GRNW, the only conference in the Pacific Northwest to focus on the rising genre of LGBTQ romance fiction, is so excited to have such a wonderful group of authors attending the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up on September 26, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library!
Read biographies of the attending authors and speakers below and join the GRNW group on GoodReads to participate in more discussions with attendees!
If you are interested in participating in the 2015 conference as an official attending author, please email us with your interest. All authors applying for a featured author spot at the conference and book festival must be a published author of LGBTQ romance fiction.
GRNW 2015 Attending Authors and Panelists include:
- Astrid Amara
- Talya Andor
- Laura Baumbach
- Jove Belle
- Heidi Belleau
- Dev Bentham
- Sarah Brady
- Shannon Brady
- Tonie Chacon
- L.C. Chase
- Ethan Day
- Charley Descoteaux
- Grace R. Duncan
- Cjane Elliot
- R.G. Emanuelle
- Kim Fielding
- Amelia C. Gormley
- Ginn Hale
- Lane Hayes
- Lou Harper
- Daisy Harris
- J. Tullos Hennig
- David Holly
- Laylah Hunter
- Heather Rose Jones
- Nicole Kimberling
- Morticia Knight
- Sandy Lowe
- Jill Malone
- Edmond Manning
- Andi Marquette
- Kate McLachlan
- Christopher Moss
- M.J. O’Shea
- JK Pendragon
- Alex Powell
- Jordan Castillo Price
- Rick R. Reed
- Andrea Speed
- Lou Sylvre
- Anne Tenino
- Joseph Lance Tonlet
- Sheri Lewis Wohl
GRNW 2015 Author Biographies
Astrid Amara lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, four dogs, two goats, and one horse. She’s a graduate of Western Washington University, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, and a bureaucrat by day. She is an active volunteer for greyhound adoption and, when not doing anything with animals or writing, can usually be found sleeping, because she is also extremely lazy.
Her novel The Archer’s Heart was a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award. This and her other titles are available through her website at: AstridAmara.com.
Talya lives in the Pacific Northwest with her girlfriend and their girl-kitty who they believe to be cutest cat in the world, and is constantly balancing a busy slate of boylove stories to write with her day job, hobbies to upkeep, and nail polishes to collect. She has been writing fiction since elementary school and progressed to guy on guy erotica during college, honing her chops on fan fiction until original fiction lured her with its siren call. She loves writing and reading, routinely geeks out over gaming and movies, and watches far too many cooking shows.
You can find Talya at her WordPress blog, http://dreaminginfinity.wordpress.com/ and twitter @TalyaAndor.
Laura Baumbach is the best-selling, multi-award winning, acclaimed author of short stories, novellas, novels and screenplays. Most recently, Mexican Heat, written in collaboration with Josh Lanyon, has been chosen as a finalist for Best Gay Romance in the 2009 Lambda Literary Awards, a finalist in the 2010 EPPIE Awards, and has received an Honorable Mention at the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival. Laura was nominated for Best GBLT Author 2008 in the LRC’s Best Of Awards for 2008. Her adventure story The Lost Temple of Karttikeya won the 2008 EPPIE Award for Best GLBT novel. Her sequel to the best-selling novel A Bit of Rough, Roughhousing, was 2007 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner.
A retired nurse, Laura devotes herself full time to publishing and writing. She is the owner of ManLoveRomance Press, a small print publishing house that specializes in gay erotic romance, mystery and fiction. Visit Laura’s website.
Jove Belle lives in Vancouver, Washington with her partner, a woman deserving of sainthood for enduring life with Jove for so many years. Between them they share a collection of six children, a hairless dog named Peaches, a cranky old cat who’d prefer to be left alone, and a flock of chickens.
Her books include The Job, Uncommon Romance, Love and Devotion, Indelible, Chaps, Split the Aces, and Edge of Darkness. They are available from Bold Strokes Books.
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Sarah and Shannon Brady
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Tonie Chacon is the author of the recently released Struck! A Titanic Love Story. Tonie has been writing all her life, although she only recently turned from writing songs to writing novels. Struck! A Titanic Love Story, published by Regal Crest Enterprises, is her first novel. Tonie is married to Kate McLachlan, also a Regal Crest author. They live in Eastern Washington with a menagerie of cats and dogs. Learn more about Tonie at her website: www.toniechacon.homestead.com.
Artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic and adventure seeker. After a decade of road tripping on three continents, she now calls the Canadian West Coast home. When not writing tales of beautiful men falling love, L.C. can be found designing book covers of said beautiful men, reading, drawing, running the trails with her goofy four-legged buddy who, if he were human, would be a stand-up comedian, and giving in to fighting her root beer addiction. Visit L.C.’s website.
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Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they let her sleep once in a while. Home is Portland, Oregon, where the weather is like your favorite hard-case writing buddy who won’t let you get away with taking too many days off, and in some places you can be as weird as you are without fear. As an out and proud bisexual and life-long weird-o, she thinks that last part is pretty cool. Visit Charley’s website.
Grace R. Duncan
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After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending. CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop. Find out more about Cjane at http://www.cjaneelliott.com.
New York native R.G. Emanuelle spent more than 20 years as an editor, writer, and typesetter. When she was child, a neighbor called her a vampire because she only came out after dark, so it’s fitting that her first novel, Twice Bitten, is about creatures of the night. She is also a culinary school graduate, which is what inspired her to write her romantic novella, Add Spice to Taste, starring a love-burned chef. She is co-editor of the Lambda Literary Finalist anthology All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica & Romance, and the Golden Crown Winner Unwrap These Presents, as well as Skulls and Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates Her short stories can be found in numerous anthologies, and she has a novella series coming out soon, which features romance, mystery, and paranormal fun. Visit R.G.’s website.
Kim Fielding grew up In Oregon but has lived the past two decades exiled to the boring part of California with her husband and two daughters. She is a university professor by day and a writer all the time. She has written over two dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, including the Rainbow Award-winning gay fantasy novel, Brute. Her work spans many genres–contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical—and she’s very pleased when people call her eclectic. She travels as often as time, finances, and her family allow but wishes she could convince her muse to do her packing for her.
Visit Kim’s website at http://kfieldingwrites.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Twitter @KFieldingWrites.
Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot M/M erotic romance while her son is in school. When she’s not writing, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband and son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else. Visit Amelia’s website.
Ginn Hale lives with her lovely wife and two indolent cats in the Pacific Northwest. She spends many of the rainy days tinkering with devices and words and can often be sighted herding other people’s dogs, bees and goats. Her first novel,Wicked Gentlemen, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and won the Spectrum Award for best novel.
Her most recent publications include the Lord of the White Hell books, the ten part epic fantasy serial, The Rifter, and the novella Things Unseen and Deadly from the Irregulars anthology. Visit Ginn’s website.
Lane Hayes is grateful to be doing what she loves best. Writing! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few ago and was hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. Lane is the author of the bestselling Better Than Stories series featuring Better Than Good, Better Than Chance, Better Than Friends and Better Than Safe, as well as the Right and Wrong Stories series, featuring The Right Words, The Wrong Man and The Right Time. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and very old dog ever in an almost empty nest.
Bio coming soon!
Born into the psychedelic wonder that was the 70’s, Daisy Harris has an interesting life so far. She’s been to Catholic school and Ramones concerts; danced to the MC Hammer and Lady Gaga; and been a hair’s breath from shipwreck twice. (Three times, if you count sea kayaks!)
As far as Daisy’s concerned, the best things in life happen by accident. Though she’s gotten better at planning as she’s aged, she still writes, lives and plays by the seat of her pants. Her books are a happy mix of romantic comedies and coming of age stories, more often than not, inspired by the great films of the 1980s.
Daisy lives in Seattle in a house full of dogs and children. When she’s not writing gay romance, she can be found experimenting with new ways to cook kale. Every once in a while, she goes out to pay homage to the party of gods of her youth—and maybe to find a little trouble. Visit Daisy’s website.
J Tullos Hennig
Blessed with a longstanding spouse, kids and grandkids, she is also alternately plagued and blessed with a pair of equine freeloaders on retirement pensions, a teenage wolfhound who alternates between leaping over the sofa and snoozing on it, and a press gang of invisible ‘friends’ who Will. Not. S.T.F.U.
The award-winning Historical Fantasies of Greenwode and Shirewode are not her first novels by any means, but due to a spate of bad luck as a younger writer, they are the first to find successful publication. But patience has its merits–Hennig is writing better books now than 30 years ago. Visit J’s website.
David Holly’s most recent novel is The Heart’s Eternal Desire from Bold Strokes Books, a story about a man in love with a man with multiple personalities, and the vast conspiracy arrayed against the couple.
David is attracted to odd mythologies, bizarre rituals, skewed history, alien religions, forlorn hopes, and broken dreams. His stories are mythological, witty, philosophical, satirical, erotic, and droll. He is the author of two previous novels from Bold Strokes, several story collections, two gay romantic comic novels, four collections of female domination/male emasculation stories, and numerous stories in anthologies. Find out more about David Holly and his publications at gaywriter.org.
Laylah Hunter writes speculative fiction, often queer, often erotic, often concerned with power dynamics, and sometimes all of those things at once. Hunter’s mild-mannered alter ego has a day job in one of the driest and stuffiest corners of the publishing industry, a video game habit, and two cats who consistently fail their aloofness checks. Hunter writes best on rainy days and is powered mostly by lattes, which made moving to Seattle a wise career choice. Visit Laylah’s website.
Heather Rose Jones
Heather Rose Jones is the author of Daughter of Mystery and The Mystic Marriage, the first two novels in a historic fantasy series set in an alternate early 19th century. Her short fiction has primarily appeared in Science Fiction/Fantasy markets, including stories in the Sword and Sorceress anthology series, and most recently a queer take on the medieval Welsh Mabinogi, published in both print and audio formats by Podcastle.org. She publishes an ongoing blog The Lesbian Historic Motif Project covering research of interest to authors writing historically-based lesbian characters (http://hrj.livejournal.com). Heather has a PhD from U.C. Berkeley in Linguistics and works as an industrial discrepancy investigator for a major biotech pharmaceutical company.
Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her partner, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats and countless mosquitos. She is the author of various speculative fiction titles as well as a contemporary romantic mystery series set in the Pacific Northwest. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
She is also the editor of Blind Eye Books. Visit Nicole’s website.
Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale, with MM and MMF pairings. Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to her family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
Morticia has a three-book series called Uniform Encounters set in the Southwest that features those yummy men in uniform – available in 2013. She is currently working on a new MM series, as well as a steampunk horror and a sci-fi ménage. Visit Morticia’s website.
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Jill Malone won a Lambda Literary Award for her second novel, A Field Guide to Deception. Raised in a military family, Jill went to German kindergarten, and lived across from a bakery that made gummi bears the size of mice. Stationed on the East Coast and in Hawaii, she has spent the last nineteen years in Spokane with her son, three dogs, a hedgehog, and a lot of outdoor gear. Jill has an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her first novel, Red Audrey and the Roping, won the Bywater Prize for Fiction. In 2011, she married a performance artist and addiction counselor who makes the best risotto on the planet. Giraffe People is her third novel. Go to jillmalone.com to read her idiosyncratic and candid blog.
Edmond Manning writes unconventional fiction, blending surreal plots grounded in very real emotions, exploring how ordinary men achieve a state of kingly grace over the course of a single weekend. His fiction books, including King Perry, King Mai, and The Butterfly King received online acclaim and in 2014, King Mai was a finalist in the national Lamba Literary Awards. The physical locations in his fiction are practically characters in the story, which means he spends lots of time researching details. His non-fiction book of essays, I Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That, was a finalist in the 2013 Independent BBook Awards. Feel free to contact him on Facebook or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Andi Marquette is a native of New Mexico and Colorado and an award-winning mystery,speculative fiction, and romance writer. She also has the dubious good fortune to be an editor who spent 15 years working in publishing. As a result, she is coeditor of All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica and Romance, a Lambda finalist, Goldie finalist, and Rainbow runner-up and the forthcoming anthology Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance and Erotica. Her most recent novels are Day of the Dead, the Goldie finalist The Edge of Rebellion, and the romance From the Hat Down, a followup to From the Boots Up, a Rainbow Award runner-up. When she’s not writing, she serves as editor for Luna Station Quarterly, an ezine that features speculative fiction written by women and as coadmin of the popular blogsite Women and Words.
Kate McLachlan is the author of several lesbian novels, including the award-winning Rip Van Dyke time-travel series, several mysteries, and a bit of romance. Her novella, Christmas Crush, was a Lambda Finalist in 2015 in the Lesbian Romance category. Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wife, novelist Tonie Chacon, and their various cats and dogs. Kate works in a respectable legal job all week long, but on the weekends she dons her rainbow striped SuperWriter cape and creates adventures, failures, triumphs, and love for her very real imaginary friends. Learn more about Kate by visiting her website, www.katemclachlan.com.
Bio coming soon!
M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.
J. K. Pendragon is a genderqueer author hailing from British Columbia, Canada. They have been writing and telling stories from a young age, and enjoy writing in a variety of different genres, although their home-base is fantasy and speculative fiction. J.K. came to the queer romance genre through m/m, but has since branched off to writing f/f and trans stories as well, believing strongly in the importance of diversity in romance and media in general. A social recluse at heart, J.K. likes peace and solitude, with the exception of attention from their doting partner and cold disdain from their overlord/cat. You can find J.K. at their blog and website jkpendragon.com or tweet them at @JKPendragon.
Alex Powell is an avid writer and reader of sci-fi and fantasy, but on occasion branches into other genres to keep things interesting. Alex is a genderqueer writer from the wilds of northern Canada who loves exploring other peoples and cultures. Alex is a recent graduate of UNBC with a BA in English, and as a result has an unhealthy obsession with Victorian Gothic literature. Alex has been writing from an early age, but is happy to keep learning to improve on their writing skills. Visit Alex’s website.
Jordan Castillo Price
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again. Visit Jordan’s website.
Radclyffe has had a lifelong passion for the importance of affirming and validating literature for the LGBTQ community and brings more than twenty years experience in both writing and publishing to Bold Strokes Books, one of the world’s largest independent LGBTQ publishing companies. She is a retired surgeon and full time author-publisher, she has written and published over forty-five novels as well as dozens of short stories, has edited numerous anthologies, and, writing as L. L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters.
Rick R. Reed
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery, and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation, and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” In his spare time, Rick is an avid runner, loves to cook, and reads voraciously. Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”
Visit Rick’s website at http://www.rickrreed.com or follow his blog at http://rickrreedreality.blogspot.com/. You can also like Rick on Facebook or on Twitter. Rick always enjoys hearing from readers and answers all e-mails personally. Send him a message at email@example.com.
Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. She’s the author of the Infected series for Dreamspinner Press, the Josh of the Damned series for Riptide Publishing, and has a bunch of non-series stuff as well. She makes up stuff, just to be an ass. In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution! Visit Andrea’s website.
Read our GRNW interview with Andrea on GoodReads.
Lou Sylvre hails from southern California but now lives and writes on the rainy side of Washington State. When she’s not writing, she’s reading fiction from nearly every genre, romance in all its tints and shades, and the occasional book about history, physics, or police procedure. Not zombies, though. Her personal assistant is Boudreau, a large cat who never outgrew his kitten meow. She plays guitar (mostly where people can’t hear her) and she loves to sing. She’s usually smiling and laughs too much, some say. She also loves her family, her friends, the aforementioned Boudreau, a Chihuahua named Joe, and (in random order) coffee, chocolate, sunshine, and wild roses.
Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.
Anne’s husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne’s need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. They were raised to be open-minded children, however, and other than occasionally stealing Ken’s strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference.
Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.
Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her website.
Joseph Lance Tonlet
Bio coming soon!
Sheri Lewis Wohl
Sheri Lewis Wohl grew up in Northeast Washington State surrounded by mountains, pine trees, rivers, and lakes. Though she always thought she’d move away to somewhere big and bold, she never did, and is noow happy to write surrounded by the beauty of nature. When not working her day job in federal finance or writing her stories of vampires, werewolves, and psychics, she participates in local triathlons and is a member of a K9 search and rescue team. Keeping true to her love of the paranormal, Sheri has also appeared as a zombie in the SyFy series, Z Nation.