MEET THE AUTHOR – 2018

Each day of the Faire we feature a new fantasy author from around the country. This is your chance to meet the writes you love, get a book, and have it signed. It’s also your chance to meet new authors that will sweep you away to other worlds.

Author signings take place from 1 pm to 3 pm in our “Meet the Author” booth on Shady Lane.

Amber Boccetti [CT] – September 1

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 [CT] – 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.
In the spirit of James Bowen’s bestseller A Street Cat Named Bob, THE KITTY is a touching and inspiring story of heartfelt companionship that 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.
Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner | Best Book Awards Finalist | International Book Awards Finalist

Connie Bombaci [CT] – September 2

Hogan’s Hope: A  is the heartwarming story of a deaf dog who escaped death during the time when the prevalent belief was that deaf dogs needed to be destroyed. It is the tale of a legendary deaf canine champion who endured severe abuse and prevailed as he turned upside down the myths of deaf dogs being dumb, difficult to train, and harmful. Hogan learned over seventy words in American Sign Language, engaged in normal puppy activities, and provided the hope of life, not death for deaf dogs worldwide. Through perseverance and enduring hope, Hogan’s courage provided inspiration to anyone, human or pet, that success and genuine love are truly possible. This heroic deaf dog continues to reveal that by choosing hope, anyone’s dreams can come true, and the world can be filled with steadfast faith, pure joy, and unconditional love. It’s a story like none other with the Lord’s unfailing word.
Hogan appeared on television shows including Dateline NBC, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Amazing Tails, and others.
Hogan’s Hope has received numerous awards and recognitions including 2018 Next Generation Indie Book First Place, 2018 Benjamin Franklin medalist, 2017 Kindle Promos First Place, 2017 Best Book Award-winning Finalist, Readers’ Favorite Five-Star review, The Book Designer’s Gold Star for eBook Cover

Allyssa Louise Norton [CT] – September 3

Allyssa 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!

Billie Kowalewski [CT] – September 8

A wise person once told me: There’s a reason for everything Sarah Shaw – pulled off a cliff Emma Blackstone – shoved out a window and trampled by a horse Mattie Williams – stung to death by bees Cora Thomas – pushed in front of a train Edith Young – impaled Rachel Ellis – shoved off a boat Lois Smith – hit by a bus Muriel Walters – Ugh…another bus Lucille Marshall – involuntary manslaughter Veronica Edwards – undetermined What do all of these names have in common? They all died long before they were meant too, and they were all ME. If there’s any truth to this saying at all, there had better be a good reason for this!

A.L. Davroe [CT] – September 9

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.

Michael Bailey [MA] – September 15

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.

Justin Aucoin [MA] – September 16

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”.

Ashley York [CT] – September 22

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, Curse of the Healer, Eyes of the Seer, Daughter of the King

Keith Willis [NY] – September 23

Keith is the author of the award-winning Knights of Kilbourne books, a series of fantasy / medieval romance novels set in the mythical kingdom of Kilbourne. If you like swashbuckling adventure served up with a helping of romance and a dollop of humor (and topped with a dragon) then these books are for you.

D. E. Morris [NH] – September 29

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, was 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.

Suzanne Cordatos [CT] – September 29

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.

Deborah Ann Davis [CT] – September 30

How can a Computer Geek challenge a Medieval Outlaw? When Petir takes a rough tumble in the Connecticut woods, he 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 find a way to rescue the fair maiden. You’ll love this completely flipped tale of Robin Hood, where nothing is as it appears. Enjoy a merry romp through the days of old, as seen through the eyes of the young. Meet the author: Deborah Ann Davis writes quirky Young Adult fiction with a twist. Her first visit to the CT Renaissance Faire became the inspiration for her first book, Fairly Certain, interrupting her work-in-progress, Fairly Safe. But, never fear! If you enjoy humor and suspense, both books are now available at the CT Renaissance Faire, and at DeborahAnnDavis.com/books.

Mary Lawrence [ME] – October 6

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

 Dan Desilets and Jessica MacLean [CT] – October 7

Emma Bradbridge needs a change in her life. That change is to learn the adventuring trade from the great Junai Bloodhand. There are just a few problems: Junai is happily retired, Emma has never done anything more physically demanding than stacking pottery, and Junai lives in a town so small even the mapmakers
can’t find it.Never one to back down from things wise people say are impossible, the plucky Emma leaves the capital city of Haven and sets out to bring some culture to the village of Hijinx Hollow. Emma soon finds that the village is aptly named and the first thing that needs to change, is her. This trilogy includes; Welcome to the Hollow, Fight Day, and Festival of Festivals.

Ethan Rappaport [CT] – October 8

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.

Kim Headlee [VA] – October 13

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 novel, available in hardcover as well as 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.

Sky Boivin [MA] – October 14

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!