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Author Introductions 2017

This is a continuation of the topic Author Introductions 2016.

This topic was continued by Author Introductions 2019.

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Edited: Jan 5, 2017, 4:25pm Top

This is the author introduction thread for 2017.

There are also Author Introduction Threads for 2016, 2015 and earlier.

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

As I failed to set up the indices immediately, here is the index to the indices:
Index of Hobnob Author Introductions - Alphabetical
Index of Hobnob Author Introductions - By Genre

Authors who introduced themselves previous to this year will be added to the indices 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.

Jan 4, 2017, 8:18pm Top

Hello! My name is Phil Adams. I write as P. R. Adams (or PR Adams or some variation of that). I focus on science fiction and fantasy, but horror is always lurking nearby. I published my first series (The Rimes Trilogy) in 2016, and I have two series running right now, the ERF series, another military SF series which follows on from the Rimes books, and The Chain, an urban fantasy series.

My favorite writers would have to be Robert E. Howard, Philip K. Dick, Roger Zelazny, and Michael Crichton. I have also read a ton of Lawrence Watt-Evans. I've been focusing on reading indie writers for the last couple years. My reading interests vary, and my lack of free time means I'm a slow reader.

My social media information:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PRAdamsAuthor/

Personal Website: http://p-r-adams.com

My Amazon Author's Page: https://www.amazon.com/P-R-Adams/e/B01M0FDRN1/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Edited: Oct 10, 2017, 5:20pm Top

Index of Hobnob Author Introductions - Alphabetical

Abu-Isa (Abu-Isa Webb) ???
AditiA (Aditi Agarwal) Non-Fiction
AdrianGHilder (Adrian G Hilder) Epic Fantasy
AlexLMichaels (Alex L. Michaels) Contemporary Romance
alexmarsh (Alex Marsh)general fiction; character-driven; funny, but 'wit' rather than 'farce'
AlisaBryce (Alisa Bryce) Non-Fiction
allysonrabbott (Allyson R Abbott) Romance and Non-Fiction
alexavrio (Alex Avrio) Adventure Fantasy
annadurand (Anna Durand) Romance, both hot paranormal and erotic contemporary
Benningtonj (Ben Willardson) Children's
ByChallaF (Challa Fletcher) Children's
cathyskendrovich (Cathy Skendrovich) Historical Romance and Contemporary Romantic Suspense
CPolk625 (Clabe Polk) Crime/Action/Adventure along with Christian Fiction
Danica_Raimz (Danica Raimz) steamy New Adult romance
david.f.weisman (David F. Weisman) Science Fiction and Fantasy
David.Russell (David C Russell) Short Stories
deheinze (Denise Heinze) scholarly work, essays, memoirs, poetry, and fiction
elizabethcfelt (Elizabeth Caulfield Felt)
FJRTitchenell (F. J. R. Titchenell) speculative fiction, mostly horror and sci-fi
GarethWorthington (Gareth Worthington) Science Fiction, Adventure
GitikaYadav (Gitika Yadav) Poetry
HaroldTitus* (Harold Titus) Historical Fiction
hdm003 (Carl Evan Wittbecker) autobiography, historically accurate crime fiction
Ian_Boucher (Ian Boucher) Non-fiction
keithanthonybaird (Keith Anthony Baird) dark fiction, horror, post-apocalyptic, science fiction
KenMagee (Ken Magee) Fantasy: Ancient Magic Meets the Internet’
Jesse_Lynn_Rucilez (Jesse Lynn Rucilez) from giant evil teddy bears ... to living alien technology
joyjohnston (Joy Johnston) personal essays, including on caregiving
JumokeA (Jumoke Akinniranye)
kswolff (Karl Wolff) non-fiction essays, science fiction thriller in progress
lachance (John LaChance) Literary Fiction
LShelby* (L. Shelby) Fantasy and Science Fiction
MAClarkeScott (M A Clarke Scott) Romantic Women's Fiction
marylingerfelt (Mary Lingerfelt) Christian Romance etc
Melhara (Jocelyn Tollefson) dark contemporary urban fantasy
MelindaCraig (Melinda Craig) Fantasy and Mystery
Misterhagg (Todd Michael Haggerty ) future fiction
mlzambrana (M.L. Zambrana) Fiction (and Non-Fiction)
M.SusanneWiggins (M Susanne Wiggins) Speculative fiction, SF, and Thrillers
NtoZ (N.T. O. Zamboni) fractured fairytales
Nuit9 (Natasa Pantovic Nuit) Historical Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Mindfulness
ogaines (Olivia Gaines) Contemporary Romances with heart and humor
paleporter (Charles Porter) Fictional Novels
Pamela_SC (Pamela Schloesser Canepa) Science-Fiction and Paranormal
PeterDamianBellis (Peter Damian Bellis) Editor of Javier Pedro Zabala
PRAdams (P R Adams) Science Fiction and Fantasy, but Horror is always lurking nearby
rchapman1 (Rita Lee Chapman) travel mysteries, horses and crime
ricardoreyes (Ricardo Reyes) Poetry & a novel with a movie soon
RichardABamberg (Richard Bamberg) Science fiction thrillers and urban fantasy
ritaer (Rita Elizabeth Rippeto) non-fiction, fiction on the way
RWilliscroft (Robert G. Williscroft) Adventure
Rose_Grey (Rose Grey) Romance
santippe (Mariachiara Cabrini) Romance and Paranormal
Scott_Baron (Scott Baron) fantasy/sci-fi/dark comedy
S.D.Falchetti (S. D. Falchetti) science fiction, and art
SegoviaMunoz (Susan Segovia-Munoz) Non-Fiction (Memoir)
Sharlene27 (Sharlene Almond) Thriller
stormowl7 (Magali A. Fréchette) Paranormals, Dark Fantasies, and Thrillers, but there's always romance
Ted_Weber (T. C. Weber) Science Fiction/Alternate History etc
Verge0007 (Verge Le Noir) Crime Fiction
WillKurth (William Kurth) Science fiction crime thriller

Edited: Oct 10, 2017, 5:20pm Top

Index of Hobnob Author Introductions - By Genre

Abu-Isa (Abu-Isa Webb) ???
alexmarsh (Alex Marsh)general fiction; character-driven; funny, but 'wit' rather than 'farce'
David.Russell (David C. Russell) Short Stories
mlzambrana (M.L. Zambrana) Fiction (and Non-Fiction)
paleporter (Charles Porter - division 2) Fictional Novels

elizabethcfelt (Elizabeth Caulfield Felt)
HaroldTitus* (Harold Titus) Historical Fiction
Nuit9 (Natasa Pantovic Nuit) Historical Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Mindfulness

lachance (John LaChance) Literary Fiction

AdrianGHilder (Adrian G Hilder) Epic Fantasy
alexavrio (Alex Avrio) Adventure Fantasy
david.f.weisman (David F. Weisman) Science Fiction and Fantasy
deheinze (Denise Heinze) scholarly work, essays, memoirs, poetry, and fiction
FJRTitchenell (F. J. R. Titchenell) speculative fiction, mostly horror and sci-fi
GarethWorthington (Gareth Worthington) Science Fiction, Adventure
Jesse_Lynn_Rucilez (Jesse Lynn Rucilez) from giant evil teddy bears ... to living alien technology
keithanthonybaird (Keith Anthony Baird) dark fiction, horror, post-apocalyptic, science fiction
KenMagee (Ken Magee) Fantasy: Ancient Magic Meets the Internet’
LShelby* (L. Shelby) Fantasy and Science Fiction
NtoZ (N.T. O. Zamboni) fractured fairytales
Melhara (Jocelyn Tollefson) dark contemporary urban fantasy
MelindaCraig (Melinda Craig) Fantasy and Mystery
Misterhagg (Todd Michael Haggerty ) future fiction
M.SusanneWiggins (M Susanne Wiggins) Speculative fiction, SF, and Thrillers
Pamela_SC (Pamela Schloesser Canepa) Science-Fiction and Paranormal
PRAdams (P R Adams) Science Fiction and Fantasy, but Horror is always lurking nearby
RichardABamberg (Richard Bamberg) Science fiction thrillers and urban fantasy
Scott_Baron (Scott Baron) fantasy/sci-fi/dark comedy
S.D.Falchetti (S. D. Falchetti) science fiction, and art
Ted_Weber (T. C. Weber) Science Fiction/Alternate History etc
WillKurth (William Kurth) Science fiction crime thriller

AlexLMichaels (Alex L. Michaels) Contemporary Romance
allysonrabbott (Allyson R Abbott) Romance and Non-Fiction
annadurand (Anna Durand) Romance, both hot paranormal and erotic contemporary
cathyskendrovich (Cathy Skendrovich) Historical Romance and Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Danica_Raimz (Danica Raimz) steamy New Adult romance
MAClarkeScott (M A Clarke Scott) Romantic Women's Fiction
marylingerfelt (Mary Lingerfelt) Christian Romance etc
ogaines (Olivia Gaines) Contemporary Romances with heart and humor
Rose_Grey (Rose Grey) Romance
santippe (Mariachiara Cabrini) Romance and Paranormal
stormowl7 (Magali A. Fréchette) Paranormals, Dark Fantasies, and Thrillers, but there's always romance

CPolk625 (Clabe Polk) Crime/Action/Adventure along with Christian Fiction
hdm003 (Carl Evan Wittbecker)autobiography, historically accurate crime fiction
rchapman1 (Rita Lee Chapman) travel mysteries, horses and crime
RWilliscroft (Robert G. Williscroft) Adventure
Sharlene27 (Sharlene Almond) Thriller
Verge0007 (Verge Le Noir) Crime Fiction

alexmarsh (Alex Marsh)general fiction; character-driven; funny, but 'wit' rather than 'farce'

GitikaYadav (Gitika Yadav) Poetry
Nuit9 (Natasa Pantovic Nuit) Historical Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Mindfulness
ricardoreyes (Ricardo Reyes) Poetry & a novel with a movie soon

Benningtonj (Ben Willardson) Children's
ByChallaF (Challa Fletcher) Children's
elizabethcfelt (Elizabeth Caulfield Felt)

AditiA (Aditi Agarwal) Non-Fiction
AlisaBryce (Alisa Bryce) Non-Fiction
deheinze (Denise Heinze) scholarly work, essays, memoirs, poetry, and fiction
hdm003 (Carl Evan Wittbecker)autobiography, historically accurate crime
Ian_Boucher (Ian Boucher) Non-fiction
joyjohnston (Joy Johnston) personal essays, including on caregiving
JumokeA (Jumoke Akinniranye)
kswolff (Karl Wolff - division 1) non-fiction essays, science fiction thriller in progress
Nuit9 (Natasa Pantovic Nuit) Historical Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Mindfulness
ritaer (Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe) non-fiction, fiction on the way
SegoviaMunoz (Susan Segovia-Munoz) Non-Fiction (Memoir)

PeterDamianBellis (Peter Damian Bellis) Editor of Javier Pedro Zabala

Jan 5, 2017, 4:27pm Top

>2 PRAdams:
Hi and welcome PRAdams - while preparing to add you the indices, I realised that I had not set them up properly :(

...coming soon

Jan 8, 2017, 1:12pm Top

Hi. I'm NTO Zamboni. (Well, for the purposes of this message, anyway!) I wrote MAKE FAIRYLAND GREAT AGAIN, a collection of 'fractured fairytales' based on the nightmarish recent election: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRWM4OM/

As far as who I am, and why I wrote what I wrote:

I'm a sort of old-fashioned person, with an antiquated dislike of sexual assault, financial scams, and petulant racist fear-mongers rising to the highest office in my beloved country. Also not overly fond of foreign intelligence services undermining the integrity of an American election. I wrote the book because writing is what I have instead of activism. And, I suppose, because I needed to focus on something, anything, other than current events.

Jan 8, 2017, 4:58pm Top

>6 NtoZ: Hi and welcome.

I have added you to the index entries above.
If you and PRAdams wish to create links between your personal and author pages you may go to the author page (eg from the "touchstone list", or the index entries) and then click on the "is this you?" button to become a "LibraryThing Author" (you won't "own" the Author page, but it will be linked to your profile)


Jan 8, 2017, 5:29pm Top

Hello all,

I write fantasy novels under the name Jocelyn Tollefson. By novels, I mean novel as I only have one completed so far. My debut novel is being released March 2nd, 2017, but there are other works in progress, as I'm sure every writer can relate.

Fantasy, Dark fantasy, and horror are my favorite books to read. I grew up reading these types of stories since middle school and never lost my taste for them. I have branched out and read in other genres when pestered by my friends that I absolutely must read such and such. They were pretty good but it has never swayed me to consume other novels from the same genre. (you can easily pick them out in my library)

I live in Alberta, Canada, so I spend a lot of time reading and writing in the winter months. Today (Jan 8th 2017), as I type this, it is -20 Celsius which is -4 Fahrenheit! I hate the cold. It is my dream to live somewhere tropical one day and keep writing books.

My Author/Books website:


Jan 8, 2017, 5:54pm Top

>8 Melhara: welcome, and added
(see >7 TimSharrock: for how to become a LibraryThing Author)

Jan 15, 2017, 8:40pm Top

My name is Ben Willardson. I am currently writing children's books that introduce children to exciting careers that are often not found in bookstores such as civil engineering, mining, water engineering, etc... I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with others.

My website is www.exploringcareerswithkids.com

Jan 19, 2017, 8:34pm Top

My name is David Russell.
I joined Library Thing in 2014. At that time I had one novella in print.
Both the novella, and the publisher
have gone out of print and business.
I have been in several anthologies.
Short stories are my genre.
Currently, I am helping produce two faith-based
anthologies. One is on forgiveness.
The other is on waiting for the arrival of Messiah.
I participate in
Writers 750 which is
a story writing group on
Internet Writing Workshop.
I like to read romance, crime and psychological fiction.
I reside in the state of Michigan with my wife and
our 5-year-old granddaughter.
Am a keyboard musician, formerly medical transcriptionist
and semi-retired senior.
My blog is titled
Grafted in and On The Journey.
Hoping to become more active here at LT.
Regards Authors,
David Russell

Jan 20, 2017, 11:10pm Top

I am currently writing contemporary romance/steamy new adult as Danica Raimz. It's a new genre for me, and honestly not one I ever thought I would write in. Still, sometimes characters just tell authors what needs to happen on the page to get to the heart of the story. I have also written YA fantasy and MG humor books under other names. Building a new platform is every bit as difficult as people say. I'm a Florida resident, but only for the last year and a half. I'm really a NY/NJ girl. As a reader, I enjoy a wide range of genres.

My website: http://www.danicaraimzromance.com

Jan 22, 2017, 5:14pm Top

>10 Benningtonj: >11 David.Russell: >12 Danica_Raimz:
Hi all and welcome, filling in tax returns, I am afraid, took priority over updating the indices (paying tax is good, but filling in forms is mot exactly fun...)

Benningtonj many years ago I was a student member of the (UK) Institution of Civil Engineers, but I ended up a software engineer instead. I have listed you under "Children's" rather than "Non-Fiction", but unless the lists get long there is unlikely to be confusion.

David.Russell I have extended LShelby's "CONTEMPORARY/MODERN FICTION" to add "/OTHER" and put you there - this can change if you like.

Danica_Raimz I have done a little combining work on Jigsaw Hearts - I hope I got it right! (I added an author to the 0-copy edition with a cover, combined the editions, and then fiddled with the author a bit). Once there are more of them they can be linked into a series.
If you wish to create a links between your personal and author pages you may go to the author page (eg from the "touchstone list", or the index entries) and then click on the "is this you?" button to become a "LibraryThing Author" (you won't "own" the Author page, but it will be linked to your profile)

Jan 24, 2017, 3:18pm Top

Hi Danica, I used to be a Medical Transcriptionist and worked for a national service that did some of the Meridian Health facilities in NJ. Nice to make your acquaintance, and wonder do you self pub or use editors and agents?
David Russell

Edited: Jan 31, 2017, 6:26pm Top


Alisa Bryce here, author recently converted from soil science. I've always enjoyed writing, but never considered it a career option.

I've written a four books, and have just published the most recent (all the earlier books should only ever be used as mulch for the garden). The published book is co-authored with a midwife and is targeted at first time mums. I have also written a how-to about soil for gardeners, and am working on a popular science book.

My writing is diverse, perhaps because I'm still trying to find my genre. I love reading fiction but prefer to write non-fiction.

Last year I stopped working as a soil scientist, and have been working on my books and freelance writing since then. I am having an absolute blast. I have a website and am slowly building the blog (www.alisabryce.com)

I live in Australia and am grateful today has cooled down, particularly after a 44 degree celcius day on Monday. That's 111.2 degrees farenheit. Ouch.

Apart from writing I enjoy hiking, swimming, reading, playing piano and browsing foreign supermarkets.

Looking forward to chatting with fellow writers.



Edited: Feb 1, 2017, 6:55am Top

>15 AlisaBryce: Hi Alisa and welcome.

I've added you as an author to Hatch and Dispatch (cute title) so now you have an author page here.

Come and chat in the Gardens and Books group. We like to talk dirt.

Feb 1, 2017, 1:17pm Top

Hello. My name is Challa. I published my first book this year: #MeBeingMe.
This is a children's fiction about a boy entering into the 6th grade and from the very beginning has to overcome leaving his best friend, labels, bullying, and his big brother being too busy to help.

My author's page is up and I will soon have my LT Author badge! That is so exciting to me.
I currently live in Arkansas with my three boys and until I am allowed to sit at home and read and write all the time I also have to work with the State of Arkansas.

I love to connect with people online any you can find me and all my reading and writing antics all over the place!

Facebook & Snapchat: Chewie4370
Twitter & Instagram: ByChallaF
Tumblr: www.bychallaf.tumblr.com (I blog book reviews and articles and you can also find the links for my book)

I look forward to talking with you all!

Feb 3, 2017, 3:10pm Top

Thanks 2wonderY

I've joined the gardening group.

Feb 10, 2017, 1:48am Top

Hello! I'm M.L. Zambrana and my author page can be found at http://rexalexander.wixsite.com/mlzambrana, where I've listed my latest works, my Thesis (on "Compulsion: The Fictionalization of the Leopold-Loeb Case and the Struggle for Creative Control of 'The Crime of the Century'"), my books, a list of fiction and nonfiction short works, and links to my works on Scribd.

I earned a B.A. in English from Northern Michigan University in 1992, and an M.A. in English Writing from NMU in 2015, and am a Navy veteran who has worked both military and civilian jobs as a journalist, assistant editor, archivist and photographer over the years.

I've been self-publishing since 2001 and released three books under iUniverse--"Nature Boy: The Unauthorized Biography of Dean Stockwell" (nonfiction book on the career of actor Dean Stockwell), "Gaslight in the Willows" (a fiction and non-fiction short story collection), and "Tied & Gagged" (a fiction novel)--but unfortunately they never came anywhere close to turning a profit and a few were stolen by the internet and distributed on torrent sites, ending any possibility for making a profit; I withdrew all three books from the market several years ago. For the past several years, I've been publishing through the now-defunct Amazon Shorts program, and Amazon Kindle.

My latest novel is "I Choose to Not Love You," a work of fiction that I did in 2016 during NaNoWriMo and published through CreateSpace, an Amazon company. I have a Facebook page set up for the book (https://www.facebook.com/I-Choose-to-Not-Love-You-766574796825388/), where I'm also including the latest news articles on the subjects of child trafficking; the main character in the book deals with the issues of child pornography and trafficking in his personal life, and Facebook provides the opportunity to raise awareness on these subjects.

Feb 13, 2017, 6:44pm Top

Hi there everyone, I am an author as well as a publisher.
I was writing before I was printing though, so there you have it.

Feb 28, 2017, 10:14am Top

Hello Everyone,

My name is Ian Boucher. I'm a librarian and the editor of Sequart's "Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice," an anthology by writers from around the world exploring the connections between the justice we tell each other about through super-hero stories, and the justice we actually practice in the real world. (http://sequart.org/books/52/humans-and-paragons-essays-on-super-hero-justice/)

I have interest in books of many genres, but I tend to gravitate toward science fiction and satire. I'm looking forward to learning all about this expansive new world called LibraryThing! Don't hesitate to also reach out to me on Twitter Ian_Boucher.

Edited: Feb 28, 2017, 10:42am Top

>21 Ian_Boucher: Welcome!

That's a book that piques my interest.

I added it to my wishlist, which creates your author page:


Mar 1, 2017, 10:15am Top

Hello everyone

My name is Allyson and I come from Northampton, England, but I travel a lot and this year I am spending most of it in Spain in the (hopefully) warmer weather.

I started writing a couple of years ago while travelling around the USA in a motorhome. the writing started as a hobby and now has become a fulltime job, for both me and my husband who deals with all the formatting, publishing and my webpage.

I started out with short stories, mostly romance based, but with a large helping of humour and contemporary issues, I have also written erotica, and non fiction. The majority of my fiction is aimed at women 35yrs plus, except my latest sweet Christmas story, where is slotted it into the NA genre.

I am hoping to extend my nonfiction work this year, as well as begin a new series that will be romance/erotic, although I am not sure yet as it is still rattling around in my head, bursting to come out.

I used to be an avid reader, but have found my reading time has slipped away, but I do make good use of the reading app on my iPhone, so any spare minute I get, I read. I prefer to read thrillers, detective, mystery stories, but always have a soft spot for a good classic.

The whole writing and author experience has been a huge learning curve (still curving) and some days I am overwhelmed by the fantastic reviews and the task ahead to make sure I do not let anyone down. I am always open to help and criticism and will always help other authors if I can. This is a fantastic industry to be in where authors help authors and share their time and ideas unselfishly.

I do hope to meet lots of authors and readers through this group and I will be happy to answer any questions from either.

I look forward to reading about you and chatting when possible.

warm regards

Allyson R. Abbott

Mar 1, 2017, 12:57pm Top

Hello from a village named Four Marks, Hampshire, UK a few miles from where Jane Austen wrote many of her works.

I write epic fantasy that I describe as swords and sorcery with a heart-rending twist and the pace and excitement of a thriller.
Writing a fantasy story that is an exciting edge-of-your-seat reading experience is something I have had an ambition to do since 1987 when I was 17 years old. After an aborted start in 2009, I began writing in earnest in October 2013. Fairly early in the writing process, I researched the techniques used for structuring stories to create tension and drama used for thrillers, screenplays and in other genres, but less commonly in fantasy.
A more detailed account of "Why I wrote a fantasy story" and "My writers' journey" can be found here:

Reviewers of my work so far have likened it to a sometimes surprising variety of authors, some of which I have not read: John Gwynne, Mark Lawrence, J R R Tolkien (I'd say my story is much faster paced that Lord of the Rings myself), Dan Brown and Michael Crichton. The last two are thriller authors of course.
I would name among my influences David Gemmell, Tad Williams (without the slow pace) and Brandon Sanderson (for his story structure techniques found in at least some of his works and his ideas on "hard" magic systems).
In the end, I believe every author is unique and doubt my work is exactly like any of them. I'm certainly not trying to copy anyone else's style.

Since late December 2016, I have had success growing an email list of fantasy readers by collaborating with other fantasy authors on group eBook giveaway events and using some reasonably inexpensive promotional services. This is how I have managed to build a small review team and get some good reviews for my books - I give away the first one in exchange for signing up to my mailing list.
Does this cannibalise sales of the book I'm giving away?
No. The opposite happens. My sales of the book I give away have more than doubled, but we are talking very small numbers still.

My reading time is scarce these days and my "to be read next" list full for some months with a much longer "to be read one-day" list following on from that.

Shortly, I will find the right place to offer my books for review here on LibraryThing.

Thanks for reading and happy reading!

Adrian G Hilder

Mar 3, 2017, 1:31pm Top


My name is Ted Weber. I publish as T. C. Weber to avoid confusion with duplicate names. I live in Annapolis, Maryland with my wife Karen and a miniature schnauzer named Digit. I write novels, short stories, and non-fiction, and used to write screenplays. The novels are primarily science fiction or alternate history.

You can read more about me at http://savethereefs.wixsite.com/sleepstateinterrupt/about-the-author.


Mar 5, 2017, 5:15pm Top

>15 AlisaBryce: >17 ByChallaF: >19 mlzambrana: >20 Abu-Isa: >21 Ian_Boucher: >23 allysonrabbott: >24 AdrianGHilder: >25 Ted_Weber:
Welcome all, and sorry about the delay in adding you to the indices above.

I have guessed a bit as to where you might like to appear in the "By genre" lists, please let me know if you would prefer to be listed differently. (In particular Abu-Isa how would you describe A Maple Tree in Dagestan?

(I very nearly included a "Roimance" category - love-stories involving french-speaking royalty?)

Mar 8, 2017, 9:21pm Top

Hi, I'm Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe and my Facebook author's page is under Rita E. Rippetoe. I am the author of two non-fiction books, both published by McFarland and Co., Jefferson NC. Their website is www.mcfarlandpub.com They specialize in academic and scholarly books on popular culture and history topics.

My first book, Booze and the Private Eye was published in 2004 and was a finalist in the 2005 Edgar awards in the Critical/biographic category. In in I discuss the works of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler,Mickey Spillane, Robert B. Parker, Lawrence Block, Marcia Muller, Karen Kijewski and Sue Grafton in relation to role of alcohol in their detective fiction.

My second book, issued this month, is Reappraising Jane Duncan: Sexuality, Race and Colonialism in the My Friends Series. Jane Duncan was a very popular Scottish writer who was published from 1959 until after her death in 1976. Her novels are semi-autobiographical, drawing on her childhood in the Scottish Highlands, her young adulthood in various parts of England, her war service and her sojourn in Jamaica (called St. Jago in her books). The nineteen books in the My Friends series were best sellers. She also wrote a four novel series set in a suburb of Glasgow and a series of books for children featuring the Cameron children. Her Downs Syndrome nephew is a character in two of the My Friends series as well as taking his place with his siblings in the Camerons series.

I have also written a novel, tentatively titled _He Once was Dead_, but have yet to find an agent for it. It is an adult novel with a paranormal premise and a gay protagonist. Other planned novels are engaged in a shoving match for precedence while I work on a post-Collapse short story.

My reading includes a lot of mysteries and critical works on mysteries as well as fantasy, graphic novels, religion (Pagan), some politics and current events, history and general literature.

Mar 12, 2017, 10:38am Top


My name is Todd Michael Haggerty and I have self-published one work under the same name. It is a future fiction novel by the name of Keeping Luna, and I hope it doesn't suck.

I was born and raised in Washington State, where I completed the failure of my education before fleeing to somewhere else, anywhere else. Eventually, "anywhere else" became Norway and I've started up a proper family here with a wife and kids and cats and all of that crazy mad craziness. Tiny Human #3 is expected to join us two days from now. As far as work is concerned, I'm a chef by trade and I hate it. Love food. Hate working in the food industry.

My first serious attempt at writing (Keeping Luna, although I believe I was discouraged from plugging it here...) happened mostly while i was on my lovely, state-funded paternal leave on account of Tiny Human #2. It was my best attempt to scribble down an action/thriller movie I had created for myself in my headspace. To be honest, I feel that it lacks of lot of my voice, as though I had to abandon too much of myself to best serve the story. Nonetheless, I suppose it is fairly well-written and I wouldn't mind having a few strangers tell me what they think of it.

At the moment I am about four chapters into another book, which will be more of a psychological thriller and will attempt to deal with the concepts of good and evil and personal morality vs. societal expectation. It will be a murder mystery of sorts, and there will be a lot more "me" in the narrative, which will be in first-person present tense and split between three characters.

I'm new to both this site and goodreads. New enough that I'm still working at getting my book imported here. As soon as I can make that happen i will be doing my utmost to give it away.

Until then
Nice talking at you,

Mar 13, 2017, 2:16am Top

Another Rita! How wonderful!

I'm Rita Lee Chapman and I've just published my fourth book Missing in Egypt which is the second in the Anna Davies Mystery Series. The first book is Missing in Egypt and both are travel mysteries.

Winston - A Horse's Tale is for horse lovers from teenagers upwards and Dangerous Associations was my first foray into crime and a lot of fun to write.

Naturally I'm an avid reader and some of my favourite authors are Wilbur Smith, Bryce Courtenay, Mary Higgins Clark and Fiona Walker. I also enjoy autobiographies.

Mar 14, 2017, 6:53am Top

Carl Evan Wittbecker here. Just finished publishing my 2nd book - "What If Blood and Water Never Mixed". It is historically accurate crime fiction (a friendly serial killer).
You can find it on Amazon.

Mar 17, 2017, 6:40am Top

Hello everybody,

I'm Alex Marsh. Another one from England - from the East, on the North Norfolk coast. I write... ah - well I guess you'd call it general fiction; character-driven; funny, but 'wit' rather than 'farce'. (One thing I've learned is that humour is almost impossible to describe).

I was a well-known blogger (privatesecretdiary.com) with a bit of a cult following a few years ago, in the days when most people hadn't heard of the internet; subsequently my comic memoir was published by HarperCollins. Another book The Resurrection of Frederic Debreu was out last year, and it's the thing of which I'm most proud; I'm just staring at chapter one of a new manuscript and pondering where it goes from here.

My utter disorganisation on social media etc., doesn't really reflect the fact that I love chatting to people; having just got back from the London Book Fair, I'm newly-determined to get 'out there' a bit more. I'm British, but from an Anglo-Australian family; I've traveled a lot in the US and Quebec; written a book with English protagonists set in France; close family in New Zealand, Belgium and Germany... ah - think that just about covers the geographical bases.

Pleased to meet you all!


Mar 25, 2017, 4:10am Top

Hi, I am Gitika Yadav. I am from india. I am a young poet. I published my first book of poetry titled 'Voice of thoughts'. It is available on Amazon. This is the link to my book
This is the link to my book on Goodreads-
This is my Twitter page-
This is my Facebook page for my book-

Mar 25, 2017, 6:52am Top

Hi, I’m Alex Avrio, the author of the fantasy adventure series, The Merchant Blades. I’ve released two books in the series so far, The Alchemist’s Box, and Lose a Princess, Lose Your Head.

I’m also an avid reader, of course, and love the works of the classic fantasy authors, such as Robert E. Howard, Jules Verne, Clark Ashton Smith, and H. P. Lovecraft. I enjoy more recent fantasy authors too, including Neil Gaiman, Joe Abercrombie, George R. R. Martin, Michael Carey, and E. K. Johnstone. I also think Bernard Cornwell is a great storyteller in historical fiction. In fact, my own writing is influenced by all of these and more. I try to write fast-paced adventures for a bit of escapism that will make you miss your stop on the bus! You can find out more about me on www.alexavrio.com or feel free to just message me for a chat!

I currently live in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the north of England – north of the wall!


Mar 31, 2017, 6:58pm Top


I'm Rose Grey, author of three romance novels, Hot Pursuit and Not As Advertised (both of which are indie published) and Waiting For You which is currently looking for an agent. I don't have much to do with that - I just pat the manuscript on the head when it comes home discouraged, feed it a bowl of soup and send it out again into the rain.

I class books as narcotics and am totally and unashamedly addicted. I love fiction, particularly Kristan Higgins, Sophie Hannah, Robert Parker, Faye Kellerman, Janet Evanovich, Elizabeth Goudge, Rumor Godden, Linda Howard - pretty much anything that doesn't run away when I reach for it on the library shelf. I look for characters I can believe in, plots which are just quirky enough to be believable and interesting perspectives on life.

Come visit me on my website, www.rosegreybooks.com where I blog about pretty much anything which comes to my head.

Apr 5, 2017, 9:16pm Top


I'm Shawn and I write science fiction as S.D. Falchetti. Just to confuse everyone I'm also an artist, so when writing I'm S.D. and when drawing I'm just Shawn. You can find my author page at www.sdfalchetti.com and my art page at www.shawnfalchetti.com

I write because I like to tell stories, whisking people away and immersing them in a moment. It's the same reason I draw.

You can find me on social media as @sdfalchetti. My series, Hayden's World Origins, is on Amazon. I live in Pennsylvania, USA.

Edited: Apr 24, 2017, 7:57am Top

Hi thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself and my series of books called Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training.

Pantovic Natasa

Books of the series are:

A-Ma: Alchemy of Love Historical Spiritual Fiction set in the 17th century China
Mindful Eating: Mindful Eating Exercises with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes Book of Healthy eating and vegan recipes
Mindful Being towards Mindful Living Course. 12 modules of self development course.
Conscious Parenting Mindful Living Course for Parents
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations
Tree of Life: Spiritual Poetry Spiritual Poetry Book
Art of 4 Elements discover Alchemy through Poetry Book

My Amazon page is:


Website pages:


Facebook page:


Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlchemyLoveNuit

Apr 29, 2017, 11:47am Top

>27 ritaer: >28 Misterhagg: >29 rchapman1: >30 hdm003: >31 alexmarsh: >32 GitikaYadav: >33 alexavrio: >34 Rose_Grey: >36 Nuit9:
Welcome all, and sorry about another delay in adding you to the indices above.

If you wish to create links between your personal and the author pages you may go to the author page (eg from the "touchstone list", or the index entries) and then click on the "is this you?" button to become a "LibraryThing Author" (you won't "own" the Author page, but it will be linked to your profile)

Apr 29, 2017, 11:58am Top

>29 rchapman1: Would you describe Keeping Luna as I guessed (think Luna was the moon...), or something different?

Apr 29, 2017, 12:00pm Top

>29 rchapman1: I have added series info to the two Anna Davies Mysteries

Apr 29, 2017, 12:04pm Top

>35 S.D.Falchetti: the art is beautiful! Are they based on photographs?

Apr 29, 2017, 12:07pm Top

>36 Nuit9: At the moment I have listed you under "non-fiction", but that does not cover your works as a whole well! and yet they fit together like a jigsaw - do you have any suggestions?

Apr 30, 2017, 7:49am Top

Hi there!

My name is Gareth Worthington: Scientist. Writer. Must Thai Fighter. I'm about to have my first book published by Vesuvian Books in July, and my second unrelated book in 2018. You can find out more about me here if you're interested!


See you around!


May 15, 2017, 6:04pm Top

Hi Everyone,

I'm Sharlene Almond. The genre I write in is historical/present day international psychological thrillers. My first book Initiated to Kill is the first in a series of four book I have already written.
I'm a trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. When I'm not writing, I'm studying Naturopathic Nutrition and Body Language.

I live in Auckland, New Zealand.

I love to write as it is my favourite creative outlet, that allows me to escape in another world. A create a complete story through a range of different ideas and characters.

I can be found on these social media websites, and always happy to promote other authors.
Links to my social media:

Email: sharlenealmond@gmail.com

Blog: https://sharlenefreelancewriter.wordpress.com/

About.me: https://about.me/sharlene.almond

Amazon Buy Link for Initiated to Kill: https://www.amazon.com/Initiated-Kill-Sharlene-Almond-ebook/dp/B01E9DDKO6/ref=sr...

Amazon Buy Link for Journey in Little Paradise:

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Sharlene-Almond/e/B00K3ZK2ZA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharleneAlmond
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharlenealmond.co.nz?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Pininterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sharlenealmond/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6626652.Sharlene_Almond

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharlene-almond-35123077
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/3/+SharleneAlmondauthor

Look forward to connecting with you :)


May 16, 2017, 1:34pm Top

Hello, Sharlene!

I'm pretty sure we've never had a cognitive behavior therapist drop by before -- what exactly does one do?

The books sound pretty exciting, too. :)

You said historical/present day as your setting... do you put both in one book, or does each book in the series have a different timescope? And what historical periods have you worked so far? I'm curious.

Since you are the only Sharlene Almond on LT, there should be no problem with you "claiming" your author page, so I will encourage you to do that if you haven't already.

(On LT you don't own your author page, this is a cataloging site and author pages are a community resource editable by anyone. It just means that LT will now know that you the user and you the author are the same person.)

If you need help with that, or anything else, let me know.

And... uh... I hope you won't get mad at me for saying this, but having your introduction spend more space on links than on the actual introduction is a little off-putting. If it were me, I'd do an edit: leave the blog link and maybe one of the about me or author page links, post a book promotion post in the appropriate book promo thread and move the amazon links there, and put the social media info on your user profile. (There's a spot on the user profile specifically for social media linkages, so most LT users know to look for them there.)

And, last but not least, Welcome to Hobnob!

May 16, 2017, 3:14pm Top

Hi, just recently signed up and getting to grips with LT. A little about me ... I live in the Lake District in Northen England, was a journalist for ten years and now work for a regional charity. I recently finished my debut novel and have decided to be completely independent (either a very bold or stupid move - not sure which at this point!). Hope to hear from folk and start interacting on here.



May 17, 2017, 3:42pm Top

Hello Everyone! I teach part-time (composition and children's literature) at a university in central Wisconsin, USA. I write in several genres for different audiences. My historical fiction takes place in 19th century Europe and is for adults. I have a children's mystery, and I'm now writing steampunk fairy tales, for teens.

May 18, 2017, 1:57pm Top

>45 keithanthonybaird:
Hey there Keith! LT does take a bit of coming to grips with. :)

If you need help with anything, feel free to ask, but so far it looks like you are doing great.

One suggestion I might make, is if you find time to add some more books, try adding a few less well known books that you really admire to sort of round out the genre classics you have already listed.

The reason is that the fewer people that list a book, the stronger the connection there is between those few people. When you just list classics, connection-wise you sort of get lost in the noise: nobody will notice you if you are one of 12 000 users who list a really popular/famous book, no matter how much they like that book. But if their favorite book is only listed by ten people, and you are one of those ten, that might get you a sale or two.

As for being "completely independent", I'd say it can be bold or stupid, depending on the circumstances -- but I don't consider myself either bold or stupid for going that route myself. :)

I had a few sales of short stuff to professional markets, but after nearly twenty years of hearing, "this is good enough to publish but we don't want it, best of luck elsewhere" about my novels, I said... "So what I want to write isn't what's 'in' and my books are not likely to become block-busters -- that doesn't mean there aren't readers out there who will enjoy them."

So I released some of my books on a shoestring budget (I'm not seeing what's so 'bold' about that) and proved I was right. I have found enough readers that I can now afford to pay my copy-editor, and I'm in the black. (Therefore, I'm not stupid.) :)

But it's hard to establish your bona-fides as an independent. Nobody believes that you are an impartial judge when it comes to your own books. Trying to market your work as an independent can be very, very frustrating.

Best of luck with it.
And welcome to Hobnob!

Edited: May 19, 2017, 12:05pm Top

>46 elizabethcfelt:
Hello Elizabeth!

There's something very appealing to me in the description "steampunk fairy tales, for teens" I went to look in your library, but I only found one book by you, and it was historical fiction, and one by an Andy Felt that said it was also by you in the publication info.

I'd love to chat with you about the steampunk subgenre, and/or women having ambitions outside the home in the mid-1800s, but I'll want to start new threads for that, and there's no point if you aren't going to participate, so let me know if you're interested, okay? :)

Welcome to Hobnob!

Edited because I posted about author page problems that apparently disappeared while I was writing about them. I will click around some more just in case, but it was probably just a caching issue.

Re-edited because I figured out what happened. Your copy of Syncopation in your personal library has your name spelled wrong. This has created an otherwise empty author page for the wrong spelling that I got to by checking out your book when looking to see what you have in your library. (We have a grand total of one book in common, BTW). The easiest way to fix this is to edit your listing of the book to fix the spelling error.

The complicated way to fix it, is to combine both spellings of your name together. This is occasionally advised on the basis that if one person can make a particular spelling error, lots of people can. But if it was me (and er, I actually did do the same thing myself once), if my copy of the book is the only one with the typo I'd just fix the typo. If it turns out that a bunch of people have the same typo (if the origin of the typo was from your amazon listing, for example) then you probably really do want to go the complicated route.

May 20, 2017, 1:34pm Top

Hi Nuit, I have also created Artof4Elements publisher profile and the Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Books Series page. this is the link to the catalog: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/Artof4elements

May 21, 2017, 4:28pm Top

Hey gang.

I recently signed up to LT, (still trying to find my way 'round this maze). I mainly write crime fiction under the ridiculous pen name of Verge Le Noir. So far I've written two collections of short stories and a short novel. I live in Brooklyn, New York. (don't hold it agasin't me).

I like long walks on short piers (hence the reason why I'm a writer) Marriage proposals are always welcome.

Website: http://www.vergelenoir.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VergeLeNoir

Books: https://lenoirbooks.blogspot.com/

Short Fiction: https://bulletbitesback.blogspot.com/?view=snapshot

May 23, 2017, 3:58pm Top

Hi there Verge, welcome to Hobnob!

I try when I welcome the newcomers to give them an excuse to chat a little, but since I've never been to Brooklyn, am already married, and don't have a single book in common with you, I'm at a bit of a loss. ::rueful::

I don't even have any advice to new authors comments since you appear to be doing just fine. :)

...But doesn't taking a long walk on a short get your clothes wet?

May 24, 2017, 8:04am Top


I'm Jumoke Akinniranye and joined LT in Dec 2016, but only recently discovered this group. I've published two book, one of which is a memoir and the other a Christian book for women.

I live in a small town on the outskirt of London in the UK; a mother of two boys and having recently left my career as an Accountant, I'm concentrating on my writing as well as enjoying reading non-fiction and biographies whilst having opportunities for long walks. When not working, I enjoy travelling, trying new delicacies and chilling with the family!

Website: www.jumokeakinniranye.com

Amazon Authors Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jumoke-Akinniranye/e/B01N7JYMXG/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks...

Kind regards

May 25, 2017, 5:34am Top

Thanks Tim :), it would be great if you could include
A-Ma Alchemy of Love within your Historical Fiction Section. The rest of books are non-fiction. Perhaps Art of 4 Elements and Tree of Life: Spiritual Poetry could go into poetry?

May 25, 2017, 5:09pm Top

Hello All - I'm Aditi Agarwal, and I discovered LibraryThing today. I am a self-published author and have written 5 books so far. My recent books are 1) Harness The Power Within, which is a spiritual/self-help book written to inspire others. 2) The Basics Of SCRUM, which is a managerial/technical book to learn Agile Scrum Framework.

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Aditi-Agarwal/e/B01LDWTH7K/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Website: https://authoraditiagarwal.wordpress.com/

I am looking forward to collaborate with other authors and readers.

Kind Regards,
Aditi Agarwal

Jun 4, 2017, 1:46pm Top

Hi! I'm Pamela Schloesser Canepa, a self-published author of Science-fiction books: Made for Me, Seeing Through Sampson's Eyes, From Bedlam to Ben, and for release on 6/16, Detours in Time. I also plan to venture into paranormal stories this fall. I am just beginning to learn all that Library Thing has to offer! Below are my social media contacts:

website: http://pamelascanepa.weebly.com
blog: http://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com

Glad to be here!
-Pamela Canepa

Jun 11, 2017, 2:19pm Top

Hello, I'm Mariachiara Cabrini, and I am an italian writer of romance and paranormal novels. I have written my first novel in english and rying to know some american readers because I don't have a fan base outside of Italy. My books are strange, atipical romance. Simple, but always a mix of genres. Romantic, but also with a mystery to solve, ironic, and...once in a while even with something a little supernatural


Edited: Jun 13, 2017, 2:47pm Top

I call myself an adventurer. My books are about adventure -- past, present, and future, although I also wrote several now out-of-print books about diving (I guess that's adventure), and a popular current events book. I transitioned from traditional commercial publishers to setting up my own publishing company (Starman Press), and producing and marketing my books -- I reap all the profit this way. :-)

I look forward to getting to know some of you, and to interacting with many of you here. I will try to be as responsive as possible.

I invite you to visit my website to learn more about me and what I have done: http://robertwilliscroft.com

Robert G. Williscroft

Jun 13, 2017, 3:29pm Top

Hi All-

I'm Melinda Craig and I write short stories and novelettes in the fantasy & mystery genre. I've always loved reading shorts and after awhile, it just seemed the right direction to try publishing a few of my own.

Like most authors---I love to read and can't seem to get enough of fantasy, mystery, or paranormal. I remember reading a collection of short stories by Charlaine Harris based on her character Sookie Stackhouse, and I loved the way she wrote the characters and introduced fun tidbits of their personality. Often times, the stories were laced with humor and adventure in each shortened tale and reading the shorts would progress into me finding all the novels and digesting those as well.

I live in a pretty small town and find myself walking to Java Jacks daily for my morning espresso. The kids and I get a kick of visiting the bookstore beside my favorite coffee shop and the library across from it...this usually leads us to being loaded down with more books than we can carry! I think for me, being a mom of four and still finding time to do my passion has helped me feel alive again. I love my life...and even if most of my writing is mainly for myself or the kids--it's still a blast to be able to do it.

I haven't been at writing for long but my stories can be found here: melindacraig.com

Edited: Jun 14, 2017, 5:06pm Top


I'm Mary Lingerfelt and I write stories of all lengths, mostly Christian fiction, and primarily romance. I've been scribbling from my earliest childhood, and have been fortunate in that my life has given me a rich mine of people, places and things with which to populate books. I grew up in the deep South, among a large and vivid extended family, and will probably be drawing on those early experiences the rest of my life.

I love big old houses with wraparound porches, brisk tea, summer evenings, and a relaxed pace of life. I am mother to Pebbles the Mischievous, and a houseful of characters who talk to me at inappropriate times.

I am an eclectic reader; I love humor, suspense, mysteries, Regency romance, thrillers, Gothic romance, biographies, and poetry. I will someday travel to England to visit the Bird and Baby, and conjure the memory of Tolkien and Lewis; and to Jerusalem, on pilgrimage. I love travel generally, and take trips as often as I can.

I draw, but am an awful painter; I love river rafting and kayaking; and I don't wear anything more formal than a tee and jeans unless I'm going to church, a wedding, or a funeral.

I am happy to be here. Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself.

P.S. This is my website: http://www.marylingerfeltauthor.com

Jun 14, 2017, 11:51pm Top

Hey y'all!

Scott Baron here, and first I must say that despite my use of y'all, I am not a Southerner.

I write quirky shorts with a twist, as well as fantasy/sci-fi/dark comedy. My origins are actually from screenwriting, which I love, but which also doesn't pay any bills. The short story format is super enjoyable to me in that I can come up with an idea in the morning, outline it by afternoon, and have a 1st draft done by night. Satisfying, to say the least. I've got a novel coming out in a few months, but for now all I have out are six collections of shorts.

Gotta say, I love me some Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, Vonnegut, Amy Hempel, Etgar Keret, and the like.

My day job is working as an on-set medic in the film & TV industry. I've worked on everything from little commercials to gigantic action flicks. It's a fun job, but I enjoy writing far more. Currently I'm working with a writing partner to adapt a stage play into a screenplay for indie production. We shall see how that goes.

And here are my LibraryThing, Amazon, and Goodreads pages, in case you're curious.


Oh, and I'm doing a member giveaway until June 28, in case anyone wants a copy of Snow White's Walk of Shame.

Jun 23, 2017, 3:37pm Top


My name is Magali, and I write the darker side of stories. Paranormals, Dark Fantasies, and Thrillers, but there's always romance - I'm an extremist, and love both dark and cute things, so that's probably why. So basically, I'll rip your heart out along the way, but I'll make sure you don't throw the book against a wall when you finish it! All my stories are either set in Canada, or in alternate worlds (makes sense since I am Canadian, right?). I was born and raised in Gatineau, Quebec, but in my heart, Ottawa, Ontario will always be my home. I currently live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I'm passionate about writing, reading, photo manipulation artwork, animals, and video games. I'm a proud Ravenclaw: I've always been sorted into this house, but the recent Pottermore sorting placed me in Gryffindor - I don't care since the Sorting Hat couldn't consider my choice, so I identify with Ravenclaw, and Ravenclaw is where I'll remain!

My stories often speak about poverty, abuse, trauma, but also love, friendships, and always has sex. My main characters are always female and are often on the curvy side or overweight. Each of them brings their own strengths into their story and will kick ass if need be (or try tricking a demon to get out of a deal - not the smartest move, but you gotta give her credit for trying, right?).

Some favorite novels:

Some favorite mangas:

Favorite shows:

I'm a full-time single mom, and work in insurance for the government of Manitoba. I'm addicted to sugar (though, favorite food is pizza!), and I'm always working hard to make my dream of being a full-time author a reality. Also, proud Francophone!

I’m an Undergraduate in Social Sciences with a Major in Criminology. I am a freelance artist who offers many different art services, including book covers - you can check them out at my website.

I have two main hobbies: writing and creating photo manipulation artworks. But I'm also a gamer (Diablo, Zelda, Final Fantasy), enjoy listening to music, reading, and Japanese & Scottish culture! I love anime/manga, Japanese Dramas and consider myself a proud fan of many different TV shows including Buffy, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Game of Thrones, Outlander, etc.

I'm on Twitter a lot, so you can find me there stormowl7

Jun 25, 2017, 4:00pm Top

Please include me. I have been introduced several years previously. Harold Titus -- Crossing the River -- historical fiction. Thanks.

Jul 4, 2017, 1:21pm Top

Hello Everyone!

My name is Susan Segovia-Munoz and I am the author of the Sweet Melissa Memoir Series. I published my first book in May 2016. I write mostly non-fiction as to date but I have some fiction ideas floating around in this so-called brain of mine. I have quite an imagination! I love to read and I wish I had more time to do so. I listen to audiobooks while driving and that is how I get my book-fix for the day. I am an independent contractor for covert investigations and I also have a store on eBay. I like to keep myself busy at all times. My favorite author is Paulo Coelho. I enjoy photography (both in front and behind the camera) painting, and living a healthy lifestyle. I like learning something new each and every day. I love spending time with my family. I try to make every second special because I am making up for lost time. My author page is http://www.amazon.com/author/susansegoviamunoz

Jul 7, 2017, 2:11pm Top

Hello everyone, I am writing on behalf of previously unknown and deceased as of 2002 Cuban writer Javier Pedro Zabala (my name is Peter Bellis and I am the publisher of Zabala's masterpiece, The Mad Patagonian). If you are a fan of Roberto Bolano, you will appreciate that Zabala and Bolano knew each other, in fact, on pages 340-343 of The Savage Detectives, the characters Barbara Patterson and Rafael meet a writer known only as The Cuban. This is the only reference to the Cuban in the whole book. On page 342 there is the following quote: “madness is madness is madness, and sadness too, and at the end of the day the three of us are Americans, children of Caliban. . .”

The Cuban may actually be Javier Zabala. Tomás García Guerrero, the translator of Zabala’s only book, a novel titled The Mad Patagonian, excerpts a portion of Zabala’s diary in an introduction to the novel. The diary excerpt gives a ten-page account of a two-day bender Zabala and Bolano went on in Caracas, Venezuela in 1989. Zabala mentions this exact quote when he describes the beginning of their bender (they meet in the lobby of Hotel El Conde):

“Of course the moment Bolaño walked into the lobby he breathed in the intoxicating, beguiling, surreal atmosphere of this hotel caught between two worlds. I was sitting in one of two red leather chairs near the hotel entrance, with a potted fern on one side. But he stopped as soon as he saw me and raised his hand as if to ask for silence. It was a bit dramatic. He just stood there for a while, his face submerged in the glare of a well-placed floor lamp, listening to some unseen music, and for a moment it was almost as if he had vanished. All I could see where he stood was the pulsating aura of the lamp light, as if he had been absorbed into the light itself, beamed up into oblivion by an alien spacecraft. Then he stepped out of the glare and sat down, smiling, a ludicrous smile, and asked me if I thought all that much about immortality, and I laughed and said what does it matter, madness is madness is madness, and sadness too, and he laughed and said yes, yes, we are all children of Caliban,…”

Zabala's book is in part almost a love letter written directly to Bolano, but it mostly a love letter to all of Spanish literature (poets and writers) though it is a very long letter coming in at over half a million words and 1210 pages.
To read a review of Zabala’s masterpiece: go to https://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=lriley

The Mad Patagonian will be officially released in 2018, but a Special Limited Edition is available now through the publisher at www.riverboatbooks.com). If you would like a free pdf of the book, send an email to publisher@riverboatbooks.com.

If you do download the free pdf, we ask only that you consider writing and posting a review of Zabala's book, and that you help us spread the word about this literary phenomenon.

Jul 7, 2017, 3:32pm Top

I'm Anna Durand and I write romance novels, both hot paranormal and erotic contemporary. I have several series going at the moment, including Hot Scots and Undercover Elementals, two very different types of romances. Romance has always been my favorite genre to read, but it took me a long time to realize that all my favorite books -- even fantasy and thrillers -- include a strong romantic thread. That's what started me on my journey to becoming a published romance author.

I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where we grow a bumper crop of mosquitoes in the summer and snow in the winter. Besides writing, I also run a business -- a cataloging services company catering to indie authors and publishers. My business has introduced me to other writers I might not have met otherwise, since they write in vastly different genres.

My reading tastes are wide-ranging, everything from ancient history and science to the latest urban fantasy and romances.

I look forward to chatting with everybody here on LibraryThing!

Jul 10, 2017, 6:53am Top

Most folk believe that technology rules their lives. They’re wrong. Dark conspiracies and ancient magic actually dominate this planet. My one mission in life is to open people’s eyes to that fact.

My name is Ken Magee and I tell people I write contemporary fantasies which blend adventure and humour with technology and magic. My books live under the tagline ‘Ancient Magic Meets the Internet’. I pretend that they’re works of fiction, because I’m afraid of the powerful people behind the conspiracies… I’m hoping a ‘fiction’ writer will slip under their radar.

Up until the point when I discovered the frightening plot which deliberately caused the recent global financial meltdown, I’d led a fairly normal life. I’d worked for many years in the computer industry in roles ranging from programming through to sales. In the middle of it all, I’d served in the Naval Reserve… which was hard work, but fun. Then, in a moment of clarity, I decided to leave the corporate rat-race so I could make time to finish Dark Tidings, the book I’d started many years earlier (writing not reading). I would have finished it sooner, but life got in the way. It’s finished now (the book, not life).

Dark Tidings is the first book of the series. The Black Conspiracy and A Darker Shade of Black complete the ‘Ancient Magic Meets the Internet’ trilogy.

Okay, that was a little tongue-in-cheek so if you really want to know about me, please get in touch.

Jul 20, 2017, 12:23pm Top

Hello everyone,

I've been a member of LibraryThing for a long time, but never got around to introducing myself. I procrastinate...a lot. Anyway, I've been writing for some time, started writing when I was 10 after reading my first sf novel, Time Traders by Andre Norton, a novel that still holds up as a young adult novel.

About myself, my name is Richard Bamberg. I write mainly science fiction thrillers and urban fantasy, why? Write what you like is my addition to the write what you know axiom. I'm an electrical engineer, by schooling, and a veteran of the USAF. I've used to work for Boeing, building the GMD system. For those who don't know, that's the Ground Based Mid-Course, Missile Defense system, you can see why it's called GMD.

I'm happily married with children and dote on our Old English Shepherd-Einstein (my wife's naming).

If you count that first novel, that went into the bottom drawer to remain until the end of time, I'm working on my 12th novel. My first novels were published on audio by a small press called BooksinMotion. They're still around. After that, I had a couple of novels published by Invisible College Press (which seems to have vanished from everywhere but their website). Now days, I self-publish, mainly because I like not having to answer to anyone but the readers about my work.

This year I've branched back into the audio book market that gave me my start. I've released two novels on Audible.com and have two more being produced. I expect to have at least six of my novels recorded and available on Audible.com by the end of the year.

That's my intro, feel free to check out my work and drop me a line if the feeling moves you. I can be reached here on you can drop me a message from my website.

Best wishes,

Richard A. Bamberg


Jul 24, 2017, 4:59pm Top


My name is William Kurth and that is also the name I write under. Recently discovered LibraryThing. I self-published my first novel, "The Metaverse" this last spring. Currently, I have two more in the series set to be released late summer 2017.

This is my Amazon Author page:


And this is where I hang out (online):

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6503187.William_Kurth




Edited: Jul 26, 2017, 3:46pm Top

Hi, I'm Denise Heinze. I've written an eco-thriller and a ghost story because my real life is neither suspenseful nor spooky. Which is how I like it. Whatever I might be missing by way of stomach-churning drama I can enjoy vicariously through great books, my own imagination, and an occasional hot pepper.

I've published quite a bit, ranging from scholarly works to flash fiction. I'm as proud of the book I wrote on Toni Morrison as I am the short short about two old ladies who've made a suicide pact. That's the beauty of being a writer, buzzing about gathering the nectar of human experience and endeavor with the hope of churning it all into honey.

My website: https://deniseheinze.com/

Jul 29, 2017, 12:27pm Top

Hi all, and welcome,

I have not managed to update the indices recently, sorry! I am starting a catch-up now


Jul 29, 2017, 5:50pm Top

>42 GarethWorthington: >43 Sharlene27: >45 keithanthonybaird: >46 elizabethcfelt: >48 LShelby: >50 Verge0007: >52 JumokeA: >54 AditiA: >55 Pamela_SC: >56 santippe: >57 RWilliscroft: >58 MelindaCraig: >59 marylingerfelt: >60 Scott_Baron: >61 stormowl7: >63 SegoviaMunoz: >64 PeterDamianBellis: >66 KenMagee: >67 RichardABamberg: >68 WillKurth: >69 deheinze:
Welcome all, and sorry about another, longer delay in adding you to the indices above - I hope the categories I have used are OK for you all.

>62 HaroldTitus:
good to see you again

>53 Nuit9: Genres updated

>64 PeterDamianBellis: - the categories so far did not really fit a editor/publisher - but I have done my best!

Sharlene27 JumokeA stormowl7:
If you wish to create links between your personal and the author pages you may go to the author page (eg from the "touchstone list", or the index entries) and then click on the "is this you?" button to become a "LibraryThing Author" (you won't "own" the Author page, but it will be linked to your profile)

elizabethcfelt I look forward to steampunk fairy tales


Jul 30, 2017, 12:01pm Top

Hello all,

My name is Karl Wolff and I'm an LT Author. I've written two books of non-fiction essays:

On Being Human
The NSFW Files

I'm writing my third book of non-fiction essays due out later this year. It's "American Odd" and it will look at idiosyncratic individuals, oddball visionaries, and strange institutions.

I recently finished a science fiction thriller and I'm putting the finishing touches on it, preparing it for submission to literary agents and publishers.

I review books at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (http://cclapcenter.com/), the New York Journal of Books (http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/reviewer/karl-wolff), and my own blog, The Driftless Area Review (https://driftlessareareview.com/). My Twitter handle is driftlessarearv.

My three favorite novels of all time are: Our Lady of the Flowers* by Jean Genet; Maldoror by Lautreamont; and Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans. I'm a fan of Glen Garry Glenross, Angels in America, and Streetcar Named Desire. Also a fan of Anthony Burgess, Samuel Beckett, William S. Burroughs, and Mark Danielewski (Never read House of Leaves, but I'm a hardcore fan of The Familiar.) But I'm also into Warhammer 40K tie-in novels and contemporary Literature in Translation. Suffice to say, my literary tastes are all over the place.

*I have an essay about OLOF in The NSFW Files.

Edited: Jul 31, 2017, 5:19pm Top

Hi, I'm Fiona J.R. Titchenell, and I write speculative fiction, mostly horror and sci-fi, mostly for teens but with some coming up for adults too, sometimes alone and sometimes with my husband/coauthor. I wrote Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know of) and Some Side Effects May Occur, and I cowrite The Prospero Chronicles series.

Favorite authors include Rainbow Rowell, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Lauren Oliver, Isaac Marion, Scott Westerfeld, Brian K. Vaughan and Shirley Jackson.

I believe in equality, knowledge, communication, the exploration of the human heart, and the power of fiction to further all of these.

I like stories that make me feel things. Well, things other than insulted, bored, or ironically amused. Although I have a soft spot for a bit of the ironically amused category now and then too.

I also write reviews on www.fjrtitchenell.weebly.com

Jul 31, 2017, 7:16pm Top

Hi! My name is Cathy Skendrovich, and I just joined LT over the weekend. I write Historical Romance and Contemporary Romantic Suspense. My published books are Prisoner of Love from Entangled Publishing, and The Pirate's Bride from Literary Wanderlust Publishing. My third book, The Pirate Bride's Holiday Masquerade, comes out Oct. 1, also from LW. And I'm in the middle of edits for my fourth book, Protecting the Nanny, through Entangled Publishing.

My favorite book to read this year was The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. It was amazing! I also like reading anything by Nora Roberts and Karen Robards.

I write a weekly blog that covers topics from my travels to book reviews to my writing process. Here's my website, where you can connect with me: http://www.cathyskendrovich.com/

As I navigate LT and get the hang of it, I'll join conversations. Hopefully some of you will reply back. It's lonely when you're a beginner!

Aug 7, 2017, 2:08am Top

Welcome all you newbies! I'm still finding my way around LT too. As you say, Cathy, it's lonely when you first join a website and it's nice to make contact with a few people. I too like Nora Roberts but am also enjoying Rebecca Bryn's latest trilogy For Their Country's Good - she's an amazing author.

Fiona - I think it's amazing that you have co-authored with your husband! What a great way to spend time together.

I also have a website where I interview a different guest author each week. If anyone is interested in an interview you can contact me through the website at www.ritaleechapman.com

I hope to catch up with some of you again around LT.

Aug 23, 2017, 6:01pm Top

My name is Charles Porter. I have two fictional novels out-- Shallcross: The Blindspot Cathedral, and Flame Vine: His Voices. I just joined this site and would like to participate in discussions if I can understand how. I have never been in any kind of forum. Thank you.

Aug 24, 2017, 10:48am Top

Hello, my name is Clabe Polk. I live near Atlanta, Georgia and write crime/action/adventure along with Christian fiction. I created the Detective Mike Eiser Series and The Adventures of Harry Morgan Series and recently released the The Road to Armageddon. I also review through the CPMA Book Review Blog. A life-long reader with a laundry-list of practical life experience, I love to promote reading and I'm looking forward to participating here. Check me online at http://clabepolkmysteryadve.ipage.com; also on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Aug 24, 2017, 11:01am Top

>77 CPolk625: Hi Clabe. I've added your photo to your author page and created a Detective Mike Eiser series page. Have you requested LT Author status? It comes with a nifty yellow badge.

Aug 26, 2017, 8:44am Top

Hello, everybody! My name is Alex L. Michaels and I am an author of contemporary romance A Drop of Paradise. I am a reader and a writer, and books are something I can't live without. I can read almost anything, but my favorite genres are poetry and romance. Then general fictions, classics, historical novels, fantasy, philosophy, you name it.... My website is: https://alexlmichaelsromance.wordpress.com/
I wish you all many great books!

Aug 27, 2017, 5:09pm Top

Hello there. My name is M A Clarke Scott, and I'm relatively new to LT. I've been on GR a good long while so it's a lot of work to bring my bookshelves here up to scratch. I'm also less familiar with how things work here on LT.

I'm also an author, of primarily Romantic Women's Fiction. I have two books out: Reconcilable Differences was published in August 2016. It's first in the Having It All series about professional women at home (in Vancouver, Canada). The Art of Enchantment came out in March 2017. It's first out in the Life is a Journey series, featuring young women abroad. You can read more about these books and series on my website:


Currently I'm working on finishing book 2 in the Having it All series, featuring the BFs of the hero and heroine in Reconcilable Differences. I'm hoping to have it out this fall of 2017. My working title is Coming About, but I'm still searching for something better.

The Art of Enchantment won the Chanticleer Chatelaine grand prize for romance and women's fiction last year.

You can follow me/check me out/see my cats on the following social media sites:





Aug 31, 2017, 4:22pm Top

Hello everyone. I was encouraged to come here and introduce myself, so here I am… squirming awkwardly. I don’t know any impressive magic tricks. Well I do know one, but it’s a card trick. Oh, and I know that number trick: Pick a number from 1-10 (don’t say your choice aloud, or any of the next-step totals→); add 10 to it; add 1 to this total; now subtract the number you picked from 1-10 from the total you have now.

*I’m fake-concentrating now* It’s 11, right?

Okay, awkward ice is broken. Probably crushed and pulverized now, but the number trick was a better choice than the ice-breaker naughty joke that came to mind!

My name is M. Susanne Wiggins. (If you can guess my first name before the winter solstice, I’ll spin your straw into gold. Ha! Just kidding.) I live in Charleston, South Carolina—aka: The (not) Holy City. I studied Print Journalism at the University of S.C., but found the unbiased truth to be rather restrictive. The genres I write: Speculative fiction, SF, and Thrillers. If you’d like to know a bit more about me, my website is the same as my name—just add .com—and same-name searching will lead you to my Twitter, Facebook, and other necessary social media whatnot.

Anyway, I’m very happy to be here at Library Thing… I shoulda’ done it sooner! Let’s call it, ‘Fashionably late’. Feel free to contact me here, or wherever; one thing I firmly believe in is supporting and encouraging fellow authors.

Sep 4, 2017, 2:13pm Top

I am David Weisman, and I'm a writeaholic.
I live with my wife Dale in New York State, on Long Island, not too far from the ocean.
I write science fiction and fantasy, though so far I've only published one book of the former.
I've spent my whole life in New York except for a few days here and there, and have been writing since the days when manual typewriters were mass produced and not sold as antiques.

Sep 5, 2017, 1:13pm Top

Hello. My name is Jesse Lynn Rucilez, and I'm a writer from Reno, Nevada. When I'm not working, my life revolves around literature, film, and music. Hopefully, one day my passions will be the core of my existence, rather than mere recreation.

People often ask me what I write. Unfortunately, my fiction doesn't fit into any specific genre. Thus far, I've written about everything from giant evil teddy bears, suicidal junkies, porn stars, and witchcraft, to living alien technology; all with a character driven, literary bent. From here on I plan to write futuristic thrillers, dystopian satire, space opera, fantasy, and superhero novels. I like to blend genres, so everything will have a touch of humor, romance, and action.

My main literary influences are Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, and Alan Moore. So far, I have two self-published novels, one self-published novella, and I've gotten a few short stories published in online and print literary magazines such as Empty Sink Publishing, and The Borfski Press.

You can check out my official author page @ https://jlrucilez.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/jesse-lynn-rucilez-author-page/

Thanks for reading.


Sep 7, 2017, 4:03pm Top

Hello my name is Ricardo Reyes. I live with my two dogs in Los Angeles. I wrote "Give These Poems to Your Lover" and it published less than two months ago. I have had a little success and would love to meet other poets and writers. I have a novel with a movie as well coming out soon. The novel is a version of the movie. I have my poetry book now in three stores and Barnes and Noble is considering it--I have some very strong ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. My website is RicardoReyesAuthor.com.

Sep 20, 2017, 3:34pm Top

I am Olivia Gaines, author of contemporary romances with heart and humor.

Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Ogaines/

or on my website at http://www.ogaines.com/

Sep 24, 2017, 1:11pm Top

Hello, Olivia, welcome to Hobnob!

You appear to have done a great job of setting up your author page, wonderful!

Hmm... I think I spotted a couple cook-books in your library. Do you like to cook? Also, Barlowe's guide to extraterrestrials, even though it looked like most of the collection was romance, not science fiction. Is there a story behind that one?

Sep 25, 2017, 3:36pm Top

Hello, my name is Joy Johnston, and I'm a digital journalist in Atlanta. When I was younger I wrote poetry and short stories, but now my focus is on personal essays. I published a collection of my essays on caregiving, The Reluctant Caregiver, earlier this month. My writing also appears on my blog about dementia and family caregiving issues called The Memories Project.

I mainly read nonfiction, with a focus on political and social issues, along with memoirs. I do maintain a soft spot for Stephen King, and engrossing thrillers.

Other than reading and writing, random passions include cats, bourbon, music and film.

Sep 25, 2017, 4:57pm Top

Hi, Joy! Nice to meet you. Welcome to Hobnob. :)

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

...Seems to me I've seen your book somewhere recently. Was it on the BookGobbler site?

Oct 5, 2017, 6:49pm Top

I see that there are no entries in "Literary Fiction." I have an entry. How do I get it here?

Oct 6, 2017, 11:34am Top

hello everyone, I have just finished my project Beyond Absolute.

It has taken a long time, and I would be very welcome to other authors feedback and idea's and possibly reviews .

If you would like a copy then fee free to get into contact with my at scottgurney95@yahoo.co.uk where I can send over a free pdf copy for you to keep!

Many Thanks!
Scott Robert Gurney.

Oct 7, 2017, 1:17pm Top

>89 lachance: Alas, Iachance, I am the person who normally puts the entries in their proper places, but I was ill at the beginning of the year, and that's caused us some difficulties. We have a list, but I can't actually edit it.

So you might have to wait until next year. Sorry!

In the meantime, where are you from, and what's your literary novel about?

Oct 7, 2017, 1:39pm Top

> 90 "It has taken a long time, and I would be very welcome to other authors feedback and idea's and possibly reviews"

My feedback is this: Your post does a very poor job of being either an introduction for you or an advertisement for your book. As an introduction it says too little about yourself. As an advertisement for your book it says too little about the book.

One can't help wondering if you ever noticed or cared what this thread was actually FOR.

Care to try again?

Oct 7, 2017, 2:15pm Top

>91 LShelby: I will try to do a batch of updates - sorry!
maybe a wiki-page would be better next year? let us talk in December...

Oct 9, 2017, 12:42pm Top

Thanks for the welcome. The book was on Instafreebie, maybe you saw it there. I will check out BookGobbler, not familiar with that site.

Oct 9, 2017, 5:32pm Top

>72 kswolff: >73 FJRTitchenell: >74 cathyskendrovich: >76 paleporter: >77 CPolk625: >79 AlexLMichaels:
welcome all, you have been added to the indices at the top

AlexLMichaels your book currently has one very long compound tag, which is probably not what you meant!

>80 MAClarkeScott: ++ will be added soon, I hope...

Edited: Oct 10, 2017, 5:31pm Top

>80 MAClarkeScott: >81 M.SusanneWiggins: >82 david.f.weisman: >83 Jesse_Lynn_Rucilez: >84 ricardoreyes: >85 ogaines: >87 joyjohnston: >89 lachance: added to the indices

If you wish to create links between your personal and the author pages you may go to the author page (eg from the "touchstone list", or the index entries) and then click on the "is this you?" button to become a "LibraryThing Author" (you won't "own" the Author page, but it will be linked to your profile).

If not all the works on an author page are yours please ask for advice or help - the author-page may need splitting.

lachance "Literary Fiction" activated. Are the two books listed at John LaChance actually the same, but with a different title? (If so they can be linked into the same "work".)

>90 S.R.Gurney: ignored (though I did wonder about adding a Spam genre)

Oct 11, 2017, 11:09am Top

>94 joyjohnston: "Thanks for the welcome. The book was on Instafreebie, maybe you saw it there. I will check out BookGobbler, not familiar with that site."

If you're not familiar with it, then it wasn't there. :)

I'm really bad at remembering where I saw things. ::sigh::

>96 TimSharrock: Thanks for your help, Tim!

Oct 11, 2017, 7:29pm Top

Hello... My name is Michael C. Sahd, and I'm a writer. I've been writing for 26 years.

I started at the young age of 14 and have been scribbling poems and fiction since. I just self published my first short story recently; however, I have a plethora of short stories and novels tucked away under some rock here in Texas. I love writing fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

I was fortunate to marry my wonderful wife, who coincidentally is also an amazing editor/manager/advertiser/literary genius. If not for her, I probably would not have published anything yet.

I grew up in Santa Fe, NM, where I spent my time hiking the beautiful mountains. Now I live in the nerdiest town in Texas, a small town right smack dab in the center of Texas, not far from the hometown of the famous author of the Conan books, Robert E. Howard.

I have a blog, where I spill my thoughts into script: https://mcsahd.blogspot.com.

I can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MichaelCSahd/ or Twitter at https://twitter.com/MichaelCSahd. I look forward to meeting everyone here!

- Michael C. Sahd

Oct 12, 2017, 2:04pm Top

Hi! Michael, nice to meet you!

We appear to have an astonishing lot in common for two people who don't have a single shared book in their libraries. (What, all those D&D based books but no Weis and Hickman?) I used to spend my summers hiking in mountains (Canadian Rockies) as a kid, we both live in small towns, we started writing at a similar age and have been writing for similar lengths of time, AND we are interested in the same general genres... but not apparently the same particular subgenres.

If you haven't already, you might want to go to your author page, and click on "Is this you?" That will get you a handy link (at least, I find them handy) between your author page and your personal profile.

Also I'm interested in why you chose to publish a short-story first, and very curious as to how that's going for you -- but this might not be the right place for that discussion. Maybe we could move a discussion of promoting short-stories versus promoting novels to a new topic, or possibly the "Not a promotion kind of guy" thread? (You can find all the active topics in the group by going to the group page. There's a link at the top of this thread.... and if you don't want to scroll that far up, that's what the little blue up-arrows at the top right of each post is for.)

Oct 12, 2017, 9:17pm Top

Hello LShelby, nice to meet you too.

In regard to my library, I still have many, many books to add (however, I prefer the Realms to Dragonlance, so no Weis or Hickman). The Canadian Rockies sound very interesting. I've been through a lot of the New Mexico and Colorado portions of the Rocky Mountains, and since I lived near Santa Fe, I spent almost every waking moment in them.

Thank you for the advice. I have clicked on the "Is this you?" link, although I haven't seen any confirmations as to whether I succeeded in linking the profiles.

As for why I published my short story first, I really wanted to get something published to get my name out there before publishing something more substantial. If you would like me to go into more detail about that, then we can move it into another thread.

- Michael C. Sahd

Oct 15, 2017, 5:54pm Top

>100 MichaelCSahd: "I really wanted to get something published to get my name out there before publishing something more substantial. If you would like me to go into more detail about that, then we can move it into another thread."

I would love to. :)

Oct 17, 2017, 1:53pm Top

Hi everyone. I'm J.B. Cameron, a genre author from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Happy to be here.

I usually end up playing with many genres in my work, which tends to make me a rather odd duck when it comes to pigeonholing my books. My science fiction tales usually have more horror in them than most magazines prefer. My most recognized series is a Frankenstein's monster of genres that can only be loosely described as a paranormal police procedural comedy thriller. About the only thing I write that is fairly true to form are my urban fantasy adventures. Given that UF is a strange sort of bird on its own, it doesn't really need any further nudging from me.

I have four novels published to date, ranging from 57K-185K, plus three novellas, short stories, flash fiction, screenplays, and even a couple of half-completed tales of interactive fiction. I think sometimes I write because I get bored easily.


Oct 17, 2017, 4:20pm Top

Gabriel Gilbert, author Selfies, A Novel - Born/raised in Wisconsin, I'm a dad, dog lover, split time between FL and rural Wisconsin. Leaked into Johns Hopkins creative writing program, studied with John Barth Sot-weed Factor and Robert Stone Dog Soldiers. Toured in alt rock band, still a BMI song-smith for film, ads, TV. Need to figure out what I'm supposed to do now that I'm grown up. But big fan of Thomas Merton, anything contemplative/servant-leader related.

Oct 17, 2017, 8:03pm Top

>102 jc8802: Hello there fellow my fellow Canuk!

According to my reviewers, my debut trilogy was of the genre "hard to classify" so I know where you're standing. :)

You may want to put some more books in your library. There's nothing wrong with having your own books in there, but until a lot more people have cataloged your books , your library won't be forming a lot of connections with other libraries. It's not going to show up on anybody's similar libraries and so on and so forth. But rarer books will weigh higher connections-wise than super-popular books, so keep that in mind, when deciding what to add.

And I hope you enjoy it here!

>103 GabrielGilbert:
Song-smith is a pretty cool... uh... does it count as a day-job if you're trying to find something more grown up to do? Anyway, it sounds really cool, and is one of the more usual ones I've seen posted.

If you haven't already, you may want to go to your author page (by clicking on your name in your library listing, and click on this "Is this you?" link.

We have only one book in common, btw, although even just one isn't too bad when your library is so small. So I'm wondering: why Sense and Sensibility? Is it your favorite by the author? (Personally, I think I may possibly like Persuasion best.)

Oct 19, 2017, 9:40pm Top

Hello, everybody! My name is Kiona, I'm a new author publishing my first book in November! I mainly write furry erotica under this pen name, but I also intend to branch out into erotic romance as well.

I can be found on twitter, if you've a mind to go tweeting: twitter.com/kionawrites

Nice to meet you all!

Oct 20, 2017, 4:43pm Top

>105 KionaWilloughby: Hi, Kiona, welcome to Hobnob!

Other than that you are a new author, do you have any hobbies or a general location or anything else about yourself that you'd be willing to share?

Oct 24, 2017, 1:02pm Top

Hello, My name is Amanda Dacyczyn and I am a new self published author just trying to get my work out there. I'm from Rhode Island but grew up in Massachusetts. I'm teaching right now, and I write on the side as a hobby I absolutely love! I really just want to get my work out there for people to enjoy and eat up. I write mainly dystopian for right now in the YA section, but it is older YA.

My current work is a series, but I am trying to make sure that I should continue what I am doing. I do love writing and find it to be a calming experience for myself. I really want to finish this adventure for my characters, who I love like my children, but am always open to become a better writer from the critiques from others.

This is my website: amandadacyczyn.wordpress.com
And here is a link to my paperback https://www.amazon.com/Factory-Amanda-Dacyczyn/dp/0692958967/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&...

And kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Factory-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0763H5WBN/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp...

I'm here to spread my love of reading and writing and I hope that you can see that!

Oct 29, 2017, 4:48pm Top

>107 Mandydot91:
Hello Amanda, nice to meet you!

This is a pretty strange place to come to "spread a love of reading". You're preaching to the choir. The busiest group on the site is made up of people who try to read at least 75 books a year. (Personally, I ended up jumping up to the 100 books a year group, because I couldn't deal with all the traffic.)

But we'd love to have you stick around and join all us fellow book fanatics. :)

If you haven't already, you might want to click on the "Is this you?" link at the top right of your author page (this is the page that you get to by clicking on your name on your book in your library).
You should probably also add a bunch more books to your library. The more the better. That will create connections between your book and those books and between your library and other people's libraries. But don't focus on best-sellers -- because so many people own those books the connections are very weak. Books that you like, and that are a lot like yours, but that aren't super-popular will create the best connections. (Also, adding only best-sellers makes new authors look a little tacky.)

You said you were concentrating on making sure you continue... are you finding it hard to keep the series going?

I tend to write series myself... so far the hardest thing about it is that I've got too many of them that want to be written. It adds up to a lot of books! I can't write them fast enough, and the queue keeps getting longer and longer.

Nov 3, 2017, 1:41pm Top

My name is Kiernan and I am a glutton for punishment.

I’ve just self-published the first book in my YA series after trying the traditional route for years and years. My book has been rejected by some of the most impressive literary agents around. Most didn’t even reply to me, but the ones who did were very succinct with their criticisms. “I can’t sell this,” was the most repeated phrase. YA is supposed to be big and loud and high-concept and my book is small, and kind of quiet, and reminiscent of the eight dozen New Kid at school stories that have come before. I am not trendy, nor am I timeless. I’m sort of stuck in the middle.

I can’t find anyone to sell my little book series so I’m going to try to sell it myself. I’m still hoping to be traditionally published, in a different genre and under a different pen name, but I didn’t want to give up on my YA series. In a couple of months, when I’ve sold a total of seven books- six of them to my grandmother- I may be telling a different tale.

In Real Life, I’m a Children’s Librarian in New England. I sing to babies, swap memes with teens, and recommend fantasy series to tweens. My job? It’s all sorts of awesome. LibraryThing and Goodreads are bookmarked on all of our computers. We use them well.

Nov 4, 2017, 7:26am Top

Hi everyone,

I'm Elizabeth. I'm pretty hopeless with techy things so find LibraryThing a bit difficult to navigate, and am just starting to put the time in to find my way around. I live in Sydney, Australia and am currently writing a three book YA series. Esme's Wish, the first in the series, was published this week by Odyssey Books and is listed on Early Reviewers during November, if anyone is interested in that sort of read. I love reading as much as I love writing and look forward to being part of the LibraryThing community. I still need to sort out my library as I just imported it from Goodreads. Next on the list!

Nov 8, 2017, 2:11pm Top

>109 KiernanMaire:
Hi Kiernan, welcome to the home for masochistic... uh...
Welcome to Hobnob! :)

I know where you're coming from, and I wish you the best of luck with self-publishing. Alas I have no secrets of success to impart, but I can be a sympathetic ear.

(Also, we have 33 books in common. A shared taste for YA, it looks like. We might like each other's books, too. Interested in a swap: I read yours and you read mine?)

>110 Elizabeth_Foster:
Hey there, Elizabeth!

Don't feel bad for finding LibraryThing a bit of a challenge, lots and lots of people do. Feel free to ask questions, there's plenty of people about who are very willing to help.

Guess what, I share almost as many books with you as I do with Kiernan, and a lot of them are even the same books.

Clearly we should get together and form a club. :)

Edited: Nov 17, 2017, 9:53am Top

Hi, Tanela.

LibraryThing is overwhelming because its very data-rich, and so there is more information to take in than is really possible for people to digest all in one go. I'm sure if you don't give up on it too quickly, you will rapidly learn your way around.

What kind of programming do you? I do web-devellopment myself, so php, mysql and javascript and all that. (Although not professionally. I actually consider writing to be my profession.) My son also works as a programmer. :)

One thing I think you might find cool about LibraryThing is the fact that the developers are active on the site, and if you hang out in the right groups you will see actual technical discussions of what's going on behind the scenes.

...And you live in the Dayton area?

I'm actually not that far away from you. I live in Jamestown, a small town off US 35, just past Xenia.

Alas, we do not share any books in common so far... but with only nine books entered into your library, I guess that's not surprising.

As a suggestion for the next thing (besides maybe adding more books to your library) that you should probably do on LibraryThing: add some tags for your book. LibraryThing uses tags for many things, including identifying genre.

Currently if anyone ends up on your book's page, or on your author page, they will have no idea what kind of book you have written. Well, except that your book cover screams romance. But that's not all that specific, (nor is it something LT can cross-reference for you). With tags you can get as sub-sub-sub-genre specific as you want.

Nov 14, 2017, 5:42pm Top

Hi! I’m Angie Dent author of Covenant Keeper and a new title coming out soon!! I write short, poetic fiction stories for Christians.
Stories are based on real-life experiences to encourage, inspire and entertain! I write to encourage Christians since we all need encouragement from time to time.
Covenant Keeper is my first book and Cumplidor del Pacto is the Spanish edition of that book.
I’m currently writing my 2nd collection of poetic stories for release through Amazon December 2017.

I'm on Twitter @AuthoraAngie
and my author page is https://www.Amazon.com/author/angiedent

Glad to join this group!

P.S. I just set-up a giveaway for Covenant Keeper through Library Thing. I hope you have a chance to check it out!

Nov 16, 2017, 4:12pm Top

>113 angiedent:
Hi, Angie! Welcome to Hobnob!

Having a debut book with editions in two languages right from the start is pretty unusual. Are you bilingual?

BTW, I highly recommend that you add more books to your library. Having your book in the same library as other books creates a connection between those books.

Nov 18, 2017, 1:46am Top

Hey there,

I'm Khaled from Singapore. The virtual door is open and coffee is being served _o

I'm a former mag journalist and PR consultant who has written several novels, in addition to a collection of original sayings for writers to inspire their daily writing.

More importantly - and I do stress its importance - I have a sweet tooth: chocolate, cakes, and desserts without feeling sinful. Yeah, well, I'm blessed never having to feel guilty about indulging in anything that makes me smile more often. Besides, it's not like I'm about to swallow poison.

Stay in touch. Time difference might cause me to delay my response. But I'm here.

Warmest wishes,

Nov 18, 2017, 9:59am Top

Hi all. My name is John Banks. I was born and raised in Asheville, NC and have remained in NC most of my adult life (currently, and for the longest time, in Greensboro). I've just published a literary fiction novel called W (that's right - just the letter W) that could also fit fairly well into the historical fiction or family saga categories. W is now available as a giveaway on LT for anyone interested. The Amazon link is:

I'm having an issue with Amazon right now because they have listed W as "currently unavailable" and haven't made it available for pre-order, though all other online booksellers have done so. (Official pub date is April 2018.) Very frustrating, since neither Amazon nor Ingram/Lightning Source seem willing to fix the problem. (Kindle ebook is available, however.) Okay, rant over.

I'm 53 years old and knew since my college days that I wanted to be a "serious" writer and write "serious" books, but, to make a long, boring story short and boring, I didn't actually pick up a pen until seven or eight years ago and self-published my first novel. I then spent five years researching and writing W. Hopefully, it won't take another five years to write my next novel! But if it does, that's fine - life isn't a race.

Thanks for reading.

Nov 20, 2017, 7:08pm Top

>115 KhaledTalib65:
Hi, Khaled, nice to meet you!

If I'm ever in Singapore, I'll be sure to bring chocolate covered donuts or something. :)

You said you'd written "several novels" novels, but only mention a couple thrillers on your profile.
Are you like me, far more novels written than published? Or did you mean to say "several books" and were counting your various collections?

>116 JohnBanks:
Hello John, welcome to Hobnob!

I wish you all the best in achieving your dream of being a serious writer of serious books.

...What exactly do you mean by "serious books", btw?

Nov 21, 2017, 11:42am Top

Hi, Shelby! Thanks! Yes, I know having 2 languages from the start is unusual. I speak and write a little Spanish. My book was professionally translated. Thanks.

Edited: Nov 21, 2017, 7:51pm Top

Well, there is a reason why I put "serious" in quotes. Once I started writing, everything turned out to be quite funny! Dark comedy, perhaps, with troubling overtones, but I go for the joke nine times out of ten. But as an English major in school, studying the canon of great literature, if you're ambitious you tend to take it all very seriously and think about Serious Things. But as Bob Dylan says, I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.

Nov 22, 2017, 6:19pm Top

>118 angiedent:
"Yes, I know having 2 languages from the start is unusual. I speak and write a little Spanish. My book was professionally translated."

If there's a story behind having it translated, please share!

>119 JohnBanks: "but I go for the joke nine times out of ten"

Oh, well, in that case I'm just as serious as you are. :)

Not that I write comedy, per se, but nonetheless I think that one of the most valuable things I can possibly do for my readers, is make them smile.

My husband is an English major also, BTW.

Nov 30, 2017, 12:06pm Top

Hello! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Kris and I write under KG Petrone. I am a lover of the dark and sinister and have just released my New Novel, "Cycles of Time - Revenge is Mine" a mystery suspense dual timeline Novel. Cycles of Time - Revenge is Mine is the first in its series, thus I am currently working on Book 2, "Cycles of Time - Down in the Mind!"

Previously, I released a short story titled, "The Menacing House" which is a prequel, sort of speak, introducing one of my main characters. This short story is currently only available on Kindle.

I'm the type of person who loves scary movies. Are you? I especially enjoy the edge of your seat, spill your popcorn and grab the closest friend next to you kind. If you are one of these kinds of people, you are my kind of people.

To connect with me further, I have listed some of my Social Media sites...


I also am a very visual person, thus I have composed some short videos on youtube to assist in promoting my works. You can see them here:


Thank you again for the opportunity to get know some other Authors and especially some readers!

Edited: Nov 30, 2017, 11:15pm Top

Greetings! I'm Jon Ray, a fantasy author who lends towards Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. I'm also developing my own Choose-Your-Own-Adventure/Gamebook series set in the fantasy world of "Agrobathe", which I've spent years world-building. In addition to novels, I also write in short form for anthologies. At the moment, I write full-time and prospect for gold in the Australian outback, when I get a chance. I believe a good fantasy author should have an element of real adventure in their lives.

My current flagship novel is the Gorp the Goblin series, about an underdog goblin who just wants a better life and strikes out to find it in unwelcome lands. I also do some minor illustrations as well as make my own maps as a cartographer.

My author page - https://www.facebook.com/JonRayAuthor/

My blog "The Writer's Tower" - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8640473.Jon_Ray/blog

My world of Agrobathe page - https://www.facebook.com/Agrobathe

I found out about this site from another author and look forward to discovering what it has to offer.


Dec 1, 2017, 2:28am Top

Hello! My name is Amanda Leanne and I hope I am doing this correctly. I live in Alabama (United States), in the Northern mountains with my significant other, my son, and our plethora of animals. With a difficult childhood, I learned to read at a very early age as a way to escape the real world. This led to me writing my first short story when I was 8 years old. Writing had always been a dream for me, but I did originally plan to work as a behavioral scientist in the FBI ViCAP unit. Unfortunately, at the end of my degree in neurological psychology and forensic psychology, I was diagnosed with several health issues. My disabilities resulted in my dismissal from college and inability to work outside of my home. I then turned to my writing.

Ghostwriting became the first steps for me to fine-tune my writing and make enough money to get groceries and not stay homeless. I met an amazing man and when he was able to fully support me he insisted I focus on my own writing.

Currently, I have two books published under my name after spending years writing books for other people as a ghostwriter. The Fine Print of Fibro is a nonfiction book about one of my health conditions and my story of living a life with such a condition. My first fiction book is called Shadows Through the Fog and is a collection of eerie and creepy stories.

I write nonfiction medical, psychology, and true crime and fiction horror, psychological thrillers, dystopians, science fiction, and supernatural books. I also run a website that serves as an information hub and support center for people with chronic and invisible illnesses.

My current work-in-progress consists of a book series that takes place in a world where most supernatural and mythological beings exist unbeknownst to humans. The main character and her partner are part of an organization that investigates and solves crimes for the nonhuman populace. There will also be stand-alone "historic" books that take place in the same universe. The first book, Unsightly Things, of the N.I.C.D. Files will be available in early 2018.

My website: https://amandaleanneauthor.wordpress.com/
My author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorAmandaLeanne/
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15215112.Amanda_Leanne
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B06XJH933X
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RainnyMune
email: munesquill@gmail.com

Thank you so much for letting me introduce myself!

Amanda Leanne

Dec 8, 2017, 12:25am Top


I've just published "Xenoman," my first novel. If you like "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick, and/or fictionalized philosophy, you might enjoy this one. I used to write for The Hunger Artists Theatre Company in Santa Ana (now defunct), where philip K. Dick once lived, though I never did hunt down the exact location of his home. I switched from writing plays to writing novels for the same reason a lot of writers do: the story is in its final form for the reader's imagination.

Influences: Albert Camus, Hermann Hesse, Jean-Paul Sarte, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rene Descartes, Jacques Derrida, Philip K. Dick, among others...

You can also find me at:

Website: http://adammartin.site/
Library Thing Author Page: http://www.librarything.com/author/martinadam
Library Thing Book Listing: http://www.librarything.com/work/20498647/book/148712509
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B074JZKWLG
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35988721-xenoman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adammartin1966

Comments welcome. Thanks!

Dec 8, 2017, 10:38am Top

Hi, My name is Scott Talbot Evans. I write humor which is often satirical and dark, and sometimes even funny.
I'm looking for reviewers, so please contact me if you would like a free pdf of these funny novels.

My first novel is about love in the mental health system. FOXAVIER LOVES PLINKA
Can one guy with OCD and eating disorders fight an international candy corporation? Can he find love and happiness attending a series of mental health programs?
AMAZON REVIEW--“A whimsical tale from an institute that would have Ken Kesey Cuckoo with jealousy. From the twisted (in the BEST way) mind of Scott Evans comes this soon to be classic tale of love and cookies."

My second novel is about Earth in the year 4377, a perfect utopia where there is no war, crime, or disease. Everyone is rich and famous, a gifted athlete, and a cutting edge scientist. However the perfection is disturbed when the Sun starts putting on a light show and the moon crashes into Earth.
REVIEWS-- "...charming and colorful and wildly imaginative, and very cool--the kind of thing only a mad, iconoclastic genius could have conceived and birthed. Bravo..."

"I laughed so hard, I had tears streaming down my face."

Dec 12, 2017, 1:52pm Top

Hey everyone! I'm Cassandra Fear, author of mostly YA in many categories, including fantasy and contemporary. I just wanted to stop in and say hello!

You can find me all over the place. Feel free to message me, email me, whatever. I'm always happy to talk to new people!

email me at cfear_27@yahoo.com

I've written and published four books so far, Above the Flames and Surrounded by Flames, Books one and two in The Flames Trilogy, and It Starts With L, Book one in The Letters of Love Trilogy, published by Limitless Publishing.

My newest book, Land of Strength and Sorrow(Secrets of Orendor), was just published by CaDaVa Publishing, as well.

Thanks for listening! Feel free, as I said, to get in touch!! Have a pleasant day:)

Dec 16, 2017, 5:19pm Top

Hello everyone, my name is Marissa Marchan. I am a wife, mother of two, and grandmother to three beautiful children: Ray, Haley, and Kayla. I am also a Child Support case manager by day and a creative writer by night. I am the author of two children's books: A Ray of Sunshine: A Magical Story Book 1 (formerly A Boy Named Ray), and, Ray and Haley In the Kingdom of the Gobtrolls: A Magical Story Book 2 (formerly And Then There's Haley). Kayla, The Christmas Helper: A Magical Story Book 3 is still a work in progress. My inspiration for the story came from my then-eight-year-old grandson, Ray Angelo.

A few years ago, my sister passed away unexpectedly. It took me a long time to cope with the grief and loss. Ray Angelo gave me the strength and courage to move on with my life. He pulled me through the most difficult time in my life. He turned my sorrows into joy and unbelievably turned me into a writer.

Since then, I continued to pursue my writing career and has written two books in the Spoiled Brats Book Series: My Amnesia Girl Book 1 and My Runaway Bride Book 2. Four more are in the works. I began writing my new book, Mrs. Millionaire Short Story Book Series: Mrs. Millionaire and the Homeless Woman, Mrs. Millionaire and the Bad Father, Mrs. Millionaire and the Waitress, Mrs. Millionaire and the Runaway Kids, and Mrs. Millionaire and the Delivery Girl, out of the blue. The idea for Mrs. Millionaire character came to me while in bed, sleeping. I got most of my ideas when I'm resting.

My website: Marissamarchan.com
My Blog: Marissamarchanwrites.com
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Marissa-Marchan/e/B008H68PF6
Email: marissa.marchan@yahoo.com
TWITTER: marissamarchan
FACEBOOK: booksbymarissamarchan
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/marissa-marchan-41474854
Library Thing: https://www.librarything.com/profile/Marissa.Marchan
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/196064.Marissa_Marchan

Thank you. I look forward to connecting with you. Take care.

Jan 4, 2018, 4:21pm Top

Hello authors and readers!

It's Anna Sabino and I'm the author of an upcoming book - Your Creative Career, which will be published by Career Press on January 22, 2018 https://www.librarything.com/work/20874086/book/149695119

I'm represented by a NYC agent and this book will be published traditionally. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding agent representation, non-fiction books, etc at Anna@AnnaSabino.com

To order a copy of Your Creative Career:

For tips and trick for creatives, please visit

Let's connect

Thank you,


Jan 12, 2018, 2:48am Top

Hi LShelby, thanks for your welcome. I got a weird spam message from this group so have just got back to checking messages here from real people! I will check out your books!

Jan 19, 2018, 11:22am Top

Hello, all

I'm going to follow the guidelines and refrain from pitching my specific books in this "intro" post.

I'm Chuck Gould, a writer and musician. Like most writers and musicians, I have worked a variety of jobs to make ends meet. I was the editor of a local boating magazine for about 15 years. I worked in sales and sales management for 15 years, operated a small business, and learned all the skills required of a hands-on landlord.

My wife (of 47 years) and I live in a vibrant, cohesive, working class community surrounded by the City of Seattle. We can walk to everywhere we need to go, most days. Our son teaches school in Las Vegas, our daughter teaches school in Tokyo. We share our house with a bonded pair of cunning and delinquent cats.

In addition to over 1,000 magazine articles and short features, I have written three novels and a non-fiction book. My fourth novel is coming along well. The currently available novels are a mix of magical realism, and historic romance. I don't spec much time soliciting reviews, but most of the reviews awarded my books by readers are 5-star. All of my books are available on-line. My last book is distributed by Ingram, and sometimes finds its way into bookstores (particularly in my local region, where I get opportunities to call on book store owners and pitch the book).

If definitions are important, people would consider me a blues musician. I specialize in keyboard instruments and vocals. My immediate neighbors have mixed opinions about my other musical instrument, the Great Highland Bagpipe.

Intro accomplished,

Chuck Gould

Jan 22, 2018, 8:21am Top

>130 ChuckGould: Nicely done. Welcome!

Jan 23, 2018, 8:46am Top

I'm an Irish writer, originally from Dublin, but now living in Wexford. I've self published a number of works and like to work across different genres.
My working background includes government and telecoms and transport and tourism sectors, with professional qualifications in journalism and visual media, and a long, long interest in creative writing.

Jan 24, 2018, 5:21am Top

Hello everyone
I am new to LibraryThing and still finding my way around.
I am based in Nottingham, UK, previous to which I lived in France for ten years. My career has been in publishing, starting in-house and then becoming a freelancer: project management and copyediting for academic publishers in the humanities. For twenty years I have been the copyeditor for Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. I have also written travel guides for Berlitz and others to cities such as Prague, Berlin, Dublin, Bruges and Ghent (but don't rely on them now, they’re years out of date!). In addition, I have worked as a writer for various aid agencies in Geneva.
For the last few years I have been writing fiction: short stories and novels. I used to classify this work as literary fiction, simply because it didn't fit any other genre, but as litfic is read by very few people, and my work is, I think, readable for anyone interested, I've begun to call it contemporary fiction.
In common with many of you, I am sure, I am trying to gain a profile and find an audience, but we all know that can be a slow and disspiriting quest.
I have all the usual social media accounts, but I am not very good with it or, indeed, checking in with things like LibraryThing. I hope to get better at it.
That's about it!
Thank you.

Edited: Jan 29, 2018, 11:21pm Top

Ever notice how introducing yourself as an author is kind of like going to an AA meeting? I mean, we're all addicts to writing, right? My story isn't unlike many of yours. Just a city boy, born and raised in south...no wait wasn't born in Detriot. I am originally from Oklahoma but have lived in Texas for the majority of my life. I came to be an author purely by accident. I wasn't looking for it, it just kind of happened. I was a graduate student at the University of Dallas and I took a class on the Civil War. As a grad student, I had to write a 20-page research paper on a topic of my choice. I chose to write about American Indians in the Civil War. A year later I decided to attempt to publish another work I had written as an undergrad but it wasn't something anyone wanted. So I floated the Civil War paper to an American Indian magazine and the rest they say is history. A year after that, I was contacted by a university press interested in seeing if I had ever considered turning that article into a book. Five years later and they backed out because they felt it too similar to another work by Mary Jane Warde called, When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory. Thankfully the editor helped a brother out and recommended it to McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. In 2017 my book was published, The Civil War and the Subversion of American Indian Sovereignty.

Now I'm stuck in that weird spot in an author's life. I've published two essays and a book. So where do I go from here? A while back I had a chance encounter with a fellow scholar from Germany. His name is Mischa Honeck and his work, We Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848. I have another paper I'm working on and then I plan to leave behind American Indian studies and the Civil War for greener pastures. I consider myself an American History scholar who happens to have published in American Studies, Civil War history, and military history. Other historians I admire, Joseph J. Ellis, Dan Jones, Jill Lepore, among others.



Feb 1, 2018, 4:54pm Top


My name is Seelie Kay and I write erotic romance, specifically sizzling short stories about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink. My stories are either compiled in stand-alone novelettes or compiled in collections titled "Kinky Briefs." My next book, "Kinky Briefs, Quatro" is set for release on February 9, 2018.

After more than 30 years in the legal world, I must confess that the wickedness flowing from my pen is inspired by the men and women with whom I have worked or otherwise associated. Some I loved, some I despised, and still others, I barely noticed. As a former journalist, my powers of observation are strong, and many times I unwittingly catalog strange events and people, character flaws, and personality quirks only to have them reborn, but more pleasantly modified, in my stories.

I began writing romance in 2017, and published six books that year, with three more to be published this year. I also ghostwrite non-fiction, primarily for lawyers, but also for other professionals.

Connect with me at:

Website: www.seeliekay.com
Blog: www.seeliekay.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeelieKay
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seelie.kay.77
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16492565.Seelie_Kay
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Seelie-Kay/e/B074RDRWNZ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1517521768&...

Or on here! I love to chat about writing and about books!


Feb 2, 2018, 10:49am Top

Hi! I'm Erin Michelle Sky!

Embarrassing story: I fell in love with fantasy as a kid when I discovered the books of Anne McCaffrey. I met her years later at a fantasy convention and bawled my eyes out from the moment she took my hand. She was hard of hearing and couldn't understand me through my wracking sobs, so I hope someone else who happened to be standing there explained my little speech after I ran off.

Today I live on a rescue farm in the southern US, but I've lived a lot of places, including a few months in Switzerland, Spain, and Mexico. I have four horses, a mule, a donkey, two dogs, and one and a half cats, all rescues. (Well, all except the mule, which was born here!)

The most unusual thing about me as an author is that I'm a member of a permanent writing team, and we only write books with each other, not individually. The team goes by the name Dragon Authors, and we include some mention of a dragon in every book we write, even if it's just a statue in someone's yard. (Kind of like the pineapple in the Psych episodes. Anybody know what I'm talking about?)

Feel free to say hi! Ask me anything! Tell me about meeting your own favorite author! Tell me about your pets! (Or tell me what you love about my books! I promise, no author ever gets tired of that. Also, if you ever cry when you meet me, I promise not to think you're weird.)

- Erin 💖

Feb 3, 2018, 1:22am Top

Hello. My name is Cathy Donnelly.

I’ve been a reader since a young age when my grandfather would give me his novels once he had read them. I also loved to tell stories. I have a memory of making up stories for my dolls and later I life for my friends on the walk to school. It always gave me a thrill if they thought it was funny, or wanted more. I’m talking about the friends, not the dolls, although I’m sure they were appreciative too.

I would say my favourite genres in reading are historical fiction and stories with paranormal/supernatural elements such as time travel, past lives and ghosts. Also, anything with mythology, secret societies, Druids, ancient secrets or the Knights Templar, well, I am halfway hooked before I open the book.

I’ve written two novels so far. My first novel – Distant Whispers – has a reincarnation theme, and my second one – There is a Place – is a Scottish novel with a monk who can see the dead. My upcoming one is also Scottish, with Knights Templar and Druids. I like to blend the past and the present.

I’m Scottish by birth and spent most of my life there, but now live in Australia. I go home every 2-3 years to be with my family and for research.

My contact details are below. I would love to hear from you.

Website: www.cathymdonnelly.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01A0BXFA0
Email: cmdonnelly@hotmail.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cathy-M-Donnelly-857935897561457/?ref=hl

Feb 3, 2018, 1:29am Top

Hi Erin

Great story about Anne McCaffrey. I think that would be every authors' dream - to have someone cry when they met you. We can all hope.


Feb 3, 2018, 1:34am Top

Hi Jack. I know what you mean about the social media and trying to gain a profile. Writing is much easier than that side of things. Good luck with everything.

Edited: Feb 8, 2018, 5:57pm Top

Blessings to you all! My name is Rose (aka Fatima) Koksal and I write Sufi poems/prose that focus on divine love, beauty, art and self-realization inspired by some of the most well known Sufi poets and masters of spirituality in history, such as Mevlana Rumi, Yunus Emre and Ibn Arabi. I also do a lot of poetry compiling and reflective journals that encourage one's own meditative creative writing and artistic abilities. One such sufi journal on Divine Love has been published on Amazon (In Love with Love: Sufi Journal) and I am in the process of publishing more creative work. I have been anonymously writing and editing for a non-profit organization for several years, but have recently started a project of publishing my own work under the name Paradise Rose Press. I also write for children on the deeper meanings of life inspired by the stories of wisdom by saints, gurus, awliya, mawlanas---divinely enlightened men and women. I hope to publish more and more books and reflective journals in the future!

Edited: Feb 8, 2018, 2:41pm Top

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Feb 14, 2018, 11:27am Top

Hi everyone! 2wonderY dropped me a line inviting me to wander in and check out the group while I'm waiting for my official LT Author badge. My name is Emily Selleck, I'm a brand new author (first book published last December) currently writing a science fiction series, retelling the plays of Shakespeare in space! I live in Texas currently, close to Houston, with an old demon-cat, two dogs, and a boyfriend who is so anti-social most of my friends think he's imaginary ;P I've been reading all my life, writing since high school, and working on publishing since 2009-ish. My reading habits are pretty eclectic, I like to expand my horizons (though I haven't gotten much reading done lately). I also watch a lot of TV (Marvel owns my soul, currently) and I knit and crochet a bit too.

Looking forward to hanging out here! Thanks for having me! :)

Feb 14, 2018, 4:29pm Top

Howdy, folks. Jeff Tanyard here from Georgia. I write science fiction, and I'd like to branch out into fantasy some day. Most of what I've been reading lately has been public domain books of the non-fiction variety, though I actually haven't been reading that much. Apparently, I can write, or I can read, but I can't do both at the same time.

I like bluegrass music, and it occasionally works its way into my stories. I like to joke that I don't write Space Opera... I write Space Opry. ;)

That's about it, I guess. Thanks for having me here, LibraryThing. :)

Feb 14, 2018, 5:29pm Top

Hello! My name is Maryanne Pope and I used to live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I sold my house, put all my belongings into storage and hit the road with my dog, Sadie (an older retriever). We are on a 3-month writing road trip through the Western US at the moment...and loving every second of it! I am reading John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley," which is the perfect guide for this journey :)
Glad to be a part of LibraryThing!

Feb 15, 2018, 12:26pm Top

I'm Tina Proffitt. I live and write in South Carolina about small-town Southern romance. I love to read and write cozy mysteries. I've written one non-fiction book about past lives with current animals. My husband and I enjoy live music in our house daily from both of our teenagers--great to write to!

Mar 3, 2018, 9:48pm Top

Hi. My name is Jen Pretty and I'm from Ontario Canada. I published my first book last week and having fun chatting with authors and learning all about this business.

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Hi all, my name is Bill Kandiliotis and have been a sci-fi fan since the beginning of my existence. this is a genre that has helped me understand this crazy world. For the past ten years, I have endeavoured to write down all the story ideas I have accumulated since I was a kid, and wish to share them with other sci-fi fans. Not very skilled at marketing, so my readership is unfortunately dismally low, but I have discovered many writer's tools along the way. I happy to learn any marketing tips, and share anything I've learnt. And if any sci-fi nuts want a peek into my universe, feel free to enter.

Website: www.kandiliotis.com
Blog: https://kandiliotis.wordpress.com/
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/kandiliotis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kandiliotis
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bill.kandiliotis
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7202076.Bill_Kandiliotis
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Bill-Kandiliotis/e/B00E9VV276

Mar 4, 2018, 11:47am Top

Hi my name is Mark Crimaudo and I'm here as a self publisher, editor and reader. I have published a book in memoriam for Susan Kissinger, called "Make The Light Out, Or What My Pennsylvania Dutch Mother Taught Me About Daily Living" I hope to contribute to this site as a publisher and reader.

Amazon author page

Amazon book page

Author blog link

Mar 8, 2018, 1:46am Top

Hello all! I'm Kitka Buchanan. I'm a self-published author and I write a bit of everything. I co-authored a dark erotica, paranormal romance that released in November of last year called Spellcasters with my best friend, Kat Ries. Currently, I am working on an action/adventure erotica and a dystopian BDSM adventure as well as the prequel and sequel to Spellcasters.


Amazon Author Page

Facebook Page

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Hey there! My pen name is Victoria Danes. I write paranormal romance/historical romance. I am from a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania where I live with my husband and three kids. I write paranormal romance because my Romanian background gives me plenty of ideas and characters that threaten me if I don’t write their story, and I write historical romance because it has always been my first love and I am a hopeless romantic with a soft spot for proper etiquette and charm. There is something I find so alluring in a gentleman’s attempt to sway a woman. Don’t get me wrong though, my female characters are no damsels in distress. I love to read. Everything from contemporary romance to crime and thrillers.

Mar 13, 2018, 9:23am Top

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Mar 22, 2018, 7:26pm Top

Hi everyone! I'm new to publishing, but I've been actively writing since about 2010. My debut novel, 'Dreams and Reason,' is historical fiction with a supernatural/psychological twist. I read mostly classics, fantasy, and historical fiction - and I love books that are set in the UK. I'm a period drama addict and I enjoy learning about different cultures.

You can find me at:




Edited: Mar 26, 2018, 2:11pm Top

Hello, lovely people! D. Lieber here. I write fantasy romance, with fun offshoots in paranormal and steampunk, too. As long as there is love and magic, I am good to go. I have two books published through an indie publisher out of Texas and a third set to release in June. I live in southeast Wisconsin with my husband and furbabies.

I like watching K drama, anime, Bollywood, musicals and old movies. I also like to hike and do crafty stuff.

You can find me at:

Send me a chat, yeah? I'd love to hear from you.

Mar 27, 2018, 2:06pm Top

Hey, what's up, friends. My name is Grant Fieldgrove and I'm from California. I usually write comedy, even though they're almost always about murder. I even write a murder mystery series for children.
I have a new book coming out at the end of May that pushes the murder mystery into damn-near Rom-Com territory.
I look forward to meeting all of you. : )

Mar 28, 2018, 5:56pm Top

Hello, everyone! My name is Bonnie L. Price and I currently reside in Georgia.

I write romantic fantasy which leans more on the high fantasy side of things than the romance side. I'm in the process of editing and releasing the next four books in my primary project, Of Astral and Umbral. I have another project that I'm writing on the side as well.

You can find me & my work at:


Apr 3, 2018, 12:36am Top


After a decade of increasingly responsible positions in various denominational and non-denominational churches across the United States and abroad, the Reverend Dr. A. David Parker currently serves in leadership as the bi-vocational Senior Minister of the Church of Emmanuel, an Anglo-Methodist church plant in San Diego, California. Having earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Northcentral University, the Charismatic pastor-scholar also serves young children through employment with the San Diego Unified School District. Dr. Parker holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Grand Canyon University and is a postulant in the Anglican Order of Preachers, a religious order of the Episcopal Church.

Thank you for welcoming me into this community of writers! I look forward to lively discussion as I am a first time author with a lot to learn and a lot to share as well.

Apr 3, 2018, 4:05pm Top


I'm really excited to meet and chat with you all. I'm a new author—saying that alone, still gives me chills. My debut novel will be available May 2, 2018, both digitally and print. I'm new to this all and I'm interested in connecting, learning and overall meeting people of like-minds. I write contemporary/erotic romance, though I'm a voracious reader of many different genres.

Recently, I submitted for my author profile and I'm looking forward to getting that setup.

Website: https://vhluis.com/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/V.H.-Luis/e/B07BVLB4RT/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VH_Luis_

Apr 10, 2018, 10:51am Top

Hi! My name is Michel Cloutier. For over eighteen years I teach computer networking environments in Montreal, Canada. Occasionally, I manage to tear myself away to scuba dive the many local shipwrecks that dot the bottom of the Saint Lawrence River. My love for history has also moved me to travel to exotic and history-rich countries such as Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, and many other areas in Europe, the Middle East, and Central America.

Apr 11, 2018, 7:16pm Top

My name is Jennifer Dean. My first novel debuted in 2012 but since then I have created my own publishing company, Little Fish Publishing. All novels include the four from my YA Supernatural Romance series: Bound (June 12), Blinded (November 20), Baited (2019), Beckoned (2019). Aswell as my YA LGBT Romance: I've Been Looking for You (Available now).

Twitter: @msjenniferdean
Instagram: @msjenniferdean
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Apr 16, 2018, 5:58pm Top

Hi everyone,

My name is Joanna Merrin and I'm from London, UK. I've just published my debut novel - a psychological thriller called 'When You Were Working' and I'm currently writing my second. I love writing, especially stories with twists that keep people guessing right until the end, but am finding the marketing side of things a bit of a challenge.

Very good to connect with you all on here!


Apr 23, 2018, 1:35pm Top

Howdy from Texas!

I'm Florence M. Keaton from Dallas, Texas. My new historical fiction novel, "Bluebonnet Road," has recently been published. It's nice to "meet" everyone!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/florencemkeaton

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/FlorenceMKeaton

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/florencemkeaton/

Tumblr: florencemkeaton.tumblr.com

Apr 24, 2018, 4:04am Top

Hello everyone!

I'm David Hailwood, and I used to write books whilst hanging upside down by my legs from a tree (now I'm an adult, I've been informed that I'm not supposed to do that sort of thing any more).

Over the past twenty years my brain matter has leaked onto the pages of numerous UK comic anthologies, including Egmont's best selling children's comic 'Toxic', and the 100% Biodegradable comic anthology (which I edit). I have also written comedy material for ITV and E4, been shortlisted for several BBC sitcom writing competitions, and my book of Alternative Facts 'Not A Lot Of People Know That' (written in collaboration with F.J.Riley) has had over a quarter of a million downloads to date (which came as something of a surprise to us, since we mostly wrote it on the bus and in the pub, for a bit of a laugh).

I've just released my debut children's novel 'The Last Of The Navel Navigators' on Amazon (which I probably ought to stop referring to as 'Harry Potter Meets Deliverance'), which was awarded a Distinction as part of my creative writing MA at the University Of Chichester.

I've only recently discovered Library Thing, and I'm really looking forward to snooping around and seeing what everyone's up to (my main reading preference is children's fiction, sci-fi and fantasy).

Here's where you can find me lurking:

Website: https://www.davidhailwood.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Hailwood/e/B07BJ9RSTT/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davidhailwoodwriter/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4572039.David_Hailwood

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biomekazoik/

Apr 28, 2018, 11:37am Top

Hello all! I am a writer of three self-published science fiction novels; I am also a returning student. I received my BA in English from Florida Atlantic University in beautiful Boca Raton, Florida more years ago than I care to admit or believe. I came back to school almost three years ago so that I can teach economics at the high school level. I will receive a second BA in Social Science Secondary Ed on May 3, 2018 (Inshallah). I have applications to teach high school to a few public and one private schools in the county where I live and I'm waiting to hear back. I also applied to the Peace Corps to teach English to Thai students. My interests include cooking, music, photography and art, as the third book in the series I'm working on is a manga. My favorite writers are Vladimir Nabokov and John Updike. I look forward to reading about other writers on this site.

Apr 28, 2018, 11:39am Top

I almost forgot--I have a blog: carolynmarks1.blogspot.com
I have most of the art that I've commissioned posted there.

Apr 30, 2018, 3:57pm Top

Greetings! My name is Hoyle Leigh. I am a psychiatrist and an emeritus professor and am the author of a contemporary historical novel, Korea 38-Parallels, available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. I am also the author of a number of professional books. I wrote my fist novel, Korea 38-Parallels, based on my experience of growing up in divided Koreas, and on the experiences of my close friends and family. My writing is influenced by my love of mysteries, and also the novels by John Irving. I publish hard cover books under the imprint of Sutro Crest.

May 3, 2018, 5:15pm Top

Hej! I’m Billie Kelgren and I just started writing recently. I’m originally from Denmark (though I have no memory of that time) and now live in New England in the U.S. Also lived in Brazil and Germany and I love to travel.

Most of my inspiration seems to come to me during my trips, when weird things happen. My first novel, Zwerfster Chic, was just put on Amazon recently — it’s Contemporary Women’s Fiction — the early idea for it striking me while walking across that scrape-your-skin-off black stone they have on Iceland. I wondered What would it be like, running across this stuff with your hands tied behind your back.

I’m currently finishing up a WWII-era Historical Fiction and working on a Family Saga based on a “crime” family in the region where I live.

Three of us formed our own little self-publishing/author co-op, ‘Winding Road Press,’ and it was decided that I will be the guinie pig (That’s not how you spell that, I’m pretty sure.) and now I fret each and every day that no one will like my story, or like me.

Isn’t that Life in a nutshell.

And why the heck is just about all advice on the internet concerning self-publishing basically worthless.

This is the first place where I’ve actually felt comfortable. (And it’s not because of the glass of wine.)


(Okay, two glasses of wine.)

May 11, 2018, 1:43pm Top

I'm sorry I missed so much, but I am 39 introductions behind, and since almost all of these people probably posted and then never came back again I'm not going to try catch up on welcome posts now.

Apologies all around.

I'm not sure what to do about the fact that I was theoretically supposed to have started a new introductions thread four months ago. Maybe my health has deteriorated to the point where I need to give up on doing this. :(

May 15, 2018, 5:31pm Top

Hi Everyone, I've been reading mysteries since I was a child. Agatha Christie was always my favorite. I have a background in journalism, which I think helps me to write crisply and with just the right amount of detail. I feel very fortunate to have three popular mystery/thrillers -- The Mother-in-Law, Murder in Vail, and Murder at the Country Club -- as well as three sweet Christmas stories that people seem to like. I hope you'll give one of my stories a try.

May 15, 2018, 5:41pm Top

>168 JudyMoore7605: Hi Judy. I've gathered your titles and assigned them to Judy Moore 6:


You can become an LT Author by clicking on the box at the top right where it asks "Is this you?"
You can add Common Knowledge facts and a photo there if you want to.


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Hi, my name is Weiqi. I'm a data scientist but I write epic magic fantasy - well, I've been trying to bridge science with magic in my way.

The motivation started during my early scientific career when I was studying for my phd degree in University of Oxford, UK. Not everyone cares to know that "phd" is called "D.phil" in Oxford and Cambridge, and it means "doctor of philosophy". The point is that philosophy is defined to be "the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence", so it's a big broad umbrella that covers most scientific research fields, if not all of them. But giving it a further thought, "the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence" is far from being sufficiently explained by the current state of science, due to the limitation of our knowledge to the nature and truth. In fact, there are quite some factual phenomena that actually dis-obey our current scientific theories or understandings. This indicates a possibility that there can be more philosophies to explain the world, alternative to the mainstream one (aka science). Hence I've been putting this thought into my books, and the alternative philosophy here is a well-known word - "magic".

Therefore, my definition of magic is somewhat different from the “traditional" one, although it does inherit some traditional features. As such, my book series (titled Code of Rainbow) may read like “pure" magic fantasy for the first couple of books, but they gradually head towards a different direction as the series go on. The bottom line is, anything is possible, and we should always have an open mind. Whichever cat that catches most mice is the best cat, regardless of its color or size.

my book website: www.codeofrainbow.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codeofrainbow/
amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Weiqi-Wang/e/B01MY7ZML1/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

May 31, 2018, 5:59pm Top

Hi, I'm Lin Wilder and I write fiction.

I live in a remote valley in northern Nevada- perfect for creating stories.

Because I spent my life in academic medicine, I wrote non-fiction for decades. And was quite surprised when the protagonist for the 1st novel showed up in my head. And even more surprised to be switching genres after the 4th in the series was released last December.

It's the adventure of it, that we love, isn't it? The surprise of where the character takes the story and the fact that it's hard to know what to think or believe until we write.

My website address: https://www.linwilder.com/
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007L380OM
Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/lincwilder?ref=hl

I hope to hear back from anyone with similar interests. Meanwhile,
be well, inspired and filled with joy.

Jun 1, 2018, 12:06pm Top

Hi everyone. Looking through some of the other introductions I feel pretty small-time (just one book so far), but I guess we all have to start somewhere.

My name is John Green, but apparently there's some other guy out there writing books and using my good name, so I write under J.S. Green. My book is Lost in the Shadows and it's a YA ghost story. I guess you could say I was influenced most by books I read as a kid like The Three Investigators series and other ghostly mysteries, so that's what I like to write. I am currently (ie. slowly) working on a sequel as well as a few other ideas.

In my less-interesting life I work as a controller for a mortgage company in Los Angeles (but of course I'd rather be writing and reading).

Jun 1, 2018, 1:13pm Top

>172 J.Green: You also share the JS with another writer. I will split the page for you if you will confirm that the computer language book is not yours.

Jun 1, 2018, 5:28pm Top

Thanks, the computer language book is not mine.

Jun 1, 2018, 6:26pm Top

Done. You may want to add a photo and biographic info to your author page.

Jun 5, 2018, 10:25am Top

Hi Everyone!

I am David Wasserman from Connecticut. I have been an elementary school teacher for the past decade, and decided to get back into my love of writing through poetry a few years ago. The result was my debut collection of small poems, Tiny Footcrunch and the ability to work with the amazing Unsolicited Press.

I am very interested in short, modern poetry combined with the sensibilities of haiku and am looking forward to meeting other authors and readers here on LibraryThing.

Jun 23, 2018, 2:32pm Top

Hello all!

I write Romance as Tara Gill.

I've been in coporate finance but decided to get back to my first love which is story telling - over being a drone. An avid reader but still coming up on the writing curve!

Love reading all kinds of romance. Right now I like broody, moody stories and my favorite in that category is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. such a classsic!

Would love to hear from other writers especially ones who write in my genre!

Jul 27, 2018, 6:17pm Top

Hi. I'm A. Walker Scott, author of the InterStellar Commonwealth series. No Road Among the Stars, the first book in the series is just recently out.

My website is http://www.awalkerscott.com
I'm on Facebook as A Walker Scott - Author and on Twitter as @awalkerscott1.

I look forward to meeting everyone.

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I am Guillermo Stitch.

Website is https://www.guillermostitch.com

Twitter is https://twitter.com/GuillermoStitch

Goodreads is https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39998016-literature

My book is called Literature®

Aug 25, 2018, 4:10pm Top

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Sep 3, 2018, 11:05am Top

Hello! I have been writing since I was a child, and have worked with words and language professionally ever since I graduated from high school. First as a secretary, then a word processor, then ultimately as an editor and writer of both nonfiction and fiction. I have worked as a freelance technical editor, and also was employed by SAIC as a technical writer in support of NASA. Yep, I've actually edited rocket science!

Beginning in 2012, I have focused on writing historical and supernatural fiction/romance. I thoroughly enjoy doing the research and writing to produce an engaging story. I love writing historical, especially American historicals as a way to show just how far my country has come by showing how things were for people and situations in the past. My supernatural romances feature ghosts, witches, and psychics to date.

You can find out more about me and my books, as well as social media links and upcoming talks and appearances, at www.bettybolte.com I blog about the research and behind the scenes aspects of my stories at www.bettybolte.net

Betty Bolte

Sep 3, 2018, 9:56pm Top

HI! I'm RA Winter. I write magical realism, fantasy, paranormal, and romance. I started out writing genealogy books because I love solving mysteries. I've written a series about a Native American family and the spirits of the ancestors that haunt them. My ggrandmother was adopted. There are no records of who she was or where she came from. Our family has always been told that she was Native American and my grandfather's only wish in live was to find out where he came from. This is the premise of my Spirit Key series. A story about a man, who knows not who he is but wants the love of family to guide him through life. It has a strong romance subplot, and delves into the day to day problems that everyone faces.
I also write about werewolves, vampires, and witches because I love the genre.
I read almost anything and co-run a review website, The Naked Reviewers.
It's nice to meet everyone.

Sep 25, 2018, 3:40am Top

Hello everyone,

I'm Allan and I write... Yep, I do. Now I've gone and said it the proverbial cat is out of the bag. Oh, you want to know what I write? Great! I write fantasy and horror. I've been toying with the idea of writing some sci-fi too, but I'll put that aside until another time. As for reading, I love fantasy. My favourite author is Joe Abercrombie and I don't know the man or hold any affiliation to him, but if you like fantasy and you haven't read his work, you really should give him a go. If you want to know more about me and my work, just ask (or check out my website at allanwalshauthor.com).

I look forward to hearing from you all.

Oct 19, 2018, 1:33pm Top

Hi author friends!

I'm C.D. Gill (you can call me Christy). I write adventure/suspense focused on non-American cultures and international settings. It's my goal in writing to be a voice for the voiceless and bring awareness to injustices in the world and people groups. I've written several novels, and have Behind Lead Doors and On Wings of an Avalanche published with The Apricot Underground coming out soon. Thanks for adding me to the index.

Nov 6, 2018, 12:47pm Top

Hello everyone.

I'm James Kirst and I'm from Dupont, WA, and I am a programmer by trade but I've recently moonlighted as an author/novelist because truly I love to write, I just wasn't brave enough to take the plunge until rcently. I've only one book to my name so far and it is due to be released November 12. It is entitled Ghosts are Assholes. It is classified as a humorous paranormal thriller and I definitely have an interest in the supernatural and in mysteries. I'm not sure if I'm going to pigeonhole myself into one genre yet, though. Regardless, I hope to continue down this path in the future.

I'm looking forward to being part of this community.

Website: https://www.jameskirst.com
Blog: https://jameskirst.com/blog/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jamesromankirst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jameskirstauthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18534226.James_Kirst

Nov 15, 2018, 1:45pm Top

How soft did she bloom from the chest?
My senses sip her possibility
The neck of a swan held communion in shoulders
Worry perching on the curve of a brow
The fidelity of softness dilates my pores
Looking so steeply down a gently bridged nose
I watch the sun as it crests in her honey
Her amber yolk of longing in a crisp white virgin
The radiation cracks open this lake
Paddle away on a petticoat of ripples
Au revoir my sweet silky thing

Nov 18, 2018, 12:36pm Top

My name is Syanne Centeno, and I am from Southern Maryland. I'm a 26-year-old student studying Drug & Alcohol Counseling, and a former Miss Maryland for the Miss World Organization. I write nonfiction memoirs, specifically about mental health disorders. I write about this to raise awareness and understanding of multiple mental health disorders.
Looking forward to being a member for LibraryThing :).

Nov 21, 2018, 10:01am Top

Hello, everyone. My name is Victoria Danes. I am from a small town in Pennsylvania. I am 32 years old, married with three children, and I work as a hairstylist. I am a paranormal and historical romance writer. I can't pick between the two because I love them both. Last year I published my first novel entitled I am Jade, this year I am looking forward to the release of my first historical romance novel entitled A Heart's Tale. I am an avid reader and enjoy everything from romance to thrillers. When I'm not writing, editing, cutting hair or chasing after my kids, I, like the rest of the world, like to binge watch on Netflix. I am happy to be a pat of this writing community and look forward to meeting new writers, making connections, and discovering some great new books.

Nov 26, 2018, 1:31pm Top

Hi. I'm Patty Perrin, writing as P.T.L. Perrin. My husband and I live in south Florida. I grew up as an Army Brat, mostly in Europe, and speak several languages conversationally. I write teen/YA science fiction/adventure. The fourth book of my 4-book series is about to be released. Growing up, we had no television, so reading was our main source of entertainment. I'm still an avid book-lover. When I started writing the series, I wanted to write a book I would have enjoyed reading back in the TV-Free days. Now, it seems others enjoy them, too. You can see my books at www.ptlperrin.org I look forward to meeting other great authors here.

Dec 23, 2018, 5:42pm Top

I am a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over thirty novels published in the horror / fantasy /scifi genre presses and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. I have books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press and Severed Press, and my work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others.

I now live in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company and when I'm not writing I drink beer, play guitar and dream of fortune and glory.

William Meikle

Jan 11, 8:51pm Top

Hello to all.

My name is Frank Prem. I'm a newly minted author of a free verse poetry memoir (Small Town Kid), which I've indie published (Wild Arancini Press).

I've been apprenticed to the muse for about 40 years or more and have recently decided I need to step up a little, by putting my work in verse form.

I've started with a memoir of growing up in the 1960s and 70s in a small town in Australia because, by the time I'd turned around twice I had little kids of my own and they were treating my stories as tall tales legends or outright fibs.

Written down, I thought, they had to have a truer status.

I have 3 or 4 more collections to bring out in memoir orientation over the next 18 months, but will then go on to putting out some speculative fiction and other works.

I'm aiming for about 2 releases per annum for a few annums to come. Next up will be the 'voices' of the 2009 wildfires we had over here - Black Saturday.

I work as Psychiatric Nurse and consider myself now to be in career transition to being a full time author and workshopper and so on.

It's nice to be here. Thank for having me.

BTW, the memoir 'Small Town Kid' is available in the member give-aways for a short while. I'd dearly love to get a few more reviews for the book, so please feel free to access it there.

Jan 15, 8:02pm Top

Hey everyone,

I'm K.D. McQuain from SW Virginia by way of New York. I write Urban Fantasy with a touch of horror and the erotic. I also have a few Thrillers and Middle Grade novels in the works.




Edited: Jan 19, 6:26pm Top

>191 Frank_Prem:
Frank, welcome to the Hobnob Group!

I'm the long lost group "owner" who has finally showed up again.
I added you to the index in the brand new Author Introductions thread for 2019. I apologize for not getting the 2019 thread set up before you posted here. (But not to worry, the link in the index goes right to your introduction post, no matter which thread it got posted in.)

So far I've only added you to the Poetry genre listing. How far along have you gotten with the speculative fiction and other works? Do you want to be added to an other genre (or two) as well?

I'm a speculative fiction author myself, so I'm curious as to what sorts of things you are planning to do in that genre, but I also think it's super cool that you're a poet -- they seem to be a fairly rare breed nowadays.

>192 K.D._McQuain:
Nice to meet you K. D.
Like Frank, you have been added to the 2019 author index, but so far I only put you in under urban fantasy. Are the Middle-Graders or Thrillers you mentioned far enough along that you'd like to be added in those genres too, or should we save that for later?

Erotic Urban fantasy to Middle-graders seems quite the jump. :) Any particular reason why you started writing for kids? Are you willing to tell us anything about what you like to do when you aren't writing?

I hope y'all stick around a chat a little!

Jan 24, 5:53am Top

Hi there LShelby

Thanks for what you've done. It's a vast site to get around (to my eyes, at least) so all help is appreciated.

I have recently done a couple of specifically SF things, for the first time (or so I thought). I've come to realise that, if I squint a little, most of what I have been doing for a long time fits the criteria, as I understand it, anyhow.

To the point, though, I have 2 completed manuscripts of short story in verse that started as an exercise in fantasy, but rapidly led me to explore the stars. That one is called 'Od Ovo and other fantasies'. An offshoot grew and grew and became a manuscript I have called 'The Cielonaut'. The Cielonaut is a rewarding set for me, but has complications of presentation (rather than plot) that I don't yet know how to resolve. Still, the MS is written, so I've tentatively started exploring a third set. Don't know if it'll amount to much, but I'm persisting.

Each of the collections is substantial enough to reach 100 pages (so that a paperback can have its spine.

First collections to go to print are more in the line of memoir, though - growing up in the 1960s and 70s; our devastating bushfires of 10 years ago that are now commonplace around the world; growing up with and becoming part of psychiatry ove

hehehe thanks for asking ...r here ... just a few to deal with, but it's started off with a bang.

Jan 24, 12:24pm Top

>194 Frank_Prem:
Sounds like the speculative fiction is going to end up as more than just a passing fancy. :)

But I'm not going to add you to that section of my topical index unless you either publish something in that genre or ask me to, because so far this year, you are the only author who has checked in so far who ISN'T listed in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. I don't want my lists to make it look like this is a Spec. Fic. authors only club. :(

I would like to recommend that you tag the copy of your book that you have in your library with some nice informative tags. This helps other people on LT get an idea of what kind of book it is. You should probably also fill in some of the CK (Common Knowledge) for it. Since a memoir, it's about things that happened at specific times and places, and so it's helpful to let people know that those connections exist. (Common Knowledge entries are found at the bottom of the book page.)

And since I'm a speculative fiction author who occasionally dabbles in poetry, I'd love to talk to you more about that, but we should move it to a different thread, since this one is for introductions.

Jan 24, 4:57pm Top

I'll be happy to chat with you elsewhere. Would be a pleasure. Let me know where, please?

Is there a guide to tags, or should I put in the references I think would be generally helpful - Australia, Growing up in 1960s and 70s... that sort of thing?

Jan 26, 10:50am Top

>196 Frank_Prem: I started a topic here in this group labeled Speculative Fiction and Poetry (Or was it Poetry and Speculative Fiction?) If you are having trouble navigating to it, please ask for help. I know LT can overwhelm a lot of people with the sheer amount of information that is thrown at them. :)

Tags are left entirely up to the reader. The management actively discourages any sort of regimentation or stylistic guidance for tags. But yes, the sorts of things you suggest are exactly what will do your book the most good. Genre, setting: particularly time and place, and major themes. Mood/feel descriptors, like gritty, light-hearted, face-paced, nostalgic and so forth, are also helpful as long as they are being used appropriately.

On my books, I've got tags like: '!She', '2014', 'mount tbr', 'written by mom' and 'Read in Pittsburg' which aren't that helpful in letting other people know what the books are like (but I presume are important bits of information to the readers who used them). Fortunately these individualistic tags show up smaller in the cloud than tags that have been used by multiple readers, like 'Fantasy', 'Adventure', 'Romance', 'First Person', etc. So there is a distinct advantage in using tags that other people are likely to also use. But don't get too caught up in trying to second guess readers you don't even have yet -- just try to keep the tags fairly simple.

This probably goes without saying (I'm sure you don't need to hear it, Frank), but I never know who will be reading my advice here in these introduction threads so I'll say it anyway, just in case some very young and/or clueless authors are reading this: When a book is only listed by a very few people, tags like "best book ever written" make the book look bad. Everyone will assume the author wrote it and they will sneer. Even stuff like "compelling", "kept me up all night" or "heart-wrenching", look like hype and should probably be avoided.

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