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Summer Conference 2007 Presenter BIOs (Page 1 of 7)

Alexis Morgan:  "I was born and raised in St. Louis County where I attended the University of MissouriSt. Louis, graduating with a degree in English. After marrying my own personal hero, we took off for the Pacific Northwest. We've made our home in a small town north of Seattle for the past twenty-five years.

Friends have asked where the idea for the Paladins and their world came from. All I can say is that I grew up reading gothic romance novels and westerns. Perhaps that's where I developed a definite fondness for flawed heroes who hold to their own code of honor, whether fighting rustlers at gunpoint or standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their fellow warriors, swords at the ready.

DARK PROTECTOR has been a true labor of love for me. Although I love my western heroes, written under my other name, Pat Pritchard, I have to admit that Devlin Bane and his friends have certainly turned my life upside down. I hope you all find them as compelling as I do."


Alice B. Acheson, winner of the Literary Market Place Award for Outside Services in Advertising/Promotion/Publicity, additionally publicized four simultaneous New York Times bestsellers, and has 30 years of publishing, marketing, and editorial experience.  She provides marketing/publicity (both national and regional) and handles subsidiary rights (magazine and book clubs) for publishers, authors (fiction and non-fiction), illustrators and photographers.  Her 10-hour workshop, “You’re Writing the Manuscript, Now What?,” is consistently sold out.

Alice Acheson
Alice Orr

Alice Orr has a wide range of experience in writing and publishing – as teacher and lecturer, published author, editor and literary agent.  Alice is a former book editor for a New York City publisher of mystery-suspense and women’s fiction.  As president of Alice Orr Literary Agency, also in New York City, she represented many talented, successful authors including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and numerous award winners.

Alice is an author with numerous articles, essays and thirteen novels published so far.  Her fiction has received national awards and appeared on’s list of the fifty most popular titles from her publisher and imprint.  Her latest title is nonfiction. No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing A Manuscript That Sells, published by Writers Digest Books, is a comprehensive guide to writing fiction with editor-agent appeal. says, “This book has it all.”


Alice is past President of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and past Vice-President of Sisters In Crime Mid-Atlantic Chapter.  She has lectured on the mystery-suspense genre for twenty-plus years and now presents nationally on that subject in two venues. First, as principal speaker for Law Seminars International on How to Write the Legal Thriller-Mystery. Second, in her own full-day seminar "How to Write the Thriller-Mystery to Die For."


Alice was named Agent of the Year by both the New Jersey and New York Chapters of RWA, as well as Editor of the Year by the National Booklovers Convention.


Alice is married, has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren.  She lives in Manhattan part of the year to stay in touch with the publishing scene and the rest of the year in Seattle, Washington.


Alix Wilber joined Hugo House in 2002 as grants manager. Three years of strategizing and crafting successful grants to government, foundation and corporate funders has given her insights into both the business and artistic sides of Richard Hugo House—knowledge that will serve her well as she moves from raising money to spending it. Alix is also an experienced teacher; she spent four years in the Peace Corps, first in Morocco and then in Senegal, teaching English as a second language. In 1988 she received her Masters degree in teaching from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, before moving to Seattle where she spent several years teaching at the college level. In 1991, her first novel, The Wives’ Tale, was published by W.W. Norton and won the Washington State Governor’s Writers’ Award in 1992. Prior to coming to Richard Hugo House, Alix was a literature and fiction editor at She has co-produced two documentary films and also been a regular book reviewer for publications such as The Seattle Times and the Sunday New York Times Book Review.

Alix Wilber
Amber Kizer Amber Kizer's bio coming soon!

Anjali Banerjee was born in India, raised in Canada and California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written four novels for children and young adults, and two novels for adults. The Philadelphia Inquirer called her debut young adult novel, MAYA RUNNING (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House) "beautiful and complex" and "pleasingly accessible." Horn Book Magazine described her second novel, LOOKING FOR BAPU(Wendy Lamb Books/Random House) as "a moving story about surviving an unexpected, shocking loss."
The Seattle Times praised Anjali's first novel for adults, IMAGINARY MEN (Downtown Press/Pocket Books) as "a romantic comedy equal to Bend it Like Beckham"; The San Francisco Chronicle called her second book for adults, INVISIBLE LIVES (Downtown Press/Pocket Books) "a masala-scented Like Water for Chocolate." Anjali has also written two middle grade novels for Mirrorstone Books: RANI AND THE FASHION DIVAS and THE SILVER SPELL. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated short fiction has appeared in several literary journals and an anthology. A contributing writer for three regional history books and local newspapers, Anjali lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three cats and a rabbit named Friday. Visit her web site:

Anjali Banerjee
Ann Roth

Ann Roth lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband and a crotchety cat who rules the house. After earning an MBA she worked as a banker and corporate trainer. She gave up the corporate life to write, and if they awarded PhD's in writing happily-ever-after stories, she'd surely have one.


In 1999 Ann won the prestigious Golden Heart award for unpublished writers of romance, for best long contemporary series. Since then she has sold over a dozen novels, both romance and women's fiction, a novella and a serialized online romance.


For a list of published novels and other information, visit


An avid blogger and old-timer in the realm of the internet, Annika deGroot has been building websites for fourteen years. Past clients include small film production companies, calligraphy guilds, jewelry designers, museums,  lawyers, and writers. She spent several years as an IT contractor and currently works as a Web Site Manager for Microsoft. She is also a jewelry artist whose new book on micro-macramé has just been picked up by a major publishing house.

Annika deGroot

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