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Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression and its many sequels. Available in ten languages, her guides are sourced by US universities, recommended by agents and editors, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, and psychologists around the world. To date, this book collection has sold nearly a million copies.
Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers®, as well as One Stop for Writers®, a portal to game-changing tools and resources that enable writers to craft powerful fiction.

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Nicole Baart

Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. Nicole is passionate about the so-called flyover states, and her books all feature Midwestern settings and small town characters.
Nicole is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels that have been featured in Southern Living, Country Woman, Book Page, Glam, Brit & Co., and on Yahoo Lifestyle. Her 2017 release, Little Broken Things, was a People Magazine Editor's Pick. You Were Always Mine, a domestic suspense about love and betrayal, is Nicole’s most recent novel.
Website: https://nicolebaart.com/

Photograph of guest Tanya Huff
Tanya Huff

Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario with her wife Fiona Patton, five cats, and an increasing number of fish. Her 32 novels and 83 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into the 22 episode BLOOD TIES and writing episode nine allowed her to finally use her degree in Radio & Television Arts. Many of her short stories are available as eCollections. Her latest book is INTO THE BROKEN LANDS, a stand alone, created world fantasy. She’s on twitter at @TanyaHuff and Facebook as Tanya Huff. She has never used her Instagram account and isn't sure why she has it.

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Stacey Kondla

Stacey Kondla is a literary agent with The Rights Factory. She has a variety of clients with works that include adult literary fiction, science fiction & fantasy, rom-com, historical, nonfiction science, children's picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles. Her background includes working as a Field Representative for Scholastic Book Fairs, managing at two different big box book stores, freelance editing, and serving on the organizing committee of When Words Collide (A Festival for Readers and Writers).

Photograph of guest Tosca Lee
Tosca Lee

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including The Line Between, The Progeny, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen, and the Books of Mortals trilogy with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games and football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. Lee, who lives on a farm south of Fremont with her husband and three boys still at home, also has a home in Lincoln.
You can find Tosca on social media, or hanging around the snack table.
Website: https://toscalee.com/