Lori Ness aka Christine Arness
Writes: Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Inspirational
Lori is also a member of RWA, Midwest Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. Rosemary for Remembrance, published by HarperCollins, was nominated for Romantic Times award for Best Contemporary Romantic Novel. Lori's second contribution to literature (tongue in cheek!) is Wedding Chimes, Assorted Crimes. She's also published in non-fiction and short fiction.
Writes: Historical, Western, Time Travel
Lauri's chosen genre is western historical, and when asked why, she says, "Because I know I wasn' t the only girl who wanted to grow up and marry Little Joe Cartwright." Lauri lives in rural Minnesota where she and her husband spend every spare moment with their three grown sons and five grandchildren. She volunteers for several organizations, including her local library, and spends most fall weekends filling the freezer with homemade foodstuffs from the bountiful harvest of her husband's green thumb.
She's a diehard Elvis fan (yes, she's been to Graceland), and loves to spend Sundays watching NASCAR, either live or on TV. However, she says her favorite weekends are spent in the woods of northern Minnesota on the land homesteaded by her great-grandfather.
Lauri's books range from short novellas to full length series and sweet to spicy. You can see her latest releases and find out what's happening by visiting her blog at www.Laurirobinson.blogspot.com .
Nancy Schumacher aka Nancy Pirri/Natasha Perry
Writes: Historical Romance, Contemporary, and Erotica
Nancy writes under the pseudonym, Nancy Pirri and Natasha Perry. Nancy has been a member of Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, Midwest Fiction Writers, for several years. She is also one of the founders of a second Minnesota RWA chapter, Northern Lights Writers (NLW). She has had five novels published and several short stories.
January 1, 2011, Nancy opened a digital and print on demand publishing house, Melange Books, LLC, www.melange-books.com. In January, 2012, Melange’s new young adult imprint was created, Fire and Ice for Young Adults, and may be found at www.fireandiceya.com . Coming soon, Melange’s new highly romantic imprint, Satin Romance, will be open for submissions at www.satinromance.com.Website: www.nancypirri.com
Writes: Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Growing up in a small town in central Minnesota as well as the Twin Cities, provides the essence for the settings that she incorporates in her stories. But, it's the characters she finds most interesting, "Why do they do what they do, when they do it?”
A short story, Counting the Days, appears in "Mystery and Romance Under the Northern Lights." The story is about a woman who never expected her life in a north woods resort to turn to revenge and murder. Letters from Mary tell the story.
Her romantic comedy, Chaos at High Altitude, originally titled Altoids at High Altitude is about a stressed out project manager with an inner voice that gets her into trouble. Problems arise when the handsome IT contractor who intends to de-stress her whisks her away in his private jet.
Writes: Contemporary Romance
The saying, You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl, describes LuAnn and the women she writes about.
Some of her favorite things to do are herding cattle while on horseback in Montana, snowmobiling in Wyoming, digging in the garden and writing romance novels. Many of her stories stem from a combination of past experiences and a lot of wishful thinking. For more information and release dates, check out her website at: www.luannnies.com
Writes: Romance, Historical, Mystery
Tracey Cramer-Kelly is an author and singer/musician. Her work fuses writing, music and visuaimagery and includes novels, short stories, essays and music videos.Two of her novels, Last Chance Rescue and True Surrender, are Indie Book Awards Finalists. True Surrender also won a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.
Music videos include "The Rose (Surrender Version)," which tells the story of True Surrender (the novel), and "Cool Rider," a rock-n-roll video featuring Tracey as a biker chick (which she really is).
Tracey's writing draws from her experience as an Army Reserve paramedic and exposure to helicopter medivac. She obtained her helicopter pilot license in 2001. She owns a motorcycle accessories business and lives in small-town Minnesota with her husband and two young children.
Writes: Contemporary Romance, Historical, Suspense, Mystery, Inspirational, Paranormal
Edna Curry lives with her husband in the scenic St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota where she sets most of her stories. She currently has eighteen novels available as well as various short stories and articles. Check out her website for details. www.ednacurry.com, www.facebook.com
Denise Meinstad (aka Denise Annette Devine)
Writes: Contemporary Mainstream, and Inspirational Romance
Denise has had a passion for books since the second grade when she discovered 'Little House on the Prairie' by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at age thirteen and has been writing ever since. She joined Romance Writers of America (RWA) in 1991 and has won or placed in numerous contests. In 2008, her contemporary inspirational romance, This Time Forever, was a finalist in RWA's Golden Heart Contest. Her first publication, Romance and Mystery Under the Northern Lights, is a compilation of short stories written by members of Northern Lights Writers. Denise's contribution to the anthology is 'Hotshot,' a light, romantic contemporary story.
Writes: Non-fiction, Inspirational Christian
Shirley has been writing for many years and has published in newspapers and anthologies. She has three books in print: The Truth Shall Set You Free, Train Wreck in the Sierras, and Life after Death. The fourth book, Bitter Betrayal Sweet Revenge, is available as an e-book.
She worked as an RN for many years, recently retired. She was widowed in 1999 and remarried in 2002 and lives in Cambridge MN and enjoys many grandchildren. She says, "life is great!" For more check out her web site: www.truthinfiction.net
Mary Jane Schultz aka Leandra Logan
Writes: Young adult fiction, Romance, and Romance/Fantasy
An author since childhood, She's always known she was destined to pursue a writing career. She says, "It's been a fantastic ride. Writing for both adult and teenage audiences. Making bestseller lists. Being nominated for numerous Romantic Times awards and sometimes winning!" Visit her at www.leandralogan.com
Founding members are Edna Curry, Lori Ness, Denise Meinstad, and Nancy Schumacher
Writes: Contemporary Romance
If Garrison Keillor, Janet Evanovich, and Joan Rivers had a baby, it would look like the inside of Jill Dalton’s brain. With a jumble of Midwestern sensibility, sassy attitude and absolutely no filter from thoughts to words, Jill uses her warped sense of humor to create lighthearted women’s fiction with strong romantic themes.
To her, reading and writing is a fun escape from reality, where strong women and super-hot heroes get into crazy situations and end up falling in love. (Oops, sorry-Spoiler Alert!)
She grew up in Minneapolis, MN, where she currently lives with her husband and the dog she didn’t want. She has two children, who make their mother proud every day. She is also passionate about food, wine, historic preservation, spending time at the lake, and laughing her fool head off.
Writes:Paranormal mystery, Romance and more
Jill Bisker lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and a calico cat named Senora. Once a dedicated stay at home Mom, with her son now in college, Jill now writes full-time. Her work includes paranormal mystery/romance, traditional high fantasy, and contemporary fantasy, as well as an everyday living blog. She believes in empowering women to be strong enough to protect themselves, while still soft enough to be loving and compassionate.
Writes: Historical, Intimate Romance
Tammy Maté grew up in Minnesota, lived in Texas for 25 years, and has moved back to the most beautiful state in our country! She loves hiking, running, snowshoeing (challenging to do in TX), foreign languages, children, history, and ROMANCE!
If you are in a “Little House on the Prairie” mood, read her historical novel Fame’s Eternal Camping-Grounds. If you are in the mood for steamy, intimate romance, read Enchanted Scandal (Tammy Sötnos). Her books are on sale at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and some U.S. National Park Service military book stores, or you may write to Fame’s Eternal Books, LLC at TammyMate@aol.com for an author signed copy.
Writes: Children's books, and Contemporary Romances
Rose Marie, a first-generation Norwegian American born and raised in Minnesota, always tries to incorporate her Norwegian heritage into her life and writing. Real Norwegians Eat Lutefisk, a children’s book about the tradition of Lutefisk in both English and Norwegian, is her first published book. Dancing in the Moonlight, a short romance story set on a Mille Lacs Lake, is currently available in the anthology, Love in the Land of Lakes. Hot Summer Nights, a short romance story set on Prior Lake, is currently available in the anthology, Romancing the Lakes of Minnesota—Summer. After receiving a BA in Marketing from Concordia University, a Masters in Creative Writing from Hamline University soon followed. Since 2005, her Nordic Treats food booth has offered Scandinavian foods—Swedish Meatballs, Rommegrot, Klub, Krumkake, Sandbakkles, Lefse, and Heart Shaped Waffles for the Norway Day celebration held at Minnehaha Falls Park each July. She has traveled around the world, including Scandinavia, but still has many places to see, enjoys attending Scandinavian events, and is usually busy writing contemporary romances or screenplays.
Writes: Romantic Mysteries
Kathy is a native of Minnesota and now lives in Burnsville. She is married, no children of her own, but her husband has two grown children and two grandchildren.
She writes Romantic Mysteries of the Cozy type with no blood and guts gory murders, or explicit sex, but always has a dead person and an amateur sleuth. She has written short stories that appear in Romancing the Lakes Writers of Minnesota anthologies.
She is a co-founder of Romancing the Lakes Writers Chapter of Romance Writers of America® which was established in 2012
Kathleen received a two year AA-Liberal Arts degree from Normandale College, Minnesota, where she graduated with a Phi Theta Kappa designation. Continuing with her undergraduate education, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University, Minnesota with a major in Business and a minor in Creative Writing.