Authors

Seton Hill's Writing Popular Fiction MFA changed my life in many ways. It allowed me to teach college English, and likely that experience contributed to my selection in the JET program; it empowered me to write my first novel; it led to the creation of this website; and above all, I met incredibly talented, supportive writers who regularly inspire me. 

This page is a massive shout-out to some wonderful human beings who also happen to be writers (and artists, too!). While I've met many through Seton Hill, I also wanted to make a space for all of my favorite and admired authors. Enjoy!

Some of my personal favorites:



A sampling from SHU's Writing Popular Fiction program


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Lana Hechtman Ayers | lanaayers.com |

Lana Hechtman Ayers is a poet and aspiring speculative fiction writer. She is the publisher of Concrete Wolf and Moonpath Press Poetry Chapbook Series and is an Editor-at-large for Crab Creek Review. She is a founding member of the World Enough Writers Cooperative Press.

K. C. Blau | Vienna Muses |

K. C. Blau writes historical fiction that explores turn-of-the-century Vienna. Originally a steel city girl, she's resided among the cobble-stoned lanes of Vienna, Austria for over fifteen years. Read more about her writing here.

V. M. Burns | V. M. Burns, Writer |

Valerie Burns is a mystery author born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She's written two books in her R. J. Franklin series and another in her Samantha Washington mystery series, which you can read about here. You can also check out her blog and writing samples.

Tonya Burrows | tonyaburrows.com | 

Tonya Burrows writes romantic suspense, "because even heroes need a happily ever after." Author of four novels and counting, check out her most recent work, Seal of Honor--the first book of the HORNET series.



Deanna Dee is strictly human and does not, to her knowledge, own a hyena. She lives by the sea, which she takes full advantage of in the summer time. Nerd culture and pop culture make up the shameless downtime of her life. The rest of it is writing, and she’s okay with that. Deanna writes flirty romance and chick lit with a hint of geek and a lot of fun.

Traci Douglass | tracidouglass.net | Facebook | Twitter |

Traci Douglass is the award-winning author of the Seven Seals series and writes in multiple genres: contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. Read about her books here and be sure to say hello on social media.

Natalie Wolfe Duvall | Natalie Duvall's Home on the Web | Twitter |

Natalie Duvall is a romance author and contributor to Many Genres, One Craft as well as the Hazard Yet Forward anthology, for which she received a massive shout-out from Inveterate Media Junkies.

J. L. Gribble | Facebook | Twitter

J.L. "Hanna" Gribble writes speculative fiction such as urban fantasy and alternate history. She also edits things. She's appeared at the Pennsylvania Literary Festival and recently co-edited the speculative fiction anthology Far Worlds

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Nikki Hopeman | nikkihopeman.com |

Nikki Hopeman predominantly writes horror, but delves into mystery and urban fantasy as well. A lover of dark fiction, Nikki's most recent novel, Habeus Corpse, is a unique take on the zombie tale. You can check out her book here and read about her other works, too.


Samantha Lienhard | samanthalienhard.com | FictionFacebook | Twitter |  

Samantha Lienhard jumps across genres with her ability to write horror, fantasy, comedy, and even video games. Her most recent works are The Zombie Mishap (Griffin Publishers) and the serialized fiction piece The Book at Dernier, (Red Penny Papers), which you can read here.

Patricia Lillie | Little Bitty Bad Things |

Patricia Lillie is both a writer and designer who spent time in NYC between Parsons School of Design and CBGB before returning to her home state of Ohio. She's written short stories as well as books for children and is currently working on a novel inspired by her short story "Abby," which appeared in Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace, & Misery. Read more about Patricia here.


Jennifer Loring's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1 and Black Mirror Press’ Snowpocalypse. Her longer fiction includes Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014), Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015) and Firebird (Limitless Publishing, 2015). Jennifer's latest novel, What's Left of Me (Limitless Publishing, 2016), is the second in The Firebird Trilogy contemporary romance series. Her novellas Prison Made of Mirrors (Vagabondage Press) and No One on Earth (After Glows Publishing) will be released in late 2016. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.

Kate Martin | kate-martin.com |

Kate Martin writes fantasy and started out writing fanfiction and epic fantasy throughout high school and college. A longtime fan of anime and manga, she's a regular contributor as Manga Girl for Inveterate Media Junkies. She also attended the Viable Paradise Workshop for speculative fiction writers. Her most recent work is Eternal Shadows with its sequel, Darkest Whispers, available soon.

Meg Mims | megmims.com | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest |  D. E. Ireland |  Facebook | Twitter |

Award-winning author Meg Mims writes historical western mysteries, plus contemporary cozy mysteries under the pseudonym Meg Macy. Born and raised in Michigan, Meg also shares billing as one half of the Agatha Award-nominated team of D. E. Ireland, writing the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins mystery series. For more about Meg's work, be sure to visit her website!

Cynthia Ravinski | CynthiaRavinski.com | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Cynthia Ravinski is an independent fantasy author with an MA in Writing Popular Fiction. She has contributed several short stories to anthologies and is currently working to complete The Shaman’s Rune series. A born and raised New Englander, she spent her childhood roaming the nearby woods. Climbing trees to sway in the wind, picking wild berries in the swamp, and catching–but not kissing–frogs occupied most of her afternoons. Wanderer of woods, considerer of unimagined histories, she’s going on an adventure and wants to take you with her.

Rachel Robins | R2 On Writing | Twitter 

Rachel Robins writes urban fantasy, poses for amazing digital manipulations, is a flash fiction advocate, an avid crafter, and is currently working on Ex Nihilo, a novel of military urban fantasy.For more details about Rachel and her writing, check out her press kit here.


Tricia Skinner, a former journalist currently represented by Foreword Literary, writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She's a member of the Romance Writers of America and contributes to sites such as Geeks in High School and Savvy Authors. The first two books in her Angel Assassins series, Angel Bait and Angel Kin, are currently available, with the third book, Angel Lover, releasing soon. Check out more from Tricia here.

Nicole Taft | nicoletaft.com | Facebook |

Nicole Taft writes fantasy, romance, and science fiction. Her most recent work, Blood for Wolves, is a fairytale romance that plays on Little Red Riding Hood and turns the Big Bad Wolf trope on its head. When she isn't writing fiction, Nicole also blogs at A Bookseller Recommends and talks about writing at Alternative Ramblings.

B. Thatcher | B. Thatcher Futuristic Romance |  Michelle Robbins Erotic Fiction |

B. Thatcher (Brenda) began reading romance novels in middle school. Her passion for that genre has continued to this day. Love among the stars has always been a glorious fantasy.


Patricia Tighe has been an avid reader all of her life but didn't get into writing until her 30s. She writes YA romance and fantasy, or, in the vein of The Princess Bride, "kissing books."  Her upcoming novel, Life in the No-Dating Zone, will be released Fall 2014 by Swoon Romance. You can check out her site for more details on her forthcoming book.

Victoria Thompson | victoriathompson.com | Facebook | Twitter |

Award-winning mystery author Victoria Thompson writes for Berkley Prime Crime. Her famous Gaslight Mysteries series, featuring detective Frank Malloy and midwife Sarah Brandt, nabbed her Edgar Award nominations, Agatha Award nominations, and contributed to her receiving the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for the mystery genre.

Ralph Weld

Ralph Weld writes mystery and poetry. He was born in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and is a 22-year U.S. Army veteran. Beside being a a soldier, he worked as a government contractor, gas station refueler, pizza maker, computer repair technician, and big rig driver, to name a few. He has a B.S. IFSM from the University of Maryland, University College, as well as a B.F.A.in Creative Writing in Poetry from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and is pursuing his M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. He resides with his wife and two dogs in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Stephanie Wytovich | Join Me in the Madhouse | Twitter |

 Stephanie Wytovich writes horror and dark fantasy in addition to poetry. She is the poetry editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press and a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine. Her poetry collection Hysteria was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and her most recent collection is Mourning Jewelry. For more of Stephanie's work, visit here.


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