Saturday, September 29, 9:30am
St. Louis Public Library - Carondelet Branch
Meet eight local authors speed-dating style: Fedora Amis, Denise Bogard, Vicki, Erwin, Kara Louise, Susan McBride, Ed Protzel, Pat Simmons and Jeffrey Viles. Doors open at 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast provided. Book sales by Left Bank Books. Registration Required. Click here to register!
Fedora Amis won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Mayhem at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, Fedora’s tribute to Sedalia, Missouri and the world’s biggest traveling show, was a finalist in the 2017 Missouri Writers’ Guild contest. She dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as real historical people and imagined characters from the 1800s. She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.
Denise Pattiz Bogard, author of After Elise and The Middle Step, has been writing professionally for more than 40 years. Her award-winning fiction and non-fiction have been published in, along others, The Oklahoma Literary Review, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Newsweek. Denise earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her BS in journalism and history from Indiana University. Over the years she has been a journalist, a co-founding public relations partner, a certified secondary English/writing teacher, the founder of St. Louis Writers Workshop, and a novelist. Denise lives in St. Louis with her husband.
Vicki Berger Erwin is the author of twenty-six books, including picture books and middle grade, young adult, and adult nonfiction. She admits middle grade with a hint of mystery is her favorite genre. In addition to writing, Vicki also worked in publishing for more than twenty years as a bookstore buyer and publishers' sales rep before achieving her dream of owning an independent bookstore. She still serves as bookseller emeritus at Main Street Books in historic St. Charles, Missouri. Vicki lives in Kirkwood, Missouri, with her writer husband, Jim, and crazy dog, Luna.
Kara Louise has been writing Jane Austen variations since 2001. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, but now lives in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, and their ever-changing number of dogs and cats. Their son and his wife and their two precious granddaughters live nearby.
Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries and the River Road Mysteries. She has penned three women's fiction titles: The Truth About Love & Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. She has also chronicled her bout with breast cancer in the short memoir In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After Forty. Susan lives in Saint Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.
The Lies That Bind is the first novel in Ed Protzel's Dark Horse trilogy. Ed has written five screenplays for feature film and developed projects for Hollywood. He has a Master's in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ed lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches college English.
Pat Simmons has penned more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatic husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter.
Jeffery Viles is a mostly Missourian who was born an Okie. Viles is a former journalist-turned-oilman-turned-restaurateur-turned-property developer-turned-fiction writer. His family heritage is Dutch-Irish and he grew up a small-town Midwesterner. This is his debut novel.