florida, and the Florida State University College of Law.
He lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast, on a barrier island west of Tampa, with his partner, Greg.
He began writing fiction during 2003, after he retired. He writes novels, novellas and short fiction. He's also written a memoir piece titled Hydrangeas. It chronicles a period in his childhood, when he lived with his grandparents. It will appear in Home Grown, a collection of works by native Floridians. The book will be published by University Press at University of Florida, in mid-2012.
J.S. Frankel was born in Toronto a rather long time ago and moved to Japan when he was in his mid-twenties in order to teach English to anyone who would listen to him. In 1997 he married the charming Akiko Koike and they decided to make their home in Japan for good. Currently, Frankel and his family live in Osaka where he teaches English by day and writes until the wee hours of the morning. His specialty is Young Adult fiction, and Twisted is his first novel—a gender switch—and deals with sexual identity as well as the concept of finding love with that special someone no matter what form they inhabit or what they look like. He is also the author of the upcoming Lindsay Versus the Marauders which will be released in July of this year.
While growing up in Kentucky, Sara Gaines could never find books she could identify with and get lost in. So, rather than hoping for them, she eventually decided to write the stories she always wanted to read.
Until she graduated from Oberlin College in 2012, she found time to write between practices and classes. Since then, she moved to Kunshan, China where she now finds time to write between meetings and trying new food.
John Goode is a member of the class of '88 from Hogwarts school of wizardry, specializing in incantations and spoken spells. At the age of 14 he proudly represented District 13 in the 65th Panem games where he was disqualified for crying uncontrollably before the competition began. After that he moved to Forks, Washington where, against all odds, dated the hot, incredibly approachable werewolf instead of the stuck up jerk of a vampire but was crushed when he found out the werewolf was actually gayer than he was. After that he turned down the mandatory operation everyone must receive at 16 to become pretty, citing that everyone pretty were just too stupid to live before moving away for greener pastures. After falling down an oddly large rabbit hole he became huge when his love for cakes combined with his inability to resist what sparsely worded notes commanded and was finally kicked out when he began playing solitaire with the Red Queen's 4th armored division. By 18 he had found the land in the back of his wardrobe but decided that thinly veiled religious allegories were not the neighbors he desired. When last seen he had become obsessed with growing a pair of wings after becoming obsessed with Fang's blog and hasn't been seen since. Or he is this guy who lives in this place and writes stuff he hopes you read.
Emily has been making up stories since before she could properly speak and has progressed from talking about them, to writing them, to finally typing and publishing them. She writes the kind of stories she likes reading, and is always gratified and mildly surprised to find other people enjoy reading them too. As well as writing stories about men who fancy each other, she enjoys knitting, listening to glam rock, and doing yoga (although not all at the same time).
Storm Grant is a writer of short and long tales, her work spanning both genres and genders. Storm's stories offer titillation and merriment, and in a few cases, horror. In the last few years, she’s published with MLR, Torquere, Phaze, Blood Bound Books, eXessica, Amber Quill, and Riptide Publishing. Storm is a board member of the Toronto chapter of the RWA, a member of the FF&P chapter, and a founding member of the Rainbow Romance Writers chapter. Her business degree has seen much use over the three decades she’s spent working in marketing and administration. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and a miscellany of rescued pets and a rather messy house.
I've been writing since I could put words together. Early stories were about dolls and horses and kids who surmounted the odds and came home with a kitten. Gradually I learned about punctuation and point-of-view and my characters grew up. But real life came along, with forays into psychology and teaching and then a biomedical career and children. Writing happened in my head, for my own amusement, but didn't make it to paper. Then several years ago, my husband gave me a computer. And my two girls were getting older and developing their own interests. So I sat down and typed out a story. Or two. Or three. Now I have adult novels published, and my love of Young Adult fiction has led me to Featherweight, and the chance to share some of my YA stories. I currently write constantly, read obsessively, and share my home with my younger teenager, my amazingly patient husband, and a crazy, omnivorous little white dog. I can be found at my author page here on Goodreads, and look forward to sharing many more stories with YA readers in the future. My first published YA story, Intervention, came out from Featherweight on January 1st 2012, and my second, The Benefit of Ductwork, will come out on January 5th. Both are part of the Helping Hands line of books with the profits going to LGBT charities.
Brent Hartinger is an author, teacher, playwright, and screenwriter. Geography Club, the first book in his Lambda Award-winning Russel Middlebrook Series, is now a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula, Ana Gasteyer, and Nikki Blonsky. In 1990, Brent helped found one of the world's first gay teen support groups, in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. In 2005, he co-founded the gay entertainment website AfterElton.com, which was sold to MTV/Viacom in 2006. Read more by and about Brent, or contact him at brenthartinger.com.
Stephani Hecht is a happily married mother of two. Born and raised in Michigan, she loves all things about the state, from the frigid winters to the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. Go Wings! You can usually find her snuggled up to her laptop, creating her next book or gorging on caffeine at her favorite coffee shop.
Annameekee Hesik came out when she was fifteen and has since been obsessed with rainbows. After successfully surviving high school in Tucson, AZ, she went to college for six years and changed her major five times. She earned her BA in English Lit from UC Davis and her MA in Education from UC Santa Cruz. She is thrilled she finally decided to become a high school English teacher (with a background in Anthropology, American Sign Language, World History, and Environmental Biology). When she isn’t helping students learn to enjoy literature or dressing up as the Super Recycler or Grammar Police, she spends her time in Santa Cruz, CA, walking her dogs, napping in her hammock, riding bikes with her wife, slurping down mocha shakes, and writing books that she hopes will help lesbian and questioning teens feel like they’re not the only you-know-who girls in the world.
Elise Himes graduated with a BA in Asian History and a TESOL certification. She had spent the last three years teaching in South Korea. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, talks to her pet finches as if they were people, and reading tons of books. She also happens to be a transwoman and her novel was inspired by her life.
Lee Houck was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His debut novel, Yield, was the winner of Project QueerLit 2008, and was published by Kensington Books in September 2010.
His writing appears in anthologies published in the U.S. and Australia, and in two limited-edition chapbooks: Collection (essays, 2006) and Warnings (poems, 2009). His other work includes original pieces for theater seen in Vermont, Tennessee and in New York City, art installations for the Musée de Monoian, and poetry in the Magnetic Poetry Calendar. He is currently at work on a new novel, and blogs at GrammarPiano.com.
Jayson James is the author of Finding Our Way and Tormented Discovery. Jayson has been writing stories for years and after several friends encouraged him, he published his first book. Much to his surprise, the book sold. After several fans and friends requesting, Jayson wrote the second of what will be three books with the characters from Finding Our Way. Jayson graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor's degree in education. He was born and raised in Washington State, where he currently lives and teaches. Jayson's interests beyond writing include reading a variety of books, watching movies and drawing.
A shy little bee looked inside a window. There she saw a gathering of people, laughing, cheering, speaking to each other. They were more beautiful and all bigger in size, and their clothes were of attractive paintings of rich colors and patterns. The bee only had yellow and black stripes painted on her body. After some time, she felt determined. The bee set aside her hesitation and built her courage. She would get to know those fascinating people. She knew she could. Her heart told her so. And so the bee fluttered her tiny wings. She started in the direction of the window, single-mindedly. BAM! She realized only too late that the window had a thick layer of glass. Iyana lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. She teaches English and writes m/m adult and young adult stories.
Jay Jordan Hawke
Jay Jordan Hawke spent way too much time in college and holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in history, as well as a second master’s in Outdoor Education. He loves everything sci-fi, especially Star Trek, and hopes to be on the first starship out of here. In the meantime, he teaches high school full time and anxiously awaits the day when he can write full time. His hobbies include camping, reading, running, writing, and attending powwows. He resides in one of the Great Lakes states near the capital of Tecumseh’s confederacy. Jay Hawke loves to interact with fans through social media.
Sam Kadence has always dreamed about being someone else, somewhere else. With very little musical talent, Sam decided the only way to make those dreams come true was to try everything from cosplay at the local anime conventions to writing novels about pretending to run away to become a musician.
Sam has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing, sells textbooks for a living, and enjoys taking photographs of Asian Ball Joint Dolls to tell more stories.
Eleanor Keane is the author of The Breathing Ghosts and The Blood Witching- two dark vampire fantasy novels aimed at young adults, and the accompanying short story collection, The Ghosts' Feast. All have strong alternative LGBT characters- including a host of out and proud lesbian vampires and very gay werewolves- and are available to buy as ebooks from Amazon and Amazon.co.uk. Eleanor has written previously for For Books' Sake, Mookychick.com, Vampire Review and for the Feminist Library, London (UK,) and has also given numerous readings from The Breathing Ghosts, including at Westminster Reference Library, London (with the poets and authors Sophia Blackwell and Roz Kaveney) Freedom Press Anarchist Bookshop and the Feminist Library, also in London (with the author Liam Livings.) She has previously been interviewed for Dark Gothic Resurrected ezine (Summer 2013 issue) and for Nyx Book Reviews. She is also a feminist.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, C. Kennedy doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Kennedy contemplates such weighty questions as: If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Kennedy can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject. Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories. Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology. Contact Mia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From palace-hopping across the Rajasthan Desert to sleeping in train stations in Bulgaria, from spinning prayer-wheels in Kathmandu to exploring the skull-gated graveyards of the indigenous Balinese tribes, Geoffrey Knight has been a traveller ever since he could scrape together enough money to buy a plane ticket. Born in Melbourne but raised and educated in countless cities and towns across Australia, Geoffrey was a nomadic boy who grew into a nomadic gay writer. When he’s not travelling the world, Geoffrey is travelling the world of his imagination—where the adventures, thrills and romance are limitless.
He currently owns his own advertising and design agency in Sydney, Australia, and can't wait to buy his next plane ticket—whether it’s real or imaginary.
Hannah Kollef was born on the anniversary of Genghis Khan's death. She believes this is responsible for her poor table manners and love of pillaging. Hannah earned her BA in Japanese and Political Science at Washington and Lee University. Upon graduating, she decided to pursue writing and published her first novel, "To Wake the Shadows." In October 2012 she published the first in her new Paths series, titled "Path of Needles." She also launched her new website, hannahkollef.com, a multimedia collaboration with input from a variety of talented musicians and artists. In addition to her novels, Hannah has been published in various magazines including In General magazine and Hometown Quarterly. She also works as a freelance copywriter, editor, and social media consultant for several small businesses. She lives close to New York City.
Bill lives in just outside of Phoenix with his longtime partner, Chuck. They have an Australian Labradoodle named Mabel, who completes them. She also can jump very high and head a ball like a champion soccer player. Bill is now a full-time writer of fiction, which is his dream job. Except when it makes him crazy and impossible to live with, which is about 36 percent of the time. Before Bill was a fiction writer, he was a sports writer. He covered the New York Mets and his weekly fantasy baseball column appeared in newspapers across the country, from the New York Daily News to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In May of 2001, while working for ESPN.com, he came out on the front page of the website in an article entitled "Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays." That article won him a GLAAD Media Award the following year. Since then, he has spoken at numerous venues across the country on what it's like to be a gay person in the world of sports. He has written for The New York Times, New York Daily News, North Jersey Herald and News and Denver Post, to name a few.
Nastasha is a book-crazy 21-year-old college student majoring in accounting at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. She developed a love for books in the early grades, and by the time she reached junior high she was writing. She still remembers that it was December 24th, 2004 when her first serious attempt at novel writing began. She still holds a fondness for her first characters, but she has since put them to rest. In 2007, while in 11th grade, she began writing what would become the first novel she was truly serious about – The Angel, which was published in May 2010.
Amy Lane has four children, two cats, an aging dog, a crumbling mortgage and an indulgent spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance--and if you give her enough diet coke and chocolate, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.
Geoff Laughton grew up very near the locations he writes about. Raised in western Michigan, he attended high school outside Muskegon and Ludington. After college Geoff moved a lot, traveled a lot, and ended up living at one time on both coasts. He currently works for a major corporation and writes in his spare time. Together with his partner of almost twenty years, Geoff still travels, collects antiques, read all kinds of old crap, and loves to get his hands dirty in the garden. He currently lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Kate Larkindale is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand after having spent a lifetime travelling the globe. A cinema manager, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found hanging out near the espresso machine. Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others. She has written eight contemporary YA novels, five of which other people are allowed to see. She has also written one very bad historical romance. She is currently working on a new YA novel that is still looking for a title other than its Twitter hashtag, #juvvielesbian.
Jennifer Lavoie lives in Connecticut in the same city she grew up in. While growing up, she always wanted to be a writer or a teacher and briefly debated a career in marine biology. The only problem with that was she’s deathly afraid of deep water. Starting during a holiday season as temporary help, she worked in a bookstore for six years and made it all the way up to assistant manager before she left to take a job teaching. Jennifer has her bachelor’s degree in secondary English education and found a job in her town teaching middle school students. Along with another teacher and a handful of students, Jennifer started the first Gay-Straight Alliance at the school. She is also active in other student clubs and enjoys pairing students with books that make them love to read.
Andi Lea spends most of her time making up stuff that isn't real. Growing up near the beach, between Disneyland and Hollywood provided Andi many adventures which inspire her writing. She also likes to do things out of order, doing the mom-thing while she did the college-thing. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College with a degree in American Culture and Gender Studies.
As the proud parent of two LGBTQ kids she is committed to human rights activism. With the support of family and friends she co-founded The Ravens Crossing, a diverse website dedicated to young adults. Her beloved gay paranormal series, Lucas & Riley, is published there weekly. When she isn't preoccupied with crafting fantastical tales, Andi grinds coffee beans. When she isn't writing, she is reading, or indulging her obsession with all things geek.
If E.L. Doctorow was on point when he said, “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia,” J. R. Lenk is a self-confessed pretty boy severely in need of a psychological once-over.
Cursed by a height barely scraping five foot five, J. R. is a culture connoisseur. He’s a sucker for overcast skies and the smell of books, particularly good old-fashioned horror and gothic thrillers, à la Rice or Michael Cox. He enjoys a lot of things from movies about castrati to smoking cigarettes on the roof of his house, to classy sweaters and wayward glances, to successful sex hair and hobo chic. He’s an old soul with a little bit of a potty-mouth and a friends with benefits relationship with Red Bull and Microsoft Word that goes hand-in-hand with his love for Vivaldi and alternative rock in equal parts.
J. R. has been penning stories of the M/M or bisexual persuasion for years. He’s known to sometimes spontaneously burst into song, go off on twenty-minute tangents, and quote Sherlock Holmes (usually assuming the Robert Downey Jr. interpretation).
He currently lives near Pike’s Peak with his family and his one and only better half, but Seattle is his hometown and he finds himself inexplicably thinking about the West Coast every day.
David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.
Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer, and in fact, never gave it any thought during high school and college. But now she can't stop writing. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
Zoe Lynne strives to give LGBT youth stories they love with heroes they can relate to. This collaboration between authors Allison Cassatta and Bia Tanos came to life during the 2012 GayRomLit Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after hearing different publishers speak about the need for more YA LGBT fiction. Allison Cassatta had her first novel published in 2010. She has been a best-seller with anthologies voted best of the year. Her novel, Patient Privilege, made honorable mention in the 2012 Rainbow Book Awards. Bia Tanos is an award-winning author whose first book was published in 2012.
A survivor of the ex-gay residential institution The Sunshine Center, fictional author Jamie Mayfield went on to find his voice in novels. Always a great lover of books, Jamie found his passion as he began to pursue a liberal arts degree in creative writing. An avid reader, he’s a fan of gay romance, suspense, and horror—though not all in the same novel.
Jamie lives in San Diego with his fictional husband, Brian. He writes YA fiction as a way to let kids know that they have an entire LGBT family all around them. Above all, he wants them to know that they are not alone. It does get better.
Jamie Mayfield is a fictional character from the acclaimed Little Boy Lost series by female author J. P. Barnaby.
Choices (Waiting for Forever, Book One)
Ross A. McCoubrey
Ross A. McCoubrey was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. After finishing college, and beginning his full time job, he bought a home on the Bay of Fundy shore where he continues to reside. When not working he enjoys writing, camping, hiking, target shooting, and working on his truck. One Boy’s Shadow is his first novel.
Ross is using the profits from sales of One Boy's Shadow to support LGBTQ youth organizations such as The Youth Project www.youthproject.ns.ca in his home province of Nova Scotia.
Anthony McDonald studied history at Durham University. He worked very briefly as a musical instrument maker and as a farm laborer before moving into the theater, where he has worked in almost every capacity except those of Director and Electrician. His first novel, Orange Bitter, Orange Sweet, was published by Gay Men’s Press in 2001 and his second, Adam, in 2003. It became one of the best selling books GMP ever published. Adam was then republished in a new edition by BIGfib Books in 2006. Anthony McDonald's short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. He has also written the scripts for several Words and Music events, based around the lives and works of composers including Schubert and Brahms, which have been performed in Britain and in Portugal. His travel writing has appeared in the Independent newspaper. After several years of living and teaching English in France McDonald is now based based in rural East Sussex.
Tom Mendicino is graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina School of Law. His debut novel Probation (Kensington) was named a 2011 American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. His novella “Away in a Manger” appeared in the Kensington collection Remembering Christmas and his short fiction has been published in numerous anthologies. “Hello, Mary Lou” is the first book of the trilogy KC, at Bat.
KC at Bat
Walter G. Meyer
Born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, he always knew he wanted to be a writer and this desire was reinforced when in the 4th grade he won a short story contest sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly. He wrote for his elementary school paper, his high school newspaper, (turning "pro" in the 9th grade by selling his first paid work to the local newspaper), then going on to write for The Daily Collegian at Penn State.
After college, Walt moved to California to continue his freelance writing career and worked a variety of jobs in those early years to support his writing habit. He managed a racquet club, bookstore, motel, an automated drive-through grocery store, as well as doing some acting, modeling and standup comedy. He now devotes his full time to writing, business consulting, and teaching or business seminars and adult education classes.
Robbie Michaels grew up in rural upstate New York, the same setting as the beginning of The Most Popular Guy books. It was not always easy growing up thinking he was the only gay person in the world. He felt like a stranger in a very strange land for most of those years, always having to act a part, play a role, until he later met other gay folks and found out that he was not alone. He was teased and bullied when others suspected that he might be gay. But he survived those days and found that life does get better, even though at the time it sure didn’t seem possible. He wants first and foremost to tell others to hang on and to have hope for a better tomorrow. Life is a wonderful, marvelous thing to be embraced and celebrated. Don’t ever give up. You are the only you there is. You are not alone. There are many, many, many others like you out there and some day you will meet them and together you will change the world in a wonderful, positive way.
Michele L. Montgomery
Michele L. Montgomery is an American writer of GLBT fiction. Her available works include Lethal Obsession: Tony & Ryan, Lethal Obsession: Caged, Lies of Omission, DAMMIT!, and X Bar. She wrote River of Tears, a work of Contemporary fiction.
Michele runs a review site called Top 2 Bottom Reviews and also helps to run The Scarlet Letter, an online GLBTQ magazine. She lives in Colorado surrounded by the beautiful wonders of the mountains, her family, and her pets. Abby is a Golden Retriever, and Skyler is a Chesapeake Bay retriever who should have been named Linus because he drags a blanket around with him wherever he goes.
Michele has a very serious on-going relationship with her coffee pot, which keeps her company from the time she gets up until the time she goes to bed, and to fill in the gaps, she is obsessed with KitKats, Twix, and Haribo Gummy Bears.
MB Mulhall has been reading and writing since childhood; her love of stories so great it pushed her to earn a BA in Comparative Literature and Languages from Hofstra University. Wanting to share that love and inspire young writers, she also has an Elementary Education background from Georgia Court University. Currently, her full-time job is working with developmentally disabled adults, and she gets her writing time in before or after hours. She has dedicated much of her time not only to writing great stories but also to navigating social media and educating herself in the industry. She runs a successful blog sharing her writing challenges and advice with other authors. Born and raised a Jersey girl, MB is often inspired by the beauty of her state and the people who visit its shores, snapping pictures and making up stories in her head to writing down at a later date. When not writing, she’s plowing through her cascading to-be-read piles, crafting, doing her nails, or watching Doctor Who.
Short, sexy and sweet—where a little love goes a long way. That’s the best way to describe Jackie Nacht’s stories. I was introduced to M/M Romance through my sister, Stephani, and read it for years. Then, after watching my nephew come out to his peers/family and meeting amazing people at GRL in New Orleans, I thought it was time to put my own stories on paper. I began writing short and sweet stories that ended with a happily ever after…and sometimes more than one, in the case of my YA Fork in the Road series, which has interactive endings. Thinking back to my own book addiction, where there were many nights I stayed up way too late so I could read just one more chapter—yeah, right—I decided to write short romances for young adults as well as adults. Hopefully, they will give high school and college students, or working men and women something they can read during their lunch hour, in between classes or just when they want to briefly get away from the daily stresses of everyday life.
Hi, I’m Alex, a writer from England, currently living in Cambridge, working hard to finish my university degree in Spanish and Russian. My passion for writing stretches longer than my memory does. I vaguely recall sitting in my living room as a child of around four years old, writing a story about a petulant kid who would answer all of his parents’ demands with “if I have to.” It has yet to win the Pulitzer prize, but at least it amused my family. As I grew older, my subject matter ranged from talking bears with a thirst for adventure to ghost stories, fueled by my childhood love of ‘Goosebumps’ books and my own overactive imagination. I have always been an avid reader, and my own stories have been inspired by everything from the classics to contemporary cult fiction. In 2010 I was lucky enough to be granted a place to study at Cambridge University, a place steeped in history and expectation. It was after my second year here that I began work on my debut novel, Angel, loosely based on some of my own experiences in Cambridge along with my constant urge to wonder ‘what if…’ Angel was released in 2013 and is currently available in both eBook and paperback formats. As I grow older and leave university, it is my hope that I will be lucky enough to continue writing, as there are so many more themes I want to explore. My stories are driven by real life problems, youth culture and sexuality. I am a keen follower of pop culture and this also plays a big part in my writing. Ever since I was a teenager, I found pop music was able to express my own feelings in much more clarity than I could ever hope for. Music and literature are my two biggest passions, and I believe they are intrinsically linked. Aside from this, I am deeply passionate about worldwide LGBT rights and the protection of animals – both big and small.
MJ O’Shea Mj O’Shea grew up, and still lives, in sunny Washington state. She loves to visit other places but can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. She spent her childhood writing stories. Most of those were about her, her friends, and of course Leonardo DiCaprio. She hopes she's come a long way since then... When she's not writing, she love to play the piano and cook and paint pictures…and of course read. She like sparkly things, owns at least twenty different colored headbands, and has a little white and black dog who sits with her when she writes. Sometimes he comes up with ideas too…when he’s not napping.
Nora Olsen's debut novel, The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World, was published by Prizm Books in December 2010. It's the story of five LGBT teens who must travel through time to avert a nuclear war. Her next YA novel, SWANS & KLONS, is forthcoming from Bold Strokes Books' Soliloquy imprint.
Madison Parker grew up in Germany where she feasted on Gummibärchen, wandered through the woods on many a Volksmarch, and dreamed of one day living in a castle on a mountain with a boy who knew how to rock a pair of lederhosen. The Fates had other plans for her, but she’s not complaining. Although she aspired to be a writer at an early age and often wrote for fun, she pursued a career in teaching instead. Madison has a Bachelor’s and two Master’s Degrees in Mathematics and Education. She has taught both middle and high school and enjoys working with young adults. Madison has an affinity for all things geeky (read: Star Trek and TRON). Although she is extremely left-brained (logical, rational, orderly), her artistic, creative side never ceases to flail around in a desperate attempt to be noticed. Madison now spends her days reading, writing, solving math problems, and playing with her feisty German Pinscher. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, her pup, and her troop of sock monkeys. Madison began writing LGBTQ fiction to help address issues of bullying and low self-esteem among young adults. Her short story, SOCK IT TO ME, SANTA!, explores one boy’s struggle to come out in a hostile school environment. Her debut novel, PLAY ME, I’M YOURS, takes the reader on an emotional journey in search of love and self-acceptance.
Andrew J. Peters likes retold stories with a subversive twist. He is the author of The Seventh Pleiade, based on the legend of Atlantis, and the Werecat series. A former Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Andrew has written short fiction for many publications. He lives in New York City with his husband and their cat Chloë.
A native of the US Mid-Atlantic coast, Huston Piner grew up in the Stonewall generation and witnessed firsthand the ignorance and prejudice that drives the brutality and oppression against LGBT people even into today’s times. Over the years, he nurtured a talent for writing but only recently began channeling his efforts towards today’s youths. As the survivor of a closeted youth, Huston writes adventures and romances that explore the struggles gay young adults of every generation experience as they mature and face questions about their sexual orientation. My Life as a Myth is his first novel. Huston lives with his partner in Chadham, Virginia.
Benjamin Shepherd Quiñones
Benjamin Shepherd Quinones is a 20 year old, half Puerto Rican student at Lehigh University, where he studies Psychology, Biology and Spanish. From an early age, three things interested him most: science, writing, and science fiction. Some fringe interests include the color yellow, X-Men, spicy food, Latin dancing, soccer, and any animal that is not a snake. He is also very interested in battling homophobia. With all this in mind, he wrote his first novel, The Gene Pull, during his freshman year of college in the school library as a more fun and culturally productive alternative to studying for his exams. Currently, he lives in New Jersey with his loving parents, sister and two dogs, and is unsure what he wants to do after he graduates other than write.
Anthony Paull is the author of the syndicated gay dating column titled 'The Dating Diet'. Published in Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Utah, Illinois, New York, and online outlets, The Dating Diet has earned Anthony several reader's choice awards and has a readership of over 200,000. His first short story 'The Man I Love. The Man I Left' was published in Best Date Ever: True Stories That Celebrate Gay Relationships (Alyson Books). His second short, 'Love For Sale', was published in Cool Thing: The Best New Fiction from Young Gay American Writers (Running Press). Anthony's first two short films, 'The Green, Green Heart' and 'The Once and Future Me' have been featured on the North American Film Festival circuit. Recently, he directed the music video titled 'Best Text' for the electorock quartet, MeteorEYES. His debut ebook, Outtakes of A Walking Mistake, was released in October 2011.
Jo Ramsey started writing when she was five years old and hasn't stopped since. Between ages 12 and 20, she wrote twenty book-length manuscripts, longhand in spiral notebooks which now dwell in the bottom drawer of her filing cabinet. Jo's first YA novel, Reality Shift 1: Connection, was published in January 2010, followed in October 2010 by book 2: Filtration System. Jo lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, her husband, and two cats, one of whom occasionally tries to help her type.
Robin Reardon is an inveterate observer of human nature and has been writing forever — childish songs, poems, little plays. By day Robin works as a communications manager for an international financial institution, creating strategic communications approaches specializing in intranet delivery of internal communications. Interests outside of writing include singing, photography, and the study of comparative religions. Robin writes in a butter yellow study with a view of the Boston, Massachusetts skyline.
Minnesota writer Juliann Rich spent her childhood in search of the perfect climbing tree. The taller the better! A branch thirty feet off the ground was a good perch for a young girl to find herself. Seeking truth in nature and finding a unique point of view remain crucial elements in her life as well as her writing. Juliann is a PFLAG mom who can be found walking Pride parades with her son. She is also the daughter of evangelical Christian parents. As such she has been caught in the crossfire of the most heated topic to challenge our society and our churches today. She is committed to writing stories that shed light on the conflicts that arise when sexual orientation, spirituality, family dynamics and peer relationships collide. Juliann lives with her husband and their two chronically disobedient dachshunds in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley.
Born in the year of the Horse, K L Richardsson galloped onto the scene with a world in her head and a story to tell. Itinerant traveler, teacher and writer, K L is a hopeless romantic who dreams of adventure around every turn. And when she’s not off dreaming in her head, she usually resides somewhere in Southern California with her family and the cast of characters and muses that live in her brain. Someday she might write about the rest of them.
Mark A. Roeder
To know Mark, all you really need to do is read his books. He's in there. He grew up in the country in southern Indiana, near small towns that were much like the fictional Verona that appears in his books. The high school he attended was very much like Verona High School. There were no openly gay boys in his school, but there was much prejudice and hate against homosexuals. Being called "gay" or "fag" was about the worst insult that could be hurled at anyone. He lived for a while in a small town in northern Indiana that is little different from the towns near where he grew up. Verona is a composite of all these towns. It is a town that could be located just about anywhere in the U.S., not just in Indiana. A few years ago he returned to his hometown in southern Indiana. Mark is a full time writer and plans to keep on writing novels until he's no longer able to do so. There are always new characters and situations to explore. He has received a lot of letters from young and not so young gays telling him how much his books have touched them. It is for these individuals, and himself, that he writes.
J. Roman is a believer in second chances and making things happen. Recently relocated to an ivory tower in the wonderful city of Charlotte, North Carolina, she endeavors to keep everyone on their toes and get into as much trouble as possible. Not a lot has changed since high school, and many of her characters are based in whole or part around the people she grew up with. A firm believer in happily ever after, J. thinks that everyone deserves a happy ending, even if it takes a little more work for some people to get there.
Winter Sandberg grew up in a place nicknamed The Magic City, and the view from her house on the hill had her convinced the name fit perfectly for years. Spending time backstage or in music practice rooms took up a lot of Winter’s time, but hanging out with friends was truly preferred. Days after her eighteenth birthday, she headed to college not knowing how to cook. Nowadays Winter gets paid to help people solve their family problems and then comes home and writes. She happily leaves the cooking to her husband, who is also teaching their daughter that skill so she won’t have to survive on ramen noodles when she moves away from home like Winter did. Winter writes about transformative moments, exploring how characters manage to work through difficult times. How they respond may not be easy to see and is often not pretty, but they are genuine reactions to having life tipped on its edge. Coming out on the other side is where the good stuff is seen, and Winter likes to write about those moments of true growth rather than simply fading to black.
Connect with Winter Sandberg on Twitter @wintersandberg
or visit her website: http://wintersandberg.wordpress.com.
Russell J. Sanders
Russell has been an educator, a musician, an actor, a director, and now, a writer. Teaching high school, he says, is like a roller coaster ride—sometimes scary, sometimes bumpy, but always a thrill. And you get to share the ride with emerging minds and emotions. This experience gave him a unique perspective into the psyches of teenagers.
And that perspective was widened by his being a proud gay man. Each teacher sees the job through his or her own eyes; being gay (in a world that is only now finally, and slowly, accepting gay teens) let him see his students, especially his gay students, with deeper insight than his straight counterparts. And that not only made him a different kind of teacher, but it has also made him a different kind of writer.
Russell lives in Texas with his companion of many years, whom he describes as, “the wacky, supremely talented love of my life.”
Alex Sanchez is the author of the Rainbow Boys trilogy of teen novels, along with The God Box, Getting It, and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. His novel, Bait, won the 2009 Florida Book Award Gold Medal for YA fiction. Alex received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a youth and family counselor. Born in Mexico to parents of German and Cuban heritage, he currently resides in Florida and Thailand.
Beau Schemery and his robot sidekick quietly fight crime and mediocrity in northcentral Pennsylvania. Beau is attempting to complete six lifetimes in one: he’s been a comic writer/illustrator, an actor and a playwright, as well as an amateur cook and costume-maker. He enjoys sewing, reading, and playing the Xbox when he isn’t crafting exciting worlds for the characters in his brain. Beau is currently a vegetarian and hopes to grow up to be a time-traveling squirrel. He would dearly love to meet a dragon and is reasonably sure that Batman could pretty much beat anybody in a fight.
RJ Scott lives in the UK just outside London and most of her written work is published with Silver Publishing. She loves reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, her first real love will always be the world of romance. Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.
Brian Sloan is a writer and director based in NYC. He has directed two feature films, a number of shorts, and produced some other films and television shows. He's written a couple novels as well. For more info, you can check out his reel and my links to my work on his website.
K.Z. Snow has authored close to forty published shorts, novellas, and novels, with more on the way. Most of her books are only available in electronic formats, but she does have several in print -- just check Amazon. Some audiobooks might also be in the future. Although her recent work has been in m/m or gay erotic romance (her most beloved genre), she's also written m/f romance of varying heat levels as well as a dystopian thriller. K.Z. likes taking risks and mixing things up. That's why you'll find contemporaries with topical subjects, paranormals, otherworld fantasies, urban fantasies, and steampunk among her offerings. Outside her head, K.Z.'s describes her life as being sublimely uneventful. She lives in rural Wisconsin with a man, two mutts from the local animal shelter, many books, occasional mice and other wild critters, and a lot of sand and pine trees.
K.M. Soehnlein is the author of the new novel ROBIN AND RUBY, the story of a brother and sister during one eventful weekend in the summer of 1985. The novel follows the main characters from Soehnlein's debut, THE WORLD OF NORMAL BOYS, winner of the Lambda Award for Gay Men's Fiction. Soehnlein's novel YOU CAN SAY YOU KNEW ME WHEN, was praised by The L.A. Times's Regina Marler as "a dense, enjoyable read, like one of those famed Beat road trips: pedal to the metal until the next inspired digression."
His stories and essays have appeared in the anthologies GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS; BOYS TO MEN: GAY MEN WRITE ABOUT GROWING UP; LOVE, CASTRO STREET; and BOOKMARK NOW. His journalism has appeared in Out, The Village Voice, San Francisco Magazine and more.
Raised in New Jersey, K.M. Soehnlein now lives in San Francisco, where he teaches at the University of San Francisco and enjoys life with his husband, Kevin Clarke.
The World of Normal Boys
Here's a little about D.H. Starr. He's a hopeful romantic with a wildly sexy side who loves to allow his imagination and fantasies get the best of him. He believes in that look across the room that draws you to someone, but he also believes in the messy, sloppy, sweaty bedroom aerobics that make life worth living. D.H. works a serious job by day, so this world of erotic romance is a welcome distraction from the 9 to 5 routine. He's an avid movie collector, loving all genres of movies and owns hundreds ranging from the seventies to present. D.H. is almost 40, but not quite, but he acts like he's only 20. Kissing is better than sex if it's done right.
Elizabeth (Liz) Summers lives in the Chicago area with her husband and writes in whatever time she can carve out from family, work, and other obligations. She loves to read and travel and watches a few too many TV shows and movies. Beneath Angel’s Wings is her first YA novel and she hopes to continue the series in the coming years. For more information visit Liz’s blog at www.esummersbooks.blogspot.com or find her on twitter @esummersbooks.
Hayden Thorne has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area though she wasn’t born there (or, indeed, the USA). She's married with no kids and three cats, is a cycling nut (go Garmin!), and her day job involves artwork, crazy (read: incomprehensibly fun) coworkers who specialize in all kinds of media, and the occasional strange customer requests involving papier mache fish with sparkly scales.
She's a writer of young adult fiction, specializing in contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, and historical genres. Her books range from a superhero fantasy series to reworked folktales to Victorian ghost fiction. Her themes are coming-of-age, with very little focus on romance (most of the time) and more on individual growth with some adventure thrown in.
In 2003, West returned to college, three years later she graduated. She earned a degree in Classics with a minor in British and American Literature from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Five years after graduating, she finished, submitted, and had published her first gay paranormal romance novel.
An avid reader, West discovered an admiration for Ovid and Hesiod, she also thinks Latin and Greek are awesomely fun. Yes, she is a geek, but not limited to the Classics, she loves manga and anime. Some of her favorites include Bleach, Vampire Knight, and Junjo Romantica. Eventually, she wants to learn to read and speak Japanese so she can read/watch all of these in their original forms.
West is a single mom. Her son, Spawn, is the light of her life. Diagnosed with Autism at the age of six, he's on the higher end of the spectrum, and becoming quite the smart-mouthed teenager. Raising a child with special needs has taught West a lot about how to see people and the world in general.
J. Tomas is a writer, a reader, a poet. A video game nerd who hearts Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, and Legend of Zelda. A cat owner. A movie goer, music lover, boyband groupie. A queer author who remembers all too well the pains of high school, first love, and how it felt to ride the school bus when all the "cool" kids had their own car. Who knows what it's like to be different in a school of clones, to feel different, look different, act different.
Who wants to put those feelings down on paper so others know they aren't alone.
More specifically, she lives in Virginia with two very spoiled cats. She has a day job that's not too bad, and has always wanted to be a writer, so she writes.
Suzanne Van Rooyen is an author and peanut-butter addict from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing you can find her teaching dance and music to middle-schoolers or playing in the snow with her shiba inu. She is rep'd by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.
Paul Volponi is the author of 11 novels for young adults that are currently being read in high school and middle school English classes around the country. Paul visits these classes often, either in-person or via video conference, to discuss the novels and encourage students who wish to pursue their own writing. Teachers and librarians can contact Paul at email@example.com to arrange a visit with their students. Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. From 1992 to 1998, he taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island to read and write. That experience formed the basis of his ALA award-winning novels Black and White and Rikers High. From 1999 to 2005, Paul taught teens in drug treatment programs, inspiring his ALA award-winning novel Rooftop.
Martin Wilson lives in New York City, where he works as a publicist in the book publishing industry. His debut novel, What They Always Tell Us (Delacorte Press/Random House Books for Young Readers, 2008), won the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book. The novel was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indie Next Selection, an ALA-ALSC Rainbow List Selection, and a CCBC Choices Book. He is currently finishing his second novel, which will (hopefully) come out in late 2012.
Besides writing, Martin enjoys reading, jogging and exercising, playing and watching tennis, traveling, listening to cheesy pop songs on his iPod, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. Some of his favorite books are Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler, Open Secrets by Alice Munro, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell, I'll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip by John Donovan, and many, many more. Favorite movies include Alien and Aliens, Heathers, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Nashville, All About Eve, Clueless, Gone with the Wind, and many more.