John Layne - Western Fiction
John is a long-time veteran of law enforcement, beginning his police career with the Houston Texas Police Department in 1981. He is currently a senior detective for a state-wide law enforcement agency in North Texas.
His writing career began in the sports industry, where he wrote articles for national magazines and online publications. He held the position of sports editor for two years, where he wrote about professional, collegiate, and amateur athletics.
He grew up watching western movies and reading stories of the Old West. His theatrical influences included actors John Wayne, James Stewart, and Clint Eastwood as well as directors John Ford and Howard Hawks. He drew literary inspiration from Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, and C. J. Box. His passion for history and the classic western genre moved him to write short stories on the Old West and his first novel, a classic western set in 1877 Texas.
John is an avid sports fan, horse enthusiast, and loves all things Texas.
He is a member of Western Writers of America, Western Fictioneers, and the American Paint Horse Association.
Lucy J. Madison - LGBTQ+ Fiction/Poetry
Lucy J. Madison is a novelist, screenwriter, and poet who strives to tell unique stories about women, for women.
She writes contemporary lesbian romance novels, poetry, articles, and short stories. Her books include Personal Foul, In the Direction of the Sun, and A Recipe for Love. The Lesbian Review named Personal Foul as one of the top 10 Lesbian Sports Romances. In the Direction of the Sun was named an Award Finalist in the Fiction: LGBTQ category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.
The One: Stories of Falling in Love Forever, A Heart Well Traveled Volume 1, and Tales of Travelrotica for Lesbians, include her short stories. Her interview with WNBA legend Sue Bird was featured as Curve Magazine's September 2017 cover story. Other bylines include: The San Francisco Bay Times, Lesbian.com, The Lesbian News, Got Game Magazine, Thysia Literary Magazine, Prism Book Alliance Blog, Confluence, The Tipton Poetry Journal, Beginnings Literary Magazine, The Last Stanza Poetry Review, and The Survivor’s Review, among others.
She resides in shoreline Connecticut and Provincetown with her wife and their fur babies. She enjoys hiking, performing random acts of kindness, landscape photography, and cooking.