Member Bios

Grand Rapids Region Writers Group is comprised of published and not-yet-published writers. Feel free to browse our bios and websites and explore the diverse interests of our writers.

Simone Anderson currently lives in West Michigan with her family and four cats. She has lived in and traveled to dozens of states and countries, including four years in Japan. She has been writing all of her life, seriously only after returning to Michigan. A lifelong learner, she still takes classes in a variety of subjects and has an ever expanding list of hobbies. When not writing, she can be found sewing, quilting, reading, cooking, baking, doing photography, cross-stitching, beading, scrap-booking, and chaperoning marching band teenagers. Simone's latest release is Promises.

Elle Clouse has been writing fantasy and science fiction romance for years and is an avid participant in the NaNoWriMo. She is happily married to a martial arts instructor, a mother of two small boys, and is constantly talking her husband out of adopting a new pet. She knits and stamps in her spare time, as well as feeds a latte addiction. Her latest release is Stealing the Wolf Prince, book one of the Wylderland Chronicles.

Jessica De La Rosa *holds up cardboard sign* Will write for entertainment and food

Andrea Dickinson has been a romantic from an early age, devouring the historical young adult romances from Scholastic's Sunfire line before moving on to favorites by Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux, and Rosamunde Pilcher. Currently, she resides in Michigan with her three sons. By reading and writing romance, she attempts to strike a balance between the masculine and feminine energy in her house, but she fears the boys are winning. Andrea is the author of the sexy contemporary romance Baltimore Heat.

Lynn Doezema is a writer (AKA procrastinator), a psychologist, and a wife. She has a passion for nature, and recently developed adoration for anything vintage. She thrives off historical fiction and Jane Austen-like film, stories, and theater. She's a health nut in the making and hopes to some day attend a yoga retreat. She is open to writing anything creative. She says, "Life is often hectic, insane, and irritating. When did we get so busy?! I do what I can to slow the pace, observe, and share what I see. I must, or I will be neglecting who I am."

W.S. Gager has lived in Michigan for most of her life, except when she was interviewing race car drivers or professional woman's golfers. She enjoyed the fast past life of a newspaper reporter until deciding to settle down and realizing babies didn't adapt well to running down story details on deadline. Since then she has been honing her skills on other forms of writing before deciding to do what she always wanted with her life and that was to write mystery novels. Her main character is Mitch Malone who is an edgy crime-beat reporter always on the hunt for the next Pulitzer and won't let anyone stop him, supposedly. The first book in the series is A Case of Infatuation.

Electra Gajdos is from Winnemucca, Nevada, and currently lives in West Michigan. She is a wife and the mother of two beautiful genius children. (Maybe not true geniuses, but a mother is always partial to her kids.) She won't bore you with her childhood love of all things sci-fi and the game of chess. But she will let you know she once called the police to save a man from jumping off a three-story building. What she didn't know was the man was a mannequin and part of an advertisement. No lie! Thankfully, it gave the police officer a good laugh for the night. This is just one of her many good deeds gone wonky, and she looks forward to sharing more of them with you.

Suzanne Graham has always been an avid reader and diary writer. After inheriting boxes of romance books from her aunt, she decided to try putting her own stories on paper and discovered she enjoyed matching her heroines with their one perfect hero or two or three. Suzanne is the proud mother of three boys. In her spare time, you can usually find Suzanne on the living room couch reading romances to escape from the overwhelming testosterone in her house. Her latest release is the Texas novella, Tough as Brass.

After nearly ten years as a forensic anthropologist, Tess Grant semi-retired to a farmette in the backwoods of Michigan to raise organic veggies, free-range children, and novels. She has a supportive hubby, two sweet kids, and a number of neurotic critters. She has worked in places ranging from a decomposition research facility to a medical examiner’s office to a U.S. government lab. She writes YA suspense as well as adult thrillers. Her publishing credits also include the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, SCBWI,  and the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group. She is the author of The Kitty Irish Trilogy, which begins with Trajectories.

Bronwyn Green is an author, blogger and compulsive crafter. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two children and three somewhat psychotic cats. When not frantically writing, she can be found helping in her youngest son’s classroom or binge-watching Netflix while working on her latest craft project. Her current release is The Professor's Student.

JC Hanks is a computer geek by trade and a writer by insanity...or so she assumes. She is married to one of THE best men on the planet, her rock, her soul mate, her life. She has several characters, all demanding books, but the first will be the dearest to her heart. Check out her works in progress.

Temple Hogan grew up in Tennessee and was considered a child protege in dance until she fell off a horse and broke her leg. She took up painting in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, married an engineer and has four children. She is the author of more than twenty books, which includes her current release The Bastard Lord.

Patricia Kiyono is a retired elementary teacher, a wife, mom, and grandma. But she's not quite ready for shuffleboard and canasta - there's too much to see and do! She spends a lot of time sewing, crocheting, and scrapbooking. Her first book, The Legacy, was published by Astraea Press in July, 2011. Since then she's kept busy writing books for Clean Reads and Eskape Press, short stories for anthologies, and had stories appear in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her most recent release is a regency novella called Two Tutor Doves.

An image posted by the author.Lori Lapekes says she'll always be a country girl at heart. "Growing up on a small farm in Wayland, Michigan was a surreal experience; our excitement consisted of such things as riding a bow-legged cow named Raisin, sitting in the crow's nest of a magic apple tree and reading comic books, or building leaf forts and Koolaid-Machines. Yet I still found time to write goofy plays that my sisters and neighbors would act out beneath the boughs of the huge maple trees rimming the yard of our humble farm house. That's when the writing bug really started, and continues to this day. Our magic apple tree (sniff) is long gone, but stories fill my head nonetheless. My hope is that the peculiarities of my life have lead to an originality in my stories that people will connect with and love." Her releases include The Cinnamon Girl, a sequel to The Gingerbread Boy.

Kathryn Moore is a business operations manager who lives in Rockford, Michigan, with her husband, two children, and a little Yorkie named Bear. A prolific reader, she’s always enjoyed the escape of a really good book and three years ago decided to try her hand at writing. Her stories are contemporary character-driven tales of normal everyday people and the challenges we all face in real life: love, friendship, parenthood, morality, mortality, compassion and faith. Inspired by great contemporary novelists Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Francine Rivers, K.S. Moore’s stories will both move you to tears and set your heartstrings shimmering with delight. Her first book, Angel Beneath My Wheels, is scheduled for release early next year (2016). If you'd like to be notified when it comes out and receive her monthly blog called Touches, join her mailing list here.

K.D. Norris is a professional writer, freelance if need be. He is a 1989 graduate of Humboldt State University and has worked as a technical writer, a journalist and editor, in marketing and public relations, as a sports information specialist, as a grant writer, and in the new millennium, providing content for website, blogs, and social media platforms. He is, has been since his teens, and will always be, a creative writer; his latest project is a novel about an aimless American writer finding his future in Ireland.

Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading. Her current release is Starlight, book three in The Starlight Chronicles series.

Libby Sinclair is a fictionist and has been writing for the last ten years. Inspired by Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Voltron, and Mass Effect, Libby mixes lots of action, a little science, and plenty of hot, steamy love to bring you one of a kind science fiction romance. She is happily married, and although her husband doesn't understand her fiction habit, he accepts it.

Barbara Strack is a retired teacher/librarian. She's married to Tom and is the mother of three and the grandmother of two. She enjoys cooking, sewing, and knitting, and works at bicycling, yoga, and walking for exercise. She started a children's book ten years ago and is now trying to finish it. 

David Stricklen's twenty-two years as the Chief of Police for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gave him a sense of adventure and problem-solving skills that he’s used to give his writing authenticity, blade-sharp action, and believability. Having two grown sons, with whom he has greatly enjoyed a myriad of escapades, has also added flavor and color to his stories. He is the author of the The Blackwater Pond series, beginning with Beneath and Beyond.

Born and raised in West Mitten, USA (Grand Rapids, MI), Eric B. Thomasma still lives in the area in a house he built (literally) with the help of his wife, Therese, and their two sons, Eric Jr. and Nicholas (and various other friends and relatives). Now that his boys are grown and gone, he and Therese have managed to get past the empty nest syndrome and currently only share their home with their dog Tucker. In addition to science fiction, he writes children's books, including Everyday Wonders.

Jenny Trout is an author, blogger, and funny person. Writing as Jennifer Armintrout she made the USA Today bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online. Jenny writes award-winning erotic romance (as Abigail Barnette), including the internationally bestselling The Boss series, as well as young adult and new adult novels. As a blogger, Jenny’s work has appeared on The Huffington Post, and has been featured on television and radio, including HuffPost Live, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, and National Public Radio’s Here & Now. She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to kill her. Her newest release is First Time: Ian's Story.