We have a spectacular line-up of experts in marketing, book publicity, and publishing for the 2017 Chanticleer Authors Conference!

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Updated as of 1/18/16. Please check in later as more faculty is being added as we get confirmations. Although we do our best to confirm the faculty before we post, unforeseen events will occasionally change their availability.

Special Guests:

Margie Lawson: Editor & International Presenter

Hawaii, Paradise Isle, Margie on Rocks, laughing

Margie Lawson —editor, and international presenter – teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page-turners.

Margie has presented over a hundred fifty full day master classes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Writers credit her innovative deep editing approaches with taking their writing to publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

Margie developed seven online courses she teaches through Lawson Writer’s Academy on her website. LWA has over 30 instructors and offers five courses most months.

Eileen Cook: Author, Writing Consultant, Editor


Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV.  She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, WITH MALICE, came out in June 2016. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

C.C. Humphreys: Author, Actor, Swordsman

bearded-tightAs an actor Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has performed on stages from London’s West End to Hollywood. A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, he has written ten adult novels including ‘The French Executioner’, runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; The Jack Absolute Trilogy; ‘Vlad – The Last Confession’; ‘A Place Called Armageddon’ and ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’ – which he adapted for the stage and which premiered at Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, in 2015. He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called The Runestone Saga and ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’. The sequel, ‘The Hunt of the Dragon’, is published in Fall 2016. His recent novel ‘Plague’ won Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015. The sequel, ‘Fire’ is a thriller set during the Great Fire, published Summer 2016. He is translated into thirteen languages. Last year he earned his Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of British Columbia.

Kathy L. Murphy: Founder and Queen of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, the largest book club in the world with more than 600 chapters

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Former book purchaser for Barron’sBooks, Kathy L. Murphy is the author of “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life.” She opened the only hair Salon/Bookstore, Beauty & the Book in the country in Jefferson, Texas. She is the founder and operator of the 700+ chapter book club, The Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guys, nationally and in 15 foreign countries making it the largest “meeting and discussing” book club in the world. Featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. Recipient of The James Patterson Pageturner Award in 2007 for an individual going beyond the call for promoting literacy.

Robert Dugoni: Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, NY Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author (and all around great guy!)

Bob_Dugoni_hres3_thumbRobert Dugoni is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series: My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath (September 2015) and A Clearing in the Woods (May 2016). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed, David Sloane series: The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction.  His books are sold world-wide in more than 20 countries and have been translated into a dozen languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish. Dugoni and author Steven James teach a four day writing intensive. www.novelwritingintensive.com

A writer turned lawyer turned writer. Dugoni is a NY Times bestselling author of legal thrillers.  A Stanford graduate and UCLA law school graduate, he practiced for 13 years in San Francisco. We at Chanticleer Book Reviews agree with others that “Dugoni is the undisputed king of the Legal Thriller.”

Shari Stauch: CEO of Where Writers Win


CEO and creator of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 30 years. As former board chair of Charleston’s Center for Women, she served as moderator for the Center’s Women’s Writer Series, and conducted seminars for the South Carolina Women’s Business Center on website marketing and image branding. She is also past producer, alongside team member Bren McClain, of the South Carolina Writers Workshop (SCWW) Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Stauch continues to work with the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society as well as with agents, editors, and emerging authors throughout the U.S., using her marketing and PR talents to help authors broaden their audiences, and publishers realize greater sales potential.

Diane Sillan Isaacs: Film/TV Producer and Executive Creative Director: Green Moon Productions, WutzNxt, Luna Design

diane-isaacs-brings-dominant-experience-from-movie-industry-to-wutznxt-222x3001.jpgDiane Sillan Isaacs brings more than two decades of experience in film and television industries as an executive film producer, president of production for Don Johnson Productions at Universal and Paramount pictures, president of development and production for Green Moon Productions where she produced films for Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson.

Diane is also the executive creative director of Luna Design: Design & Branding, Content Strategy, Experimental Marketing, Web & App Development, Photo & Video Production. Clients include:  Bunker Media, Microsoft China, BLUEPRINT NYC, Prime Pictures, and others. She and Kiffer Brown co-founded SillanPaceBrown Publishing + Production, LLC.

Presenters & Panelists

Pamela Beason: Award Winning Mystery Author and Private Investigator

Beason.jpgPam is the author of nine full-length fiction works; The Only Witness and The Only Clue in the Neema Mysteries, romantic suspense novels Shaken and Call of the Jaguar, and Endangered, Bear Bait, and Undercurrents in the Summer Westin mystery series, published by Penguin/Berkley. She has most recently self-published the first of her YA series, Race with Danger.

Pamela also wrote the nonfiction ebooks: SAVE Your Money, Your Sanity, as well as Our Planet and So You Want to Be a PI? Pam has been awarded the Daphne du Maurier Award and both First Place and Grand Prize in the Chanticleer Novel Competition. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a private investigator.

Susan Colleen Browne: Author, Creative Writing Instructor

SusanBrownephotoJune 2013Susan Colleen Browne weaves her love of Ireland and her passion for country living into her Village of Ballydara series, novels and stories of love, friendship and family set in the Irish countryside. She’s also the author of an award-winning memoir, Little Farm in the Foothills, as well as the Morgan Carey fantasy-adventure series for tweens. A community college creative writing instructor, Susan runs a mini-farm in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest. Coming up: Book 4 of the Ballydara series, and a sequel to Little Farm in the Foothills!

Susan Marie Conrad: Author, Graphic Designer, Word-slinging Adventurer

15-copySusan Conrad is an author, adventurer, and speaker who has paddled extensively throughout the Salish Sea—and beyond. On an early spring morning in 2010, Susan dipped her paddle into the water near Anacortes, WA and began a 1,200-mile solo journey of the sea and soul to Juneau, AK. Her debut memoir Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage is the story resulting from that life-changing journey. (released May 2016)
Susan’s tenacious exploration by sea kayak has fueled her stories and images of the natural world for decades. Her articles and photographs have appeared in Sea Kayaker, Canoe and Kayak, Adventures Northwest, Figure magazines, and more. Wielding her graphic design skills, Susan is keen on helping other authors create visually-polished book proposals, media kits, cover designs, and websites.

Sara Dahmen: Author & Entrepreneur

sara-dahmen-1Sara Dahmen is a metalsmith of vintage and modern kitchenware in tin, copper and iron. Her debut novel, Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper, won the Laramie Award Grand Prize for Western Historical Fiction, and inspired House Copper & Housekeeper Crockery – American-made cookware. She has published over 100 articles as a contributing editor for multiple magazines, book blogs and review blogs and spoke at TEDx Rapid City, at the Historical Writers of America inaugural conference in Williamsburg VA, and has co-chaired the Port Washington Literary Festival since its inception. Prior to her writing gigs, Sara was a print, radio and TV producer in Milwaukee and owns and has operated a nationally award-winning event planning company since 2006. When not writing or sewing authentic clothing for reenactments, she can be found hitting tin and copper at her apprenticeship with a master smith, reading the Economist and reference books, or playing with her three young children.


Wendy Delaney: Cozy Mystery Author

Wendy Delaneydelaney writes fun-filled cozy mysteries and is the award-winning author of the Working Stiffs Mystery series. Like her human lie detector sleuth, Wendy loves to bake, so when she’s not killing off story people she can be found on her treadmill, working off the calories from her latest culinary adventure. Wendy makes her home in the Seattle area with the love of her life and is a proud grandma.

Nicole Evelina: Author & Historian

Nichole EvelinaNicole Evelina’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. As an armchair historian, Nicole researches her books extensively, consulting with biographers, historical societies and traveling to locations when possible. She has consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.

Diane Garland: Continuity Specialist for Fiction Series

DianeGarlandDiane specializes in the world of continuity editing, a systematic way of cataloging all the little known facts in a book series. USA Today bestselling author, Ann Charles, amongst others, count on her attention to detail and her organizational skills to keep their series on track and their fans coming back. Visit her website at www.YourWorldKeeper.com

Amanda June Hagarty: Social Media and WattPad Author

Amanda-unicorn-300x278Amanda June Hagarty started building websites and doing online promotion in 1995. Social media marketing and promotion are a passion-turned-business for her. Amanda June Hagarty is an author with a background in business, marketing, and sales. When she is not writing she teaches other authors how to more effectively use social media to enhance their discoverability. She dislikes the term “social media expert” and prefers to think of herself as an author platform specialist. She has a love/hate relationship with Facebook like everyone else, and her favorite social media is Wattpad, where the whole point is reading and writing. She is the author of several SFF works available on Wattpad.

Michelle Rene: Award-Winning Author & Creative Advocate

Michelle Rene has also written under pen names such as Olivia Rivard and Abigail Henry. Michelle Rene is a creative advocate and the author of a number of published works of science fiction, historical fiction, humor and everything in between. She has won awards under her Michelle Rene name for her historical fiction novel, I Once Knew Vincent.

When not writing, she is a professional artist and all around odd person. She lives as the only female, writing in her little closet, with her husband, son, and ungrateful cat in Dallas, Texas.

Jacquie Rogers: Award-Winning Author

jacquie-rogersAward-winning writer Jacquie Rogers is author of eleven novels, including five books in the Hearts of Owyhee series, two books in the Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter series, and others. She’s published over a dozen short stories and novellas in three genres.  Under the house name Ford Fargo, she writes for the Western Fictioneers Wolf Creek series.  She co-wrote Nail It! The Secret to Building a Fiction Writer’s Platform, and Growing Your Audience: Workbook for Published, Unpublished, and Under-published Writers. 

Mary Ann Clarke Scott: Award-Winning Author

Mary Ann Clarke Scott has been writing fiction for 12 years, and reading avidly for many more decades than that. When she sat down to write her first novel in 2005, she instinctively knew there was something going on beneath the surface of the books she read, and deconstructed several favourite novels, analyzing their shape, patterns and pace, and tried to put it all into a spreadsheet. It was only later she discovered someone else had already done this, and began reading about the Hero’s Journey and later, the Heroine’s Journey. She does not have a Ph.D. in Jungian Psychology, but she is a sucker for punishment. Her first novel, Reconcilable Differences, was published in August 2016.

Sara Stamey: Award-winning Author and Book Doctor

SaraLargerHawaiiPhotoAward-winning novelist Sara Stamey’s latest, the near-future eco-thriller THE ARIADNE CONNECTION, won the Cygnus Award for Speculative Fiction. Her Caribbean psychic-suspense novel ISLANDS won the Chanticleer Paranormal Suspense Award. Her early SF novels with Ace/Berkley are now being reissued by www.bookviewcafe.com  Sara’s journeys have included treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean and Honduras; backpacking Greece, New Zealand, and South America; operating a nuclear reactor; and owning a farm in Southern Chile. Resettled in her native Pacific Northwest, she now teaches creative writing at Western Washington University and offers independent editing services. She shares a backyard wildlife refuge with a menagerie including her very tall paleontologist husband Thor Hansen. Follow her blog at www.sarastamey.com 

Theresa “Soni” Guzman Stokes: Author & Historian

stokesTheresa Guzman Stokes has been a magazine editor and published writer with a focus on ethnic American history. Ms. Stokes has participated in and supervised dozens of historic preservation, genealogical and cultural resource investigations throughout New England and Virginia, with an expertise in African American, Latin American and Jewish history and genealogy. She also has years of experience in the design and creation of web sites and social media promotions tailored around historic, genealogical, and creative (Arts, Literature & Music) presentations.

And…. Kiffer Brown

Kiffer-Brown-CBR-132x150.jpgKiffer is the founder of Chanticleer Book Reviews and International Writing Competitions, LLC.  She is also a partner in SillanPaceBrown Publishing + Production LLC, which specializes in curating books with potential to become fully actualized intellectual properties.

Her addiction is finding sparkling gems that will become tomorrow’s bestsellers. She is known for her instinct in picking winners. She also acts as an independent acquisitions editor for publishers and entertainment companies.  Kiffer is known for her marketing talent and networking skills. She truly loves what she does and her passion shows!

Stay tuned. More awesome panelists coming soon!

Are you interested in presenting at the Chanticleer Author Conference? We are a small conference with a very limited budget. Our special guests are considered for concessions, our general panelists and presenters are pulled from our registered attendees, the majority of whom are publishing authors with knowledge, experience, and skills to share.

If you are interested in sharing your skills and lifting up your fellow authors: fill out our speaker proposal form.