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Author Introductions 2016

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Feb 7, 2016, 11:24am Top

This is the author introduction thread for 2016.

There is also an author introduction thread for 2015, and an even older author introduction thread.

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 will be added to the index on this thread if they drop me a note saying they are still around. (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: Apr 13, 2016, 6:43pm Top

Index of Hobnob Author Introductions - Alphabetical

AiyanaSequana (Aiyana Sequana) - Children's
anayagarwal (Anay Agarwal) - contemporary fiction
Aurora_Springer Aurora Springer - science fiction and fantasy romances
AuthorPalessa (Palessa) -Family Saga, Historical, Sports
A.W.Black* (A. W. Black) - Young Adult Science Fiction
CathEChapman (Catherine E. Chapman - women's fiction and romance
Claire-Gem (Claire Gem - contemporary paranormal mystery/thriller romance
cvalin (Christopher J. Valin) - Historical Biography, YA Superhero
DeannaJewel (Deanna Jewel) - Historical Romance
debikm (Debi Matlack) -comporary romance, paranormal romance
FrancisVallejo (Francis Vallejo) - Illustrator
George_L._Cook_III (George L. Cook III) - Horror
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - travel guides, historical fiction/fantasy, contemporary romance
HaroldTitus* (Harold Titus) - Historical Fiction
IanFryer - Film and TV History
jlgamband (J. Gamband) -psycological, mystery and supernatural short fiction (in Spanish).
JennieGoutet (Jennie Goutet) -Memoir, Children's, Romance
Lazywords (Monterey Sirak) - poetry, memoir
LHTide - Science Fiction
LShelby* (L. Shelby) - Fantasy and Science Fiction
MicheleEGwynn (Michele E. Gwynn) - crime/suspense, horror/sci-fi, and romance
MonicaTX (Monica Shaughnessy) - YA/Children's, Mystery/Suspense
M.Rudd (Max Rudd) - gothic/horror
petefenton (Peter Fenton) - Humor, Memoir
Sarah_McCarthy - non-fiction, sf/fantasy
Tonyh. (Tony Henderson) - Fiction
TZMGuy - Science Fiction/Fantasy
Vincent282 (Vincent Robert Annunziato) - young adult, science fiction and contemporary fiction

Edited: Apr 13, 2016, 6:43pm Top

Index of Hobnob Author Introductions - By Genre

anayagarwal (Anay Agarwal) - contemporary fiction
AuthorPalessa (Palessa) -Family Saga, Historical, Sports
Claire-Gem (Claire Gem - contemporary paranormal mystery/thriller romance
debikm (Debi Matlack) -comporary romance, paranormal romance
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - travel guides, historical fiction/fantasy, contemporary romance
Tonyh. (Tony Henderson)
Vincent282 (Vincent Robert Annunziato) - young adult, science fiction and contemporary fiction

AuthorPalessa (Palessa) - Family Saga, Historical, Sports
DeannaJewel (Deanna Jewel) - Historical Romance
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - travel guides, historical fiction/fantasy, contemporary romance
HaroldTitus (Harold Titus) - Historical Fiction


Aurora_Springer Aurora Springer - science fiction and fantasy romances
A.W.Black* (A. W. Black) - Young Adult Science Fiction
debikm (Debi Matlack) -comporary romance, paranormal romance
George_L._Cook_III (George L. Cook III) - Horror
LHTide - Science Fiction
LShelby* (L. Shelby) - Fantasy and Science Fiction
MicheleEGwynn (Michele E. Gwynn) - crime/suspense, horror/sci-fi, and romance
M.Rudd (Max Rudd) - gothic/horror
Sarah_McCarthy - non-fiction, sf/fantasy
TZMGuy - Science Fiction/Fantasy
Vincent282 (Vincent Robert Annunziato) - young adult, science fiction and contemporary fiction

Aurora_Springer Aurora Springer - science fiction and fantasy romances
CathEChapman (Catherine E. Chapman - women's fiction and romance
Claire-Gem (Claire Gem - contemporary paranormal mystery/thriller romance
DeannaJewel (Deanna Jewel) - Historical Romance
debikm (Debi Matlack) -comporary romance, paranormal romance
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - travel guides, historical fiction/fantasy, contemporary romance
JennieGoutet (Jennie Goutet) -Memoir, Children's, Romance
MicheleEGwynn (Michele E. Gwynn) - crime/suspense, horror/sci-fi, and romance

Claire-Gem (Claire Gem - contemporary paranormal mystery/thriller romance
jlgamband (J. Gamband) -psycological, mystery and supernatural short fiction (in Spanish).
MicheleEGwynn (Michele E. Gwynn) - crime/suspense, horror/sci-fi, and romance
MonicaTX (Monica Shaughnessy) - YA/Children's, Mystery/Suspense

petefenton (Peter Fenton) - Humor, Memoir

Lazywords (Monterey Sirak) - poetry, memoir

AiyanaSequana (Aiyana Sequana) - Children's
A.W.Black* (A. W. Black) - Young Adult Science Fiction
cvalin (Christopher J. Valin) - Historical Biography, YA Superhero
JennieGoutet (Jennie Goutet) -Memoir, Children's, Romance
MonicaTX (Monica Shaughnessy) - YA/Children's, Mystery/Suspense
Vincent282 (Vincent Robert Annunziato) - young adult, science fiction and contemporary fiction

cvalin (Christopher J. Valin) - Historical Biography, YA Superhero
greendragon9 (Christy Nicholas) - travel guides, historical fiction/fantasy, contemporary romance
IanFryer - Film and TV History
JennieGoutet (Jennie Goutet) -Memoir, Children's, Romance
Lazywords (Monterey Sirak) - poetry, memoir
petefenton (Peter Fenton) - Humor, Memoir
Sarah_McCarthy - non-fiction, sf/fantasy

Feb 10, 2016, 10:27am Top


Hope I'm posting in the right area - 2015 thread vs. 2016. And if not, maybe L Shelby can clear up my confusion!

I'm an author that writes across many different genres. I have several YA books out, a middle grade super hero book, and a picture book. But my first love is mystery/suspense. My most popular series is an historical cozy mystery series starring Edgar Allan Poe's cat, Cattarina. When I did a giveaway here on LT, I received a lot of good reviews.

Here's a link to my author profile: http://www.librarything.com/author/shaughnessymonica

Anyway, I'm hoping to keep that review ball going, find new readers, and do more interacting here on LT. With my writing, editing, and marketing, I haven't been able to devote enough time to building community. Hopefully, this is a start

Monica Shaughnessy

Feb 11, 2016, 12:51pm Top

Peter Fenton
author of the memoir Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist (Simon & Schuster), the novella White People of L.A. (Kindle) and two humor books: I Forgot to Wear Underwear on a Glass-Bottom Boat (St. Martin's Press); Truth or Tabloid? You Decide! (Three Rivers Press).

Feb 11, 2016, 7:38pm Top

>4 MonicaTX:
Hi, Welcome to Hobnob! And yes, you posted in the right place. :)
Looks like you have a lot of stuff on the go!

I have to confess that community-building is something I wish I had a better idea how to do. If you have any insights, or even any theories, please share them.

(BTW, I have just fixed the CK Series entry on the second book in your Cattarina series, so that both books now show up in the same series, instead of each having it's own. If you want more details on what was wrong and how I fixed it, let me know, and I will explain at length. Explaining things at length is one of my favorite vices.)

>5 petefenton:
Nice to meet you, Welcome to the Group!

My first reaction to your list of titles was "I don't think merfolk would care whether or not humans wore underwear." Proves I'm a fantasy author, I guess. :)

My second reaction was, "Wait, the carnival con man one was a memoir?" That's got to be one of the most unique professions I've seen in an author introduction!

When I went to add your author page link I noticed that you didn't appear to have "claimed" your author page yet. On LT, authors don't actually have any more control over their own author pages than random-joe-user does, but even so, if you haven't already done so you may want to click on the bit in the upper right that says "Is this you?" This will get you an LT Author badge on your author page and your user profile and create's a link between those two pages that I, for one, find extremely handy. (If you have already clicked on it, then you probably just need to wait a bit. I think how fast the links show up depends on how busy the staff is or something.)

Feb 14, 2016, 2:49pm Top

JL Gamband
Hi, glad to be here and introduce myself. Unfortunately my first language is spanish, as you can note, and most of my books are in that language.
My writings are short fiction stories, jumping from psycological to mistery to supernatural. Writing that tales let me explore the human being / relationships / filosophy and some areas about science and mistery that are always present in the human mind.
Hope interact with other authors and maybe make good friends here.

Feb 15, 2016, 12:12pm Top

>7 jlgamband:
Nice to meet you, welcome to Hobnob!

If you write short fiction, then are your listed titles anthologies, or individual stories?

BTW, when I went to your author page to check the link, your page had a "the page has combination errors" notice isn't showing, but it looked like a super easy fix, so I fixed it. I hope that's okay.

Feb 19, 2016, 6:17pm Top

Nice to chat with you!
I have two short stories anthology named "Piernas, Piernas..." and "El Valor del Tiempo" (spanish)
Combination error came from the fact that I use various pen names, and it was not easy to combine them.
THANK YOU for fixit!!!

We are in contact.

Edited: Feb 20, 2016, 10:56am Top

>9 jlgamband:
As I said, it was a super easy fix. Combining multiple names can be a bit of a bother if someone has already filled in CK on them, but I think that being able to have them all combined is one of awesome features of LibaryThing.

If two of your "works" are collections, I guess that means the third is a stand-alone story. :)

Anthologies always sound like they'd be a lot of work to me. (But then I find short stories hard to write, so I guess it would make sense I'd feel that way.) ::rueful::

Just in case you don't already know:
If you have any of your stories, articles or other short pieces in a publication for which you are not the principle/main author, you can still get them listed on your author page. (There are some examples on my own page, L. Shelby, if you want to see what this looks like). Under the "Works by" section there is an optional "Also by" section that, in my case, lists an anthology that I wrote a short story for, a magazine that I have an article published in, and two songbooks that contain songs written by me.

Having works appear in your "Also by" section is accomplished by adding your name to the "other authors" section of the work as a secondary contributor/illustrator/foreword-writer etc.

Feb 20, 2016, 12:54pm Top

Thanks for your advice. Really, my two books are collection of short stories (all by me), not proper anthologies.
Third is a non-fiction book related to climate change and global warming.
I will check your books, just to know more about your writings.

Thanks again

Edited: Feb 20, 2016, 2:45pm Top


I am new to this scene, having just written a children's book picked up a publisher in 2015 and being published in 2016. Still getting my sea legs as to the whats and wherefores of this process.

I have always had a love of reading and was known as a bookworm growing up. Over the years I have used my writing abilities in various capacities ... like rewriting and editing reports written by private investigators as well as by rewriting and editing responses to interrogatories in the legal arena.

I am excited about this new type of writing and hope to have a chance to chat with others, both new and established.


Edited: Feb 20, 2016, 3:47pm Top

My name is Debi Matlack and I am the independent author of two novels, Old Dogs, a contemporary romance, and The Lucky Cat Shop, a contemporary paranormal.

I have an epic fantasy that will never see the light of day as a published work, but the characters are old friends so I keep it around. I've learned a lot about writing by working on that one.

I would love to discuss writing, ideas, or whatever comes to mind. Thank you for this opportunity to say hello and talk with other authors.

Feb 21, 2016, 3:38pm Top

Another general bit of advice to all authors showing up here: tag your books.
The tags will show up on the work page, and also on your author page, and are a great way of letting people know at a glance what exactly you write about. I highly reccomend tagging your books with any and all applicable genres and other important topics/subjects, at the very least.

>12 AiyanaSequana:
Hello, welcome to Hobnob!
I read the story of the writing of your first story on your profile. :)
Have you plans to write any more stories?

BTW, if you haven't already, you might want to click on the "Is this you" link on the top right of your author page. This will create an LT Author badge and a handy link between your user profile and your author page. (If you already did it, don't panic, sometimes it takes a few days for the badge to appear.)

>13 debikm:
Hi, nice to meet you!

I confess I'm now curious about your epic fantasy -- what's wrong with it?

My own "first book" that I've not really got any plans to do anything with was a regency romance. One of the problems with it was that I paired off five different couples, in the course of a very short novel. I looked at it a few years later, and vowed to do my best to keep my matchmaking tendencies under control in the future. ::rueful::

My own epic fantasy is something I actually had started working on earlier. I roughly sketched out the over-arching plot, and I started trying to write it, and I decided I "wasn't ready". I ended up coming back to it four books later, and continued working on the series in between other projects. I have now written about half of it (three books). My publisher/husband wants to me prioritize it now, and plans to release it when the whole series is finished.

Feb 24, 2016, 8:51am Top

Hi, my user name is Lazywords, and my real name is Monterey Sirak. I am the author of 3 books of poetry and a memoir which was published last year. I began writing poetry as a troubled teenager. It was my form of therapy. I wrote my memoir, Barefoot on Broken Glass, because I had too many secrets, truths, and shadows from my past clinging to me. It is the story of how I survived the death of my sister and many others, learned to live with the guilt and reclaimed my faith that saved me and still sustains me. I am currently working on a book of short stories and a mixed genre book of postcards, poetry and flash fiction. I belong to a number of poetry and writers groups. I have found that the exchange of ideas and creative energy inspires me to keep writing.
Here are links to my website and amazon author page:



Feb 25, 2016, 10:11am Top

Hi, nice to meet you,
I am always open to throwing ideas around. You never know what might stick. I know what you mean about your characters being old friends. Old friends are always the best.


Feb 25, 2016, 10:13am Top

The last message I posted was meant for Debi Matlack. I am not sure why it is posting at the bottom, not as a reply to her. Guess I have some things to figure out.

Feb 26, 2016, 12:07pm Top

Thanks for the greeting! Nice to meet a creataholic :)

Yes, I do have plans to write more stories. In fact, a sequel to Violet is already written and is now in the illustration stage.

Additionally, I have just contracted to co-write a book with another writer. Exciting and challenging. Can't wait to dive in.

Feb 26, 2016, 12:12pm Top

Thanks for the greeting. Nice to meet a creataholic!

Yes, I do have plans for other books. In fact, a sequel to "Violet" has already been written and is in the illustration stages.

Also, I have just contracted to be a co-writer with another writer on a book. Exciting and challenging times. Can't wait to dive in!

Feb 26, 2016, 8:43pm Top

>15 Lazywords:
Hi, Lazywords, welcome to Hobnob!

If you haven't already you may wish to click on the "Is this you" link in the top right of your author page, this will get you a handy link between your user profile and that page. (For now, you can get to your author page by clicking on your name as it shows up in you book listing.)

"I am not sure why it is posting at the bottom"
LibraryThing does not do sub-threading: all new messages get added at the bottom of the main thread. To indicate who you are talking to, use a > followed immediately by the number of the message you are replying to. LibraryThing will fill in the name of the person who wrote the message and turn it all into a link for you. (To check if you did it right, hit the preview button -- the links will show up there.) You can add as many message references as you want in each message, and so reply to multiple people all in the same post.

>18 AiyanaSequana: "Nice to meet a creataholic!"
Thanks! (Sounds like you checked out my website. I hope you didn't get lost in there, it's huge!)

...Will the co-authoring be for another picture book? (Is Violet a picture book, or just a book with illustrations?) I wouldn't have thought that there was enough writing in a picture book that there'd be room for two authors. ;)

Personally, I've been doing my own illustrations so far, such as they are. But other than the cover paintings, it's mostly been maps (at least, it has been if you don't count the graphic novel).

I was working a map today, as it happens. I'm trying to outline 10 000 years worth of the history of the galaxy (not our galaxy, some other galaxy) and since I have trouble doing that without visual references, for the first time ever I am doing a space map. But I'm cheating -- spiral galaxies like ours are relatively flat, so I said... "since I'm doing such a large-scale map anyway, I'm going to just ignore the depth factor and do it all in 2 dimensions".

Feb 29, 2016, 5:22am Top

LShelby thanks for your work in moderating this discussion. :)

I have a memoir out, called "Stars Upside Down - a memoir of travel, grief, and an incandescent God" (which is currently one of the Member Giveaways, but I can't seem to find it to see how many are requesting).

I have an illustrated children's book out, called, "Happy People Everywhere" which doesn't get much notice, poor thing. I'm working on publishing my romance, "The Viscount of Maisons Laffitte," which is with the beta readers now. And I'd like to try my hand at Regency romance next. It's my favourite era to read, but I'm a little nervous as to whether I can pull it off.

So that's me. I live in France, and I blog and waste time on social media instead of cleaning my house and weeding my garden like I should.

Edited: Feb 29, 2016, 8:15pm Top

>21 JennieGoutet:
Hi there, welcome to Hobnob!

Another author who doesn't like to be pidgeon-holed by genre -- awesome! We should get along great -- especially since I fell in love with regencies when my sister introduced me to Georgette Heyer in eighth grade. Over a third of my juvenilia is made up of partially completed regency romances. So I'm totally rooting for you on the attempting a regency front. :)

To discover how many readers have requested your member giveaway you go to the main Member Giveaway List at https://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list and then you either scan the page (loong and wearying!) or you use the page search function on your web-browser to find the correct listing (that's how I do it). As of this post, 4 members had requested your book.

ETA: I just started a thread on characters. Do, please drop by and tell us how you create yours. We also have a thread going on details: How we come up with them, and choose how many to use and so forth. :)

Mar 7, 2016, 2:47pm Top


I am a writer of women's fiction and romance, publishing electronically via Smashwords, their retailers and Amazon:



To date, I have written short historical romances and longer contemporary works that have been described as 'off-beat' romances. I'm currently working on writing longer works in the genre of historical romance.

Mar 8, 2016, 4:51pm Top

Hello! I am Christy Nicholas, and am a write-a-holic. :)

I write travel guides (I've one on Ireland and one on Scotland) as well as historical fiction/fantasy. But my first novel was women's fiction/contemporary romance/true story. Sort of.

I'd always loved writing travelogues, so when the chance came to make a book out of them, I did. I added my photos, some travel advice I'd gathered over many trips, and compiled them into a guide to help others plan their own trips. Ireland: Mystical, Magical, Mythical and Scotland: Stunning, Strange and Secret

With that under my belt, I decided I needed to write the book I've needed to write since I was 30. That of my parents' love. They met in the 1960s, fell in love, had an affair, and then dad went back to his wife before my mom found out she was pregnant. I never knew my father grewing up and he didn't know I existed. When I was 15 I started searching for him. When I was 30, I finally found him - and got him back together with mom! This was a fairy tale that had to be made public, so I did it, finally. It was just released in January Better To Have Loved. My other published novel is historical fantasy set in Ireland 1846 Legacy of Hunger. The prequel is on contract and should be out June 15, and the prequel to THAT is about ready for submission.

I've loved reading all my life, and grew up with a mixture of Tolkein, Narnia, Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey and Piers Anthony. I grew up in south Florida, but keep moving farther north. Now I'm in western New York. Eventually I will make it to Ireland!

I live with my husband and dog (Dax), cats (Mallory, Cyril and Lana), and sugar gliders (Sansa and Arya).

Mar 9, 2016, 6:44am Top

Hi greendragon9. Welcome. Your authorial list sounds inviting. What are sugar gliders?

Edited: Mar 9, 2016, 12:40pm Top


I am Anay Agarwal, and have published my debut novel in February.

I am from Mumbai, India. I write contemporary fiction around Indian landscapes.

My book - The Crooked Road - A journey of a lifetime is a contemporary fiction and has been described as a must read for entrepreneurs by many readers.

I write books which are relevant for the young generation who want to break away from their monotonous lives.

Mar 9, 2016, 2:33pm Top

Thank you for the welcome! Sugar gliders are small marsupials. Think Chipmunk mixed with flying Squirrel. They are adorable and friendly, smart, and love to climb. And very soft!

Edited: Mar 9, 2016, 8:34pm Top

>23 CathEChapman:
Great to meet you, welcome to Hobnob!

As you can see if you scan the thread we've some other people around who look like they might share similar tastes in books. Potentially including me! :)

>24 greendragon9:
Congratulations, because you were here last year, you get to have a * in your listing!
(I think I envy you the sugar gliders, they sure look super cute!)

I notice that you haven't "claimed" your author page yet, though. Was that on purpose?

>26 anayagarwal:
Hello and welcome!

I find it interesting that your fiction book is described as a must-read for entrepreneurs. Does it have a lot of information on starting up a business, or is it just mostly inspirational?

Mar 9, 2016, 11:51pm Top

It is the story of a young graduate who gives up his regular job for starting on his own. Readers liked the fact that the story not only portrays the difficulties which have to be faced by the entrepreneur in terms of clients, sponsors, Venture capitalists but also how it affects a person emotionally. The story also describes the various stages of relationship of the entrepreneur with his girlfriend and how it is affected by his decisions.
These tell you the other side of the story that the success stories have a lot of sweat and blood behind them.

Mar 10, 2016, 8:33am Top

Thanks, LShelby! I notice you have me primarily in contemporary fiction, but just one of my books is that. Historical fiction is more where I'll be writing (published one, another on contract, 2 more in first draft or ready to be submitted).

I had forgotten I already came in last year... sometimes I join a place and forget about it. I'm trying not to do that again here!

Mar 10, 2016, 9:06pm Top

>29 anayagarwal:
That does sound like something that would be good for entrepreneurs to read, I admit. :)

Have you noticed our thread for indexing authors by location? We'd love to add you to that. We also have some discussions going on, that it would be great if you would join.

>30 greendragon9:
Sorry! I didn't mean to leave you out of historical, I just missed it somehow. It is fixed now.

Mar 13, 2016, 3:38pm Top


I'm Sarah, I'm from Seattle and I write a mix of scifi, fantasy, and non-fiction. The nonfiction books are guides to physics and math, as well as some fairy tales that teach physics and calculus concepts. Right now I'm working on a fantasy novel, though. Currently in the editing process. Looking forward to meeting other authors and talking about writing/reading/publishing/marketing. :)

Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Allen/e/B00BWB9A7U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Also, I play soccer, drink a lot of tea, and just finished reading "Sorcerer to the Crown" by Zen Cho, which was really interesting.

Mar 14, 2016, 3:14pm Top

>32 Sarah_McCarthy:
Hi Sarah, nice to meet you! Welcome to Hobnob!

Fairy tales that teach physics and calculus concepts sound like a fascinating premise!

Probably the first thing you want to do while you are here, is fill in your profile, and then add some books: the ones you wrote presumably, but also a bunch of books that you own. This will create connections between your books and other books that other people already own.

Afterward, you might want to go to your author page here on LibraryThing, and click on the "Is this you?" in the upper right corner. That will create a link between your author page and your user profile.

Also, you might want to hop over to our new of Authors by Location and add yourself to the list.

Mar 14, 2016, 4:34pm Top

Thanks, LShelby!!! Though, technically, I'm also in non-fiction... two of my books are travel guides to Ireland and Scotland :)

Mar 14, 2016, 6:18pm Top

Thanks Shelby! I will go add some books and stuff to my profile :)

Mar 14, 2016, 7:54pm Top

>34 greendragon9:
Oh, dear. You're quite right.

Okay, I've fixed that one, too. (I didn't miss anything else, did I?)

Mar 15, 2016, 11:31am Top

Heheh - nope, all good! Thank you much :) (sorry to be a nitpicking pain)

Mar 20, 2016, 2:34pm Top

I'm all for getting the data right. If that involves a little bit of nitpicking, then pick away! :)

Mar 22, 2016, 11:43am Top

Hello, I write science fiction and fantasy romances. My amazon page is http://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Springer/e/B00K2C4NL8 and my novels are listed in my profile here. I am still learning my way around LibraryThing.

Mar 23, 2016, 2:48pm Top

>39 Aurora_Springer:
Hello Aurora, welcome to Hobnob!

I hope you find your feet here quickly, if not, please do ask questions.

Science fiction and fantasy romances sound like they'd be right down my alley. :)

I notice that your introduction says "novels", and yet only one book is listed on your author page. Did something not show up where it was supposed to?

Mar 25, 2016, 1:07pm Top

Hello to readers and authors alike. I'm getting back to The Library Thing and hope to pop in more often, although I need to get through tax season first. I usually don't get new writing done until May as we're busy busy Jan through April.

I started reading historical romance way back when, I know this will show my age, but I still love reading Virginia Henley's historicals! She writes with such detail about the aristocracy in England, the balls, the carriages, and oh gosh...I love the pirate stories! Reading about the ships at sea has also been a favorite in the historicals. Swashbucklers, sword fights, kidnapping unsuspecting damsels, and tapping a rum barrel! LOL

Time travels are also a favorite. I think the movie, The Time Machine, is what began my interest as a child and my imagination took it from there. Within a time machine, we could travel back to visit so many places. My book, Never Surrender, is a Native American time travel and I'm currently working on the sequel, Final Surrender, due out summer of 2016.

Gardening is where I can allow my mind to connect with characters who tell me where their story will go next and this helps relax me in between chapters. I can't stroll through my yard or gardens without my bucket and clippers. You have to agree that something always needs trimming. Butterflies are another passion - watching them flit from flower to flower make me wish I had wings!

If you choose, please visit my author page here Deanna Jewel or find me on the web http://deannajewel.com/my-books. I look forward to chatting more later.


Mar 26, 2016, 1:35pm Top


I just joined LibraryThing and am slowly trying to make my way around the site. I first started writing screenplays when I was in my twenties and came very close to making it in Hollywood several times. As time moved on and I fell in love with my wife of now 22 years. We wanted to start a family and needed a job that could support them. I wound up finding a job in the government and pretty much gave up all of my aspirations on becoming a writer/director.

Jump 20 years into the future and I find myself sitting on a long train ride (2 hours each way) with nothing to do. I purchase a Kindle tablet and figure out how to use it like a laptop. I find myself in this kind of zone as I am writing on the train and I become consumed. lol 7 months later I produce my first book.

I haven't been able to stop since. I love young adult, science fiction and contemporary fiction. I try to give readers a sense that they are watching a movie when they read my books. I try different things and am not afraid to take risks. I think those risks have paid off. I don't write for money or fame. It is simply my favorite past time. World building is extremely relaxing amidst my crazy life. I love the art of conflict and build constant tension throughout the story.

I also am madly passionate about Bassett Hounds and Soccer. :)

Love to meet up with people on the site and thanks so much for this wonderful thread.



Mar 26, 2016, 7:34pm Top

>41 DeannaJewel:
Hi welcome to Hobnob!

I've added you under historical and romance, but looking over your introduction again, maybe I should have included fantasy/science fiction because of the time travel angle. What do you think?

I've got a native american book in my queue, set in Ohio around 1800. I'm looking for books on the indian cultures of the area, if you happened to have run anything you think might help me during your own researches, I hope you'll let me know.

>42 Vincent282:
Hello, nice to meet you!

Always great to find someone who gets a kick out of worldbuilding, since that's one of the things I really love, and why I'm a fantasy/sf author instead of some other kind of author (none of the other genres give as much worldbuilding scope!).

I added you as an author of young adult, science fiction and contemporary fiction since that's what you said you loved. If you want me to change that, let me know.

You may also want to "claim" your author page by clicking on the "Is this you" link in the top right corner if you haven't already. This doesn't do much except create a link between your user-profile and your author page, but I, for one, find those links extremely handy. :)

To Both:
I hope you will stop by our brand new Index of Authors by Location that I've only just started and haven't got around to adding to the Group description yet, and post where you are from so I can add you to the list.

Mar 27, 2016, 12:05pm Top


Appreciate the hello. For now, those genres are definitely suitable. I will verify that I am linked to my author page. Figure I'll be a bit wet behind the gills for a bit. Definitely will stop by and thanks for taking the time to say hello!

Mar 27, 2016, 1:16pm Top

>44 Vincent282:
You are welcome!

Please don't hesitate to ask questions if you get confused or want to do something and can't figure out how. LibraryThing is data-dense, feature-rich, and not particularly user-friendly -- although it has plenty of friendly users. :)

Mar 27, 2016, 2:14pm Top

Thank you, LShelby!

Mar 27, 2016, 9:33pm Top

Hello everybody,

It's a great pleasure for me to come here on Librarything to speak about my universe, as a reader but also a writer, mainly passionate about Science Fiction.
I'm a French writer who has a double culture, not only French but also English-American, after 5 memorable years of my childhood in Australia.
My wish is to help you discover my universe, and my personal approach, through my first Short Story written in English, "Space People".
It's linked to the KDP Select,and I made it completely free during the next Tuesday March 29, 2016.

You can find the short story here :


I'm new here, so I don't know clearly how I can give you some more complete information. The only way I know for the moment is to give you my Amazon Author Page :


Not only am I interested by both English and French cultures, but also about the confrontation between Science Fiction and Science in our real world.
I hope to find a lot of readers and authors here, so that we can exchange our impressions.

Best regards,

Lawrence Herbert Tide

Mar 28, 2016, 7:32pm Top

>47 LHTide:
Bonjour, and welcome to LibraryThing and the Hobnob Group!

I would love to see a discussion of how Science Fiction is in confrontation with Science.
Why don't you start a new discussion topic in this group about that? We have a number of science fiction authors and readers who might like to join in.

(I wouldn't mind seeing a discussion of how French and Anglophone cultures differ either, come to think of it. I just finished reading a book on French culture... but it was kind of out of date. I think it was published in 1979.)

I strongly recommend that you add some books here on LibraryThing. Start with your own, that way it is in the system (and you will have an author page that I can link to in my index). But after adding the book you wrote, go on and add a bunch more books that you own, or that you have read. LibraryThing is a book cataloguing site -- people here connect to other people through shared books.

Mar 30, 2016, 12:03am Top

Hello, all,

I'm Michele E. Gwynn, a former journalist and online contributor-turned author from San Antonio, Texas. I'm a multigenre author of crime/suspense, horror/sci-fi, and romance. I admit it, I can't stay in one lane! Prior to writing fiction, I worked for local newspapers and magazines in my hometown covering news and events before venturing out to online sites such as Examiner.com, AlwayzTherro.com, Fashionerotica Magazine (where I spent a year as their senior editor), and Film Industry Network. I've interviewed celebrities from Hollywood actors to models to sports figures. I've truly enjoyed how writing has led me to getting to know so many people, and also being a part of their worlds while impacting lives in a positive way.

I began writing fiction following a strange encounter of the alien kind that occurred in 1995. No, I was not abducted by aliens, but I did see something that I could not explain away, and I was not alone. This incident was reported to MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network) in 2009 (it took me that long to decide to tell someone), and from that event, I wrote what is now The Harvest Trilogy (Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, iTunes, Audible). The stories themselves are fiction, but all were inspired by this true event.

When not writing, I'm living life, traveling when I can, and caring for both my mother, and four demanding felines. Lord help me, I'm the crazy cat lady everyone warned you about. I'm also terribly opinionated so it's probably a good thing I write. Fiction is a fantastic outlet for all that goes on in my head. It keeps me out of prison...er...trouble. Really, I have no problem at all creating a villain out of nasty individuals and killing them off in spectacular fashion in my stories. It's therapeutic. And the details....oh, man. I love plotting the details....

You! Yes, you there with your hand raised. Ask your questions.

Mar 30, 2016, 6:13pm Top

Hi MicheleGwynn - very interesting past. Welcome aboard and I wish you much success!

Mar 31, 2016, 7:32pm Top

>49 MicheleEGwynn:
Hi! Nice to meet you!

I have added you to the index. In doing so, I linked to the Michele E. Gwynn page as your author page.

Normally I suggest that people "claim" their author pages, but having looked over your listed books, I think first I should explain that here on LibraryThing, all of an author's pen-names are meant to be combined onto one page. So that probably ought to be done first.

Would you like an explanation of how its done so that you can do it, (handy if you ever pick up another pen-name) or would you rather I just did it for you? (And, to make sure I read the notes in your catalog correctly, you really are also Xaviera Snow, correct?)

The anthology to which I assume you contributed a short story can be made to appear on your page as well, as can the cookbook to which I assume you also contributed in some way. In this instance, I would really prefer for you to make happen yourself, but I'd be happy to explain how.

And, finally, it's a good idea to add more books than just the ones you've authored. Having other books in your library creates connections between those books and yours, and also creates connections between you and other LT users.

Your introduction looked really interesting, and I am hoping you will join in on some of the discussion threads in this group. I would love to hear what you have to say about the topics under discussion. :)

Apr 11, 2016, 9:15am Top

Hi All,

I'm an author of contemporary romance with paranormal elements, i.e. ghosts. It also falls under the genres of mystery/thriller and romantic suspense. I am actively seeking readers for reviews of my latest release of March 29, 2016, Hearts Unloched. Please contact me if you are interested in receiving a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Claire Gem

Edited: Apr 11, 2016, 3:26pm Top

Hello all,

My name is Francis Vallejo. I am an illustrator based out of Detroit, MI. My first children's book "Jazz Day: Making of a Famous Photo" came out March 8th. It was written by Roxanne Orgill and published by Candlewick Press. I was fortunate to complete the acrylic/pastel illustrations for the project. I am absolutely delighted so far by the response the book has received. I am a music fan myself, so I wanted my pictures to sound like jazz: abstract and loose but colorful and avant-garde! My inspirations were classic 1960's illustrators like Mark English, Bernie Fuchs, and Al Parker.

I am 30 years old, and have been working professionally as an illustrator for 8 years now - whew! After exploring so many different industries - comics, storyboards, animation, gallery - I have found publishing to be my home. I love the long deadlines and the book culture so much. I also am an Assistant Professor at the College for Creative Studies here in Detroit and very much am passionate about sharing what I have learned with passionate, young art students!

I am currently apprehending my Masters (MFA) and looking to begin another picture book project when I am wrapped with that. I would like to explore printmaking (silk screen or monotype) and ink for my next technique.

I just made my account yesterday, so I am looking forward to engaging with the LibraryThing community!!

Francis Vallejo
(I am new to the community. Please let me know if leaving a url is not proper etiquette?)

Apr 12, 2016, 2:19pm Top


My name is Max Rudd. I am a new writer to the site and a new writer in general. My first book - more a mini-book is a small collection called the "Book of Squalor." It features shories, poetry, flash fiction and a screenplay; all gothic/horror in theme.

I am also working on a number of novels by both my father and grandfather. My grandfather was an author in the 1940's and had six books published under the pseudonym Sidney Esmond. I have the rights to his books and am re-editing them for re-release. The first of these - "Verboten" should be ready for re-release as an e-book in the next 3-4 months.

Of my late father's works there is only one pre-published title; a children's novel "The Refugees from Daffodil Cottage." A new edition of this is already available on Kindle and I have three other novels by my father which I am completing for him and will be publishing the first of these soon too.

In addition to being a writer and script writer I am an actor with stage and screen experience. I am pleased to be part of the LT community and hope to hear from other members soon.

M. Rudd.

Apr 13, 2016, 6:47pm Top

>52 Claire-Gem:
Hi Claire, nice to meet you! I see from your user profile that you have a degree in all that paranormal stuff. Anything in particular make you decide to specialize in that?

>53 FrancisVallejo:
Welcome to Hobnob and Librarything!
Posting links to your webpage is fine in this group, but probably not elsewhere on Librarything.

...I added you to the alphabetical index, but I couldn't figure out what "genre" to put you under. If you specialize in picture books now, maybe putting you under children's would work?

Or maybe I should add a section for artists and illustrators?

>54 M.Rudd:
Hi Max! Welcome to the world of publishing. :)

I think it's really cool that you're publishing your grandfather and father's works. I hope you will keep us all updated on how things work out on that --we don't get many editors/publishers of other people's work here, and it would be great to hear about things from that perspective.

And the best of luck with your own collection too, of course.

Apr 15, 2016, 5:43pm Top


Is it okay to put up a post asking for reviews in exchange for a free book? And where can that be posted if at all?


Apr 15, 2016, 7:33pm Top

Hi L(may I call you L?)

Thanks for the welcome. :)

I'm sure you can imagine my joy at seeing that first sale of my own work on amazon!

It's a huge project but something of a labour of love as well as something cathartic too. My dad wanted so much to get more of his work out there, but ill health stopped him from doing so and this seemed the best way to fulfill his last wish.

Thanks the collection has had a few purchases on Kindle and some views on Smashwords. I'll be doing a giveaway on here to soon - and should be doing one for my dad's first book too.

Apr 16, 2016, 10:41am Top

Giveaway of Book of Squalor now live. Is there anywhere else on the site that would be a good place to post about it?

Apr 18, 2016, 8:49am Top

>58 M.Rudd: No, there isn't. You can offer it as a Member Giveaway. Here is the page explaining that process:


Apr 18, 2016, 11:01pm Top


I am just down to earth person who started blogging at the end of May in 2015. I have my first blog, IMHO Views, Reviews and Giveaways and it grew quite quickly. Always a glutton for punishment I started a new blog in February of this year, Hints and Tips Blog. It is off to a great start.

I published my first book in Feb. of 2016 (Control Your Clutter! You don't have to get rid of EVERYTHING! Even hoarders will succeed with this method.) and I think that I just wanted to get the first one done and get the hard part over. I have already revised it a couple of times. I just published in paperback and that is going quite well. I will definitely be sure to publish all of my books in paperback.

I have always been an extremely organized person and often have people ask me how I do it. It kind of helps that I have OCD. I don't really think of myself as an author yet. I just wanted to share my tips with people. Just like my website about hints and tips I have a lot of books planned that are simply about helping people. I have the research completed for 15 more books.

I operated an in-home day care for 15.5 years and I would love to write children's books but I haven't figured out about the illustrations yet. I would also like to write come Christian fiction but I am not sure I can pull it off. For one thing I am working about 20 hours a day now and sometimes more and I don't know where I would find any more time to get things done.

I have been married for 32 years and have one daughter and three grandchildren. We live with them so I get to see them all of the time. I love it. I have always worked a lot of hours and don't seem to know how to stop. I doubt I will ever retire.

For now I will be writing non-fiction because I have many subjects that I would like to cover that can help people.

I also love to read. Before starting my blogs I was reading 25 books a month and sometimes more. I have read all of the fiction in our local library and had to get permission to use the library in the town over. I won a Kindle in a giveaway and I didn't think I would like it but I love it. I have almost 1000 books saved and no matter how many hours I have worked that day I always read a little to help start winding down before I go to sleep. My favorite genre's to read are Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction, extremely clean romance, mysteries and non-fiction business and how to type books.

I look forward to meeting all of you.

Apr 19, 2016, 6:24am Top

Hi Theresa and welcome. I see your book is already on LT, but the author page needs some clean-up.

I'd be glad to help do it, so I'll message your profile with questions, so as not to highjack this thread.

Apr 19, 2016, 4:59pm Top

Please see my introduction, Kathleen Sindell, Ph.D.

Apr 21, 2016, 12:15pm Top

Greetings, Hobnobbers.
I'm Simon Driscoll, author of the Warriors & Watchmen Series (Christian Thriller), The Dragons' Bane Chronicles (Tween Fantasy), and coming soon, The Cyborg Chronicles (Science Fiction).

Writing has been my passion since the 2nd grade when I wrote my first book as a class project. While 'Death of a Murderer' only ever had one copy made, it was a fun (if very short) murder mystery about a killer who faked his own death as if he were one of his own victims.

By fifth grade I had shifted to the realm of Fantasy and read copiously. My favorite fiction author is Terry Brooks, and I aspire to write as well as he does. Some say I've already made it, though I still use the goal as a reason to keep improving.

Works by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury have fueled my passion for Science Fiction and I'm hoping my readers will enjoy my works in that genre as well.

As for the Christian Fiction, this is where I find my true passion in writing. The greatest book of all, The Bible, is full of prophecies about the future and I have made it my life's study to understand them. When I read 'Left Behind' I knew I could write a better End Times Prophecy series, and that is what I have begun with Conspiracy Rising.

I believe every author should study the craft of writing before publishing their first book, and I believe no author should expect their first book to be their best work. It is rare indeed for an author's first book to make it as a best seller, and many of those that do don't get there until Book 3 of that series comes out. (Harry Potter is included in that category.)

This was the reason I self-published my second and third novels, which are currently being reviewed by a publisher, getting professional editing and reformatting. I must say I learned so much by self-publishing that I don't believe I would be as good of an author if I hadn't. Now that I have a professional publisher, I can see what they offer (and what they don't).

I'm always happy to give advice to aspiring authors and I am just as eager to talk about the craft as I am to talk about my books. So say hello and ask a question. I'll do my best to respond.

My books are most easily found at http://grendelmen.com and my blog is at http://driscoll.grendelmen.com

Apr 27, 2016, 8:31pm Top

Hi all. I'm Carol Preston, author and reader. I have ten published novels, all based on my family history research in Australia from 1788 - the first fleet of convicts from Britain. Yes, I come from a long line of petty criminals. Regardless, or perhaps because my ancestors gradually learned how to live better lives, I now live a rather blessed life on the south coast of NSW, Australia. My husband and I enjoy gardening on our one acre lot. Our two children live close by and our four beautiful grandchildren visit us often.
I am also a psychologist by profession and have a private practice which I run from home.
I've enjoyed researching my family history for over forty years now and so have lots of material from which to write my novels. I love turning these true stories into novels and imagining and creating the parts of the story about which I don't have the facts.
Writing has been a wonderful hobby and experience for me over the past 16 years, as I've learned more about my own past, come to appreciate Australian's history more, and definitely learned more about creative writing.
I find it very encouraging to link with other writers and hear their stories and writing journeys, so I hope I can get to know some of you more over the coming months and years.
My books, and a little more about me can be found on my website www.carolpreston.com.au
I also love to connect with other writers and readers on my FB author page www.facebook.com/writingtoreach
Looking forward to meeting you

Apr 28, 2016, 9:56am Top

Nice to meet you, Carol! I've used genealogical research in my own characters, as well. My first historical fiction novel has the main character living on a dairy farm in Ohio, with the last name of McDowell - both from my family tree. Some of the names (Hiram, Mckenzie, etc.) are from my tree, too.

Which reminds me... must write a story about the one ancestress who was a defendant in a witchcraft trial in PA in 1690. I have the transcript of the trial :)

May 4, 2016, 5:17pm Top

Hi! My name is Jennifer Derrick and I'm a YA author whose first novel, Broken Fate, was just published by Clean Teen Publishing. I may not stay a YA author, however, as once this series is completed none of the other ideas bouncing around in my head are YA. Time will tell, I guess. I'm also a huge reader of pretty much everything except gory horror. My favorite place to hang out is the library and I'm currently experiencing withdrawal symptoms because ours is closed for renovations until summer! Thank heavens they have ebooks to borrow.

In my day job, I'm a freelance writer doing mostly corporate and technical writing, but I also write board game reviews on www.islaythedragon.com

For more about me, you can visit www.JenniferDerrick.com

May 7, 2016, 1:58pm Top


My author name is Ann Girdharry and I write in the mystery, suspense and thriller genre.

I have four short stories published in the Tales of the Unexpected series -
Tell Me A Secret
Sweet Justice
Written on the Apple Tree
Trading with Death

Very soon, my first mystery/suspense novel will be out in my new series - the Kal Medi series.

I've lived in the UK, Norway, the USA and France. I enjoy gardening, roller-blading and reading. My favourite genre to read is the one that I write in, though I also enjoy Women's Fiction.

Here's a link to my LT profile -

My webpage-

I'm looking forward to making some connections here.
kind regards,
Ann Girdharry

May 11, 2016, 5:53pm Top

Hello people.

This is Jeffrey L. Kohanek and I am an epic fantasy author, writing books to entertain teens and adults.

My first novel, THE BURIED SYMBOL, just released on May 5, 2016. It is the first entry in an epic fantasy trilogy. You can find more information about me and my books on my author website: http://jeffreylkohanek.com


May 11, 2016, 11:40pm Top

Howdy all,

My name is Corrissa James and I write contemporary western romance. My books are set in the Great Plains (primarily Nebraska) because I find this area beautiful (once you get away from the interstates!) and the people who live on the plains are true characters -- they give me lots of inspiration. I am currently working on a second series based on vineyards in the plains (yes, we got lots of 'em). The awesome part is that I get to go visit lots of vineyards as a business expense. :)

Although I've been a member of LibraryThing for a while now, I am just now (finally) starting to explore all the functionalities and connect with others. I read just about everything, from sci-fi/fantasy to westerns, short stories/flash fiction (one of my passions!), thrillers, mysteries, women's fiction, non-fiction...in fact, I am not sure there is a genre I haven't read yet. I always have multiple books in progress. Currently I am reading Craig Johnson's Longmire series, a book on "comfort women," a couple of romance books, a fantasy book, the Sookie Stackhouse series, a YA adventure book, and a creative non-fiction book. There is never enough time!!!

Speaking which, time for me to get offline so I can read a bit more before bed.



May 12, 2016, 3:49am Top

Hello. My name is Amanda. I have been writing for over twenty years now. As a young girl I had a few poems and short stories published. For many years I wrote books at home, but never published them. I then got into ghostwriting and book reviewing. I now barely scrape by doing this as my job. I recently published my first non-fiction book called "The Fine Print of Fibro." I am planing to publish several non-fiction books on medical/criminal/psychological/natural living genres and a plethora of fiction books in the thriller/horror/mystery/crime/psychological genres.

May 14, 2016, 5:35am Top

Hi all,

I'm Jackson Lear from Melbourne, Australia. I usually find myself writing horror, fantasy, and mystery. I find it's easier digging yourself out of a hole when your main characters are expendable (muwahaha). It's also fun to see your uncertain heroes rise to the challenge and make it through the worst hell they've ever been through.

I come from an eclectic working background, from film crews to teaching in Japan, then warehousing and fashion companies. Throughout it all I've been writing, writing, writing. These days I'm more interested in putting that to good use and working for myself.

I'm looking forward to engaging with you Hobnobbers. :)

May 20, 2016, 6:56pm Top


First, I have to begin by confessing that I'm a certifiable bookaholic. ;)

I live in the small town of North Bend on the southern Oregon coast. By day, I work at the local library. By night, I divide my time between reading and writing.

I'm a bit of a hodgepodge. I enjoy reading about a variety of topics and this is often reflected in my writing. I also tend to read genres in phases. For instance, I'm currently in a science fiction kick. In addition to reading some of the newer books on the market, I've been having fun tracking down "old school" sci-fi novels. I'm currently reading Frederik Pohl's Heechee Saga books. ("Gateway" in particular is an amazing read!)

I'm also interested in writing non-fiction. For instance, I've been fascinated with maritime history for most of my life. When the opportunity to write a book about local shipwrecks presented itself several years ago, I had to take it!

Finally, I'm an avid animal lover. I love reading books about animal sanctuaries and the bonds/friendships between humans and animals.

Oops! I just realized how long this post has become. I hope this introduction isn't too long!

Best wishes!

~ H. S. Contino

May 25, 2016, 8:10pm Top

Hello all, my name is Katherine and I live on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. Perhaps the most beautiful place in the world, and I've seen many of them. For 12 years I traveled the globe- 2 as a backpacker, 8 working with Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders, and a couple that fall into the category of "other". My travels and adventures play large in my writing, and although I write fiction, it is always steeped in fact. My latest novel has been dubbed "a memoir gone mad". I fear my next novel will be much the same.
My website and blog is at www.katherinejohnson.ca

Adding books to my list has been a challenge as my bookshelves are stuffed with just about every genre. I'm voracious and find that there's no sleep quite as satisfying as one prefaced by a book.

I look forward to chatting in this group as it seems an interesting and eclectic one.
Thanks for including me.

May 29, 2016, 5:46pm Top

Bonsoir LShelby,

First of all, sorry if I haven't answered to your message all these weeks.
Between my day job and my responsibilites as a Dad (only of two, not of six like you, I admire you for that alone!), I have sometimes difficulties to manage my Amateur writing activities, and especially, I have difficulties to make contacts in the Sci Fi writing universe.
Thank you for your kind inivitation to create a post and a discussion here, and for your advice, I will follow them soon.
Has Frence changed since 1979? Of course, and I'll also love to make fruitful comparisons between Englsh and French Science Fiction.
The first subject will be a comparison between the two great Masters of their time, I name H. G. Wells (that I have honored by adopting his first name as my pseudonym's), and of course my fellow countryman, Jules Verne.

I will come back more regularly, until then, I'll read you with a lot of pleasure.

Lawrence Herbert Tide
(you can write also to me at my address:


Jun 10, 2016, 10:32pm Top

Ciao everyone!
My name is Karen Bedore, indie writer of historical fiction/romance (with a twist of suspense!) I have two novels of "The Bard Trilogy" already available --"The Bard" was released in May, 2015, and "The Betrayal" was released Jan. 2016. Both are set in Renaissance Italy, mid 15th century. I am currently working on the third book in the series, and then plan to supplement it with a few companion novels. My "day job" is that of a Middle School Band Director, and I am also a mother to a 4-year-old son, whom we have nicknamed "Squid". I love running, drinking coffee, and watching Doctor Who. Oh, and of course, reading. :) I especially love James Patterson, David Baldacci, and Steve Berry, along with mystery writer Rick Polad. I'm looking forward to connecting with other authors and possibly swapping books for reveiws!

Feel free to find my info and contact me at: http://thebardtrilogy.wordpress.com

Jun 12, 2016, 4:36am Top

Hi everyone. :)

My name is Daccari Buchelli and I live in England in the United Kingdom. I am a Young Adult Fantasy Author who loves to explore magic and the paranormal, adding dark twists into my writing. I currently have one novel out with Ink Blood Publishing and am working on a hard-hitting sequel.

My favourite authors are David Gemmell, Terry Goodkind, James Patterson, and the great Thomas Harris (Author of The Hannibal Lecter Series.) I love Fantasy novels and crime-thrillers, and have a keen eye for Art and Design.
I look forward to getting to know you all and hope you are all having a pleasant weekend. :)

Jun 14, 2016, 9:19am Top

Hello everyone. My name is Stephen Browder and I'm a publisher/author of psychology thrillers and contemporary and I also dabble with spoken word. I guess you can say that words are my life. In whatever shape, fashion, or form. I just released my debut novel to my imprint, Heat Block Publications, and I already have three follow-up novels ready to go, which I will strategically release very soon. Writer's that I follow are Eric Jerome Dickey, Terri McMillan, and Stephen King. I also admire the great works of legendary writers such as Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, and Donald Goines. I always appreciate a unique voice and perspective on things. I'm very excited to get to know each and every one of you and engage in stimulating dialog. Let's connect.

Jun 14, 2016, 1:08pm Top

Hello! I write Young Adult and New Adult fiction from beautiful San Francisco. I'm an advid reader and traveler always in search of a great story.

I currently have two published novels:

Rebel Song: YA, A story of two star-crossed young peole caught up in a budding civil war in a fictional European country. Romance, politics, action and drama!

Lies in the Darkness: NA, a dark contemporary story following the lives of four disfuctional college students in their senior year. Romance, dark humor, emotional roller coaster!

I'd love to hear from you: amandajclaybooks@gmail.com

Jun 17, 2016, 10:47pm Top

Hi Katherine and welcome. I've just seen your post - my husband and I are going to Vancouver Island later in the year. We will also see Vancouver and some of the Rockies. My research is telling me how beautiful Vancouver Island is, particularly Victoria. I'm sure you would have lots of stories to tell from your time with Medecins sans Frontieres.

Jun 17, 2016, 10:48pm Top

Hi Amandajclay and welcome. Congratulations on your two books, I hope they do well for you. My husband and I are going to re-visit SFO on our way to Vancouver and the Rockies later in the year. It's been 25 years since I was there last - many changes?

Jun 19, 2016, 3:33am Top

Hi all,

New author on here.

I'm from London, UK. I write bilingual Yoruba English children's books. My first book was published in 2015 and I have three books under my belt at the moment.

I am taking a break from writing children's book, so working on an adult one now. It is very Afro-European-centric and I planned on making it a cross between horror and erotica. Not sure how scary I can make it since I scare very easily. Drop me a line if you would like to read a preview.

I have a podcast show called the Segilola Salami show, I have guest authors come on the show to talk about publishing in general and review a self published book. Drop me a line if you would like to be a guest on the show

And finally, I am a self publishing strategist. I help aspiring authors navigate the minefield that is self publishing.

Since having my most amazingly beautiful daughter, I have a new found love of baking that I didn't have as young'un. I love food in general and I am doing my bit to save the world from global warming by eating meat. If we only ate vegetables, there'd be no oxygen left.

Anyhoos, do say hello. I love having penpals :D

Jun 21, 2016, 11:45am Top

Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction

Name: Deborah Homsher.

My historical novel, "The Rising Shore - Roanoke," tells the story of the Lost Colony, narrated by two adventurous women who sail to the wild American shore in 1587.

I've also written two nonfiction books.

1) "From Blood to Verdict" (McBooks Press) studies three local New York court cases involving female defendants accused of bloody crimes. All of these are family stories.

2) "Women and Guns" (M. E. Sharpe) examines American gun politics in the 1990s through interviews with women who strongly disagree about firearms and their Second Amendment rights. Some were shot or had their sons shot. Others hunt deer and turkey and passionately oppose all gun-control legislation.

So. My works focus on women, blood, birth, adventure, and death, and what qualities and conflicts and chatter and confused acts of courage make America.

And I've now written a novel, "Domestic Surveillance, a Love Story," that tells the story of a Pennsylvania librarian who's served with a National Security Letter by the FBI in 2004. The postscript refers to George Christian, Janet Nocek, Barbara Bailey, and Peter Chase (board members of the Library Connection in Connecticut), as well as Nicholas Merrill; these were the five citizens in the US, out of 142,000, who refused to surrender general, personal information about their clients to the FBI.

My protagonist isn't quite that brave. She's scared. Then she starts to fight back ....

Jun 25, 2016, 3:21am Top

MR. Okey F. Eni was born on the 27th day of July 1966. He is a Lawyer and is in active legal practice. He started writing in the year 2000 and has written eighteen books at the last count. They are four novels; namely Dreams. DMI1 and 2, Emma, The child prostitute. Eight books of poems, three books on women's right and three plays. Most of these books are unpublished and some of his poems have been published in journals and some anthologies. MR. Eni is married and lives in Lagos Nigerian with his wife.

Jun 25, 2016, 4:26am Top

Hi everyone, and welcome!
I have not noticed LShelby around recently, so the lists are a little out of date.

Things have been a little quiet here, but this sometimes happens.

Edited: Jul 3, 2016, 12:02am Top

Hi everybody. My name is Dr. Morcease Beasley. I am excited to join the group. I am an Educator and I live in metro Atlanta, GA. I have served in Alabama, Georgia, and Texas. I am an avid reader and I enjoy writing. I wrote my first book about improving schools based upon my school leadership experiences in Alabama and Georgia.

I love to read about the universe. One day while reading about the universe, I had an idea to write a story about my twin sons exploring other worlds. I wanted them to always learn a virtue as they discovered new worlds beyond planet earth. I wrote the first book and decided to title it, The Wormhole Journeys: The Journey to the World of Gold. In short, the sci-fi series for children and young adults is about twins who discover a wormhole in their backyard. They enter the wormhole and visit other worlds and have thrilling adventures while always learning a valuable lesson or virtue.

In addition to ensuring that young people have the best schools, I desire that young people always dream and explore their world and beyond. I believe we are here to explore our world and beyond. A second goal for the e-book series is to encourage vocabulary development.

Edited: Jul 2, 2016, 11:10pm Top

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Jul 3, 2016, 6:04pm Top

Murder, lies, deception, and love set in the outback under the Australian sun.

These are the stories of Faye Hall.

My passion driven, mystery filled books are set in North Queensland, Australia during the development of the townships at the end of the 19th century.

Each of my novels bring something symbolically Australian to my readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.

Each of my books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.

These romances swerve from the traditional romances as I aim to give my readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.

I find my inspiration from the histories of not only the township I grew up in, but the many surrounding it. I also base most of my characters on my own ancestors and their adventures when first migrating to Australia.

I was able to live my own passion driven romance, marrying the love of my life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together we are raising our 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

Jul 3, 2016, 8:19pm Top

Yes indeed I do. I've also traveled rather extensively so that factors in my writing (all the time) too. I hope you enjoy Vancouver Island - it is truly paradise. British Columbia is truly magical in it's wildness and is a constant inspiration. I would live nowhere else at the moment. Safe travels!

Jul 7, 2016, 12:56am Top

Hey guys I'm new to this board my name is Norman R.Colson I'm an author and I'm looking to make friends, get feedback and get reviews for my novel.

"The Origin of Aaron Jackson"

If anyone has advice or wants to read my book or leave a review I'll gladly give you a physical copy, or if your already enrolled in the kindle program you can read it for free...

Jul 7, 2016, 8:27pm Top

Hello Everyone,

My name is Jordan and I currently live in Santa Rosa, California. I currently have my own business as an Awareness Coach and Massage Therapist and recently decided to get into the world of writing so as to help teach what I have learned to a wider audience, and to my surprise, I actually just published my first book, Manual for the Soul: A Beginner's Guide.

In general, I will be writing non-fiction books, most likely dealing with self-help, spiritual, meditation, healing, wellness, and health related topics.

I had actually been in a funk for several years where I just didn't feel like reading anything, but after I finished my book I found that that feeling quickly went away, and now I am continually picking up new books that interest me, and my to-read list is growing. That being said, I am always open to new, fresh books, especially related to self-development and the exploration of the more mystical side of life if you have a good suggestion.

Jul 14, 2016, 2:49pm Top

Hi there!

My name is Johan and I'm the proud author of the science fiction thriller Under a Dark Sky.

I live in Gothenburg, Sweden and spend my days working as a web developer and dreaming about the immensely glamorous lifestyle and huge piles of cash of a published sci-fi author.
In my spare time, when I'm not writing, I like to go downhill skiing, drink micro brewed IPA and fine Scotch, play the guitar and frequent my local gym.
Just like any regular 40-something guy.

Please check out my official author website for more info, or if you just want to say hi!

Jul 14, 2016, 6:14pm Top

Hello friends,
My name is Jp Vishnu vardhan. I'm an indie Author from Villupuram, Tamil Nadu, India. I'm a college drop out, and currently working in a B.P.O in Villupuram. I have a blog. I write flash fiction and short stories in my website.


I love fantasy, scifi, adventure and horror stories. When I'm not reading, I play chess and cricket. I'm also a movie buff.

My first book "Pancha Forkers and the Egghead Robots" has been self published in Smashwords this year June. It's a religious, scifi, fantasy, action and adventure, teenage superheroes novel.

If anyone interested in my book please ping me. I will provide you with a free copy. I would be grateful for reviews. Cheers! ☺

Jul 16, 2016, 7:24pm Top

Hi all,
I'm Susan McDonough-Wachtman. I've been writing and entering contests for many years. I won the Pacific Northwest (Washington state) Writer's Association genre novel contest once and I thought I was on my way! But it didn't happen, so I've decided to publish my books myself. I have four out now and I am working on my fifth. Some of my favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Kerry Greenwood, Elizabeth Peters, R.A. MacAvoy, Connie Willis and Naomi Novik. I write fantasy, sci-fi, romance, historical, paranormal, and combinations thereof. I love to give away copies for reviews.

Jul 22, 2016, 2:46pm Top

Hi everyone,

My name is Alyssa Drake and I am a new author working with an indie publisher. My debut novel A Perfect Plan was released May 2016. It is a historical romantic suspense (i.e. love and murder). I am currently working on the second book in the Wiltshire Chronicle series (tentatively titled An Imperfect Engagement).

I am a "BART Residency author" who currently lives in Northern California and works full-time at a chocolate factory. Yes, I eat chocolate every day - it keeps me sweet. BART residency is a concept similar to the Amtrak Residence program, except I have to get off the train every day and re-enter the "real" world.

Please feel free to contact me if you would be interested in receiving a free copy for review or if you would just like to say "hello". I am also open to an exchange - my book for yours - as I love reading as much as I love writing.

Much love,

Jul 22, 2016, 5:37pm Top

hi all, and welcome

Jul 27, 2016, 11:25am Top

Hi everybody,

I'm Dustin Renwick, a journalist bouncing between IL and DC after I quit my job to travel for a few months. Although my most recent book is a nonfiction biography of a forgotten Civil War poet, I also write short stories and poetry. I'm concluding a poetry stint with the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project for the month of July. I've been writing since age 6, the same time I started playing sports. I'm an active runner and triathlete when I'm not sitting down -- I can't do the standing desk trend.

Jul 31, 2016, 5:22pm Top


I'm Al Carroll. I'm Associate Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College and the author or editor of six books and numerous articles. My writings are mostly history and politics, but also some alternate history and a bit of sci fi and horror. Most of my work is on human rights issues, and I've been involved in these issues for almost 20 years.

Trump Fascism: A Very Possible Future

Survivors: Family Histories of Surviving War, Colonialism, and Genocide

A Proposed New Constitution

The New Age Speak to Plain English Dictionary (humor)

Presidents' Body Counts: The Twelve Worst and Four Worst American Presidents Based on How Many Lived or Died Because of Their Actions

Medicine Bags and Dog Tags: American Indian Veteran Traditions from Colonial Times to the Second Iraq War

I've also written for sites like Counterpunch, History News Network, Indian Country Today, Raw Story, and Wall Street Examiner.

More about me at http://alcarroll.com, Linkedin, FB, Twitter, etc.

Aug 7, 2016, 10:27pm Top

Hello, I'm Mark Pannebecker, a novelist living in St. Louis, MO. I write literary fiction that is character driven. And it's nice to meet you!

Aug 8, 2016, 5:27am Top

Hi! My name is Max.
I'm from Russia, I worked as an editor on TV. Together with my wife we write a fairy tales for children aged 6 to 11 years. I like to share with the readers of interesting ideas and facts. This is a job that gives me pleasure.

Aug 14, 2016, 7:01pm Top

Hello, author A.L. Ford here. I am co-author with Maria Benson of DRIVING ME WILD, a humorous but insightful chick lit novel. This dual viewpoint series examines the cat-and-mouse dating games that occur when women try to choose between "bad versus boring" men. Previously, I authored seven commercial and inspirational novels under different pseudonyms. Check out my LT page here for some of my favorite books, or visit our Amazon author page at https://www.amazon.com/Maria-Benson/e/B01J2FNICU/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

I look forward to sharing book interests and writing experiences with you!

Edited: Aug 15, 2016, 10:49am Top

Hello Everyone, My name is Linda Carvelli and I live in the biggest little state in the USA, Rhode Island. I published my first full length book, a memoir, titled Perfectly Negative and my passion is to spread my message of hope and why I believe everything happens for a reason/purpose, we just don't get the reason at the same time as the thing. Happy Reading and Writing....

Aug 15, 2016, 12:16pm Top

One February day, when Hephaestus was hitting on The Muses, they began a playful argument: Is it possible for a mortal man to be *too* creative? What would happen to his primitive brain if it were to suddenly overflow with ideas? Zeus, never one to leave an argument to the fate of mere words, sent a lightning bolt to earth where it struck upon a hapless young man--your author, James Schannep.

Thus Click Your Poison books were created as a repository to store the overabundant brain fruit. Each of Schannep's books split into three unique storylines and contain over 50 possible endings. But the fate of each book; nay, of mankind, rests with YOU, dear reader. For it is your choices that will shape the story in these books.

So dive in and find out:

INFECTED -- Will YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?
MURDERED -- Can YOU Solve the Mystery?
SUPERPOWERED -- Will YOU be a Hero or a Villain?
PATHOGENS -- More Zombocalypse Survival Stories!
CLASSICALLY MAROONED (Coming 2017) -- Classic Shipwreck Stories Reimagined

Aug 16, 2016, 5:32pm Top


My name is A.V. Crofts and I have a book coming out from Chin Music Press (Seattle) this September 2016 titled "Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere," that spans memoir, food writing, travel writing, and photography.

I am on faculty at the University of Washington and teach with the Communication Leadership graduate program at the Department of Communication. I divide my time between Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Maine.

Happy to be part of this group!

Aug 17, 2016, 12:01am Top

Hello to Everyone!

My name is Gene Ruyle. I've been a happy member of Library Thing for five years -- though with very little activity here for most of the last two! This group seemed the most appropriate one for me to join, so I just did. After the second of my two new websites is readied this coming weekend (the first has just been opened), I'll come back to read over the full instructions and write a simple introduction.

Looking forward to learning more about those actively participating in this group,


Aug 17, 2016, 4:26am Top

Welcome all!

Aug 18, 2016, 1:56am Top

Hello :) My name is John Arthur Nichol, and I write children's books. I use my middle name (Arthur) because there are so may other authors out there who already have the rest of my name. I've never met another John Nichol, but apparently there are squillions of us! And we all write!

I live in Sydney, Australia, and I have three grown-up children, and one granddaughter who'll be five in December. I'm still working full-time so when I write it's usually in the small hours of the morning; and on the weekends, of course.

I love mystery, suspense and humour, so as a reader I'm drawn to crime fiction and science fiction. Humour isn't always easy to find in these genres, but when it does turn up it's definitely a bonus. Laughing out loud is just the best.

I've always written, and I've always written in verse as well as prose, and inevitably it's the humour that tends to surface in my work. That's not a writing decision so much as an "Oh, it'd be hilarious if that happened!" and that's where I go.

I'm writing a picture book series called Sascha Martin's Adventures. The text is in rhyming verse, and the illustrator (Manuela Pentangelo) lives on the other side of the world. Sascha is an eight year-old inventor whose Show and Tell is invariably catastrophic. It's taken us a year to complete the first book (Sascha Martin's Rocket-Ship), and what a learning curve it's been for me! But I think the result is pretty cool. Now we're starting work on the second book, called Sascha Martin's Time Machine, where his next Show and Tell really ramps up the levels of chaos and disaster.

I've also written a tiny novel called Through the Wormhole, which is definitely about the laughter, but which also incorporates my other loves of mystery and suspense (and SciFi). It's about four mismatched children thrown together on a very unexpected journey. So far it's an eBook on Kindle, but I'm working on a print version. There's a sequel under way as well, but I've had to put it on hold while I try to figure out how to get Sascha's first adventure, now that it's published, into the hands of readers.

There's other stuff I'm working on, another series that's a bit darker but still very much humour-driven. Also on the back-burner. I'd really like to just write, but it doesn't seem to be life's plan for me :)

I'm really thrilled to have discovered LibraryThing, and looking forward to exploring this incredible community of readers.

Ciao for now.

Edited: Aug 20, 2016, 11:52am Top


I'm brand new to LibraryThing but liking it so far! I'm a new author, having published my debut novel, Bird, earlier this year. It's a fantasy-romance.

It's great to be involved with so many fellow writers and readers.


Edited: Aug 23, 2016, 10:38am Top

Though there is little active response in this thread, please know that many LTers read it and perhaps strike up private conversations with you authors elsewhere.

I myself just ordered a couple of >106 JohnArthurNichol:'s titles, as I thoroughly approve of laughter.

Just checking out >107 Lindsay_Woodward:'s new book, I encourage y'all to add Common Knowledge facts on your author and works pages. A book description is always a good thing. (just don't use that space for advertising.) btw, pretty cover!

Edited: Aug 26, 2016, 9:53am Top

Hi, everyone. I'm excited to have found Library Thing. I'm an independent and self published award winning/award nominated author. I write contemporary romance, rock romance, and mystery and suspense romance. I'm from London, UK, and I came to writing later in life after working in the health and social sectors for almost thirty years. Hence the use of my penname.
I started writing as a challenge and I haven't stopped since. As with most authors, writing what I know comes through in my books. I worked with bands as a teenager, and music is my main source of inspiration, although a visual representation or a song can inspire a chapter or indeed a whole book in my case. I draw on life experiences and inject some of that into my characters making them flawed and realistic...or so I'm told. I concentrate on bringing emotional content to my readers as I want their experience to be empathetic to the characters and story.
In my spare time, *which has been practically non-existent recently I love following my favorite bands at live concerts, attending signings, reading, skiing and spending time with my family. I've been married for many years and have grown up children who have small children of their own. My teenage granddaughters tell me I'm their 'cool nan'. As far as I'm concerned age is a number it's what you feel inside that counts.
I am really new at being involved in book groups, but would love to connect with readers. Listening to what readers like and dislike in books helps us authors to hone our craft better and bring stories that have page-turning quality. I love reading but haven't had much chance lately, and I'm hoping this will help me to focus on that more, and it will be great to discuss books being read alongside others and having that experience. Never be afraid to ask anything you want to know about me, and I hope to connect with as many readers as time permits me to do.

I'm really happy to be part of this group and look forward to having some lively discussions about the written word.

Aug 30, 2016, 7:15am Top

Hi. My name's David Winship. I'm new to LibraryThing and I'm just trying to find my way around. I'm from Reading in the UK and I'm currently working on a series of books about some extraterrestrials who find the Voyager 1 space probe floating around in outer space. One is called Through The Wormhole, Literally and the follow-up is called ANTidote.

Most of the words are spelled correctly, so I thoroughly recommend both books. And, yeah, hi!

Aug 30, 2016, 7:30am Top

>110 davewinship: Hi!

I've created a series page for your two titles: http://www.librarything.com/series/The%20Voyager%20Series

Go write a series description in the box at the top right corner. And authors, as LT members, can add Common Knowledge facts on the works and author pages.

Aug 30, 2016, 8:57am Top

Thank you!! I really appreciate that! :)

Aug 31, 2016, 4:29pm Top


I am quite new here and am still trying to find my way around, so please forgive any newbie mistakes I may make.

I am an author from Georgia, USA. I have been writing my entire life and can't imagine ever stopping. I write under two different names, since I like to genre hop. I write fantasy erotica and romance under one name (Cindar Harrell) and children's books under another. Although, my first children's book has yet to come out, it will be released early next year.

I love writing stories based on fairy tales and mythology, with magic and princesses. Right now, I have three erotica shorts published, with four more coming later in the week.

The Countess of Amerry Castle and Strawberries and Rum are part of a series. I hope to have the third installment out next month.

Psyche's Curiosity is the first in a series of erotic fairy tale retellings. This one is based on the story of Psyche and Eros. Coming this week are stories based on Little Red Riding Hood, The Glass Coffin, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and Rapunzel.

I love meeting fellow writers and look forward to meeting all of you.

Aug 31, 2016, 11:47pm Top

Hi, I just joined!

I live on the Oregon Coast, and just self-published my first novella. It's a humorous fantasy story, set in a quirky fairy world. I'm currently working on a prequel and a sequel to that story, and also a series of historical fantasy/fairy-tale retellings inspired by Viking-age Iceland.

My first reading love was fairy tales and I never really outgrew that. Other than writing, I like crafts and pets (have a cat currently, also have had rats in the past), I have grown kids and a granddaughter, and the details are all subject to change. ;)

Sep 2, 2016, 3:50pm Top

Hi Catherine. I'm a new indie author too and we write in the same genres so I thought I'd introduce myself to you.

Edited: Sep 2, 2016, 4:03pm Top

M A Clarke Scott - women's fiction, romance, new adult and science fiction.

I just joined and got set up as a Library Thing author. Haven't a clue how things work around here or where to post what, etc. So just introducing myself. I published my first romantic women's fiction novel a couple of weeks ago, about a mediator dealing with past sexual assault trauma in order to move on with her life after an old flame resurfaces. It's the first of a series of novels (called Having It All) that have protagonists who are modern women trying to find a balance between identity and belonging, between career and love and family. I'll be resuming work on book two this fall.

I live in West Vancouver, in the mountains with my husband, teenage son and another young man so I'm always seeking female companionship. I also have two (girl) cats and a guinea pig (also a girl) but the conversation is somewhat limited. They are cuddly though. I love trail hiking the Baden Powell trail and doing Pilates, and read widely in a range from romance to women's fiction to literary and also in science fiction. I like history a lot too and so enjoy historical fiction and time travel.

Sep 2, 2016, 6:30pm Top

Maya Tripathi - action/adventure, romantic-suspense, new-adult fiction.

Hi, I just became a LibraryThing confirmed author. I am originally from Ukraine. I moved to the US when I was 7 and really fell in love with literature throughout my childhood and teenage years. Of course, I had short stories here and there, but my writing career didn't start until I was just about to turn 19. Over Christmas break, I got really bummed out about the Divergent ending and thought, "hey, I can write a cool story that's based on a relationship that I have with my boyfriend. That would be entertaining to me and will edge me out of the Young Adult genre, make it more relateable to my life". I was in college at the time, so I had a little extra time on my hands to work. It changed quickly when I moved back to Washington state, but I was so enveloped in my story by that point that stopping would have been a disservice to myself.

Threw this whole experience, I learned that I really do love creating stories not just for the purpose of giving myself something fun to read, but I love connecting with other readers and giving them connections with whatever I'm working on. It feels like letting others into my mind for a little bit and seeing how we both think in identical situations. It's almost like a challenge to me and I can honestly say that I've gotten closer to my friends because of it, which a win-win in of itself.

Anyway, I hope to get to know some of the authors and readers on LibraryThing soon! Let me know if you have any cool writing experiences to share, or any cool stories in general.

Edited: Sep 6, 2016, 6:00am Top


I am pseudanonymously "I, Berossus" (or @Berossus_Author, or similar elsewhere...) the author of Fragments of Berossus (a.k.a. FoB)

Since I may not introduce the book here (though by the looks of things a link might be OK, it's online here), some of this might sound odd, lacking as it will apparent context and justification, but, rules is rules!

I am an English author who writes literary fiction and poetry, though I have also written non-fiction (philosophy articles and interviews) for print.

I write in order to explore ideas, answers questions and create things of beauty with words; but despite being "beautifully written", FoB was also badly written... in the specific sense that the writing (though not the result) broke many rules.

It begins by posing a very deep and fundamental ethical question whose answer I didn't know until I had written most of the book, as a result of which the narrative was initially little more than elaborate notes that had later to be hung melodically and rhythmically on the staves of narrative. (Oh, and I like extended metaphors: although I am very Anglo-Saxon in the analyticity of my (philosophical) thought, poetic philosophy is far more powerfully evocative. So, I like metaphors, me.)

It took many years to research and write and I think I'm still recovering!

Why the pseudanonymity?

The scope of Fragments of Berossus is humanity, and its ambition - as exemplified by the careful selection of world-spanning stellar mythology - is global relevance; as such, the identity of the author should be immaterial to appreciation of the text. Though it is clearly by a native English speaker, the author's identity should not otherwise intrude. FoB is as much a book of ideas as it is a compelling story and celebration of language, and those ideas should, as far as possible, be allowed to speak for themselves.

That having been said, my identity is not actually secret (I'm sure it can easily be found with the help of a search engine) so if you want to find out you can - I just don't want to highlight it. (Authorship can never die, but it should not haunt the reader.*)

At the moment, I live in Barcelona, Spain; and although the book was written in many places, most of it was written, in good literary style, while sitting in the corner of a certain cafe in Budapest, every weekday for four years.

Now, if someone could tell me where I *may* introduce the book itself...

Sep 16, 2016, 8:26am Top

My name is Roger Raffee.
I am a new author. At the time I'm writing this I only have one book. It is partly an allegory for what I have experienced in my life, partially the part-true and part-made-up story of my Great-grandfather, and his father. Partly the story of my grandfather as told to me by him, and the story he told me, and partly a true story of some experiences I had as a young person. All of that was woven together to make my book, which I have worked on for the last year.
Before that I had an internet business for 21 years. Despite my best efforts, it went belly-up, and I was left without a job or means of support. I decided to live off the land in Mexico and write a book. Hopefully it can sell well enough so I can write another book about my life experiences, which I think people might find interesting.
I have a degree in Micro-economics from the University of California, San Diego. I like to ride ocean waves, and have done so since I was a young boy, and plan to keep doing so as long as I can.
Before I had my internet business, which was the first marketplace on the internet, before Amazon and before Ebay, I was in a Union that set up and took down trade shows in Southern California. It was a cool job. I worked when I wanted, made decent money, and travelled up and down the coast going from small to large convention centers, setting up and taking down shows. I did it since I was around 17, when I wasn't using the money I made to go surfing somewhere. On my journeys I'd hit all the thrift stores around So. Cal. and Hawaii. I collected vinyl records and Hawaiian shirts, which I would load in to a big truck and take down to my home in Baja California, not far from the tip.
I met a programmer back in March of 1994 and told him my idea of using a computer to show people in other parts of the world records, CDs, posters, anything music related I wanted to sell. They in turn could show me through the computer stuff they wanted to sell. I told him that without even knowing there already was something called the internet. He liked and built my idea, and that's how we started a site called GEMM.com . I worked on the business end of it, and went surfing when the waves were good. It was fun. It did quite well until 2005/2006 when it first started to go down hill.
There is a very significant back story to this which is really strange, sad, and true. It is a story so strange that it stretches credulity, and eventually was, in my mind, largely, or at least partially, responsible for destroying GEMM. I have quite a lot of proof to back up my claim, but the people involved are among the most powerful and wealthiest people in the world, who created much of what we now call the internet. Because I am not wealthy and powerful I have not been able to get anyone in the media to want to take on my story, nor anyone in the legal profession to take the case, if there is one. One media person did try to tell my story and was completely shut down by her bosses once the powerful people, she tried to interview to verify my story, started objecting. It would require a book to tell the story and I'd like to take that up as a future project. The problem is that I'm an obscure person with a story about how the wealthiest most powerful people who created what we view as the internet have taken advantage of the medium for their own benefit at the unfair expense of people and businesses like mine. Nobody will pay attention to an obscure person making such a claim. That's one of the reasons I wrote my book, so that hopefully, in the future, when I write the book exposing what happened to me and my business, I'll be a bit more well known, so that the media and the public might pay attention to what I have to say, so that what happened to me doesn't happen to others in the future. I'm only worried that the people about whom I have something to say will shut down my current book's sales, even if it catches on fire (because it is good).
For now, I'll just say that the reason you should care about what happened to me is because you should know that things aren't always what they seem to be on the internet. If you do something that does not benefit or harms big investors of companies like search engines, like Google or Bing for instance, they can hide your business and elevate the results of businesses they prefer, whose success they'll benefit from, or that their major shareholders will benefit from. There is no legal reason, or will by anyone in government, that has yet prevented them from doing just that. My case is a good example. Because of my experience I am now wary of using the internet social media. I think it's basically Orwellian Big Brother, and there are things that are potentially evil about it. I prefer to only use the internet for research. I wish I did not have to use social media to try and sell my book, and I haven't decided yet whether I really want to do so. If I do, it will be cautiously and only as much as I absolutely need to.
There are a lot of people who lost money when GEMM went out of business. I owed it to them, if they read what I have to say here, to say what I did above, because there is more to what happened than just that we ran out of money and couldn't keep going. That did happen, and I'm terribly sorry about it, but there's more to it than just that. By the time GEMM went out of business most people using the internet had never heard of us, and those who were still doing business with us had been with us for many years, and earned ten to a hundred-fold, and much more than that in many cases, what they lost by the time we finally closed shop and declared bankruptcy. I did everything I could think of to keep it going and took as little out of the business as I could, just enough to survive while working on it full time. I never bought a house or fancy cars during our good years. I put all the money we made back in to the business. The original site was created in the 1990s and had to be rebuilt by the 2000's. Our original programmer was not up to the task. I wasn't a programmer, so eventually I couldn't get the money and technology together that would have allowed it to compete better at the end of it's life-cyle, and I was dealing with an unusually hostile competitive environment, as most of our old associates know.
Why does this matter to book readers, and authors? I guess it doesn't, for most of you, but this is the internet. This book site is part of the internet. The founders of this site and those who use it are, in a way, part of my story, and my story affects what can happen to them. Then again, perhaps in the end, none of it matters, and I'll just take my board and go catch some waves right now. Gliding on an ocean wave puts everything in the right perspective.
-Roger Raffee

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Roger Raffee - Historical Fiction

Sep 16, 2016, 3:43pm Top

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Sep 19, 2016, 4:16am Top

I'm Cesario Picca, I was born and bred in Salento (South Italy) thanks to my parents Francesco and Antonia. For 25 years I worked as a crime and judicial reporter, now I devote my time to my thrillers.

I have already published (2005) the juridical essay 'Ungagged - the developing concept of freedom of the press'.

My love for thrillers blossomed with 'Murder in the Tremiti Isles' in which the main character is a reporter from Salento, Rosario Saru Santacroce, who will soon be involved in many other intrigues and adventures with the same likeable verve and curiosity.

Now you can find Saru Santacroce in the new thriller Gioco mortale - delitto nel mondo della trasgressione. And the third adventure is arriving with the title Il dio danzante - delitto nel Salento.

The only English version of my thrillers is Murder in the Tremiti Isles, the translation of Tremiti di paura.

In 2002 I was awarded the Piero Passetti prize for "chronicler of the year".

I have been a speaker or moderator at numerous conferences and has participated in many radio and television broadcasts.

Sep 23, 2016, 3:13pm Top

My name is Albert Norton. My first published novel was Another Like Me, which starts out as a conventional end-of-the-world story, but how Jack came to believe he was the last man on earth is secondary. Essentially, I cleared the stage of everyone else (like Daniel Defoe did, in Robinson Crusoe, and as have many other authors since) in order to show what happens to one’s consciousness in extended isolation; how individual consciousness depends on social interaction.

Jack starts out in New York City, but the setting soon shifts to eastern New Mexico and northeastern Arizona, sparsely populated in the best of times. There Jack is astonished to find two others, a brother and sister, incidentally of Apache descent. It turns out there are still others--two main groups of people, in fact, and they are headed for conflict. Jack and his young friends seek to mediate. The reasons for the conflict between these groups, when they have all the world to live in, provide insight not only into what human consciousness is, but how it relates to our self-perception, and further, how our self-perception is affected by our connections to social groups.

I have another novel coming out in the early spring. It is tentatively titled Rough Water Baptism. I blog at adarklingplain.com.

I am interested in Library Thing because I want to identify good literary fiction. I'm often frustrated that there's so much out there but a lot of it isn't very good. I've already found some good threads here, so maybe this is the answer.

Sep 25, 2016, 5:29pm Top

Hello, I'm Ryan Bartek, publisher of Anomie Press & author of many works available for free download and also in print form with worldwide distribution.

Google me (Ryan Bartek) for all sorts of interesting interviews, projects & press.

Download all Anomie Press books/music free @ www.BigShinyPrison.com


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"Return To Fortress Europe (BSP III)" (Ongoing Serial)

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Sep 28, 2016, 10:42pm Top

Greeting to Everyone,
My name is E.D. Degenfelder (Evan) and I'm the author of mystery/suspense novels. I am passionate about historic preservation of homes, buildings, significant architecture..and well, anything really. Because of this I have combined my love of murder/mystery/suspense with these unique settings. Nothing like a creepy, sinister old crumbling mansion as a great setting for a mystery!
I have published two novels and one novella to date and working on my third novel.

Sep 30, 2016, 7:25am Top


I'm a reasonably successful academic (OBE, FBA, FASS, adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown etc) working on the welfare state in Europe. Now the welfare state is in terminal decline, the world's changing faster than anyone can grasp and I thought I'd write novels rather than monographs.
Here's something about my novel and about why I wrote it. if anyone would like a review copy, please let me know,


The Baby Auction: summary
Auctioning babies makes sense; the babies go to new parents who’ve proved by paying more than anyone else that they will give them the best start in life; the parents who’ve brought them into the world get real compensation for their pain and trouble. At least that’s what everyone in Market World thinks.
Ed, a tough, spirited and streetwise young woman, and Matt, innocent and loyal, an outsider, hate this world, where the market decides everything. Anna a successful business woman and Dain one of the Enforcers who police the city, think it offers a brave new civilisation.
The Baby Auction tells the story of Ed and Matt’s love and of their struggle against Market World, of their pain and trials and ultimate escape. It also tells how Anna and Dain come to discover that there is more to life that success in the city, and that they must overcome the contempt of all those around them, mistrust and betrayal before they can prove their love for each other through self-sacrifice.

Why I wrote The Baby Auction
I became an academic because I am passionate about social justice and want to understand how modern civilised societies permit injustice, inequality and oppression. How can people exploit their fellow citizens for profit? How can someone treat another person without respecting them, as a person? That’s what people do in market societies.
My writing and research made me one of the leading academics in the field but it never really answered these questions. I wrote The Baby Auction to understand how real human characters, striving and struggling and loving in a world driven entirely by market forces might live a humane and generous life. Market forces may shape and twist our lives, but people can live as humans, not profit and loss accounting machines. People can care for others, they can sacrifice themselves when there is absolutely nothing in it for them, completely against the laws of the market. I wanted to understand how this is possible.

Sep 30, 2016, 9:19am Top

Welcome all

Oct 3, 2016, 12:32am Top

Hi, I'm Elizabeth, I've just finished my second book. I don't have a clue what to do on this website, can anyone advise me? I want to speak to authors.

Oct 18, 2016, 8:21pm Top

Hi everyone!

My name is Fred Holmes and I'm the author of a MG fantasy called THE UGLY TEAPOT. It is my first fiction novel, having ghost-written a nonfiction book, LETTERS FROM DAD, for Thomas Nelson. My day job is writing and directing television and films, primarily children's television and family films. I've worked on such shows as WISHBONE, BARNEY & FRIENDS, MARY LOU RETTON'S FLIP FLOP SHOP, IN SEARCH OF THE HEROES, HORSELAND, and many, many others. I've also directed three feature films: DAKOTA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, for Miramax; HARLEY, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, for Lionsgate; and HEART LAND, a Bollywood feature film that I directed in India that starred Divya Dutta and Prem Chopra. I normally write screenplays, so writing my first novel was a challenge. I'm currently hard at work on the sequel to THE UGLY TEAPOT, and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone here!



Oct 21, 2016, 4:12am Top


My name is Mark McClure and I live and work in Tokyo, Japan.

I read lots of eBooks on the train because it's convenient but also like to sit down with a good book at home.

Science fiction and personal growth (non-fiction) are my two areas of interest as an author at the moment.

Oct 26, 2016, 8:06pm Top

Hi guys, my name is Kayl Karadjian, and I am the author of the Tales of Ashkar series, along with my latest book Dragonsoul. I write mainly fantasy, with Tales of Ashkar being Epic and Dragonsoul being YA. I also plan on getting into Sci fi very soon.

Just found out about Librarything, and I look forward to meeting likeminded people.

Oct 27, 2016, 7:22am Top

>132 KaylKa: Hi and welcome.

I made a series page for Tales of Ashkar. You'll find the link from the work pages. Go ahead and add a series description in the box at the top right on the page.

Oct 31, 2016, 11:19am Top

Hello, my name is Mila A. Ballentine and I write Contemporary, Historical and Paranormal Thriller Mysteries. I believe that our responses to the dilemmas that comes our way is the driving force of our decisions at that point fight or flight kicks in. With this in mind, I try to write stories that accurately portrays joy, pain, sacrifice, love, hate-- you name it, I try to bring those raw emotions to life. I would consider my style of writing to be similar to method acting. It's my job to make you care about the characters enough to cry with them, mull over their decisions, or even wish you were there in their time of need, altering things to your liking. They are the type of stories that I like to read, so I write with that in mind.

I live in New York, a city that does sleep despite what you've heard. I have way too many hobbies that I've been acquiring since childhood such as Beading, Macrame, Poetry, Drawing, Singing, Sewing, Traveling etc. My favorite author is Stephen King and Barry Lyga. The Stand by Stephen King and I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga are my favorites.

I look forward to chatting with you.


Nov 14, 2016, 12:00pm Top

Hello All!

My name is Clair St.Claire, and I started writing my debut novel, Some Must Fall, at age thirteen and finished two years later. I am now working on my second novel, which I hope to complete by the end of the year.
I write YA Fantasy, but also anything that comes to mind...
My parents took me to the Virginia countryside when I was one year old and home schooled me for sixteen years. In my quiet world, my imagination sprung to life and I developed a love for writing.

Nov 20, 2016, 2:37am Top

Hello Folks!

My name is Marty Preslar, a computer programmer and professional photographer located in Central Illinois. I recently published my first science fiction/fantasy novel, "Convergence 1: Approach / Avoidance". It is the first book in the "Fionnbhara Convergence" trilogy. I generally consider the series "science fantasy". It also falls in the "Alternate History" category. The second book will be coming out soon. My earlier published work was a photo book of landscape photography taken along the I-57 corridor between Champaign-Urbana and Charleston-Mattoon, Illinois. The photos were taken as part of a commissioned work for a retirement gift for an individual who had driven that route for many years and appreciated the spartan beauty of the wide open prairie.

I grew up in the "Thumb" area of Michigan, near a certain city where you really don't want to drink the water, and moved to Illinois for graduate school in Cognitive Psychology in the early 1990s. Having not quite managed to complete my degree, my wife and I decided to stay here on the prairie to raise our family. I have a son in college, dual majoring in Math and Engineering, and a daughter who attends the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Obviously they got their math and science chops from either my father, who was an accountant, or their mother's father, who is an Engineer and not from their father whose math skills stop at statistics. (Though I did TA statistics for a year.)

When I'm not busy writing or shuttling up or down state to visit one of my children, I busy myself with playing tabletop roleplaying games (mostly online with people who live in various places around the country), reading science fiction and fantasy novels, LGBT novels, manga, and webcomics. I also am an avid anime fan and have been an anime and manga blogger off and on for much of the past ten years. If you frequent those online communities you may recognize me by the usernames of Zen, Zensunni, or Zensunni42.

Nov 23, 2016, 2:45am Top


I'm a sci-fi writer from Sweden, but I'm originally from Transylvania, right in the middle of Romania. I've written a couple of books in Romanian, but the one that's listed here is a sci-fi novel in English called "Starship Doi."

It's the story of a young Dacian from year 300, a little girl from 1111, an Englishman from 2014 and a mysterious starship. The book is enjoying good reviews and it even has an audiobook preview on its website, www.starshipdoi.com

I work as a web developer; I'm also a helicopter pilot and I like to play guitar.

I look forward to interacting with you!


Nov 23, 2016, 12:02pm Top

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Nov 29, 2016, 11:50am Top


I'm D.M. Barr and my first psychological thriller, Expired Listings, debuted at the end of August. I was published previously in non-fiction as a magazine business/marketing author. I am currently working on my second novel, but it is slow going.

I live in the Hudson Valley of NY and when not writing, I sell real estate. I am a member of the Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and was very excited to have attended Thrillerfest in 2016! My hobbies include dog rescue, travel, reading, writing (duh) and competitive trivia (I've attended the World Tavern Trivia Nationals twice and am slated to go again in 2017.) Looking forward to hobnobbing with you all.

Nov 30, 2016, 4:34pm Top

Hi all, I write both adult romance and children's books, contemporary and historical. I've had 25 novels publised by mainstream publishers, but I've self-published many as eBooks too. I used to write around four novels a year, but then life took over and I wrote less. Only when an idea is so compelling that I just have to write it do I sit down at my keyboard again. Guess I've had a go at pretty much every genre at some time, because it's the basic idea that takes hold of me so I have to go with it. That's what happened with my latest novel, a mixture of medieval fantasy and contemporary romance. I live in the UK, near Manchester.

Dec 1, 2016, 6:07am Top

Dec 3, 2016, 12:28pm Top

Hi everyone,

My name is Zubin Mathai, an author living in Ojai, California, USA. I've recently published my first novel, The Oarsman, on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and other stores.

After three decades of being a software engineer, I wanted to do something that ignited my passions the same way writing out my daydreams did when I was a kid. I decided -- why not -- why not just write?

When I'm not writing, I'm usually hiking the mountain trails around this city, catching glimpses of peace through the trees, boulders, and scurrying lizards.

I love to write inspiring tales, ignited by spiritual lessons, about the striving and finding we humans often live for.

Feel free to chat with me here, or elsewhere on LibraryThing.


Dec 6, 2016, 11:18am Top

Hi everyone,

My name is Steven Hague and I'm an author of fast paced crime thrillers. I live in Norwich in the UK but my books are set in America, which adds a certain challenge when it comes to making my novels sound authentic - I guess I just enjoy lots of research!

I spent 10 years working for one of Europe's largest investment companies before deciding to pursue my dream of becoming an author. My first 2 books were published by MIRA Books, and I'm now self publishing my third, and trying to get to grips with marketing and self promotion.

I love reading (obviously!), watching movies, and listening to rock 'n' roll - everything from early Elvis through to the Foo Fighters.


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Hello, I'm Bill Grigsby, and this seems sort of like the virtual equivalent of that dream where you're in school, in underpants (the old ones with holes and ribbons of elastic dangling at odd angles), and walk in late to the final. And the door has been moved to the front of the room. It's a lecture auditorium. And it's communications class, and I'm next up for my final speech. The topic I had chosen: dressing for success. The audience? Every girl who turned me down for a date in high school, hoping to confirm through the test of time that they'd made the right choice.

You've all had a similar dream. Right??

No? Maybe it's just my insecurity with social media. I'm afraid Russian hackers might sabotage my facebook fake news feed or something. But I'll try, and assume until notified otherwise that this is the place to introduce myself.

I teach Sociology at a small public university in Oregon. Writing has always been what I do, for lots of reasons, mostly just to work out my own ideas about how the world works. Academic writing isn't so satisfying, first because a prof from a teaching college can seem invisible, despite hard evidence in a journal that s/he isn't. Second, it's often a pretty cloistered community.

So our oldest daughter (of three) Esa graduates from college with a foreign languages degree and announces that she'd like to try her hand (sorry) at illustration. I told her she could illustrate a story I'd been telling our girls for years, that for some reason I'd put to verse 15 years ago. A year and thousands of compressed hours later, we had this book. Completely invisible. I thought I was back writing for an academic audience. I felt like I'd spoiled my daughter's precious post-graduation euphoria. We tried creating a snarky website, targeting the parents-who-like-sarcasm demographic.

What was I thinking?? I think I was born with some sort of built-in cloaking device, the bane of most neurotic-frustrated-academic-children's author wannabees. At least if I knew any others I bet they'd tell a similar tale.

But hey, writing is good therapy in lean times for higher education (and democracy). And much more satisfying when the audience includes children. If I insert a little sociology, and rain down meter and rhyme, it's just because I can't help it.

Oh I almost forgot, I also circumnavigated the globe on driftwood, gave the dictator of Equatorial Guinea a noogie during his 75th inauguration speech, and suggested the Nobel Committee consider Bobby Goldsboro for its literature prize.

Well it's been real. Best of luck to all. I'll probably never be able to find this page again.

Dec 12, 2016, 7:46am Top

Welcome all

Dec 12, 2016, 6:24pm Top

I am Harel R. Lawrence I am from Missouri. I have a Bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice. I am a Christian author that is currently writing books in Inspirational, young adult, children's, romance, thriller, and mystery. The reason I write certain types of books is where I feel I am more comfortable writing about.

Dec 22, 2016, 3:49pm Top

Hi readers and authors!
So glad to join your group. I write romantic suspense and recently had to put out a political thriller! I'm stuck on the suspense, and I'm sure it will go with anything I write.
I'm taking off this week before Christmas before I begin my next novel. Having time to correspond in the writing and reading world, I found this site and am intrigued to be a member!
Dawn Kunda

Dec 29, 2016, 11:57am Top

Hey everyone!
My name is Stephanie Vercier, and I'm from Tacoma, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I write New Adult Romances, but I also am interested in writing romances in the science fiction, dystopian and paranormal categories... someday! I've self-published two ebooks so far and am still learning so much about the entire process. Glad to be here :)

Dec 29, 2016, 2:47pm Top

I am Patricia Wynn, author of the Blue Satan mystery series and 10 Regency and Georgian romances. The authors who inspired me most are Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. I majored in history, but until I grew up, my favorite way to learn it was through fiction, including most of the English classics and Alexander Dumas. Now, I find the research so fascinating that I lose myself in it for hours and can't seem to get enough.
Like many authors, I wrote my first Regency romance after reading one and believing I could do better. That was in 1986, and the book came out in 1988, so I have been a published author for nearly 30 years.
I grew up in Texas and always loved Westerns, but also Tarzan. In elementary school, I loved biographies about exciting historical figures like Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and Mary Kingsley, African Explorer. Reading voraciously allowed me to live all kinds of adventures. Several years ago, I finally got to travel to Kenya, and I hope I get to see more of Africa. It's a magical place
I love Jane Austen for her satire, and Georgette Heyer can make me laugh out loud, but I also love the romantic adventure in her Georgian novels.
My mother reviewed mysteries for a large daily newspaper, so our house was full of first edition mysteries. She also bought out a private lending library of all her favorite British mystery novels. There were 500 in my bedroom alone. I began reading mysteries with Agatha Christie and progressed to Delano Ames, Manning Coles, Michael Innes, Helen MacInnes, and others, loving the elements of espionage in the latter. I could go on and on about British mystery authors who influenced me, but I am still reading new ones with great pleasure.

Dec 29, 2016, 3:41pm Top

>149 PatriciaWynn:

Hi Patricia and welcome to LibraryThing.
It looks like the Patricia Wynn author page might need to be worked on before you ask for your LT Author badge. Let me work on it and we can exchange info by profile posts.

Nov 8, 2017, 11:25pm Top

Hi my name is Tanela Hicks. I am a new published author trying to get my feel of the land. I love reading (of course), but currently I have a day job as a computer programmer. Oddly enough, I find this website a little overwhelming, but I am sure this is because I am new. Paranormal fantasy is my favorite genre and I regularly read in 2 formats, 2 different books, plus listen to audio. I hope to make some friends here in the Southwest Ohio area and learn more about myself as a writer. Have a great evening everyone, time to write!

Feb 14, 2018, 5:25pm Top

Hello! My name is Maryanne Pope. I am an author and I love reading. I am currently reading John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley" because I, too, am on a road trip with my dog (Sadie)! I am on a 3-month journey from Vancouver Island all the way down the coast to San Diego and then up through Sedona. I am one month into my trip and LOVING it! And I'm getting lots of writing done, too :)

So happy to be part of the Library Thing community and I look forward to meeting other authors & readers.

Aug 2, 2018, 7:30am Top

My name is Hank Quense and I'm an author and a lecturer.

I was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ starting way back in the middle of the last century. I went to St Peter’s Prep High School and Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT) where I earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

I worked in Western Electric and AT&T as an engineer and later i went into sales where I worked as a sales representative and later as a sales manager.

I took early retirement to start my third career as a fiction writer and more than twenty years later, I’ll still at it. I’ve learned a lot in that time and I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I love sharing my experiences to help other writers and authors.

As to my writing, here is my “official” bio blurb:

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.

He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing an

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