First-time novelist Laurie Graff is an actress whose credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, national tours and commercials. Laurie has performed the story Shiksa Syndrome at the WorkShop Theater Company, where she is a member. Her one-act play, Charlie & Flo, received a PSNBC production, and two pieces are published in The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 1999.
Laurie's next book for Red Dress Ink is FEAR OF FROGGING, a sequel to YOU HAVE TO KISS A LOT OF FROGS, when Karrie does more than just kiss a couple of frogs!
Caren Lissner, 32, lives in Hoboken, N.J., directly across the river from midtown Manhattan. She's the editor-in-chief of a chain of eight weekly newspapers based in Hoboken and spends the rest of her time as a "chronic creative writer" of fiction and satire. She grew up in central Jersey and majored in English at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she loosed her bizarre sense of humor on the university community through an award-winning biweekly humor column in the Daily Pennsylvanian.
After graduating in 1993, Lissner moved to North Jersey. As she began work as a reporter covering gritty political battles and festivals in Hoboken, she also continued her fiction and satirical writing, managing to place a few humorous essays in the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. After working on many short stories, her first published one was the humorous "State of the Relationship Address" in Jane magazine in 1999.
Around that time, Lissner began working on Carrie Pilby. The book has won raves for its observational humor and ability to keep the reader thinking.
When she's not writing, Lissner cohosts Tuesday Night Triviaeach week in Greenwich Village, where fellow nerds show up on teams and match wits to win bar tabs. She also enjoys driving around singing badly. She has run a writers' group in Hoboken that has met monthly since 1994.
Melanie Murray studied acting and theater history at NYU. MISS BUBBLES STEALS THE SHOW was her first novel and she is currently working on her second. Melanie lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and bulldog.