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PNWA Summer Conference 2006 - Session Presenters

This list is not inclusive and will be updated as we receive information from our presenters.


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.


DONNA ANDERS is the author of eleven published novels, including Night Stalker, her most recent lead title of psychological suspense from Pocket Books. In All the Wrong Places, Dead Silence, Another Life, and The Flower Man were prior lead titles from Pocket Books. Donna has published almost 400 shorter works, including short stories, novelettes, serials, articles, poems, and plays. Her next suspense novel will be published by Pocket Books at the end of the year.


DAVE BARA has 16 years experience as a technical writer in the internet, software, wireless, financial, insurance, electrical power and aerospace industries.  He has been writing fiction for more than 20 years and has many insights on balancing 'work writing' and creative writing to build a full-time career as a writer.


JUSTINA CHEN HEADLEY'S debut young adult novel, Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), was sold at auction between 4 major publishers, resulting in a 2-book contract with Little, Brown.  Two National Book Award finalists have endorsed the novel, one calling it "a work of art."  Her novel was selected as Borders' Original Voices pick for April and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.  Recently, Justina also published her first picture book, The Patch.  After graduating from Stanford with honors, Justina worked as a marketing executive at Microsoft.  She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. 


MEG CHITTENDEN- Since she began writing 35 years ago, Meg Chittenden has published over a hundred short stories and articles and 36 books in various genres, including children’s books, romance novels, paranormal fiction, and mystery novels.  Many of her books have appeared on bestseller lists.  Her recent publications include The Charlie Plato Mystery Series, How To Write YOUR Novel, More Than You Know, and Snap Shot.  Meg is a recipient of several awards including the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Achievement Award.  She is a frequent speaker at writers’ and readers’ conventions in the United States and Canada.


DIANE GEDYMIN is Editorial Director of iUniverse, a leading self-publishing service provider.  With over thirty years of experience in traditional publishing, Diane has worked in nearly every area of the business including as a literary agent affiliated with Carlisle & Company; Sr. Vice President and Publisher of HarperSanFrancisco where she acquired and edited Sidney Poitier’s New York Times bestselling autobiography The Measure of a Man; and, Vice President and Senior Editor at the Putnam/Berkley Group where she acquired Sheri Reynolds, whose novel, The Rapture of Canaan, was Oprah’s third book club selection and a #1 New York Times bestseller.  She lives in Brooklyn.


BRENT HARTINGER has been writing books for fifteen years, but didn’t sell any of them until the summer of 2001. Since then, he has sold nine novels, including the teen novels: Geography Club; The Last Chance Texaco; a sequel to Geography Club called The Order of the Poison Oak; and Grand & Humble.  Mr. Hartinger's book honors include being named a Book Sense 76 Pick (three times), a Best of the Year (four times), an IRA Notable Book, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, a Booklist Top Ten First Young Adult Novel, and an InsightOut (Bookspan) Book Club Main Selection.  Also a playwright and a screenwriter, Mr. Hartinger has both a stage and screen adaptation of Geography Club in development, and a stage adaption of Grand & Humble in the works.  He lives in Tacoma, but would much rather you visit him online at


JANE ISENBERG, author of Hot Wired, the 8th book in the Bel Barrett Mystery Series (HarperCollins 2005), holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and English Education from NYU.  A retired community college English prof, she is also the author of Going by the Book (Bergin & Garvey 1993), winner of the NCTE’s James N. Britton Award. 


CHRISTINA KATZ is the author of Writer Mama (February, 2007, Writer’s Digest Books), showing how moms can raise a successful and productive writing career alongside their kids. She publishes regularly in magazines (like Country Sampler), newspapers (like The Oregonian), and online publications (like In 2004, Christina was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” for an article she’d published online four years earlier. She teaches six classes a year via e-mail, including Writing and Publishing Nonfiction Articles and Pitching Practice, and is publisher and editor of the online monthly zine Writers On The Rise.


BHARTI KIRCHNER-  Novels, cookbooks, essays, and magazine articles -- Bharti Kirchner excels in them all. She is the prolific author of eight books -- four novels and four cookbooks and hundreds of short pieces. Her work has been translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, Thai, and other languages. An award winning cook, Bharti is the author of four popular cookbooks. She has written numerous articles and essays and is a freelance book reviewer for The Seattle Times. Her personal essays have appeared in many anthologies, including the recently published Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground from Twenty-Five Women over Forty. She is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences and book festivals throughout the nation.


LOUISE MARLEY is a former concert and opera singer who is now a multiple-award-winning author.  She writes science fiction and fantasy for Ace Science Fiction and Viking Children's Books, and teaches a science fiction and fantasy workshop at Bellevue Community College.  Her critically acclaimed short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies.  Her novel The Child Goddess recently won the Endeavour Award, an award given for excellence in science fiction to a Pacific Northwest author, and was also nominated for a Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Award. 


JOHN MARSHALL is the book critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has interviewed and profiled many of the major authors of this day, including John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, Stephen King and Amy Tan. Marshall is also the author of four books, including a prize-winning memoir, Reconciliation Road, and the recent Place of Learning, Place of Dreams: A History of the Seattle Public Library. Marshall received the 2001 Open Book Award from PNWA for his support of writers in this region.


KATIE MACALISTER -This award-winning, USA Today bestselling author writes historical, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romantic comedies. With a taste for the absurd, eccentric, and downright wacky, Katie figured she was a natural to write fiction. She also writes for the young adult market as Katie Maxwell.


JENNIFER McCORD is a writer, editor, educator, and publishing consultant in Seattle WA.    Her career in publishing began more than 25 years ago when she took on the job as manager of an independent book store on a dare from her then teenage daughter.  Since then, Jennifer McCord has worked in nearly ever aspect of the industry from traditional publishing paths to small press and self-publishing ventures.  For many years, she has dedicated her
experience to the success of the Northwest writing community as UW Extension Advisory board member, co-founder of the Publishing Institute at
Bellevue Community College, and as past president of PNWA.  McCord also served on the board for the Washington Center for the Book, working on such programs as If All Seattle Reads, and helped launch events such as Northwest Bookfest and Rocky Mountain Book Festival.  Additionally, she has received special industry recognition for her support of Women's Fiction and the Romance genre.  She currently lends her expertise in the book business to writers and publishers through her consulting and coaching business, Jennifer McCord Associates.


PAT PRITCHARD is originally from the St. Louis area but has made her home in the Pacific Northwest for the past twenty-five years. About fifteen years ago, a writer friend encouraged her to write a book of her own.   Although that first book didn't sell, her second one did.  She now has eleven books published with two more coming out in 2005.  She's a member of Romance Writers of America.

ERIC PENZ is a partner in an insurance and financial services agency. He earned his bachelor of science degree in environmental biology from Eastern Washington University in 1995. His postgraduate work was done at the University of Washington where he completed a two-year literary program in commercial fiction. Between managing his clients’ portfolios and writing, he spends his spare time as an amateur adventure athlete. He and his wife and their two boys make their home in Sammamish, Wash.  To learn more about his work or his recent novel, Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis & Clark, visit


ROBERT J. RAY, Ph.D., a writer and teacher, is the author of eight novels, five in the Matt Murdock Mystery series. His short fiction has appeared in Tri-Quarterly and Orange Coast magazine; his book on small business planning, first published in 1986, is in the sixth edition. Ray is the author of The Weekend Novelist (Dell, 1994), a how-to on writing, and the co-author of The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery (Dell, 1997), with Jack Remick. The Weekend Novelist, Revised and Updated (co-authored with Bret Norris) has just been published.


JACK REMICK is a writer, teacher, and editor. He has served on the editorial board of Pig Iron magazine as fantasy editor, contributing editor and assistant editor. His publications include Terminal Weird, short stories; The Stolen House, a novel, and The Seattle Five Plus One, an anthology of poetry. Remick's poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in small presses nationwide. New fiction includes three California novels: Pacific Coast Highway; The Deification of Jack Kerouac; and Berkeley ‘71: Book of the Dead.  Remick co-authored The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery with Robert Ray.


ANN RULE is regarded by many as the foremost true crime writer in America, and the author responsible for the genre as it exists today. She came to her career with a solid background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.  Ann has been a full-time true crime writer since 1969. Over the past 30 years, she has published 20 books and 1400 articles, mostly on criminal cases.   Currently, she is under contract to Simon & Schuster/Free Press and Pocket Books. Her hardcover books are with Free Press and her original "Ann Rule's Crime Files" series is published by Pocket Books. She is now writing her 9th and 10th "Crime Files" books.  Twenty of Ann's books have been New York Times' bestsellers, with Every Breath You Take and Last Dance, Last Chance both on the list at the same time. Four books have been made into TV movies, and five more are in the works. She won the coveted Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices, and has two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans' organization. She has been nominated three times for Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. She was also awarded the Washington State Governor's Award.  She now lives near Seattle, Washington, on the shores of Puget Sound. She is the mother of five, grandmother of three.


ERIK SCOTT de BIE is a dark-fantasy writer who just published his first novel, Ghostwalker (2005) with Wizards of the Coast. His work has also appeared in two Wizards anthologies, Realms of the Dragons II and Realms of the Elves. His sophomore effort, The Depths of Madness, is due out in March of 2007. 

In his spare time, Erik enjoys hiking, tennis, fencing, and gaming. A recent graduate of Willamette University (B.A. English, May 2005), he lives in Seattle, Wash., where he works as a Technical Writer for The Boeing Company.


MAYA SONENBERG'S second book of short stories, Voices from the Blue Hotel, will be published this fall by Chiasmus Press.  Her first collection, Cartographies, received the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She has been on the faculty of the University of Washington since 1993 and Director of the Creative Writing Program there since 2001.


SHEILA L. STEPHENS was the first female Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) special agent in the state of Alabama.  Recruited by ATF while a police officer in Mountain Brook, Alabama, she has a unique platform from which to write about the people and the issues of law enforcement.  From her unique vantage point, she opens her world to the reader, a world populated by men and women who stand in the gap between predators and the, often unwary, public on whom they prey.   She is teaching English at an inner-city high school in Birmingham, Alabama.   A popular speaker on literacy, and an advocate for mandatory heavy metals testing at yearly physicals and in emergency rooms, she is also a contributing writer and Associate Editor of  The Agent@, the newsletter of the National Association of Federal Agents (NAFA).


ALIX WILBER, Program Director, joined Hugo House in 2002 as grants manager.  Three years of strategizing and crafting successful grants to government, foundations and corporate funders has given her insights into both the business and artistic sides of Richard Hugo House. 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 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 has also been a regular book reviewer for publications such as The Seattle Times and the Sunday New York Times Book Review.


CJ WYCKOFF started writing and critiquing fiction in 1991. Author of one contemporary romance novel (Glass Ceiling, 1995), CJ has also done business and technical writing.  She is currently working on a Regency mystery/romance.

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