Established in 2016, Indie Author was initially celebrated in libraries in 46 states as well as in libraries in four Canadian provinces. The purpose of Indie Author Day is to celebrate the accomplishments of authors who choose to either self-publish or have their work published by independent publishing companies that are not part of the larger publishing establishment.
In addition to providing an opportunity to publicize and promote their own works, Indie Author Day offers an opportunity for the larger reading public to discover authors who they might not otherwise have the opportunity to become familiar with. The event also offers an opportunity for writers who are thinking about indie or self-publishing to network with authors who have already been through this process.
2019 marks the third consecutive year that the Springfield Free Public Library will be participating in this event. More information about Indie Author Day can be found at https://indieauthorday.com/
The 15 authors participating in Indie Author day represent both fiction and non-fiction writing. In alphabetical order, the roster of authors includes the following:
1.) Kristin Bapst is the author of The Magic Awakens, the first in her planned “Six of Salem” series. This paranormal romance fictionalizes events and people from the infamous Salem Witch Trials, following the story of Rayna, a young woman who has powers that she doesn’t understand.
2.) Jasmine Clark is an independent, self-published writer who has written three books. Her most recent work is Journey's End, the story of a girl who comes of age as she journeys to find her sister as war looms over the horizon.
3.) Mountainside resident Linda Condrillo has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her debut book, Period. The End: Wit, Wisdom, and Practical Guidance for Women in Menopause—and Beyond provides a “heads up for women who can no longer expect to be expecting,” and was recently awarded “finalist” in the 2019 International Book Awards.
4.) Springfield resident Denise DeVone is the author of two illustrated books: Ralph the Square Nose Rhino, an outrageously detailed counting book as told by a young rhinoceros. and The Night of the Monk Key Moon, an instrumental which the author describes as a surreal picture book about monkeys, music and smiles for all ages.
5.) Writer Vivian Fransen has published dozens of feature stories for New Jersey newspapers and magazines and now works as a self-employed writer, editor and proofreader. The Straight Spouse: A Memoir is a love story about a young woman who is married to a man who turns out to be gay and how this woman deals with the truth in unexpected ways.
6.) Harvard lawyer and poet Greer Gurland hopes to connect with other parents who share her journey raising children with special needs. Her first book, How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Law educates and empowers; Ms. Gurland’s second book, a collection of poetry entitled It Just So Happens... is nourishment for the soul.
7.) Springfield resident Leonard Herman became the “father of videogame history” in 1994 when he wrote the first-ever comprehensive history about videogames and has written about videogame history for such publications as Electronic Gaming Monthly and Game Informer. His groundbreaking 800+ page book, Phoenix IV: The History of the Videogame Industry is now in its fourth edition and available in both color hardcover and black & white softcover editions.
8.) Author Josephine E. Hernandez, a resident of Fanwood, wrote The Tails of Linda Place: Kurt and Nibby (published by Xlibris). It is a story that uses its furry characters to explain the aging process while emphasizing the importance of a caring community.
9.) Springfield resident Wendy Jones is the author of An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones, the story of her mother, who may have been the first black woman manager at a Fortune 500 company and who was also a community activist and culinary artist. Ms. Jones is also the owner of the independent publishing company Ida Bell Publishing, LLC,
10.) Lisa Kardos, PhD, writes about how everyone can use simple engineering principles to optimize their lives for success; her non-fiction books are based on her experience as an engineer and leader in the chemical industry, as well as her teaching experience at the university level. She also enjoys writing cozy mysteries under her pseudonym, Lizzie Benton, and is the founder of the indie author marketing website, Bookwerm.com.
11.) Author Ken Lefkowitz lives in central New Jersey; when it was time to teach his daughter Katie about pottymouth language, her purple hippo named Hippi was the perfect inspiration for Hippo Pottymouth.
12.) Author Elissa Merkl’s memoir, Traveling Beyond the Topic of Cancer: The Sisters’ Journey, spans the final two years of her sister’s battle against Hodgkins Disease and primary liver cancer, told primarily through the e-mails that were exchanged during that period. It is a journey of active lives in between doctors’ appointments, surgery, tests and chemo; a chronicle of lives lived to the fullest, even with the proverbial elephant in the room.
13.) Eric Nierstedt has been writing tales of urban fantasy since he was thirteen. His new novel Silent Pantheon continues that trend while bringing in elements of classic mythology.
14.) Anya Stassiy is the recently published author of her debut novel Eyes of Amber, a romance inspired by her own experiences in medicine as a Physician Assistant. Her second book is planned to be released in October of this year.
15.) Desiree Williams is the author of Designing Lives : Inspiring Our Children Today to Inspire Our World Tomorrow, based on her extensive experience mentoring at risk teens. She has been designated as a “Point of Light “by the organization founded by President George H.W. Bush in recognition of her volunteer service to her community.
Additional authors scheduled to participate include Shirley George Frazier and Ronald McCray.
This program is free and open to all members of the general public; light refreshments will be provided at no charge. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for sale during this event, just in time to make great holiday gifts.