An opportunity to feature new and emerging authors of a variety of genres! Meet and greet the best-selling authors of tomorrow and buy their books before everyone else!
The New Author Expo will be held in the Naismith Room on the second floor, around the corner from the Art Galleries.
Born in New York City, Alexandra was transplanted to a small town in South Carolina at the age of 11, after the death of her father. Embracing the south took some adjustments for a Yankee child, but now a resident of Norfolk, Virginia, she loves and claims the south as her home.
With a degree from the University of Missouri Journalism School, her career has spanned newspaper advertising, teaching high school English, and working as a graphic designer for a commercial print shop. But writing fiction is her passion—she started her first "novel" at age 7 and made it through two chapters before abandoning it for Barbie and Ken. And when most young girls dreamed of being Miss America, Alexandra's dream was to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, talking about her latest novel. Visit her website at www.AlexandraChristle.com.
Nellie Dixon, a life-long avid reader and writer, grew up in Laurinburg, North Carolina. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from Bennett College (Greensboro, NC) and a Master's in Journalism from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Nellie enjoyed a variety of careers including journalist, college professor, marketing manager, entrepreneur, and non-profit executive. She retired to North Carolina's Outer Banks in 2012 with the intention of walking on the beach and editing some of the hundreds of journal entries she had written over the decades. Instead, the mystery writing bug bit her.
Midnight Mayhem: A Lana Madison Mystery is the perfect beginning of a fairy-tale writing career. The author says it seems as if she'd been waiting all of her life to get the courage to write like this. "It started with a single 2000-word description of one character and it just kept growing." Visit her on Facebook!
A self-confessed bibliophile and student of human behavior, Stewart loves to read and write across the genres but is most fascinated with suspense and mystery. As a child her reading choices were Nancy Drew Mysteries and historical fiction. As an adult, Robert Ludlum and James Patterson intrigue her along with historical fiction and non-fiction.
Stewart's adult years have been spent in public service; first in law enforcement for 17 years assigned to patrol, narcotics and community policing and then a public school educator. Stewart has traveled throughout Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean. You could say she has had a very eventful life. Those experiences and events are the basis for her books.
Her first book, An Imperfect Oath, is based upon a true murder in the Hampton Roads area. Her second novel, Hunter/Hunted, involves a cross-country cat and mouse game where the main character is not only the hunter but is also being hunted by law enforcement as well as a mystery man.
Currently working on her third novel, Demons Rest, this suspense novel could be considered the third book in the series, as she ties up loose ends from An Imperfect Oath and Hunter/Hunted.
Jeannie writes romantic thrillers that are sometimes dark, always intense, and which are guaranteed to have an emotional payoff. Her heroes and heroines face seemingly insurmountable odds but will come out stronger at the end of her stories.
Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and now writes bestselling horror, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, and nonfiction regional ghost books. Three of her ghost books garnered Library of Virginia nominations. Her horror short story, "Bottled Spirits," was runner up for the 2013 WSFA Small Press Award and considered one of the top seven genre fiction for that year. She will have an urban fantasy, How the Vortex Changed My Life, to be released in the latter part of 2017. As Sapphire Phelan, she writes erotic and regular paranormal romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association.
Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of young adult and new adult novels, including the Academy of the Fallen series, Sudden Hope, a Mermaid's Curse Trilogy, and the Imprinted Souls series. Daniele is also a filmmaker. This past year she worked on two Virginia-based short films, as a Second Assistant Director for the short film Shelby and Still Photographer for Diamond Scepter. Daniele is currently working on the development stage for the adaptation of her novel, Sudden Hope, which she also plans to film in Virginia. She is also working on her upcoming novel, The Right Kind of Wrong.
Daniele enjoys reading, writing, watching hockey, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and the family dog. Visit her website at www.DaniLanzarotta.com.
Amy E. Lilly
Amy E. Lilly can be found trapped in a library in Virginia where she toils as a library director. Like her character, Phee Jefferson, she is an avid reader of mysteries. She spends her free time raising goats, a herd of well-fed cats and two hyperactive Jack Russell terriers. The author of four Phee Jefferson mysteries, she is currently working on a historical mystery set in 1920s Richmond.
Bryan Nowak is the author of No Name, The Dramatic Dead and Riapoke. He grew up in Steger, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago and spent lots of summers in Indiana. Many of his relatives still live in the Midwest and it's a frequent destination for summer vacation. Having moved to Minnesota as a teenager, he soon joined the U.S. Army Reserves and the National Guard; he is a proud veteran of 17 years. He went to college in Minnesota, met his wife there, and their first son was also born there. It's safe to say he will always have a soft spot in his life for the state he once called home.
It was during his time in the U.S. Army that he was ordered to the state of Virginia, to fill in with an active duty unit who needed some extra help. Returning to that same unit over the next three summers, he learned to really love the state of Virginia. Many years later, he and his wife moved their family there and they still reside in Northern Virginia today.
Bryan generally prefers horror to other genres, but he is not necessarily a purist. He likes a good solid mystery to go along with it to keep you turning the pages or flicking the screen of your e-reader. He prefers a story line that doesn't ooze blood, but he wants it saturated in tension and dread. He's a firm believer that if he can entertain you while scaring you a little, he's done his job.
Growing up, Brittany Raschdorf was always tethered to a book, only putting it down occasionally to play in the mud or rough house with her brother. She knew deep down she had a passion for words. The way the black jumped off the white and landed in her soul told her she would always love books...she would always read books. It was the creativity that called her.
Brittany has a creative drive and a propensity for research and discovery. If she isn't creating art with her hands, she isn't living up to her full potential. She tried cosmetology, painting houses and restoring furniture. She even created organization out of chaos as a housekeeper. It wasn't until she began to write that she truly came alive. And it wasn't until she became a mother that she realized she had a story to tell.
F. Sharon Swope & Genilee Swope Parente
F. Sharon Swope was a long-time newspaper columnist who wrote her first fiction book at age 82. She raised four children to be consummate readers. Two of them are published authors. Swope is now 89 and still writing as well as encouraging others to read and write, even though she's now legally blind. Swope has worked with her daughter Genilee Swope Parente to create a mystery romance series, The Fate Series, and a book of stories. Parente is a magazine editor and freelance writer who has been working with the written word for 45 years. Her dream, which was to write fiction, was realized when she began co-authoring with her mother. She's now working on the fifth book of the Fate Series, as well as a second book of inspirational short stories and her own young adult novel.