Lisa Anselmo is an author, speaker, and coach, focusing on helping individuals and brands connect on a personal level with their audience. She has spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing, on such iconic brands as Allure, InStyle, and People.
Her unique background in design and branding, as well as writing and performing, uniquely informs her coaching method, Finding Your Authentic Voice™, which helps writers create—and market—compelling reads.
Anselmo is the author of My (Part-Time) Paris Life—How Running Away Brought Me Home (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press). She will be a presenter at the 55th annual Bloom Where You’re Planted expat orientation seminar in November, as well as a presenter at Paris Writing Retreats June 2021 retreat in Paris.
Seana Kelly is the author of Welcome Home, Katie Gallagher and the newly released The Slaughtered Lamb Bar and Bookstore (Book 1 of the Sam Quinn urban fantasy series), which earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it “a master class in storytelling and survival.”
Seana lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and one fish. When she’s not dodging her family, hiding in the garage and trying to write, she’s working as a high school teacher-librarian. She’s an avid reader and re-reader who misses her favorite characters when it’s been too long between visits.
A two-time Golden Heart Award finalist, Seana is represented by the delightful and effervescent Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
Join us on November 14 when Seana talks about restarting her writing career when it had just started.
Anna P. Murray, Founder and CEO of emedia, is a nationally recognized technology consultant, and serves as a trusted Technology Sherpa to her clients. She is also a debut novelist, author of Greedy Heart, which features a tech-savvy heroine (Tule, April 2020) and was named one of SheKnows’ 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2020.
Anna’s sprawling Irish Catholic family has roots in New York City going back four generations. Her industrialist great grandfather, Thomas E. Murray, Sr., co-founded Consolidated Edison, was second only to Edison the number of patents attributed to him, and is credited with creating the mass distribution of electricity in New York City. Murray descends from this lace-curtain heritage and also from a working-class mother who rose to international fame as a fashion model.
Tune in when Anna talks about mining your family history to write a novel that stands on its own. Date to be confirmed.
Amazon bestselling author Juliette Sobanet writes sassy Paris romances, spicy time-travel mysteries, and Paris memoirs and poetry. Under her real name of Danielle Porter, she recently released All the Beautiful Bodies, the first in her Paris-based City of Darkness thriller series.
Her books have hit the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon US, UK, France, and Germany, and her novels have been translated into Italian, Romanian, and Turkish, with more on the way.
A French professor who teaches French via Skype, she is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She coaches new and experienced writers to get their novel or memoir off the ground, and will be a presenter and coach at the Paris Writing Retreats June 2021 retreat in Paris.
She writes books steeped in the lush details of history that tell of heroines thoroughly devoted to their sense of place, even when it’s the wrong place and the heroes who catapult, challenge and cherish those heroines, even when they have no intention of setting down roots. Her books have been described as “propulsive,” with “fierce” and “unforgettable heroines” whose love stories “write themselves in your heart.”
Her obsession with sense of place likely stems from having lived in five countries before the age of seven, and while she spent her formative years basking in the grey skies of Oregon, she now finds herself battling humidity, sunshine, and salt air in Florida.
Drop by October 27th, when Suzanne shares her tips on creating sense of place in your writing when you can’t travel (or–for those writing historical works–time-travel) and gives away copies of Blooms of War.
Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, at-home French chef.
She lives in southwestern France, where she’s married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met in 1989 (but ignored for twenty years), a stepmom to two incredible kids, and the adoptive mother to a ridiculously adorable French cat. When she’s not trekking from Provence to the Pyrénées or embracing her inner Julia Child, Sam is making her best effort to relearn those dreaded conjugations.
Samantha is the author of two memoirs about her life in France and the recently released women’s fiction novel The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux.