Karla Akins is a pastor's wife, mother of five, grandma to five beautiful little girls and author of the best-selling Jacques Cartier (that went #1 on Amazon in its category) and O Canada! Her Story. Her debut novel The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots was sold to Pelican Book Group and due out in 2013. One of her columns on MNN.com was featured on the CNN homepage. Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, she lives in North Manchester with her husband, twin teenage boys with autism, mother-in-law with Alzheimer's and three rambunctious dogs. When she's not writing she dreams of riding her motorcycle through the Smoky Mountains.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
About Michelle Levigne
Michelle has been a book addict since her Dr. Seuss days, graduating to The Happy Hollisters (juvenile detectives) and The Black Stallion at an early age. In junior high, she became a "pusher" – creating her own stories from her favorite books and TV shows, "rewriting" the unsatisfying ones. A recovering Trekker, she has many short stories written in fanzines for such universes as Star Trek, Stargate, Highlander, Stingray, Beauty and the Beast, Starman, and the Phoenix, as well as a short stint publishing her own multi-universe fanzine, Starwheel. Her academic background includes degrees in theater/English and communications, focusing on film and writing. Her first professional publication was in conjunction with the Writers of the Future Contest in 1990, where she won first place in the fourth quarter. Writing in romance, science fiction and fantasy, she has been an EPIC Award finalist nearly every year since 2004, winning in 2006 with Lorien, and with The Meruk Episodes in 2010. She is the author of the Tabor Heights novels of small-town inspirational romance, and in 2013 will launch a new series that ties into Tabor Heights: Quarry Hall, inspirational women's fiction featuring adventure, suspense, and a touch of angelic interference. A native of Northeast Ohio, she is a freelance editor by day, writing novels, short stories and scripts by night.
Learn more at http:// www.Mlevigne.com
Visit her blog at http://www.MichelleLevigne.blogspot.com
And learn more about Tabor Heights, including sneak peeks at upcoming books at: www.Tabor-Heights-Today.blogspot.com
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I've been a history buff all my life reading biographies and histories since grade school. Naturally, when I considered writing a novel, my first thoughts turned toward writing historical fiction. My novels are set in the Midwest because I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin.
My life has been the fulfillment of my girlhood dreams - grow up and become a Lutheran school teacher, marry a pastor, and have lots of kids. My life has taken me from one coast (California) to the other (New Jersey) following my pastor-husband from church to church with our four boys.
My husband of thirty four years, Rev. Charles Cortright, and I now live in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin where he is a theology professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. After bouncing from coast to coast, we are here to stay in the Midwest where I started out.
Our four sons are now married to wonderful Christian women. We have six grandchildren who live from Modesto, California to Spokane, Washington to Red Deer, Alberta, Canada to Oak Creek, Wisconsin. We try to see most of them at least once a year and are very thankful for Skype and our computers!
I love reading books (especially historical romance as you could probably guess) and now, writing my own stories.
You can keep up with me on my blog or contact me on my e-mail address.