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. While the first of the trilogy focuses on the dangers to one main protagonist, the sequel studies the relationships of five test subjects taking the Forever Young pill.
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.
Two Wrongs, Morgan’s debut mystery, is not only available at Amazon, but also Smashwords.
Find Killer Career, Morgan’s romantic suspense about a Chicago lawyer’s dangerous career change, on Amazon.

For more about Morgan and her books, check out her websiteblogFacebook Page, and on Twitter at @MorganMandel.

Helen Ginger Helen Ginger writes both nonfiction and fiction. She has authored three books in TSTC Publishing’s TechCareer series. In 2012, her first fiction book, Angel Sometimes, debuted. When Angel was 12, she was taken 800 miles from home and abandoned on the streets. At 22, she's almost ready to confront her parents. She just needs a car, her G.E.D., and a gun. Angel Sometimes is available on Kindle and in print. Helen's next book, Dismembering the Past, a suspense, will be out early 2014. Helen has served as a Board member and Executive Director of the Writers’League of Texas and for ten year she was a Volunteer Chair for the Texas Book Festival. She is an Owner/Partner of Legends In Our Own Minds®. You can find Helen on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or her website.

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 BellaOnline.com (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 HearWriteNow.com. She can also be found on Squidoo. 

Maryann Miller is an award-winning scriptwriter and author with nineteenbooks in print, including her latest, OpenSeason, a police procedural mystery. One SmallVictory is a suspense novel,  and PlayIt Again, Sam is a woman's novel. She also has a short story collection, TheWisdom of Ages, and two short stories, The Visitor and SAHM I Am, available as e-books. Her background is in journalism and she has held staff positions at several publications as an editor, most recently as the Managing Editor of WinnsboroToday.com, 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'sBookNook.com. 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 DenverEditor.com to find great editors in a variety of genres to help you polish your work into a marketable book.

Kathryn Craft
Kathryn is a free-lance developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com. She loves any event that brings writers together, so she gives talks, hosts writing retreats for women, and helps put on two great conferences:  Philadelphia Writers’ Conference (Philadelphia, PA) and The Write Stuff (Allentown, PA). Her book club fiction and memoir are represented by Katie Shea at the Donald Maass Literary Agency and her debut novel, The Art of Falling, is due out January 2014 from Sourcebooks. She blogs at The Fine Art of Visiting and Healing Through Writing and is happy to be part of the virtual community of writers at the Blood-Red Pencil. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. 

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 Primary-Sources.com.

Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her twelve murder mystery games and two plays are available through host-party.com. She has also contributed articles to the European writers' magazine "Elias". Her blog, "It's A Mystery," explores the writing process with a touch of humor. She is on Twitter as @elspethwrites.

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 DianaHurwitz.com for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Terry Odell
Terry Odell is the author of numerous romantic suspense novels, mystery novels, as well as contemporary romance short stories. Most of her books are available in both print and digital formats. She's the author of the Blackthorne, Inc. series, steamy romantic suspense novels featuring a team of covert ops specialists, the Pine Hills Police series, set in a small Oregon town, and the Mapleton Mystery series, featuring a reluctant police chief in a small Colorado town. To see all her books, visit her website. You can also find her at her blog, Terry's Place, as well as follow her on Twitter, or visit her Facebook page.

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 six novels: standalones Hooked, InSight, Murder Deja Vu, Threads, and two books in the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense series, Mind Games and Goddess of the Moon. 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.

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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