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YA Authors


Adult Non-Fiction

Pamela Reynolds

Pam is an author and speaker on children issues and relationships. She writes books about:

·       Education.

·        The ongoing struggle between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law as they strive to foster a harmonious relationship for the benefit of their son/spouse.

·        A stray cat that changed our family and taught us many lessons about life and the meaning of family and caring.

Pam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science degree in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. She was a teacher and certified in special education and regular classroom instruction for grades K to three.

As a Certified Emergency Medical Technician. Pam volunteered for 13 years on her town’s Fire Department and was a 7-year member of the Fire Department’s Board of Directors.

Pam has four grown and married children with ten grandchildren. She brings her experiences to her writing and speaking, focusing on relationships and the power of the human spirit. 

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Felix F. Giordano

Felix is a member of the Association of Publishers of Special Sales, the Western Writers of America, and the Science Fiction Writers of America, Felix F.

Giordano has published the mystery/suspense/thriller novels Montana Harvest, Mystery at Little Bitterroot, The Killing Zone, Missing in Montana, and Miracle of the Talking Stick.

His novels' protagonist is a Native American sheriff from western Montana.

His novels have been top ten best sellers in the Native American Literature category on with Montana Harvest achieving the IPNE 2017 Mystery/Suspense Book Award.

 Felix was a featured writer at the May 2007, Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut where he presented a live reading of the first chapter of The Killing Zone, the third novel in the Jim Buchanan Series.

He belongs to the writer’s group, Jordan’s Twelve and he is a contributing author of “Tales from Half Moon Room”, an anthology published by the group.

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Lisa Acerbo

Trumbull High School English Teacher Lisa Acerbo did not take summer breaks when it came to writing.

The result is her first book, Apocalipstick, an adult paranormal romance that came out Aug. 8.

In the vein of post-apocalypse fiction and the undead, the book follows College Student Jenna as she and band of others make their way through a world where most people have died from a virus, and some have returned with a hunger for the living.

Acerbo summarized her book as "being alive after the apocalypse is bad, but when the undead return, hungry for humans, times turn darker. 

Lisa is also an adjunct at the University of Phoenix and was a freelance writer for the Connecticut Post, Trumbull Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.

Acerbo said she moved to Trumbull in 2001 and was born and raised in Greenwich.

Lisa lives with her husband, Frank, two daughters, Dominique and Jessica, plus three cats and two horses.  

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E.A. Rappaport

E. A. Rappaport graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

He works as a software engineer for a financial services consulting firm in New York.

Rappaport co-founded StatCard Entertainment, the first company to combine smart card technology, trading cards, and internet games.

He is a lifelong resident of Orange, Connecticut.

Jason Zandri

Jason Zandri is the best-selling author of the "I, Hero" Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Superhero series of books.
His second series of books, the "As Life Goes" series are winning him additional acclaim, marking him one the only male author showcased in the "10 Indie Chick-Lit Authors You Should Be Reading in 2016" review.
Jason lives in Wallingford, Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children.

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Harmony Verna

Throughout her twenty‑year career in communications, Harmony Verna has worked with all media facets: radio, television, magazines, newspapers, public relations, advertising and marketing.

As a freelance writer, she has written scripts for the Food Network and articles for Modern Bride Magazine, Connecticut Woman Magazine and more. Daughter of Australia was a final round selection for the James Jones First Novel Contest.

Verna lives in Newtown, Connecticut, with her husband and their three young boys.

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Eileen Albrizio

Eileen Albrizio is a former ABC and NPR radio news host and journalist. During her tenure, she earned numerous first-prize honors for her news and features from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

She's a graduate of the CT School of Broadcasting and has earned a BFA in Theatre and an MA in English.

She is the author of numerous volumes of short literature, which include poetry, plays, and short stories. Her debut novel THE WINDSOME TREE: a ghost story has received much critical acclaim. Her book of shorts THE BOX UNDER THE BED won the 2015 Paranormal Poetry and Prose Prize. She's a two-time recipient of the Greater Hartford Arts Council fellowship for poetry.

A freelance creative writing teacher, she's taught at conferences and institutions across the Northeast, including at the York Correctional Institute, CT's maximum-security prison for women.

She was born in Hartford, CT where she still


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Kathryn Orzech

Kathryn Orzech writes mystery, suspense, and thrillers set in New England "and other exotic locations" with women lead characters who confront heart-pounding situations, flirt with romance, and brush with the supernatural.

Working on a new project in her Connecticut home often begins or ends before dawn.

An avid film fan, traveler, and news nerd, other interests include history and geopolitics, society 
and culture, psychology, science, and parapsychology, leaving few subjects off her literary table.

She created and maintains, a website where everyday people share true paranormal experiences.

Online since the 1990s, DreamWatch has welcomed visitors from more than 50 countries and every U.S. state.

It inspired her psychic thriller, Premonition of Terror, when she wondered, "What if premonitions from around world predicted the same catastrophic attack? What would I do?" What would you do?

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Lois Mathieu

Lois is a full-time writer in Connecticut. She holds a B.A. degree from Syracuse University in New York and a Masters of English from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Her early poems and poetry reviews are published in fine literary journals and she is the recipient of the Joseph E. Brodine Award presented by The Connecticut Poetry Society.

She is the author of three novels.

QUIET BUT DANGEROUS (2002), her first and budding novel portrays a man struggling with alcohol addiction.

THE NEXT TO LAST DRINK (2012) is the fulfilled story of her first novel, about a man in recovery, whose will, courage and faith are tested when he stops using alcohol as a remedy for anxiety.

DEBUT for My Birth Mother (2011) is about the lifelong yearning for wholeness after a child is given up for adoption.

MEMBERSHIP: Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association (CAPA); National Writers Union (NWU); Academy of American Poets.

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Sarah Whelan

Sarah Whelan has a master’s degree in criminal justice and twenty years of experience in the field. She has written hundreds of winning grant proposals and published more than a dozen articles, which have appeared in such magazines as Bay State Parent, New Jersey Family, Write Angles Journal, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association Hotline, International Association of Chiefs of Police Net Alert, New Jersey Police Chief Magazine, and Police and Security News. She is also a paid public speaker who presents at law enforcement conferences across the country.
The Struggle Within is Sarah's debut novel. If you're looking for her, she will be either sitting (or standing) at her computer in her Ellington, Connecticut home; exercising at the YMCA; or doing her favorite thing in the world–spending time with her family.

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G.A. Whitmore

Ms. Whitmore's passion for writing and her love of dogs come together in her series The Rescue Dog Tales.

The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home, is based on the true story of Toby, an abused dog the author adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society. Written as a young adult novel, this book can be enjoyed by dog and animal lovers of all ages.

Ms. Whitmore currently lives in California with her dog, Daisy.

Susan Harrison 

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Susan Harrison Rashid was born in Connecticut, and married her husband in 1980 in Lahore, Pakistan.

Annual visits to Lahore and life as a member of a Pakistani family introduced her to a very different culture and country. Always a reader, Ms. Rashid started writing stories when she was ten years old but never imagined she could support herself with her tales.

Instead, she practiced law for twenty-four years before retiring to follow her dream and begin her writing career. Beneath a Shooting Star is her first novel.

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Penny Goetjen

National award-winning author Penny Goetjen writes murder mysteries where the milieus play as prominent a role as the engaging characters.

A self-proclaimed eccentric known for writing late into the night, transfixed by the allure of flickering candlelight, Ms. Goetjen embraces the writing process, unaware what will confront her at the next turn. She rides the journey with her characters, often as surprised as her readers to see how the story unfolds. Fascinated with the paranormal, she usually weaves a subtle, unexpected twist into her stories.

When her husband is asked how he feels about his wife writing murder mysteries, he answers with a wink, “I sleep with one eye open.”

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Carolyn Kolwicz

Carolyn Kolwicz lives in Tolland, Connecticut, where she and her husband Joseph raised their three children. After years of work in research that involved technical writing, she turned to poetry, children’s stories and adult fiction.

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Elsa Kurt

Elsa Kurt is a multi-genre author, speaker, and writing coach. She has written twelve novels, several short stories and books for aspiring and new authors. She has also penned several children's books (written as Melanie Cherniack), and a book of empowerment & inspirations based on her life experiences.

Most recently, Elsa developed her Path To Authorship© program for new and aspiring authors to help them navigate the writing, publishing, and promoting process. Find Path to Authorship on Facebook and Instagram @pathtoauthorship

When not writing or sharing her experiences in writing, publishing, and promoting, Elsa can be found gardening or spending quality time with her husband, daughters, and three dogs.

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Beatriz Williams

Beatriz Williams is a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, Beatriz worked as a communications and corporate strategy consultant in New York and London before she turned her attention to writing novels that combine her passion for history with an obsessive devotion to voice and characterization. Beatriz’s books have won numerous awards, have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and appear regularly in bestseller lists around the world.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Beatriz now lives near the Connecticut shore with her husband and four children, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

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Michael A. Draper

Michael A. Draper Attended St. Michael's College in Winooski, VT and served four years in the Air Force, retiring as a captain.

Married to Diana in 1966, one son living, Kevin. Kevin is married to Claire and they have two daughters, Madison and Molly.

Mike spent over 40 years in the financial industry and is also the author of "Splattered Blood," and "Three Strikes and You're Dead."

Mike enjoys reading, writing and book reviewing. He is a top Amazon book reviewer.

Jane Herr Desrosiers

Jane Herr Desrosiers is thrilled to bring to her readers the Gone Fishing trilogy.  Gone Fishing The Hook, The Line and The Sinker are in publication and ready for readers to enjoy.  The response that she has received from local book clubs to the Connecticut Author’s Trail has reinforced her passion for writing. Her sense of humor and her ability to turn the plot make this book series truly comfort food for your brain. Growing up in Canterbury, Connecticut and now residing in Baltic, Connecticut, Jane has blended the people who have touched her life into the mosaic of the souls of her down-home characters. Jane is also working on a collection of short stories and poems, portions of which will appear in her blog.  She enjoys life with her husband Eddy and their family, and her two cats Ozzie, aka Mr. Striper, and Harriet, watch for her appearance in Gone Fishing The Sinker!

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Janice Law

Janice Law Trecker calls Homeward Dove, "a novel close to my heart [that] has finally seen print."

Homeward Dove is a contemporary novel, with strong mystery elements, set in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut.

Law calls Dove "a story about a crime and its complicated aftermath."

Early on, Law taught for several semesters at the University of Hartford, and at the UConn West Hartford campus.

Then, after getting her doctorate, Law taught for roughly 20 years at UConn's main campus.

She has also taught at the middle school and high school levels, and has done some adult education.

Law said that she always planned to be a reader, not a writer, and her first love is painting, which she still does regularly.

"I had a spell of ill health in my mid-20s, and wound up reading a lot of mysteries," she said.

By the time Law got better, she "was into the not-so-good mystery authors, and beginning to complain," she said.

Law's sportswriter husband suggested writing a book herself, so she did.

Law has lived in the Quiet Corner for 28 years. She states, "I feel at home in rural areas, love to go walking and birding, and am a keen gardener," said Law, "all of which find their way into the books."

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Katherine Kalagher

Katherine Kalagher (Katie) was born in Arlington, Texas, but has lived in New England for the majority of her life. Never Mind the Poetry (2007) was her first novel, inspired by her experience becoming a mother at age 19. Katie went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Women's Studies from University of Hartford, a Master's degree in English from Trinity College, and most recently earned her doctorate from American International College. She currently teaches English and Women's History at a small private school in New England. When she isn't teaching, she is running around with her husband and five children and, here and there, trying to write, too.

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M.L. Brennan 

M.L. Brennan is the author of the critically acclaimed Generation V urban fantasy series, consisting of GENERATION V, IRON NIGHT, TAINTED BLOOD, and DARK ASCENSION.

Brennan holds an MFA in writing and is employed as an adjunct professor at several New England colleges.

For Brennan's thoughts on writing, publishing, and the world in general, please check out her official webpage at

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