Meet the Hummingbirds
Different feathers, same charm
Kara Roberts is in the “just thrilled to be here” camp – amongst these many accomplished, talented female authors. Kara has a background in marketing, advertising, copywriting, event planning, and photography. She enjoys writing about the joys and challenges of parenting, adulting, and other (sometimes dreadful) experiences.
Kara has a BA in Film Studies and English from Willamette University, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. A Seattle native, she now lives in northern Colorado with her dashing husband, three charming yet exhausting children, and beloved 13 year old chocolate lab named Finnegan.
She has an affinity for dogs, wine, witty coffee mugs, sarcasm, and has an unhealthy obsession with Grey’s Anatomy. Despite being from Seattle, she loathes the rain, doesn’t eat seafood, and didn’t drink coffee until well into her 30’s.
J.C. Wing worked for A & H Publishing, a privately owned publishing company specializing in the disability community. She was a frequent photographer as well as column writer for Disability Life, a nationally distributed magazine. She acted as assistant editor for the publication.
J.C. has homeschooled her two children since May 2003, serving as a homeschooling resource for Kids 411, a magazine geared toward families in the Douglas County area of Parker and Castle Rock, Colorado. After moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, J.C. became involved in a large homeschooling group where she worked with kids between the ages of 7 -12, teaching them creative writing and poetry.
J.C. worked as a freelance editor and proofreader working with authors, book designers and marketing specialists for Booktrope Publishing. In 2016, J.C. created Wing Family Editing, her own editing company.
J.C. has published five novels since 2012. She frequently writes about family and enjoys portraying strong female characters in her books. She’s also interested in Greek mythology and has included that topic in a romantic comedy series. She studied English and literature at Front Range Community College in Colorado, and children's literature at The Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut.
Jennifer Sivec writes beautifully broken stories with heart.
She is attracted to and writes stories with characters that are complicated, flawed and completely imperfect. Her books are often a reflection of life, encompassing difficult subjects such as cancer, addiction, abandonment, and abuse. She writes with a raw, complex, yet hopeful approach often weaving tragic stories with honesty and grace, creating unforgettable characters.
Jennifer has been writing since she was in the fourth grade but didn’t publish her first novel until 2014, and has been writing non-stop since. Her passion for reading and sharing stories gives her perspective and peace of mind.
She lives in Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two dogs who create balance and levity for her. She loves her crazy life and wonderful readers, and is grateful for all of it, every day.
Tamsen Schultz is a born and bred California girl with a little bit of a gypsy heart. She lives in a small town in Northern California on a not-too-big-but-not-too-small piece of property where she writes, works, parents, farms (using that term loosely), and hangs out with her husband – usually at one of the breweries or wineries they are lucky enough to live close to. She is the author of the romantic suspense Windsor Series, an RWA Daphne Du Maurier Excellence in Mystery finalist, and a three time finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association annual contest. When not writing, working, parenting, or wife-ing (???), she can almost always be found traveling, reading about traveling, or plotting to travel—or maybe just enjoying a glass of wine and a good book on her porch.
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson currently calls the Atlanta suburbs home, but can't rule out her other two homes, Indianapolis and somewhere in the Chicago suburbs.
She is old enough to share her empty nest with her husband, two dogs and two cats, all of which she strongly obsesses over repeatedly noted on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, and is working on forgiving her kids for growing up and leaving the nest. When she is not writing, editing, playing with her animals or contemplating forgiving her kids, she is sitting at Starbucks listening in on people's conversations and taking notes, because that stuff is great for book ideas. (You have officially been warned!)
On a more professional note, she is the bestselling author of the Angela Panther cozy mystery series featuring Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Mystery, Unbreakable Bonds An Angela Panther Mystery and Uncharted Territory An Angela Panther Mystery, The Christmas Elf, An Angela Panther Holiday Short, The Ghosts, An Angela Panther Holiday Short, The Inn At Laurel Creek, a contemporary romance novella, Santa's Gift, a Cumming Christmas Novella and 8 To Lose The Weight, a lifestyle eating program. Carolyn is also a freelance writer and editor with Literati Editing
Tess Thompson is a bestselling novelist of romantic suspense. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Recently she’s participated in obstacle course races, the hardest of which was the Spartan Beast in Sun Peaks, British Columbia. It was an awful experience that will soon be included in a novel. There was running. And climbing a mountain. And obstacles, like walls and crawling under barbed wire. She is not the running or obstacle queen.
Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.
She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her brand new husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids, three of whom are teenagers, and five cats. Pray for her.
Heather Huffman lives in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks that many liken to a modern-day Mayberry. Personally, she likes to think of her quirky little town as her very own Midwestern Stars Hollow. In addition to being the author of twelve novels, Heather also gives talks about topics as varied as the fight against modern day slavery to changes in the book publishing industry. When not writing, Huffman loves having adventures with her three boys or spending time with their dogs and horses.