Charter Oak Chapter Members:
Emily Dakota Black— Historical Reviewer (aka Anne Black) for RT Booklover’s Magazine for 20+ years, author of a time-travel romance, Save Forever For Me (NPI 1996), author of YA Epic Fantasy series, Legends of Evreaux (currently marketing MS), I -mostly- enjoy the writing process, long to find a willing staff and appropriate mansion with complimentary scenery- at little to no cost, of course!-in order to produce thousands of magnificent, riveting, and memorable words every day…so far, the journey has led to a tiny, unheated office, no staff- though the scenery is pretty impressive- and a more-often-than-not faith that even if the word count for the day doesn’t quite meet the mark of magnificent, riveting, or memorable, I have resources to whom I can turn who will help make them so. When not writing, I am researching alternative universes, teaching Ancient Women’s Spirituality, and/or spoiling my three dogs, my boyfriend, and several dozen children (some born to me, others found along the way).
Deb Davis–I’m DEBORAH ANN DAVIS, and I write Quirky New/Young Adult Fiction with a Twist. I began writing when searching for inspiration for my 5th grade English Journal. Lo and behold, my world was full of funny tales just waiting to be told. It never occurred to me to pursue writing, not even when I discovered my flare for telling stories at college parties…After a string of undergrad majors, I realized I could reach a captive audience EVERY DAY in the public school system. As you probably know, teenagers love to laugh, and what could be more entertaining than Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science? I jumped into teaching with both feet and loved it for 27 years. It came with an added bonus: Once teens know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh. Go figure…Twelve years after our first kiss, I reunited with, and married my childhood sweetheart. Together we coached our daughter’s AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years, our daughter and our money went to college…During a particularly nasty bout of Lyme disease, I turned to Fitness to boost my Health, and to Writing to boost my Happiness. Currently, I am a healthy and happy Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer who loves to write…We presently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. When I’m not writing novels for my Love of Fairs series, I enjoy dabbling with living a sustainable life, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. I also promote increasing movement throughout your day as Wiggle Writer in my Merry Meddling blog at http://deborahanndavis.com/merry-meddling/
Linda Cook–Linda is a passionate dreamer with a vivid imagination. Her many life experiences as a fashion model on Palm Beach, an ER nurse, a restaurant manager, a gift shop owner, and the owner of a hair salon have provided her with many stories to tell. These experiences combined with her imagination enable her to create engaging stories of romance and suspense. She and her husband were teenage sweethearts, Southern born, and now enjoy their lives in Connecticut.
Zita Christian— Zita Christian is a writer, wedding officiant, and TV producer. As a writer of three historical romance novels, Zita writes a personal love story for the couples she marries, bringing “Happily Ever After” to life. In 2014, Wedding Industry Experts named Zita “Most Popular New Celebrant/Officiant in the United States. As a playwright, she co-authored “Warriors Don’t Cry,” a one-woman play based on the Civil Rights memoir by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in 1957. The play was produced by The Bushnell and will enjoy its third national tour in 2016. Creator of the Zita TV Network on YouTube, Zita hosts and produces two national award-winning shows: Full Bloom (since 2001) and Page 1 (since 2004). Her latest, Weddings with Zita, launched in 2014. Find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
Barbara Edwards– Barbara Edwards is a native New Englander. She is a “Jill of All Trades” from crossing guard to sales manager before graduating from the University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She writes poetry for herself and novels when she needs to tell a longer tale. Barbara is fascinated by the past so naturally turned to writing historical romance. The dark stories evolve from nightmares. The romance comes from her belief in people’s basic goodness and longing for love.
Barbara Felgate–Barbara writes Regency romantic suspense under the name Helene Wallis. A lover of mysteries, she is presently writing a five book Regency romantic suspense series featuring members of The Kings Men, a fictional spy organization, set in England and France. She has recently submitted her first book, a Regency romance novella, to a publisher. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America. She is also writing a non-fiction book on the Hartford circus fire and wants your story for her book concerning that event!
Tina Kane–Tina B. Kane is an as yet unpublished author who sometimes writes under her own name, occasionally writes as Solange Dewberry, and has been known to take on the persona of Fairy Godmother extraordinaire Florence Electra McGillicuddy, F.Gm, O.o. C., L.IV, Emeritus, and Purveyor of Particularly Happily Ever Afters since 1647. Tina lives and writes in central Connecticut where she maintains her day job to support her writing habit. Things that inspire Tina: anything with butter and sugar, string and needles, dirt and flowers, and especially her husband, children, and one very cantankerous feline of advanced age.
Sandra Marton–Sandra Marton is a USA Today Bestselling Author with approximately 35,000,000 (and counting!) books in print in twenty-plus languages. Sandra’s Harlequin Presents novels all feature the sexy, gorgeous, complex, tough on the outside but tender on the inside Alpha heroes she loves to create. So do all her brand new single title novels: The Prince of Pleasure, Emily: Sex & Sensibility (The Wilde Sisters, book one), Jaimie: Fire & Ice (The Wilde Sisters, book two) and, coming soon, Lissa: Sugar & Spice (The Wilde Sister, book three).
Krystal Rancourt–Ever since I was 14, I absolutely fell in love with romance novels. I am as yet unpublished but I enjoy writing about feisty heroines and strong heroes who can tame them (and vice versa). I live in Bristol, CT with my parents and two furbabies Peanut and Chastity. I’m hoping to have my first paranormal/urban fantasy novel, Dangerous Desires published by the end of 2016.
Megan Ryder— ever since she discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the ‘forbidden’ romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She’s also a master procrastinator- if only her cocker-spaniel mix, Josie, would let her focus on writing instead of playing ball all day! Website: www.meganryder.com, FB: https://www.facebook.com/MeganRyderAuthor, Twitter: @meganryder1, and newsletter sign up: https://www.facebook.com/MeganRyderAuthor/app.100265896690345/?ref=page_internal
Michelle Vigue– Michelle Vigue grew up in Ledyard, CT and attended the University of Connecticut to study biology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from UCONN, her Master’s degree in natural science and her Sixth-year degree in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University. She began her career in education as a science teacher before moving into administration. Michelle participated in the Connecticut Writing Project’s Summer Institute in 2008 where she first began writing The Bunker. She lives in Glastonbury, CT with her son, Zachary, and her two dogs.
Elaine Violette— A published Historical Romance author, Pan member of RWA, and a longtime member of CORW and more recently CTRWA. As both a veteran high school English teacher and Public Speaking adjunct professor, she has taught public speaking for over 20 years.
Terry Williams–Originally from New York, Terry came to Connecticut in 1979 to do a psychology internship. Terry worked as a licensed psychologist for twenty years in private practice and clinics and a bilingual school psychologist in urban schools for twelve years. His life has been enriched by client stories of inner struggle, courage and resilience. Upon retiring in 2012, Terry decided to write fiction based upon some of the themes heard over that thirty-two year period. Terry’s first novel, Property of the City of New York, which began as a memoir, is about an adolescent struggling to reconcile feelings of guilt and anger toward his father against the backdrop of the 1960s. After some final edits, the book will be submitted for publication in the summer of 2015. The Blackout, a short story adapted from the novel, has recently been submitted for publication in literary magazines. After raising two children, Terry lives in eastern Connecticut with his wife.
Nikki Woolfolk is the author of multiple Steampunk (Sweet & Steamy series) and Cozy Food Mystery stories and a Professional Chocolatier. Until a dozen years ago she feared all kitchens, but found inspiration from a film about a rat who longed to cook in a French kitchen and swiftly made her way to a NYC culinary school. Working as a stagiere anywhere she could Nikki received her Advanced Pastry and Chocolatier Certification and has worked with some of the top chefs in her field. Nikki enjoys taking her readers on culinary adventures in a spectacular cogged and geared world with the perfect recipe of fun and adventure with a dash of wit! You can find her chocolates at LeBeauChocolates.