Award-winning mystery-thriller author Gae-Lynn Woods has joined Independent Authors International, adding her skills as a writer and publisher to the group of prolific authors from around the world. "I'm excited to join the Independent Authors International team because of their professionalism in all aspects of our trade and craft," she says. "The work produced by iAi members is top notch across the board. It raises the game in the indie community and lifts the expectations of our readers. Woods has written three mystery novels set in east Texas, where she now makes her home. She has traveled to over 35 countries and worked in North and Central America, Asia, India, Europe, and Africa. Her books are the Cass Elliot Crime Series, which so far comprise The Devil of Light and Avengers of Blood. A companion novel, A Case of Sour Grapes, featuring Maxine Leverman, a character introduced in Avengers of Blood. A Case of Sour Grapes was a finalist in the 2015 East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Contest. "The perceived gap between the standard of independent and traditionally published authors is narrowing, and with the continued creation and marketing of quality work by indie authors, the gap will soon disappear. Given their commitment to excellence, iAi is an important platform for connecting readers with powerful new voices." The iAi’s goal is to help its members produce quality, professional works recognized by literary agents, publishers, booksellers, and readers. The group is a democratic, cooperative organization controlled by its members, who come from eight countries around the world.