LitChat is a team of writers with a mission to share excellent literature through social media and traditional online communications. Founded in January, 2009 by Carolyn Burns Bass, LitChat has reached readers around the globe through its weekly #litchat conversations held through Twitter. In January 2014, LitChat branched into author blogs and a wider selection of book reviews. Meet the LitChat team below.
Carolyn Burns Bass, founder and editor-in-chief
With a sword swallower for a father and a repentant fundamentalist for a mother, is it any wonder Carolyn became a writer? A hybrid of creative expression, Carolyn has completed two novels for which she is currently seeking representation. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of online literary journals. Her short story, "Sketches Past and Present," was featured in the anthology Best New Writing 2013. Her nonfiction and/or photography have appeared in print and online media such as Prevue, California Meetings + Events, Incentive, Greer’s OC, Examiner.com, Riverside Press-Enterprise, CCM, and her personal blog, Ovations. Carolyn founded LitChat in 2009 and continues to moderate the scheduled Twitter sessions and edit the LitChat website. Follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolyBurnsBass.
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Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of more than 30 books for adults, teens and children. Her most recent release is the paperback edition of The Twin’s Daughter, a Victorian suspense novel appropriate for both teens and adults. You can read more about her work at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com or follow her on Twitter @LaurenBaratzL.
Having always dabbled in writing since leaving school, Ian Barker spent around 20 years working in IT before making the discovery that writing about computers was easier than fixing them. He is a former editor of PC Utilities magazine and now works as a freelance technology writer based in Greater Manchester, UK. His first literary efforts were contributions to radio shows and he now has two published novels and a number of non-fiction eBooks. You can find out more about his work at www.iandavidbarker.co.uk or follow him on Twitter at @IanDBarker.
Pablo Cartaya is an author of books, Knight Literary Programs Manager at The Betsy-South Beach and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is a lover of books, family, food, and random quotes. He calls Miami home. Follow Pablo on Twitter at @phcartaya. About The Betsy-South Beach and The Writer’s Room: The Betsy-South Beach is an award-winning 61-room boutique hotel that expansively embraces community through a program called PACE (philanthropy, arts, culture and education). The Betsy-South Beach is a 2012 Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grand recipient for its cornerstone program, The Writer’s Room (betsywritersroom.com), and is also the host hotel for LitChat’s bi-annual global retreat. The Betsy is located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida. 305-531-6100.
Born in Worcestershire, England, Patricia Mashiter Cooper was five when war broke out. One year later, just after her sixth birthday, she was shipped off to an evacuation boarding school, where she remained until VE day – 1945. Graduating from college in 1953, Patricia couldn’t wait to shake off the restrictions of academe and explore the world she had hitherto only read and dreamed about. In 1968, Patricia, her husband and their children, emigrated to Ontario, Canada–where she worked as a business writer and editor–and where she still lives. She continues to travel as much as possible, and enjoys writing historical/time travel romances. She is the author of Dear Cedric, a novel based on her experienced at the evacuation boarding school during WWII. Follow Patricia Mashiter Cooper on Twitter at @Pendare.
Linda Lindsey Davis grew up in rural Texas where a high spot was when Miss Ruth made her monthly rounds driving the Bookmobile. Linda always checked out the maximum number (9) of books so she could read for a whole month. She read whatever Miss Ruth brought: mysteries, science fiction, biographies, and the occasional textbook. Beginning college as an English major, she was smitten by the life sciences after taking a philosophy of science course. She subsequently changed her major and ultimately earned a PhD in Nursing and Health Services research. Retiring after a long career in academia, where she wrote her own and read other authors' life sciences papers, Linda is back to exploring how people use literature to express their ideas, feelings and experiences.
Lynne Griffin is a nationally recognized expert on relationships and family life. She is the author of the novels, Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster, 2010) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press, 2009), and the nonfiction guide Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment (Penguin, 2007). Lynne teaches family studies and leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Wheelock College in Boston. She recently completed a second year as visiting scholar of education in Singapore. Lynne teaches fiction writing at Grub Street Writers in Boston, and co-created an innovative, intensive program for soon-to-be-published writers called Launch Lab.
Christian Kueng is the author of Three Genie Brothers, a middle grade urban fantasy. He has an undergraduate degree in fine arts from the California State University at Fullerton, a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University, and a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne. In addition, he is a graduate from the Institute of Children’s Literature. He has been a public school educator for 32 years, teaching elementary-school children and serving as a public school administrator (principal, director of curriculum, and assistant superintendent). He now works part-time at Brandman University as an adjunct professor and doctoral student adviser. Learn more about him at www.thechrisconnection.com. Follow Chris on Twitter at @Christian Kueng1.
Kim Miner Litton is a Youth Services Specialist at the St. Louis County Library. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College and is currently working towards her Masters in Library and Information Science. Kim enjoys reading and writing fiction across all genres. Her musings on all things bookish can be found at http://mild-manneredlibrarian.blogspot.com/ and @LibrarianMarian on Twitter.
Robyn Hugo McIntyre is a slightly published author of noir fantasy and a fiction short-story writer. Though she started writing in high school, most of her published works are nonfiction technical papers and how-tos. Now with the ability to devote herself to fiction, she's working on living the dream. On Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, you can find her roaming the halls of Twitter, headed for #LitChat. Follow Robyn McIntyre on Twitter at @RobynMcIntyre.
Dana Sachs is the author of two novels, If You Lived Here and The Secret of the Nightingale Palace, as well as two works of nonfiction,The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam and The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam. Her translations of Vietnamese fiction have been published widely. Her articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in many publications, including National Geographic, Travel and Leisure Family, and The International Herald Tribune. In 2006, she served as a Fulbright Scholar in Hanoi. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Jason Skipper’s novel Hustle was selected as a Favorite Book of 2011 by LitChat and as a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in numerous publications, with awards and recognition from Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, and Crab Orchard Review. He teaches creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University and lives in Tacoma, Washington. Follow Jason on Twitter at @JsnSkppr.
Brian Sweany has worked for audiobook publisher Recorded Books since 1999, first as a library sales rep and then as Director of Acquisitions. His 2013 debut novel, Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer, was hailed by Hunter S. Thompson biographer William McKeen as, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Leave It to Beaver.” New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe calls his new novel, Making Out with Blowfish, “A five-star treat from a five-star author… a fast paced, easy to read story with characters that practically leap off the pages…flawless.” Brian lives in Fishers, Indiana with his wife, three children and two rescue dogs.
Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com) is an award-winning poet, writer, novelist, author, essayist, columnist, and educator. She is the author of five chapbooks of poetry, two collaborative collections of poetry, a novel, and a nonfiction book. She also has two upcoming book-length collections of poetry in 2014. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and online publications across seven countries in three continents. Sweta has won three Pushcart Prize nominations, Queens Council on the Arts Grant BYOB Program for Writers, an International Poetry Award, Best of the Net Nomination, Nomination for Asian American Members’ Choice Awards 2011, and writing fellowships. She was short-listed for the Independent Literary Awards and Unisun Poetry Prize. A graduate of Columbia University, she lives in New York City with her husband and teaches creative writing across the globe & gives talks on gender studies. You can follow her on Twitter at @swetavikram or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta).
Mary Vensel White was born in Los Angeles and raised in Lancaster, California. She graduated from the University of Denver and lived for five years in Chicago, where she completed an MA in English at DePaul University. She lives in southern California with her husband, four children and two badly trained dogs in a chaotic but happy home. The Qualities of Wood is her first novel. Follow Mary on Twitter at @mvw888.