Indie Author Day


If you’re a writer – aspiring, bestselling, or anything in between – we hope you’ll join us for Indie Author Day on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

The day's events will include panel discussions on publishing, author resources, and elements of craft; a local author reading and book sale; and two workshops. For questions about the event, email Josh at


Local Author Book Sale
10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
3rd floor

The following authors will be present:  

Chuck Ambrose, Mariah Armes, Sherry Briscoe, Laurie Bower, Laurie Buchanan, Patrick E. Craig, Thom Garzone, Merri Halma, Kathy Hurley, Jei Jackson, Catherine Kyle, Becky Lyles, Natalie Perry, JK Purdy, Diane Raptosh, Isaiah Silkwood, Amy Stinnett 

Panel Discussion: Marketing your books to fans and fans-to-be
10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Marion Bingham Room (3rd floor)
Speakers: Glida Bothwell; Laurie Buchanan; Marc Rainer; Isaiah T. Silkwood — moderated by Merilee Marsh

Panel Discussion: Writers’ Forum
11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Marion Bingham Room (3rd floor)
Speakers: Patrick E. Craig; Jennifer Froelich; Natalie Perry; Christian Winn — moderated by Merilee Marsh

Workshop: Writing FLASH! with Diane Raptosh
1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Idaho Room (3rd floor)

Got five minutes? Great. You have everything you need to write a short work of fiction and be part of a rising literary genre called flash fiction, in which stories are told within roughly 100 to 1,000 words. The primary allure of this genre is that it can affect a reader in a shorter space. And it doesn’t take anywhere near as long to write as it does to finish a novel, or for that matter a 10-page story. In both its compression and its attention to language, flash is very much akin to poetry. Which is what your humble rectangle of words might turn into. Or perhaps even a tiny, finely realized essay. We will look at some works by master flash artists, noting how they use and distill many of the basic techniques of all the genres. And then we will get down to the very big business of writing small!

Workshop: 12-Step Writing Process with Margo Kelly
1:10 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Marion Bingham Room (3rd floor)

Taking a story from the beginning idea to final publication can be overwhelming, but when you break down the process into 12 manageable steps, success is attainable.

Panel Discussion: Building strong characters
2:30 p.m to 3:20 p.m.
Marion Bingham Room (3rd floor)
Speakers: Kathy Hurley; E. L. Skip Knox; Catherine Kyle; Ken McConnell — moderated by Merilee Marsh

Local Author Reading
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Marion Bingham Room (3rd floor)

The following authors are scheduled to read: 

Chuck Ambrose, Mariah Armes, Laurie Bower, Sherry Briscoe, Patrick E. Craig, Thom Garzone, Merri Halma, Catherine Kyle, Becky Lyles, Ken McConnell, Natalie Perry, Diane Raptosh, Matt Sharar, Isaiah Silkwood


Glida Bothwell

Glida started writing screenplays 10 years ago. She writes short stories and memoirs, and she's working on a historical novel about the Oregon Trail. She has a BA from Indiana University with majors in Psychology, Sociology, and Library Science, and an MA in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. Her work as reference librarian at Indianapolis Public Library, Niles Michigan, and Nampa Public Library created a passion for research; she researched a novel, Claws, by Ozzie Cheek, about the "Liger" incident in eastern Idaho. Also, reading the encyclopedia in her home as a child garnered her the nickname "Britannica." Her goal is to finish her novel before she's 90! She lives with her husband, two border collies, and lots of sagebrush on 10 acres in Eagle.


Laurie Buchanan

Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Laurie is a holistic health practitioner, transformational life coach, and author.

A cross between Dr. Dolittle, Nanny McPhee, and a Type-A Buddhist, she’s an active listener, observer of details, payer of attention, reader and writer of books, unabashed optimist, and kindness enthusiast.

Her first book, Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth has received six literary honors including the coveted Foreword INDIES Book of the Year (2016). Her next book, The Business of Being: Soul Purpose In and Out of the Workplace, hits the shelves in July 2018.


Patrick E. Craig

Amazon best-selling author Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to pursue his dream of writing novels. In 2011 he signed a three-book deal with Harvest House Publishers to publish his Apple Creek Dreams series. His current series is The Paradise Chronicles, and the first book in the series, The Amish Heiress, was published by P&J Publishing in August of 2015 and remained on the Amazon bestseller lists for seven months. The second book in the series, The Amish Princess, was released in December. Both books were recently purchased by Harlequin for their Walmart Amish promotional program. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in Idaho and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency. You can find Patrick online at, and his books are available for sale at


Jennifer Froelich

A graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State, Jennifer worked for many years as a freelance editor and writer before publishing her own work. Her debut novel, Dream of Me, was released in 2011, followed by A Place Between Breaths in 2014, which won an Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest's 23rd Annual Self Published Book competition. Jennifer's latest novel, Stealing Liberty, was released in summer of 2017 by Astraea Press (Clean Reads). She lives in Star, Idaho, with her husband, two teenage kids, and a rescue cat named Katniss.


Kathy Hurley

Kathy has been writing fantasy fiction since a very young age. She was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary contest in 2008, and since then has established her own small company, RavenSidhe Publishing. Further information on her published works and the occasional free story download can be found at


Margo Kelly

Margo is an award-winning writer and speaker. Her critically acclaimed debut, Who R U Really?, was published in 2014, and her second novel, Unlocked, was released in October 2016. Both titles are available through Simon & Schuster. School Library Journal has called Margo’s writings suspenseful, realistic, and dramatic. She enjoys writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give readers the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Visit her online at


E.L. Skip Knox

A writer and historian, Skip is the creator of the fantasy world called Altearth, a place where magic is real, monsters roam the land, and the Roman Empire never fell. He's published a novelette (Mad House, 2017, available on Amazon) and two short stories ("The Roadmaster" at Bewildering Stories, and "The Carrotfinger Man" at Aphelion). Skip is currently completing his first Altearth novel, Goblins at the Gates, and is one of the moderators of Mythic Scribes, a forum for writers of fantasy. With an M.A. in Medieval History and a PhD in Early Modern History, Skip has been published in a Festschrift, in "Asynchronous Learning Environments Magazine," and has four articles published by ABC-Clio. He has also presented several papers at Educom and at academic conferences.


Catherine Kyle

Catherine teaches literature at the College of Western Idaho and creative writing at The Cabin. She is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, forthcoming 2017), the poetry chapbooks Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015) and Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). She also writes the monthly creative nonfiction column "Save Point" for the online journal Cartridge Lit. Recently, she served as the writer-in-residence at the Library! at Bown Crossing, where she completed a project called Current: An Interactive Poetry Comic. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University, and her writing has received awards from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations. You can learn more about her at


Merilee Marsh 

Merilee is a professional writer and speaker who presents workshops and facilitates panels. She has presented marketing workshops to a variety of industries in the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, and Romania, and has written advertising scripts, brochure copy, trade publication articles, and short stories.

Merilee moved to Boise from upstate New York in 2009, and is currently on the advisory board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Idaho Writers Guild board.


Ken McConnell

Ken is a writer of sci-fi short stories, novellas, and novels. His latest book, Corvette, recently garnered a five-star review and won the Silver Medal Award for best Sci-Fi Novel from Readers’ Favorite. Ken works for HP and lives in east Boise with his wife and two sons.


Natalie Perry

Natalie is an author and advocate for LGBTQ families. She participates in blogging for LGBTQ Families Day, is active with COLAGE, and represents Idaho on the Western Region Advisory Council through Family Equality Council. She is the founder of Treasure Valley Queerspawn, a Boise-area group for teens and adults who have at least one LGBTQ parent or guardian. Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet is her first book.


Marc Rainer

Marc Rainer is the pen name for Charles ("Chuck") Ambrose, Jr. He is a graduate of the U. S. Air Force Academy, and is a former Air Force JAG Circuit Prosecutor and former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and in Kansas City, MO. In his more than 30 years of experience, he has tried hundreds of both military and federal (civilian) major cases, including prosecutions of homicide cases, federal conspiracy trials, and mafia and other organized crime prosecutions. He weaves scenes from his investigative and trial experiences into the plot lines of his novels, which have been hailed by those in the criminal justice fields for their realism. He has co-authored a manual on how to try murder cases, which was published by the American Bar Association's Criminal Law Section. He lives in a suburb of a major northwestern city with his wife, a retired Special Agent of the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations (OSI), and their three rescue mutts. His web page may be found at His Jeff Trask crime drama novels have sold almost 40,000 copies to date.


Diane Raptosh

Diane's fourth book of poetry, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press), was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award as well as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award in poetry. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as Boise Poet Laureate (2013) as well as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016), the highest literary honor in the state. An active poetry ambassador, she has given poetry workshops everywhere from riverbanks to maximum-security prisons. She teaches creative writing and runs the program in Criminal Justice/Prison Studies at The College of Idaho. Her new book of poems, Human Directional, was published by Etruscan Press in Fall 2016. Here you will find her TEDx Talk, “Poetry, Democracy, and the Hope of Sounds.” She lives in Boise with her family.


Isaiah T. Silkwood 

Isaiah is an honored brother and thankful son. He lives in Emmett, Idaho, with his miniature cow, a feisty chicken, and a dying obsession for Star Wars. He enjoys ballroom dancing, costuming, nerd hangouts, and acting. When not spending time with his family and friends he can be found working on his novels.

Isaiah is also an award-winning author, taking First Place in the 2014 North American Book Award's Young Adult category.


Christian Winn

Recently named as Idaho's Writer in Residence, Christian was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Palo Alto, California, and the Seattle area. For the last 20 years he has lived in Boise, Idaho, where he writes and teaches with The Cabin, and the College of Idaho. He is the co-founder and Creative Director of Storyfort, Campfire Stories, Couch Surfer Artists Series, and founder of the Writers Write fiction workshop series, which has been in operation since the summer of 2003. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and the Boise State University MFA program. His stories have appeared in "McSweeney's," "Ploughshares," "TriQuarterly," The Chicago Tribune's "Printers Row Journal," "Hayden's Ferry Review," "Gulf Coast," and elsewhere. His debut collection, Naked Me, is out from Dock Street Press, who will be publishing his second book, What's Wrong With You is What's Wrong With Me, out in October of 2017.


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