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South Carolina Upstate

Barbara EversBarbara V. Evers
Genre: contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, fantasy, short stories, non-fiction, essays, editing, technical documents
SpeakingTopics: “Whose Head is This? Getting Your Point of View Right;” “Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s: Don’t Let Errors Ruin Your Submission;” “He Said, She Said, Who Said? Punctuation & Other Problems with Dialogue;” “Character Development: Using Myers Briggs to Create Believable and Multi-layered Characters;” “Don’t Let Your Story Collapse: Developing a Successful Story Arc;” “Refine Your Story: Tips from a Freelance Editor;” “So You Want to Start a Blog?;” “Skeletons in the Closet? Set Them Free in Your Writing;” “Why Can’t We All Get Along? Setting Up Believable Conflicts in Your Writing;” “Sharing Your Faith in Writing”

Published WorkThe Petigru Review; moonShine review; Stupefying Stories; Child of My Child; Award winning author including a Pushcart Prize Nomination; Corporate Trainer with extensive background in business and technical writing
Location: Greer
Travel Parameter: Willing to speak in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee, especially within 3 hours drive from Greenville, SC area

Blogs: An Eclectic Muse, The Workbench of Faith

Website: http://eversworks.com/



Craig FarisCraig Secrest Faris
Suspense, Thrillers, Short Fiction, Articles on Writing
Speaking Topics: “Drowning the Agent – A Step by Step guide on How to Write Queries;” “The Wrong Way to Get Published;” “The Subtle Art of Building Suspense;” “Setting the Scene;” “How to Write Killer Dialogue;” “Rushing to Publish;” “Writing and Other Disasters;” “What’s in a Blurb;” “Why Writers Need to Join a Critique Group;” “Self Publishing verses Small Presses & Traditional Publishing;” “How to Write a Novel – A Step by Step Guide;”
Published Work “Echoes from the Ether,” Best of Issue, 1999 Horizons, Anthology Collection, (juried regional competition);  “Dawn’s Last Gleaming,” Best of Issue, 2000 Horizons, Anthology Collection; “Last Run to Broad River,” Honorable Mention, 2001 Horizons, Anthology Collection;“Chaney’s Gold,” Best of Issue, 2002 Horizons, Anthology Collection; “Through a Perilous Plight,” Honorable Mention, 2002 Horizons, Anthology Collection;  Broken Anvil, Best of Issue/Plays, 2003 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection (juried regional competition); “Cinders in the Attic,” Honorable Mention, 2003 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection; “Guatemala,” Third Place, 2004 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection;  A Catfish Stew, Third Place/Plays, 2004 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection; “Drowning the Agent,”  Article, April 2002, The Quill, Published by the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, reprinted June 2002, The Scarlett Letter, Mystery Writers of America, reprinted Oct. 2003, The Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America; “The First Book,” Article, June 2003, The Quill, Published by the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop; “The Wrong Way to Get Published,” Article, April 2003, The Scarlett Letter, Mystery Writers of America;  “Silent Assault,” 2005 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection; :Big Daze,” 2005 Catfish Stew, Anthology Collection; The Spectrum Conspiracy, Published Jan, 2013, Bella Rosa Books LLC; 

Recipient of 29 literary awards in regional, national and international competitions (11 of which were 1st place or best of issue)

Location: Rock Hill
Travel Parameter: anywhere (would appreciate a mileage reimbursement)

www.CraigFaris.com   www.SpectrumConspiracy.com



Linda LovelyLinda Lovely
Genre: mystery/romantic suspense; mystery series features 52-year-old heroine
Speaking Topics: “Research: Getting It Right in Crime/Mystery Novels,” “Changing Roles/Ages for Heroines,” “Changing Publishing Landscape,” “Primer for Aspiring Authors”
Published Work: Dear Killer, No Wake Zone (Both in Marley Clark Mystery Series); Final Accounting (romantic suspense)
Travel Parameter: will speak in Upstate and Lowcountry with enough advance notice



South Carolina Midlands

marionaldridgeMarion Aldridge
Genre: nonfiction
Speaking Topics: personal growth, eldering, overcoming grief
Published Work:  Overcoming Adolescence, three other books about faith, hundreds of articles on various subjects.
Location: Columbia
Travel Parameter: anywhere with paid travel



Jayne BowersJayne Bowers
Genre: nonfiction
Speaking Topics: psychology; higher education; technological aspects of creating, formatting, and uploading a self-published book, ” How to Upload to CREATESPACE AND KDP”
Published WorkEve’s Sisters;  Crossing the Bridge: Succeeding in a Community College and Beyond
Location: Camden

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Ann Eisenstein - Author SigningAnn Eisenstein
MG, YA, NA, fiction (mystery, crime/detective, suspense/thriller, contemporary, realistic, time-travel, fantasy), nonfiction, poetry
Speaking Topics: negotiable – writing, psychology, education, law
Published Work: Hiding Carly, A Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Mystery, (Spring 2013, Peak City Publishing); Fallen Prey, A Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Mystery, (Fall 2013, Peak City Publishing)
Location: Columbia
Travel Parameter:North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia



Janegaribiopic (1)S. Jane Gari
Genre: poetry, memoir, fiction, nonfiction essays
Speaking Topics: “How to Get published,” “The Journey to Publication,” “Surviving Sexual Abuse,” “Teaching Writing to Adolescents,” “Writing Memoir,” “Writing Fiction,” “Writing as Therapy,” open to other topic suggestions
Published Work: short work in – Petigru Review, Writers Digest Blog, DefeatDD Blog, ghostwritten articles for eHow.com, FunnyNotSlutty.com; Full-length work –  Flush This Book; Losing the Dollhouse (memoir for release in November, 2014 by Touchpoint Press
Location: Elgin
Travel Parameter: anywhere with paid travel



MlongMcKendree R. (Mike) Long, III
Genre: historical fiction (US Civil War/Western era)
Speaking Topics: publishing, marketing, self-publishing and small-press experience, “Guns of the Civil War” (hands-on display of original weapons)
Published Work: novels – No Good Like It Is; Dog Soldier Moon, sequel; short stories – “Choteau’s Crossing” in Rough Country Anthology; “Two for One” in Petigru Review
Location: Blythewood and Seabrook Island
Travel Parameter: South Carolina, Charlotte, Augusta, Savannah areas



michael lythgoeMichael H. Lythgoe
Genre: poetry, nonfiction
Speaking Topics: poetry readings with discussions on style, influences, favorite poets, etc.; “Poetry and Painting” (poets who were painters, how paintings inspire poets, etc.); “The Poet as Blacksmith;” “Craft” 
Published Work: Holy Week (a book of poems); Brass (chapbook); Vision, Revisions (chapbook)
Location: Aiken
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brenda remmes

Brenda Bevan Remmes
Genre: historical narrative, southern fiction
Speaking Topics: the ups and downs of the publishing process, the importance of support groups, writing family histories, will consider other requests
Published WorkThe Quaker Cafe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri6xKNsBFI8
Location: Mayesville
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regina smeltzerRegina Smeltzer
Genre: Christian Suspense
Speaking Topics: health related issues, Christian life issues, writing for the Christian marketplace, friendship, adoption, chronic illnesses, others as requested
Published Works: Novel, Deadly Decision, due out Oct 31, 2014 from Harbourlight Division of Pelican Books (ReginaSmeltzer@wix.com/ReginaSmeltzer)
Location: Darlington
Travel Parameter: anywhere within the state with adequate notice
Parameter: anywhere within the state with adequate notice



Laura PVLaura P. Valtorta
Genre: film, fiction, non-fiction
Speaking Topics: film making; fiction/non-fiction publishing
Published Work: Family Meal; Start Your Own Law Practice; Social Security Disability Practice
Location: Columbia, Beaufort, Italy
Travel Parameter: South Carolina, Charlotte, Atlanta



Millie WestMillie West
Genre: mystery/suspense/romance/southern fiction
Speaking Topics: negotiable
Published WorkThe Cast Net; Catherine’s Cross
Location: Chapin
Travel Parameter: anywhere in South Carolina



South Carolina Lowcountry

Vijaya BodachVijaya Bodach
children’s fiction and nonfiction, science, memoir, young-adult, new-adult, historical, Catholic
Speaking Topics:children’s literature, magazines, work-for-hire, inspiration
Published Work: Ten Easter Eggs (Scholastic, 2015), India (Compass, 2014), How Do Toys Work (Macmillan, 2008), Plant Parts Series (Capstone, 2006), Larger than Life (Perfection Learning, 2005) and 40 other educational books and over 60 magazine stories, articles and poems in leading children’s magazines
Travel Parameters: will consider all paid travel



Melinda Copp

Genre: Narrative nonfiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, self-help/business nonfiction
Speaking Topics: How to Design Your Book to Grow Your Business, Three Reasons You’re Still Struggling to Write Your Book, How to Start and Grow Your Freelance Writing Business
Published Work: “Who’s the Cutest Rattlesnake” in Science Creative Quarterly and “Alligator Nature and Nurture” in 1966; A Journal of Creative Nonfiction, plus numerous anthologies and local and national magazine and newspaper articles
Location: Bluffton, SC
Travel Parameters: flexible




Mark R JonesMark R. Jones

GENRE: Narrative non-fiction / History / True Crime/ Scandal
SPEAKING TOPICS: “South Carolina scandals;” “True Crime in the South;” “History vs. Legends;” “Jenkins Orphanage Band & dancing the “Charleston;” “Edgar Allan Poe in Charleston;” “How South Carolina Started The War of Northern Aggression”
PUBLISHED WORKWicked Charleston: The Dark Side of the Holy City (The History Press, 2005). Wicked Charleston, Volume II: Prostitutes, Politics & Reconstruction. (The History Press, 2006) South Carolina Killers (2007, The History Press). Palmetto Predators (2007, The History Press).Kingdom By The Sea: Edgar Allan Poe’s Charleston Tales (2013, East Atlantic Publishing.) Doin’ The Charleston: Black Roots of American Popular Music & the Jenkins Orphanage Legacy (2013, East Atlantic Publishing.) Charleston Firsts (coming Fall, 2015, East Atlantic Publishing.)
LOCATION: Charleston, SC
TRAVEL PARAMETER: North and South Carolina; Georgia, with paid travel



crystal kCrystal Klimavicz

Genre: women’s lit; suspense; biography
Speaking Topics: “Journalling Through Grief;” Finding the Soul to Write;” “Loving What you Do”
Published Work : Falling Through Trees (5/14); This Side of Perfect (10/15); The Days of Not So Long Ago (9/15)
Location – Charleston, South Carolina
Travel Parameter – Open for Discussion





barb mageraBarbara E. Magera MD, PharmD, MMM
fiction, nonfiction, essays, articles
Speaking Topics:
health related issues; navigating your health care; understanding medical insurance; paying for your health care;
canine interactions to improve your health
Published work: A Sixth Sense; Toys; Nibbles; My Family; Friendly Skies; Sniffing out Disease; Vignettes of Westminster; Good Sleep; Cavalier Prince; Canine Genetics: Why specialty breeding is important to human medicine; The Cheering Team; Cavalier Comfort; Cavaliers and Cannon balls; Hazards of the Show Ring; Friends; Rescues and Orphans
Travel parameters:
Southeast, Southwest, Northeast (please allow 4 to 6 week advance notice)



David MaringDavid Maring
Genre: international political intrigue, southern fiction, historical fiction
Speaking Topics: negotiable
Published WorkThe Serpent’s Seed; Carolina Justice; The Mullahs; Winyah Bay; Jefferson Davis: Before He Wore Confederate Gray
Location: Georgetown
Travel Parameter: South Carolina



Christine NolfiChristine Nolfi
Genre: women’s fiction
Speaking Topics: negotiable 
Published WorkTreasure Me; Second Chance Grill; The Impossible Wish; The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge; The Dream You Make; Four Wishes; Reviews Sell Books (nonfiction)  
Location: Charleston
Travel Parameter: Charleston area
 Twitter at @christinenolfi



North Carolina

Jen McConnel-0034Jen McConnel
Genre: YA paranormal, NA contemporary, spiritual nonfiction
Speaking Topics: negotiable
Published Work: The Secret of Isobel Key (’13 Bloomsbury Spark), Daughter of Chaos (’14 Month9Books), Goddess Spells for Busy Girls (’14, Weiser Books)
Location: Durham
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