The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent–whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her in the hearts of her readers. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy saga, and now the Lotus Bay Mysteries, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the descriptions and links to all her works, and sign up for her emailed newsletter by clicking this link.
Shirley Hailstock, best-selling, award-winning novelist, holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA in Chemical Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Her initial wish was to join the space program.
Shirley is a past president of Romance Writers of America, the largest genre writing organization in the world with more than 10,000 members. She’s active locally and nationally, having served on the National Board of Directors for seven years. She is also a past president of the New Jersey Romance Writers and a past officer of Women Writers of Color. She writes contemporary romantic suspense, paranormal, historical romance and mainstream women’s fiction.
Shirley is the author of over 35 novels and novellas. Living in Central New Jersey, Shirley has been an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus and Novel Writing at Middlesex County College and Seton Hill University.
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Kelly began writing in elementary school when her 6th grade teacher praised her essay on bread baking that went awry. She continued her writing in high school, writing for and co-editing the school newspaper. Kelly’s specialty was movie reviews (she was not going to do sports!).
In college, Kelly got her BA in English (duh). She began to focus on science fiction, where she spent many years writing sf stories about mothers that no science fiction magazine bought (tip to aspiring writers — send stories that the magazine demographic wants to read). She made a few sales to women-focused small fantasy magazines, but mostly spent her time raising children and working odd jobs.
Kelly got her big publishing break when she switched to writing romance novels (partly because she enjoys romance novels, but also because she got tired of hearing, “This story doesn’t really end, you should turn it into a novel.”)
After publishing seven historical romances (the Once Upon a Wedding series), Kelly got an idea for a young adult novel series based around a cheer leading teen witch. The Salem Witch Tryouts was published by Simon and Schuster, along with two other books in the series and two others not in the series.
When the indie author digital revolution hit, Kelly got the rights back to her historical romance series and put them out herself. She then began adding new indie novels, a young adult dark fantasy novel, a chicklit novel, and several cozy momlit mystery novels in a new Secret Shopper Mom series.
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