PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST
Former gemology teacher Caryn DeVincenti moved to the sunshine state to work as a fulltime writer. She is the regional director for Palm Beach County and moderates two adult and one teen writers critique groups. Caryn was former senior editor of Fabulous 40rties magazine is working on her MFA at Wilkes University. In her spare time, Caryn enjoys playing with her children and two crazy pups.
PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL, NORTHEAST
Vic DiGenti is the author of the Windrusher Trilogy, a series of award-winning adventure/fantasies. Writing as Parker Francis, he’s published two novels in the Quint Mitchell Mystery series, Matanzas Bay and Bring Down the Furies. He’s also e-published Ghostly Whispers, Secret Voices, a short story collection, and two craft-of-writing booklets.
VOLUSIA, FLAGLER, PUTNAM COUNTIES
Veronica H. Hart is an award-winning published author of historical fiction and cozies. She studied Russian language and literature and participated in creative writing courses at SUNY and UCLA. Later she completed The Institute of Children’s Literature course. She has written nine plays, an award-winning musical, and to date, seven published or soon-to-be-published novels.
At the age of three, Chrissy Jackson received a little red plastic-covered rocker and two books for Christmas. That was the beginning of her love affair with words. She joined Florida Writers Association in 2004, was elected vice president in 2005, and became president in 2009. In 2007, she co-founded Florida Writers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to fight illiteracy across the state.
PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST
Jade Kerrion is an award-winning, occasionally bestselling science fiction and fantasy author. Her debut novel, Perfection Unleashed, won six literary awards and launched the Double Helix series. She has a foot rooted in self-publishing and another less firmly rooted in the traditional publishing world, where she is represented by McSill Literary Agency. Jade is the Regional Director for Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and leads several writers groups in the area.
Larry Kokko holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from National University and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and criminal justice from Saint Leo University, so naturally he writes dark fiction. Scriptor Publishing e-published Tales from a Disturbed Mind, a collection of short stories, and his e-book Blood Alley. Larry has served FWA as group leader, regional director, and vice president of administration and membership.
MARTIN COUNTY, PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST
Virginia Nygard holds a BS in elementary education, with minors in English and psychology, from Southern Connecticut State College, and MS and sixth-year elementary specialist degrees from the University of Bridgeport. A primary grade teacher and associate librarian, she has created in-house and outreach programs for children of all ages. She has won awards from the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) and RPLA. Published works include romantic-suspense novels Déjà Vu Dream and Beyond Déjà Vu, and a novella, Ice Man in Paradise. Other projects include a short story anthology poetry collection.
NEVADA & WASHINGTON STATE
Eugene Orlando is CEO and chief acquisitions editor of e-book publisher Scriptor Publishing Co., Inc. He is a Lifetime Member of Florida Writers Association and serves on the board of directors and as a regional director. Eugene has e-published, under several pseudonyms, many novels, anthologies and books on writing.
Tom Swartz (Tom Thomas is his pen name) grew up in New York and graduated from Syracuse University. During his professional career he invested in commercial real estate and has owned several businesses from fast food companies to newspapers. He is a musician and an artist so his books often involve those subjects. He finds that many books are out of print or, because the copyright no longer is applicable, are only available in dirty volumes or publications that are damaged. Publishing these works in crisp and clean editions gives him pleasure.