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Bobbie  Crawford | 34 comments Mod
If you have published one or more books or you are just about to release your first book, please post your author bio for everyone to read.

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Bobbie  Crawford | 34 comments Mod
Thank you for adding your author bio, Steven.

message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited Apr 23, 2010 12:36AM) (new)

I am a former Brisbane boy but now currently live and work in Cairns with my very patient, and darling wife, I sometimes wonder where I get the time to write but always seem to manage to pen something also I am a member Tropical writers group Cairns, Arts nexus Cairns & Australian Bush Poets Association

Having had no formal education in writing and now into my 50's, I wanted to show that someone like myself without higher schooling could write and enjoy it. For me school, Rocklea State School, (when I was there) was a place to 'hang out' with my mates and I actually only completed 3 months of high school (Salisbury) before leaving at the age of 15.

Since leaving the furniture removal industry several years ago and having some 'thinking' time, my experiences, memories of driving the highways and tracks, the vast and beautiful outback, my wife, daughters, grand children and family, stories from mates, work colleagues and close war veterans have given me the inspiration for my writings which I started in late 2006.

The release of my 1st book “My small book of poems” in May 2007 has been one incredible step for me. The size of my book was purposely done to gauge the reaction of the public. Despite not being proof read and having mistakes the response was both humbling and amazing, with comments from the likes of John Williamson, Mel from Sunrise, Steve Ahmet from Easylistening 846, Pat Morrish of Far North ABC Radio and many others & including sales to the U.S, U.K, Ireland, Japan & more. This has inspired me to keep writing and in March 2008 released my 2nd volume “Rhymes of Times” & I am about to release my 3rd book (a compilation of 100 of my poems) published, printed, promoted etc in America.

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Bobbie  Crawford | 34 comments Mod
Thanks so much for telling us more about you and your work, David!

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Bobbie  Crawford | 34 comments Mod
Hi Vanessa,

You are most welcome for the invite! Thank you for joining us.

Thanks so much for listing your books and posting links so that we may learn more.

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Cliff Ball (cliffball) | 6 comments I am Cliff Ball, born in Arizona, but now currently living near Dallas/Fort Worth. I have a BA in English, and I'm attempting to get a Masters in Creative Writing from University of North Texas, but, first, I have to do the 2nd Bachelor's degree program because my original BA grades were too low, due to working full time. I am currently trying to start up my own copy-editing home based, online business. As for my writing, I prefer to write alternate history, whether it's science fiction or political fiction.

I am a published author of three novels. Out of Time was published in 2008. It's practically a novella, and it's about a scientist who invents the means to time travel and discovers how to do it when he finds out that time is fluid. He has to use a starship though, and the ship and its crew go on adventures into the 20th century.

The 2nd novel, published in 2009, is Don't Mess With Earth. It's about an advanced humans who leave Earth, occasionally come back to interfere in human history as such people as King Arthur, Galileo, or Amelia Earhart. They get into a war of sorts with an alien species who experiments on all species they come across. They stumble across Earth, experiment on people at Roanoke and Salem, and one of their ships eventually gets shot down near Roswell. President Truman creates Area 51, with orders to develop new technologies so that Earth can eventually bring both groups down.

My most recent is The Usurper, published this month. It is a fictional account of what would happen if the Soviet Union and KGB were given the chance to take down the United States from within. They use the American political system, education system, terrorism, and commit environmental disasters to achieve these goals.

The Soviet Union and the KGB refuse to let the purging of communists in the United States government by Senator Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee deter them. Soviet Premier Khrushchev authorizes the KGB to embark on an ambitious, decades long plan to destroy the United States from within through the corruption of American politicians, the American education system, terrorism, and environmental disasters.

Gary Jackson is the fulfillment of the KGB plan to destroy the United States from within. They raise him from birth to hate everything about the United States, indoctrinate him, and introduce him to terrorists across the world, where the KGB dictates all terrorist attacks. When Gary is a teenager, he is sent to the United States, with his fake birth certificate, to assimilate and begin his mission. Nothing will deter his goals of completely and utterly destroying the United States. When the Soviet Union dissolves, he is given a choice, and he decides to continue with the mission.

Find out what happens next, as a select few try to stop Gary Jackson.

I'm in the process of writing my 4th novel, and then a 5th that might possibly be the sequel to Don't Mess With Earth, if I don't keep finding other things to write.

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David Petersen | 1 comments Hello all!

David Petersen here. I am a writer and educator, with degrees in psychology and theater studies, and certificates in English teaching and Japanese proficiency.

I was born in Canada, but have spent most of my adult life traveling and working abroad. Along the way, I've climbed Mt. Fuji, touched noses with a Maori elder in New Zealand, snorkeled in Fiji, survived a tsunami evacuation in Samoa, snuggled a koala in Australia, chaperoned high schoolers on a bus tour of England, thrown up in the Czech Republic, attended grad school in Malta, worked on an archaeological dig in Spain, had laser therapy in Germany, taught at a university in Hungary, scaled pyramids in Mexico...

My books include:

Reading English News on the Internet: A Guide to Connectors, Verbs, Expressions, and Vocabulary for the ESL Student

Reading English News on the Internet: A Guide to Connectors, Verbs, Expressions, and Vocabulary for the Japanese ESL Student

The Well-Tempered Body: Expressive Movement for Actors, Improvisers, and Performance Artists

An Invitation to Kagura: Hidden Gem of the Traditional Japanese Performing Arts

Absolute Beginner's Guide To Hiragana

Survivors: The A-bombed Trees of Hiroshima

message 10: by Sharon (new)

Sharon (fiona64) Sharon E. Cathcart is the co-author of Born of War ... Dedicated to Peace, the history of Sixth U.S. Army. In The Eye of The Beholder is her first novel. She is currently working on the sequel, In The Eye of The Storm, and a new non-fiction work about her time in the Portland, Ore., music business, You Had to Be There.

Sharon's first non-fiction work, Les Pensees Dangereuses, is available at Smashwords. She has also published an anthology of essays, Sui Generis,, available for free download at this link.

In The Eye of The Beholder is available in paperback in the UK and EEC from Turner Maxwell Books and in multi-format eBook from Smashwords. US readers should visit TreasureLine Publishing.

Sharon lives in Silicon Valley, CA, with her husband, three dogs and five cats.

message 11: by Martin (last edited Oct 17, 2010 04:28AM) (new)

Martin Treanor | 2 comments Martin Treanor is an Irish writer - living in London - of speculative and supernatural fiction. His stories include the award winning, 'The Confession', and 'The Temptation'. His novel - working title: THE SILVER MIST - will be published by Better Karma in 2011.

Martin Treanor has published stories in Canadian & US genre magazines SPINETINGLER and 'ZAHIR', THE SPINETINGLER SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY 2005, CARILLON in UK, TIVOLI MEMBERS MAGAZINE in Denmark, newspapers and magazines in Greenland and THE DUBLINER MAGAZINE (Scandinavia and South Africa). He was also a contributor to Jonathan Maberry's non-fiction book 'THEY BITE'; Citadel, 2009.

There is more to read at:



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- "A damn fine read."

- Jonathan Maberry - commenting on 'WHO'S CHARLIE'

- "Runner-up in 'Writelink' and Highly Commended by 'Lookout'; Martin Treanor's writing has been called - 'something new and different' - 'speculative' - and described as having - 'an unspoken appeal"

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Martin Treanor | 2 comments Hey guys - forgot to mention that the content on my website has just been updated.

So, if you fancy an amble around, or a read of one - or all - of the three short stories I have posted there - please drop by:


And, if you have a Facebook account - and like what you read - please click the 'LIKE' button.

Also ... click the crow on the treetop (only for those in the know).

Many thanks and have a super Sunday.

Martin :)

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Jennifer Provost (parthalan) Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, two birds, three cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.

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I'm Shawn Lamb, I used to write for children animation on a series called "BraveStarr". It was done by the same studio that did "He-Man" and "She-Ra". My husband, Rob Lamb, was a staff writer and storyboard artist for Filmation. I've won 2 awards for a feature film script adaptation.

I began writing my YA fantasy series Allon at my daughter's request. It exploded in interest when her high school friends got wind of it and starting coming over to the house, curious and eager. The rest of the stories stemmed from their interest and conversations about the needs and desires of teens.

If you go to the website, take note of the character pages and interactive map. In fact,the whole site is done by my family, including all the promo videos. :)

I'm also on FaceBook and LinkedIn, along with other social media sites.

message 15: by P.I. (last edited Aug 07, 2011 10:21PM) (new)

P.I. (thewordslinger) | 25 comments I am P.I. Barrington and writing has never been what I wanted to do; I wanted to work in music and directed all my energies into that until I succeeded. But writing was always there in the background stalking me like a crazed ex-husband. It was there when I was a child winning awards for me; it was there as a young adult forcing me into the world of journalism as a newspaper reporter; and now it has finally overtaken my life by returning me to the hobby of my early youth--writing fiction. I wrote to amuse myself, never as a serious occupation and my one huge mistake was never following up when another author offered to refer me to her major publishing house after I'd done a feature story for the paper!
But as I said, I didn't care. I worked in entertainment which I thought was completely unrelated to writing books--once again the crazy stalker was after me. Seems the two are so closely related they are practicallly intertwined and so I thank that crazy stalker, the writing ghost, who shadowed me until I learned to integrate all of the entertainment facets into one gem that has solidified into my published novels!
I am a California girl (woman,lol!)and grew up here, the place of dreams broken and otherwise, the place people say is ice cold in the middle of summer, that you can be lonely in the gridlock of the freeways, sitting a mere few feet from your fellow humans, yet completely incommunicado. Where else could I have gotten the audacity to realize my insane dreams? They don't call us the Left Coast for nothing!
Facebook: P.i.Barrington
Isadora DayStar, the new dark sci fi, out now via Smashwords:
Future Imperfect crime thriller trilogy

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Marlene Slade (marlenekslade) | 4 comments Marlene K. Slade - Writer of fiction stories and poetry for over 16 years.
GoodReads and WeReads author.
Other sites to find out more information about Marlene K. Slade novels - and
Novels - Music Box Danseur
Celestial Selenite Scry
Legend of the Mediterranean and The Illusive Lord of the Sea (A double book set)

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Jeffrey Crimmel (jeffreyrcrimmelcom) | 10 comments Four years in Australia, two years in India, three years in Europe and all the countries in between. I am done and wrote about it. Living Beneath the Radar

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Lynn Hardy (lynnhardy) | 7 comments Led by a series of dreams and encouraged by friends, Lynn Hardy began the journey to become an author. She stored her work in a computer file labeled “second job.” Writing began as a passion she could not contain and has become much more than she ever expected.

In the Fall of 2010 Prophecy of the Flame reached #1 on Amazon kindle, shortly after Prophecy of the Flame - Book Two released.

In the spring of 2011, Lynn released the Full Cast unabridged audio book of Book One. Created by a group of popular anime voice actors, now both fans and newcomers can hear the book come to life as every character jumps of the page with their own unique voice.

In reality, Lynn is overcome with compassion for families who are suffering through the recession and so she has created Agape Assistance – Shelter for Families One Book at a Time. ( Prophecy of the Flame has now attracted the attention of Hollywood. With 100% of the proceeds from Book One in the series going to Agape Assistance, there is now a full length movie now in the works.

Lynn has attended many science fiction and anime conventions and has had the privilege of serving on panels about writing and getting publishing as well as panels about directing the voice actors for the audio book. Renaissance fairs are another favorite event for the author. Seeing others dressed in costume (as she always is during book signings) makes her feel right at home.

Meeting other writers at these conventions and events who are struggling to break into the publishing field has led Lynn to start Resilient Publishing ( Resilient is now accepting submissions and hopes to help dozens of new authors along the path to success in the next couple of years.

The road has been longer and more complicated than she would have ever guessed--not always smooth, but filled with wonderful surprises. Like most stories, Lynn is sure that her journey has only just begun.

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S.C. Cunningham (cunningham) | 2 comments Hello there, in my early 20's I met a serial attacker, (unscathed) he sowed the seed for the protagonist in my DAVID TRILOY. I needed to warn people that they should be careful, evil can step into our lives at any time. Here is some info on me. Thank you for letter me link up here. :-)


S C CUNNINGHAM writes sexy thrillers teeming with twists, turns and intrigue, goose bumps one minute, laughing out loud the next. Her style is compared to that of Martina Cole, Karen Rose & Jilly Cooper (with the addition of great sex!). Her favoured writers are Cornwall, Connelly, Patterson, Child, Lee, Cole, Corbin, Christie.

Her skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes throws the ‘book’ at fans; fear, laughter, arousal, romance and thought provoking questions, leaving them wanting more. She advises readers to grab a glass of wine, close the bedroom door and read alone. And for those that devour her books in one sitting… a large box of energy giving chocolates.

CUNNINGHAM writes about what she knows, has worked in the exciting celebrity driven worlds her storylines portray; mixed with rock stars, royalty, footballers and maverick moguls, and safely crossed the path of a brutal serial attacker (the man that sowed the seed of protagonist David). Her diverse life and quick witted honesty afford her novels a level of authority and sincerity rare in fiction.

THE PENANCE LIST is the first of The David Trilogy. Revenge is sweet; we look through the eyes of sexual tour de force David as he grows from cherubic choirboy to psychotic killer, from adoring bi-sexual lover to spurned stalker. He experienced the debilitating power of loneliness, vulnerability, sex and shame at the tender age of 7 years; he now uses these tools to settle old scores. Innocent fun loving Tara, her glamorous girls, an ex SAS bodyguard, a premiership footballer, a prostitute, a priest and the British press have no idea that David is watching, that they are on a list… the worm has turned, and he’s only just getting started.

Available in print, eBook and audiobook download (Screenplay option, in talks).

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I’m still a husband, still a father, no longer a dog owner, an even less frequent grass-cutter, a music lover, writer, Dire Straits fan, Police Procedural fan, out of shape, and hater of cold weather (cool weather, I’m okay with). We have had, unfortunately, a winter cooler than normal, but we’re coming into what promises to be a long, warm summer.

[And as an aside, if I had been aware of a land where Christmas lands in the middle of summer vacation, I would have been lobbying my parents to move here while I was a very young lad.]

Still beats the crap out of a Saskatchewan winter.

As a transplanted Canadian I can honestly say that these Australian winters lack punch. But I’m Australian now, so I’m obligated to complain about them.


My grandmother made me a reader (by insisting I read, and she is a great example as a reader). Spider Robinson – find some of his stuff, if you don’t know who he is; you’ll enjoy – wrote somewhere, sometime, that he realised one day that there wasn’t anything he’d read that he couldn’t write himself.

To anyone who wants to write, who loves reading and thinks ‘I can do that’ – DO IT. Write a thousand words a day. It’s not that much. Doesn’t matter what you write either. Imagine a scene from a movie or TV show you’ve seen and write it they way you think it went. Don’t worry about verbatim, JUST WRITE.

Roughly counting, I’ve written 800,000 words in the past three years. Another 80,000 in the few years prior to that. I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say a good chunk of the first 200k were unmitigated crap, but the bar gets raised higher with every written word.
Frankly, I’m going to be writing until I get cremated, so if you want it to get better, you’re going to have to tell me.

In November 2009 I set myself a five-year goal to be at the stage that writing would be my bread and butter and that I could live off of proceeds.

I’m about half way through, have six books for sale and two more in development.

So far, so good. Find me at

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Terrie (coloradochic) | 1 comments Reading was also shared with mr by a family member. It was the best gift she has ever gave.

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Pretty generic, but here's the bio I go with:

Garrett Dennert currently resides in Hart, Michigan. His writing can be seen in various forms at WhiskeyPaper, Circa Review, Toska Magazine and Quick Fix Sports. He is currently a nonfiction editor of Squalorly.

Writing portfolio:
Twitter: @garrettdennert

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