PubCon Speakers & Panelists

Speakers and panelists scheduled to participate in PubCon 2020

Ajuan Mance

Ajuan Mance

Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American literature at Mills College and a lifelong artist and writer. Ajuan’s comics and zines include Gender Studies, the comic strip Check All that Apply, and others. She’s the creator of the 1001 Black Men portrait series, soon to be released as a book from Stacked Deck Press.

Ali Vali

Ali Vali

Ali Vali is the author of The Devil series, the Forces series, and the Call series. She’s written numerous standalones the newest being a novella in Still Not Over You, and the romance Face the Music. Ali currently lives outside New Orleans, where she enjoys cheering LSU and trying new restaurants.
Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding is the author of several novels for teens, including the bestselling We Used to Be Friends and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, the Boston Globe, Kirkus, Autostraddle, and more. She lives in Los Angeles.

Anne Shade

Anne Shade

Anne Shade is an incurable romantic who believes there is no limit to love. She is dedicated to writing romances that show women who love women in a beautiful and positive light. Her current release, Femme Tales, A Modern Fairytale Trilogy, is available now. Her upcoming projects include a historical romance, Masquerade, and an anthology with Bold Strokes Books, In Our Voices: Queer Stories from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Writers. She lives in West Orange, New Jersey and when she is not writing about love she reads fantasy novels and helps make couples wedding dreams a reality.

Ashley Bartlett

Ashley Bartlett

Award-winning author, Ashley Bartlett was born and raised in California. She is the author of the Dirty Trilogy and the Cash Braddock series. She writes and edits for Bold Strokes Books.

Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels when not ranting on her blog. Her work has made Tor.com’s Reviewer’s Choice Books, been a Foreword Review BOTYA Finalist, a Goldie finalist, and made Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels by Female Authors. She has won five Rainbow Awards and has been a Lambda Award finalist.

Bonnie Morris

Bonnie Morris

I am a women’s history professor, the author of 18 books, and the archivist for Olivia Records, the nation’s first lesbian recording company. My work documents the women’s music movement and women’s sports history. In 2017, I organized the first-ever timeline display of lesbian music albums at the Library of Congress.

Brey Willows

Brey Willows

Brey Willows is a longtime editor and writer. She lives in the middle of England with her wife and fellow author and spends entirely too much time exploring castles and ancient ruins while bemoaning the rain.

Carsen Taite

Carsen Taite

Carsen Taite’s goal as an author is to spin tales with plot lines as interesting as the cases she encountered in her career as a criminal defense lawyer. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels of romance and romantic intrigue, including the Luca Bennett Bounty Hunter series, the Lone Star Law series, and the Legal Affairs romances. Carsen has won seven Goldie awards and is the recipient of the Alice B. Readers Appreciation Medal for her body of work. Find out what’s she’s working on next at carsentaite.com.

Christine  Svendsen / Isabella

Christine Svendsen / Isabella

An author of award winning fiction, cigar enthusiast, and prankster. I write books, smoke cigars and sometimes I teach college, writing, and how to market and brand your books.

Dana Piccoli

Dana Piccoli

Dana Piccoli is an entertainment writer, pop culture critic and queer traveler. Dana has written for sites like The Mary Sue, The Decider, Curve, NBC, and was a longtime writer and Staff Editor of a formerly popular queer women’s pop culture website, until 2016. She’s the former Managing Editor of the Bella Media Channel, a vertical of Bella Books Publishing that focuses on queer entertainment and pop culture. Dana is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Queer Media Matters. When not writing, you can catch Dana moderating and hosting panels.

Dana was recently named one of The Advocate Magazine’s 2019 Champions of Pride. She was also one of Curve Magazine’s 2017 Pridelist for her work in LGBTQ media. 

Elle Spencer

Elle Spencer

Elle Spencer is the author of several best-selling lesbian romances, including Casting Lacey, a Goldie finalist. She is a hopeless romantic and firm believer in true love, although she knows the path to happily ever after is rarely an easy one—not for Elle and not for her characters.

When she’s not writing, Elle loves working on home improvement projects, hiking up tall mountains (not really, but it sounds cool), floating in the pool with a good book, and spending quality time with her pillow in a never-ending quest to prove that napping is the new working.

Elle grew up in Denver, and she and her wife now live in Southern California.

Erika Turner

Erika Turner

Erika Turner is a senior editor of original children’s and teen’s content at IDW. She loves unexpected concepts, surly middle grade protagonists, and YA fantasy that focuses on inner strength and human connection.

Fiona Riley

Fiona Riley

Fiona Riley is a contemporary lesbian romance writer that lives in Boston and probably talks too fast. She likes to write strong, sexy, independent, and confident female leads that have a silver tongue and Olympic-like levels of stamina. During a podcast this year, a reader referred to Fiona Riley as the “Queen of Steam” and she couldn’t think of a better compliment. When she’s not writing her brand of high heat romance, she’s probably bingeing on Youtube videos.

Franco Stevens

Franco Stevens

Franco Stevens founded the most successful lesbian magazine in the world, raising lesbian visibility in a way that connected the lesbian community, created the lesbian market for advertisers, helped the lesbian community accept femme-identifying lesbians, changed the way lesbians are seen by the mainstream, highlighted the transgender experience, brought attention to lesbian families, raised awareness of attacks on LGBT rights, and amplified the work of lesbian activists.

Georgia Beers

Georgia Beers

Born and raised in upstate New York, Georgia Beers is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to say that she’s shaped that personality quirk into an awesome career of writing lesbian romance novels. A lover of dogs, TV, good wine and sharp cheese, this is her second time at Clexacon. Her latest novel, Flavor of the Month, releases April 14.

Ileandra Young

Ileandra Young

Ileandra Young lives in the East Midlands of the UK and has far, far, far too many names. This name writes urban and traditional fantasies of varying length and occasionally dabbles in contemporary scriptwriting. When not writing, Ileandra can be found LARPing, crocheting, playing Minecraft and suffering crushing defeats at the hands of her twin sons while playing Smash Brothers.
Jane C. Esther

Jane C. Esther

Jane C. Esther is the author of The Universe Between Us, Uninvited, and the forthcoming Convergence, published by Bold Strokes Books. She was named by The Advocate as one of 2018’s Icons, Innovators and Disruptors and writes about love in the uncertain future. She lives with her wife and cats near Boston.

JB Marsden

JB Marsden

JB Marsden is retired from a professorship in health systems, which has given her a background for writing about a rural health clinic and ranch life. She has five novels and is writing her sixth. She enjoys historical settings, with two of the novels set in the 1800s.

JD Glass

JD Glass

JD Glass is an executive producer/writer (along with Kevin Fox) for the TV series Punk Like Me with OUT-TV, based on her Lambda Literary Award (Literature) and ALA (Stonewall) finalist novel Punk Like Me. Glass is a contributing editor, writer, and illustrator for GO Magazine, with articles published in The Advocate, Reverb, and After Ellen. Having written for several games, Glass is also the author Punk And Zen (Part 1 and Part 2), Lambda Literary Award and Ben Franklin Award finalist Red Light, American Goth, and a host of others (including Nocturnes, Glass Lions, and Drawn Together), as well as the author-artist of the comic All The Things We Said.

Jen Jenson

Jen Jenson

Jen lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her partner and a rescued pack of senior dogs.
Jen Rainin

Jen Rainin

Jen’s directorial debut, AHEAD OF THE CURVE, tells the story of Franco Stevens and the creation of Curve magazine. With her creative partner Rivkah Beth Medow, she runs the production company Frankly Speaking Films to produce media focused on authentic storytelling to address the deep need for representation of queer women’s and nonbinary people’s stories.

Julie Cannon

Julie Cannon

With the release of The Last First Kiss in 2020, Julie Cannon has authored twenty romance novels. five short stories and two novellas in her thirteen year writing career. She’s a two-time Lambda Literary Society finalist for Best Lesbian Romance and multi-year finalist and winner of Best lesbian Romance with the Golden Crown Literary Society. JulieCannon.com

Kayden Phoenix

Kayden Phoenix

Kayden Phoenix is the creator of the Latina superhero universe, A LA BRAVA. In this superhero universe, Latinas of different upbringings fight against female injustices. Each book with their origin story and social cause.

Kimberly Cooper Griffin

Kimberly Cooper Griffin

Kimberly Cooper Griffin, a Foreword Book of the Year award winner, lives in Denver with her wife and daughters where they enjoy the outdoors, the company of their two cats and two dogs, and hanging out with friends and family. Her romance novels explore the complexities of building relationships and finding balance when life has a tendency to get in the way.

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

Award winning author Kris Bryant writes contemporary lesbian romance for Bold Strokes Books. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys photography, reading, and binge-watching movies and shows including Wynonna Earp, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Killing Eve, and Star Wars. She is currently working on her twelfth novel, Scent, and her second Christmas novella.

Lea Santos

Lea Santos

Lea Santos/Lynda Sandoval is the author of five novels for Bold Strokes Books and about 19 additional titles for publishers such as HarperCollins, Avon Books, Harlequin/Silhouette, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, and more. She lives with her spouse in western New York and owns a cat spa and hotel, runs a couple of Etsy shops and a YouTube channel, and occasionally sleeps.
Melissa Brayden

Melissa Brayden

Melissa Brayden is the multi award winning author of sixteen published romance novels and enjoying the ride. She’s a dedicated storyteller, having studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon as well as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Though she now writes full time, much of it is spent on coffee, wine, donuts, and staring off into space. Kissing scenes remain her favorite.

McGee Matthews

McGee Matthews

McGee Mathews won the 2019 Lesfic Bard Awards for new author. Her latest book Keeping Secrets is a historical romance set in the civil war, available from Sapphire Publishing. She finds inspiration for her historical characters in her lifelong hobby of genealogy. In her more contemporary works, she is drawn to blue-collar gals with sass.

McGee and her wife of over 27 years raised three children on a farm in South Carolina.

Mel Guel

Mel Guel

Mel lives in LA with their partner and menagerie of dramatic pets. They can usually be found playing roller derby or face down in their phone writing gay shit. Every queer word they write is a petty ‘fuck you’ to everyone who told them gay doesn’t sell.

Missouri Vaun

Missouri Vaun

 Missouri Vaun is a two-time Golden Crown Literary Society award-winning lesbian romance writer published by Bold Strokes Books. Her latest novel, CHASING SUNSET, is a sexy rom-com road trip. She and her wife live in northern California.

 

Nell Stark

Nell Stark

Nell Stark is an award-winning author of lesbian romance, published by Bold Strokes Books. Her 2010 novel everafter (with Trinity Tam) won a Golden Crown Literary Award for paranormal romance. In 2013, The Princess Affair was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her most recent novel, The Princess Deception, came out in 2018.

 

Nicole Disney

Nicole Disney

Nicole is a lifelong storyteller who loves exploring the hidden corners of the human experience. She writes novels that dive into the emotional, the uncomfortable, and the unseen. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she is a collector of jobs and hobbies that inspire her writing. She has worked as a 911 operator, police dispatcher, and martial arts instructor.

Radclyffe

Radclyffe

Radclyffe is the multi-award winning author of over 60 lesbian romance novels and as many short stories. Her latest romance, Love on the Night Shift, is another of her popular medical romances featuring sexy, passionate women discovering love in the fast-paced world of the ER and first responders. She is also the founder and president of Bold Strokes Books Inc, one of the world’s largest independent queer publishers.

Robin Lowey

Robin Lowey

Robin Lowey is the author and designer of the award-winning book Game Changers – Lesbians You Should Know About and co-creator of the 12-part short film series Game Changers – Impacting LGBTQ Culture. She is the founder of Epochalips.com and has been Editor in Chief since 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Advocate, Lesbian.com, and Epochalips.com. Honored in Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love issue, Robin was a featured speaker at Talks at Google and the Michelle Meow Show on The CW Network. Robin’s work donating Game Changers 300 books to local schools was covered on CBS news during their Pride Special Report in June.

SallyAnne Monti

SallyAnne Monti

Sallyanne Monti is a award-winning author, editor, and storyteller.
She’s Producer, Partnerships and Book-to-Film, for Nicole Conn Films Global.

Her Memoir Light at the End of the Tunnel, a suspenseful, page-turning, true love story, for all people, won the 2019 Imadjinn Awards Nonfiction Book of the Year, and is under film consideration. Her new book, Poems and Provocations…Love’s Pain and Pleasures, packed with sexy, sultry truths, releases in 2021.

Sallyanne and her wife Mickey have four adult children and three grandchildren. They live in Sedona, AZ and Palm Springs, CA. Sallyanne enjoys composing music, playing guitar, and singing.

Sandy Lowe

Sandy Lowe

Sandy Lowe has a master’s degree in publishing from the University of Sydney, Australia, and is the senior editor at Bold Strokes Books. Party of Three is her first novel.

Sheri Lewis Wohl

Sheri Lewis Wohl

Vampires and witches and werewolves oh my! Such are the books written by Sheri Lewis Wohl.

Tara Avery

Tara Avery

Tara Madison Avery is the publisher of Stacked Deck Press an imprint devoted to comics and coloring books of LGBTQAIU+ interest. As a cartoonist she is known for the webcomics Dirtheads and Gooch as well as contributions to several anthologies. Avery also is a board member of Prism Comics, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing queer comics and fandom.

Tanai Walker

Tanai Walker

Author of Lesbian Spec-fic, Sci-Fi and Paranormal novels. Rise of the Gorgon and Sacred Fire.
Taylor Heckendorn

Taylor Heckendorn

Taylor has been working as a Caricaturist for the last 8 years. She has recently decided to go back to school to pursue a Certificate in Storyboarding and a degree in Studio Arts. She enjoys making Slice of Life comics, “Casual” Cosplay, and bad cover songs on her ukulele.

Terri Furuya

Terri Furuya

A native Californian, Terri Furuya lives in Los Angeles and works as a Business Applications Analyst. She has been published in two volumes of the Clexacon Anthology Series Fandom To Fantasy, published by Sapphire Books. An insatiable writer of fanfiction, Terri has written and posted over 700,000 words on Archive of Our Own for multiple fandoms in eighteen short months.

Virginia Black

Virginia Black

Virginia Black writes women-loving-women tales of romance and speculative fiction while sipping fine whiskey. She believes in gritty stories of lustful angst with happy endings. Her works include the contemporary romance novella Big City Blues, and the short story “Love Undaunted” in Volume 3 of the Fandom to Fantasy anthology.

Yolanda Wallace

Yolanda Wallace

Yolanda Wallace is not a professional writer, but she plays one in her spare time. Her love of travel and adventure has helped her pen numerous globe-spanning novels, including the Lambda Award-winning Month of Sundays and Tailor-Made. Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies including Romantic Interludes 2: Secrets and Women of the Dark Streets. She and her wife live in beautiful coastal Georgia, where they are parents to two children of the four-legged variety.