From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published three novels and three children’s books with plans for many more of each, leads a classics book group with almost five-hundred members, and, of course, runs the whole shebang at Novel Publicity.
The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. While she enjoys all types of novels, her greatest loves are literary fiction and YA. She’s best known for her Farsighted series and is developing a slow but steady following for the Bird Brain Books. She’s eager to see how her women’s fiction novel, Torn Together, will be received by the reading masses.
Pavarti K Tyler
Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number-cruncher who has been committed to causing trouble since her first moment on this Earth. Her eclectic career has flirted with Broadway, Teaching, Law Firms and the IRS. Her unique experience as a dramaturge, both on and off Broadway, has provided her the opportunity to work closely with many playwrights and directors. This allows Pavarti to consider both the literary and audience perspective.
Pavarti enjoys stories that offer something unexpected. Pavarti prefers well-crafted, expertly executed yarns that the reader can become entangled in. Currently she is hard at work establishing her Indie Publishing Company Fighting Monkey Press, as well as promoting her serialized novel Two Moons of Sera. Her next novel, Shadow on the Wall, is a work of literary fiction scheduled for release in Early 2012.
Marie has depended on books all her life – for entertainment, for emotional support, and for escape. Marie enjoys writing on her blog, Write Panic Live, where she shares the high, lows and in-betweens of living with mental illness, her path to becoming a published writer, and all the books she reads along the way.
While she has worked many jobs over the years and has a wealth of college education under her belt, her first love has always been writing. In the spring of 2011 she picked up her favorite pen and grabbed a notebook to begin writing her current WIP, “Route 6”. Never one to take a single project under her belt, she has several “pots on the stove.” Most recently she has started developing a business (the WPL) to share her love of crafted items, a charity (My Missing Stitch) she hopes will spread the hobby of knitting/crocheting to those in need, and taking on developing two series of children’s books to promote social awareness.
Marie lives in Minnesota with her four bunnies (Hershey, Reeses, Coco and Frank) and a several hundred strong “frog” collection.
Born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Anne Chaconas moved to the U.S. when she was 18 to attend college—and liked it so much that she still resides here over a decade later. After many years of living in the Northeast, she now calls the Deep South home (and misses snowy winters terribly).
Anne’s relationship with the written word began early: she was reading by her second birthday and writing her own simple stories by her fifth. She has fond memories of her favorite childhood story, Bread and Jam for Frances, and of her first “grown-up” book, Jurassic Park (which she fervently read on the bus ride to and from school the year she turned thirteen). Nowadays, she enjoys reading the same storybooks over and over to her daughter and has Goodnight Moon forever committed to memory.
Being a bit of a literary snob, Anne likes to share her opinions on the books she reads on her review blog, Indie Author Book Reviews. Her debut novel, Salve Regina, will be available as an e-book in the fall of 2012. She is also a tad overenthusiastic about social media; you can find her social networking advice on her blog.
You can contact Anne via email.
Naomi Leadbeater grew up in Southern Manitoba quite literally on the 49th parallel and made Brandon, Manitoba her home after finishing a music degree in 2003. Over the years she has been a restaurant manager, a shoe salesperson, a customer service person of various sorts, and editor-in-chief of The Quill, and she even acquired a few more degrees. She can sell anything from good karma to shoes and likes to help people follow their dreams, making their paths a little more directly A to B than hers has been.
Since childhood, books have been her closest friends, and life growing up on a farm was never dull. There might not have been lions and tigers (except in books), but there were most definitely cows, horses, and kitties.
Her passions include turning photographs into music, making mountains sing, and writing ‘stream of consciousness’ book reviews at Naimeless. She also loves to support local initiatives like Community Supported Agriculture, theatre, music, and entertainment; one day she might even start an indie book club in her own small city. In her spare time she creates gardens in unlikely places and writes poetry and longer works of fiction.
Stevie Mikayne never dreamed of flying. She dreamed of writing stories that would one day be on library bookshelves. As a kid, she ran her own lending library for her friends, complete with sign-out procedures and due dates.
As an adult, she worked at the real public library, taught in high school and college, and is now the senior editor at Evolved Publishing.
Her debut novel, Jellicle Girl, was released in August, 2012.
Stevie graduated from Lancaster University (UK) with a Master’s in creative writing, and immediately pinned up a quotation from Margaret Laurence to deter her from giving in to the temptation of a day job. “When I say work, I only mean the writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”
Now she works from home, gets paid to read and write, and thanks her lucky stars every day.
When she grows up, Stevie hopes to complete her PhD. In her dream world, she’d teach creative writing at various universities, and explore the best roller coasters ever made. She’d also like to eat her way through Europe—specifically the chocolate shops.
Robb has worked with the written word in one form or another since the high school student newspaper. Along with a career in journalism as an editor and newspaper executive, he’s also spent years writing, studying, and learning the art and craft of fiction. Since 2007, he has edited fiction and non-fiction book manuscripts for published, agented, and emerging writers.
His novel, Hannah’s Voice, debuted January 2013. Two more novels are in various stages of editing and writing, with plans for these to publish in 2013/early 2014.
The newspaper biz has taken Robb and his family from Phoenix, Arizona, to small towns in North Carolina and Texas, and from seven years in Washington, D.C., to five years in Asia. Born and raised a small-town southern kid, he’s as comfortable in Tokyo, Japan, or Tuna, Texas. He now resides in a small community in Wisconsin where he manages a daily newspaper. The variety of places he’s lived and visited serves as settings for the characters who invade his head.
He enjoys helping writers almost as much as he enjoys writing, and thrilled when authors he’s worked with land an agent or a publishing contract.
Mallory Rock has been an aspiring artist from a very young age, winning her first fine artist award in elementary school at the ripe old age of 8. She wrote short stories throughout her childhood, which she still has in her vast array of journals. The artist blood that runs through her veins also shines through in her musical endeavors: playing drums and singing. She has no shortage of artistic talent and inspiration, which she puts to great use as a graphic artist and photographer. Mallory’s accomplishments to date include designing everything from professional websites to animated web graphics and signatures to T-shirts and vehicle ad graphics.
An avid reader from a young age, Mallory enjoys books across many genres but has a very fervid love of YA dystopian novels. She has been known to devour up to a book a day when her busy schedule permits. Mallory enjoys combining her love of literary works with her artistic skills to help authors bring their work to life visually.
Mallory can be reached via email, Twitter, or Facebook. You can also find her on her company System Skin’s website, where she enjoys designing web graphics, and skin kit designs for devices such as e-readers, cell phones, and more.
Emily Rae Robles
Emily Rae Robles is something of a literary prodigy, and we’re so glad to have found her! Growing up her dream was to become a professional reader, not the more commonplace ballerina or veterinarian. Her parents often punished her by taking away her reading privileges back then. She credits CS Lewis and Chaim Potok for changing her view on literature and life.
Emily Rae likes to be inundated with words and enjoys reading any and everything, especially books for or about children. She admires any author that is motivated and passionate enough to complete a full work and is genuinely interested in furthering the careers of others. So far she has written mostly short stories, poetry, and book reviews, but we know she has a novel in her somewhere. Emily Rae’s official role with Novel Publicity is that of the apprentice. Emlyn plans to teach the hard-working and sharp-witted Emily Rae everything she already knows plus everything she’s going to learn along the way. Long live Novel Publicity!
Although she has loved books from an early age, Vicky never thought she would one day join the blogging world and become a reviewer herself. However, she firmly believes that starting her own blog has been the best decision in her life so far, and she enjoys every minute of it. Born and raised in Hungary, Vicky is currently studying British literature and culture at the University of Debrecen and hopes to fulfil her lifelong dream of moving to the United Kingdom as soon as she graduates. She hopes she’ll be able to work in publishing someday, but she’s looking forward to seeing what the future holds for her.
Although Vicky enjoys a great variety of genres, murder mysteries will always hold a special place in her heart. Her all time favorite author is Agatha Christie (having read almost 30 of her books so far) but she’s fond of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Jane Austen and Sue Townsend as well.
When she’s not reading or studying, Vicky runs a blog at Books, Biscuits, and Tea and makes blog designs at her own design studio, Sweet Dreams Design.
Eliabeth Hawthorne is a recent college graduate whose background in international business and Japanese brings a unique skill set to the team. A writer, reader, and thoughtful organizer, she came to us as one of the Novel Publicity blog hosts, and now she is here to stay.
Eliabeth loves complicated book series that drop puzzle pieces in the first book and only reveal their importance at the end. She loves books that make her laugh and cry, even more so if it is at the same time. Her favorite authors include Mercedes Lackey and Robert Asprin, who have contributed to her love of the fantasy genre. She is one of the
Ermilia co-authors, writing the urban fantasy series Blind Sight. Because she believes that “if no one ever presents new ideas, nothing ever changes,” the series is written to challenge conventional trends.
Eliabeth can be reached via email, Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads, or Google+. She and her coauthor Ermisenda Alvarez write about books, life, and everything in between on www.ermiliablog.wordpress.com.
Ducky is a four-year-old Sun Conure, and while he doesn’t really appreciate books beyond their perchability, he’s all-too happy to contribute his modeling skills to Novel Publicity as the company’s official spokes-bird. As Emlyn’s devoted avian companion, he spends most of the day perched on her shoulder while she works at the computer or reads books. Ever the astute, little parrot, Ducky realizes that he serves as something of a metaphor for the writer’s spirit—colorful, bold, loves to feel the wind at his wings and look down on the world beneath him, but also easily held back by the combination of a cruel human and a pair of wing-clipping scissors.
Ducky has few interests beyond Emlyn and food, but he does appreciate good music, especially the works of Frank Sinatra and Lady Gaga. If the modeling thing falls through, he plans on trying out for the reality television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
You can contact Ducky through Emlyn or by emailing him at email@example.com. Also due to a fan protest, Ducky is now available via Twitter, Facebook, and GoodReads. Yes, he is an actual bird. Yes, he does enjoy social media!