Following on the success of the Facebook group, Writers Unite! founder Karl Taylor and his fellow administrators felt it was time to expand the group’s mission. Dedicated to providing a safe haven for writers of all levels of expertise to interact with each other and share information about their craft, the Facebook group has grown to over 40,000 members.
In an effort to expand the services of Writers Unite!, we decided to take this step and create a blog to provide more than a haven, but an environment to instruct, share stories and promote writers.
Deborah Ratliff is a Southerner with saltwater in her veins and love of writing. A lifelong mystery fan, her first novel, Crescent City Lies will be published soon and a second novel, One of Those Days to follow. She has also written numerous articles on writing. Deborah serves as an administrator for the Facebook group, “Writer’s Unite!,” with 41,000 + members from around the world.
Since Adam Johnson was a child, he had an insatiable craving for a great story. Whether movies, comic books, TV, he was hooked on the story. An invitation to play Dungeons and Dragons led Adam to write a backstory of one of the characters, and the desire to write fantasy was born. When not writing high fantasy, Adam is restaurant management and a tattoo artist. He also serves as an administrator for the Facebook group, “Writer’s Unite!,” with 41,000 + members from around the world.
I’m a longtime romance writer who is single with no human kids but two furry ones (a dog and cat). I’m a former call-center jockey who has found a way to escape the phones and pay the bills in order to pursue writing as a potential career. In addition to romance novels, I’m also working on a couple of non-fiction projects and getting my blog back up and running soon. I’ve been writing since MTV showed videos all day and all night and have had a couple of things published other than my blog-ramblings.
I’m Karl Taylor, married father of two, a son and a daughter. I am 54 at the time I wrote this. I have had many different jobs during my life, primarily in different kinds of factories. I write mostly fantasy and mystery but my favorite is a mix of the two, a detective in a fantasy environment. I’ve written short stories in many other genres as well. I’ve never been published but I have sent out a few stories which were quickly rejected. I’m still at it though, because the dream of seeing my name on a book cover has never faded.
JESSICA V. FISETTE
Jessica Victoria Fisette is the author of The Soul Reaper series, Fragments, and The Aldurian Chronicles. Her hobbies include discovering the benefits of natural medicine, wine tasting, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. She likes to unwind by typing out a scene or two in her latest obsession or indulging in a good book. Having been passionate about writing since she was a little girl, she is constantly coming up with new ideas for future stories and creating unique, strongwilled—albeit flawed—characters to overcome the difficult obstacles she places before them. Having spent all her life in rural Southeast Texas, she appreciates the tranquility of country living and hopes to implement such a love for nature into her beautiful, ever-so-curious little girl.
Chris is a self-published author and creator of the Red Gambit series of alternate history books.
He was a member of the British Fire Service for 32 years, spending all but three months operational responding to emergencies on fire engines.
Chris retired in 2007, and then had to start working for a living.
He is presently a driver for the doctor’s night service in his home town of Swindon, UK.
He has a life long interest in military history in general, and World War II in particular, which pool of knowledge forms the basis for his Red Gambit series, the eighth and final book of which will arrive in 2017, and the Chancellor Chronicles, which will be revealed in 2018.
Chris has been a lifelong wargamer and possesses an extensive collection of model soldiers and vehicles, representing one of the largest collections in private hands in the UK.
In his years, he has also been a trombone player, singer, songwriter, magistrate, and modeller.
Somewhere in there, he found time to raise two girls, Victoria and Alexandra, of whom he is extremely proud.
Chris’ musical tastes are wide and varied, although he has a special place in his heart for film themes of all shape and sizes, the Carpenters, Supertramp, Queen, and the skirl of the pipes.
His all-time favourite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Red Storm Rising [Tom Clancy], HMS Ulysees [Alistair Maclean], the Iliad and the Odyssey [Homer], and the Killer Angels [Shaara].
The book he hates more than anything is the History of Mr Polly by H.G.Wells.
Paul Reeves, a longtime Detroit area author, radio talk show host, music educator, composer/arranger, and professional musician!
Paul has spent over 30 years as a professional educator, a career that has seen him establish the largest and most decorated Band program in the Midwest (353 students per day!), as well as being a teacher of Mathematics, English, and Spanish. While serving as a K-12 teacher, it was normal to see his classroom filled with over 100 students each day before school, during lunch, and after school!
During the administrative portion of his career, he was responsible for raising some standardized test scores by as much as 400%, while doubling and tripling most other test state scores; changing his school’s inherited grade of “F” to “A” in assessments; raising his school’s Report Card by two whole letter grades in two years; increasing enrollment by as much as 50%; serving as a statewide conference speaker on “Instructional Practices”; and leading an entire district to financial solvency, while improving curriculum, standardized test scores, technology, and instructional practices and always pursuing the students’ best interests.
However, as much as he enjoyed his career with students, his greatest joy came with his three blessings, a daughter and two sons. As you will read in his book, Dr. Paul Reeves spent as much time as possible with his kids; took them to their activities; encouraged them to be successful, while showing them the way; attended their events; and tried to always be the rock of the family on whom his kids could rely while establishing their own paths through life.
In addition to currently operating his school, Paul serves as a consultant to other schools, districts, teachers, administrators, and School Boards, mostly in the areas of instructional practices, curriculum, personnel, business practices, and staff development. And, of course, he works with multiple parent groups, so that they can also learn to raise their kids to be happy and healthy, while enjoying them to the fullest!
For years, since he was 16 years old, Paul has led his own band and has played in several others. From jazz, pop, classical, and rock styles, Paul has played it all equally well. While he is mostly known for his percussion talent, especially his work on the vibes and drums, Paul also plays the Piano, as well as the Strings, Bass, and Guitar Keyboards. In addition, on his CD’s, he further displays his virtuosity in music, as he wrote, arranged, played, recorded, and mixed all of the parts.
The final products are truly his own creations from beginning to end. Influenced heavily by the playing of jazz musicians Buddy Rich, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Count Basie, and Oscar Peterson, as well as the music of several classical composers, including Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and scores of others, Paul’s rare blend of musicianship, virtuosity, and the knack for playing the right notes at the right time, make his CD’s worth listening to over and over, as many of us have already done!