Authors Roundtable Discussion: Do You Want To Become An Author?


A Conversation with Local Authors

Wendy Beck, Dani Pettrey, Vashelle Nino, Diane Wylie, and Denise Stout

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In this episode, Rich and cohostsDani Pettrey and Wendy Beck have a conversation with local authors Vashelle Nino, Diane Wylie, and Denise Stout.

Various authors employ distinct writing techniques, marketing tactics, and publishing methods. Our intention is to host a roundtable conversation to offer valuable tips and advice to aspiring and established authors. Similar roundtable discussions will be held with other authors, both established and aspiring.

Dani Pettrey, a Publishers Weekly and #1 Amazon bestselling author, has sold close to 800,000 copies of her novels. Her books offer a combination of thrilling suspense and satisfying romance, making them a hit with readers. Dani’s novels are praised for their fast pace, engaging characters, and captivating storylines. She conducts her research on crime and violence from her residence in Maryland.

Wendy Beck founded Rage Against Addiction in Maryland to help families affected by addiction. The organization provides recovery housing, funding initiatives, kids discussions, and care packages for new mothers in recovery. Wendy promotes addiction education and works with other advocacy groups to raise awareness and erase stigma. She received a Shining Light Award for her efforts and is also the author of a children’s book, Christmas Angel, in memory of her daughter who lost her battle with addiction on Christmas Day 2015.

Vashelle Nino is a Mexican-American former Army brat who has lived in nine U.S. states and abroad. Her diverse range of experiences has led to a strong interest in themes such as death, betrayal, motherhood, cultural identity, and the meaning of “home.” Her stories often incorporate supernatural, religious, or natural world motifs. Vashelle is The Cinnabar Moth Literary Collections Author in Residence for 2021 and has three fiction short stories. “Blessed Art Thou Among Women” published in Blood & Bone: An Anthology of Body Horror by Women, “The Black Tree” published in “A Cold Christmas and the Darkest of Winters”, and “‘The Warbler’s Song” is featured in “Autumn Noir: An Unsettling Reads Anthology”, a fall-themed horror anthology.

Diane Wylie, a romance author from Harford County, has received various accolades, including the Chanticleer Chatelaine Award. She possesses a deep affection for books that can evoke intense emotions, particularly those that offer an emotional roller coaster ride. Diane has authored several historical and fantasy/time travel romances, including her latest work, Sister, Soldier, Spy, which serves as the sequel to the popular Sisters in the Civil War.

Denise Stout is a Northern Delaware native and University of Delaware graduate with a paralegal certificate. After working in the banking industry, she pursued her passion for writing and has been published in “Then Comes Winter” anthology. Denise writes primarily in contemporary romance, as well as women’s and historical fiction. She has been featured in national commercials, Family Circle magazine, and VOX. Recently, she was chosen as one of the 40 OVER 40 campaign women by Brooke Shields for her Beginning is Now brand. Also, Denise is a regular contributor to The WiC Project lifestyle blog, covering a wide range of topics such as product reviews, food, subscription boxes, and movie reviews.

Thank you to Dani Pettrey, Wendy Beck, Vashelle Nino, Diane Wylie, and Denise Stout. Here are some links for each of them:


Dani Pettrey

Wendy Beck

Vashelle Nino

Diane Wylie

Denise Stout 

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