MEET THE AUTHOR

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is a fantasy book reader’s dream come true as we host a different author each day of our fall show. This is your chance to meet the writers you love and get your books signed as well as to discover other talented local authors that will sweep you away to other worlds.

Come out and show your support, purchase a book and get it signed. Authors will be signing from 1 – 3 pm on their respective day, but may be there earlier or later so don’t be afraid to get there first. Here is our current lineup with more authors planned:

Amber Boccetti – September 2

All was quiet. Hundreds of Corrigon were dead and sprawled across the field. The scepter was smoking as General Viane approached it with caution. The stone on the top of it was now completely shattered. He stared into the faces of the others who were stricken with worry as to whether or not the royal family had made it safely through the portal. All they could do now, was wait to see what the fate of their world would be. Connecticut Author, Amber Boccetti took upon herself to “reinvent the wheel” and began writing stories with fairies and dragons, shortly after she received her master’s degree. If she is not working on her latest story, you will find her on an adventure with her daughter.

Shawn Flynn – September 2

Shawn Flynn and his fiancée are excited to start their new life together. They are planning a wedding and have bought a new home. The last thing the two of them need right now is a new cat. But their recently purchased house seems to come complete with a stray orange feline—a cat with a vibrant personality and a talent for mousing. So Shawn soon finds himself with a regular companion. Little does he realize that this cat will shortly become more important to him than he can possibly imagine. As Shawn’s personal life begins to shift in ways he never saw coming, Kitty remains a constant source of stability and comfort. Shawn gave Kitty a home, and now Kitty gives Shawn the love he needs to heal.
A touching and inspiring story of heartfelt companionship, The Kitty offers an uplifting perspective on what it means to find true friendship in this world. Anyone who has ever shared a meaningful connection with a pet will fall head over heels in love with Kitty and Shawn. 

As Shawn discovers, sometimes we don’t even realize we need to be rescued—until we are.

Kim Headlee – September 4

Virginia fantasy author, Kim Headlee, is no stranger to fantasy novels. She started her Dawnflight series back in 1999 and hasn’t looked back. Her latest paperback, “King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court” won the 2016 IPBA Benjamin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy. The story is about the only major character in Mark Twain’s well-known novel, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” that wasn’t killed off: Morgan le Fay. See what happens when she casts a powerful spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut in this enchanting story of time travel and magic.

Carol Weakland – September 9

Morgen of Avalon
She was King Arthur’s healer, his love, the Faerie Queen destined to help him create a peaceful Britannia. And so Avalon’s brightest hope became human.
Mortality, however, proves a double edged sword that dulls Morgen’s memories, especially when fate separates her from Arthur at birth.  Magical in every sense of the word, the new found princess so irritates Uther Pendragon that he places her in a nunnery where she forgets her purpose, even her connection to Arthur. What can she have in common with a Prince who lives and breathes for the battlefield? Only Merlin the arch mage possesses the ability to unite the two soul mates, if he ignores the whispers of his own heart. Morgen finds herself torn between two men, while the battle for Britannia rises to a fever pitch. Will the power of love redeem all?
After experiencing a series of twilight dreaming episodes as a teenager, author Carol Weakland became obsessed with Arthurian Legend.  She is the author of the Morgen of Avalon series,”The Arthurian Trilogy,” and also portrays Morgen in a one woman show.  You can catch Carol at the United Solo Artists Festival in NYC on September 27th. She is also a Reiki healer and teacher, a Celtic Shaman and a Fairyologist, who teaches classes on the fae.  Visit www.everythingfairy.co  and www.morgenofavalon.com

Liz Delton – September 9

In Liz Delton’s debut Fantasy series, The Arcera Trilogy, follow Sylvia Thorne, a brave young girl who considers traveling through the dangerous lands called the wilds all in a day’s work. When the first war in a thousand years breaks out, nothing will stop her from doing what she can to keep the destruction from reaching her home, Meadowcity.

Justin Aucoin – September 10

France, March 1609. The French Wars of Religion are over, but forces still conspire against the crown…

Darion Delerue, former soldier turned highwayman, has only two things of value—the hope in his heart and the steel at his side. After a heist on a royal ambassador goes wrong, Darion is thrown into a political plot to undermine the crown, pitting his old life as an honorable soldier against his new life as a thief and bandit. His actions could send France back into civil war.

Known for his Swashbuckling novels and short stories, J.M Aucoin has written five books in his Hope & Steel series. Aucoin’s theme in writing was inspired by characters like Zorro, and The Three Musketeers. He continues to produce action-packed and adventurous stories like his newest book, “Honor Among Thieves”.

Michael Bailey – September 16

Michael Bailey is a professional writer from Falmouth, Massachusetts who kind of hates writing bios.
 
Michael has been a working writer since 1998. During his 15 years with the Falmouth Enterprise, Michael served as editor for the paper’s region section and senior political reporter, and was the paper’s first blogger. His political and current events blog, Snark-Infested Waters, delighted and annoyed readers until 2013, when Michael left the paper to pursue his fiction writing career.

Over the years Michael has contributed several more articles to Renaissance Magazine and other local publications, and has since 2004 been a staff writer for two New England-based renaissance faire production companies: Pastimes Entertainment and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

Michael is the author of the Action Figures young adult series and the humorous fantasy series The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot.

He currently lives in Worcester with his wife Veronica, their bulldog Beatrix, and four cats.

Ashley York – September 17

Award-winning author Ashley York writes historical romance full of passion and intrigue set in 11th and 12th century Ireland, Scotland, and England where life was wild and survival was never guaranteed. 

Whether it’s in the mysterious ring forts of Éire, the Scottish Highlands, or the battle fields of Hastings her characters fight hard and play hard. Good or evil, primary or secondary, they all evoke strong emotional responses. 

Passionate about history and research, York may tweak some historical facts (like the location of the Baron’s Rebellion), but the flavor of the time is undeniable. With heroes and heroines you’ll want to read about again and again, her stories are fresh and unpredictable but still finish with a satisfying HEA.

website: www.ashleyyorkauthor.com

Series titles include: The Norman Conquest, The Derbfine Series, The Order of the Scottish Thistle

Sky Boivin – September 23

Sister witches, Sarah and Emy must stop Orthus, a brother of the church, from taking all the life essence from the witches in their puritan village and save a young witch as well. Can they stop Orthus before it’s too late? Or will they die in the process?

Come See Sky Boivin this weekend and check out her latest book!

D. E. Morris – September 24

Age of Valor is a medieval fantasy series set in a world of myth and magic, dragons and demons. The Celtique people have been long oppressed by the tyrant Tadhg, high king of the most powerful countries in the Celtique Nations. In Heritage, the first book of the series, young Ashlynn Stuart must find a way to gather and rally her silent army. Fear has kept them still for too long and the losses at their feet grow day by day. Can this misplaced and forgotten girl summon the courage to stand up for her people, her kindred Gaels, humans with the ability to turn into dragons, and her beloved country? Also available is Awakening, the second book in the Age of Valor series. Book three, Dragon Song, will be published in May 2017.

D.E. began writing at the age of fourteen. During her freshman year of high school, she participated in a nation-wide writing contest for racial diversity and ended up winning a special recognition for her short story. She’s since had a poem published in a compilation book and has continued to look toward Richard Adams, Melanie Rawn, and Marion Zimmer Bradley, some of her favorite authors, for inspiration as she continues working on the next books in her Age of Valor series, as well as other writing projects.

Deborah Ann Davis – September 30

Deborah Ann Davis writes quirky YA/NA fiction with a twist. Her first visit to the CT Renaissance Faire became the inspiration for her first book, Fairly Certain, where a Computer Geek challenges a Medieval Outlaw. 

Petir takes a rough tumble in the Connecticut woods, but awakens in old England. His instinct to freak out is tempered by the arrival of a fair maiden wearing a bow…and arrow. Petir decides he has nothing to lose by pursuing Maid Rianne. But when she is captured by the enemy, a geek with no ability to defend himself must rescue the fair maiden.

Mary Lawrence – October 1

Mary Lawrence lives in Maine and has worked in the medical field for over twenty-five years before publishing her debut mystery, The Alchemist’s Daughter (Kensington, 2015). The book was named by Suspense Magazine as a “Best Book of 2015” in the historical mystery category. Her articles have appeared in several publications including the national news blog, The Daily Beast. Other books in the series include Death of an Alchemist, and the recently released, Death at St. Vedast. Visit her at www.marylawrencebooks.com

Alyssa Louise Norton – October 7

Meet the Author: Alyssa Louise Norton is a freelance illustrator with a passion for children’s book illustrations. She earned her BFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford. Before she even graduated college, Allyssa won the opportunity to illustrate her first children’s book called, “Momma Buy Me a China Doll”, which she is bringing to CTFAIRE this fall! She also works with ROM.AC under art director Vitaly Alexius, as one of the artists for the whimsical webcomic Romantically Apocalyptic!

Our “Meet the Author” event is just one more reason you need a season pass as we host a different fantasy author each and every day of our show.

A.L. Davroe – October 8

A popular virtual reality game, Nexis, is the only escape for a naturally-born teenager named Ella. There she learns the game isn’t quite what everyone thinks it is. Discover what Ella learns in A.L. Davroe’s latest novel. Davroe resides in Connecticut with her cats and has written several books with a focus on science fiction.

Ethan Rappaport – October 9

Nine epic fantasy novels, six separate trilogies, three time periods, one unique series. Legends of the Four Races is the first Interlocking Matrix, a series encompassing six separate trilogies and covering three time periods. Each book can be read on its own but is also part of two other story arcs. E. A. Rappaport graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He works as a software engineer for a financial services consulting firm in New York and is a lifelong resident of Orange, Connecticut.

Suzanne Cordatos – October 9th

If you’ve been looking for something new and original to read to your kids as a family tradition, take a look at a new series about Willard the Dragon and his friends. In Sneeze-Fire, Willard makes his friends fiery mad on a snow day, and in the new book Camp Dragon-Fire, Willard and friends play dragon games and set a trap for mysterious creatures. Suzanne has a degree in English Literature and is also author of a middle grade novel set in Greece. She is a director of international student admissions for Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, CT.