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The Midlist Author: Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going
Mary Blayney, Diane Gaston, and Addison Fox

Presented by Mary Blayney, Diane Gaston, and Addison Fox

Five years ago, conversation between published authors was filled with talk about being in the midlist. Authors worked to move to the next level. Some made it to bestsellerdom, some gave up, and some stayed midlist. Where are those midlist authors now? Is there still a midlist? Or are midlist authors moving away from traditional publishing? Join us on Saturday, October 25th to learn from authors Mary Blayney, Diane Gaston, and Addison Fox to learn what exactly is a midlist author - How do you get there? How do you move beyond? – and to get the scoop on the current state of the romance industry.

Mary Blayney:
I have been writing both contemporary and regency romances since 1986, though my writing began in earnest at age fourteen when I drafted a script for my favorite TV show. While my attempt never made it to the small screen, I eventually pursued writing as a career, first with contemporary romances for Silhouette and later with historicals set in the Regency period.

Always interested in books about relationships, I chose romance when I began writing because it was one of the few literary forms that welcomed a happy ending. Times have changed and many romance writers have moved on to other genres taking the happy ending with them. As for my plans, I still have dozens of stories to tell in the historical romance genre and anticipate writing Regency-set stories for years to come.

Diane Gaston:
Diane Gaston is the award-winning author of Regency Historical Romance. When she was a little girl, she learned all the words to popular love songs. When she played, her dolls acted out tragic love affairs with the current TV or movie heartthrob. She thought everyone in the world made up romantic stories in their heads to get to sleep at night.

The third daughter of a U.S. army colonel, Diane moved often as a child, as far away as Japan one year. But mostly she lived in the Washington, D.C. area, where she now resides. The life of an “army brat” bred strong values of duty and honor and discipline, but it also meant many moves, many new houses, but also new friends. Until new friends could be made, reading books passed the time.

When not writing, Diane enjoys emailing with her friends and traveling to England for research. But no more moving. She’s lived in the same house for over 20 years now, shared with her husband and three very ordinary house cats.

Addison Fox:
Addison Fox can’t remember a time when words weren’t part of her life. An avid reader, her love of the written word started at the tender age of one with The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (a poem she could recite by heart to any family member who would listen.) Dr. Seuss, C.S. Lewis, Judy Blume and a host of others quickly followed until she discovered THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean M. Auel while writing a paper at the library in the seventh grade. Although not a classic romance, Ayla and Jondalar’s love story moved her firmly into the romance section and she hasn’t looked back!

Addison writes paranormal and contemporary romance for NAL, category-length romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and category-length contemporary romance for Entangled Indulgence.