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S. B. Redstone

S. B. Redstone began his writing career writing short stories that were published on the web and in print. As a school psychologist and licensed clinical social worker in private practice, he wrote a book on human nature and relationships (as Steven Rosenstein, LCSW, MS), Taming Your Inner & Outer Bullies: Confronting Life’s Stressors And Winning. Redstone loves to tell stories where he can weave social issues into the plot, while delving into the dark side of human nature where the villains don’t aspire for happiness through personal achievement, but rather from their demented narcissistic schemes. He resides with his lovely wife in New York and Florida.


Douglas Durham

Douglas Durham was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. After serving in the US Army as a Military Policeman both in Southeast Asia and in the United States, he ended up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked as a Police Officer. Re-married now, Durham moved to the Coast of California near San Luis Obispo, but the Central Valley was not yet ready to turn loose of him. In the late 1980’s he and his wife returned to Fresno, California, a city of over half a million people, where he worked in the Investigations Division of the Fresno Police Department as a Crime Scene Investigations Supervisor assigned to the night shift for 22 years, retiring in 2011. Always the aspiring writer, Durham kept notes over the years of his adventures and real life cases, and finally upon retirement, had the time to start his writing career. Durham resides the majority of the year in Yuma, Arizona. He and his wife travel during the summer months in his RV and on his motorcycle, both for new project research and just to see America. He is still married to his wife of 30 years and has two grown daughters both of whom still live in California.


Marie Dry

Ever since she can remember Marie Dry wanted to travel. She had had the privilege of living in Zambia, Morocco, and Spain and sees herself as a bit of a gypsy. Every few years she gets restless and has to be some place new.

All her life she has read romances and was fairly young when she decided she would write the perfect story that had all the elements she looked for in a romance. In 1997 she shared a pizza with a friend. She promised her friend to go all out with her writing and get published. With her friends cheering her on ever since, Dry found it a wonderful experience to see the characters in her head coming to life on the page. So being published by Black Opal Books is a dream come true for her.

There are several wonderful moments in her life that she would never trade for anything. One of them is meeting President Nelson Mandela and the second being published.


Sean Conrad

Sean Conrad (Ron Copeland) began a career in radio at the age of thirteen. He spent more than thirty years as a disc jockey and program director for twenty-two radio stations in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He and his wife Lisa now create radio and TV commercials as they write, work, travel, and play their way across America in their 40-foot motor home.


Dawn Chandler

Dawn Chandler was born in Coffeyville, Kansas but doesn’t remember much about it. Though she recently had the opportunity to visit there with her husband, and she very much enjoyed the Dalton Museum. She always thought she should have been born in the Wild West. She moved to Idaho when she was 6 and grew up on Murtaugh Lake, where her father was the dam keeper and the ditch rider. She spent her days in the lake, swimming, catching fish and tadpoles, from sunup to sundown most days. Not hard to imagine that her first full length novel was about a mermaid. At nights she would spend her time watching football with her dad or cooking with her mom. In 8th grade she had a teacher, Mrs. Smith, who wanted her to publish one of her short stories. Looking back on it she says she should have done so. If she had, she would have been an author before now, but she was not ready to be published back then. When she first started writing in school she hated it. She had to write their way and only their way—in the correct process, outline, rough draft, and so on. Chandler has learned in the progressing years that she is a seat-of-the-pants author, but in the beginning she just thought that writing was not for her. READ MORE