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Mona Leeson Vanek, author of Behind These Mountains, Vols. 1, 2 & 3, joined IWW, Non-fiction and MarketChat in1996. Sales to major magazines and Chicken Soup For The Travelers Soul ™ followed. Drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience gained through IWW, she created her own website, Montana Scribbler, published her twenty-one chapter writing course, Access The World and Write your Way to $$$ and Advice From The Pros, to enhance it with about seventy writing-specific articles by professional writers.

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Photo of Jeannette Cézanne Jeannette Angell is the author of Madam, Callgirl, The Illusionist, All Ground is Holy, Flight, Wings, and Légende. She has appeared on national television to promote her books (Oprah, The Montel Williams Show, The View, CNN) and is represented by the Philip Spitzer Literary Agency and by Kevin MacRae of Lordly and Dame. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a number of literary journals and on Amazon Shorts. She is a member of the National Writers Union, the Authors Guild, and the ASJA. Jeannette lives and writes in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Georgiann Baldino's first book The Prodigy was published by Hornkohl Communications in 2000. The Prodigy is a multimedia novel with classical music imbedded in the text. Subsequent novels include The Nursing Home Fugitive, published by Smink Works Books, and The Acts of Judas, published by Treble Heart Books.
Photo of Max Barry Max Barry's first novel, the satiric comedy Syrup, was published in 1999 after being workshopped in the IWW. It was named by the LA Times as one of the best books of the year. His subsequent novels, Jennifer Government (2003) and Company (2006), have received rave reviews, with Company breaking onto the New York Times extended bestseller list for hardcover fiction. All three novels are currently being developed for the screen.
Photo of Michelle Buckman Michelle Buckman's debut novel, A Piece of the Sky, was published by RiverOak in 2005. Through email, she wrote a mystery called Pretty Maids All In A Row with A.H. Jackson, which sold to Avalon Books for June 2006 release. Watch for Michelle's newest books in 2007--two Young Adult books from NavPress.
Photo of Terry Burns Terry Burns' book To Keep A Promise was published in 2002. The print version was nominated for the Willa Award, and the ebook version was a finalist for the 2002 Eppie Award. To Keep A Promise was followed by Don't I know You? From Fiction Works in 2003, then a three book series from River Oak beginning with Mysterious Ways in 2005 (currently nominated for the 2006 Christy Award). The second in the series, Brothers Keeper, came out in February and Shepherds Son will be released in September. Trails of the Dime Novel came out in 2005 from Echelon Press. I have stories in 9 short story collections that gives me a total of 17 books in print, in whole or in part, and I've published over 300 articles and short stories.
Photo of Jennifer Chiaverini Jennifer Chiaverini says of her first book, published in 1999, "I never dreamed that my first novel, The Quilter's Apprentice, would become a series. I knew I wanted to write about friendship, especially how women use friendship to sustain themselves and nurture each other. I also wanted to write about women's work. Young writers are often advised to 'write what you know,' and since I knew about quilters -- their quirks, their inside jokes, their quarrels and kindnesses -- the lives of quilters became a natural subject for me. I was very fortunate that my first novel captivated so many readers, who asked for a sequel. I was glad to provide it, and then one book led to another." The ninth in the best-selling series, Circle of Quilters was published in the Spring of 2006. She has also published pattern books based on the quilts the characters create in each of her novels.
Emmett Clifford's first novel, Night Whispers was published in 1998. Set in the mountains of Tennessee, Night Whispers pits an unconventional investigator against a deadly killer.
Photo of Rebecca Coleman Rebecca Coleman's first novel,� In Stereo Where Available, will be published in November 2007 under the pen name Becky Anderson. A mainstream novel with romantic elements, In Stereo Where Available takes a wry look at a too-weird-to-be-true reality show and the family chaos it inspires.    Rebecca has been a member of the Internet Writing Workshop since 2005 and is an active participant on its Novels-L list.

Photo of Natalie Collins Natalie R. Collins also writes as Natalie M. Roberts. She is the author of Wives and Sisters, from St. Martin's Press (HC 2004, PB 2006). Her next book, Behind Closed Doors, published in January 2007. She is contracted for two more books with St. Martin's, and recently sold a three book mystery series to Berkley. Twisted Sister, the third book she subbed to the IWW, also recently sold to Five Star.

Photo of Diane Diekman Diane Diekman has subbed three books to Nfiction. She self-published her two memoirs, Navy Greenshirt: A Leader Made, Not Born (2001) and A Farm in the Hidewood: My South Dakota Home (2001). The University of Illinois Press will publish Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story in 2007. Faron's many fans in the world of classic country music are anxiously waiting for publication of his biography.
Photo of Carter Elliott Carter Elliott published Riding a Blue Horse in 2003. However the book was not really publicized until 2004. In Riding a Blue Horse fourteen year old Molly is over the hill. Dumped by a child-prostitution ring, she refuses to play victim. With feisty spirit and salty tongue, Molly calls on cunning, fantasy, fabrication and sheer will in her brave, if misguided, effort to confront her tormentors.
Photo of Jody Ewing Jody Ewing's book of essays, One Way: Bumps and Detours on the Road to Adulthood was published by R & E Publishers in 1992 and reprinted by Ultramarine Publishing in 2005. Her Amazon Short, "Pull" (published in 2006) is an excerpt from her upcoming novel, The Longest February. Jody has published more than 300 articles and currently is renovating her novel, Major Renovations.
Margaret Hamill's first two children's books, Spilled Fairy Dust, and Light on the Widow's Walk were published on CDrom in 2000 by Hornkohl Communications. Illustrated by J.S. Felt.

Members of the Internet Writer's Workshop YAwrite list critiqued both manuscripts. Margaret wrote a marketing column and several short stories for My Little Magazine. She has published articles and essays in The Oceana Herald Journal, a local newspaper in Michigan. Margaret is now working on three additional children's novels, and her memoirs.

Photo of Monica Jackson Monica Jackson wrote her first novel and sold it to Kensington for the Arabesque line in 1995. In 1997, it finally appeared on the shelves. That book Midnight Blue, was produced as a BET television movie of the week in 2000. Nine novels and eight novellas and short stories later from that first book, she's now a national best-selling author (says so on the books!). Monica workshopped her third novel on the IWW and is a regular contributor on one of the IWW's discussion lists. She has three new books due out in 2006.
Photo of Jim Janik Jim Janik has been a published regularly in such journals as Highlights for Children, Boy's Life, Junior Baseball and others. He currently has an agent for his young adult novel Worth the Risk.
Photo of Deborah LeBlanc Deborah LeBlanc's first novel was published in 2004. Family Inheritance draws on Deborah's familiarity with Cajun culture. The dark, impenetrable bayous of Louisiana are filled with secrets that can never be revealed and mysterious forces that can never be understood. Nightmares live there. Jessica LeJeune left Louisiana, but she brought some of those mysterious forces with her--and now she's being called back to her Cajun roots to confront a destiny she could not escape and a curse she might not survive.

Jessica's younger brother, Todd, has descended into a world of madness. His shattered mind is now the plaything of an unimaginable evil, an unstoppable entity with cruel plans for both Jessica and Todd. But Jessica is not alone in her battle to save her brother's soul. For deep in the misty bayous, in an isolated wooden shack, lives the one person who is their only hope...

Deborahs second novel, Grave Intent, was published in 2005 and her newest novel, A House Divided, will be released in May 2006.

Richard Lewis published The Flame Tree in August 2004 with Simon and Schuster. In The Flame Tree, which is set in Java Indonesia against the backdrop of 9/11, the friendship of a son of American medical missionaries and a local Muslim village boy is tested by political and religious unrest.

Lewis' newest book The Killing Sea is also published by Simon and Schuster and came out in January 2006. In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sumatra, two teenagers, American Sarah and Acehnese Ruslan, meet and continue together their arduous climb inland, where Ruslan hopes to find his father and Sarah seeks a doctor for her brother.

You can learn more about Richard Lewis from reading his blog.

Photo of Sheri McGregor Sheri McGregor's fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in national and international publications, as well as acclaimed anthologies such as Simon & Schuster's Chocolate for Women, and Adams Media's Cup of Comfort series. She writes corporate pr and also for non-profits, including recent work on a treatment monitoring kit for teens for Families for Depression Awareness Her latest books are hiking guides published by Menasha Ridge Press - - 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Diego (Nov. 04), and Day & Overnight Hikes: Anza Borrego Desert (Nov. 06).
Photo of Cherry Pedrick Cherry Pedrick made a major life change in 1995. Nfiction, the nonfiction critique list, helped her develop her writing skills as she began a career as a nurse who writes. Cherry coauthored The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D. in 1999. After selling over 53,000 copies, they published a second edition in 2005. Cherry has coauthored seven other books: The Habit Change Workbook: How to Break Bad Habits and Form New Ones, The BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions, Helping Your Child with OCD: A Workbook for Parents of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. HIV/AIDS: A Global Update will be published in 2007.
Jayne Pupek's poetry chapbook, Primitive, is available from Pudding House Press. Her first novel, Tomato Girl, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 2007.
Photo of Mobashar Qureshi Mobashar Qureshi's first novel, R.A.C.E., a comedy mystery, will be published in October 2006 by The Mercury Press. It was edited in the Novels list at the IWW.

R.A.C.E. (Radical Association of Criminal Ethnicities) is a group on the verge of creating a highly addictive illegal drug. An error in his police experience qualifies parking officer Jon Rupret to Operation Anti-R.A.C.E. Jon is partnered with jaded detective Philip Beadsworth, who's none too thrilled with the situation. R.A.C.E. is a satirical and humorous look at the multicultural landscape of Toronto through Jon Rupret's eyes.

Photo of Sanchona Sanchona is a pseudonym Poh Lim uses for her writing and her presence on the internet. When she migrated from Malaysia to Australia, she researched the country she had chosen to make her home, an endeavour that lasted some 30 years. She then decided to use the research for a novel. She joined the IWW, and the members of the Novels-l workshop provided invaluable help. Eventually she learned the sad truth about how nigh to impossible it was to get published.

Luckily for her, in December 2006 she found a small US publisher to publish her historical saga. "A Family of Strangers" is a story of the early convict days in Australia. She hopes her mountain of research notes would come in useful for the sequels that will follow. 

Photo of Sandra Smith/Cassandra Barnes Sandra Smith: A longtime member of the IWW, Sandra Smith has published articles in regional and national magazines, as well as on the Internet, on a variety of subjects. Her non-fiction book, Bewitched, Bedazzled, and Bejeweled: A Collection of Fun and Fascinating Facts about Gems and Jewelry, is available as a Kindle download. Sandra also writes novels, under the pen name Cassandra Barnes. Jenny's Legacy was published in hard cover in 2006, and as an e-book in 2008. Acts of Love was published as an e-book in 2008. Both are also available as Kindle downloads. 2009 saw publication of her third completed novel, A Perfect Body. It's available as an e-book and as a Kindle download. She's begun work on the next novel, The Birthday Gift, and anticipates having it ready for publication in 2010.
Photo of Mona Leeson Vanek Mona Leeson Vanek , author of Behind These Mountains, VOLS. 1, 2 & 3, joined IWW, Non-fiction and MarketChat in1996. Sales to major magazines and Chicken Soup For The Travelers Soul ™ followed. Drawing on the wealth of knowledge and experience gained through IWW, she created her own website, Montana Scribbler, published her twenty-one chapter writing course, Access The World and Write your Way to $$$ and Advice From The Pros, to enhance it with about seventy writing-specific articles by professional writers.
Photo of Paul Ulrich www.blacksmithbooks.com Paul Ulrich's first novel, SAUDI MATCH POINT, came out in April 2007 after he had shared a number of its chapters with the IWW in late 2004. Paul says the book took 30 days to write, but 30 months to publish. It is currently available for purchase at www.blacksmithbooks.com for $10, which includes the cost of shipping. He has adapted the novel into a screenplay that the Academy of Motion Pictures' annual screenwriting contest rated in its top ten percent of scripts. Paul has also written another original screenplay, a short story, and a number of poems.
Photo of Peggy Vincent by Colin Vincent Peggy Vincent says, "While writing Baby Catcher, a memoir of my years as a Berkeley home-birth midwife, I found the nonfiction group of the IWW to be invaluable. There were three or four members (whom I credited in my acknowledgments) who read every single chapter multiple times, not allowing me to pronounce it "done," till I and they were satisfied it was as polished as I could make it. Baby Catcher sold to a major NY publishing house for a low-six-figure amount, was reviewed in People Magazine, had the film option purchased, and remains in print after four years - thanks in large part to the quality of the help and support I received from the IWW."
Clive Warner's first book Appointment in Samara was published in 2002 and released in 2003 by Barclay Books LLC. Appointment in Samara was my first action-adventure novel, a genre I love to write. Clive also write SF, general fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and is currently setting up his own imprint, Citiria Books.
Photo of Joanna Westin by Phil Walmsley Joanna M. Weston�s first middle reader, The Willow Tree Girl was published in 2003. It tells how Sarah discovers her real gift by travelling in time. Those Blue Shoes, published in April 2006, pits Meg against a greedy teenager in another time and brings her to acceptance of her father�s death.


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