Authors (who are also artists, I guess)
Authors (who are also artists, I guess)
Meet the pride!
K. A. DaVur
K.A. DaVur, also known as Amanda Lamkin, was born and raised near the wild and wooded shores of Lake Michigan. She decided at age 5 to become an author and is thrilled beyond belief to be living, as Jane Austen put it, "by her pen." Ms. DaVur was first published in 2010, when she debuted a picture book entitled Meanwhile Miles. Her first novel, Hunter The Horrible, was published in 2013 and later that year she opened Line By Lion Publications /3 Fates Press with fellow authors Marian Allen and T Lee Harris. In 2014, the partnership was ended, but Line By Lion lives on, adding more titles and becoming more profitable each quarter. With the invaluable help of her editor in chief, Taryn Love, and Artistic Director, S. J. Garrett, as well as the brilliant team of authors and artist who have become like family to her, Ms. DaVur can be found traveling the country selling books with her four children and husband, Thomas Lamkin.
Etta Jean was made in England but born in Sacramento, California. Her mother and grandmother had her reading by age three, and the love of worlds instilled in her by the books she read eventually brought out the desire to create her own.
Etta has seen both good and evil in her life. Her stories, like life, have no half measures. Even in a fantasy world of dragons and faeries, even in a modern city where magic abounds, she knows that the constants of real emotion never change. Her happy endings never come without cost, for she truly believes we can't appreciate the good and the joy without the bad and the pain along the way.
Her current haunt is a comfy house in her beloved Sacramento where she wrangles three feline fur-kids and consumes peppermints like mana in order to balance a calendar filled with more creative venues than a sane person should realistically undertake. If she's not chained to her desk, she's stomping through the scenery in search of fantastical photographs.
Bernadette is an artist who commits writing because for some reason, nobody else is writing her stories for her. She lives in California with lots of guitars and a husband who plays them, a garage full of toys that she never bought and which seem to breed, and one more child than there are cats
Alana Lorens (aka Barbara Mountjoy) has been a published writer for over 35 years, including seven years as a reporter and editor at the South Dade News Leader in Homestead, Florida. Her list of publications includes the non-fiction book 101 Little Instructions for Surviving Your Divorce, published by Impact Publishers in 1999, stories in A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women, in December 2008, and A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Parents, in June 2009.
She's a single mother of seven with two children on the autism spectrum, a quilter, a gardener, and woman of all trades. When she has time, she blogs on a variety of subjects, including autism, science fiction and life at
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J. Cornell Michel
San Francisco resident J. Cornell Michel is a fourth generation writer and a first generation zombie philosopher. She works at a patent law firm during the day but lives to write about the undead at night.
Jordan's Brains, Michel's first novel, was praised by IndieReader for being "funny and fast-paced" and for "offering a new look at a dead-tired subject." Zombie Zeitgeist is a chilling collection of Michel's short stories, including tales of first love, revenge, deceit, a spurned lover, a devoted wife, and more. Michel's second zombie novel will be published in 2014.
Website and Blog: http://jordansbrains.com
Lynne Gardner Cook
Lynne Gardner Cook currently resides in heaven and is desperately missed by earth-bound people, including her friends at Line By Lion. While on earth, Lynne was a mother, an elementary school teacher, and an all-around inspiration, according to our head publisher, Amanda Lamkin. As a publisher, there are days when are authors being rude, artists are being flighty, and any of the dozens of things that can go wrong do go wrong. On those days, Amanda remembers Lynne Gardner cook and how working with her gave us a well-loved children's book and Lynne the priceless opportunity to read her very own book to her grandchildren. "This is why I became a publisher," states Amanda.
Katina French is a science fiction and fantasy author from southern Indiana. An award-winning copywriter, she's been writing professionally for over 20 years. Recent works of fiction include The Clockwork Republic series, as well as Belle Starr, a space adventure serial in the vein of television's Firefly and Chris Wooding's Ketty Jay books. Her work was featured in the Echelon Press anthology Once Upon A Clockwork Tale, which debuted in the Amazon Top 100 for Steampunk.
"Writing has been what I love doing most since I was five, and my vocation since I was 18. I've written everything from lullabies to radio commercials to specs for military weapons simulators. I've written social content from the perspective of a brassiere, a beach, an automotive battery and a bottle of bourbon (yes, my marketing career has clearly been brought to you by the letter "B").
"Right now, I'm returning to my first love, writing fiction. My specialty is steampunk retellings of classic fairy tales, but I also love contemporary fantasy and old-fashioned, unpretentious space opera. If you like fast-paced speculative fiction with a sense of humor, give my stories a try."
E .S. Brown
E.S. Brown has lived nearly his entire life in the persistently rainy Pacific Northwest, which has provided the ideal climate for him to foster his love of science fiction and fantasy adventure. Fueled at a young age by the amazing images in the first Star Wars film, he is now fueled by an overactive imagination and caffeine - a perfect storm that has translated into many late nights researching and working on any number of fantastical tales waiting to be told.
His interests include a love of soccer and the martial arts, in particular tae kwon do and fencing. Elements of these arts, along with his penchant for conspiracy theories, can be found in his debut novel, Starphoenix.
E.S. Brown lives in Puyallup, Washington, where he balances writing with his day job and his two children.
Martha Jones is a singer / songwriter - turned - author thanks to Line By Lion. She is also a playwrite and a daydreamer who would like few things better than to be a nomad and a philanthropist. Until that time, she works a day job as a practical nurse and endeavors to be a better promise-keeper and human being with each passing day.
Lindsey S. Frantz was born and raised in Appalachia and earned her MFA from Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. Her stories and poems have previously appeared in numerous literary journals, including Main Street Rag’s Villains Anthology, Ruminate Magazine, and Emerge Literary Journal. Her first novel, The Upworld, is due out from Line by Lion Publications in the summer of 2017. You can learn more about Lindsey and her work at: www.lindseysfrantz.com.
She currently lives in sleepy, art-rich Berea, Kentucky with her husband, Vince, and their two young children, James and Sadie.
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Mallory and the Dragon
A native of Kentucky and now a long time resident of North Carolina, Tom has been writing for others as long as he can remember. Those efforts were good enough to win prizes in grade school, get a master's thesis accepted, and pass college and graduate school classes in between. He is married and his two now grown sons loved his stories as children so much Tom figures everyone else is waiting to read them as well. For young adults writing the "what if" novel has the greatest appeal for him. With retirement nearing from his career in Christian ministry, Tom plans to make writing a major part of his life while continuing to volunteer at his local church.
Jeff Scott has long loved well-told children stories and is now putting his own stories into print. He is a compulsive learner with particular interest in history, science, and science fiction. In the sanctuary of his modest Midwest home, Scott writes stories he would have enjoyed as a kid in hopes that children everywhere read them, love them, and want to read them to their own kids someday.
A Little Fish Told Me
Dani J. Caile
Dani J Caile is a teacher and proofreader (BA in Philology specialising in Pedagogy) who is currently residing in Budapest, Hungary. After a lifetime of reading clones and a decade of proofreading coffee table books, in retaliation he has written 4 fantasy books and 1 novella, including 'Man by a tree', 'The Bethlehem Fiasco', 'The Rage of Atlantis' and 'TDX2', all based on his own neo-plantonic universe. His latest book, 'Manna-X', is available now. He has also published a short story compilation on smashwords.com called 'Dani's Shorts' available for free. When not writing, dabbling in Shakespeare, teaching English, proofreading, washing up, hoovering, and driving all over the place, he is busy with his loving and long-suffering family.
How to Build a Castle in Seven Easy Steps
How to Sink a Ship in Eight, Excrutiatingly Terrfiyng Stinkingly Evil Nights
I have always wanted to write stories. In the second grade, I was the kid sitting in the back and scribbling in a notebook during story time. My teacher at the time was immensely supportive of that tendency.
Throughout high school and college I worked on several different projects, once failing an entire semester of classes because I was pulling all-night writing sessions. It was bad. And expensive.
Chef is my first published work, and the first thing I've written with as deep an emotional impact, and as clear and compelling storytelling. In short, the first long form story that, on review, I thought was worthy to be read.
I really enjoy fantasy books, but in spite of my love for them, most of my ideas fall in other genres, which is both kind of liberating and somewhat frustrating, because I want to be able to contribute to the genre that I grew up on. Oh well. Until then I'll write what ideas inspire me to action.
Laurel has loved to write since her first writing contest in the first grade. She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and she teaches creative writing at Mercy Academy where Laurel has promised her students that even if she becomes rich and famous, she will never completely give up teaching. Her first foray into the publishing world is the young adult series about Kaleb, a young boy on a quest to save his uncle.
James W. Peercy
The desire to write first over took me in middle school after reading 'The Red Planet' by Robert A. Heinlein. From that point on, I could not get enough. As the ideas filled my head, I had to find a way to let them out.
Whether it is scifi, fantasy, mystery, or poetry, you'll see all kinds from me. Relationships are the keys to all stories. As any good writer will tell you, "There are no new stories, only different details in the telling."
I hope you enjoy!
Sarah P. Thomas is from the small Kentucky town of Moreland. Her mother and grandmother instilled a love of reading and writing in her from a very young age. She graduated from Kentucky Christian University with a degree in Elementry Education and Bible. Sarah is both a tough and sensitive lady. She broke her leg jumping out of an airplane and lived to tell about it (back in her airforce days). Now, she loves to write about the fairies that her Grandmother interoduced her to at a very young age.