WOODBURY, NJ – A crazed group of local authors took patrons hostage a few weeks ago and forced them to participate in a discussion of the publishing industry. This article should have been written and posted a day or two afterward, but was delayed due to a combination of illness, loss of internet connections, other interruptions, and general procrastination and laziness. All the hostages were released unharmed, however the authors escaped capture.


In completely unrelated news, here are some pics from a recent author panel I took part in at a library!

Jordanna East, Brian Patrick McKinley, Jane Mayer, Kristin Battestella, and Terri Brisbin

Jordanna East, Brian Patrick McKinley, Jane Mayer, Kristin Battestella, and Terri Brisbin


There are lots of reasons for authors to participate in these kinds of panels, but probably the most obvious is exposure. People who enjoy reading tend to come to these kind of panels, along with aspiring authors, and both are people who want to learn about your books! As a bonus, you get to listen to your fellow authors answer questions and discuss their experiences. It’s amazing what you can learn while sitting up at the important table and looking like a big-shot celebrity. Also, there are cookies sometimes. Free cookies.



In other words, if you get a chance to be involved in a panel discussion, do it. I got my chance through an awesome group called the New Jersey Authors Network (http://www.njauthorsnetwork.com). NJAN is a free, cooperative network of local authors that works together to set up readings, panel discussions, and other events at libraries, writing groups, and other social organizations. I highly recommend you find out if your state has something similar and, if not, consider starting one!


Pictured: Big shot celebrity

Pictured: Big shot celebrity












Here are some of the other fabulous authors that spoke at the panel:


Award-winning, USA Today best-selling author Terri Brisbin is a mom, a wife and a dental hygienist and has sold more than 1.8 million copies of her historical and paranormal romance novels and novellas in more than 25 countries and 20 languages around the world. Her current and upcoming romances will be published by Harlequin Historicals and New American Library (NAL) through 2016. Terri’s also re-released her earlier works, too. Visit www.terribrisbin.com for more info about Terri, her works and upcoming events.















The lovely and omnipresent Kristin Battestella was our host. A fellow vampire author, she writes a series called The Vampire Family and has more websites, blogs, and groups than I can list here! Give her sites a look, you’re sure to find something interesting.




Jordanna East readily confesses that she started writing a novel one day when she was broke and unemployed. Her cable had been turned off. SHE WAS BORED. Longing to use her minors in Psychology and Criminology, she ventured outside the box; she plopped down on her bed and started writing…and she hasn’t stopped. Though, now she has cable and pens her Psychological Thrillers at an actual desk. Jordanna is a member of the New Jersey Authors Network and the South Jersey Writers Group. As you may have guessed, she currently lives in South Jersey, with her husband and their two cats, both named after food.





Jane Mayer self-published a beautiful and heart-warming book of her grandmother’s photos complete with stories and anecdotes for each. A highly personal book, but a wonderful story: http://www.amazon.com/Grandmother-Mayer-Jane/dp/1494242419/

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And, of course, there were a couple of copies of a rare vampire novel that just went officially out of print:




I’ll be doing another one of these panels on Tuesday 6/17/14 in Sewell, NJ at another library and shall report back again!


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  1. kbattz says:

    Reblogged this on The South Jersey Women Authors Group and commented:
    Visit our fellow author friend Brian McKinley’s site for this special write up on our latest New Jersey Authors Network Panel also featuring Jordanna East, Jane Mayer, Kristin Battestella, and Terri Brisbin.

    Liked by 1 person

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