1. Vicky Savage, author of the Transcender Trilogy.
I started chatting with Vicky on a regular basis, and low and behold, not only is she a great indie author, but she's also one of the nicest and most generous people I've ever met! Vicky used to be a lawyer, so it gives me hope that if one day, I want to step down from being a doctor and become a writer, I won't be alone!
We've done a ton of events together, and since then have forged a friendship that I'm forever grateful for. She inspires me in so many ways-- finishing this trilogy on her own dime, becoming a cancer survivor, the list goes on and on. I was lucky enough to serve as her editor in the final book of the Transcender series, and I know she'll only get better and better.
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2. Howard Shapiro, author of The Hockey Saint and Stereotypical Freaks.
My friendship with Howard started very simply with a nice email of his, offering to send me a copy of his graphical novel for review. I'm not a big graphical novel sort of person, but I feel very strongly about giving new things a try. Boy, I'm glad I did!
Since then, I've been working on several books coming out of Howard's new indie book company, Animal, Inc, which has been a terrific learning experience. I've learned a lot about writing memoirs, graphical novels, and seen The Hockey Saint slowly come through production, which has been amazing. In addition, Howard and I have developed a wonderful friendship, and he's been one of the rare people to read and love my first novel, which means so much to me.
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3. Ingrid Ricks, author of Hippie Boy: A Girl's Tale, now a NYT bestseller.
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4. Lindsey Loucks, author of The Grave Winner
I first met Lindsey at a Facebook party where she was promoting her book along with several other authors. She was the first author where I was very intrigued by her swag. She had a T-shirt, a gorgeous antique ring, among other things. I won the silver ring that night and loved it right away. I was immediately curious how this tied into her book. I asked her if she was interested in sending me a copy for review. She readily agreed, and I absolutely loved her book. It's this great combination of horror and paranormal fantasy. It's definitely become one of my top indie picks!
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5. Hannah Parry, author of Isabella Rockwell's War
Poor Hannah sent me this book for review 9 months prior to me actually getting to it. I wish I had picked it up much sooner! I don't read much middle grade, but I was so glad I did in this case! I loved that it harkened me back to books I loved when I grew up, including The Secret Garden and The Little Princess. I think this is a wonderful read for that age group and also enjoyable to adults. It helps that Hannah is one of the sweetest people ever!
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6. Alyssa Rose Ivy, author of many paranormal books
Talk about random meetings! Alyssa's husband is a friend of a friend, and I knew I needed to pick up one of her books! The first one I read was Beckoning Light, which I really enjoyed. I really recommend it! The sequel was even better. I still need to read the third, which I'm excited about. You never know where you are going to meet new people, new authors to root for, and I'm so glad that I met Alyssa!
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These are just a few authors that have really made an impact on me in the last year. I really hope that you support your indie authors and accept books for review! I know there's a lot of slush to get through, but once in a while, you get a gem, and it makes it all worth it!
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