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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 Book 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 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.

Elle Carter Neal
Elle is the author of The Convoluted Key, Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin, and the picture book I Own All the Blue. She is the former Fiction Writing and Creativity Editor for As a developmental editor, she specialises in coaching authors who are still learning the writing craft, and assisting authors who face challenges such as disabilities that interfere with the writing process. Elle takes a raw manuscript and cuts and polishes it into a publication-worthy gem. Find out more about her editing services

Maryann Miller
Maryann 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.

Linda Lane
Linda has returned to her first love—writing—while maintaining her editing work. She also helps new and not-so-new writers improve their skills through posts on Blood Red Pencil and offers private tutoring as well as seminars online. You can contact her through her writing website,, which is currently being updated. Also, you can visit her editing team at to find experienced editors in a variety of genres to help you polish your book into a marketable work.

Diana Hurwitz
Diana 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.

Polly Iyer
Polly is the author of nine novels: standalones Hooked, InSight, Murder Deja Vu, Threads, and Indiscretion, and four books in the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense series, Mind Games, Goddess of the Moon, Backlash, and The Scent of Murder. 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. 

Ann Parker
Ann authors the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press. During the day, she wrangles words for a living as a science editor/writer and marketing communications specialist (which is basically a fancy term for "editor/writer"). Her midnight hours are devoted to scribbling fiction. Visit for more information.

So, there we are. The official founders and current 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.