We read their books. We love their stories. We move in with their characters, yet we often know very little about the author behind it all.
Jamie Ford, the acclaimed author of Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and his latest, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, taps into his personal reservoir of life's lickings to weave a rich tapestry of emotions in his writing.
The daughter of an abstract painter, Alyson is truly an artist, using her words like brush strokes. Following up her international best sellers, "The Velvet Hour" and "The Lost Wife" comes her latest novel, "The Garden of Letters", set in Positano, a tranquil seaside village that finds WWII at its port and two random people forge a unique relationship under the threat of life and death.
With her 30th novel, Lisa Wingate fearlessly delves into the greatest adoption scandal of the 20th c., led by one woman, Georgia Tan, who kidnapped poor children & babies to sell to wealthy families. When Lisa came across this above-the-law crime story, she pulled herself up off the floor and just had to know more. Lisa is careful to balance Ms. Tan's sociopathic world with the voices of the children and families involuntarily drawn into the queenpin’s greed and ruthlessness.
Releasing her 17th novel, MJ Rose is no stranger to writing from the senses, and sex happens to be a major human sensibility. She muses that writers have to be good liars, good actors and have great imaginations as she takes on characters of all shapes, sizes and from other dimensions.
Randy's novels live in Dark, Dysfunctional, Domestic Drama: quadruple Ds-- that with an undercurrent of humor to get through all the mishegas. She pulls from her years working with battered victims and inmates- she drives in to discover light in the dark moments.
The Official List of the Chanticleer 2015 Grand Prize Winners of the Blue Ribbon Writing Competitions
The Grand Prize Genre Winners of the 2015 Chanticleer International Writing Competitions were announced at the annual 2016 awards ceremony that was held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Wash. Congratulations!
Being an author is a thousand times more competitive than most writers realize. Many don’t even think of themselves as being in a competitive field in the first place! But the harsh truth is, if you can’t compete for readers’ interest and attention, you won’t sell books.
The SOMERSET Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in Literary and Blended Genre Fiction. The First Place Category Winners will be recognized at the Chanticleer Authors Conference and Awards Gala held in late September 2015.