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Biographies for the Upcoming Election


Julie Leto is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. Published first by Harlequin in 1998, she has gone on to work for four different publishers, including Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books. Currently, she’s pursuing the wild world of independent publishing, first through a rerelease of her backlist of suspense and paranormal titles and now through new spin-offs of those earlier works. A graduate of the University of South Florida with degrees in Creative Writing and Speech Communication, Julie is a Florida native with deep roots in the Italian-Hispanic culture of her hometown of Tampa, where she often sets her books. She lives north of the city with her teenage daughter, a spoiled dachshund, and a haughty Lynx-point Siamese. A long-time member of NINC, she hopes to continue the tradition of bringing together writers of different genres and routes to publication.


Ashley McConnell has published 17 novels and several short stories, including one in the first NINC anthology, Cast of Characters. Her first novel was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. She was the Registrar for the 2011 NINC conference and has served as Treasurer since April 2013. In addition to her fiction work, Ashley has written nonfiction about writing, science, and the culture of large companies. She is currently engaged in backlist publishing and developing a new mystery series, which may (as these things do) turn into stand-alone fantasy novels.

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Cynthia Bailey Pratt published her first book, a Regency romance, in 1991 with Berkley. Since then, she’s written historical romances, paranormal romances, more regency romances, and Americana. She’s also worked in politics and sales. At the moment, like many others, she is experimenting in the fresh area of e-pubbing with an epic fantasy, Hero for Hire. Cynthia joined NINC just about as soon as it came into being as it proved to be the perfect blend of camaraderie and ethical professionalism. As the traditional market tightens, NINC should become an even more active voice for the professional author and a resource to safeguard our rights for the future. Cynthia and her husband, empty-nesters, are currently plotting a move to Orlando, Florida.

A USA Today bestseller, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has self-published 12 original romance titles, 36 print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises, and one mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine and featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and People magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and children.

USA Today bestselling author, Janet Tronstad, has more than three million books in print, primarily from the 35 titles she has written for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line. A member of NINC for five years, she has a short story in the upcoming NINC Anthology, I Never Thought I’d See You Again. Prior to publishing novels (her first book was published in 2000), she wrote magazine articles for Women’s World, Arizona High-   

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