Join us for our 7th annual author showcase, where we bring area authors & readers together!
Where: Ridgway Memorial Library
When: Saturday, October 13th 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Schedule of Events
10:00 AM–12:00 PM | Meet-and-Greet with Local Authors
12:00–12:30 PM | Lunch Break
12:30–1:30 PM | FEATURED SPEAKER: Translating Pop Culture into Sellable Books Workshop with Bertena Varney
1:30–2:15 PM | PANEL 1: Your Book Is Written… Now What?
2:15–3:00 PM | PANEL 2: Writing 9-5 or When the Muse Strikes You?: The Differences Between Writing on a Schedule and When You are Creatively Inspired
Belinda G. Buchanan Website
I was born and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky and for the past decade have resided in Taylorsville with my wonderful husband, two sons (1 who loves me unconditionally, and 1 who loves me only when not in public), 2 persnickety cats, and 1 dog who thinks he’s a person. I create characters in my stories with very real personal and social issues. My women are not weak, and my men are not always strong.
Women’s Fiction/Literary Fiction: After All Is Said and Done (2011), Adult Seasons of Darkness (2013)
Adult Fiction/Mystery: The Monster of Silver Creek (2011), Tragedy at Silver Creek (2015)
Born in Kentucky, Sherry got her start in writing by pledging to write a happy ending for a good friend who was going through some really tough times. Sherry readily admits to hearing voices and is convinced that being married to her best friend for thirty-plus years goes a long way in helping her write happily-ever-afters. Sherry resides in Michigan and is currently working on an eighteen-book saga that revolves around the Orphan Trains.
Romance: Love in the Bluegrass (2018), Adult Tears of Betrayal (2012, 2013), Somewhere in My Dreams (2013), The King of my Heart (2012), Surviving the Storm (2014), That Feeling, Always Faithful (2016)
Paranormal/Suspense: Seems Like Yesterday (2015)
As Sherry Jones:
Children’s fiction: The Legend of the Sock Goblins (2012); Little Sally Snippy Snot (2013); Penelope Pigsnout, Detective Extraordinaire (2014)
Pam Carter writes true-life stories; her motto is “Everyone has a story to tell.” In 2015, her story “Tough Love” was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom. Pam earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her husband, Rick Jeffries, call Mt. Washington home, but they also enjoy spending time at their vacation home in Tampa, Florida.
Self-Help/Motivational: “Tough Love” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom (2015)
Eva Caye, author of the To Be Sinclair series, can build a rocket stove, tat lace, handle a gun, and teach teenagers critical thinking. Her favorite activities include writing science fiction romance, playing ukulele and recorder, and working with fiber arts such as lacemaking. She currently lives with her magnificent husband in Louisville, Kentucky.
Science Fiction/Romance: Dignity (2012), Majesty (2012), Fealty (2012), Royalty (2013), Dynasty (2013), Loyalty (2013), Evan’s Ladies (2013), Nobility (2013), Morality (2014), Fidelity (2017), Ability (2016), Integrity (2018), Civility (2018)
Linda Ellen writes historical romance rich with local history, joy, heartache, and real life. She began her writing career with a series of novels based on the true story of her parents’ romance in the 1930s, for which she won the 2014 Lyra Award in the romance category. Linda resides in Louisville with her husband of 37 years; they attend Evangel World Prayer Center, and she is the office manager of their Prison Ministry.
Historical Romance: Once in a While (2014), The Bold Venture (2015), Almost as Much (2016), Her Blue-Eyed Sergeant (2016), Her Blue-Eyed Corporal (2017), Her Blue-Eyed Lieutenant (2017), Sweet Love at Honey Landing (2018)
Stephanie Feger believes that a shift in perspective can help people live fulfilling lives. Her blog, Color Today Pretty, has inspired many to shift their mindsets and has spawned her latest accomplishment of authoring her new book Color Today Pretty: An Inspirational Guide to Living a Life in Perspective. As a professional speaker, author, marketing consultant, and home décor business owner, she shares stories of inspiration through creativity, authenticity, and vulnerability. Learn more at www.ColorTodayPretty.com.
Adult Nonfiction/Self-Help/Inspiration: Color Today Pretty: An Inspirational Guide to Living a Life in Perspective (2018)
Amanda Lamkin Website
Amanda Lamkin is a bestselling author and the owner of Line By Lion Publications, LLC. She has given presentations in New York City, San Juan, Las Vegas, and more. She lives in Louisville with her husband and four children. In her spare time, such as it is, Lamkin enjoys travel, reading, working her hobby farm, spending time with family, and all things geeky.
Historical Romance: Hunter the Horrible (2014)
Romance/Mystery: Alexandra Campbell: Private Eye (2016)
Science Fiction: Charlotte and Daisy (2016)
Mysti Parker is an award-winning author and shameless chocoholic. She writes romance for every reader’s taste from super sweet to scandalously spicy. When she’s not writing the next best-story-ever or tackling the endless mountain of laundry, she works as a freelance copywriter and editor. Mysti resides in Buckner, Kentucky with her husband, three children, and too many pets.
Romance: A Time for Everything (2015), The Roche Hotel (2015), Mann Cakes (2017), Jesse’s List (2017), All Jacked Up (2018)
As Misty Baker:
Children’s Fiction/ Beginning Reader: Quentin’s Problem (2014), Fuzzy Buzzy’s Treasure (2014), Dinosaur Zoo (2016), A Home for Rosie (2016)
Leah Pugh Facebook
An avid reader, Leah started writing stories at a young age. After publishing a few short stories and an article, she had her first novel, The Diamond Caper, published while still in college. The first story in the Crystal O’Mally mystery series was followed by the sequel, Anything But A Diamond. She is currently working on the third book in the Crystal mystery series. In between writing novels, she enjoys taking walks, playing with the puppy, and reading.
YA Fiction: The Diamond Caper (2012), Anything But a Diamond (2015)
Lynn M. Renz Facebook
Lynn has a passion for magic and imagination, and she fell in love with writing at a young age. Lynn wrote Happy Magical Dreams for her son to help him sleep and dream of good things instead of nightmares. Lynn wrote Love, Light and Violet as a way to escape her own reality—little did she know what magic would all unfold in this coming of age story.
Children’s Fiction: Happy Magical Dreams (2016)
YA Fiction: Love, Light and Violet (2018)
Jen Selinsky was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2003, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, she earned her master’s degree in library science from the same school. Jen has worked as a professional librarian for over twelve years. She has published more than 190 books, many of which contain poetry. Her work can be found on the following sites: Lulu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords, Pen It! Publications, and Books-A-Million, as well as many others. She has also been featured in publications such as The Courier-Journal, The News and Tribune, Pen It! Magazine, Explorer Magazine, Liphar Magazine, and Indiana Libraries. Jen lives in Sellersburg, Indiana with her husband.
Adult Coloring Books: Shades of Inspiration: An Adult Coloring Book with Poetry (2018), Pleasing Patterns: An Adult Coloring Book (2018)
Children’s Picture Books: Bunny’s Song (2016), Runaway Choo-Choo (2017), Tails of Boots & Alley (2017), You Are You (2018)
Poetry: Opening the Doors (2001)
Memoir/Travelogue: First Generation Abroad (Editor, 2017)
Romance: Springtime in London (2012)
Bertena Varney is one of the local leading researchers of the supernatural—specifically in the vampire realm. Her research and writing pull together the mythology of the past with the pop culture of the present. She has traveled to Europe, New Orleans, and Salem to research various legends. She is from Lexington and currently resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is the Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. Her love for vampires came at a young age when she was sneaking to watch Dark Shadows (the original show). As a teen of the ’80s, the vampire movies of that time kept her pulled under their control with The Lost Boys, My Best Friend’s a Vampire, and many more. As she began college, she concentrated her research on vampires and was amazed when she found that her last name was associated with an original vampire book, Varney the Vampire, Feast of Blood. She used her love for vampires and her multiple degrees to research vampires and write about them in her class assignments, which contributed to the completion of her MA and in Sociology/Criminology and M.Ed in Education from Morehead State University.
Nonfiction/Pop Culture: Lure of the Vampire (2011, 2014), Vampire News Volume 1 (2012), Vampire News Volume 2: The (Not So) End Times! (2013), Vampire News Volume 3: Really…Vampires Suck (2014), Introduction to Vampires Course (2015)
Other Nonfiction: Healing with the Archangels: Angel Reiki Course Book (2015); Reiki, Meditation, and Yoga Journal (2017)
Anthologies: Vampires Romance to Rippers Volume 1 (2013), Vampires Romance to Rippers Volume 2 (2014)
Are you a published author interested in participating in our 2018 Author Faire?
Please complete and submit the Author Information Form or contact Gayle Ryan at 543-7675 ext. 2551.