Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She’s the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and two cats. She is the author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR (Feiwel and Friends), TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL (Feiwel and Friends), and the forthcoming THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT (Feiwel and Friends, October 2020) and the Reclaimed Classics ROBIN HOOD (Winter 2022).
R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents. She spent many years qualifying to be a medical doctor first in Nigeria, then Ireland, but ran away from home to do a Masters in IT. She settled on IT as a career rather than Medicine as she thought computers might be more logical than people, but that hasn’t always proven to be the case. She remained Ireland for many years, apart from a few years in the southwest of France where she ran a restaurant-bar despite having absolutely no interest in restaurants, except for eating in them. She considers herself almost Irish, almost Indian, and almost American. She now lives in Atlanta in America where, in her latest creative outburst, she wants to establish an artist retreat in a mostly unusable property.
She has five published novels: ‘Heart Stopper,’ ‘Falling Colours-The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,’ ‘Casting Shadows-The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter’ (the Vision Painter series received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Rainbow Awards) and ‘A Place Somewhere’ (finalist for both the GCLS Ann Bannon Popular Choice and the Tee Corinne Cover Design awards), and ‘An Outsider Inside’. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland (in Galway and Connemara), in Kerala, India, in America, and in France.
Her story ‘Helmets’ was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’ and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press ‘1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition’ in January 2012. Her fiction entry, ‘The Vision Painter,’ went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, ‘Falling Colours – The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.’ Her short stories ‘Parallel Lives’ (2012) and ‘The Alleyway’ (2013) were shortlisted and her poetry entry was longlisted (2016) for the Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’.
Lynda Sandoval is a former police officer-turned fiction writer with 22 published (or soon to be published) books to her credit. She’s written women’s fiction and nonfiction for HarperCollins Rayo; romance for Silhouette Special Edition; a romantic novella for Avon A; and young adult novels and novellas for Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin. She launched her career with five award-winning books for Kensington Bouquet and Pinnacle Encanto, and her popular nonfiction text published by Gryphon Books for Writers, True Blue: An Insider’s Guide to Street Cops—For Writers, is still selling strong.
Lynda also works half-time as an emergency 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Fire/EMS Department, teaches writing for Long Ridge Writer’s Group, volunteers at a GLBTQ youth center and speaks regularly to book groups and clubs.
Lea Santos has been concocting tall tales since she was a child, according to her mother. Usually these had to do with where she was, who she was with, and whether or not she’d finished her math homework (which she hadn’t). When it came time to pick a career, Lea waffled, then dabbled in everything from guiding tours in Europe, to police work, to bookkeeping for an exotic bird and reptile company—probably not the best choice, since (1) she never did finish that math, and (2) the Komodo dragons freaked her out. (A lot.) She eventually decided to go with her strengths and continue spinning wild stories, except this time, she’d turn them into whole books and call it a career. She rarely lies anymore about where she’s been or who she was with…
Born in the UK, Shamim is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and director.
Her upcoming book, The Athena Protocol, is an all-female contemporary action thriller.
Her debut novel, The World Unseen was inspired by her family’s South African Indian heritage. The book won a Betty Trask award and the Pendleton May First Novel award.
Shamim has adapted and directed the films of all three of her novels including, most recently, Despite the Falling Snow. The book was published by Headline in the UK and St Martin’s Press in the US. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance in a story of love and betrayal in cold war Russia. Her films have won 47 awards internationally.
An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.
Shamim lives in London with her wife, Hanan, and their two sons.
Anne Shade is an incurable romantic who believes there is no limit to love. She is dedicated to writing romances that show women who love women in a beautiful and positive light. Her current novel is “Femme Tales: A Modern Day Fairytale Trilogy” and her upcoming novel is “Masquerade”, a historical romance. When she isn’t writing she reads fantasy novels and helps make couples wedding dreams a reality.
I’m the second half of a single author who likes to separate her work not only with different names, but personalities.
I’m the fun one. :p
I write erotica (romantic, kinky, pure fun) and take great pleasure in telling stories to delight and titillate. Smut with brains, that’s what I do.
Some stories draw from real life experiences, others are complete fabrications of the mind. There’s no way in hell I’m going to tell you which is which because… where’s the fun in that?
In live in the UK and work from home while caring for my two young sons. I’m fortunate enough to live with a man who knows and understands what it is to be a ‘creative’ and is supportive, loving and kind in every way.
K. Shantel is Willie B’s granddaughter, a University of Alabama alumnus, and a resident of Nashville, TN. She enjoys reading all types of fiction and writing the movie-like stories that create themselves in her head. She also writes literary fiction as K.S. Dunigan.
Nisi Shawl’s story “Cruel Sistah” was included in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror #19. Her work has also appeared in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy and both Dark Matter anthologies. Recently she perpetrated “The Snooted One: The Historicity of Origin” at the Farrago’s Wainscot website. With Cynthia Ward, she co-authored “Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction” (Aqueduct Press). A board member of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, one of the Carl Brandon Society’s founders, and a guest speaker at Stanford University and Smith College, Nisi likes to relax by pretending she lives in other people’s houses.
Makeda Silvera was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and spent her early years there before immigrating to Canada in 1967. Now living in Toronto, she is co-founder of Sister Vision: Black Women and Women of Colour Press, where she is the managing editor. Her previous publications include Silenced, an acclaimed collection of oral histories of Caribbean domestic workers in Canada; Growing Up Black, a resource guide for youth, and Remembering G And Other Stories, her first book of fiction. She is also the editor of Piece of My Heart, a ground-breaking anthology of writings by lesbians of colour.