AUTHORS

We are a small group of authors who write various genre books.

The Authors in this group





Joe Bonadonna

Heroic fantasy and children's fantasy

Read about Joe's books on his PAGE

Hello out there in cyberspace! I write Heroic Fantasy, Space Opera, Sword & Planet Sci-Fi, Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, Children's Books, and I also dabble a bit in Horror stories.

Why do I write?
My Dad gave me not only a love for old movies, but also my love of reading by bringing home children's books and teaching me to read before I was in kindergarten. I've been writing off and on over the years since 5th grade. In my 30s and 40s I settled down and got serious about writing. I retired in 2010, and have not stopped writing since. I can't. Storytelling for me is an addiction.




Erika M Szabo

Fantasy novels, children's books and health related books

Read about Erika's books on her PAGE

I became an avid reader at a very early age, thanks to my dad who introduced me to many great books. I write alternate history, romantic fantasy, magical realism novels as well as fun, educational, and bilingual books for children ages 4-12 about acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values such as accepting people with disabilities, dealing with bullies, and not judging others before getting to know them. I also like to encourage children to use their imagination and daydream about fantasy worlds.

Why do I write?
Writing is my passion and my hobby because I'm not a big talker but because I have a lot to say, I write. I do have as much anxiety about my writing as any author:
Are they going to like what I write?
Am I going to get a lot of criticism?
Will my books become popular?
When I'm in doubt, I always recall the day when we had to do a book report on one of the assigned books back in school. It was the War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Half of our class absolutely loved the book, and half the kids hated it. One girl asked the teacher why he assigned such a boring, stupid book, the other one hushed her saying, “You’re stupid and boring. This book is brilliantly written.”
The teacher smiled and replied, “Now kids, today you’ve learned a valuable lesson. Every reader's likes and preferences are different, but every writer who has the courage to put their thoughts and feelings on paper has something to say. And, eventually, every book finds its reader. If you have something to say, say it. Even if only a few friends and family members will read it, you will leave a mark with your book, 'I was here'.”



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Mary Anne Yarde

Historical fiction

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Mary Anne Yarde is an award-winning author of the International Best  Selling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, the Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.
Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury--the fabled Isle of Avalon--was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

Why do I write?
I think, for me, writing is like breathing. It is something that I have to do. It is an addiction that I have no intention of trying to quit.






Grace Augustine
Contemporary romance

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My fascination with the written and spoken word began as a 6th grader. I was like a sponge. I couldn’t get enough spelling, sentence diagraming, and literature. This passion followed me through junior high and high school and into adulthood.

I’m a Jill of most trades: co-owned a weekly newspaper, administrative office work, kitchen design, custom jewelry creation, wedding planning, floral design, preaching sermons, public relations and marketing, designing social media promotions, copy and manuscript editing, and now add the title author to this mix.

I write mainly romance in several genres. The Acorn Hills series is a seven-book series based in the Pacific Northwest and deals with life issues and romance for the over 50 yr. old group. I have written a paranormal romance trilogy, a 40+ yr. collection of poetry/prose, a contemporary romance, and a self-help book. I am currently working on book 1 in a Christian romance suspense series.




Ruth de Jauregui
Non-fiction

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I originally studied fine and commercial art, way back when dinosaurs walked the earth and eBooks weren't even a gleam in Amazon's eye. I started my career as a graphic artist as the sign maker at the old Nut Tree in Vacaville, California. After a stint at a print shop (ouch), I began working as a book designer for Bill Yenne at American Graphic Systems. While working for Bill, I wrote my first two books, "Ghost Towns" and "100 Medical Milestones That Shaped World History."

After the book market tanked in the mid-90s, I went on to a government job where I wrote, designed and produced newsletters for in-house and clients, annual reports, and materials for special projects, including the North Bay Stand Down for homeless and at-risk Veterans.

Through the years, I've written numerous how-to, informational and news brief-type articles for websites such as SFGate, AZ Central, DailyPuppy, LiveStrong, PawNation, eHow and more.




Nicola McDonagh
Sci-fi/dystopian and literary fiction

I am an author, editor, photographer and tutor. I spent most of my adult life as a performer and script writer and came to writing prose quite late in life. I'm trying to make up for lost time by dabbling in more than one genre. I enjoy experimenting with language and the visual image, often combining the two to create unusual stories and photographs that hopefully entertain and give pause for thought. 




Rebecca Tran
Fantasy and Romance
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I started writing after my father passed away when I was 16. It was either that or admit I was in need of mental help. As a teenager, there was nothing scarier. Writing became my therapy, it was the one thing I could control in my life. Through the years it's become a passion. Writing one scene used to take hours of planning in my head. Now I can't get it out fast enough. I always have multiple projects going at once and tend to get sidetracked depending on which main character is yelling the loudest in my head. I love fantasy and romance, but I dabble in other areas as the mood hits me.
The books nearest to my heart will always be The Chronicles of the Coranydas. The first two books in the series were inspired by my dad's death. They were written just after he died and started my love for writing. I always hope he's proud of what I've written.



Christina Weigand
Fantasy
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Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a teenage daughter. She is also Nana to four granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania after a short sabbatical in the lovely state of Washington.

She received her BS in Interior Design in 1995, but after a few years of working in the industry God redirected her path with the addition of a fourth child to the family. So she returned to being a stay at home mom, but having been out in the world of school and work she realized she needed a little more, so she took several writing courses and started her second career as an author.

As she searched for and discovered her niche in the world of authors, she also because of that fourth child started helping out in her daughter’s school with writing and reading. Through her work in the schools she found a passion for helping kids develop reading and writing skills.




Toi Thomas

Clean Adult and Children's Fiction

Read about Toi's books on her PAGE

I’m the self-published author of 10 books and counting. I’m also a blogger and vlogger who loves to interview other creatives. A geek girl at heart, I’m also a bit of a techie and foodie. I was born in Texas but consider Virginia to be my home.

Why do I write?
I've always written as a form of stress relief, but as an adult, I found that I also enjoyed sharing my stories with other people. I love to read a good book and then find someone to talk about it with, and in turn, I like to write stories and then receive feedback about what does and doesn't work. 

For the most part, I write for myself; it's part of who I am. However, when I write something and then publish it or share it on a blog, I'm doing it as a way to inform or entertain. It's a way for my voice to be heard... I simply hope someone's out there listening, and just maybe, even liking what they are hearing.