Featured Writers

writerOur Featured Writers page lists recent authors, their information, and links who have previously spoken at general assembly meetings of Tampa Writers Alliance, Inc.  As a non-profit, our speaking engagements are not compensated, so we sincerely appreciate the contributions of our guest authors and speakers.





Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a writer specializing in speculative fiction and an editor and writing coach. She is the associate editor of Havok, a flash fiction magazine. She has edited nonfiction and fiction novels for the general market and the Christian submarket and teaches at writers conferences.  Her editing credits include The Ghosts of Emily Gray by C. Keith Carpenter,Veiled Destiny by Shirin Humzani, and Winter by Keven Newsome. She is currently writing a book about editing. She belongs to the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network.

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Dan Walsh

Dan’s novels have received popular and critical acclaim, getting rave reviews from USA Today and magazines like Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and RT Book Reviews. His very first book, The Unfinished Gift, won two ACFW Carol Awards. It’s still in print 6 years later and has sold over 60,000 copies. It’s available in hardback, paperback, Ebook, audiobook, large-print and in several languages. His other books have won numerous awards and appeared on several national bestseller lists.          


Molli Nickel

Former publisher Molli Nickell has been in the publishing for 30+ years. She’s edited books, acquired manuscripts, authored books and articles, designed projects, presented keynotes, and led workshops for publishing giants including Time-Life, Better Homes & Gardens, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, The ABA (American Booksellers Association), and the SCBWI, (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Currently, as The Publishing Wizard at www.getpublishednow.biz, she evaluates and edits manuscripts, and teaches writers how to write submission materials: query letters, synopses, and first pages. Molli offers an ever-expanding resource for low-cost tutorials, created to help writers achieve their goals of: agent/contract/shelf space at Barnes and Noble. Check them out at MolliMart. 


Carol J. Post

Carol writes fun and fast-paced inspirational romantic suspense. Her book Out for Justice was nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Book award, and Mistletoe Justice was an RT Top Pick. When Carol isn’t writing, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors.  Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.

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Tina Yeager   tyeagerwrites.com

Wife, mom, and latte junkie, Tina enjoys helping clients optimize their lives through her online coaching business, Divine Encouragement, LLC. She writes non-fiction and speculative fiction from a Christian worldview. She is an inspirational speaker and former president of Tampa Word Weavers, she has won several awards, including FCWC’s 2013 Writer of the Year. You can go visit her for a virtual cup of java at divineencouragement.com and tyeagerwrites.com. 


Ivy Tobin   Society for Recovering Doormats

Author of My Life as a Doormat.  Ivy Tobin’s recently released novel has won rave reviews on Amazon . . . and her character maintains her own blog and Facebook pages! My Life as a Doormat follows the adventures of Rose Gardner. It’s 1980. Naïve and fresh out of college Rose moves to Manhattan against her parents’ wishes to pursue an acting career. Anxiety-ridden and insecure, Rose fights to maintain her sanity, while establishing herself as an actress and coping with bad relationships, unpredictable roommates, bad decisions, bad jobs, and bad friends.

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Venus Jones  www.venusjones.com

A former MTV correspondent, Venus opened for Def Poetry on Broadway, and was a slam finalist at the Austin International Poetry Festival. As an accomplished model and actress, Venus has worked on feature films and starred in countless commercials and print ads. Ms. Jones also has a popular app that promotes Kwanzaa internationally.

Venus is versatile, inspiring people of diverse ages, backgrounds and faiths. Her favorite quote is “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” She currently nurtures students while coordinating cultural events at Eckerd College.

John P. Chaplick

John Chaplick  engagingbookblogs.com

Currently an instructor in the field of forensic and investigative accounting, fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering, John is also a member of the Florida Writers Association. As a former business owner, auditor, and partner in a national CPA firm, John bases his novels on the lives of his clients . . . and an unusual lot they were.