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From gravedigger to horror author...

Raised on a diet of Heavy Metal and bad intentions, Tim Marquitz  has always been interested in writing, but it wasn't until about 1995 the urge became a compulsion. However, it would be many years later before the ability matched the interest. Fortunately, the two have reconciled...mostly.

Writing a mix of the dark perverse, the horrific, and the tragic, tinged with sarcasm and biting humor, he looks to leave a gaping wound in the memories of his readers like his
inspirations: Clive Barker, Jim Butcher, and Stephen King.

A former grave digger, bouncer, and dedicated metalhead, Tim is a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts, and fighting in general. Involved in the Live Action Role
Playing organization, Amtgard, since he was fifteen, he derives great pleasure from bashing people into submission.

He lives in Texas with his beautiful wife and daughter, a neurotic dog and their finger-crippling cat.

           

 

Kim Richards lives in Northern California where she work at writing and runs two small press publishing houses which she co-owns:  Damnation Books and Eternal Press. She got into publishing a few years back when first working for Eternal Press as an editor and later as the marketing manager. She quit in 2009 to open Damnation Books with William Gilchrist; then in December 2009, they bought Eternal Press.

Kim says, "I love what I do and wouldn't trade it for anything
in the world. Yes, this is hard work but I enjoy every second of it."

Kim's work includes dark and scifi fiction under her names, Kim Richards and Kim Bundy. She also
writes erotica under the name, Sharie Silva. Her most recent titles are Death Masks--a thriller about a female serial killer, Beauty Is (a make up consultant meets zombie story) and Paper Chains (a holiday erotica). She also has stories and chapters in The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction, A Firestorm of Dragons and the upcoming  anthology of fairy tales from Dragon Moon Press.  Kim co-edited The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction and is currently editing The Complete Guide to Writing Horror for DMP. She has several novels completed or in revision stages and a new one just started which was inspired by a weekend writer's retreat with other horror writers at a haunted house.

Visit Kim's website at www.kim-richards.com
Also check out Damnation Books at www.damnationbooks.com and Eternal Press at www.eternalpress.biz
 
Joel Goldman started writing thrillers when one of his former law partners complained to him about another partner. Joel told him they should write a murder mystery, kill the other partner in the first chapter and spend the rest of the book figuring out who did it. So that's what Joel did and he never looked back. That was in 1992.

His latest book, NO WAY OUT, is the third book in his series featuring former FBI Special Agent Jack Davis, following THE DEAD MAN, and SHAKEDOWN.

In SHAKEDOWN, Jack's world is coming apart and there is nothing he can do about it. One reason is a rare movement disorder that has come out of nowhere, causing him to shake when he should shoot. It's something Jack and Joel have in common. THE DEAD MAN continues Jack's struggles with the dreams that haunt his past and a serial killer who makes his victims' worst nightmares come true. In NO WAY OUT, Jack's search for two missing children leads him into a deadly web of deceit years in the making.

Joel became a ten-year overnight success with the publication of his first book, MOTION TO KILL, in 2002, introducing trial lawyer Lou Mason. Lou made his second appearance in 2003's Edgar-nominated THE LAST WITNESS. He managed to keep getting in and out of trouble in COLD TRUTH and DEADLOCKED, which was nominated for a Shamus award and has been optioned for film.

Sony Television optioned Joel's short story, "Knife Fight", published in the anthology THE PROSECUTION RESTS, for development as a series. Joel retired from his law practice in 2006.

 

Graham Brown grew up in Illinois, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, moving often with his family. As far as he knows they weren't in the witness protection program or part of any top secret government agency - but then - would they really tell him?

Graham went to college in Arizona, earning a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and went on to get a law degree from Arizona State College of Law.

A former pilot and lawyer and later part of a start up health care firm, Graham decided he hadn't had enough different careers yet and decided to become a writer.

A huge fan of Michael Crichton, Stephen King and television
shows like the X-files and Lost, Graham's first novel BLACK RAIN was an adventure thriller, steeped in suspense. Debuting in January 2010, its plot melded the quest for cold fusion with the Mayan creation legend from the ancient text of the Popul Vuh - writings that are basically the Mayan version of Genesis.

The main characters in BLACK RAIN are Danielle Laidlaw - a government operative forced to take over a mission she wants nothing to do with, Professor Michael McCarter, a university scholar reeling from the death of his wife, and a mercenary named Hawker, who once worked for the CIA, ruined his life and - at least initially - thinks he is willing to do anything they ask to get back in their good graces.

BLACK SUN, Graham's second book and the sequel to BLACK RAIN follows Hawker, Danielle, and McCarter as they race to stop an apocalypse associated with the Mayan prophecy of 2012.

As quoted in an interview Graham said: "I know its not the first 2012 book on the market, but I think we've managed to take most of what people expect out of a 2012 book and turn it upside down. Our tag lines is: 2012 - forget everything you think you know."

Graham recently signed a contract with Random House for the third book in the series.

Graham has spent the better part of the last 21 years in the deserts of Arizona and southern California. He mistakenly went back to Philadelphia one winter and vows never to do that again. He does however follow the Philadelphia Eagles and bleeds Eagles green when they lose. Like many Eagles fans he will soon need a transfusion, but he believes they will win the Super Bowl some day and he intends to be there when it happens.

Graham currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

 

(Read Audrey's review of The Writing Circle.)

Corinne Demas grew up in New York City, in Stuyvesant Town, the subject of her memoir, Eleven Stories High, Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968. She attended Hunter College High School, graduated from Jackson College, Tufts University, and completed a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She lived in Pittsburgh for a decade, teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and at Chatham College. In 1978 she moved to New England and began teaching at Mount Holyoke College, where she is now a professor of English.

A Fiction Editor of The Massachusetts Review, she is a member of The Authors Guild, PEN, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. She's the winner of a Lawrence Foundation Prize, the University of Missouri Press's Breakthrough Contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Competition.

She lives with her family in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod. She is represented by McIntosh & Otis Inc. For more information check her Bibliography .

   

 

Sylvia Dickey Smith says:

I was born in Orange, Texas and grew up in a colorful Scots-Irish family while living in the midst of a Cajun culture. When 34, my curiosity about the world took on a whole new dimension when I moved to the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. Awed by the differences in customs and cultures, particularly as they related to West Indian women, set me on a journey of study and self-discovery.
 
Back in the U.S. at 40, I started college and didnít stop until I achieved a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in womenís studies and a masterís in counseling. For the next twenty years I worked in the field of human services and for a couple of those years, taught as an adjunct professor. My writing career didnít begin until after I retired.
 
An advocate for women, my writing features those who recreate themselves into the people they want to be, strong women who take charge of their lives and get things done. (If you've met Sidra Smart or Bea Meade, you know what I mean.)
 
The stories dwell on the wondrous twists and turns of human behavior rooted in my background as a
counselor before I became a novelist. The tales are fun, sassy, and (according to my fans) darn good reads. I hope you like these kind of books, too! I look forward to adding you as a fan.
 

 

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