Meet More Monday

Hello, ladies and gentlemen. It's the last day of April. Do you know what your May writing goals are yet? Tomorrow brings a whole new month, a fresh page, a new start. Why not set some goals today and be ready to go when tomorrow comes? Share them here in the comments or on Twitter using #thisdaywewrite. Putting them in print for us to read is a great way to commit to them.

But before you do that, it is Monday, and so time to meet a couple more of our SiWC 2012 presenters. Or maybe, just because it's a rainy Monday and I'm feeling generous, I'll introduce you to three. Why not! The random presenter generator (ie the hat) has come up with two authors and an agent today. Please join me in welcoming them to SiWC this year!


First up for today, meet author Anjali Banerjee.

Anjali Banerjee was born in India, raised in Canada and California, and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written five novels for youngsters and three for grownups, and her next novel for adults, Enchanting Lily will be published by Berkley/Penguin in August 2012. Of her most recent novel, Haunting Jasmine, Melinda Bargreen of The Seattle Times wrote, "Banerjee invites the reader into her colorful, hopeful world, one in which the Northwest island tides coexist with the ghost of Julia Child, Charles Dickens' mirror, and a sari or two." The Philadelphia Inquirer called Anjali's young adult novel, Maya Running (WLB/Random House), which is set in Canada, “beautiful and complex” and “pleasingly accessible.” Anjali lives in the Pacific Northwest, in a cottage in the woods, with her husband and five rescued cats.

Welcome, Anjali!


If you make a pitch appointment with this next agent, you may find it helpful to know that her first name is pronounced "NEH-fuh-lee", unless of course she shows up in the comments and says I've had it wrong for years... anything is possible! :) Say hello to Nephele Tempest.

Nephele Tempest joined The Knight Agency in January, 2005, opening the Los Angeles office. As an agent, she works with a number of talented writers, assisting them to hone their skills and build their careers. In addition, she spends time developing the agency's Hollywood film and multi-media contacts. Nephele comes from a diverse publishing and finance background, having worked in the editorial department at Simon and Schuster, as a financial advisor, in the marketing and communications departments of several major New York investment firms, and as a freelance writer. Her experiences in sales, marketing, and writing provide her with insights into multiple aspects of the publishing industry.

Nephele belongs to the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She continues to actively build her client list, and is currently seeking works in the following genres: literary/commercial fiction, women's fiction, urban fantasy/paranormal, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical fiction, science fiction, and young adult fiction.

Welcome back, Nephele!


And finally for today, coming to us all the way from the wilds of Scotland is Anne Perry.

Anne’s publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. This is arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer. Betrayal At Lisson Grove (Treason At Lisson Grove (US)), the latest in the series, appeared in the New York Times Bestsellers list.

In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before and features the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of these (17th in the series) is Acceptable Loss (February 2011) which appeared in the New York Times Bestsellers list at number 22!

Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story "Heroes". The main character in the story features in an ambitious five-book series set during the First World War. The last of these was recently published, in Autumn 2007.

None of her books has ever been out of print, and they have received critical acclaim and huge popular success: over 26 million books are in print world-wide. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists in a number of foreign countries, where she has also had excellent reviews. The Times selected her as one of the "100 Masters of Crime".

Anne’s most recent stand-alone is The Sheen on the Silk, set in the exotic and dangerous world of the Byzantine Empire, and is a critical success.

Fans will be delighted that further novels are planned in the Pitt and Monk series, as is the possibility of something very different.

Welcome back, Anne!

More soon...