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MARIBEL GARCIA

I am a feminist (I’m hung up on that whole “equal rights for all” kind of thing), independent scholar and writer (yes, finally found my calling!). I completed my Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin and taught at California State San Marcos University in the department of Women’s Studies for five years before moving to Pennsylvania in 2007.

Since then, I have worked as a teacher, consulting anthropologist, started a dissertation writing blog (nerdy, but purposeful and rewarding), completed my first novel and started a second.

I am a writer. I write because I just can’t help it. I write, in the words of Anaïs Nin, “to taste life twice, in the moment & in retrospect.”

I am a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and I live in PA with my (incredibly supportive) husband and two amazing daughters.

I am most interested in reviewing works and interviewing authors of literary, mainstream, and upmarket women’s fiction with a focus on issues of diversity—race, class, gender, sexuality orientation and disability. maribel@bookclubbabble.com

 


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KELLY SARABYN

I have lived in the South, Midwest and Northeast, but I have been in the Philadelphia area since 2011. I sensibly (ha) decided to let my very expensive law degree gather dust so I could pursue my love of writing. (If you are interested in constitutional law, you can read some of my legal articles here.)

Currently, I am finishing a novel set in West Philadelphia, about a struggling young mother who loses custody of her children, and the older woman who takes the children in. It was inspired by my experience working at a women’s shelter.

Not only do I love writing and editing, I love reading. I mostly read literary fiction, nonfiction, thrillers, and crime fiction (plus countless books of varying quality to my four-year-old son) and I look forward to sharing recommendations here.

I am most interested in reviewing books and interviewing authors of literary, mainstream, and women’s fiction, and nonfiction. kelly@bookclubbabble.com

 


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AMY M. HAWES

There is nothing like traveling to another world without having to get up from your comfortable chair. That’s probably why I like reading and writing so much! As I think back, I’ve been doing both my whole life. As I child, I journaled, wrote poems, and created quite a number of works of questionable quality. Today, I write novels, blogs and the occasional poem.

As a senior writer for BCB I indulge my passion for reviewing and conducting author interviews on intelligently written books that are at once entertaining and thought provoking. As this type of novel can be found on any “shelf,” my tastes are eclectic and range from various genre fiction to plot-driven literary fiction, along with well-written romances, and enticing non-fiction. amy@bookclubbabble.com

 


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TABITHA LORD

I currently live in Rhode Island, a few towns away from where I grew up. I am married, have four great kids, a spoiled cat, and lovable black lab. The house is noisy and the dinner table full! I hold a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and for years I taught Latin at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School. I also worked in the admissions office there before turning my attention to full-time writing.

I’m thrilled to be collaborating with these fantastic gals on my favorite topic – books! (My dining room has recently been turned into a library to accommodate my obsessive love for the printed word.) On the writing side, my first novel, Horizon, was published December 2015, and my short story “Homecoming” will be available summer 2016 in the anthology titled Sirens. Please feel welcome to check out my author website and blog and follow me on twitter.

I love to read and review sci-fi, fantasy, military thrillers, horror, or an occasional historical fiction story with a touch of romance! Send me your genre fiction! tabitha@bookclubbabble.com

 

 


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KATE NEWTON

I’m an attorney and writer and I split my time between New York City and Florida. I’m currently seeking representation for my unpublished novel Those Dark Places, which won Second Place in the Royal Palm Literary Award contest. In October 2015, my story “Come to Papa” was published in the Florida Writers Association Collection anthology, followed by “Death Secret” in the 2016 edition. Another story, “What Lies at Our Feet,” appeared in the former literary webzine Running Out of Ink.

I get motivation from the great writers of today and yesterday and love to talk to people about books, reading, and writing. I am most interested in reviewing works and interviewing authors of psychological suspense fiction. kate@bookclubbabble.com

 


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MARY SULLIVAN

I’m a young adult writer and archaeologist. By day I teach anthropology at a local college, and by night I write about the adventures of adolescence. My work in archaeology has led me to many exotic places around the world, including Belize, Ecuador, Peru, Fiji and Hawaii, which probably explains why I enjoy reading and writing about different places and times. For anyone who hasn’t picked up a “YA” book since they were a teenager, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s refreshing to see (and remember!) the world through young eyes.

I’m interested in young adult fiction of any genre, though I prefer contemporary and historical. mary@bookclubbabble.com