Meet Our Contributors

81BSi8N3dVL._UX250_Erin Bevan

Erin Bevan was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. She spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes, dreaming of the day when something better would come her way, and it did in the form of a five foot six, one hundred and fifty pound engineer.

Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language she turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.

That first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in the mail was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time.

She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance. And the laundry? Well, it’s best not to open the washroom door!

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Larinna Chandler is a proud tribal member of the great Ho-Chunk Nation and lives in the beautiful coulees of west central Wisconsin.

She began writing stories before she could even spell, which made for some really interesting books. Larinna is published in many poetry anthologies and has won the Poet of the year several times from poetry.com. She also has many editorials, articles and random bits of fiction spread across the internet.

Larinna spent several years working as a reporter for the Blair Press. She has been a first responder and a security guard. She worked as a valet attendant and as a gas station cashier. Along the way, she met some of the greatest people to ever live, and called them her friends. The cool crew.

She lives with her true love and soul mate, husband Curtis and three incredible children Gabriel, Matthew and Asuka. They have a three dogs, three chickens and one really obnoxious goose.

Larinna can be found chasing her three kids, making fun events for her friends or writing on her blog and on author Angela Christina Archer blog. You can also find Larinna on Facebook Where her husband claims she spends all of her time.  Her debut book Murray and Angel; Unfenced can be found here .

Feel free to email her at larinnachandler@hotmail.com

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Annalisa Carr lives in the English Lake district with her three cats. She writes in multiple genres and has published paranormal fantasy as well as short stories under the name ‘Anne Cleasby’.

She spent the early part of her life working as a protein crystallographer, a job she found fascinating. She now spends her time writing, in a variety of genres. Science Fiction, fantasy and fantasy romance are her favourites.

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Sabrina A. Fish was born and raised in Oklahoma. She considers the three years she spent in a Texas high school to be a short trip down the rabbit hole that ended at graduation. She returned to Oklahoma to attend university where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. BOOMER SOONER.

She was President of Oklahoma City Writers’, Inc. in 2012 and still enjoys being involved in the Oklahoma writing community.

She owns a trophy and awards company in Oklahoma City with her husband where she collects potential character names from lists of award winners. She is blessed to be called mom by what she considers to be the most beautiful little boy in the entire universe who has recently challenged her to learn song writing so she can teach him.

When she isn’t writing novels, or attempting to learn song writing, she can be found reading, scrapbooking, laughing with friends and family, or soaking in a hot bubble bath.

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81xNdHeQrgL._UX250_Dawn Ireland

“Once Upon a Time” are four of Dawn’s favorite words. Her love of story became a love of romance when she read Georgette Heyer’s, Devil’s Cub. It inspired her to write stories with strong characters that discover love is never easy, but always worthwhile. Dawn’s written several award-winning novels set in Georgian England – an era filled with rules and intrigue. Her characters often defy “Society” as they pursue love, run away, pursue, run away – well, you get the idea.

Then again, she might write romance in order to do the research. What other profession encourages you to sit in the audience at Harlequin’s Male Model search, and take notes, or just sigh?

Dawn lives in a Victorian home in Upstate New York with her husband and very independent cats. When she’s not writing, she’s singing, gardening, learning to play the harp or wood carving.

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10831737_624326054361131_1080197418_aGary Mathews

Welcome to Skipah’s Realm, my childhood nickname, divorced father of the most beautiful girl in the world.  I started blogging in July 2014 upon learning the news of my impending divorce that I never saw coming.  At first my method of coping was through blogging and now it has turned into a passion.  Lots of self-reflection, dealing with custody issues, ex-wife issues, and just life issues in general, but the main rule my daughter and I have is ‘HAVE FUN” so I try to keep  up the fun on my blog.  I’m laid back and don’t take myself too seriously, die hard Cincinnati Reds fan, and the biggest Katy Perry homer you will ever meet.  Stick around awhile and you can learn the tales of my daughter’s KGB spy/pet hamster Hammy and how coming out of  a divorce doesn’t always have to suck.

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Jennifer grew up in Queens, New York. In the spring of 2003, while taking a children’s literature class in college, she had to write a children’s book. Needing illustrations, she found a coloring book about Noah’s Ark. Jennifer enjoyed writing the story, and in 2009 decided to write one about her son Seth, and their cat named Rusty. She lives in the Houston area with her husband, two sons, and four cats.

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Becky Padilla was born in Texas but lived the “Army brat” life after her father left the Air Force. She has lived in California, Florida, Oklahoma, Colorado and Michigan, and has visited many of the states in between. Maybe being pulled up from homes and friends is what spurred her desire to start writing at an early age about people and places with happy endings. Or maybe it was her active dreams that began around the same time. However, she began filling spiral journals (since this was before blogging options were available), and now she blogs, is a contributing writer for inquisitr.com, and does contract writing and editing for a living. She is finally able to use her weird dreams for good.

Always having a penchant for action and humor and “weird”, her newest character, Veronica Pearl, is a law enforcement officer and a dream intercessor. Becky’s first novel, Manifestation, came out in May and she is working furiously on the second book in the series, Revelation, due out in September.

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71F1grMTniL._UX250_Carrie Pulkinen

Carrie Pulkinen has always been fascinated with the paranormal. Of course, when you grow up next door to a cemetery, the dead (and the undead) are hard to ignore.
Pair that with her passion for writing, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an exciting storyteller.
Carrie spent the first part of her professional life as a high school journalism and yearbook teacher. In her free time, Carrie likes to read, take pictures, and play with her kids. Her novel Reawakened will be released later this year.

 

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Joanne Reese started life in the beautiful Hudson Valley region New York, where a frozen pond became a perfect landscape for her dreams to take root. Through the years, figure skating melted into the desire to become a prima ballerina. She has the broken pointe shoes and callouses to prove it.

Nowadays, Joanne finds expression through writing. She launched her writing career with magazine publications after receiving a diploma from Long Ridge Writer’s Group and completing the “Articles that Sell” and “Fiction that Sells” courses through the Christian Writer’s Guild. Her devotions have been published in Light from the Word and on CBN.com. She’s had articles published in The Christian Communicator, Light & Life, P31 Woman and Vista magazines. She’s also written regularly for the Living Series magazine in the Central Valley of California.

Joanne completed her first novel in January and is waiting to hear back from a coveted list of literary agents. She will begin a freelance-editing career this summer, where she has chosen to specialize in romance novels and the memoir. As an assistant for Kathy Ide Book Services, Joanne provides support for one of the most sought-after editors in the industry. She is also a member of The Christian Pen and she’s recently accepted a position with Castle Gate Press as an Associate Editor. When she’s not busy assisting with event coordinating, Joanne finds herself taking long walks, spending time with her family and commiserating with the protagonist for her next novel.

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An aspiring curmudgeon, Skip was blessed to grow up on a farm in central Missouri. An only child with hundreds of acres to explore—a rifle, a fishing pole, and a book were his constant companions (after chores, of course). Thirteen years in the Army followed high school graduation, then a career in IT where he learned to deeply despise the vast majority of technology, cell phones (the devil’s spawn) and the “World Wide Web” (with the singular exception of Amazon’s Kindle, Kindle books are truly a gift from the gods).

He’s an avid reader, never more than an arm’s length away from his iPad, which is always loaded with dozen’s of “read-right-now” titles. He’s diligently (well, at lease he intends to be) working on a fantasy/alternative history novel, which started when he decided to write out the continuing story he’d been mentally using for years as a sleep aid to relax him before bedtime. Two writing groups have enthusiastically endorsed the project, but the exigencies of life tend to get in the way. It’s only been 6 years since he started, so there’s no hurry (although his characters are again starting to nude him a bit more and more to get on with things) . . . right?

Skip and his Bride of 28+ years currently reside in northern Utah, in a small valley with 360 degree views of the Uintah mountains. He’s an extremely proud dad of the most perfect daughter in the world, and an overly indulgent Papa to her amazing children. Weekends are spent finishing an off-grid mountain cabin with the goal of relocating to it in the summer of 2017.

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