We’re very excited about the presenters that will be here in Boise at our event in May 2014.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Ron Powers has agreed to be one of our keynote presenters. Known as the “second most famous author from Hannibal, Missouri, he is perhaps best known for his two definitive biographies of Mark Twain, Dangerous Water and Mark Twain, A Life. He also co-authored the popular World War II story of Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers, which was made into a movie by Clint Eastwood.
An award-winning editor, Elizabeth Day spent five years with “Teach For America” and earned her master’s degree from DePaul University before co-founding a publishing house, working with successful authors like Kaya McLaren and Jordan Sonnenblick. Winner of awards from the Northwest Book Publishers Association, she’s now an independent editor at Blue Root Editing.
Joanne Pence is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of the Angie Amalfi mysteries as well as historical fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, a fantasy, and most recently, a paranormal thriller. Her novels present a variety of times, places, and reading experiences from mysterious to thrilling, emotional to lightly humorous, as well as powerful tales of times long past.
Elaine Ambrose is a writer, publisher, and blogger. She is an author of nine books including the national bestseller Menopause Sucks. Elaine’s blog, “Midlife Cabernet” is published on several websites including BlogHer and Project Eve. She is the owner of Mill Park Publishing which recently won the Independent Publisher Book Award.
Amanda writes as A.K. Turner and is a coauthor (along with Elaine Ambrose) of Drinking with Dead Women Writers and Drinking with Dead Drunks. Her “Tales of Imperfection” series includes This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store and Mommy Had a Little Flask. She is currently at work on a third book in the series, Hair of the Corn Dog. Publisher’s Weekly describes Turner as “sincere, laugh-out-loud,” and “refreshingly honest.” Her previous occupations include everything from scrubbing toilets to traveling the world to work on film sets, including the television series Survivor. Contact her at http://akturner.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/AKTurnerAuthor.
Merilee Marsh began her professional writing career as a radio station copywriter after graduating from college in upstate New York. Subsequently, with a Master’s degree in English from Mills College in California, Merilee founded and ran an advertising agency. She has worked as a public relations director, getting publicity for her clients in publications such as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Writing projects have included scripts for webinars, articles for trade publications and encyclopedias, book reviews, newspaper columns, advertising scripts, brochure copy, and broadcast commercials. She recently completed writing three years of Weekly Marketing Tips for Attorneys and currently writes a monthly Marketing Tip for Writers for the Idaho Writer’s Update.
Mr. Levine has practiced entertainment law for over 31 years, specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers, galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theatre companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts, publishing, and advertising. In 1996, Mr. Levine opened the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency, specializing in the representation of book authors and the sale of motion picture and television rights in and to books. Since starting his literary agency, Mr. Levine has sold over 100 fiction and non-fiction books to at least 30 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies-for-television and feature films.
Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. Her first novel, Love and Leftovers, is an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults title published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Fan Art is coming out in June 2014. Sarah has both a Bachelors and Masters of Fine Art in graphic design, and designs book covers and interiors at Pete Wilson DesignWorks, Inc. in Boise. She lives in Eagle with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.
As a relatively new agent, Pooja is looking to build her client list and is eager for submissions by debut novelists and veteran writers. She represents fiction and non-fiction for both Adult and YA markets, and is searching for writing that has an easy flow, timely pacing, unique perspectives, and strong voices. In Adult fiction, she is looking for upmarket women‘s fiction, literary/commercial fiction, thrillers, mysteries/suspense, historical and multi-cultural fiction. In YA, she is looking for strong voice-driven contemporary fiction (from the light/romantic variety to fiction dealing with darker themes and subjects), horror, mysteries/thrillers with psychological twists, fantasy, historicals–all of which need to be uniquely spun, fresh, with voices that are strong and multi-layered. She‘s also looking for multi-cultural fiction that is either set abroad or is set in the US with characters from a different culture or background.
Daniel Orozco is the author of Orientation and Other Stories (Faber and Faber). His work has appeared in the Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Idaho.
Ken Rodgers is a writer, teacher and filmmaker who lives in Boise, Idaho, along with his wife, Betty. Ken has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. His short fiction, essays and poems have been published in a variety of fine literary magazines. Ken has three books of poetry and recently released an e-book of short stories titled The Gods of Angkor Wat, available on Amazon. A print edition of this short story compilation will soon be available. Ken Rodgers writes and manages two blogs, one at www.kennethrodgers.com and one at www.bravotheproject.com. In addition he has guest blogged at a variety of sites.
Stacy Ennis is a book and magazine editor, writer, book coach, and speaker, as well as the author of The Editor’s Eye: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great. Stacy was the founding managing editor of a lifestyle magazine and later became the executive editor of Healthy Living Made Simple, a Sam’s Club magazine that reaches over 8 million readers. Her role at the publication involved writing around 50 percent of the magazine’s content, including a cover feature on Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. She now works with a wide range of clients, from celebrities and corporate clients to independent authors and small book presses and also ghostwrites magazine articles, web content, and books, often reaching national and international audiences.
Christy writes for The Urban Liaison magazine and is the Idaho coordinator for National Novel Writing Month. Her first book, Finding Joy in the Midst of Autism is set to release February 2014. As a ghostwriter she has written over a thousand blog posts, press releases, and book blurbs. She owns several businesses and one of her companies, My Social Media Ghost, teaches authors how to effectively build their brand and platform via social media.