Liz Merton

Liz loves watersports, travel, and the old "good story well told." She is a research attorney and spends most of her time writing nonfiction . . . just not the kind that is much fun to read (unless you like reading about punitive damages). Her writing has appeared in industry publications, and she is an acquisitions editor for Stoneman House Press. When she "grows up," she wants to go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, dive Truk/Chuuk Lagoon, and participate in Bath's Jane Austen Festival.  

Red Velvette

Red has simple tastes: fast cars, fast horses, and fast reads. She loves tight pacing, unique plot lines, and well-crafted prose that makes her see words in new ways.

She's a Texas girl with a B.A. from Tarleton State University (dean's list honors) in history. She's served as a freelance editor since 2017, and she loves her work as managing editor for Stoneman House Press.

Leo Rand

An engineer by training, Leo manages capital projects for industry on the Gulf Coast. At night, though, he performs as a Texas singer-songwriter in venues around Galveston Bay. He has workshopped his music projects with touring artists and brings to his book reviews the same love of words and rhythm that marks his songwriting. Always looking for freedom, he has a commercial pilot's license, dives the Caribbean, and lives on a small sailboat. 

Sage Webb

Sage Webb spent over a decade in federal criminal defense before turning to fiction. Red City Review named her debut novel, The Unremarkable Circumstances of Inmate 17656-090 (Martin Brown 2018), its Best Debut Novel in its 2018 Book Awards. For short stories, Sage has received a number of awards, including second place in the 2017 Hackney Literary Awards, semi-finalist status in Ruminate Magazine’s 2018 William Van Dyke Short-Story Prize, and a place on the short list for the 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short-Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in the Birmingham Arts Journal, Outside the Window (a Texas anthology of short fiction), the Ocotillo Review, Life Is Good Magazine, and Notre Dame’s Grotto Network. In nonfiction, she received honorable mention in Flyway’s 2017 Notes from the Field Contest, her legal scholarship has appeared in law reviews and bar journals, and she has taught legal writing (and numerous other legal seminars) for bar associations. After enjoying a life in public defense, she founded a commercial-and-legal research and writing firm and then served a non-profit organization as Vice President of Content Strategy and Publications. Currently, she enjoys her role as an acquisitions editor for Stoneman House Press. In 2020, Michigan’s Mackinac State Historic Parks named her an artist in residence, and she has served as a panelist/moderator for two Houston Writefests. She is an active-level member of International Thriller Writers and a professional member of PEN America. She and her husband live on a small sailboat on Galveston Bay with a ship's cat and boat dog.

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