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Brenda HiattBrenda Hiatt

Since 1992, Brenda Hiatt has published six Harlequin Regencies, one Harlequin Superromance, and six single title historicals with HarperCollins/Avon. Brenda was one of the founders of RWA's Published Author Special Interest Chapter (PASIC) and has been an active member of Novelists, Inc since 1992, serving as Ninc's President in 2006. For the past ten years Brenda has also been known throughout the writing community for her "Show Me the Money" survey, in which she compiles and shares data on publisher advances and royalty payments. The most recent update is always available at http://www.brendahiatt.com.

Dianne DespainDianne Despain

Whether she is known as novelist Dianne Drake or non-fiction freelancer JJ Despain, Diane is a huge advocate of writing where you can.  For her, that included the first thing she ever wrote - a tiny article in Woman’s Day, which launched her career as a writer and magazine journalist.  From there she went on to become a regular freelancer for most of the top North American women’s magazines (Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Parenting, to name a few.  It was one of these articles that caught the eye of her first editor at Harlequin and turned into the start of her fiction career, which is what she really wanted all along.  Today, with more than 1000 magazine articles under her belt, as well as nine nonfiction books, including A Writer’s Guide to Getting Published in Magazines, and 33 novels for Harlequin. http://www.diannedrake.com/

Jennifer StevensonJennifer Stevenson

Jennifer writes sexy comic romantic fantasy, or maybe it's sexy comic paranormal romance.  She swims for fun and speed rollerskates competitively (yes, you read that right!).  She's a charter member of Book View Cafe.  She has two white cats and a very large array of black clothes. http://jenniferstevenson.com/

JoAnn GroteJoAnn Grote

JoAnn is the award-winning author of 38 books, including inspirational romances, middle grade historical novels and children's nonfiction. She writes the monthly column "Not Your Usual Writing Advice" for the Novelists, Inc. newsletter, Nink. 


Karen Tintori Karen Tintori

Karen is an internationally bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction whose novels, written with Jill Gregory, have been translated into more than 25 languages. She learned belly dance in Detroit from an Egyptian Jew.  Twenty-five years ago, her husband declined to trade her for two camels after she danced in Morocco. http://www.karentintori.com/

Lisa Wanttaja Lisa Wanttaja

Lisa started writing science fiction and monster stories in elementary school. An "Air Force Brat", she lived in a number of states, as well as the Philippines, giving her the chance to observe a variety of people and ways of life. These experiences provided a valuable foundation for her writing. The sciences have always held a fascination for her, as evidenced by her "day jobs" as a veterinary technician, clinical laboratory assistant, and environmental chemist. http://www.lisawanttaja.com/

Lori DevotiLori Devoti

Lori has been self-publishing for over a year. In that time she has helped dozens of other authors to do the same by sharing information on her web site, howtowriteshop.com, teaching online classes on self-publishing and hiring out her services formatting e-books. http://www.loridevoti.com/

Marcella BurnardMarcella Burnard

RITA finalist in Best First Book and Paranormal categories, Marcella is the national best selling author of Enemy Within and Enemy Games.  She was recently a guest on Other Worlds of Romance on www.blogtalkradio.com.  Read more about Marcella at http://www.marcellaburnard.com/

Laura HaydenLaura Hayden

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Laura Hayden began her reading career at the age of four.  Since then, she has published twelve fiction books from a variety of publishers including Harlequin, Zebra, St. Martins, Tyndale House and Tor/Forge, four short stories in anthologies from DAW, Random House and Cumberland House, and a non-fiction book from Berkley about bestselling author, Nora Roberts.  Her most recent novel is ANGEL, co-written with Nicole "Coco" Marrow, wife of rapper/actor, Ice-T.  Laura lives in Montgomery, Alabama where, besides writing, she owns Author, Author! Bookstore. http://suspense.net/

Julie OrtolonJulie Ortolon

Julie’s very first contemporary romance novel hit the USA Today list. Her nine print titles were published by Dell, St. Martin’s Press, and NAL’s Signet Eclipse, finaled in the RITA, and won numerous other writing awards. All that came to a screeching halt in 2007 when editors in New York told her that readers “no longer buy straight contemporary romance.”  When the ebook revolution hit, Julie got the rights back to eight of her nine titles and released them as e-books. Apparently some readers do still buy straight contemporary romance since all of her backlist ebooks have enjoyed multi-week stays on the Top 100 in Romance at both Amazon and Apple and three of those titles hit Amazon’s Top 100 Storewide. She is currently working on a new contemporary romance with plans to self publish it straight to e-book. http://www.julieortolon.com/

Patricia McLinnPatricia McLinn

A past president of Novelists, Inc., Patricia is the author of twenty-six published novels, a reformed journalist, was a sports writer for the Rockford (Ill) Register Star, the  Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, and the Washington Post.   She is also, as she calls herself, the “instigator” of www.AWritersWork.com  and checkout her website: http://www.patriciamclinn.com/

Melinda Rucker HaynesMelinda Rucker Haynes

Melinda, aka Mmmmmmelinda, speculates that she learned to write fiction as a grant writer at a Sin City university. After teaching speed reading to Area 51 workers, she escaped academe with her sense of humor further perverted and a piteously tiny retirement she immediately spent on tinfoil hats. Her growing curiosity about the human mind’s vast creative powers (read: fluid nature of personal reality) set her on a strangely confluent path of mystical and scientific investigation that winds through her paranormal novels and inspires her Personal Time Travel© creative development coaching. http://www.melindaruckerhaynes.com/

Pati NaglePati Nagle

Pati is Publications Coordinator for Book View Press/Book View Café.  Her stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Cricket, and several anthologies. She was a finalist for Writers of the Future and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. She has also written historical novels as P.G. Nagle. Her fantasy novel, The Betrayal, appeared in 2009, and its sequel, Heart of the Exiled, will be released in January, 2011. http://patinagle.com/

Patricia RicePatricia Rice

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia is one of romance's hottest authors. In her forty-eighth book, The Devilish Montague, she produces the second book of her new regency series entitled the Rebellious Sons. And her first mystery, Evil Genius, an original e-book, has just been produced by Bookviewcafe.com. Her books have also been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories. www.patriciarice.com

Laura PhillipsLaura Phillips

Laura writes articles, novels, and just about anything else someone will pay her to write.  By day, she's the business manager for a PDA software company and the keeper of the company's most complete list of exciting superlatives for use in computer sales literature.  She also has worked as a journalist, news editor, copy-editor, waitress, cook, pizza delivery driver, and has launched two small businesses.  She holds a B.S. in Journalism and is the author of seven published novels. http://www.lauraphillips.net/

Patricia RyanPatricia Ryan

Patricia Ryan, aka P.B. Ryan, has written 27 mysteries and romances for NAL, Bantam, Berkley, St. Martin’s, and Harlequin. After she self-published her backlist as e-books, most rose to top 10 spots on Amazon and Apple bestseller lists. A RITA winner and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of two RT Awards, a Golden Heart, and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for Still Life With Murder. Once upon a time, Pat served as promotion manager for a division of a large New York publishing house, experience that came in handy when she co-founded Backlist eBooksTM, a promotional service for author-published out-of-print titles. http://patricia-ryan.com/

Sally HawkesSally Hawkes

Sally is works as the Manager of Network Services at the Arkansas State Library.   (Translation – She works as an interpreter between IT geeks and librarians.)  She has an MLS from the University of South Florida, where she went to avoid blizzards in Pennsylvania.  She worked in libraries in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Illinois before moving to Arkansas.  She has written both contemporary romances and Regencies romances under various names -- her own, Sally Falcon and Sarah Eagle.  She has been nominated for Best Regency Comedy by RT several times and was a finalist for the Colorado Romance Writers award for Best Regency.  She writes the Bits & Pieces column for the NINC newsletter.  Recently she sold the e-rights for 4 Meteor Kismet books to Samhain Publishing for their RetroRomance line.

Sasha WhiteSasha White

National Bestselling author Sasha White is also a professional photographer. Attending conferences like NINC allows her to indulge both her creative sides and talk writing while also toting her camera along.  Besides the Open Call during Night Owls, Sasha is offering her expertise to Ninc members (and their families, if you so choose), at other times during the conference.  Check out her portfolio and special-for-NINC pricing at http://sabrinaingram.zenfolio.com/ninc-special and her website at http://www.sashawhite.net/

Lynda HilburnLynda Hilburn writes paranormal fiction. More specifically, she writes vampire books. After a childhood filled with invisible friends, sightings of dead relatives and a fascination with the occult, turning to the paranormal was a no-brainer. In her other reality, she makes her living as a licensed psychotherapist, certified clinical hypnotherapist, professional psychic/tarot reader, university instructor and workshop presenter. http://www.lyndahilburnauthor.com