Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is for . . . #atozchallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I will be featuring up to three authors per letter (via their last name). Some of the authors responded to my request for authors to promote. Others, I found. Please check them out and their books. Thank you!

Our "D" Authors

Dionne, Aubrie 
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Inspired by Star Wars and Star Trek TNG as a kid, she writes science fiction and fantasy with romantic elements. Her space opera series, The New Dawn, is her most recent publication with book four coming out September 2012. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute at Plymouth State University and the Manchester Community Music School.

DuBois, Leslie
Leslie DuBois is the pen name of Sybil Nelson, author of the award winning Middle Grade seriesPriscilla the Great. Leslie has always had a love of books and writing. During her school years, she’d choose a different author each summer and devour their complete works. Riding public transportation from her low-income housing, she always dedicated Wednesdays to her library pursuits.

Leslie also spent her time jotting down poems and stories in her beloved notebooks. She even won a full scholarship to Washington and Lee University for one of her essays. Though her scholarship was for journalism, she soon lost confidence in her writing and ended up changing her major from English and Journalism to Mathematics and Music Theory.

During the years after college, while working as a math teacher at Georgetown Day School, Leslie never lost her love of words. She continued to devour novels in her free time. In all of her reading however, she began to notice that the novels she enjoyed most never contained any black female characters. This observation bothered her.

After years noticing the role models (or lack thereof) for black girls in the media, Leslie finally decided to pick up a pen and do something about it. While working as a math teacher at Ashley Hall School in Charleston, South Carolina, finishing her master’s thesis at the College of Charleston, she began writing stories poems and novels that featured strong black women. She now attends the Medical University of South Carolina pursuing her Ph.D. in Biostatistics while caring for her husband and two daughters. She continues to write and, to date, has written twelve complete novels.

In 2011, Leslie founded her own publishing company called Little Prince Publishing. She currently has six authors and fourteen novels in her company.
Links: Website

Dwiggins, Toni
I come from a family of writers: Dad was a newspaperman and wrote books about aviation, Aunt/Uncle wrote Westerns and Detective stories, Mom wrote a couple of B-movie scripts. Must be osmosis.

I've done magazine work, both fiction and nonfiction. I'm author of a US history text and contributed to texts in the sciences, including earth science. I've done tech-writing for the Silicon Valley computer industry. My techie experience hatched an idea that became my first novel, about an attempt to sabotage the nation's telephone system (INTERRUPT, published by TOR Books).

I went in a different direction with the Forensic Geology Series, taking mystery into outdoor adventure territory.


Now, if you like fantasy flash fiction, please visit my other blog participating in the challenge: Cherie Reich - Author. To find the other participants, click here.