This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
  • LibraryThing
  • Book discussions
  • Your LibraryThing
  • Join to start using.

Author Introduction Thread

Hobnob with Authors

Join LibraryThing to post.

This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.

Edited: Jul 27, 2015, 5:23pm Top


There is also a reader introduction thread.

AUTHOR INDEX (username links to introduction post)
AceHansen (Ace Hansen) - Middle Grade Humor
AlanHJordan (Alan H. Jordan/A. Herbert Jordan) - Various
Andared (Ray Chilensky) - Military SF
Andrea_Dalling (Andrea Dalling) - Gay, BSDM and Multicultural Romance
Angel1974 (Latour Angel) - Christian Fantasy
AuthorAudreyClaire (Audrey Claire) - Romance, Paranormal and Mystery
Avikshit (Avikshit Mathur) - Science Fiction
akmichaels (A. K. Michaels) -paranormal/fantasy
ARFiano (Astrid Fiano) - Mystery/Thriller/LGBT
Bekka_King (Bekka King) - Memoir
Bryan_Romer (Bryan Romer) - SF/Horror
chrischopra (Chris Chopra) - Non-fiction
Chris_Conrad (Chris Conrad) - Christian
CoachAhmad (Coach Ahmad) - Motivational
DanDal (Dan DalMonte) - Science Fiction
David.Russell (David C. Russell) - Faith Based Fiction
deanfwilson (Dean F. Wilson) - Fantasy
debvanasse (Deb Vanasse) - various
drardavis (Dr. A. R. Davis) - Philosophical / Technological Science Fiction
Ed.Robinson (Ed Robinson) - Non-fiction
eLPy (eLPy) - Poetry
HaroldTitus (Harold Titus) - Historical Fiction
JamesR.Hannibal (James R. Hannibal) - Covert Ops Thrillers
jmintuck (Jermaine Mintuck) - Science Fiction, Self-help
kaitlynstone76 (Kaitlyn Stone) - Romance
kaonevar (Raven Oak) - Science Fiction and Fantasy
KenCluff - Science Fiction
lehelvandor (Lehel Vandor) - Memoir
LynetteWillows (Lynette Willows) - Historical Romance
lynnoconnacht (Lynn E. O'Connacht) - Fantasy
LShelby (L. Shelby) - Fantasy and Science Fiction
Marriner (Paul Marriner) -
MartaTandori (Marta Tandori) - Mystery
MaryPatHyland (MaryPat Hyland) - generation saga
MauraSatchell (Maura Satchell) - romance/paranormal/family saga
Max_China (Max China) - Mystery/Thriller
Michael-Murphy (Michael Murphy) - Mystery/Suspense
MStar (Mourning Star) - Horror
oldstick (Julie Christine Round) - Family Fiction
ozgurksahin> (Ozgur K. Sahin) - Historical
PaulMorabito(Paul Morabito) - Various
paulwornham (Paul Wornham) - Mystery
pennwriter (Lindsay Edmunds) - Science Fiction
QuirozBros (Jose Quiroz and Eduardo Quiroz) - thriller/horror
RachelMeehan (Rachel Meehan) - YA Fiction
RandyHarper (Jeff Lovell) - Non-Fiction (Geneologies)
RobertBerry (Robert Berry) - Non-fiction
Roger_Pepper (Roger Thomas Pepper) - various
Russell.Shadez (Shadez) - various
Samantha_c85 (Samantha Crystal) - Poems and Self-Help
SamKates (Sam Kates) - Various
ScottMBaker(Scott M. Baker) - horror
Screenscope (Steve Harrison) - Cross Genre
Spaceface (Richard C Cox) - Surreal Fiction
SusanOleksiw (Susan Oleksiw) - crime fiction
TiannaHolley (Tianna Holley) - Fantasy Romance
Taradactyl (Tara Jacobsen) - Nonfiction (Marketing and Media)
ThunderHawk2 (Andrew Stanek) -Fantasy
TimothyBond (Timothy Bond) - Fantasy
tourist68 (Ted Cross) - cyberpunk thriller
travstinnett (Travis Stinnett) - YA Urban Fantasy
Vanessa_Kittle (Vanessa Kittle)- Science Fiction
W.A.Rusho (W.A. Rusho) - Fantasy

Dec 3, 2013, 2:06pm Top

Hi everyone!

I'm an author from upstate New York. My works include novels and short stories from the perspective of Irish Americans living in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions of New York.

I'm relatively fluent in the Irish language, having studied both in the States and in Connemara, Ireland. Many of my works are peppered with phrases in the language (I'm kind to readers, though, and usually include lexicons).

My interests include cooking (I worked as a personal chef) and Finger Lakes wines. So it's common to see both themes in my works.

You'll find a bit of magic realism in my works, perhaps it's a Celtic thing or my love of Latin American literature. There are also strong themes of faith (though not overpowering).

My influences include Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Anne Tyler, John Irving, Frank McCourt & Maeve Binchy.

My latest work is The House With the Wraparound Porch, a four-generation family saga that runs from 1920-2006 set near Keuka Lake (in NY's Finger Lakes).

You can read more about my works at marypathyland.com. They are available at most online booksellers, indie bookstores by special order and at Smashwords.com.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Sláinte! (Cheers!)

Mary Pat Hyland

Dec 4, 2013, 1:16am Top

Hey everybody!! My name is Travis Stinnett and I am the author of young adult urban fantasy novels. I currently live in South Arkansas with my beautiful wife and three amazing kids. I am a brand new author currently working on a series of novels called The Silent Soldiers. Book One is available on Amazon and Book Two will be out soon.

I currently work full time as a Licensed Practical Nurse working to become a Long Term Care Administrator.

I can't wait to get to know all you guys!! Like I said I am brand new at all this so look forward to learning from some of you vets!!

Have a Blessed Day!!

Travis Stinnett

Dec 4, 2013, 6:55am Top

This has been a good thread to discover new authors but, hopefully, you will tell us what you have in your libraries, too!
I have been here a while and most people know about my three 'Lane' novels. Until I hear from the publisher who has my next two chapters I don't feel able to start anything new, but I enjoy reviewing the books I am reading so I'll hop off to the other thread!

Dec 6, 2013, 6:13pm Top

I forgot to post for me. :)

Hi! I'm L. Shelby, I was born in 1971, and I made my first professional sale as a writer 1994, but failed to subsequently become either rich or famous. Clearly there is something wrong with the image of what the life of a writer is like, as depicted by Hollywood. Maybe it's different for screen-writers, (but since they aren't depicting the lives of screen-writers, I suspect not.)

My favorite genre to write is fantasy and science fiction, because I love building my own worlds. My stories are usually either adventure or mystery/intrigue, frequently with strong romantic elements.

I don't really have any messages I'm aware of trying to convey or missions to the world that I'm trying to achieve with my writing. I just have these stories in my head, and I find them fun, and I want to share them with other people in the hopes that they too will find them fun. Also, my husband is always complaining that he has run out of reading material and why hasn't his "favorite author" provided him with a new book already? ;)

When I'm not writing I spend time with my family (hiking, disc golf, boardgames and watching anime are popular family activities), read, draw/paint, create 3D graphics, write songs, and build websites. I also like making things with my hands, and dream of making dolls of all my characters and designing and creating costumes for them all and so and so forth... but I keep running out of energy/time before I can even get started on that project. What a surprise.

Dec 9, 2013, 3:39pm Top

Hi, my name is Max China. Although I've wanted to write a book since I was seventeen, I guess I just either didn't have the experience or the time . . . Now, they're lining up to get out of my head and on to paper.
Around four years ago, I had a couple of false starts and then the idea for The Sister took off, and took me over for a couple of years. At 210k words, its a fair tome for a first effort, but I think it has enough going on to keep it interesting . . . Time will tell.

I'm currently working on a novel that follows the lives of some of the surviving characters from The Sister, and I'm halfway through another. I also intend to complete a number of short story ideas I'm developing.

I work out with kettlebells to keep fit, the theory being that the harder I work out, the more energy I'll have in the tank for my writing. So far, it is still only a theory.

The link to The Sister:

Dec 9, 2013, 4:08pm Top

Hi, you can call me Al. I write philosophical and technological sci-fi. My current novel, number five, has dragged me outside of reality into the mind of an alien god. So I guess I've wandered into speculative fiction if not fantasy. I have the title, Schroedinger's Cheshire Cats, and the cover concept, but still have several more edits before I can get this one done.

My wife and I are retired teachers. She taught English and I taught mathematics and computer science. We tried having her edit my first book, but the "disagreements" became too intense. Now she waits until I publish and then tells me how good the book was. : - )

I am a long distance runner, and get many good ideas on the trail, but my marathon days are over. I am also hooked on genealogy and billiards.

I hope this thread leads to some good conversations. I'm always ready to talk.


Dec 9, 2013, 8:54pm Top

Hello. I'm Lynette Willows, and I've co-authored a historical romance set in the American Revolution. I love odd facts that others don't generally know and I love to incorporate them into my novels. My novel is currently published with a traditional publisher as an e-book. One day, if the book does well enough, the publisher will put our book into print.

I am an empty-nester of three boys. My hobbies are reading, dog training, gardening, camping and fishing, and have recently resurrected my love of storm chasing, probably for the adrenaline rush.

My favorite genre of books are historical biographies and cozy mysteries (love Agatha Christie and Janice MacDonald).

I also write other novels of different genres under another pen name, but they are currently in the works and unpublished as yet.

Like Al above, I also hope this stimulates conversation. I LOVE talking with readers and other authors.

Dec 10, 2013, 3:11am Top

Hello everyone, I go by eLPy and I published my debut collection of poetry this August. I had it printed as well as converted to e-book. I write free verse and some rhyming, I also like to put my poetry into pictures I've taken, I call them "poepics" and included some in full-color in my book. Technically I started writing poetry 16 or so years ago, mostly silly little ramblings of a young girl, but back then I wasn't as consistent or serious about it. Around 2004-05 writing poetry became a more important part of my life. I found it was a great way to express myself and my creativity. I'm not traditionally trained so I just wrote (and still do) what came to me and in the way I needed, the way the "story" needed to be told. I never thought about publishing any of my work then, I just wrote for me.

Even as I write because it is a great release I've often thought about how maybe my words could help someone else when they can't find the words for how they feel. In that respect, I don't just write for myself. Now that I'm published and plan to continue (I'm working on a second collection) I hope that my works will find a home in their reader's lives and add to them. My book is about self-discovery and reflection but I've also written about death, writing, social issues, and love among others. I've evolved and gotten better at my writing and every new poem I write is a thrill to me even if it might be based on something less than thrilling. I like to explore my thoughts and my writing and my goal is to keep my poetry growing and improving, after all that's what we all should be doing right?

I like to write poetry because it's much more gratifying than just writing about what I'm thinking or feeling. By telling the "story" through a poem I hope to capture my emotions and the way the issue makes me feel inside it. By the way, I keep putting the word "story" in quotations because my poems document moments sometimes and the stories behind what happened in those moments even if it was just something happening in me, so I'm using the term story rather widely. Poems can capture what I'm trying to express in a way that I think could only be trumped by music. I don't write my poems under any certain rules or traditional structure (no offense to those who do) because I like to let my "stories", feelings, thoughts, unborn poems to dictate themselves and be what they need to be. It's what comes to me that matters the most and how I want it to sound when I read/say it.

My book is "That Which Lives Within" and that's just what it's about. I also have a blog on my website, lately I've been writing about being a writer. ;-)

Thanks for reading!

Take care,
author of "That Which Lives Within"

Dec 14, 2013, 1:17pm Top

Hello, Everyone;

My name is A.R. Fiano, and I live in New York City. I am a writer and teacher. My Crime Fiction/LGBT series is called Gabriel's World; I have two books in the series and working on the third. I have a deep love of some classic private eyes (Nero Wolfe, Lew Archer, Phillip Marlowe) and Steig Larsson's Millennium trilogy. The Borne series and Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum are also huge influences with me.

I have always found writing to be my strongest passion, and this series is my calling. I aim strong LGBT characters; explore relationships and ethical pathways, and have entertaining elements of intrigue and conspiracy. I also like to have some odd knowledge here and there, integrating history and culture wherever I can (that's the Nero Wolfe influence). One of the aspects of current-day publishing I'm excited about is seeing where ebooks can take a reader in terms of an overarching experience. So I'm exploring what kind of extras and interaction can be added. I hope within a couple years to have illustrated versions of the stories as well.

I have extras on the series website for the stories and characters.

Thank you for reading, please feel free to contact me any time :



Dec 15, 2013, 5:36am Top

Hi, everyone. I'm Lynn E. O'Connacht. I write predominantly fantasy, though I'll dive into other genres occasionally. I love fairytales and folktales, and have a couple of ideas lying around to explore.

I'm a fairly slow writer, which I'm still adjusting to, but I'll get there. At least nowadays my story ideas have decided they want to stick around if I don't get to work on them immediately. That's good.

Like LShelby, I don't really have any messages I'm aware of. I have stories that want to be told and I follow them to the best of my abilities. I seem to have a penchant for relationship stories and gentle fiction.

When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading, talking about books, chatting with friends, singing, playing computer games and lounging about. In my day job, I currently work as an ESL tutor. I'm around the groups and forums fairly sporadically too.

Nice to meet everyone and to learn more about the people I've met before! ^_^

Dec 17, 2013, 11:03am Top

Hello. I'm Susan Oleksiw, and I write crime fiction. I have two series, one set in India, and the second one set in a New England town called Mellingham. I also write short stories and novellas without dead bodies, and reviews and more. I can't imagine not writing.

I read a lot of fiction, mostly but not exclusively crime fiction, as well as nonfiction. I love good biographies and memoirs, and some serious nonfiction.

I just retired from running a social services agency so I have a lot more time to write. My next book is coming out in May 2014, from a commercial publisher (the changes in publishing can be very confusing, with new terms next to old terms), and I'm getting started on the next one in the Anita Ray series.

I used to teach, writing among other topics, and run a couple of writers' groups now. I learn as much from the others in the groups as I hope they learn from me.

Dec 18, 2013, 7:40pm Top

Hi, everyone! I'm Deb Vanasse, from Alaska.

I've been publishing since 1997: young adult novels A Distant Enemy, Out of the Wilderness, picture books Totem Tale, Lucy's Dance, etc, and some travel books. I have a new novel for middle grade readers, co-written with the lovely Gail Giles Shattering Glass coming out in February, and a novel for "grown-ups" coming out in September.

I love books with a strong sense of place, powerful language, and intriguing characters. David Vann Legend of a Suicide has been transformational for me as a writer. I also love the work of Alice Munro, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Kim Barnes.

A lot of my interest leans toward mother-daughter relationships, religion (I was raised an atheist, converted, then uncoverted; see Higher Ground), wilderness, and "first peoples," like the Yup'ik, with whom I lived for several years.

I'm currently wrapping up revisions on narrative nonfiction (for grown-ups) called Wealth Woman: Kate Carmack and the Last Great Race for Gold.

Excited to find LibraryThing and looking forward to some good discussions. If anyone has any tips on getting "Author Status" - I filled out a form a few days ago, but no change yet - let me know. I'm trying to set up a Member Giveaway for that book I wrote with Gail.

Dec 18, 2013, 8:58pm Top

Hi, Deb! Since you said that you had written both A Distant Enemy and Out of the Wilderness, I combined the authors "Deb Vanasse" and "Debra Vanasse" so now both those books show up on the same author page. :)

I'm afraid I don't know anything about Member Giveaways (hopefully someone who does will chime in), but to become a "Library Thing Author", go to the Deb Vanasse page and in the top righthand corner there's a box that says "Is this you?" Click on the link. If you already tried that, then something went awry somewhere, and you probably ought to email one of the staff. The link to their contact information is at the bottom of every page.

Dec 19, 2013, 5:12am Top

13: A lot of my interest leans toward mother-daughter relationships, religion (I was raised an atheist, converted, then uncoverted; see Higher Ground)
I don't understand, debvanasse, I followed your link to Higher Ground, which links to a book by Caryl Phillips, and it doesn't seem to have anything to do with religion, and certainly not with your personal story. Did you mean another book? I tried to see if you had written a book with the same title by any chance, but if so, I cannot find it. As someone who was raised religiously and who left that religion behind, I'm interested in your story...

Dec 19, 2013, 8:08pm Top

Thanks so much for combining the author names! It's not easy being two people at once :-) I tried the "Library Thing Author" procedure last weekend, but just tried it again, with a message that it hadn't "taken" the first time. If that doesn't work, I'll try the staff contact. Thanks for helping me navigate...

Dec 19, 2013, 8:13pm Top

Oh my. The Higher Ground I meant to reference is by Carolyn Briggs, not Caryl Phillips. The first names are so similar that I clicked on through when the book came up. Carolyn's book was also made into a movie, which I hear is quite good.

I converted to what turned out to be a fundamentalist Christian faith in 1979, then left the church after 20 years in 1999. I will likely be sorting that out in my fiction for some time. My forthcoming novel Cold Spell (Sept. 2014) explores some of it, but there's a lot more material there.

And your story?

Dec 20, 2013, 2:28am Top

17: I was raised Christian, at a denomination that was rather active and close-knit. As a teenager I tried my best to be active as well, since I wanted to belong, but I was having doubts. In an attempt to quell the doubts, I studied the bible with someone for 2 years, but when after that period I still wasn't sure whether I believed in a god at all, I stopped. Since I moved at that time as well, it was a convenient time not to reconnect to this group in my new town. Only after that did I start to notice how much this group had influenced me and how I viewed myself. Even though I didn't really believe, I still agreed with them on certain topics while I was still with them. Only after leaving (and not immediately at that), did I start to see things differently. Now, I'm glad I left and I realize that the way they see the world is not how I see the world, and that we were therefore never a match. It just took almost 30 years to get there...

Dec 20, 2013, 8:25pm Top

18: The lost years, I call them. But I came away with a lyrical depth of language (all that scripture) that I might not have otherwise enjoyed. Thanks for sharing your story.

Dec 21, 2013, 5:10am Top

19: I have definitely learned good things from my Christian years, and everyone around me meant well. It was not all bad. As a matter of fact, at the time I didn't perceive it as bad at all. It's only in hindsight that I see that there were thinks that didn't fit me and some things that were actually damaging.
If you're ever going to right about your experiences, I hope you'll let me know! And thanks for the link to Higher ground, I'm going to check that out.

Dec 23, 2013, 2:58pm Top

Hello everyone, I am Chris Chopra, and I write non-fiction. I almost didn't post here because it seems everyone here is interested in fiction, however some authors mentioned they read non-fiction and I figured why not?

I grew up in Texas, the son of immigrant Indian parents, and moved to India in 2005. Ever since I have been traveling and studying Ayurveda here and just self published a book called The Secret of Slim, which focuses on Ayurvedic weight loss. Assuming I figure out the whole publishing business I have another four-ish books lined up (in truth I have four topics, I like to believe I can turn them into books but only time will tell).

Maybe when I'm done with all of that I can write a fiction book based on my experiences in India. Though I hear the process of writing fiction is very different than non-fiction.

My blog: chrischopra.com
My book's site: secretofslim.com

Thanks for reading!

Dec 24, 2013, 8:34am Top

I'm glad you posted, chrischopra! Yes, I read non-fiction, and I'm just as interested in knowing about the non-fiction writers out there as anyone else. (I'm just less good at coming up with discussion topics that include them. Sorry! Please do feel free to start your own discussion topics.)

The touchstone to your author page wasn't working. I'm going to assume that's because it's a brand new page, and the touchstone search hasn't caught up with it yet, so I plan to try again later. If I don't get the link to your author page into this thread's index in the next couple days, remind me about it. Okay? :)

Dec 25, 2013, 5:51am Top

Thanks for the welcome LShelby!

About the author page, I believe it is working now. As you said I had just signed up so it was probably just updating the database.

Dec 25, 2013, 9:47am Top

>23 chrischopra: You're right, and I now have your author page touchstone added to the index. Don't forget to click on the "Is This You" in the left upper corner of the author page if you haven't already. :)

Edited: Dec 27, 2013, 4:02pm Top

I guess this would be a good place to start saying "hi". I go by the name Randy Harper and I deal in compiling genealogy books that I create for hire by different families for example my Wheelock Genealogy was compiled for Mr Whitney MacMillan (owner of the Cargill Company), the Holmes Family for Morton Holmes Marshia and the Beaumont Family was for the many American descendants of this illustrious family.
As a cemetery inventory analyst, I have been involved in the inventorying and computerizing of many cemeteries in Massachusetts and even a cemetery in Lancaster, PA. It is amazing how much history, genealogy and art is being lost to us each day due to erosion, acid rain and vandalism.
There are several more, but my interests also include heraldry, history, royalty (mostly European) and on a marginally related note, stamp collecting.
As an addicted anglophile, I could talk all day of Britain's castles, heritage and royalty. I have always professed (and believe it strongly) that if you dropped me off in England and left me there for ten years, when you came back to get me, I would look at you and say "just one more day please".
It's nice to be about the author's list and I look forward to many a conversation.

Edited: Dec 27, 2013, 5:11pm Top

I've started a topic on Research that I hope will give the non-fiction writers (and some of us fiction writers too, of course) a chance to swap fish stories experiences. :)

Dec 27, 2013, 5:07pm Top

New author alert!
I'm Ace Hansen, author of the humorous middle grade novel, JULIUS CAESAR BROWN AND THE GREEN GAS MYSTERY. I'm a sassy alien who resides inside a more serious author, Angelina C. Hansen. She lets me out to play sometimes. She writes serious young adult stuff, but I write outrageous, funny stuff. My novel was published first, so what does that tell you? At book signings I like to play cowboy songs on my harmonica to fill those awkward moments. I write humorous MG novels because I love to giggle and make people laugh.

Dec 27, 2013, 5:16pm Top

> 27 "My novel was published first, so what does that tell you?"

I'm not sure, but whatever it says I probably approve. :)

Dec 28, 2013, 8:46am Top

Hello, everyone. I'm new to LibraryThing and am trying to feel my way around, but I feel as though I'm blindfolded at present.

I'm a writer with 2 self-pubbed books on Amazon (a collection of short stories and a supernatural novel) and my first published (as opposed to self-pubbed) novel has just come out. It's apocalyptic science fiction. I have a general fiction novel due to be published soon.

As you can see, I don't confine my writing to just one genre. I know this goes against the advice of many writers far more experienced and knowledgeable than me, but {shrugs} I write what I have to write.

Jan 2, 2014, 1:03pm Top

Hi Everyone - I, too, am new to LibraryThing. I love reading mysteries and I also love writing them. In addition to a few dead bodies, my mysteries also tend to have a historical back story like TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. I've also written mysteries set in dual time frames - 1905 and the present - in CONTINUANCE (think Tess Gerritsen's THE BONE GARDEN - one of my favorites).

I'm happiest when I'm either reading or writing. Some of my favorite writers right now are Tess Gerritsen, Linwood Barclay and John Grisham although I'm constantly on the lookout for a new favorite!

I'm a staunch supporter of indie publishing and write a weekly blog on broowaha.com and allvoices.com about the business of indie writing. I also have a blog on my website at http://www.martatandori.com.

Happy to share with all of you!

Edited: Jan 2, 2014, 2:22pm Top

Hello, Sam and Marta!

> 29 Sam, I never confined myself to one genre when I started writing, but when I got serious about publishing I discovered that I had to research a complete different set of publishers and agents for each genre I was interested in... at that point I decided that I would just set everything in an imaginary world (no hardship, I love worldbuilding!), so that it would all fall under the science fiction/fantasy label, no matter what I happened to be doing with the plot. :)

>30 MartaTandori: Marta, mysteries with a historical basis sounds like a cool sort of specialty. I like mysteries, I like history... I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your books. I hope you can find the time to particpate in some of the other threads in the group.

Both of you, I would love to have you visit the brand new List of Books by Hobnob Authors thread for 2014 and list your books for me, so I can add them. (And I want all you other authors to do it too, of course. The old thread has a lot of books, I want the new thread to look just as impressive.) ;)

Also, we're always looking for people to join our Snippet Game.

Edited: Jan 16, 2014, 11:57am Top

Hi everyone,

I'm Paul Wornham and I'm an author and reader.

I grew up in England and moved to Canada so long that when I go 'home', it no longer feels like home. I've lived in the beautiful but brutal province of Alberta, where winter isn't so much a season as an icy homicidal maniac. Since I moved to Ontario, I have rediscovered the joy of spring before June and summers that last more than three weeks.

I enjoy reading a very wide range of books. I'll read anything by Stephen King as a matter of course and the same goes for Bill Bryson and Michael Connelly. I've read the entire series of Discworld by Terry Pratchett and the whole Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, everything I could find by Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark and recently have discovered a bunch of self-published authors like Chris Culver and Hugh Howey who turn out first-class novels.

I read mostly on my Kindle, but still love a brand-new hardback or paperback to add to my overloaded bookcases.

My first novel 'The Philanthropist's Danse' was a self-published mystery and was well-received. My next book 'The Mercy Contracts' is in the final stages of preparation - a copy-editor is giving it some love and attention before it sees the light of day. I hope to release it next month or in March.

I'm glad to have discovered LibraryThing, a friend on Goodreads pointed me here. It's nice to meet you.

Jan 16, 2014, 3:00pm Top

Greetings everyone. I'm a middle aged fantasy and scifi nerd. My first book is coming out in a couple months - so I'm sort of excited and nervous about that. I'm working on a very sprawling multibook scifi epic currently. My favorite authors are Tolkien, Salinger, and Asimov. I love to watch movies and star trek, and I love to cook. I'm stuck in new york. sniffle.

Jan 19, 2014, 12:49pm Top

Hello Paul and Venessa. Looks like we got two Asimov fans in a row. Fun coincidence! :)

My sympathies on being stuck in New York, Vanessa, if by that you mean the city. I am not made to be a city girl. New York state, however, I consider lovely.

Don't forget to check out the other threads in the group.

Jan 21, 2014, 2:31pm Top

Yeah, I'm stuck in Nassau just outside of Queens. I'm more of a west coast person.

Jan 24, 2014, 5:45pm Top

I've read three of Mary Pat Hyland's novels, including The House With the Wraparound Porch. She's good.

Jan 24, 2014, 5:51pm Top

I am a resident of southwestern Pennsylvania and former resident of Washington, DC. I stopped reading fantasy/science fiction when I became a "responsible adult." It was probably not coincidental that when I decided I had had enough of being a responsible adult and became a writer, I began to write science fiction, or I should say speculative fiction as my two novels are light on science, heavy on imagination.

The first is Cel & Anna; the second, just out of the egg, is Warning: Something Else Is Happening. Warning has e-beasts.

Another milestone: I got back to reading science fiction -- just finished Max Barry's Lexicon, which I liked a lot.

Jan 25, 2014, 10:28am Top

I got a bit behind on the index. I hope I'm caught up. If I missed adding someone, I apologize abjectly, it wasn't on purpose, please tell me so I can fix it.

pennwriter, I'm delighted to hear that someone here, has read someone else's here's books and liked them. :)

As for the whole "being an adult", thingy... personally I've always agreed with C. S. Lewis -- "When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." People who look down on perfectly good forms of entertainment for being "childish" are just making their own lives less enjoyable for no good reason, and should be pitied, not emulated.

Vanessa_Kittle ... uh, you said you were working on a scifi epic, so I listed you like that, but when I went to your author page, it looks like you do cookbooks?

paulwornham - I was raised in Alberta. Currently Ohio (where I am now living) is actually having something that resembles a winter. Barely. But they're shutting the schools down. Intense cold! As you might imagine, I snicker a lot.

Edited: Jan 25, 2014, 4:18pm Top

One of the pleasures of going indie is the OTHER indie writers whose books I have enjoyed -- these are books I would not have found otherwise. Beautifully written, professionally presented, and inexpensive books.

Here are some. Look for them at Amazon and elsewhere.

Susan Eisenberg
Mary Pat Hyland
Christa Polkinhorn
Seumus Gallacher
Gloria Bowman
Kate Laity (not self-published, but indie in spirit)

Yes, thinking I had to wear mask of responsible adult at all times was one of the dumber things I did with my life.

Jan 25, 2014, 11:37am Top

Just as a hint, pennwriter, if you put a double set of square brackets around the names of authors you're talking about, they turn into links taking us directly to the author's page.
Susan Eisenberg, Mary Pat Hyland, Christa Polkinhorn, Gloria Bowman

And speaking of LT technicalities....
Susan Eisenberg appears to have one work listed twice on her page. The reason LT didn't combine them is because two different ISBNs are being used. Since you're familiar with this author, could you verify that it's the essentially the same text published under two ISBNs (usually because the format changed... ebook vs paper, or the like)? If so I'll combine them together.

Likewise, Christa Polkinhorn has two books listed, and the second is titled as if it's the second book in a series. Is the other book listed the first book in the series? If so, I'll add series information for them both.

Seamus Gallagher and Kate Laity don't appear to be in the LT database as of yet. :(
If you own books by these authors, you might want to consider adding them to your LT library. That will get those authors into the system.

Edited: Jan 25, 2014, 11:53am Top

Thank you, I will do these things.

To the list I add Susan Kaye Quinn. Like me, she writes speculative fiction. (Unlike me, she earns a six-figure income from it.)

Edited: Jan 25, 2014, 12:09pm Top

I made a mistake; that should be Susan Dormady Eisenberg. Susan Eisenberg is someone else.

There is 3rd book in Polkinhorn's series: Emilia. All 3 books are part of the Family Portrait series.

And another: it should be Seumas Gallacher.

Jan 25, 2014, 2:09pm Top

>42 pennwriter: "There is 3rd book in Polkinhorn's series: Emilia"

Unfortunately I can't add a book to a series, I can only add a series to a book. So until someone on LT adds the third book to their library, I can't do anything about it. But a "Boxed Set" has showed up. Does that include all three books?

Jan 25, 2014, 2:13pm Top

I just added the third in the series, EMILIA, to my library. But yes, boxed set includes all three.

Thank you.


Jan 25, 2014, 3:46pm Top

I wrote "Crossing the River" after I retired from teaching eighth grade English and American history students because I felt a great need to express how I feel about people and universal human conflicts. My considerable interest in American history explains why I selected as the setting of my novel Massachusetts Colony 1775 and more specifically the Battles of Lexington and Concord April 19. I wanted to portray these events through the experiences of ordinary as well as notable historical figures. I wanted to instruct as much as I wanted to entertain.

I am about to start writing a novel about the English settlements at Roanoke in the 1580s with special focus on native-American characters. I write about this, do historical fiction reviews, present excerpts from my Revolutionary War novel, and feature self-published American historical fiction authors on my blog site: http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com.

Edited: Jan 25, 2014, 4:31pm Top

Hello to everyone,

My author name is Richard C Cox, I'm from England (currently living in London) and, luckily, write for pleasure rather than money or I would have starved to death years ago. As for my reading, well whatever it is you glimpse in the paintings of Dali or Magritte, that's what I particularly love in fiction too. As a result, I've read a fair amount of science fiction, but in truth what ought to be my favourite genre ('surreal fiction'? 'mad-as-a-box-of-frogs fiction'?) doesn't actually exist!

Incidentally, does anyone out there know whether the 'Is This You?' link (for the yellow LT Author badge) really does work or is just a cruel initiation-ceremony joke because I've been desperately hammering away at mine for more than a week now without result (and have also tried emailing Member Support, but haven't had a reply to that either). Perhaps I'm just using the wrong deodorant? (go on, you can tell me).

Jan 25, 2014, 4:32pm Top

>45 HaroldTitus: It worked for me some years back, and has clearly worked for some newer members much more recently, but you are not the only person I have heard from who has not been able to get it to work. :(

I'd be more inclined to guess it was your web-browser than your deodorant.

I'm very surprised that emailing didn't accomplish anything either, though. If I were you, I'd try again... maybe to a different address?

Jan 25, 2014, 4:44pm Top

I'll give that a go - thanks.

Jan 26, 2014, 3:27pm Top

Tried 'info at librarything.com' as well, but no reply from that so far either (all I can hear is the sound of the wind blowing old newspapers through the deserted rubble-filled streets).

Jan 26, 2014, 6:46pm Top

>49 Spaceface: Sorry for the delay on that—got it all sorted now, as you probably saw via email.

Jan 27, 2014, 8:57am Top

Richard, Do you know the novels of Russell Hoban? He wrote a series of novels set in London (eg, The Bat Tattoo, Amaryllis Night and Day, Fremder) that could fit under heading of "surreal fiction."

Hoban, who died late in 2011, was an American ex-pat author of very successful children's books (eg, the Frances series, The Mouse and His Child) who switched to adult novels in mid-career. His most famous novel for adults is Riddley Walker.

Jan 27, 2014, 2:24pm Top

Anyone who has not read Hoban should do so immediately. He was fearless and wonderful and will delight you as a reader and inspire you as a writer.

Jan 27, 2014, 6:24pm Top

Esta: So great to meet another Hoban fan. Right now I am rereading Amaryllis Night and Day. What are your favorites?

Jan 27, 2014, 7:18pm Top

"Kleinzeit" and "The Mouse and His Child" are books I can reread any time. Perhaps that qualifies them as my favorites, but "Turtle Diary" is a splendid introduction for a new recruit.

I very much like "The Bat Tattoo," "Her Name Was Lola," "The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin Boaz."

Delighted you are here to chat with.

Jan 28, 2014, 2:49am Top


I'm Bryan Romer. Although I've published books before (SM Erotica) under a different pen name, I have just had my first SF/Horror novel published on Amazon, Smashwords, and Fiction4all.

I've always been a mad Science Fiction fan, as well as liking certain very specific kinds of adventure/thriller and horror/magic. I've long had this idea in my head about a semi-scientific explanation for the existence of vampires and werewolves, and after much pondering decided to put it down on paper (electrons?). Just as a point of clarification, my vampires don't sparkle, aren't pale and goth, and can be rather violent and nasty, but civilized and normal too. The werewolves are much worse, generally can't control when they change except by adopting rather extreme measures, and need to eat (you can guess what) in order to power their healing and the change itself.

There is room for a sequel or two if the book turns out to be even faintly popular, and after that, well, I've always had a thing for sexy androids, assassins, and really really big spaceships, so who knows?

Anyway, thanks for listening/reading, and even more profuse thanks if by any chance one of you buys my book and doesn't dump it after the first five minutes :)

Edited: Jan 28, 2014, 10:47am Top

I am going to start a new thread because I want to talk about Hoban. Agreed about TURTLE DIARY. Hoban himself called it his "gateway book."


I started it under Authors. I HOPE that is where it shows up.

Jan 28, 2014, 1:42pm Top

>55 Bryan_Romer: Hi Bryan, welcome to Library Thing!

"There is room for a sequel or two if the book turns out to be even faintly popular, and after that, well, I've always had a thing for sexy androids, assassins, and really really big spaceships, so who knows?"

Personally, my books' sequels usually are usually setting up a homestead in my brain before I've finished writing the first one, and I've discovered that they are not particularly amenable to eviction just because the first book didn't find it's market. But maybe you're a luckier sort of writer.

On the other hand, I like a lot of variety betwixt my working projects, so if it was me, I would have started on something with a sexy android, assassins and a really really big spaceship already, whether there's a sequel to the scientific vampires in the offing or not.

I certainly wouldn't wait around to find out if the previous book achieved any kind of popularity or not. In all the research I've done on marketing and selling novels only one truth appears to be universal: the best way to boost the sales of your first book, is write and publish another, even better, book in the same genre.

>56 pennwriter: Uh, pennwriter, you didn't just start a thread, you started a whole group.

Not that I'm saying that Hoban doesn't deserve a group to himself, but you made it sound like you were trying to add one thread about him to the Authors group, and that isn't what happened.

The difficulty with starting a new group, rather than posting a new thread to an existing group, is that people who read talk using the "Your Groups and Posts" tab, won't see anything posted to a new group, and might not realize that you've started one. You may want to try advertising it places, like uh... Book Talk? Maybe Fantasy Fans? I think there's a group called the Green Dragon or something like that which is for Fantasy lovers and gets a lot of traffic, maybe that would be a good place to try letting people know about it?

Also, make sure you don't just use the regular touchstones, but also go to the "About" box on the right sidebar above the touchstone listing, and mark the entire thread as being "About" Hobart. That will give your thread a little more visibility, and will make it more likely that interested people will find it.

Edited: Jan 29, 2014, 4:58pm Top

>51 pennwriter: and 52: Many thanks to both of you for reminding me! Although Riddley Walker has long been one of my favourite post-apocalypse novels, Hoban himself is on a list of authors I've never got around to following up since - so Turtle Diary it is.

Also: I've no idea whether it's suitable, but there is already a Weird Fiction group which looks badly in need of some new input.

Edited: Jan 29, 2014, 8:02am Top


Thanks for the welcome :)

My choice regarding what to write is whether to return to my main erotica line or to produce more "mainstream" novels. Both require the same amount of effort and creativity, and both interest me equally.

I already have a 17th century pirate themed S&M novel underway which had taken a lot of research on setting, economy, and naval combat, plus a shorter one featuring a modern day masochistic preoperation transgender girl (m2f).

Jan 29, 2014, 1:26pm Top

Hmm . . .act in haste, repent at leisure. I will delete group and maybe go over to Weird Fiction, where Hoban will be right at home.

Feb 1, 2014, 1:13pm Top

Hi Everyone
My name is Rachel Meehan and I write fiction for young adults. I live in Scotland and my first two books are part of a series of 3 ( Troubled Times) and focus on climate change.

Water's Edge was published last July and the 2nd book Power's Out was published in Dec 2013. I am currently working on the third and final and as I type this it is raining very heavily........

When I am not writing my own stuff I am often working with a couple of friends who also write and I have set up a small publishing company for our work Cherry House Publishing. And on top of that yes, I have a proper job, or at least one that pays the bills.

I love reading and have quite wide tastes from John Wyndham and John Christopher to Gudrun Pausewang, Alex Shearer. When the weather permits I am usually outside in the garden, growing our own food.

I am looking forward to taking part in the group.

Feb 3, 2014, 9:31am Top

Hello Authors,My name is David C Russell. I am from Michigan, in the good old USA.
First, thank you LShelby for alerting me of this thread. I am new to library thing and still learning my way around here.
-I self published one faith-based fiction novel in November 2012, "Winds Of Change", Crossbooks, and since have been writing short stories mostly for Writers 750 a part of the fiction writer group on Linked In.
I enjoy reading, mostly audio books as I am a sight impaired person. Some of my favorite authors include
Faye Kellerman
John Grisham
Jeffrey Archer
and currently reading Robbin Carr, Deep In The Valley book 1.
Hobbies: biking, walking, classical and acoustic music, I play piano, discussions, and some spectator sports. Even enjoy a few card games like Hearts, Uno and Skipbo.
I live in Michigan US with my wife; our son and daughter are young adults and on their own, we are already grandparents of one 2-year-old enrgetic granddaughter.
I will perhaps leave my stories to her when the time is appropriate, and if she still enjoys books then.
-One area of interest is how to keep interest in your book going, and where would you recommend others post reviews of your work besides Amazon and or Good Reads?
Is Library Thing amenable for authors to create a presence here i.e. posting book reviews or having an author page of sorts?
Or, as someone suggested elsewhere, kind of use a back door approach and talk about other books and mention yours as, O by the way I am the author of ...
Thanks for this thread, and your forthcoming reply.
Warm Regards
ps. My blog is faith oriented and can be found at

Feb 3, 2014, 1:32pm Top

>62 David.Russell:

Posting reviews that you didn't write yourself isn't allowed. There are copyright issues involved.

But if you were to add reviews to your profile page, I doubt anyone would try stop you. It isn't public data, like the reviews that appear on the site elsewhere are, so there's not much motivation to police it.

And you already do have an author page. It just doesn't happen to be a private space for you do what you want with, but is instead a public space for all LTers to participate in the accumulation of data about you the author. LT is all about data.

"where would you recommend others post reviews of your work besides Amazon and or Good Reads?"

Uh... Library Thing? How about Barns & Noble and Smashwords?

Is having reviews posted really worth all the brouhaha that rookie self-publishers seem to think it is?

I never look at the reviews on any of these places when I'm shopping for books, so it's hard for me to not be dubious about how much it accomplishes. Also, I've never seen hard data on book purchase surges due to a positive review on one of these sites. Being mentioned positively in a popular blog I've seen the upward bumps on the sales chart for, but not for a positive review on Amazon, or Goodreads or any big book related site. I've been assuming that they mostly just get lost in the shuffle. The benefit of a positive mention on a blogging site that is NOT about books, is that it draws attention to itself. But one positive mention in the middle of a few million other mentions about half of which are also positive... that's not going to make you stand out.

So if it helps at all, it seems to be as part and parcel of the "slow growth over time" numbers. And going to great efforts to try and increase those numbers, I would think would be less useful than letting them take care of themselves and concentrating on getting out the next book, which does happen to be one of those "big bump" events on the sales chart.

But I suppose one can't be writing ALL the time, and fussing over reviews maybe makes people feel like they're doing something useful?

Feb 3, 2014, 2:18pm Top

I usually do read a few reviews here or on GR before I buy a book. I try to get a feel for if the book is something for me. Since I'm often looking for something specific, that may mean that I'm put off by a positive review or encouraged by a negative one, depending on what they say. And I usually read a few, so one review is unlikely to affect my buying behavior...

Feb 3, 2014, 7:15pm Top

> 64 "that may mean that I'm put off by a positive review or encouraged by a negative one, depending on what they say"

This phenomenon happens to me also. But I find my judgements on this basis are more accurate when I know the reviewers somewhat already -- either in person or through having read previous reviews and compared them to the books in question. I like having that context.


If the reason reviews are helpful is because they provide a good quality non-partisan description, then you don't need a lot of them, you just need a handful of high quality ones... right? Which would suggest that finding a good reviewer and approaching them directly about reviewing your book would be a much more effective method than the scatter-shot approach of the Member Giveaway.

I could easily believe that to be true.

I'm planning to do a Member Giveaway myself soon anyway, though. Why not? The worst that can happen is that everyone will hate my books so much that they will post reviews warning other readers away... and if my books are that bad, then nothing I could do would make them sell anyway. So I'm not really any worse off.

I hadn't planned to request reviews.

I'm just more comfortable leaving that decision up to the reader.

Feb 6, 2014, 5:52am Top

Can't find a Weird Fiction Group.

Feb 16, 2014, 9:21am Top

Hi, I write paranormal/fantasy and am based in Bonny Scotland! Lovely place - except for the weather lol! I only published fairly recently, 23rd November was when I finally pressed that 'publish' button! I waited 'til I had quite a few ready before going live, many reasons - main one was fear lol! Now got ten live and working on two others and hopefully one of those be ready soon. I'm new to LT and just trying to find my way around the site. I love writing but am not the most tech savvy about so bear with me if I do some things wrong. I spend my time writing, with family and reading - I read most genres in fiction, not all, but most. I like a good thriller and some sci fi I've read recently was great.

Feb 16, 2014, 3:25pm Top

Hi, AK, I hope I can help you find your feet with a little advice.

First, add all your own books to your own library. That way you can be sure that at least one copy of each of your books exists on LT, and that all the information on that copy is correct. You don't have to feel guilty about doing this. You DO own copies of your own books, right? Then you have every right to list them as part of your library catalog.

If you have cover images for your books, go to "change cover" and upload them. Once you have uploaded a cover image for one of your books, its available to everyone who adds a copy of the same book, if they want it. (Since only a few people here have copies of your books, you might want to drop them a note telling them that there is a cover image available, after you've gotten them added to your own copies.)

I also noticed that there was no series information listed for any of your books that are already on LT. I'd have fixed it for you, but I didn't know which books went to which series, and in what order. You probably want to fill in that information as well as a few other bits of "CK" (Common Knowledge) to make your books page look well tended. :)

And when that's done, add a bunch of your favorite books by other people. Adding books provides a means for other people on LT to connect with you, so the more books you have listed that reveal your reading tastes and personal interests, the better.

If you have any questions, please ask. Questions that are author-y in nature should probably be asked here in "Hobnob With Authors", and Questions that are about LT in general are probably best put in the "Welcome to LT" or "Talk About LT" groups for the fastest possible response.

Welcome to Library Thing!

Feb 16, 2014, 3:56pm Top

This is a very interesting thread... I wish you all well.. readers need all the writers we can find!

Mar 5, 2014, 9:44pm Top

Hi, I just signed up for this website and I am trying to learn my way around it. I am an author of my new book "Creatures: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems" by Mourning Star (that is me). It is a horror book that is great for all ages. This type of writing is what I do. I love to write horror stories that all people can read. I have posted my book on Amazon for only 99cents! Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Creatures-Collection-Short-Stories-Poems-ebook/dp/B00I2FHX...
Thank you for reading this,
Mourning Star

Mar 6, 2014, 8:29am Top

My name is Avikshit. I have recently self published my first book-Surya Night, a science fiction on Indian scriptures. The intention of writing the book was to offer 'entertainment with value'. Professionally, I belong to the world of photovoltaic systems, and this is my first attempt at writing a full book.

Mar 6, 2014, 2:38pm Top

Okay, I've got you both added to the directory. :)

MStar, there don't appear to be any copies of your book cataloged here on LibraryThing. That means you have no author page either. To create an author page, you need to add a copy of your book to your catalog. (Use the "Add books" tab). (Once you've got that done, could you let me know so I can add the link to your author page?) And you should add a bunch of your favorite books by other people to your catalog as well, so that people here will have a better idea of what your tastes are, and so what your book might be like.

When you have your book listed, click on the author's name (that'll be you) and that takes you to your author page. Scroll down, looking at the right column, until you get to the box that says "is this you?" and click on that. That'll hopefully get you and your author page connected together.

Let people know if you're having trouble. LibraryThing has a lot of features, and a different mindset than a lot of other sites, so it can be very confusing. But there's always lots of people around willing to help.

Avishit, you might also want to find that "is this you?" link if you haven't already, and add some more books, too.

...I must say, science fiction based on indian scriptures sounds like an interesting premise. Is it very adventurous, or more philosophical?


Don't forget to check out everything else we've got going on here in Hobnob. And do take a look at some of the other groups as well, particularly ones that are about the same things you are interested in and write about. Promoting is pretty much frowned on everywhere else on LT except here, but making friends is allowed everywhere. :)

Mar 6, 2014, 6:26pm Top

Thanks LShelby for adding me to the directory. :D I have added the books that I like to my profile (at least I think) and I have also put the book I wrote, "Creatures: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems" by (me) Mourning Star on my book profile too.

Thanks again,
Mourning Star
If you would like to read my new book, "Creatures: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems" here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Creatures-Collection-Short-Stories-Poems-ebook/dp/B00I2FHX...

Mar 14, 2014, 7:31pm Top

Greetings my new friends! I'm Russell W. Scott - Shadez - I'm a Writer, Artist, and Public Servant. I've written plays, poems, editorials, speeches, serials, and just published my first novel THE DADDY GAME under my own brand for the KINDLE and the NOOK. Most recently, I've been writing for the online magazine www.dovestylemagazine.com Basically, like all of you, I'm a lover of stories and that crosses many genres. So far the stories I've written are fictions set in real life, usually around the Washington, D.C. area where I was raised and returned to.

I hope to share many reads with you all and hope you'll share with me and also check out my stories as well.
http://sovereignwords.wordpress.com - is my blog site; the Kindle link to my novel: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ICZ2XT6 and the NOOK link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-daddy-game-shadez/1118720223?ean=29401481200...

Mar 15, 2014, 8:29pm Top

Hi! I am Tara Jacobsen, marketing speaker and non fiction author. With my biz partner Rebekah Welch, we write Ebooks as the Marketing and Media Monsters. We set a goal for ourselves to write a book a week for a year. So far we are kicking it!

Our style is "tell it like it is" and use our years of marketing experience to be able to produce amazing books that help solve a specific problem.

http://nonfictionmarketing.com is our writing site and http://mandmmonsters.com is, well, our Marketing and Media Monsters site..:)

Mar 25, 2014, 3:39pm Top

Hello everyone!

My name is Robert Berry; I am a first time author who graduated from college in 2013. I have just published my first booklet, The Freshman’s Guide to College Academics. The booklet provides high school seniors with information about what practices they need to engage in order to make the successful transition from high school to college. I am really passionate about helping students graduate from college. Only about 60% of first time college students graduate in six years, and it is my hope and belief, that if all high school seniors read my booklet before heading off to college, they would all graduate and perform well in their coursework, if they followed the advice given in the booklet.

The Freshman’s Guide to College Academics is available for sale through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my website http://freshmansguidetocollege.com/.

I love to read, and my reading interests include a lot of fiction, with my favorite authors in the fiction realm being Stuart Woods, Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, and Christopher Reich. I also enjoy reading nonfiction, particularly books about business, history, and sports.

When I am not reading I enjoy watching sports, particularly my home state team the Iowa Hawkeyes, as well as my alma mater team the Creighton Bluejays. I am also one of those crazy people who spends hours of their life hitting a little ball, with a stick, into a hole in the ground. Golf is one of my great passions in life, and I have been lucky enough in my lifetime to play all over the U.S. as well as in a few other countries.

That is my story, as I am new to LT I look forward to getting to know my fellow authors.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Robert Berry

Mar 26, 2014, 9:27am Top

Hi, I got you added to the index. Welcome to LibraryThing!

Mar 26, 2014, 1:14pm Top

Hi gang, Ed Robinson here. I've written three non-fictions books which have all been category bestsellers at Amazon. I quit my job and live on a boat, so the first two are nautical in nature.

Leap of Faith: Quit Your Job and Live on a Boat was a bestseller in Happiness.
Poop, Booze, and Bikinis is currently #1 in Boating

My most recent release is quite different. It's a true story of one woman's triumph over pain (my wife).
The Untold Story of Kim is currently #1 in Physical Impairments and is top ten in Pain Management. #1 Hot New Release in both categories.

We hang out on the west coast of Florida or in the Keys. Just trying to get acquainted with this site. Bear with me!

Mar 26, 2014, 8:56pm Top

The first thing you should probably do is add your own books to your LT library. (But don't give them five star ratings. A lot of people here really hate it when authors give high ratings to their own books.)

Right now I can only find one of your books on LibraryThing, and that's Leap of Faith. Since you only mentioned writing those three books, I assumed that you were not the same Ed Robinson as had written any of the other books on the "Ed Robinson" combined page, so I went ahead and said that the author of Leap of Faith was a different Ed Robinson.

So you now have an author page. :) You can get to it either by following the link in the index in the first message of this thread, or by going to Leap of Faith: Quit Your Job and Live on a Boat, and following the author link there.

Once you've found your author page, you probably want to claim it. There'll be a link on the right hand side saying "Is this you?" Click on it. :)

You should probably also add a bunch of other books you own and like to your LT library. Cataloging books is what the site is all about, and people tend to check out other people's libraries. Readers here are more likely to take an interest in your books, if they see that you share books with them.

Hope this helps you!

Mar 30, 2014, 12:26pm Top

Hi, I just joined LibraryThing and updated my profile and author profile.

I have recently published a historical pirate novel, The Wrath of Brotherhood, book 1 in the Brethren of the Spanish Main series (available on the major 4 eBook retailers). Amazon link here if you want to take a look: http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-Brotherhood-Brethren-Spanish-Main-ebook/dp/B00HMRF5J...

Currently working on book 2.

I'm interested in talking to other authors here, as well as readers. I don't plan to do a ton of self-promotion and don't really want the spam, but it is good to have that part of the introduction out there. My interests as an author (and reader) include self-discovery, social commentary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and some suspense/thriller stuff. I enjoy discovery in all its forms, and it is a main characteristic of things I like to read or write.

Nice to meet you all!

Ozgur K. Sahin

Mar 30, 2014, 2:11pm Top

>81 ozgurksahin:
Hi! I got you added, but the touchstone for your author page isn't working correctly, so I put an ordinary hyperlink in instead. It's nothing to worry about -- probably just that you're new and the search index hasn't caught up yet. But I'm mentioning it so that you can remind me in a couple days to go back and see if I can fix it. Otherwise I usually for forget.

Welcome to LibraryThing! You appear to have done a good job of starting out on the right foot. I hope you enjoy your stay.

Edited: Apr 6, 2014, 12:16pm Top

Hi Everyone, I recently joined LibraryThing. I am the author of Charles Middleworth, a humorous tale of the unexpected. It is available from Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Charles-Middleworth-Guy-Portman/dp/1475287682/ref=sr_1_1....

My second book, Necropolis, is being released on April 24th. It is a humorous work of dark Fiction. This is the blurb:

Dyson Devereux works in the Burials and Cemeteries department in his local council. Dyson is intelligent, incisive and informed. He is also a sociopath. Dyson’s contempt for the bureaucracy and banality of his workplace provides ample refuge for his mordant wit. But the prevalence of Essex Cherubs adorning the headstones of Newton New Cemetery is starting to get on his nerves.

When an opportunity presents itself will Dyson seize his chance and find freedom, or is his destiny to be a life of toil in Burials and Cemeteries?

Brutal, bleak and darkly comical, Necropolis is a savage indictment of the politically correct, health and safety obsessed world in which we live.

‘Not only a funny, twisted, erudite satire on the psychopath genre, this novel also boasts a compelling plot and
finely sculpted characters’

‘A black comedy of true distinction’

‘I was at once fascinated and disturbed by the devious Dyson Devereux with his malicious pedantry, wicked schemes and grotesque good taste. A barbed joy’

If anyone wants a free .mobi or epub version of either of my books please let me know.

Thank you


Apr 9, 2014, 1:35am Top

Hello, I am Jermaine Mintuck from Canada. I write science fiction and self help ebooks on Amazon Kindle. When I am not doing these writings, I am building web sites or otherwise reading more about Kindle and marketing my ebooks or out with my parents for coffee and shopping.

Apr 9, 2014, 9:40am Top

>84 jmintuck:
Hi! I got you added to the thread index, but you're so new the search isn't finding you yet, so I couldn't do a proper "touchstone" type link to your author page. Please post again in a couple of days reminding me to go back and fix it. Okay?

Also, you might want to "claim" your author page, if you haven't already. There's a link at the top right-hand side, that says "Is this you?" Click there.

Another good thing to do is add more books to your library. Books that you like, and that are relevant to what you write, but that are by other people are the best place to start.

(And, uh... a lot of people here on LT are scornful of authors who give their own books five star ratings. Just letting you know.)

Apr 12, 2014, 9:50am Top

I'm a full time writer from Arizona. Last year, my wife of forty years and I adopted four wonderful children who make me smile every day.

I began my first novel in 1999 and joined a great critique group and learned how to write. I've had eight novels, mostly mystery/suspense, published by small publishers, but I'm still learning the craft.

Novel nine, The Yankee Club, a Prohibition era mystery, will be released August 12 by Random House Alibi. They're great to work with and I'm contracted with them for books 2 through 4 in the series. Hope you'll drop by my website, www.mjmurphy.com or like my author FB page https://www.facebook.com/mmurfy86.

Looking forward to getting to know more of you.

Michael Murphy

Apr 17, 2014, 5:15pm Top

Hello everyone :)

I am an author with an "unplanned" book.

I woke up in a hospital in 2012. Toward the end of my two-week hospitalization, one of the nurses suggested that I start a diary. I did.

After 10 months of diary entries, it occurred to me that people might take an interest in what it's like to come out of an attempted suicide. Thus, my book of published diary entries - "Playing the Hand We're Dealt: Memoirs on Recovering from Suicide."

The title of the book is a play on words. My two-week hospital stay occurred in between two hand surgeries (after an injury, I was diagnosed with a bone tumor and an injury-induced chronic pain disorder - both on the injured hand).

The book is currently availalble on LT as a member give-away.

Edited: Apr 24, 2014, 5:19pm Top

Hey everyone!

My name is Coach Ahmad and am the author of my first book, "Dedication, Desire and the Magic of Empowerment". This book came out of a rough time I was going through that motivated me to express to the youth how important it is to set goals and for them to stay motivated at achieving them. My dream from this is to produce as many well educated or hard-working people that will choose to listen.

If anyone would like to check it, I have a direct link below where you can check out an excerpt from my book in order to get a better idea of what I write about.


Thank you for your time and good luck to you all!


Apr 24, 2014, 7:03pm Top

Hi All,

I'm Ken Cluff. I've written two science fiction novellas named "Pariahs" and "Commander". Both are episodes in a series named "The Voyage Home". The third book in the series is, "First Blood". Once it is finished, I will be looking for beta readers for feedback and reviews before I publish it. I'm also interested in getting reviews for "Commander" and another work, "A Call to Arms", which is an omnibus containing both "Pariahs" and "Commander".

I love science fiction, but I'm turned off by vulgar language, profanity and sex scenes, especially when they are gratuitous. Today, it seems most science fiction contains this type of material. I'm writing books that I hope are engaging and entertaining yet absent of these traits.

I have a website where you can preview the contents of these books: http://www.thevoyagehome.net/downloads/index.html

You can also see them here at Amazon:
Pariahs: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HIF36B0
Commander: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JEYH4IY
A Call to Arms: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JEYGX0Y

Thank you for the time it took you to read through this intro.

Ken Cluff

Apr 24, 2014, 10:00pm Top

>88 CoachAhmad:
Got you added to the index! :)

>89 KenCluff:
Hi, Ken. I find myself largely in sympathy with your goals. But having said that, I'm going to admit that I can't claim that the things on your "turn off" list are entirely absent from my own stories. (Don't want to lure you into looking into my stuff with false claims.)

Are your works entered into LibraryThing yet? You don't seem to have claimed an author page for yourself.

Apr 26, 2014, 2:15am Top

>90 LShelby: LShelby

Thanks for the add! Do you by any chance know of any other motivational type authors on this site? I'm new to this whole forum and need some help navigating. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Apr 26, 2014, 9:20am Top

I'm afraid I can't remember any one else who specializes in motivational writing. Sorry!

As for help navigating...

The main focus of LT is cataloging books. You only have 3 books in your catalog. That means you have little or no "connections" with other LT users. You're not going to be showing up on many "top 100 most similar libraries" lists. If someone is curious about you and clicks on your profile, the "books you have in common with this user" box is pretty much always going to be blank. The first thing I always recommend is adding books to your catalog.

As for the forums, the most active groups are usually the "Challenge" groups. These are groups where readers are challenging themselves to meet some particular reading goal, and as they do so they list (and frequently describe) the books they have been reading. These reports are then commented on by other members of the group. There are also a plethora of subject themed groups, where you can find LTers who are interested in the topics that interest you. If you do a search, and look at the left hand column, you will see that there are search results for titles, authors, users, groups, posts, etc -- using search is probably the easiest way to find more specialized groups that don't show up on the main groups page.

Apr 26, 2014, 5:02pm Top

>92 LShelby:

Okay, well thanks for the help. I'll start browsing around then and adding some books to my library.

May 1, 2014, 10:11pm Top


I am a new author. I write under the name Latour Angel. I just finished my first book titled, The Earth Keys. It is a fantasy novel that sometimes I want to call horror because it deals in demons and fallen angels, but I don't consider myself scary, LOL. It is Christian based. I had loads of fun writing it. It took me quite a while to find my genre. I minored in English in college and took creative writing.

I've been writing all my life. I've written short stories and poetry but mostly I'd get distracted by everyday life and put my writing on the shelf. However, after basically doing all other things that I'd wanted to do and experience in life it was time. I had started a book probably in 1997. I worked on it, changed it, change it again and again. It started off a romance novel then turned to supernatural and then to an intended horror and then sat some more. Well, as it happens, as I grew as an individual I grew to where my heart is in writing. I discovered Ted Dekker in about 2005 and knew I wanted to write Christian based but more on the darker side of things, spiritual warfare. In 2011, I read my then story to a friend and explained how I wanted to write and that I wasn't sure how. He told me to read Frank Peretti. I did and just as I was taught in creative writing, the best way to become a better writer is to read. Now, I have The Earth Keys and I'm working on my second book titled, Open Doors. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IK0HIL6

May 3, 2014, 1:39am Top

I am a single mom who is a first time author who had just finish
written my first book which it has a combination of poems and
stories. I use stories as a way to encourage those who are victims
and survivors of child abuse & domestic violence. It is called
"A Long Journey to Home".

The the reason why I had written this book because I had experienced
abuse as a child. I wanted to share my story with the combination of poems
to encourage and educate others to Speak Up against cowards and criminals.
I was using my story ( to not take pity) but to inspire others to not give up
speaking out until someone can hear you. I was inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou
who had used her stories and poems to tell her story. I want to become
more of an advocate toward those who are survivors & victims of abuse.
I feel like it is time to STOP sweeping this issue underneath the rug and
confront our fears by SPEAKING UP! I wanted to start a movement against
child abuse and those cowards who like to use their "excuse" to keep
hurting helpless people. I even joined a speaker's bureau for RAINN.org.
It is my passion to get the word out.

May 3, 2014, 1:41am Top

Samantha_c85(Samantha Crystal)-Poems and Self-Help

Edited: May 14, 2014, 12:28pm Top

Hi all,

I'm Andrew Stanek. I'm from Fremont, CA, and I'm a lifelong California resident. I don't want to give too much detail about myself, so suffice it to say I recently graduated college. So far I've only written Fantasy on the fiction side (I recently e-published my debut novel, Empire), but I read a fair amount of Science Fiction, Mystery, and comedy.

I couldn't particularly say why I write but I love fantasy particularly because it gives absolute freedom to create your own characters, your own story, and your own world. Writing within a framework is fine, but Fantasy lets you create your own framework.

Weirdly, I also used to write a little nonfiction, but I never tried to publish it.

Thanks! Hope I'll see you all around.

PS: I haven't quite gotten the hang of this touchstone thing yet - but I'm working on it.

May 12, 2014, 2:36pm Top

Hi everyone, my name is Dan DalMonte and my first novel came out on March 30th, 2014. It is called "The Realm of Possibility." In this novel, a man loses his young daughter, and is heartbroken about it. But, then he gains access to this special realm where he is able to go back into the past and reconfigure the threads of circumstances that led to his daughter's death. In this way, my main character Jim Morris brings his daughter back to life.
This novel can be classified as science fiction.
Why do I write? I think literature helps us to advance our understanding of the world, and I think this is an essential task for humanity. We're not here to just survive, but to explore.

May 13, 2014, 5:42pm Top

I think I have the index caught up. :)

>97 ThunderHawk2:
You are probably having trouble getting a touchstone for your book because the title isn't unique enough. Try this:
Type an open-square bracket and then type 14987611 (this is the work number of your book) and then two colons, and then the book title, and then the close square bracket.

>98 DanDal:
If you haven't already, you might want to go to your author page and click on the "Is this you?" link on the top right. That will create a link from your user profile to your author page.

May 14, 2014, 12:28pm Top

Worked like a charm - thanks!

May 14, 2014, 12:42pm Top

>100 ThunderHawk2:
Glad I could help. :)

Sep 19, 2014, 3:41pm Top

Hi, everyone. I don't know if it's too late to add on here. I'm just finding it and looking through the author section. I am Audrey Claire. After years of writing romance, I made the transition over to writing paranormal and mystery. I wrote a series called A Libby Grace Mystery. The three titles are How to Be a Ghost, How to Blackmail a Ghost, and How to Kill a Ghost. I am hard at work on a contemporary mystery novel, but will soon get back to writing paranormal because I love it so much.

I'm just learning about this genre, and it's both scary and fun. I hope to get to know everyone here and learn a lot. Thanks for reading my post.

Sep 22, 2014, 11:18am Top

Nope, not too late. I added you to the index. :)

I notice that you haven't claimed your author page yet. By any chance are you NOT the author of Obama : Le Roman de la nouvelle Amérique ?

If so, the Audrey Claire page should be separated before you click the button saying "this is me".

I can do that the separation for you if you can't figure out how, I just need to know that there really are two different authors there first.

Edited: Sep 23, 2014, 11:31am Top

Hello everyone,

I write to entertain and empower. My interests are diverse, and range from children's books like The Monster on Top of the Bed which was illustrated by fellow SCBWI member Manuela Pentangelo to books on sales, which I write under the name of A. Herbert Jordan, like the forthcoming Persuasion Magic.

Previously, many of my books were telecom related like The Prevention and Control of Unintentional Telephone Abuse, and The Encyclopedia of Telephone Cost Reduction Techniques, but these books are out of print.

I'm excited about a the concept of using my writing to motivate children to read and write. One way that I'm doing this is releasing a companion book, My Monster on Top of the Bed where children actually write their name on the book as the author and fill in the story based on the pictures. I visualize My Monster on Top of the Bedbeing used in many schools, with an entire class creating a story together.

I'm also working on the Jigs-Up series of comic mysteries and a thriller. These will probably be out in 2016 or early 2017.

If you're interested in being a beta reader, please contact me.

Websites: http://monbed.com, http://www.alanhjordan.com, http://www.aherbertjordan.com

Edited: Sep 23, 2014, 11:55am Top

Nice to meet you! I added you to the index. :)

Just so anyone who is reading this is aware, I maintain a list of books by Hobnob participants also, that you might want to get your stories added to. It has kind of dropped down the page a bit, but if you keep looking, you should find it.

Edited: Oct 1, 2014, 5:54pm Top

Hello LibrayThing members,

We are the Quiroz Bros., Jose and Eduardo. We've written and produced several screenplays. We love to write and are constantly writing scripts (or shooting and editing). We've recently worked on our first novel which we just released, titled "For They Have Sinned."

We are fans of many genres (thrillers, mysteries, sports, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, and more). Our book "For They Have Sinned" is a thriller/horror about a gruesome serial killer loose in San Francisco. It is available on paperback and in e-book format: http://www.amazon.com/They-Have-Sinned-Jose-Quiroz-ebook/dp/B00NJ0FDS2/ref=sr_1_...

We love creating stories and love the freedom of books. Our writing crosses many genres as we have written stories from dramas to action/crime to comedies and horror. With our first novel we went the thriller/horror route but definitely will get into other genres in the future.

If anyone (authors/readers) would like to check out our book and trade a review for a review, let us know. We look forward to getting better as writers. Thanks!

Quiroz Bros.
Jose and Eduardo


Oct 1, 2014, 10:18pm Top

Hi, guys! Welcome to LibraryThing. I got you added to my index. :)

Oct 2, 2014, 1:35pm Top

Thanks for the welcome and for adding us! :)

Oct 9, 2014, 12:27pm Top

Howdy, everyone. I'm new to Library Thing and just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a full time horror writer from north Florida (you can check out my profile for all the boring details). I had one book just come out from Blood Bound Books -- Yeitso -- and will have another book, a novella, and a short story in an anthology coming out within the month. I look forward to chatting with all of you.

Oct 9, 2014, 9:20pm Top

Hi, Scott!

Two things you might want to do are 1) claim your author page as being you -- it puts a handy little link between your profile and the Scot M. Baker author page. 2) Put some books by someone who isn't you in your library. The more of your favorite books are in your library, the more likely it is that someone with similar reading interests will think... "Hey, he likes the same books I like, maybe I should check out his books."

I hope you enjoy the site!

Edited: Oct 12, 2014, 12:05pm Top

Greetings, LibraryThing members!

I'm Andrea Dalling, author of erotic romance in 3 subcategories: gay, BDSM, and multicultural. My debut gay romance novella, Seducing Jordan, the first in the Second Chances series, was released in September.

I LOVE love stories, but tend to prefer those where the conflict is between more than just the characters—where they're challenging social norms in some way. I think that's why gay romance appeals to me.

There are also some amazing authors in that genre. My favorites include Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton, Damon Suede, Amy Lane, and Daisy Harris—Heidi and Marie for the literary quality stories, Damon and Daisy for their un-put-downable plots, and Amy for her laugh-out-loud humor.

I tend to write angsty, character-driven novels about trying to figure out your role in society and in a romantic relationship while still remaining true to yourself. I love happy endings, whether it's happy-for-now or happily-ever-after. My goal is to make my readers feel like they're falling in love through the characters, and leave the book uplifted in some way.

Happy reading!

Oct 11, 2014, 2:10pm Top


very new here, so greetings to fellow authors and not just.

I was born and grew up in Transylvania's Hungarian minority community during Ceausescu's communist dictatorial regime. I was in my final year in high school when the 1989 revolution came, and as a university student I lived through the first five years of the often surreal transformations Romania went through after the revolution.
I published series of articles and short stories in Hungarian and Romanian languages in the local and national magazines there.

In 1995 I settled in the UK, where I obtained my PhD - and the personal experiences of the totalitarian regime, of the vast changes that followed it, and of the British society especially after the events of 9/11 enabled me to look at the parallels and similarities between very different social and political systems.

One result of this opportunity of looking at three essentially different societies was the memoir I published in 2008, and now updated recently for the second edition, in both ebook and paperback formats http://www.amazon.com/Ears-Lehel-Vandor-ebook/dp/B00NMRPZGC/ It is also available in Kobo, Nook etc. formats electronically via BookTango publishing service.

My other passions are photography, and music production - in a less creative way :), I enjoy mountain biking and swimming, too.

Kind regards

Oct 21, 2014, 5:18pm Top

My name is Andrew Jonathan Fine. I've finished my debut novel, "Alouette's Song".

It's mixed-genre: involving romance, space travel, coming-of-age, action and adventure.

It's set about five years into the future.

Oct 23, 2014, 4:37pm Top

>113 Andrew.Jonathan.Fine:
You're supposed to be introducing yourself, not your book. :)

Oct 25, 2014, 2:53am Top

Oh? I thought we were suppose to just shamelessly promote our books then drive on by. OK, OK, just kidding.

Nov 2, 2014, 8:59pm Top


I'm Steve Harrison* and I have just had my first novel, an action adventure, time travel, historical romance (apologies to any missed genres) published. I was born in the UK, but I now live in Sydney, Australia with my wife and daughter. I have also written three short films and a number of unpublished feature screenplays and I am hard at work on the first book of a proposed YA science fiction series.

I don't have a preferred genre, as you can see from the above, so I'm happy to write whatever takes my fancy. Among my favorite writers are Bernard Cornwell, Lee Child, David Mitchell, Nelson DeMille and CS Forrester (who inspired my novel).

My profile page has a link to my work if anyone is interested.

Great to be here!

*Apparently a member has the same name as me, hence 'screenscope'

Edited: Nov 3, 2014, 10:10am Top

Hi Screenscope! Welcome to LibraryThing.

There are a few things you really ought to do if you're going to hang out around here.

The first is to add a bunch of books to your catalog. I recommend including your own book, but whatever you do, don't add ONLY your own book. Not only because it makes you look bad, but also because LibraryThing members interact a lot via the concept of "shared books", so the more books you share with people, the more likely they are to take an interest in you, and what you've written.

The second is to go to your author page, and claim it as yours.

You didn't have your own author page before, but you do now, because I just made it for you by "dividing" the Steve Harrison page so that you are separated out as the author of "TimeStorm". (Dividing an author page is something you can learn to do yourself also, but I figured since you are new I'd make things easier by just going ahead and doing that much for you.) :)

Your new author page is at http://www.librarything.com/author/harrisonsteve-1 The link for claiming your page is in the right side column at the top.

Please keep in mind that claiming an author page doesn't make it something that you own. It simply puts a link between that author page, which is maintained by the community, and your profile page, which is your page that you do own and that you can do what you want with.

On the other hand, you are a member of the community, and who would know better what the correct data for you is? So do feel free to fill in your own "CK" (Common Knowledge) entries with as much data as you feel comfortable providing. Since you have a shared author name, having CK information for yourself will be especially helpful to LTers who are trying to sort out the rest of the books attributed to a "Steve Harrison", and trying to make sure the right books end up with the right authors.

You may wish to fill in some of the CK for your book as well.

And when you've done all that, I hope you will return to the Hobnob group and participate in some of our discussion threads. :)

If you need help with anything, just ask!

Nov 3, 2014, 10:56pm Top

Thanks for that. I 'claimed' TimeStorm yesterday, but you were obviously too fast!

I'll add my books list and look forward to joining in on the discussions.

Thanks again for the welcome.


Nov 12, 2014, 3:08pm Top

Greetings folks!

I'm new to LibraryThing. Been over on Goodreads for a bit, but I'm a fan of both so here I am. :)
I write mostly fantasy and sci-fi, with my first epic fantasy novel coming out in January. This means I'm up to my eye balls in the promotion side of being a writer.
I'm currently writing the sequel to my upcoming fantasy and putting last touches on my sci-fi space opera due out late 2015.

I live in Seattle (which I LOVE) and am quite the geeky person. When I'm not writing, I'm usually gaming with my husband and friends (tabletop, console, PC, etc.) or reading.

Write on!

Nov 13, 2014, 4:08pm Top

Hello All,

I've only just recently heard of LibraryThing. It's not that I have my head buried in the sand, but it is buried in a keyboard or an instrument panel quite often.

I mainly write covert ops thrillers, using my background in drones, the stealth bomber, and the A-10 Warthog to fuel the fire. I have over a thousand combat and combat support hours and I've experienced both hostile and friendly fire.
Good times.

I do have one outlier floating around out there—a pirate adventure that was a whole lot of fun to write. Currently its out from Brilliance audio and the narrator does a great job, although his Welsh accent is a little too good. You almost can't understand the gunnery officer. But I digress.

I write stories so that my sons and my mother can read them. That means all my books are free of sexual content and foul language. I write in the secular publishing community, but, as a Christian, I want my work to glorify God. I don't feel that I can do that with curse words or curse word replacements. It is definitely tough to write military fiction without expletives. They are easy to fall back on, and avoiding them forces me to work harder as a wordsmith to keep the dialogue intense.

I love reading in the same genre that I write in, so I'm a big Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and Clive Cussler fan. I also love Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. But who doesn't? Most recently I read the Mistborn series from Brandon Sanderson. Great stuff with a killer concept.

I live in Houston with my beautiful wife and two great boys. I also still work for the Air Force on occasion and fly for a major airline. So life is pretty busy. Thanks so much for letting me say "Hi" on LibraryThing.

God Bless,

Nov 13, 2014, 4:25pm Top

I'm Tianna Holley, and I'm a writer of passionate, fantasy romance without the guilt. I live outside of Atlanta, Georgia. My Alissia Roswell Series is about a young woman that is pulled into an alternate reality. Being a survivor of childhood abuse, trust does not come easy for her, and she is forced to rely upon others. My writing has a lot of imagery, emotion, and adventure. Although it contains heated kissing and death scenes, it's free of sexual content and cursing. Therefore, it's passionate, yet clean enough for teens, and it's getting rave reviews online.

Nov 14, 2014, 4:56pm Top

Hi everyone!
I'm Chris Conrad, a Christian author in Oklahoma. For many years I've practiced my writing while doing retail and factory work. Finally I decided to step out and write what I like, clean stories with a Biblical worldview. Basically I believe if I write what I like there are others who'll like it too.
Here's hoping.
My book is Twisted Leaves, first in The Fisheye Files series. Another's finished and will be out soon.
This forum is much appreciated, by the way. Thanks for giving a voice to so many like myself starting out.

Nov 18, 2014, 3:12pm Top

Oh dear, I get sick, and suddenly four people post. How did I get so far behind in less than a week?

Welcome to LibraryThing kaonevar, JamesR.Hannibal, TiannaHolley and Chris_Conrad!
Hopefully I've got you all added to the index properly now.

And three "clean" writers in a row like that... was there a convention?
(Not that I'm complaining!) :)

I'm glad to see you've all claimed your author pages and everything, but Raven, your author page touchstone wasn't working when I tried to add it -- that usually means your author page is so new it hasn't been properly indexed. Please remind me to try add the touchstone again in a couple of days.

Also, please everyone, if you haven't already, (I haven't had a chance to get caught up on all the posts in all my group yet) scan the group for conversation threads and post to them. Participation in discussions is the best way to become a "known" person here.

Nov 22, 2014, 11:51pm Top

Hello everyone. I'm Paul Morabito. I'm new to LT and so glad someone recommended it to me. I never thought I would ever write a book in my life but now somehow managed to finish 8. My writing career started when I obtained stock broker licenses and decided to write a business book on investing, a process and topic I didn't enjoy much. I thought to myself that writing might be fun if I wrote about stuff I truly enjoyed sharing. That's what got my epic fiction fantasy series Plane Hell going. A few ideas and years later I published across different genres, poetry being the latest. I believe to have found my love for word creation during my last two projects. It seems that the more topics I write in, however, the more I want to take a crack at different ones to expand my horizons. So much for sticking to one genre and discovering my niche. I'm an Italian-American author born in the state of New Jersey and would love to introduce the world to my works. Writing is a tough struggle and everyday we keep improving our craft. If my books or poetry can touch the heart of just one reader the journey would have been well worth it. Below are my published pieces to date. Thanks for your time and hope you enjoy them.

In Order of publication.

1. Making Money In Today's Economy (Value Investing)

2. Plane Hell: The Hell's Plane Amulet (Book 1) Fiction Fantasy

3. The Preying Grounds. (Horror)

4. Plane Hell: The Amulet of the Dead (Book 2) Fiction Fantasy

5. Fallen Beloved (Religious Thriller)

6. An Angel from Above (Nonfiction Autobio/Memoir/Christian)

7. Poetic Delusions (Book 1)

8. Poetic Delusions (Book 2)

More information: Paul-Morabito.com

Nov 25, 2014, 4:13pm Top

Hi all, I'm new to LT (obviously, why else post this) and just finding my way round the site. I've been writing for as long as I can remember but it's only the last couple of years I've been able to make it a full time commitment. My aspirations probably outstrip my abilities - but that's no bad thing as it means I'll keep trying to get better! I like to write contemporary human drama that raises ethical questions whilst entertaining with strong stories - getting the right balance is just another of the challenges.

Hello to my fellow authors and good luck to you all in the quest for an audience!


Nov 28, 2014, 2:36pm Top

Hi PaulMorabito! Welcome to LibraryThing.

And hello to you too, Marriner. It looks like you haven't claimed your author page yet. I linked to the author page that looked like it would probably be you (on the assumption that you added your own books to your library), but I didn't know what "genre" to list you as.

Dec 2, 2014, 2:37am Top

Hi, my name is Ted Cross. I've been writing seriously for eight years but only just had my first novel published in November. It's a cyberpunk thriller, though I write both sci-fi and fantasy. I've been working for the foreign service since 1993, so I've been living away from the US for the most part since that time. I'm looking forward to retiring in a few years to write full time.

Not sure yet how LibraryThing works, but here is my first novel:

Dec 2, 2014, 8:31pm Top

>127 tourist68: "Not sure yet how LibraryThing works"

It's got a lot a features, so there's quite a learning curve. :) And to be brutally honest, it's NOT that great a place to promote one's books.

It's a great place for book obsessed readers, though.

Edited: Dec 10, 2014, 1:33pm Top

Hello, my name is Roger Pepper, and I write adult fiction, Thrillers, Action & Adventure and Fantasy.

Where do my book ideas come from?

During a flight from Moscow to Kazakhstan, it struck me how beautiful the Tien Shan Mountains looked all decked in white and how ugly they could become with global warming. But what about when the permafrost melts in Siberia, now there really had to be a story there. Gradually, Corky Mason, the heroine of THE BROTHERS CRO-MAGNON, came into being and told me the story of how she fell in love with a baby mammoth and came within a polar bear’s whisker of being a cavewoman. Sitting high up in Italy’s World War One trenches, while backpacking in the Alps, I tried to wrap my mind around living in an icy trench for a whole year, wearing a thin woolen uniform, exposed to the elements, starving and fighting for my life. Carmela DeMitri materialized from the thin air then stayed with me for three years, sharing her story of WHEN ICE RAN RED. I sat at an outlook on Mt. Subasio in Italy, gazing down at the white walls of Assisi, and my thinking turned to a book of philosophy I’d been reading that damned faith and belief. What if that philosopher sat here and an avenging angel struck him with a bolt of lightning? Wild thinking indeed, yet it wouldn’t leave me until David Bruno appeared and told me the story of DAVIDE. Whoever said that writing fiction was sane or easy …

Dec 10, 2014, 4:40pm Top

>129 Roger_Pepper: "Whoever said that writing fiction was sane or easy …"

I usually think of myself as being quite sane. When others disagree, clearly it is they who have the problem. >:)

Dec 11, 2014, 7:18am Top

My name is Timothy Bond and I write fantasy.

My first book project was just self-published, and I'm well into the second book now with a February target.

I'm an American living in Malaysia and enjoying the cultural challenges of Asia.

My writing style is pretty simple. I travel to the Aren and come back and tell the stories about my character's lives. It has been an adventure!

Dec 11, 2014, 6:01pm Top

Hi Timothy Bond!

Your author page shows two books. Are they really both by you? If not we need to do some division and sorting.

Dec 15, 2014, 9:28pm Top

Hi all,

My name is Dean F. Wilson, and I'm an Irish author and journalist.

I started writing when I was around 11 and haven't stopped since (well, I think I might have taken a nap here and there).

I primarily write fantasy, mainly because of the freedom the genre offers, but also because it allows me to deal with real human issues under a symbolic veil. I see fantasy as the heir of mythology, which was pivotal to every culture, and arguably still is.

So far, I have written an epic fantasy trilogy entitled The Children of Telm, two short stories in the Memory Magus series, and one steampunk novel (Hopebreaker) in a new series, which released this month. You can find all of them on Amazon and other retailers.


Dec 16, 2014, 8:57am Top

Hi deanfwilson! I have you added to the index, and welcome to LibraryThing!

I primarily write fantasy too, I guess, but my motivations for choosing to do so seem waaayyyy different from yours. :)

Dec 16, 2014, 2:50pm Top

Hi, my name is Ray Chilensky. Right now I'm work on my military sci-fi series, But I've more ideas than I can stand. I write because the characters live in my head and most of them are heavily armed. If I don't write about or draw them, they try to shoot or hack there way out. That HURTS! LOL.

Dec 17, 2014, 1:12pm Top

Hi Group!

I'm coming over from Goodreads. I haven't found a group over there to hang my hat and I thought I'd try over here. I write Steamy Contemporary New Adult. I am traditionally published with my second book in my Thin Blue Thread Series coming out February, 2015.

My books are inspired by true events in my own life, told by my characters. I feel I have a story to tell and I want to share it with the world to inspire others to believe in true love and happily ever afters. I also started a facebook group called New Adult Street Team of other talented New Adult Authors Indie and Traditionally published.

I'm lonely over at Goodreads. I'm not looking to become a rich and famous author. I don't have delusions of winning a Pulitzer. I only want to connect with other like-minded readers and share my characters and stories with them.

Happy Holidays!

Edited: Dec 18, 2014, 2:45pm Top

>135 RayChilensky-Author: "If I don't write about or draw them"

Sibling! I end up drawing a great many of my characters too! Maybe we should start a "show off your characters" thread. :)

None of your books appear to be entered on LibraryThing yet, so I couldn't connect your index listing up to your author page, because until your books are added to LibraryThing, you don't have an author page.

There is nothing whatsoever wrong with adding your own books to your own library, of course. But LibraryThing members tend to sneer at authors who add only their own books, (and most of them seem to utterly despise the ones who then give their books a five star rating and positive review.) So if you are going to add your own works, you probably want to add lots of other books too.

In fact, the more books you add to your library, the more effective LibraryThing is as a promotional tool, because this site is all about cataloging books -- so the more books you have catalogued the more people you will be "connected" to through a shared interest in those particular books. (So you probably want to concentrate on adding the books that most inspired your writing, or which otherwise have the most in common with your books first.)

If you do add your own books to LibraryThing (or someone else does), please post to this thread letting me know, so I can add your author page to your index listing.

>136 kaitlynstone76:
Hi, Kaitlyn!
There is one copy of your book on LibraryThing already. You might want to hop over to the author page, and let LT know that you and she are the same person.

I don't know that this is necessarily a better place to find people to talk about your books with than Goodreads, though. :(

In general, LibraryThing is pretty allergic to authors "pimping" their books. This group is a safe zone where talking about one's own books is totally allowed, but because it's the generic author safe zone, its easier to find people to talk about authoring, than it is to find people to talk about the specific subset of the romance genre that happens to include your books, if you see what I mean.

We'd love to have you stick around and talk with us about anything we do have in common, though!

If you join one of the romance groups and talk romances with them, they probably won't mind you eventually mentioning that you also write romances. But if you join a romance group and the first thing you do is start talking about your book, the other users will be annoyed, and your post will be flagged.

Dec 18, 2014, 1:44pm Top

My name is W.A.Rusho, everyone can call me Bill.
I am a new author, just published recently. My novel Legend of the Mystic Knights,
It Is a fantasy novel set in an alternate time line.
I live in Upstate NY, and I am a former pro wrestler and a 3 time inductee into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. The author that has influenced me the most is Richard Matheson.

Dec 19, 2014, 9:35am Top

Hi Bill, Nice to meet you!
(Although, I'm probably going to call you W.A.Rusho from here on in, because I'm bad with names.)

I've got a fantasy/alternate history world in the works myself! :)

I noticed that so far the only book you have listed in your library is yours. You probably want to add more books by other people. (There's an explanation of why two messsages up, at >137 LShelby: )

Also, if you haven't already, you might want to visit your author page, and click the "Is this you" link in the top right, so that LibraryThing will know that the user W.A.Rusho and the author W. A. Rusho are the same person.

I hope you also hang around and talk with us. We've a number of discussion threads going on in this group. :)

Feb 24, 2015, 1:05am Top

Hello! My name is Svetlana Grobman. I am a Jewish immigrant from Russia who was born in Moscow in 1951, and who moved to the United States in 1990. While living in Russia, I was an engineer and an editor for the Soviet Encyclopedia. Now I am a librarian and freelance writer living in Columbia, Missouri. I have published articles and stories in a variety of places, including the Christian Science Monitor, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Kansas City Star, Library Journal, Rural Missouri, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. My first book "The Education of a Traitor: A Memoir of Growing Up in Cold War Russia" will come out in March, and I am very excited (and scared:)) about that.

I maintain 2 blogs on Wordpress.com:
1. "Writing with an Accent," where I publish my essays -- svetlanagrobman.com
2. "Svetlana's Photography," where I display my photos (I am also interested in photography) -svetlanagrobman.wordpress.com.

My favorite authors are: Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens and Anton Chekhov.

P.S. Now you know almost everything about me :)

Apr 7, 2015, 1:37pm Top

Hello everyone!

I am Beatriz Fernandez, a university librarian living in Florida, originally from Puerto Rico, and my first chapbook of poetry, Shining from a Different Firmament, was just published by Finishing Line Press. I am latecomer to publishing poetry; although I puttered about in it for many years and mostly attempted writing fiction, I think I've finally come into my own in poetry.
I like writing persona poems in the voice of historical women, both fictional and non, who capture my imagination.

I blog and occasionally rant at Blog as if No One is Reading: www.beasbooks.blogspot.com

I am just figuring out what being a librarything author entails, although I've been a member for years. I would like to initiate a book giveaway at some point now that I actually have the book in my hands. I didn't think it would make such a difference--holding it in my hands--but it does! It took so long to come about it was almost anti-climactic, but it still makes me feel different.

Nice to meet all of you,


Jun 9, 2015, 2:03am Top

Hi everybody,

I'm A.W.Black, but my friends call me Tony.
I've released a Young Adult Science Fiction book, but I won't say which one, as name dropping seems to be frowned upon in certain places.

Anyway, I've got a few more stories in the pipe-line, but if anyone wants to find out anything about them, please visit http://stormbringer.legends23c.co.uk

Hopefully I can contribute in some way.


Edited: Jul 4, 2015, 11:01pm Top

Hi. My name is Karen Cogan. I live in the southwest I write in several genres, including historical, sweet and contemorary romance. I also have children's books in print. I love good mysteries and suspense. I'm looking forward to joining this group.

Jul 17, 2015, 4:59pm Top

Hi all, My name is Maura Satchell and I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. I've been reading and writing since childhood and after years as a journalist and since then in corporate communications for a few non-literary companies. I took time away to craft a screenplay in 2005. Modest placement in some indie circuit film competitions gave me hope the story was worth developing into a novel. I wrote it, but life happened and, long story short, Empty Sky was finally published in 2014 based on the story by my co-screenwriter pal. He gave me the freedom and legal rights to do the longform version of the story.

This year, I've dusted off and completed another project, The Gray Lady of Long Branch and it's due out in late August. Both are fictional hard-to-pinpoint, romanc-ish, paranormal-ish, family saga-ish things. ES is based around Nashville and the music scene there. Gray Lady is set at the Jersey shore and spans seven decades. It's narrated by the house itself.

I'm new to LT, but imported my Goodreads library. I've also claimed Gray Lady (in rough form since it's not yet released) but seem to be having technical issues getting Empty Sky into my author page. Help? And nice to meet all of you!

Jul 17, 2015, 5:01pm Top

Love the name of your book, Bill!

Jul 26, 2015, 4:14pm Top

Hi. I am a Hampton Beach, NH based writer and an “Active” member of Mystery Writers of America. My four crime novels, “The Boss of Hampton Beach,” “Hampton Beach Homicide,” “Blood On Hampton Beach,” and "Honeymoon Hotel," are all available in trade paper and e-versions. The protagonist in all four novels is Hampton Beach, NH bartender, Dan Marlowe.
The real Dan Marlowe was my father’s best friend. Mr. Marlowe wrote his crime masterpiece, “The Name of the Game is Death,” while living with my family in Woburn, MA. He named a character in the novel after me. I’ve returned the honor by naming my protagonist Dan Marlowe.
I also have a new crime novel, “The Combat Zone,” about a PI who hangs his hat in 1970’s Harvard Square and spends unhealthy amounts of time in the Combat Zone, Boston’s red-light district. This novel made it into the final cut (5 novels) in the St. Martin's/Private Eye Writers of America “Best First Private Eye Novel” competition. It has just come out as an ebook and in trade paper. I am now working on the second book in this series.
I also collect vintage Noir/Hardboiled paperbacks which includes, among many other items, the largest collection of Dan Marlowe novels, short stories, inscribed items and memorabilia.
I am mentioned several times in the new Dan Marlowe biography, “Gunshots In Another Room,” by journalist Charles Kelly.
I have been published in “Spinetingler,” “Over My Dead Body,” “Boys’ Life,” “Hardboiled,” “Suspense Magazine,” “Stone Cold--Best New England Crime Stories,” “Shotgun Honey,” “Plan B,” “The Rap Sheet,” “Naked Kiss,” “Yellow Mama,” “Short Story Digest,” “Near to the Knuckle,” “All Due Respect,” “Short--Story.me,” “Bethlehem Writer’s Roundtable,” “KIngs River Life,” “Twist of Noir,” and others.
Free reviewer copies of any book available at-- jedpower@verizon.net

Jul 27, 2015, 4:51pm Top

Hi, My name is Celine Rose Mariotti and I'm from Shelton, CT. I have been writng since I was in high school which is sometime ago now. But I always feel like I'm still 18!!! Anyway, I love to write ghost mysteries, mystery/detective books, science fiction books, political adventure and poetry books. I live with my family which consists of my Mom and my sister. They often give me editorial input on my books while I'm working on them. My friend Tricia in TX also gives me editorial input.
I have a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a minor in English. I also have my own home business. I play the guitar and the banjo. My family and I love to go to Las Vegas. We also love to watch soap operas and we enjoy watching Hallmark Channel. I also love to watch C-SPAN. My sister and I run a Tom Jones Fan Club too.

Writing is my passion and I spend a lot of my time working on my book manuscripts and also working on my short stories and poems. I get ideas from everywhere. I can be swimming in the pool at the Community Center, and an idea will come into my head or I can be listening to the radio and the lyrics to a song will give me an idea for a story. Sometimes I write long hand and other times I compose my story on my laptop. I'm now working on sequels to my current series that I am writing. The best thing about writing is it is a solitary activity and it's just me and my characters!!! And I love it when people get to read my books and let me know how they liked the story. That's really a special feeling when people tell you how much they liked your book.

Jul 27, 2015, 4:59pm Top

Just a note to say that this is an older thread, and I am no longer updating the author index here.

People still posting to this thread, get added to the author index (and welcomed) in the Author Introductions 2015 Thread

Group: Hobnob with Authors

2,347 members

16,729 messages


This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.




About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 133,343,934 books! | Top bar: Always visible