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2019 Meetings / Speakers



2018 Speaker Bio's

Pamela S Thibodeaux


Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

Neal Bertrand


Neal Bertrand was born and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun Country. Cajun and Cooking are synonymous to those familiar with the culture, so it’s no coincidence that Neal started his company, Cypress Cove Publishing, putting out cookbooks. The cookbooks he has written and published have sold over 100,000 copies, and they are available both as print and e-book on Amazon, and through his website at

Julia Rodriguez


Julia Rodriguez is the Director For Boom Town Film & Music Festival and has a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Screen Plays.

Find out more about Boom Town Film & Music Festival by visiting their website.

2018 Speaker Bio's

Lindsey Duga


Lindsey Duga developed a deep love for courageous heroes, dastardly villains, and enchanting worlds from the cartoon shows, books and graphic novels she read as a kid. Drawing inspiration from these fantastical works of fiction, she wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. Her passion lies in children’s fiction, reading and writing both MG and YA. She has a weakness for magic, anything classical, all kinds of mythology, and falls in love with tragic heroes.

Sylvia Ney


Sylvia Ney is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. She is currently serving as a Board Member of the Texas Gulf Coast Writers. She has published newspaper and magazine articles, photography, poetry, and short stories. She enjoys encouraging other writers. She began writing as a young child. In high school and college, she wrote and edited the school newspaper. She also published articles in her community newsletter and published her first poem in a national anthology by the time she was 18. Some of her most recent publications include regular contributions to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Southern Writer's magazine, Thrive magazine, Houston Family, and Southeast Texas Family magazine.

Robin Ashworth


Robin has participated in National Novel Writing Month since 2003, and has been a Louisiana Municipal Liaison since 2010. She also volunteers as mentor to first year MLs and as a Twitter word sprints leader. Needless to say, NaNoWriMo rules her life most of the year.

As one who dabbles in multiple genres, her home is primarily young adult fantasy and science fiction and her first YA novel is currently out for submission. 

She can be found primarily on Twitter @rrstambaugh, and on her website,

2018 Speaker Bio's

Debbie LeBeau


Debbie LeBeau is the Collection Development Librarian for the Calcasieu Parish Public System.  She is responsible for purchasing and managing the Library collection, the management of Collection Services staff and supporting library staff and the public in accessing the collection.  She evaluates, recommends, and implements new collection formats and collection management technology. She received her Master’s in Library Science from LSU