Bob Mayer

Author 

Bob Mayer is the grandfather of two future leaders of the Resistance Against the Machines, a NY Times Bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret and the feeder of two Yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over 70 books published and sold over 4 million, including the #1 series Time Patrol, The Green Berets, Area 51, and Atlantis. Born in the Bronx, having traveled the world (usually not tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife (who also collaborates with him), and labs. www.bobmayer.com

James Scott Bell

Author 

James Scott Bell is a bestselling and award-winning thriller author and writing teacher. His classic, Plot & Structure, has consistently been the #1 book on the fiction craft. Formerly the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine, Jim continues to live and write in his hometown, Los Angeles.

Lorena Hughes

Author

Lorena Hughes was born and raised in Ecuador until moving to the U.S. at 18. She has a degree in fine arts and mass communication & journalism from The University of New Mexico. Her previous work won first place at the 2011 Southwest Writers International Contest in the historical fiction category, earned an honorable mention at the 2012 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, and was a quarter-finalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakout Novel Award. The Sisters of Alameda Street is her first novel.

 

 

Laurie McLean

Co-Founder Fuse Literary 

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million dollar marketing agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. At Fuse Lit Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books. Laurie is also the co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, now in its fifteenth year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies: JoyrideBooks.com for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books (acquired by Short Fuse Publishing in 2015). Find out more at FuseLiterary.com and SFWriters.org, and on Twitter @FuseLiterary and @SFWC.

 

 

Robinne Lee

Actress, Writer and Producer

Robinne Lee is a Los Angeles-based actress, writer and producer. As a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, her past endeavors include working as an Editorial Assistant for ELLE Magazine, writing celebrity profiles for the now defunct youth culture magazine, TELL, and running a music management company. Robinne has numerous acting credits in both TV and film, notably opposite Will Smith in Hitch and Seven Pounds, Don Cheadle in Hotel for Dogs, and Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30. Robinne has served as a producer on various independent films and regularly speaks on panels regarding the roles of women and actors of color in the industry. Her first novel, The Idea of You, releases in June from St. Martin’s Press.