La Toya Hankins is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in Durham NC. A graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in political science. During her college career, she became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and later served as second vice president for one of the largest graduate chapters in North Carolina.
Her literary influences and loves include Zora Neale Hurston, Walter Mosley, Anne Rice, and Pearl Cleage. Her motto, borrowed from Hurston, is “I do not weep at the world, I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife
Nikki Harmon, an alumna of The Philadelphia High School for Girls, Wesleyan University and Temple University, has always pursued academic challenges. However, cursed with an overabundance of curiosity, she chose a creative lifestyle as a way to indulge her many interests. As a filmmaker, television producer and a teacher of the aforementioned, she gets to spend her days weaving stories and images together and trying to make sense of it all. Writing her first novel began as a personal challenge, specifically, the NaNoWriMo write 50,000 words in a month challenge. And so, without any training or planning at all, she did. And out came a book. Despite the guilty pleasure that came with ignoring her three children that month, she didn’t write again for three years. Then, with the encouragement of friends, she decided to dig the book out, make it better and hope somebody else would enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it. Having ruined her eyes at a young age reading Stephen King by flashlight, it is only fitting that this Philly native finally come full circle to squint at her own scratchings on the page. Here is one truth learned ….it takes much longer to write a book than it does to read one. Especially when one has dropped out of typing class in high school.
Kim Hartfield is a queer woman who’s been writing since she could pick up a pen. Her novels are sweet and steamy, and they always end with a happily-ever-after. She also writes sci-fi lesbian romance under the name Kimberly Hart. Find her on Facebook under Kim Hartfield, or join her group The Romantic Hart!
Destiny Hawkins is a multi-genre author with a dark imagination and a love for magic.
She enjoys cooking, running, swimming, listening to music, reading, and of course watching anime filled with fantasy! Her favorite genres to read and work in are Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian, Sci-fi, and young adult. After three years of writing, she has published almost 20 books and she has many more coming!
I’m a mysterious writer and I also write crime/mystery books. Most of my writing will have diversity themes. Not hit you over the head with the subject, but an ongoing reflection of the diverse world in which we live. That includes the funny, interesting, unbearable, loving, dangerous, quirky, despicable people who reside on the planet. Some are people of color; some aren’t.
My first book, Long Way Home: A World War II Novel (2014) was a labor of love. It is the little-told story of Negro soldiers serving stateside during World War II. It is both a coming-of-age, and love story. Yes, there is a also a murder. Long Way Home was honored as a Next Generation Indie Book finalist for African-American Literature, and Historical Fiction.
I’ve recently been writing a mystery series featuring Detroit private investigator, Charlene Mack. Charlie is courageous, compassionate, and cunning. She also happens to be African-American, and a lesbian. The Charlie Mack Motown Mysteries feature a strong group of secondary characters, and topical, thought-provoking, escape-into-story, plot lines. The fifth book in the series will be published June 2020.
Born and raised an hour east and a million miles away from Manhattan, Ellen was an avid reader from the start often preferring the company of books over people
At 15 she lied about her age to attend the Outward Bound School: Hurricane Island. Rock climbing, sailing for days at a stretch and spending half a week alone with only a fire kit, water and a plastic tarp, she returned home with a valuable life lesson: “Failure is not the end. Those who love you don’t stop because you failed. Failure gives you the opportunity to try again, or start a new path.”
Thanks to a high school English teacher who served a literary feast of the classics, modern lit and Shakespeare, Ellen fell in love with the written word. This culminated in a law degree. Ellen now practices law by day while continuing her linguistic love affair in her off time.
Ellen credits early internet chat rooms on AOL, Yahoo and Netscape with giving birth to fan fiction, giving a story a platform like no other. Within a year or so of this new medium, an entire new universe had opened up entirely to original lesbian fiction.
Thanks to the encouragement of others in the online community, Ellen wrote a full-length novel, and now, after editing, re-editing, and re-re-editing, that story, Safe Haven, is being published by Desert Palm Press.
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1960, to Freda and Slade. My brother Keita came in 1966. My birth family has lived in Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, the U.S, and Canada. I began reading at age 3, and was reading Homer’s Iliad and Kurt Vonnegut by age 10. My favourite fiction has always been the various forms of fantastical fiction; everything from Caribbean folklore to Ursula K. Le Guin‘s science fiction and fantasy. I began writing in the genre somewhere around 1993, and sold a couple of short stories before I attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writing Workshop — then held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA — in 1995. In 1997 I won the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest for my novel Brown Girl in the Ring, which Warner Aspect then published in 1998. I’ve written and published nine books of fiction and a number of short stories, and I’ve won some literary awards.
I now live in Southern California in the U.S, and am a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside, where I’m a member of a faculty research cluster in Science Fiction. I sew, craft objects in whichever media strike my fancy, design fabric, and cook food that mostly turns out pretty well. I have fibromyalgia, and was diagnosed relatively late in life with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, which explained a lot. I like moderate sunshine, love bopping around in the surf, and dream of one day living in a converted church, fire station or library. Or in a superadobemonolithic dome home.
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