Who’s That Indie Author? Sue Coletta

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Author name:  Sue Coletta

Genre:  Psychological Thriller/Mystery

BooksCleaved, Marred, Wings of Mayhem

          

Bio:  Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is a multi-published author in numerous anthologies and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue co-hosts the Blog Talk Radio show “Partners in Crime.” She’s also the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Witnessing readers’ reactions to my stories

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing

Favorite books:  My all-time favorite book is Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. Other favorites include Pressure Points and Bait and Switch by Larry Brooks.

Contact Information:
Website: suecoletta.com
Goodreads Author Sue Coletta
Amazon Author Sue Coletta
Facebook:  @SueColetta1
Twitter: @SueColetta1
YouTube:  Crime Writer Sue Coletta

Awards/special recognition:  Best Author in Crime, Mystery, Heist


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Who’s That Indie Author? Deanna Altomara

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Author name:  Deanna Altomara

Genre:  Middle Grade Fantasy/Science Fiction

Books: Ageless, Pi

     

Bio:  Fascinated by reading and writing from a young age, Deanna Altomara has dreamed of publishing her own novel since the fourth grade. She is the published author of two middle-grade fantasy novels, Ageless and Pi. While she is working on a sequel to Pi, she takes frequent breaks to try new foods, go hiking, and embroider.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love being able to create worlds and journey through them. I long to live all the lives I never got the chance to, and writing allows me to do that.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  The most difficult thing about self-publishing is self-promotion. Besides being slightly awkward, it’s very time-consuming. It’s very hard to balance a steady stream of advertising and outreach with work and daily life.

Favorite books:  I honestly have to pick Harry Potter! Those books filled my life with new color and potential, and that’s something I want to replicate in my own work. I also love the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books, as well as a few classics like Gone With the Wind and Dracula.

Contact Information:
Twitter: @DeannaAltomara
Instagram @deannaaltomara
Facebook: Deanna Altomara @authordeannaaltomara
Goodreads Author Deanna Altomara
Website: deannaaltomara.biz.ly

Awards/special recognition:  Future Problem Solving International, Best On-site Writer Award;

Future Problem Solving International, 2nd Place Scenario; Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Finalist; Outdoor Writers of America, 2nd Place Poem


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Who’s That Indie Author? Yvonne deSousa

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Author name:  Yvonne deSousa

Genre:  Humor, Memoir

Book:  MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis

Bio:  Yvonne deSousa is fortunate to have been born and raised on Cape Cod, MA, a beautiful and amusing place, where she lives today.  An avid reader, she didn’t start writing seriously until a multiple sclerosis diagnosis threatened her sanity. Understanding that life with MS would be so crazy she would go crazy if she didn’t learn to laugh at it, she started using her sense of humor to fight back on the page.   Since then, her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith, and in the Something on Our Minds anthologies, volumes 1-3.  She also writes a humor blog on her website, yvonnedesousa.com.  She is currently working on her second book.

 Favorite thing about being a writer:  Without a doubt, making people laugh and smile!

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Reaching readers and helping people understand MS Madness! is funny for everyone, not just those with a chronic illness.

Favorite books:  Suspense is my favorite.  At this second, I would have to say Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  Quite ironic for a humorist, I know.

Contact Information:
Website/Blog:  yvonnedesousa.com
Twitter:  @Yvonnedesousa
Facebook:  Yvonne deSousa

Special recognition:   Lots of positive reviews on Amazon and giggles around the world!


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Who’s That Indie Author? Glenn Maynard

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Author name:  Glenn Maynard

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

BooksStrapped into an American Dream (Non-Fiction), The Desert Son trilogy: Desert Son, Wayward Soul, Spiritual Intervention  (Fiction)

             

Bio:  Glenn Maynard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and a degree in Communications.  He was a travel correspondent for three newspapers while traveling through the United States, Canada and Mexico during his one-year journey, publishing twenty newspaper articles. His first book, Strapped into an American Dream, detailed this journey. He recently completed the Desert Son trilogy and is currently working on his fifth book.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love creating worlds and filling them with characters that are memorable as they make their way through the most bizarre twists and turns that I create. When I’m ready to batten down the hatches and dig in for the long haul of the process of writing a book, I can’t wait to get started. The positive reviews that have followed are affirmation for me that I have chosen the correct path of becoming an author.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Clearly, the biggest challenge is finding your target audience, and no…it’s not everybody. Marketing is a work in progress, and it’s up to the authors to bring their books to the attention of the world. The number of authors and books creates saturation on the internet, so you have to constantly tell the world about your books until the readers take that task away from you.

Favorite books:  Anything by Stephen King. Gerald’s Game and Mr. Mercedes come to mind.

Contact Information:
Website:  Glenn Maynard – Author
Twitter:  @GlennMaynard64
Facebook:  @GlennMaynardFanPage
WordPress Blog:  Desert Son


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Who’s That Indie Author? Suzette D. Harrison

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Author name:  Suzette D. Harrison

Genre:  African-American Historical Romance; Urban Christian Romance

Books:  My Joy, Taffy, When Perfect Ain’t Possible, Living on the Edge of Respectability

Bio:  Suzette D. Harrison, a native Californian and the middle of three daughters, grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Her literary “career” began in junior high school with the publishing of her poetry. While Mrs. Harrison pays homage to Alex Haley, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Toni Morrison as legends who inspired her creativity, it was Dr. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings that unleashed her writing. The award-winning author of Taffy is a wife and mother who holds a culinary degree in Pastry & Baking. Mrs. Harrison is busy cooking up her next novel…in between batches of cookies.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  The joy of living in someone’s head!

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Expanded exposure, marketing, and promoting

Favorite booksSugar by Bernice McFadden, Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson, The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith, and any and everything Dianne McKinney Whetstone has ever written!

Contact Information:
Website:  sdhbooks.com
Facebook: SDH Books
Twitter: @Ariasu62
Instagram: suzetteharrison2200
YouTube: Suzette Harrison

 Awards/special recognition:  Building Relationships Around Books (Christian Fiction, 2016); Black Pearls Magazine (“Top 10 Authors of the Year, 2016).

UPDATE:  Taffy was just awarded the 2017 Romance Slam Jam “Emma Award” for best cover. Check it out!


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Who’s That Indie Author? Laura Simmons

whos-that-indie-authorAuthor name:  Laura Simmons

Genre:  Fiction – Paranormal Romance

Books:  Little Bits of Karma, Tough Karma: A Race Against Time

      

Bio:  Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys writing paranormal romance stories featuring astral travel, psychic abilities, reincarnation and more. She also loves jigsaw puzzles, bowling, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems.

Little Bits of Karma is her debut novel and focuses on reincarnation.  The minor characters from that book had an adventure they wanted to share, and Tough Karma: A Race Against Time is their story.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  My favorite thing about being a writer is having others read and enjoy the stories I’ve written.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Selling and marketing my books.

Favorite books:  I have a fondness for time travel and Highlander romance novels. Some of my favorites are, His Enemy’s Daughter by Terri Brisbin, The Devil’s Lady by Deborah Simmons (no relation to me), Another Dawn by Deb Stover, The Clan Graham Series by Suzan Tisdale

Contact Information:
Twitter:  @LauraSimmons37
Website:  littlebitsofkarma.com
Goodreads Author:  Laura Simmons
Amazon Author Page:  Laura Simmons


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Who’s That Indie Author? Joseph Ferguson

whos-that-indie-authorAuthor name:  Joseph Ferguson

Genre:  Fiction, Poetry

Books:  Southbound, Shillelagh Law, Dave Doolittle’s Resumes That Work So You Don’t Have To

     

Bio:  Joseph Ferguson is an author, poet, and journalist appearing in a variety of small press, regional, and national publications. He wrote propaganda for a living for a variety of entities for some twenty-five years.

His books include two short story collections – Southbound, and Shillelagh Law, and a spoof of “how-to-get-a-job” books, Dave Doolittle’s Resumes That Work, So You Don’t Have To.

He is a former editor and critic for Hudson Valley, ran the Fiction Workshop for the Poughkeepsie Library District, and has reviewed books and videos for Climbing, The American Book Review, Kirkus, and a number of other publications.

He also sells rock climbing t-shirts through his website, bumluckhome.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Finishing

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  No one cares

Favorite books:  Whatever I’m reading at the moment

Contact Information:
Email: joferguson@optonline.net
Amazon author page: Joseph Ferguson
Goodreads author page:  Joseph Ferguson
Twitter: @1Martineden
Facebook:  Joe Ferguson
T-shirt website:  bumluckhome.com


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