BJ Bourg – BJ is the chief investigator for a district attorney’s office. He is a former detective, police academy instructor, SWAT Team member, and commander of the Sniper Team. He also writes law enforcement articles for officers and writers. By day he fights crime with a badge, and at night he solves mysteries with a pen.
Darrell Bourque is professor emeritus in English from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, a former Louisiana Poet Laureate, the recipient of the Writer Award 2014 from the Louisiana Book Festival, the recipient of the James Rivers Award from the Center for Louisiana Studies, ULL, for his contributions to Louisiana Literature and Culture. His 10 poetry publications include Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie, “if you abandon me, comment je vas faire, An Amédé Ardoin Songbook,” and Where I Waited. He is also the founder of the Améde Ardoin Project, a social justice project to create a public commemorative for the iconic traditional Louisiana Creole musician.
Larry Gray – Larry is a playwright whose plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, London, Memphis, New Orleans and Buffalo among others. His very first play, Scrapbooks, which won the Midsouth Playwriting competition sponsored by Playhouse on the Square in Memphis and was named Best drama of the Year my Memphis Magazine. In addition to plays Larry has also published poems, stories and essays including his recent collection of short stories, Bayou Coeur and Other Stories, published by Clemson University Press.
Deborah LeBlanc is an award-winning, best-selling author and business owner from Lafayette, Louisiana. She is also a licensed death scene investigator, a licensed private investigator and has been a paranormal investigator for over twenty years. Deborah is currently the house ‘clairsendium’ for the upcoming paranormal investigation television show, Through the Veil.
She served four years as president of the Horror Writers Association, eight years as president of the Writers’ Guild of Acadiana, and two years as president of Mystery Writers of America’s Southwest Chapter. In 2007, Deborah founded Literacy Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting illiteracy in America’s teens. Deborah also takes her passion for literacy and a powerful ability to motivate to high schools around the country.
Notables: USA Today Bestseller list; UtopYA 2014 – Best Fantasy Book; UtopYA 2013 – Author of the Year; UtopYA 2013 – Series of the Year; UtopYA 2013 – Paranormal of the Year.
DiAnn Mills – DiAnn is bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. DiAnn, a Wordsmith Coach, helps writers craft unique characters and exciting plots with her book The Dance of Character and Plot. She also offers personalize mentoring. Notables: Winner of 2 Christy Awards; Best Book 2014 from the Library Journal; 2015 Family Fiction Top 15 Novels.
Before joining the L. Perkins agency, Latoya C. Smith was an editor for over thirteen years working at publishing houses such as Kensington Publishing, Hachette Book Group, and Samhain Publishing. She was also the winner of the 2012 RWA Golden Apple for Editor of the Year.
Latoya is seeking romance, erotica, erotic fiction, women’s fiction, women’s thriller, LGBTQ romance and erotic fiction, along with advice/how-to/memoir submissions.
Latoya will listen to all pitches and pass other genre’s to interested colleagues.