Alan Orr: “I’m a college professor in Canada, where I teach writing and literature courses. To me, good fiction is about engaging characters who grow and change as a result of experiencing compelling circumstances. It’s all about the characters in my view; if the readers are indifferent to them, the plot won’t matter. In a comedy or romance, the characters flourish and succeed (in a tragedy not so much); boy gets boy, girl gets girl and they all ride off into the sunset. One of the reasons I’m looking forward to participating in this year’s Rainbow Awards so much is that authors of GLBT fiction are generally so skilled at creating wonderfully interesting and basically fun-to-read characters. To all the writers: I tip my hat to you for sitting down with your inspiration and putting your thoughts into words to share with all of us.”
Aleksandr Voinov: "Writer, Speak Its Name reviewer, journalist, and a dozen other language-related things, I'm joining the cause to read books I normally wouldn't have and genres I normally don't read. Characters and style are important to me, and I'm pretty demanding when it comes to my reading, I want good style, characters, plot, good editing, and a fresh voice. Bad prose makes me grind my teeth and good prose turns me into a life-long follower. I enjoy pretty much anything in my reading, because a good story is a good story and good writing is good writing."
Ali G.: "I'm a scientist who reads far too many books, be they romance, crime thrillers or epic fantasies. If I'm not reading a research paper or some industry news, chances are I'll be reading a book of some sorts. I'm somewhat new to the gay romance world, having discovered it through the slippery this is known as slash fanfiction, but I've kept up a review blog somewhere for almost three years and I try to have a high number of mainstream books with GLBTQ characters included. I like non-traditional, non-perfect characters, rather than the perfect and flawless sort, and would love to see more in the genre."
Amie L.: "I am an avid, lifelong reader of many genres. As a child I was teased because I read the back of the cereal box and cookbooks if nothing else was available. I was born in the Appalachian Mountains and lived in a small, one stoplight college/farm town in the Midwest; I think it was the closest thing the real word has to a gay utopia. We moved to Hollywood, California, where I experienced intense culture shock. I live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States."
Anna B.: "I'm Anna, originally from the UK, but living in the USA right now. I'm in my 30s and married with a young daughter. I discovered m/m fiction in late 2007 and haven't looked back since, especially after getting an eReader... I've read more m/m books that I care to admit to and there are still many many more to go. I'm currently writing a screenplay based on one of my all time favourite m/m stories (with the very generous permission of the author). My dream is to write for the movies one day, so watch this space!"
Anne Barwell: "Writer of m/m and avid reader. I have a Batchelor of Teaching and BA in English Literature. I work in a library and relief teach in a local school. While I have a weakness for a good hurt/comfort story, I'll read anything that piques my interest especially if it has good characterisation and plot."
Antonella: "I'm Italian, but I live in a German-speaking country. I'm a professional translator. I love my job because it's interesting (translations vary from love letters to divorce sentences), no one tells me what to do and I work whenever I want. I do believe we should leave behind us a better world. That's why I'm engaged in political and environmental battles and since 1994 I work as a volunteer in a Centre Against Racism. I started to read LGTB books especially after ''Brokeback Mountain'', which had a deep impact on me. I've been reading a lot since then and I'm honoured to be in the same jury with some of the authors I love."
Aoife Bright: "I'm Aoife, a postgrad student and writer living in Wales. My stories "The Winter Prince" and "The Prophet's Eye" were published in Circlet Press anthologies in 2011, and in 2005 I had a novella put out by Torquere Press, but the rest of the time my alter ego is buried neck-high in Star Trek slash. I've technically been writing fanfiction since I was about 3 (it was about Winnie-the-Pooh and my mum helped me bind it up with orange wool) and have made it through several anime and book fandoms in the intervening 20+ years. I've been reading m/m and f/f fiction since I discovered yaoi in the late 90s and have never looked back! This is my first time with the Rainbow Awards and I'm glad to have a chance to give back and help out. I believe in love and hope, and like stories with heroism, friendship, and happy endings"
Arch: "I´m Arch, from a small town an hour from Venice, Italy. Divided between my scientific studies and work - in a completely different field, of course *sigh* -, a lot of my free time is spent reading, there are so much books in the world... One day I will have a huge room turned into a library, for now I simply have piles and piles of books around and thanks God for ebooks! My passion for the GLBT genre goes back many years ago. However in Italy, the field is limited, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone, improve my English with pleasant readings. Well, from then on I am like a kid in a candy store."
Austin Wallace: "My name is Austin Wallace and I've spent about 20 or so years working in gay and lesbian bookstores and publishing. I was a book buyer for Lambda Rising in Washington DC, Obelisk Books in San Diego and White Rabbit in North Carolina. I've also worked for Cleis Press (and still do the occasional editing on the side for them) and Chronicle Books. I currently work for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Museum Store. In the past I also acted as a judge for the Lambda Literary Awards in the Mystery Category (though I'm open to other areas as I read pretty much across the spectrum.) and a reviewer for the Lambda Book Report. The first gay book I ever read was The Front Runner (like a lot of young gay boys) back in 1983 and I haven't stopped reading since."
Benjamin: An art graduate, one time art teacher and freelance graphic designer, Benjamin now his devotes time to painting. An avid reader. A regular book reviewer and an Amazon Vine (UK) reviewer from its inception, Benjamin also reviews books sent by both publishers and authors. He has also edited books.
Bethann Korsmit: "I'm a writer and an avid reader. My novel Darkness Descending was awarded first place in the gay fiction category of the Reader Views Literary Awards 2007. I'm currently writing a sequel to Darkness Descending."
Bobby D. Whitney: "I´m an employee for the State of Washington, work in downtown Seattle and live way out in the rural `burbs. I use that long daily commute to read -- lucky me with at least two full hours of relative quiet to read daily! What else? I´m a motorcycle rider, avid if bumbling crafter, mother to a 20-year-old son, and wife to an incredibly patient and supportive man. My degree is in English, which qualifies me to read and write and make embarrassing typos. The blue hair is my mid-life crisis. It was cheaper than a sports car! There is an amazing amount of writing talent out there. A desire to encourage these wonderful authors (as well as an inability to shut up and keep my opinions to myself) is the driving force behind BookWenches Reviews. This is my third year to act as Jury for the Rainbow Awards, and I´m honored to participate."
Brandi R.: "I am an avid reader (usually around at least 10 books a week). I will read almost any genre. I started reading M/M a little less than a year ago while on bed rest. I have been reading it ever since. I work for a major phone company and proof read for a publisher. I live in the general Dallas area and like to spend a lot of time with my nieces and nephews whenever possible".
Carey Parrish: Carey Parrish is a native of Northern Georgia. He began writing professionally in his late thirties when he founded the popular e-zine Web Digest Weekly. He´s also the author of the books "Into The Light: Experimentations In Poetry & Prose," "The Moving Finger Writes," and the upcoming novel "Marengo." He attributes his success to "taking all the things that were wrong in my life and replacing them with things that are right."
Carol H.: "My name is Carol and I live in North Carolina. I have been reading forever it seems. Even sneaking my mom´s romances that "I was too young" to read (yea right!). She finally learned just to let me read whatever I wanted as I would go through 5-6 books a day. Today I still read books daily. Number vary depending if I read an excellent book and need to savor it a while, I may only read 3 that day. I never leave the house without a book."
Caroline: "I'm an English teacher and "wannabe" translator from Poland. My hobby is - no surprise here - literature. It started when I was six and read my first book. (some nursery story about two bears;))I've always felt my favourite genre would be LGBT stories but I also discovered I should have learnt English to have full access to them and enjoy them properly. My dream is to introduce the best stories to Polish readers (since we have but a few LGBT stories on the market here) and that's why I'm studying to be a translator. Who knows what'll be?"
Cassandra Gold: "By day, I am a middle school teacher. I spend much of my time grading papers, filling out paperwork, and trying to get 6th- and 7th- graders to read. When I am not at work, I can generally be found at the computer, dreaming up stories about men falling in love. When I have spare time (which is unfortunately not too often anymore!) I read romance of all kinds. Occasionally I pretend to do housework, but my hubby isn't fooled!"
Cherie Noell: Butcher, baker, candlestick maker…ummm, eww, every chance I get, and I surely would if these damn characters would ever shut up. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida and raised…er, is all over the damn place a sufficiently descriptive term? No? Then how about this? Tinker, tailor, Indian chief…Ooooh, especially when smexy men are involved (!), only under duress, and did the cheek-bones give it away? Seriously? I’ve lived in Washington D.C., Virginia, Upper Michigan, Texas, New York, California, and Alabama in the United States; Hessen in Germany, London in England, Masirah Island in Oman and…sometimes it was in a house, sometimes in a tent, and sometimes anyplace I could find to lay my head. I’ve been in love with words since before I drew breath, and I don’t see that ever changing. I write stories. Sometimes I write music with them, sometimes they’re poems, and lately, to my great delight, M/M erotic romance. Yum. Smexy man to the second…or third power…now that’s the kinda math I can get behind!! The hair curls or frizzes as it will, the eyes are green and tend to look in two different directions—no, really—and the rest is subject to change. You know the guy who didn’t know if he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man or a man dreaming he was a butterfly? Yeah, that’s me, but substitute drag queen for butterfly and wacky, wild ex-Army chick for man.
Chris: "I'm a blogger and voracious reader who lives in Uptown Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've been reading m/m for two years and blogging for nearly six years"
Clare London: "Chartered Accountanct by day, gay romance author by free time, not that I have much of that! I was the child who never wanted to join in sports, preferring to read, and things haven't changed a lot. I will read any genre in the quest for fine, entertaining, challenging fiction. I love it all!"
Debra S.: "I live in Ohio USA. I have 3 kids at home. In high school, many, many years ago, I discovered Robert Heinlein and an instant love for scifi. Of course Star Trek (the original) was doing its original run at the time thus reinforcing my scifi love. I enjoyed many different types of books. I attended over 20 years of school becoming an attorney, of all things. The kids kind of destroyed my enjoyable reading time until I discovered PDAs, and downloadable fanfiction. Now I can read in bed and not annoy anyone. Lesbian authors and fiction that include mystery, action/adventure, historical fiction, romance all kicked up my interest. Lesbian fiction is the only thing that I want to read now I enjoy it so much. I, like Arch, feel like a kid in a candy store!"
EM Lynley: EM Lynley works in finance, though she'd rather be writing hot, sexy man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.
Erotic Horizon: "I read extensively and like to keep an open mind about any book I read. I love romance and tend to go through various phases in a year of how I read the books I read. I am a big lover of paranormal and M/M romances, but am known to rush out and buy the latest Mills & Boon or sci-fi annuals as soon as they hit the shelf. I like my crime fiction just as much as the most avid reader and tend to stick to the bread and butter authors - you know the ones you swear it's the last time you're going to buy their book, but end up a faithfull servant to their artistry with the pen. I appreciate books that gives you pause to think and look at the other side of the coin, but I also love the books that are heavy on the erotic and big on alpha males and feisty heroine. My days are currently filled with plots to find the perfect spot to hide from my overachieving kids and my nights are overrun with men in loin clothes chasing the hero or heroine of their choice. There are time I wish all my days were nights. Come visit me - Erotic Horizon is my little spice of the pie."
Ethan Day: "I am a gay man living in Missouri...I can hear the gasps already!! How very un-chic of me, yes I know. It was here I was born and here I have stayed.I'm currently single but always looking for that special someone that makes my heart skip a beat...in addition to being able to put up with my neurotic ass. The worst thing about being a romance writer is finding a real life hottie that can live up to the fantasy I create in my head and subsequently thrust upon him before actually getting to know the real him. I can hear you getting all judgie...it's an occupational hazard!! To all my past and future boyfriends, my sincerest apologies...I can't help myself! I was the youngest of four children and the only boy, so needless to say, I was spoiled rotten. I've always had an extravagant fantasy life. When I played with my Star Wars action figures as a child, I liked to make up my own stories. Naturally, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were totally meant for each other, and Princess Leia made a bitchin' wise cracking Fag Hag.I somehow managed to survive high school living in a small racist town in Southeast Missouri and emerged unscathed, realizing life was too short to pretend to be anything other than who I was. I was the little homo that could...so damn it, I did! It was all very Lifetime Movie Network meets After School Special I assure you.After a few stints in college, I eventually signed up for a Creative Writing course. I took the class because there were no tests. For once my scholastic laziness paid off, and I found an outlet for all the fantasies running amuck in my head. It was love at first write, and I've been doing it off and on ever since.Now I've decided its time to un-barricade the doors and unleash my imagination onto the world. So very sorry world!! With the help of the lovely and talented team at Loose Id and MLR Press, my fantasy life is now available for public consumption. I'm desperately hoping your really, really hungry."
Ethan Stone: Ethan Stone is a newly published writer, but a longtime reader. The discovery of the M/M genre helped him to blend his two passions--books and gay men. Reading and writing are his top two passions--just behind his son and his boyfriend.
Eve: "I started reading gay fictions when I was about 19 years old - discovered a new GLBT section in the local bookstore. I loved to read both "serious" gay fiction and what in the old days called "gay porn", so I'd be reading Edmund White, David Leavitt one day and Alex Kane by John Preston the next day. These days, however, 80% of my reading are m/m romance and fiction - thanks to the convenience of ebooks. I have pop culture journalism experience, however, I have long resigned to the fact that, despite being an avid reader, I am hopeless when it comes to writing original characters."
Gillian Rodgerson: Gillian Rodgerson is a freelance editor living in Toronto, Canada. As a journalist, she was a member of The Body Politic Collective, wrote international news for Gay Times magazine, and edited Capital Gay newspaper and Diva magazine in London, England. With Elizabeth Wilson she co-edited Pornography and Feminism: the case against Censorship (Lawrence & Wishart, 1991). Her hobbies include cooking, needlepoint, and writing pornography
Sally Sapphyre: "A close friend once accused me of being a bookslut. She meant it in jest, but humour is always strongest when it contains an element of truth. A tattered copy of Stephen King’s Pet Semetary, hidden beneath the bed and read in secret, first sparked the imagination of a 10 year old boy. Year later, a pristine copy of Clive Barker’s Imajica, carried proudly and read publicly, ignited the literary passions of a teenaged transsexual. The only thing I love more than curling up with a good book is sharing one with friends and watching them fall in love. That’s why I started http://bibrary.com/, and why I continue to spend far too much time digging through used bookstores for those hidden gems that positively embrace the LGBTQ community."
Heidi Cullinan: "Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her family. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state's LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage."
Heidi French: Heidi French lives in a small town nestled between the bustle of Vancouver and the renown ski resort of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada -- both of which recently played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Her home is sandwiched between the best of both worlds, with all the excitement and diversity of one of Canada's fastest-growing cities at her doorstep and some of the best outdoor recreation in the world at her backdoor. Her grade three teacher described her a voracious reader, a label that still fits to this day as she continues to read several books a week. Reading isn't just a pass time for Heidi, it is a way of life, one she that shares with her husband and was fortunate enough to have passed on to her two young children. In 2005 she discovered LGBT novels, which fast became one of her favourite genre's and she hasn't looked back.
J.P. Bowie: "I was born and raised in Scotland and have lived in the US for the past twenty years. I started writing about ten years ago, mostly gay mysteries, and m/m romance about four years ago. To date I have over forty books in publication, both in print and ebook format. I'm one of the organizers of Gayromlit Retreat, along with Carol Lynne, Ethan Day, Amanda Young and Lynn Lorenz to be held in October in New Orleans. Happy to read just about any genre, I devour books - and read them too!"
Jamie N.: "I'm Jamie, a mom who is desperately trying to get her child to read instead of playing video games. I have a degree in Classics with a minor in British and American Lit. Currently I write reviews and work as a line editor while aspiring to become a published author. I live in Virginia, USA, and will read anything that catches my attention. I can usually be caught reading more than one book at a time."
Janet: "I am an avid reader. I know where every bookstore is located within a 50 mile radius of my home. I'm pretty eclectic in terms of what I enjoy reading, but I am open to anything provided it is written well. I live in NorCal near San Francisco and love the beauty of the SF Bay Area. I work as a paralegal during the day, but if I could figure out a way to get paid to just read all day -- well, I would be in heaven."
Jason B.: "A full-time college student with the goal of becoming a counselor for GLBT youth, my partner and I live in Fort Worth and help raise his 7 year old daughter from a previous relationship. As one of the moderators for the goodreads M/M Romance group, I post a daily author and publisher report for our members. I enjoy writing, reading, cooking, kink, and long walks on the beach. :)"
Jem: An avid reader as well as book collector, Jem accidentally started reading M/M over twenty years ago with Mercedes Lackey's "Last Herald Mage" trilogy (still one of her all-time favorite fantasies). In the last few years she discovered yaoi, and the growing gay romance genre. She has hundreds of reviews on Amazon, and has written reviews for GottaWriteNetwork.com. Jem has also done beta reading, as well as reviews, directly for authors. She lives on the East Coast of the United States with her husband of eleven years, and three fat lazy cats.
Jenna Jones: Jenna Jones is the author of m/m romance such as the EPPIE-nominated Chiaroscuro, Something Beautiful and the Apples & Gin series. She lives in a small town in the Wasatch Mountains, where by day she works with software engineers and by night she reads, writes and watches a lot of movies. She enjoys her imaginary worlds.
Jenre: "I'm a British woman who writes a review and commentary blog which covers m/m romance. I've been reading m/m for about three years and blogging for two years." http://jenre-wellread.blogspot.com/
Jessica G.: Jessica is the author of a handful of short stories, as well as the translator of four books by renowned healer and Olympic coach Semjon Bek. She is also the designer of Faraday Bags, a line of data-shielding wallets, purses, and clothing. An outdoors enthusiast, she enjoys hiking, camping, and cycling.
Jorgi-Anne: "I'm an American living abroad, most currently in the Middle East. I'm a voracious reader and have been ever since I learned to read at the age of 3 (thank you Sesame Street!) My love of GLBT fiction has only grown exponentially with the advent of e-books. I've drabbled the odd story or two, but find that I'm more enthusiastic about reading than writing at this point in my life. Maybe I'll write once I retire :)"
Josephine Myles: "I'm a Brit tea-addict, former English Lit teacher, and avid reader and writer of gay romance. Whilst I sometimes despair at the standard of writing in the genre, I also believe that there are many talented authors out there producing top quality fiction. I hope to discover more of them while reading for the Rainbow Awards."
Josh Aterovis: Josh Aterovis has published four books in the Killian Kendall mystery series. His first book, Bleeding Hearts, introduced gay teen sleuth Killian Kendall, and won several awards, including the Whodunit Award from the StoneWall Society. He followed up by winning the Whodunit Award again the following year for Reap the Whirlwind. The third book in the series, All Lost Things, was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Awards for Gay Mystery. The Truth of Yesterday is fourth in the series. Aterovis was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where his books are set. He now lives in Baltimore, MD.
Júlia F.: "I'm a student from Spain, who loves English and loves reading even more. Reading ebooks started out as a (kind of natural, to me) evolution from fanfiction and, so far, it has proven to be a very satisfactory turn of events. It also helps me keep my English up to date in a easy, laid-back way, which is a very important point when you spend all day staring at books. Along the way, I've found some marvelous writers who have inspired and amazed me and I'm joining in the jury this year to try taking the next step: not only reading, but evaluating the book at deeper levels and letting my impressions be known, so maybe, they'll help someone."
Julie W.: "I love to read and enjoy discovering new writers. I am in constant search for a book I can escape into, where the characters live in me for days, giving my mind a much needed vacation. These books end up on my bookshelf to be read again and again. Though, my love will always remain with sci-fi and fantasy, mysteries and romance occupy just about as much space on my bookshelf. Thanks to my Kindle, not only can I read as often as I like, I have a another bookshelf (albeit a much lighter one) to store my favorites. I look forward to the next book that I want to read over and over."
K.C. Kendricks: Best-selling author KC Kendricks makes her home in Maryland. A 2008 Amber Heat Wave Winner, and a 2008 CAPA nominee, KC writes contemporary gay romances that while are adult in nature, celebrate love and hope for mature readers. Writing more traditional romance under a pseudonym, the author is a two-time EPPIE Finalist, and a 2005 CAPA nominee. With one contemporary title a #1 bestseller, several other top-ten list titles, and a few more recommended reads, the author has established herself as a storyteller that delivers rich, satisfying romantic stories that feature strong themes of love, hope, and redemption with positive, upbeat endings.
Kate Cotoner: Kate Cotoner lives in the north of England with her OH and a demanding bonsai named Mr M. She has a fondness for Asian men tempered with a love of hunky Germanic and Mediterranean types, and manages to combine love for all three types whilst watching Formula One motorsport. She loves history, needlepoint, reading, watching brainless blockbusters and meaningful foreign films, staring at US crime shows, and baking French-style bread. She likes strong, plot-driven stories and charismatic characters set against a sweeping, romantic backdrop of history, suspense, international locations and whatever else happens to take her fancy at the time.
Kate McMurray: Kate is a writer, editor, and voracious reader. She is the author of several m/m romances. She edits nonfiction to pay the bills and is also an amateur violinist. She lives in New York City.
Kathy Kozakewich: "Like so many other members of the Jury, I'm an avid reader with a voracious appetite for anything that tells a good story, brings emotions to the fore and always leaves me feeling good at the end. In the past I was adamant about not being a fan of books where the bad guy wins, where love is lost or where I'm going to be scared to death... although I've noticed over the last while that my 'definitely don't reads' are now becoming part of my diet. Huh. I've been a fan of m/m romance--and any sub-genre out there--for almost four years now and it's a big part of my library, but I've also enjoyed f/f romance, m/f and ménages... gotta love a lot of lovin'. :) My four children, now all gone from home, are also readers and I like to think that I had something to do with that. They, and my wonderfully supportive husband, may not understand my steady diet of GLBT or romance books, but as readers themselves they understand that good stories can be found anywhere. I'm a reviewer for five, make that six, sites--nothing like being able to read a book and tell people what it is about it that appeals to me--and I'm now also working as Assistant Editor-in-Chief for Silver Publishing. I always knew that books were important to me, now they're a part of everything I do. How wonderful is that!"
Kelli Collins: Kelli Collins spent a dozen years in the newspaper biz before accepting the Editor-in-Chief position at Ellora's Cave. She loves her job, particularly working with authors, and is proud to be part of a company dedicated to introducing the masses to all types of erotica, including LGBT, one reader at a time. She also thinks it's wildly amusing and terrifically appropriate that she's number 69 on the 2011 LGBT Rainbow Awards jury.
Kenley Maitland: Kenley Maitland is the top secret, alter ego of a popular M/M romance author.
Kimberly Gardner: Kimberly has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. As early as the seventh grade, she recalls slashing her favorite rockstars for her own and her friends’ enjoyment. It was also around that time that she began a lifelong love affair with the romance genre, devouring category romances as fast as she could smuggle them into the house. So it’s not all that surprising that her two passions, romance and putting pretty boys with other pretty boys, would ultimately come together in her writing. Moliere says, “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, then for a few close friends, then for money.” Kimberly is delighted at long last to be doing it for money. She has two novels available from MLR Press and is hard at work on her third.
Kris Jacen: Kris Jacen, Executive Editor/Formatting Director - Kris is ManLoveRomance Press's executive editor as well as the formatting director. She was invited to join the MLR staff over three years ago and has never looked back. Working with over thirty phenomenal authors such as Victor J. Banis, P.A. Brown, James Buchanan, J.L. Langley, Ally Blue, Jet Mykles, William Maltese and Rick R. Reed has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. Kris also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers including Kimberly Gardner, Lex Valentine, S.J. Frost, Patric Michael and Jason Edding. With this stable of talent under her guidance, Kris is quick to tell anyone who will listen that she loves her job. And her authors are just as quick to say that they love their editor
Lee Rowan: "Lee Rowan has been writing since childhood, but professionally only since spring of 2006, with the publication of her Eppie-winning novel, Ransom. She is a lady of a certain age, old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway. A confirmed bookaholic with a wife of many years, she is kept in line by a cadre of cats and a dog who gets her away from the computer and out of the house at least once a day."
Lia: "I love reading, I don´t leave home without at least one book in my bag, ever. That's all that´s relevant, really. If it isn´t: I am German, married to a Brit, 2 bilingual kids. I´m currently living in Germany, but I lived in England and the USA for several years. Other than reading I love classical music and sing in 2+ choirs."
Lily: "I've been addicted to reading pretty much since I picked up my first book. After many years of reading m/f books, of which I was getting increasingly bored with, I discovered m/m ebooks. I'm totally hooked now and 99% of what I've read in the past three years has been m/m. My Sony eReader is never far from my side and I enjoy writing reviews as well as reading other people's thoughts on the books I've read. I live in North Florida and enjoy the mostly sunny days with my family."
Lori Toland: CEO by day, manlove writer by night, Lori Toland somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her cats and husband.
Lyne: "My name is Lyne and I am an avid reader. Reading was something that came hard for me and in the 9th grade I ended up having to take a remedial reading class. It wasn't until my mother threaten to throw the TV out the window if I did not start reading however before I really picked up a book. That was 30 years ago and I haven't stopped reading since. I picked up M/M books 3 years ago and absolutely love them. I am constantly looking for new ones to read and of course I have several that I love to read over and over again."
Marilyn B.: Marilyn B is an Ohio native who now spends her time soaking up the sun in Florida. When she's not watching Ghost Hunters or reading on her Nook, she divides her time playing Monopoly on Pogo and fantasizing about Elvis Cole and Joe Pike falling in love with each other.
Melanie Marshall: Melanie Marshall is an actor by trade and a reader by birth. She identifies as pansexual and loves reading memoirs about people's terrible childhoods. Her favorite LGBTQ books are How I Learned to Snap by Kirk Read, The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson, and everything Augusten Burroughs has ever written or will ever write. As part of her Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts, Melanie completed a semester in playwrighting and continues to write one-act plays today. As an artist, Melanie is inclined to analyze the merit of all things she reads and is not afraid of being blunt and straightforward. She will also cop up to fangirling things she thinks are awesome. She looks forward to being a judge for the Rainbow Awards and hopes to gain new and interesting vocabulary words.
Mick Dementiuk: Lambda Awards Winner 2010/Bisexual Fiction for Holy Communion. A Ukrainian, born in West Germany, Mykola (Mick) Dementiuk, grew up and survived on New York's tough Lower East Side. He is the author of Holy Communion (where he grew up), Vienna Dolorosa (to where he traveled to), Times Queer (to which he always returned), and 100 Whores (his abode in his dreams and fantasies, Synergy Press), and others, Dee Dee Day, Variety, the Spice of Life, Murder in Times Square, Times Square...in Brooklyn? Queers of Central Park, and A Sucker for the Circus (eXtasy e-Books), Times Square Cutie and Stallers (Renaissance/Sizzler e-Books).
Molly Church: "I'm a thirty-something writer and reader. My first short story, A Hope in Hell, was published in late 2008 by Torquere Press. Three further stories will be released in 2010."
Morg: "I hail from the empty lands of cold north, love gay novels for the alpha males, hunt for shapeshifters and aliens, worship the brilliant minds of authors who keep surprising me, and I always choose awesome plot and character development over heated scenes. I'm also really mean and picky when it comes my favorite theme, D/s."
Norma Nielsen: "I am a 42 year old stay at home wife, I am currently trying to get my first book 'Broken Rules' published it is the first in a series of Eighteen the series is called 'The Lines of Marsden'. and spend most of my time reading anything and everything... got introduced to the LGBT books half way through last year and now have over 1000 in my personal library... also have my 21 year old daughter hooked on them as well. I live in a little country town in the South East of Queensland, Australia. I enjoy a good book because it can transport me to another place and let me live someone else's life while I am there."
Perpetua: "Hi I am Perpetua and I live in Northern Ireland I am a total Book Slut, which means that I can't stay faithful to one book at one time I usually have three on the go at once!. I have ebooks on my laptop and my phone I never leave home without them and take every opportunity to read! (well except when I am driving! Phones and driving DO NOT mix)."
Rachel Mc.: "My name is Rachel and I currently live in the Southeast. I recently retired from the workforce but decided I wanted to fulfill one of my dreams and that is go back to college and complete my degree. So now I am a full-time student by day and a full-time reader by night. I have been reading books since forever and it is absolutely my favorite thing to do. The first books I remember reading were the Bobbsey Twins ,Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I have always liked to read romance and mystery but in the last year I somehow stumbled upon m/m, shapeshifters, and vampires and I realized I have been missing out on so many damn good books!. At any given time I am reading at least 2 or 3 different books because I am still discovering authors that I have yet to read and I am usually re-reading a story that I just can't let go of. I have books on my kindle, my PC and on my cellphone. Some people buy shoes, purses or clothes, I buy books."
Rosemary: "I live in Missouri, I'm a Reviewer for Literary Nymphs and I also write customer reviews posted at Amazon under pen name Venus junkie. My favorite genre is male/male, I'm fond of explicit/detailed vampires, shifters and fantasy, although I enjoy most m/m sub-genre. I've never wanted to be an author but I enjoy being a plot bunny and doing research."
Rosie: "I am an avid reader and have been my whole life. I literally adore books. I will read any genre in the m/m field. A book is a success to me, if it has captured my emotions and engaged my imagination. Good writing always does that for me. I simply couldn't imagine my life without books in it. I am married with two children and I live near London in the UK. I am honoured to be part of this judging group."
Ryan Field: Ryan Field is a fiction writer who has worked in publishing for over seventeen years. He has worked as an editor for Conde Nast, and as a writer for Freshmen Magazine. His fiction has appeared in books by Alyson Publications, Cleis Press, STARbooks Press, and a few others. His single author titles have been published by ravenousromance.com. This past year his short story, "Down the Basement," was part of the Lambda Award winning book, BEST GAY EROTICA 2009.
Sandra M.: "I'm German. Reading gay fiction is my life. I started with male/male romance in adolescence when I discovered a German edition of 'The Lord won't mind' in a local bookstore - because it had such a beautiful cover ^_^. After that came difficult years - good gay fiction in German? No such thing. Back then it was hard to find stuff because there was so little. Now with the internet, ebooks, me being able to read English and all it is equally hard - because there is so much ^_^. My favourite genres are mystery, fantasy and historical romantic gay male fiction."
Devon Rhodes: Devon started reading and writing at a young age and never looked back. After a creatively sapping career in the business world, she gratefully took some time off to be at home. At 39 and holding, Devon finally figured out the best way to channel her midlife crisis was to morph from mild-mannered stay-at-home mom into erotic romance writer. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children, who are (mostly) understanding of all the time she spends on her laptop, aka the black hole.
Stephan Schmetterling: "Aspiring historical fiction short story writer (male/male stories) and also an aspiring essayist on homosexual history. An antique queer Oscar Wilde sort of man in a female body. Education: B.A. in History, A.S. in Behavioral Science, A.S. in Library Science, and a Library Technology Certificate."
Steve Callahan: Steve Callahan has been playing Judas Iscariot in the International Tour of Terrence McNally's "Corpus Christi" for the past four years. Past film credits include "Pornography: A Thriller", "Make the Yuletide Gay", the GLAAD Award winning romantic comedy "East Side Story", and "Nine Lives", for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the Tampa International Film Festival. Steve will next be seen on screen in the movie "Role/Play", opposite Matthew Montgomery.
T.C. Blue: "I was raised in and around Washington, DC, and therefore I don’t write about politics. A two year stint as a motorcycle courier, followed by varying amounts of times spent as an office worker, server, hair dresser, retail slave, casual student, and chef have led to possessing a smattering of knowledge in many areas. A Jack of all trades and Master of none, I currently live in the suburbs outside DC, accompanied by animals and people of interest. Really."
Uli: "My name is Uli, I am a single woman from Germany and like probably all the other members of this jury I love to read... As a kid I couldn´t get enough of stories about American Indians. Later I read one mystery/ thriller after the other. But then Brokeback Mountain happened... But while I always had a soft spot for gay characters in movies I had no idea that there was a whole world of gay fiction waiting for me - somewhere out there... So after getting lost in fan fiction for about two years I also started reading original gay fiction about two years ago - and I have no idea how I am supposed to keep up with all the recommendations I get from friends I met online because of all this... And my unread mainstream books keep rotting away on my bookshelves... What I do for a living is very far removed from m/m fiction, though... I am working as a quality engineer in the automotive industry and so I had the opportunity to work on different projects in a variety of countries like South Africa, Belgium and the US. Unfortunately work has kept me very busy for the last years, so there is not really much more to say about me..."
Verena: "My name is Verena, I’m 23 years old and I live in Austria. I started reading m/m fiction about 2 years ago. Since I prefer to read printed books, I will need a bigger room for them soon because I have so many. Reading was always very important for me, but after discovering m/m fiction I have to admit that I’m a bookaholic."
And also: Al B., Alannah, Amanda T., Anke, Audrey, Aya M., Barbara L., Carol C., Dan, Danielle R., Danika, Dawn, Ellis C., Graeme, Helen B., James Rasmussen, Janice S., Jerry L. Wheeler , Jodie A., Juli-Anna D., Juni W., Kati L., Kirsten, Kymmie, Lidya X., Luce, Matt Rauscher, Melissa L., Merith, Michelle, Minami, Mitzie, Penny B., R.J. Scott, Rachel T., Robert Jaquay, Shanna, Shellie B., Signy Kuiper, Stacia Seaman, Susan Roebuck, Tammy, Theresa W., Tim K., Will Freshwater, Z.A. Maxfield, Z.C.