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Connecting Readers with Finger Lakes Authors

Meet The Authors

Featured Speaker
Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers
Weekly bestselling author of 19 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal , People and Booklist. Her books regularly appear on the lists for best novels of the year. Kristan is also a cohost of the Crappy Friends podcast, which discusses the often complex dynamics of female friendships, with her friend and fellow writer, Joss Dey.

The proud descendant of a butcher and a laundress, Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband. They own several badly behaved pets and are often visited by their entertaining and long-lashed children.

Featured Speaker
Mary Buckham

USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham learned to get into and out of trouble at a very early age. Time has added to her opportunities—detained by Israeli intelligence; strip-searched by a Greek border patrol while traveling with a priest, sneaking into Laos. When not personally avoiding nuisances caused by her insatiable curiosity she creates lots of disorder in her two Urban Fantasy series—Alex Noziak and Kelly McAllister as well as her co-authored young adult scifi action-adventure series under the name Micah Caida. In her spare time Mary writes Writing Craft books including, A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting, Writing Active Hooks and Break Into Fiction® co-authored with Dianna Love.
Laurie Gifford Adams, a proud resident of the Finger Lakes of Western New York, is a Jill of all trades. She's a teacher, an author, an event coordinator, and above all else, a hopeless romantic and dreamer of big things. To her recent writing credit, she has 6 published novels, a co-written full-length musical, and multiple articles for Country, Country Extra and Farm and Ranch Living. The wife of one, mother of two, and pseudo mom to one dog, four cats, and two horses, she leads a very busy life on her farmette in Upstate NY.
Dorothy has been plagued by stories dancing in her head since before she could read. This began her obsession with writing, and she wrote her first full-length novel at age 15. Since then, she has gone on to publish over a dozen books filled with snappy dialogue, sparkling wit, headstrong women and the men who will do anything to earn their love. She shares her pre- Civil-War home with two loyal dogs, a passel of demanding cats, and the most tolerant and loving husband on the planet.

Angela Cannon-Crothers

I am a naturalist and writer with a rich history of adventure and a passion for life. I have worked at a gold mine in Alaska and fished for halibut on a commercial fishing vessel off its wild coast. I have collected clouds, worked as a Forest Ranger, and soloed in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area in the middle of winter. I have a penchant for nature writers and nature philosophers, good poetry, northern landscapes, sustainable living, horses, gardening, and the laughter of children. I believe the science and magic of our natural world are of the same Spirit.
Jeanne has poured her love of travel, particularly Ireland, Celtic lands and ancient mystical sites into her two novels, her series of travel books and her weekly blog. She also gives presentations and is writing her third novel, a sequel to Amidst the Stones, entitled An Accidental Pilgrimage.
Sally Crosiar’s life mission is to influence healthy choices which include a healthy dose of play, stories, wine and dark chocolate! Some of her own best play (because the best play is hard!) has been writing her two novels, Come Back and Home Place because she considers fiction – both reading and writing – the best ‘let’s pretend’ game ever.

Maija DeRoche

In 1967, supported by a stipend, youthful exuberance, and rose-colored glasses, Maija (Lahti) DeRoche came to America from Finland. After retiring from a long career in developmental disabilities, Maija rediscovered her first love: writing. Her essays have been published in “Kuntta” (2019), an anthology about the meaning of “Finnishness.” She also has essays in English in the Canandaigua Writers Blog. Her first novel will be available soon. Parents of two, Maija and her husband enjoy their retirement kayaking and hiking in the beautiful Finger Lakes.

Marci Diehl has been an essayist, humor writer, editor, and features writer for local, regional, and national magazines since 1980. Her first novel, What You Don’t Know Now, was published in 2014, and she keeps telling herself she’s working on a second. There isn’t a thing about the Finger Lakes she doesn’t love.

Author Mary Pat Hyland’s works reflect her Irish American ancestry and are set amongst the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State (where her ancestors wisely settled). If you like stories that feature lakeside cottages, wine, gourmet cooking, humor, romance, and a bit of straying into magical realism, you’ll enjoy her novels.

Heidi Nightengale

Heidi Nightengale has been writing and publishing in local, regional and national literary magazines for 30 years. She is the author of two children’s picture books, “What Fragrance is the Moon,” and “Robert’s Red Sweater.” She has been a writer in the schools in three states.
Vivian Vande Velde has published 39 books for children and teens. Most of these books are fantasy (including ghost stories–both contemporary and historical settings–as well as fairy tales, stories of dogs who can talk, squirrels who think the world revolves around them, magical glasses, kids caught in one-step-beyond-virtual-reality games, and princesses who need to solve their own problems). She won the Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize in Children’s Literature for Heir Apparent, the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Never Trust a Dead Man, and the Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People for her body of work.

Our mission is to highlight and promote Finger Lakes authors and foster a deeper connection with readers.