Tam is a single mom to a teenage daughter who lives in Ontario, Canada. It was the encouragement and dares of some friends that inspired her to start writing m/m romance. Traveling as much as possible with her daughter, reading, writing, and playing around on-line keep her busy, in addition to her day job.
Blaine D. Arden
Blaine is a purple haired, forty-something, writer of gay romance with a love of men, music, mystery, magic, fairies, platform shoes and the colours black, purple and red, who sings her way through life.
Born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, she spent many hours of her sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and acting them out with her barbies.
When not writing, reading or at choir practice, Blaine has singing lessons and hopes to be in a band someday.
Blaine can be found here:
Alex Beecroft is an English author best known for historical fiction, notably Age of Sail, featuring gay characters and romantic storylines. Her novels and shorter works include paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.Beecroft won Linden Bay Romance’s (now Samhain Publishing) Starlight Writing Competition in 2007 with her first novel, Captain’s Surrender, making it her first published book. On the subject of writing gay romance, Beecroft has appeared in the Charleston City Paper, LA Weekly, the New Haven Advocate, the Baltimore City Paper, and The Other Paper. She is a reviewer for the blog Speak Its Name, which highlights historical gay fiction.
Alex’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org :: Website: http://alexbeecroft.com
Blog: http://alexbeecroft.livejournal.com/ :: Twitter: @Alex_Beecroft
A long time science fiction fan, Becky thinks there are few story ideas that can’t be improved by the addition of the words “in space”. If the story also includes two gorgeous men unable to keep their hands off each other then so much the better. She’d happily go into space herself, but being English would insist on there being a reliable supply of tea available.
Anne Brooke’s fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Novel Award, the Royal Literary Fund Awards and the Asham Award for Women Writers. She is the author of a variety of GLBT novels, including her fantasy series, The Gathandrian Trilogy, published by Bluewood Publishing and featuring gay scribe Simon Hartstongue. In addition, her gay and literary short stories are regularly published by Riptide Publishing, Amber Allure Press, Musa Publishing and Untreed Reads. All her gay fiction can be found at: www.gayreads.co.uk.
Anne has a secret passion for theatre and chocolate, preferably at the same time, and is currently working on a gay fantasy novella, The Taming of the Hawk.
Anne’s email: email@example.com :: Website: http://annebrooke.com
Gay fiction: www.gayreads.co.uk Fantasy fiction: www.gathandria.com
Blog: http://annebrooke.blogspot.com :: Twitter: @AnneBrooke
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found at university listening to lecturers discuss long-dead theologians. In her head, however, she’s plotting how to get her cowboys into bed together; she just hopes the lecturer doesn’t ask her any questions.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Born in Sheffield, England’s Steel City, and raised in a village on the boundary of the White and Dark Peaks, Stevie Carroll was nourished by a diet of drama and science fiction from the BBC and ITV, and a diverse range of books, most notably Diane Wynne-Jones and The Women’s Press, from the only library in the valley. After this came a university education in Scotland, while writing mostly non-fiction for underground bisexual publications under various aliases, before creativity was stifled by a decade of day-jobs.
Now based in Hampshire, Stevie has rediscovered the joys of writing fiction, managing to combine thoughts of science fiction, fantasy and mysteries with a day-job writing for the pharmaceuticals industry and far too many voluntary posts working with young people, with animals and in local politics. Stevie’s short story, ‘The Monitors’, in Noble Romance’s ‘Echoes of Possibilities’ , was longlisted by the 2010 Tiptree Awards jury. Other short stories have appeared in the anthologies ‘British Flash’ and ‘Tea and Crumpet’, while Stevie’s first solo collection ‘A Series of Ordinary Adventures’ was published by Candlemark and Gleam in May 2012.
Stevie has a blog for writing updates, and really needs to get a website.
As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries. She lives near Romsey but has yet to use that as a setting for her stories, choosing to write about Cambridge, Bath, London and the Channel Islands.
Charlie has stories with Samhain, Carina, Cheyenne, Noble Romance and MLR. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series, set in Edwardian England, was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name.
Charlie’s website: www.charliecochrane.co.uk
Rebecca is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cocktail in the other.
Published by Dreamspinner Press, her first novel, a science-fantasy called Servitude, was released June 2012. Her next novel, a historical romance set in Elizabethan England is due out Nov 2012.
Rebecca’s blog at http://rebecca-cohen.livejournal.com
DSP author page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_462
Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, House of Erotica, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth.
Lucy’s website: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk
Tia Fielding is a Finnish M/M-author, published by Dreamspinner Press. She hails from a middle-of-nowhere town surrounded by nature and dislikes cities with vigor. Because of this, she’s writing a shifter-series with the forests of easternFinlandas the backdrop. While she hasn’t picked one sub-genre within the genre, it will always be vampires that have her heart. When she’s not writing, Tia likes to read, watch her shows (but no soaps, please!) and she’s always ready to try out a new computer game.
Tia’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
website and blog: http://www.tiafielding.com
Definitely not safe for work “inspiration archives”: http://tiafieldingwrites.tumblr.com/
Bruin Fisher lives in the West Country, UK and spends his days trying to juggle incompatible demands on his time and attention, usually with very little success. His writing is important to him (so naturally he spends very little time on it) and he says he gets his best ideas on the beach. One day, no doubt, the three novels he has written so far will be polished sufficiently to submit for publication, and when they’ve been rejected enough times maybe he’ll lose interest and take up stamp collecting. Or maybe not.
He drives a large elderly estate car and rides a ridiculously fast and dangerous motorcycle, and enjoys hiking, camping, sailing, and a lot of other stuff that changes with the wind direction. His ambition, of course, is world peace.
While he has several short stories published, he has not yet shown his novel-length work to any publisher. Why? Lack of time, confidence, and possibly talent… but that is yet to be proved. In the meantime a lot of his stuff can be read on his website and on various writing community websites, where it is generally well received.
Bruin’s e-mail: email@example.com
Bruin’s website: http://www.bruinscave.org.uk
An avid reader, Lillian Francis was always determined she wanted to write, but a ‘proper’ job and raising a family distracted her for over a decade. Over the years and thanks to the charms of the Internet, Lillian realized she’d been writing at least one of her characters in the wrong gender. Ever since, she’s been happily letting her ‘boys’ run her writing life.
Lillian now divides her time between family, a job and the numerous men in her head all clamouring for ‘their’ story to be told.
Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a wind-swept desolate moor or in an elaborate ‘shack’ on the edge of a beach somewhere depending on her mood, with the heroes of her stories either chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons.
She would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.
You can keep up with Lillian
at her blog http://lillianfrancis.blogspot.co.uk or on her Goodreads page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5608334.Lillian_Francis xxxx
When she isn’t being a pane in the glass, Fiona writes darkly humorous fiction, mostly involving gay characters and almost always with a twist in the tail. Her work has been published in anthologies and magazines (both print and electronic) including the Radgepacket series from Byker Books, collections from Pill Hill Press, Mslexia, The Pygmy Giant, Queer Dimensions from QueeredFiction, and most recently by Riptide Publishing. Her second novel, a ghost story set on the wild west coast of Ireland, is due out from Riptide in the autumn of 2012.
Fiona lives in a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance (never a good idea in Glass houses…) of England’s largest lake with her husband and a vast collection of books. In her spare time she enjoys fell-walking and tai chi, and rarely has her nose far from the pages of a book, as you can see from her picture.
You can find out more about Fiona and her work at her website.
Fiona’s webpage: http://www.fiona-glass.com
Elin Gregory lives in South Wales (the old one) and can usually be found surrounded by books either at home or at her work in a museum. If she’s not writing, she’s reading or drawing and has an enthusiasm for notebooks and pens that borders on a fetish. Most of her stories start off on paper because that’s the way she’s always done it.
Her nodding acquaintance with the 21st century is wary and she wonders if ‘antisocial’ media would be more appropriate for her, but she can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Live Journal and WordPress, details on her website—www.elingregory.com
The nickname “Queen of Happy Endings” is an apt one for Katherine Halle. She firmly believes that no matter what the obstacles, what the struggles, or how much angst is involved in the journey that the ending should always be a happy one.
Katherine’s love of the written word started at a very early age with repeated demands of “read to me” to any who would listen. It was only natural that writing would follow. As a child, she could often be found daydreaming, thinking up fanciful stories and writing them down. Now she does it on a laptop. Much faster.
Katherine’s favorite animal is her dog. She likes books, movies, and quirky tv shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is a closet foodie. Although currently living in Europe, Katherine is an American by blood and heart. When she’s not writing or plotting, Katherine enjoys spending her time having movie/tv quote-athons with her husband or cuddling her kid.
She can be reached at http://katherinehalle.wordpress.com/
or @KatherineHalle on Twitter.
A Dutch girl who started to read m/m back in 2008 and got hooked from reading her first book Without Reservation from J.L. Langley.
After missing out on the meet in the Big Easy last year she is totally set on making the 2012 UK meet and hopes there will be high tea. There is nothing better than tea, yummy cake and good book or in this case friends. See you there!
Bronwyn Lacken grew up in Australia. She attended the University of Newcastle, NSW and later the University of Sydney, where she completed a PhD in Australian Literature. As well as enjoying academia, she has always been drawn to writing fiction, and her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in publications in Australia, the UK and the US. Some of her recent acceptances have been from Carillon, DIVA Magazine and Twisted Dreams.
She is also currently working on a novel that features a young lesbian protagonist.
She doesn’t like to confine her work in terms of genre, and is always willing to experiment and try new things. Some of her favourite forms of writing include fantasy, crime and literary fiction.
Since 2010, she has made her home in London.
Bronwyn’s website: http://kcl.academia.edu/BronwynLacken
Cameron Lawton – A lifelong wannabee held back by the demands of just living who, due to a chain of operations which led to retirement at an early age was given a gods-sent chance to fulfil her ambition.
Cameron’s website: http://cameronlawton.wordpress.com
Lavinia discovered reading at an early age and could always be found with her nose in a book. She loved getting lost in a fantasy world even then. When her parents bought her a typewriter for Christmas at aged eleven, her fate was sealed. She spent hours dreaming up characters and creating stories. Not a lot has changed. Now when she is not writing you can find her enjoying a new release.
Lavinia is a Welsh Valley girl who has lived all over the UK but currently lives at home in a small village just outside of Cardiff, Wales. She has travelled extensively to places including Africa, Asia, Australia, America and most of Europe. Although some of her books are set in Texas she has never visited the state but plans to spend time there in the near future.
Although Lavinia is a huge fan of the romance genre, she will admit to reading anything and everything. She loves horror, a good thriller and if a book has the capacity to make her cry, well, all the better. One thing she does insist on in a book however, regardless of genre is a happy ending, so you will always find one in the books she writes.
Facebook: Lavinia Lewis
Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home. All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!
Clare is published in print and ebook at: Dreamspinner Press, Carina Press, JCP Books, Amber Quill Press, MLR Press, Torquere Press, JMS Books.
Clare’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org :: Twitter: @clare_london
Website: http://www.clarelondon.co. uk
Living in Mid-Wales, Sandra draws inspiration from the gorgeous surroundings, rich history, and everyday quirks of modern rural life.
Sandra’s blog: http://sandra-lindsey.livejournal.com
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT Adult Fiction genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen/ Young Adult genre, Romance, and Fantasy novels.
Anna’s website: www.annamartin-fiction.com
Follow her on Twitter: @missannamartin
K.A. Merikan is a joint project of Kat and Agnes Merikan who jokingly claim to share one mind. They finish each other’s sentences and simultaneously come up with the same ideas. In 2006 a mutual friend invited them over to a party and after a whole
night of chatting and watching movies, the idea of writing a novel together came up. It marked the beginning of both a professional collaboration and lasting friendship of Kat and Agnes.
Kat Merikan is a freelance illustrator and fashion enthusiast whose favourite things include chili chips, stiletto shoes and cats.
Agnes Merikan aspires to become a sexologist. Addicted to chocolate, kitsch and her two dogs.
K.A. Merikan firmly believes that nothing brightens up the day like an energizing cocktail of handsome men, love, sex and some great story, all topped with a lot of sweet and sour.
Homepage: http://www.kamerikan.com/ :: email: email@example.com
Twitter: @KA_Merikan (Kat) :: @agnesmerikan (Agnes)
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the
inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour.
Jamie’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org :: Website: http://jlmerrow.com
Blog: http://jl-merrow.livejournal.com :: Twitter: @jlmerrow
Emily Moreton published her first short story in 2007, for a charity anthology in aid of victims of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, she has continued to publish erotic short fiction regularly with a number of American publishers, including Torquere Press and Circlet Press. She has recently had a story accepted into the 2011 anthology of best speculative lesbian fiction.
Emily lives in Bristol, UK, with her cat, where she works a number of jobs, studies towards her PhD, and teaches a community creative writing course.
Follow her on facebook: http://facebook.com/emilyj.moreton;
or at her blog: http://purple-pen.dreamwidth.org
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo has had several novels and novellas published with Samhain and Amber Allure, and numerous short stories with Cleis Press, Dreamspinner, Torquere and Xcite Books. Sometimes she self-publishes too.
Jo’s website: http://josephinemyles.com/
Blog: http://josephinemyles.com/blog/ :: Twitter: @JosephineMyles
Zahra is a multi-lingual globetrotter who loves big cities, but also has a weak spot for the wide-open spaces that are so rare where she lives.
She likes her men either tough on the outside but with a huge soft centre, or strong, silent and damaged. She makes it her personal goal to find them their happy-ever-after, the road there often leading via hospital beds, villas with gorgeous vistas or ranges full of horses.
Zahra is a proud member of the Rainbow Romance Writers, the Romance Writers of America, and is also a member of RWA’s Professional Author’s Network.
If Zahra had her wish, a day would have at least 36 hours, because how else would she find the time to finish all the novels still inside her head?
You can find Zahra at Zahraowens.com
Jordan Castillo Price GUEST SPEAKER
Jordan Castillo Price grew up in Western New York, spent her formative drinking years in inner city Chicago, and is now writing paranormal thrillers from her home in small-town rural Wisconsin.Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Visit JCPbooks.com to glimpse Chicago beyond the veil.
Have questions about writing erotica? Comments about any of her stories? Just want to say hi? Drop her an email at jordan (at) psycop (dot) com.
Chris Quinton lives in Wiltshire, not so very far from Stonehenge. She has been writing m/m fiction for many years and is a fervent believer in equality for everyone, GLBTQ and S. She writes across the genres – mystery, paranormal, science fiction, contemporary, historical – all of them with a slant towards romance.
My FaceBook is at https://www.facebook.com/chris.quinton.14
My website is http://chrisquinton.com
My email is email@example.com
Jen is a reader and blogger, visit her site Well Read.
She also reviews regularly at Brief Encounters Reviews and Reviews by Jessewave.
She has a story in the 2011 anthology Tea & Crumpet under her pen name, Jennie Caldwell.
Megan Reddaway has been writing irregularly since she was a child. Her first success (as her mother is fond of reminding her) was a poem about horses, published in a children’s magazine when she was nine years old, but she soon abandoned poetry for fiction. She has had many jobs including secretary, driver, waitress and flower-seller, and now makes her living from freelance non-fiction writing. She lives in England.
Sign up for free stories on her website at: http://MeganReddaway.com
Anne is a senior editor at Dreamspinner Press and Dreamspinner’s new Young Adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press.
Elisa Rolle is a prolific reader and supporter of all things GLBTQ. She is also a highly respected and experienced reviewer who shares thoughtful and perceptive reviews on her blog, at Goodreads and at Amazon, where she is a Top Reviewer.
JAY ROOKWOOD realised he was genderqueer at twenty-five, after years of confusion over having two libidos—gay male, and bisexual female. He’s been writing for his own pleasure for years, but only recently started thinking about writing professionally. He hates most flying insects, and likes cats, dogs and spiders. Especially spiders.
R. J. Scott
RJ Scott is the best selling author of The Christmas Throwaway, The Heart Of Texas and the Sanctuary Series and writes Male/Male romances with a happy ever after. She has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story as a punishment and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a writer was born. She can mostly be found reading — anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real love will always be the world of romance. When writing her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.
She loves to talk to readers and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Elyan lives in the southwest of England. He works in research and spends most of his free time writing. He is currently publishing with Riptide Publishing.
Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their cat. Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with France, where she met her husband, and India, where she hopes to retire some day. She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.
She is an author and also Translations Co-ordinator and Social Media Director at Dreamspinner Press.
Web site: http://www.arieltachna.com
Robbie Whyte has been writing for a few years across various genres. Having worked previously in office administration he completed a degree through the Open University and is now fortunate enough to be able to write full-time. He lives with his partner of ten years in the south of England. No children, no pets, no stress, unless you count each other!
Away from the keyboard he enjoys watching and occasionally participating in sport: he’s getting older and slower though but he keeps trying.
Robbie also likes games, television, films and theatre – and books. Most writers like books, he says. It’s one of those things; you have to read to write, it goes hand in hand. Quite apart from always learning—and seeing what the competition is up to—writers read a lot.
Robbie’s website: http://www.robbiewhyte.com
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