Meet the Blogging Team

We’re a group of editors and writers, so you know we’ll have lots to say. Our hope is that you will have lots of questions, comments, and suggestions for us. Our goal is to help writers by blogging about what we know best – editing.

You can see from our backgrounds, we have a wide range of experiences and expertise:

Dani Greer
Dani heads up the Blog Blook Tours group and started this group of fearless Blood-Red Pencil editors. She has great information for authors trying to set up their own blog tours here. She is an advisory board member and special projects coordinator at Little Pickle Press. She also critiques and edits manuscripts, with special attention to period details and voice in historical novels and plot resolution in her favorite cozy mystery genre. Email her for costs. With her husband, she owns a liturgical arts studio. In her few spare hours, she works on her own children's books and a mystery novel.
Morgan Mandel writes thrillers, mysteries and romances. Her current release Blessing or Curse, is a short story collection and the sequel to her full length thriller, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse
Morgan’s ever popular Girl of My Dreams, is a reality show romance, and her more recent romantic comedy, Her Handyman, features a handyman, a crazy canine and a rich, quirky artist.
For more about Morgan and her books, check out her websiteblogFacebook Page, and on Twitter at @MorganMandel.

Elle Carter Neal
Elle Carter Neal is an Australian writer and author of Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin. She is the former Fiction Writing and Creativity Editor for (under the name Elsa Neal). She teaches writers how to get the most out of MS Word through her Word 4 Writers course. More of her writing-related articles can be found on her website for writers at

Maryann Miller is an award-winning scriptwriter and author with over twenty nineteen books in print. Her latest releases are the mysteries Doubletake and Boxes For Beds. Other books include:  Open Season, a police procedural mystery; One Small Victory, a suspense novel;  Play It Again, Sam, a woman's novel; and a short story collection, The Wisdom of Ages Her background is in journalism, and she has held staff positions at several publications as an editor, most recently as the Managing Editor of, an online community magazine. As a freelance editor, she likes nothing more than to help a writer make a good book better, and her clients say she is as much a writing coach as an editor. Visit her Website to find out more about her books and to check out her editing rates. For fun and to feed her creative spirit she likes to perform on stage at area community theatres and direct plays at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, where she is the Theatre Director.

Shon Bacon
Shon is an author, editor, and educator. She has published both creatively and academically, and her debut solo novel, Death at the Double Inkwell, will be released June 2010; you can read an excerpt here. Shon also interviews women writers on her popular blog ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING. You can learn more about Shon's writings at her official website, and you can get information about her editorial services at CLG Entertainment. Currently, Shon is busy editing, writing screenplays, and pursuing her Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University.  

Heidi Thomas
A native Montanan, Heidi Thomas now lives in north-central Arizona. She has three novels published: EPIC Award-winning Cowgirl Dreams, WILLA Literary Award-winning Follow the Dream, and Dare to Dream (Published by Globe Pequot Press), based on her grandmother. A non-fiction book on the old-time rodeo cowgirls of Montana, Cowgirl Up!, will be published in October 2014. Heidi has a degree in journalism and a certificate in fiction writing. She teaches writing and edits, and is working on the next books in her “Dream” series.

Linda Lane
Retired editor Linda Lane has returned to her first love: writing. She also focuses on helping new and not-so-new writers improve their skills through posts on Blood Red Pencil, as well as through her website, Linda' The site, which should be completed in the summer of 2014, offers pertinent articles, a blog, a Q and A roundtable, a bookstore, and more in a cozy environment that welcomes all visitors and encourages writers to reach for their dreams. You can still visit her editing team at to find great editors in a variety of genres to help you polish your work into a marketable book.

Kim Pearson
Kim Pearson is an author, ghostwriter, and owner of Primary Sources, a writing service that helps others become authors of professional and compelling books and articles. She has authored 6 books of her own, and ghostwritten more than 30 non-fiction books and memoirs. To learn more about her books or services, visit

Elspeth Futcher is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games A Fatal Fairy Tale, Deadly Ever After and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the Internet. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by Her newest game, Once Upon a Murder, is now available and published by Red Herring Games. Her 'writing sheep' are a continuing feature in the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Futcher, Author.

Diana Hurwitz
Diana Hurwitz is the author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Deborah Turner Harris
Debby Harris is an independent editor living in Scotland. Please visit her website for more information about her editing services and fees.

Carola Dunn
Carola Dunn is author of the Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Cornish Mysteries, and multitudinous Regencies.

Polly Iyer
Polly Iyer is the author of seven novels: standalones Hooked, InSight, Murder Deja Vu, Threads, and three books in the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense series, Mind Games, Goddess of the Moon, and Backlash. A Massachusetts native, she makes her home in the beautiful Piedmont region of South Carolina. You can visit her website for more on Polly and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. 

Cara Lopez Lee
Cara Lopez Lee is the author of the memoir They Only Eat Their Husbands. Her stories have appeared in such publications as The Los Angeles Times , Denver Post, Connotation Press, and Rivet Journal. She’s a book editor, a writing coach, and a faculty member at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She was a journalist in Alaska and North Carolina, and a writer for HGTV and Food Network. An avid traveler, she has explored twenty countries and most of the fifty United States. She and her husband live in Denver.

Jason P. Henry
When he's not working with the dedicated and passionate people of Pikes Peak Writers, Jason P. Henry is lost in a world of serial killers, psychopaths, and other unsavory folks. A Suspense, Thriller and Horror writer with a dark, twisted sense of humor, Jason strives to make people squirm, cringe, and laugh. He loves to offer a smile, but is quick to leave you wondering what lies behind it. Learn more about Jason at

So, there we are. The official founders and bloggers of The Blood-Red Pencil

We hope you'll ask lots of questions (put those editors on the hot seat!) and leave pithy comments (or any kind of comment). Our comments section is always open.


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