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.

Elle Carter Neal
Elle is the author of 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 BellaOnline.com (under the name Elsa Neal). 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. More of her writing-related articles can be found on her website for writers at HearWriteNow.com

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 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.  

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, LSLaneBooks.com, which is currently being updated. Also, you can visit her editing team at DenverEditor.com to find experienced editors in a variety of genres to help you polish your book into a marketable work.

Kim Pearson
Kim 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 Futcher
Elspeth 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 host-party.com. 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.

Audrey Lintner
When she's not taking part in reenactments, Audrey likes to spend her time playing with her kid, spinning or knitting from her giant fiber stash, baking All The Things, and drinking coffee. When she gets ten minutes together, she'll post a new column as the Procraftinator.

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 DianaHurwitz.com 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 AnnParker.net for more information.


Patricia Stoltey
Pat is the author of four novels published by Five Star/Cengage: two amateur sleuth, one thriller that was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award in 2015, and the historical mystery Wishing Caswell Dead (December 20, 2017). You can learn more about Pat at her website/blog, on Facebook, and Twitter. She was recently interviewed for a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers podcast that you can find at the RMFW website.

Patricia B. Smith
Pat is a journalist who is the author of 11 published books, including Idiot’s Guide: Flipping Houses, Alzheimer's For Dummies and Sleep Disorders for Dummies.

Pat is also an experienced professional developmental editor who serves as an Editorial Evaluation & Developmental Coordinator for Five Star Publishing. She works with private clients as well and has helped many authors land their first publishing contracts. Many of her clients have achieved notable success, including two winners of the Missouri Writers’ Guild Show-me Best Book of the Year Award.

She is the proud mother of two grown children, a daughter who is a teacher, author, and editor based in Helsinki, Finland, and a son who is a filmmaker and TV producer based in Victoria, British Columbia. Her son and his wife recently made her a Grandmom with the birth of their first child, a precious baby boy.

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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.