Meet the Reading Judges for the 2015 Maple Leaf Awards
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
When she is not trying to be Super Blogger and reviewing for her own site, Harlie is a stay at home with a 4th grade son that keeps her busy with all of his stuff. Married for 10 years to her own hero and still madly in love with him, she wouldn’t change a thing about her life. Okay, maybe living in Ireland or New Zealand but those are just pipe dreams.
Author of numerous published short stories, 13 novels for young adults and adults, and countless articles, Ishbel Moore’s writing is enjoyed by a wide variety of readers in many countries. Over the past 20 years, she has gained a reputation for being a ‘spot on, on-the-spot’ editor and critique giver in her travels throughout Manitoba, NW Ontario and SE Saskatchewan as well as other parts of Canada. Dedicated to bringing writers together and to helping them achieve their goals by providing them with the necessary tools, Ishbel is noted for her sound teaching techniques, humour, and easy manner. She is the current acquisitions editor for BK Publishers in Manitoba.
Jeane's writing consists of: Looking for Jimmy Stewart, published in 2010, and Hello Again coming in 2015. She's currently working on her third novel.
Jeanine is a writer of twenty-five romantic short stories, a few spicy anthologies and three cowboy books. Telling stories about imperfect people finding perfect love is her thing. Even though she lives in New York City she’s fascinated with the American west. She’s currently writing about bull riders and the spunky urban women who adore them in her Skirts and Spurs Trilogy. When she’s not writing she spends time with her teenage sons, ultra marathon running husband and two rescue Labrador retrievers named Desdemona (Desi) and Aaron.
Krista is a full-time author, residing in northern lower Michigan with her husband and four ornery children who keep her plenty busy. With an addition of two beautiful chocolate lab sisters and two playful cats, there is never a dull or spare moment in her household. Krista has always loved to read and would often sit up for hours into the night not able to put down a book until she was finished.
I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire…or sometimes demon. I write funny. I don’t write angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog is the cutest thing evah(!), and we’re up to three ferrets. I can be found on-line at all hours of the day and night.
Nikki Lynn Barrett
Susan decided she wanted to be a writer when she was seven years old, but convinced of the impossibility of earning a living that way, she studied history instead (a decision she still can’t explain). While taking a break from her work as an archivist to raise her young children, she returned to her first career choice. She has reviewed books for over a decade and was previously a final line editor for Samhain Publishing. Writing as Lily Carlyle, she has had a graphic novel and two short stories published. A proud Pittsburgh native, she now resides outside Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling. Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.