When Kate Baray’s not tapping away at her keyboard or in deep contemplation of her next fanciful writing project, she’s sweeping up hairy dust bunnies and watching British mysteries.
Kate is from Austin, Texas (where many of her stories take place) but has recently migrated north to Boise, Idaho, where soup season (her favorite time of year) lasts more than two weeks.
She’s worked as an attorney, a dog trainer, and in various other positions, but writer is the hands-down winner. She’s so thankful to her readers, whose support allows her to keep writing!
Kate’s series include Lost Library and Spirelli Paranormal Investigations, and under the pen name Cate Lawley, Vegan Vamp Mysteries and Death Retired Mysteries. For a complete listing of series and books, visit: www.KateBaray.com.
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.
Sherry Briscoe is an award-winning author of mystery, suspense, and supernatural thrillers. Her childhood heroes were Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe, and she insists that episodes of The Twilight Zone made perfectly fine bedtime stories. A native Idahoan with Cajun and Cherokee heritage, she holds degrees in Journalism, Photography, and Adult Education. She is a world traveler, US Army Veteran, founder of the Idaho Screenwriters Association, active board member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and professional speaker and workshop facilitator.
Stretching her boundaries, Sherry is working on a paranormal romance series to debut in late 2019. Providing, of course, that Nika, her Russian Blue cat, will leave her alone long enough to get it done in time. Nika is a bit of an attention hog. Find out more about Sherry and sign up for her blog at sherrybriscoe.com.
Randy Brown has been a member of Coeur Du Bois chapter of RWA since 1996. A lifelong writer, it was only through the assistance of his editor, J. C. Wing of Wing Family Editing, and the members of Coeur Du Bois that he was able to publish his first book, The Archeologist and the Spirit Catchers.
Raised on a small, hard scrabble farm in southern Idaho, he was born at an early age. After the required twelve years of schooling, he held a variety of jobs. He has lived in many of the western states and traveled more than he likes to admit. In 1977, he became a printing press operator at a small instant print shop. He did this in Boise, Idaho as well as several places in and around Portland, Oregon. When he came back to Idaho, he continued as an offset press operator until the demand for such diminished and he was no longer employed.
Randy Brown’s first book, The Archeologist and the Spirit Catchers was released October 1, 2017. It is followed by; The Archeologist and the High Mountain Bok Choy, The Archeologist and the Telling and The Archeologist and the Wedding.
Sharon S. Brown lives on the dreamy, poetic side of Life. Prone to flights of fancy, she yearns to be a bestselling novelist or world-renowned Egyptologist or popular TV travel show host. She also finds pleasure in pouring out her heart and soul in poetry, writing in a variety of genres. Her cowgirl poetry (based on childhood memories of life on a cattle ranch) has been particularly well received.
Megan Bryce writes historical and contemporary romance and has published 10 novels (so far). She enjoys reading and complaining about writing, and loves to talk incessantly about the business of being an author. A recent transplant to Boise, she has fallen in love with the friendly people of Idaho and the wonderfully supportive CBC RWA.
Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer, which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She teaches middle school math and science and and proudly calls herself a nerd and Gryffindor. She is also an award-winning member of Romance Writer’s of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon named Boo and a persnickety tuxedo cat named Pinky.
Judith Keim and her husband moved from Florida to Boise with their long-haired dachshund, Winston, to be closer to their family. They’ve fallen in love with the foothills, the ease of getting around and, most of all, the friendly people of the Treasure Valley. By writing stories of strong women who face challenges and find love along the way, Ms. Keim enjoys pleasing her readers. Her books are based, in part, on many of the places she’s lived or visited and on the interesting people she’s met along the way, drawing readers to her books’ characters and settings.
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.
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 my husband Tim in 1971 and my life became much more stable. I went to three colleges in five years (Tim was an Architecture major, and back then it was a five-year degree.) Tim still knows people he went to kindergarten with. I, on the other hand, have to think hard to remember which state I went to kindergarten in. Yes, my father was in the military and not just the military the Air Force. I say that because I was in high school before I realized the people in the other services weren’t those who couldn’t get into the Air Force and civilians weren’t people who couldn’t join the military. And they say the Marines are the proud.
Now we live in Idaho. With two rescue cats and two and a half Spinoni. Our son brings his Spinone over now and then. Spinoni are addicting.
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.