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MelanieBillingsMelanie 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.



AnnetteDashofyAnnette Dashofy

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. Circle of Influence (2014), published by Henery Press, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and Bridges Burned (2015) and No Way Home (2017) were Agatha Award finalists for Best Contemporary Novel. Cry Wolf, her latest release, is the seventh in the series. Her short fiction includes a 2007 Derringer Award nominee featuring the same characters as her novels. She also serves as Pennwriters’ Coordinator of Area Reps and is a past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime.




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Susan GableSusan Gable

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.



Hilary HauckHilary Hauck

Hilary Hauck grew up in the UK, and lived in Italy for over a decade before moving to the US. She writes fiction, poetry, and articles, often exploring the vulnerability and strength of the human condition, particularly through cultural identity, life lessons, and the food we eat.
Hilary Hauck recently graduated from Pennsylvania’s premier leadership program, RULE (Rural and Urban Leadership), a two-year program through Penn State Extension, where she developed an entirely new perspective on life and her writing path. Active in the writing community, Hilary is the founder of the writing group, The Inkwell, co-founder of the Allegheny Regional Festival of Books, and current president of Pennwriters.



Catherine McLeanCatherine McLean

In the quiet of the rural Pennsylvania countryside, Catherine writes lighthearted tales of phantasy realms and stardust worlds (fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal adventure-romance).

Her short stories have appeared in hardcover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include Hearts Akilter (a fantasy/sci-fi romance novella), Jewels of the Sky (sci-fi adventure), Karma & Mayhem (paranormal fantasy romance), and Adrada to Zool (a short story anthology).

She is a long-time member of Pennwriters. Her nonfiction guidebook for writers is Revision is a Process - How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing.



Kathy OttenKathy Otten

Kathy Otten is the published author of multiple historical romance novels, novellas, and short stories. She is also published in contemporary romance and historical fiction. She is a Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star winner and Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West finalist. A Place In Your Heart is her fourth full-length novel. Currently, she is putting the finishing touches on a contemporary young adult novel.

She teaches fiction writing online and at a local adult education center, and is a regular presenter at area events. Kathy also does manuscript assessments and editing. She lives in the rolling farmland of western New York where she can often be found walking her dog through the woods and fields. She has been married for thirty-four years and is the mother of three grown children and one grandson.



Fritze RobertsFritze Roberts

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.




JamieSaloffJamie Saloff

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 that Increase Your Income & Visibility.

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.



Debra Ray SanchezDebra Ray 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. 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.



Dave Szymanowski

Dave Szymanowski

Dave Szymanowski has worked in hospitals, state hospitals, correctional and university settings. He has been Deputy Warden for a prison with mostly violent offenders. He has completed numerous TV, radio, and newspaper interviews as well as presentations and training to professional and lay audiences.

Dave often provided technical assistance, served as liaison to multi-agency task forces and provided statewide responsibility for a number of different programs. He supervised on-site graduate student placements in educational research, epidemiology clinical psychology, counseling, sociology, and criminal justice.

Mr. Szymanowski organized, directed and developed the state-wide Comprehensive Sex Offender Treatment and Research Program (cSTAR) as well as directed programs in other states. He trained staff and developed the computerized-assisted profiles system (CAPS).


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