Five local authors will share their publishing journeys in this moderated panel. From indie publishing, to contests, to small publishers, to large traditional publishing houses, the authors will discuss how they did it, why they did it, and share their insights into the publishing process.

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday June 24
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 256-3800


Linda Ensign.  Linda writes long and short fiction in multiple genres including mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. She is president of the Northern Virginia Writers Club and a member of Sisters in Crime. Her short story, The Storm in The Teacup appears in the award-winning Chesapeake Crimes 7: Storm Warning published by Wildside Press in 2016.



Dorothy Spruzen.  Dorothy’s short stories and poems have appeared in many publications, and she is the author of The Blitz Business, set in WWII England, released on August 1 from Koehler Books. Her other books are: Long in the Tooth (poetry collection); The Flower Ladies series, of which Books 1 and 2 have been published: Not One of Us and Lily Takes the Field, and Crossroads; two novellas.

Ayesha Shoulders.  Ayesha is the author of two novels, When it’s Time to Walk Away (2011) and When Love’s Knot Enough (2015).



Dianne Hennessy King.  Dianne co-authored Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More, which was published by Skyhorse Publishing of New York in September 2016. She is a cultural anthropologist who teaches classes on memoir writing at George Mason University’s Osher program, and is a guest lecturer on writing personal history across cultures.


Michelle McBeth.  Michelle started writing fiction during the 2012 NaNoWriMo contest, on a dare. She has published two books from her series, “The Sphere Saga” and is working on the remaining three. She has a smattering of short stories and is thrilled that one was chosen for publication in 2018 centennial anthology of The Virginia Writers Club.


Tonya B Hunter.  Tonya is a certified natural health professional and the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books.