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Dawn Brotherton

Romance, Thriller, Children's

Dawn Brotherton is an award-winning author and featured speaker at writing and publishing seminars. When it comes to exceptional writing, Dawn draws on her experience as a retired colonel in the US Air Force as well as a softball coach.

Rekaya Gibson

Food Fiction & Nonfiction

Rekaya Gibson is the author of seven books which include tales about magical food, social media and colorism. The freelance writer has written content for Amtrak, Writer’s Digest Books, Cuisine Noir Magazine and several lifestyle magazines.

Will Hopkins

Noir Short Story

Will Hopkins is a Norfolk native who writes mystery noir about the Tidewater area. His most recent works are The Lights, a collection of short stories set against the great flying saucer scare of 1952, and Money Point, a crime novel set in Norfolk during the early 1970s. He lives in Ocean View.


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Patrick Clark

Patrick Clark's writings leverage his knowledge of the military and government to develop thrilling stories with suspense and intrigue. The Monroe Decision is his debut novel.

Teresa Inge

Teresa Inge grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she hotrods. She assists two executives and is president of Sister’s in Crime Mystery by the Sea Chapter. Teresa is the author of "Fishing for Murder," in the FishNets anthology, “Corked for Murder,” “Shopping for Murder,” and “Guide to Murder” in Virginia is for Mysteries I & II, and "Love the Wine You're With,” in 50 Shades of Cabernet.

Allie Marie


Retired from law enforcement, Allie Marie began writing mysteries inspired by colonial ancestors she discovered while researching her family tree. Her “True Colors Series” set in Olde Towne Portsmouth features colonial ghosts who haunt modern characters to solve old mysteries.

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Jayne Ormerod

Jayne Ormerod pens cozy mysteries about small towns with beach settings, and has written or contributed stories to almost a dozen books. Upon hanging up her Military Spouse hat (one she wore for 30 years), she and her husband settled in Norfolk and enjoy a quiet life by the Chesapeake Bay.

Michael Rudolph


Michael Rudolph is a retired Park Avenue attorney, an ex-New Yorker, and an ex-Connecticut Yankee.  His highly reviewed debut novel was Noble Chase, a legal thriller featuring a brilliant new heroine. Her exciting story will continue soon with the anticipated publication of Michael's sequel novel, Alumni Association.

Ken Wheeler


Author of The Other Woman: A Detective Peach Mystery, Kenneth M. Wheeler has served as a Slover Award-winning journalist and as Director of Communications for the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, he is editor of an international communications textbook and has served as a communications consultant for USAID in Bulgaria and Indonesia.

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Heather Weidner

Heather Weidner’s short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 Shades of Cabernet. The Tulip Shirt Murders is her second novel in her Delanie Fitzgerald series. Originally from Virginia Beach, she earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan College and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond.



Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Cait Ashwood

Epic Fantasy & Science Fiction

Cait Ashwood is an author of epic fantasy works that have a hard time staying in just one genre. With elements of science fiction, paranormal abilities, and even some time travel thrown in, the Order of the Lily series has something for everyone.

K. Guillory

Urban Fantasy & Horror

K. Guillory is a horror and fantasy artist and writer from Detroit who is now based on the East Coast. She's produced and written other works for Detroit News, (t)here Magazine, as well as The Other World, Blood Money, and various underground comics. Her fine art is shown in New York and she is an alum of Red Bull House of Art.

Scott McDermott

Science Fiction & Political Thriller

Scott McDermott is the author of the award-winning sci-fi political thriller series Election 2064, with Book Two available in June 2018.  He lives with his wife and two furballs in Virginia Beach.

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Lynne Yvonne Moon

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Lynn Yvonne Moon is an award winning author of adult, young adult, and middle grade novels. 

Carolyn O'Neal

Dystopian Science Fiction, Children's

Author and environmentalist Carolyn O’Neal won The Hook’s 2013 Short Story Contest for SILENT GRACE, judged by bestselling author John Grisham. KINGSLEY is her first novel. She authored TERRY AND THE MONSTER-BEATERS, a picture book to comfort children undergoing serious illness such as cancer. She founded The Charlottesville Book Festival.

Ken Poyner

Science Fiction, Poetry

Heartily published author of surreal/irreal-leaning poetry and short fiction.



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S. Briones Lim

S. Briones Lim is a YA and Adult Romance author from Virginia Beach. Her Contemporary Romance novel, Caught Inside, was an Amazon Bestseller in the Sports Fiction Romance category in both the United States and Australia.

J. B. Mericle

I am a Freelance romance writer and Private Investigator. In my downtime I indulge in my unhealthy addiction to eating chocolate and drinking wine.

Mike Owens

Mike Owens received his MFA in creative writing from ODU in 2011. Screwed is his fourth novel.

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Nenaya Renee

Nenaya Renee is a self published author who got her start in 2015 with the release of her first novel Souls Intertwined. She has since published two short stories and recently released her second novel Harper in January of 2018. Aside from being an author, Nenaya is also a blogger and graphic designer.


Urban Fiction

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Born in Washington DC and raised in Virginia. Autumn has always had a passion for writing. Whether it be short stories or poetry. One day she decided to take it a step further and write a book. Turn the page and follow her on her journey.

Ronel Brewer


Fanita Moon Pendleton

Fanita Moon Pendleton blazed on the writing scene in 2013 with her first Series: Shoot First Ask Questions Never. An avid reader, she holds a special place in her heart for the unsung genre of Urban Crime and Urban Romance Dramas.



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Dr. Christine Bacon

Self-help, Relationships

Communication expert Christine M. Bacon, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, trainer and the radio talk-show host of "Breakfast with Bacon: The Relationship Doctor." Her latest book, "The Super Couple: A Formula for Extreme Happiness in Marriage," was released by Koehler Books for Valentine's Day 2016.

Steven Bookman


Steven Bookman is the University Archivist at Old Dominion University and is the co-author of Old Dominion University, a photographic history of Old Dominion University from its founding in 1930 to the present.

Meryl Ann Butler


Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, editor and owner of Norfolk’s Ocean View Arts where she teaches classes in a wide variety of art and fiber art techniques. Her teacher was a student of Norman Rockwell. She has authored two quilt books as well of hundreds of articles in print media and online. She is Managing Editor of, where her articles have received over a million views.

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Shannon J. Curtin


Shannon J. Curtin is the author of two collections of poetry, Motherland (Anchor and Plume Press), and File Cabinet Heart (ELJ Publications). Her writing has been featured in a variety of literary magazines including Mothers Always Write, The Muddy River Review, The Mom Egg Review, and The Elephant Journal. She holds an MBA, competitive shooting records, and her liquor.  She would probably like you.

D.D. Delaney

Plays, Poetry

D.D. Delaney is an actor and writer—poet, playwright, novelist, journalist, and blogger—who is also Artist in Residence at The Venue on 35th Street in Norfolk.

Daphne H. Dews


Daphne Harris Dews grew up in Southampton County, Virginia.  She is retired after 37 years with Norfolk Public Schools.  She is a member of Virginia Beach Writers, which offers support for writers of all genres.  With many childhood memories, she enjoys recounting and writing about those experiences.

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Chris Dickon


Chris Dickon is a former Emmy-winning public broadcasting reporter/producer whose recent books and writing have developed little known history about the human experience of Americans at war. His most recent book is a biography of the American poet Alan Seeger who died in service with the French Foreign Legion on July 4, 1916.

Regina Marscheider

Child Safety

Regina, Director of Stop Abuse and Spectrum Puppets, uses her talents in puppetry and the performing arts to fight child sexual abuse.  In a national FOX News – Beyond the Dream segment, Regina revealed her life’s mission to bring critical education to as many children as possible and through her book, ‘Simon Says Play It Safe’ gives parents the language to talk to their children about safety and sensitive issues.

Renée Ellen Olander


Renée Olander, author of A FEW SPELLS (Finishing Line Press 2010), has appeared most recently on the WHRV-FM WRITER’S BLOCK, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and blogs.

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Jessica Ritchie


Jessica Ritchie currently serves as the Head of Special Collections and University Archives at Old Dominion University, where she oversees special collections in Perry Library and the Diehn Composers Room. Jessica is passionate about the ability of archives to empower and transform the way we view ourselves and the world around us.

Catherine L. Schweig


Catherine L. Schweig is founder of Journey of the Heart: an online forum that inspires women to express themselves through poetry. Five edited anthologies have emerged from this project. She’s also co-authored Yoga in the Gita, as well as published numerous articles on yoga philosophy. 

Bill Sizemore

True Crime

Bill Sizemore is a retired Virginian-Pilot journalist. He is co-author with Jens Soering of A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction? The book makes the case for the innocence of Soering, who has served nearly 32 years in prison for the 1985 murders of his then-girlfriend's parents in Bedford County, Va.

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Erwin K. Thomas


Erwin K. Thomas, PhD, captures the essence of life in devotional books.  He uses biblical verses and quotes from world-famous personalities to provide diverse meditations.

Douglas Alan Weiss

Relationships, Spirituality

Doug Weiss has spent much of his life in radio and television as a producer, a senior executive in public media, and as a producer of Internet content.  Doug’s writing career began in college with a poetry scholarship to the prestigious Aspen’ Writer’s Workshop and has since included several works on psychology, relationships and love. 


Dennis Woods


Dennis Woods, military inventor and author concerning night vision on large bore weapons in battle has written his first biography covering 57 months in combat.



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 Christine A. Emery

Christine A. Emery is a whimsical children’s book author and entertainer. Using laughter and joy, she encourages children to see themselves and the world in a magical way.

Harry Holmes

Harry Holmes retired after 41 years as a Forensic Specialist from the Virginia Beach Police Department. 

Meet “Morgan”, a courageous porcupine with a big heart who never gave up on his dream. 

Barry Jordan Jr.

Barry Jordan Jr is a children book author and illustrator from Chesapeake Va.

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Katherine L. Kerr

Award Winning Author and Illustrator, Kay Kerr, whose first children’s book titled, “Corolla’s Sand Horse Beach:  Croatoan’s Memoirs,” wins in NYC EQUUS Film Festival.  She was born in Norfolk, Va., attended Va. Wesleyan University and ODU. 

Jennifer Milius

Jennifer Milius is a storyteller and people whisperer. Jen’s love for storytelling, animals and helping people inspired her to write about her two adorable cats, Einstein and Moo.  Einstein and the Leaf is the first of six books in the Einstein and Moo series. There is also an activity book based on the series.

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A native of McLean, Virginia, Scott McBride became inspired to write children’s books while attending graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a husband, father of two boys, and active duty Coast Guard Officer, he felt called to share fun and exciting morality-based stories with positive messages to both adults and children. He hopes both kids and parents alike find joy and happiness as they share in the adventures that wait for Connor and his friends in Serendipity Sound.

Check out the trailer to the upcoming animated series!


Timothy Steiner

Tim Steiner is a Navy Pilot who writes and illustrates children’s books for military families. He loves creating stories and sharing his progress on Instagram and Facebook.


Young Adult

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E. G. Gaddess

E. G. Gaddess is a YA author from Norfolk, Virginia who writes Vampire and Steampunk for young adults.  Her latest books, The Clan Campbell series of steampunk for younger YA audiences, has a positive LGBTQ+ element, and her publisher, DreamPunk Press, uses Dyslexic friendly fonts to make reading enjoyable for all.

Jeremy Rodden

Jeremy Rodden has been a stay-at-home dad of three boys since 2010 and a writer since forever (published since 2011). He seeks to create magical worlds that readers of all ages enjoy with his comedic fantasy Toonopolis series and other fantasy/scifi works.

 Alexis S. Silver

Alexis S Silver writes young adult fiction from the imagination to the world.