Who’s That Indie Author? Michelle Scott

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Author name:  Michelle Scott

Genre:  Supernatural thriller and romance

Books:  Just the Two of Us; The Soulless; Stage Fright


Bio:  Michelle Scott received her MFA from Wayne State University.  Her stories have appeared in such places as Tales of the Unanticipated, All Possible Worlds and Realms. Straight to Hell, the first book in her Lilith Straight urban fantasy series, is published by Carina UK, an imprint of Harlequin Romance.  Michelle lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three children.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love being able to create characters and see how they interact. To me, it’s kind of a grownup way of playing with dolls. I also like to take a single situation and turn it into a story.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  To me, the biggest challenge is staying organized. When I’m trying to juggle several different books, plan a blog tour, and design covers, things can get a little crazy.

Favorite books:  Anything by Stephen King. On the other hand, I also love Elin Hilderbrand and Jody Picoult.

Contact Information:
Website: michellescottfiction.com
Twitter: @mscottwriter
Facebook: @MichelleScottsFiction


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Who’s That Indie Author? David Liscio

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Author name:  David Liscio

Genre:  Crime Fiction

Books:  Serial-killer thriller Deadly Fare; mafia thriller Blood Sons; currently working on the third book in the Hannah Summers series.

   

Bio:  A newspaper reporter and magazine photojournalist for over thirty years, I was fortunate to cover crime of all sorts, including organized crime, murder investigations and dramatic court trials. I live on the Massachusetts coast with my wife and dog. An avid sailor, I’m also a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, occupations that inform my writing. I continue to write articles and make photographs for magazines.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I get to exercise my imagination.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing the books. It takes a tremendous amount of time.

Favorite book(s)The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway; Cannery Row by John Steinbeck; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and so many others.

Contact Information:
Website:  davidliscio.com
email is davidliscio@gmail.com
Amazon author David Liscio
Goodreads author David Liscio
Twitter: @DavidLiscio
Instagram: d_liscio
Facebook: @authordavidliscio


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Who’s That Indie Author? Janice J. Richardson

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Author name:  Janice J. Richardson

Genre:  Nonfiction, Fiction (Mystery)

BooksThe Making of a Funeral Director, Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Series – Casket Cache, Winter’s Mourning, Grave Mistake, First Call

Bio:  I am an identical twin, a special needs mom and a former funeral director. A news junkie, I’m an avid reader of nonfiction, historical fiction and anything that has words on it. Retired now, I am always reinventing myself, and as I look back at my various careers,  I would do it all again. Well, some of it. A little bit anyway.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Getting to know readers, supporting authors. One of my biggest thrills is hearing from readers that they learned something from my books.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Promotion, marketing

Favorite booksA Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini), The Lover’s Portrait (Jennifer S. Alderson), Anne of Green Gables series (Lucy Maud Montgomery).

Contact Information:
Facebook:  Janice J. Richardson
Twitter:  @richardsonjan1
Email:  themakingofafuneral.director@gmail.com
Goodreads: Janice J. Richardson

Awards/special recognition:  Winter’s Mourning: semi-finalist in first lines contest (AUTHORSdb) 2018; Casket Cache – Best Canadian Cozy Mysteries (Listopia)


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Who’s That Indie Author? N.A. Granger

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Author name:  N.A. Granger (Noelle)

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Books:  The Rhe Brewster Mystery Series: Death in a Mudflat; Death by Pumpkin; Death in a Dacron Sail; Death in a Red Canvas Chair

         

Bio:  N.A. GRANGER is a Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. After forty years of research and teaching undergraduates and medical students, plus earning her EMT license, she decided to use her knowledge of human anatomy and emergency medicine in mystery writing. In addition to the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, she has written for Coastal Living and Sea Level magazines and several times for the Bella Online Literary Review. Her latest mystery, Death in a Mudflat, was released in June of this year. You can find more of her writing and musings on her website: saylingaway.wordpress.com. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and a Maine coon cat who blogs, and she spends a portion of every summer in Maine, researching for her books and selling them, too.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Using my little gray cells! I’m a pantser – I just sit down and write – and one of the best parts of the day is going back and reading, sometimes with a “where-the-heck-did-that-come-from?” – what I’ve written that day.  A close second is having someone tell me they love my books!

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing and publicity. I’ve done all the suggested tried and true things and also used publicity firms. I’m not sure they were worth the cost for the outcome. I think I’ll just pound the pavements, going to Indie bookstores and seeking readings on my own, and push the email, twitter and blogging. What’s unfortunate is that M&P are no fun!

Favorite books:  This is challenging. A sampling: books by P.D. James (one of my favorite mystery authors), Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth, Tolkien’s The Ring Trilogy, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Sarah Orne Jewell’s Country of the Pointed Firs.

Contact Information: Email: sailingawayng@gmail.com
Blog: saylingaway.wordpress.com
Twitter: @rhebrewster
Facebook: Noelle A. Granger
Amazon: N.A. Granger

Awards/special recognition:  Mmm. I won second place in the Bloggers Bash writing contest in 2017 – my first time winning anything…


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Who’s That Indie Author? Michelle Burke and Lilamani de Silva

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Author names:  Michelle Burke & Lilamani de Silva

Genre:  Non Fiction – Motivational, Self Help

Book:  15 Minute Pause, A Radical Reboot for Busy People

Bios:  Michelle Burke is a sought-after leadership and team coach, consultant and speaker. She is Founder of Energy Catalyst Group, devoting her 20-year career to helping organizations becoming thriving energized workplaces. A few clients include Sony PlayStation, Microsoft, Disney, HTC and Snap Inc. Lilamani de Silva and Michelle have created card games and educational products for over 17yrs. Lilamani’s eclectic career has included publicist at London Zoo, Assistant producer of natural history documentaries for Discovery and Animal Planet.

Favorite thing about being writers:  Inspiring people to have more joy and share insights

Biggest challenge as indie authors:  Spreading the word – promoting the book’s message

Favorite books:
Lilamani: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert
Michelle: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Contact Information15minutepause.com, energycatalystgroup.com


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Who’s That Indie Author? Janice Spina

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Author name:  Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Genre:  Children’s, Middle-grade, 18+, Mysteries, Thrillers, Paranormal

Books:  21 at present, including these four recently published: Mariah’s Revenge, Abby and Holly – School Dance, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier and Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab.

      

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Bio:  Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina is an award-winning author who has been writing since the age of nine in the form of poetry. She became an author at the age of 65 after she had retired from an administrative school secretarial position. She loves to create fun and adventurous stories for children of all ages and intriguing novels for 18+. Her goal is to encourage children of all ages to read and hopefully cultivate a love of reading in them that will carry throughout their lives. Her motto is Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love to share my stories with others and see the joy in children’s faces when they read them.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Learning how to promote myself and bare my soul in order to do it has been the biggest challenge to me as an indie author.

Favorite booksThe Secret by Rhonda Byrne, anything by Agatha Christie or Jeffrey Archer, so many other authors too. I read both indie and traditional authors.

Contact Information:
Blog: Jemsbooks.blog
Website: jemsbooks.com
Facebook: @janicespina7;  @jespina77;  @janice.spina.9
Twitter: @janicespina
Email:  jjspina@myfairpoint.net

Awards/special recognition:
Mom’s Choice Award: Lamby the Lonely Lamb
Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1, 2, 3, 5, Reader’s Favorite Book Awards – Honorable Mention & Silver Medal : Davey & Derek Book 1, 3, Authorsdb Cover Contest: Davey & Derek Book 5, Authorsdb First Lines Contest – Finalist: Hunting Mariah

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From the indie author archives – Fall 2015

I started Who’s That Indie Author nearly three years ago and, since then, I have posted profiles of nearly one hundred writers. That’s a lot of people to remember, so I thought it would be great to re-introduce these hard-working writers and give them the recognition they deserve. So let’s say hi to the next group!


Gwen Miller

Gwen MillerGenre:  Adoption/Addiction/Memoirs
BooksEchoes of Silence: Letters to a Drug Addicted Mother from the Woman Who Took Her Place ; Apples for Secrets: Former Child Abuse Victims Tell Their Stories for the First Time  (2016)
Favorite BookJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontё
Biggest Challenge:  Marketing & PR without a doubt

Contact Information: Visit Gwen Miller’s website and blog at GwenMiller.co. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest.


Heather Walsh

Heather WalshGenre:  Contemporary Fiction
BooksDented Cans and The Drake Equation
Favorite BookPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Biggest Challenge:  Attracting new readers as more and more novels are published every year!

Contact Information: Connect with Heather on Twitter and learn more about her books on Amazon and Goodreads.


Evan Asher

Evan AsherGenre:  Contemporary Romance
BooksThe Profiteer , Sweeter for the Pain, A Dangerous Tune by Evan Asher & Rosemary Carr, Untrusting Hearts by Evan Asher & Madison Hartt
Favorite BookThe Mothers by Vardis Fisher
Biggest Challenge:  Making time to write

Contact Information: Website: evanasher.weebly.com ; Twitter: @EvanAsher555 ; Goodreads Author


Susan Kotch

Susan KotchGenre:  Young Adult
BooksCasey of Cranberry Cove ; Casey Whitman, High Flyer (2016)
Favorite BookMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Biggest Challenge:  The marketing, for sure!

Contact Information:   Come visit me on Twitter @susankotch, or via my website, susankotch.com.


N.D. Richman

N.D. RichmanGenre:  Upper Middle Grade
BooksBrothers, Bullies and Bad Guys – First in the Boulton Quest Series; Sinners, Survivors and Saints – Second in the Boulton Quest Series
Favorite BookThe Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Biggest Challenge:  I can never find enough time to write.

Contact Information: ndrichman.com and Twitter.


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Who Are Those Indie Authors? Let’s meet them again! – 7/23/18


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Who’s That Indie Author? Martha Miller

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Author name:  Martha Miller

Genre:  Travel Memoir

Books:  Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy

Bio:  Martha Miller is a former retail executive who had been downsized twice, and decided to take life into her own hands. She and her husband quit their “secure” jobs to move overseas, complete an education, experience another culture, and change the course of their lives. Martha began writing about the new life she was living in Italy, eventually becoming a frequent contributor to Wanted in Rome, an English-language magazine. Her work has also appeared in GoNOMAD.com, Transitions Abroad, Go World Travel, International Living, LifeinItaly.com, Family Circle, Parents, The Christian Science Monitor and The Writer.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  There is no better feeling in the world than a reader telling me my writing has inspired or entertained them. I love when they say they didn’t want “Times New Roman” to end.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  At first it was distribution. I didn’t understand the need for my book to be available from large book wholesalers. Bookstores and libraries have contracts with certain wholesalers like Ingram and Baker & Taylor. If your book is not available here, they cannot order it no matter how interested they are. After I got my book into Ingram, Barnes & Noble, indie bookstores and libraries started ordering.

Favorite booksHeartburn by Nora Ephron. Authors who make me laugh out loud have a special place in my heart. I’ve always got a memoir going, and am trying to read more classics. I read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde last year and loved it, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury this summer. It was not at all what I expected.

Contact Informationtimesnewromanbook.com, marthamillerwrites.com, email: martha@marthamillerwrites.com

Awards/special recognition:  Media: Times New Roman has been featured on The Good Life Radio Show, with Mike the Wine Guy, Simple Living, LifeinItaly.com, and Transitions Abroad.

Reviews: Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Martha’s Italy  (a different Martha), Lola et La Vie – Book Blogger Reviewer (Holland)


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Who Are Those Indie Authors? Let’s meet them again!

I started Who’s That Indie Author nearly three years ago and, since then, I have posted profiles of nearly one hundred writers. That’s a lot of people to remember, so I thought it would be great to re-introduce these hard-working writers and give them the recognition they deserve. So let’s say hi to the first group!


Michelle Eastman

Michelle EastmanGenre:  Children’s Picture Books
BooksThe Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale & Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie
Favorite BookThe Giving Tree  by Shel Silverstein
Biggest Challenge:  Marketing and promotion

Contact Information: Be sure to check out Michelle’s website at Michelle Eastman Books. You can also find her on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


Tracy Ewens

Tracy EwensGenre:  Romance
Books:  It all started with Catalina Kiss. Now Tracy has published 11 smart romances. Her latest? Tap, Smooth and Brew
Favorite BookGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens
Biggest Challenge:  Finding the right support and promotion

Contact Information: Website: tracyewens.com; Blog: fromthelaundryroom.com


A.E. Hellstorm

A. E. HellstormGenre:  Mixed (Horror/Relationship/Crime)
Books:  In the Hands of the Unknown & Lost
Favorite BooksThe Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Gut Symmetries by Jeannette Winterson
Biggest Challenge:  To be seen

Contact Information: Hellhagproductions.com, Goodreads Author, @Noarenne on Twitter


JR Rogers

JR RogersGenre:  Historical fiction, intrigue & espionage
Books: The Counterfeit Consul; Leopold’s Assassin; Doomed Spy; Mission to Morocco; The Cypriot Agent; The Way Things Were (Anthology); Nazilager (Summer 2016)
Favorite BookThe Sheltering Sky  by Paul Bowles
Biggest Challenge:  Self-promotion and securing reviews from readers

Contact Information: Be sure to visit JR Rogers’ website at authorjrrogers.com. Follow him on Twitter at @authorjrrogers.


Elizabeth Hein

Elizabeth HeinGenre:  Women’s Fiction
BooksHow To Climb The Eiffel Tower, Overlook, Escape Plan (2016)
Favorite BookJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontё
Biggest Challenge:  Explaining how independent publishing works

Contact Information: Connect with Elizabeth through her blog, Scribbling in the Storage Room, her website, elizabethhein.com, Facebook, her Facebook author page, and Twitter.


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The many hats of an indie author

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Indie authors have to wear a lot of hats. Many authors have day jobs and family responsibilities. Writing happens in the early mornings or late at night. Then there’s editing, proofreading, formatting, choosing a publisher, a cover, and all the details that go along with these tasks. And next…there’s book promotion, getting reviews, tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, talking about your book nonstop, every day and doing it in a different way each time so that people notice. Online and in person. Here’s how you may react:

Wait…what? You mean, after everything else, now I have to actually market my book? But I’m busy writing my next one. I’m a writer, not a book promoter!

One way to get the word out is to be part of Who’s That Indie Author, a regular feature here at Book Club Mom. Many indie authors have already been introduced and you can be too! Email bvitelli2009@gmail.com for a template and instructions.

And in the meantime, meet these talented indie authors who are busy writing their next books!


M. Barlean –mainstream fiction, suspense, cozy mystery and short fiction


Brysen Mann – psychological thriller, mystery, suspense and science fiction


Annika Perry – contemporary fiction and short fiction


Diana Tarant Schmidt – speculative fiction


Connie Lacy – young adult, historical fiction,
magical realism and climate fiction


K.C. Tansley – young adult time travel mystery


Geoffrey M. Cooper – medical thriller


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