So my post a couple of days ago made me think of impressions and what we all imagine an author looks like. Does the romance author conjur up a certain image? Do you think mystery writers or historical authors have a certain look? How about authors of erotica? Not that they “should”, but I think it’s human nature to visualize people a certain way.

Today, I’ve suckered rounded up 13 very brave authors who’ve agreed to let me post their pictures … and I added little bios in there! (Most of the info came from their websites, but in some cases I ad libbed … forgive me authors!) So in no particular order, here they are … ENJOY!


By day, Shayla Kersten is a mild-mannered accountant. By night, she’s a writer of sexy romances. Torn between genres, Shayla writes erotic stories about hot heroes and their sexy women, as well as hot men and their passionate heroes. She writes for several publishers including Ellora’s Cave, Liquid Silver Books, and The Wild Rose Press.


Susan Vaughan is a romantic suspense author from Maine who is multi-published with Silhouette Intimate Moments. Her books have been both a Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Nominee and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery and Suspense in 2006! Her newest release, Primal Obsession is a fall 2008 release with The Wild Rose Press.


Marisa Chenery is a very busy mother of 4 who first started writing historical romances, but now finds herself drawn more to the paranormal romance genre. She is published with Liquid Silver Books and New Concepts Publishing. When she’s not on school field trips (like the one above) with her children you can find her at home in Canada working on her next novel.


Michelle Hoppe is one of those authors who is as old as dirt. (That’s straight from her web bio … I don’t know Michelle well enough to say she’s younger than me.) It’s true, she has grandchildren and everything. Can you believe she still wears a boa like the one in her picture? Naked sometimes even…It’s true, she does. (Again … this is not a fact I know from personal experience … it’s in her bio … really!) She’s published through Liquid Silver Books and Changeling Press.


Mima writes the sexy “Within” series, which have consistently garnered four and five star reviews. She’s multi-published with Liquid Silver Books, Loose-Id, and Samhain Publishing. (Even after hanging around Liquid Silver for 9 months and visiting her website and reading her books … like her picture, Mima remains an enigma to me.)


Rae Morgan writes sensual romantic suspense stories (translation … hawt erotic novels that’ll melt your socks off!) for Liquid Silver Books. She also has several books published under “Monette Michaels”.


Jennifer Linforth is my critique partner, my slave driver, and shoulder to cry on. Oddly enough we have shared  this parallel life that finally brought us together a couple of years ago. She writes historical fiction and historical romance. (And she had a hard time writing her first love scene … editing erotica has been an interesting exercise for her!) Her debut novel Madrigal: A novel of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera is due out from Highland Press in fall 2008.


Shara Lanel obviously enjoys hamming it up with sexy men at writing conventions. She writes erotic stories of love and romance for Liquid Silver Books and Loose-Id. Her newest release “Finding Mr. Right Can be Murder” received a 5 star review from Just Erotic Romance!


Pam Champagne lives on 50 rural acres in Maine with her husband, two Siamese cats, a black Lab and a new addition, Percy, a dog rescued from death row in Florida. She writes romantic suspense and paranormals for The Wild Rose Press and Samhain publishing. One of her many books, Bed of Lies, won a 2008 Eppie Award.


Celia Kyle is everything her picture indicates! She’s a crazy woman with her fingers in all kinds of things. Besides writing hot stories of love and romance, she also does cover art and web design. Celia is one of the two authors who agreed to let me be part of a “shifter” anthology… yay us! Celia writes erotic romance for Liquid Silver Books, Changeling Press, and Cobblestone Press.


Michelle Libby is a Maine author whose other jobs include being a mom, wife (to a sexy cop), and working as a reporter for a local weekly paper. She writes romance for Wings E-Press and Champagne books. (Michelle was my roomie at the recent writer’s convention where we promised to keep all the naughty stories under lock and key … nuff said. )


Judi Phillips is a proud grammie and multi-published Maine author who writes paranormal stories and is published with Wings E-press. Her newest novel, Ghost of a Chance will be a fall 2008 release through The Wild Rose Press.


Lina Gardiner is a Canadian author writing dark fantasy. The first book in her Jess Vandermire vampire series, Grave Illusions, was released in 2007 through ImaJinn Books and has received many stellar reviews. The second book in the series, Beyond the Grave, will be out in late 2008.

Oh … look at that! We ran out of space. Sorry folks, there’s no room for a picture of me! This is Thursday 13 after all and it just wouldn’t do for me to take up more of your time… guess you’ll have to wait until next time to find out what I look like! Mwahahaha…

Happy TT13!!

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  • Great idea! Hope you will come visit mine. Happy TT!

  • I like that you have included pictures of your favorite authors. Happy TT!

  • Forgetful – Thanks for stopping by. And I did go over to your blog and saw that awful bruise of your son’s. Ick! or Ouch!

    Brenda – These are some of my best writing buddies. Glad you enjoyed the blog.

  • As her CP you can all stop by my blog… drop me a note and I will be MORE than happy to provide you with less than flattering pictures of K/N in all her *ahem* glory.

    It is my sworn duty.

  • Ooh! Look at how cute we all are! This was soooo much fun, Nina! Thanks for posting these. 😀

  • Jennifer – I knew that was going to come back and bite me! 😉

    Celia – Thanks for visiting! And yes, it’s fun to see everyone up there with their smiling faces.

  • What a GREAT idea!! I love it!

  • What a great list! It’s always fun to see what writers look like…

  • And dare I say it… I hope that one day, I’ll be included on a future T13 list like this one.

    Very nice idea!

    Happy TT!

  • What a great idea!
    sometimes, I do wonder.

  • Too funny! And you put my camera shy piccie first! I’m flattered! *cackle* While growing up, I had to deal with not one but two photographer parents. A new camera? New type of film? Need a fluff picture for the local paper? That’s what us kids were for! LOL

    Everyone have a great day!

  • Another Mima! I tried to go visit her site, but couldn’t get the link to work. I have never met another Mima, and only one other Jemima (who is the daughter of a friend of mine!).

  • December – I love these ladies for being willing to do this. I had fun too!

    Debbie – I know … sometimes our pictures don’t fit the image people have of us.

  • MsMenozzi – When you’re published, you float right back over here and I’ll post your picture. I know it won’t be long.

    Shayla – I absolutely love that picture of you. Two cameras? I’m a shutterbug and it drove my kids insane. I can’t imagine both parents wanting the perfect picture of “the moment”! 😀

  • That is so cool. I love putting faces to names 🙂

  • What do you know? Authors look just like regular people! 🙂

  • Paige – I love these pics!

    Darla – ROFLOL! Funny how that happens!

  • No room for you! That’s cheating!

  • Hey, N/K

    Thanks for including me. And you gave me up. I’ve been outed with my little bottles.

    See you this weekend.


  • I admire authors! Thanks for posting pictures. Maybe I will check out some of their books!

  • Oh and I so wanted to see a pic of you! Thanks for commenting on my TT13 post! 😀

  • Great idea! I look just like my avatar on blogger. I’m a cartoon! ROFL.

    But where is your picture, girl?


  • I, of course had to come and check this out. This was a great idea, Nina. I’m glad I had at least one picture that I didn’t mind showing off of myself LOL. Number 3 son was the photographer that day. Since he did such a good job, and didn’t make me hate what I looked like in the picture, I may have to make him my full time photographer ha ha.

  • Thanks for having me in your blog. This was a way cool idea. And, I’ve seen Michelle’s boa — but she wasn’t nekkid at that particular time.

    Next blog you need to post a pic of yourself!


  • Alice – Hee hee hee! Best laid plans …

    Michelle – I didn’t give away all the secrets!

    Bethanne – LOL! I know them … and I still wonder! 😉

  • Chelle – Click on the name and it should link directly to their website. They’d love it if you did.

    Maryt – LOL! I remain in hiding!

    Cassandra – Sometimes I feel like a cartoon! LOL!

  • Marisa – That’s a great picture! Hire that son of yours!

    Rae – Thanks for visiting. I’ve seen Michelle’s boa only in the picture … someone else mentioned she’d worn it nekkid! LOL! Next time I do this I’ll post a picture of me.

    Mima – The link worked for me, but I’ll swing over to your blog and repost the addie over there. I’m sure Mima would love for you to stop over. And trust me … you’d love her books!

  • I love seeing other authors. I guess I’ll have to take Jennifer up on her offer in order to see if you look like I picture you.

    Happy TT!

  • Ava Rose – It’s nice to see your favorite authors. Sometimes they surprise you.

    Denise – Nooooo! Not Jen! She has some blackmail photos! LOL! Friends sometimes are sooo cruel! LOL!

  • Great listing – I’ll have to check out these authors and their works!

    Thanks for visiting my little corner of the web. If you have a chance to visit back, check out the ladies listed on my sidebar as “Circle Girls”. They’re all critique partners who write in the romance genre and are published or soon-to-be published by a variety of presses. You might enjoy visiting with them! 🙂

  • Great list. Thanks for visiting my page and for the nice comments. Happy TT.

  • Gorgeous ladies!! It’s it interesting how “normal” and lovely romance authors can be… We’re like the mom/grandma next door for the most part! 😉

  • Tiffany – Thanks for stopping by. I’ve bookmarked your blog and will be swinging over to check out those other authors when I have a little more time. I enjoy making new friends.

    Michelle – Wonderfully brave blog you wrote today. I hope it touches many.

    Celine – LOL! It cracks me up to meet in real life the authors of the steamy books I read. We do look incredibly normal. LOL!

  • Great post, Nina. I loved meeting your writing friends.

  • Auhors are regular people? Who knew! LOL – great post!

  • Shelley – Thanks. I’ve had a blast getting to know all these ladies.

    Heather – Regular? I’m not sure I’d go that far! 😉

  • What a great list!

  • How kewl. It’s nice to put a face to the names.
    Happy T13!

  • Great job, Nina, I enjoyed reading all the info and the comments here. Thank you for including me.


  • Adelle – I know it’s fun to see them isn’t it?

    Michelle – Really … thank you for letting me post your picture! I loved your bio on your blog BTW. LOL! Your friends have a great sense of humor.

    Dana – Thanks for visiting. Happy TT13!

  • Fantastic TT! I’m always amazed that authors rarely look like I imagined them to look like. >.<

    BTW — Thanks for visiting my TT on Japanese motorcycle gangs. 🙂

  • Angelle – Welcome. Sometimes what we have in our heads isn’t at all the person they are. This TT was so fun for me to do. And I loved that blog on the gangs … interesting.

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