Penned Con 2016 is pleased to announce Tierney James, Christina Benjamin, Wendy L. Wilson, Anya Breton, Danielle Bannister, Shannon A. Thompson, Cara Bristol and Theresa Troutman to our ranks!
Our 3rd year in St. Louis boasts an amazing array of new faces that we are very excited to have the opportunity to introduce you to.
Tierney has been in education for over thirty years. She recently stopped teaching World Geography for a nearby college to pursue her writing career. Creating a workshop for beginning writers, speaking at schools and serving as an officer in the writing group Sleuths’ Ink, are some of the work she does when not writing. With the creation of Winds of Deception, Tierney is now working with one of the crew members of USS Liberty in hopes of obtaining the Medal of Honor for him.
Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney has traveled across the world. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Africa, she ties her unique experiences into other writing projects such as the action thriller novel, An Unlikely Hero, the first in the Enigma Series. Winds of Deception is the second in that series. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town for many years fuels the kind of characters she never tires of creating.
Besides teaching and writing, Tierney enjoys family, gardening, reading and music. Other pursuits involve learning Hebrew in hopes of incorporating the knowledge in a future Enigma Series. She likes to research and sometimes that has involved learning new skills, such as being certified with various weapons.
She has settled in the beautiful Ozarks, but there’s never a dull moment in Tierney’s life. And that is just the way she likes it.
Award-winning young adult author Christina Benjamin grew up in the little town of La Plume, PA where at an early age she fell in love with writing. She began to write short stories in grade school and continued practicing her trade all the way through college where she attended the University of Central Florida to complete her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Technical Writing.
Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and Hunger Games, and offers them a new series to obsess over. She paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship.
Christina now lives in North Florida with her husband, and character inspiring pets. She spends most of her time writing. Benjamin is dedicated to giving back to the community and speaking at schools to inspire creativity in young writers. When she has free time she enjoys to read, listen to music, shop and travel.
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Wendy L. Wilson
Wendy Wilson is an independent author. As a little girl on through adulthood, she has dreamt of writing
and has finally put that dream into action with the release of her first book in a series of novels called The Breathe Series. She enjoys spending time with her family, hanging with her friends and reading. She
also has a passion for running and has found it is the perfect time to create and think up more exciting
plots and characters to add into her books. She currently lives in Chaffee, Missouri with her husband,
two adorable sons and two cats.
Anya Breton is a web monkey with an obsession for nail polish and rubber chickens. Her fears include Peeps and people who hate clowns. Her genres include erotic romance, urban fantasy, and young adult—all with a little quirk. She lives in the Midwest where land is cheap and corn is cheaper.
Danielle Bannister lives with her two children in Midcoast Maine. She loves all things coffee and wine. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine and her Masters degree in Literary Education from the University of Orono. She has written the Twin Flame Trilogy: PULLED, PULLED BACK, and PULLED BACK AGAIN, as well as the Snarky Romantic Comedy: THE ABC’S OF DEE. She has a collection of short stories called: SHORT SHORTS. In addition, her work can also be found in the following anthologies: 2012 Goose River Anthology, 2012 Writeous Anthology, 2013 Maine Writes: Maine National Writing Project Anthology; and, 2013 The Stroke of Midnight: A Supernatural New Year’s Anthology.
Shannon A. Thompson
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.
As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Thompson is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and The Timely Death Trilogy is now available.
Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.
A multi-published author of more than 20 titles, Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She writes contemporary, sci-fi, paranormal and spanking/bdsm romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven, seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown step kids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.
Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theater and traveling. Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection, By My Side and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It and Love This Life and London Loves. She is currently working on contemporary romance – book 4 in the Love’s Great Adventure Series, which will be released in the Fall 2015. Theresa also writes erotica under the pen name T.S. Irons.