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Member Websites

Are you a current BWG member with a website?  Your membership entitles you to be featured on the BWG Member Website page.  Simply send an email to bwg@blackwritersguild.org with your name, website address or blog URL, and a 150 word or less statement.  You'll be notified when your information has been posted.

 

Tonya L. Alston
https://authortonyaalston.ecwid.com/

Tonya Alston has authored seven books since 2014: Seasons Change Nothing Stays the Same, The Gift, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, After the Baptism, Innocent Evil (2 versions), Amazing Grace, a novel, and Crystals and Gems. The New York Native relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where she was initially inspired to write her first book. Working with others inspired her to become a certified life coach. Through the vehicle of writing, she has had the opportunity to share her life's stories to give inspiration for learning and healing to others.

  

Wilma Brockington-Parker

Wilma Brockington-Parker is the communications officer for the Black Writers Guild of Maryland , author of Cinnamon Girl Blues, Office Politics, and Been There, Done That: Lessons Learned on Love and Life from Women 55 and Better and a freelance book reviewer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Critics have described her fiction works as having a great mix of drama, suspense and romance and her characters as realistic and well developed.  She has been featured at area festivals, panel discussions, and book signings.

As a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas’ Executive and Professional Coaching Program and a certified professional coach (International Coach Federation), Brockington-Parker has coached writers, executives and others to help them develop strategies and actions for realizing success.  She also earned a M.S. in Management and a MBA from the University of Maryland University College. Visit her website for more information.

 
   
Rosa L.Griffin

Rosa L. Griffin is the author of a short story fiction collection entitled Attraction:  Sexy Tales of Good, Bad, and Ugly Relationships.    In 2003, Rosa received honorable mention in a Writers’ Digest Magazine contest for “Life-Box,” a short story in the collection.   She maintains a blog at https://nervikularose.wordpress.com.  She can be contacted at rosalgriffin@nervikularose.com.    Rosa is working on a yet untitled second collection of short stories.

She is a graduate of Eastern Senior High School, a former all-girls school in Baltimore.    Rosa earned A.A. degrees in Human Resource Management and Secretarial Science at Baltimore City Community College.   

Rosa is a past secretary for the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland which she served from 2010 to 2017.   She also conducted a workshop entitled, Copyright Basics at four BWG meetings

 

Deliah Lawrence


Deliah "Dee" Lawrence is a Maryland-based attorney, author, blogger and romance workshop facilitator who writes romantic suspense novels as well as poetry and short stories. Her debut novel, Gotta Let It Go, set in Baltimore, won the 2011 Finalist Next Generation Indie Book Award in the multi-cultural fiction category. Dee's short stories have been featured in the Creatures, Crimes and Creativity 2013 and 2014 anthologies.

When Dee isn't writing, you can find her reading a book, indulging in her addiction to investigative discovery shows or painting her yet-to-be exhibited oil artworks of landscapes, portraits or whatever else comes to her creative mind.  Constantly on the go, Dee is also an active member of the Maryland Writers' Association, Black Writers' Guild of Maryland, Sisters in Crime and Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. She’s currently working on Gotta Get It Back (a sequel to her first book), scheduled for release in spring 2018.

  

Claudette Lewis Bard
cvlbard.wixsite.com/cvlb

Claudette Lewis Bard is a recently published author and her book is entitled Negro Island Light. It tells the tale of an African American woman who has been laid off from her marketing position at a Washington, DC. area bank. The novel chronicles how Eugenia Watts sets out to deal with such a life-changing event and how she learns things about herself in an unlikely place and from several undiscovered ancestral family members. And during her self-discovery, she encounters a true gentleman.
 
Claudette Lewis Bard's love for writing goes back several decades to her first year of college while enrolled in a remedial English 101 class. She's written several short stories, taken creative writing courses, written a successful grant, and interviewed several family members recording their views of being an African American in 20th century America.
 
Renee McDonald

www.rcmcdonaldauthor.com

Renee McDonald is an author, Software Developer and native Baltimorean. Her book, No Peace for Kimberly, offers a perception of Baltimore 1968 through the eyes of 14-year old Kimberly. Her writings portray young woman as strong and compassionate despite the worlds around them. Ms. McDonald's character is evident in all her main characters as she struggled through challenging situations as a young adult. She is currently working on a fantasy series of books that follow alien sisters as they defend their heritage against Extraterrestrial adversaries.


As the owner of Nicholson & Fisher Publishing, Ms. McDonald will launch an e-commerce web-site and app which will place self-published authors in front of readers in a manner different than other sites. Compassionate about helping the self-published author, as they are routinely looked over by agents and publishers, Ms. McDonald is using her experience to ensure the success of this venture.

Dorothy Myrick
www.deepdiveagainsttheodds.com

Dorothy Myrick is the author of Deep Dive Against the Odds. It is a story of adversity, fears, and triumphs in both scuba diving and life. The memoir celebrates the author's determination not to be limited by her physical disability. She received a five-star rating from Readers' Favorite. The memoir is available on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel.

Ms. Myrick has completed a writing workshop and a writing class at the local community college in Baltimore County. Ms. Myrick holds a Bachelor degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and from Lincoln University in Missouri. She spent 28 years as a policy writer for the Department of Health and Human Services where she was regularly published in Federal Registers. Ms. Myrick also a member of the Maryland Writers' Association.

  
 
Margaret D. Pagan

www.margaretpagan.com

 

Walk through African American history with my characters as they face tough challenges and overcome harsh conditions.  Rejoice with them as they spiritually transcend all that besets them.  There are no miracles in my two books, only faith and determination. When readers finish More Than A Slave: The Life of Katherine Ferguson (published by Moody Press of Chicago) they often want to know more about the Fulani girl, who is introduced in chapter two.  Her full story, and the story of her sister, is told in my most recent novel, aptly titled The Fulani Girls.  Based on more than 20 years of writing experience.

 


VM Roberts

VM Roberts' passion is writing. She's held that passion ever since 4th grade. She's recently begun to expand and explore the challenges of that passion! As a professional author, she has published eight books to date.

She has been employed in the healthcare industry for 35 years. This includes employment with medical and behavioral health managed care organizations, academic medical centers, acute care & behavioral health facilities and multi-practice physician networks. Her experiences gained in the health care industry have allowed her the opportunity to serve as a college instructor for 15 years. Her instructing experience includes teaching college and trade school students enrolled in the following programs: Medical Office Management, Health Information Management, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing, Medical Coding, and Health Care Administration.

Ms. Roberts is a Suffolk, Virginia native, who currently resides in Howard County, Maryland. She lived in Trenton, NJ for 10 years and in Philadelphia, PA for over 25 years.

 

Michelle Smith

http://www.angelsheretohelp.com/

Michelle Smith is a published author with a blog, Your Spiritual Garden, a relationship column on Black Refer.com and a publishing company, Angels Here To Help.

She is a certified angel card reader and shares a weekly angel card reading on her blog. She is a 2015 alumnae of Listen To Your Mother, Baltimore. She was recently published in the anthology Mom For The Holidays, and self published a book in April 2016 - My Life As A Mermaid.

She is the mom of two adult children. A long time resident of Baltimore, MD, she will always be a New Yorker at heart and a Bermudian in spirit.

She is currently working on a book of short stories regarding her personal experiences with angelic interventions.

 

Marsha Ann Turner
https://www.matsurvivor.com

Marsha Ann Turner is the author of Fifteen Pounds There Is Only One You. The book is a journal turned support book for any newly diagnosed breast cancer and any kind of cancer patient. She hopes to have the book placed in the cancer centers in Baltimore City to be given to patients when arriving for their first visit for treatment. This is her first book and has been nominated to receive the prestigious "Henri Award" at the 2018 Christian Literary Awards for outstanding literary work in the Grief and Terminal Illness category. She is a graduate of Baltimore City Community College and University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. She has been a nurse for a total of 40 years. Even though she is retired, she continues to work at Baltimore City Community College as a tutor for nursing students.


Cherrie Woods
http://eclecticpr.com/
 
Cherrie Woods is a 16-year plus public relations (PR) veteran known for her work as a PR consultant, book publicist, workshop facilitator and PR consultant. Woods is the author of Where Do I Start?10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self-Published Authors as well as an award-winning poet. She has been featured in The Culvert Chronicles, Rolling Out, Who's Who in Black Detroit, Sirius FM, The Baltimore Sun, Fox45-TV, WJZ-TV, WEAA.88.9. She is a member of Black Writers Guild of MD and serves as VP of the Maryland Writer's Assoc. (South Baltimore chapter).
 

James Wright

 

The Back Side of the Sport of Kings, is about life on the "Back Side" of the sport of thoroughbred horse racing in America. The "Back Side" or the barn or stable area, is where the thoroughbred horses, the Stars or Equestrian Athletes of the sport of racing are housed. The Back Side is the part of the sport of thoroughbred horse racing that the general public rarely get to see. As with my other books, American Apartheid and No Land, No Mule, No Freedom, American Apartheid, the Saga Continues, I provide the reader with the opinionated perspective of an African American, regarding historical events that make facts and information about the black Americans who make their living working with thoroughbred horses, an interesting subject. This book provides historical data on a lifestyle that started in slavery and has survived and moved on to the next millennium.