Michelle Ladner

Born in Rapid City, SD, Michelle Ladner is the daughter of a Thai immigrant and was raised an Air Force brat. She graduated in 2009 Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors from the University of South Alabama, obtaining a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She was the fiction editor and editor in chief of Oracle Fine Arts Review in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and completed an honors thesis pertaining to subjects in African American literature.

Since then, she’s been fine tuning her craft in South Mississippi and enjoys the time at home with her husband and three spoiled cats. She’s currently working on Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romantic Suspense, and YA manuscripts as she navigates the adventure of seeking publication.

Check her out at www.michelleladner.com

Nine Questions with...Jodi Vaughn

I met Jodi Vaughn at a Romance of America Writers conference in Atlanta, Georgia last year. She was funny and down to earth, and I liked her immediately. When I found out about her book and our shared affinity for the paranormal, I knew we’d be fast friends. Here’s the gist of her paranormal romantic
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Michelle Ladner: The Social Netmare

I have this recurring night terror. In it I finally write the book. The best book I can write. I query it. There’s real interest. I’m about to get a publishing contract. The operative word being about. Right when I’m preparing to sign my name on that dotted line, my almost Agent-Editor Googles me on a
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Michelle Ladner- A Perspective on Writing Conferences

2013 was perhaps my most ambitious attempt at a writing conference circuit yet. Six conferences, three of those major, in six months—which included Olde City New Blood, Daddy’s Girls’ Weekend, World Horror and Horror Writer’s Associations international conference, International Thriller Writers’ Thrillerfest, and Romance Writers of America’s international conference. For a yet-to-be-published author not on
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The first hurdle of becoming a writer is to call yourself a writer. It’s much harder to do than it seems. Even now, having been out of college for nearly three years it’s my biggest struggle. There are all these hurdles all over the place in my mind, fencing me in. As soon as I
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I’ve heard a lot of advice about writing and the road to authordom. I listen to most, ignore a little, and manipulate the rest to suit my needs. But the truest and most helpful piece of advice I’ve ever heard was: surround yourself with the people you most want to be like. Seems like a
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