Retired thirteen years ago from a corporate technology stint of thirty-three years, I’ve learned that once out of the loop, that’s where you remain. It moves on and, sadly, I’m forever playing catch up. That’s why I’d rather be writing, or making art. (It’s what I did before I started writing.) I write daily; lean toward fantasy fiction, though I have written in other genres as well. Currently working to meet RWA’s PRO requirements. Sweetie, my tabby, is just that. Love her.
Kyrsten Bell writes action adventure romance. She lives with her family and four chickens in Boise.
Stephanie Berget was born loving horses and found her way to rodeo when she married her Bronc Rider. She and her husband traveled throughout the Northwest while she ran barrels and her cowboy rode bucking horses. She started writing to put a realistic view of rodeo and ranching into western romance. Stephanie and her husband live on a farm located along the Oregon/Idaho border, where they raise hay, horses and cattle, with the help of Dizzy Dottie, the Border Collie, and two Munchkin cats, Magic and Martin.
Randy Brown writes romantic adventure. He lives in what used to be rural, small town Idaho. An avid reader, he has been writing since before he knew how. He has since moved on to paper and pen, finding them a much better medium than walls and crayons. His interests used to include camping, fishing and hunting, gardening but have dwindled down to yelling at kids to get off his lawn.
He does own what may be referred to a vintage motor home but more often is called a money pit. He cooks, occasionally cleans, but mostly spends time arguing with people no one else can see. He has yet to take a satisfying photo of himself. For some reason, an old man keeps getting in the way.
He hopes some day to enter this strange world of adulthood that he keeps hearing about.
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of more than 75 books, is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an eleven-time finalist and two-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award. In addition to the RITA and many other awards, she is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America® and American Christian Fiction Writers. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).
Judith Keim was born and raised in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Idaho with her husband and their long-haired dachshund, Winston, and other members of her family.
Growing up, books were always present being read, ready to go back to the library, or about to be discovered. Information from the books was shared in general conversation, giving all of us in the family a wealth of knowledge and a lot of imagination. Perhaps that is why I was drawn to the idea of writing stories early on.
A hybrid author who both has a publisher and self-publishes, Ms. Keim writes heart-warming stories of strong women who face challenges and find love and happiness along the way. Her books are based, in part, on many of the places she’s lived or visited and on the interesting people she’s met, creating believable characters and realistic settings her many, loyal readers love.
Lynn Mapp is a daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, teacher, writer…obviously a multi-faceted diamond, princess cut. Lynn was a navy brat, born in San Diego, California. While she was born in California, her Idaho roots are deep. Her mother and grandfather were Idaho natives. She has always looked for happily-ever-afters, the light after the darkness. Families and humor are central in her life and her stories.
I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, nestled in the beautiful Treasure Valley. My sisters and I were close growing up and we all still live in Boise. We keep in constant contact and that family-style love comes out in all my books. I could no more leave out a family connection than I could the romances I put in my novels. I write romance because I believe in happy endings, whether with a first-time love or a second chance love. An inveterate reader and moviegoer, I like romantic comedies, drama, and adventure themes. I write romantic suspense and contemporary novels, and the occasional paranormal light.
Award-winning author of six full-length novels and two paranormal romance novellas, the former CBC president and conference chair also teaches full-time and admits to a serious chocolate addiction. Whether or not the writing, the teaching, and the chocolate addiction are connected is unclear.
Lorrie Panzeri is a lover of romance, dark chocolate and Arabian horses. Not necessarily in that order. She has owned, trained, and shown her horses in Idaho. In addition, Lorrie completed an apprenticeship on a large Arabian farm in Santa Ynez, CA, where she basked in the beauty of the magnificent equines she trained, the amazing opportunity and the glorious warmth of the California sun. Honored as a Top 50 Idaho Business Review Woman Of The Year 2014 recipient, she exposed her secret to the world, the dream of being a published author. When she’s not writing you can find her on the golf course chasing a little pink ball with her husband who graciously helps her locate it.
I am a dreamer, an avid reader of fiction, a sometimes gardener and an inept crafter. I was born in Idaho and reside in Idaho with my husband, three sons, my daughter-in-law and little granddaughter. I love to travel, but am always happy to return home. I choreographed, performed, and taught dance for 27 years but as time passed, I decided to try my hand at a new endeavor – writing. Since embarking on that journey, I have published 10 stories and have just contracted for another novel, a sequel to my sci-fi romance, The Chalice. Life is an ever-changing mystery but one I enjoy and all of its promises.
Boise native Val Roberts has been a historical re-enactor, typesetter, journalist, analytical chemist, Y2K consultant, electronics design technician, and technical writer. Which turned out to be good preparation for writing science fiction romance, since everything she starts eventually has science fiction and romance in it. She lives in Boise with her husband, a spooky disabled Vietnam veteran, and their furry children.
After attending thirteen schools in twelve years, I married Tim and my life became much more stable. I went to three colleges in five years (at the time Architecture was a five-year degree.). Tim still knows people he went to kindergarten with. I, on the other hand, have to think back to remember in which state I went to kindergarten. Yes, my father was in the military and not just the military the Air Force (or the Chair Force as my son, the Army Officer, likes to call it.) I say that because I was in high school before I realized that people in the other services weren’t those who couldn’t get into the Air Force and civilians weren’t people who couldn’t get in to the military. And they say the Marines are “the proud.” When Nicholas went on active duty, we inherited Calvin. A cat. When I was six, I asked Santa for a little gray kitten. Unfortunately, Santa was allergic to cats, so we got a puppy. Calvin was my little gray kitten, sort of. He was more of a full-grown thug. A few years later, we discovered the dog breed, Spinone Italiano. We soon found out Spinone are like potato chips; you can’t have just one. Now we have Thatcher, a crazy, stubborn, brown roan male. To match him, we have two cats. Our family is out of balance; we have two people, two cats, but only one dog. A puppy is in our future. To escape the zoo atmosphere at home, I work at Eddie Bauer. Yes, I do spend my whole paycheck there every single month. That’s my life in a nutshell…childhood, husband, kid, job, cats and dogs. Oh, yeah, I write too.