Sara Reyes has an Executive MBA from SMU Cox School of Business. Her career includes stints at AMR Corporation (American Airlines) as Marketing Manager and several Fortune 50 energy companies. Happily married with two children, two requisite dogs and some fish, she lives in Plano, Texas where she does what she loves best -- read voraciously, "play on the computer," and introduce readers to new authors and great books.
Authors -- If you're interested in a personalized promotions plan, please contact Sara.
Gwen Reyes has always had an insatiable thirst for a great story, and thanks to her love of books (and disgust with the corporate lifestyle) she has the opportunity to bring together authors and readers.
She developed a love for planning events during her college days at Sweet Briar College, where she earned a degree in Philosophy and Film Studies, a pairing she constantly uses to not only disappoint her parents but to also charm strangers at cocktail parties. Gwen founded Fresh Fiction in 2004 with her mother, Sara, and together the two built a fun business dedicated to advocating fiction. In the past three years the Fresh Fiction Events division has grown from five to over 45 author-reader events annually, including the acclaimed Readers & ‘ritas Weekend.
Her professional writing career began in 2009 following a three year stint in the film festival world. As a member of the Television Critics Association Gwen travels all over the country to interview your favorite actors and actresses for ReelVixen.com.
Gwen is currently writing her first book, a teen novel about young love and ghosts. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her direwolf boxer mutt Loki, whose favorite movie is "Lady and The Tramp."
The primary contact for specialized author events and tours as well as Content Manager for FreshFiction.tv. If you have a video project or want to place your book videos, contact Gwen.
Raffles and Silent Auctions
Jaime Zalinski has served on several committees over the years to raise money for non-profits including local DFW animal rescue groups and Readers & 'ritas Gathering. She's taken on the challenge of raising more with raffles and silent auctions at the two events presented by Fresh Fiction: Reader & 'ritas and Boas & Tiaras. You can reach her at Sponsors@FreshFiction.com.
Pat Richardson retired from the Fort Worth Star Telegram and now works full time with her online bookstore PatCat Books. She is married with 4 kids, 6 grandkids and 5 greatgrands. She and her husband live in Fort Worth with two totally spoiled cats and two even more spoiled dogs. Her goal is to one day actually know what books she has in her TBR pile.
Sharon Chance has been a freelance entertainment journalist for the past fourteen years. As a regular contributor to the Wichita Falls Times Record News, she has written well over 1,600 articles covering everything from concert and movie reviews to museum openings to interviewing some of the top musicians performing today, including members of Bon Jovi and Guns and Roses.
But her true love lies in the world of books. A voracious reader from a young age, Sharon began reviewing books at the urging of her sister-in-law, who was a big fan of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. What began as a simple fun attempt at sharing her views of books she enjoyed has developed into a work of passion for Sharon. In addition to being a senior book reviewer for the Times Record News, Sharon is also a regular guest contributor for the Las Vegas Review Journal's Book Nook, as well as having written for several other publications.
A distant relative of the great Edgar Allan Poe, Sharon has a fondness for mysteries, especially those of the cozy kind. In her new column, Sharon's Cozy Corner, Sharon hopes to bring news of the latest in the cozy mystery genre, as well as insightful interviews with the authors who write them.
Tanzey's first career was in banking, which she left when her husband's contracting business required her full-time attention as financial officer. An avid reader all her life (her mother was a teacher!), she started reviewing books in January 1994 for the monthly publication, Old Book Barn Gazette, eventually serving as editor until its demise in April 2004. She started posting reviews on The Best Reviews in January 2003 and her column previously appeared on Writerspace. Tanzey has no children or pets, but she's still quite happily married to her contractor husband and lives in Tecumseh (that's near Topeka), Kansas. She loves to read, write, crunch numbers, travel - and stay busy!
Candy is a nationally syndicated entertainment
columnist, who has interviewed just about every
celebrity there is in Hollywood and written thousands
of articles. She is the author of the "Charmed &
Dangerous" series including CHARMED & READY and the upcoming CHARMED & DEADLY (June 2007).