Four bestselling authors have joined Independent Authors International:
- Emily Kimelman, author of the bestselling Sydney Rye series and the Kiss serial
- Bob Nailor, author of contemporary literature, as well as science-fiction, fantasy and non-fiction
- Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime series and other island literature, and
- Kathleen Valentine, author of the bestselling Beacon Hill Chronicles, Halcyon Beach Chronicles and Marienstadt series.
All four are full iAi members as of September 1.
Emily Kimelman was born in Philadelphia, has lived in Texas and Moscow, and has travelled the world. Her own dog became the inspiration for Blue, the fictional companion of the title character of Emily’s bestselling Sydney Rye novels.
The eighth of the Sydney Rye series of action/mystery novels, The Girl with the Gun, will be published this fall.
Seven other authors have also published novellas based on Emily’s characters and situations in the Sydney Rye Kindle world.
Emily has also been publishing an episodic urban fantasy serial, called Kiss. The first “season” features six episodes, with more planned.
Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii and after living for periods in other places, has since settled on Maui. Islands figure prominently in Toby’s writing — most of her books are set on the Hawaiian or Caribbean islands. A mental health therapist, Toby created the character of police detective Lei Texeira, protagonist of a series of Lei Crime novels that now numbers 12 volumes. The latest, Bitter Feast, was published in May 2016. The Lei Crime Kindle World, in which other authors write and publish works featuring characters, settings and situations from the original Lei Crime novels, now numbers over 40 different titles.
In addition to the Lei Crime series, Toby has also written five Lei Crime companion novels, featuring characters from the Lei Crime series, four romantic fiction novels in the “Somewhere” series, a young adult novel called Island Fire, and a non-fiction mini-book, Building an Author Platform that Can Launch Anything.
Bob Nailor is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and federal government. His writing spans genres from science fiction to horror. He has also written two guides for writers: Cracked! The Writing Mystique Secrets De-Mystified and 52 Weeks of Writing Tips, compiled from his blog.
His latest fiction is a step into contemporary literature. The Secret Voice tells the story of an Amish boy in 1961 who leaves his community for New York City.
Kathleen Valentine grew up in the Allegheny mountains and now lives in the seaport of Gloucester, Massachussetts. Her novels weave the legends and stories told in kitchens and on front porches by the people she has listened to all her life.
In addition to mysteries like The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic, the ghost stories of the Halcyon Beach Chronicles, and contemporary literature in the Marienstadt series of stories and novels, Kathleen has published a series of instructional booklets on knitting, as well as a combination cookbook and memoir, Fry Bacon, Add Onions. She is also one of the co-authors of Cooking with our Characters: Fifteen Recipes from Characters in Our Books.
Independent Authors International now has 21 members from six different countries. Its goal is to help readers find excellent books, by collaboratively publishing high quality books. For more information about Independent Authors International or to schedule an interview with one of its members, please contact Scott Bury by email at scott.bury@iAuthorsi.org.