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Author Spotlight: Stacia Seaman

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd now, our final author spotlight: another native Texan, Stacia Seaman.


Stacia Seaman received her MA from the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Washington DC. It was while she worked for a well-known think tank that she discovered her background in languages and linguistics would serve her well as an editor, and she’s been wielding a red pencil ever since. She’s taken on a range of projects, from academic monographs to cookbooks, from genre fiction to ESL textbooks.

BSB_Amor_&_MoreStacia has edited numerous award-winning titles, and with co-editor Radclyffe has won a Lambda Literary Award for Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments; an Independent Publishers Awards silver medal and a Golden Crown Literary Award for Erotic Interludes 4: Extreme Passions; an Independent Publishers Awards gold medal and a Golden Crown Literary award for Erotic Interludes 5: Road Games; the 2010 Rainbow Award of Excellence in the Short/Novella category for Romantic Interludes 2: Secrets, and a Golden Crown Literary Award for Women of the Dark Streets. Their most recent anthology is Amor and More: Love Everafter. She has short stories in several anthologies and also has essays in Visible: A Femmethology (Homofactus Press, 2009) and Second Person Queer (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009).


Author Spotlight: Therese Szymanski

nineWe’re very happy to welcome Therese (Reese) Szymanski to this year’s Festival!

Therese (Reese) Szymanski, a Detroit veteran who was referred to as “a local dyke hero,” started writing before she could read. Her current writing, occasionally mistaken for shorthand chicken scratches, still more than slightly resembles those early scribbles.

Szymanski, an award-winning playwright and author of nine novels (eight in the groundbreaking Motor City Thrillers series featuring Brett Higgins), four novellas, six plays (four produced to great acclaim) and dozens of published short stories, articles, columns, reviews and feature stories, is also an editor whose every fiction-editing turn has won or been shortlisted for an award while her own writing has been shortlisted for a bunch of Lammys, Goldies and a Spectrum, and her body of work also got her an Alice B. Readers Appreciation Award in 2008. You can find out more about Reese and her work at (or her VERY occasional Facebook posts). When she’s not writing, editing, designing, playing with her sword collection or committing other acts of mayhem, she enjoys traveling and visiting red pandas around the world.

Author Spotlight: C.J. Harte

CJHarteAuthor spotlight: C.J. Harte. 

C.J. Harte was born in the Brooklyn Naval Hospital in New York. The next sixteen years were spent living in a variety of Navy towns. During the many days of packing and unpacking and moving, she always had a book in her hand. By the time she was eleven she was writing short stories and poems. Fortunately, she had parents who thought anything their children did was wonderful. This was all the encouragement she needed to keep writing.

When her father retired from the military, the family settled in north Florida. C.J. graduated from high school in Jacksonville. She then received her bachelor’s in education from Florida State University, her master’s and doctorate from University of Florida. While in college, she wrote for the student newspaper, became involved in student politics and discovered a passion for justice.  After college she became involved in the civil rights movement in the South, passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and women’s issues, and GLBT causes. “At times, I felt like an accidental activist. Once I got involved, however, I didn’t want to stop until I saw the problem fixed. It’s 2014 and we’re still struggling.”

Time_Test_6The first time C.J. saw her words in a written publication she was in awe. “I was asked to write a story for the school newspaper. It was my first assignment and I was in a panic. I turned it in, sure that I would be told to rewrite. When it ended up being the lead story on the front page, I was hooked.” Writing became almost as much of a passion as being an activist. She has poetry and short stories published in Glass Faces, High Plains Register, Cheyenne Poetry and WomaNews.

“Rita Mae Brown once told a friend of mine that the secret to being a good writer is to read, read, read and write, write, write. I have at least two books I’m reading at the same time while I have at least one novel-length story and a couple of short stories I am working on.”

C.J. currently teaches doctoral students for University of Florida and enjoys spending time with friends, her two dogs, traveling and enjoying each day. She continues to be an activist while living in Wyoming. “When I first came out, there were very few positive images of GLBT people in movies or literature. Today, we have many more strong and powerful role models. We still need to be more inclusive. I hope my activism and my writing will help us get there.”

C.J. Harte is the author of Dreams of Bali, Magic of the Heart, First Love and, coming in October 2014, Making Time. She also is the author of “Crossing over, Jordan” and “Georgia on the Mind” in two anthologies. Her books are available at Bold Strokes Books.  “Each day is an adventure. I will either learn from it or use the adventure as fodder for a great story. OR both!”




Author Spotlight: Ali Vali

BSB-BattleOfForcesSeraToujoursAli Vali is back! Join us two weeks from tomorrow (Saturday, April 5) for the Sixth Annual Lone Star LesFic Festival!

Ali Vali is the author of The Devil series, which includes The Devil InsideThe Devil UnleashedDeal With the DevilThe Devil Be Damned, and The Devil’s Orchard. Her Forces series include Balance of Forces: Toujours Ici, and Battle of Forces: Sera Toujours. Her standalone novels are Carly’s SoundSecond SeasonBlue Skies, The Dragon Tree Legacy, the Lambda Literary Award Finalists Calling the Dead, and Love Match, and The Romance Vote, which will be released in 2104.

Ali is originally from Cuba, and now lives outside New Orleans with her partner of twenty-eight years. When she isn’t writing she works in the nonprofit sector. Ali is also one of the 2011Alice B. Readers Appreciation Award winners.

Author Spotlight: Stacy Reynolds

SoundofSilenceStacy Reynolds is back for the 2014 Lone Star LesFic Festival!

Stacy Reynolds has been a journalist, a disc jockey, and a stand-up comedian. She graduated from the university formerly known as Southwest Texas State with a degree in English and journalism.

The Sound of Silence is her second novel. It is the story of a dystopian society where the government is out to rid the world of its poor, sick and unacceptable.

Her first novel is a fantasy called The Daathar Chronicles. This novel is a collection of stories about the adventures of Daathar, a solider, her one and only true love, Lady Wanda; and an assortment of friends who come together to fight a common enemy.

Both books are available at

Stacy lives in Austin, Texas.

Author Spotlight: Barbara Ann Wright

BarbaraAnnWright, mdThe Lone Star LesFic Festival welcomes returning author Barbara Ann Wright!

Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not adding to her enormous book collection or ranting on her blog. Her short fiction has appeared twice in Crossed Genres Magazine and once made Tangent Online’s recommended reading list. Her first novel, The Pyramid Waltz, was one of’s Reviewer’s Choice books of 2012 and was a 2012 Foreword Review Book of the Year Award Finalist as well as a Golden Crown Award finalist. It won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy. She is a member of Broad Universe and the Outer Alliance and helped create Writer’s Ink in Houston. She is also a member of the Round Rock Writers Guild and the Austin Speed-Writing Challenge, both writing meet-ups in Austin.

Th Pyramid Waltz 300 DPI 1Visit her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Author Spotlight: Taylor James

Taylor JamesJoin us in welcoming Taylor James to her first Lone Star LesFic Festival!

Words and books have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It would be a nice summer day, and I’d be inside reading a book even as a kid. I can remember obsessively reading the back of the cereal box every morning at breakfast when I was in grade school. I’m sure Mother thought she was raising the weirdest kid ever. And let’s not forget how satisfying it was to hear my pen scribbling across the page. I worked on my penmanship, wanting it to be beautiful. I remember copying parts of my favorite books—wishing I had been the one to come up with those words.

In my early years I wanted nothing more than to hold a book in my hands and have the name of the author be mine. Life, though, tends to ignore whatever plans you make as a youngster. I kept writing anyway. Extra money went for paper and pens. I love the way a well-crafted pen has that perfect balance and weight. My friends would put their name on the list to be the one to read my stuff next. They said it was good. And my friends wouldn’t lie to me. Would they??? Nevertheless, I kept on writing.

I can’t help myself. This thing is an addiction. This writing thing. My only hope is that my addiction will produce something that will entertain you.

Thank you all for your support. It allows me to further indulge in my passion.

Visit Taylor James at her websiteFacebook, and Authorgraph.