Lou Kemp is a California-born author who now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and a herd of cats. Before becoming a full-time writer, Lou worked as an engineer and project manager. Her early writing work was in horror and suspense, but she later shifted to a combination of magical realism, mystery, and adventure. Lou’s writing process involves no planning, and she finds inspiration from atmospheric music, with Pearl Jam’s “Black” being a favorite.

About Lou Kemp

Lou has earned recognition publishing short stories in many anthologies, including Seattle Noir and Crimes by Moonlight. Her Celwyn novel series began in 2010 with In Memory of the Sibylline. The series will be reissued by 4 Horsemen, with the remaining books debuting in 2023. On the side, Lou quilts for charity and edits for other authors on a pro-bono basis.

Listen to our conversation about her path to publication and her organic writing process. 

Find out more on her website: https://loukemp.com/about-the-author/

Shelley Blanton-Stroud

I grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. I recently retired from teaching writing at Sacramento State University and still consult with writers in the energy industry. I co-direct Stories on Stage Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging authors, and serve on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children. I’ve also served on the Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Copy Boy is my first Jane Benjamin Novel. Tomboy (She Writes Press 2022) will be my second. The third, Working Girl, will come out in November 2023. My writing has been a finalist in the Sarton Book Awards, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award, the American Fiction Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Awards. I and my husband live in Sacramento with an aging beagle, Ernie, and many photos of our out-of-town sons and their wonderful partners.

To find out more about Shelley Blanton-Stroud and her books, and to sign up for her newsletter, go here. https://shelleyblantonstroud.com

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