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PNWA President, PAM BINDER is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author. Her five romantic fantasy novels were published by Simon & Schuster. She was a professor at the University of Washington Extension Program where she taught Popular Fiction. l

  Vice President Sandy McCormack’s labor of love, Night Witch was published in 2015. She is currently working on another historical fiction about aviation’s first female Ace. Sandy is the Literary Contest Chair. Her most important job is to encourage, nurture, and support writers in their journeys. l
  PNWA Treasurer, BRIAN MERCER is an award-winning author and has been prominently mentioned in Publisher’s Weekly. He has been featured on numerous international radio shows and is the Senior Editor at Author Magazine.

PNWA Secretary, JEFF AYERS is a multi-published author in both non-fiction and fiction. He is a respected and sought after book reviewer for the Associated Press, Library Journal, and more. He has interviewed countless authors for such publications as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Writer Magazine, Suspense Magazine, and RT Book Reviews.

  PNWA Board Trustee, DARCY CARSON is an award winning author and is currently working on her next novel, a paranormal romance. Darcy is the Literary Contest co-chair and works diligently to ensure each submission receives critical and valuable feedback for their work. l

  PNWA Board Trustee, WILLIAM KENOWER is the author of Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. He is the editor-in-chief of Author Magazine and writes a popular blog centered around writing. Bill has interviewed hundreds of authors and is a popular teacher during our conference and workshops. l

PNWA Board Trustee, NICOLE J. PERSUN is an award winning author and Amazon bestselling novelist. Nicole began her professional writing career at age sixteen and was most recently invited to deliver the Keynote address at the Whidbey Writers Conference. Aside from novels, she has also written various short stories (in varied genres) and published poetry in literary journals. l

PNWA Board Trustee,TERRY PERSUN is a multi-award winning author and amazon bestselling novelist. He has over a dozen novels and numerous novelas. You can always find Terry teaching writers about craft and what it takes to be a successful author in this ever changing publishing industry. l

  PNWA Board Trustee, DEBORAH SCHNEIDER is an award winning author who's publishing career began when she won the Molly Award for the "most unsinkable heroine" from the Denver Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Deborah works for the King County Library System and was named Librarian of the Year by Romance Writers of America. l
  PNWA Board Trustee, JACQUI SULLIVAN is currently working on her thriller series and launching PNWA's new blog. Jacqui spends her nights writing and days working in the technology industry. She brings a tech savvy brain to the association and out-of-the-box marketing avenues for authors. l
  Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of 10 novels, including the Tracy Crosswhite Series: My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath and In the Clearing, as well as the critically acclaimed David Sloane legal thriller series.

  Jim Harris has been in the book business since September 1972 when he opened a bookstore in rural New Jersey. In December 1974 he was hired by Crown Publishers. During Jim’s 47 year career he attended over 150 trade shows. Shortly after arriving in Seattle, Jim became a Board member of the Pacific NW Booksellers Association, two of those year were as President. Jim writes book reviews for PNWA and completed a Book and Travel Blog for PNWA’s Newsletter.



PNWA Systems Administrator, ADAM RUSSELL joined the staff in February 2016. When he's not doing work on the web, formatting books, or solving the next technical issue of the day, he spends his free time contributing to fan projects and mentoring players at the local game store in Crossroads.

PNWA Marketing Manager, Maria Philips, joined the staff in March 2016.  During the day, you can find Maria crafting newsletters, web content and cooking up other ways to connect with member and writers at large.  After hours, you’ll find her hunched over her computer cranking out revisions to her YA novel.  She also co-authored the business book, Custom Surveys Within Your Budget: Maximizing Profits Through Effective Online Research Design, May 2010.

PNWA Project Manager and longtime volunteer, Jennifer Douwes joined the staff in January 2017. At the Cottage, she manages projects as well as provides staff and marketing support while facilitating volunteer coordination for the conference. Outside of the Cottage, she volunteers for Norwescon, a Science Fiction & Fantasy convention, and sometimes finds herself buried in bookkeeping. With a few published shorts under her belt, she writes fantasy and romance stories, with aspirations of publishing gloriously beautiful full-length works.

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