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.
Katrina is a seasoned spinster with an active imagination, a love of romcoms and a keenly critical nature. She’s a college professor by day who writes romances by…weekend. Right now she also happens to be on summer vacation. She enjoys yogurt, sparkling water and her three cats, who don’t appreciate her love.
Meka James is a stay at home mom to 4 wonderful kiddies. She has been happily married to her husband for 11 years and counting. She is an animal lover owning 3 dogs, a turtle, a bearded dragon, and her husband and kids have 2 snakes. She volunteers with the Atlanta Weimaraner Rescue and is an avid simmer.
Regina Jamison has enjoyed the magic of paper and pencils and stories from a very young age, but she began taking a career in writing seriously after watching an episode of her favorite nighttime television series, Family, in which her favorite character, Buddy Lawrence—played by the actress Kristy McNichol—posed the question: How will you leave your mark upon the world? Regina decided she would leave her mark on the world via her writing and earnestly began writing stories and poetry.
At the age of twelve, Regina’s poem, “Being Myself” won first place in the New York City Citywide Poetry Competition in the sixth-grade division. Years later, in the first issue of a small zine called Clamour created by Renee Gladman, Regina’s poem “Bin Around” was published. This marked her first publication in a varied list of publications.
Regina’s poetry has appeared in print in the following magazines and/or journals: Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing Vol 14 & Vol 15, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians We are the Revolution, Five 2 One, Promethean, Poetry in Performance 43, and Magma Poetry: Deaf Issue.
Online her poetry has appeared in the following: Indolent Press: HIV Here & Now Series, Silver Birch Press: Me as a Child Series, Promethean eZine, The Lake Poetry: December 2017, Switch Grass Review, and Mom Egg Review: Grief and Loss. She has poetry coming soon in the BAM anthology 42 Stories.
Regina’s fiction has appeared in Zane’s Purple Panties: Black Lesbian Anthology, Lambda Literary Anthology: Gaslight, and Girls Who Bite: Vampire Lesbian Anthology.
Regina is a 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow and a residency recipient at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. She was a featured reader at Calypso Muse Poetry and Fiction Workshop and at Women Writers in Bloom. She received her MFA from City College in New York.
Eija Jimenez has been a writer since her elementary days where cardboard rocketships could fly to the moon. Though her genre has shifted over time and with skill, Eija avidly writes LGBT fiction hoping to add to this ever-growing community.
She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 where she studied English and Psychology. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts and tries to put four intensive years of schooling to good use through writing.
For the longest time, Eija was the youngest of three girls until her little brother came along. With her big Filipino family, she vowed she was going to have at least five kids. Now that she’s older and was the family babysitter nearly all her life, that number dropped down to two. She will, however, have as many cats, dogs, bunnies, and mini pigs as she can.
When she’s not crafting stories in her head, Eija can be found hurling axes (at bulleyes!), out for a hike, or jamming out in a good car-eoke session. She loves 80’s music and could spend her whole life eating potatoes and cheese if she could. Her love for experimenting in the kitchen, whether the recipe works or not, helps her not eat herself into a potato and cheese coma.
An avid writer, Eija is also a reader of books, comics, and everything in between. Her To-Read list is longer than her Currently Reading list and continues to grow everyday. Her go-to book is the Harry Potter series (Go Hufflepuffs!), but her current reading list consists of the graphic novel Saga, The Wicked and the Divine, and crime book Helter Skelter. Her favourite will always be To Kill a Mockingbird.
She lives in Canada with her wife and their princess of a cat where she spends nearly every evening getting her butt kicked in every video game and board game in the house. Her wife never lets her win.
If she could give one piece of advice to anyone, she would quote Max Erhmann’s Desiderata: “You are a child of the universe. No less than the trees and the stars.” No matter how small or insignificant you feel, the whole universe would be different without you.
Jasmine Johnson is a self published fantasy author. She published her first book, Nyx’s Chosen in 2019 and is currently working on the sequel. Jasmine has been a lifelong lover of sci-fi and mythology, and lives for a good story. She aims to write the type of story everyone can find themselves in, despite their race, sexual orientation, or gender.
Jasmine spends her time in her home in Fort Worth, Texas, researching for her novels, spending time with her two Newfoundland Dogs, and taking over various walls in her house with her storyboards.
I’m a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. My bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown is available now wherever books are sold, and my sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun is due out in 2021. While you wait for your copies to arrive, you can find me on Twitter ranting about pop culture, politics, and the greatest show of all time (Avatar: The Last Airbender, obviously!)
Tenea was born in Kentucky. From it, she took the calm of the Ohio River and the swell of honesty (sometimes refreshing, sometimes catastrophic) that afflicts the folks born along its banks. Writing sustains her; music saves her. As often as possible, she straddles their borders to create compositions/fusions/hyphenated whatchamacallit better heard than described.
So far the Knitting Factory, Dixon Place, The Public Theater, and others have opened their doors to the form.
Her work has appeared in Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism, African Voices, Arise, Humanities in the South, Sycrorax’s Daughters, Contemporary American Women Poets, Shades of Blue and Gray, Whispers in the Night: Dark Dreams III and Necrologue, among others. She is the author of a poetry/short prose collection, Starting Friction as well as the novels, Smoketown, R/evolution and Evolution. Smoketown won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award; R/evolution received an honorable mention the same year. In May 2020 Blueprints for Better Worlds was released along with the social good site, buildabetter.world. November 2020 will see the publication of a short story collection, Broken Fevers.