Meet the authors behind the fabulous books at Velvet Morning Press!

K. S. R. Burns

K. S. R. Burns is the author of The Paris Effect and The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-life Career Advice You Can Actually Use. Burns has lived and worked in 22 cities, including Paris, and racked up a total of 59 jobs. Through her travels, she learned a lot about the world of work! In addition to writing a sequel to The Paris Effect, she currently pens a weekly career advice column for The Seattle Times. No longer a wanderer, Burns now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and cat.

Lauren Faulkenberry
Lauren divides her time between writing, teaching, and making artist books. She has worked as an archaeologist, an English teacher, and a ranger for the National Park Service. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Georgia College & State University, where she attended on fellowship, and earned her MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama. She was a finalist for the Novello Festival Press First Novel Award, won the Family Circle short fiction contest for her story "Beneath Our Skin," and was nominated for an AWP Intro Award. She lives in western NC, where she is at work on her next novel in the Bayou series.

Tina Ann Forkner

Award-winning author Tina Ann Forkner wrangles words on the pages of her Women;s Fiction and Romance novels and kids in the classroom as a substitute teacher. Her novel Waking Up Joy is a Virginia Romance Writers 2015 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Recipient – Romantic Elements. Tina grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma and currently lives in Wyoming with her husband, who knows when to wear a cowboy hat, and three teenagers who never do (even if she thinks they should)

Julie C. Gardner

Julie C. Gardner is a former English teacher and lapsed marathon runner who traded in the classroom for a writing nook. Now she rarely changes out of her pajamas, and is an author of Women's Fiction. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children and three dogs.

Aimee Horton

Aimee is from Lincoln, England, where she enjoys drinking gin and spending time with her family (and she won't tell you which of those she prefers doing). As a child, one of her favourite parts of the summer holidays was to devour all the books in a little book shop in Devon. She continued reading at lightning speed right up until having children. She now reads with eyes propped open by match sticks.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Katie enjoys her three professions—novelist, freelance journalist, and lawyer—for one reason: her love of the written word. Fiction or nonfiction, Katie thrives on putting thoughts to paper and sharing them with the world. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where the energy of the campus and cafés inspires her to keep writing.

Didier Quémener

Didier discovered his love of cooking as a seven-year-old growing up in the French countryside. Today, Didier, as "Chef Q Paris," offers private chef services to tourists and locals in Paris, and teaches at The Michel Roux Jr. Cookery School in London. He worked on a pastry documentary with Chef Michel Roux Jr. for the BBC Four as well as "Kitchen Impossible" on U.K. Channel 4. Didier lives in Paris with his wife and daughter. He is a regular at the local markets and always enjoys a good coffee at his local café.

Charlene Ross

Before life in the LA suburbs, Charlene Ross backpacked through eighteen European countries, lived in London, worked in the music industry, and became engaged onstage at a U2 concert in Verona, Italy. (Bono even kissed her!) Now she drives carpool, embarrasses her children by dancing "in the pit" at free cover band concerts, and works hard at keeping the spark of her 20-year marriage alive.