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Edited: Jan 16, 2015, 3:22pm Top

The previous author introduction thread was getting hugely long, so I decided to start it over.

Clicking on the user name takes you to the introduction post, and clicking on the name in brackets takes you to their author page.

Authors who introduced themselves previous to this year can get added to the index if they drop me a note. (These authors will be marked with an *)

Authors please remember that you are introducing yourself, not your book. Tell us about who you are, where you are from, what genres you write in, and why you write about what you write. If you just copy and paste a book blurb you will not be added to the index.

There is also a reader introduction thread.

Edited: Dec 16, 2015, 9:33pm Top

Index of Hobnob Author Introductions - Alphabetical

Alex1952 (Alekos Athanassakos) - Travel
Allen_Mesch (Allen H. Mesch) -political thrillers, history
AmyVansant (Amy Vansant) -cozy mystery, romantic comedy, urban fantasy
Anja_Owona_Okoa (Anja Owona Okoa) - Romance, Family life
AnnalisaRusso (Annalisa Russo) - Historical Romantic Suspense
AshleyDioses Ashley Dioses) - weird/horror/fantasy poetry and fiction
AstoundingBruce (Bruce Carroll) - horror, biographical fiction, sci-fi, children's books, non-fiction
astrid_writes (Astrid V. Tallaksen) - urban fantasy/paranormal romance
AuthorPSBartlett (PS Bartlett - Historical
authorrlubitz (Rob Lubitz) - espionage/adventure thrillers
A.W.Black (A. W. Black) - Young Adult Science Fiction
BethHammond (Beth Hammond) - Picture Books and YA Fantasy
Bob_Doerr (Bob Doerr) - Mystery, Thriller, Children's Fantasy
Bruce_Ballon (Bruce Ballon)
CathyWalker (Cathy Walker) - Fantasy and Romance
carol.vannatta (Carol Van Natta) - Science Fiction
ConnieLSmith (Connie L. Smith)
cdwk - crime fiction/courtroom drama, non-fiction
cedimond (C.E Dimond) - YA
celinerm29 (Celine Rose Mariotti) - Mystery/Science Fiction/Poetry
DABlankinship (D. A. Blankinship) - speculative fiction and metaphysical
DanGrayauthor (Dan Gray)
Dbilyk (Dustin Bilyk) - Fantasy
deanfwilson (Dean F. Wilson) - Fantasy
DougGoodman (Doug Goodman) - SF and Horror Thrillers
D.ThoursonPalmer (D. Thourson Palmer) - sword-and-sorcery fantasy
ericastinson (Erica R Stinson)
E.L._Ervin> (E. L. Ervin) - YA fantasy
eLPy* (eLPy) - Poetry
evawallace (Eva Wallace - Romantic Comedy
FrankWestworth (Frank Westworth) - crime-thrillers
Garrett_Dennis (Garrett Dennis) - Mysteries
GerardONeill (Gerard O'Neill) -Thrillers
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - Historical Fantasy, Travel Guides
hanque (Hank Quense) - fantasy/sf parodies & non-fiction
Heathergiamboi (Heather Giamboi) - Non-fiction Spiritualism
HopeAnika - romantic suspense and urban fantasy
izzyconnors1 (Isabelle Connors) - YA/Romance
James_Litherland (James Litherland) - SF Adventures
JasonGolden (Jason T Golden) - Nonfiction
Jed_Power (Jed Power) - Mystery
Jessica_Werner (Jessica Werner) - paranormal romance, poetry
jkolchak (John Kolchak)
JohannaLehmann (Johanna Lehmann)
JohnAPriest (John Priest) - Children's and Various
JonLaPoma (Jonathan LaPoma) - literary fiction, screenplays, poetry
kceccato (Nan Monroe) - YA Fantasy
kecogan (Karen Cogan) - Historical, romance + children's
Kennyrich (Kenny S. Rich) - Poetry, Science Fiction Fantasy
kevkraft (Kevin M. Kraft) - inspirational thriller
Krys_Fenner (Krys Fenner) - YA Psychological Thrillers
KWLanford (K. W. Lanford) - Swords and Sorcery
LarryGerovac (Larry S. Gerovac) - Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror
leighpod (Leigh Podgorski) - Various
LilyCahill (Lily Cahill) - science fiction romance
lmillerconnect (Leslie Miller) - YA Fantasy
LShelby* (L. Shelby) - Fantasy and Science Fiction
lwebstar (Michelle Webster) - science fiction and fantasy
Mariel_Grey (Mariel Grey) - historical romance
MarysGirl (Faith L. Justice) - Historical Fiction, Non-fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction
matthart (Matt Hart) - Science Fiction
MauraSatchell (Maura Satchell) - romance/paranormal/family saga
ML-Larson (ML Larson) - Norse Fantasy
msknight (Michelle Knight) - BDSM
MVNoerrac (M. V. Noerrac) - Young Adult
nebula61 (Beatriz Fitzgerald Fernandez) - Poetry
Nik_Krasno (Nik Krasno) - fiction/thriller/action
Niquenya (Niquenya D Fulbright) - business, self-help, poetry, paranormal, science-fiction, and erotica
nyaude70 (Bryan Nyaude)
Obosman (Olivier Bosman) -Victorian Mysteries
PatriceWilliamsMarks (Patrice Williams Marks) -screenplays, how-tos, fiction
PeggyWilliams (M. J. Williams) - Mystery
Photo-Lumiere (Michal Mojzykiewicz) - photography landscape/religious
PiyushiDhir (Piyushi Dhir) - Romance/Young Adult
PragatiB (Pragati Bidkar) - Cookbook
Praveen.Annu (Praveen Venkiteswara Annu) - Travel Memoir
raynfall Claire Ryan - fantasy
Renee_Ross Renee Ross - Gothic Romance
RichardMilton - Non-fiction Science books, Crime
robert.eggleton2 (Robert Eggleton) - F/SF
romymaria - Poetry
Sparky77 (Mark Gillespie) - speculative fiction/alternate history
svetlanagrobman - Nonfiction
Tamara_Pearson (Tamara Pearson)
TFHetrick (Tammy Flanders Hetrick) - Women's Fiction
tkflor (T. K. Flor) - contemporary
TomasByrne (Tomas Byrne) - Political Thrillers
UbiquitousBubba (Ubiquitous Bubba) - Science Fiction/Fantasy/Adventure
VinceK (V J Kavanagh) - science fiction
Vivian_Lane (Vivian Lane) - contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance
vltreude (Vaughn L Treude) - science fiction, musical comedy
WilHowitt (Wil Howitt) - Science Fiction
wilig123 (Will Godfrey) - Nonfiction
WillPeters (William A. Peters) - non-fiction
ynamaria87 (Irina Maria Tracy) - Romance
yomiz (Elizabeth Rose) - Comedy

Edited: Dec 16, 2015, 9:34pm Top

Index of Hobnob Author Introductions - By Genre

Anja_Owona_Okoa (Anja Owona Okoa) - Romance, Family life
tkflor (T. K. Flor) - contemporary
TFHetrick (Tammy Flanders Hetrick) - Women's Fiction

AnnalisaRusso (Annalisa Russo) - Historical Romantic Suspense
AuthorPSBartlett (PS Bartlett - Historical
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - Historical Fantasy, Travel Guides
kecogan (Karen Cogan) - Historical, romance + children's
Mariel_Grey (Mariel Grey) - historical romance
MarysGirl (Faith L. Justice) - Historical Fiction, Non-fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction
Obosman (Olivier Bosman) -Victorian Mysteries

JonLaPoma (Jonathan LaPoma) - literary fiction, screenplays, poetry

AmyVansant (Amy Vansant) -cozy mystery, romantic comedy, urban fantasy
AshleyDioses Ashley Dioses) - weird/horror/fantasy poetry and fiction
astrid_writes (Astrid V. Tallaksen) - urban fantasy/paranormal romance
A.W.Black (A. W. Black) - Young Adult Science Fiction
BethHammond (Beth Hammond) - Picture Books and YA Fantasy
Bob_Doerr (Bob Doerr) - Mystery, Thriller, Children's Fantasy
CathyWalker (Cathy Walker) - Fantasy and Romance
carol.vannatta (Carol Van Natta) - Science Fiction
celinerm29 (Celine Rose Mariotti) - Mystery/Science Fiction/Poetry
ConnieLSmith (Connie L. Smith)
DABlankinship (D. A. Blankinship) - speculative fiction and metaphysical
Dbilyk (Dustin Bilyk) - Fantasy
deanfwilson (Dean F. Wilson) - Fantasy
DougGoodman (Doug Goodman) - SF and Horror Thrillers
D.ThoursonPalmer (D. Thourson Palmer) - sword-and-sorcery fantasy
E.L._Ervin> (E. L. Ervin) - YA fantasy
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - Historical Fantasy, Travel Guides
hanque (Hank Quense) - fantasy/sf parodies, non-fiction
James_Litherland (James Litherland) - SF Adventures
Jessica_Werner (Jessica Werner) - paranormal romance
Kennyrich (Kenny S. Rich) - Poetry, Science Fiction Fantasy
kceccato (Nan Monroe) - YA Fantasy
Niquenya (Niquenya D Fulbright) - business, self-help, poetry, paranormal, science-fiction, and erotica
KWLanford (K. W. Lanford) - Swords and Sorcery
LarryGerovac (Larry S. Gerovac) - Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror
LilyCahill (Lily Cahill) - science fiction romance
lmillerconnect (Leslie Miller) - YA Fantasy
LShelby* (L. Shelby) - Fantasy and Science Fiction
lwebstar (Michelle Webster) - science fiction and fantasy
matthart (Matt Hart) - Science Fiction
MarysGirl (Faith L. Justice) - Historical Fiction, Non-fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction
ML-Larson (ML Larson) - Norse Fantasy
raynfall Claire Ryan - fantasy
robert.eggleton2 (Robert Eggleton) - F/SF
Sparky77 (Mark Gillespie) - speculative fiction/alternate history
tchrofengl (David Berger) - SF/Fantasy, GBLT
UbiquitousBubba (Ubiquitous Bubba) - Science Fiction/Fantasy/Adventure
VinceK (V J Kavanagh) - science fiction
Vivian_Lane (Vivian Lane) - contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance
vltreude (Vaughn L Treude) - science fiction, musical comedy
WilHowitt (Wil Howitt) - Science Fiction

AmyVansant (Amy Vansant) -cozy mystery, romantic comedy, urban fantasy
Anja_Owona_Okoa (Anja Owona Okoa) - Romance, Family life
AnnalisaRusso (Annalisa Russo) - Historical Romantic Suspense
astrid_writes (Astrid V. Tallaksen) - urban fantasy/paranormal romance
CathyWalker(Cathy Walker) - Fantasy and Romance
evawallace (Eva Wallace) - Romantic Comedy
izzyconnors1 (Isabelle Connors) - YA/Romance
Jessica_Werner (Jessica Werner) - paranormal romance
(Karen Cogan) - Historical, romance + children's
LilyCahill (Lily Cahill) - science fiction romance
Mariel_Grey (Mariel Grey) - historical romance
MauraSatchell (Maura Satchell) - romance/paranormal/family saga
msknight (Michelle Knight) - BDSM
PiyushiDhir (Piyushi Dhir) - Romance/Young Adult
Renee_Ross Renee Ross - Gothic Romance
Vivian_Lane (Vivian Lane) - contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance
ynamaria87 (Irina Maria Tracy - Romance

Allen_Mesch Allen H. Mesch -political thrillers, history
AmyVansant (Amy Vansant) -cozy mystery, romantic comedy, urban fantasy
AnnalisaRusso (Annalisa Russo) - Historical Romantic Suspense
authorrlubitz (Rob Lubitz) - espionage/adventure thrillers
Bob_Doerr (Bob Doerr) - Mystery, Thriller, Children's Fantasy
cdwk - crime fiction/courtroom drama, non-fiction
celinerm29 (Celine Rose Mariotti) - Mystery/Science Fiction/Poetry
DougGoodman (Doug Goodman) - SF and Horror Thrillers
FrankWestworth (Frank Westworth) - crime-thrillers
Garrett_Dennis (Garrett Dennis) - Mysteries
GerardONeill (Gerard O'Neill) -Thrillers
Jed_Power (Jed Power) - Mystery
kevkraft (Kevin M. Kraft) - inspirational thriller
Krys_Fenner (Krys Fenner) - YA Psychological Thrillers
Nik_Krasno (Nik Krasno) - fiction/thriller/action
Obosman (Olivier Bosman) -Victorian Mysteries
PatriceWilliamsMarks (Patrice Williams Marks) -screenplays, how-tos, fiction
PeggyWilliams (M. J. Williams) - Mystery
RichardMilton - Non-fiction Science books, Crime
TomasByrne (Tomas Byrne) - Political Thrillers

hanque (Hank Quense) - fantasy/sf parodies, non-fiction
yomiz (Elizabeth Rose)

AshleyDioses Ashley Dioses) - weird/horror/fantasy poetry and fiction
celinerm29 (Celine Rose Mariotti) - Mystery/Science Fiction/Poetry
eLPy* (eLPy) - Poetry
Jessica_Werner (Jessica Werner) - paranormal romance, poetry
JonLaPoma (Jonathan LaPoma) - literary fiction, screenplays, poetry
Kennyrich (Kenny S. Rich) - Poetry, Science Fiction Fantasy
nebula61 (Beatriz Fitzgerald Fernandez) - Poetry
PatriceWilliamsMarks (Patrice Williams Marks) -screenplays, how-tos, fiction
romymaria - Poetry
vltreude (Vaughn L Treude) - science fiction, musical comedy

A.W.Black (A. W. Black) - Young Adult Science Fiction
BethHammond (Beth Hammond) - Picture Books and YA Fantasy
Bob_Doerr (Bob Doerr) - Mystery, Thriller, Children's Fantasy
cedimond (C.E Dimond) - YA
E.L._Ervin> (E. L. Ervin) - YA fantasy
izzyconnors1 (Isabelle Connors) - YA/Romance
JohnAPriest (John Priest) - Children's and Various
kceccato (Nan Monroe) - YA Fantasy
kecogan (Karen Cogan) - Historical, romance + children's
Krys_Fenner (Krys Fenner) - YA Psychological Thrillers
lmillerconnect (Leslie Miller) - YA Fantasy
MVNoerrac (M. V. Noerrac) - Young Adult
PiyushiDhir (Piyushi Dhir) - Romance/Young Adult

Alex1952 (Alekos Athanassakos) - Travel
Allen_Mesch Allen H. Mesch -political thrillers, history
Bruce_Ballon (Bruce Ballon)
cdwk - crime fiction/courtroom drama, non-fiction
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - Historical Fantasy, Travel Guides
hanque (Hank Quense) - fantasy/sf parodies, non-fiction
Heathergiamboi (Heather Giamboi) - Non-fiction Spiritualism
JasonGolden (Jason T Golden) - Nonfiction
MarysGirl (Faith L. Justice) - Historical Fiction, Non-fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction
Niquenya (Niquenya D Fulbright) - business, self-help, poetry, paranormal, science-fiction, and erotica
PatriceWilliamsMarks (Patrice Williams Marks) -screenplays, how-tos, fiction
Photo-Lumiere (Michal Mojzykiewicz) - photography landscape/religious
PragatiB (Pragati Bidkar) - Cookbook
Praveen.Annu (Praveen Venkiteswara Annu) - Travel Memoir
RichardMilton - Non-fiction Science books, Crime
svetlanagrobman - Nonfiction
wilig123 (Will Godfrey) - Nonfiction
WillPeters (William A. Peters) - non-fiction

Jan 8, 2015, 11:37am Top

LShelby, thank you for starting this topic.

I am Dave Blankinship. I am a psychologist and therapist by education and training, though most of my work experience has been in higher education, teaching, and academic administration. I live in Oswego, Kansas, which is in the southeast portion of the state, almost in the corner where Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri intersect.

I write speculative fiction and metaphysical short stories. I did not choose either of those genres; I began writing what I wanted to read and found the results were pleasing to me. My fiction does not focus on technologies (hence is it not science fiction), nor does it use magic (and therefore is not fantasy). My two novels are part of a series spanning more than 300 years in Earth’s future. My short-story anthology has a metaphysical flare in the eight stories.

I am a minimalist writer. When telling my stories, I provide only the essential details. These details become the infrastructure upon which the reader’s imagination and creativity builds the setting. I like writing that way; each of my readers will have a unique experience of the story as he or she fills in the events from his or her personal experience. To paraphrase Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, my writing is like licorice, not everyone likes it, but those who do, really, really, like it.

Jan 8, 2015, 12:02pm Top

Hello everyone!

My name is Dustin Bilyk, and I grew up in small-town Alberta, Canada - the Great White North as they call it. and have since moved to the big city, where I have completed a degree in History and English. I work in the public sector, and write part-time, but, like every author out there, I aspire to quit my loathsome day-time job and live off my writing.

As for my interests, like most Canadians, I love hockey. But I was terrible at playing it. So I became a fan instead, cheering on my hometown Edmonton Oilers (who are remarkably terrible as well). I've been reading Tolkien and the like since I was 9 or 10, and have been writing since I was about 15. I mostly wrote in secret, a little afraid of judgments and how my friends would perceive me, but I fell out of that fear in my mid-20's and have been loving it ever since.

I write Fantasy - sometimes high and sometimes urban, and while I love world-building and flowery writing, a lot of the filler usually gets edited out by the second draft. In the end, my main focus usually lands on a strong plot and vivid characterization through dialogue. So if you like high-action, and fast-moving fantasy, you very well could be interested in my work. If not, then stick to the other guys, because they write just as beautifully, perhaps even more so. Thanks for reading!

Jan 8, 2015, 2:03pm Top

Howdy Dave and Dustin! Welcome to the Hobnob group. Please do join in the discussion threads, that is the best way for people to really feel like they know you, and to catch the attention of the readers who hang out here. :)

>5 Dbilyk: Guess what, I also grew up in Alberta, Canada! But I was a Calgarian (I'm living in Ohio currently), so I guess we'll have to be enemies. ;)

You might want to claim your author page, if you haven't already. The link is in the upper right hand of the author page. Claiming it doesn't give you any special privileges, but it does get a handy link from your profile to your author page and back.

Jan 8, 2015, 10:49pm Top

Well isn't that some coincidence :) Enemies for life!

And yes, I think I claimed my author page. I received an e-mail saying I should get a badge soon. Is that a good indication? Still trying to figure this out! :)

Jan 9, 2015, 8:24am Top

>7 Dbilyk: Once you get the email, the badge usually shows up pretty quick. You have yours now. :)

Jan 9, 2015, 3:00pm Top

Hello everyone! I'm Leslie Miller, an author currently living just outside Denver, at the foothills of the Rockies. In my day job, I'm a freelance ghostwriter and editor. I started out editing non-fiction, but really longed to work on novels, one of my first ever loves. I realized that to edit fiction, I had to learn more about it, and the best way to learn was to right some of my own.

Later that same day, an idea "miraculously" jumped into my head and I started typing. Ten thousand words later, I thought, this is the most fun I've ever had in my life! How did I never do this before!! An author was born...

I write YA, some fantasy, some dystopian, some paranormal, because those are what I like to read myself. (And I'm not going to tell you my age, lol.) I love writing characters that are real and vivid, ones that really take a reader inside their heads and deep into the action. And I love adding a touch of unexpected wit wherever I can.

Happy to be in this group!!! Promise I don't use this many exclamation points in my actual work...

Jan 9, 2015, 5:13pm Top

Welcome imillerconnect.

Edited: Jan 16, 2015, 3:08pm Top

>9 lmillerconnect: "Promise I don't use this many exclamation points in my actual work..."

Pthbtht! Is there a Exclaimation Mark shortage? Use as many as you want. That's what I say. :)

And, nice to meet you! I've added you to our index, and I hope you stick around and join some discussion threads.

Jan 15, 2015, 8:01pm Top

Hi everyone. I just joined Librarythings and have been getting to know my way around the site. I also set up my author page and figured it was time to introduce myself. I'm Cathy Walker and I write mainly fantasy and paranormal romance, though I did dip into the romantic suspense genre with one of my books.

When I'm not writing, I'm usually...well, busy doing a ton of other things. My husband and I own a martial arts dojo, we run a traditional archery range and store on our 50 acre farm, I have a barn full of rescued goats, a horse, 3 dogs and 2 cats (don't even get me started on how much poop I clean on a daily basis), and I also work part time at a laundromat in the nearest small town. I need to pay for hay somehow, so the extra job is kind of a necessity. My husband keeps telling me I should just get rid of the animals and life would be so much easier, of course, he knows darn well that the animals are going nowhere. I love them all, yes, even the goats. Believe it or not, goats make the best pets ever. Intelligent, social, affectionate. I think I have them trained to behave better than my dogs and they come when they're called.

So far, I've written 5 books and 4 short stories, all of which I'm in the process of publishing myself after a brief stint with a couple of small publishers. My books are available at all the usual on-line retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo. As I get them published and formatted, they will be on my author page if you're interested in having a look at them.

I look forward to getting to know people here, I'll be trying to stop in once or twice a day and she what's happening.

Take care and have a great day.

Jan 16, 2015, 12:54am Top

Hello Cathy,

It is nice to meet you. It sounds like you have an interesting life. I do have a question, however. How do you rescue goats? I think I can assume goat is not on the menu in your home. haha That is the trouble with having pets ... they are pets.

Jan 16, 2015, 4:30am Top

Hello All,

My name is Tomas Byrne. I was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada. I studied there and in the UK and moved to London when I was in my late twenties. I lived there for 20+ years, working first as a lawyer and then as a marketing manager in an investment bank. I now live in Stockholm, Sweden with my wife and two boys.

I'm an avid downhill skier and guitar singer songwriter.

I'm dedicating most of my spare time to becoming an author, something I've dreamed about, but not until now have acted upon. I'm launching my first book, a political thriller, later this month. So all of this is a bit new, but exciting!

I like reading contemporary philosophy, politics, literary criticism. In terms of fiction, I like modern classics, Conrad, Mann, Joyce, Kafka, Greene etc and classic thriller genre works by LeCarre and Ludlum as well as more current authors such as Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane.

For lack of a better word, I like "conspiracy" thrillers over "action" thrillers (seems to be the distinction on Amazon) insofar as the term action thrillers seems to often imply pro government special ops hero kills the terrorist and saves the free world types of books. I much prefer thrillers where it is much more murky in terms of who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, our own government or someone other force.

On Library Thing I hope to get to know authors with similar interests and of course to meet some readers interested in political thrillers.

Here's to 2015 being a good one!


Jan 16, 2015, 3:04pm Top

Welcome Tomas,

I'm sure you will find like minds here in LT. Good luck with your projects.

Jan 21, 2015, 11:07am Top

Hi All Newbie here!
My name is Eva Wallace and I live not far from the Peak district National Park in Derbyshire, England. I write Romantic Comedy, but I read books on business/ economics and sometimes just something that catches my eye. Why do I write? I've worked for the same multi-national company for 16 years and 18 months ago I changed roles. Now to say it was a bad move would be an understatement of biblical proportions. From day one I got zero support from the management, unbelievable amounts of hostility from the staff in the department, coupled with arguments, sarcasm, refusal to cooperate, verbal abuse and finally threats of violence. Now being of a certain age and the UK not exactly overflowing with well paid jobs I decided to look elsewhere for employment. Hence writing, as alternative employment and a place to lose myself and take my mind off the abuse.
Sorry if I sound like I'm on a downer but I wanted to be as honest as I can.

Jan 21, 2015, 11:26am Top

Screw the big man!

Welcome Eva :)

Jan 21, 2015, 4:57pm Top

>16 evawallace: Hi, Eva. Sorry to hear about your work problems, I hope writing works out for you. And welcome to Librarything!

If you haven't already done so, you might want to claim your author page by clicking on the link in the upper right that says "Is this you?"

Another good thing to do when you join LibraryThing is to add a bunch of books, not just the one's you've written. Adding books that you love, that are similar to the ones you have written, or are related to it in some way, makes potential readers feel like they have a better idea of what the sort of books you write might be like. :)

I hope you stay around and join in the discussions going on in the group.

Jan 22, 2015, 2:27pm Top

Thanks Dbilyk and LShelby for the welcome.

LShelby, I've set up a profile with my books, but as you suggest putting books I've read on, so readers can get a feel for how my books would read. I read books that have nothing to do with the genre I write in.
I've put a note on my profile mentioning my influences, such as Girls, Sex and the City, and The Inbetweeners.
I'll be around in the discussion groups, I'm also active on Amazon's writer's cafe.

Edited: Jan 22, 2015, 3:45pm Top

>19 evawallace: You have never read anything in the same genre as the one you write in? How unusual.

I still think you're better off listing some books.

Authors who don't list any books but their own is a commonly found 'peeve' around LT. Mentioning your influences in your bio isn't going to shield you from that trigger reaction they get when they look at your profile and see only 2 books in your library. In fact, you'll probably loose a significant number of lookers right there before they even read what you've written about yourself.

On the other hand, listing books that have nothing whatsoever to do with what you write won't hurt you in the least. So listing books is always a net gain over not listing books, IMHO.

Jan 24, 2015, 1:47pm Top

>20 LShelby: LShelby: It's strange I like to make people laugh so I thought Rom Com would be good. I've added a couple of books I've read over the last year.

Edited: Jan 24, 2015, 4:38pm Top

Hello. I'm Kelley Ceccato, and I live in Gainesville, GA.

I have written a substantial number of scripts which have been produced and performed at various venues by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, but the fall of 2014 marked the beginning of my life as an officially published writer. I have had two short stories published so far, and another is forthcoming. My first novel was published as an e-book in November and (fingers crossed) should be out in print sometime in February.

I'm published under the name "Nan Monroe." Nan is my mother's name and Monroe is my father's name, and I thought the two of them together sounded just right. I don't think I turn up bracketed here. The publishing house for which I write, Gilded Dragonfly Books, is very small, just getting off the ground.

I write YA fantasy, and I love to read fantasy of all kinds. Among my favorite fantasy authors are Juliet Marillier, Sharon Shinn, Brandon Sanderson, Barbara Hambly, Patricia McKillip, Mercedes Lackey, Robin McKinley, Tamora Pierce, Patricia C. Wrede, Kate Elliot, Kate Forsyth, Midori Snyder, and Terry Pratchett. Some of my favorite reads of 2014 include Forsyth's Bitter Greens, Elliot's The Spiritwalker Trilogy, Daniel O'Malley's The Rook, Tanya Huff's The Silvered, Holly Lisle's Fire in the Mist, and Jo Walton's Among Others; that should give some idea of the way my tastes generally run. I also have a history with nineteenth-century British fiction. Unlike Jo Walton's Morwenna (a heroine after my own heart), I actually like Charles Dickens, and Wilkie Collins is another I enjoy. Elizabeth Gaskell, whom I'd never heard of before I went to graduate school, is also surprisingly wonderful. These books gave me a solid grounding in literature, but I'm afraid I've gone off them a bit lately. I still like and admire them, but there's so much fantasy to read.

I'm married and we have two fur children, one cat and one dog. In addition to reading and writing, I love to watch good movies (my weakness is films from the classic black-and-white era) and good television ("good" being the operative word). These visual media are vehicles through which stories are delivered, and I love stories. I'm a fiction junkie.

Jan 24, 2015, 4:54pm Top

Hi, kceccato! Welcome to Hobnob! (Look at that, we have 29 books in common. Nice!)

I did a search, and you don't seem to be in the system -- not surprising if you're a new author with only one ebook release from a small press. So why don't you just add your book to your own library? You do own a copy of your own book, right? So you've just as much right to add that book to LibraryThing as any other book. (Trust me, with as many books as you already have listed, nobody will be the least bit annoyed to discover one book by you in the mix.) And a nice benefit of adding your own book is it gives you a chance to make sure all the data is filled in right.

If you decide to put yourself in the system (I hope you will!), please post to this thread again letting me know, so I can add links to your author page. Okay! :)

Edited: Jan 25, 2015, 2:10pm Top

23: I just added my book to My Books.
Would it be permissible for me to post Amazon links in the genre threads specific to my work?

Jan 25, 2015, 2:33pm Top

>24 kceccato: Yep, it's perfectly permissable. :)

Jan 25, 2015, 2:52pm Top

25: Thanks, LShelby!

Where would promotion for non-genre specific short story anthologies go? In "All Other Fiction"?

Jan 25, 2015, 9:29pm Top

>26 kceccato: That's where I'd put them. :)

Jan 26, 2015, 2:12pm Top

In this universe, and in this time, I’m known as Ubiquitous Bubba. That’s meant to sound reassuring. You see, there’s always a Bubba around when you need one. Why you might need one is up to you.

Unfortunately for me, all of those Bubbas meet up in my head, eat pizza and fight over the remote. There’s not a lot of extra room in there. I tell stories to give these Bubbas other heads to visit. The more they camp out on your mental furniture, the fewer cheese puffs they spill on mine.

I write humorous science fiction/fantasy/adventure stories. I’m an independent author who loves to create bizarre characters and place them in unfamiliar settings. I enjoy writing short stories as well as novels. As a reader, I love stories that stretch my imagination, twist my brain into knots, and show me characters I’ll enjoy long after the book is finished.

In an unrelated bit of trivia, I can eat my own weight in pizza. Well, I try. You're welcome to pull up a recliner and join me. You might want to hurry before one of those other Bubbas hogs the rest of the pepperoni.

Jan 26, 2015, 3:14pm Top

>Hi, UbiquitousBubba! (Should I call you Ubi, for short, or do you prefer Bubba?)
Welcome to Hobnob!

If you haven't already, you may want to claim your author page, by clicking the "Is this you?" Link in the upper right. This creates a link between your profile and your author page.

It is also highly recommended that you add more books than just your own. One of the principal ways that LTers connect with each other is through "shared books", so the more books you have listed the more connected to the community you will seem.

And, I hope you also join in the discussions going on in other threads.

(I approve of pizza. At our house we eat homemade pizza almost every sunday, and sometimes during the week as well.) :)

Jan 26, 2015, 4:53pm Top

Every time my wife is away I buy a massive pizza, gorge it down like the sinful pig that I am and then burn the box in a dumpster. Then I watch the dumpster fire and am shocked by it's similarity to my writing career.

Welcome Ubi. Bring the fun. :)

Jan 26, 2015, 5:59pm Top

Ummm Pizza. Now I can't write. All my characters want to do is order pizza.

Jan 26, 2015, 7:16pm Top

>31 LarryGerovac: Me, I'm cruel. None of my characters know what pizza is. (Not that it's all that much easier to write when I'm the one ordering pizza.)

Jan 26, 2015, 8:07pm Top

My character might just invent pizza now.

No better not, I'll just get distracted. I have a similar problem with beer when my characters end up in a tavern.

Jan 27, 2015, 6:52am Top

Authors! They eat pizza just like ordinary folk!

Jan 27, 2015, 9:56am Top

>34 RidgewayGirl: ridgewaygirl Authors are not like ordinary folk. Ordinary folk are sane.

Edited: Jan 29, 2015, 1:43pm Top

Hello, my name is Bruce Carroll and I am a full-time professional magician and part-time actor. I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and while I lived my childhood there many would argue that I have yet to grow up.

I write horror, biographical fiction, sci-fi and children's books (sci-fi, horror and fantasy) as well as non-fiction. I currently live in Burlington, Wisconsin with my loving wife Angie and our adorable daughter Heather.

Edited: Jan 29, 2015, 4:13pm Top

>36 AstoundingBruce: Growing up is overrated. :)

I've adding you to the alphabetical index, but will you do me a big favor and pick your favorite two genres for me to use for subject listings?

Also I'm guessing that your books are not those listed on the current Bruce Carroll page, because the tags it shows and what you said above don't seem to match up at all. So I didn't link to it. If I'm wrong, please let me know.

Jan 29, 2015, 5:46pm Top

Hi, my name is Dan Gray. Been writing most of my life. Publishing rarely. And, unfortunately, not writing as much as I should. Finally, found some spare time and finished up a novel that's now on Amazon. Would like to get more serious about it.

Jan 30, 2015, 9:35am Top

Welcome Dan Gray!

Jan 30, 2015, 11:39am Top

Hi, Dan!

I assume "Beast" is the novel you referred to. But I don't know what genre it is, so I don't know where to list you. Also what about the other three books that show up on your author page, are they by you? Should I also be listing you under Non-fiction?

Jan 31, 2015, 1:44pm Top

Hello, my name is T.K. Flor and I am a newbie author. I'm looking forward to meet and learn from others.
My first novel, Initial Conditions, is "contemporary fiction" that mixes romance, family, career and physics. It is not sci-fi, and as far as I can tell, it does not fit into other genres.
In reading, I prefer novels. I don't care what they are about as long as they are not violent, and something happens there beside a couple falling in love. Jasper Fforde and J.K. Rowling are among my favorite authors. Jane Austen and Isaac Asimov are the authors who influenced me the most.

Jan 31, 2015, 4:11pm Top

>41 tkflor: I got you added to the index. :)

...but I'm a little puzzled: J.K. Rowling is "not violent"?

Jan 31, 2015, 5:55pm Top

I meant mostly horror (e.g. Stephen King), torture and books about wars. Rowling is sometimes gritty, but the violence in her books isn't worse than in Star Wars.

Jan 31, 2015, 7:47pm Top

>43 tkflor: Ah! Thank you for the clarification. I'm not into horror, either. :)

Feb 2, 2015, 5:56pm Top

Hi! My name is Krys Fenner and I have lived most of my life in Florida, although I have escaped the Sunshine state on a few occasions. My most recent escape lasted 4 years in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Then the mountains and I stopped agreeing, so I came back to Florida. It allows me to be closer to my family and saves money on the 500 mile trips I made throughout the year. :)

I have loved writing since high school. It wasn't something I ever considered I could make as a career until that point. It was one story, one creative writing class, and one teacher that encouraged me to believe otherwise. However, I didn't pursue this career until about five or six years ago. Until that point I had only written poetry, but didn't think much of it. I had dabbled in writing a novel, but hadn't gotten very far with it. Yep, I was one of those who never finished a novel that had been started. Then someone close to me at the time suggested I write a novel, but of a different genre. The one I had started was fantasy, which I still love and plan to complete. But I took this person's idea and I ran with it. Either way they have always been Young Adult. What began as what I considered religious/spiritual turned into a psychological thriller. And I'm much happier with how it turned out than how it started.

When I think about why I write psychological thrillers, the reason is simple. I write YA Psychological Thrillers because I believe whole heartedly that these issues need to be brought to light. So many young adults are dealing with abuse, rape, drugs, depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts that not to talk about it seems wrong. Now these are all rather dark topics and even though I think they need to be talked about regularly, not everyone feels the same way. Which is part of the reason I write fantasy. I write fantasy because it lets me take some of the dark and have a little fun.

Despite how long it took me, I look forward to working my rear off this year and making the best of my writing journey.

Feb 2, 2015, 7:20pm Top

Hi Krys! I hope your writing journey goes well.

If you haven't already, you might want to "claim" your author page by clicking "Is this you?" (top right). I also strongly recommend that add more books to your library than just your own. LT users connect through their shared books.

Edited: Feb 3, 2015, 12:05pm Top

Hi there, I'm Carol Van Natta. I'm an independent science fiction author and playwright. My latest book is Overload Flux: A Central Galactic Concordance Novel, which is the first of a new science fiction romance series, and won a 2015 SFR Galaxy Award. My first book was Hooray for Holopticon, a retro science fiction comedy.

I have been a swing-shift guard, secretary, actor, voiceover talent, singing telegram performer, non-profit director, business continuity specialist, and of course, an author. I still do some of those things so I can eat regularly and sleep indoors. I share my Fort Collins, Colorado, home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in my books are the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist.

Feb 3, 2015, 12:19pm Top

Hi Carol, welcome to Hobnob!

If you haven't already, you may wish to claim your author page by clicking "is this you?" in the top right. I also strongly recommend that you add more books to your library than just your own.

"Any violations of the laws of physics in my books are the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist."

Cats are like that. I blame Schrödinger for shutting them up in boxes.

Feb 4, 2015, 9:03am Top

Hi Guys! I'm new to Library Thing, and this is the first group I joined - it made sense considering I'm an author. My name is Astrid Tallaksen, and I'm an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author (who'll probably branch out when I'm finished with my current series). I hail from North Alabama, originally from northern Illinois. My very first book ever, At Death's Door, was released back in August, and its sequel comes out next month (oh my god I'm not ready yet!!!). I'm still learning about the publishing process.

As for who I am and what I love:
-I'm the mom of the most awesome child ever. He has autism, is super-smart, and is probably the most compassionate person I've ever met. I like to think I rubbed off on him.
-I've been writing for as long as I can remember, first just whatever came out of my crazy brain and onto the page, then on a roleplay forum (which is actually more a creative writing workshop), and now finally as a published author. Quite an intimidating journey!
-My hobbies include karaoke (although I don't go out as much anymore), reading anything I can get my hands on - especially fantasy and historical romance - crochet, and binge watching shows on Netflix.
-I'm currently back in school to get my degree in English, both to improve my writing and with the ultimate goal of being a freelance editor and perhaps a tech/proposal writer - there are a ton of jobs like that available in my town.
-I'm married, and have 2 dogs (Harley, a blue heeler mix, and Muffin, a grouchy old lady and pekingese cocker mix), and 2 cats (Fugue and Rhapsody, both fat and needy.
-I'm super geeky. I love comics, sci-fi/fantasy movies and television shows (Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Lost Girl are my favorites), and I volunteer at Dragoncon (a HUGE multi-genre sci-fi/fantasy convention that takes place every year in Atlanta) both on technical operations staff and guest operations staff.

Did I miss anything? I'm glad to be here and look forward to getting to know and interact with you all.

Best Wishes,
Astrid V. Tallaksen

Feb 4, 2015, 3:19pm Top

>49 astrid_writes: Hi! Welcome to Hobnob, and to LibraryThing.

Looks like you have yourself all set up nicely. Good! I hope you will like it here. Please do jump right on in, and respond to any thread that looks interesting.

Edited: Feb 8, 2015, 2:32pm Top

Hi -

I'm Charlene and I'm new to LibraryThing. I've recently plunged into the wonderful world of self publishing and I've written one fiction (crime fiction/courtroom drama) and one nonfiction book anonymously as Kobrinica Press.
About me - Born and live in Southern California. I work in the legal field which occupies most of my time. I love my job, so I know I'll never be a full time writer, although ironically it's what I do at work. I'm a do-it-yourselfer and I like to build things. I also love to travel with my children and watch them play on their school and club sports teams.

Feb 10, 2015, 4:32pm Top

Hi everyone!
My name is Will Godfrey and am new to being an author. I'm originally from Cambridge, England but moved to Australia where I met my wife and recently had our first child, Jayla, together. I work as an industrial designer but studied Philosophy at university before going on to design. I love travel, sports and health. I recently wrote and published my first book 'Cure Mouth Ulcers' on Amazon - being a lifelong sufferer and researcher on the area.

Feb 10, 2015, 6:19pm Top

>51 cdwk: Hi, Charlene! Do you not want anyone to know which books you've written? Because I can't figure out if they are on LT or not, nor do I know if you have an author page for me to link to in the index.

>52 wilig123: Will, Weclome to Hobnob!
I'm guessing you aren't really a guy named Stanley Winchester, and that you didn't die in 2012. If I'm wrong, you are LT's first zombie author. If I'm right, your author page will need a little sorting out.

Normally I can do the fixes myself, but this one is slightly more complicated than usual. You might want to ask the Combiners! Group for assistance.

Edited: Feb 10, 2015, 7:34pm Top

>53 LShelby: LShelby:

I'm still getting acquainted with the site. I don't want to be another self-promoting writer that seems to annoy a lot of posters. I'm just happy to be here. The fiction book is "Better To Give Than Deceive," crime fiction and courtroom drama, and the nonfiction book is "What Do You Think ? Conversation Starters and Icebreakers," a collection of fun and offbeat questions. Thanks for asking. No author page yet.

Feb 10, 2015, 7:44pm Top

>54 cdwk: All you have to type is the > and the message number, the name (which links to the referenced message) will be filled in automatically by LT.

The best way to make sure your book is properly entered into LT at least once, is to enter it yourself by adding it using "Add books" (you can usual the manual add page, linked to from the bottom of the main add books page, if it's not available yet), and making sure all the information is correct.

On the other hand, adding only your own books is something that other LT users find irritating. It's best to add a whole bunch of books to your library, only a few of which are by you.

Once you have added your own books, you will automatically have an author page, so please let me know if you decide to do so, so that I can add your author page link to your listings. :)

Feb 11, 2015, 8:24pm Top

I'm Kevin M. Kraft, new to LibraryThing! I still don't really know my way around this site or how to get the best out of it, so I hope I can count on frequent help for this technophobe.

I am a self-published author of four books, the latest being my inspirational thriller, MOMO, which has been getting rave reviews on blogs and book sites and is published at Lulu. While I would like to promote my work and expose it to more and more readers, I don't want to be a pest.

I look forward to becoming acquainted with some of you on here. Do be shy about contacting me, because I sure am and need a push.

Feb 12, 2015, 1:45pm Top

Hi all. I joined about about six months ago. I am just now finding some time to get better acquainted and more involved. Currently, I am the unknown author, writing unknown works. I published one unknown book, The Great Angel War, my second book of the trilogy, The One Path, gets released March 17, 2015- it's on the members giveaway, I'm working on chapter 3 of the third book in the trilogy, playing with a sci-fi, and giving some thoughts and doing some note writing for a political satire. My plan is to flood the market with my unknown books in the hopes somebody will accidentally pick one up and buy it. I'm looking to glean some helpful writing techniques from all you good writers out there... I hope you more experienced writers will share with the less experienced and not just laugh at our tales of woe. I am wondering now if I should have learned to write before publishing my first book : ) Thank God for editors, agents, authors, and readers willing to help... I think I've come to the right place.

Feb 12, 2015, 5:08pm Top

>56 kevkraft: Hi, Keven, nice to meet you and welcome to Hobnob!
I usually recommend that people start by adding some books. Normally one would want to add both one's own books, and a selection of books by other authors that would give LT users an idea of what your reading tastes and preferences are. (It's actually more useful to add less well known books, rather than than sticking to blockbusters. I can explain why if anyone is interested.)

You can also add movies, although LT isn't well suited to to cataloging movies, and some users grumble about them being in the system. You can definitely add your screenplays. When you add something other than a book, please indicate that it isn't a book, so that it doesn't accidentally get combined with any books of the same title. The usual recommendation is to put the format after the title in curly brackets, like {screenplay}, or {film}.

>57 LarryGerovac: Hi! I've seen you around. :) Thanks for posting an introduction!
It looks like your debut trilogy is fantasy? Is that the genre you want me indexing you under for now?

Feb 12, 2015, 7:44pm Top

> LShelby Fantasy is fine. I plan on writing Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Horror.

Feb 13, 2015, 8:45am Top

Hello I've been on LT for about four years now, but this is the first time I have posted on a group. My name is Rob Lubitz and I have published two books (independently), one in 2011 and one this month. They are espionage and adventure thrillers with a splash of science. My two favorites authors in the genre are John LeCarre and Graham Greene (I think he called them entertainments instead of thrillers). Just wanted to introduce myself for now.

Feb 13, 2015, 12:55pm Top

>59 LarryGerovac: I've added you to the subject index too, now.

>60 RobLubitz: We're your first post? Cool! Welcome to Hobnob! I hope you post again.

Feb 13, 2015, 11:39pm Top

Thought I'd just jump in here and join LShelby in welcoming you all! Nice to see so many new... ... or uh hear/read about all you new peeps. ;) I look forward to sharing thread time with you and learning about your reading and writings.

Feb 16, 2015, 4:10pm Top


Please allow me to introduce myself.

I am a psychiatrist involved in providing innovative education, novel simulations, coaching, group facilitation and creativity-enhancing techniques for teaching and training to individuals and groups.

Currently I am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. As the Director of Education for SIM-one (the Simulation Network of Ontario), I embrace an interprofessional collaborative approach and a spirit for collaboration. I lead the Advanced Clinical and Educational Services for Problem Gambling, Gaming and Internet Addiction at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

I love the Arts and Humanities and get involved in many healthcare activities that support it. I am often working with industries involved in interactive technology and games for understanding its impact on people’s lives. Although it seems a stretch it really isn’t… I am also an illusionist who performs magic and mentalism, primarily to help educate the public of mental health issues. I have written books for children, parents, and the general public on youth and family health issues. I also have been a consultant and advisor to a variety of media-related activities including television, plays, novels and film productions to help create accurate portrayals of psychiatric and addiction elements. I also created games dealing with mental-health and addiction issues

I am planning to spend more time writing and so I thought I'd get involve with more fellow authors.

It looks like a nice supportive space!

Warmest regards,


Feb 22, 2015, 10:45am Top

Hello, guys!
First of all, how is everybody? and Congratulations for embracing this writing aspect of life ^_^ profession or hobby I think it is the most charming, interesting and unlimited area to be active within and it is maybe the only one that brings to light the universe hidden in each one of us so...gooooo, writers!

As for myself, I am a writer, always wanted to be one so I am on it since first years of school, also a reader because it goes both ways, and I am a journalist on political and social matters. As a very spiritual person, I like exploiting that quality in my writings, even if not all of them are based on spirituality. I think discovering the world within our minds and souls, is a wonderful journey, and if we get the chance to share it with our readers then we are truly blessed ^_^

Oh, and to check all the basic info I should give ab myself, here we go: I'm Irina Maria Tracy, from Bucharest, Romania and I love books and animals and coffee and my favorite winter booties :))

Hope to keep in touch with you and share beautiful stories, ideas and impressions !


Feb 22, 2015, 11:18pm Top

Welcome Bruce_Ballon and ynamaria87!

Bruce, I'm sorry it took me so long to respond to your post, I'm afraid you posted on my birthday, which was a busy time for me, and I somehow missed your message altogether. I only saw it when ynamaria87's post brought it back up to the top of the listing. Also, I put you in non-fiction, but normally I also list more specific subjects... but I'm a bit puzzled as to how I should describe your oeuvre. "Role-playing games and mental health"?

Neither one of you appears to have claimed your author pages. You may wish to do so by clicking on the "is this you?" link in the upper right of the author page. This creates a handy link between your profile and your author page. :)

ynamaria, you should probably be warned that writing reviews of and rating one's own book is viewed scornfully by many LibraryThing users. I don't think there's anything wrong with what you said about your book, but you might want to move it from the review field to the book description field?

Feb 26, 2015, 8:45pm Top

Hello All, my name is Richard Milton. I'm a British writer and journalist and I live near Chichester in England. I write both fiction and non-fiction. As a journalist I write about science so my books often have a scientific flavour.

Like many writers, I'm turning away from traditional publishers and putting my books onto Kindle, so I'm climbing a steep learning curve in the world of digital publishing.

My main writing interest currently is fiction, and I love the areas of thrillers, crime, mystery and suspense.

Feb 27, 2015, 4:04pm Top

>66 RichardMilton: Hi! Welcome to Hobnob!

I usually include a link to a member's author page when I add them to the index. Does this happen to be you? If so, you might want to click on the "Is this you?" link in the top right corner. That will create a handy link between your profile and your author page.

Mar 3, 2015, 1:08am Top

Hi Everyone, I am E.L. Ervin. I am the author of Michael Hanson and the Desolate Woods. It is a YA Fantasy novel that I recently published in January. I have been writing since I can remember what words on a page were. I have a deep love for reading fiction, as well as, writing fiction. As a child, I was that kid who hid novels in my school books and pretended to pay attention but was really immersed into the novels. My mother and I joke around often about how she had to drag me away from my books just to eat! Haha. So I've developed a huge vocabulary and creativity from some great authors like C.S. Lewis, Jules Verne, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling...etc. My childhood would have certainly been boring without them!
I knew I would become a writer, but life had me going down the military lane, for a while...which paused my writing. After serving in the miltary, I picked it right back up and it felt GREAT! I am now writing full time, in college for my B.S. in Bio part-time, and full time mom to my wonderfully active 4 year old who just so happens....get this...LOVES FICTION! YES!
Well, I am on here to of course, spread the love for my novel and to make new author friends who love writing just as much as I do. I would also love to meet other bibliophiles like myself!

Happy Reading, Writing and Creating Everyone!

Mar 3, 2015, 3:29pm Top

>68 E.L._Ervin: Hi, E.L.! Welcome to Hobnob! I hope you'll join in some of the discussion threads. :)

Mar 4, 2015, 8:09am Top

My name is Praveen Venkiteswara Annu. I am a mechanical engineer by qualification, a software architect by profession and a sports-person, photographer and traveler at heart. I love exploring my home country India and have also traveled to Europe and South East Asia.

I love all types of sports, enjoy vegetarian food and live in Thiruvananthapuram, India with my wife and three year old daughter.

My dream is to travel the world with my family someday. And, become a self-published author. 'Himalayas: Through Heaven and Hell in the Hills' is my first book.

I write from my experience. I like to travel and my books are based on travel experiences. So, I believe they can be classified as travel memoirs.

I can be reached at praveen.annu@gmail.com

Thank you, for providing me this opportunity to introduce myself.

Himalayas: Through Heaven and Hell in the Hills

Mar 5, 2015, 4:17pm Top

Hello from an oddly balmy Idaho. My name is Hope Anika, and I write romantic suspense and urban fantasy. I published my first book in January. Like most here, I have been in love with words since birth, and there is nothing more satisfying than wrestling them into place. I write for many reasons: pleasure, the need for purpose, a release of angst. I believe that books create a common ground and bring us all to a shared table--a valuable thing in our polarized world.

I hope to meet others who share my love of words, folks to commiserate with when the words won't work, maybe learn something, maybe teach something, and enjoy the shared table.

Thank you for introduction.


Mar 8, 2015, 12:29pm Top

Hello Praveen and Hope. Welcome to Hobnob!

Praveen, I highly recommend adding more books than just your own to your LibraryThing library. People here connect through their shared books, so the more books you list, the better connected you'll be. Also LTer's tend to resent authors who only add their own books -- it makes it obvious that they are only here to sell, and not really to participate.

Hope, you don't seem to have added added any books, not even your own. You said you published your first book in January. Is it listed on LT anywhere? If so, I'd like to create a link to your author page. If not, you might want to consider listing it yourself, along with a bunch of other books that you own.

Mar 9, 2015, 2:04am Top

Sorry, again, LShelby. I shall start adding books at the earliest!

Mar 9, 2015, 2:07pm Top

>73 Praveen.Annu: No need to apologize. LibraryThing is huge and complex: it's impossible to figure out all the ins and outs at once. So handing out helpful advice to new authors (at least, I hope it's helpful) is one of the things we do here in Hobnob. :)

Mar 10, 2015, 11:02pm Top

Hello from Portland. I think I've been on this site before, many years ago, but I can't even begin to think what my username might have been. So now I'm here under a name I'll remember. I've been poking around over the last few weeks, and finding it's not quite as I remember it.

I primarily write Norse fantasy, with gods and giants and dwarfs all being kind of terrible to one another. You know, to keep in the spirit of the original mythology, even though my books barely follow the myths except if you tilt your head and squint. Those stories have already been told, countless times, so I'm telling some new ones.

When I'm not writing, or reading books to review on my blog, I do a lot of needle crafts. Like, seriously a lot. I'm drowning in it. Please send help

Mar 11, 2015, 10:50am Top

>75 ML-Larson: Hi, ML, welcome back!

"I've been poking around over the last few weeks, and finding it's not quite as I remember it."

LibraryThing is constantly being improved and expanded, so it's changed quite a bit during the 8 years I've been here, and it has many "hidden" or largely undocumented features. Never feel bad about asking for help: if you hang out in the right groups you'll notice that even the old-timers are constantly discovering things they've missed or overlooked.

And, I'm hearing you on the drowning in crafts thingy-- if you ever find a solution, do please pass it along. :)

Mar 12, 2015, 8:11pm Top

Hi all! I'm new to being a Library Thing Author, and it seems I'm in good company! I've been a member of Library Thing for a while and have 248 books on my shelf. However, I don't see them on my Author Page. I want others to see what's on my shelf, as the best conversations start with, Hey, I read that, too! Wasn't it great?!

Under "Your Books" it shows one, mine; under "Members" it shows one (me) and when I click my name, then it goes to my book shelf. Is this how it should work?

Thanks for your help! I look forward to getting to know you! And I want to check out other threads, too. Is there a list of threads somewhere? (Yes, I'm one of those technophobes who barely knows what a thread is ...)


Mar 13, 2015, 3:55pm Top

>77 TFHetrick: Hi, Welcome to Hobnob!

Becoming a LibraryThing author doesn't actually change how anything works. All it does is create a link from your author page to your profile page and vice versa.

Your author page is just an ordinary LibraryThing author page. If you go to Margaret Atwood's author page you see the books that have been written by Margaret Atwood, and if you go to the Tammy Flanders Hetrick author page you see the books that have been written by you. Her author page and your author page, and my author page, and Mother Goose's author page all work exactly alike.

If your page seems to be missing some things, it's because there are a lot of "modules" that only show up if LibraryThing can find information to put in them. The series module, for example, which is displayed on many author page sidebars, will only show up if someone adds series information to one or more of that author's books. Same with "Associated Awards" etc.

Your profile page is still the place where people leave you messages and check out what books you've read in common, just like it was before. Clicking on your username usually gets them there. Clicking on an author touchstone takes them to the the author page.

If there's anything else you want to know, please just ask. :)

I've added you to my alphabetical index of authors at the top of this thread, but I'm not sure what genre your book belongs to, so I didn't know which subject to list you under.

Mar 14, 2015, 9:13pm Top

Hello Everyone

My name is Alex Athanassakos. I was born in Greece but I migrated to Toronto, Canada in 1978 where I presently live. I like mostly non-fiction books, especially history and science, but I also read non-fiction at night when I go to bed or when I am in a plane. In the fiction category I like end of the world novels like the ones written by James Rollins or Steve Berry. In the non-fiction category I like reading "original" texts like Herodotus, Xenophon, Livy, Appian, etc. In terms of literary authors I like Graham Green, Harry Mulisch and Par Lagerkvist.

I am a new author. My book "Our Travels with Alexander - Taking a year off in France" was published last November on Amazon. The book describes what it is like to take a year off and spend it in in France through the wines, food, culture and history of Burgundy, Provence and Dordogne. I am now working on a second book which a novel about democracy...I know, the words democracy and novel appearing next to each other sounds strange, but it is feasible!

I am also new to LibraryThing, so I am not sure I know how to navigate through the various sections of the site yet.

Edited: Mar 23, 2015, 9:59pm Top

>79 Alex1952: Hi! Welcome to Hobnob and LibraryThing.
The first thing you may want to do is "claim" your author page. Go to your books, click on your name where it appears in the author column, and that's your author page. In the top right hand side, there should be a link that says "Is this you?" or something of the sort. The second thing I usually recommend new authors do right away is add more books.

Mar 15, 2015, 10:58am Top

Ok, thanks for the advice

Mar 19, 2015, 6:03pm Top

Hello from Boston! My name is Wil Howitt, and I'm new to LibraryThing, but not new to writing. I have been an avid Science Fiction reader since grade school, and started writing it in high school. I have published many reviews in local zines, and had some short stories published. I have recently published my first novel citizenchip and am working on the sequel. Lots more ideas to come!

My career has been in EE/CS, specializing in human speech and hearing tech, as well as general audio. I finished my doctorate at MIT in 2000, and did my post-doc at BU in neuroinformatics. This dovetails nicely with my interest in Cyberpunk and artificial intelligence (which is the focus of my novel).

I've also built large LED light sculptures, and presented some of them at Burning Man. I've practiced and taught Taoist tai chi for many years. I also practice with German longsword, and won swordcutting competitions. I make a habit of keeping up with current events in mathematics and physics (my undergrad degree is math with physics minor). Ask me anything!

Mar 21, 2015, 9:02pm Top

Thanks for the information! My genre is Fiction, or Women's Fiction. Also, I was interested in the Giveaway. I thought I had set one up, but it was rather complicated, and now it appears I must not have followed it through all the way. I'll give it another go. Thanks again!

Mar 21, 2015, 11:32pm Top

That's awesome. All of it.

Mar 23, 2015, 10:02pm Top

Sorry I got a bit behind.

>82 WilHowitt: Wil, welcome to Hobnob! You have some pretty cool hobbies. :)

>83 TFHetrick: I put you in the genre list unded contemporary/modern fiction. I hope that works.

BTW, there is no way for us to know which message you are responding to, unless you say in your message. The usual method is to put a > and then the message number (no space). When you do that, LibraryThing fills in the name of the poster of that message, and makes the whole thing into a link to that message.

Mar 24, 2015, 4:54pm Top

Hi everyone!

I just published my first novel, which is a story centered around domestic abuse.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York. I still live in the same house of my youth, my family belonging to the East Elmhurst community for nearly 70 years. For much of my career I worked in book related fields, such as Barnes and Noble as a cashier, a level III Office Aide with the Queens Borough Public Library system for nine years, and in 2000 began working as a Help Desk Representative in the library's Information Technology & Systems Department for the remainder of my time there until I departed in 2004.

I have always enjoyed reading and would often read as many books as I was able to from a very young age. This was mostly due to the fact that my mother was a public school teacher for thirty-one years at PS 166 in Long Island City and she would encourage me to read.

I would read any and everything, and often carried a pocket dictionary so that I could look up words I did not understand, while reading at an adult level when I was only in the fourth grade. I can honestly say that I got more notes sent home, due to my books being confiscated for 'inappropriate reading material', than I care to recall! Then again the Lutheran private school that I went to didn't have many kids reading Stephen King and V.C. Andrews at the time.

I am very proud that my eight year old niece is already reading a few levels above average, but I will try hard not to deter her from reading whatever she has an interest in.

In addition to writing, I also love to garden, play video games, bake, cook, knit and most of all spend time with my one and only beautiful niece, Gianna, who is the light of my life. I own a small custom cake shop called Gigi Cake Shoppe (www.gigicakeshoppe.com), which operates out of a commercial kitchen, and I keep busy with that in between writing.

I am currently at work on my next novel and will be publishing it next winter.

I am happy to be here and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Mar 25, 2015, 7:29pm Top

>86 ericastinson: Hi, Welcome to Hobnob! I think you will discover a very high proportion of the people who hang out on LibraryThing have been avid readers since very young, so hopefully you'll feel right at home. :)

Is contemporary/modern fiction the genre I should be listing you under?

Edited: Mar 30, 2015, 10:42am Top

Hi Everyone!

I'm Piyushi Dhir, an Indian author, based out of Ivory Coast, Africa!

I have worked as a Human Resource Manager in one of the leading banks in India. A few months ago, I quit my job and moved to Africa along with my husband. With the spare time on my hands, I turned to my lifelong dream: writing. Two of my novels, 'In Search of Love' (2014) and 'I'm Yours, The Next Time' (2015) are available on Amazon as ebooks.

My work so far can be broadly categorized under the 'Romance' or 'Young Adult' section. Going forward, I plan to write about Africa, especially since I'm experiencing this amazing continent first-hand.

I am a graduate in English Literature with a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. Apart from being a writer, I am a voracious reader, a keen traveler and an ardent dog-lover.

A nomad at heart, I love to discover new places and capture the hues of life with my pen.

I'm excited to join this community of readers and writers and look forward to getting to know you guys.

Apr 1, 2015, 5:49pm Top

>88 PiyushiDhir: Hi! Welcome to Hobnob!

Although I'm afraid there's not a lot of conversation going on in Hobnob at the moment, I promise that we do find things to say when someone asks a question. And the rest of LibraryThing is going full blast with lots and lots of book fantatics, in all sorts of groups. :)

You might want to add some more books to your library, so that you can start finding members with similar libraries to yours and seeing where they hang out.

Apr 4, 2015, 1:07am Top

Hello everyone,

I am Jessica Werner, a geeky, nerdy, creative nutjob, from Berlin, Germany. I am a staying at home something, not a mom though, taking care of well.. stuff that is enjoyable and the love of my life. If you would have asked me 25 years ago, if I ever going to be an author, I might have giggled at the thought. While I wrote since I was a little girl, I could not imagine seeing my name on a book.

That changed. After I could not continue to work in my profession because of my health - I am a kid's toys saleswoman, yep that is a proper profession ;) - I finally sat down and began to write more. I have always written, it is in my blood. Without writing I feel empty - well actually my brain is overfilled because nothing would get out of it ;) I have attempted many times to write more than short stories and poetry, and then it finally clicked.

After about 3 years of working on it, I have released my first book last month. "Sra'kalor" is the first part of a paranormal romance trilogy. I am enjoying to start the red line, following through three books, leaving a few questions open to be answered later and see how the whole story comes to life, that has been in my head for such a long time.
I also released a book with poetry that I have written over the course of some years. "Kaleidoscope of my mind", which is different than writing a novel but I still enjoy it tremendously.

I have so many ideas, not only for the series, but also other stories, that I wish we had 50 hour days, for more time to write, next to all the other fun things to do. ;)

When I am not writing I am working in Poser and Photoshop, watching my favourite TV-shows, play video games, spend time in virtual worlds or read. I'm a proud geek and nerd, I love Star Trek and Doctor Who and so much more.

I'm happy to be here and am looking forward to read more about you guys.


Apr 6, 2015, 10:17am Top

>90 Jessica_Werner: Hi! Welcome to Hobnob! I suspect we have a lot in common. :)

You'll probably want to add a whole lot more books than just the two you've written. This is a book cataloging site, and people on LibraryThing connect with other people through shared books, so the more books you add the better.

Apr 7, 2015, 1:51pm Top

Hello everyone!

I mistakenly posted to the old thread, so here I am again!

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.

I have eclectic reading tastes but lean toward science-fiction (a little more fantasy lately than hard sf), steampunk, historical mysteries and fiction, regency romance, poetry of course, and biographies. I also love a good medical/biological thriller or non-fiction book (plagues, viruses, outbreaks!) and personal finance.

Nice to meet all of you,


P.S. I noticed when I added my own book to my library, it forced me to rate it--how do I get around this? I saw a note saying it was uncool to give your own book five stars, but how do I give it none? It didn't seem to want to post the entry w/out any kind of star rating. Please advise.

Apr 7, 2015, 8:52pm Top

I'm David, officially D. Thourson Palmer. I'm a San Francisco Bay transplant to Ohio, but I've lived in Japan and traveled as much as I can, with more than I can planned ahead. I've been a sheep-shearer, generic pharma chemist, standardized-test grading automaton, grad student, judoka, ESL teacher, pizza-flinger, groundskeeper, art-framer, handyman, and antique-hawker.

I write sword-and-sorcery fantasy with literary aspirations. Ursula K. Le Guin said that fantasy is our oldest literary device for talking about reality, and that's where most of my works fall. When I write, it's in magic and incantations and blood, and it's all a way to discuss real things we all feel and experience and know, or at least I hope so. I like tragedy and fight scenes, so that's what you get.

My mother made sure I read a steady stream of Vonnegut, and I read a ton of Terry Pratchett, Redwall, Star Wars, Poe, and Lovecraft growing up. More recently it's been a lot of history and Crime and Punishment and Frankenstein, catching up on my classics. I've just recently gotten into The Lies of Locke Lamora, which is a blast.

I'm kind of a quiet sort and a lurker (go figure, author types), but I hope I'll get in on some of the discussions here.

You can find a bit about me at http://dthoursonpalmer.com.

I'm the author of Ours Is the Storm, which I added to LibraryThing not long ago. It's on goodreads and the other usual places, Amazon, etc.

Nice to meet you all and I look forward to talking.

Apr 11, 2015, 5:10am Top

Hi, there!

I'm Vivian Lane. Native of California. I write contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance in the series Echoes of Ossiria.

I read romance, and UF like Jim Butcher. Love geek stuff, so I'm thrilled to have all the comic-based content on TV right now.

Apr 11, 2015, 10:37pm Top

>92 nebula61: Hi, welcome to Hobnob.

I have been here for over 8 years and have added more than 800 books (including my own) and have never once been forced to add a rating. (In fact, I have never rated any book here at all.) So I'm really, really confused as to how you managed to add a book in a way that forced you to rate it.

But I believe you can remove a rating from any book by clicking on the rating section. The first click is supposed to get you a full star rating of the star clicked, the second click in the same place an "and a half" star rating, and the third click on the same star should remove the rating entirely.

And... look at that, we have 22 books in common. :)

>93 D.ThoursonPalmer: Hi, Welcome to Hobnob! I'm in Ohio too.
My goodness that's an eclectic list of occupations!

Unfortunately we seem to have more lurkers than anything else around here. If people start up conversation threads, the dialog can get lively, but we have long periods of quiet where nobody says much of anything. (You'd think we were all busy reading, or writing, or something.) :)

Sword and Sorcery is an unusual fantasy sub-genre specialty -- I think you're the first author I've seen here laying claim to it. It just doesn't seem to be in fashion at the moment. Are there modern sword and sorcery authors/books you admire, or do you sort of harken back to the days of yore? (I notice that one of our 14 shared books is a Burroughs novel.)

>94 Vivian_Lane: Hello, Welcome to Hobnob! (Gosh, I'm starting to sound like a robot.)
I'm geeky too, but I'm afraid I'm more into secondary world stuff than the paranormals and urban fantasy. Still we might have more in common than we know. (I've been reading up on marine biology recently, for one thing. I've got this book in the to-write queue, see...) :)

Apr 12, 2015, 11:31am Top

>95LShelby: Thanks for the welcome.

I wanted to be a marine biologist for several years until I looked at the math requirements for a college degree. Since I suck at math, I had to focus on something else. But I'm still an enthusiast. I don't think I could ever live in a non-coastal state.

Edited: Apr 13, 2015, 6:35am Top

I'm mostly familiar with Bourroughs through the underappreciated John Carter movie and reputation, though I hope to actually dig into his work at some point. I have a hard time categorizing my genre. Character-driven sword & sorcery? Personal epic fantasy? Not sure. One of my greater influences is Dave Duncan's *Great Game* trilogy, starting with Past Imperative, although that's much more epic than s&s. I'm a huge Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser fan.

Apr 13, 2015, 4:01pm Top

Thank you :)

And yes. I am actually adding those that I am reading right now. I just got very confused with the adding process, it is different from what I am used from other sites. But I'm adding them as I so :)

Edited: Apr 16, 2015, 2:33am Top

This is Chinmoy, a software professional. I write in following categories "Computers & Technology", "Religion & Spirituality", "Business & Money" and "Self-Help".
My amazon author profile is http://www.amazon.com/Chinmoy-Mukherjee/e/B00JM3NF5I

Apr 16, 2015, 10:51am Top

Hello everyone, I'm Bob Doerr, retired Air Force, and currently an author of nine books. Six of my books are murder mysteries and make up my Jim West mystery series. These books take place in the present day American Southwest and can be read in any order. In addition, I have a stand alone international thriller, and have written two fantasy novellas for middle grade readers in my Enchanted Coin series. I've been fortunate to have won a number of awards for my books along the way, and look I look forward to connecting with the LibraryThing membership. You can learn more about me and my books at my website http://www.bobdoerr.com

May 5, 2015, 4:17pm Top


I'm Dominique Bonten from Memphis, TN. I'm 18 and I'm going to University of Memphis. I've self-published two books of poetry so far and am currently working on a compilation of short stories. I like to read just about anything I can get my hands on, and the same goes for writing. I like to write about everything; from poetry to coming-of-age to fantasy. I've also been published in a few literary journals for my poetry and have won the Nancy Thorpe Poetry Contest. My life goal is to create my own publishing company and to help get authors like me out into the world.

May 12, 2015, 2:05pm Top

I am amazed by the diversity of the Earth, by her cultures and her mythologies, her symbolisms and her colors that spring so incessantly from that stream, as Joseph Campbell writes, that bubbles up from the deepest reaches of our collective unconscious to influence and inform and ultimately to unify the universes that flow within and without us.

In 1985, I had the distinct privilege of interviewing Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross for my one-act play Windstorm. Here was a celebrated doctor who had penetrated the fourth wall, who saw visions, who communicated with the dead, and who, through her visions, taught us more about, as she said, not how to die, but how to live.

While producing the play festival CelebrateWomen, I interviewed another great woman, Cahuilla elder Katherine Siva Saubel. Dr. Saubel, like Dr Ross, was a great healer, and a great visionary. She could call the wind by whistling for it to blow down from the mountains to cool the steaming valley below. From her oral history, I wrote first the play We Are Still Here; then, as a recipient of a California Council for the Humanities grant, I adapted the play for a documentary of the same title.

I have always written, always wanted to be a writer, but for several years I took a bit of a sojourn into theatre where I acted, directed, and occasionally produced. My plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, and regionally.

In 2010, I wrote my debut novel, The Women Debrowska, the story of a family interwoven with 250 years of Polish history and the indomitable spirit of the Polish people.

In 2011, I published Ouray's Peak, a coming age novel that follows the journey of Kristin Tabor as she treks cross-country journey to find her mother, and eventually, her heart. Ourays’s Peak started life really as an acting exercise around the development of character; then, grew into a trilogy of plays that were later adapted to a screenplay that I am still hoping to either produce myself or have produced. The screenplay became my master’s thesis and now has been adapted to a novel.

2012 saw the publication of the first two books of the Stone Quest Series: Desert Chimera and Gallows Ascending which follow the journey of recluse, tracker, and reluctant psychic visionary Luke Stone, and take the reader deep within Luke's paranormal universe .The third book, Neuri Shape-Shifter was completed and published in 2014

I recently completed my first love story, another novel adapted from a screenplay: Western Song.

My most influential writers are Margaret Atwood and Barbara Kingsolver. Ms. Atwood refuses to be boxed into a genre. Today we are told we must find our brand. I suppose as we fight to be recognized among 11 million books that is not bad advice--- it just doesn’t always suit. And if it doesn’t suit – well, how can you stuff yourself inside the round hole? I cut my teeth on John Steinbeck and the glorious Mark Twain, as well as Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. I guess in short – I write simply because I just want to soar.

Leigh Podgorski, new author

May 12, 2015, 5:43pm Top

>102 leighpod: Hi, Leigh! Welcome to Hobnob!

I totally sympathize with the desire not to try shove oneself into a hole that doesn't fit. :)

But... I also enjoy categorizing and organizing things. So, uh... are there two or three categories in the subject index that you'd like to be listed under? Not try put limits you, but just so that people who are interested in those subjects can be made aware that you are also interested?

May 14, 2015, 12:56pm Top

Hi - This is Elizabeth Rose from New York City. I've been a professional songwriter, playwright and written some screenplays, I'm a debut author. Songs are generally 3-5 minutes long. They take a great deal of crafting, language skills, rhyme scheming and such. Sometimes they come fast; sometimes they take a very long time from initial concept to final mix. However, next to writing a book, writing songs is "instantaneous." Wow! Who knew how deep a commitment must be to write a book? Right. You authors knew. I have just learned it.

I have been creating music and comedy all my life. I am hoping this book will catapult me into a room full of comedy writers who need a shower. Big dreams, I know. I'm ready. I've packed a bottle of soapy water and and some antiseptic wipes in anticipation of the universe opening a window and kicking me into that room. Daily Show. Did I mention the Daily Show?

May 15, 2015, 10:15pm Top

>104 yomiz: Hi, Welcome to Hobnob!
I've added you to the index...

...But we've got a bit of a problem in the Author Page department.

You have claimed a combined author page as your author page. That's not right. Since there are at least four different authors named Elizabeth Rose listed on that page, they can't possibly all be you.

I assume that you wrote Yo Miz, and that as you say you are a debut author, you didn't write anything else that is listed on the combined page. So I have divided you out as a separate 5th author and created a new author page for you.

Unfortunately this is probably as much as I can do. I can't fix your profile author link so that it points to the right page: for that you need to contact a member of the staff. Their contact information can be found by following the "Contact" link in the footer.

May 20, 2015, 12:49pm Top

Greeting authors and readers alike! I am Bryan Nyaude, and its a pleasure to meet your acquaintance. I am new to this industry, so any pointers are gladly welcome

May 21, 2015, 6:38pm Top

>106 nyaude70: Hello, welcome to Hobnob!

Since you didn't say anything much about what and why you write, I'm not sure which subject categories to list you under. Based on the title: Science fiction or fantasy, perhaps?

To get pointers, the best way is to start a new topic in this group asking specific questions. You can also scroll down the list of messages, we've had some pretty interesting and informative discussions here in the past.

I notice that the only book in your library is by you. And, since its apparently the second in a series, I doubt it's even the only book by you, , (unless it's a multi-author series?) let alone the only book you own. It is probably a good idea to add many more books to your LT catalog, including, probably, the first book in your series, but also including books by other authors.

And um... many LTers are scornful of authors who give their own books high ratings. Just so you know.

May 27, 2015, 1:15pm Top

Hi everyone!!!
My name is Johanna Lehmann - I am a novelist from San Francisco, who currently moved to Munich, Germany. Born in Berlin, the creative hub of Germany and the formerly divided city, I started to write as soon as I could hold a pen in my hand - family and friends being the grateful recipients of my early attempts as a writer. I always wanted to become a writer, but I was told: "If you want to tell stories and perfect the craft of writing you have to write, read and travel a lot."

Quickly I became known in school as the bookworm just reading and writing and later during college as "Lufthansi", which can be translated as "Air travelling -Hansi (Hansi being my nickname).

On my 25th birthday I was traveling the Great Wall of China with my Dad I decided that for now I had read a few hundred books and traveled more than 40 countries it was time to switch to author life. At that point I had finished my business education at INSEAD and Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and worked for a few years all over the world. I took classes in „Creative Writing“ at Stanford University and wrote my debut "Ein Jahr in San Francisco" (One Year in San Francisco) in collaboration with German publishing house Herder. Now the book is coming out in English as well.

May 28, 2015, 1:05pm Top

Hi, my name is Lindsey, going by pen name Michelle Webster. Not quite used to referring to myself as Michelle yet ;) I started writing stories in my head as a kid. I really did sit, staring out a window, playing out these stories in my mind. I was a strange kid. Wrote down my first one in a fully coloured (in pencil crayon) book of paper bound together with string. Unfortunately my Grade 5 teacher found it in my desk and made me read it to the class. A girl yelled, "you stole that from Fern Gully!" And my teacher scowled at me, "Next time use your own brain, Lindsey." Mortified publicly for something I wrote in my free time, well that was the end of that! Wrote dark teenage poetry til finally finding my love of writing stories again as an adult (thankfully!).

Aside from being a writer, I spent 9years studying psychology then psychiatric nursing in university. I've been a mental health nurse since and very much a mental health advocate. I actually dream of working with animals now, especially as a marine mammal biologist. I love orcas/killer whales, as well as other whales & dolphins. Maybe one day. I am very much about animal rights/welfare which inspired one of my novels.

I love writing and storytelling. I want to be more than a hobby writing. I want my works read, like most of us here. There is something innate about all of this, a need inside. I love reading science fiction and fantasy and that is also what I write. I love dreaming of completely different places and times than here.

Michelle Webster

May 29, 2015, 11:23am Top

>108 JohannaLehmann: Hi, Welcome to Hobnob!
I've added you to the alphabetical index, but although you described yourself as a novelist, your book title sounded more like non-fiction to me, so I wasn't quite sure where to put you on the subject listing.

...I'm not at all sure why someone needs to do a lot of travelling in order to be writer. Wouldn't it depend on what you want to write about? It sounds fun, though. :)

>109 lwebstar: Hello! Nice to meet a fellow fantasist.
I'm sorry to hear your teacher managed to put you off writing for so long, but at least you've come back to it now. :)

May 31, 2015, 8:45am Top

My name is Hank Quense. I write both fiction and non-fiction. My fiction consists of scifi and fantasy parodies. I'm a firm believer that the world needs more parodies and I'm doing my best to fill the need.
In non-ficiton, I write about creating fiction and self-publishing.
At the moment, I have 13 books published (a few more are out-of-print). Six are novels and the others are short non-fiction books.
My blog site is http://hank-quense.com/wp
My book site is http://strangeworldsonline.com/wp

Jun 10, 2015, 6:08pm Top

How do I post an introduction? Do I click on 'Post a new topic'?

Jun 10, 2015, 6:34pm Top

>112 GerardONeill:
Just hit reply, like you did to ask your question, and then tell us a bit about yourself, like where you're from and what sort of things you like to write about and why. :)

It's probably better not to start a whole new topic. This topic will be around for a while. But you start a new topic just to introduce yourself, hardly anyone will post to it, and it will soon fall down the page and become lost in the vast wilderness of dead threads.

Jun 10, 2015, 7:08pm Top

Thanks LShelby. I'm putting an introduction a post together to add as a reply now.

Edited: Jun 10, 2015, 7:28pm Top

Hello all, I'm Gerard O'Neill. I write thrillers driven in equal measure by characters and the conditions they face in the worlds they live in. I draw from my life experience, my own and that of those I have met and learned to care about. I've travelled, having lived out of NZ for more than half of my life in several different countries. Now I live with my family in the not always so sunny but never boring city of Sydney in Australia.

I have written several books. The majority of them novels. I publish the first of these this week. It's weighed down with the title The Girl With Two Names. I will publish the second later this month. The title is much lighter, Jubilee Year.

I'm very interested to meet other writers, especially if you are a novelist. I look forward to being part of the author community here, and hope I am able to be allowed to have an author's page.

In a shameless act of self-promotion, the second in this post (since I introduced the name of my debut novel) I would like to mention here my author's Website for further information.


Jun 11, 2015, 1:24pm Top

Hi everybody,

I'm A.W.Black, but my friends call me Tony.
I've released a Young Adult Science Fiction book, and I've got a few more stories in the pipe-line. If anyone wants to find out anything about them, please visit http://stormbringer.legends23c.co.uk

Hopefully I can contribute in some way.


Jun 11, 2015, 1:34pm Top

Hello! My pen name is P.S. Bartlett but my first name is Peggy.
So far, I write historical fiction. I've always been fascinated with history and enjoy doing research for every book I write.
I've learned so much in the past 2 1/2 years since I finally decided to focus and dedicate myself to this life long dream.
I live in Baltimore, MD with my husband, my 19 year old son and my 26 year old recently separated daughter, her 21 month old twin girls and her 5 year old daughter.
I also have a 10 year old Maine Coon named Columbus.
I enjoy writing, painting and drawing, and of course reading.
I'm very pleased to make your acquaintance.

Jun 14, 2015, 2:50pm Top

>115 GerardONeill: Hi Gerard, nice to meet you!

There's no "allowed" to getting an author page here. If you have a book you have 'authored' anywhere in the system (and any user can add any book to the system), you have an author page. It's not a special privilege granted to the few or the great, and it bestows no special powers.

If I wanted to add my daughter's unpublished novel to my catalog here, I could, and ta-dah! my daughter would have an author page. If I wanted to add my husband's journals to my catalog (and why not? they are books on my shelves and I have a right to catalog them) then my husband would have an author page.

You don't even have to claim it to update the information on it, because any user can update any author page. But claiming your page is recommended. People like to know that you are you.

Unfortunately you appear to have claimed the combined page for all authors with your name, instead of the separated out page that has only your book listed. You should contact the LibraryThing staff (contact information can be found in the footer) and ask them to help you get that straightened out.

>116 A.W.Black: Hi Tony, Welcome to Hobnob!

Like Gerard you appear to have claimed a combined author page, instead of your individual page. (Clearly it's the sort of thing that might happen to anyone, and usually does.) I wish I could help you sort it out, but that's something only the staff can fix. The contact information link for the staff can be found in the footer.

>117 AuthorPSBartlett: Hi Peggy! Nice to have you drop in. :)

You're the first historical author to introduce themselves this year. Awesome!
And another artist too. Cool.

All I know about Main Coons, is what I've learned from occasionally following the blog of fantasy/sf/mystery author Sharon Lee. From the pics, they look BIG!

Jun 15, 2015, 6:13am Top

Thanks, LShelby.
I've set up a disambiguation page, so hopefully nobody thinks I've written a book about translating from Latin.

Jun 16, 2015, 5:30pm Top


I am new to LibraryThing and just starting to figure it out. I (Peggy Williams) am half of the writing team of M. J. Williams. I write the "On the Road..." mystery series with my sister-in-law Mary Joy Johnson. We both live in Madison, Wisconsin. We recently received our authorship badge.

I am newly retired from many years of teaching elementary school and looking forward to putting more time and effort into the multiple genres and formats that I enjoy writing, including children's books and screenplays. I am active in a couple of writers groups here in Madison. I enjoy traveling, but have grandkids both in Seattle and Boston, so you can image how most of my airline miles are earned.

It's nice to meet you all and I hope we can connect here on LibraryThing.

Jun 17, 2015, 10:32pm Top

Hello Everyone,

I'm Jon, and I've written two literary fiction novels, six screenplays, and hundreds of songs and poems. One of my novels recently placed as a finalist in the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes for best Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction, and my screenplays have won 39 awards/honors at various international screenwriting competitions.

My work often explores themes of alienation and misery as human constructions that can be overcome through self-understanding and the acceptance of suffering. I currently live in San Diego, CA.


Jon LaPoma

Jun 18, 2015, 4:11pm Top

>120 PeggyWilliams: Hi, Peggy, welcome to Hobnob!

I was looking at your author page, and I saw books that seem to have nothing to do with what you said you wrote in your introduction above. Are those books also by you and your partner, or are they by some other M. J. Williams?

>121 JonLaPoma: Jon, Hi! I'm very pleased to have you show up.
You are the first author of literary fiction who has introduced themselves this year. Here I was thinking maybe I would need to remove that category from my list, but no, you showed up and saved it! Yay! (Okay, yes, I do get happy about some very strange things sometimes!) :)

I notice you've only added one of the two novels you mentioned to LibraryThing, so I'd like to make sure that you are aware that you can add any book to LibraryThing, even if it isn't available in the searched sources, by using the "Add Manually" link near the bottom of the Add Books page.

Welcome to the Hobnob Group! :)

Edited: Jun 22, 2015, 12:11am Top

Writing is fun!

But it wasn't always that way for me. I have some interesting life-stories to tell, and I suppose they were fun and easy to write. But every time I tried my hand at fiction, at the kind of stories I like to read, writing became a chore.

I had ideas - and I'd start on a story - and it would fizzle. I just couldn't figure out this "writing" thing.

But I kept at it - idea, story, write, fizzle. It was frustrating to have this thing in my head I couldn't express!

Then in late 2014, I found the voice that worked. The next Spring, I had a great "what if?" idea that's turned into my first books.

And writing became fun and easy!

I love the outdoors - fishing, hunting, hiking, boating and exploring nature and plants. Identifying the plants around my home is an ongoing project.

By the way, evergreen plant berries taste just like pink bubble gum! The similar-looking partridge berries are plain and seedy, though, so make sure you pick the right ones. (Partridge berries aren't poisonous, but they're pretty tasteless.)

Huckleberries, though ... yuck. Like eating a tiny tomato-flavored mushy blueberry.

I've had a few near-death experiences - seven if I recall correctly, and a few real survival situations. And being a member of the "Star Wars" generation, my writing is science fiction: post-apocalypse, survival, and space wars and whatnot.

I play electric guitar, bass and acoustic, and sing okay - although I tend to have a southern twang that I can't seem to overcome.

Ahh well.


P.S. Hey Jenny!

Jun 26, 2015, 12:50pm Top

how is this group doing?

Jun 27, 2015, 3:56pm Top

>123 matthart: Hi, welcome to the Hobnob Group

As it happens I'm also interested in plant identification (although I'm just learning, and haven't even managed to learn all the local trees yet). I wonder how many plants we have in common? I'm in Ohio, where are you? (I tend to associate Huckleberries with Missouri, but that's Mark Twain's fault, and I have no idea if that's where one actually does find Huckleberries or not.)

Your comment about finding your voice and THEN afterward the idea for the book also interests me. I'd love to hear more about it. I've started a discussion thread on the topic of 'Finding a Voice'. I hope you will post there telling us about your experience in more detail.

>124 goswamirr: Hello!
It's hard to know how "this group" is doing, because a lot of the members are surprisingly quiet. But I'm fine, for whatever that is worth--I've written 30 000 words in three weeks and am feeling very pleased with myself. How are you?

It looks to me like you are an author. (This is a guess, based on the fact that the only two books in your Library are by an author with a name suspiciously similar to you own.) :) If you haven't already, you might want to visit your author page, and click on the "Is this you?" link in the top right corner. It is also usually highly recommended that you add a lot more books to your library, and not just list your own. That way LibraryThing will have something to connect your books to and with, and being here is likely to do you a lot more good.

Jun 29, 2015, 3:53pm Top

My turn;-)

Hi everyone, my name is John Priest and I'm from the 'Black Country' in the UK. The Black Country is so named after being one of the main areas that manufactured chain, anchors and steel. The air was black from the foundries, hence the name. The Titanic's anchor and chain were made in Netherton, and this was where I was born (many years later of course).

I've been writing for many years and have been traditionally and independently published with some of my children's books used in schools across the UK and worldwide.

I mainly write children's books - some fantasy, science fiction, mystery, detective and educational books. I don't stick to any genre and have written comedy film scripts and adult thrillers.

Basically, I have ideas in my head all the time and my biggest problem is finding the time to get them onto paper!

My favourite books would be by J.M. Barrie, Roald Dahl and James Herbert (adult horror).
Favourite films are The Goonies and The Amazing Mr Blunden.

My wife and I currently look after 3 grandkids full time, 5 days a week so our lives are pretty hectic but my youngest daughter (I have two) has now informed us that twins are on the way, so my writing might have to be done at night time or when I'm on holiday! At least I'll have a good group of kids to test my books on;-)

Take care, John

Jun 29, 2015, 5:06pm Top

>126 JohnAPriest: Hi! Nice to meet you!

"I mainly write children's books - some fantasy, science fiction, mystery, detective and educational books. I don't stick to any genre and have written comedy film scripts and adult thrillers."

Oh, my! Since you say "mainly children's" how about I list you there, but add "Various" to your listing as well, so that people looking will know you're one of those jack-of-all-trades types. :)

"Basically, I have ideas in my head all the time and my biggest problem is finding the time to get them onto paper!"

I am so hearing you on that one!

"...but my youngest daughter (I have two) has now informed us that twins are on the way, so my writing might have to be done at night time or when I'm on holiday!

Gracious! I hope they don't slow you don't too much, but I can't imagine how they could possibly not.

If you have any time to spare, I'll hope you'll check out some of the discussion threads currently going on or start a new one.

Jul 2, 2015, 4:10pm Top

Hello, everyone!

I'm David Berger, and I'm a high school English teacher from Land O' Lakes, FL. I teach AP English Literature, IB English, and Creative Writing. For those curious, this Land O' Lakes isn't where the butter is made (that's Wisconsin).

I write many things: mythic fantasy (both Greek and Celtic, with an LGBT spin) as well as more traditional LGBT fiction (not romance), as well as short fiction of all types. The world's a diverse place, so diversity factors into my books. I'm also writing curriculum for a creative writing class that I will teach in our district's online school.

I love the science fiction and fantasy genres mostly, and I have too many favorite authors to name! I'm not a huge reader of non-fiction. I'm an outdoorsy person, loving running, hiking, etc., and I'm a fitness freak.

My writing stems from my love things like mythology, primarily Greek, comic books (Wonder Woman is my favorite), and just inspiration from things around me. I'm a total geek. My classroom is covered with superhero posters, Cthulhu, and Celtic imagery (I've been to Ireland many times, and it's my favorite country to visit).

Let's see... My partner and I live with our cat, Shayna. I am a sushi lover. I keep kosher. I sing in the car. I also travel to various author and sci-fi conventions around the country to meet people and do book signings.

Nice to meet you all!


Edited: Jul 4, 2015, 7:14pm Top

>128 tchrofengl: Hi! Welcome to Hobnob!

I sing in the car too. :)
I even sing fantasy and science fiction songs in the car, because, well, why not?

I, and I'm sure many other people here, would love to here more about doing books signings at sf conventions. Sounds like you do it a fair bit, so you probably know what works and what doesn't. I will start a new topic about that, and I hope you will find it and are willing to share your experiences. :)

I've got you in the Fantasy/SF genre listing, but I'm not sure where else you'd like to be. Is there another category up there you think you belong in?

Jul 6, 2015, 6:21pm Top

Posting on behalf of kecogan

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 6, 2015, 8:35pm Top

Hi everyone,

I'm Patrice. So glad I stumbled upon Librarything. I'm a screenwriter turned novelist. I released a short story in 2011, which was my first foray into epublishing. Since then I have released a few how-to books and my first novel.

The 1930s and 1940s hold a special fascination for me, so my books have some connection to that era.

My goal is to get rid of the hyphens in my job description, and just say NOVELIST. I spend quite a few hours each day either writing, marketing, networking or mentoring. My Shih Tzu Cody makes sure I step away for the computer at least three times a day.

I'm looking forward to getting to know group members here, and vice versa.

Jul 7, 2015, 8:37am Top

>131 PatriceWilliamsMarks: Hello! Welcome to Hobnob.

Your introduction said you'd released your first novel, but not what genre it is. But since I notice that you've just posted to the Mystery/Thriller promotion thread, (although I haven't had a chance to check it out yet) I took an educated guess and listed you in that genre. Please correct me if I made a mistake. :)

...I suspect that's Cody with you in your profile pic? So cute!

Jul 9, 2015, 11:52am Top

Hello everyone,

My name is Isabelle and I currently reside in Florida. I am not like most writers who always dreamed of becoming an author. It happened progressively for me. I've always loved to read. Even as I child reading was my favorite hobby. I started to write poetry as a teenager and then the poetry grew into short stories. My first book has been in my head for a while, so I am excited to have finally written it. It is a Young Adult/Romance series. It just went live today so I am having a bit of a panic attack as I write. (Lol) Theak you for giving me the chance to join you guys.

Jul 9, 2015, 8:16pm Top

>133 izzyconnors1: Hi Isabelle, welcome to Hobnob!

I hope you survive the panic attack! :)

Jul 17, 2015, 6:21pm Top

I'd like to welcome Maura Satchell to the Hobnob!

Maura I have listed you in the genre index under romance. If there's somewhere else you feel you ought to be, please let me know. :)

Edited: Jul 22, 2015, 11:57am Top


I am Olivier Bosman, the author of the D.S. Billings Victorian Mysteries - a series of 19th Century detective novels featuring a repressed homosexual and morphine addict as its protagonist.

Born to Dutch parents and raised in Colombia and England, I am a rootless wanderer with itchy feet. I've spent the last few years living and working in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sudan and Bulgaria. I have recently moved to Spain and I hope that I will finally be able to settle down among the olive groves of Andalucia :)

I'm hoping to connect with authors and readers and have a good hob-nob (in the UK, Hob Nobs are a brand of lovely chocolate biscuits and suddenly I'm yearning to have one! :) )

Jul 23, 2015, 12:31pm Top

>136 Obosman: Hello, welcome to Hobnob!

I'd be happy to pass around some virtual chocolate biscuits-- I can't vouch for the taste, but they're wonderfully low in calories. :)

Conversation around here is a bit intermittent, but we're always delighted when a newcomer checks out the discussion threads and joins in.

It's a bit disappointing when all someone does is introduce themselves, posts an ad for their latest book, and then leaves again.

Jul 27, 2015, 3:26pm Top

I'd like to welcome Jed_Power to the Hobnob Group! :)

(He introduced himself in the old thread.)

Jed, it looks like your... (is inspiration the right term?) ...is Dan J. Marlowe -- does that link the right Dan Marlowe? (Looked right to me.) Pretty cool that you knew him when you were younger!

One of the things you can do on LibraryThing is to put square brackets around author names or book titles to create an instant link/reference. Book titles use one set of square brackets, and author names get two. That makes it easier for me to look them up and find out all about them. It also creates a record on a subpage of their author page saying that someone has mentioned them.

Another thing you can do, if you haven't already, is to get a badge/link between your profile page and your author page, by going to your author page and clicking on the "Is this you?" link in the upper right.

I'd also like to strongly recommend that you add a great many more books. You probably want to start with all the Dan Marlowe books you own, and then move on to the rest of your (I assume copious) collection of mysteries. People on LibraryThing connect with each other through shared books -- so the more books you catalog, the easier it is for them to get a feel for the sorts of books you own/like/read. :)

Jul 27, 2015, 5:20pm Top

... And a post to welcome Celine Rose Mariotti (celinerm29)!

(Who also posted in the older thread.)

Hi Welcome to Hobnob!

I've added you to the genres of Mystery, Fantasy/Science Fiction and Poetry. If that doesn't work for you please let me know!

Also, the name on your author page shows to me as "Mariotti Celine Rose" -- I think because that's how it was entered on all of your books. If you had entered it as "Mariotti, Celine Rose" (notice the comma!) the computer would have realized that Mariotti was your last name, and flipped it around to put it at the end, and your author page would say "Celine Rose Mariotti".

I actually fixed all your books so that they show your name as Celine Rose Mariotti by default (ie, to people who don't own copies of your books yet), but having all your books changed did not change your author page. I think in order to fix it, you would have to edit at least some of your own personal book data (the copies of your books that show up under the "Your Books" tab) to put in the missing commas.

Jul 28, 2015, 5:22am Top

Hello all,
Have just discovered LT and am gradually feeling my way around.

A bit about me: magazine editor, journalist and publisher by vocation, and for a very long time. Mainly motoring, mostly motorcycling. Determined guitarist, Fenders preferred, Cornish immigrant. Have lived all around the UK, settled in Cornwall over a decade ago, and decently rooted now. Avid reader of books, player of music, walker of cliffs, motorcycle tourist.

A bit about my crime-thrillers: The Corruption of Chastity, due out in Sept, is the second in a series of three. Although the three books are based around the actions of the ‘killing sisters’, Charity, Chastity and Charm, the central character in all three is JJ Stoner, a retired infantry sergeant who moved into the civilian ‘security’ world after leaving the army unintentionally suddenly. The three sisters work together to provide a contract killing service, and the reasons why three intelligent women would do that, the effects it has on them and the consequences were the original notion behind the books. As well as the three books, there is an increasing series of JJ Stoner short stories which are prequels to the first novel, A Last Act of Charity. They tell tales of how and why he became what he is by the time he encounters the sisters.

Among the many authors I admire (and can't hope to match) are Natsuo Kirino, Iain Banks, PJ Tracy, Karin Fossum, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Fred Vargas, Åsa Larsson, Murakami (Haruki and Ryo), Yiyun Li, Reggie Nadelson, Juli Zeh, Martin Limon and many more. For brilliant understandings of conflict, you cannot better Iris Murdoch. Actual genuine personal help came from the authors EV Seymour, who does write in the genre, and Deborah Moggach, who doesn’t but should. And none of my fiction would have seen print without heavyweight encouragement, inspiration and limitless patience from RJ Ellory.

Jul 29, 2015, 10:41pm Top

Hello, welcome to the Hobnob Group, and also to LibraryThing!

You might want to add some more books to your catalog, (see my advice above, for an explanation of why.) And we'd love it if you checked out the various things we've been talking about, and joined in. :)

Jul 30, 2015, 12:19pm Top

Hi! I'm Garrett Dennis, indie author of the Storm Ketchum Adventures series of light Outer Banks mysteries. I don't live on the OBX, but I love it there (especially Hatteras Island) and I visit whenever I can. I was there in June and I'm going again at the end of August - can't wait! :) I grew up in upstate New York (the huge part of that state that has nothing whatsoever to do with NYC, for those who have never been there), and I still live there now. I was a biologist and computer scientist by profession, but now I'm retired and writing novels instead. I also serve as housekeeping staff for two rather spoiled dogs. :)

Jul 31, 2015, 4:28pm Top

Hi. I'm Allen Mesch from Plano, Texas. I am the author of two books The Analyst (political thriller) and Teacher of Civil War Generals - Major General Charles Ferguson Smith, Soldier and West Point Commandant (American History - non-fiction). I am an engineer by training and work experience and a teacher at several North Texas universities. I write two blogs, Political Thrillers and Salient Points, which review spy and espionage fiction and American Civil War non-fiction. I would be interested in getting to know writers in these two genres. I would be happy to serve as a reference source on the Civil War and the oil and gas industry. I look forward to getting to know other members of this group.

Aug 1, 2015, 2:29am Top

Hi, I'm Claire Ryan - Irish author, now living in Vancouver BC. I write fantasy, steampunk, alternate history - basically anything strange. My debut novel, The Meldling, was just published on Amazon, and I'd love to send out some review copies for readers. I'd also like to connect with other indie fantasy authors, especially anyone who's also a fan of fantasy adventure.

I also print and bind my own books, with custom covers and in a range of binding styles, and I'm a swordfighter.

Now I have to go add everything David Eddings, Terry Pratchett and Anne McCaffrey have ever written to my library.

Aug 1, 2015, 12:06pm Top

Thanks for the advice - will get started on adding some titles...

Aug 1, 2015, 5:44pm Top

Bonus advice to every author reading this: Enter tags for the books you have written.

Tag all your books with the genre/subgenre at the very least.

(Try to avoid any temptation to tag your books as "the best fantasy ever" or whatever. People here tend to really look down on that kind of thing... and yes, they can, easily, find out that you are the person who said that about your own book. So just don't. Don't give it a five star rating either.)

Entering stuff in the "Common Knowledge" fields is less important. And although some CK is greatly appreciated (especially Series!), you should keep in mind that the Places Characters and Events fields are intended primarily for Characters/People, Places and (Historic) Events that might be found in multiple books.

>142 Garrett_Dennis: Welcome to Hobnob!

Biologist and Computer scientist... you created biology related computer programs?

>143 Allen_Mesch: Hello, nice to meet you!

I found your author page for the non-fiction book, your other book didn't seem to be there, so I checked your library and it doesn't look like you've added a copy. So maybe it's not in the system anywhere yet? (Which would explain why it's not on your author page.)
You may want to claim your author page, btw, if you haven't already. You do this by clicking on the "Is this you?" link in the top right.

The best way to get to know some authors in your genres is not, unfortunately, to hang out here and wait until they show up. (Unless you write fantasy/science fiction or maybe mysteries which are common enough that people in those genres do show up fairly regularly). The best way is to go hunt them down, and post them a private message. You can start by using the genre index near the top of this thread. The full author name link will take you to their author page, which should have a link to the profile, where you can leave them a message.

But authors who joined LT previous to this year won't show in my index, so there are a lot more people out there to find.

>144 raynfall: Hello, Claire!

Guess what! I am an indie author* and a fan of fantasy adventure! So that's at least one you've managed to connect with. We seem to share a fair number of books, too.

If you haven't already, you might want to click the "is this you?" link on your author page. That will create a link between your user profile and that page.

*I think technically I'm a "hybrid", since I have some traditional publications also.

Aug 3, 2015, 1:06pm Top

Hi LShelby! I added you to my connections. I hope that's the right thing to do - still trying to figure out the etiquette of LT. I think I have the author page thing sorted out as well.

Aug 3, 2015, 4:42pm Top

>144 raynfall: I have downloaded the sample of The Meldling from Amazon - though it must fight for reading time with too many others on my Kindle (eg Cantata in Coral and Ivory which I am about a quarter of the way through, but people keep releasing books!)

Aug 4, 2015, 9:41am Top

>147 raynfall: Adding me to your connections is fine. :)

You seem to be getting around pretty well.
If you find time to check out the threads in the group and join in, that would be great!

>148 TimSharrock:
I hope you enjoy Cantata.

"but people keep releasing books!"
I could go back to letting them sit around on my hard-drive accumulating virtual dust, I suppose, but it seems a bit of a waste.

Aug 5, 2015, 6:08pm Top

Hello everyone!

I'm Ashley Dioses and I'm an author of mostly weird/horror/fantasy poetry and fiction. I've also been tiptoeing into non-fiction in the same genres. My work would be in the vein of Poe, Clark Ashton Smith, George Sterling, H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, David Park Barnitz, and others. I'm a former martial arts instructor for Soo Bahk Do and have an AS in Health Information Technology. I'm also obsessed with Scandinavian and Celtic history and mythology.

Edited: Aug 6, 2015, 5:38am Top

>150 AshleyDioses: Weird horror, martial arts and Celtic mythology? That's a very intriguing mixture. Do your books contain elements of all of these?

Aug 6, 2015, 4:55pm Top

>150 AshleyDioses: Hi, Ashley, Welcome to Hobnob!

I think there's a reaonably active "wierd fiction" group here you might be interested in joining, but I'm blanking on the exact name of it. (Please note that it would be a place to interact with other people with similar reading interests, not a place to advertise your own work.)

Also, if you haven't already, you may want to "claim" your author page, by clicking the "Is this you?" link at the top right. This will create a handy link between your profile and your author page. :)

Aug 6, 2015, 5:18pm Top

>150 AshleyDioses: >152 LShelby: it is http://www.librarything.com/groups/theweirdtradition there are regular group reads of short stories nominated by readers (I have never seen one nominated by an author, as LShelby says, that would be inappropriate)

Aug 7, 2015, 2:06am Top

>153 TimSharrock: Oh, excellent! I'm joining!

Aug 10, 2015, 12:58am Top

G'day all. My name is Will, and I'm a Canadian self-publisher who reads and writes nonfiction.

Here is my bio from my second book: William Peters is a writer, editor, and depression sufferer who lives in Seoul, Korea. He is also the author of “The Resilient Runner: Mental Toughness Training for Distance Running.”


Aug 10, 2015, 3:57pm Top

Hello, Will. Welcome to Hobnob!

That is a very brief bio. :)

You're Canadian, and you live in Korea? I'm a Canadian but I live in the US. ...I also watch Korean Dramas on Hulu, sometimes. (Okay I'm clutching at straws to find something we have in common here.) :)

What part of Canada are you from?

...I've got you added to my index, but there was a problem with the "touchstone" for your author name, so I just used a regular link. It may just be that the auto-indexer hasn't got to you yet. If you could remind me to check on it in a day or two, I would greatly appreciate it.

Aug 10, 2015, 8:15pm Top

Hi LShelby,

Thanks for the greeting. I grew up in Ontario, but I was born in Nova Scotia. If you like Korean dramas, you and my Korean wife would get along well, she watches them daily.

Can I get a bit of advice? I was looking for a group for non-fiction writers, and didn't find one, so I started one (see link below). Is there such a group, but I just didn't find it?




Aug 10, 2015, 9:25pm Top

>157 WillPeters:
I was born in Montreal, but grew up in Alberta. So I'm guessing we've never been anywhere near each other. (Unless you flew to the Rockies to spend your summers or something.)

Truthfully, I'm not 100% certain your wife would appreciate my attitude toward Korean dramas. I do watch a fair number, but I'm not really into the "drama" part, so as soon as the heroine/hero starts crying, and the sad music starts playing I... er... wax sarcastic on how the producers must have run out of money, and that's why they keep showing us flashbacks instead of actually filming more plot. ::rueful:: But I love the costumes and cultural stuff in the Sageuk, and I enjoy the first half of the romantic comedies, (when they are still concentrating on being amusing instead of on being all tragic and teary-eyed). I also appreciate that most of them have story arcs that come to an end, and then the show is over. I prefer that to never-ending serials. A personal quirk. :)

There really aren't a lot of active writer themed groups here on LT. Therefore, there is a good chance that your group really is non-duplicative and I wish you every success in populating it. (I'd be happy to join it myself, to provide whatever support I can when you're trying to get it started. I can probably pass for a non-fiction writer in the dark if nobody looks too close. I did sell an article to a magazine once.)

You probably want to hang out here also, so you can jump in and invite the non-fiction writers to join your group as soon as they introduce themselves.

Maybe you could also check out the non-fiction writers in my genre index in message >3 LShelby:, leaving a message on their profiles, telling them that there is now a group specifically for non-fiction writers. (There's an earlier introduction thread also, but I never made a genre index for that one, so you'd have to skim through the entire thread to find the few who might be interested.)

Aug 10, 2015, 9:53pm Top

Thanks for the help, LShelby.

I've never been west of Ontario, and I hope to one day take a car trip from ON to BC.

I also prefer serials that end, so you are not alone. I gave up on Lost because I though it was never going to end.

I'll be hanging around here and chatting, and will invite any nonfiction writers I encounter to my group.



Aug 10, 2015, 11:10pm Top

>159 WillPeters: "I've never been west of Ontario, and I hope to one day take a car trip from ON to BC. "
I suppose it's worth it to travel through the prairie provinces at least once, just to experience the mind-expanding immenseness of all that flatness. But once the mind has been sufficiently boggled I'm not too certain its worth doing again. Crossing from Alberta into BC, on the other hand, is worth doing over and over and over again. (No, I'm not prejudiced at all.) :)

Aug 10, 2015, 11:50pm Top

Haha, a friend of mine said almost exactly the same thing about the prairies.

Aug 17, 2015, 10:46am Top

Hello everyone, my name is Vaughn Treude. I'm originally from western North Dakota, currently residing in Glendale, Arizona. I'm a software engineer by day and full-time Linux fanatic.
I've dabbled in writing all my life but only got serious when I hit my "mid-life crisis." My goal is to explore all sub-genres of sci fi and fantasy.
My first book, "Centrifugal Force," self-published in 2012, is a near-future tale of techno-anarchist rebellion.
My second, "Fidelio's Automata", is steampunk with a political twist (and a gay protagonist.)
I've completed a book apiece in military sci fi and urban fantasy, both of which are awaiting editing and cleanup.
Lastly but not leastly, my significant other Arlys Holloway and I are collaborating on a musical comedy about on-line dating called One Good Man. (The woman's a comic genius!)

Aug 17, 2015, 10:50am Top

In my youth I once drove the length of Ontario, or almost, from the Manitoba border to Niagara Falls. Beautiful country, but it makes the drive across Texas seem like a jaunt to the grocery store. :-)

Aug 17, 2015, 7:51pm Top

>162 vltreude: Welcome to Hobonob!

My backbrain seems to think that "musical" ought to also be a sub-genre of science fiction. It keeps coming up with songs for my space pirate graphic novel, and at one point it seemed pretty hyped on the idea of choreographing one of the sequels as a dance extravaganza a la Gene Kelly. :)

Aug 17, 2015, 8:07pm Top

Hello! Happy to be here at LibraryThing. :)

Lily Cahill is actually the penname for five women from Denver, CO (myself included) writing as a collective. I'm Lizzie, and I'll likely be the one lurking around this website. By splitting the workload five ways, we can publish quickly and efficiently and without outsourcing a lot of our work. We've been friends for a few years and business partners since that past December.

We write sci-fi romance novels about sexy superheroes, and our first three books are set to hit on October 1st!

Looking forward to getting to know all of you!


Aug 18, 2015, 6:19pm Top

Hi All,

I’m Bob Brown from Seattle, recently retired and ready to jump back into fulltime writing and rewriting. My interest is primarily people, who we are, what we do, how we can make something great out of our lives. Twenty years ago, my first book on golf psychology was published and less than a month ago, my fifteenth book, a memoir of my search for the meaning of life came out. In between, I’ve written more nonfiction on golf, business management and living well. I also have three novels out.

My early books went the route of established publishers but when I discovered print on demand, I took control of the process, increasing my enjoyment and depressing my income.

I greatly enjoy the challenge of writing well and do so at times. Currently I’m rewriting/editing/polishing my early novels for re-release.

Looking forward to leaning what goes on here and elsewhere on the site.

Aug 19, 2015, 11:16am Top

>165 LilyCahill: Hi Welcome to Hobnob!

Since you're the one that's going to be hanging around, maybe you could tell us something about yourself that isn't part of the collective's information?

BTW, in getting assigned to LibraryThing as "part of the job" you may have pulled the short straw, because LT is not your ordinary book site. LibraryThing is a site for cataloguing books online, and compared to most other book sites it is more data-dense, more complicated, and more insular. Even scarier, promoting your books in the Talk groups is actually a TOS violation that can get you kicked off the site. This one group is the designated "safe zone" for authors to talk about their own books without worrying about whether or not it looks like they are promoting them. Everywhere else you need to be very careful when mentioning your books.

Ideally the one of your collective that hangs out here would be the one of your group most into keeping track of all the itty-bitty details because that's what LT is all about. If the thought of having an accurate catalog of every book in your house delights you, you belong here. If not... er... well I don't catalog every book in my house—I use LT mostly to track what I'm reading. But I love the geekiness factor here: the breadth and depth of the data available, that the owner and some of the developers participate in Talk and are quite willing to discuss the technical aspects of the site, and that on LibraryThing everyone is a "Librarian" in the Goodreads sense of the word.

In order to to be more a part of the community activity (and for better "positioning" of your product, too) it is highly recommended that you catalog more books than just the ones you yourself have written. LT users generally scorn authors who show up and only enter their own books. They consider it a clear indication that your only interest in their community is to sell to it, and they will resent your presence.

The more books you catalog, the better. Every book you enter in your catalog will create a connection between that book and your own (because they now exist in the same 'Library'). For this reason it is actually a good idea to catalog not just the best-selling standards for your genre, but also books that have a lot in common with your own, but are less well known. Although fewer people will list those books, the ones that do will have a stronger connection between their library and yours, and will be more likely to someday notice that you and your books exist.

Since your username is the collective name rather than your name personally, cataloging more books might mean getting a list of at least 30 favorite books each from your fellow authors to add to a collective catalog. You could create separate "collections" for each author, maybe, in order to keep track of whose favorites are which. (Books can belong to more than one collection, so if you have shared favorites, that's fine.)

Or you could just consider the account yours, and begin cataloguing your own books, if you think that would work better.

We would love to have you stick around the Hobnob group and chat with us all about writing and publishing books, and what it is to be a writer, etc. That's what we're here for! But most of the social activity on LT happens in the various genre interest groups, and even more so in the "Challenge" groups, which revolve around various reading challenges -- so you probably want to check those out too.

>166 bobdeena: Hello! Welcome to Hobnob!

There are, unfortunately, a lot of authors named Robert Brown. I normally recommend that authors who haven't claimed their author page do so, but for you it's a little complicated. You need to make sure you claim the right author page. Do NOT claim the general "Robert Brown" page: it has at least 24 different authors on it, only one of which can possibly be you.

So the first thing I have to ask you, is: do you need help getting all your books to show up on the same author page? If yes, I'd be happy to help you with that. If the answer is no, then could you help me out by pointing me toward the correct author page, so that I can add you to my index? ::rueful::

Oh and BTW, I loved that line about "increasing my enjoyment and depressing my income". I'd like to wish you all the best in getting your income to increase also. :)

Aug 19, 2015, 12:29pm Top

Thanks LShelby. I didn't know about becoming an official LibraryThing author. I finally found the listing for all the Browns and chose the right one. Now I'm waiting for approval. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, my bobdeena spot has a listing of some of my books. And thank you for sharing your wisdom about LT.

Aug 20, 2015, 2:38pm Top

Hi Folks. I'm Michelle Knight, from Sussex in the UK.

In terms of history, writing and publishing path, I probably don't follow anything like anyone would have considered standard. If you can find a rule, then I'm the exception to it. Except coffee. I'm fairly normal when it comes to coffee.

I had short stories published in 1995 and my first book was published in 1996, but life took over. I wrote a film script in 2005, but no one wanted it, so I translated it in to a book. My original publisher closed their doors in 2013 and transferred their authors to a new publisher. The book translation from film script went out in 2014; various people read it, wanted to know more, said I had a small talent for writing and so I planned three other books to the series; two of which are also published and I've got one more to go, which I'm penning now. (this is all fiction, BDSM, but they are based on my real life as a contracted submissive)

In the mean time, I've started planning other books, one of which is also finished and out. (Science Fiction/comedy) Most of my works are around 52,000 words but these five books have now left me comfortable enough that my next book (Fantasy) will be aimed at the 150,000 mark.

I first wrote in the specialist adult fiction market and in the nineties everything was paper only. I did write web sites at that time and was involved in some support groups as well; the years where the internet started to make an impact on everyday life. However, I moved a few times and had a story inside me; my own story; which I wanted to get out, so in 2005 a friend who was involved in film work and had produced their own film (his genre is horror) sat down with me and as I wrote in book form, he translated it to script.

The subject was BDSM, but despite the success of various other films like, "Personal Services," "Bettie Page," "24/7 The passion Of Life," and by 2007 we registered it and I started approaching agents, but no one would even get past the synopsis despite receiving positive feedback from script checkers. So it became shelved until I received a jab in the ribs from my publisher that they were closing their doors and transferred us to a new home. I thought, "What the heck," and translated it to a book and went with the new service.

Of course ... everything has changed. My foray in to the modern print world has been a shock. Much politics. In the mean time, self publishing has also had an impact. The rise of book bloggers, book tours, forums; some days I feel like I've stepped out of a time machine.

So here I am, I guess. :-)

Aug 21, 2015, 8:41am Top

>169 msknight: Hi! Welcome to Hobnob!

Personally, I'm not even normal about coffee. :)

Unfortunately when you claimed your author page, you claimed a combined author page that has three authors with the same name on it. That was a mistake. Two of those people are not you. Your true author page -- the one that has just you on it -- remains unclaimed.

This is not something I can fix for you. You need to contact the LibraryThing staff. The contact info can be found at the bottom of the page.

Aug 21, 2015, 9:24am Top

Thanks LShelby :-) I'll ask for their help on that forthwith. I guess I need more coffee ... normal or otherwise :-)

Aug 21, 2015, 9:36am Top

>171 msknight: There are about three or four other people in this thread who have had the exact same problem... and since most authors don't have to worry about other authors with the exact same name, that means it's something that's super easy to have happen. In fact, it seems to be happening more often than it doesn't happen. So don't feel bad.

What I would really like to know is how does it happen? Did you click on the link on a page where the various Michelle Knight authors were already divided and you just didn't notice or think about it much? (I just went and tried to find a "divided author" page to look at, and it didn't have the "Is this you?" link but maybe I was looking at the wrong tab on the page, or something?) Or did you click on a page where it looked like there was only one author, and then notice some of the books weren't really yours and tried to move them off the page, or what?

If we can figure out a better way of doing things so that authors don't have this problem, we can tell the development team, and there's a good chance they'll fix it for us. :)

Aug 21, 2015, 9:52am Top

That's a good question. I first added the books, which is when they were attributed to the wrong Michelle Knight ... and I panicked ... erotica books being attributed to the Michelle Knight who was kidnapped was not a good thing to have happen!

Then I tried to connect them to me; at which point I had to select which work was mine, and I did that for all four books; and then it gets a bit fuzzy. Partially because I was still learning (and still am learning) how the site works.

All in all, it might be worth me sitting down, make a new profile and go through it again ... possibly ... or possibly the dev team might have to sit down and think through a new mechanism.

Aug 21, 2015, 11:05am Top

Yes, LT does have a bit of a learning curve. ::rueful::

Books when they are first added into the system are assigned to the name of the author as typed in. If there is another author with the same name, they all end up together, because the computer has no way of knowing they are different people.

So users can "split" any author page, by reassigning the books: saying these books are by one author and those ones by some different author. You appear to have done that correctly. :)

The next person who tries to enter one of your books should, hopefully, have their author listing of "Michelle Knight" correctly link to you, and not to any other "Michelle Knight". But when you write another book, you (or another user) will have to assign it to you in order for the system to know that the new book is also yours. Otherwise it will show up on the group page as being unassigned. (Which is still much better than having it look like all the books were written by the same person.)

The development team is small. Changes are more likely to get made if a problem is clearly stated and well documented.

From what you've said, I'm guessing you claimed the page first, and then split it, and there was no mechanism during the split to state which of the split authors the existing LT Author badge (or perhaps the badge was still pending?) should be attached to. So your badge stayed on the group page (or appeared a short time later on the group page?), instead of being moved to the individual page that represented you.

If you can verify that sequence of events, one or the other of us should make a bug report, explaining what happened. Ideally it should be you. You're the one who actually had the problem and can describe what you did. But I'd be happy to do it for you if that is your preference. :)

Aug 21, 2015, 12:16pm Top

>173 msknight: & >174 LShelby: **raises hand**
My fault. I've been helping new author members recently, and I did the author name split, but I wasn't clear enough in my directions to Michelle.

Aug 21, 2015, 8:49pm Top

>175 2wonderY: I don't think its your fault at all. It's something that it shouldn't be possible to do, and so why would you have thought to explain to anyone how to avoid it?

I'm just trying to establish the order everything happened in, so that I can tell the programmers -- knowing what exact steps to take to replicate the bug is the thing that helps them out the most when they go to fix it. It isn't supposed to be possible to "claim" a divided author page. If you go and look at one, you'll see that the "Is this you?" link is missing from the top right corner. (At least it is from the three I just checked.) That's why I'm assuming Michelle claimed hers before it was divided. But that's just a guess.

It would be really lovely if we could verify the actual order things happened in.

Aug 22, 2015, 4:14am Top

I'd love to be able to recall how things happened, unfortunately I can't.

At work I use very small, "dead time," periods between tasks to respond on forums and get things done. My main attention goes to my job :-D ... so my memory of what I did, in what sequence, isn't going to be accurate. Some days my work flow doesn't allow me to hit the internet at all, so I go off in to strange silences.

Also, there's odd occasions like today, when I've woken up having lost a fair fight with a bottle of alcohol, as friends are celebrating their marriage and ability to settle here, after a long and nervous battle; so I'm lucky if I can remember my name right now!

It does seem like some mechanism is needed to better split authors, but like has been said, small team, big site; and I don't think this is your common or garden bug, but more something fundamental to the database design.

Now, I feel myself reverting to my more primitive self ... need to hunt for coffee...

Aug 22, 2015, 11:27am Top

Loranne fixed it right away when I asked her to. I'm surprised that staff don't check it manually first before making the link. Loranne and I agree that the question box should not appear on a disambig page and I'll be suggesting it be removed in the Recommendations group.

Aug 22, 2015, 1:16pm Top

>177 msknight: "so I'm lucky if I can remember my name right now"
Don't worry about it. It'll happen again, and I'll ask the next person if they can remember. Sooner or later we'll get it tracked down. :)

>178 2wonderY: "Loranne and I agree that the question box should not appear on a disambig page
That was my first assumption of what the problem was too -- but when I went and actually looked at a few author disambig pages, I couldn't find a "Is this you?" box. Have you found a disambig page that has one?

Aug 23, 2015, 12:25pm Top

>179 LShelby: Ha! I'll bet Ammar said "No problem! Let me just tweak it riiiight here."
Problem gone.

Aug 24, 2015, 3:44pm Top

Hello, I hope I'm doing this right!
I'm Amy Vansant, author of:

cozy mystery Pineapple Lies
romantic comedy Slightly Stalky
urban fantasy series Angeli (Angeli & Cherubim so far...).

Was a little overwhelmed for a while by all the places authors could talk and share, but LibraryThing has risen to the top of places other authors recommend to me, so I'm looking forward to spending some more time here!

Nice to meet you all!


Aug 24, 2015, 7:18pm Top

>181 AmyVansant: Hi, Amy, welcome to the Hobnob group!

"LibraryThing has risen to the top of places other authors recommend to me"

Really? That's... unexpected.

LT is a great place to meet avid readers and talk to them about what you are reading. But talking about books you have written gets a bit dicey. It's against the TOS to promote, so this Hobnob With Authors group (the author "safe zone") is pretty much the only place where you can talk about your own books freely.

But we'd love to have you talk and share in here with us. :)

Even here in Hobnob, though, please don't try start a thread with your books (or even yourself) as a topic. That never seems to work very well. What works best is to participate in more general threads on writing, and refer to your own books as seems appropriate. For example, I am about to start a thread on "What makes a great progtagonist?" and we would love to have you drop by and tell us about your protagonists, and what you think makes them awesome.

I also highly recommend that you catalog more books than the ones you yourself have written. (For an explanation of why, check message >167 LShelby: )

BTW, I'm delighted a bit by the range of genres you write in.

I myself am interested in more than one genre, but I discovered when it came to actually trying to sell my work, that keeping up with the publishing houses and personalities was a lot harder if I didn't stick to one genre. Since I love the worldbuilding aspect of fantasy/sf, I decided I would write whatever kind of story I wanted to, place it in an imaginary setting, and sell it as "fantasy/sf". (I'm not quite sure how well that worked for me, but I did manage to sell a sf short story with a murder mystery plot.) >:)

>180 2wonderY: Good point. If Ammar got to it first, there would be nothing left to find. I will stop worrying about this one unless it happens again. :)

Aug 26, 2015, 5:55pm Top

Hi All! I'm Faith L. Justice aka MarysGirl here on the forum. I joined LT many years ago before I became a published author and am active in a couple of other groups. I thought I had introduced myself on the older thread, but didn't. Making up for past sins:

I’m a science geek and history junkie, which explains the slightly schizophrenic nature of my writing–my short stories are mostly science fiction and fantasy while my novels are all (so far) historical fiction. Science and history also feed my passion for archaeology. My idea of a great vacation? “Cleaning dirt,” hauling rocks and washing pottery. In the past I’ve worked as a lifeguard, paralegal, systems analyst, HR Executive, and college professor; but my hardest job, by far, is that of mother.

Recently, I've been marketing my newest historical novel Sword of the Gladiatrix at all the usual social media places with a flurry of guest posts and interviews. I'll be glad to get back to writing the sequel. My first novel Selene of Alexandria was a finalist in the Global eBook Awards in 2011. I have a couple of other manuscripts under consideration at other publishers and hope to have good news soon. My short stories and poems have appeared in such publications as Alternate Realities, The Copperfield Review, and Beyond Science Fiction and Fantasy. I've collected some of my best short stories in two volumes: Time Again and Other Fantastic Stories and Slow Death and Other Dark Tales. I should have a third collection The Reluctant Groom and Other Historical Tales out this fall.

In addition, I've published numerous non-fiction articles in venues such as Salon.com, Writer’s Digest (cover article), The Writer, and Bygone Days. I collected my articles about Hypatia, Lady Philosopher of Alexandria (and a major character in Selene) in Hypatia: Her Life and Times. I'm a frequent contributor to Strange Horizons, Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine (open for submissions in September!), and co-founded a writers' workshop more years ago than I care to admit.

My reading tastes are nearly as eclectic as my writing genres (currently reading a collection of modern short stories from China) but over 50% of what I read last year was historical fiction or non-fiction (both history and science). I write in my historic land-marked home in Brooklyn, New York, where I live with my family and the required gaggle of cats. I'm active in the cat rescue movement known as TNR (trap, neuter return) and would be happy to chat with anyone about what we do. For fun, I like to dig in the dirt—my garden and various archaeological sites.

That about sums me up. Like most authors, I do enjoy feedback. Writing is a lonely business and hearing from fellow writers and readers is always a joy. Feel free to stop by my LT page and leave a message. I can also be found on all the usual social media, but the best place to start is my website: http://faithljustice.com/

Thanks to LShelby for keeping this group going!

Sep 6, 2015, 8:45pm Top

Hi all,

I'm Tamara Pearson, a writer who believes that creativity is wonder and rebellion and that literature should examine aspects of society, and be, as Ben Okri wrote, "the psychic health of a people. (Books) are a barometer of the vitality of the spirit of a (people)".

Books are lives and souls compressed, our voices - hence I think it is very problematic how biased the mainstream publishing industry is against women, non-whites, people from third world countries, people who just live outside the UK and US generally, older women, older characters in novels, the poor, and so on.

I'm an activist, journalist, and currently working as an editor in Ecuador. This is my website https://resistancewords.wordpress.com. I look forward to some awesome discussion.

I hope now I've posted this in the right place :)

Sep 7, 2015, 11:59am Top

Hi everyone!

I'm an author from Chicago, IL. I write romantic suspense set in 1920's Chicago. I grew up in a first generation Italian family just outside of Chicago and greatly enjoy the Italian culture and the city so you will see my books are greatly influenced by these loves and experiences.

I became a teacher right out of college, married, had three children, traveled, took up gardening and became a pretty good cook (now I just cook for company; my stove is for resale purposes only). It was during this time I began writing for my own pleasure, but no one wanted to buy my stories. After raising my children, I followed a passion for interior design for nearly twenty years, only to return to teaching (and writing) later. I retired from education recently and now spend my time writing, of course, and traveling out west to visit my grandchild - second one is on its way!

I have recently finished the third book in The Cavelli Angel Saga, Angel Lost, Angel Found, coming out later this year. The Cavelli Angel Saga is a romantic suspense quartet about an Italian immigrant family in 1925—the Cavelli family. The family consists of three brothers—Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel, named after the archangels (and angels they’re not!) and two sisters, Anna and Tessia.

You can read more about me and my works at annalisarusso.com.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.


Annalisa Russo

Sep 16, 2015, 2:56am Top

Hello, This is Pragati from India. I am a food blogger and recently self published a book of my recipes. The book is called '30 Days of Daal' and contains simple, Indian daal recipes from the length and breadth of the country.
The book is written for new cooks and people who are new to Indian cooking, so the audience is definitely global.

The book contains pictures and is currently in a PDF format. I am working on a free giveaway soon.

I am planning many more books in this series and am hoping that people will enjoy my books and find them useful. I like cooking different cuisines using locally available ingredients. Please visit my blog to find out more. And it will be great if you can sign up for my giveaway and give my book a test ride first hand.

Thank You.

Sep 17, 2015, 12:41pm Top

Greetings and salutations!

My name is Christy Nicholas, and I'm a bookaholic. I have recently taken that addiction to new lows by writing. First, I took the gateway drug - travel guides. Once I got two of those published, I decided to do the hard stuff. My first historical fantasy novel is being published on Oct. 23rd. Woohoo! It is set in 1846 Ireland, yet another way for me to share the magic of Ireland.

I am an accountant, artist (jewelry, photography and digital painting), and wife to my lovely husband, Jason. We have a dog (Dax), a cat (Spot), and two sugar gliders (Sansa and Arya).

I believe books are the best way to climb into another person's mind. Some are a bit darker than others, but you can still enjoy the ride!

Go raibh maith agat!

Sep 27, 2015, 5:18pm Top


I recently retired as a children’s psychotherapist for our local mental health center. It was an intensive day program Most of the kids in the program, like myself as a child, had been traumatized, some having experienced extreme sexual abuse. One day at work in 2006 it all clicked together and the Lacy Dawn Adventures project was born – an empowered female protagonist beating the evil forces that victimize and exploit others to get anything and everything that they want.

After work, I would stay up late and write the type of fiction that I would want to read -- social science fiction for grown ups. My favorite novels remain Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Another Roadside Attraction, almost anything by Vonnegut -- you know, stuff like that. Sure, I'd read tons of YA type science fiction / fantasy, but, with all due respect, I'd gotten to the point that I felt like Harry Potter should have to stand in the corner for a couple of decades as a punishment for ruining the marketplace. Of course, it wasn't his fault for being so great.

Three short Lacy Dawn Adventures were published in magazines. Rarity from the Hollow was the first full-length adventure in a prospective series. It was published by a small press in 2012. However, the press didn't have any money to advertise, and I didn't know how to self-promote, plus I was so tired when I got home from working with abused kids all day, few people found out about the novel.

For the last four months, I've been spending a lot of time self-promoting Rarity from the Hollow and a little buzz has been generated. It has received glowing book reviews, but a few people just were not appropriate to review it. The novel is not for the prudish, the fainthearted, or the easily offended. It certainly isn't YA mainstream literature.

The protagonist is a composite character based on real-life kids that I’ve met over the years while working in children’s services. One little girl was especially inspiring. Her name is Lacy Dawn. Rather than focusing on her victimization during group therapy, she spoke of dreams – finding a loving family that respected her physically and spiritually. She inspired me to make my own dream come true — to write fiction — and I haven’t stopped writing since I first met her that day during a group therapy session. That little girl, unknowingly, prompted me to write Rarity from the Hollow.

I've never spent any money to have my work published or promoted. I'm not indie, don't know enough to become indie at this point, and couldn't afford to self-publish. I don't object to spending money as long as its ethical (a lot of book promotions is not). I just don't have very much money to spend on reading or writing fiction. Author proceeds from Rarity from the Hollow have been donated to child abuse prevention in my home state, West Virginia, U.S. That's really what keeps me going in this uphill battle toward name recognition.

I hate self-promotion and I'm not very good at it. Unless I'm prompted by an email, I probably won't visit here very much either. Some people may think that I'm a bot, or a spammer -- mention my novel and not return. Honestly, I'm just not very social, anyplace. After interacting with people in the workplace for fifty-two years, the last forty as a child advocate involved in social services, I would love to just write my way into my grave, but not too soon, mind you -- don't rush me.

There a link to my email on Lacy Dawn Adventures. Unless you send something inappropriate, I will always reply, briefly. Otherwise, unlike some authors, I'm not going to try to interest you in my writings by pretending to be your friend, or building a fan base through personal relationships in cyberspace. I'm not being critical of those who do. It's smart. I just don't have it in me. Sorry.

If you are a good person, I wish you the best and I'll probably remember to stop here now and then, maybe. Take care.

Sep 27, 2015, 6:24pm Top

My name is Jason Golden, I just released my first book - A Less Than Golden Life: Finding Meaning in the Average Life Story. I am extremely excited about the project and would love to talk with you more about it. I am also looking forward to meeting you and becoming friends!

Edited: Sep 30, 2015, 7:25am Top

Hello, everyone. My name is Doug Goodman. I write thrillers. Mind you, they are all science fiction and horror thrillers, but they are still thrillers. (I like a story that pulls you along.) I do a mix of small press and self-publishing, so I am open to questions about how to self-publish. My books with Severed Press are Dominion, my post-apocalyptic thriller, and Kaiju Fall, my monster/survival thriller. In October I am starting a series called Cadaver Dog, which I am self-publishing. It is about training dogs to hunt zombies.

Back in 2007, one of my science fiction stories was listed as a top five free stories of the year by SF Reader. Just this last July, I was the Stan Lee Foundation's Artist of the Week, which was really cool and a great honor.

When I am not writing, I work for the Johnson Space Center. I also am a human remains dog handler, which (surprise) was the jumping off point and inspiration for the Cadaver Dog series.

Please ask away, any questions you have or anything you want to know. I look forward to chatting with y'all.

Oct 12, 2015, 7:01pm Top

Sorry that I fell so far behind on this thread. :(

My health seems to have a tendency to do a relapse late each summer, and it usually takes me into autumn before I can get all my ducks back in their rows.

>183 MarysGirl: Faith! You finally got around to introducing yourself. :D
...Naturally it had to happen when I wasn't here to respond. I'm very sorry about that, and it was great to see your post and find out what all you've been up to when I did get back.

>184 Tamara_Pearson: Hi there! I'd like to belatedly welcome you to the Hobnob group.

My husband and my parents-in-law have both lived in Ecuador (although he wasn't there the same time they were) so I've heard little bits and snatches about it. :) One of the things that stuck with me was my husband telling me about meeting people who lived in grass/bamboo huts -- but who owned TVs. Nowadays its probably smart phones and bamboo huts?

I'm afraid I couldn't quite figure out from your post or your author page which genres you should be listed under, so at the moment you're only in the alphabetical index. If you post letting me know what genres you should be listed under, I will add you to that index as well. :)

>185 AnnalisaRusso: Welcome!

And hey, look at that, we share a time period. Er... except that my books set in the late teens/early twenties are set on a completely different world.

...But I still had a lot of fun doing all the research on the technology of the era. :)
One of the things that I thought was especially interesting about that timeperiod, is that the world seemed suddenly to have shrunk. (Although my own initial interest probably derived more from the fact that much of the adventure fiction I grew up on was being written about then--my family believed in libraries and used bookstores.)

...I'll try to get to everyone else I've missed added to the index tomorrow!

Oct 13, 2015, 6:17pm Top

>186 PragatiB: Hello and welcome to Hobnob!

You didn't mention the "Blogging with Wordpress" book in your introduction, so I'm checking to be sure: Is that book also by you?
(No reason it shouldn't be --I certainly didn't mention everything on my author page when I introduced myself. But when there is only two works listed on the page, it's a little more unusual.) :)

>187 greendragon9: Nice to meet you!

I'm pretty sure we've had another travel guide author introduce themselves... is that something you two can get together and confab about, or does one need to have traveled to the same places?
(Fantasy writers and historical writers seem to be a lot more common.) :)

You do not appear to have "claimed" your author page yet. You do that by going to your author page (via the link on your book pages, or in your catalog) and clicking on the "Is this you?" link in the top right.

>188 robert.eggleton2: Hi!
I am totally sympathetic to the whole "I'm terrible at self-promotion and social media is not my thing" thing. Really.

Edited: Oct 14, 2015, 11:22pm Top

Hello everyone. My name is Holly. I'm a 32-year-old English teacher, wife, and mother of two. I'm a voracious reader of many genres; it all depends on what I'm in the mood for at the moment. I enjoy thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, (some) romance, women's fiction, coming of age, and many classics. I think To Kill a Mockingbird has to be my fave novel of all time, and The Catcher in the Rye is a close second.

As far as writing goes, I've been doing it since I was a child. Even if I stop for a while, when life gets in the way, I always go back. I wrote some short stories and essays, then I graduated to a novella (which took me about two years to finish). My son has Asperger's Syndrome, which many people are STILL ignorant about. A couple of years ago, I wrote a (sort of) fictional play about a boy with Asperger's and the challenges he and his family face during the holidays. He helped me with much of the dialogue, and we even had the play put on a few times at a local venue and middle school. Directing and seeing my son and other children on the spectrum come out of their shells and share their experiences was probably one of the most rewarding writing experiences of my life.

I finally accomplished my lifelong dream of finishing a full-length novel last year. (Ironically, I finished it the day I gave birth to my daughter, who was born on NATIONAL BOOK DAY! How freaky is that?) Now I'm trying to get it out there, and I'm SO with you guys on the self-promotion sucks thing. But no matter what happens, I know I'll keep writing. So far, I'm one page into my next novel.

Oct 16, 2015, 10:31pm Top

Hello all,

My name is Mariel Grey. I'm a paralegal by day, author by night, plus wife, mother and maid of all trades it seems. I live in the rolling hills of Central Florida (don't laugh, we really do have hills here) in the Mount Dora area and commute into Orlando. Before moving to this area, my husband and I lived in Fort Lauderdale. It was a bit of a culture shock leaving the coast, but I love this place of lakes and hills now, and the ocean is a little more than an hour away.

I enjoy reading a wide variety of genres, so if a book falls into my lap, I’ll likely give it a try. And yes, I still love print books (bathtubs and readers don’t play well together). In 2013, I self published my first book, Surrender of Trust, a historical romance set in 1803 England. Family issues took me away from writing for a time, but I've finally finished A Gentleman's Surrender, my second book in the series. It will be released January 1, 2016. For a change of pace, I’m currently writing a contemporary romance set in Central Florida, and hope to have it finished in the Spring.

And I'm in total agreement with most everyone. Self promotion is the bane of my existence.

Oct 17, 2015, 7:02pm Top

hi everyone! i'm mv noerrac, and like many Torontonians, an avid fan of any professional sports team in Toronto (whether or not we take home the hardware :)) i read fiction (ya, classics, anything really - novels with great characterization will keep me up all night) and non-fiction.

as for writing, i'm into ya and middle grade. my first published novel, The Soul Shepherd and the Threshold, is a ya novel set in toronto and muskoka.

i'm new in the self-publishing world but quickly learned (thanks to the generous sharing of knowledge by fellow indie authors) that clicking the 'publish' button is just the beginning of a long journey of getting our work to the hands (and in front of the eyes) of potential readers.

but as they say, it is the journey, not the destination, that really matters, right :)

Oct 17, 2015, 7:37pm Top

hi christy, i agree with you 100% on "books are the best way to climb into another person's mind. some are a bit darker than others..." i guess that's the thrill of writing. we can create characters from both ends of the spectrum, and anything in-between. everytime i read a book, or watch a movie, where the antagonist appears so vile and then a scene will come up that gives a glimpse of his/her humanity/slice of kindness, i go wow! the writer just nailed it :)

Oct 17, 2015, 7:41pm Top

hi doug, i'll take you up on your offer :) please pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a human remains dog handler? i read the words and my brain goes literal on its intepretation. i'm genuinely curious and interested. thank you in advance.

Oct 17, 2015, 7:53pm Top

hi robert, i believe that many of us in this thread are like you, i.e., not really after fame and fortune. we write because it is our passion. keep courage and keep on writing :)

Edited: Oct 17, 2015, 9:56pm Top

>189 JasonGolden: Hello Jason! Welcome to Hobnob!
It looks like you haven't claimed your author page yet. Click on your name as it is listed in your catalog on your book, and click the "Is this you?" link in the top right.

>190 DougGoodman: Hi! Nice to meet you
Your jobs sound fascinating. I assume "human remains" dogs are ones that are trained to find dead bodies? And I'd love to hear about what you do at the Johnson space center, too.

>193 holpep35: Great to meet you, Holly! And congrats on both getting the book finished and the daughter. :)

You might want to enter your book into your catalog (use the "Add Books" tab -- if it doesn't turn up in the search you can enter in manually, there's a link lower down on that same page for doin that.) Also, it is a very good idea to add a lot of other books to your catalog besides yours. That creates the connection of "being in the same library" between your book and any other book you enter.

Once you've added your book, you can create a link between the author page that will be automatically generated as soon as a book by that author has been put in the system, and your user account, by clicking on the "Is this you?" link.

>194 Mariel_Grey: Hello Mariel, Welcome to Hobnob!

I've added you to the historical and romance genre categories. That should work for you even when your current book comes out, since it is also a romance. :)

>195 MVNoerrac: Hey look, a fellow Canadian! (Except that I'm from the other side of the country, being a Calgarian. I'm not actually living *that* far away from you at the moment though, because I married a USian, and am living in Ohio. )

If you haven't already, you might want to "claim" your author page by clicking on the "Is this you?" link in the top right. I also highly reccomend that you add more books than just your own to your catalog.


I write because I sort of can't not write.

But if I'm going to be doing it anyway, I'd like to A) do a good job, and B) get paid for the good job that I did. But the only reason I can figure out why I would want to be famous, though, is so that I could become a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. ;)

Anyway I think we all totally need to get together and form a "self-promotion stinks" club! :)

Also, I may have just had a brainwave on the solution to the whole self-promotion problem. Instead of promoting ourselves, we promote each other.

... Now that I've said that, I wonder if that actually works?

Oct 18, 2015, 6:25am Top

thanks for the tip :) i added books, first wave, quite a ton more to come ;-) and i already did the author linking thingy, which led me to a page with a submit button.

so you're missing the Connor McDavid wave (ooopsss..sorry, wrong city, Edmonton Oilers, eh?)

re: promoting each other, that's a great idea! i've just participated in a Goodreads promo with fellow indie/self-published - a 1-day FREE book on October 24th. i'll let you guys know how it goes :) it's my first time to participate so not yet sure of the success rate.

btw, my novel cracked the Kindle e-book TOP 100 just this weekend on Amazon.CA. it started at #69 but it's slipping quickly - so i should've taken a photo and framed it :-).

here it is at #81 as i post this message so please check it out before it goes poof from the list ;-)


Oct 18, 2015, 9:29am Top

Hello Shelly,

Thanks so much for the welcome. I've been wandering around a bit trying to familiarize myself more with the site. I found some Florida groups which I'll be checking out.


Edited: Oct 19, 2015, 4:23pm Top

>200 MVNoerrac: "so you're missing the Connor McDavid wave (ooopsss..sorry, wrong city, Edmonton Oilers, eh?)"

If it's sports, I'd probably be missing it even if I wasn't half a continent away. :)

I'm more of an artsy, crafty, boardgaming, outdoors-loving uber-geek web-developer who plays disc-golf on the weekends sort. When I'm not writing and reading, of course.

But please do keep us all informed about how your promotion turns out!

(Only not in this thread, please. There are already some threads in the group on promotions and promoting, or you can start a new one. This thread is already painfully long... but I hate breaking it into two threads so late in the year. Next year I'm going to think ahead, and start a "Author Introductions 2016 part 2" thread in July.)

>201 Mariel_Grey: That's great! I hope this turns out to be the sort of site you'd like to hang out on. (And if not, well, I'll still be happy to see you every time you decide to drop by here and see what's up.) :)

Edited: Oct 26, 2015, 4:09pm Top

I'm James Womack, a deaf person who likes to write stories. Actually, I prefer telling stories in American Sign Language (ASL) but not everyone understands it. For me, storytelling is storytelling so writing stories gives me much pleasure. My hope is readers get pleasure from what I've written. I'm not focused on any specific genre so my stories range from science fiction to religious based stories. I hold a bachelor degree from Gallaudet University and a masters degree from California State University of Northridge. I used to teach Deaf high school students before teaching college students full time in the last two decades of my career. I'm married to a really cool woman who was also my Gallaudet University classmate during my time there. My non-writing activities include cooking, fishing, playing with my youngest grandkids, and experimenting with applying computer software to educational purposes.

Currently, I write short stories, all of the science fiction genre. I have begun to write my first novel, which isn't science fiction.

Oct 27, 2015, 8:18pm Top

>203 JRW50TN: Hello, welcome to Hobnob!

Although I don't understand ASL, my interest in various forms of communication led me to read about it, and I was fascinated to learn some of the ways that the spacial nature of the language can be used to enhance storytelling.

I've published a science fiction short story too, btw. Maybe we should do a swap, you read mine, and I'll read one of yours.

Edited: Oct 27, 2015, 9:22pm Top

Hi there everyone. My name is Heather Giamboi. I am new on LibraryThing. It is wonderful seeing so many inspirational people with a creative spark for bringing out an inner world. Creativity that inspires the Soul is a gift. My husband Allen and I are Authors of non-fiction spiritual books. We just put on Amazon our first two Books: Thousands of Visits to Heaven and the Heart of God and then as well the second book called Dialogues with the Masters. Thousands of Visits was a blast to write and as far out as it may sound to some, it was a joy to do out-of-body travel in partnership with Allen to share what has profoundly touched our lives forever.

Allen and are are both Soul Travelers and spirituality is our life, breath and joy. Honestly no one can tell us what is "REAL" like they say in the "Matrix" film, it is rather discovered or experienced from my experience. My whole life had been literally like a "Matrix" type experience where what I though was real was shattered and I found something much more exciting.

It reminds me a little of the Author Dannon B. he was totally preoccupied with his job He worked for the cia and he was preoccupied with his world when one day he was struck by lightning (literally) and shown heaven. He was totally shocked and his whole world changed. He became a new man. A man who knew things he never imagined. In a similar way that summarizes my whole life: I am often struck by spiritual lightning and have to learn everything all over again. Adventure is great!!

It is wonderful meeting all of you in cyber-world. Good luck or rather blessings for your book projects!!!


Oct 29, 2015, 12:56pm Top

>205 Heathergiamboi: Hello, Welcome to Hobnob!

It is highly recommended that you add more books to your library than just your own. This creates connections between those books and yours and between your library and the libraries of other members. Also, if you haven't already, you might want to go to your author page and click the "Is this you?" in the upper right. That will create a handy link between your profile and your author page.

Also, I'm wondering... I can't tell from your introduction if you and your husband co-authored the books, or if you each worked on your own separately. If you co-authored them, there are ways to indicate that. Just let me know, and I'll help you get everything entered correctly.

Edited: Nov 3, 2015, 11:19pm Top

Hi, I am a relatively new writer. Just finished publishing my first e-book on Smashwords and Amazon. I am in the process of discovering all the things I messed up, and uploading hasty revisions. I run a computer networking and repair business, and needed a more creative outlet. I also enjoy playing modded Minecraft, so the two met, and I wrote some Minecraft fiction. Still working on how to promote it. The whole notion of self-promotion is difficult to get a handle on.

Nov 4, 2015, 7:28pm Top

>207 aetherpirate: Hello, nice to meet you!

"The whole notion of self-promotion is difficult to get a handle on."
I wish I could help you there, but I don't think I have much of a handle on it either. :(

Minecraft Fiction... would that go under Fantasy and Science Fiction in my genre index?
BTW, which server(s) do you play on? My son favors Air Ship Pirates and some private server where he's helping to build the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria, or something like that.

BTW, you appear to have claimed the John Connelly disambiguation page as your author page. Since that page has at least 3 different John Connelly's on it and they can't all by you, there's a definite problem there. I'm not sure how you managed to claim a joint page -- it shouldn't be possible. If you could tell me how it happened, I'd be grateful -- I'd like to make a bug report on it.

I'm also happy to help sort things out as much as I can. But although I can create you your own author page, you will have to get in touch with the LT Staff to get your author badge moved to the right page once it's been created. That's something that I, a mere member, cannot do.

But first, to create you your own page: since none of the currently separated out authors on the joint page have written the book entered in your library that looks like it is by you, I'm guessing you are not any one of them, but I like to verify these things first before I do any author page dividing. Is the minecraft book in your library by you, and is it the only book listed on LT by you?

Nov 5, 2015, 10:14am Top

Hello! I've just got my feet wet here at LibraryThing. I'm looking forward to getting to meet some new folks. My name is Beth. I write Ya fantasy and children's picture books. I also illustrate them. I write for children because I love the simple themes that can be made into lovely teaching points, though I do this with the thought in mind that children are so much smarter than we sometimes give them credit for. I write for young adults because even though I am just shy of 40 years I still feel like that person, that girl experiencing college and wondering when someone will call me out on not "really" being an adult. I'm still that young mother holding her first child, wondering "how am I going to raise this baby when I still feel like one?" I'm still that young girl screaming in my mind for "grown ups" to recognize that there is validity to my thoughts and feeling. So there you go. Call me an advocate for young bright minds. I love young people and though my reflection shows 4 decades of living, my heart still beats that youthful exciting rhythm. I'm living vicariously through my characters.

Nov 5, 2015, 4:37pm Top

Hello all. My name is John Kolchak. After many years working in film I have made a shift to writing fiction. My first novel "Haymarket Square" was written as a verse narrative, inspired by Alfred Doblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz re-set in early 1990s post-Soviet Russia (where I was born).

My new novel, Next Year in Jerusalem is a re-imagining of the Gospel story, a different and unorthodox take on the birth, life, death and "resurrection" of Jesus, and the ties between religion and terrorism - a parable for the modern crises in the Middle East.

You can read more about me at http://www.johnkolchak.com.

Here's a link to Next Year in Jerusalem's amazon page.




Nov 5, 2015, 10:14pm Top

>209 BethHammond: Hello, Welcome to Hobnob!
"I do this with the thought in mind that children are so much smarter than we sometimes give them credit for."

Personally, I think kids are, on average, smarter than adults. Their brains haven't had a chance to atrophy. :)

>210 jkolchak: Hi! Nice to meet you!
You didn't mention The Man in the Brown Suit in your intro -- which is fine, but just in case I thought I'd check to make sure it was also written by you and not by someone else with the same name. That does sometimes happen.

Also, could you help me out a bit by saying which two or three genres do you think it most appropriate for me to list you under? ...Poetry and Historical Fiction, perhaps?

Nov 17, 2015, 5:38am Top

My name is Ken Lanford. I live in Venus Texas. Right now, I am a full time machinist, part time writer. Although I may look into starting a ferry service to take people to the grocery store in a boat!
I am a Desert Storm veteran of the USMC, but I write swords and sorcery. I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. When I was nineteen years young, I stumbled onto The "Dragon Lance" books and fell in love. My friends and I were playing AD&D and the books were like playing even when I wasn't.
Shortly after that, another friend introduced me to R. A. Salvatore's work. He is my favorite! The Drizzt books are the greatest adventure I have ever been on.
In 2012, I was reading several different series'. I was at the end of them all and found myself having to wait for the next book. Out of frustration more than anything else, I decided to just write my own story! That way, when I grew tired of waiting for the next book, I would have no one to blame but myself.

Nov 17, 2015, 4:52pm Top

Hello Everyone,

My name is Kenny S. Rich, and I live in Houston, TX. I'm a poet and an author of three titles with my latest release marking my first foray into the adventurous world of fiction. So I'm officially a multi genre author.

I love writing with a passion as well as reading great stories. I'm an unapologetic nerd and serial movie buff. I'm also an adventurer by nature and love traveling, exploring, and learning.

It's a pleasure to be here and I hope to get to know many of you and your great stories.



Nov 17, 2015, 11:33pm Top

Hey, guys! I've been writing/publishing for over two years now, but I've only recently tried my hand at LibraryThing. I still have some learning to do, I guess!

I'm a big fan of fantasy and certain romance books, and I've grown pretty interested in middle grade fiction as well these days. I partially blame Ever After High! Have any recommendations for me???

Beyond reading and writing, I like baking, sewing, outdated music, Power Rangers, and other random things.

Just thought I'd give a little intro after joining! Feel free to reply or check out my posted links :)


Nov 18, 2015, 6:00am Top

Hello, everyone.

I’m James, an avid reader (of course) who started writing fiction in junior high and recently took the plunge to publish independently. While the books I’ve written so far don’t fall neatly into any particular genre, I generally refer to them as SF adventures – because the premises of the stories are more or less (sometimes more, sometimes less) speculative and they’re fundamentally traditional adventures blending action, mystery, suspense, and (hopefully) humor. So far I’ve written three books each in two series, and I’ve just released the first in a new trilogy, so now I’m juggling three.

I’m also a minimalist. I believe books are best when they stimulate the imagination (not when they have mountains of description to be waded through.) A picture is worth a thousand words, and it takes excessive verbosity to create detailed descriptions for a reader. If you want all that defined for you, that’s what movies and TV are for. Books are different. The power of words to sketch out characters, even worlds, and allow our minds to imagine the rest is something that shouldn’t be short-circuited by spelling out every tiny detail. So my goal is to provide the essentials that will bring the characters and setting to life and make clear those things which are important to the plot, and leave the rest to the reader’s imagination. I also try to avoid explaining too much, just make the points that need to be made and let readers connect the dots for themselves.

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu,


Nov 22, 2015, 12:01pm Top

My goodness! I was only gone for a week!

Welcome to you all!
I'm L. Shelby, the group "dictator". (That's a joke, I don't even have moderation powers beyond those of any other member.) I don't post reviews, but if any of you are interested in finding writer friends, I'd be willing to do a bookswap with you, so we all have a better idea of what we all write like. :)

>212 KWLanford:
Ken, very happy to meet you!

My to-be-husband gave me a copy of the DragonLance books for Christmas the year we met. Now we still have his and hers copies (couldn't "thin" them out of the library, because they're signed by Tracy Hickman!) :)

>213 Kennyrich:
Hello, welcome to Hobnob. :)
I've added you to the Poetry and Fantasy/Science Fiction categories. If you think I missed a category you should be listed under, let me know.

Also, just so you know, when I tried to do an author "touchstone" on you, it ended up linking to an empty page. Looked like you (or someone else) wrote in your name first-name first once, figured out your mistake, and corrected it. (I've done the exact same thing three or four times already, and I'm sure I will do it many more.) To prevent touchstones from going to the wrong page, I combined the incorrect version of your name with the correct one. So if you see a little notice on you page that says "this author contains two names..." that's what its about.

Combining errors of this sort, along with misspellings and name variants, (and even pseudonyms!) into a single author page is standard LT practice -- this way if anyone else makes the same mistake when entering one of your books, that book will still end up on the main page with all your other books, and not get lost. :)

>214 ConnieLSmith:
Nice to meet you, Connie!
I listed you under fantasy... I hope that works right. If you want a more specific listing to be added after your name, a sub-genre or something, just let me know.

..."Outdated music", hunh? How outdated? Are we talking "oldies" on the radio, operettas from the early 1900s, or Gregorian chants, or what? :)

>214 ConnieLSmith:
Hello, welcome to the group!
I dislike things that are over-described and over-explained myself.
(Although not describing and not explaining can be taken too far the other way, too, of course.)

I'm also right with you on the "don’t fall neatly into any particular genre". My own Across a Jade Sea trilogy has the same feature. :)

Nov 23, 2015, 4:43am Top

Hello Everyone,

I just joined Librarythings and try to look around. My name is Michal Mojzykiewicz. I was born in Poland. I am a photographer and a missionary living and working in Tokyo, Japan for 30+ years. I love mountains, nature, and of course landscape and nature photography. I enjoy climbing, skiing, used to be a glider pilot and everyday try to learn something new (that is why I am here).

My publishing activity is related to my work as a photographer and often focused on the world of the Bible. I published books, calendars, postcard sets and other photographical works, mostly in Japanese but some also in English (I will soon give you some free copies, so you can have a look at my latest work). I also held many photo exhibitions featuring the world of the Bible and showing the nature of Japanese and European mountains.

Looking forward to learning from all of you!



Nov 23, 2015, 9:44am Top

BTW, it may seem to new member posters that only LShelby ever stops by here because she is our official welcomer. (Did you know that L?) But many of us do read your introductions and are glad to know you have arrived at LT.

Hi y'all.

Nov 23, 2015, 4:10pm Top

>217 Photo-Lumiere:
Oh, cool! You may possibly be our first photographer.
...I hopped over to your website hoping to get to see some photos of Japanese countryside. (Hope you don't mind too much.) For the picture of the surf coming in and washing past the trunks of the trees, do you happen to know what kind of trees those were? (I like trees, but I've not had much of a chance to learn about coastal trees, because I've lived in land-locked places all my life.)

>218 2wonderY:
I have been assuming that everyone else lets me do the welcoming, because they like the flair with which I do so. ;)

Nov 24, 2015, 10:32am Top

Thanks, LShelby! Yes, I tried to find some photographers here, but I think you are right!
And thank you for visiting my mini photo gallery! Sorry, it is almost all in Japanese. I will try to add some English when having some time.
I did not check the film, but as far as I can remember the trees were very poor pines. The water is the Sea of Galilee (in Israel). In spring the lake (called Sea because of it's size) gets a lot of water from the melting snow on the Mount of Hermon, but a few weeks later the trees will stand on a dry land. Around the Sea of Galilee there are also many eucalyptus trees (yes, not only in Australia).
Sorry for not being able to show you much of Japanese countryside, but some (24 pictures) on that page are taken in Japan. Not sure if the Japanese characters are displaying properly on your screen, but if so, the captions ending with "日本" (Nippon, Japan) are the pictures showing some Japanese nature.

Nov 24, 2015, 12:33pm Top

>220 Photo-Lumiere: "I did not check the film, but as far as I can remember the trees were very poor pines. The water is the Sea of Galilee"

Thanks! (Poor pines, must be tough on them. ...But at least it wasn't the Dead Sea.) :)

"...the captions ending with "日本" (Nippon, Japan) are the pictures showing some Japanese nature."

Aha! I appreciate that tip. The japanese characters appear to be showing just fine for me, so I will now go sort out which photos are which. :)

Nov 25, 2015, 6:25am Top

LShelby, glad to hear you can read some Japanese! Enjoy!

Nov 29, 2015, 6:39am Top

Hello Everyone,

My name is Vince Kavanagh (writing as V.J.Kavanagh) and I live in Hampshire in the UK. I'm a software developer who a few years ago had the brilliant idea of writing a sci-fi novel. I'd never written anything longer than an essay before, but that didn't worry me. I mean how hard can it be…I now know. I think I must have encountered just about every pitfall a new author could, including a few I dug for myself.

Anyway, I did eventually self-publish and although my journey is far from finished, I'm certainly a lot wiser, older, poorer. I very much hope to share my experiences with other new authors in this group and at the same time learn from them.

I haven't added anything about my book because I'm unsure of the etiquette. Perhaps someone could point me in the right direction?

Kind Regards,


Nov 30, 2015, 10:04am Top

Hi all!

My name is Niquenya D. Fulbright. I wear many hats. I am a small business consultant, executive coach, corporate trainer, motivational speaker, author, and ordained minister from Chicago, Illinois. I specialize in transforming dreamers into successful entrepreneurs. I consider myself an entrepreneurship guru and master dream designer.

I am a newlywed having only just tied the knot this past August. Between us, my husband and I have four children and 3 grandchildren so, despite the requests of eager family and friends, we will NOT be having any children together.

I am a huge foodie and major chocoholic. I am also a self-proclaimed gourmet chef and spend much of my non-working and non-writing time experimenting in my kitchen with various ethnic dishes. Followers of my Instagram (coachniquenya) get to witness many of my culinary creations. I also sketch and paint watercolors.

I am a lover of language and have been so since I was very young. This is due in part to having been a gifted child who learned how to read at just over two years old. My elementary school further fueled my love of language by introducing me to Latin, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language very early on. My classes also required that we learn (not just memorize) twenty new vocabulary words every week.

Needless to say, I have turned all of my passions and linguistic skills into a flourishing cacophony of literary pursuits. I write across multiple genres including business, self-help, poetry, paranormal, science-fiction, and erotica. My paranormal works stem from personal experiences I have endured during my early teen years. Much of my work includes heavy Christian overtones; however, not in the usual manner one might think of from the traditional holy roller. Instead, I push the boundaries of morality and societal norms in hopes that readers begin to intellectually resolve their own internal conflicts with religion and common sense. As a Certified Christian Life Coach and ordained minister, I am very interested in how individuals reconcile that a higher power exists within their lives while at the same time honoring their sexual being. This topic is often explored within my written works.

I am open to learning about and discussing any topic. I look forward to connecting with readers and other authors around the world.

~Coach Niquenya

Nov 30, 2015, 11:07am Top

Hello! I'm Anja Owona Okoa ! I'm totally new to this website and the world of authors to be honest. I'm 17, turning 18 in May and I published my first book in August and so I'm trying to get myself out into the world since I'm very passionate about what I've written - which I'm sure could be said for all of you here!

I'm technically French, with a French passport, but I've grown up all over the world. You'll often see at least a little bit of French in my work, although English is my first language. I do love languages and my goal is to learn Japanese in the next couple of years. I'm already familiarising myself with hiranaga.

I am looking forward to studying Biological Sciences at university next year and continuing to write on the side. I love everything that's creative and enjoy travelling and am a fan of Japanese traditional and pop culture. Since I've never stayed in one place, I don't have much boundaries and you can find me watching shows and listening to songs in any language and of any culture. I think our world has a lot to offer and I'm lucky to have been able to discover that at a young age.

I adore the performing arts and the reason I wrote my book, What if we're faeries? in the first place is because I wrote a play for my school - it was a twist on Snow White, called Snow Black - and it was hugely successful. A couple of months later I wrote the book since I had a lot more confidence in my writing skills. I was a good English student but I wasn't exactly excellent but I decided to not let that hinder me from sharing my ideas with the world. So now I have my first ebook published and two works in progress behind the scenes.

I'm supposing that most of the people here are older and more experienced than me so I'd love to receive advice from the lot of you. I am definitely willing to learn. I also love reading so I don't mind doing tasks like proofreading and writing reviews for other. After all, we're all helping each other, right?

Definitely looking forward to engaging with the lot of you,
Thanks a bunch,

Anja Owona Okoa.

Dec 1, 2015, 2:55pm Top

>223 VinceK:
Hello Vince, Welcome to Hobnob!

Most places on Librarything you need to be very careful about talking about your books. Promoting and advertising are against the TOS, and an author talking about his/her own book is often seen as promotion even when it wasn't intended as such. But in Hobnob you get a free pass -- it's perfectly okay to talk about your books here. There are even threads specifically for promoting your books. (You can find links to them in the group description.)

We've found that when people try to start a thread specifically about their books, though, it doesn't seem to work out too well. The odds are good that nobody here has read your book yet, so how could we possibly discuss it with you? What works better, is to start a thread of general writerly interest about something, and then when discussing it, mention how your own books relate to that topic. That leaves room for other authors to mention how their books relate to that topic also, and for readers to express their opinions on which books they've read dealt with whatever we are discussing the best or the worst, and so on.

BTW, there are two books listed on your author page, but it looked to me like they might actually be the same book. Are they? Would you like help/instructions for combining them?

>224 Niquenya:
Hi, Niquenya, Nice to meet you!

I've added you to the alphabetical list. For the category listings I liked to limit the number of listings an author gets to three, just so it doesn't seem too unfair to people who stick to only one genre. I've put you in Non-fiction, and Fantasy and Science Fiction. Is there another category you'd particularly like to see yourself listed under? Would you like to swap one of those two to a different one?

>225 Anja_Owona_Okoa:
Welcome to LibraryThing, Anja! Bonjour et Bienvenue!

I'm sure that there are lots of people would be happy to share their experiences. In fact some of them already have: there are several threads about publishing here in this group, that you can find by browsing down the subject list. Why don't you check them out? Also feel free to start a new thread asking questions.

Dec 10, 2015, 7:01pm Top

I'm Renee Ross and I love gothic romance, especially vintage gothic romance from the 1960's and 1970's. I published my first book in 2005 and have since published three more. I am currently working on a series, called Brides of Thornehaven.

I'm eager to connect with readers and lovers of the gothic genre.

Edited: Dec 11, 2015, 9:53pm Top

227 Hi Renee, Welcome to Hobnob!

Looks like if we have anyone else who specializes in gothic romance, I didn't note it in their listing. :(
(Although we do have someone who writes historical romantic suspense -- that's not quite the same thing, is it?)

The best way to find readers of gothic romance would probably be to see if there is a group already established specifically for that genre. If not, maybe you could start some gothic related threads in one of the more general romance groups.

Procede with caution, however, when it comes to mentioning your own books. This space is a "safe zone" for authors, but in general, promotion is forbidden here on LT. You promised not to do any when you agreed to the TOS. So you need to connect with lovers of the gothic genre first by discussing gothics written by other authors. And then once you've made friends, you can tell them that you are a writer, and hopefully they'll hop over to your profile, see your author badge, and check out your author page...

Speaking of which -- when I went to your profile, you didn't have a badge yet. If you haven't already done so, you probably want to claim your author page by clicking the "Is this you" link on the top right. That will get you your author badge and create links between your author page and your profile.

Also, I strongly recommend adding a bunch of books to your LT collection besides your own. If you add a lot of gothics, you will probably start appearing in the "most similar libraries" lists of other people who also are fans of the genre and have listed the same books.

Dec 14, 2015, 3:45am Top

Hi, I'm new to Library Thing - haven't got a clue what's going on, still trying to figure it all out.

My name is Mark Gillespie, I'm 38 and from Glasgow, Scotland (but now living in Melbourne, Australia) I'm hoping to get my yellow Author Status thingy soon. Fingers crossed I'm on the right path. I write Speculative fiction, mostly Alternate History - the kind that asks 'What if...?'

Very much looking forward to exploring this site and hopefully meeting some nice people.

All the best,


Dec 14, 2015, 10:36am Top

Hi there,

My name is C.E Dimond and I'm from Winnipeg, Canada. I am a debut YA Fantasy author and published my first novel A Lost Legacy: Awakening this July! (On my birthday in fact). I am totally new here! I'm familiar with Goodreads but this site was recommended to me recently, and I'm happy to be here. I am looking forward to being here.



Dec 15, 2015, 10:13am Top

Hi All,

For many years I was virtually living on the plane between Middle East and Eastern Europe, sharing my time between family and business.
I'd witnessed the meteoric rise of modest Soviet citizens to high spots on Forbes billionaires' list in a relatively short spell and felt compelled to expose this phenomena to the world. People are always curious how someone made countless fortunes. Many watched with interest movies about Facebook's founder or that of Apple's. Their stories may just look trivial in comparison with those of their Eastern peers....

I write fictional Oligarch series about the Big Bang of the USSR, rapid enrichment through exploiting corruption and criminal schemes, hijacking of Crimea peninsula, Russian - Ukrainian showdown and other contemporary events, giving to some real events fictional interpretation in thriller/action/noir genre.
I hope the series appeals to fans of Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and those nostalgic about Godfather or Once Upon a Time in America.

I'd be glad to meet on here readers, fellow authors, modest billionaires, mobsters, senators and benevolent people in general -:)

With best regards,

Nik Krasno

Dec 15, 2015, 11:52am Top

>231 Nik_Krasno: I often look at the libraries of the new authors here. Yours puzzles me a bit. You have two books listed, but one of them is by someone else. Is "Carlito Sofer" a pseudonym? Perhaps you entered the book, and mistyped the author name?


I strongly suggest that you add other books to your library. LibraryThing is a community of people that love books, and adding other books than those you've written is a good idea, for multiple reasons.

One hopes that we don't have any mobsters here on LT, or senators, either.

Welcome to Library Thing!

Dec 15, 2015, 12:33pm Top

Hi Lindatrue,

Nice to meet you -:)

Well noticed and thanks for taking a look. Your good attention to details may hint at natural investigator's skills -:)
The answer is pretty trivial though - Carlito Sofer is my good friend and a co-author of the first book in Oligarch series - "Rise of an Oligarch", while the second - "Mortal Showdown", I've written alone. I don't know why my name doesn't appear next to his here on LT on "Rise..", but you can clearly see it on the cover and anywhere the book is sold.

Thanks for advice. I plan to add books, but it'll take time, as I've read probably over 1k in 4 different languages and I'll need to spend hours adding them all. I've started on Goodreads, but abandoned the idea. Instead, whenever I see someone's having or adding a book I've read, I just rate it and it's added automatically to my read shelf. I'm very new to LT and I don't know whether the same works here, but I'll check it out.

Understand your reservations regarding mobsters and senators, but I guess if both read more books they might end up decent individuals, as books are probably a much better pedagogical instrument than correctional facilities or senates -:)

Can we befriend each other here?

Thanks for warm greetings!

Dec 15, 2015, 3:22pm Top

>233 Nik_Krasno: Adding a second author name to a title is straightforward. You can edit your book and add another author name for it to show in your own catalog, and then, on the work page you can add other authors - about half way down - and then recalculate author on the right column.

I've done the second part for Rise of an Oligarch and it now shows up on both author pages.

Dec 15, 2015, 5:21pm Top

>229 Sparky77: Hello, Mark, nice to meet you!

After adding your books and claiming your page (and yes, your badge has showed up), the next thing you should probably do is add a whole bunch more books to your catalog. Books residing in a catalog by themselves have no connections to any other books. If cataloging your entire personal library here seems a bit much (it is what the site is intended for, though,) then just catalog books you own or have read that are connected with what you have written in some way: they inspired it, were research for it, or are similar in content/style, whatever.

Keep in mind when choosing what to add that it's actually probably more useful to list unusual or lesser-known books rather than bestsellers. Since so many other people own bestsellers, having one in your library lacks "significance", and will have little effect on your catalog appearing on "most similar libraries" lists, and so forth.

>230 cedimond: Hi there! I have a brother-in-law from Winnipeg. He's living in Calgary right now with most of the rest of my family, but he's still got his cabin out on the lake, and I've visited it and gone sailing.

LibraryThing is different from Goodreads in that it's a bit more data/technical focused. Authors are not special kind of citizen here -- they're just one of the crowd, and everyone is a "librarian". Also, the site is not very promotion friendly (as in, it's forbidden almost everywhere besides this group, although there is a member giveaway system you can use for doing giveways). But the readers here are amazing.

Two notes, I added you to the YA listing, but I'm thinking you maybe should be in Fantasy also? If so, let me know, and I'll add you.

Also, I couldn't get your author page touchstone to work (so I put in a regular html link instead). It's probably just because the site indexer hasn't caught up yet. If you could remind me about it the next time you post, I will try it again.

>231 Nik_Krasno: Hello!
I have added you to the non-fiction section for genre. I hope I got that right. If not, please let me know.

I think you will notice that attention to detail is a common trait here on LibraryThing. People who prefer it to Goodreads, frequently do so because it allows the creation of a more accurate catalog of books with more detailed listings. :)

Dec 16, 2015, 9:45am Top

Hi Ruth (I've just discovered where to find the real name -:)),

Thanks for an elaborate explanation. I'll try to do as you suggest, so it won't look confusing

Nice to meet you!

Dec 16, 2015, 9:55am Top

Oy vey! If what I write becomes non-fiction, it would be a reeaaallly scary world -:) You better re-classify it back to fiction/thriller/action, at least in meantime. If the world deteriorates to the point, where my writing turns non-fiction, I'd expressly advise -:) Thanks in advance.

Glad to learn one of the distictive features between here and GR.

Nice to meet you!

Dec 16, 2015, 6:54pm Top

Hi, nice to meet you too. And thanks for the tips :)

Dec 16, 2015, 9:56pm Top

>238 Sparky77: That's what I'm here for. :)

>237 Nik_Krasno: Thanks! I have now fixed your entries.

And on the subject of genre, here's some advice for everyone...
It is really, really helpful to tag each of your books with any genres it might belong in, along with any other important topics or content.

If you wrote a book about an elf detective chasing a bunch of vampire train-robbers, for example, then you might want to tag your book: fantasy, detective, elves, vampires, train-robbers. Tags that are added to a book within a private library, also show up on the book's main page, so this is the easiest way of letting people know what your book is actually about.

Please do keep in mind that people usually can figure out who gave the book which tag if they try. So tagging your own books "the best book ever written" or something like that will just make you look unprofessional.

Another general note to everyone, is that when you hit the "reply" link below each message it doesn't actually do anything other than create a new post at the bottom of the thread.

If you type a pointy bracket followed immediately (no space) by a message number, LT will automatically fill in the author of that message and make it all into a link. That will let us all know which message you are responding to. This can be done multiple times in one message, if you have multiple messages you want to respond to.

Dec 17, 2015, 2:26am Top

Thanks for some useful info on getting around here

Jan 23, 2016, 10:39am Top

Hi all!
I'm Palessa, I'm an independent author who published my first every fiction book Unchained Hearts, book 1 in what turned out to be the Baxter Family Saga Trilogy in 2013.
I used to read a lot of books when I was younger like A Woman of Substance by along with The Witching Hour and even some classics I still read like Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina.
The first book is often called the 'trial by fire' and I'm pleased with how many people enjoyed it because I enjoyed writing it. I've got two more series I've written since then. One is Growing Wild, and it's historical/women's fiction. That one took me by surprise because it started off one way and ended up a completely different story. My goal is to start researching the next installment of that series in 2017.
My other series is Sacked & Tackled, which is sports fiction. Growing up in Miami, I was a Dolphins fan (I'm since divorced the Dolphins, because...it's a long story but it was just time to let them go) during the Dan Marino/Don Shula years and I often wondered what the players were like off the field. I decided to take a chance and create my own league. THAT is fun because I came up with team names and am working on logos too.
I'm currently working on another series which is an offshoot of the Baxter series and hope to get that out later this year (2016) called The Lost Ones.
I love writing. I enjoy telling stories. I hope to become better at both because it's my calling and I'm completely unashamed to say that. I made one promise to myself and that was to enjoy the story I was writing before I let anyone else see it. So far, I've kept that promise and I will keep it.

Thanks for your time!

Jan 24, 2016, 3:11am Top

Hi Everyone!

I'm Christopher Valin, an author and teacher living just outside of Los Angeles. I've always loved reading, and I've been writing my entire life, but I've only been a published author for about six years. In addition to writing books and short stories, I've also written screenplays and worked in the comic book industry as a writer and inker.

My first book was a historical biography (I'm a history/social studies teacher with a masters in military history), but my love of comics, sci-fi, and fantasy has taken over, and I'm currently working on a YA superhero series.

Thanks for reading!

Jan 26, 2016, 8:58am Top

Hi, I'm Ian Fryer. I'm a librarian and author of books on film and TV history.

My first one, The Worlds of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, is released on March 24th and I'm working on the follow-up, The Film Fanatics Guide to the British Horror Movie, at the moment.

I can be useful to have around in pub quizzes!

Edited: Jan 30, 2016, 2:43pm Top

Hello all, my name is George L. Cook III.

I Have been writing in some form or fashion since I was 12 years old and love, politics, sports, science fiction, and horror.

I'm a fan of science fiction since the release of Star Wars. My favorite movies are Aliens, Star Wars, Friday the 13th, Night of the Living Dead, Blade Runner, Blade I and II ( as far as I'm concerned Blade Trinity never happened.) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

I like the television shows The Walking Dead, The Strain, The Last Ship (Star Trek on a boat), and basically any other show that starts with The.

I am married with children and currently serve as an elected member of my local board of education. I previously served in the US Army/NJ National Guard.

I'm a horror writer with one zombie series and two other horror works to my credit.

Feb 3, 2016, 7:57am Top

Hola from Spain

I joined a year ago and then did nothing about it but have now decided to actively rejoin. Once I can find my way around.

I've been living in an old finca in Spain for the last 15 years, after never living in the same property for more than 5 years in the previous 40 years. A nomad who's finally settled.

I started writing with some short stories, two of which were published and one read out on the biggest expatriate radio station in Spain (you can hear it via my web site - it's really silly). Encouraged, I became more adventurous and started writing eBook novels about Hong Kong and China. They are fictional, but based on actual facts, with triads, taipans, Mao Zedong, WWII and other events and people. The three to-date take my characters from 1936 to 1973, so I've plenty of possibilities to bring them and their descendants through to 2016.

One of daughters (Diana Rosie) has just been published in hardback in the UK by PanMacmillan with foreign rights sold to Germany, France and Italy. I'm now wondering whether to rewrite my first novel and try and convince an agent she must have my genes!

Feb 6, 2016, 5:10pm Top

I apologize to everyone who had to post their introductions to the 2015 thread, even though it is now 2016. I'm afraid I celebrated the new year with a relapse of a chronic health condition.

I will list you all on the thread for this year as soon as I get it set up, (hopefully this weekend).

Feb 7, 2016, 7:11am Top

I hope you get better soon.

Feb 7, 2016, 10:13am Top

We've missed you LShelby and I too wish you health.

Feb 7, 2016, 12:03pm Top

Thanks for the well wishes!
I feel fine except that I have no endurance at all. Just writing a post is exhausting. Grumble.

>241 AuthorPalessa:
Hi! Nice to meet you. I have added you to the index of the new author introduction index instead of this one. For the "by genre" index I listed you under historical and contemporary fiction. Is there another genre you would also consider appropriate? Romance, perhaps?
(Creating Logos for a bunch of teams sounds like the sort of thing I would do -- except that I mostly write fantasy/science fiction so it's more creating coats of arms and new alphabets and so forth) :)

>242 cvalin:
Oh, hey cool, a comicker! I think you are the first comicker to introduce themself except maybe me, and I'm not sure how much I count for.

I added you to the non-fiction and YA genre listings. If you want to be listed in SF/Fantasy too, just let me know. Also, I'm curious, what time period is that historical biography? And in addition to an interest in things military do you have a favorite time period?

My current historical interests focus around 1920-30s technology/military (I have published a fantasy without magic series, and if I ever get around to doing sequels they'll be set in that world's first world war -- but it comes a little later than ours did) and also 1650-1750. (I have a thing for musketeer-ian swashbucklers.)

Feb 8, 2016, 3:09pm Top

>243 IanFryer:
I added you to the author index, but I usually include a link to an author page and I couldn't for you, because you won't have one until your book is listed on LT.

You can add your book, even though it is not yet out, by using the manual add form instead of doing a search.

Or, if you don't want to do that, you can just drop me a note sometime after your book comes out, and I will add the link to your author page then. But I won't remember to do so if you don't remind me.

>244 George_L._Cook_III:
Hi there! I got you added to the index, but I notice that you say that you are the author of "two other horror works" and since your author page shows more than two books that don't appear to be in that zombie series, I'm just checking... are all the books showing on your author page written by you?

If they are and they just don't happen to be "horror works" then no problem, carry on. :)
If some of them are by someone else, we need to get that sorted out.

>245 Tonyh.:
Sound like an interesting life! I've done a little bit of research on China, but it's all been historical based. Speaking of which, I've put you down as being in the historical genre, but 1973 is kind of pushing the definition of "historical" and apparently you've got more that are even more recent planned. So if you'd like to be put listed in "contemporary" (and/or anywhere else), just say so.

...BTW, fantasy Author Patricia C. Wrede is also a former accountant. When people tell her that it seems like there quite a big difference between accounting and fantasy writing she gives them a look asks if they're kidding. "Have you ever seen an accounting departments' annual report?"

(Anecdote recreated from memory -- precise accuracy not guaranteed) ;)

And now I think I'm caught up. So why does it seem like I've forgotten something?

...Oh! Goodness gracious!

AuthorPalessa, cvalin, IanFryer, George_L._Cook_III and Tonyh....
Welcome to Hobnob!

(I can't believe I forgot to do that. Oh where or where have my marbles gone?)

Feb 9, 2016, 3:54am Top

Thanks LShelby. I've never been happy about being classified as writing historical fiction when my first book was set just a few years before I was born. Contemporary sounds more in line with what I feel like rather than old. Please change when you have a moment. Thanks Tonyh

Edited: Mar 24, 2016, 8:15pm Top

Hi everyone, my name is Chris, mostly a typical guy from Texas in that I love my Xbox too much, like going to the movies, bowling, and so on. Took me a while, but I recently discovered what I want to do as far as higher education, namely getting a foot in the door in some manner of counseling service, hence my taking online intro classes into such things as philosophy and social science.

I started reading in 9th grade, falling into the world of Forgotten Realms mostly, and then branching out. My addiction was fed by the fact that I got my first job at the local bookstore. After a few years of nothing but fantasy, I picked up my first non-fiction book, Fingerprints of the Gods, by Graham Hancock. After that it was rather down the rabbit hole for me, since I was already asking lots of new questions about what was going on in the world and what it was all for.

Now, I had previously started a sci-fantasy work of my own, but after getting some new perspective on self and other from such non-fiction works, and being particularly influenced by the Zeitgeist Movement/Venus Project around 2008/9, I decided to revamp the initial premise of my story so that it was not only entertaining (hopefully) but also consistent with some of the themes and ideas I found so provocative and important regarding real-world issues.

Ernst Fischer had a quote, "In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wishes to break with its social function, art must also show the world as changeable. And help to change it."

I pretty much exist by this creedo these days, having a strong belief that media of all forms, whether written, audio, or visual, has a responsibility to break up the current paradigm and offer new ways of thinking and being. There isn't much time left for us to make up our minds to change, and my writing, again in addition to being entertaining on the gross level, also constitutes my contribution to that change. Happy to see so many creative people engaging and sharing!

Mar 26, 2016, 7:11pm Top

>252 TZMGuy:
Hi! I added you to this year's index of authors (not the one on this thread, which is last year's thread) as an author of Science Fiction/Fantasy

If that's not what you want to be listed as, please let me know.

Also, I didn't see any of your own books listed in your library, and so didn't know how to find your author page (didn't know if you even had one yet) so I couldn't link to it.

As soon as anyone on LibraryThing ads a book that you have written, an author page for you is automatically created.

Oct 20, 2016, 10:18am Top

Hello, everyone! My name is Heather Buchanan, and I live in Michigan. My writing interests include historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. Looking forward to chatting with you all.

Oct 29, 2016, 10:31am Top

Hi, I'm J. Schlenker, author of two books, thus far: Jessica Lost Her Wobble and The Color of Cold and Ice.



I live out in the woods where I write in retirement. I'm working on a short story collection with my own illustrations, hopefully, to be published in December. I plan on participating in NaNoWriMo. My plan is to write a fictional account of a woman I met when I was 8. She was 103 at the time, born into slavery in 1858.


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