Former ‘Janes’

Nancy Brophy
I grew up reading and writing.

My imaginary friends have rich, larger-than-life lives encompassed in four hundred pages with definite beginnings, snappy middles, and above all, happy endings. My personal life is never as clearly defined. Beginnings are hard to locate. A new job, a school term, a family event like a death or a wedding might signal the start of something new, but it’s never heralded with any fanfare. It appears as just another link in the chain.

I live in the beautiful, green, and very wet, Northwest with my husband, two naughty dogs, PB and J, and forty rowdy chickens.

I can’t tell you when I fell in love with my husband, but I relate the moment I decided to marry him. I was in the bath. It was a big tub. I expected him to join me and when he was delayed, I called out, “Are you coming?”

His answer convinced me he was Mr. Right. “Yes, but I’m making hors d’oeuvres.”

Can you imagine spending the rest of your life without a man like that?

Like all marriages, we’ve had our ups and downs, more good times than bad. Most recently we have spent fourteen nail-biting months living in an apartment while our house was rebuilt from a house-fire in 2010. In the process, I have acquired an in-depth knowledge of kitchen cabinets, bathroom plumbing fixtures and leaking roofs. If this writing thing doesn’t work out, I plan to investigate becoming a contractor who specializes in on-time, under-budget remodels. Believe me there is a fortune to be made by the builder who can deliver on his promises.

My stories are about pretty men and strong women, about families that don’t always work and about the joy of finding love and the difficulty of making it stay. You can find me online at and Twitter.

Gina Fluharty
Fluharty_G_Dramatic Portrait_2x3_1600px_0006What do you see when you look at this photo? I’ll tell you what I see: A woman confronting the darkness she carries deep within. Is it going to eclipse the heart of her, bringing her down into the stinking morass of evil or will she wrestle it to the ground and hammer it into shimmering starlight?

We all have a dark side. I’m going to show you mine. Time after time, plot after plot, vulnerable and bleeding character after character, I am going to captivate you and make you confront that which you want to deny and repress. You’ll embrace it, revel in it and explore the razor-toothed expanses of it until we climb out the other side, into the light. Into redemption.

I live in the Greater Portland area. There’s nothing I don’t love about this city. She’s got everything I could ever want which is why when I see the “What will you do with your two days in Seattle?” commercial I say, “Stay in Portland.”

C. Morgan Kennedy
ck088_SmallI have a confession to make. I’m a time traveler. I love flinging myself into the future, then hurtling fast to an alternative past. In my usual time-space-dimension, I’m a mechanical engineer and business woman. So, I have a natural penchant for hover cars and steam or aether powered engines. Though I was born in the wrong era, I’m actually a child of the sixties – 1860, 1960, 2060.

My stories feature strong women, who know how to wield their minds like weapons. Their men are smart and often controlling….but, rest assured, my female leads give them a run for their money. They strive to follow their hearts and dreams for the betterment of themselves and their loved ones. Like my life, all of my stories feature a diverse cast of characters.

With my business partner, Therese Patrick, I work to demystify marketing principles for my author friends. Our first book, Author Marketing 101 Guide & Journal, was published by Gazebo Gardens Publishing and released in October 2013.

Steampunk, futurist, blerd, artist, author, and marketing maven…a real creative force of nature – that’s me in a nutshell.

Keep tabs on my adventures via my blog, Morgan’s Mix Tape, on my website:

Cassiel Knight

I don’t like biographies, but I realize they are important. I think. For those of you interested in these things, here’s mine. I’ve been a writer ever since I can remember. Which, I’m afraid, isn’t as far back as most writers seem to remember. The first time I put pen to paper to write fiction was after reading The Flame and The Flower by Rosemary Rogers. At the time, I was in high school and thought being able  to write such a terrific story must be the most amazing thing in the world. Turned out it was; however, I wasn’t the writer. I kept that attempt for years and it finally got tossed when my family moved from Pennsylvania to Florida and my Mom cleaned house.

After that, I still wrote. But not fiction. I wrote for newsletters, drafted publications in the military, training outlines, business letters and more. Everything but fiction. It wasn’t until AOL came along that I found fiction again. Actually, it was a combination of AOL, Moondust and Madness by Janelle Taylor (futuristic romance) and a dream.

After I read Moondust, I fell in love with futuristic romance and started telling myself a story in my head until I went to asleep at night. I “wrote” the whole first chapter in my mind and then one night, while my husband was stationed in Guam, I didn’t stop writing the story after I feel asleep. I remember the next morning waking up and knowing I had a story.

At the same time, I discovered the romance section of AOL and knew this was my dream. So, I put fingers to computer and wrote my first book, Written in the Stars which I still have and no, not sure I plan on publishing. It didn’t matter though. I was hooked on writing romance and have been hooked ever since.

I write for Samhain Publishing (love them!) and am new to another terrific publisher, Lyrical Press. I have a release coming from them in February 2012.

Hope you found this little foray into my writing beginnings much more interesting than a bio. Want to know more? You can find me online at

Susan Lute

The oldest child of a military family, I traveled a lot as a kid, never going to the same school more than one or two years. Over the years I become an ardent student of human nature; grew to love ancient history and myth. Along the way, I acquired a fascination for the ridiculous and unusual. Certainly, even now, I collect way too much useless information. Fortunately, that comes in handy when cooking up plots for a novel.

In high school I took every writing class I could. I wrote stories of civil war battles where the woman languished for the return of her man. There was one about a pregnant teenager and the mother who stood by her. Another about the birth of a baby and the father who paced anxiously on the porch. In yet another, the moon stood guard over a pirate ship. I wrote poetry in the grandest dramatic tradition. I don’t remember thinking…someday I’ll grow up to be a writer. That didn’t come until much later, after my first publication – a little known article for Listen Magazine titled, Jessie’s Choice.

These days, I write, write, write whenever I can. In between I work as a Registered Nurse, read, garden, take black-and-white photos and travel. Race walking is my favorite activity, and baseball is definitely the best spectator sport I know. One of these days – okay, after we finish the remodel on the house – I plan to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

You can find me online at www.susanlute.comFacebookGoodreads and Twitter

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Mary Oldham
marySince 2008, Mary Oldham has written eight manuscripts and finaled in twenty-two contests including a 2010 Golden Heart final for Contemporary Series Romance and a 2012 Golden Heart final for Romantic Suspense.

As a Multimedia Consultant with The Oregonian & for more than thirteen years, Mary meets a lot of interesting characters who inspire her writing.  With a Business degree in Marketing from Oregon State University and a minor in Apparel, Interiors and Merchandising, she likes to write about smart, business-savvy heroines, who find themselves caught between traditional roles and their own independent spirit.

E.J. Russell

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer and business intelligence consultant. She returned to her childhood love of writing fiction after her twin sons learned to drive and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class.

Her daily commute now consists of walking from one side of her office to the other — from left-brain day job to right-brain author cave — where she’s perfected the fine art of typing with a cat draped across her wrists and a dog attached to her hip. Her stories include gay and straight characters because her life includes gay and straight characters (as does everyone’s).

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

You can find E.J. online at and Twitter.

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