WRITER'S ROAD TRIP - ANNUAL MINI WRITERS CONFERENCE
Sponsored by Pennwriters, Inc.
Newly updated for 2019!
Melanie A. Billings
Although Melanie has only been with the Wild Rose Press for five years, she has been working in various aspects of ebook publishing since 1998. She was the Acquisitions Editor for Whiskey Creek Press and the Senior Editor for Wee Creek Press.
Currently the Editor of the Special Projects Department, Wild Rose Press, Melanie has the freedom to move between lines, working with authors from every genre. Melanie graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1997 with a Bachelor's degree in her double major of English and Communication.
Melanie loves to write and enjoys participating in various writing challenges throughout the year. She has two works of poetry published (Climbing the Mountain and Whispers) and way too many works in progress to mention. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Amy Bovaird is a ghostwriter and the author of three memoirs. She is a recipient of the “Distinguished Medal of Literature” by Ohio Valley University for her first memoir, Mobility Matters.
Bovaird is a former ESL instructor, world traveler, and inspirational speaker who peppers her talks with faith, humor, and culture. She also happens to be legally blind and is losing her hearing. But she advocates living your best life, one rich in gratitude.
She lives in northwest Pennsylvania in the same house where she grew up.
Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township.
A lifelong resident of Washington County, Annette has garnered four Agatha nominations including Best Contemporary Novel of 2018 for Cry Wolf. She’s been a member of Pennwriters since 2004 and currently serves on the board of directors as coordinator of area reps. She’s also a member of International Thriller Writers and the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Fair Game (May 2019) is the eighth in her series.
Visit her on the web at www.AnnetteDashofy.com
Susan Gable is a formerly-traditionally-published author gone indie. Reviewers and readers alike often cite her ability to convey strong emotion in her books, to make them both laugh and cry.
Her books have been Golden Heart and Rita ® Award finalists, been recognized by Romantic Times nominations for Best Superromance of the Year, and she’s won numerous awards, including the National Readers’ Choice Award. Over a half-million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.
A former elementary teacher, Susan is a popular workshop presenter who has spoken at many writing conferences.
Maxwell Ivey is the son of carnival owners from Houston Texas. All he ever wanted to do was be part of the family business. In spite of his blindness, he did just that until his father’s death resulted in the closure of their small traveling show.
He knew he had to find something new to do to help support the family. Having helped the family sell their own surplus rides, he started an online equipment brokering service called The Midway Marketplace. This was 2007 and before Wi-Fi, WordPress, or Facebook. He had to learn how to hand-code html, recruit clients, set fees, manage images and videos, build an email list, use social media, and so much more.
People were inspired by his willingness to take on new challenges and encouraged him to share more of what it was like being an entrepreneur who happened to be blind. That led to a second website, known as The Blind Blogger. Max shared inspiring posts about his past experiences along with life lessons.
Max has written three books so far, done dozens of interviews, traveled cross-country solo, and started his own podcast called “What’s Your Excuse?” The title came from the fact that many people have said. “If Max can do it, then what is my excuse?” He is always up for a new friendship, opportunity, or adventure. If you have any questions, just ask. He is the author of Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light, It's Not the Cookie, It's the Bag (an easy-to-follow guide for weight loss success), and The Blind Blogger's New York City Adventures.
Award-winning, bestselling author Holly Jacobs has over three million books in print worldwide. The first novel in her Everything But. . . series, Everything But a Groom, was named one of 2008's Best Romances by Booklist, and her books have been honored with many other awards and accolades. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania and when she's not writing, she's in her pottery studio. You can visit her www.HollyJacobs.com.
Deanna R. Adams is an award-winning writer, speaker, essayist, and author of eight books, both fiction and nonfiction. She is far too interested in books of all genres to stick to just one and so, she writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her articles, essays, and stories have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including an article on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for the Encyclopedia of the Midwest. The Truth about Justyce, the third in her Peggy Sue series, is her first young adult crossover novel.
Other books include Rock ‘n Roll and the Cleveland Connection, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant, Scoundrels & Dreamers, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Venues, Confessions of a Not-So-Good, and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots and The Writer’s GPS: A Guide to Writing & Selling Your Book. She is a longtime coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference and the “Book Whisperer” for The Cuyahoga County Library’s Writers Center. She also teaches online writing courses for the Pennwriters organization. Visit Deanna at www.Deannaadams.com.
Kathy Otten lives in the rolling farmland of Western New York. Her novels and short stories are filled with wounded heroes and feisty heroines. Her Civil War novel, A Place in Your Heart, was a Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star winner, and her historical western Lost Hearts, a Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West finalist.
Kathy teaches fiction writing at a local adult education center and presents workshops online as well as conferences and author events. She is available for manuscript evaluations and editing. Her current projects include a World War I short story and a western historical romance.
You can visit Kathy at www.KathyOttenAuthor.com.
Fritze Roberts is a freelance editor and former project manager who helps authors commit to their writing projects and enjoy success.
Fritze writes about monsters, aliens, addicts, and animals – even though she is none of these things. Her science fiction and fantasy stories contrast the small activities of every day with the larger mysteries of life.
Jamie Saloff is passionate about helping self-publishing authors create professional-quality books. A longtime book designer, self-publishing expert, and former web designer, she’s helped countless authors achieve their published dreams.
She is the author of seven books including 7 Easy Steps to Professionally Self-Publish Your Book Using Lightning Source or IngramSpark: A Quick Reference Guide for Creating Print-on-Demand Books.
In addition, Jamie is the author of Transformational Healing, Marvelous Messages, and several other books designed for deep, self-exploration and personal achievement. She is a graduate of Lily Dale’s Fellowships of the Spirit.
Visit her on the web at www.Bookectomy.com (the sponsor of this website) or www.MarvelousMessages.com.
Debra Rae Sanchez
Debra R. Sanchez has moved over thirty times...so far. She and her husband have three adult children, four grandchildren, as well as a cat and a dog.
She leads and attends various writing groups in the Pittsburgh area and also hosts writing retreats. In addition, she teaches and tutors Spanish and ESL to people of all ages and is a freelance (English/Spanish) translator.
Her bilingual picture book And My Mother Cried/Y Mi Mamá Lloró won The Author Zone TAZ Award for "Best Children's Book 2017" and her writing guide Prompted, Prodded, Published: How Writing Prompts Can Help All Writers was awarded 2nd place TAZ Award in the business book category. In 2018, her book Raw & Unfinished received a TAZ award in the poetry division. Her other writing has won awards at writers’ conferences in various genres, including children's stories, poetry, fantasy, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Several of her plays and monologues have been produced and published. Her other works have been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.
Eugene H. Ware is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and he and his wife Nancy have lived three blocks from the entrance to Presque Isle State Park for over forty-five years. His and Nancy’s interest in the Park comes from daily year-around visits onto the park.
He has served on many local non-profit boards acting as President of seven of them. Currently, he serves as Past President of The Presque Isle Partnership, The Sight Center of Northwest Pennsylvania, The Workforce Investment Board, and The Humane Society. He is Past-President of the Tom Ridge Center Foundation and board member of the recently formed Presque Isle Light Station. He is also a sustaining member of The Historical Society of Erie County.
Ware is an avid photographer and writer with eight prior books published with Presque Isle as their subject with a new soon to be published children’s book, Tucker & Ripley, due in August. He is a member of Pennwriters a statewide writers group. He regularly speaks at many functions about his favorite topic Presque Isle State Park. He writes a blog for the local newspaper which is entitled “Presque Isle – A place for all Seasons”. The blog has been very successful and readership much higher than paper expected. Ware writes two new entries each week on the blog and includes many pictures of his own and from other photographers that are on the park.
He hopes that his writing will bring back fond memories of Presque Isle and inspire others to contact him with new and different information and pictures of Presque Isle’s bygone years and current experiences on Presque Isle. He views these books as a beginning and not an end product.
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